EGGLESS NO BAKE MANGO CHEESECAKE

In this hot weather, everyone likes a cold dessert. This mango cheesecake is a sweet mango dessert perfect for the summer. Making it is a little time consuming but the way it turned out to be was worth all the time. The best part, however, is that you can make it even if you do not have cream cheese in the fridge, the cottage cheese(paneer) does the job perfectly.

In my recipe, I used paneer and also  whipped the heavy cream to the stiff peak before folding it into the batter which  makes the cheesecake quite light and airy

The sourness of cheesecake well sandwiched between the slightly bitter cocoa flavoured crust and the fresh mango on top.

This recipe is so special to me. Because it is the first time I tried making a cheesecake from scratch, and it came close to perfection. The taste was so good, my totally family dug into it. Do try out, I promise you’ll love it.
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INGREDIENTS:
For the bottom crust:
1 cup Graham cracker crumbs or crushed digestive biscuits
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
¼ cup Unsalted butter Melted and cooled

For no-bake mango cheesecake recipe:
200 gm paneer
2 medium Mangoes chopped  or 1 cup pureed
¼ cup hung yoghurt (dahi or curd) Make sure it is thick, not watery
1/4  cup white granulated sugar reduce according to your taste.
½ cup Heavy whipping cream or fresh cream or malai

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Making the bottom crust:
    Prepare the pan for the cheesecake. If you want to make round big cheesecake then use 9 inch or 6-inch diameter springform pan or tart pan which has a removable bottom.
  2. Generously grease the pan (bottom and sides) with butter and keep it aside.
    Or if you want to make individual serving cheesecake then use the muffin pan. Line the muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  3. Take graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a bowl. Mix well.
    Press crumbs evenly in the bottom of the pan. I used the bottom of the glass to press it tight and even.
  4. keep in refrigerator to set for about 15-20 minutes to set.

    Making mango cheesecake filling:

  5. Take heavy cream in a bowl. Make sure it is chilled.
    Whip it till you get a stiff peak. keep it aside.
  6. Blend paneer and thick yoghurt and sugar in the blender till smooth. Remove it to a bowl. Add whipped cream. fold it in.
  7. Now remove the prepared crust from the fridge. pour the cheesecake mixture into it.
  8. I am adding mango chunks here you can add some mango puree too.
  9. Let it chill for 6-7 hours or overnight in the fridge.
  10. Once chilled and set. remove it. Decorate with a mango rose How To Make Mango Rosette
  11. gently place it into serving plate using a spatula.
  12. This recipe has no egg, no gelatin and no agar-agar, thus it will be little soft. But keep in the freezer for 5 minutes right before serving, it will look very firm.

    NOTES:

  • Graham cracker crumbs: You can crush the digestive biscuits or Marie biscuits instead. Any cracker biscuits will work.
  • Paneer: I have made fresh, homemade paneer. You can use store-bought paneer as well. If so, please use 200 grams for grated or crumbled paneer.
  • Heavy whipping cream: You can use ‘Malai’ which you get from the top of milk. And if using store-bought heavy whipping cream like I did here, make sure that cream has more than 35% fat content. So it gets whipped nicely.

 

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CHOCOLATE COOKIES (eggless slice and bake cookies)

Chocolate Cookies {Eggless, Slice And Bake Cookies}

What is everyone’s favourite treat and comes in all slices, pies and cookies?
Yes, it is chocolate.
These eggless chocolate cookies or chocolate shortbread biscuits, call them what you may are a crispy, crumbly and a delicious treat along with some milk, tea or coffee. A handful of almonds thrown in for good measure, add a wonderful crunch for texture!

I baked some easy CHOCOLATE COOKIES for the very first time. They turned out just perfect and I am so happy to share this with all of you. Cookies are really a favourite item for all of us and handmade cookies are always the best. These cookies are for my daughter and all the chocolate lovers.
The base of this recipe is from EGGLESS FRUIT COOKIES (TUTTI FRUTTI COOKIES ) Karachi biscuits.
I modified it to make chocolate cookies and they turned out to be pretty great.
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INGREDIENTS:

Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 200 ml,
Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature
1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and levelled
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar/powdered sugar
1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Sift the flour and cocoa powder in a sufficiently large mixing bowl.
  2. Place butter in the bowl (you can use your hand mixer or a whisk too), sift in powdered sugar, beat on low heat initially, until the powdered sugar is mixed with the butter, then increase the speed to medium and beat till light and creamy.
    Add vanilla extract and mix well.
  3. Now add the flour. Gently bring everything together until the dough is soft. Do not knead. If at all the dough is dry, sprinkle few teaspoons of milk at a time, do not add too much.wp-15902909121018277895985088151982.jpg
  4. I didn’t require any milk.
  5. Add the chopped almonds and fold in the cookie dough.
  6. Divide the dough into two parts. Shape the dough into a log and wrap in a cling film. Refrigerate it for 3-4 hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Or bake in two batches. Remove the log from the refrigerator. Keep it on the counter for 5-10 minutes. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4 inch thick slices.wp-15902909123061869203081264906659.jpg
  8. Lay the cookies on the sheet at least 2 inches apart as they expand when they bake. If you are baking in two batches, keep the sliced cookies in the refrigerator, let the baking sheet cool completely, then place the second batch of cookies and bake.
    Bake for 13-15 minutes.
  9. When the bottom of the cookies begins to brown, they are done. They will be soft in the middle but will firm upon cooling. Cool in the baking tray for five minutes and then transfer to the wire rack to cool completely.

    Notes:

  10. If the dough seems too dry and crumbly, then add some milk(a teaspoon at a time) and mix until you have a soft workable dough.
  11. You may skip the nuts for a nut-free version, or add any nut or a mixture of nuts of your choice.
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WATERMELON HALWA

WaterMelon Halwa is an amazing recipe that would definitely delight your tastebuds.  Summer is here and watermelons are in the market. This summer tries out a different recipe from watermelon, other than juicing.
The white portion of the melon is nutritious but lacks taste so we often discard it. But this #halva recipe is extremely easy & uses the rind to make a mouth-watering halwa in no time. It’s colour and taste both will blow your mind.
Recipe adapted by CHEF KUNAL KAPOOR https://www.chefkunalkapur.com/

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INGREDIENTS:
Watermelon Rind – 3 large wedges
Ghee – 2-3tbsp
Suji (semolina) – 1tbsp
Besan (gram flour) – 1 tbsp
Sugar – ½ cup
Cardamom powder – ½tsp
Nutmeg Powder – a pinch
Milk – 1cup
Almonds & Pista – Handful

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Peel the outer thick green layer of the watermelon using a peeler.
  2. Then again peel another layer just beneath the green layer.
  3. Roughly chop the rind and add it to a grinder and make into a paste without using any water.wp-15893550784574492060036220472912.jpg
  4. Heat a pan and melt ghee.
  5. Add suji, besan and cook on low flame till they brown.wp-15893550782054504088565577949903.jpg
  6. Add the melon rind puree and cook it till it thickens up.wp-15893553677595013595800508451621.jpg
  7. This should take 15-20mins. Add sugar and cook again for 10mins approx.wp-15893550786483820024328429283038.jpg
  8. Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and milk.wp-15893550788391558813043988567452.jpg
  9. Cook for another 5 minutes and then remove from heat, garnish with almonds & pista and serve hot.

 

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PARLE G CHOCOLATE ICECREAM

Parle G biscuit Ice-cream is a quick and easy ice cream made with Parle G biscuit. It is a very simple recipe. This is chocolate flavoured Ice -cream which is the favourite flavour of kids . It is a mouthwatering dessert and can be instantly made. So, try out this recipe soon.
INGREDIENTS: 

Parle G Biscuit – 15 to 20 pieces
Powdered Sugar – 4 tablespoon
Cocoa Powder-2 tsp
Malai(Homemade cream)-3 tbsp
Milk-3/4 glass
Chocolate chips – around 1 tbsp
Vanilla essence – few drops
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take Parle-G biscuits(or any other biscuits of your choice)and crush to a fine powder using a grinder.
  2. Then add sugar and cocoa powder to the crushed biscuits and grind again.
  3. Once this dry premix is ready, add malai(or milk powder slurry i.e. milk powder mixed with water to give it a semi-solid texture) to it and mix well.wp-15861874646004903065698239046113.jpg
  4. Next, keep adding milk in small amounts and mix until you reach a pouring consistency as shown below.
  5. Pour this ice cream mix in an ice cream mould and freeze overnight.wp-15861874648313850908148610142977.jpg
  6. Once the ice cream is ready,  garnish it with chocolate chips/chocolate sauce and serve chilled.

 

NOTES:

  • You may use milk powder in place of malai. Take 1/4 cup for making 2-3 servings.
  •  You may add the chocolate chips before freezing also.
  •  You may add chocolate syrup or coffee powder as additional taste agents.
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BEETROOT OATMEAL HEARTS

Want to try something delicious, healthy and did I say..oh so beautiful looking pancakes for your breakfast? Made from oatmeal these beauties are naturally coloured with beetroot, are gluten-free, egg-less, sugar- free, baking powder-free, are kid-friendly, soft, fluffy and require just 5 ingredients!
If you are still not tempted to try out these beetroot oatmeal pancakes for yourself, let me tell you that these are ready under 30 minutes from scratch and require just 1 blender jar to be washed as all the ingredients just need to be pulsed in a grinder before been cooked. What else can one expect from a recipe?
Serve them plain or top them with some honey or maple syrup or chocolate sauce and some fruit or nut of your choice and you are sorted.
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INGREDIENTS :

Measurements used 1 cup= 200 ml)
1 cup oats ( quick-cooking)
1 large banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 /2 cup beetroot juice (read the notes below)
1/4 cup milk or water ( adjust the quantity to get the pancake batter consistency)
Little oil for making the pancakes ( i used around 1 1/2 tablespoon to make 6 pancakes)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a grinder jar pulse the oats to get a coarse flour. To the oatmeal add 1 banana, cinnamon powder and beetroot juice in the same grinder jar. Pulse 3-4 times to blend well.
  2. The batter will be dry. Add required milk or water around 1/4 to 1/2 cup and pulse again 3-4 times to get a smooth, lump-free batter which is neither runny nor too thick (this pancake batter is somewhat similar to dosa batter in terms of consistency)wp-15860136018694198081321579778868.jpg
  3. Now heat a non-stick pan on low flame and drizzle few drops of oil on it. Add a ladle full of batter right from the grinder jar to the centre of the pan and spread it a little ( we do not want a thin pancake). Cover cook the pancake for about 2 minutes on a low flame.
  4. Flip the pancake delicately and cook on the other side as well for about 1 minute. Repeat the same with rest of the batter.
  5. Stack the pancakes on a dish and drizzle with some honey or maple syrup or chocolate sauce and top with fruits or nuts of your choice. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!
  6. I made them in heart shape, my favourite shape. You can choose  any shape of your choice

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    NOTES:

  • To make Beetroot juice use a juicer or just wash, peel and make chunks of the beetroot. grind them with drinking water. Strain the juice and use in the recipe. For those who prefer to cook the beetroot before using in a recipe, can steam the beetroot in a pressure cooker, and puree it. Dilute the puree with drinking water and use in this recipe.
  • To make this pancake vegan, just replace milk with water.
  • The pancake tastes equally good without any toppings.
  • I made them in heart shape, my favourite shape. You can choose  any shape of your choice
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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CAKE 

A simple, moist chocolate cake with a vegan ganache – for the chocoholic vegan!
It is easy, deeply chocolatey and moist. And like most oil cakes, it keeps well for days. You would never guess it was missing eggs or dairy! As good as any “regular” chocolate cake.
This is a really simple, yet very tasty cake. You can use rice flour or something other than wheat. You can also add chocolate chips and, or nuts.
P.S. Here I used whipped cream for decoration, but one can use vegan ganache in its place.
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INGREDIENTS:
For the cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cups cocoa unsweetened
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
80 ml or 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vinegar
 1 cups of water
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 160 C/ 325 F . Butter and flour a 6 inch round pan. Line the bottom with parchment (optional).
  2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients – flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
  3. Add all the wet ingredients – oil, vanilla, vinegar, water – and whisk until smooth.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 160 C/ 325 F for 30-35 minutes until top springs back when touched and a skewer inserted in the centre comes out dry.
  5. Cool in pan for 5 minutes and remove from pan to cool completely on wire rack.
NOTES:
  • This cake keeps well in the fridge for 3-4 days. Get to room temperature before serving.