Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Tawa Paneer (Video Recipe)



This week is again a very very busy week for me. I am having 6 cake orders this weekend. I am kind of mentally preparing myself. I am trying to make all the figurines ahead of time. I have also made my ready cake packets like box mix:). This will definitely save time. 

Tawa Paneer is one of our favorite Paneer dish in the house. I make this dish at least once a week. This dish goes very well with Rotis. I made this yesterday & thought will make a video recipe. This is a super simple dish & extremely tasty



Serves: 4 people
Making time: 30- 40 mins
Total time: 1.40 mins


Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups Paneer cubes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbspn Tomato paste
  • 2 tspn chili powder
  • 1/2 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn Tandoori Masala (Everest Brand or any other)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Tomato puree from 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium onions chopped
  • 1 tbspn ginger paste
  • 1 tbspn Garlic paste
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn carrom seeds (Ajwain
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 3 tbspn Oil


Method:

  1. Make a marinade using yogurt, tomato paste, salt, turmeric, chili & tandoori masala powder
  2. Marinade the Paneer for 1 hour or if you are in a hurry you can use it right away too. 
  3. In a pan heat oil & fry the Paneer until the gravy thickens for about 3 minutes
  4. Once the Paneer is done, remove set aside. 
  5. Into the same Pan add cumin seeds & carrom seeds. Add the onions, ginger garlic & saute for few minutes.
  6. Add the tomato puree into the pan & cook until fat separation for about 5 minutes. Keep sauteing in between & also close lid & cook. 
  7. Once the masala is ready add in the tawa fried Paneer in to the masla & mix well. 
  8. Cook this for about a minute & garnish it with coriander leaves. 


Note:

  1. You can also add some water or cream if you want gravy.
  2. This is a semi dry dish & goes well with rice & roti. 



Friday, 10 July 2015

Prawn Stuffed Mushrooms (Video Recipe)



I have now decided that I will treat blogging as part of my daily job. I am not sure, how long this motivation will last.. but will definitely try to be more active blogging & doing video recipes. I definitely get motivated by my blog followers. When I get mails & msgs from my followers, I feel pumped up & want to do more. So here I am with another super simple but very delicious recipe. My stuffed Mushrooms are a big hit in all my home parties. If I know I have vegetarians coming for dinner, I make it a point to make stuffed mushrooms as one of the appetizers.  You can skip the prawn & make it just vegetarian, if you don't eat prawns. This is how I made it.



Ingredients:

  • 7 large prawn cleaned & chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 tspn garlic powder
  • salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tspn crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 3 tbspn Bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp chopped green spring onions
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil for prawns
  • 2 tbsp oil for frying mushrooms
  • 3-4 tbsp grated mozzarella cheese
  • 10-12 button Mushrooms (You can use the brown ones too)
Method
  1. Add 1 tbsp oil in a pan & saute the green onions, Into that add the cleaned prawns & cook for 2 minutes
  2. Now make a stuffing by mixing cream cheese, bread crumbs, salt, chili flake & cooked prawns
  3. Remove the stem of mushrooms & wash them in cold water. Drain all excess water & set aside
  4. Now stuff the stuffing inside the mushroom & shallow fry them in a pan for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Finally add in the grated cheese on top of each mushroom, close lid & cook for another minutes, just for the cheese to melt. 
  6. You can also bake the mushrooms in a pre heated oven at 400 F for 15-20 mins. 
Note:
  1. Since many of my followers don't have an oven I shared this recipe using the stove top method. 
  2. However my fav would be the oven method, as the cheese will get a little browned & i love that flavor. 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Okra Stir Fry (Video recipe)



I have been thinking of making quick recipe videos for years now. Some how i get busy with something or the other. My baking business is one thing that has kept me extremely busy. Today even though I had so much to do, I had determined myself to make one simple recipe video. One veg side dish is always part of our dinner. Today I found some organic Okras in HEB & decided to make it as side dish for dinner. The recipe is Indian style & a very simple version one. This can be had with Rice, Rotis or just like that. 

Making time: 10 mins
cooking time: 5 mins
serves: 3- 4 people

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped Okra(Ladies finger)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • salt as per taste
  • 1/2 tspn mustard seeds
  • 3-4 tbspn chopped onions
  • 3 tbsp grated coconut
  • 10-2 curry leaves


Method:

  1. Add oil into the pan, Once its heated crackle mustard seeds, add in chopped onions, curry leaves & saute for few seconds. 
  2. Now add chopped Okras, salt & saute. 
  3. Close lid & cook for 2 minutes  on medium heat.
  4. Remove the lid & saute for few seconds & close lid & cook for another 2 minutes
  5. Now garnish it with grated coconut. 
  6. Simple Okra stir fry is ready. 


Thursday, 14 May 2015

KFC fried Chicken strips




My little ones (LO's) favorite food is Chicken nuggets/ crispy fried chicken. I hate to feed him chicken nuggets from the burger places. Unfortunately, while we are out, that's is the options we will end up in. However we occasional dine out & whenever we do, My LO'S order will be crispy fried chicken with pasta. At home I make these at least twice a week. These are really easy to make & I use organic chicken breasts. These taste very similar to KFC fried chicken . These chicken strips are crispy outside & juicy inside. This is how I made them.




Making time: 30 mins
Frying time: 5 mins
Serves: 2 - 3 people

Ingredients:

  • 400 gms organic chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1/4 tspn black pepper powder
  • salt as per taste
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • Vegetable/ canola oil for deep frying
  • 3 different plates
Method:
  1. In one plate mix all dry ingredients, All purpose flour, garlic powder, pepper & salt .
  2. Mix the beaten egg in one plate
  3. Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips & set aside
  4. Heat the oil & turn the flame to medium heat. 
  5. Dip the Chicken in the egg mixture, now put them in the dry mixture & make sure you coat the entire chicken with the dry mixture. Now again dip the coated chicken in the egg & back again in the flour. Set this aside until you have 4 to 5 chicken strips ready,
  6. Now drop these strips in the oil & fry them for 3 minutes in the medium heat & another 2 minutes in the high heat, turning in between to make sure its cooking evenly. 
  7. Remove from oil & serve the chicken hot with ketchup or ranch sauce.

Note:
  1. Frying them in oil in medium first & then in high is the key to getting juicy chicken strips. Do-not fry them in very hot oil, which will burn them outside & the inside will remain undone. 
  2. You can also make these spicy by adding chili powder into the dry ingredients. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Chicken Lollipop





Sorry guys for not being so active in this space. You all know that I am an entrepreneur at "Sweet Zions Bake house" This small caking business has kept me very busy these days. This month is the month of birthdays & I was having cake orders every other days. We were also out on a holiday last week to Disney Florida. So all in all the May month is & has been a wonderful month. 

Today got up early as Hubby had to go for cricket practice. I am happy coz my son is still asleep & I thought will soon post one recipe. Whenever I have house parties, my friends keep asking me for recipes of dishes that I made. So today I am sharing this mouthwatering, very famous in mine & my mom's kitchen "Chicken Lollipop"  




Making time: 45 mins
Serves: 8- 10 people (20 lollipops)
Cooking time: 8-10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 10 chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Corn flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbspn red chili powder
  • 1/2 tspn cumin powder
  • 1/2 tspn garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tspn back peppercorns
  • 2 tbspn lemon juice
  • 4 tbspn of water
  • salt as per taste
  • color optional.  (I use kashmiri red chili which given natural coloring)
  • oil for deep frying
Method:
  1. You need to clean the wings & make lollipops out of them. Watch this video on how to make it here
  2. Lightly beat the 2 eggs & make a paste with flours, ginger garlic, cumin, chili, pepper, Garam masala, lemon juice, salt & water. 
  3. Marinade the lollipops in this paste & set in in the fridge for at least 2 to 4 hours, Overnight is even better. 
  4. Heat the oil until its very hot, now turn off the flame to medium, slowly start dropping the lollipops in the oil & fry them on medium flame for 5 minutes & on high flame for 2 to 3 minutes. Once they are evenly cooked, just remove them and put hem on a kitchen paper towel to remove any access oil.
Note:
  1. The main point to note to have crispy juicy chicken is to fry them at the right temperature. You need to make sure you fry them in medium heat & then in high heat. In medium heat the chicken will slowly cook inside & still will retain the moisture. High heat in the last stage will ensure that the outer coating gets crispy. 
  2. If you fry them in high heat throughout, you will end up with a dry, burnt lollipops.
  3. Add extra water to the paste to get the right consistency. The paste should be like a pan cake batter consistency 


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Creamy Egg scramble




Its a start of spring here in Austin & I cant tell you how happy I am. The sun is up,  its so bright & nice... I love this time of season the most. I have already done my Patio cleaning for the spring & waiting to decorate it this week. I have also been so busy this & last month with so many cake orders. I am also catering my desserts to a catering company that delivers to offices across Austin. Now that is a super good news for me. So my weeks are very unpredictable, I can get a order any time & I need to be ready to take it. I am loving the way my life is going as I am totally occupied & doing something that I am passionate about. However I will definitely find some time out of my busy schedule to blog once in a while.


Today I am sharing one of my favorite Breakfast egg recipes. This recipe is super simple & not many know about this. I remember as a child when we visited Bangalore, my parents used to take us to a cafe in MG road. I really don't know the name of the cafe nor the dish. But I remember that we used to order this dish. You all know that I am from a foodie family. My parents have this habit of asking the restaurant people for recipe & fortunately they shared the recipe:) This is how I made it...

Making time: 5mins
Serves: 1 person
1 Non stick Pan for cooking

Ingredients:
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt to taste
  • Black pepper for garnish
  • 1 tspn Oil
  • 1 Large toasted Bread
Method:
  1. Lightly beat the egg, milk & salt in a bowl
  2. Heat the non stick pan on low flame, add oil & egg mixture into the pan. Now start scrambling the eggs with a wooden spatula until it all comes together, This should take less than a minute. When you see the milk separating you know the eggs are done.
  3. Now take it out & pour it on top of the toasted bread. Garnish the eggs with Black pepper powder
Note:
  1. The pan should not be very hot, the flame should be on low heat. In case you feel the pan is very hot, turn off the heat. 
  2. Do not over cook the eggs. The egg texture should be soft, creamy & you will see the milk slowly starting to separate. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Top 15 Valentines day dessert



The moment we here Valentines day the first thing that comes to our mind is colour Red :). Then follows the whole list...Heart shaped pillows, roses, chocolates, cakes, candlelight dinners etc etc... This is one day that all are excited about. Its become a special day for couples to express their love for each other. As this day is nearing, I would like to collate top 10 interesting desserts recipes that you can make it at home & serve your loved ones. I have collated top 15 dessert recipes from my site. Apart from these there are many more recipes in the Sugar section in my blog too:). Happy Valentines day to all my readers!
  1. Heart shaped Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. Banoffee pie
  3. Banoffee cake
  4. Red Velvet Beetroot cake
  5. chocolate cake
  6. Red Velvet cake
  7. Red colored Cake
  8. Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse filling
  9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies
  10. Coconut Vanilla Rainbow Cake
  11. Sticky Date Cake with Orange Toffee Sauce
  12. Double Chocolate Cake
  13. Tiramisu
  14. No Bake Oreo Cheese Cake ,No Bake Chocolate Cheese Cake
  15. No Bake Blueberry Cheese Cake













 

Chicken malai Kebab


Its Valentines week & I have been busy taking cake orders. I am sure by now you know that I have a home baking business here in Texas & I have named it "Sweetzions Bakehouse". If you haven't been to my page yet, please go there & like my page:). This week is a busy week for me & I already feel exhausted.

I had promised myself that I would do video recipes without fail and I am so glad that I kept up to my promise:) I have taken a video recipe today, while I was making my chicken Malai kebab. This recipe is my version & the most simplest version. I make these more often coz its so flavorful & healthy too. I also tried to add cauliflower into these kebabs. If you are a vegetarian, you can omit the chicken & add just cauliflowers. This is how I made it.


Making time: 2 hours
cook time: 22 minutes
Serves: 5- 6 people
Course- Appetizer

For video recipe click here

Ingredients:
  • 120 gms Boneless chicken cut into cubes
  • 2 cups cauliflower Florets (Around 10 florets)
  • 3 Tbsp cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp yogurt
  • 3 Tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tspn cardamom seeds
  • 7 flake Garlic
  • 2 inch Ginger
  • 5 green chilis chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Kasuri methi
  • salt as per taste
  • 3 Tbspn Olive oil
  • 4 to 5 Wooden skewers  soaked in water for 20 minutes (optional)
Method:
  1. Grind the ginger, garlic, green chili, cardamom & salt in a blender or mixer to a semi smooth paste
  2. Now in a bowl add cream cheese, yogurt, ground paste, lemon juice, kasuri methi & make a smooth paste for Malai Kebab. This will be the marinade for the chicken.
  3. Marinate the chicken & cauliflower in the smooth Malai paste. Set this in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. This process will season the chicken well & also make the chicken tender.
  4. After 2 hours of marinating, line the chicken in the skewers &  bake them in the pre heated oven for 20 minutes at 400 degree. After 20 minutes, remove chicken & apply olive oil on top of the chicken. Now put them back in the oven & bake them for another 3 minutes at 480 degrees.
  5. Now the Kebabs are ready & just brush some butter on top of the chicken just before serving.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Kesari Bath



The weather here is getting better & this week we see sunshine everyday. It feels good to see the Sun after a long time. However the fluctuating weather has made all of us sick. Zion is home this week as he is down with fever. When he is home, I cant do anything. He is full time around me & doesn't let me do anything.

Today I will be sharing Kesari Bath Recipe. This is one easy Indian sweet recipe. When I crave for Indian Ghee sweets, this is the one I make it as it can be done is less than 30 minutes. It was Pongal 2 weeks ago & I decided to celebrate it at home by making the traditional South Indian Tamil food. I made Khara Pongal, Medu Vada, sambar, chutney & Kesari Bath. Since my friend was getting Sweet Pongal, I decided to make Kesari Bath for sweet instead. It is also called as Rava Kesari, Suji ka Halwa in Hindi. This sweet is made in all parts of India & is given different names. There are also different recipes for this but this is how I make it & is the best.


Serves: 5 people
Making time: 30 minutes


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Semolina
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
  • 1/4 tspn Elachi powder
  • 1 tspn Orange color
  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1/4 tspn Salt
  • Handful of chopped cashew nuts or Almonds

Method:
  1. Dry roast semolina on medium flame for about 3 to 5 minutes, until you smell a nice aroma & the semolina becomes crispy.
  2. In a heavy bottom Pan, add water sugar, elachi powder, salt & bring this to a boil. Reduce the flame to medium. While the water is boiling, add the color & dry roasted semolina slowly while continuously stirring. The semolina will start to bubble but keep stirring.
  3. Now cover a lid & allow the semolina to cook for 2- 3 minutes on low flame. Now give it a good mix with a spoon. By this time the semolina will be fully cooked.
  4. Finally add in the Ghee into the semolina & give a good mix. Cover the lid & continue to simmer for another minute. Turn of the flame & let Kesari Bath rest in the pan for 5 to 10 minutes. Garnish the Kesari Bath with chopped nuts & its ready to serve.


 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Banofee Cake



From today my lill boy is going for full day school. All these while I knew that I had to pick him by 2 & then he is at home troubling me & talking non stop. Today its noon time & I am already missing him. Hope he does better in school & enjoys the full day. Now that I have a lot of time alone, I really have to utilize it very well. Currently I am watching this series "Switched at Birth" & whenever I am bored I watch this on Netflix. Currently I am watching it too:) Today I am sharing with you all a very tasty & my favorite cake recipe "Banoffe Cake" Its a simple Vanilla sponge cake with Banana, toffee & whipped cream filling. I had made this cake couple of months ago for one of my friends Birthday celebration. This is how it is made..


Makes: 8 inch 2 layered cake
Serves: 15-20 people
Making time: 60-90 minutes

Ingredients:
  • For the Basic sponge cake recipe click here
  • For the toffee sauce click here
  • 3 cups Heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 tspn Vanilla Extract
  • 3 medium riped Bananas cut into small rings.
Method:
  1. Whip the cream along with sugar & Vanilla until stiff peaks. You will need t use an electric beater or whisk attachment for the stand mixer. This process will take about 4 to 6 minutes. Once the cream reaches stiff peaks, just refrigerate it.
  2. Once the cake has been cooled down, cut them into 2 half's or just one depending on the height of your cake.
  3. Apply a layer of Toffee sauce (Dulce de leche) on top of the cake, now layer the chopped Bananas on top & then the whipped cream with a spatula.
  4. If you have another layer of cake, then continue the same process of layering, sauce, banana & cream. Once the layering is done, cover the whole cake with whipped cream.
  5. I used a star tip, colored the whipped cream with shades of pink & designed the cake.