Monday, March 31, 2014

HAPPY UGADI!!!!!!! SHEERA POLI



Hello everyone...Wish you all a Happy Ugadi. May this new year filled with all the wealthy and prosperous essence of life. Today on this day I would like to post sheera poli. Sheer Poli is kind of obattu or poli with semolina and coconut filling. I hope you will try and enjoy this dish.
Talking about this festival, Ugadi symbolizes the wealthy essence of our life that is happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise. Traditionally this occasion is celebrated by having ugadi mix or you can say as ugadi pachadi. It is mix of few ingredients which symbolizes the flavors of our life.


Like
The sweetness of jaggery symbolizes the happiness
The bitterness of neem leaves symbolizes the sadness
The tangyness of raw mango symbolizes the surprise
The spicyness of pepper symbolizes the anger
The sourness of tamarind symbolizes the disgust
The saltiness of salt symbolizes the fear 




INGREDIENTS
For Outer Cover
  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Semolina - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Water – To knead
  • Oil - 1/8 cup


For Filling
  • Semolina - 1 cup
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 1 1/4 cup
  • Milk - 1 1/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour - 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp



PREPARATION
For Making Outer Cover
  • Into a wide add all the ingredients that is all purpose flour, semolina, salt and water
  • Knead the flour by adding water to make a soft dough.
  •  Now add oil and smear all over the dough
  • Cover and keep it aside for 4 hrs.


For Making Filling
  • Roast the semolina with 1/4 tsp of ghee and switch off the flame.
  • Parallely heat the milk  and water.
  • Add the rice flour and coconut to the roasted Semolina and mix well. Do need of roasting. Keep it aside.
  • Now add the hot milk to the semolina – coconut mixture, mix well to avoid lumps.
  • When the mixture  thicken, add sugar and mix well.
  • Once all the liquid is absorbed, switch of the flame and allow it to cool. When the filling is hand bearable make 14 equal sized small balls.
  • Similarly divide the dough to 14 equal sized balls
  • Using a plastic sheet, take a dough ball and flatten to small round disc. Then keep the stuffing in the middle of disc.
  • Now pull the edges of the disc in the middle. Seal it and make a ball out of it.
  • Flatten the ball using your hands and then using the rolling pin make a very  thin disc like chapathi .Make sure edges are equally thin.
  • Heat the tava. Spread some oil onto the tava and place the poli . Fry them on both the sides on medium flame by smearing little oil.
  • Remove the poli once  you see small golden patches on both the sides.
  • Sheera Poli is ready to serve.




Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine Special!!!! ..........Eggless Mango Cake with Buttercream Frosting



Wish you all a Happy Valentine's Day... Hope you all had a great day with your valentine. I too enjoyed my day and also recieved many gifts from my valentine. On this lovely occasion I thought to bake a cake. After many thoughts I came with idea of making mango cake with buttercream frosting.It was heavenly delicious and we enjoyed it alot.  Going on to the recipe.


INGREDIENTS

  • All purpose flour - 1&1/2 cups
  • Softened butter - 1/2 cup
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup (If mango pulp is sweet, reduce the sugar)
  • Milk powder - 1 cup
  • Baking powder - 2 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Mango pulp - 3/4 cup
  • Mango essence -1/2 tsp (optional, you can add cardamom powder or vanilla essence too)
  • Milk -1/4 cup
  • Salt to taste


Buttercream Frosting

  • Softened butter - 1/2 cup
  • Powdered sugar - 2 cups
  • Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
  • Milk - 4 tbsp


 PREPARATION

  • Sieve all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well and keep it aside
  • In a wide bowl, add butter, mango pulp and milk. Whisk well and make a smooth mixture.
  • Then add milk powder and again whisk the mixture.
  • Add flour mixture into the wet mixture. Fold the flour into the wet  mixture. If your using essence add it now.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Grease the cake pan and add the cake mixture into it. I used two 4 inch sized cake pan. Bake the cake for 35 minutes. 
  • Check the cake by inserting the tooth pick or knife. If the tooth pick or knife comes out clean then the cake is ready to come out of the oven.
  • Once done, take the cake out of the oven and allow it cool down.


Buttercream Frosting

  • Whisk the butter well. To that add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Whisk again.
  • If you think the mixture is dry and cannot whisk properly, add about 1 to 2 tbsp of milk.
  • Then add the remaining powdered sugar and vanilla essence. Whisk again until you get thick frosting.



Assembling the Cake
  • Slice the cakes in between.
  • Place one slice on the cake board. Apply some frosting and then place another slice. Repeat the process until all the slices are stacked.
  • Now apply the thick coat of frosting all over the cake and try to smooth it out using cake smoothing spatula.
  • Pipe out the design on the cake.
  • And here we go delicious cake is ready to make your occasion the grand.






Friday, February 7, 2014

HUNGRY KYA?????





After a long time, we wanted to try something different and at the same time we were not in the mood to go out .The only possible way our both wishes could come true is by surfing the internet. After many tries and some suggestions, we narrowed on the online food ordering website named as "FoodPanda.in" . The website is so well maintained that ordering food was certainly enjoyable. When we explored it in details, we found they had thousands of restaurants.


This website looked so organized that you need to do just enter your city and location to get a customized menu list based upon (on a lazy day, I hoped they had auto detect feature for location). Then you will get list of restaurants in your near by places. Choose your restaurant and favorite dish and make the payment. Within a few minutes, your favorite food will be at your doorstep. Food panda network restaurants have a very fast delivery system.

 Talking of  Food Panda, they are one of the best online food ordering site carrying different cuisines such as North Indian, Mughlai, Chinese, South India. They also have many good options in dessert  varieties and also in fast food items. The fastest way you can order the food from Foodpanda is just by downloading the free IOS and Android app.

Some of the best part of this website are , the location where you get everyday deals.  To receive these great offers from all over the top restaurants you need to sign up on the website. Another great option is that they have an online payment system. Citibank debit or credit cards can save upto 15%. This is an exclusive offer for Citibank card members only.


At last, we order Chole baturi from mast kalandar restaurant. There were 3 baturi, chole
masala and onion salad. This order had a special Bogo offer, it was buy 1, get 1 offer. We were lucky to have it. All thanks to Food Panda.
The taste was truly awesome and it made me try a similar dish at home. Believe me friends when I tried to cook a similar thing on next day, the taste turned out to be very similar to the restaurant ordered chole baturi.

Very soon I will be posting this recipe on my blog, so that you can try and enjoy the restaurant style Punjabi chole baturi.
For more exciting dishes, do visit "FoodPanda.in" and explore the variety of cuisine and enjoy their special offers. For any help call them on their toll free number that is 1800-3000-3034


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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Boondi Ki Subzi


Today I was bit confused with cooking for the lunch. Had to think a bit and then remembered of leftover boondi  which was simply laying in my kitchen pantry. Whenever I used to see these boondi packet, always had some or the other plans with it. Most the time it was raita. So today I made my mind to make something different out of boondi and that was this delicious boondi ki subzi. Truly guys, I liked it so much that next time I will purchase the boondi packet only to make this subzi. Do try it once and enjoy with parathas or simply goes well with simple dal bhaat.


INGREDIENTS
Boondi - 2 cups
Onion - 1 big, finely chopped
Tomato - 1 medium, finely chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
Green chillies - 3 to 4 nos, chopped
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 2 tsp
Tumeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchur powder - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - a pinch
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Cilantro - 2 tbsp



PREPARATION

  • Chop onion, tomato, garlic and green chillies. Set aside .
  • Heat oil in the pan and add cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let seeds crackle for 1 minute.
  • Then add chopped garlic and chopped green chillies. Fry for sometime.
  • Add chopped onion and fry until light golden in colour.
  • Add red chilly powder, tumeric powder, cumin powder and salt. Mix everything well.
  • Then add chopped tomato and cook until they are mushy.
  • Now add boondis and level them in the pan. Do not stir or mix it with masala. Just level them in the pan and cover the pan with the lid.
  • Lower the flame and let it cook on low flame for atleast 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Then open the lid and add amchur powder. now mix boondi with masala.
  • Here we go Boondi ki Subzi is ready to serve.