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Friday, July 31, 2020

Mango Milkshake


When mango season is on, we look out for many ways in which mangoes can be tried in recipes. Looking at those beautiful color of mangoes, the first recipe that comes to my mind is Mango Milkshake. The Mango Milkshake is one such recipe that almost everyone like to have in summer. It is a super easy recipe. Just blend it and delightful treat is ready in no time. So let's see how to quickly make this yummy milkshake ready.

You can also check my other mango recipes here Aam Ras, Mango And Chocolate Ganache Cake, Alphonso Mango Icecream, Aamkhand, Mango Cheesecake 

INGREDIENTS

  • Alphonso Mangoes – 2 nos (fully riped)
  • Powdered sugar – 3 to 4 tbsp (adjust as per your taste)
  • Chilled Milk – 1cup
  • Ice cubes – 5 to 6 nos

METHOD

  • Peel the skin of the mangoes and cut them into small cubes.
  • In a blender, add in mango cubes, powdered sugar, milk and ice cubes.
  • Blend everything well till it is smooth and frothy.
  • Here we go Mango Milkshake is ready to serve.

 

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Parda Vegetable Biryani



The word “Biryani” is derived from Persian word “Birian”. This dish is popular throughout the Indian subcontinent. It is prepared with rice, vegetables and flavorful spices.  You might have heard of Dum Biryani which is prepared in steam but Parda Biryani is cooked in steam with bread covering it. This makes parda biryani more unique and flavorful.  It is a delightful treat to all biryani lovers. Parda biryani can be also prepared with mutton, chicken and eggs.

For a long time, I was planning to try this unique style of biryani. Finally it happened  and was amazed with its  taste. The recipe might look long, but trust me if you follow the cooking  steps, you will definitely find the recipe is very easy. The best part of this dish is that you can also enjoy the delicious fresh baked bread along with flavorful biryani. Sheerva makes the best side dish for this recipe. My style of making Sheerva will be shared very soon. Till then enjoy cooking.



INGREDIENTS

To Make Rice

  • Rice – 2 cups
  • Water -6 cups
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Peppercorns- ½ tsp
  • Star Anise – 1 no
  • Green cardamom – 2 nos
  • Cloves- 5 nos
  • Salt – 1tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp (oil avoids rice from sticking to each other)
To Make Vegetable Masala Gravy for Biryani
  • Green peas (Frozen or Fresh) – ¼ cup
  • Carrots (cut into small cubes) - 2 small
  • Beans (cut into 1 inch pieces) – 8 nos
  • Potatoes – (cut into cubes) – 2 medium
  • Cauliflower florets (cut into small pieces) – ½ cup
  • Onion –1 big (thinly sliced)
  • Tomato – 3 medium (finely chopped)
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 2tsp
  • Green chilies – 2 no (sliced)
  • Coriander leaves or cilantro – ¼ cup
  • Yogurt – ¼ cup
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1&1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Green cardamom – 2 nos
  • Bay leaves – 2 small
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Kewra water or Rose water – 1tsp
  • Ghee – 1tbsp

To Make Bread Covering (Parda) for Biryani

Note: If yeast is not available. Replaced it with 1/2 cup of yogurt and 1 tsp of baking powder.

  • All-purpose flour – 2&1/2 cup
  • Salt – ¾ tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp +extra oil to apply on the dough
  • Active Yeast – 2 tsp
  • Lukewarm water – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1tsp

Other Ingredients needed while Assembling Biryani

  • Fried onion – ¼ cup (Thinly slice 2 medium sized onions and fry in the oil)
  • Dried rose petals – 1tbsp
  • Cashew nuts (broken) – 2tbsp
  • Pudina leaves (fresh or Dried) – 2 tbsp (optional)
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Kewra water or rose water – ½ tsp
  • Saffron milk – (soak generous pinch of saffron into ¼ cup of milk)
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp

Method

To Make Rice for Biryani

  • Soak rice for at least 30 minutes.
  • Boil 6 cups of water and add cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamom, peppercorns, and star anise. Let all the spices boil in water for 30 seconds.
  • Then add salt and oil into the boiling water.
  • Wash rice and add it into the spice infused water. Let the rice cook until they are 80% done.
  • To check on the rice if they are done.  
  • Just take one grain of the rice in between your fingers. When you press, if it breaks then rice is ready.
  • Strain the rice and add into the cold water to avoid overcooking.
  • Again strain the rice from the cold water.
  • Spread the rice into the wide plate. This step will help the rice to cool down and avoid sticking to each other.

To Make Vegetable Masala Gravy for Biryani

  • Heat oil into a pan and add in cloves, green cardamom, cumin seeds and bay leaves. Saute them for 30 seconds.
  • Then add thinly sliced onion and fry till they light brown in color. Add salt to make cooking process of the onion faster.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft an mushy.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and sliced green chillies. Saute for 30 seconds till raw smell of paste goes off.
  • Mix in all the masala powder mentioned in the “ingredients column”. Fry for 20 seconds.
  • Add yogurt and stir in the masala. Cook till the masala leaves oil at the sides.
  • Add all the veggies and mix in the masala. Also add salt as per taste.
  • Cover and cook the veggies until they are 50 % done.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves, kewra water and dried rose petals. Mix everything well.
  • Lastly add ghee to the masala and mix everything again.
  • Let the heat of the vegetable masala lower down before assembling the biryani.

 To Make Bread Covering

  • Add sugar and yeast into warm water. Mix well and keep it aside for fermentation.
  • Meanwhile mix in all-purpose flour, oil and salt into a wide bowl.
  • Once yeast is fermented, add in the mixture into the flour mixture.
  • Knead well and make a sticky soft dough.
  • Apply more oil to the dough .Cover the dough and keep it aside for proofing time (dough will rise to double of its quantity)
  • Once dough is risen, punch the dough to release air from it.
  • Transfer the dough on the counter top and start kneading it with some extra flour and make a smooth dough ball.
  • Do not worry, if the dough is sticking to your hand. As you need the dough with dry flour, you will get non sticky and smooth dough.

 To Assemble the Biryani

  • Roll out the dough ball to the larger disk into a round shape.
  • The wide pot for assembling the biryani gives the best results.
  • Grease the pot with generous amount of oil.
  •  Slowly place the rolled out dough into the greased pot. Covering all the sides properly.
  • Now make layer with rice, vegetable masala, pudina leaves, fried onions and ghee.
  • Repeat the same layering for second time.
  • Lastly add garam masala powder, kewra water, dried rose petals, saffron milk and broken cashewnuts.
  • Once the layering is done. Cover it with dough from all the sides and seal it properly.
  • Place the biryani pot on medium flame to low flame.  Cover the pot with the tight lid and bake it for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the crust is golden brown in color.
  • In between you can place tava under biryani pot to avoiding any burning.
  • Similarly you can make biryani in the oven at 180- degree Celsius for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Remember to use oven proof pot for biryani when making in oven.
  • Parda Vegetable Biryani is ready.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Curdle Milk Pudding - Quick and Easy Dessert with Curdle Milk

This has been happening in many households that milk gets spoiled with one or the other reason. And then what we do? We just discard it immediately.
 
Now, I have a solution for it and you will never think of discarding curdle milk again. This recipe is easy to make with all available ingredients in your kitchen. After tasting this pudding , it can happen that you want to make it more.... Yes, its superb tasting. Do try this simple recipe and I am sure you all will love it.

INGREDIENTS
Ingredients mentioned here is for 1//2 litre of curdled milk.
  • Curdled milk - 1/2 litre
  • Sugar - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch (for colour)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Raisins - optional

METHOD

  • Once the milk curdles, stain the milk solids from the whey. Do not strain it completely, it ok if there is little whey left with the milk solids.
  • Add in sugar, turmeric powder and cardamom powder to the strained milk solids.
  • Place it on the medium flame and stir well till the mixture becomes thick.
  • Turn off the flame. As the pudding cool down it will become more thick.
  • So turn off the flame when the mixture is almost of semi thick consistency.
  • Yummy pudding is ready


 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Kit Kat Candy Bar Cake With Colourful Chocoalte Gems



My daughter, Amaira turned 3  this year. I wanted to make her a cake that he would truly adore and get thrilled about.  And I could never thought a better cake than Kitkat cake. I made a double layer kitkat cake with chocolate colorful gems.

Amaira absolutely loves Peppa pig.She even calls us as Mumma Pig and Dadda Pig. So it became obvious that Peppa would be the perfect choice for her 3rd birthday celebration.  To match the kitkat cake with the theme, I thought of  DiY Peppa family poppers to stick on the cake so that it goes well with peppa theme. The cake was impressive and looked really pretty in the party.


"Her smile made my heart happy"

KitKat cake with colourful gems is a super easy birthday cake that looks gorgeous and goes well with almost all the theme celebration. I made this cake with eggless chocoloate cake with chocolate frosting and chocolate ganache.

This moist chocolate with chocolate frosting makes  the best combination . The Kitkat and colourful gems add an interesting texture and takes the cake to the next level in the taste as well as in appearance.

 INGREDIENTS

I have made two chocolate cake base, one in 9 inch round pan and another cake in 4 inch round pan.

For 9 inch cake base. Here is the measurement of the ingredients.

  • All purpose flour – 2&1/4 cup
  • Cocoa powder -6 tbsp
  • Powdered sugar – 1&1/2 cup
  • Baking powder – 1&1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 9 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 3 tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 2 tsp

For 4 inch cake base. Here is the measurement of the ingredients.

  • All purpose flour – 3/4 cup
  • Cocoa powder -2 tbsp
  • Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/8 tsp
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Vanilla essence – 1tsp

 For Sugar Syrup

  • Powdered sugar – 5 tbsp
  • Sugar – 10 tbsp
  • Combine both the ingredients and syrup will be ready to use for soaking the cake.

For Chocolate Frosting

  • Whipping cream (chilled) – 1 cup (no need of sugar, as most of the whipping cream are already sweetened)
  • Melted Milk Chocolate compound  (melting can be done in microwave or using double broiler method)– ½ cup (You can increase the chocolate quantity as you like)

 For Chocolate Ganache

  • Fresh cream - 250 ml
  • Milk chocolate compound - 200 gm (chopped)

For Decoration

  • Kitkat Chocolate –as needed
  • Colourful chocolate gems – as needed

METHOD
  • Sieve the all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, cocoa powder baking powder and baking soda.
  • Combine oil, milk and vanilla essence into a bowl. Mix them together well.
  • Now add dry flour ingredients into wet ingredients .Gently mix flour mixture into wet ingredients.
  • Mix everything well such that you get smooth cake batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F or 180 Celsius.
  • Grease the 9 inch round tin .Pour the cake mixture into it and level up the mixture.
  • Bake the cake till it done. To check, insert the toothpick at the center of the cake, if the toothpick comes out clear, then the cake it done.
  • Take out the cake from the oven and allow the cake to cool down to room temperature. Let the cake cool down in same pan or transfer the cake onto the plate.
  • In similar way, also bake 4 inch cake base using ingredients listed in the ingredients column.

 

To Make Chocolate Frosting
  • Whisk the chilled whipping cream to the soft peaks. Add in melted chocolate and whisk the cream again until you get stiff peaks.
  • Remember to cool down melted chocolate to room temperature before you add it in the whipping cream. If required, one can use few drops of vanilla essence for extra flavour. I did not use, still it tastes good.

 

To Make Chocolate Ganache
  • Combine fresh cream and dark chocolate pieces into a saucepan and place it on low flame.
  • Stir it continuously till the chocolate completely melts. Then turn off the flame.
  • Let the ganache come to the normal temperature before using it on the cake.


To Assemble the cake.

  • Slice both the cake (9 inch cake and 4 inch cake) into two parts.
  • Soak each slices of the cake with prepared sugar syrup. Do not over soak the cake, as it may turn soggy.
  • Place bigger cake slice on the plate. Add generous amount of the chocolate frosting on the cake slice and spread evenly on it.
  • Then place the second  bigger cake slice on it. Crumb coat the cake on the top as well at the sides of the cake.
  • Repeat the same process with the smaller cake.
  • Keep both the frosted cake in the fridge for atleast 15 t 20 minutes.
  • Check for the ganache. If ganache has become thick, one can add little cream and warm it again to make it easy for pouring.
  • Then Pour the chocolate ganache over both the cake and spread ganache evenly on the cake using spatula.
  • Then place the cake in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before you go ahead with other decoration.
  • After 20 minutes, the ganache will be set on the cake.
  • Place smaller cake over the bigger cake and proceed with the decoration. This step will make little easy for decoration.
  • Then decorate the cake with kitkat chocolates and colorful gems.
  • Refer the cake for decoration.
  • Super-Duper, Easy-Peasy Egg less Kitkat cake with colorful gems is ready to go for any parties or occasions.