Monday, 17 April 2017

Kesar Pista Rasmalai Cake...


This was in my bucket list for a long time. This cake is infused with rasmalai milk and dressed with whipped cream and cream cheese, flavoured with Kesar essence. It is decorated with rasgulla, saffron strands, dried rose petals and ground pistachio. You can make rasmalai at home or you can get it store bought. 
Try this fusion cake and I am sure you will like it... 
With love from my kitchen...
You need 8 rasmalai rasgullas for the cake..

For the Cake..
Ingredients 
1 3/4 cups of All Purpose Flour 
1 1/4 cups of rasmalai milk or more if required 
1/4 cup Curd 
1/4 cup Sugar syrup 
3/4 cup Oil
1 tsp Kesar essence 
1/4 tsp Salt 
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Soda bicarbonate 
5 Rasgullas milk squeezed out from it 

Method 
Take a mixing bowl. Add oil and 1 cup of milk. Gradually add the flour and salt. Beat it.  Add the remaining 1/4 cup milk and the essence. Beat it again. Add the baking powder, soda bicarbonate, curd and the sugar syrup. Beat it. The batter should be thick dropping consistency. Add more milk if you require to get the right consistency. Grease a baking tin. Grease it with oil. Pour the batter to 3/4 of the tin. Place the rasgulla into the cake batter. Bake at 180 degrees celcius for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Insert a toothpick to check. Once done, remove it out from the oven and cool it completely before decorating the cake. 

For Icing 
Ingredients 
1 cup Whipped  cream 
1 cup Cream Cheese 
1/2 cup Rasmalai milk 
1 tsp Kesar essence 
Few strands of Saffron 
2 tbsp of ground Pistachio 
Few dried Rose petals 
3 Rasgulla cut into half

Method 
Take a mixing bowl. Add the whipped cream and beat it. As it forms a soft peak, add the cream cheese and the essence. Beat it for 2 minutes. Add few saffron strands and 2 tbsp of the milk. Beat it for a minute. Take the cake, slice it horizontally from the centre. Drizzle the milk on the cake slices. Add the cream on one of the cake slices.  Cover the cream with another slice of cake on top. Cover the cake with the first layer of icing. Refrigerate it for 15 minutes. Apply the remaining icing and decorate it with rasgullas, ground pistachio, few more strands of Saffron and dried rose petals. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes and enjoy it.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Cool Berry Mint Ice Tea...


As it's extensively hot, I am just practically living on water, for a change drinking juices with sugar is not healthy too... Here is a drink without sugar and it's a perfect, energetic and healthy summer drink for you from my kitchen. 
For a glass..
Ingredients 
2 Strawberries 
2 tbsp dried Cranberries 
1 tbsp dried Blue Berries 
Few Mint leaves
2 tbsp or more Honey as per your requirement..
1 cup Water
Pinch of Salt 
2 tbsp Lime juice
1 cup Leaker Tea ( Take a cup of hot water, add 1/4 tsp of tea leaves. Cover and keep for 2 minutes. Strain it.)

Method 
Take a pot. Add water, strawberries, cranberries, blue berries, few mint leaves and pinch of salt. Simmer it on medium heat till it reduces to 1/2 it's quantity. Cool it. Take a blender. Add the berry and mint decoction, leaker tea, honey, lime juice and ice. Blend it well. Pour it into a glass and enjoy the perfect, healthy and energetic drink.

P. S. You can also use fresh berries, if it is available.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hariyali Jhinga Kabab...


This recipe is for those days when you just want to be out of the kitchen.. And want to have something chatpata and tasty....
This is a very quick recipe and can be made in a short time. This can be served as snacks or a starter. If you want to have it for dinner, then you can make this into a roll by placing the kababs on the chapati, add some sliced onions, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Sprinkle some chaat masala and drizzle some green chutney and enjoy the roll. 
Ingredients 
200 grams of Prawns big size
1/4 bunch of Spinach including the stem
4 or more Green Chillies 
1 small piece of Ginger
8 Garlic cloves
Handful of Fresh Coriander
Handful of Fresh Mint
2 tbsp Lime juice
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Chaat Masala
4 or more Bread pieces cut into smaller pieces
Oil for shallow frying 
Method 
Take all the above ingredients except oil and put them in a chopper or food processor. Blend the ingredients well together until it forms into a sticky batter. Take oil in a pan. Let it heat. Take some water in a bowl. Dip your palm into the water. Take some batter, shape it and put it into the oil. Fry on low heat till both the sides are golden brown in colour. Serve it hot with salad. Sprinkle chaat masala on top before serving.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Garlicky Chilli Mango Chicken Roast...


Since mangoes are in season, here is a simple recipe of chicken roast with mango pulp. The chicken is marinated with salt, garlic, pickled red chilli paste, lime juice, mango pulp, salt and oil. It is then roasted in an oven. It is then served with tomato and cucumber slices. This can be eaten with pav, bun, naan or as a starter. Very simple recipe but taste great...

Ingredients 
1 small size cleaned whole Chicken 
Salt to taste 
2 Garlic pods cleaned and finely minced 
1 tbsp Preserved Red Chilli coarsely ground 
2 tbsp Lime juice 
1/2 cup Mango pulp 
3 tbsp Oil

Method 
Take the chicken and pat it dry. Sprinkle salt and rub it on the chicken. Leave it for 5 minutes. Drizzle the lime juice and rub it on the chicken. Now add garlic and chilli paste. Rub it well on the chicken. Add the mango pulp and 1 tbsp of oil. Rub it well, put some of the paste inside the chicken and let it marinate for an hour. Drizzle some oil on the chicken. Roast it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees celcius. Remove the tray. Turn the chicken, drizzle with some more oil. Continue roasting the chicken for another 15 minutes. Remove the tray, turn the chicken again, drizzle with remaining oil and roast it again for 15 minutes more. Serve it hot with cucumber and tomato.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Summer Cool Fresh Fruit Ice Candies.....


As the heat is terrible, I wanted to have something chilled... My memory took me back to my childhood days, where we use to buy these ice candies (pepsi as they were called) after a long afternoon play with friends in the summer break. They costed 50 paisa those days and was made with artificial colours and flavors. But who cared... After that a good scolding at home.....
Here is a easy recipe of ice candy with fresh fruit pulp, lime juice and chaat masala... very simple to make, taste great and it's healthy for children too..... you can customise it with your choice of fruits and can add condensed milk or evaporated milk and sugar to make flavoured milk ice candies too. 

Ingredients 
1/4 cup of each Fresh fruit pulp
(Mango, Strawberry, Black Grapes and Kiwi or any fruit of your choice)
1/4 tsp Lime juice for each pulp
1/4 tsp Chaat masala for each pulp
1/2 tsp Sugar for each pulp
1/4 cup Water for each pulp

Method 
You get ice candy bags, I made them at home with the help of a sealing machine.. 
Take any fruit pulp, add sugar, lime juice and chaat masala. Mix it well. Repeat the same process with the other fruit pulps. Take a candy bag and a big syringe. Fill up the juice into the syringe and transfer it into the candy bag or you can use a funnel to fill the juice into the bags. Fill 3/4 of the bag and tie a knot to the open end of the bag. Freeze it till it forms ice. Cut an edge and enjoy the hot summer afternoons...