Thursday, 20 July 2017

Kashmiri Dum Aloo...


There are many variations of making Dum Aloo. Some of the different states in India has their unique way of making it. In Kashmir, the dum aloo looks rich and vibrant due to the Kashmiri chilli powder used in it, which gives colour to the dish. Apart from the colour, the dish is flavorful too, as the fennel seed powder and ginger powder is also used in it with the other spices. 
The medium size of potatoes are boiled and pricked with a tooth pick. It is deep fried in oil and then the gravy is made. 
I was inspired by Chef Sanjay Raina's Dum Aloo Video and I had to make this dish which was in my bucket list. 

Ingredients 
12 medium size Potatoes boiled 
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Saha Jeera
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Green Cardamom
2 Black Cardamom 
3 Cloves
2 Bay Leaves
1 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder 
2 tsp Fennel powder
1 pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Ginger powder 
1 tsp Garam Masala powder 
Salt to taste 
3 tbsp Curd beaten 
Mustard oil to fry the Potatoes 



Method 
Prick the potatoes all over with a toothpick. Take the mustard oil in a wok. Heat the oil well till the smoking point. Reduce the heat and fry the potatoes well till golden brown in colour. Remove the potatoes from the oil and keep it on a paper towel. Remove the excess oil from the wok, leaving 2 to 3 tbsp oil in the wok. Add the whole spices and sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the red chilli powder into the wok and stir well on a low flame. Add  2 tbsp of water, so that the chilli will not burn. Add the curd and stir. Add all the spice powder and salt. Stir and cook all the ingredients together well till the oil separates from the masala. Add 1 1/2 cup of water. Let the gravy simmer for 2 minutes. Add the fried potatoes.  Cover the wok and cook for 20 minutes till the gravy thickens a bit. Serve it hot with rice. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Lasuni Palak Pav...


Baking bread at home is a more healthier option rather than buying it from the store. All of us are regularly kneading dough at home everyday to make rotis, chappaties or Paratha. But when it come to making bread with yeast we are a bit sceptical about it. Believe me, it's a very easy task. Only thing you have to keep in mind is that you have to give the dough time to rise. Proofing is very important. 
To make it more nutritious, you can add grated or chopped vegetables while kneading the dough. You can add spices as per your choice to make it more flavorful. Serve it as snacks or eat it during breakfast with chai - maska or enjoy it with any side dish like egg omelette, keema or vegetables. 


Ingredients 
500 grams All Purpose Flour 
1 small bowl of Spinach 
4 Garlic Cloves 
2  Pickled Tomatoes or 2 Sun dried Tomatoes 
1 tsp Pickled Red Chilli slices or Red Fresh Chillies 
11 grams Dry Active Yeast 
10 grams Sugar
5 grams + 1/4 tsp Salt
240 ml of Water
50 ml Oil

Method
Chop the garlic, spinach, Tomato and chillies. Take a pan, add 1 tbsp oil. Heat it. Add the garlic, sauté it for few seconds. Add the spinach, pickled tomatoes, chillies and salt. Stir and sauté till the water from the spinach has dried up. 

Take 1/4 cup lukewarm water, add sugar and yeast. Stir it and let it rise. Add the rest of the salt to the flour and mix it. Add the yeast water and the remaining water to the flour. Add the spinach mix and start to knead it. After 5 minutes, add 1 tbsp of oil and knead for another 5 minutes. Add another 1/2 tsp of oil to the dough. Cover the dough and keep it to rise double in size.

Apply oil on the palm, punch the dough and knead the dough on a flat surface for 2 minutes. Divide the dough into equal  portions depending upon the size you want. I weigh the dough as it will be of the same size. Take a rectangular baking tray. Grease it with oil. Roll the dough and place it on the baking tray. The dough should be touching each other. Apply oil on your fingers and gently flatten the dough from top. Cover the dough and let it rise double in size. Spray water on the dough. Bake at 190 degrees celsius for 20 minutes or till brown in colour. Remove it from the oven. Brush the pav with butter. Let it cool completely before eating it. 


Monday, 3 July 2017

Shami Kabab...


Shami kebabs are popularly eaten as snack or appetizer throughout India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is made from beef, chicken or lamb. It is made by boiling the meat,dal, whole spices, onion, ginger and garlic, salt and turmeric powder till the meat has cooked. Then it is ground into a smooth paste. Coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chillies are added to the paste. It's given a shape of a patti and it's shallow fried in oil. 
It's garnished with onion,lime and mint leaves. It is served with green chutney made out of coriander and mint leaves.

Ingredients
250 grams boneless Mutton pieces
1/4 cup Split Bengal Grams / Chana dal soaked for an hour
1 Onion chopped
4 to 6 Garlic cloves
1 small piece of Ginger
2 to 3 or more Green Chillies chopped as per requirement 
2 tbsp Mint Leaves chopped
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped
1 Black Cardomom
1 Green Cardomom
2 Cloves
1 small piece of Cinnamon
6 to 8 Pepper corn 
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 Egg
Oil for Frying





Method
Take a pressure cooker, add the mutton pieces, chana dal, onions, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, black cardomom, green cardomom, Cloves, pepper, salt, turmeric powder and 1 1/2 cup water into the pressure cooker. Close the lid and let it whistle 4 times or till the mutton has cooked. Let the pressure release, open the cooker and if any water is remaining, dry it up. Let it cool down completely. Then add the meat and the dal into a food processor, add egg and blend it until it turns into a smooth paste. Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves  and green chillies. Add salt and chillies if required. Blend it once more. Take a tray, grease the tray with oil. Apply oil on your palm. Take a lime size ball from the mixture. Roll it and flatten it a bit. Place it on the tray. Keep it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Take a fry pan. Add oil. Shallow fry the kababs very gently till golden brown on both the sides. Remove them on a paper towel. Serve them hot with green chutney, onions, lime and mint leaves.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Achari Machli Bhappa...


This is a fish preparation, very easy to make, spicy and scrumptious. You can serve this dish as a starter or have it as a side dish with hot steaming rice. The fish is marinated in fresh homemade achari masala. We all have left over oil from the pickle, and we discard them, but I use it up in creating other dishes, so here I have used achari oil from the pickle which gives extra punch to the dish. 

Ingredients
1 medium size around 500 grams whole Fish - Indian Salmon / Rawas,  Barramundi / Bhetki or Snapper / Rani Machli
2 tbsp Garlic and Green Chilli paste (4 Garlic and 3 Green Chillies)
6 Garlic cloves crushed
Juice of 1 Lime
1 small Tomato for Garnishing
Few Coriander Leaves chopped
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1/2 tsp Carom seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
6 Red Chillies
1 1/2 tsp  Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Pickle Oil


 

Method
Clean the fish well, the fish has to remain in 1 piece. Give 3 slits on the fish. Keep the fish on a foil paper. Apply salt and 1tsp turmeric powder on the fish and keep it aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile add mustard seeds, coriander seed, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, carom seeds, fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and 4 red chillies into a grinder and grind the seeds into a powder. That makes our achari powder. In a small mixing bowl add the achari powder, lime juice, garlic - chilli paste and oil, mix it and let it stand for 5 minutes, apply the achari paste properly all over the fish, push the crushed garlic into the cuts of the fish and add 2 dry chillies. Cover the fish with the foil paper. Leave it to marinate for 30 minutes to an hour. Steam the fish in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 200 degrees celsius or you can steam it in a steamer till the fish is cooked. Garnish it with coriander leaves and tomato. Serve it hot.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dhuska

Since it's raining continuously here for last 2 days, I was craving for something fried, but at the same time, lazy me wanted to be a couch potato. So here is a simple recipe to satisfy my soul....
It's a traditional dish of Jharkhand. It's made during festivals and can be had for breakfast and snacks. It's a fried savoury pancake. Easy to make with few ingredients. Rice and lentils are soaked in water and made into a smooth batter with garlic and ginger.  Cumin seeds, chopped chillies, green peas, coriander leaves, salt and turmeric powder are added to the batter and it is deep fried. It's serve with ghugni or aloo rassa. 


Ingredients
1 cup Rice 
1/2 cup Split Black Gram / Urid dal 
1/4 cup Split Bengal Gram / Chana dal
2 tbsp Green Peas
2 Green Chillies chopped 
1 tbsp Coriander Leaves Chopped 
2 to 3 Garlic cloves 
1 small piece of Ginger 
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
Oil to fry 

Method 
Wash and soak the rice and the lentils separately for 6 hours or overnight. Grind the rice and the lentils along with the garlic and ginger in a grinder into a smooth batter. The batter should be of dropping consistency. Add the salt, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, peas, chopped chillies and coriander leaves. Mix the batter, let is stand for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a wok, add a ladle of batter and fry it till golden brown on both the sides. Serve it hot with Aloo Rassa..

Aloo Rassa...

Aloo Rassa


This is a Potato Curry recipe. This dish can be eaten with chapatis, rotis, parathas or pooris. It can be had during breakfast or main course. 
Ingredients 
4 medium size Potatoes boiled and crumbled
1 large tomato chopped
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds 
Salt to taste
¼ tsp Turmeric powder 
½ tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp  Cumin powder 
1 tsp Coriander powder 
1 tsp Fennel powder 
1/2 tsp Dried Mango powder 
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder 
Pinch of Asafoetida
1 tsps Oil

Method 
Take a wok, add oil. Add the fenugreek seeds, sauté for few seconds. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and asafoetida. On a low flame stir for few seconds. Add the ginger paste and tomatoes. Sauté it till the tomatoes become mushy. Add the potatoes, salt, garam masala powder and dried mango powder. Stir and add a cup of water. Stir and and let the curry simmer for 10 minutes. Once the curry thickens add Coriander leaves. Serve it hot with pooris or paratha.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Aish El Saraya...

Eid Mubarak to all...
May you be blessed with joy, peace and happiness.

Aish El Saraya...
It means bread of the royal palace. It's a Lebanese dish. Aish El-Saraya is made on special occasions.
Sweet sugar syrup is drizzled over the toasted bread and covered with thick cream on top. It is garnished with chopped pistachios and rose petals. It is served chilled. 
With love from my kitchen....

For the Syrup
Ingredients
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tsp Lime juice
2 tsp Rosewater

Method
Add sugar, lime juice and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Stir and let it cook on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring it to a boil and switch of the flame. Stir in rosewater. Cool for 10 minutes.

To make Aish El Saraya
Ingredients
8 slices White Bread,sides cut and toasted
1 1/2 cups of Milk
1/3 cup  Sugar
1 cup Fresh Cream
3 tbsp Cornflour
1 tsp Rosewater
Sugar Syrup
1/4 cup chopped Pistachios
Few dried Rose petals

Method
Take a baking dish. Place 4 slices of toasted bread slices into the dish in a way that no gap should remain. Pour 1/2 of the syrup on the bread. Top with remaining bread. Drizzle with remaining syrup. Keep it aside. Add milk, cream, sugar and cornflour in a  sauce pan. Stir it till the cornflour has mixed well. Cook, stirring it constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Switch of the flame. Stir in rosewater.Pour over the bread in the dish. Sprinkle with pistachio. Set aside to cool. Refrigerate until it sets. Serve.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Mutton Zaffrani Pilaf


Pilaf or Pulao is a dish in which rice is cooked in a seasoned broth. Sautéed onion, spices, vegetables, fish, meat and dry fruits are added depending upon the local cuisine. It is a common dish made in India, Bangladesh, Middle East and many other countries. 
This is an easy recipe. The dish has a mild flavor and taste of the spices and saffron. This dish can be made in various ways. This dish can be served with raita.
Ingredients
1 kg Mutton pieces
500 grams Basmati Rice
2 big size Onions sliced
1 tbsp Ginger - Garlic crushed
1 tsp Ginger - Garlic paste
2 Green Chillies cut into half
1 tsp Coriander leaves chopped
2 Bay leaves
6 Apricots
2 tsp Almond Flakes
1 tsp Raisins
1/4 tsp Saffron
1/4 cup hot Milk
Juice of 1 Lime
1/2 tsp Nutmeg powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1 Star Anise
1 medium Cinnamon stick
4 Cloves
2 Green Cardomom
1 Mace
2 tbsp Ghee


Method
Wash and soak the rice and keep it aside. Soak the Saffron and turmeric powder in hot milk, keep it aside. Take a big pot, add a tbsp of ghee and let it melt. Add the green cardomom, cinnamon stick, cloves and fennel seeds. Let it splatter. Add 1/2 the quality of the sliced onions, saute till pink in colour. Add the mutton pieces, salt, sugar and bay leaves, stir and cook for 10 minutes. Add 2 liters of water, stir, cover and cook till the mutton has become tender. Remove the excess mutton broth if any and keep it aside and can be enjoyed as soup, as when we add the rice, it will cook in the broth, so the broth should be just enough to cook the rice. To be precise, there should be 4 1/2 cups of the broth. 
Take a wok, add the remaining ghee, let it melt. Add the remaining onion slices, fry the onions till golden brown in colour. Remove a tbsp of onion and keep it aside for garnishing. Add the 1 tsp almond flakes and raisins into the remaining fried onion slices. Stir for another minute. Add the ginger - garlic paste. Sauté for a minute. Add the fried onions, apricot, lime juice and nutmeg powder into the mutton broth. Adjust the salt. Drain the excess water from soaked rice. Add the rice, stir and let it cooked till 80 percent of the rice is cooked. Add the saffron milk. Stir the rice gently. Cover and cook till done. Before serving garnish with fried onions, pinch of saffron, 1 tsp almond flakes and coriander leaves. Serve it hot with raita.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Braised Cottage Cheese / Tofu, Spinach and Dried Mushrooms.....


This time during my trip to Singapore, I happened to pick up different varieties of Dried Mushrooms which are very popular like shiitake, oyster, flower shiitake, portobello and needle mushrooms. Before cooking the mushrooms, you need to soak the mushrooms in hot water for several minutes, squeeze the excess water out and then used them. Mushrooms have a meaty flesh and a woody flavor. If you don't have dried mushrooms, use fresh mushrooms which are available at your place. I have added cottage cheese, but tofu can also be used. Other ingredients that I have used are spinach, onion, garlic, ginger, green chillies, bird eye chillies and seasonings. This dish can be served as a starter for vegetarians... 

Ingredients
1 bowl of mix variety of dried Mushrooms soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and then squeezed them out from the water
6 to 8 pieces of cottage cheese / tofu cut into triangle shape 
1 big Onion cut into cubes
 6 Garlic cloves sliced
 1 small piece of Ginger sliced
2 Green Chillies cut lengthwise 
4 to 6 Bird eye Chillies 
A handful of spinach leaves along with it's stem broken into half 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
¼ cup of Oil
2 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Honey 
1 tsp Vinegar

Method 
Take a wok, add oil. Then fry the cottage cheese / tofu until brown on both sides. Keep it aside. In the same Oil sauté the garlic, ginger and chillies for a few seconds. Add the onions and saute till translucent. Add the spinach and sauté on high heat for a minute. Add the mushrooms, add the soya sauce,vinegar,honey, salt and pepper powder. Add the cottage cheese / tofu. Stir it. Cover let it simmer in it's juices for 2 minutes. Serve it hot.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Mango Pickle in Water


This Pickle has no oil at all. It only consist of raw mango, spices and water. With just few techniques to follow, this pickle is ready and it stays for 2 to 3 months. To preserve it further, you can refrigerate it. 

Stage 1 - Spice Powder 
Ingredients 
2 tbsp Coriander seeds
1 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds
1 tsp Fennel seeds 
2 tbsp Mustard seeds 
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds 
10 Guntur Chillies for pungency 
10 Byadgi Chillies for colour 
1 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/4 tsp Asafoetida powder 

Method 
Roast all the above ingredients except turmeric powder and asafoetida powder for 2 minutes. Cool it, add the roasted spices, turmeric powder and asafetida powder into a grinder and grind the spices into a fine powder. Keep it aside. 

Stage 2 - Drying the Mangoes
Ingredients 
1 kg Raw Mangoes washed and cut into pieces with skin 
1 tbsp Salt 
1 tbsp Turmeric powder 

Method 
Apply the turmeric powder and salt to the mango pieces. Keep the mango pieces in a steel strainer, place another smaller vessel on the mango pieces, and put some heavy weight on the vessel.  Keep it aside for 6 to 8 hours. Some of the water from the mango will drain out. Take the mango pieces and spread it on the paper or cloth and let it dry for another 8 hours. 

Stage 3 - Making the Pickle 
Ingredients 
Raw Mangoes 
Spices
2 1/2  tbsp Salt
3 cups Water 

Method 
Take a pot, add water and salt into the pot. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Switch of the flame and let the water cool down completely. Take the water in a bowl, add the spice powder and mix it. Add the mangoes and mix it. The water level has to cover up the mango pieces. Transfer the mangoes into a clean dry glass bottle. The pickle should fill up to 3/4 of the bottle, as the water can leak from the bottle while the mango pickle process is still on and it takes 7 days to be ready. Initially the spice water is liquidy, but eventually the mangoes and the spices will soak up some water and it will become  into a thick paste. You can enjoy the pickle after 7 days.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Filipino Adobo....

Adobo is a popular dish and it is unofficially considered as the national dish of Philippines.When the Spanish invaded and settled in the Philippines during the 16th century, they discovered this traditional Filipino cooking method and called it adobo, which is the Spanish word for marinade.
  There are many regional variations of adobo, but most recipes includes vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and black pepper.  Coconut vinegar, rice vinegar, or cane vinegar is used. At times even white vinegar can be used. Adobo can be made with meat, fish or vegetables. It is most commonly made with chicken and pork or both combined. It is served with white rice. It was traditionally cooked in small clay pots.
This time while my stay in Singapore, I was invited by a Filipino friend for dinner. She has made few traditional dishes, one of them was Chicken Adobo. I fell in love with this dish and can have a plate full of rice with it. It's very simple to make. It is tangy and salty in taste. It's a must make dish. 
Chicken Adobo.... Here is my version of it.... 
For Marinating the Chicken
Ingredients
1 kg of Chicken with skin or without skin cut into pieces
4 tbsp Soya sauce
3 tbsp Cane Vinegar
6 Garlic cloves crushed
Salt to taste
1 tsp Pepper powder

Method
Add all the above ingredients into a bowl and mix it well. Cover and marinate it for at least 3 hours to overnight.
For Chicken Adobo 
Ingredients
Marinated Chicken
4 Garlic cloves sliced
8 Black Pepper Corns
2 Bay leaves
3 tbsp Oil

Method
Take a wok, add oil. Let the oil heat. Add the chicken pieces and fry it until brown on both the sides. Pour in the marinated juices, garlic, bay leaves and pepper corns. Add a cup of water. Cover and cook till the chicken has become tender. Serve it with hot steaming rice.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Khatta Mitha Kesari Aam Sharbat Sour and Sweet Mango Squash with Saffron


Since I am very fond of making various types of pickles, my husband got around 3 1/2 kgs of Raw Mangoes from a tree situated in the compound where he works. Apparently I had made 2 kgs mango Pickle the same day. So I kept the raw mangoes for 2 days, and by the time when I thought about making some more mango pickle, these mangoes were already in their half riped stage. So thought of making Mango squash. This is an experiment in my kitchen. This Mango Squash has no preservatives and will stay for 3 months in the fridge. I loved the flavor of the saffron infused with the flavor of the Mangoes. It is sweet and sour in taste.

Stage 1 
Ingredients 
3 1/2 kgs Half riped Mangoes 
2 liters of Water 
1 tbsp Salt or Rock salt
5 to 6 pods of Green Cardomom crushed 
1/4 tsp Saffron 

Method 
Peel the skin of the mangoes. Cut them into pieces. Take a big pot. Add the mango pieces and the mango seeds along with the flesh into the pot. Add water, cardamom crushed,  saffron and salt. Let it simmer till the mangoes have become pulpy. Let it cool. Remove the mango seeds and squeeze out the pulp from it and discard the seeds. Add the rest of the mango pieces and the pulp into a blender and blend it. Take a wire mesh strainer and strain the juice out. 

Stage 2 
Ingredients 
Mango Juice
2 1/2 kgs of Sugar
1/4 tsp Saffron 

Method 
Take a pot, add all the above ingredients. Let it simmer till it reaches a level before the one string consistency and small lumps begins to form. To check, take the juice on a ladle. Pour out the juice from the ladle. You will see small tiny lumps stuck on the ladle and the juice has thicken a bit. Switch of the gas. Let it cool. Strain the juice out through a wire mesh strainer. Let it cool completely. Store in dry glass bottles. 

To make the Sharbat, fill up 1/4 of the glass with the Squash. Add chilled water and ice. Stir it and enjoy it.

Friday, 26 May 2017

JhatPaat Amer Tak Jhal Achar ( Bengali style ) - Instant Spicy Sour RawMango Pickle....


This year I didn't get time to make the traditional type pickle as I was away on a long holiday. But we love pickles. So this instant pickle will serve my purpose for the whole year. 
It is spicy and sour, and it goes well with parotha, dal - rice, khichudi.. Use a dry spoon while serving it. 

For Marinating the Mangoes
Ingredients
2 kg Raw mangoes washed, dried and cut into pieces along with the skin
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Method
Apply salt and turmeric powder to the mango pieces and sun dry it for 4 to 6 hours or or dry it under the fan. No water should remain. 

For Making the Paste
Ingredients
2 tbsp Mustard seeds
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
3/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1 tbsp Cumin seeds
1 tbsp Carom seeds
8 to 10 or more Green Chillies as per the spice
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
10 Garlic cloves
1 medium piece Ginger
1/2 cup Vinegar

Method
Make paste with the above ingredients and  keep it aside.

To make the Mango Pickle
Ingredients
Marinated Raw Mango pieces
Wet paste
8 whole Garlic cloves
4 to 5 Green Chillies cut into halves
1 tsp Panch Phoren 
Salt to taste
1/4 cup  Sugar
2 Pinch of Asafoetida
2 cup Mustard Oil

Method
Heat the oil in a wok until smoking point. Lower the flame. Let the smoke subside. Add the Panch phoren, garlic and green chillies.  Let the panch phoren crackle. Add the asafoetida. Let it cook for few seconds. Add the paste and cook for 2 minutes. Add the sugar. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the mango pieces. Cook the mango pieces till it is little soft. Adjust the salt.  Cook it further till the oil separates from the paste. Once done, take it off the flame and cool it completely before transferring it into a clean - dry glass bottle. It is ready to be served with parotha, dal - rice or khichudi. It can be preserved for a year. 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Milo Dinosaur ChesseCake


Milo is one of the very popular malt base powder used in Singapore for drinks. Different types of drinks like Milo Dinosaur Drink, Milo Ice, Hot Milo etc are made with this powder. So here is the Milo Dinosaur cheesecake with love from my Kitchen. 

Ingredients for the Cake 
150 grams All Purpose Flour 
2 tbsp Milo powder 
1 tsp Coffee powder 
1/2 tsp Baking powder 
1/2 tsp Soda Bicarbonate 
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
100 ml Oil
200 ml Condensed Milk
100 ml Curd 
100 ml Milk 

Method 
Take a bowl, add the coffee powder, Milo powder, baking powder, soda bicarbonate and salt. Mix it. Keep the (dry ingredient mix) aside. 
Take another bowl. Beat the oil, curd , condensed milk and vanilla essence together. Add the dry ingredients mix. Beat it once more. Add the milk and beat it once more. The batter should be of the dropping consistency. Add little more milk, if you feel that the batter is dry. Take a springform tin. Spray oil into the tin. Cover the tin with an aluminum foil from out. Pour the batter into the tin. Tap the tin. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes in a pre heated oven.  Insert a tooth pick to check. Once done remove it and let it cool. 

For the Cream Cheese
Ingredients 
1 pack of Cream Cheese 
200 grams Hung Curd
200 grams Icing Sugar 
1 tsp Vanilla Essence 
2 Eggs 
3 tbsp Milo Powder 

Method 
In a mixing bowl, beat the Cream Cheese and the hung Curd until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time and beat it. Add the vanilla essence. Beat it once more. Add the icing sugar. Beat it until smooth. Take the Milo cake. Press the cake gently from top. Pour the cream cheese mix on the cake. Take a tray. Put the cake tin on the tray. Pour 2 cups of water on the tray. Put the tray for baking at 180 degrees for 30 minutes in a pre heated oven. Once done the Cream Cheese will set. Chill it in a refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Before serving. Sprinkle Milo powder on top of the Cheese Cake. Serve it chill. 




Thursday, 27 April 2017

Garnet Glow Tea - Review...


Garnet Glow is a tea company situated in Pune. They have a wide range of flavored tea blends from all over India, China and Japan. Once you peep into their website, they have customized offers for you. You can choose your own tea flavor, you can buy samples and taste it before buying in large quantity. You can choose and customize your blends. They are aromatic and have health benefits too. The company emphasizes on Flavourful aroma, Right colouration and Optimum health benefits. They can be packed in beautiful casing of your choice.
 To make a cup of tea...
          Add one teaspoon of tea leaves into a pot and pour hot water. Cover and keep it for 2 - 3 minutes. Strain it, add milk or lime and sugar. 
Please do try out their special blends, each of the flavours has unique delicate flavour and has healing properties too. This place is a treat for tea lovers. You can buy you goodies here. Click on the link given below 👇🏼
Garnet Glow Tea



 Darjeeling Mist Tea
The company says ----
The Darjeeling Mist tea leaves are uniquely beautiful, harvested from the high-altitude Himalayan range. The tea offers misty fresh aroma with an impeccable taste. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, it serves your senses with serenity while curing various health ailments. 



Health Benefits:
Maintains Dental Health, Checks Gastric Ulcers, Promotes Weight Loss, Cancer Prevention, Boosts Heart Health.



My take on this - 
      As I opened the sachet of Darjeeling Mist, there was a nutty and floral aroma from the leaves.The aroma of the brewing tea was quite fresh. That moment I just needed to grab a book, which I did, enjoying the peace and of course the tea without milk. The flavour was quite enhancing. I felt rejuvenated. 

Masala Grove Tea
The company says - 
A unique blend of authentic Indian herbs and spices with rich premium tea leaves ensures that the goodness of all the ingredients are absorbed uniformly and gets released perfectly at the time of brewing. Known for its health benefits, daily consumption can help in boosting your metabolism. 



Health Benefits: 
Reduces cancer risk, Supports Immune System, Relieves PMS, Anti-Inflammatory Aid, Improves digestion, etc.



My take on this - 
The aroma of the tea upon opening the sachet was of the spices. Cardamom, pepper, rose petals, ginger was distinctly noticed with the tea. Upon brewing it, the aroma of the spices was all around. This blend became my favorite on the first sip. I did not use sugar and milk. While sipping the tea, one can actually get the aroma and flavour of the spices, with the flavor of cardamon lingering on the tongue. It gives you a inner satisfaction after having the tea. Almost missed my friends... wish they were there.. it would have been a perfect afternoon having adda with my friends and Masala Grove. 

Peach Black Tea 
The Company says - 
Delicate and delightful, Peach tea refreshes your body and mind with its sweet, smooth taste. High on nutritional value, it is non-acidic and brews up a beautiful golden hue while keeping the fruity flavor in balance. 



Health Benefits:
Weight Loss, Anti-oxidants, Supports Immune System, Anti-Cancer, Reduce hair loss, Stress-reliever.



My take on this -
I loved the peachy aroma upon opening the sachet. I brew up a beautiful golden hue and it smelled very peachy, felt tropical. The flavor had a very mild sweetness that tasted like a very fresh piece of fruit. It was a wonderful cup of tea. I personally would have made a chilled Peach ice tea to beat this summer heat. 

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