Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How To Freeze Pineapple


how to freeze pineapple

How to freeze pineapple, preserving pineapple.
I am a big fan of pineapple and I always like some preserved or frozen ones for making cakes or puddings. It is always a good idea to store seasonal fruits for later use. Frozen pineapple can be used to make pineapple smoothies.

Preserving pineapple by stewing them is also a good way to store pineapple.

how to freeze pineapple 1

For freezing, I like to chop the pineapples into small pieces rather than making into rounds or large piece as it is easy to blend small pieces in the blender for making smoothies.

If you plan to make pineapple upside down cake then you should freeze some round ones.

I am sure, you will wonder what to do with pineapple peels; well, how about making pineapple wine with pineapple peel, sounds yum right?

When you put the pieces in Ziploc bags; make sure you release all the trapped air before sealing.

how to freeze pineapple 2

How To Freeze Pineapple


PREP TIME: 10 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  how to freeze pineapple  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Whole Pineapple: 1 or 2
  • One ziploc bag


  METHOD:

  1. Peel and core pineapple.
  2. Cut into rings or cube them.
  3. Fill in Ziploc bag, and press to release the air and then seal it.
  4. Freeze it until you need.

NOTES

  • You can use frozen pineapple in smoothies and milk shakes.
  • You can thaw them and use in cake or puddings.
  • Thawed pineapple pieces can also be stewed.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Kerala Beef Stew | Nadan Beef Stew | Beef Stew Recipe


kerala beef stew

Beef stew recipe, how to make kerala beef stew (nadan beef stew) with step by step pictures.

Kerala beef stew is an excellent side dish for Easter or Christmas and best served with kerala appam and easy and quick to make in pressure cooker. Beef is cooked in coconut milk with potatoes and whole spices which makes it more flavorful and yum.

Nadan beef stew is always a show stopper at special occasions like birthdays, baptisms, or for an elaborate Sunday meal.

Vegetables like green peas and carrots can also be added to the stew; do check out chicken stew recipe.

You can use instant coconut milk powder instead of fresh coconut milk.

Beef stew recipe with step by step pictures.
Get the ingredient for pressure cooking ready. Beef with a little fat is best suitable for this recipe.
kerala beef stew 1

Put the beef,  sliced onions, slit green chilies, sliced ginger, whole spices (3  cloves, 3 cardamons, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 6 to 7 whole pepper corns), and two cubed potatoes. Add in 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp vinegar, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, and 1/2 cup thin coconut milk (if using coconut milk powder, mix 1 tbsp of powder with 1/2 cup milk). Mix everything and pressure cook for 15 to 20 mins (after the first whistle simmer the fire for 20 mins). After the steam is released on its own, open cooker and check whether beef is cooked.
kerala beef stew 2


Heat another pan or kadai with 2 tbsp of coconut oil. Add in 1/2 inch cinnamon, 4 to 5 cloves, 4 whole pepper corns, 3 cardamon and allow it to splutter. Add in 1 sprig curry leaves and then add in the contents from the pressure cooker. Allow it to boil, add salt if needed.
kerala beef stew 3


Pour in 1 1/2 cups of thick coconut milk mixed with 1 heaped tsp of cornflour, mix well and once it starts to boil, sprinkle 1/2 tsp pepper powder, simmer for a 1 minute and switch off the fire. Serve after 3 minutes with appam.
kerala beef stew 4

Other Recipes You May Like:
Kerala Appam
Chicken Stew Recipe
Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala Beef Stew | Nadan Beef Stew | Beef Stew Recipe


PREP TIME: 10 mins    |  COOK TIME: 30 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  kerala beef stew  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Beef: 300 gms, cubed
  • Potatoes: 2, cubed
  • Onions: 2, sliced
  • Green chilies: 6 to 7, slit
  • Ginger: 1 inch, sliced
  • Cloves: 3
  • Peppercorns:6 to 7
  • Cardamon: 3
  • Thin Coconut milk: 1/2 cup
  • Vinegar: 1 1/2 tsp
  • Pepper Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • TO TEMPER:
  • Coconut Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon: 1/2 inch
  • Cardamon: 3
  • Cloves: 3-4
  • whole peppercorns: 4
  • Curry Leaves: 1 sprig
  • Thick Coconut Milk: 1 1/2 cups
  • Cornflour: 1 tsp heaped
  • Pepper Powder: 1/2 tsp


  METHOD:

  1. Put the beef, sliced onions, slit green chilies, sliced ginger, whole spices (3 cloves, 3 cardamons, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 6 to 7 whole pepper corns), and two cubed potatoes. Add in 1/2 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp vinegar, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, and 1/2 cup thin coconut milk (if using coconut milk powder, mix 1 tbsp of powder with 1/2 cup milk). Mix everything and pressure cook for 15 to 20 mins (after the first whistle simmer the fire for 20 mins). After the steam is released on its own, open cooker and check whether beef is cooked.
  2. Heat another pan or kadai with 2 tbsp of coconut oil. Add in 1/2 inch cinnamon, 4 to 5 cloves, 4 whole pepper corns, 3 cardamon and allow it to splutter. Add in 1 sprig curry leaves and then add in the contents from the pressure cooker. Allow it to boil, add salt if needed.
  3. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of thick coconut milk mixed with 1 heaped tsp of cornflour, mix well and once it starts to boil, sprinkle 1/2 tsp pepper powder, simmer for a 1 minute and switch off the fire. Serve after 2-3 minutes with appam

NOTES

  • It is best to serve after 3 to 4 mins as the gravy will thicken slightly.
  • I used coconut vinegar, but you can also use ordinary synthetic vinegar.
  • It is best to use coconut oil.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pizza Without Oven | No Yeast Pizza | Pizza On Tawa


tawa pizza

Pizza without oven or yeast, learn to make pizza on tawa.

Making pizza on tawa is a boon to those who do not have oven, yes pan pizza is easy to make.  You also do not have to add yeast to proof the pizza dough I know some of you will be happy to hear this. This recipe is to those who would want to make pizza on their tawa (iron skillet pan), pizza on stove top.

No yeast pizza is fairly easy to make, remember some days back I shared butter naan and so I had one left over naan and I thought why not make pizza with it (that naan was so soft and yum). So I placed it on my good old tawa and dressed it up like a real Italian pizza and my kids swooned over it, especially my daughter but remember I had only one left over naan. So, I made another batch of naan dough but did not make naan but made these pizza instead!

Tawa pizza is so easy to make and is a boon when sudden power cuts come, dont you think so?  We do need to learn to make things without the oven, BTW have you tried out my pressure cooker cake??

Lets talk about this pizza dough; I used whole wheat flour and because it does not have much gluten it does not "double" as much as a dough made with "flour" (maida). Its no secret that I try to make daily meal as healthy as possible; so maida (flour) is not invited when I make meals for my family except ofcourse with cakes / desserts. But if you are not so into the health freak mode; then you can make with flour.
no yeast pizza

I divided the dough into two because I wanted a slightly thicker pizza base; but Nidhi wanted a thinner base so the next time I made I divided the dough into 4 and the result was slightly thinner base.

About toppings; you can spread my easy homemade pizza sauce or if you are in a hurry just plain tomato sauce would be fine but of course with a generous sprinkle of Italian seasonings. If you have some left over chicken gravy, you can spread that out instead of tomato sauce; like I made butter chicken pizza. I had some left over tandoori chicken, so I made my favorite tandoori chicken pizza.

Pizza without oven / tawa pizza recipe, step by step photos:

Into a large bowl add in two cups of whole wheat flour,  half cup of plain flour (maida), 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix everything nicely and make a well in the center with a spoon. Add in 3 tbsp thick curd (yogurt), 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp oil, and about 3/4 to 1 cup of water
tawa pizza recipe 1

Mix lightly with a spoon and then add water and knead into a smooth dough (I did knead on the counter for a few minutes). Grease your hands with some oil and pat on top of the dough, so that it is nicely coated with oil and does not form a dry crust after sometime. Keep the bowl in a warm place for 4 to 6 hours.
tawa pizza recipe 2

Once the dough has risen; lightly press it down to release the trapped air and divide into two or four balls (if you like thin pizza base, then divide into four).
tawa pizza recipe 3

Heat a tawa or iron skillet pan; while it is heating, roll out the dough into a circular (it should fit your tawa). And gently place the rolled out pizza dough into the hot tawa and simmer for 2-3 min or until that side is cooked and lightly browned.
tawa pizza recipe 4

Now flip to the other side and spread pizza topping on the cooked side. Drizzle a tiny bit of oil around the sides to that the base becomes slightly crisp.
no yeast pizza 1

Cover the pan and cook until cheese melts or the base is cooked (about 3-6 mins on low flame). Note that the first base I made in my iron skillet and the second one on my roti tawa.
Remove when done and serve.
no yeast pizza 2

Check my tandoori chicken pizza for the topping I used here.
Veg pizza recipe
Butter chicken pizza
Easy pizza sauce
The best homemade pizza dough
Pizza Bread

Pizza Without Oven | No Yeast Pizza | Pizza On Tawa


PREP TIME: 4 hours    |  COOK TIME: 20 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  tawa pizza  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Whole wheat flour: 2 cups
  • Flour (maida): 1/2 cup
  • Baking powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda: 1/4 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Curd: 3 tbsp
  • Water: 3/4 to 1 cup
  • Oil: 2 tbsp


  METHOD:

  1. Into a large bowl add in two cups of whole wheat flour, half cup of plain flour (maida), 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix everything nicely and make a well in the center with a spoon. Add in 3 tbsp thick curd (yogurt), 1 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp oil, and about 3/4 to 1 cup of water
  2. Mix lightly with a spoon and then add water and knead into a smooth dough (I did knead on the counter for a few minutes). Grease your hands with some oil and pat on top of the dough, so that it is nicely coated with oil and does not form a dry crust after sometime. Keep the bowl in a warm place for 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Once the dough has risen; lightly press it down to release the trapped air and divide into two or four balls (if you like thin pizza base, then divide into four).
  4. Heat a tawa or iron skillet pan; while it is heating, roll out the dough into a circular (it should fit your tawa). And gently place the rolled out pizza dough into the hot tawa and simmer for 2-3 min or until that side is cooked and lightly browned.
  5. Now flip to the other side and spread pizza topping on the cooked side. Drizzle a tiny bit of oil around the sides to that the base becomes slightly crisp.
  6. Cover the pan and cook until cheese melts or the base is cooked (about 3-6 mins on low flame). Note that the first base I made in my iron skillet and the second one on my roti tawa. Remove when done and serve.

NOTES

  • If you live in a cold place, then it might take longer to proof (double)
  • Make sure the tawa is preheated well before you place the dough on it.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Veg Sandwich Recipe


veg sandwich recipe

Veg sandwich recipe; this is my easy sandwich with leftover green chutney and aloo which I make for aloo-paratha. Veg sandwich makes a filling and healthy meal; and so these are often for lunch boxes.

Vegetable sandwich can also be made with boiled and sliced potatoes; but I like the seasoned potatoes which I make for aloo paratha. The tangy green chutney gives a good flavor to the sandwich and yes you can play around with the filling like adding in some fresh palak leaves or maybe a cheese and if you are health conscious then you can omit the butter, just adjust everything to suit your taste.

Step by Step Veg Sandwich Recipe
Serves: 2

Spread butter and green chutney on one slice of bread,

Spread mashed and seasoned boiled potatoes.

Top with chopped or sliced onions  Cover with another slice of bread and grill on a hot tawa. Slice and serve with tomato sauce.

Veg Sandwich Recipe


PREP TIME: 5 mins    |  COOK TIME: 1 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  veg sandwich recipe  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Bread Slices: 4
  • Mashed and seasoned potato: 4 tbsp
  • Green Chutney: 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Butter: 2 tsp
  • Onion: 1, chopped.
  • Tomato: 1, sliced (optional)
  • Chat Masala: To sprinkle
  • Salt: To Sprinkle


  METHOD:

  1. Trim the edges of the bread and spread 1 tbsp of butter on one side.
  2. Spread 1 tbsp of green chutney over the butter.
  3. Spread mashed and seasoned boiled potatoes over it.
  4. Top with chopped onions.
  5. Cover with the other half of the bread.
  6. Heat a tawa or skillet and place the veg sandwich on it and grill both sides pressing ligtly with a spoon.
  7. Cut into two or four and serve with tomato sauce.

NOTES

  • I do not usually trim the edges as I make this for my kids
  • You can also top sliced tomatoes, I did not use as my mashed potatoes have some amchur/dry mango powder in it.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Green Chutney / Green Chutney Recipe


green chutney recipe

Green Chutney Recipe; Green chutney  or hari chutney is a quick and easy chutney which needs no cooking. A fabulous dip with parathas, biriyani, and pulav. When I have leftovers I spread green chutney on sandwich and my kids even love to dip samosa in it.

Green chutney is a healthy chutney made with mint and coriander leaves. Just put everything in the blender and give it a nice blend, so easy! So yum! Just look at the lovely green color of the chutney all natural!

Green chutney is a versatile dip and is used in chaats and other Indian delicacies.

Method:
  Gather all the ingredients and put it in a blender and blend to a smooth paste.


Serve with samosa

Green Chutney / Green Chutney Recipe


PREP TIME: 10 mins    |  COOK TIME: 1 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  green chutney recipe  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Coriander leaves: 1 cup, chopped
  • Mint Leaves: 1/2 cup
  • Green Chilli: 2
  • Garlic: 3 cloves (optional)
  • Ginger: 1/2 inch
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Oil: 1 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon: Juice of half a lemon or 2-3 tbsp curd.
  • Onion: 1/2


  METHOD:

  1. All all the ingredients into a blender and blend it to a smooth puree.

NOTES

  • Always add mint leaves half of the coriander leaves you have taken
  • Serves best with biriyani, paratha, and pulav.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Banoffee Pie Recipe, How To Make Banoffee Pie


banoffee pie

Banoffee pie recipe; banoffee pie is a quick and easy no bake dessert.  Banoffee pie is made with bananas and a rich toffee made from boiled condensed milk and topped with cream. The combination of banana, toffee and cream is heavenly!

Banoffee pie got the name from banana and toffee; the word "banoffee" is used to describe any food or product that tastes or smell of both bananas and toffee, do read more about banoffee pie here

Banoffee pie is one of the easiest no bake desserts and I make this for special occasions; but never got a chance to take pictures. Even before I posted here, I have shared this recipe with many friends and cousins. I wanted to post this for Christmas, but again when I made I could not take pictures.

I badly wanted to take some more pictures, but once the pie was cut my children attacked it as though they were starving for a few weeks....it is that good, literally melt in the mouth.

Dulce de leche or toffee made from condensed milk is the main ingredient in this pie. You might have heard that condensed milk should be simmered in water and boiled for 3-4 hours to make dulce de leche, but my method used pressure cooker and takes only 10 minutes of heating.

I had shared this method back in 2012 when I made cupcake with dulce de leche, but thought I will again show you how it is done.

Step By Step Method:
Lets make the toffee or dulce de leche
Caution:  Let me warn you though it is very easy to make at home you have to be very careful as the contents inside the tin are also boiling when it is pressure cooked. So, if you try to open it when it is still hot; it can burst because of the pressure inside. Please be careful when making this and pls do not let your children handle it when it is still warm.

Place the condensed milk container (remove plastic wrappings) in a pressure cooker. The tin should be immersed in water; either way. Heat the pressure cooker and once when the steam comes, put the weight on the hob and after the 1st whistle simmer the fire for 10 mins and switch off the flame. Do not open the cooker until it is completely cooled.
My son, loses his control when he sees a condensed milk tin. So to be on the safer side I make dulce de leche at night. Just when the kids are tucked in bed, I make this and switch off the fire. It will cool by itself and will be ready in the morn. (so make this at night if you have naughty greedy kids around).

Powder 250 grms of marie biscuit and add 100 gms of melted butter. Mix it until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Press this on to a round pie dish with your fingers or the with the end of a glass. Pour all the "toffee" from the condensed milk tin and spread.

Top with thinly sliced bananas, since my kids do not favor raw banana I used only one banana; you can use up to 3 if you like them...just slice and top the over the toffee.

I whipped about 200 ml cream with 2 tbsp powdered sugar (since the toffee is very sweet). Spread this over the bananas and chill the pie for atleast 4 hours.
Just before serving I like to sprinke cocoa powder and then slice and serve. Kids will love this....this is a very rich pie, so pls be a bit easy on it :)

Try this weekend and enjoy "banoffe pie"
banoffee pie recipe

No Bake Pineapple Biscuit Pudding
Marie Biscuit Pudding.


Banoffee Pie Recipe, How To Make Banoffee Pie


PREP TIME: 10 mins    |  COOK TIME: 10 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  banoffee pie  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Marie Biscuits: 250 gms
  • Butter: 100 gms
  • Condensed Milk: 1 tin
  • Bananana: 1, sliced thinly.
  • Cream: 200 ml
  • Powdered Sugar: 2 tbsp
  • Cocoa Powder: To sprinkle


  METHOD:

  1. Make toffee with condensed milk as instructed above.
  2. Powder 250 grms of marie biscuit and add 100 gms of melted butter. Mix it until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  3. Press this on to a round pie dish with your fingers or the with the end of a glass. Pour all the "toffee" from the condensed milk tin and spread.
  4. I whipped about 200 ml cream with 2 tbsp powdered sugar (since the toffee is very sweet). Spread this over the bananas and chill the pie for atleast 4 hours.
  5. Sprinkle cocoa powder just before serving.

NOTES

  • To make toffee; pressure cook condensed milk immersed in water for 10 min (see below step by step method).
  • Since the toffee is very sweet; I added just 2 tbsp powdered sugar to the cream.
  • you can pipe the cream over the bananas and can sprinkle chocolate shavings or chocolate chips.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Aloo Paratha Recipe , How to Make Aloo Paratha


aloo paratha

Aloo paratha recipe with video tutorial- Aloo paratha is a filling and healthy Punjabi meal, cooked and mashed aloo (potatoes) are seasoned and filled inside a paratha (Indian flatbread). It is easy to make and perfect for lunchbox; the best thing about aloo paratha is that you do not need any side dish, just plain curd or mano pickle would be perfect.

In the video; I have also shown how to make the aloo paratha without oil or ghee; though Punjabi's are known to drizzle ghee or butter lavishly on their parathas.

When I make aloo paratha for dinner, what I do is I make them in the afternoon - I half cook them on the tawa and wrap in a cloth, once it is time to serve I reheat again with a bit of ghee or butter for kids and without them for Homey. This way, I save a lot of quality time with Homey and kids.

This recipe has no onion or garlic; but you can add a bit of onion or ginger...or sprinkle some chaat masala.

When you cook the paratha keep the tawa hot and regulate from hot to medium while cooking. you can also press down with a spatula so that the insides are cooked properly. The paratha should have golden or dark borwn spots once it is cooked. In the video I have shown how to cook without oil; for that regulate the flame from high to medium and press down with the spatula, once the paratha is puffed up the inside are well cooked and you can serve hot.

Also, remember to keep the parathas covered in a clean kitchen towel; this helps to keep them soft and also the moisture will be absorbed by the cloth.


More Recipe  You May Like:
How to make Indian flatbread / Roti
Gobi (Cauliflower) Paratha
Mooli (Radish) Paratha
Cheese Paratha
Keema Paratha


Aloo Paratha Recipe , How to Make Aloo Paratha


PREP TIME: 15 mins    |  COOK TIME: 30 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  aloo paratha  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Whole Wheat Flour: 2 1/2 cups
  • water: 1 cup, or as needed
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Oil: 1/2 tsp to grease hands.
  • Potatoes: 1/2 kg, pressure cooked.
  • Oil: 2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds:1/2 tsp
  • Kashmiri Chilli Powder: 1 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves: A small bunch, chopped
  • Amchur/ Dry Mango powder: A big fat pinch (optional)
  • Extra oil or ghee or butter to drizzle over the parathas while cooking


  METHOD:

  1. Knead the wheat flour, water, and salt into a dough. Grease hand with oil and knead to a soft dough. Pinch off 9 balls (larger than roti balls) and keep aside.
  2. Peel the cooked potatoes and mash them. Heat a kadai or a pan with 2 tsp oil, once the oil is heated add in 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and allow it to splutter. Switch of the flame. Add in 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder, and mix well.
  3. Add in the mashed potatoes. Switch on the fire and mix well for a min.
  4. Add in 1/2 tsp salt and a fat pinch of amchur powder and mix well. Lastly add in coriander leaves. switch off the fire and allow it to cool completely.
  5. Make lemon sized balls with the cooled aloo and keep aside. Make an indention in the dough (ball) and fill the aloo inside it and seal it completely.
  6. Roll out dusting with flour. Place on the hot tawa and cook both sides with oil or ghee until nicely browned.
  7. Serve with curd or pickle.

NOTES

  • Swith of the flame before adding Kashmiri chilli powder, so that the heat is brought down and the chilli powder does not get burnt.
  • Remember to keep the parathas wrapped in a clean kitchen towel if not serving immediately.
  • More tips in the video.

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

Naan Recipe Without Yeast, How To Make Naan On Stove Top


naan recipe

Naan without yeast recipe: Naan can be made without oven, naan on stove top is a boon to those who do not have an oven especially for bachelors and students.

Butter naan can be made on stove top, just the way I make tandoori roti on stove top; and very easy too. The best thing about no-yeast naan is they remain soft even while still warm; so when I plan butter naan and paneer matar curry for dinner (mostly on weekends) I make naan in the afternoon and place it on my casserole covered with a clean kitchen towel....and it stays soft till I serve and I only reheat paneer matar.

Naan is mixed with flour and water (you can also use milk instead of water) and a bit of  baking soda and baking power does the trick. Once you knead it into a soft pliable dough allow it to rest for a couple of hours. Ofcourse it does not "double up" like a yeasted dough but it does puff up a bit.

I hope you will try this easy naan, which you can make on the stove top.

Step by step recipes:
Into a bowl, add in 2 cups of whole wheat flour (atta) and 1/2 cup of maida and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well. Make a well and add in 3 tbsp curs, 2 tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp baking soda, mix well with a spoon.

Add in water (you can also use milk) and knead it into a soft dough. I kneaded it on my counter top for 2 mins. Keep it covered with a damp cloth in a warm place for 1.5 hours


You can see the dough has risen a little. Divide and roll into 9 balls (slightly larger than roti/chappathi).


Heat a tawa with handle. Roll out into your desired shape (I made it into a teardrop shape), do not make the dough too thin slightly thick like tandoori roti. Brush water on one side of the naan.


And place the water side naan on the hot tawa, raise the heat to high and let it stay for a few seconds; not longer because the heat will release the dough from the pan. We need the dough to be sticked on to the pan, so a few seconds would be fine..
With the flame still on high, turn the tawa upside down; since the dough is sticked to the tawa it will not fall down and hence we can cook the other side over the flame. Decrease and increase the flame as needed, tilting and moving the tawa. (Do not use a nonstick pan).

Place the tawa on the flame again for a few seconds so that the (watered side) is cooked perfectly. Remove from tawa and place it on a kitchen towel; brush with butter. Repeat the same with the rest. See notes for TIPS.

More Recipes:
Tandoori Roti (step by step tutorial)
Paneer Matar Recipe.

Naan Recipe Without Yeast, How To Make Naan On Stove Top


PREP TIME: 2 hours    |  COOK TIME: 30 mins    |  AUTHOR::
  naan recipe  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Whole Wheat Flour: 2 cups
  • All Purpose Flour/Maida: 1/2 cup
  • Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: 1/2 tsp
  • Curd/Yogurt: 3 tbsp (thick curd)
  • Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Water or Milk: About 1 cup or as needed
  • Extra water to brush the naan


  METHOD:

  1. Into a bowl, add in 2 cups of whole wheat flour (atta) and 1/2 cup of maida and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well. Make a well and add in 3 tbsp curs, 2 tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/4 tsp baking soda, mix well with a spoon.
  2. Add in water (you can also use milk) and knead it into a soft dough. I kneaded it on my counter top for 2 mins. Keep it covered with a damp cloth in a warm place for 1.5 hours
  3. You can see the dough has risen a little. Divide and roll into 9 balls (slightly larger than roti/chappathi).
  4. Heat a tawa with handle. Roll out into your desired shape (I made it into a teardrop shape), do not make the dough too thin slightly thick like tandoori roti. Brush water on one side of the naan.
  5. And place the water side naan on the hot tawa, raise the heat to high and let it stay for a few seconds; not longer because the heat will release the dough from the pan. We need the dough to be sticked on to the pan, so a few seconds would be fine.
  6. With the flame still on high, turn the tawa upside down; since the dough is sticked to the tawa it will not fall down and hence we can cook the other side over the flame. Decrease and increase the flame as needed, tilting and moving the tawa. (Do not use a nonstick pan).
  7. Place the tawa on the flame again for a few seconds so that the (watered side) is cooked perfectly. Remove from tawa and place it on a kitchen towel; brush with butter. Repeat the same with the rest.
  8. Serve with butter chicken or paneer matar masala.

NOTES

  • You can make with maida (only) to get a restaurant feel. I used whole wheat to make it as healthy as possible.
  • You can top it with kalongi (onion seeds), chopped garlic, or chopped coriander leaves.
  • If not serving immediately pls cover it with a clean kitchen napkin; so that it stays fresh and soft.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Marie Biscuit Pudding - No Bake - Eggless Biscuit Pudding


marie biscuit pudding

Marie biscuit pudding-Marie biscuit pudding is comfort dessert for me, it rich but eggless and no bake and that makes it my go-to easy biscuit pudding recipe.

I practically grew up on this during my teen days and those days "cream" was not so available so we used to skip it and cream only with butter and sugar and sometimes when we (my brothers and I) used to make with "tiger biscuits" when we ran out of marie biscuits, my brothers like making with tiger biscuits than marie.

Biscuit puddings are my favorite because they can be made easily and just a few hours of chilling they are good to eat! No baking needed, no eggs, easy peasy!

Wishing you a very happy and blessed new year!

Step By Step Tutorial:
Refrigerate (overnight) a pack of Amul cream and open the packet and scoop out the thick cream (we do not want the whey, use it in curries). Dunk the thick cream into a  bowl.

Add in 1 stick butter and whisk until light and fluffy.

Add in 1 1/2 cups sugar (I powdered the sugar), vanilla essence and cream again.  I have mixed 2 tsp instant coffee powder with 2 tsp sugar in half cup warm water and kept aside. Into a dish, dip each biscuit in the black coffee and line the dish.

Put half of the cream on top of the biscuit and spread it out. Drizzle a tablespoon of chocolate sauce over it (if you do not have chocolate sauce at hand check notes for substitute)

Again repeat the same; dip biscuits in black coffee and place on top of the cream. Then top it with the remaining cream and drizzle chocolate syrup.

Chill for at least 2 hours and serve. You can drizzle some chocolate syrup when you serve.
biscuit pudding

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Marie Biscuit Pudding - No Bake - Eggless Biscuit Pudding


PREP TIME: 10 mins    |  COOK TIME: 1 Mins    |  AUTHOR::
  marie biscuit pudding  

  INGREDIENTS

  • Marie Biscuit: 200 gms or as needed.
  • Sugar: 1 1/2 cups (powdered)
  • Cream: 3/4 of a pack of Amul fresh cream
  • Butter: 1 stick, 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla Essence: 1 tsp
  • Black Coffee: 1/2 cup (Check notes)
  • Chocolate Syrup: As needed.


  METHOD:

  1. Refrigerate (overnight) a pack of Amul cream and open the packet and scoop out the thick cream (we do not want the whey, use it in curries). Dunk the thick cream into a bowl.
  2. Add in 1 stick butter and whisk until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in 1 1/2 cups sugar (I powdered the sugar), vanilla essence and cream again. I have mixed 2 tsp instant coffee powder with 2 tsp sugar in half cup warm water and kept aside. Into a dish, dip each biscuit in the black coffee and line the dish.
  4. Put half of the cream on top of the biscuit and spread it out. Drizzle a tablespoon of chocolate sauce over it (if you do not have chocolate sauce at hand check notes for substitute)
  5. Again repeat the same; dip biscuits in black coffee and place on top of the cream. Then top it with the remaining cream and drizzle chocolate syrup.
  6. Chill for at least 2 hours and serve. You can drizzle some chocolate syrup when you serve.

NOTES

  • Powder 1 1/2 cups of sugar.
  • Mix 2 tsp instant coffee powder with 2 tsp sugar in half cup warm water to make the black coffee.
  • If you do not have chocolate syrup at hand; sprinkle plain cocoa powder on top of the cream instead.
  • Since whole cream is not available here; I refridgerate the cream overnight and then scoop out the thick cream which has come on top and use the whey in curries.
  • If you have double cream use it.
  • If you like some crunch in between add in some chocolate chips.
  • For me 1 1/2 cups sugar is perfect; if you feel it is a bit sweet use 1 cup sugar.
  • Instead of Marie biscuit; you can use "tiger biscuit, graham crackers etc".

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