24 January 2015

Pav bhaji

After so much of nagging to make some snacks ,i made one more chat for evening..Both hubby and hansika merasal fied with soft buns and delicious bhaji masala.I had no clue i could make so soft cottony light buns at home.Its wordless to say how fresh it was.Hubby couldnt resist when i am clicking the picture,he finished the second plate too.I am also mersalaayitten with this pav bhajji.With this recipe,its so easy to make.Once yaman posted the recipe ,I couldnt resist to ask my doubts.But i dont want to ask too many questions on single thing without using my common sense.Yep i am neither writing any exams here to throw in some fake answers.Finally i did it..yipeee...i m in clould nine and soo happy to share with you guys.Enjoy!.Bon Appetite!

To make Pav buns
Recipe from here

Maida or All purpose flour-2 cups /250 gms
Milk-3/4 cup
Salt-1 tsp
Milk powder-1+1/2 tbsps
Sugar-1 tbsp
Maida to dust 


Initially proof the yeast in warm place with sugar and warm milk for  10 minutes
Add the flour and salt in a bowl, add the milk mixture and make a soft semi sticky dough
Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes gently and keep it a bowl covered with wet cloth

Once the dough is risen, pouch it back and knead it back into shape.
Allow it to rise again for another 20 minutes

Line the parchment paper in baking pan.
Make the dough into balls leaving some spaces in between them.

Allow it to rise for another 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven for 200 C

Once the dough is risen ,Brush some milk on top

and bake them for 15-20 minutes

Remove the pan from oven,brush some butter/oil on top

To make bhaji masala,
Onion-3/4 cup
tomato-1+1/2 cup
Peas-1/2 cup
Potato-2 cup
Carrots-1/2 cups
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
Red chilli powder-2 tsps
Pav bhaji masala-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter to Serve

1.Chop onions,tomato,potato,carrots and peas ,cook them in a steamer and set aside
2.Heat a pan, add 2 tsps of oil ,add onions and tomato ,saute them well until its cooked
3.Add the cooked vegetables and a cup of water ,cook until all gets mixed.Smash it with smasher until all vegetables disppear completely.
4.Add all the powders and salt and cook in simmer for another 10-12 minutes.

Serve hot with pav ,a gallop of butter and lemon!.

Yummy and Delicious Pav bhajji is ready

20 January 2015

Minestrone Soup

After all the dose of festival feast , its time to seattle down to a simple soup.A bunch of vegetables slowly cooked in a broth is perfect to slurp in a cold misty night.I made it with no oil and no sodium broth.Its healthy and perfect substitute for any simple dinner.Please consider it as wholesome meal.

Carrots,chopped-1 cup
Celery,chopped-2 stalks
Onion,chopped-1 cup
Green beans,chopped-1/2 cup
Tomatoes puree-3 cups
(Boil 3 tomatoes for 3 minutes,deskin and grind into puree)
Oregano-1/2 tsp
Pepper-1/2 tsp
Dash of pesto sauce-optional
Bay leaf-2 nos
Kidney beans-1/2 cup
Any boiled pasta-1 cup
Water/Veg Broth-2 cups


1.Add all the ingredients in the pan except the pasta and close the lid
2.Bring it to a boil in a slow flame(Gas no 4) for 35-40 minutes
3.Once the soup is ready ,add the cooked pasta and allow it to boil for 3-4 minutes
4.If the soup is too thick,add the pasta cooked water.

Enjoy the soup with a favorite slice of bread if needed!

11 January 2015

Aloo tikki channa chat

Having chat is one of the best thing to do for snacking...I wanted to try all chat items at home atleast once,but it never happened in india.While,we mostly dependant on homemade food here,I get a chance to try to make some of the chat recipes.In india,me and my friend used to share this chat in evenings.She always have one of channa chat on same place.I used to order extra mirchi ,and push all the mirchi other side and she screams on and off during the bites.Later she prefered ordering her own than sharing mine.If you have to order two plates,always order extra mirchi for you and swap the plates.Bingo,you will end up seeing hilarious screaming and drama flowing on.Just kidding.I had some left over channa masala ,so i made this chat.Of course,every bite had a burst of flavors. 

Potato-1-2 nos
Peas-1/4 cup
Onion,chopped-1 cup
Garlic,sliced-2 cloves
Green chilli,chopped-4
Chat masala-1 tsp
Channa masala-1 cup
Mint chutney-2-3 tbsps
Mustard seeds-half tsp
Coriander leaves-1/3 cup
Lime wedges-2-3 nos
Salt to taste


1.Chop the potatoes into dices,onion into fine pieces and green chillies too.Cook the potatoes and peas with one cup of water in microwave for 7 minutes HIGH .Heat a pan with a dash of oil ,sprinkle  mustard seeds,onion (1/2 cup) and fry until it turns pink.Add the garlic and then add the cooked vegetables.Add the salt(1/2 tsp) ,turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) and chat masala (1/2 masala) .Smash the vegetables and stir until all are well combined.Allow it to cool
2.Make the potato mixture into tikkis and roll them in maida and shallow fry each with little dash of oil.

3.Take a martini glass or a serving bowl, Arrange the aloo tikki,mint chutney,onion,coriander leaves and green chillies,channa masala and repeat the process until it fits.Serve with lime wedges.Aloo tikki can be replaced with bread or samosa.


27 December 2014

Thai Fried Rice

Seriously, is there an another year coming to an end?.I couldnt beleive it, I was wondering how can i click and make a still of my flying hours.. No clue, how this year went so fast.I lost my blogging spirits a lot since i am travelling a lot these days.You cannot curse me for that ,but can do for the mole on my feet. I wish i can travel to uranus sometime and shrunk or skipped a decade.So, the anticipation to know the future will be less , but i will miss waiting for the whole year to enjoy this christmas season..The world looks more beautiful and calm (shhhh) in this season.I dont want to go uranus ,if christmas is this better in my life.This is the time almost everyone turns into christian like everyday half of the world turning chinese to eat chinese food.American chinese food is way too sweet while indian chinese food is way too indianised like even chinese doesnt know gobi manchurian etc.,I didnt want to make plain fried rice, I am going far ahead to make most flavourful thai fried rice which no one even had in thailand.What?..Are you stuck somewhere?!..Loads more coming up,because we are welcoming a new year soon and by today this blog turns six years old. I never expected i could come this far in cooking when i was started.I am still holding on and wishing to share lot more recipes(bless me for that).Whenever I had a thought to stop blogging and felt very cliche on doing same cooking and whole process.I know I am disappointing many with my absence.So i had posted atleast once a week this year.And thank god for giving me the opportunity to share something good that makes people happy.

This is not an authentic recipe ,Its my version of making thai fried rice.

Long grain rice-250 gms
Cabbage-1 cup,chopped
Carrot-1 cup,chopped
Spring onion-3,chopped
Kaffir lime leaves-5-6 nos
Ginger/Galangal-2" inch,chopped
Lemon grass-1 stick
Soya sauce-1 tbsp
Namjai paste-1-2 tsps
Red chilli paste/sambal-1 tsp
Oil-3-4 tbsps
Salt to taste


1.Boil five cups of water with 3 kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass until it is bubbling hot
2.Add the washed long grain rice and two pinch of salt to the boiling water
3.Once the rice is cooked , drain the rice and discard the leaves and lemongrass
4.Chopped all the vegetables to fine and as smallest pieces.Chop the rest of the kaffir lime leaves ,ginger and garlic to fine pieces

5.Heat a pan or wok, add the oil ,sprinkle the chopped garlic and let it brown well

6.Add the chopped vegetables,spring onion,kaffir lime leaves and ginger
7.Stir for 2-3 minutes until all the vegetables are 3/4th cooked
8.Move the vegetables to corner of the  pan and add the eggs,sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper on it .

9.Let the egg cooks well, then use the ladle and scramble the eggs and mix it with the vegetables
10.Add the sauce,red chilli and namjai paste and saute the vegetables until all the flavors are well blended

11.Add each cup of cooked rice one by one.Stir and blend the vegetables to each cup of rice,before adding next.Check the salt only now ,if needed you can add more.Cook it for 2-3 minutes in high frame.Its done.

Happy Feasting 

23 December 2014

Coconut Macaroons

Flaked coconut-1+1/3 cups
Confectionery Sugar-1/3 cup
All purpose flour-2 tbsps
Salt-a pinch
Egg whites-1
Vanilla extract-1/2 tsp


1.Mix in the coconut ,sugar ,all purpose flour and salt.Give a gentle mix with ladle.
2.Add the vanilla extract,and mix it again
3.Add the egg white little by little until all the ingredients are well combined
4.All the egg white need not to be added , I used only 3/4 th of it.
5.Scoop the mix with a tsp and line them in a parchment paper with one inch apart.Shape them into cone shaped.Bake them in a preheated oven for 325* for 18-20 minutes.

1.Use normal size of egg, so the dough mix should not be runny.
2.The recipe makes around 9-12 cookies
3.To make them eggless, add 2-3 tbsps of condensed milk to make the mix combined
4.The dough mix doesnt need to rest nor kneaded roughly,it turns them hard.

My Other Christmas Special Recipes
Holiday Fruit Cake
Christmas cookies
Chocolate spice cookies
and Lots more in Baking page