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  • CLICK HERE for list of Diwali Recipes

    Diwali or Deepawali is an important festival celebrated all over the India and by Hindus all over the world..As per Hindu Calender Diwali is celebrated on fifth day of karthikai month, that is exactly after twenty days of Dassehra.. ...

  • Eggless Black forest cake

    This month is a special month for Blogging Marathon, Yeah it is a month long marathon and sure you all enjoy this virtual treat. Valli who is a brain child behind this, had made this event more interesting by dividing this long marathon into 4 themes - Occasional, Traditional, Seasonal and miscellaneous..

  • Hyderabadi Shrimp Biryani

    This is another exotic briyani for sea food lovers which will not cheat your taste buds. Shrimp cooked in briyani gravy induce nice flavor to rice and makes the rice best among the seafood recipe..This is my MOM s recipe where she is cooking it for more than 2 decades and always a hit recipe between our relatives and friends. Try this and for sure it will become your default Sunday menu.

  • Ennai kathirikai Kuzhambu/ Eggplant gravy

    Ennai kathirikai gravy is a lovely combo of eggplant and small onions. Sweetness of onion along with the eggplant gives a unique taste which we cannot refuse to ask more..This gravy totally make us zero with steamed rice and paruppu thogayal. Usually this gravy is prepared in two ways. One with coconut masala paste and other with out coconut. I am here going to share both the method and treating all your eyes with this yummy gravy without coconut. Lets go in to the recipe.

  • Misal Pav

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  • Creamy Cauliflower Potato Peas Soup / Aloo Gobi Mutter Soup

    I tried this soup in my American friends house and it was super delicious and filling..All kids loved it. I have changed the recipe according to our Desi taste.Try this and sure your kids too love it..

Friday, December 12, 2014

Swedish Doughnuts Klejner / Klenat

Posted by Saraswathi Tharagaram On 4:41 PM
 Klejner / Klenat

   
             Klenat  ( klai - na) / Klejner is a rhombus shaped knot doughnuts fried in oil and traditionally eaten during Christmas.   And also used as Christmas game in Scandinavian culture. They are tied to a string and hung in an open doorway. The game requires two people to play, but a crowd must be present to enjoy. One participant must attempt to bite the kleina off the string, using only his or her mouth (no hands!), while the other participant manipulates the unadorned end of the string.

      This interesting doughnuts is very similar to our maida diamond cut biscuits. The recipe given below uses eggs but I made it as eggless one.  Feel free to adopt this recipe to your family need..  Sharing this recipes for Blogging Marathon # 47 under the theme " Doughnuts around the world". Do Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#47.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 12 hours
Yield: 30 ~ 35 kelnat as shown in picture
Adapted from here

Ingredients:
425 g / 8 oz all purpose flour
60 g / 2 1/4 oz sugar
3/4 tsp  grated lemon zest 
1/2 tsp ground cardamom  
1 tsp salt or to taste
62 g / 4½ oz  butter, melted
75 ml / 2.5 fl milk
1 egg (optional) ( If  you are not using egg, add extra 2 tbsp of milk )
Oil for frying


 Klejner / Klenat

Method:
Day 1~ Mixing the dough

1. In a mixing bowl, Knead all the ingredients together and let the dough rest for a day in the fridge.  This will help the dough be more elastic and get a uniform klejner without breaking.  If you are not resting the dough,then will end up with deflated  doughnuts.






Day 2 ~ Shaping and frying

2.  Clean the work surface and dust with little flour. Roll the dough to thin tortilla, Approximately 5 mm (1/4 inch) thin.


3. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut the flatten dough to diamond / Rhombus shape. And then cut out the incision in the middle, and fold one tip through the incision to form a knot. Do the same with rest the dough.


4. Mean time heat oil in a pan and deep fry the Klejner for about 2 minutes on each side. Until evenly brown and the release of bubbles is almost over.


5. Transfer to paper towel and serve hot or store it in air tight container.


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Klejner / klenat


Preparation time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 12 hours
Yield: 30 ~ 35 kelnat as shown in picture
Adapted from here

Ingredients:
425 g / 8 oz all purpose flour
60 g / 2 1/4 oz sugar
3/4 tsp  grated lemon zest
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp salt or to taste
62 g / 4½ oz  butter, melted
75 ml / 2.5 fl milk
1 egg (optional) ( If  you are not using egg, add extra 2 tbsp of milk )
Oil for frying

Method:
Day 1~ Mixing the dough

1. In a mixing bowl, Knead all the ingredients together and let the dough rest for a day in the fridge.  This will help the dough be more elastic and get a uniform klejner without breaking.  If you are not resting the dough,then will end up with deflated  doughnuts.

Day 2 ~ Shaping and frying

2.  Clean the work surface and dust with little flour. Roll the dough to thin tortilla, Approximately 5 mm (1/4 inch) thin.
3. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut the flatten dough to diamond / Rhombus shape. And then cut out the incision in the middle, and fold one tip through the incision to form a knot. Do the same with rest the dough.
4. Mean time heat oil in a pan and deep fry the Klejner for about 2 minutes on each side. Until evenly brown and the release of bubbles is almost over.
5. Transfer to paper towel and serve hot or store it in air tight container.
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 Klejner / Klenat

Thursday, December 11, 2014

African Doughnuts / Drop Doughnuts ~ Puff Puff / Bofrot

Posted by Saraswathi Tharagaram On 2:59 PM
   
Puff Puff / Bofrot

               Puff Puff / Bofrot is a crunchy pillowy doughnuts from Africa which is also named as African Doughnuts and Drop Doughnuts in America.  Which is very similar to maida bonda from South India,   This delicious recipe can be prepared easily with out much effect and retain its crispness for longer time. Sharing this recipes for Blogging Marathon # 47 under the theme " Doughnuts around the world" Where you can have a visual treat for next two days.. Do Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#47.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Proofing time: 1 ~ 1 1/2 hours
Cooking time: 20 ~ 30 minutes
Yield: 25 ~ 30 medium size puff puff
Recipe Source from here

Ingredients:
250 grams / 8.8 oz all purpose flour
2 tsp rapid rise yeast
1/2 tsp ground nutmug
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of sugar to taste
2 cups of warm water or as needed for mixing
Cooking oil for frying

Puff Puff / Bofrot

Method:
1.  In a mixing, Take all purpose flour, yeast, nutmug, salt and sugar.  Mix the dry ingredients and add water little by little and mix the batter with your hand or with spatula to dosa batter consistency not to thick nor too thin.




 2. Cover the mixture with the lid or foil paper and place it in warm place for proofing.  I kept the batter in  oven ( I didn't turn ON my oven) with light ON for 1 1/2 hours. 
3. Heat the pan with oil and make sure you filled the oil up to the 3/4th of the pan.  While oil is heating mix the proofed batter to flatten the batter.

4. When oil is hot i.e when u drop little batter in oil, it should rise with in 30 seconds,  Drop the batter either by spoon or by your hand.  I used my hands to drop the balls. Usually the batter is dropped/ scooped by hand through the hole in between thumb and index finger straight to the hot oil.  Do not over crowd the pan with too many puff puff.  Meantime, line a tray or bowl with paper towel and keep it ready.


5. Fry few minutes to brown the bottom side and turn the balls till it changes to golden brown color.
6. Once puff puff are cooked remove and transfer it to paper towel to drain excess oil from the balls. Transfer to serving plate and serve hot or at room temperature.



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African Doughnuts / Drop Doughnuts ~ Puff Puff / Bofrot

Preparation time: 10 minutes  
Proofing time: 1 ~ 1 1/2 hours
Cooking time: 20 ~ 30 minutes
Yield: 25 ~ 30 medium size puff puff
Ingredients:
250 grams / 8.8 oz all purpose flour
2 tsp rapid rise yeast
1/2 tsp ground nutmug
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of sugar to taste
2 cups of warm water or as needed for mixing
Cooking oil for frying


Method:
1.  In a mixing, Take all purpose flour, yeast, nutmug, salt and sugar.  Mix the dry ingredients and add water little by little and mix the batter with your hand or with spatula to dosa batter consistency not to thick nor too thin.
2. Cover the mixture with the lid or foil paper and place it in warm place for proofing.  I kept the batter in  oven ( I didn't turn ON my oven) with light ON for 1 1/2 hours. 
3. Heat the pan with oil and make sure you filled the oil up to the 3/4th of the pan.  While oil is heating mix the proofed batter to flatten the batter.
4. When oil is hot i.e when u drop little batter in oil, it should rise with in 30 seconds,  Drop the batter either by spoon or by your hand.  I used my hands to drop the balls. Usually the batter is dropped/ scooped by hand through the hole in between thumb and index finger straight to the hot oil.  Do not over crowd the pan with too many puff puff.  Meantime, line a tray or bowl with paper towel and keep it ready.
5. Fry few minutes to brown the bottom side and turn the balls till it changes to golden brown color.
6. Once puff puff are cooked remove and transfer it to paper towel to drain excess oil from the balls. Transfer to serving plate and serve hot or at room temperature.

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Puff Puff / Bofrot

Monday, December 08, 2014

Spicy Radiatore Pasta

Posted by Saraswathi Tharagaram On 8:02 AM
Spicy Radiatore Pasta


 Radiatori / Radiatore is a funny pasta,  looks like little radiator.  Its small chunky shape resembles tiny radiators with rippled edges.. My kids love this pasta for their lunch.   And  you can substitute this recipe with any type of pasta and veggies as per your kids preference. Adjust the spiciness and sweetness according to your family taste buds.  Sharing this recipe for Blogging Marathon # 47 under the theme Pasta and pizza.  Do Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#47.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3

Ingredients:
4 oz  radiatore or any type of pasta
1 medium size onion, chopped
1 medium size bell pepper, Chopped
1 medium size tomato, chopped
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnishing

For Seasoning:
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tbsp minced ginger and garlic

For Spicy Sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp crushed red chille flakes or to taste
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
Salt to taste 
Spicy Radiatore Pasta

Method:
1.  Cook pasta as per package instruction.  Drain and keep it side.
2.  In a mixing bowl, mix spicy sauce ingredients together.
3.  Heat a wide pan with oil.  When oil get hot, add minced garlic and ginger. Sauté for few seconds followed by chopped onions, saute till it become soft.
4.  Add chopped bell pepper.  Saute for 3 ~ 5 minutes till shrink little bit.
5. Stir in the spicy sauce and mix to the veggie. Then add cubed tomato and gently give a stir.
5. Add cooked pasta.  Mix to coat sauce all over the pasta. Adjust salt and spice to taste. Sprinkle minced cilantro.

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Spicy Radiatore Pasta

Preparation time: 10 minutes  
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 ~ 3

Ingredients:
4 oz  radiatore or any type of pasta
1 medium size bell pepper, Chopped
1 medium size tomato, chopped
1 medium size onion, chopped,  Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnishing

For Seasoning:
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tbsp minced ginger and garlic

For Spicy Sauce:
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp crushed red chille flakes or to taste
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
Salt to taste 

Method:
1.  Cook pasta as per package instruction.  Drain and keep it side.
2.  In a mixing bowl, mix spicy sauce ingredients together.
3.  Heat a wide pan with oil.  When oil get hot, add minced garlic and ginger. Sauté for few seconds. Sauté for few seconds followed by chopped onions, saute till it become soft.
4.  Add chopped bell pepper.  Saute for 3 ~ 5 minutes till shrink little bit.
5. Stir in the spicy sauce and mix to the veggie. Then add cubed tomato and gently give a stir.
5. Add cooked pasta.  Mix to coat sauce all over the pasta. Adjust salt and spice to taste. Sprinkle minced cilantro.
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Spicy Radiatore Pasta

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Spinach Spaghetti Pasta

Posted by Saras On 10:13 PM
Spinach Spaghetti Pasta

           Pasta and Pizza  always holds its first place in kids choices. Considering their health we need to take care of the food they intake. So I always sneak the veggies in their diet with their favorite food.. I adapted the concept from pesto sauce and implemented with spinach in place of basil and almonds in place of pine nuts in this recipe which tasted great.  Try this at your home and let me know your feedback.. Sharing this recipe for Blogging Marathon # 47 under the theme Pasta and pizza.  Do Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#47.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 ~ 40 minutes
Serves: 4 ~ 5
Ingredients:
4 oz spaghetti or any type of pasta
100 grams chopped onions
4 tbsp. oil
Salt to taste
100 grams grated cheese ( optional)
1/2 cup cream
Ground black pepper, as needed
For grinding:
1 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup almonds
2 ~ 3 green chilles
2 garlic pods
2 tbsp. olive oil
Method:
1.  Cook pasta as per package instruction.  Drain and keep it side.
2.  Meantime grind all the grinding ingredients in to fine paste.
3.  Heat a wide pan with oil.  When oil get hot, add onions and sauté till it become soft.
4.  Add ground paste, salt and cream. Mix and allow the sauce to cook for few minutes.
5.  When sauce thicken and oil separate from the it, Add cooked pasta and mix to coat sauce all over the pasta. Adjust salt and spice to taste.
5. Add grated cheese and cook for 3 ~ 5 minutes till cheese melts. Serve hot ( Don't add cheese, if you are packing for kids lunch box and make spinach sauce to gravy consistency by adding more cream, so it wont dries out the spaghetti).

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Spinach Spaghetti Pasta

Preparation time: 10 minutes 

Cooking time: 30 ~ 40 minutes
Serves: 4 ~ 5
Ingredients:
4 oz spaghetti or any type of pasta
100 grams chopped onions
4 tbsp. oil
Salt to taste
100 grams grated cheese ( optional)
1/2 cup cream
Ground black pepper, as needed
For grinding:
1 cup fresh spinach
1/4 cup almonds
2 ~ 3 green chilles
2 garlic pods
2 tbsp. olive oil
Method:
1.  Cook pasta as per package instruction.  Drain and keep it side.
2.  Meantime grind all the grinding ingredients in to fine paste.
3.  Heat a wide pan with oil.  When oil get hot, add onions and sauté till it become soft.
4.  Add ground paste, salt and cream. Mix and allow the sauce to cook for few minutes.
5.  When sauce thicken and oil separate from the it, Add cooked pasta and mix to coat sauce all over the pasta. Adjust salt and spice to taste.
5. Add grated cheese and cook for 3 ~ 5 minutes till cheese melts. Serve hot ( Don't add cheese, if you are packing for kids lunch box and make spinach sauce to gravy consistency by adding more cream, so it wont dries out the spaghetti).



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Spinach Spaghetti Pasta

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Garlic and Tomato Pasta

Posted by Saraswathi Tharagaram On 11:34 PM


    After a long break,  I again with Blogging Marathon# 47. This week, I am going to share Pasta recipe, which can be easily prepared with in 30 minutes.. This recipe is my family favourite one and you can customize it your taste.  Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#47.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 ~ 45 minutes
Serves: 4 

Ingredients:
4 oz  mini pasta
500 grams crushed tomatoes or 5 to 6 tomatoes
150 grams raw green peas or frozen
150 grams carrot or frozen
1 tsp red chilli powder or to taste
Salt to taste
3 ~ 4 crushed garlic pods
4 tbsp Olive or cooking oil
Handful of fresh basil, chopped or 1 tbsp of dry basil
Ground pepper, If needed
Parmesan cheese, If needed

Method:
1.  Cook pasta, as given in package instructions, Drain and keep it aside.  Sprinkle some oil over the cooked pasta to avoid sticking. 
2.   Blanch tomatoes and crush it in a blender to required consistency or you can use store bought  crushed tomatoes.
3.  In a wok, heat oil and add crushed garlic, saute for a second and add cubed carrots, Peas. ( Use any veggies of your choice)

Garlic and Tomato Pasta

4.  After veggies got sauted, Add crushed tomatoes.. Mix and cook it in medium heat, till water evaporates from the mixture.  Add oil if needed.
5.  When mixture dries and oil separate from it.  Add red chilli powder and salt to taste. Mix and cook it for few seconds till raw smell disappear from the mixture.
6. Add drained paste to the tomato mixture and stir to combine everything together.
7. Add chopped basil or crushed dry basil, ground pepper if needed. Mix and top it with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

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Garlic and Tomato Pasta
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 ~ 45 minutes
Serves: 4 ~ 5

Ingredients:
4 oz  mini pasta
500 grams crushed tomatoes or 5 to 6 tomatoes
150 grams raw green peas or frozen
150 grams carrot or frozen
1 tsp red chilli powder or to taste
Salt to taste
3 ~ 4 crushed garlic pods
4 tbsp Olive or cooking oil
Handful of fresh basil, chopped or 1 tbsp of dry basil
Ground pepper, If needed
Parmesan cheese, If needed

Method:
1.  Cook pasta, as given in package instructions, Drain and keep it aside.  Sprinkle some oil over the cooked pasta to avoid sticking. 
2.   Blanch tomatoes and crush it in a blender to required consistency or you can use store bought  crushed tomatoes.
3.  In a wok, heat oil and add crushed garlic, saute for a second and add cubed carrots, Peas. ( Use any veggies of your choice)
4.  After veggies got sauted, Add crushed tomatoes.. Mix and cook it in medium heat, till water evaporates from the mixture.  Add oil if needed.
5.  When mixture dries and oil separate from it.  Add red chilli powder and salt to taste. Mix and cook it for few seconds till raw smell disappear from the mixture.
6. Add drained paste to the tomato mixture and stir to combine everything together.
7. Add chopped basil or crushed dry basil, ground pepper if needed. Mix and top it with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.



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Garlic and Tomato Pasta

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Monday, December 01, 2014


 Parankigai  Kootu / பரங்கிக்காய் கூட்டு

           Parankigai Kootu is a simple and comforting dish made out of channa dhal.. This curry taste great with rice as well with roti.. Consuming pumpkin in our daily diet will improve our vitamin A and boost our body immunity system and works as a disease preventer.   
           
           Its yellow-orange skin and flesh is packed with the carotenoids.  Pumpkin is a good source of vitamins  C, E and the B vitamins and dietary fiber.  Mineral wise, it’s rich with potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc.

          There are various recipe we can make out of pumpkin but this curry is my grandma's recipe and very close to my heart.  Try this flavourful recipe and enjoy the  goodness of pumpkin :)

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes
Serves: 3 ~ 4
Sources : Sarasyummybites

Ingredients:

150 grams / 1/2 cup pumpkin
50 grams / 1/4 cup channa dal / kadalai paruppu
50 grams / 1/3 cup of chopped onions
50 grams / 1/3 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 green chilli , sliced lengthily
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp hing/ asafoetida
Chopped cilantro as needed
Salt to taste
water as needed

For Grinding:

25 grams / 1 oz chopped coconut
1/2 tsp fennel seeds

For Seasoning: 

1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dhal
1 red chillli, broken in to two or to taste
1~ 2 pods crushed garlic
1 sting of curry leaves

Method:

Preparation:


1.  Wash and peel the skin of pumpkin and scrap the seed portion. Chop them into bite size pieces.
2.  Wash Onion, tomato, chilli, curry leaves, cilantro and coconut. Chop the veggies as needed. Keep it aside till needed.
3. Grind Coconut with 1/2 tsp of fennel seed to thick fine paste. Add water as needed. Keep it aside till use.

Cooking:
4. In a pressure pan, add channa dal and wash it thrice.  Add chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilli, curry powder, turmeric powder and hing. Pour in required water and mix everything together.  Cover and pressure cook it for 2  whistle or till done. Turn off the heat and rest the pressure pan to drop the pressure.
5.  Open the pan, once the pressure realized from the pan.  Add chopped pumpkin pieces.  Mix and allow the mixture to cook in medium heat for 5 minutes. Add little water if needed.
6.  Add ground coconut paste and cook the mixture for another 5 ~ 10 minutes depends the consistency you like. Add salt to taste.
7. Transfer the mixture to serving bowl.  Heat skillet or kadai with 1 tbsp of oil.  Add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter. Then add remaining seasoning ingredients one by one. Stir to avoid burning.
8.  Transfer the seasoning to prepared curry. Mix and serve with hot steamed rice.


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 Parankigai  Kootu / பரங்கிக்காய் கூட்டு / Yellow Pumpkin curry 

Preparation time: 10 minutes  
Cooking time:  45 minutes
Serves: 3 ~ 4

Ingredients:

150 grams / 1/2 cup pumpkin
50 grams / 1/4 cup channa dal / kadalai paruppu
50 grams / 1/3 cup of chopped onions
50 grams / 1/3 cup of chopped tomatoes
1 green chilli , sliced lengthily
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp hing/ asafoetida
Chopped cilantro as needed
Salt to taste 
water as needed

For Grinding:

25 grams / 1 oz chopped coconut
1/2 tsp fennel seeds

For Seasoning: 

1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp urad dhal
1 red chillli, broken in to two or to taste
1~ 2 pods crushed garlic
1 sting of curry leaves

Method:

Preparation:

1.  Wash and peel the skin of pumpkin and scrap the seed portion. Chop them into bite size pieces. 
2.  Wash Onion, tomato, chilli, curry leaves, cilantro and coconut. Chop the veggies as needed. Keep it aside till needed.
3. Grind Coconut with 1/2 tsp of fennel seed to thick fine paste. Add water as needed. Keep it aside till use.

Cooking:

4. In a pressure pan, add channa dal and wash it thrice.  Add chopped onions, tomatoes, green chilli, curry powder, turmeric powder and hing. Pour in required water and mix everything together.  Cover and pressure cook it for 2  whistle or till done. Turn off the heat and rest the pressure pan to drop the pressure.
5.  Open the pan, once the pressure realized from the pan.  Add chopped pumpkin pieces.  Mix and allow the mixture to cook in medium heat for 5 minutes. Add little water if needed.
6.  Add ground coconut paste and cook the mixture for another 5 ~ 10 minutes depends the consistency you like. Add salt to taste.
7. Transfer the mixture to serving bowl.  Heat skillet or kadai with 1 tbsp of oil.  Add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter. Then add remaining seasoning ingredients one by one. Stir to avoid burning.
8.  Transfer the seasoning to prepared curry. Mix and serve with hot steamed rice.



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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bolani / Fried Afghan Flatbread

Posted by Saraswathi Tharagaram On 9:04 PM

Bolani  / Fried Afghan Flatbread

       Bolani is a vegan flat-bread from Afghanistan, baked or fried with a vegetable filling. It has a thin crust and can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, such as potatoes, spinach, lentils, pumpkin, or leeks. It can be served with plain yogurt or mint yogurt. Bolani is made for special occasions like birthday parties, engagement parties or holidays..
 
  This Afghan special bolani are very similar to our aloo paratha and as well as samosas.  But differs only with its shapes.. You can increase the spicy level,  which I felt very low in given recipe but  gained 5 star from my kids.. Feel free to substitute flour with whole wheat flour or mix of both with your choices of filling..
 
  This delicious bolani was challenged by my friend Pavani  for International Food Challenge to explore Afghan Cuisine. She challenged  the group with four iconic recipes from Afghan.. Sneak to her blog where you can find delicious recipes with mouth watering pictures.. Now lets see the recipe..
 
Preparation time: 60 minutes
Resting time: 60 minutes
Cooking time:  40 ~ 60 minutes
Serves: 5
Adapted from HERE

Dough Ingredients: 
3 ½ cups / 385 grams all-purpose flour / Maida
1 cup / 236 ml water at room temperature or as needed
1 tsp/ 5 grams salt or to taste
1 tsp / 5 ml cooking oil

Filling Ingredients:
2 / 500 grams medium potatoes
1/2 cup or 100 grams of  chopped cilantro
1/2 cup or 115 grams chopped scallions (white and green parts) ( I used same amount of chopped spinach instead of scallions.
2 tbsp / 30 ml cooking oil
1 ½ tsp  / 7.5 grams salt or to taste
1 tsp / 5 grams ground black pepper or to taste

For Frying: 1/4 cup / 125 ml olive oil or cooking oil

Method:
For Dough: 
1. In a mixing bowl, mix flour and salt together. Gradually add in water and oil while mixing the flour to get a rough dough. If the dough is too dry, add more water one tablespoon at a time. 
2. Knead dough for 10 minutes to get soft pliable dough. 
3. Cover and rest the dough in lightly oiled bowl for an hour.

For Filling Ingredients:
4. Wash and scrub potatoes clean and cook it in open pan with sufficient cold water. Add pinch of salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. 
5. After boiling for 20 minutes, check to see if the potatoes are done by poking them with a skewer. The skewer should easily pierce through the center of the potato. Over pricking will allow water to seep into the potatoes as they cook. Smaller potatoes may get done sooner than larger ones. 
6. Once the potatoes are done, drain them and let sit for 5-10 minutes. 
7. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Mash with 2 tbsp. olive oil, salt, and pepper to get a smooth mixture, If there is a small lumps that's ok to continue.
8. Add in cilantro and scallions ( spinach ) and combine everything together. Do a taste test and adjust salt and spice.
 
Bolani  / Fried Afghan Flatbread

Assembling and cooking the bolani: 
9. Knead and divide the dough about the size of a small apple and roll it into a smooth balls. Cover the the dough balls with wet cloth till use.
10. Dust the working surface with flour. Take one ball and roll it with a rolling pin to thin chapathi or tortilla. The thinner, the better! 
11. Spread a little more than 1/4 cup of the filling on one half of the dough, leaving about 1/4 inch border around the rim.
12. Fold the dough in half over the filling and press to seal. If necessary, continue pressing and flattening the bolani to remove any excess air inside the pocket. Do the same with rest of dough and filling.
13. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a pan. The oil should be hot enough that the bolani sizzles when placed in the pan. Brown the bolani, two at a time, until golden and crispy on both sides. This will only take a couple minutes on each side. 
14. Place cooked bolani on a paper towel or plate as they finish. Add more oil to your pan as needed while you cook the rest.  Serve warm with a simple yogurt sauce.

For Yogurt Sauce: 
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp water
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Method: 
15. Combine everything to get a yogurt sauce. Adjust salt to taste. If needed add crushed pepper corns..


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Bolani  / Fried Afghan Flatbread 
Preparation time: 60 minutes
Resting time: 60 minutes
Cooking time:  40 ~ 60 minutes
Serves: 5
Adapted from HERE

Dough Ingredients: 
3 ½ cups / 385 grams all-purpose flour / Maida
1 cup / 236 ml water at room temperature or as needed
1 tsp/ 5 grams salt or to taste
1 tsp / 5 ml cooking oil

Filling Ingredients:
2 / 500 grams medium potatoes
1/2 cup or 100 grams of  chopped cilantro
1/2 cup or 115 grams chopped scallions (white and green parts) ( I used same amount of spinach instead of scallions.
2 tbsp / 30 ml cooking oil
1 ½ tsp  / 7.5 grams salt or to taste
1 tsp / 5 grams ground black pepper or to taste

For Frying: 1/4 cup / 125 ml olive oil or cooking oil

Method:
For Dough: 
1. In a mixing bowl, mix flour and salt together. Gradually add in water and oil while mixing the flour to get a rough dough. If the dough is too dry, add more water one tablespoon at a time. 
2. Knead dough for 10 minutes to get soft pilable dough. 
3. Cover and rest the dough in lightly oiled bowl for an hour.

For Filling Ingredients:
4. Wash and scrub potatoes clean and cook it in open pan with sufficient cold water. Add pinch of salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. 
5. After boiling for 20 minutes, check to see if the potatoes are done by poking them with a skewer. The skewer should easily pierce through the center of the potato. Over prinking will allow water to seep into the potatoes as they cook. Smaller potatoes may get done sooner than larger ones. 
6. Once the potatoes are done, drain them and let sit for 5-10 minutes. 
7. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Mash with 2 tbsp olive oil, salt, and pepper to get a smooth mixture, If there is a small lumps thats ok to continue.
8. Add in cilantro and scallions and combine everything together. Do a taste test and adjust salt and spice.

Assembling and cooking the bolani: 
9. Knead and divide the dough about the size of a small apple and roll it into a smooth balls. Cover the the dough balls with wet cloth till use.
10. Dust the working surface with flour. Take one ball and roll it with a rolling pin to thin chapathi or tortilla. The thinner, the better! 
11. Spread a little more than 1/4 cup of the filling on one half of the dough, leaving about 1/4 inch border around the rim.
12. Fold the dough in half over the filling and press to seal. If necessary, continue pressing and flattening the bolani to remove any excess air inside the pocket. Do the same with rest of dough and filling.
13. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a pan. The oil should be hot enough that the bolani sizzles when placed in the pan. Brown the bolani, two at a time, until golden and crispy on both sides. This will only take a couple minutes on each side. 
14. Place cooked bolani on a paper towel or plate as they finish. Add more oil to your pan as needed while you cook the rest.  Serve warm with a simple yogurt sauce.

For Yogurt Sauce: 
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp water
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Method: 
15. Combine everything to get a yogurt sauce. Adjust salt to taste. If needed add crushed pepper corns..

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Bolani  / Fried Afghan Flatbread

Linking this to International Food Challenge started by Shobana and Me,  Hosted by Pavani for this month for Afghan Cuisine.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Posted by Saraswathi Tharagaram On 9:46 AM
 
Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
 
      The whoopie pie or Black moon or Gob are a baked cake like cookie with a creamy frosting spread between the soft cookies. And it is  considered as a New England phenomenon and a Pennsylvania Amish tradition.
 
      Whoopie pies recipe has it's origins with the Amish. In Lancaster County Pennsylvania, it is common to find roadside farms stands offering these desserts.   Around 1930 Amish women first made this wonderful treats from leftover cake batter.
 
     According to food historians, Amish women would bake these  and put them in the children's lunch bags. When children would find these treats in their  lunch bags, they would shout "Whoopie!"
An Amish Whoopie Pie recipe was published in  a New England cookbook in the early 1930's. Since then, Whoopie Pies have been enjoyed by Mainers. Even now we can find them at  pop stores, restaurants, bakeries and gas stations across Maine.  (info courtesy)
 
 Baking Partner and Shhhhhh Cooking Secret Challenges gave an opportunity to try this delicious recipe.. Yeah these whoopies are so delicious and very spongy like cake in texture and  cookie  by appearance.. 
 
 After a long time I am participating in Baking Partners ( A Baking Group) started by Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen.  And this month  Anitha of Anitha’s Kitchen Diary has challenged the group with this festive recipe.. Thanks Anitha for coming out with this wonderful and easy recipe.. My kids and me enjoyed baking them.
 
And Manjula ( Sorry Manju for delay) who is my pair for this month Shhhh Cooking Challenge (started by Priya Suresh) Challenge me with two wonderful ingredients " Cheese Cream and Coffee Powder ". There are 'N' number of combinations we can make with these two ingredients and I corporate these two ingredients in this recipe ( for original recipe check the recipe source) to make it apt for both the challenges.. These goodies are perfect for holiday season gifts for your loved ones..
 
Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
 
Preparation time: 15 minutes for preparing batter and 5 minutes for piping them
Baking time: 10 minutes
Yield: 40 ~ 50 depends on the size and shape
Recipe Source: Joy of baking
 
Dry Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all Purpose Flour           
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup unsweetened Coco powder
1 tsp baking Powder                      
1/4 tsp baking Soda                           
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
 
Wet Ingredients:
1 egg                                           
1/4 cup buttermilk ( I used whole milk instead of buttermilk)
1/2 cup lukewarm coffee or water  ( I mixed whole milk, water and heated it in microwave for 50 sec and added coffee powder. And followed the procedure as below)
1 tsp vanilla extract
 
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Grease or line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, coco powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

3. Beat sugar and butter using stand mixer or hand mixer till the mixture becomes creamy and fluffy.

4. Add eggs and beat till every thing incorporate together. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.

5. Now Pour in half of buttermilk (coffee mixer) and water or coffee. Mix and add 3/4th of flour. Mix and continue adding flour and liquids alternately till you empty flour and coffee mixture.


6. Using piping bag or spoon drop the batter on a prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Gently flatten the batter peaks to get smooth cookies using your fingers or spoon.


7. Bake for about 10 -15 minutes or until the top of the cookie spring back. Remove from oven and cool it on wire rack.
 
For Vanilla Frosting:
 
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter at room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ Sugar/icing sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla Extract  
1/3 cup corn syrup      
 
Method:
8. Beat the Shortening and butter until soft and creamy .Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
 
9. Then add vanilla extract and beat in low speed until combined. Finally drizzle in corn syrup and beat until soft and fluffy.
 
For whoopie pies:
10. Transfer the filling to piping bag or using spoon, spread or pipe the filling on the flat side of the cookies and top it with other cookie. Dadaa yummy Whoopie pies are ready to serve..
  
Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
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Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Preparation time: 15 minutes for preparing batter and 5 minutes for piping them
Baking time: 10 minutes 
Yield: 40 ~ 50 depends on the size and shape
Recipe Source: Joy of baking
 
Dry Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all Purpose Flour           
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup unsweetened Coco powder
1 tsp baking Powder                      
1/4 tsp baking Soda                           
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
 
Wet Ingredients:
1 egg                                           
1/4 cup buttermilk ( I used whole milk instead of buttermilk)
1/2 cup lukewarm coffee or water  ( I mixed whole milk, water and heated it in microwave for 50 sec and added coffee powder. Follow the procedure as below)
1 tsp vanilla extract
 
Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Grease or line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, coco powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. Beat sugar and butter using stand mixter or hand mixter till the mixture becomes creamy and fluffy.
4. Add eggs and beat till every thing incorporate together. Add vanilla extract and beat until combined.
5. Now Pour in half of buttermilk (coffee mixer) and water or coffee. Mix and add 3/4th of flour. Mix and continue adding flour and liquids alternately till you empty flour and coffee mixture
6. Using piping bag or spoon drop the batter on a prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart. Gently flatten the batter peaks to get smooth cookies using your fingers or spoon.
7. Bake for about 10 -15 minutes or until the top of the cookie spring back. Remove from oven and cool it on wire rack.
 
For Vanilla Frosting:
 
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter at room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup confectioners’ Sugar/icing sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla Extract  
1/3 cup corn syrup      
 
Method:
8. Beat the Shortening and butter until soft and creamy .Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
9. Then add vanilla extract and beat in low speed until combined. Finally drizzle in corn syrup and beat until soft and fluffy.
 
For whoopie pies:
10. Transfer the filling to piping bag or using spoon, spread or pipe the filling on the flat side of the cookies and top it with other cookie. Dadaa yummy Whoopie pies are ready to serve..
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