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Penne Samosa


This is my first and unique experiment with samosa that is Penne Samosa, just awesome in taste with juicy tangy penne fillings with outer crust of samosa.

Penne Samosa


Recipe for Penne Samosa

For Covering

(1) Refined Flour- 1 cup
(2) Olive Oil- 5 tablespoons plus to deep fry
(3) Carom seeds (ajwain) - ½ teaspoons
(4) Salt to taste

For Filling

(1) Penne (boiled)- 1 cup
(2) Tomato sauce- ½ cup
(3) Onion- 1
(4) Green capsicum- ½
(5) Black pepper- 1 teaspoon
(6) Salt to taste
(7) Oil- ½ tablespoon

Method

For Covering

Mix the flour, carom seeds, salt and two tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. Add water little by little and knead into stiff dough, and keep it aside being covered.

For Filling

(1) Heat the oil in pan then add all the sliced vegetables like onion, capsicum, add salt and sauté it for few minutes till vegetables get cooked.

(2) Add boiled pasta in it and mix it well.

(3) Add Tomato Sauce, black pepper and mix it well and cook for few minutes.

Note: I’ve posted to make Tangy Penne Pasta here.

Final Process

Make small balls of the dough so that you can round shape like this:

After Rolling


Then put little Penne filling and then laminate it into 3D triangle shape like this:

 After Laminating the Filling


Then heat oil in karahi for deep fry the samosas in it till gets golden brown.

Your Penne Samosa is ready, serve hot! Happy Cooking!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Posted by Lekhraj

Chilli Jeera Lassi


This is not a sweet Lassi but spicy version of it, very nutritious and good for health.

Chilli Jeera Lassi




Recipe for Chilli Jeera Lassi Recipe

Ingredients

(1) Curd- 1 cup
(2) Cream- ¾ cup
(3) Crushed Ice- 1 cup
(4) Salt- ½ teaspoon
(5) Cumin (jeera) Powder- 1 teaspoon
(6) Chilli- 2 

Method

(1) In a blender or in a jug, add curd, cream and crushed ice and blend or mix them nicely (I prefer blending for more smoothness).

(2) Then add salt, chopped Chillies and cumin into it and mix well.

(3) Then strain the Lassi with muslin cloth.

Your Chilli Jeera Lassi is ready! Serve chilled. 
Posted by Lekhraj
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Medu Vada

One of the most famous South Indian dish, It’s served with Sambar or coconut chutney for best taste.

Medu Vada



Recipe for Medu Wada

Ingredients

(1) Skinned black gram- 1 cup
(2) Salt to taste
(3) Curry leaves- 8-10
(4) Black pepper powder- 1 tablespoon
(5) Cooking oil for frying.
(6) Hing (asafoetida) - ¼ tablespoon
(7) Jeera powder (cumin) - 1 table spoon.

Method

(1) Wash the blackgram and put it under water for 6 hours. After that, make it fine and make a paste of it.

(2) Add salt, hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, jeera powder (cumin) and powdered black pepper in the paste.

(3) Heat the cooking oil in a deep vessel for deep frying.

(4) Wet your hands and make small-small donuts from the paste.

(5) Fry the donuts in the cooking oil until it gets light brown and little crunchy.

Serve it, tastes best with Sambar and coconut chutney.

Enjoy the best South Indian dish! Happy Cooking!
Posted by Lekhraj

Kesar Badam Kulfi

Here is one recipe of Indian ice-cream called Kulfi. India is also famous for his dry fruits other than spices. And an ice cream i mean Kulfi of Indian dry fruits flavor is just words can’t explain except your drooling face.

Kesar Badam Kulfi


Recipe for Kesar Badam Kulfi

Ingredients                        

(1) Milk- 3 liters
(2) Roasted almonds- 20
(3) Sugar- 1 cup
(4) Elaichi(Cardamom) powder- 1 teaspoon
(5) Kesar (saffron) - 1 teaspoon

Method

(1) Boil the milk in a sauce pan. Keep mixing until only 1 liter (5 cups) is left.

(2) Add Kesar (saffron) in hot milk and put it in the lessened milk in the above step. Cut the roasted almonds and mix it in milk. Add Cardamom powder and mix again.

(3) Put the mould in an air tight container and allow it to freeze in the refrigerator.

Your Indian Kesar Badam Kulfi is ready. It’s certainly one of the best ice-cream flavor and do remember us while eating it. 


Happy cooking!
Posted by Lekhraj

Paneer Koliwada

Paneer Koliwada, the best starter dish for those who like paneer.

Paneer Koliwada


Recipe for Paneer Koliwada

Ingredients                        

(1) Paneer- 300 gram
(2) Corn Flour- ½ cup
(3) Jeera powder (cumin powder) - 1/2 tablespoon
(4) Dahi (curd) - 2 big spoon
(5) Red Chili powder- 2 tablespoon
(6) Salt to taste
(7) Ginger paste- 1 big spoon
(8) Garlic paste- 1 big spoon
(9) Cooking oil for frying
(11) Chat masala- 1/2 table spoon

Method

(1) Cut the paneer pieces with tall lenght , thin breath and height (3"x1/2"x1/2")

(2) Add jeera powder, dahi , red chilli powder, ginger and garlic paste and lime juice in to corn flour and mix them all.

(3) Add paneer pieces into the prepared mixture and keep it for half an hour.

(4) Add cooking oil in a deep vessel, when it gets hot fry the paneer pieces inside it until they get crunchy.

(5) Add chat masala over it and serve hot.

Paneer koliwada is ready. This dish is mainly served as a started but there is also a main course dish made of it. Stay tuned for that lovely dish. Happy Cooking!
Posted by Lekhraj

Chilled Green Grape Juice


Good for summers and a very nutritious and rich drink.


Green Grape Juice



Recipe for Green Grape Juice


Ingredients                     

(1) Green Grapes- 4 cups

(2) Crushed Ice- 1 cup
(3) Sugar- 2 teaspoons
(4) Lemon Juice- 1 teaspoon

Method

In a blender, mix all the ingredients and blend nicely, then strain the juice so that unwanted particles will be removed.

Enjoy Chilled Green Grape Juice.
Posted by Lekhraj
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Pasta Pizza

This is combination of pizza and pasta and vegetarian also.

Pasta Pizza


Recipe for Vegetable Pasta Pizza

Ingredients                    

(1) Pizza Dough- 1
(2) Macaroni (boiled) -60 grams
(3) Salt to taste
(4) Tomato (chopped) - 1
(5) Onion (sliced) - 1
(6) Cheese- 1 cup
(7) Black olives- 5-6
(8) Pepper as required
(9) Chili- 4-5
(10) Paneer (diced) - 1 cup
(11) Chili Powder- 2 teaspoons
(12) Tomato Sauce- 1 cup
(13) Oil- 1 tablespoon


Method

(1) Preheat the oven to 200°C, put the dough in oven and bake for 15 minutes till gets golden and then keep it aside.

Note: I have posted how to make Pizza Dough here.

(2) Heat oil in a pan, add onion, chillies and paneer and cook it till turns golden in color. Then add tomato, black olives, salt, pepper, chilli powder and cook till tomato gets melt. Now add tomato sauce and mix well then add macaroni and cook for 5 minutes.

(3) Now put half of cheese over pizza dough and then add the mixture we cooked above and then add rest of the cheese over the mixture and then bake it in oven for few minutes so that cheese will melt and pizza holds the toppings.

Enjoy your pasta pizza!

Cherry Cake


Simple Homemade Cherry Cake, very delicious and easy to make.

Cherry Cake


Recipe for Cherry Cake

Ingredients                    

(1) Flour- 2 cups
(2) Baking Powder- 1 tablespoon
(3) Butter - ½ cup
(4) Cherry Juice - ½ cup
(5) Milk - ¾ cup
(6) Sugar- 1 ½ cups
(7) Cherries- ¾ cup
(8) Egg Whites- 2

Method

(1) In bowl, beat butter, egg whites and sugar for five 
minutes, add baking powder and whisk again. Add with the liquid alternately.

(2) Add cherry juice and milk into it and mix well, then add
the flour and beat it nicely for 15 minutes.

(3) Put the mixture in greased cake pan and bake it for 40 minutes at 250 °C.

Your Cherry Cake is ready, garnish it with cherry pieces.

Monday, 29 April 2013
Posted by Lekhraj

Banana Shake


It is the perfect way to utilize fruits in summer and especially banana shakes are loved by kids.

Banana Shake


Recipe for Banana Shake

Ingredients                    

(1) Banana- 1
(2) Milk- 1 cup
(3) Sugar- 2 teaspoons
(4) Ice (crushed)- 1 cup
(5) Cream- ½ cup

Method

(1) Peel the banana and cut into slices, then blend banana with milk, sugar, ice in blender.

(2) Add cream into it and shake well.

Your Chilled Banana Shake is ready.

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Chilled Watermelon Shake


In hot summers get a ‘Chill Pill’ with Chilled Watermelon shake!

Watermelon Shake



Recipe for Chilled Watermelon Shake

Ingredients                    

(1) Watermelon (chopped) - 2 cups
(2) Sugar- ½ tablespoon
(3) Cream- ½ cup
(4) Crushed Ice- 1 cup

 Method

(1) Blend watermelon, crushed ice and sugar in blender and strain it to remove seed particles.

(2) Then again blend it adding cream with it.

Your Chilled Watermelon shake is ready.
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Egg Shake


This is very nutritious drink for body building and better growth.

Egg Shake


Recipe for Egg Shake

Ingredients                    

(1) Egg- 3
(2) Sugar- 1 tablespoon
(3) Milk- 1 cup
(4) Strawberry for garnish
(5) Water- ¾ cup  

 Method

(1) In a bowl beat eggs with sugar nicely, then add milk and water and mix well.

(2) Beat the shake vigorously until gets smooth and blended.

Serve chill with strawberries!
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Dessert Pizza


Ever wondered how sweet pizza taste like? Then try this!

Dessert Pizza


Recipe for Dessert Pizza

Ingredients                    

(1) Pizza Dough- 1
(2) Confectioner Sugar- 1 cup
(3) Apple (diced) - 1
(4) Strawberry (sliced) - 4-5 pieces
(5) Raspberry- 6 ounces
(6) Chocolate Syrup-1 cup
(7) Soft Cream Cheese-1 cup

 Method

(1) Preheat the oven to 200°C, put the dough in oven and bake for 15 minutes till gets golden.

Note: I have posted how to make Pizza Dough here.

(2) Blend cream cheese and sugar and keep aside.

(3) In a bowl, add chocolate syrup, apple, strawberries, raspberry and mix well.

(4) Spread half of cheese mixture over the dough, then add the chocolate fruit mixture over it then add the rest of the cheese mixture over the chocolate fruit mixture.

Your dessert Pizza is ready, serve immediately.

Chicken and Cheese Pizza


It is a mind blowing recipe, very delicious when it’s served very hot.

Chicken and Cheese Pizza



Recipe for Mustard sauce

Ingredients                    

(1) Pizza Dough- 1
(2) Boneless Chicken- 350 grams
(3) Salt to taste
(4) Pepper- 4 tablespoon
(5) Oil for brushing
(6) Olive Oil- 1 tablespoon
(7) Garlic (minced) - 2 cloves
(8) Onions (slices) - 2 cup
(9) Red Bell Pepper- 1 cup
(10) Tomato Sauce- 1 cup
(11) Cheese (grated) – 1 cup

Method

(1) Heat Olive oil in pan and add chicken, salt, pepper, garlic and cook for few minutes, then add onions, bell pepper, and tomato sauce and cook it well and then keep it aside for cooling.

Note: I have posted how to make Pizza Dough here.

(2) Then place the dough in pizza pan or any plate with oil brushed in base, apply half cheese over the dough and then add the chicken mixture over the cheese and then add again rest of the cheese over the chicken mixture.

(3) Bake at 220°C for 15- 20 minutes until crust gets golden.

Your Yummy Chicken Cheese Pizza is ready to be served.

Coconut Balls

Delicious Choco-Nutty balls with fun of Coconut.

Coconut Balls


Recipe for Coconut Balls

Ingredients                    

(1) White Sugar- 1 cup
(2) Regular Rolled Oats- 3 ½ cups
(3) Cocoa powder- ½ cup
(4) Coffee- 2 tablespoons
(5) Butter- 1 cup
(6) Vanilla Essence- 1 teaspoon
(7) Melted Chocolate- 1 ounce
(8) Coconut Flakes- 1 cup


Method

(1) In a bowl mix the oats, sugar and cocoa powder, then add butter and mix it nicely till dough forms, then mix coffee, vanilla essence and melted chocolate till its blended.

(2) In another bowl, place the coconut flakes, take very small amount of dough and roll between your hands to make small balls, then roll the balls in coconut flakes and then keep it in fridge for 2 hours or more.

Coconut Balls are ready!

Sunday, 28 April 2013
Posted by Lekhraj

Mustard Sauce


Mustard sauce is delicious and good for health, and can be accompanied by many dishes.

Mustard Sauce
Mustard Sauce over Hot Dog

Recipe for Mustard sauce

Ingredients                    

(1) Egg- 1
(2) Sugar- ¼ cup
(3) Salt to taste
(4) Flour- 1 tablespoon
(5) Mustard Powder- 1 teaspoon
(6) Beef Stock- 1 cup
(7) Vinegar- ¼ cup
(8) Pepper as required

Method

(1) In a bowl beat egg and sugar, then add flour, mustard powder, salt and pepper and whisk nicely till gets smooth, can use water if mixture consistency over exceeds.

(2) Cook the mixture in sauce pan till mixture gets thickened.

Mustard Sauce is ready.
Posted by Lekhraj
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Caramel Popcorn


Most of them had tried normal popcorn or spicy or cheese popcorn but now it’s time for some sweet popcorn.

Caramel Popcorn


Recipe for Caramel Popcorn

Ingredients                    

(1) Butter- 1 cup
(2) Brown Sugar- 2 cups
(3) Salt- 1 teaspoon
(4) Vanilla Essence- 1 teaspoon
(5) Corn Syrup- ½ cup
(6) Baking Soda- ½ teaspoon


Method

(1) Preheat the oven to 280°C and place the popcorn inside it in a bowl or you can use ready made popcorn from stores.

(2) Heat the pan, melt butter in it, then add brown sugar, corn syrup and salt and mix well till it boil and then leave it in medium heat for 5 minutes. Then remove it from heat and then add baking soda and vanilla essence.

(3) Pour the mixture over the popcorn and then bake it again for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes and then cool it (don’t let it break into pieces).

Your Caramel Popcorn is ready, enjoy it!
Posted by Lekhraj

Indian Chicken Soup

You all will be familiar with Chinese chicken soups. The all taste in similar manner. Try this, the Indian Chicken Soup. No soup has ever been this creamy.

Chicken Soup



Recipe for Indian Chicken Soup

Ingredients                    

(1) Chicken bones- 500 grams
(2) Water- 1 liter
(3) Butter- 1 tablespoon
(4) Jeera (cumin) - 1/2 teaspoon
(5) Maida (flour) - 1 & 1/2 tablepoon
(6) Chicken pieces- 100 grams
(7) Chopped garlic- 1 tablespoon
(8) Cooking oil- 1 tablespoon
(9) White chili powder to taste
(10) Salt to taste

Method

(1) Clean the chicken bones and wash them.

(2) Clean the chicken, wash it and cut it into small pieces.

(3) Put the chicken bones in a cooking vessel. Add 1 liter water and chopped garlic in it. Cook it till the water evaporates and only 600 ml. of it is left of 1 liter. Strain it and keep aside the Chicken Stock.

(4) Fry the chicken in butter until it gets hot.

(5) Heat the cooking oil, add Jeera (cumin) and Maida (flour) and cook it for one minute while continuously mixing it. Now add Chicken Stock, chicken, white chili powder and salt.

(6) Cook it for some minutes.

Indian Chicken Soup is ready to be served. Enjoy the rich Indian creamy taste. Just remember us while enjoying it! Happy cooking!
Posted by Lekhraj

Homemade Pizza Dough

It takes much time to make pizza dough so its recommended to make dough few days before making any pizza.
 
Dough

                               
                      Video Tutorial for making Pizza Dough

Recipe for Pizza dough

Ingredients

(1) Dry Active Yeast- 2 teaspoons
(2) Luke Warm Water- 1 cup (temperature at 35°C)
(3) Sugar- 1 teaspoon
(4) Cold Water- ¾ cup
(5) Salt- 1 teaspoon
(6) Olive Oil- 2 tablespoon
(7) Bread Flour- 5 cups
(8) Butter/Oil for brushing

Method

(1) In a bowl, pour 1 cup of luke warm water and dissolve yeast in it and then leave it for 5 minutes.

(2) In another bowl, add cold water, olive oil, sugar, and salt and whisk nicely.

Kneading Dough

(3) Then in a large bowl add 5 cups of flour, add yeast mixture and cold water mixture into it, mix and knead it properly for 10 minutes until dough forms, leave it for 5 minutes and then again mix and knead for 5 minutes till dough gets smooth, and then turn dough into a floured surface and knead until gets smooth and elastic. (Add little flour in between to avoid stickiness).

Flour Surface

(4) Divide the dough and keep them inside butter/oil greased sealed container for more than 24 hours. Keep it in room temperature for 2 hours before its use.

Making Pizza Dough

All are not professional pizza makers so you can make dough in pizza shape like above given picture.


Saturday, 27 April 2013
Posted by Lekhraj

Fruit Jelly Gumdrops

This is homemade Fruit Jelly Gumdrops which is now easy to make.

Fruit Jelly Gumdrops


Recipe for Fruit Jelly Gumdrops

Ingredients

(1) Gelatin (plain) - 2 tablespoon
(2) Water- 1 cup
(3) Sugar- 2 cups
(4) Food coloring extracts as wish (I used orange, banana, mango, green apple, black current, strawberry)

Method

(1) In a bowl, add ½ cup water then sprinkle with gelatin powder and leave it for 5 or more minutes till it gets soaked.

(2) In a sauce pan boil ¾ cup of water and then add sugar (2 cups) then bring to boil and simmer for 5 minutes so that sugar syrup will be ready.

(3) Then split the mixtures into 6 different bowls as I used 6 different flavors, add ½ teaspoon of flavor or as required getting desired color. Then pour them into 6 different pans or moulds and then chill it in fridge for 6-7 hours.

(4) Then remove the fruit jelly from moulds/pans and cut them into your desired shape (I did round small balls shape) and sprinkle with granular sugar (optional).

Your Jelly Gumdrops are ready.
Posted by Lekhraj

Paneer Roll

Panner Rolls are easy to make and good for those who are veggies.

Paneer Roll


Recipe for Paneer Roll

Ingredients

(1) Paneer (diced) - 100 grams
(2) Onion- 2
(3) Cucumber- 1
(4) Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 teaspoon
(5) Chili (chopped) - 2
(6) Turmeric powder- ½ teaspoon
(7) Coriander leaves- 1/3 cup
(8) Salt to taste(9) Tomato Sauce- 1 cup
(10) Chili sauce- ½ cup
(11) Chili Powder- 1 teaspoon
(12) Maida Parathas- 3-4 pieces
(13) Oil- 1 tablespoon

Method

(1) Slice the cucumber into julienne and slice 1 onion and keep aside.

(2) Slice another onion, then heat oil in pan and add onion, chili, ginger-garlic paste and cook for two minutes, then add turmeric powder, salt and paneer pieces and cook it till paneer gets golden, then add tomato sauce and chili sauce in it and mix nicely.

(3) Then make MaidaParathas, I’ve posted how to make Maida Parathas here.

(4) Pour the sauteed chicken, sliced onions and cucumber, coriander leaves over the parathas and roll it, and cover the down part with tissue paper.

Your Paneer Rolls are ready to be served.
Friday, 26 April 2013
Posted by Lekhraj

Chocolate Frosting

Made with Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Cream, used for cakes, muffins and many more.

Chocolate Frosting



Recipe for Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

(1) Chocolate Cream-  2 cups
(2) Butter (unsalted) - 1 cup
(3) Milk as required

Method

In a bowl, mix Chocolate Cream, butter and milk together, whisk it well till gets creamy and then keep aside for cooling.
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Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting

This is homemade cake. Enjoy it making it and eating too.


Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting


Recipe for Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients

(1) Egg- 3
(2) Butter- 1 cup
(3) Sugar- 2 cups
(4) Flour- 2 cups
(5) Cocoa powder- 1 cup
(6) Baking Soda- 1 teaspoon
(7) Baking Powder- 1 teaspoon
(8) Milk- 1 ½ cup
(9) Vanilla essence- ½ teaspoon

Method

For Cake

(1) Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda, and keep it aside.

(2) In a large bowl, beat butter, egg and vanilla essence. Then add sugar and beat again (beat nicely at high speed for 4-5 minutes). Then mix the above mixture with the batter and beat it more for 20 to 30 minutes (the more beat, the more cake gets soft).

(3) Grease the cake pans with butter and pour the mixture in them. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes and leave it for 10 minutes after turning off oven.

(4) Keep cake aside and allow it to cool completely.

For Vanilla Frosting

See here: Vanilla Frosting. Pour it over the cake or between the cake, one above the another or side by side portion.


Posted by Lekhraj

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