YO YO FRITTATA !! :P

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Frittata… Such a funky name…πŸ˜‹ But then of course, it’s Italian.. πŸ™‚ It is basically a kind of rich omelette made fluffier with one or more optional ingredients..
This post is a request from a follower and a friend, who finds my recipes a bit complicated.. πŸ˜› So Ankit, this is super easy and you can modify it to an extent of using leftover veggies.😁 You can tell your friends that you had homemade “frittata” in breakfast as long as you put eggs in it… 😜

Let’s get started πŸ™‹

The recipe is for 1-2 person and you need a 7″ non stick pan for this..

INGREDIENTS
The base,
2 eggs
3 tbsp cream or milk
1 tbsp plain flour (maida) (optional)
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp butter

I made it with finely chopped
veggies,
1 tsp green chilli
2 tsp garlic
2 tbsp onion
1 tbsp beetroot
3 tbsp carrots
3 tbsp French beans
3 tbsp potatoes
1/2 cup grated cheese

METHOD
1. Heat oil in the pan and saute all the chopped vegetables. Season.

2. Beat egg, milk and flour with salt and pepper in bowl.

3. Lower the flame and spread the veggies evenly.

4. Pour the egg mixture on cooked veggies and top with butter and cheese. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes on a very low heat. This will rise a lot after it is cooked. ( Will settle a bit later).

Enjoy this yummy breakfast with a piece of toast or garlic bread.. πŸ˜€

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You can use leftover chicken, stir fried veggies… Bacon, sliced potatoes, paneer.. Almost everything.. 😝

If you want to double the recipe then you will need a bigger size pan and it will be easier to finish the frittata in oven because there is a chance of burningΒ atΒ the bottom..

I hope I delivered as promised.. 😌

Break the Fast, Have Designed Savoury French Toast Muffins :-P

I know I know that I am very bad at giving titles… πŸ˜› so please ignore that and try these pretty and cheesy savoury French toast muffins. I don’t know how I got the idea..but the moment it came into my head, I was dying to try this. My mother always served us savoury French toast.. We didn’t even know that there is a sweet version of this.. 😁 So I was very certain about the outcome. It tasted good, looked different and no hard work required.. ☺

A simple and small recipe…

Ingredients
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk or cream
1/2 cup melted butter
4 cups 1 day oldΒ  cubed bread (I used brown bread loaf)
2 tbsp plain flour
Few sausages of your choice
1/2 cup grated cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mixed herbs, optional

Method
1. Beat the eggs, butter, milk, herbs, cheese and seasoning together. Fold in the four & bread and keep aside.

2. Preheat the oven at 180 Β°C.

3. Slice the sausages into thin roundels and line the muffin moulds with it.

4. Scoop the mixture and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the muffins are slightly browned.

5. De-mould and see the magic.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

Serve these for breakfast upside down with compound butter, mayonnaise or with whatever you want and whenever you want… 😜 tasty anyway.. 😁

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I apologize for not having pictures.. I lost them.. 😣 I am sure that yours will look better… I beg you to share those with me.. πŸ™‚

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Moist and Sinful… Veg (Soya) Galouti Kebab

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When I first had Galouti Kebab, I never thought it would be so creamy and so flavorful.. The aroma.. The tickling taste buds.. Oh my god! I can’t even explain..Pure bliss.. 😌

It was created for an aging Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow who lost his teeth, but not his passion for meat dishes. β€˜Galouti’ or β€˜Galawati’ means β€œmelt in your mouth”. Traditionally, green papaya is used to make the meat tender. After being mixed with a few select herbs and spices the very finely ground meat πŸ–(lamb and beef) is shaped into patties and fried in pure ghee until they are browned. The original recipe is supposed to have more than 100 aromatic spices. 😱

Well I don’t even know the names of 100 spices 😁. So this isn’t an authentic recipe. Actually, I was experimenting with soya kebabs the other day and when I ate the final product, I had the same ‘Galouti-Kebab-feeling’. I have eaten Rajma Galouti Kebab, but it is dry. I feel that this is a better version of vegetarian Galouti Kebab. Plus it is easy… Why don’t you judge it yourself.. πŸ™„

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Here is what you’ll need..

Ingredients

100 gms Soya chunks or granules, soaked

1 medium onion, sliced

6-7 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped

1″ pc of ginger, sliced

1 medium tomato, chopped

2 tbsp roasted chana dal (split Bengal gram)

1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves

7-8 black pepper

1 Bay leaf

3-4 Cardamom pods

4-5 cloves

2″ cinnamon stick

2 dry red chillies

1 tbsp coriander seeds

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

2 tsp chat masala

Juice of half lime

2-3 tbsp hung curd

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 tbsp cream

3-4 tbsp butter or ghee

Salt, to taste

Method

1. Heat 2 tbsp butter or ghee in a pan. Add all the whole spices. After the aroma is released,fry garlic, ginger and onion till slightly browned.

2. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, tomato and soya. Cover and cook for 5 mins.

3. Bring the mixture to room temperature, add curd, chat masala, coriander, chana dal, lime juice and grind into a fine paste.

4. Now mix cream and bread crumbs. The mixture should form a very soft dough like structure. (add more bread crumbs if you find it tough to handle). Taste and check the seasoning.

5. Grease your palms and give desired shape.(a bit messy work)
Tip: take desired amount of the mixture and roughly give a round shape, put on the heated pan and press. Be careful.

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6. Heat a non stick or a grill pan, brush with ghee or butter and fry each side till golden brown.

Serve hot with mint chutney, raita or ketchup. You can use it a burger patty or as a wrap stuffing. πŸ™‚

Tip : You can use 1 tbsp of garam masala powder instead of whole spices.

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Churros? Nah.. It’s Pommes de Terre Lorette

image Do you think these are churros? Well I can just hope, you do. 😜

I’m very fascinated with the concept of ‘food in disguise’, when the food presented is not what it looks like. It is an element of surprise when the taste buds play with our minds. Some might disagree with me for the same reason.😣 So as an attempt to start this style of cooking I made Pommes de Terre Lorette that looks like churros and to give it a more realistic appearance, I served it with barbecue sauce (store bought) and parmesan powder. (I know I am li’l out of line here, but I don’t mind as long as it tastes good 😁)

Pommes de Terre Lorette is a French dish where creamy mashed potatoes are combined with choux pastry and fried. These are fluffy, creamy and has crispy crust. Easy to make. You just need to keep few things in mind. This recipe was taught to me when I was in college. I absolutely loved the cigar shaped pommes lorette, I mean who does not like potatoes and cheese (that too fried ones):P.

Ingredients

500 gms Potatoes

100 gms processed cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

Choux pastry

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons butter (1/4 stick)

1 cup all-purpose flour

2-3 eggs Salt and Pepper to taste

Oil for frying

Method

1. Boil water, milk, salt and pepper. Add flour and stir till the mixture forms a ball. Take it off the heat and put potatoes for boiling.

2. Gradually add eggs to the dough and keep mixing till it forms a glossy mixture. It should be of thick piping consistency i. e. if you lift the spoon, the mixture should form a hook.

3. Peel and grate the boiled potatoes. (to avoid starchy mash, don’t overwork the potatoes)

4. Add grated cheese, potato mash and seasonings to the choux paste and mix well. Transfer to a piping bag when it comes at room temperature.

5. On high flame, heat the oil in a deep pan and pipe the mixture. Fry till golden brown. Serve immediately.

I hope you like the recipe. Vegetarians can skip the eggs and add a cup of cream. πŸ™‚ Posted from WordPress for Android

Stuffed Banana Peppers… Then rolled and baked and eaten :P

Homemade midway snacks are great, aren’t they? Especially when you are travelling in a train for 3 days and
And they have only 4 things to offer, veg/non-veg thali and veg/non-veg biryani. Indians will connect with me (very well 😁). As you might have guessed, I am posting this while dancing to the violent tunes of the train πŸ˜₯
From past 2 days me and my mother are preparing meals for both of us and for the fellow travellers. Though I have made many snacks including Nutella Bread, truffles, nachos etc. I will share the recipe of the most liked snack i. e. stuffed banana pepper.Β This looks like a big chilli and has a mild tangy taste. Bright yellow or green in colour and is not spicy at all. In India we make pickles and pakoras (fritters) with these.
Here is what you will need..

6 banana peppers
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp salt

For the stuffing
150g Minced chicken (depending on the size of the pepper)
1 tbsp olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 green chilli
3/4 cup grated cheese
1/2 cup chopped coriander
Salt and Pepper to taste

For Rolling
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 cup butter
Salt to taste

Method
1. Slit the pepper in middle and take all the seeds out. Dip them in lemon juice, salt and water solution take out and keep aside.

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2. Heat oil in a pan, add garlic, chilli and sautΓ©. Add minced chicken and cook a bit. Let it cool.

3. Knead a dough with the ingredients mentioned and water and rest it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

4. Mix cheese and chopped coriander with the chicken and stuff the peppers with this mixture.

5. Roll out the dough thin and cut into strips, about 1 inch thick.

6. Brush the strip with water. Put the tip of the pepper on one end of the strip and roll. Keep on sticking stripes till the pepper is covered.

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7. Brush it with milk or beaten egg and bake in a preheated oven at 200Β°C for 12-15 mins.

Serve hot with mint chutney or mayonnaise!

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Now there can be many variations to this recipe.
You can stuff the peppers with any thing you like.Β Then you can grill the peppers, pan fry or deep fry them… Hope you like these.. . πŸ™‚

Chuck Scoops, Cut Cubes… Chocolate Truffles

I have a very important interview lined up and I am so darn stressed.. πŸ˜₯ I keep studying all the time. No time for cooking.. What to do? 😦 Wait! What will be better than chocolate for calming my nerves down! πŸ˜€ Mmm… 😐 CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES 🍫! πŸ™Œ But scooping is such a mess and wastage of chocolate! How about cubed chocolate truffles? Easy and quick! Well, I love the idea! 😍 IMG_20150215_231951-2 PicsArt_1424024132079 Yayeee! πŸ™Œ it worked! Ingredients 300 gms good quality dark chocolate + 100 gms more 200ml double cream 50 gms butter Method 1. Melt 300 gms chocolate and rest of ingredients together. Mix well. 2. Pour in a lined or greased rectangular pan filling around an inch. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. 3. Cut into cubes, chill for an hour. Dip in melted chocolate and coat with nuts, cocoa powder, grated coconut etc. πŸ˜€ So, how does it look?

Just Another Pretty Cake… But Super Easy!

Cakes are something I bake at least ones a week, may be more and never get bored of it. I have so many cake tins and silicone moulds that my mother tells me to open a store 😁.  Fabfurnish.com is my first preferred site for buying these.

From many recipes I have for a cake, I will tell you the easiest one. My sister is fond of the cakes I bake but sadly she stays 1100 miles away from us. 😦 So whenever she comes here or we go to Kolkata, she and her friends get a treat of cakes. ;). The main problem I faced was that the cakes should stay moist, tasty and shouldn’t rot for 5-6 days without a refrigerator.( Since the climate here is hot and humid, it doesn’t last long.) That is why I went for this recipe. It is not very rich yet tasty.

Basic Recipe

3/4 cup water

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup oil

1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice

1 tbsp vanilla extract

2 cups plain flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

Method

1. Dissolve sugar and salt in water properly. Add vinegar and vanilla extract.

2. Fold in sieved flour, baking powder and soda and flavoring. Batter should be of ribbon consistency.

3. Pour into a greased pan less than 2/3rd. The cake will rise a lot because of soda and vinegar. Bake in a preheated oven at 180Β°c

Very easy, isn’t it?

You can use this simple recipe and make many different flavored cakes. Below are few of I made. πŸ™‚PicsArt_1423722275174

Chocolate and vanilla marble cake. A trick to make your chocolate cake more rich is to boil cocoa powder in a bit of water, cool and use.

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Orange cupcake with Nutella 😍. Instead of vinegar I added orange juice and zest.

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Tutti frutti muffins

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Some colorful cakes..

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Tastes heavenly when served with ice-cream or whipped cream πŸ˜€

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