Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Achari Paneer Masala

Soft Paneer cubes simmered in spicy and tangy gravy…. Perfect for weekend menu.


200 gm cottage cheese (paneer), chopped in cubes
1/2 red capsicum, chopped
1/2 green capsicum, chopped
1/2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp onion seeds
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
2 dry red chillies
2 bay leaves
3 tbsp oil
3 large tomatoes, pureed
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tsp red chilli powder or to taste
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves, finely chopped


  • Heat oil; add chillies and bay leaves. Add mustard, onion and fennel seeds.
  • When seeds start crackle, add ginger-garlic paste and saute well.
  • Add chopped onions, when they turn pink; add chopped capsicums.
  • Cook on low flame till capsicums turn soft and tender.
  • Add tomato puree and dry masalas. Stir and cook for 4-5 min or till oil separates.
  • Add 1/2 cup hot water and salt and cook until gravy looks thick.
  • Mix in the paneer cubes and cook covered for few minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with naan or rice.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Mini Black Grape Pie

Tempting and pleasing pie filled with tangy-sweet grapes…. is a joy to make and serve.


1 recipe pastry dough for 2 mini double crust pies
¾  cups black grapes
2 tbsp melted butter
1 ½  tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp castor sugar


  • Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  • For pie base, roll out dough to ¼ inch thick for bottom and bake pie bottoms for 10 min and keep aside.
  • In microwave safe bowl, cook grapes at 100 % power for 3-4 min or until grapes turn soft. Stir in between.
  • Sieve extra water from the grapes and add the flour and sugar to cooked grapes. (Preserve the water, it tastes great). Stir in the melted butter.
  • Pour mixture into half baked pie shells. For top crust, roll dough to 1/8 inch.
  • Cover pie with top crust and seal edges using little water. (You can design top crust with small cutters or make lattice pattern)
  • Brush little milk on top crust of pie. Bake at 220 deg C for about 15-20 min. or till top crust turn golden.
  • Sprinkle icing sugar and serve.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Red Velvet Creamy Pops

This Valentine's day surprise your loved ones with these cookie pops filled with cream cheese frosting….


120 gm all purpose flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
50 gm castor sugar or powdered sugar
60 gm butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Few drops red color (adjust according to the color brand, I used Wilton color)

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

2.5 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup icing sugar + extra for sprinkling
Lollipop sticks


  • Shift flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy mixture.
  • Add vanilla essence and beat again. Add all the dry ingredients.
  • Mix color and milk together and add to the flour mixture. Combine all the ingredients gently to form a dough.
  • Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into heart shape with cookie cutter.
  • Place cookies on baking sheet and bake for about 7-8 min or till done.
  • Cookies should be soft at this stage, not crisp. Cool them completely.
  • Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese and vanilla together.
  • Slowly add the powdered sugar until smooth and thick.
  • Turn bottom of the cookies over and spoon a little frosting in centre.
  • Press a lollipop stick into the frosting, and then gently press another cookie on top.
  • Keep cookies aside to dry a bit to hold sticks and while serving sprinkle some icing sugar.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Banana and Dates Muffins

Banana and Dates Muffins are tender, moist and a perfect treat for anytime of the day.


2 ripe bananas
3/4 cup flour    
2 tbsp corn flour
1/4 cup dates, chopped           
1/2 cup powdered sugar          
1/4 cup sunflower oil
4 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp baking powder 
1/2 tsp baking soda     

For topping: (optional)

1 tsp brown sugar
Few banana slices
2-3 dates, finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
  • Shift together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in corn flour and sugar.
  • In a small bowl, mash bananas well with fork or grind into a paste.
  • Add oil, milk to banana mixture and mix well.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture. Add in chopped dates.
  • Mix well, making sure all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Line the muffin cups and spoon the batter to 3/4 th of it.
  • Mix ingredients for the topping and sprinkle on each muffin cup.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes and a toothpick inserted in centre comes clean.
  • Invert on wire rack and cool completely.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Veggies with Spring onion Crumble

Delectable and healthy baked dish full of veggies with spring onion crumble….Bon Appétit  !!!


1 ½ cups Mix veggies, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp red chilli sauce
1 tsp dried herbs
1 tsp olive oil
Salt to taste
1/4 cup grated cheese

For the crumble:

4-5 spring onion stalks, chopped
1 bread slice
1 clove garlic
1 green chilli
Salt to taste
1/2 tbsp oil


  • Wash and chop all the vegetables. Blanch few veggies like potatoes, carrots and cauliflower.
  • In a bowl mix together mayo, chilli sauce, dried herbs, oil and salt.
  • Add veggies to the bowl and mix till well coated with mayo dip.
  • Grind all the ingredients together for the crumble.
  • In a baking dish, spread layer of veggies at the bottom.
  • Cover with spring onion crumble and add grated cheese over the top.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 180 deg C for 15-20 min or till cheese melts.
  • Serve hot.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Baked Potato Soup

Yummy and filling soup prepared from baked potatoes, a must try in the season ...


4 medium potatoes, chopped 
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup milk
1 cup vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
2 tsp butter


  • Preheat oven at 220 deg C. Grease a baking tray.
  • Mix in salt, ½ tsp chilli flakes and 1tsp oil with chopped potatoes and keep aside for 5-7 min.
  • Spread potatoes evenly on baking tray and bake for 20-25 min.
  • Flip potatoes to other side after 10 min to get evenly baked. Keep aside when done.
  • Heat oil+butter in a pan. Add bay leaf, onions and ginger-garlic paste, cook for a min.
  • Add in tomatoes, salt, pepper and chilli flakes; cook covered for 2 min.
  • Now add baked potatoes and vegetable stock. Cook for 5-7 min.
  • Cool and grind to a smooth mixture. Transfer to the pan.
  • Mix in enough milk and cook for 1-2 boil. Turn off flame.
  • Serve hot with croutons.