Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Punjabi Sukhi Dal

Tangy and healthy lentil recipe flavored with spices… A Punjabi delight!!!


1 cup Urad dal  
1 onion, sliced
1 inch ginger piece, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
2-3 green chilies, chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
2 bay leaves
2 cloves
Salt to taste
2 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp lemon juice
Coriander leaves, finely chopped


  • Clean and wash the dal properly. Soak it in water for 30 minutes.
  • Microwave dal with 2 cups of water at 100% power for 10-12 min or till done.
  • Heat ghee in a pan and add cloves, bay leaves and cumin seeds, allow crackling.
  • Now add onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies and stir-fry till golden brown.
  • Add asafoetida and all dry spices and fry for few seconds with little dash of water.
  • Now add dal and mix very gently. Cover and cook till spices blend well with dal.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with roti or parantha.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Oreo Cheesecake Shots

Easy to prepare, rich and creamy Cheesecake with Oreo cookies…. A yummy treat!!!


For the Crust

60 g Oreo biscuits without filling or digestive biscuits
1 ½ tbsp melted butter

For the Filling:

155 g cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp castor sugar
3-4 Oreo cookies
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp lemon juice


  • For crust, put the cookies in a zip bag and crush them with a rolling pin until fine crumbs.
  • Take out the mixture in a bowl and stir in melted butter until well mixed.
  • Spoon the mixture in each shot glasses, press down and keep in fridge to form a hard crust.
  • For filling, beat the whipping cream until soft peaks. And set aside.
  • Now roughly crush remaining 4 oreo cookies with a rolling pin. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl add in cream cheese, sugar, vanilla essence, and lemon juice. Stir until well combined. Add in whipped cream and whisk gradually until mixed.
  • Finally add crushed oreos cookies and lightly mix to combine.
  • Now spoon the individual glasses with the filling, press a little and make the top smooth. Chill them in the refrigerator overnight or till well set.
  • Top with chocolate chips and Oreo cookies and serve chilled.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Custard Cookies

Super-simple and soft cookies flavored with custard powder….


3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp custard powder
1/3 cup + 1 tbsp icing sugar
1/2 cup Butter
1-2 tbsp Milk (if required)
1 tsp Vanilla essence


  • Sift together flour and custard powder. Keep aside.
  • In a mixing bowl beat together butter and icing sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the flour mixture and add vanilla extract and mix well. (If the dough is stiff, add milk as required.)
  • Shape the dough according to your choice. Place them on greased baking tray.
  • Preheat oven to 175 Deg C. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Leave it on the baking tray for few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Baked Cinnamon Doughnuts

Soft and yummy baked doughnuts with cinnamon-sugar topping…


1.5 cups flour + 1/3 cup for kneading
1/2 tbsp dry active yeast
1 tbsp milk powder
1/2 cup milk
60 gm butter, soft and cut in small cubes
1/4 tsp salt
5 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
For Topping: mix together 1 tsp cinnamon powder + 1/2 castor sugar


  • In a bowl, shift 1.5 cups flour, add milk powder, salt and mix.
  • Use warm milk and mix in sugar and yeast and keep aside for 5 min.
  • Add yeast mixture to flour and mix well. Mix in vanilla essence and butter.
  • Using remaining1/3 cup flour little at a time, knead the sticky mixture until smooth.
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl and cover and leave for 1 hour till it doubles in size.
  • On floured surface, roll the dough into 1/2 inch round disc.
  • Use doughnut cutter or any lid to cut out into the shape.
  • Place doughnuts on greased baking tray with leaving space in between and leave for another 15 min.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 200 deg.C for 10 min or till turn golden brown.
  • Brush some melted butter on each of them and roll into castor sugar and cinnamon mixture till well coated from all sides.