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Monday, 5 August 2013

Shahi Tukda (Bread Pudding)


Serves : 2 

Ingredients

1. 2 white bread slices (sides removed)
2. 1/2 L Milk
3. 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
4. 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
5. Few strands of saffron (dissolved in 1 tbsp lukewarm milk)
6. Mixed nuts ( almonds,cashew nuts, raisins and pistachios)
7. Pure Ghee (clarified butter)
8. 1/2 cup water
9. Juice of half lime

Method 

1. In a pan, add 1/2 cup sugar ,1/2 cup water and lemon juice, cook till it thickens. Once done, switch off the flame and keep the sugar syrup aside.
2. In a heavy bottom vessel, add milk and cook on low flame till it reduces and comes to thick rabri consistency.
3. Once the milk is reduced, add 2 tbsp (or according to taste) sugar, cardamom powder and saffron milk and cook further for 5-10 mins and switch off the flame.
4. In a pan, heat ghee or clarified butter and roast the bread slices in it till golden and crispy on both sides. 
5. In the same pan, roast the mixed nuts, add some more ghee if required. ( Be generous while using ghee, trust me its worth it!) 
6. Dip the roasted bread slices in sugar syrup, take them out and arrange on the serving plate.
7. Sprinkle some roasted nuts on the bread slices.
8. Pour the hot rabri over the bread slices and garnish with some more nuts.
9. Serve hot

ENJOY!!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Chocolate Brownie


Ingredients

1. 1/2 cup all purpose flour 
2. A little less than 1/2 cup sugar (powdered)
3. Around 40-50 g dark chocolate
4. 30-40 g unsalted butter
5. 1/2 tsp coffee powder
6. 3/4 tsp baking powder
7. 1 egg
8. Chopped walnuts/cashew nuts

Method

1. In a glass bowl, melt the dark chocolate and butter together. For melting use double boiling technique or microwave for 20-30 secs.
2. Add coffee powder and powdered sugar to the melted chocolate mixture and mix.
3. Break the egg into the mixture and mix.
4. Sift together, flour and baking powder and fold it into the chocolate mixture. If the mixture becomes too thick you can add some drops of milk.
5. Now, fold in, the chopped nuts. 
6. Pour the mixture in a greased baking dish.
7. Bake for around 20-25 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the brownie, at 180°C.
8. Once done, let it cool down completely, de-mould and serve.

ENJOY!!

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Veg. Seekh Kebabs


Yields 8-9 kebabs

Ingredients

1.  3-4 potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed)
2.  1 medium capsicum (finely chopped)
3.  1/2 cup grated cauliflower
4.  1/2 a carrot (peeled and finely chopped)
5.  1/2 tsp red chili powder
6.  1/4 tsp black pepper powder
7.  1/2 tsp garam masala
8.  Salt to taste
9.  1/2 tsp dry mango powder (amchoor)
10. 3-4 tbsp gram flour (besan)
11. 3-4 tbsp melted butter 

Method

1. Mix all the veggies and mashed potatoes together.
2. Add all the masalas in it and mix.
3. In a pan, dry roast the gram flour until light brown and add it to the potato mixture. 
4. Now, with the help of your palms press this mixture on satay sticks and make kebabs. Here is a pic of how it should look like.

5. Cook the kebabs in an oven or tandoor until golden, brushing with butter occasionally.
6. Serve hot.

ENJOY!!