Desserts, snacks

Moist Chocolate Muffin

I always get stuck on ideas for an after school snack. It’s hard to make kids like the snacks which we are used to. As much as I love to cook Indian snacks, baked goods are always preferred when it comes to snacking. And I have got a winner recipe which both my kids love and it’s very easy to make too.

Inspired from the genius kitchen, made small tweak. And these muffins are moist and soft that it will all be gone before you know. With all the ingredients handy you could make them in less than 30 minutes including preparation. Hope you enjoy the recipe and also try it out!

Ingredients:

1. Plain Flour- 1and 3/4th cup

2. Sugar- 1 cup

3. Cocoa powder- 1/2 cup

4. Baking soda- 1/4 tsp

5. Baking powder – 2 tsp

6. Eggs- 2

7. Milk – 1 cup

8. Oil- 1/2 cup

9. Chocolate chips- 1/2 cup

Please watch the video for the recipe.

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Desserts

Badusha- an amazing Indian sweet for Diwali 

Badusha is a very popular Indian sweet which is very tasty and delicious. Usually it is made during festive seasons especially during Diwali. For the upcoming Diwali festival, I highly recommend you try this out and win hearts.

It is a deep fried dumpling which is sugar coated. It is simple and easy to make. You will get the perfect Badusha if certain key points in the video are followed. Trust me even if you try for the first time, this will be a winner. This recipe will give you perfect layered and also soft and juicy Badushaas which will be hard to stop with just one.
Enjoy the recipe!

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Ingredients:
For the dough:

1. Maida or Palin flour- 1 cup

2. Ghee – 80 ml

3. Water (cold) – 80 ml

4. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

5. Salt- 1/2 tsp
For the Sugar syrup:
1. Sugar- 2 cups

2. Water – 1 cup

3. Cardamom pods broken- 4

4. Orange colour or kesari colour- few drops mixed in little water

5. Lemon juice – few drops

Important tips:

1. Add lemon juice to sugar syrup to avoid sugar crystallisation.

2. Add cold water to the flour.

3. Rest the dough as mentioned 

4. While deep frying, make sure oil is only at low to medium heat. Not medium or high. This will allow even cooking.
Please watch video for recipe.

Desserts, snacks

Rava laddu 

Rava laddu is a very simple and easy to make laddu at home using Rava or semolina. This laddu will just burst into powder in your mouth at every bite. This sweet explosion will steal your hearts. Again there are variations to this by adding coconut or milk. Enjoy the recipe!

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Ingredients:

1. Rava or semolina – 1 cup

2. Granuated sugar – 1 cup

3. Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)

4. Ghee – 4-5 tbsp (including the ghee used to roll the balls)

5. Nuts- almonds and cashews chopped – few
Please watch video for recipe 

Desserts

Aval (Poha) Payasam 

Today being Krishna Jayanthi, a popular Hindu festival in India, I am sharing a very simple easy to make recipe using Poha ( also called as Aval or flattened rice). I drew inspiration from Raks kitchen for this recipe. I love to add a hint of coconut in desserts which is made using jaggery.

Hope you enjoy the recipe.

INGREDIENTS (serves ~3)

1. Milk- 2 1/4 cup

2. Poha or Aval or Flattened rice ( thick version)- 1/4 cup

3. Ghee- 2 tsp

4. Jaggery – 1/4 cup

5. Cardamom powder- a pinch

6. Cashews and sultanas- few

7. Optional: few saffron threads soaked in little coconut milk.

Method:

1. In a pan, take 1 tsp ghee and fry the cashews and sultanas a little and set it aside.

2. In the same pan, add 1 more tsp of ghee and add the Poha. Stir for a couple of minutes.

3. To this add boiling milk and cook on medium for 5 minutes.

4. Add cardamom powder, saffron soaked coconut milk, jaggery and the fried nuts and sultanas.

5. Stir well and immediately remove from heat to avoid curdling of milk due to the addition of jaggery.

6. Yummy poha or Aval Payasam is ready.

For the recipe making, please watch the video below as well. Also I am launching my new intro in this video. Hope you like it.

Desserts

Rasamalai- sweet milk dumplings Indian dessert 

Rasamalai is one of my most favourite Indian milk sweet. It is a very popular Bengali sweet and I have always bought it from the Indian sweet shop and not tried it at home at all.

And then I landed on this simple to make at home recipe and trust me it will beat the store bought taste and texture. This sweet is made using milk powder instead of the paneer and it saves so much time in the entire preparation. This will be so easy and will surprise on how perfectly it will turn out even if it’s your first time.

Hope you enjoy the recipe too.


Ingredients (makes ~11 rasamalais)

1. Milk- 1 litre

2. Milk powder- 1 cup

3. Sugar- 3/4 cup

4. Baking powder- 1 tsp

5. Plain flour- 1/2 tsp

6. Egg- 1

7. Cardamom pods- 4

8. Saffron threads ( optional)- few 

9. Ghee melted – 1.5 tbsp

10. Pistachios or Almonds- few to garnish  

Method:

1. Boil the milk with cardamom, saffron threads and sugar by stirring well. Simmer for 10 mins.

2. To make the dumplings: Start by taking the milk powder, baking powder and plain flour and sift together. 

3. Add ghee and rub into the milk powder mixture.

4. Add a beaten egg into the above mixture. Combine all and knead it into a dough. Initially it will be sticky but once you keep kneading for around 5- 10 mins , the ghee will ooze out a little and the dough will be perfect to make small balls.

5. Once kneaded, make small balls using your hands and flatten it a bit in your palm. It will double in size once you drop it and cook in the boiling milk.

6. Once all the balls are rolled, bring the milk mixture to a boil and drop all the balls together in one shot.

7. Cook on high for 5 mins and then simmer and cook for a further 15 mins covered.

8. You will notice the dumplings would have puffed up nicely. The milk would have condensed to a thick consistency as well.

9. Switch off and transfer contents to a bowl slowly. Garnish with chopped almonds or pistachios.

10. Bring to room temperature and refrigerate to chill.

11. Yummy rasamalai is to be served chilled. Enjoy the melting in the mouth tasty sweet which will be hard to stop with just one.

Tips:

Prick the dumplings a little before dropping into the milk.

Drop all the balls at the same time for even cooking.
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Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel sauce

Bread pudding was kind of a forgotten dish till I got rekindled with memories when browsing on ways to use dinner rolls.

I had bread pudding for the first time when I was a kid. My mom made it for us and that too without an oven. I am surprised to look back on all the baking my mom did the hard way and it turned out to be our favorites.

Coming back to this recipe. Its a great way to make use of breads which remains unused or just to indulge in a very heart warming dessert which is simple and easy to make. The things needed to make this recipe are mostly at home. I also tried a basic homemade salted caramel sauce which went fantastically well with the pudding.You can try any topping sauce of your choice or just enjoy it the way it is. It is delicious and so tasty.

The video only covers the bread pudding. I have listed the steps for the sauce separately in the bottom if you like to try.

Bread Pudding video recipe:

 


Salted Caramel Sauce

Things you need:

  1. Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  2. Water – 1/4 cup
  3. Salted butter – 6tbsp
  4. Heavy cream – 1/2 cup
  5. Salt – a pinch or two

Method:

  1. Combine sugar and water and melt it over low heat till it turns golden brown.
  2. Add butter and allow to melt.
  3. Remove from heat and combine the cream.
  4. Add salt and allow to cool.
  5. Tasty salted caramel sauce is ready.
  6. Enjoy!
Desserts

Nei Appam – Sweet rice based fritter

Nei Appam as it name stands is nothing but rice pancake fried in clarified butter (ghee). Also called as Unni Appam (for its small round shape). It is a very traditional dish from the state of Kerala in India and is also very popular in Tamil Nadu (India) and Sri Lanka.

A very delicious sweet snack and I can assure you it is very difficult to stop with one. Appam is generally made during festive occasions. It requires a special pan to get its round shape. The batter can also be cooked in a flat or curved pan if shape is not an issue. The recipe has very simple ingredients and easy to make.

There are variations to this recipe by adding banana. But I prefer this one to it. Hope you enjoy making it as well.

Please find the video recipe below: