SESAME(TIL)CHIKKI/BRITTLE


Sesame seeds/Til (Hindi )Ellu (Tamil),though it

looks tiny,it has a rich source of nutrients,fibre

protein needed for the human body .

It is extensively used in,Middle Eastern dishes.

Sesame oil,is extracted from this humble seed.

Asians,also use this seed in the making of

savouries and sweets.There are countless

recipes with this seed,and this recipe that I’m

going to share now,can be seen or bought from

any store in India.

Earlier,I thought this chikki needed expert

hands to make it.After trying this,and peanut

chikki which is my favourite,I learnt it’s just so

easy to make . Henceforth, peanut brittle,and

sesame brittle will be homemade 😀.

Peanut brittle/ chikki is the same recipe .The

only difference,is that peanuts have to roasted

crisp .

Another useful and important tip is that,you

should never add the peanuts or sesame seeds,

to the syrup with the flame on.

Once the consistency ,of the syrup is right ,

switch off the flame and then toss in the nuts.

Will be posting peanut chikki soon.

To today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup jaggery pieces

1/4 cup water

1 tsp liquid glucose ( optional)

1/2 tsp ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

a pinch of nutmeg powder

METHOD

• Melt the jaggery in 1/2 cup water with glucose,

and 1/2 tsp ghee,till it reaches a thick bubbling

syrup .Add spice powders.

•Add a drop in a little water.If it crystallises

and you are able to shape it in between your

fingers,remove from fire.

•Add the sesame seeds and mix well.

•Transfer to a greased board/ parchment paper.

•Flatten it with a greased rolling pin .

•Cut into shapes,when lightly cool .

• Allow to cool completely,and remove pieces.

Tip to compulsorily follow : Keep mixing the

jaggery syrup while cooking ,as it may get

burnt .

COFFEE ALMOND BUNS


This is a ‘wow’ recipe I came across yesterday .

As usual made my changes to the recipe,it was

soft and the coffee taste was too yummy!

The changes I made was,adding almond flour

to crown each bun.As I liked the texture baked

some plain buns too, and served with boiled

egg slices, butter, cheese,pepper and slit green

chillies ( just to get the flavour).This is simple

but a delicious egg bun recipe .

Moving to the subject of this post – Coffee buns.

INGREDIENTS ( tried kneading by hand )

3 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp yeast

200 ml warm milk

75 gm butter

1 tsp salt

Method

Mix in all the ingredients together,except

butter and bind to a soft dough.

After binding,add in the butter and knead till

the butter is well corporated.

Allow to rise double.

After it has proven,punch down the air,and

knead again for few minutes .

Divide into portions,and place each dough on a

greased tray .(It’s best to use parchment paper)

For the icing

1 tsp instant coffee powder

A tsp of water to mix the coffee

2.5-3 tbsp sugar

1 egg ( lightly beaten)

3 tbsp butter

1/2 cup almond flour

1 tsp cornflour

Method

Mix all the ingredients together .

Transfer to a piping bag,and pipe only half

from the top downward.( as the cream will

spread down .

After making I realised, that I could have

sprinkled some slivered almonds for a

richer taste .

Anyway without almonds,it was awesome !

Do try this excellent recipe .

PALAK CORN ‘N’ EGG


This is an amazing dish with rotis or as stuffing

for puff pastries,or buns .

Corn contains valuable vitamins and minerals

necessary for your overall health.

Corn is one food, which can be added to many

preparations and many cuisines.It will be a

long list if,I have to name each dish with corn,

and baby corn ,so I will move on to the recipe

right away 😀.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup corn pellets/ baby corn

2 cups spinach( Palak)

2 green chillies

5-6 garlic cloves

1 tsp cumin seed

2 tbsp almonds/cashew ( powdered coarse)

1/4 tsp pepper powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1 onion chopped

1 piece cinnamon

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp amchur powder/ 1 tbsp curd /1 tsp lime

juice.

Salt to taste

1-2 eggs

2 tbsp fresh cream ( optional)

2 tbsp butter/ghee

METHOD

• Grind the washed palak leaves,with green

chillies,cumin seed,garlic to a coarse paste.

•Heat butter/ghee in a kadai,and add the onions

•Add cinnamon,and let the onions brown

lightly .

•Next add the corn pellets,and sauté for 2-3

minutes.

•Add the eggs, and mix

• Next add the ground palak mixture,and the

remaining ingredients .

•Cook for few minutes ,on a low flame till corn

is well blended with the Palak mixture.

•Remove from fire .

•Add fresh cream and serve .

SWEET POTATO FRIES


Sweet potato has numerous health benefits.

Sweet potatoes help to improve insulin

resistance,and it is found that people who

consume lot of sweet potato have a less risk of

diabetes due to its fibre content.

This is just an outline of the health benefits.

If more healthy tips are preferred,you could

search the Internet.

Now to the recipe today.

INGREDIENTS

Sweet potatoes ( the quantity is your requirement) peeled or unpeeled and cut into strips.

1-2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp salt

Cornstarch ( a little to coat lightly)

Oil for frying

METHOD

•Boil the sweet potatoes with vinegar and salt.

•After it reaches a good bubbling boil,strain

and allow to cool lightly.(Spread it on a kitchen

towel )

•Add cornflour to a bowl and mix the sweet

potatoes lightly with your fingers.

•Fry till golden brown and crisp .

Tip : Fry 3/4th,and remove from oil .After

you have fried all the chips,refry to retain

crispness

This tip applies to all fried food .If you need

the crunchiness to last for some time you

could try this method .

AVOCADO WALNUT BROWNIE


This is a lovely brownie with more of a

chocolatey taste.

If you have it just out of the oven,you may get

the taste of avocado.Allow it to cool ,or have it

the next day .Very moist,no need to add butter,

less on flour too .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 big avocado or two medium sized avocado

1 cup sugar ( 1/2 cup brown )

4 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

200 gm melted chocolate

A handful of walnuts

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Beat the eggs,sugar and salt till light in colour

Add the cocoa powder,flour and the melted

chocolate

Mix till well corporated.

Add walnuts .

Transfer to a greased tray and bake at 180 C in

a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes .

CREAM CHEESEBUNS


This is my version of the Russian Vatrushka

bun. I prepared two types of buns with the

same dough.One batch of savoury buns,and

another batch of sweet . Both fillings were with

cream cheese.It was one of the best buns I have

made,it was very soft and creamy .

The filling had no cooking involved,so no time

consuming.

The savoury had grated red capsicum ,and the

sweet had apple slices .

Amazing recipe worth trying.!

To the recipe now

Ingredients for the dough

3 cups flour

50gm+1 tbsp butter

1+1/2 tsp instant yeast

2 tbsp brown sugar

1 egg ( vegans can opt out )

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp milk powder

1-2 cups water

Method

Melt 50gm butter,and add water to it.

Once it reaches a lukewarm stage,switch off

the flame.

Add yeast,sugar and the rest of the ingredients,

except 1 tbsp butter,and knead to a soft dough.

Allow 1 rise .

Knead lightly and stretch the dough .

Apply the remaining butter,and knead for 5

more minutes.

Cover and allow another rise .

Divide into portions and place on a greased

tray.

Let it rise on the tray .

Make an impression with a cup on each piece

of dough to resemble like cups .

Keep filling and bake in a 200C oven for 20-25

minutes.

You could apply egg wash on the sides if you

like.I did not use any wash.

For the savoury filling

150 gm paneer or cream cheese

2 tbsp butter

1 red capsicum grated

1/4 cup any cheese ( I used Gouda cheese)

1 egg

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Salt to taste

Method

Blend the butter,and paneer till creamy .

Add the rest of the ingredients,and use as filling

For the sweet filling

100 cream cheese/ paneer

25 gm butter

Sugar to taste

Apple slices

1 tsp lemon juice

Brown sugar to sprinkle

Method

Mix the cheese,butter and sugar.

Place filling on each dough .

Mix lemon juice with the apple slices.

Arrange on the top on sprinkle brown sugar.

Bake at 200C preheated oven for 20 minutes .

CHINESE ROLL (SRILANKAN)


Chinese roll is one savoury delight ,which is

sold in almost all eateries,or bakeries of

SriLanka.

These type of finger food or short-eats is an all

time food in SriLanka .

This is similar to a spring roll, but coated with

breadcrumbs and fried.This can be made with

any filling vegan,or non-vegan.

Spring rolls are crunchy, but these Chinese rolls

are soft.

These rolls are mostly made with fish,and meat

mince.Can be served with tomato sauce, or

mayonnaise.

Why is it called Chinese roll? Because spring

rolls,were originated from the Chinese cuisine,

and this roll recipe is akin to a spring roll,

except for the inclusion of breadcrumb coating.

Appetising and an elegant snack !

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

Oil for frying .

For the pancake wrap

2 cups flour

1 egg ( vegans can exclude this )

1 tbsp butter

Salt to taste

Water

Method

Mix all to a thin batter ( not very thin ) and set

aside for 10 minutes.

Heat a griddle and make thin pancakes.

Keep filling in the corner of each pancake .

Fold in from two sides (this is where you decide

the size of the roll you want to make ).

Now roll from the top to a neat roll.

Dip in egg or a batter made with flour and

water ( a little thicker than the pancake

batter)

You could use a little from the pancake

batter .

Roll each roll in breadcrumbs,and fry in oil till

golden brown .

This could be deep fried or shallow fried .

For the filling (filling can be vegan/non vegan)

250 gm fish ( boiled and flaked )

150 gm potatoes boiled and peeled

1-2 leeks or 2 big onions cut fine

2-3 green chilies chopped

1 tomato

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp cummin powder

Juice of 1 lime

Salt to taste

1 tsp roasted curry powder/ 1/2 tsp garam

masala.

Few curry leaves

1-2 tbsp coconut oil

Method

Heat oil in a wok,and add the leeks,tomato

ginger garlic paste,and sauté for 5 minutes .

Next add the rest of the ingredients and cook

for another 5 minutes and set aside.

Use as filling .

CHICKEN SHAWARMA WITH WHEAT FLOUR WRAP


Shawarma is a middle eastern dish which is

similar to a frankie.

Ideal for a lunchbox,or anytime snack or meal.

I tried the wrap with pure wheat flour ,and

amazingly there seemed to be no difference at

all.

The filling was made with stir fried chicken

and leeks.Took a small portion of the cooked

chicken,and shredded to add to the taste.

For the garlicky mayonnaise I made a vegan

mayo, which I found on the Internet .

That was absolutely delicious with ground

cashewnuts,and no one knew it was made with

cashews,till I revealed.😀

You could add pickled vegetables with the

filling.I added finely sliced red cabbage,onions ,

tomatoes tossed with salt.You could add lettuce

or any accompaniment you prefer .

Recipe for the filling can be your preference,

roast,grilled,or stir fried meat .

Now to my version of home made shawarma!

INGREDIENTS

For the wheat flour wrap

2-3 cups of wheat flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp oil

Warm water

Salt to taste

Method

Bind all the ingredients together to make a firm

dough ( not very soft).

Set aside for minimum 30 minutes.

Roll out into circles, and cook both sides.

For the chicken and leek filling

250 gm boneless chicken cut into small pieces

2 leeks cut fine ( wash under running water)

1 green chilli chopped

1 tomato puréed coarsely

1 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp vinegar/lime

Salt to taste

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp tomato ketchup

1/4 tsp pepper powder

Ghee /butter

Method

Heat ghee, and add the tomato,ginger garlic

paste,and sauté for 5 minutes.

Next add the chicken with the rest of the

ingredients and roast till semi dry .

Take a little of the chicken and lightly pulse in a

mixer for 1 minute. ( shredded)and mix in with

the chicken mixture and set aside .

For the vegan cashew mayonnaise

1 cup cashew nuts ( whole )

4 -5 cloves garlic

1/4 cup water/ milk

1 tsp Apple cider vinegar/ 1 tbsp lemon juice

salt to taste ( pink )

A pinch of pepper powder ( white)

1/2 tsp mustard powder ( optional)

Method

Grind all this to a creamy fine paste and set

aside.

Vegetables

Adding vegetables is your preference.

Cut few onion rings,tomato (seeds removed),

and red cabbage fine .

Add salt and lime juice to taste and mix well.

Set aside .

If you have ready made pickled vegetables ,it’s

very easy 😊

Now for the wrap

The addition of potato wedges,lettuce,…is based

on your preference and availability.

Take the cooked bread spread a layer of

chicken .

Drizzle mayonnaise .

Add the pickled vegetables ….and roll to a wrap.

Note: Ready made Pita bread can be used.

DATE ‘N’ SEMOLINA BURFI


This sweet is made with semolina,nuts,coconut,

desiccated coconut,dates,mawa or milk powder

and sugar.As the addition of dates contribute to

the sweetness,sugar can be reduced.Using of

fresh grated coconut is an option.

A little sugar has to be caramelised to add to

the colour if preferred.I added 2-3 tbsp of

brown sugar for the colour .This can be made

with powdered jaggery too.

So do try this recipe and post in your feedback!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup roasted semolina ( rawa,rulang )

3/4 cup sugar+2-3 brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp butter

Few cashews,almonds

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup grated coconut tossed in a little butter ( optional)

100 gm seedless dates chopped

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

50 gm mawa or 3 tbsp milk powder

METHOD

•Boil the sugar with water and cook till it

bubbles and thickens .

•Next add dates and the rest of the ingredients.

•Add butter and cook till it forms one lump .

•Flatten on a greased tray .

•Cut desired shapes and remove once it is cool .

EASY LAZY WHEAT PIZZA


This is the easiest anyone could make,no sauce

Only cheese ,cut capsicum and tomatoes .

Simple but exotic in taste.

This will make 2 big pizzas.

So, do try and post in your feedback.

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups wheat flour

1/4 cup flour ( optional)

1 heaped tsp yeast ( instant)

25 gm butter melted in 1 cup milk

2 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

METHOD

Take a mixing bowl and add the ingredients

except butter mixed in milk, and salt

Mix well and add the lukewarm milk,salt .

Knead to a soft dough.

Cover and allow to rise .

After the dough is risen double, knead lightly,

on a floured board .

Divide into portions of your choice, and roll

each portion thin.

Transfer to greased tray .

For the topping

2-3 capsicums ( red/green/yellow )or all three

combined sliced

2-3 tomatoes sliced

Few tulsi leaves ( as I ran out of basil)

Chilli flakes ( quantity to your preference)

1 tsp dried thyme

Grated cheese ( I used Gouda cheese , you could

use your favourite cheese .

METHOD

Spread all these vegetables to cover the rolled

dough.

Sprinkle thyme,chilli flakes.

Next add grated cheese .

Bake in a preheated oven (200C)for 20-25

minutes .

The crust should be crisp .

You can serve it just like that / or with tomato

sauce only if you like .