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Eggless chocolate chip cookie

I have been craving a cookie or brownie since a few days, I wanted to try egg less versions just because I wanted to build my eggless recipe collection as of my friends and family dont eat eggs.
I even had a different recipe book marked but then today as I got ready to make my batch of cookies, i noticed that the recipe I was gonna try needed softened butter and I didnt have that. So I made a quick research into cookies that required "melted butter" :) I found this recipe on baking mischief, which I decided to convert it to eggless version using corn starch and water like I had in my chocolate turtle cookie recipe couple years ago. Yes, I confess, I have not baked cookies successfully many times and so I dont make them often, however now I am encouraged to make more cookies after this recipe.

Ingredients:

2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 t…
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lentil soup

Lentils are a huge part of indian cuisine and every region in india has their recipes for making lentils. Lentil soup generally are called DAL in north india and gujarat where I am from. The reason I am calling todays post lentil soup and not dal is because this is not a traditional indian recipe. I have tasted lentil soups in restaurants and the basic variation with indian recipe is it has very few spices and some veggies. Some indian recipes also call for veggies in dals but most dont. So after checking out a few youtube videos and looking over few recipes online, this is the version I made at home and this was a hit with my family :)
Sorry about the bad picture! i forgot to take picture and so this is pic of the leftover soup :P
Very easy to make, I think this be easily made as a one pot recipe or slow cooker recipe.

Ingredients:
1 cup brown lentil (whole masoor) cooked in pressure cooker
3-4 baby carrot
1/2 bell pepper
1 tomato
1/2 green chilly
1 onion (optional)
2 cloves of garl…

Ghee (clarified butter)

I love ghee!! I have grown up enjoying it in various items, be it simple ghee samosa (a dollop of ghee in a chapati pocket) or gol ghee (jaggery and ghee) to eating it with puran poli, khichdi and dal rice. I thought ghee is predominantly used in gujarati cooking, but now as I explore and research Indian recipes, i saw that it is extensively used in punjabi cooking as well and possibly other indian cuisines.

It is used heavily in making many indian sweets and some savoury snacks as well.

Some of my friends me how I make ghee, so this post is for them :)

Ingredients:
4 sticks of unsalted butter

Method:
heat butter at room temperature (preferably) and heat it or cook it on medium flame till the protein part separates out and you see transparent clarified butter as you can see in above picture.
it takes approximately 20-25 minutes
stir every few minutes as you don't want the ghee to stick at bottom.

the trick is to know when to switch off the gas, and that is when the butter appears…

3 ingredient shortbread cookie

Found this awesome recipe on Pinterest. I was looking to make shortbread for Father's Day.  link to original recipe:3 ingredient shortbread recipe
Ingredients: 1cup (2 sticks) softened butter 2 cup all purpose floured 1/2 cup powdered sugar 
Whip softened butter and sugar together till fluffy about a minute and then add flour in small quantity and knead to form dough..
Make small balls of dough, flatten and bake for 16-18 min at 350 degrees F. I did this and turned out perfect. If you wish to roll and cut cookies with cookie cutter, then use powdered sugar to avoid the dough sticking to rolling pin,  
Printable version: shortbread cookie

Schezwan Sauce

This recipe is one that I have saved from my childhood. A family friend made it and gave me the sauce, I loved it so much that i saved it and have it with me after all these years.
I have downsized the recipe multiple times, but this is first time I made it as it is.
it yielded 9 half pint jars..

cook time: 45 min
Ingredients:
1 lb (half kg) onion
0.5 lb (1/4 kg) garlic
0.5 lb (1/4 kg) ginger
8-10 green chilly (increase or decrease depending on how hot the green chilly is)
1 big bunch cilantro
2 tbsp red chilly powder
3/4 cup sugar 2 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 cup vinegar
1-2 tbsp ajinomoto (optional)
1/4 cup salt (more salt can be added after tasting)
2 cup oil preferably sesame oil

Method:

finely chop all veggiesHeat oil in a thick bottomed pan, add chilly powder and oniononce onion is translucent, add ginger, garlic and green chilly then cilantroonce everything is well cooked, add salt, ketchup, sugar, vinegar, aji-na-moto.simmer for a few minutes.enjoy as stir fry sauce or dipping sau…

cranberry salsa

I am glad i made it despite initial reservations as i could not imagine how it would taste combined. served with Honey Chevre from trader joes, awesome combination!!
This recipe turned out to be a hit :)

Ingredients:
12 ounce cranberry
1 red apple peeled and chopped
1 jalapeno pepper
3-4 scallions
1/2 red bell pepper
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

coarsely chop all ingredients and combine all ingredients in a food processor. If you have a small food processor, you can mix them up in a bowl once they are finely chopped.

Ideally, make this 3-4 hours before serving but one hour before is also fine.
you may make this ahead of time (a day before) as well.

Printable version: cranberry salsa

Nutella Stuffed Pancake

One of my favourite brunch items, Nutella stuffed pancake!!  I had this at Stax in Chicago, since then I wondered how to make it. Of course I googled it and came across below technique in couple of blogs. I did this long time back, so I don't have a reference blog for this one.
So the trick is to make nutella discs ahead of time, you do this by taking a scoop of nutella and spread it on wax paper or parchment paper. and then freeze it. when it freezes it separates easily from wax paper, you can store these discs in a box in freezer.
Ingredient: Pancake batter (i usually make it from pancake mix)
nutella discs. Strawberry and whipped cream for decoration Butter
Method: Heat a pan and grease with butter,Spread half quantity of the pancake batter on heated pan.Place Nutella disc, and pour remaining half of batter.flip it so once its browned so its evenly browned on both sides.spread more nutella on top and decorate with berries, cream and powdered sugarENJOY!!!