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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!!!
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Dal Makhani

When I first tried this recipe out, I wanted to try something new, not like the routine onion tomato gravy in Punjabi food, Then I came across this recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor's , I tweaked it just a little using couple ideas in Chef Harpal Singh's recipe.
One of my favourite and easiest recipes :)
Adapted from chef Sanjeev Kapoor recipe: Video link and
Chef Harpal Singh recipe: Video link

Ingredients: (serves 4 people)
1.5 cup black urad dal
1/4 cup red beans
1 large tomato pureed
2-3 cloves garlic crushed
1 tbsp ginger paste
1 green chilly crushed
1 tsp cumin
1.5 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
2 tbsp heavy cream (optional)
Salt to taste

Method:

Soak the urad dal and rajma overnight and add salt and cook in pressure cooker. take some dal on the side and blend itTake ghee in a thick bottomed pan, add cumin then ginger, garlic and green chilly paste. Add tomato puree couple minutes later, and then salt.Add red chilly powder and then the coo…

chana masala (chole)

I first came to know of this specific chole masala, when a neighbour's mom made chole for me. She being punjabi made this spice powder first, and then proceeded to make chole. I tried few different recipes for chana masala and finally the recipe below gave me the final taste closest to what she made.

chole masala powder (adapted from Veg recipes of India)
2 inch sticks cinnamon
4 dried red chillies 8 pepper corns 4 bay leaves 4 cloves 2 tbsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp pomegranate seeds (optional)

Method:  Dry roast the spices till brown and you get a nice roasted smell. let them cool. grind to fine powder. This quantity should last you for 2-3 times you make chole.
I made chole for a dinner party recently. So I am writing measures for a larger quantity as a lot of times I have people asking me measures for larger group. So please reduce quantity for lesser amount.
Chole: (for a party of 10-12) 4 cups white chana (soaked overnight, and cooked in pressure cooker: 3-4…

Eggless Banana chocolate chip loaf

My sister first made this version of my banana loaf. I tried it a few days back as mom doesn't eat eggs, and it turned out so great, that my husband asked me to make exact same cake for his office potluck. I doubled the recipe and made 1 loaf and some cupcakes. This was so appreciated by his co-workers and I  had a few recipe requests, that I decided to give this recipe its own space on my blog :)

Ingredients:
3 ripe bananas 1/4 cup vegetable oil3/4 cup sugar1/2 tsp salt1 1/2 cup all purpose flour1 tsp baking soda1 tsp vanilla3/4 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet or bitter as per preference) Method:
in a large bowl, whisk vegetable oil and mashed bananas.add vanilla, baking soda, salt and sugar mix welladd flour mix well to form an even consistency batter, do not overmix. lastly add chocolate chipsPreheat the oven for 350 deg Fgrease the baking dish/ loaf dish with butter and flour it. (sprinkle some flour on the baking dish and rotate it so that a thin layer of flour sticks to the …

My Experience making Brush Stroke Cake

I wished to make something beautiful and unique for my daughter's first birthday. I have baked a lot and have made some really tasty cakes but never really worked on frosting or decorations. I didn't have a clue what to make. One day i had a cake recipe video suggestion from food network on my facebook feed, brush stroke cake I saw the video and I was convinced that this is what I wanted to make.

Of course, I googled and researched and looked at different videos to get a better idea what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a chocolate cake, so I researched some more. Finally I came upon a blog called Modern Honey where the author called her cake LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT and I thought a cake with this name had to be tried!!

Lastly for the buttercream: I followed instructions on following video tutorial for buttercream both vanilla and chocolate.

I followed the recipe exactly as on Modern Honey for the cake and the results were AWESOME!! A very big thank you to author of Modern Honey f…

Vada Paav

One of the best street foods from Mumbai and one of the things I sorely missed in USA. None of the indian restaurants I visited with exception of Chai pani in Asheville gave me the satisfaction of eating vada paav like I had growing up..Finally I decide to do my research and make the perfect vada paav with its special garlic chutney :)

Vada Recipe:
Ingredients: (for stuffing)
3 potatoes (boiled and mashed)
3/4 tsp mustard
1 tsp cumin,
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 green chilly (or as per taste)
5-6 cloves garlic,
2 tbsp lemon juice
5-6 curry leaves
salt to taste

For the outer coating:
1 cup besan/ chick pea flour,
2 tbsp rice flour,
1cup water,
1 tsp chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt


In a pan, take some oil, heat, add mustard seeds and let them splutter (takes a couple minutes), now reduce flame and quickly add cumin, green chilly, garlic, curry leaves and saute for couple minutes on low flame, add turmeric and mix and add mashed potatoes.

For the batter, mix all ingredients mentioned w…

mushroom tikka (Grilled mushroom)

Grilled mushrooms are one of my favourites. In India, usually these are made in a mud oven called tandoor. 
Ingredients: 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1 18 ounce pack mushroom
2 roma tomatoes
For the marinade ¾ cup strained yogurt or greek yogurt ¼ tsp haldi, 1 tsp chilly powder 2 tsp cumin-coriader ¾ tsp garam masala ¼ tsp pepper 1 tsp fenugreek 1 green chilly 1" ginger piece 2 cloves of garlic. 1 lime or 1/2 lemon.
Method: chop onion, bell pepper, mushroom and tomatoes in large pieces
Make a paste of ginger, green chilly and garlic Mix all the ingredients of marinade in a large bowl.  Add pieces of chopped vegetables, and mix well, so the veggies are well coated with marinade. let it marinade for at least one hour, better if you can marinate it for 3-4 hours. set them on skewers. cook in oven on 350 deg F for 15-20 minutes, if you are cooking in oven make sure,  the skewers are supported on a baking tray or dish so that the water can drip down.