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Paav : Indian Dinner Roll

One of the things I missed the most living in USA is Paav, the typical indian bread made of maida or all purpose flour. Some of the best food, Paav Bhaji, Vada Paav, Dabeli etc etc need it. Usually we use burger buns instead of Paav. Surprisingly it never occurred to me that I should look it up and try my hand at it. Once again i think its the fear that it might be difficult to recreate the recipe, or that I don't know the secrets of the bakers in India..Recently I joined a group on FB where Indian women from out of India are connected, they share recipes, cookign tips, home remedies and many more things. On this group, I found paav recipes that motivated me to make it.

I followed recipe from vaah re vaah recipe youtube video link: Paav video Vaah re Vaah
I would recommend watching this video as well..makes the job very easy :)
I did halve the quantity, so here is the list of ingredients I used:

3 3/4 cup all purpose flour1/2 tbsp sugar2 1/2 tsp yeast1 1/2 cup lukewarm water1/2 ts…

Barbecue Mushroom Pizza

I love trying out different types of Pizza recipe, I am just bored now of the regular tomato sauce pizza base..
By far my 2 most favourite pizza recipes are Barbecue Mushroom Pizza and the Greek Pizza. For this pizza I looked up barbecued chicken pizza recipe and substituted mushroom for chicken.

This barbecue mushroom pizza recipe tastes just like my favourite Smokin Joes Pizza. Tried to look up the exact name but they don't have it on the menu anymore :(
Bigger reason to be able to make it at home and savor the flavours of my dental school days.

This is time I decided to make the crust at home too. The recipe i used it from Perfect Pizza Crust post of Dinner a love story blog..The only difference is the amount of water and that I used a lot of whole wheat flour.

For the crust:

2 cups whole wheat flour1 n 3/4 cups all purpose flour2 n 1/2 tsp yeast3/4 tsp salt3/4 tsp sugar2 cups water

take all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, begin gathering the flour adding water in sm…

Lasaniya bataka (spicy garlic potato) n moong dal (split green gram) khichdi

Lasaniya bataka literally translates to garlic potatoes... Some introduction about this dish, it is a kathiawadi dish. So this dish is from a region called kathiawad in northern part gujrat. as the name suggests it has a lot of garlic and has a some thick gravy which makes it a great combination with khichdi or plain rice and chaas (buttermilk: drink made by blending yogurt with water and adding some cumin powder and salt) can reduce the spicy quotient of it by reducing the chilly powder content...but this is supposed to be a spicy dish..

3-4 medium sized potatoes chopped 6-7 large cloves of garlic3 tsp cumin coriander powder2 n 1/2 tsp red chilly powder1/2 tsp turmeric powder1/2 + 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (optional)pinch of asafoetida (hing) (optional)1/2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)3-4 curry leaves (optional)oil to saut├ęsalt to taste Method:
blanch the chopped potatoes by immersing them in boiling water for 10- 12 min.crush the garlic in a mortar and pestle, …

Pad thai noodles and veg thai soup

Am back to blogging after a long long sorry that this post might not be written in a super awesome way, but these recipe absolutely don't focus on the writing this time...its going to take me a while to get used to pen things in an interesting way...but i do want to write more, and while i haven't been blogging i have been saving a lot of recipes i have been wanting to share.

this is my second pad thai recipe...the difference in this recipe is that I am going to tell you pad thai sauce recipe...well that sounds not really making a sauce from scratch, just mixing some sauce to make the pad thai sauce. If you are lover of chinese/ thai food you would have most of these sauces at home, so you can spare from buying one more "pad thai noodle sauce"
I also tried making thai beg soup from scratch, and this is indeed an awesome soup...super tasty and excellent addition to any noodle or rice dish.

Pad Thai Noodle:
for the sauce:
1/2 cup water3…

chocolate turtle cookies (eggless)

last month my sister went back home, I had been contemplating on what to send to India for my mom had asked for some of my baked goodies, and I thought why don't I make something for my entire would be special and I have always longed to share what I make in USA with folks back in India. So then began a quest of what to send, should I send something I have made a few times and am expert in, or something new....should I make a cake or banana bread or some cupcakes...after a lot of thinking, I was like, lets try to make a cookie as that would be easy to make in bulk and easy to pack...of course I wanted to make something fancy as this was the first time my entire family was going to actually sample something I had baked...After some research I found this awesome chocolate turtle recipe on Sally's Baking looked like something out of a fancy candy store....I decided to halve the recipe as I was a little nervous, I had never made cookies from …