Saturday, April 22, 2017

Paneer( cottage cheese) Puffs

Puffs are the most popular snacks in India. We can see these crispy, flaky savory pastries in almost all the bakeries in India and which is liked by many along with their evening tea. When we were in India, we used to buy a lot of different varieties of filling in puff pastries.

Today I have made puffs with paneer filling. These are super simple to made and they are amazingly delicious. All you need to have is puff pastry sheets and paneer. You can also make the filling and shape them in triangles and store in the freezer. Whenever required remove the puffs from the freezer, thaw them till soft and bake till it gets cooked well. An appetizing snack which will be loved by all.

You can make puff pastry filling using chicken, mutton, vegetables of your choice or eggs. Egg Puffs are the most popular ones in India. I have posted about egg puffs long bake in my blog. In the US, we will get the veg puffs only in Indian store but not very frequently and to fulfill our desire of eating hot puffs, I will be making this regularly with different fillings which I mentioned above and this time it is with paneer. Hope you all will like this. Please try this out and let me know
  1. Cottage Cheese/ Paneer- 1 Cup
  2. Green chilies- 3 nos
  3. Onions- 1 no
  4. Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
  5. Grated Ginger- 1 tbsp
  6. Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
  7. Red Chilli Powder- 1 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  9. Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
  10. Garam Masala- 1 tsp
  11. Lemon Juice- ½ tbsp
  12. Oil- 1 tbsp
  13. Fresh Cilantro( chopped)- 1 tbsp  

  1. Thaw the puff pastry until it comes to room temperature and becomes soft.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onions and green chilies. Heat oil and splutter cumin seeds, add the onions and green chilies.
  3. Saute until translucent, add the grated ginger when the raw smells disappear add the spice powders and stir till everything gets blended.
  4. At last, add the grated paneer and required amount of salt with a dash of lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Mix and keep this aside.
  5. Cut the thawed puff pastry sheets into squares and in each square place a tbsp of the paneer mixture in the middle and fold the sheets in the form of a triangle. Press the sides of the sheets so that the filling won’t come out while baking.
  6. Arrange the prepared triangle puffs on a parchment paper and bake them for about 15- 20 minutes or till top gets browned. When done, cool them and serve along with tomato ketchup or just enjoy with hot tea.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Minced Chicken Burgers

Nothing can beat a simple homemade burger on a lovely cold evening in the comforts of your home. Rather than store bought burgers, the burgers which you make at home with much fewer calories can be enjoyed without any guilt.

All you need is to blend the minced chicken along with spices, dipped in egg and shallow fried, which will make a delicious burger pattie. This will make a perfect school lunch or for parties. This can be prepared within no time if you have all the ingredients with you. This can be ate just like that without sandwiching in the bun. Kids will enjoy them.

You can top the patties with mayonnaise/ ranch dressing/ guacamole or anything of your choice. You can also add a slice of cheese or even sour cream. Hope you all will like this. Try this out and let me know.
  1. Burger Buns- 6 nos
  2. Minced Chicken- 2 Cups
  3. Onions- 1 no
  4. Garlic- 3 cloves
  5. Green Chillies- 3 nos
  6. Coriander Leaves- few
  7. Red Chilli Powder- 1 tbsp
  8. Garam Masala Powder- 1 tsp
  9. Pepper Powder- 1 tsp
  10. Salt- as required
  11. Oil- for shallow frying
  12. Egg- 1 no
  13. Cucumber slices- 2 nos
  14. Lettuce Leaves- 1 bunch
  15. Onions( sliced)- 1 no
  1. Wash and drain the kheema in a colander.
  2. Take the drained chicken mince, coriander leaves, onions, garlic, green chilies, red chili powder, garam masala powder, pepper powder and salt in a food processor and process for about 2- 3 minutes, till all gets blended well.
  3. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a bowl. Shape the above-blended chicken mixture into round balls and flatten it out in the shape of pattie and dip them in the beaten egg.
  4. Repeat with the remaining chicken mixture. Heat a griddle with oil and shallow fry the patties till crisp and golden.
  5. Slice the burger buns from the middle and place them on the griddle till they become soft.
  6. Place one-half of a bun, over that place the lettuce leaf, sliced onion, and cucumber. On top place the chicken pattie and on top of that a spoon full of ranch dressing or anything of your choice. Sandwich with the other half of the bun and dig into the heavenly burger.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spinach and Cottage Cheese Samosa/ Palak paneer Samosa

I have not been active in this space for some time now. I missed my blog space a lot. I had a lovely short trip to my brother’s place in Ohio and so I couldn’t blog from there, (which I planned to) as I was enjoying with my lovely niece and naughty nephew. This whole time, I didn’t cook anything, as I was enjoying my Sister- in law's amazing dishes. In some of my previous blog posts, I have mentioned about her dishes like the chocolate roll cake and the baked apple roses. As now I have returned, everything is back to normal. I started my routine and so after the break, the post which I thought would be perfect was this snack which is everyone's favorite.

We all know that spinach and paneer is an amazing combination in Indian curries. So I thought why not try it out in our favorite samosas. Samosas are deep fried snacks, which has a filling of meat/ vegetables. Samosas are one of the most common snacks in India. They are very special during the month of Ramadan, which is eaten as an iftar snack. These are easy to make, only difficult part is to make the dough and shaping them into a cone, but if you have spring roll sheets then within minutes an amazingly delicious snack will be ready to eat.

For the Filling:
  1. Spinach- a small bunch
  2. Cottage Cheese- ½ Cup
  3. Garam Masala Powder- ½ tsp
  4. Oil- 1 tbsp
  5. Onions (chopped)- 1 no
  6. Green Chillies (chopped finely)- 2 nos
  7. Ginger (crushed)- 1 tbsp
  8. Garlic (chopped)- 1 tbsp
  9. Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  10. Red Chilli Powder- 1 tsp
  11. Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  12. Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
  13. Oil- for deep frying
For the Dough:
  1. All Purpose flour- 11/2 Cups
  2. Salt- as required
  3. Melted butter- 2 tbsp
  4. Ajwain/ caraway seeds- 1 tbsp
  5. Water- required to knead the dough

  1. In a bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, salt, melted butter along with required amount of water into a smooth dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for some time.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan, saute the onions. When they turn translucent, add the ginger, garlic and green chilies.
  3. Saute till the raw smell disappears. Add the chopped spinach, stir till it becomes soft. Add the crushed cottage cheese and mix well till everything gets blended well.
  4. In the above add the garam masala powder, cumin powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and salt. Mix and switch off the flame.
  5. Divide the above-made dough into small round balls of 12- 15.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough balls into small round discs, cut into half, water the straight edge and join the edges to make a cone. Press gently to seal the edges.take a spoon full of the filling and place it inside. Seal the other end and press gently make sure that the filling doesn’t come out.
  7. Repeat with the remaining dough and the filling. When all the samosas are ready, heat oil for deep frying and fry the made samosas till golden brown. When they are done drain on a kitchen tissue and serve hot along with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Lamingtons- A traditional Australian dessert

Lamingtons are traditional Australian dessert, made from squares of cake, coated with a layer of chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut. The thin coating of the chocolate and desiccated coconut is an amazing combination when we bite into the small square pieces of the cake.

From the time I started blogging, I wanted to make these little cuties, which I saw in Ria’s collection, but thinking about the sugar used in these, I thought of making for some special occasion and today I am here with these beauties, which I made for my daughter’s school project.

They have a project, in which each kid had to choose a country, which they never visited and my daughter chose Australia and she has to study about the country and make a brochure using library books and on the last day of the project they have to take a traditional food of the country. I was searching a lot and then came to know that these little melt in mouth cake pieces are Australia’s traditional dessert. I grabbed the opportunity to try out these amazing dessert.

Usually, these are baked in the cake tin and then cut into desired shaped and dipped in chocolate and coconut. But I baked them in a baking tray So that it’s easy to cut and much easier to dip into chocolate icing. This recipe makes bite-sized lamingtons, which are perfect for parties or any gatherings. I doubled the recipe and so I got around 90- 100 square pieces so that I gave some to my dear friends. These lamingtons are irresistible. The Australian cuties will become your favorite within no time, just try this out and let me know.

For the cake:
  1. All purpose Flour- 2 Cups
  2. Sugar- ½ Cup
  3. Butter- ½ Cup
  4. Vanilla Essence- 1 tsp
  5. Baking Soda- ½ tsp
  6. Baking Powder- 1 tsp
  7. Eggs- 2 nos
  8. Milk- 1 ¼ Cups
For the Chocolate Coating:
  1. Butter- 1 tbsp
  2. Water ¾ Cup
  3. Cocoa Powder- 3 tbsp
  4. Sugar- 2 Cups
  • Desiccated Chocolate- for rolling the cake pieces
The method for the cake:
  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and soft. Beat the eggs along with vanilla essence till creamy and fluffy.
  2. Add this beaten egg mixture to the butter- sugar mixture till well blended.
  3. Sieve the flour along with baking soda and baking powder and keep this aside.
  4. Alternating with milk, add the sieved flour into the butter- egg mixture and fold well till all the flour and milk gets over.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Transfer the batter to a greased baking tray and bake for about 25- 30 minutes.
  6. When done, cool and cut the cake into small squares.
Method for chocolate coating
  1. Boil the water and butter to rolling boil.
  2. Mix the sugar and cocoa powder well. Add this boiled water- butter mixture and stir well.
  3. Keep this aside.
Assembling the Lamingtons:

  1. Drop a square piece of the cake into the chocolate coating, using a fork dip it well till the cake piece is coated with chocolate.
  2. Take the chocolate-coated piece and drop it in the desiccated coconut which we kept in a bowl.
  3. Roll the cake piece well in the desiccated coconut, with the help of a fork. Repeat with the remaining pieces till they get over.
  4. Arrange it on a plate and serve.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Now whenever your kids demand some snacks to munch, just don’t think too much, cut some sweet potatoes (if you have them) into wedges and throw them in the oven. Within minutes a healthy and nutritious baked fries will be ready, which will be everyone's favorite right from the time they taste these. Sweet potato fries are perfect evening snack which is very addictive once tasted.

Orange-fleshed sweet potatoes have one of the nature’s unsurpassed sources of beta-carotene. Not always the sweet potatoes are orange in color, they can be purple and also white fleshed ones. These sweet potatoes are called one of the healthiest foods in the world.

Just cut them into thick or thin wedges, toss them with olive oil, sprinkle your favorite spices and bake at the required temperature for some time and these lovely golden fries are ready within minutes. After eating these, you won’t ask for any other snack to munch. Try this out and let me know
  1. Sweet Potatoes- about 3 large ones
  2. Smoked Paprika- 1 tbsp
  3. Garlic Powder- ½ tbsp
  4. Olive Oil- 2 tbsp
  5. Pepper powder- 1 tbsp
  6. Salt- as required

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Peel, wash and cut the sweet potatoes into thin wedges.
  2. Toss the paprika, garlic powder, pepper, olive oil and salt to the wedges and arrange them in a single layer on a parchment paper lined a baking tray.
  3. Bake for about 15- 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown turning occasionally. Cool it and serve.

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