Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bakery Style Dil Pasand( Sweet Puffs Filled With Coconut & Tuti-Fruity)

I really love dil pasand, one of my favourite bakery item ...when ever i used to go to local bakery shops in Bangalore, i never miss out this item was truely a treat having it ....after so many years i remembered this favourite sweet of mine when my sister asked me why dont u try to do it and put that in our blog ..I thought hmmm well lets try it then ....... I have really tried hard here to make it as delicious as they do it in bakery ...well they do the best no one can deny it but i was nearly there could make out when it was all gone after a while when my hubby came back from his office.......was simply praising it .....hmmm now thts a big compliment when ur hubby likes it and even tells u that was Delicious..isn't it????.....Try it and ull also love it !!!!!


1 Sheet of puff pastry thawed

1/2 cup fresh scraped coconut

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup tutti fruity

4 -5 green cardamom powdered

1/4 cup water


For filling
  • Heat sugar , water and powdered elaichi in water and boil now add coconut and bring to a boil and then fry till the sugar gets blended well with the coconut and then add colourful tutti fruity and mix.
  • Take 2 puff pastry and with the help of round pastry cutter cut 2 shapes one big and other a bit smaller then then first one.
  • Take the big circle place the filling now put the smaller circle on the top and seal the edges with the help of a little water.

  • Now brush a little butter on the top of prepared dil pasand then bake it in a preheated oven of 180'c for about 20 mins or till nicely baked and golden on the top.

  • Slice and serve ...

  • I simply enjoyed having it after a long time.
  • Tip : For best taste and result use fresh coconut .

Monday, February 22, 2010

Capsicum & Paneer Stir Fry


1 cup Paneer cut into thin long strips

1/2 green capsicum cut into thin long strips

1/2 red capsicum cut into thin long strips

2 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 whole dry red chilli

1 tsp chopped ginger

2 green chillies roughly chopped

1 tomato finely chopped

1 tbsp kasuri methi

1 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

1 tbsp cream

2 tsp oil

salt to taste

  • Pound the coriander seeds and red chilli together and then keep aside
  • Heat oil in a pan, add the garlic paste and fry on a low flame for 1-2 minutes
  • Add pounded spices,ginger,green chillies and fry for another min
  • Then add green capsicum,red capsicum and cook on a low flame for 1 min or little tender
  • Add tomatoes and fry till it leaves out oil and then add kasuri methi,salt and fry again for few seconds
  • Add paneer and cream and mix gently and then garnish it with coriander and then serve hot with roti

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mughalai Mushroom Rice

I had got this recipe from a magazine and had written down in my recipe book long time back ,when i was searching for a new dish to try, i found this one and i wanted to do it as just by reading these ingredients i knew it would surely be delicious and yes i loved it too...U all can try this as it doesnt take much time and was easy yet a very yummy one too...


12-15 mushrooms cut into quarter

1 1/4 cup basmati rice

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tbsp chopped mint leaves

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

2 fresh red chillies slit

2 tbsp oil

salt to taste

Grind to a fine paste

1 tsp poppy seeds

1 onion finely sliced and fried in 2 tbsp oil till golden brown

6 cashewnuts

6 almonds

3 cloves

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 " ginger piece

6 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp curd

  • Grind the ingredients mentioned under " grind" with little water to a fine paste
  • Wash and soak the basmati rice for 30 minutes,drain and keep aside
  • Heat the water in a pan, when it starts boiling add the basmati rice and cook it till 3/4 done and then drain it and keep aside to cool, mix salt in it
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when it sputters add the fresh red chillies & the paste and fry for 5 min till the oil separates
  • Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves and fry for 1 minute and then add the mushrooms , salt and fry for 2-3 minutes
  • Add 2 tbsp water and milk and allow it to boil and then add red chilli powder and garam masala powder and fry for another min and add salt and switch off the gas and allow it to cool(gravy should be thick)
  • After its completely cool add the rice and mix it well
  • Switch on the gas and close the lid and keep it on a low flame for 15 min and then serve hot

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mini Colourful Doughnuts(Eggless)

My family loves doughnuts esp my son and nearly everyday he asks me to buy it for him on the way back home from his school, he can do anything to have i thought this time let me try it at home itself and make him even more happy... & to my suprise the taste was awesome and he just loved having it and he also asked me to do it again....U can also try making these as its really very easy & yummy and it is an eggless one too....& its surely a kid's delight...


250 gms Plain flour
+ for dusting

2 tsp milk powder

3 tbsp melted butter

1 1/2 tsp yeast

4 tsp sugar

pinch of salt

1/2 cup melted milk chocolate or dark chocolate

oil for deep frying

For decorating

Chocolate vermicelli

chocolate chips

3 tbsp dessicated coconut mixed with 3 tbsp sugar ( u can add any colour to make it look attractive)

Mini colourful buttons

Icing sugar with a little cinnamon powder

  • Mix yeast with 1/4 cup warm water and 1 tsp sugar and keep aside for 5 min till frothy
  • In a bowl, add maida, salt, sugar, milk powder and yeast mix and the mix it well
  • Add the melted butter and mix and then add enough water to make a smooth dough
  • Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and keep aside for 2 hours or till it doubles in size
  • knead the dough again and take one big portion of it
  • Roll it into 1/2 " thickness and cut it with the help of a doughnut cutter repeat the same for the remaining dough and then keep it aside for 30 minutes

  • Heat oil in a pan, and deep fry the doughnuts on a medium flame till golden brown on both the sides,drain it and keep aside(Fry one at a time)
  • Take each doughnut and dip one side of it in the melted chocolate and arrange it in a plate
  • Decorate it with colourful mini bottons, chocolate chips, dessicated coconut, chocolate vermicilli or anything of your choice to make it look more colourful & attractive to kids and then serve when required
(Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a microwave after frying the doughnuts)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Coffee Chocolate Cake

My son loves chocolate cake so i had done this for him yesterday and tastes yummy , soft and spongy....Really a good one to try as it was easy as well....


3/4 cup Maida

3/4 cup butter

1/2 cup demerara sugar

5 pieces of Milk chocolate

2 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp coffee powder

a pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 pinches of baking soda

1/2 cup ricotta cheese

3-4 tbsp milk

1/4 cup white chocolate chips

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

And few chocolate chips for garnishing

  • Sieve Maida with salt, baking powder, baking soda and keep aside
  • Melt butter in a pan on a low flame, when its completed melted add chocolate pieces,cocoa powder, coffee powder and mix well and when its melted and very smooth take it out and keep aside
  • Add sugar and beat well for 5 minutes and then add ricotta cheese to it and beat it well with the help of an electric beater for 5 minutes
  • Add Sieved maida gradually with milk to get the right consistency and then add white chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips and mix it well
  • Pour the cake batter in a greased baking mould,sprinkle few chocolate chips
  • and bake it in a preheated oven at 180 C for 30-35 minutes or till done
  • Cool it on a wire rack and then slice it and serve when required.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Spicy Oats Porridge

Frankly speaking I used to hate oats ...cause first time when i had tried it I had mixed just a little salt and had it and ...I literally couldnt have it......when I saw so many blogger friends trying so many nice recipes on oats I thought why not try to experiment this in my style the way I want and it turned very nice .....I never thought it would turn out so nice, well after trying this recipe I can say Oats isnt that bad also ......


1 cup Oats

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp curd

2 tomatoes chopped

1 carrot chopped finely

2 sprigs of curry leaves

2 tbsp peanuts (Optional)

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

2-3 green chillies (Sliced)

1/4 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (jeera)

1 tsp oil

salt to taste

  • Heat oil in pan add cumin seeds, when it splutters add curry leaves, green chillies, peanuts and fry well.
  • Now add chopped carrot, chopped tomato and fry well add red chilli powder, garam masala , jeera powder and fry for 2 mins .
  • Now add coriander leaves, curd, and water and when it comes to a boil add oats and keep stirring till it becomes semi thick when it gets a porridge consistency as you can see in the picture above, switch off the gas
  • Garnish it with nuts of your choice and coriander leaves and then serve hot

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Stir Fry Spinach & Mushrooms

This recipe I got for Meena Phatak's recipe book when I read it i truly found very nice ....till date I never tried to mix spinach and mushroom together in any of my recipes and I even fall short of recipes using palak now this one is surely added to my recipe collection ......let me tell u one more fact ....u all must be wondering she posts so much recipes of mushroom and paneer always ...let me tell u Y?.....My son absolutely loves mushrooms and my hubby loves paneer so thts y I try bringing so many variations in my recipes using these two vegs :)....Now abt the rec the minute I tried it we all absolutely loved it ......Simply try this and u will also tell the same thing ...EXCELLENT!!!!

10-12 Mushroom cut into quarter

1 bunch spinach finely chopped

1 tsp kasoori methi

4 flakes of garlic finely chopped

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

3 green chillies roughly chopped

1 onion chopped

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

2 tbsp cream

1 tsp cumin seeds

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds when it crackles add garlic, ginger and green chillies and fry for a min

  • Add onion and fry till golden brown and then add kasoori methi

  • Add turmeric powder,mushroom and stir fry for 2 minute till mushroom gets cooked

  • Add spinach,garam masala ,salt,and fry till the water gets evaporated and gets cooked

  • lastly add cream, and then mix it well and then serve hot with roti or rice

Monday, February 1, 2010

Curry Leaf Paneer Rice

Here i am again with one paneer dish, but this time its very simple and i didnt use any garlic or onion in this too but also it was too good and very aromatic Can be prepared very quickly and am sure everyone will love it...


1 cup Basmati Rice

200 gms Paneer cut into med size cubes

1 tsp shah jeera(caraway seeds)

2 green chilli sliced

2 tsp grated ginger

3 sprig curry leaves

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

salt to taste

2 tbsp butter

2 tbsp oil

  • Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 minutes and then drain it & keep aside
  • Heat sufficient water in a pan, when it starts boiling add basmati rice and cook it till done and then drain it and keep aside to cool completely
  • Mix in the salt and 2 tbsp oil and then keep aside
  • Heat 2 tbsp butter and 1 tsp oil in a pan, add shah jeera and when it crackles add green chilli and fry for a minute
  • Add ginger,curry leaves and fry for another min and then add red chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt, fry for 1 min and then add cubed paneer and mix well
  • Lastly add rice and mix it well and cook it on a low flame for 15 minutes till the rice gets well blended with the masala and then serve hot with raitha