Eggless Lemon Chocolate Marble Cake 


Eggless lemon chocolate marble cake.

Soft and delicious cake made with two different batter. You will love the chocolate and lemon mixed taste. If you like you can also make two different cakes.

You can get the lemon cake recipe here

Posting this recipe for  Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge.

In this group all the participating bloggers were challenged to make a dish with the use of two secret ingredients their partner assigns them with.

This month I have paired with Poornima Porchelvan for baking theme. Poornima is a wonderful blogger who blog at Poornima Cook book. Check out delicious recipes on her blog.

Poornima has gave me two of my favourite ingredients, lemon and chocolate. Thanks Poornima for these lovely ingredients.

I have made this marble cake with these two ingredients. Lemon and chocolate mixed flavour makes it superbly delicious.

Really happy with the texture, it is super soft.

I have made two completely different batter for this cake.

I have used refined flour in it but you can make with whole wheat flour or you can use half whole wheat flour and half refined flour.

Recipe 


For lemon batter 


Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Milk  – 1 cup room temperature

All purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cup

Baking powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda  – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice  – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest  – 1 teaspoon

 

 

For chocolate batter 

 

Refined flour – 1&1/2 cup

Powdered sugar- 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Cocoa powder- 2 tbsp

Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder- 1/2 tsp

Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

 

 

 

 

Method 



Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease a cake tin and dust with flour. Remove the excess flour.
Lemon batter 

Sieve flour, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl mix sugar and milk. Milk should be at room temperature.

When sugar dissolves add 3 tablespoon oil and beat well.

Add flour mixture gradually in it. Mix and make a smooth batter.

Now add lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well.

Keep it aside.

Chocolate batter – 

Mix vinegar with milk. Keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

In a large bowl whisk oil and sugar. I have used rice bran oil you can use olive oil or any flavourless oil.

Add vinegar mixed milk and whisk again.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Now add the dry ingredients gradually in it. Mix everything and make a smooth lump free batter.

Take 2 separate spoons for both the batter.

In greased and flour dusted cake tin pour a spoon full chocolate and lemon cake mixture alternately.

When all the both cake mixture used up, tap the bottom of the tin gently to remove the air bubbles. Fill the cake tin 3/4 because cake will rises well.

With a knife or skewer swirl the mixture in the tin few times to give the cake a marble effect.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool down completely.

Slice and serve the beautiful and delicious cake with your tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Enjoy……

Happy baking 😊
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Paneer Or Cottage Cheese Croquettes / Finger Food / Fritters 


Paneer or cottage cheese croquettes. 

Perfect for party finger food or evening snacks. 

These crisp outside and soft inside croquettes are delicious and easy to make. 

Paneer or cottage cheese is used in it with potatoes. 

For long years, milk and milk products has been most important part of the diet of human. Paneer is also one of the most important milk products, which is used by the human fraternity as a complete proteinecious and healthy food. It is very famous in India by the name Cottage cheese or Chenna which is prepared by the milk at home or factories. It is used for years to make variety of nutritious foods for eating purposes. It has very attractive look of white color and nice taste and very famous amongst all the milk products. It is much liked by various men to eat it raw instead of fried. Paneer is the rich source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, minerals and protein which are required by the body in high proportions for healthy growth and development.

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Our this week’s 107th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is party dish. I am presenting this paneer croquettes as a party finger food for this event. 

Recipe is very easy. You can prepare everything one day before and keep in refrigerator. Take out and deep fry just before serving. You can shallow fry these if you like. 

Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, grated 

Potato – 2 large, boiled 

Onion – 2, sliced 

Green chilli – 3, finely chopped 

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated 

Tomato – 2 chopped 

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 

Coriander leaves – handful, chopped 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Tomato sauce – 2 tablespoon 

Oil – 2 tablespoon 

Salt to taste

Breadcrumbs – as require 

For batter 


Refined flour – 4 tablespoon 

Rice flour – 2 tablespoon 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Water as require 

Oil for deep fry 

Method 


Peel and mash or grate the boiled potatoes. Keep aside. 

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Let it splutter. 

Add onion and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes light brown. 

Add tomatoes and ginger. Saute for 1-2 minutes. If you like you can also add 1 teaspoon garlic paste or 3-4 crushed garlic with it. I didn’t. 

Add coriander leaves, cumin powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, chilli flakes and salt. 

Saute till the tomato becomes mushy.

Add mashed or grated paneer or cottage cheese. Mix well and add tomato sauce.  Saute till the mixture dried up completely.
 

Now add mashed or grated potatoes. Mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes more. 

Switch off the flame. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Delicious isn’t it? You can serve it as a side dish with any bread or make sandwiches with it. You can omit potatoes and make with paneer only. 

You can also add little lemon juice or chaat masala if you like. If you like it more hot increase the amount of chilli. And you can make it less spicy by omitting chilli flakes and black pepper powder. If you are making it for kids use less chilli. 

Let the mixture cool down. Mash with your hand again or use a potato masher. Add 1-2 tablespoon breadcrumbs if require for binding. Instead of breadcrumbs you can use oats powder or roasted chickpea powder too.

But don’t add more than 2-3 tablespoon. 

Make small balls. I have made medium sized 19 balls. You can make small bite size for party finger food. 

Spread breadcrumbs on a plate. 

Mix refined flour and rice flour in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add water gradually to make a semi thick lump free batter. Don’t make it runny. You can use one egg with salt and pepper instead of flour batter. 

Dip the balls in the flour batter then roll on breadcrumbs. Cover with breadcrumbs from all the sides. 

Prepare all the balls like this. You can keep these prepared balls in refrigerator and fry just before serving. 

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Fry the balls in it. Flip and fry evenly from all the sides. 

When the balls becomes brown remove from oil and place on a paper towel. You can shallow fry these if you like. 

Serve hot with mustard sauce and tomato sauce or any chutney. 

Enjoy the crisp outside and soft inside delicious and spicy paneer croquettes. 

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Gulkand Stuffed Khoya Paneer Laddu / Ganesh Chaturthi Special 

 

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi.

May the divine blessings of Lord Ganesh bring you eternal bliss. Protect you from evil and fulfil your wishes today and always.

I am very happy to share this post today. Two years ago I had published my first blog post chakhao-kheer.   Today is 2nd anniversary of my blog. Two years and 218 posts.  Thanks to all my readers. Its possible because of your support and love. Thanks a lot.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival mainly celebrated in Maharashtra. Ten days celebration of the birthday of elephant headed God Ganesha.

God Ganesha is known as the lord of art and science and the God of wisdom. He is known by 108 different names. Most popularly known as Vinayaka and Ganapati.

Lord Ganesha is considered the God of beginnings. So people worship God Ganesha before every rituals and ceremonies.

Modak and laddu are the favourite sweets of Lord Ganesh.

Our this week’s 106th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Ganesh Chaturthi special. My contribution is this gulkand stuffed khoya or mawa paneer laddu.
I have used homemade mawa or khoya and paneer in it. These delicious and melt in mouth laddus are very easy to make.

Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup crumbled

Khoya or mawa – 1 cup

Sugar – 5 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 4 tablespoon

Saffron – a small pinch

Gulkand or rose petal jam – as require

Method 


In a food processor or mixer grinder grind paneer, khoya, sugar, desiccated coconut, cardamom powder and saffron altogether.

Make the mixture smooth. Taste and add little more sugar if require.

Pour the mixture into a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook until the consistency becomes like a dough and leaves the sides. Don’t make it too dry.

Remove from heat.

Let the mixture cool down.

Make small balls. Flatten with your palm. Place little gulkand at the middle.

Bring together all the sides and make a round ball again.

Make all the balls or laddu like this.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Oats Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Batter Up With Sujata

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Tried a cake with oats and very happy with the result. Its super soft and moist. Taste is awesome. Believe me better than APF cake.

So its eggless butter less APF less yet yummy whole wheat oats cake. A perfect tea time cake and perfect for kiddos too.

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Recipe
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Ground oats- 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar- 1 cup
Oil – 1/2 cup
Milk – 1 cup + 1 tbsp vinegar
Cocoa powder- 2 tbsp
Soda – 1/2 tsp
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

Method

Mix vinegar in milk and keep aside.
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
Grease a cake pan and dust with flour. Sprinkle cashew nuts pieces or tutti fruity or whatever your kids like ( optional).

In a bowl mix together oil and sugar beat well. Add vanilla and milk with vinegar then add all the dry ingredients…

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Savoury Rasgulla Korma 

Savoury rasgulla korma.

Yes, you heard right, it is savoury rasgulla. We know that rasgulla is a famous sweet of Bengal and Odisha.

But today I am sharing this famous rasgulla with a twist. I have made these rasgulla in salted water instead of sugar syrup. And dip them in a very delicious and flavourful gravy. The taste is awesome.

A perfect party side dish. Or make it for your sudden guests,if you have milk in your refrigerator.

Or you have some store bought rasgulla in your fridge and no one wants to eat? No problem just squeeze them and dip them in hot water. Squeeze again and dip in the gravy. Easy isn’t it 😀

Now include it with your other paneer dishes like matar paneer, shahi paneer or Kadhahi paneer etc.

Try and add this in your festive menu. I am sure everyone will love this delicious and flavourful curry.

Recipe 



Milk – 1 litre

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon
Water – 3 cup

Onion – 2 chopped

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Tomato – 2 large chopped

Almond – 8-9 soaked and peeled

Cashew nuts – 8-9 soaked

Green chillies – 2-3

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Star anis – a small piece, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Chopped cilantro to garnish

Method 


Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil add 2 tablespoon vinegar and stir. Milk will be curdle. If require add little more vinegar. When the whey or water and paneer separate from the milk, strain the paneer or cottage cheese with a muslin cloth. Hang it for an hour.

After an hour mash the paneer with your palm. Knead it well with the heel of your palm until the paneer becomes smooth and little greasy. Knead it for at least 10 minutes.

Make small balls with it. You can make 10-12 small balls. There should be no cracks on the balls.

Heat 3 cup water with 1 teaspoon salt in a wide pan. When the water comes to rolling boil slide the paneer balls in it.

Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Let it cool down.

Grind onions garlic and ginger.

Separately grind tomatoes, green chilli, cardamom cinnamon, cloves, mace, soaked and peeled almond, soaked cashew nuts and star anis. Star anis has very strong flavour so take a small piece. If you don’t have star anis omit it.

Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic and ginger paste. Fry till oil leaves the sides.

Now add tomato, whole spices, green chilli, almond and cashew nuts paste.

Add salt, cumin powder coriander powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri chilli powder. Saute until oil leaves the sides.

Add coconut milk and water.

When it starts to boil add the paneer or cottage cheese balls or savoury rasgulla.

Cover and cook for 10 minutes on low flame. Stir gently to avoid the rasgullas break.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri, pulao, fried rice or any bread of your choice.

Enjoy the rich, delicious and flavourful savoury rasgulla korma.
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Veg Calzone 

Veg calzone. 

Calzone is a dish of Italian origin that is made of pizza dough. Pizza dough folded in half and filled with cheese, tomato and Origano etc. 

I have used soya granules in the stuffing. If you want to make a non veg version you can use minced and boiled meat instead of soya granules. 

Make it as a party snack or for evening snacks for kids. 

Or make large sized calzone and serve as dinner. 

Sending this post to 105th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is savoury baked dish.

I have used refined flour and whole wheat flour both. But you can make it with only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too. Or use half portion whole wheat flour and half refined flour. 



Recipe 



Atta or wholewheat flour  –2 cup 

Refined flour – 1 cup 

Yeast –  2 teaspoon

Sugar –  1/4 teaspoon

Milk – 1 and 1/4 cup or as require to make a soft dough

Salt  – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil  – 2 tablespoons

Garlic paste  – 2 teaspoon

Oregano  – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Some flour for dusting

For stuffing 



Onion – 3 sliced 
Capsicum – 1 large, thinly sliced 
Soya granules – 1/4 cup 
Garlic paste – 2 teaspoon
Pizza sauce – 1/4 cup 
Tomato ketchup – 2 tablespoon 
Origano – 2 tablespoon 
Chilli flakes – 1-2 teaspoon or to taste 
Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon 
Cheese cube – 2



Method 



Take 1 cup lukewarm milk in a large bowl. Milk should be just warm not hot.
Add 1/4 teaspoon sugar and 2 teaspoon yeast. Stir well to dissolve both.

Now keep it covered for 15 minutes or until the mixture bubbled up. 

Add salt, oil, Oregano, garlic paste, black pepper powder and half of the flour. Mix well with a spoon.

Now add remaining flour and knead with hand. Knead well and add more milk if require. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. 

Smear the dough with some oil and cover. Allow the dough to proof for 2 hours. If the weather is cold increase the time.

For stuffing soak soya granules in hot water or microwave for one minute. Soak for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes drain water, squeeze and keep aside. 

Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add sliced onion. Fry till the onion becomes translucent. Add garlic paste. Fry till the onion becomes brown. 

Add chopped capsicum. You can use red or yellow bell peppers, olive or jalapeno if you have. 

Stir and add soaked soya granules. Saute for 1-2 minutes. 

Now add pizza sauce, tomato ketchup, origano, chilli flakes, black pepper powder. Saute for one minute more. 

Add chopped or grated cheese cubes. Mix well and remove from heat. 

Let the mixture cool down.

Preheat the oven at 200° for 15 minutes. 

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper or aluminium foil. 

Now take out the dough. It will be double. Punch down the dough to remove the air.
 

You can make 6-7 large calzone. I have made 14 small sized calzone and 3 small braided pizza out of this dough. 

Divide the dough into equal portion. Make balls out of each portion. Roll out into thin circles on a flour dusted surface. 

Fill each circle with stuffing on half of the circle. 

Leaving the edges. Spread grated mozzarella cheese over the stuffing. Fold half of the circle over it. 

Press the edges to seal and ensure stuffing does not spill out. Use a fork to seal the edges. 

Make small slits with a knife over every calzone to escape the steam. 

Brush with butter or oil. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the calzone becomes golden brown. 

Let the calzone cool for 5-6 minutes before serving.

Serve with tomato sauce or cheese dip or any sauce. 

Happy baking…… 

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Paan Sandesh Or Betel Leaf Flavoured Sandesh 

Paan sandesh or betel leaf flavoured sandesh. 

A very delicious paan or betel leaf flavoured Bengali sweet made of cottage cheese or paneer. You can get some more different flavoured sandesh recipes here. Click on the name for recipes. 

Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Sugar and date palm jaggery sandesh

Mango sandesh

Kesar pista sandesh

Chocolate coconut sandesh 

Cake sandesh

Watermelon sandesh

Paan betel leaf is a traditional mouth freshener and digestive aid in India. Its popular due to it’s medicinal properties.

From using it in prayers and religious ceremonies to eating it in the form of a ‘paan’, betel leaves contain many curative and healing health benefits. The leaves are full of vitamins like vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and carotene and are a great source of calcium. 

Betel leaf helps in treating diabetes, aids in weight loss, prevent oral cancer, heals wound, and cures headache.

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Personally I love sweet paan or mitha pan. Which has flavourful and delicious ingredients like saunf or fennel seeds, rose petal jam or gulkand, cardamom etc wrapped in a betel leaf.

So I have added this sweet paan flavour in these sandesh. 

I have used Gulkand, saunf or fennel seeds, betel leaves and cardamom in this sandesh. To make the taste similar to sweet paan or mitha paan. 

I have added a pinch of green colour in it but you can omit the colour. Your sandesh will be naturally light green colour for using betel leaves.

I have used fresh homemade paneer or cottage cheese. You can use store bought paneer in it, just crumble the paneer before using.



Recipe 



Paneer – 1 cup, tightly packed 

Paan leaves  – 2,  chopped 

Milk powder – 4 tablespoon 

Sugar – 4 tablespoon 

Gulkand – 2 tablespoon 

cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon 

Green food colour – little, optional



Method 



1. Blend or grind chopped betel leaves, fennel seeds or saunf, gulkand and sugar. 

2. Add crumbled paneer, milk powder and cardamom powder with betel leaves, fennel seeds, gulkand and sugar mixture. Blend or grind into a smooth paste. 

3. Take out the mixture in a plate. If you want to use colour add a pinch of powder food colour or 1-2 drop gel colour and mix well. 

4. Heat a pan. Cook the mixture on low flame. Stir continuously. 

5. When the mixture becomes a dough like consistency remove from the heat. Don’t make it too dry. 

Let it cool down. 

6. Grease the moulds with little ghee or clarified butter. 

7. Mash the mixture with your palm to make it smooth. 

8. Make small balls and make desired shape with greased moulds. Or you can keep them as a small round balls. Or give any shape with your hand. 

9. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. 

You can keep them in refrigerator for 4-5 days. 

Enjoy the paan flavoured yummy sandesh. 

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