Baked Rasgulla

Baked rasgulla.
Rabdi soaked rasgulla covered with makha sandesh or date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh, condensed milk and malai or milk topping. These ingredients made this dessert heavenly.

Tasted this delicious baked rasgulla in kolkata. Attended a wedding reception event in my family. Lovely memorable days with family members. Missing those moments.
This baked rasgulla was one of the party dessert. Everyone loved it. Something different from regular baked rasgulla. Makha sandesh or gur sandesh was the key ingredient.
My brother in law Taposh Roy requested the caterer of that event for the recipe. And he happily share his recipe with us. Thanks to him and Taposh.

Earlier I made baked rasgulla with an easy method. Just layered a mixture of condensed milk, khoya or dried milk and little milk over the squeezed rasgulla and baked.

But this recipe is little different.
Tried the recipe after returning home. And enjoyed the heavenly taste again. Sharing is caring so sharing this awesome recipe with you all. Make it and enjoy the heavenly taste 😊

Recipe

Rasgulla – 8

Full cream milk – 4 cup

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Homemade paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 heaped cup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 2 tablespoon or to taste, grated

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

Boil 4 cup full cream milk in a heavy bottom pan. Let the milk thickened on low flame. Add 3 tablespoon sugar and mix.

Don’t stir the milk frequently. We want the milk topping so just bring the milk topping or malai towards the sides with a spoon gently.

Don’t make the rabdi or thickened milk grainy or dry.
When the milk change it’s colour and thickened remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
Keep this thickened milk in refrigerator or under fan for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the milk topping or malai from it and keep aside.
My thickened milk or rabdi remains 1&1/4 cup after removing the milk topping. If your milk is too thick you can add little milk in it.

Squeeze rasgulla with your palm to remove the sugar syrup. Don’t worry it will swell again.

Heat the thickened milk or Rabdi.

Dip all the squeezed rasgulla in thickened milk or Rabdi. When it starts to boil switch off the flame. Soak them in thickened milk for 30 minutes. It will helps the rasgulla to soak thickened milk properly.

Now take the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash well with your palm.
I have made the paneer or cottage cheese out of 1/2 litter milk.
When the paneer becomes smooth add grated khajur gur or date palm jaggery. Mash again to make it smooth and little greasy.

Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook the paneer on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes. Stir continuously. Switch off the heat.
Let the mixture cool down.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and mash it again until it becomes smooth. Mix condensed milk with it and keep aside.

In a baking tray arrange all the thickened milk soaked rasgulla. Layer the paneer or cottage cheese mixture over it evenly.
Now layer the milk topping or malai we have collected from thickened milk.

Garnish with chopped pistachio.

Place on the higher rack of your oven.
Grill for 6 – 8 minutes or until the top becomes brown.
Enjoy the delicious baked rasgulla warm or chilled.

Notes

1. You add use few drops of rose water with cardamom powder in thickened milk.

2. You can decrease the amount of jaggery and sugar if you like less sweetness.

3. You can use shredded almond for garnishing.

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Green Tea Grape Mocktail

Green tea grape mocktail.
Summer time again. And here is a chilled and refreshing drink for you.
A perfect drink to beat the heat. This non alcoholic drink is perfect for your party. A delicious mocktail for kids and non drinkers.

You can make the drink and store in refrigerator. Mix soda water and ice just before serving.

This week’s 137th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is mocktail.
And I am sharing this green tea grape mocktail.

You can get some more drink recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Virgin watermelon mojito

Kiwi ginger lime cooler

Thandai flavoured fruit punch

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Virgin mojito with watermelon and Fanta

Refreshing flavour of green tea, mint, ginger and lemon, sweetness of grapes and cooling properties of cucumber makes this drink superbly delicious.
I have added little ginger in it but if you don’t like you can omit. Or you can increase the amount of ginger if you like.

Recipe

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 cup

Grape – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 8 – 10

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Sparkling water or soda water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon wedge, mint and thin lengthwise slice of cucumber to garnish

Method

Make one cup green tea and let it cool down.
Wash the grapes. Peel and chop the half cucumber. Taste the cucumber before using. It shouldn’t be bitter.

In a blender blend grapes, cucumber, mint leaves, black salt, grated ginger, lemon juice and green tea.
Blend till smooth and frothy.

Strain the mixture. Press with a spoon on strainer to get all the juice.
Slice thin lengthwise piece of cucumber.
Place the slice in a glass. Press on the inner wall of the glass.

Place some crushed ice in the glass.
Pour the strained juice over it. Top with sparkling water or soda water.
Garnish with lemon wedge, mint and grape.
Serve chilled.
Enjoy……

Notes

1. I like natural Sweetness so I didn’t add any sweetener. You can add honey or sugar if you want.

2. You can add little more black salt if require.

3. You can increase or decrease the amount of mint and ginger as per your taste.

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Handvo

Handvo.
A delicious Gujarati dish made of rice and lentils.
You can call it a savoury cake loaded with the goodness of vegetables and lentils.
A baked dish with soaked and ground rice, different types of lentils or dal, spices, carrot and bottle gourd. Any other vegetables can be added in it.

This month in facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
we are sharing different dishes from Gujarati cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients.

This month my partner is a very talented blogger Amrita Ayer. Who blog at
http://thefoodsamaritan.com
Please visit her blog for many amazing recipes. Amrita gives me carrot and sesame seeds as secret ingredients. Thanks dear for these delicious ingredients.

In this recipe I have used 4 type of lentils or dal, rice, carrot, bottle gourd and some spices. You can serve it as a snack.

Recipe

Ingredients

Rice – 1 cup

Pigeon peas or tuar dal – 1/4 cup

Whole green gram or moong dal – 1/4 cup

Split chickpeas or chana dal – 1/4 cup

Split black gram or urad dal – 1/4 cup

Grated bottle gourd – 1 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Curd – 1/2 cup

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno fruit salt – 1 teaspoon

For tempering

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Curry leaves – 8 – 10, chopped

Method

Soak rice and lentils for 4 – 5 hours.
Grind into a coarse paste. Add very little water if require.

Take out the ground mixture in a big bowl. Add curd and mix well. Cover and keep aside for fermentation. I have kept overnight.

Mix salt, turmeric powder, asafetida, grated carrot, bottle gourd, ginger, chopped green chillies, cilantro or coriander leaves, sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix everything well.

Grease a baking pan generously.
Preheat the oven at 200°for 15 minutes.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the seeds starts to splutter add curry leaves and asafetida, stir and switch off the flame.

Add sesame seeds. Mix and add half of the tempering in the batter and mix well.

Add Eno fruit salt just before baking. Give a good stir and pour the batter in the oil greased baking pan.

Tap gently.
Pour the remaining tempering over it. Spread evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top becomes brown.

Let it cool down. Cut into square pieces. Serve warm or cold with any chutney or sauce.

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Date Raisin Jaggery Chutney With Aam Papad/Amsotto Or Mango Bar

Date raisin jaggery chutney with aam papad/amsotto or mango bar.
Chutney taste tangy, spicy, sweet in one word super yummy.
Serve it with lunch or dinner, aroma of this chutney definitely make you hungry.
Try and enjoy the heavenly taste.

You can get some more different chutney recipes here.

Peanut chutney

Mango raisin chutney

Onion tomato chutney

Water chestnut chutney

I have used date or khajur, raisins, dried mango sticks, jaggery or gur, aam papad or mango bar, chilli powder, black salt and roasted mixed spice powder or bhaja moshla in it.
Roasted mixed spice powder makes the chutney spicy and delicious.

Recipe

Date or khajur – 1/2 cup, chopped in thin slices

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Dried mango sticks – 1/4 cup

Jaggery or gur – 1/2 cup, powdered or grated

Aam papad or mango bar – 1/2 cup, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Dry roasted powdered spices – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

Method

Clean and soak the raisins and dried mango sticks in water.
Cut the dried mango sticks into 1″ pieces.

Heat jaggery with 1 cup water. When it starts to boil simmer the flame.

Add chopped dates, aam papad or mango bar, dried mango sticks, black salt and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook on low flame.

Cook till the mixture becomes thick and dried mango sticks and dates becomes tender. Stir occasionally.

Mixture should be thick don’t dried up completely.
Add 1 & 1/2 teaspoon dry roasted spice powder or bhaja moshla.
Get the roasted spice powder recipe here

Mix well and switch off the flame.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Chutney is ready. Let it cool down.
Enjoy the spicy tangy delicious chutney with your lunch or dinner. Or serve it with stuffed paratha in breakfast.

Notes

1. Kashmiri red chilli powder is optional. Added it for colour. You can omit it if you want.

2. You can use cashew nuts in the chutney with raisins if you like.

3. If you want your chutney less spicy use 1 teaspoon dry roasted spice powder instead of 1 & 1/2 teaspoon.

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Roasted Mixed Spice Powder Or Bhaja Moshla

Roasted mixed spice powder.
An aromatic mixture of roasted green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, bay leaf, cumin, coriander and red chilli.
It will enhance the flavour of your savoury dishes. Add a spoon full to your chop or cutlet mixture, potato stuffing for aloo paratha, aloo tikki or burger patties, sandwich stuffing, curries, dum aloo or anything you want to make aromatic and spicy.

Sending this post to 136th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MasalaPowder.

When Preethi decided the theme I remember my mother’s bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spice powder recipe. She always used to store two type of dry roasted mixed spice powder.

One is dry roasted and ground panch phoran or a mixture of cumin seeds, coriander seeds, nigella or black cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds. This mixture is for sukto, a delicious Bengali style mix vegetable. Just sprinkle this ground mixture on sukto or any chutney and enjoy the aroma.

I am sharing second dry roasted and ground spice mixture. You can use this aromatic mixture in any savoury dish to enhance the flavour and taste. Here is my mother’s recipe for aromatic bhaja moshla.

Recipe

Green cardamom – 8

Cloves – 6

Bay leaf – 1, small

Cinnamon – a small stick

Dry red chilli – 2

Cumin seeds – 2 tablespoon

Coriander seeds – 2 tablespoon

Method

Combine all the spices.
Lightly dry roast on low flame. Stir continuously.

Dry roast till the spices gives out roasted aroma.
Immediately transfer the spices on a plate and let it cool down.

Now grind all the spices. Make a fine powder.
Store in a airtight jar.

Notes

1. If you want your spice powder more hot use 3 – 4 dry red chilli.

2. If you don’t want to use red chilli you can use pepper corn.

3. Or if you like you can omit chilli and make it only aromatic not hot.

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Multigrain Bread And Peanut Butter

Multigrain bread and homemade peanut butter.
I love the aroma of freshly baked bread. A bread made with Whole wheat or atta, soyabean, sorghum or jowar, pearl millet or bajra flour and flax seed powder.
If you can make your bread at home with healthy ingredients then why to use store bought bread with harmful chemicals.

Your daily bread could contain cancer-causing chemicals, including Potassium Bromate and Potassium Iodate, substances that are banned in many countries, but not in India due to slack food regulations, warns a new report released by the Centre for Science and Environment.
In 1999, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified Potassium Bromate as possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing) to humans.
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So try to avoid store bought bread and make your own bread at home with healthy ingredients.
You can get some more bread recipes here. Click on the names to get recipe

Whole wheat bread

Cheesy bread

Oats, flaxseed whole wheat bread

Focaccia with whole wheat and soya bean flour

Bread making is not so difficult. Just don’t be impatient. Have some patience to knead the dough well till soft and elastic and give time to rise the dough. And feel the excitement and joy of making your own bread from scratch.

I have used soyabean flour, sorghum or jowar flour and pearl millet or bajra flour. You can use any flour of your choice, like ragi or finger millet, corn, oats powder etc.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Sorghum or jowar flour – 1 cup

Pearl millet or bajra flour – 1/4 cup

Flax seed powder – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Warm water – 1 & 1/4 cup

Sesame seed to sprinkle

Method

Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Water should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl mix all the flour, flax seed powder, milk powder, salt, oil and vinegar. Mix and add the yeast mixture.

Add warm water and knead a soft dough. You have to knead it really well. Knead for at least 7-8 minutes. It will be a sticky smooth dough. If you feel your dough is too sticky you can add little more flour. Place it in a greased bowl. Smear with oil. Cover loosely with a kitchen napkin. Keep it in a warm place for 2 hours. I have kept it in the oven.

After 2 hours take out the dough. It will be double. Punch down the dough.

Spread some flour on a flat surface. Knead the dough again. You can add little more flour if require. Knead well and smear with oil. Now it will be not sticky but a stretchable soft dough.

Make it flat with the help of your oil greased palm. Roll it from one side to make a loaf. Press the sides and place in a greased loaf pan. Press the sides gently.

Brush little water over it. Or level with your wet fingers.
Sprinkle little sesame seeds all over it.
Again place in a warm place for 1 hours more or until doubled.

Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.
When preheated place the loaf pan in middle rack and bake for 30 minutes or until the colour becomes golden brown.

Your homemade healthy multigrain healthy bread is ready. Don’t try to slice it when hot. It may be crumbled.
Let it cool down completely. Slice them and toast. These breads are taste best when toasted. Spread butter or jam. I like these bread with thick layer of homemade peanut butter.
Or make sandwiches with the stuffings of your choice.

For peanut butter

Dry roast 1 cup peanut. Let it cool down. Remove and discard the skin. Grind it with 1/4 teaspoon salt. I have used sea salt. Use your dry grinder to grind. When it becomes coarse powder. Stir with a spoon. Grind again for few seconds. Stir and repeat the process till the peanuts release oil and become a paste like consistency.
Delicious peanut butter is ready. Store it in a airtight jar and keep in refrigerator for later use.

Notes

1. You can use any flour of your choice, like ragi or finger millet, oats powder, corn etc.

2. You can use warm milk instead of water.

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Focaccia With Whole Wheat And Soyabean Flour

Focaccia with whole wheat and soya bean flour.
Yes didn’t use refined flour in it. Tried to make a healthy bread for kids. And very happy with the taste. Its really delicious.

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza doughs. It may be topped with herbs or other ingredients.

Wikipedia

I have used soya bean flour in it which makes the bread protein rich.
Soy flour is derived from roasted soybeans finely grounded into a powder. It is a rich source of proteins, as well as iron, B vitamins and calcium, and it adds a pleasant texture and flavor to a variety of products, according to SoyFoods.com.
Soy flour may reduce the risk of heart disease. In 1999, the FDA authorized the link between soy protein and reduced risk of coronary heart disease to be used on food labels. The FDA concluded that including soy protein in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels.
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This focaccia is very easy to make. You can serve it with any sauce. I have served with marinara sauce.

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I have sprinkle chopped cilantro or coriander leaves over it but you can use parsley, basil or any herb you have. You can spread generous amount of cheese over it while baking. Or spread some chopped onion, tomato, olive, bell peppers anything you like.
Use olive oil to get perfect taste.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour or atta – 2 cup

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Yeast – 2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon + for greasing

Garlic powder – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Red chilli flakes – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 1/4 cup or as require to make a soft dough

Method

1. Take 1 cup lukewarm water in a large bowl. Water should be just warm not hot.

2. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 2 teaspoon yeast. Stir well to dissolve both.

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

3. Add salt, oil, Oregano, garlic powder, black pepper powder and half of the flour. Mix well with a spoon. If you like strong garlic flavour use 2 teaspoon full. If not add 1 tablespoon.

4. Now add remaining flour and knead with hand. Knead well and add more water if require. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. You can use your food processor or stand mixer.

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

6. Take out the dough. It will be doubled.
Punch down the dough to remove the air.

7. Knead the dough again. Knead it on flour dusted surface. Knead till the dough becomes soft and elastic. You can add little more flour if require.

8. Take a square or rectangle baking pan. Grease it generously with olive oil.

9. Transfer the dough in greased pan. Press down the dough in baking pan. Make even layer of the size of baking pan with oil greased hand.

10. Keep the pan in the oven or on your kitchen counter for second rise for 30 minutes.

11. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes.

12. Now make holes or dents on it using your all the finger tips. Drizzle olive oil over it.

13. Sprinkle red chilli flakes and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves all over it.

You can use parsley, basil, thyme whatever you have.
If you want you can sprinkle chopped onions, bell peppers, olives anything.

14. Bake in preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until the top becomes light brown.

15. Let the focaccia cool down. Cut and serve warm or in room temperature.
Happy baking!!

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