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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Sandesh

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Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it.

This Bengali delicacy sandesh is very easy to make.
You can make your occasion special with this delicious sweet.

I made these in two different flavours.
One with sugar and other with date palm jaggery or khajur gur. I have shared the pictures of two types of sandesh above.

It needs only two ingredients. Paneer/cottage cheese and sugar or jaggery.

In sugar version we need little cardamom powder for flavour.

You can add any essence or fruit purees of your choice. Or you can add melted chocolate or cocoa powder to make chocolate sandesh. I have already shared the recipe of chocolate sandesh.

Recipe of sugar sandesh and date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh is same. Its very easy to make.

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Chapor Or Lentil Patties In Mustard Sauce

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Chapor or lentil patties in mustard sauce. Chapor ghonto is an authentic recipe of Bengal. Made of Matar dal or split dried pea lentil patties with mishmash of vegetables. Heard about chapor ghonto from a friend. Never tried before. Google it. So many recipes with veggies like potatoes pumpkin eggplants parwal or pointed gourd etc.

 

But first time made exactly as my friend told. It was with mustard paste. I used mustard powder. Needn’t much spices yet delicious. Used only ginger, green chilli, mustard powder and panch phoran. It was yummy. Didn’t get Matar dal or split dried pea lentil in local grocery. So used Chana dal or Bengal gram.

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Dal or lentils are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. And still low in calories and contain virtually no fat.

 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #DalDelights. Any recipe with dal or lentil.

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So made this chapor again. But made with little changes. And very happy with the result.This time I have added tomato, garlic and kashmiri red chili powder. And the taste was amazing.

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Recipe

 Chana dal/Bengal gram or Matar dal/split dried pea lentil – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Little oil for shallow frying

For the gravy

 Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Garlic – 3 cloves

Tomato – 1 chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 and 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Panch phoran – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon chopped

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

 Wash and soak the lentils or dal overnight. Grind them with ginger and green chilli. Add very little water if require. Don’t make it runny. Batter should be thick. Add salt and cumin powder. Beat well.Make patties with this batter and shallow fry in a nonstick pan with very little oil. Keep aside.

 

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Soak the mustard powder in cold water. I have used Weikfield mustard powder. Blend the powder in cold water thoroughly till it becomes a thick cream. Allow to stand for 10 minutes to develop full flavour.

 

Grind the garlic, tomato and green chilli. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add panch phoran. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

 

Let the panch phoran splatter.Now add garlic tomato and green chilli paste. Saute till the oil leaves side. Add soaked mustard powder, salt, turmeric powder,chopped coriander leaves and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute and add water. Add water as requir for gravy. Let it boil and add the lentil patties. Cook on simmer for 10 – 12 minutes or until the patties becomes soft.

 

Stir and mix well. Check and adjust the seasoning and switch off the flame. Chapor in mustard sauce is ready. Garnish with slit green chilli or chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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