Chhena Poda Or Baked Cottage Cheese 

Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese cake.

Yes a cake but you don’t need flour or baking powder to make it.

Chhena poda is a dessert made of cottage cheese from Odisha. Its literally means roasted cheese in Odia language.

Its a very delicious baked dessert, made of fresh cottage cheese or chhena/paneer sugar, cardamom, cashew nuts and raisins. Flavour of cardamom and caramelised sugar made this dessert heavenly.

This week’s 122nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Odiacuisine.

My contribution is this delicious chhena poda. Adopted the recipe from my fellow blogger and a dear friend Alka Jena who blog at

Culinaryxpress

Visit her blog for many amazing recipes. Thanks Alka for the suggestions.

To make this chhena poda or baked cottage cheese better use homemade fresh cottage cheese or paneer. Its very easy to make. Just blend cottage cheese, sugar, cardamom powder, little milk or whey, cashew nuts and raisins till smooth and bake with caramelised sugar syrup.

Recipe
Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Sugar – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk or whey – 4 tablespoon

Ghee or butter for greasing

Sugar for caramelization

Pistachio to garnish

 

Method


1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Fry cashew nuts and raisins lightly.

3. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well.

4. Add milk or remaining whey of paneer. Blend till the mixture becomes smooth. Taste and adjust sugar if required. I like less sweet.

5. Add fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well.

6. Grease a baking pan with ghee or butter. Spread 1 tablespoon sugar and heat the pan till sugar caramelise.

When sugar caramelised switch off the flame.

7. Tilt the pan to spread the caramelised syrup all over the base.

8. Pour the paneer mixture over it.

Spread evenly with a spoon or spatula.

9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 45 minutes.

10. To check insert a toothpick in the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean chhena poda is ready.

11. Take out the pan when hot and invert it on a plate to take out.

If it becomes cold sugar syrup at base will be hard and it will be difficult to come out intact.

12. Garnish with pistachio. Serve delicious chhena poda or baked cottage cheese hot or cold.

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Flavoured American Biscuit 

Flavoured American biscuit.

First time tried these biscuits and love the texture and taste.  So tried again with lightly flavoured with Italian herbs. You can enjoy these savoury biscuits with jam or gravy.

A biscuit in the United States and parts of Canada, is a variety of small baked goods with a firm browned crust and a soft interior. They are made with baking powder or baking soda as a chemical leavening agent rather than yeast. They are similar to British scones or the bannock from the Shetland Isles.

Biscuits, soda breads, and cornbread, among others, are often referred to collectively as “quick breads,” to indicate that they do not need time to rise before baking.

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First time I saw these biscuits in a food group. And tempted to try it. Thanks to Pat Clark Royalty, Nathalie Dupree and Rosie Dore for the great help. You introduced me to these delicious biscuits. Everyone in my family loved these.

Adopted the recipe from Geniuskitchen.com

Recipe is very easy and simple. Refined flour is used in it. But next time I will try with whole wheat flour. I have made these with lightly flavoured. If you like you can increase the amount of herbs for strong flavour. See notes for it.

Recipe


All purpose flour or maida – 2 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Unsalted butter – 6 tablespoon, chilled

Butter milk – 1 cup

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Origano – 2 teaspoon

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


1. Preheat your oven at 180°.
2. Combine all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, garlic powder, origano and red chilli flakes in a bowl.
3. Cut the butter into chunks and mix it into the flour with your fingers until it resembles course meal.

If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
4. Add the buttermilk and mix just to combined.

If you feel the mixture dry add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
6. Pat very gently. (according to original recipe it should not be  rolled  with a rolling pin) but I have used rolling pin. Next time I will follow as directed in the original recipe. Pat or roll the dough out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Better don’t use rolling pin.
7. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
8. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.

Don’t twist, cut the biscuits directly down.
9. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
10. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet, if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.

If you like crusty sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
11. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.

Do not overbake.

Notes –

1. Handle the dough gently. Don’t knead much.

If you have food processor you can use it.
2. If you want fresh biscuits you can cut the dough and place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Bake for 20 minutes when required.
3. Now I am copy pasting the words as Pat Clark Royalty directed to make these –

Remember: cut to pea like consistency. Pat to oblong. Fold into thirds. Pat again. Fold again. Cut biscuits directly down. Don’t twist the cutter. Done. Don’t make too thin.

Leftover: split, butter, cut side down in hot pan to brown.

Thanks again for these useful tips.
4. If you don’t have buttermilk mix 3/4 cup curd and 1/4 cup water or mix 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in 1 cup milk, keep aside for 5 – 10 minutes to get the perfect buttermilk.
5. If you want strong flavour use 2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon origano. Add chilli flakes according to your taste.

6. My Indian readers if you make the dough soft and smooth not wet and roll out thin then it will be just like khasta mathri like snack. You can try if you like.

Get the original recipe here.
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Ragi Or Finger Millet Oats Chocolate Cookies 

Ragi or finger millet oats chocolate cookies.

Gluten free, eggless, delicious and healthy cookies for your kiddos and for you too 😊

Nutritious and iron rich ragi or finger millet is a wonder food for adult and kids both.

Calcium deficiency can be cured by taking ragi regularly.

Ragi is the common name of Finger Millet in Southern part of India (and known as Nachni in the northern part of India). Along with oats this is one of the most nutritious food and one of the easy one to digest. It is rich in calcium and protein and also have good amount of iron and other minerals. It is low in fat most of which are unsaturated fats.

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So here is a delicious way to enjoy healthy ragi and oats both. You can give it in your kid’s tiffin.

I have used ghee or clarified butter but you can use unsalted butter if you like.


Recipe


Ragi or finger millet flour – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Method


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

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

Grind the oats into fine powder.

In a bowl sift ragi or finger millet flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

In a large bowl cream 3/4 cup ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar.

Add vanilla essence and whisk well.

Now add the dry ingredients.

Mix well and make a smooth dough. Add the remaining ghee if require.

Take 1 tablespoon of the dough. Make round ball with your hand. Press gently.

Make all the cookies and arrange on the greased or lined baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake in a preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges becomes brown.

Cookies will be soft when hot so let them cool down completely.

Serve these delicious, healthy and melt in mouth cookies with a glass of milk to your to kids.

Or enjoy with your tea or coffee.

Or store in a airtight container for later use.

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Lemon Glazed Water Chestnut Gulkand Cake 


Dairy free gluten free eggless gulkand flavoured water chestnut flour or singhara atta cake.

Yes its gluten free and dairy free yet taste is heavenly. Topped with lemon glaze, desiccated coconut and sugar coated fennel seeds. Gulkand, water chestnut flour, coconut, cardamom and tutti frutti make this cake super yummy and soft.

Gulkand or rose petal jam is not only delicious but it has cooling properties so its treat all heat related problems.

Its rich in antioxidants, keeps our metabolism healthy, act as a energy booster and helps to reduce acidity and stomach heat.

Water chestnut flour or singhara flour/atta is normally consumed during fasting. It is a good source of energy. This flour/atta is gluten free and very good for overall health.
It is rich in protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It provides many essential nutrients too.
According to Ayurveda it contains more mineral compared to buffalo milk. It is used in Ayurveda to cure various diseases.

Gulkand or rose petal jam, cardamom, lemon, coconut milk and tutti frutti made this cake divine.

Recipe 


Water chestnut flour or singhara atta – 1 & 1/2 cup +1 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Gulkand – 1/4 cup

Tutti frutti – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds – 2 tablespoon

For glaze 


Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds, desiccated coconut and cherry for topping

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease a cake tin and dust with water chestnut flour.

Mix 1 tablespoon water chestnut flour and tutti frutti to avoid sinking in the bottom.

In a bowl mix water chestnut flour or singhara atta, desiccated coconut, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, coconut milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and oil. Beat till sugar dissolved.

Add all the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a lump free batter.

Add gulkand or rose petal jam and mix.

Fold in flour mixed tutti frutti and sugar coated fennel seeds in the batter. But these are optional if you want you can omit these. Use dry fruits of your choice.

Pour the mixture into the greased and flour dusted cake tin.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time. So check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle if it comes out clean your cake is done.

Let the cake cool down completely.

For glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

Spread lemon glaze all over the cake.

Spread desiccated coconut over it.

Top with sugar coated fennel seeds and cherry.

Slice and enjoy the lemon coconut mixed heavenly taste.

Happy baking!!

Note –

1. If you want you can add little food colour in the batter.

2. If you have problems with colour you can omit tutti frutti and sugar coated fennel seeds. Use dry fruits of your choice instead of these.

 

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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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Almond Cinnamon Loaf Cake 


Eggless almond cinnamon loaf cake. 

A perfect accompany for your evening tea. This cinnamon flavoured cake is easy to make and super yummy. 

You will love it’s soft and moist texture. 

I have made this cake with half whole wheat flour and half refined flour. You can use only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too. 

You can add any dry fruits of your choice. Instead of shredded almond you can sprinkle cashew, tutti frutti, raisin or cherry or whatever you like to make your cake beautiful.

Recipe 


Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup 

Refined flour – 1/2 cup 

Milk powder – 1/2 cup 

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon 

Chopped pistachio and almond – 2 tablespoon +to sprinkle 

Almond – 1/3 cup 

Powdered sugar – 1 /2 cup 

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon 

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Milk – 3/4 cup 

Vinegar – 2 teaspoon 

Oil or butter – 1/4 cup 

Method 



Grease a loaf pan and dust with some flour. 

Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grind the almonds into fine powder. 

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, refined flour, almond powder, milk powder, cinnamon powder, baking powder and soda. Mix well. You can use only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too if you like. 

Mix vinegar with room temperature milk and keep aside. 
In a large bowl mix powdered sugar and oil or butter. You can use brown sugar too instead of powdered sugar. Beat well. Add vinegar mixed milk and beat till the sugar dissolved completely. 

Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix and make a lump free batter. Add more milk if required. 

Use everything at room temperature. 

Fold in chopped almond and pistachio.

Pour the mixture into greased and flour dusted loaf pan. Tap the pan gently. 

Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30-40 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean. 

Every oven takes different time so check with a toothpick after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean its done. 

Let the cake cool down. 

Slice and serve with a glass of milk or enjoy with your tea or coffee.

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Cocoa Almond Cookies 


Eggless cocoa almond cookies.

A delicious, crispy and little chewy cookies. A perfect snack for your kiddos. Absolutely healthy. Kids will love it’s taste.

I have mixed three types of flour in it. Whole wheat flour, oats powder and refined flour. You can make with only whole wheat flour or only refined flour too if you like.

I have used homemade white butter in it.

Apart from being delicious, almonds are highly nutritious and very healthy.

Today, almonds nutrition benefits are praised around the world.  Almonds helps to prevent Heart Disease and Heart Attacks. Support Healthy Brain Function. Maintain Skin Health. Help Control Blood Sugar Levels and Prevent Diabetes. Help With Weight Loss and Prevent Overeating. Increase Nutrient Absorption. Increase Digestive Health.

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Recipe 


Almond – 1/2 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Wholewheat flour – 1/2 cup

Refined flour – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Butter – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – as required

Method 


Grind the almonds with skin. Grind into fine powder.

Grind the oats.

Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment pepper or aluminium foil.

In a bowl mix almond flour, oats powder, whole wheat flour, refined flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl cream powdered sugar and room temperature butter. Beat well.

Add vanilla essence and mix.

Now add all the dry ingredients. Combine and make a smooth dough.

Make small balls. Gently flatten with your hand. Place an almond over every cookies. Press lightly.

Arrange on the greased or lined baking tray 1-2 Inch apart.

Bake at 180° in a preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes dark. Don’t forget to leave enough place between the cookies. Cookies will be double while baking.

Remove carefully. Cookies will be soft when hot but becomes crisp after cooling.

Let the cookies cool down completely.

Serve the crispy crunchy cocoa almond cookies with milk, tea or coffee. Or enjoy on your munching time.
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