Gulkand Stuffed Chocolate Modak

Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak.
Ganesh Chaturthi won’t be complete without Lord Ganesha’s favourite modak. Today sharing a kids favourite modak.
A very delicious melt in mouth modak. Chocolate and Gulkand are a great combo. Two different taste and flavour made these modak superbly delicious.

I don’t have modak mould so made with hands. Shape is not perfect but believe me, taste is too good. Try it, it will be lip-smacking and loved by kids and adults both.
Normally modak is a sweet dumpling stuffed with coconut and jaggery. It may be steamed or fried.

But here is simple and easy recipe. You don’t need to steam or fry.
You can get one more easy and quick modak recipe here.
Quick dry fruit modak

My daughter called me and said she just bought some delicious Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak. I don’t know how they made it. Now here is my version of delicious Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak.

Have some biscuit crumb in your pantry? No don’t discard you can make this yummy modak with biscuit crumb. I have used digestive biscuit crumb but you can use whatever you have. I have used homemade khoya or dried milk. But you can also use store bought, just grate it before using.

Recipe

Khoya – 1 cup, crumbled or grated

Condensed milk – 4 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/3 cup

Biscuit crumb – 3/4 cup

Ghee – 1 teaspoon + for greasing the mould

Gulkand as require

Method

1. Heat 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan.

2. Add khoya or dried milk and roast on low heat till dried up. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

3. Now add condensed milk, cocoa powder, milk and biscuit crumb. Mix well.

4. Stir constantly and cook on low flame till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough.

5. Don’t overcook or make it too dry. It should be just like a smooth dough.
Let the mixture cool down.

6. Knead the dough with your hand to make smooth. Now make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm and place little Gulkand at the middle.

7. Bring the edges together and close the ball.

8. Shape the modak with your hand or greased modak mould. Serve or keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. It will be delicious in both ways.

Notes

1. If you want your modak more sweet, then you can add 1 tablespoon more condensed milk.

2. You can use grated dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder.

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Cottage Cheese Or Paneer Stuffed Parwal Mithai Or Pointed Gourd Sweet

Cottage cheese or paneer stuffed parwal mithai or pointed gourd sweet.
Yes sweet again. My last post was a sugar free sweet.
But no its not sugar free. Sugar syrup soaked parwal or pointed gourd stuffed with cardamom flavored paneer/cottage cheese, almond and pistachio mixture. You can imagine the heavenly taste.
I have shared some savoury pointed gourd recipes in this blog.

Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

Stuffed pointed gourd or potol dolma

Pointed gourd with poppy seeds and coconut

And now a sweet one. Contributing this post to 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Stuffedveggies theme.

Normally this parwal mithai is stuffed with dried milk or khoya/mawa. But I have used paneer or cottage cheese for stuffing. And taste is better than khoya stuffed parwal mithai. Paneer is easy to digest than khoya.
And this high protein paneer or cottage cheese is a richest source of healthy nutrients.

This sweet is very easy to make. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese for stuffing. You can use store bought, just grate or crumble the paneer before cooking. Food colour is optional. I have used it to get bright green colour.

Recipe

Pointed gourd or parwal – 6

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Little green food colour, optional

Saffron and pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Wash the parwal or pointed gourd well. Peel and cut off the tips from both ends.

2. Cut lengthwise from one side. Parwal should be intact from other side.
Scoop out the pulp and seeds.

3. Grind the almonds into a coarse powder.

4. Heat a nonstick pan. Add Paneer or cottage cheese and 1/4 cup sugar.
Cook on low flame till it dried up.

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and remove it from heat.
Let it cool down.

6. Mash with hand or blend in mixer grinder to make smooth. I have use my grinder to make it smooth.

7. Add milk powder, ground almond and sliced pistachios. Mix well. Stuffing is ready. Keep it aside.

8. Heat sufficient water in a pan with a small pinch of soda. When it starts to rolling boil add peeled parwal or pointed gourd. Let it boil for 3 – 4 minutes.

9. Switch off the flame.
After 5 minutes drain the water.

10. Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a wok or pan. Add green food colour if using. I have used colour to get bright green colour but you can skip it.

11. Stir and when sugar dissolved add the parwal, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the parwal changes it’s colour and becomes soft.

12. Let it cool down completely.
If you want more sweet soak the parwal in sugar syrup for 1 hour.

13. Take out the parwal from sugar syrup and place on a plate.
Be careful, parwal shouldn’t be break.

14. Stuff cottage cheese mixture in the sugar syrup soaked parwal.

15. Garnish with saffron and sliced pistachio.

16. Keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. Or you can serve it immediately.
You can keep in refrigerator for 7 – 8 days.
Enjoy….

Note 

If you want you can make the stuffing with khoya/mawa or dried milk. Just replace khoya with paneer. And follow the same method.

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Chutney Idli

Chutney idli.
A delicious soft steamed breakfast dish made with semolina or suji and coriander or cilantro chutney ingredients. You can serve it with any chutney or dip. But its taste great without anything. So it can be serve as snack.

Normally idli batter need to be fermented.
According to Wikipedia Idli or idly are a type of savoury rice cake, popular as breakfast foods throughout India and northern Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body.
But you don’t have to soak, grind and ferment to make these idli.

A quick and easy to make idli. Just mix roasted semolina and chutney ingredients. Wait for only 10 – 15 minutes and steam. Delicious, soft and fluffy idli will be ready in few minutes.
And because of semolina its healthy too. Have a look on the health benefits of semolina or suji.
Helps Diabetics: …
Helps In Weight Loss: …
Provides Energy: …
Provides Balance To Diets: …
Boosts Body Functions: …
Prevents Iron Deficiency: …
Provides Antioxidants: …
Prevents High Cholesterol.
Source

Now coming to the recipe. I don’t like garlic much so I didn’t use it. But if you love garlic flavour then you can add 1 – 2 cloves garlic while grinding the cilantro and mint leaves.
You can use more lemon juice if you want your idli tangy.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10 – 12, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add curry leaves, stir and add semolina or suji. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t make the semolina brown. Semolina shouldn’t change it’s colour.

2. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. Whisk the curd and keep aside.

4. Grind cilantro or coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and green chilli altogether. Make a smooth paste with little water.

5. In a large bowl mix roasted semolina, curd, salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and ground mixture. Add water as require to make a semi thick mixture. Make a pouring consistency. Cover and keep aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

6. After 10 – 15 minutes check the consistency if it too thick add little more water to get the required consistency.

7. Grease the idli mould.
Heat water in a steamer.

8. Just before steam add eno and give a good stir.

9. Pour the batter in greased idli moulds.

10. Steam for 12 – 15 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

11. I have made these in microwave. If you are using microwave steam it on full power for 6 minutes.

12. Serve hot idli with peanut chutney, onion tomato chutney or dip.
You can get the recipe of peanut chutney here.

And get the recipe of onion tomato chutney here.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 garlic cloves while grinding coriander mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use more lemon juice if you like your idli tangy.

3. Use chillies according to your taste. You can add 1 – 2 chilli more if you like your idli spicy. Or you can omit chilli if you are making it for kids.

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Watermelon Rasgulla / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Watermelon rasgulla.
Another sugar free treat for you.
Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I love to share desserts for diet conscious and diabetic people. Because every one has sweet tooth. And we have to make something to satisfy their sweet craving.
So here is a rasgulla recipe without sugar.
Already shared watermelon sandesh and muffins.
And now one more dessert with watermelon.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. It provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories.
Source

So enjoy this healthy and delicious rasgulla without any guilt.
I have made these rasgulla with watermelon juice. I am lucky that I have got the sweetest variety watermelon. If your watermelon is not so sweet and you are not on a restricted diet then you can add 1/2 cup sugar for better taste.
Get all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here.

First time tried it without adding any colour but not satisfied with the look. Taste is good but not picture perfect 😀

So made again with little colour in chhena or cottage cheese balls.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Watermelon juice – 4 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Red food colour – a pinch or 1 – 2 drop if you are using gel colour, optional

Method

1. Make cottage cheese or paneer and make balls with it. Get the method of making cottage cheese and balls here.

2. Add colour if you are using. Mix well. Make smooth balls without any crack. If you feel difficulty to bind then you can add 1 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour or semolina. I didn’t. I have made these with only cottage cheese. Please follow the method of draining the cottage cheese I have mentioned in above link of tips and tricks of rasgulla.

3. In a large and broad pan heat watermelon juice and water. You can add 1/2 cup sugar in it if you like for better taste . You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water or essence if you want. I didn’t because I have wanted to retain the natural flavour of watermelon.

4. When it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd.

5. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

6. Keep 1/2 cup hot watermelon juice handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

7. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

8. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy watermelon rasgulla chilled or warm.
Better serve it chilled with some watermelon juice of rasgulla.

Notes

1. Use cow milk to make paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your heel of the palm and fingers at least for 4-5 minutes or until you feel your palm little greasy.

3. Sweetness depends on the watermelon. You can add 1/2 cup sugar with watermelon juice if you are not on a restricted diet.

4. Don’t overcrowd the rasgulla while cooking in watermelon juice. You don’t get round shape rasgulla if overcrowded.

4. Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla before trying to get perfect rasgulla. Click here
to get the detailed method.

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Soya Loaf

Soya loaf.
A loaf made of soya granules or nuggets with some other ingredients like bread slices, milk, eggs, onions, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Sounds healthy and protein rich, isn’t it 😊
A perfect loaf for your breakfast or dinner.

You heard about meat loaf.
Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf shape, then baked or smoked. The shape is created by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat pan. Source – Wikipedia

When our this week’s bloghop members decided the theme leftovers. I thought of my leftover bread pieces lying in the refrigerator. And here is a loaf for semi vegetarian people who can consume egg. Yes I didn’t try it without eggs. I don’t think it will taste much without eggs.

Sending this post to the #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Leftovers.
A delicious loaf for your breakfast or dinner. Serve it with any sauce. I have made it with the ingredients whatever available in my pantry. I have wanted to add 1 – 2 spoon Worcestershire sauce but I don’t have it right now. And didn’t find it in my neighbouring shop. If you have you can use 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce for taste. I have used brown sugar in it but if you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup.
Here is the method of making soft delicious soya loaf.

Recipe

Soya granules or nuggets – 1 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Bread slices – 4

Or

Breadcrumbs – 1 cup tightly packed

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/4 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Brown sugar – 2 teaspoon

Tomato ketchup – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak soya granules or nuggets in 1 & 1/2 cup hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Soak the bread slices or breadcrumbs in warm milk for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. Grind the tomatoes. And keep aside.

4. Drain soya granules or nuggets and wash under tap water. Squeeze well and grind into a smooth paste. You can add little water to grind easily.

5. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Fry till the onions start to change it’s colour.

6. Add ground tomatoes. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add soaked, squeezed and ground soya granules or nuggets.
Saute till it dried up completely.
Remove from the heat and let it cool down.

8. In a large bowl mix soya, onions and tomato mixture, soaked bread, eggs, brown sugar, oregano, black pepper powder and garlic powder. Mix well.

9. Transfer the mixture in oil or butter greased loaf pan. Level the top with a spoon or your fingers.

10. Spread tomato ketchup over it. Spread evenly.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 50 minutes or till its done.

12. Let it cool down for 10 – 15 minutes.
Slice and serve with any sauce.
Happy baking!!

Notes

1. You can use parsley if you want.

2. You can add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce if you have it.

3. If you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup instead.

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Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

Adopted the recipe from

Cured by bacon

According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, green chilli and garlic. Fry till the onions become translucent.

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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Orange Crinkle Cookies Or Nankhatai 


Orange crinkle cookies or Indian shortbread biscuits or nankhatai.

If you are tired of eating same type of cookies try this fusion cookies. A mix match of orange flavoured crinkle cookies and shortbread  biscuits or nankhatai. I am sure you will love the taste even if you don’t like orange. I have tried it first time and everyone love the taste. I have to make one more batch 😀

This week’s our #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #fusion recipe. And my contribution is this super yummy crispy orange cookies.

Fusion cooking allows us to mix and match ingredients cooking style and recipes. And come up with a new and more delicious dish.

Nankhatai is Indian shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit. These nankhatai are known for it’s divine taste and melt in mouth texture.

Crinkle cookies are coated with powdered sugar and while baking they puff up and crackle. So these cookies are called crinkle cookies.

And here is a mix match of orange crinkle cookies and nanakhatai or Indian short bread.

Recipe 


Flour – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Powered sugar – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Orange juice – 1/4 cup

Orange zest – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Powered sugar for coating

Method 


Grind the oats and mix with flour. I have used 1/2 cup all purpose flour/maida and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only whole wheat flour/atta or only all purpose flour/maida too.

Grate the orange peel for orange zest. Be careful while grating. Grate only the orange part and not the white pith. Because white pith is bitter in taste.

Grind the cashew nuts and keep aside.

Cream together clarified butter/ghee or butter. I have used ghee or clarified butter. You can use butter if you like. Mix orange zest and half of the orange juice.  Beat well.

Add oats powder mixed flour, baking powder, soda and ground cashew nuts.

Make a smooth dough with remaining orange juice. Mix orange juice gradually.

Dough will be soft and sticky. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

Spread powdered sugar on a plate.

Make small balls out of the dough, roll on powdered sugar and place on baking tray 1 to 2 inch apart. Keep the tray in refrigerator again for 10 – 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180° for 10 minutes.

Take out the baking tray from refrigerator.

Roll the balls on powdered sugar again. Press gently on powdered sugar. Place the balls on baking tray 1 – 2 inch distance.

Cookies will expand so don’t forget to keep distance.

Bake at preheated oven at 180° for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time so check after 10 minutes.

Don’t overbake.

Let the cookies cool down before serving. Cookies will be soft when hot but they will turn crisp as they cool down. Store in an airtight container for later use.

Enjoy the divine taste. Serve with tea or coffee or satisfy your sudden hunger pangs.

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