Baked Italian Pasta – With Assorted Vegetables & lotsa Cheese!!

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Baked Italian pasta …! It is creamy, cheesy and crispy at the same time.. Sounds tempting!!

Baked Italian Pasta Presentation

4 layer Baked Italian Pasta Presentation

This recipe is totally dedicated to cheese lovers and that too in ample amount !

Baked dishes are always attractive, alluring and fascinating .. I am always very excited to bake and try new baking dishes.. And when something comes out very perfect, I am fully satisfied with my cooking.. Baking actually makes me feel that now i know some cooking.. Baking is not that tough, the way it is sounding here but personally i feel great after baking something nice..

My version of baked Italian pasta consists 4 layers:

first, penne in white sauce

second, assorted vegetables in cheese spread

third, Paneer (cottage cheese) and coriander in cream

fourth, f penne in red sauce

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Jalfrezi – Veg Version with an Italian Twist!!

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JALFREZI.. !! The name comes indirectly from Bengali jhāl, spicy food, and Urdu parhezī, suitable for a diet.

Jalfrezi is such a colorful and creative dish..The more colors you add  (different veggies), more nutritive it becomes..! So, here I am using more than 10 different veggies in my version of jalfrezi..! You must be thinking why am i talking so much about nutrition here?? Medical books turned me and my thinking like this, just cant help it😉

Well, lets talk about flavors now.. This is Hot and Spicy (not sexy😛 ) It is made with different vegetables( bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, beans, peas, onion, potato,carrot), tomato juice, onion paste and spices.

INGREDIENTS:

Red, Yellow And Green Bell pepper or Capsicum cut in cubes – 1 cup

Onion cut in thick shreds and leaves separated- 1 cup

Peas – 1/4 cup

Potato cut in shreds – 1 cup

Carrot cut in fancy cutting – 1 cup

Beans cut in fancy cutting – 1/2 cup

Broccoli in small florets _1/2 cup

Cabbage cut in cubes – 1 cup

4 tablespoon olive oil

4 teaspoon chopped green chilli

1 cup onion paste( 4 onion, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic. Grind fine in a mixer)

1cup Tomato juice( blanch 3 tomatoes and grind fine)

4 teaspoon red chilli powder

3 teaspoon dhaniya powder

3 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 teaspoon raw mango powder( amchoor)

1/2 cup tomato sauce

chilli flakes for garnishing

oregano for garnishing

METHOD:

Soak bell peppers and onions in warm water for 5 mins.

Take a pressure cooker and in it add cabbage, beans, potato, carrot, broccoli, peas and 1 cup water.. Now take 2 pressures on high flame and then take out vegetables in a bowl.

Take a pan, add oil and green chilli and keep it on medium flame.

Now add onion paste in it and saute till onion becomes little brown in color.

Add tomato juice and all spices( red chilli powder, salt, dhaniya powder, turmeric powder, amchoor) and stir..

Now add tomato sauce and stir again..

Finally add vegetables and mix well..

Sprinkle chilli flakes and oregano and take it down..

Your Hot and Spicy Jalfrezi is ready ! yummm!

Indian Salad With Mango dressing – Healthy Recipe !!

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Ahh !! What a wonderful dinner i just had …

Its friday night and I made Indian Salad With Mango dressing , Chickpea Salad and Gobi Ke Parathe for dinner.. Indian Salad looked so wonderful and fantastic to taste.. I would never forget this taste..🙂

I have decided to share recipe of Indian Salad with you all and want to thank Chef  Sanjeev Kapoor for this amazing recipe..

I bet this is delicious and healthy !!

Indian Salad With Mango Dressing 

Ingredients :

For Salad:

Apple, unpeeled and shredded – 1 small

Banana, peeled and shredded – 1 medium

Tomato, de-seeded and shredded – 1 large

Orange seperated into segments – 1 large

Green Capsicum, shredded – 1 small

Pomegranate  pearls – 1/2 cup

Kiwi, peeled and shredded – 1 small

For Dressing:

Mango pulp/ crush – 1/2 cup

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder _ 1/4 teaspoon

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and keep in the refrigerator.
  2. Mean while make the mango dressing. Mix all the ingredients till smooth and keep in refrigerator.
  3. Chill thoroughly, just before serving pour dressing over the salad and serve.

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY🙂

How to make Frozen Yogurt at Home – Cool Recipe

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Why i love frozen yogurt, because it is very low calorific..

It is a good source of bacteria so improves immunity.. It is very good for health as it contains yogurt and fruits..

First time i tried this at home after watching an advertisement of smoothie maker on TV.. Obviously they were telling about the benefits of smoothie maker and how easily you can make frozen yogurt at home.. As i dint have any smoothie maker at home, I decided to make it with the help of food processor and I was successful..

Strawberry Yogurt

Ingredients:

Home made plain strained(hung)  yogurt – 2 cups

Milk – 1/2 cup

Granulated sugar –  1/2 cup

Frozen strawberry – 1 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method:

  1. Process frozen strawberry, yogurt, milk, lemon juice  and sugar in the the food processor or blender until it becomes smooth and fine.
  2. Refrigerate for 30 mins..
  3. Keep in the freezer to settle  in the airtight container..
  4. Take it out after 30 mins from freezer and whisk it.. Repeat the same for 6 to 7 times after every 30 mins so that smooth consistency of yogurt is achieved..
  5. And if you have ice cream maker then feel free to use it..!

Note: you can make it with any fruit like raspberry, pomegranate, watermelon, muskmelon…

Chocolate yogurt

Ingredient:

Milk- 1/2 cup

Plain strained yogurt – 1 1/2 cup

Ground sugar – 1/2 cup

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon

Dark semisweet chocolate – 150 gms

Salt – a pinch

Vanilla essence – 1 /2teaspoon

Method:

  1. Take a bowl. Add sugar, cocoa powder, salt and milk. Whisk  properly.
  2. Melt the chocolate over double boiler.
  3. Add this melted chocolate to the bowl and whisk again.
  4. Add yogurt and vanilla essence and whisk it properly or you can use blender and blend for 5 times by pulsing machine in On And Off  manner.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Now keep in the freezer in airtight container.
  7. Take it out after 30 mins and whisk it .. Repeat the same for 6 to 7 times after every 30 mins so that smooth consistency is attained.
  8. And if you have ice cream maker then feel free to use it!

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY🙂

Hot Chocolate Pudding With a Twist

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Its gooey! Its chocolaty! Basically its delicious!

Ah, mmm its mouth watering !!

I am making eggless hot chocolate pudding with additional flavors of coffee and bournvita in it.. Welcome winters with this yummy hot chocolate pudding.. Nothing can be more fascinating than having hot chocolaty dessert on a winter night in garden area..Heavenly!!🙂

CHOCOLATE PUDDING

Ingredients:

All purpose flour(maida) – 1 cup

Condensed milk – 1/2 tin

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Butter ( melted) – 1/2 cup

Hot water – 3/4 cup

Bournvita – 1/4 teaspoon

Coffee – 1/4 teaspoon

Melted semisweet dark chocolate –  2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method:

  1. Sift maida and add bournvita, condensed milk, coffee, baking powder, baking soda, melted dark chocolate, cocoa powder, butter and vanilla essence.. ( dun add water)
  2. Whisk it properly and in between add water to the mixture.. Whisk it till it becomes light, fluffy and smooth.. It will take around 7-8 mins.. ( use hand beater)
  3. Take a baking dish, grease it with butter and dust it with maida..
  4. Now pour the mixture in the disk and bake on Convection mode or in OTG at 150 degrees for 45 mins and then microwave for 3 mins..
  5. Let it cool properly and then take it out from the dish..

CHOCOLATE SAUCE:

Semisweet dark chcolate – 100gms

fresh cream – 1/2 cup

Melt chocolate in double boiler and add fresh cream.

How to serve:

Pour hot chocolate sauce over the cooked pudding and serve. You can also serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Note:

I prefer beating the mixture with the palm in circular motion.. I get the best output by this method.. Use hand glove and then beat..

Decoration:

You can use sprinklers, silver balls, dark and white chocolate flakes, fresh fruits, cream or anything you want to decorate with..

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EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY :)

Making Cold Coffee With Milkmaid Condensed Milk

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Wow!! Yummy Coffee made with Milkmaid condensed milk !!

Condensed milk adds richness to the coffee.. A great coffee made with a blend of milk, condensed milk and coffee…

I was first introduced to it by my very close friend..! One day we were talking  and our taste buds started recalling past and missing the taste of all that stuff which we used to eat and drink when we were kids.. Then suddenly i heard something like ‘ cold coffee with condensed milk’ .. I was so surprised and asked to repeat what he just said.. Then he was like you have never heard of it and i was like ‘Noh’😦 , what are you saying?? Cold coffee with condensed milk??

On that day i came to know about it, he disclosed the secret recipe of world’s best cold coffee with condensed milk.. His friend’s mom a.k.a ‘Sweet Aunty’ used to make this coffee for him when he used to stay back for playing at his friend’s place.. He misses his sweet aunty just becoz she is world’s best coffee maker according to him😉

After listening to him i went damn curious and excited to try it asap.. And after the day i tried it , i never make coffee without condensed milk.. This coffee is rich and fine.. And a person like me who is fond of having coffee would surely love it..

Ingredients:

2 cups milk( frozen)

1/2 cup skimmed milk( you can use any type of milk)

2 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp coffee

Method:

  1. Take frozen milk , coffee, milk and condensed milk in the food processor or blender..
  2. Pulse the machine till it becomes smooth..

Servings: 2

Chocolate Coconut Ladoo Recipe – An Indian Sweet

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Yes, we are making scrumptious looking and heavenly tasting ladoooos.. !!

Ahh… Love the combination of chocolate and coconut..!!

I feel chocolate is always best paired with coconut.. The blend of chocolate and coconut together creates magic..I am not joking, you must try it once..

I think i should disclose a secret or the best way to have them.. Keep them in the fridge for 1 hr before you serve ..And then prepare chocolate sauce ( see recipe below) , it should be served hot.. They taste heavenly with the hot chocolate dip.. I promise you will never forget this taste..!!

They can be made with variety of topping  like ground almond, cashew, brown sugar, white chocolate, dark chocolate..

This is the best chocolate treat for kids and  festive occasions  ..

You can also make them colorful and with different flavors or according to the theme color of your party.. Here i give certain examples:

  1. Strawberry essence and Raspberry red color ( most tasty and beautiful looking)
  2. Pista essence and Green color
  3. Almond essence and roll in ground almonds
  4.  Add Saffron and yellow color

Chocolate Coconut Ladoo

Ingredients:

coconut powder or flakes – 250 gms

sugar (granules) – 250 gms

water – 1 glass

cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

grated khoya ( thickened milk or whole dried milk) – 200 gms

extra coconut for rolling

Method:

  1. Take a pan. Add sugar and water.  Keep it to cook and stir continuously till sugar dissolves completely. Now let it boil till one string syrup is formed.
  2. Now add khoya to it and stir again till khoya mixes completely with the sugar syrup. Take it down.
  3. Now add coconut powder, cocoa powder and vanilla essence. Mix properly and let it cool.
  4. Now make round balls out of it and roll in coconut flakes.
  5. Keep in the fridge to set and then serve.

Chocolate sauce

Ingredients:

dark chocolate(grated)- 100 gms

fresh cream – 1/2 cup

Method: 

  1. Melt the chocolate using double boiler and add cream. Mix well for a min.
  2. Serve hot

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY🙂

Do share how did you find the recipe. Btw, if you liked this sweet, you will definitely love my Hot Chocolate Pudding.