Soya Chaap in Makhani Gravy

Soya Chaap in Makhani Gravy
Soya Chaap in Makhani Gravy

 

Hi friends..!! Today, I have come up with a protein rich dish for all the vegetarians out there. This dish is the healthy & tasty substitute for those meat and chicken gravies.

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Soya is a rich source of protein and the most delicious way to eat soya is in the form of soya chaap. Soya Chaap is the most effective substitute for meat for vegetarians, actually, it is practically a vegetarian’s chicken. The recipe I am going to share with you all today is for the preparation of Soya Chaap in a silky & smooth makhani gravy. It is super soft & has a melt-in-mouth texture. My husband totally loves soya chaaps, soya chunks and soya granules. I make one of these for him every week in some way or the other, sometimes in dry masala and the other times in gravy. He likes soya dishes in all the forms but this one he totally loves & relishes. I will be sharing the other methods & soya dishes in the coming few weeks.

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The makhani gravy I make for this dish is a multi-purpose gravy. (P.S.: I will be making a separate post for the gravy as well). This gravy can be made and stored in advance & can be used for dishes like Butter Chicken, Butter Paneer, Shahi Kofta, Egg Curry, Dum Aloo etc. Wait to see my post on yummy masala pooris which I made from the residual mixture obtained after straining the gravy. Trust me you on this..they were most amazing and crispy pooris I have made so far.

Returning to the Makhani Soya Chaap, this is a perfect dish to serve with jeera rice, pulao, roti or lacchha parantha. A perfect dish to impress all the guests in all those dinner parties you people host.

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Serves: 6-8 people

Preparation Time: 20 mins.
Marination Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: 30 mins.

For the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

For marination of soya chaap pieces:

  • Curd: 5-6 tbsp
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Degi Lal Mirch Powder: 1/3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic-garlic-green chilli paste: 1/2 tsp 
  • Everest Tandoori chicken masala: 1/4 tsp
  • Everest Kitchen King Masala: 1/2 tsp
  • Everest Shahi Paneer/Butter Chicken Masala: 1/3 tsp
  • Soya Chaaps: 1 packet (500 gms) containing about 8-10 pieces.

Method:

  1. Boil the soya chaaps in water with ¼ tsp salt for 5-10 mins till they are soft and tender. DO NOT THROW THIS WATER.
  2. Cut the soya chaaps into small pieces. Marinate the boiled soya chaaps with all the above ingredients for 1-2 hours, and keep them aside. DO NOT THROW THE REMAINING MARINADE.

Ingredients for Gravy:

  • Oil: 5-6 tbsp
  • Garlic-garlic-green chilli paste: 1 tsp 
  • Jeera: 3/4 tsp
  • Bay leaf: 1 piece
  • Moti elaichi: 1 piece
  • Cloves: 3 pieces
  • Whole black pepper: 2 pieces
  • Cinnamon stick: 1 small one
  • Onions: 3 chopped coarsely
  • Tomatoes: 5 chopped coarsely
  • Carrots: 2 chopped coarsely
  • Cashewnut powder: 4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala: 2/3 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1/3 tsp
  • Kasoori methi: 2/3 tsp
  • Amul Cream: 4-5 tbsp (optional)
  • Milk: 5-6 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnishing
  • Honey: 2-3 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add jeera, bay leaf, moti elaichi, cloves, whole black pepper and cinnamon stick. Once it crackles, add ginger-garlic-chilli paste and onions.
  2. Saute onions till light pink in color and translucent, and the raw smell of the ginger paste goes away.
  3. Add tomatoes and carrots. Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  4. Add cashew powder and add water and cover the pan with a lid. Switch the flame to low and cook till the tomatoes and carrots are tender. Do not let the masala dry. We need water to make a smooth puree.
  5. Once masala is cooked and cooled, grind the masala in a blender to a puree. Strain the puree through a sieve to get a smooth silky gravy. (If you want to make use of the residual mixture, you can store it and knead it into wheat flour dough and make awesome masala pooris/paranthas)
  6. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a pan, add the marinated soya chaaps along with all the marination in the pan and cook for a min.
  7. Add the prepared gravy in the soya chaaps and mix well. Add salt to taste, kasoori methi, sugar, milk and honey. Mix well and cover the pan with a lid.
  8. Switch the flame to low and cook the chaaps in gravy for 5-10 mins. Add garam masala and coriander powder.
  9. Switch off the flame and garnish with fresh coriander and a hint of cream. Serve hot with roti or lacchha parantha.

Notes:

  • The above quantity of ingredients may give you more gravy than what you may require for the dish. Add the quantity of gravy in the chaaps as per your preference. Extra gravy can be stored in the fridge and can be used later as per your preference and creativity.
  • You can replace oil with butter to make it more buttery in taste.
  • This gravy is more or less very forgiving and you cannot go wrong with it, only adjust spices as per your liking.
Yummilicious..!!

 

 

 

Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

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Sabudana Kheer

 

Hi friends..!! Happy Navratris to all of you..!! Hope you all had auspicious and happy fasting.

For us Punjabis, fasting is no less than feasting. My dad used to observe fast on all the Navratras and my mom used to make yummy vrat ka khana for him without onion & garlic. My dad used to relish the vrat ka khana and used to ask mom to make different dishes every day ranging  from kuttu pooris to kuttu ke pakodas. With so much fond memories attached to the Navratras, I knew I had to make one post for the vrat ka khana during these 9 auspicious days. I know I am a bit late in posting this as a lot of you might have observed the last navratri fast today, but as it is said that it’s better late than never. The post was scheduled for yesterday but I got really stuck in an emergency, hence the post got delayed by a day. But for the recipe I am going to share today, you do not need a reason to make it. It can be made any day of the year and can be relished guilt-free by everyone.

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I would like to share with you all this recipe, which is super simple to make but super yummy to eat. This recipe has been inspired by a dear fellow CAL member, Teena Jain, who gave me amazing tips for soaking the tapioca pearls perfectly and provided me with her nice kheer recipe as well. Ideal for navratris when the options are so limited for desserts, make this healthy yet delicious “Sabudana ki Kheer” for your loved ones. The kheer is made with cute little white tapioca or sago pearls and can be served hot or cold as per your choice. This dessert is a perfect way to end your auspicious Navratri meal on a sweet note.

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Serves: 7-8 people

Preparation Time/Soaking Time: 2-3 hours
Cooking Time: 15 mins.

For the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Full Fat Milk** – 1 litre
  • Sabudana/Sago Pearls – 1 cup
  • Sugar** – 6-7 teaspoon (adjust as per your taste)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Few saffron strands for garnishing
  • Almond slices for garnishing

Preparation:

  • Wash the sabudana pearls in running water and then soak them in just enough water to cover the pearls 1/2 inch above the surface. Do not use more water as the pearls can get very mushy. Soak the sabudana for 2-3 hours. After 3 hours, drain the excess water and keep the pearls ready for cooking.

Cooking Method:

  1. Heat milk in a heavy bottomed pan and bring it to a boil on high flame. Switch the flame to low and let the milk simmer away for about 5-10 mins., stirring occasionally in between.
  2. Dissolve a few saffron strands in 2 tbsp milk and add in the boiling milk.
  3. After the milk has thickened a little, add the soaked sabudana in the milk and stir well to avoid making lumps. Keep the flame on low and cover the pan with a lid and let the sabudana cook for 5-7 mins., stirring occasionally in between so that it does not get stick to the bottom of the pan.
  4. After the sabudana pearls are cooked in milk, add sugar and stir well. Do a taste test for the sugar, and if needed add more sugar as per your taste at this stage. Stir continuously after adding sugar so that the milk does not get burnt and stick to the bottom.
  5. Switch off the flame and add cardamom powder. Mix well.
  6. Your yummy Sabudana Kheer is ready. Serve hot garnished with a few more saffron strands and almond slices.
  7. If you want to serve it cold, let the kheer cool at room temperature and then put it in the refrigerator for a few hours. Serve chilled garnished with a few more saffron strands and almond slices.

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**Important Points:

  1. Toned Milk may also be used for this kheer for diet conscious people. I have tried with both kinds and it tastes just as delicious.
  2. You may use condensed milk/milkmaid/mithai mate instead of sugar to make it more richer, thicker and creamier. Use the quantity as per the desired sweetness.
  3. For diet conscious people, sugar free can also be used in the kheer.

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Thanks you for reading the post guys..!!

JAI MATA DI..!!

Spinach & Carrot Rice

Spinach & Carrot Rice
Spinach & Carrot Rice

 

Hi friends..!! Thanks for your wonderful response on my first post for the Double Chocolate Cake. After the success of my first post, I am back with my second post on the blog; this time I thought of sharing a recipe for a savoury dish. This dish is a one-pot meal and a perfect recipe for those days when cooking seems to be a task.

All you want to do on lazy days is whip up a quick one-pot meal for yourself & laze around in your pyjamas. If you are married, you can spend the time saved from cooking with your spouse. This was one such day when I was too lazy to cook an elaborate meal and was bored of regular subzi. I was craving for something spicy, so I took out my recipes’ collection, and stumbled upon this really old recipe, which has been with me since my school days. I had learnt this recipe in one of my cookery classes which I used to join in my school vacations.

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I checked the ingredients in the recipe and realized that it can be made with readily available ingredients; so I went straight into the kitchen & gathered all the ingredients to make this super simple & super spicy rice. (Spices can be adjusted though, but I made it really spicy as was craving for it 😛)

This dish is a perfect meal option for lunch, dinner and is a tiffin friendly recipe for your kids or spouse. This rice can be made in 2 ways: with boiled rice (fresh or leftover) and with soaked rice as a one-pot dish. Hence, it can be made to use up all those leftover plain boiled rice kept in your fridge ☺️😀). Here, presenting you my version of “Spinach & Carrot Rice”.

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Serves: 6-8 people

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins

For the recipe, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup rice, soaked in water for an hour; or boiled rice, cooled at room temperature
  • 3 spring onions, chopped without the greens
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 1 capsicum, chopped finely
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped and washed
  • 6-7 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic chilli paste
  • 2 tsp chopped mint leaves, fresh or dried
  • 2 tbsp sambhar powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 
  • 1/2 tsp dhania powder/coriander powder
  • Spring onion greens for garnishing

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add chopped spring onions and chopped onions and ginger garlic chilli paste. Saute till pink and translucent.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, capsicum, grated carrots and spinach leaves. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sambhar powder and pav bhaji masala. Add 5 tbsp water and cover the wok with a lid for about 5 mins till veggies are little tender.
  3. After a few minutes, add the soaked rice without water and mix everything well. Than add about 1 cup water and cook on high flames till bubbles appear on the surface of the rice.
  4. Once you see the bubbles, add mint leaves, garam masala and dhania powder and switch the flame to low and cook the rice with the lid on till the rice is cooked. You can add more water in case required.
  5. Serve hot garnished with chopped spring greens and mint leaves. Serve with raita and mint chutney for a wholesome experience.
    Method for the boiled rice version:

    Boil the rice in sufficient water separately and cook the veggies separately as mentioned till Step 2. Once the veggies are cooked and water is evaporated from the veggies, add mint leaves, garam masala and dhania powder. Mix well and then add boiled rice and mix with light hands so that rice grain does not break. Serve hot garnished with spring greens.

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    Thanks for reading..!!!

CADBURY SILK GANACHE

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Rich, Creamy, Shiny & Glossy Ganache

 

Ganache is a perfect way to dress up any cake and make it look like a professionally baked cake. You can make ganache in various consistencies depending upon the proportion of cream and chocolate used in it. Ganache can be used right from directly pouring on to the cake/desserts to piping beautiful rosettes with it.

Recently, I made this unique creamy Cadbury Chocolate Ganache for my brother’s birthday cake. This ganache is made with our very own favorite chocolate, Cadbury Silk. Yes, your read it right..!! The ganache is so simple and easy to make that even a beginner in baking like me could perfect it in the first try itself.

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For this unique ganache, you will just need 2 simple ingredients: Cream and Cadbury Silk Chocolate; and you will get a perfectly sweet chocolate concoction for your desserts…!! Yummm….!!!

This ganache can be used for cakes, ice-cream, truffles, hot chocolate, chocolate milkshake and the list can go on depending upon your creativity.

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Credits: The recipe for this ganache was inspired by one of my fellow CAL member, Afreen Usman.

Recipe for Silk Ganache

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time
: 5 mins

You’ll need Ingredients:

200 gms Cadbury’s Silk

200 ml Amul fresh cream

Method:

1. Break up the Silk chocolate into little pieces.

2. Heat the cream till just about to bubble on the sides.

3. Add the chocolate pieces, let it sit in the cream for a minute.

4. Then mix well with a whisk/spatula till the chocolate lumps no longer remain. Your smooth ganache is ready.

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Thanks for reading..!!

Double Chocolate Cake with Cadbury Silk Ganache

Double Chocolate Cake with Silk Ganache
Double Chocolate Cake with Silk Ganache

Hi friends..!! This is my first ever blog post, so wanted it to be really special. I wanted the first post to be of something sweet to celebrate the new beginning, however was very confused and could not decide on that special dish. As a result, my first post kept on delaying but then I got the chance to make a perfect dish for my first special post to share with you all.

It was my darling brother’s birthday on April 1 and I had to prepare a perfect simple birthday cake for his dinner party. (P.S.: My family is not too fond of whipped cream and fondant cakes, so we did not want to buy those ones from the bakery.) So, I thought what more special occasion I needed to make my first post live on the blog.

My brother, Karan, wanted a “chocolate” cake, so I decided to make this rich double chocolate cake with a unique creamy Cadbury Chocolate Ganache made with our very own favorite chocolate, Cadbury Silk. Yes, your read it right..!! The ganache is so simple and easy to make that even a beginner in baking like me could also perfect it in the first try itself. (You may read the Silk Ganache recipe here.)

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I made this cake for the first time but I must say this recipe will be a keeper recipe for me.  It would be my go-to-chocolate cake recipe in future. The cake was moist yet had a perfect crumb like bakery baked ones. I made this cake in one layer but it can be made in a layered version also.

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Perfect crumb

This cake has been the best chocolate cake I have baked so far. (Trust me, I can say this because my brother does not eat cakes at all and he was the one who praised it a lot). The cake got me a lot of appreciation from my family and his friends. His friends could not believe that the cake was homemade. I hope you also find the recipe useful and try it out for your family and friends. The cake is so versatile that it can also be served as a perfect tea time cake without the ganache, or as a scrumptious dessert served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Credits: The recipe for this cake was inspired by one of my fellow CAL member, Afreen Usman.

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To make this delicious chocolate cake, you will need:

Servings: 15-20

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Baking Time
: 45-50 mins

List of Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup castor sugar

200 gms butter

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup cocoa powder

4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp vinegar

1/4 cup hot milk

Juice of 1 lemon

Handful of chocolate chips

Real Fruit Juice/Sugar Syrup

 

Preparation Method:

  1. Sift flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together for 3-4 times.
  2. Prepare a cake tin by greasing it and dusting with cocoa powder.
  3. Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees for 10 mins.
  4. In a large bowl, cream 1/2 cup sugar and butter till fluffy and triple in volume.
  5. Separate egg yolks and egg whites.
  6. Add the egg yolks in the butter mixture one by one and beat well after each addition.
  7. Add vanilla essence and beat again.
  8. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with milk. Fold with a spatula using cut and fold method till well mixed. Add vinegar and mix once again.
  9. Beat egg whites. Once it becomes frothy, add lemon juice and continue beating. Once egg whites reach soft peaks, gradually add sugar and beat till stiff peaks.
  10. Add egg whites into the flour mixture with light hands in 3-4 batches so that it doesn’t lose air.
  11. Fold in a few dark chocolate chips.
  12. Pour the batter in the prepared tin and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 40-50 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cake should be springy to touch. Mine was done in about 40 minutes.
  13. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 mins and then invert on the wire rack.
  14. Poke a few holes with a toothpick in the cake and soak the cake with any juice/sugar syrup to moisten the cake. You can use warm milk also to moisten the cake.
  15. Drizzle the prepared Silk Ganache on the cake and decorate as per your preference.. I decorated with few more chocolate chips and Cadbury gems.
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My brother’s perfect birthday cake


Thanks for reading..!!

Notes: For eggless version, replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup thick curd or 1/2 mashed banana. Please note that using banana may alter the original chocolate flavor of the cake.