Sunday, December 25, 2016


Scones are baked pastries often served at tea time . I had it for the first time at panera bread and was totally knocked down by its'  taste and texture.I have never thought that scones could be made at home until I saw a video posted by chef john. It is such a wonderful recipe that could be made easily by anyone with the very basic items that we have  in our  pantry. It doesn't need cream cheese / cheese or any magical skills to deal with yeast .  Here is the recipe for you...

Ingredients :

 1. All-purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups 
 2.White sugar - 1/4 cup 
 3.Baking powder - 4 teaspoons 
 4.Salt - 1/8 teaspoon 
 5.Unsalted butter - 5 tablespoons 
 6.Milk - 1/2 cup 
 7.Sour cream /thick curd - 1/4 cup 
8. Egg - 1 lightly beaten
9.Milk - 1 tablespoon 

Method :

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
2.Whisk flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cut in butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

3.Stir together 1/2 cup milk, sour cream in a small bowl; stir into flour mixture with a fork until just moistened and holding together.

4.Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and pat into rectangle.

5.Fold the rectangle in thirds. Turn dough a half turn, gather any crumbs, flatten back into a rectangle, and repeat four to five times.
6.Cut into eight pieces.Further cut each piece into 2 triangles and place each scone on a silicone baking mat.

7.Whisk egg and 1 tablespoon milk together in a small bowl.Brush mixture on top of each scone.

8.Bake scones in the preheated oven until risen and golden brown, about 15 minutes. Remove and transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy .

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Whole wheat pizza with Tandoori paneer topping

Had been making the normal pizza for my kidoo once in a week and was thinking to make this into a guilt free recipe and there comes its' healthy counter part. This pizza is both yummy and at the same time healthy. One advantage of making the pizza at home (from scratch) is that we can customize each and every part of it including the sauce , base and most interestingly the topping to our choice.I always prefer to use shredded cheese for pizza topping as this gives a even spread and you can use either mozzarella or cheddar if you cant get a combo of both.If you dont have paneer then try a different topping of your choice with the most basic veggies which is readily available in your pantry or simply onion and capsicum would do.So no worries go ahead and try this recipe.

Ingredients :

For the dough :{1 cup = 125 ml}

1. Wheat flour - 2 cups & extra for dusting
2.  All purpose flour - 1 cup
3. Sugar - 1 tbsp
4. Salt - 1 tsp
5. Warm water - 1 1/2 cup
6. Yeast - 1 package
7. Oil - 1 Tbsp

Pizza sauce :

1. Tomato - 2 to 3
2. Tomato ketch up - 1 Tbsp
3. Italian seasoning - 1 tsp
4. Oregano - 1/2 tsp
5. Salt  &  Pepper - As required

Topping :

1. Paneer cubes - 1 cup
2. Capsicum - 1 cup
3. Onion - 1 cup
4. Shredded Mozzerella
& cheddar cheese - 2 cups

Marination for paneer cubes  :

1. Curd/yoghurt - 1 cup
2.  Garam masala -   1 tsp
3.  Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
4. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
5. Coriander powder - 1  tsp
6. Salt - As required.

Method :

Pizza dough :

1. Take a large vessel and add 1 1/2 cups of warm water to it.
2. Then add yeast to it.Immediately add 1 tbsp of sugar to it.(To activate the yeast).
3. Then the water must become frothy within 1 or 2 mins which shows that the yeast is being activated.

4. Then add salt , oil and then the wheat and all purpose flour one by one.

5. Make a dough and leave it covered with a damp cloth for atleast 20 minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the pizza sauce.

Pizza Sauce :

1. Boil hot water and then add two tomatoes to it. When the tomatoes are soft ,take them out and allow to cool.
2. Then blend them in a blender.
3. Take a pan and pour oil to it.Then add finely chopped garlic to it.

4. Then add the tomato paste. Allow it to cook for 10 minutes.Then add the ketchup.

5. Finally add the oregano and the Italian spices to it along with salt and pepper.

6. If it is getting dried up, add little water.Switch off the stove when it reaches the sauce consistency.

For the Topping :

1. Take a pan and pour 2 Tbsp of butter to it. Then add the paneer cubes to it. Fry them for 5 -6 minutes.(Carefully watch it as the paneer cubes might get hard very soon).

2. Then add them in a bowl of hot water.
3. And then make the marination in a separate bowl and add these paneer cubes to it.

4. Refrigerate the marination for atleast 1/2 an hour.

5. Meanwhile dice the capsicum and onions.
6. Fry the capsicum and onion in a pan and keep it aside.

Final preparation :

1. Take the prepared dough. By this time the dough must have doubled in size.
2. Gently knead once and if it is too sticky dust with some wheat flour.

3. Put the dough on to the pizza pan and make a flat surface out of it.

4. Add the pizza sauce over the top, forming a thin layer.

5. Then add the marinated paneer cubes and then the onion and capsicum to it.

6. Finally add the shredded cheese forming a dense layer.

7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F/ 180 C for atleast 20 - 30 minutes .
8. Serve hot and Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Beetroot chutney

Freshly grated beetroot tossed and ground along with all other south indian spices . This chutney recipe gives a very special and wonderful taste as it blends all the tastes.I got this recipe from my mother in law. It goes well with rice , roti and idli/dosa as well. Let us jump into the recipe .

Ingredients :

1. Beetroot(grated) - 1/2 cup(1 cup = 250 ml)
2. Big Onion  - 1/2
3. Red chilli - 3 or 4
4. Garlic - 2 cloves
5.Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
6.Tamarind - a little
7. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
8. Ural dhal - 1 tsp
9. Chana dhal - 1 tsp
10.Salt and oil - As required

Method :

1. Take a pan and pour oil.
2. Add red chilli, ural dhal , chana dhal ,tamarind and curry leaves.

3. When all of them  change color, add onion and garlic.

4. Fry them for a while until the onion turns translucent .
5. Then finally add the shredded beetroot. Fry them until the raw smell goes off.

6. Then switch off the stove and allow to cool .
7. Grind them in a blender . Tempering is optional.

8. Serve with idli/dosa/roti or even rice.