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Monday, 17 February 2014

Pita Bread Greek Pizzas

These yummy Greek pizzas make a quick party snack or just as a light lunch when you crave for something fresh and zesty.
If you don't have pita bread at hand  you can use a regular pizza base however I insist you try your best and get some freshly made pita bread or you can make your own too, honestly I do not have the time to make them from scratch so I get it from the bakery.
Below is the pic of my red and white pizzas, try both and see which one is your favourite, I loved the white pizza a lot more,the feta, beetroot and olives are a true match made in your mouth for sure !

Use more or less of these ingredients to your taste

Boiled beetroot
Black olives
Boiled baby potatoes
Spinach (blanched)
Feta Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Pita Bread
Greek olive oil
Crushed garlic
Lemon zest
Tomato basil sauce

Start by making a mixture with some olive oil, crushed garlic, lemon zest ,parsley, oregano and cumin  to brush on top of the pita bread base, this step is very important for your Greek pizzas to be super flavourful so do not skip it.

For the white pizza brush the olive oil mix on the base, then top with beetroot, spinach, potato and some feta.
Bake at 180 c for 10 /15 min, then add in mozzarella and grill for 5 min till the cheese melts.

For the red pizza again brush the base with the olive oil mix and add some tomato basil sauce, add the toppings and just like the white pizza bake for 10 min and then grill after adding the mozzarella.


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Green Gram Brahmin Style

If you are looking out for a gram dish with no onion, garlic or ginger then do give this simple green gram side dish a try. I had seen this recipe in a Maharashtran Brahmin cookery show.
You can make this with black eyed peas and brown gram too, they all taste great.
For festivals this simple green gram side dish is eaten with coconut rice, pickle ,yogurt and papad.
It makes a great combo and is very light on your tummy too. Hope you try it out.

1/2 cup green gram soaked for 8 hrs.
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbs grated coconut
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp red chili powder
2 tsp grated jaggery
1 tsp hing
Lots of coriander
Salt to taste
Add oil and the mustard seeds, after they splutter add hing, quickly add the turmeric and red chili powder along with the soaked green gram.

Saute for a min and add the grated coconut and jaggery.

Add a little bit of the chopped coriander leaves and salt too.

Pressure cook for 2 whistles adding very little water.

Once done mix in the rest of the coriander.

This dish is made with very less chili but again you can always add ingredient's to your taste.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Mawa Cake | Eggless Mawa Cake

There is a famous mawa cake which is made in Pune which is a richer version of a buttery sponge cake, they deliver it to many shops in Mumbai and as iv been told by many the cake is sold the very same day in a matter of hours. It is that good.
I used to love the texture of the cake and it was my tea time favourite.
Mawa is also called khoya, it is whole milk thickened by heating it on a pan keeping the heat very low. Basically in short mawa is just milk solids.

Check out my Homemade mawa recipe. You can make your own mawa in no time now.

The original pune mawa cake has eggs but I tried this cake without eggs, seriously you could not tell its egg free. Not many can tell the difference between cakes with or without eggs if made right.

For this eggless mawa cake recipe use only butter as the texture and aroma will be perfect along with the mawa to achieve a rich and spongy cake.

This is definitely not the actual recipe but I promise you if you follow this exact recipe you will have a moist, spongy and rich mawa cake ready for tea.
Note : As always the egg,butter and milk must be at room temperature.
Pre heat oven on 180 c for 15 min.
This is what you need
                                                                     1/4 cup grated mawa
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
2tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp vinegar
1/2 cup condensed milk
Sift once
1 1/2 cup flour

1 tbs corn flour
1 tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch salt, just a pinch please
Start by mixing the butter, mawa and condensed milk on low for 2 min, then add the sugar and on medium speed for beat for 5 min.
Again beat on low adding vinegar and vanilla essence for 2 min to set the mixture.

Add a tiny amount of the sifted flour and beat, now add in the milk.
Alternate adding flour and milk. Keep your electric whisk on medium speed.

The mix must be smooth and pale with creamy colour.

Pour into your greased cake tin and bake at 175c for 25/30 min.

The cake will be ready once you insert a knife or tooth pick in the middle.

Now your done! You will love this cake.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Easy Breakfast Club Sandwich

I love bread who doesn't right ! A nice big sandwich for breakfast would be my ideal food of choice instead of oats, smoothies or Indian Breakfast dishes.
The night before I made this I dreamt of a yummy club sandwich, strangely I dream of food most of the time.
Obviously there was no bread as I don't keep white bread on weekdays at home , so I ran to spinneys and got the extra large super white sandwich bread. I would not make a club with brown bread. Ever.

Yes I could go out and just get a delicious club from out but noooo I like making my own, home made club sandwich's are the tastiest and I insist you all try this super simple turkey and egg club sammy in your very own kitchen.

It is the bomb guys !

Bacon is added in a classic club but I don't eat pork so I stuck to turkey ham.

 For 1 large sandwich you need
2 slices turkey ham, use more if you love your meat
1 egg (hard boiled)
1 large tomato
finely chopped lettuce
2 slices cheese
3 slices bread
2 tbs mayo
ground pepper
Toast the bread and apply butter on each slice immediately.
Make sure the bread is not too toasty. Just a little light brown is what we need.
Mix the lettuce with mayo and add pepper to taste.
Cut the boiled egg.
Now lets build our club, take a well buttered slice of bread and add the sliced turkey ham, little bit of mayo lettuce then add the sliced tomato.
Top with cheese, you can add pepper on top if you want. I did.

Then add another slice of buttered bread, add in the mayo lettuce, sliced boiled egg, a little sprinkling of salt and pepper, cheese then another slice of turkey ham.
Last add the last buttered bread slice. Almost ready guys !

Trim the sides and cut in fours.

Add a tooth pick in the middle so everything stays in place.

Now your done ! Eat away happily, I had a great morning after this.

Looks good?
Nom Nom !
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