Goan Recheado Masala Recipe

This is a very famous masala that every goan family will probably have their own version of! It is mostly used to apply to seafood while frying.

It is sweet,spicy and tangy at the same time.

Ingredients:

Recheado Masala

11 kashmiri chillies( these chillies aren’t too spicy and impart a nice red colour)

3-4 cloves

2 one inch pieces of cinnamon

3 green cardamon

12-15 small cloves of garlic or use 8 big cloves

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

4-5 peppercorns

1 onion fried till golden brown

1 ball tamarind(a tbsp of tamarind paste)

1 tbsp vinegar

4 tbsp of sugar

salt to taste

Procedure:-

1.Start by chopping up an onion and frying till golden brown.

2. Cut the top off the chilies and cut each chilly in half. Wash them well around 2-3 times. Allow most of the seeds to wash off.

3.To a grinder or blender, add the chilies and all the rest of the ingredients, including the fried onion. Add the sugar and salt along with some water, around 5-6 tbsp of water and grind to a smooth paste.

4. After this put the ground masala back into the same pan you fried the onion in and let the masala come to a boil for around 2-3 minutes. Keep the flame low.

5. Store in a sterilized, airtight container in the fridge. This should keep for around a week

Goan Recheado masala recipe
Fry one onion till golden brown
Goan Recheado masala recipe
Add the chilies and all the rest of the ingredients to the grinder including 1 tbsp of vinegar, 1 tbsp of tamarind and 5-6 tbsp of water to emulsify it into a fine paste. Add the onion to this mix as well.
Goan Recheado masala recipe
Put this paste back on the pan for a couple of minutes on low flame

White Chocolate Chip cookies

best white chocolate chip cookies

After making the yummy chocolate chip cookies that I posted on my blog, I was on the hunt for some more delicious cookie recipes and I decided to try out these white chocolate chip cookies I came across. The title of this post is aptly named ‘the best white chocolate chip cookies’.

best white chocolate chip cookies

These cookies have a wonderful almost toffee, caramelized,milky flavor to them. It reminds me very much of the milk toffee sweets made for Christmas.

The cookie dough is not very firm like normal cookie dough, its more like a thick cake batter. I baked some straight away and some I chilled for a few hours before baking and it didn’t really make a difference.

Both methods turned out equally delicious. These do spread out quite a bit though so I recommend keeping quite a bit of space between each cookie before baking.

I cut down the recipe to half because I didn’t want to make a big batch.

Recipe source: The best white chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:-

1/2 cup butter,room temperature

1/2 cup brown caramelized sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar that I then ground down to a powder

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 1/4 cup flour

200 gms of white chocolate that I chopped into chunks

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 180’C
  2. Cream together the butter and both sugars for 2-3 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla essence and further beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  4. Add in the flour, baking soda,baking powder and salt and beat on low speed till incorporated.
  5. Beat in the white chocolate chunks for a minute.
  6. Take 2 tbsp size balls of cookie dough and place them on a baking sheet and keep quite a bit of space between each cookie.
  7. I then placed them in the fridge for 3-4 hours to set. I baked a couple immediately and they turned out quite well. Keeping the dough in the fridge is not necessary.
  8. I baked them for 15 minutes at 180’c. Please check your cookies after the 10 minute mark as everyone’s oven temperatures differ. I had to keep mine in for longer.
  9. Set aside to cool. These get a lovely golden color and are chewy in the inside.

best white chocolate chip cookies

best white chocolate chip cookies
cream together butter and brown sugar. I powdered the 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar and beat it in
best white chocolate chip cookies
Add in the egg and vanilla extract
best white chocolate chip cookies
Add in the flour,baking soda and baking powder and mix well.
best white chocolate chip cookies
Place the cookies on a baking sheet. Here I used foil. Keep quite a bit of space between each cookie as these do tend to spread quite a bit. I didn’t do so and ended up with my cookies sticking to each other
best white chocolate chip cookies
This is how they turned out. I didn’t keep enough space between each cookie and it ended up sticking to one another. This doesn’t detract from the deliciousness of each cookie though!

 

 

 

Red kidney beans recipe(Rajma Recipe)

Kidney beans are an excellent source of proteins and fibre, besides loads of other vitamins and minerals.

Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe

This is a very simple,tasty recipe that involves hardly 10 minutes of prep!

Ingredients:-

1/2 cup of soaked kidney beans( soak overnight)

1 medium onion

1 tomato

1 green chilly

10 small garlic cloves

1 tsp of cumin seeds

1 tsp of Everest kitchen king masala(any garam masala will do)

1 tsp of turmeric powder.

1/2 tsp of pepper

salt to taste

Procedure

  1. Wash and soak kidney beans for 8-10 hours. Drain and rinse well
  2. In a pressure cooker, add a tbsp of ghee. Once it heats up, add in the cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  3. Add the garlic and green chilly and fry till the garlic turns golden brown.
  4. Add the chopped onion and fry till the onion is translucent. Add in the chopped tomato and fry till tomato is soft and mushy.
  5. Add the kitchen king masala(garam masala) and turmeric powder and stir for a minute. The flame should be low, don’t allow the spices to burn.
  6. Add the kidney beans and stir well. Add salt and pepper powder.
  7. Add 1 cup of water. Cover and cook on a low flame for about ten minutes after the first whistle.

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Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe

Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe

Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe Kidney bean recipe, Rajma recipe

Cover and cook in the pressure cooker after adding a cup of water for 10 minutes after the first whistle on low flame. Let the pressure release naturally.

 

 

Green Chilly Pickle

That special touch at the side of every Indian plate is pickle.

Home made pickle recipes that have been passed down from generations are some of the things that need to be cherished!

This recipe is an instant green chilly pickle recipe that  slightly veers on the sweet side with a subtle amount of spice. This recipe is a staple at home and one that you definitely want to keep handy in your fridge!

I started off with 500 gms of big green chillies which I deseeded, roughly chopped and then minced very fine with the help of a chopper.

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Green chilly pickle Green chilly pickle

I then added a tbsp of rock salt, 1 tsp of amchur powder(dry mango powder) and 2 tsp of turmeric powder and gave it a good mix.

Green chilly pickle Green chilly pickle

Chop up a handful of garlic. This really depends on your personal preference. I added quite a bit of garlic because I like it garlicky. Finely chop a thumb size amount of ginger.

Green chilly pickle Green chilly pickle

Heat up 1/2 cup of oil in a pan till it starts smoking. Turn the flame off and add 1 tsp of black mustard seeds, 1 tsp of methi seeds(fenugreek) and 1 tablespoon of mustard dal(sansav dal).

Green chilly pickle

The mustard seeds should start crackling in a minute.After a minute add the chopped ginger and garlic and around 20 small curry leaves. Turn the flame back on and fry the garlic till it turns golden brown

Add the minced chillies to this.

Green chilly pickle Green chilly pickle

Fry this for 5 minutes and then add 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1/2 a cup of white vinegar. I used the brand Chings chilli vinegar. Keep frying on a low flame for at least 15 to 20 minutes. The oil should float on top and the chilly mixture should attain a jam like consistency.

Green chilly pickle Green chilly pickle

Green chilly pickle

Adjust for salt and sugar. I found that 1/2 a cup of sugar was the right amount but it all depends on the spiciness of the chillies. So start with a little less than 1/2 a cup and then add a bit more depending on your liking.

Let the mixture cool and store in a sterilized glass jar. Keep refrigerated.

 

 

Vegetable biryani recipe

What do you do when your hungry,open your fridge door and see that you only have a couple of carrots, a zucchini and some babycorn?

Why make some vegetable biryani, of course!

This vegetable biryani is a simple,hearty meal that you can throw together in just one pot.

With the exception of the time it takes you to dice a few vegetables, this is quick and easy to make.

Start by chopping one large zucchini, 2 medium carrots and 200gms of babycorn.

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Chop up two large red onions.

Vegetable biryani recipe

In a utensil heat up two tbsp of ghee and add whole spices like cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cloves, green cardamon and a tsp of cumin seeds. Fry for 1 minute.

 

Add a tbsp of chopped green chilly, ginger and garlic and fry till the garlic turns golden brown.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Add the chopped onions and fry till the onions turn translucent.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Add the carrots and babycorn and fry for 5 minutes. Add a tsp of salt at this stage and stir well

Vegetable biryani recipe

Add the zucchini, half a green bell pepper(capsicum) and a chopped tomato. Mix well and fry on a low flame for another 5 minutes.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Now add a tsp of turmeric powder, 1 tsp of red chilly powder, 1 tsp of garam masala powder and 3 tsp of biryani masala/pulao masala. I added the Everest brand biryani masala.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Fry this well for 3-4 minutes.

I then added half a cup of curd and a handful of pudina/mint leaves. Don’t skip the mint leaves as it adds that yummy ‘biryani’ flavour.

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Since I am going two be using two measures of rice( each measure is a 200ml glass), I will be adding 4 measures of water to the utensil and bringing it to the boil. Add salt to taste at this stage.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Add the rice once the mixture comes to a boil. I added two measures of rice.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Once you add the rice, taste for salt and cover the utensil. Let the flame be high for 5 minutes. Then reduce the flame to low till you see bubbles appear in the rice. This should take another 5 minutes. At this point switch off the flame. Let the biryani rest for atleast 15 minutes before opening the lid and serving.

Vegetable biryani recipe

Vegetable biryani recipe

 

 

 

Best ever banana bread

I had some bananas left over and while wondering what to do with them, I decided to try me some banana bread.

So after looking up a few recipes online I came across this one from a site called baker chick.

It was a simple recipe with no additions, but it was absolutely delicious. This is one of those go to recipes that once you try you will come back to it again and again. I followed the recipe to the T except that I added half the quantity of white sugar as I didn’t want my banana bread to be too sweet. The next time I try it, I would definitely add some cinnamon and throw in some walnuts as well.

Recipe Source: Best ever banana bread

Ingredients:

100 gms melted butter(salted)

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown(demerara) sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 and 1/2 cups maida flour(white flour)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

200 gms curd or yogurt

3 ripe bananas mashed.

Bake for 25 minutes at 180’c in a 9 X 13 inch baking tray. Preheat oven to 180’C for 10 minutes.

I started off by melting butter and adding it to the white  and brown sugar and whisking it well.

Banana Bread Recipe Banana Bread Recipe

I then added the 2 tsps of vanilla extract and mixed in the eggs one at a time stirring well after each addition.

Banana Bread Recipe

Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to mix until just combined. Do not overmix.

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Add the mashed banana and mix. Pour into a 9 by 13 inch baking tray.

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Banana Bread Recipe

Bake at 180’c for 25-30 mins.

Wait to cool until slicing and eating. As you can see here, I clearly didn’t(couldn’t) wait.

Banana Bread Recipe Banana Bread Recipe

 

 

 

Throw together a pizza

This is a recipe for when you don’t want to order those caloric filled pizzas and want to make a ‘healthier’ version at home.

Its also a great way to utilise any leftover roast chicken or veggies.

I started by sauteeing around 200gms of white button mushrooms, 1 onion and a green bell pepper in a tbsp of butter. I  first sauteed the mushrooms and when they released water, I added the onion and bell pepper and cooked them through.

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Homemade pizza Homemade pizza

I used two store bought pizza crusts and added a thin layer of store bought ketchup and a mix of chilly ketchup.

Homemade pizza

I then added a generous sprinkling of pizza spice mix or oregano mix which is readily available in most supermarkets. I topped both the pizza bases with the sauteed vegetables, roasted chicken and cheese. I used a cheese cube for each pizza.

Homemade pizza  Homemade pizza

Homemade pizza

Bake in the oven at 180’c for 15 mins.

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This recipe is truly delicious and way better than ordering or calling for a pizza!

Its easily customizable, you can pretty much put any topping you like!

 

 

 

 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

After watching loads of videos of chocolate chip cookies, it comes as no surprise that I wished I could jump through my pc screen and gobble some of them straight up!

So I decided to hunt through loads of recipes to find a good one and I came across a recipe with the title

‘BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE(SERIOUSLY)’

and its the seriously that pulled me in. I decided to bake these and they were seriously awesome!

Recipesource:Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (104g) regular brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (186g) all-purpose flour(I used maida flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups (255g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)( I used 4 52 gms packets of cadbury dairy milk cut into chunks)

I started by melting my butter.

Chocolate chip cookies

 

I then added 1/2 cup of brown sugar(packed) and 1/3rd cup of granulated sugar and beat it well.

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To this I added an egg and a tsp of vanilla.

Chocolate chip cookies  Chocolate chip cookies

Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of salt. Beat this well, and then add 1 and a half cup of maida flour. Do not overmix the flour.

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Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Chocolate chip cookies

Make it into rounds of around two tbsp each and cover in cling film to chill. I chilled the dough for 6 hours. It is imperative that you chill the dough.

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I baked the cookies at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes. Every ovens temperature is different so I recommend checking after 12 minutes. Allow to cool for atleast 15 minutes before taking a bite. The inside should be slightly soft and chewy.

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Hakka noodles

This is one of those meals that you put together in a hurry when you open up your fridge and realize you got nothing to eat!

I just chopped up a couple of onions, a handful of garlic(that was already pre chopped and stored) and a small handful of prechopped carrots.

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hakka noodles  hakka noodles

Heat up two tbsps of oil in a wok and fry up the garlic till golden brown. Then add the onions and carrots and saute well.

hakka noodles  hakka noodles

Add around half a cup of cocktail sausages and a tbsp each of soya sauce, red chilly sauce, green chilly sauce, ketchup, chilly vinegar. Stir well with two tbsp of water.

 

hakka noodles Add around half a cup of cocktail sausages and a tbsp each of soya sauce, red chilly sauce, green chilly sauce, ketchup, chilly vinegar. 

In a utensil add around a litre of boiling water and soak the noodles in this water for 5-7 minutes. Drain and add to the wok. This is the brand of noodles I used and I used the entire packet.

Hakka noodles 

 

Hakka noodles  Hakka noodles 

Mix the noodles well with the vegetable and cocktail sausage mixture and enjoy!

Hakka noodles 

 

GUJURATI DAL

At home we have always had a standard way of making dal and never with a tadka!

Just make a ‘bagar’ of jeera,mustard seeds, green chilly,onion,tomato and curry leaves and cook the dal in one pot. No putting a ‘tadka’ to the dal.

Now don’t get me wrong, while this method turns out delicious(check out blog post), I was bored and ready to try on something new and thankfully I came across this particular recipe for dal watching a youtube video.

This recipe is a gujurati dal recipe and it turned out tasting great, slightly on the sweet and sour side which was something different.

Do try it and let me know what you think!

I started out my washing and soaking 1/3rd cup of dal.

Gujurati dal recipe

I pressure cooked this with 4 parts of water, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and a tsp of salt for 3 whistles in a pressure and let the pressure release on its own.

Gujurati dal recipe

I then set aside a tsp of cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 dry red chilly, a pinch of hing(asafoetida). Hing mimics the flavour of ginger-garlic as no ginger and garlic will be added to this recipe. Chop one medium tomato

Gujurati dal recipe

In a small utensil or tadka pan, I heated 2 tbsp of ghee and once it was heated up, I added the cumin seeds, red chilly and mustard seeds.

Gujurati dal recipe

Once the cumin seeds started crackling, I added half a tsp of turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp of hing, 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder, and a pinch of pepper powder. After ten seconds( make sure the flame is low and the spices do not burn) add the chopped tomato,8-10 curry leaves and 1 tbsp of jaggery powder. Fry for 2 minutes.

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Add the mixture to the dal and give a good stir. Adjust for salt.

You can add a bit of coriander leaves at this point although I did not.

Gujurati dal recipe