Orange Cake

Ingredients:
Butter/Olive/Vegetable oil: 1/2 cup
Sugar: 1 cup
Flour: 2 cups
Eggs: 3
Fresh Orange Juice: 1 cup.
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Baking powder: 2 tsp.
Orange zest: 1 tsp.

Orange Essence(optional) – 1 tsp

Method:

1. Beat sugar, butter together till they form a well-mixed paste.

2. Add eggs and beat further till the solution turns frothy. Add essence

3. Sift all-purpose flour and baking powder 2-3 times.

4. Fold in the dry mixture to the liquid mix.

5. Add orange juice and zest.

6. Pour the cake mix to well greased and dusted baking disk.

7. Bake for around 40 min in pre-heated microwave at 180 deg in convention mode

Reference:

http://www.nisahomey.com/2013/09/fresh-orange-cake.html

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Instant Brownie

Ingredients

  1. Melted butter/oil – 1.5 cup
  2. Milk – 2.5 cup
  3. Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
  4. Sugar – 3.5 cup
  5. Cocoa powder – 2 cup
  6. Self-raising flour – 2 cup

Method

  1. Combine dry ingredients and sieve for proper mixing.
  2. In a separate vessel, combine all liquids butter, milk and essence.
  3. Gradually fold in the dry mixture in to the liquids container.
  4. The mixture would be of thick consistency.
  5. Vary milk’s quantity as deemed fit to have a pouring, thick consistency.
  6. Use powdered sugar for smoothness else use regular granular sugar for crunchiness
  7. Microwave on high for 4 min.
  8. Allow it to cool for a minute and its ready to be consumed with vanilla/butterscotch ice-cream or just like that

Reference:

Cakes and More www.cakesandmore.in

Hummus dip

Ingredients

  1. Chickpeas – soaked and boiled
  2. Garlic cloves – 3
  3. Lemon juice – 1 tsp or per taste
  4. Olive oil – 100 ml
  5. Tahini paste (paste of white seesame seeds) – 2 tbsp
  6. Salt – per taste
  7. Curd (optional)

Method

  1. Soak overnight chickpeas then boil.
  2. In mixer, grind all the ingredients together .
  3. Maintain the consistency by varying the quantity of strained water(used in chickpeas boiling) during grind.

References –

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/quickhummousandolive_71473

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Wheat cake (using Curd)

Ingredients:

  1. Wheat flour – 1.75 cup
  2. Oil – 3/4 cup
  3. Sugar – 1 cup
  4. Curd – 1 cup
  5. Baking soda – 1 tsp
  6. Cocoa powder – 2-3 tsp (or as per taste)
  7. Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  8. Cinnamon powder (Optional) – 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. Dissolve sugar in oil and curd thoroughly
  2. Gradually add dry ingredients and vanilla essence.
  3. Little milk can be added if the batter doesn’t seem to be of pouring consistency
  4. Pour in a greased and flour dusted, microwavable dish
  5. Top with crushed dry-fruits /biscuits.
  6. Microwave on HIGH for 3-4 min.

Reference:

Facebook group – Ghar ka Khana

Doughnuts

Ingredients:

  1. White flour – 2 cup
  2. Milk – ¾ cup
  3. Butter at room temperature- ¼ cup
  4. Sugar – 4 tbsp OR per taste
  5. Dry active yeast – 1 tsp
  6. Salt – ½ tsp (as per taste)
  7. Oil – for frying oil

Method:

  1. Mix well all ingredients except milk.
  2. Knead the dough using lukewarm milk and mixed ingredients of step 1.
  3. Dough Kneading should be done for enough time (approx 2-3 min) to get a soft and non-sticky dough.
  4. Roll the dough into thick rounds of approx. 1/2″ . Use a tumbler to cut several round shapes and then use a bottle cap to cut out the inner part of doughnut.
  5. Imp: Smear all doughnuts with oil so that they don’t get dried while kept for 2 hr fermentation.
  6. After couple of hours, doughnuts would have risen due to fermentation.
  7. Fry them on low flame so that they are cooked well from inside.
  8.  Dust them with powdered sugar while they are hot.

References:

http://nishamadhulika.com/en/816-homemade-donuts-recipe.html

Mango Pickle

Ingredients:

  1. Raw mango – 250 gm
  2. Mustard Oil – 1 cup
  3. Fennel seeds – 3 tbsp
  4. Fenugreek seeds – 2 tbsp
  5. mustard seeds  – 2 tbsp
  6. kalonji – 1 tbsp
  7. salt – per taste
  8. Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
  9. red pepper powder – per taste

Methodology:

  1. Wash thoroughly raw mango. Dry and cut into cubes.
  2. Coarsely grind 2 tbsp each of fennel seeds, Fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds.
  3. Bring oil to smoking point.
  4. In a bowl, mix ground masala, kalonji, remaining (1tbsp) fennel seeds, salth, haldi, red pepper powder.
  5. Add oil to this masala.
  6. Toss mango cubes in this masala so that all are well covered.
  7. Take high precaution to have a clean and dry glass jar for long sustenance of the pickle
  8. Now add the tossed cubes with masala into this jar and cover with muslin cloth.
  9. Ensure there is sufficient oil to cover the entire mango mix.
  10. Keep in sun for maximum time and for initial few days stir every now and then.
  11. When the pickle shows some sign of being ready in terms of mango being reduced in size and  releasing its sour flavor to the pickle, then cover the jar with its lid and let go of the cloth cover.

References:

http://nishamadhulika.com/pickles/mango_pickle_recipe.html

http://www.manjulaskitchen.com/2013/05/27/mango-pickle-aam-ka-achar/

http://maayeka.blogspot.in/2013/04/punjabi-mango-pickle.html

Home Made Pizza

Ingredients

Pizza Base:

All purpose flour/Maida – 2 cups
Active dry yeast – 1 tbsp
Milk – 1/4 cup + 1tbsp for brushing the crust boundary
Water – 3/4 cup
Sugar – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Olive oil – 3 tbsp

Pizza Sauce:

  1. Tomatoes- Big 4-5 – pureed
  2. Salt – per taste
  3. Sugar – 1 tsp
  4. Olive oil or butter – 2tbsp
  5. Black pepper – per taste
  6. Oregano – 1 tsp
  7. Basil leaves – chopped 1 tbsp
  8. Garlic cloves – 2 chopped

Methodology:

Dough

  1. Take lukewarm water. Add sugar and yeast to it. Mix and keep covered for 5 min. It will turn frothy then good to go else not to be used.
  2. Mix salt and oil in sieved maida.
  3. Gradually add prepared yeast solution to the maida mix and knead for 5 minutes to get a soft, non-sticky dough.
  4. Wrap it with kitchen towel or cling wrap and keep aside in a warm place for 3-4 hours.
  5. Now, split the fermented dough into 2 balls.

Pizza Base

  1. Roll it with rolling  pin or with hand on a board or directly on the baking tray. Sprinkle some dry maida before setting the base
  2. Roll in the borders to avoid spilling of cheese. Brush the borders with mil or egg white to get quicker browning.
  3. For even cooking, the base can be pricked with fork.
  4. Spread the pizza sauce and sprinkle some cheese.
  5. Spread veggies as required. Sprinkle lot of cheese, black pepper and olive oil
  6. Preheat oven at 220 deg. Then bake pizza for 15-20 min.
  7. Pizza is ready if cheese has melted and crust border has browned.

Pizza Sauce

  1. Heat oil or butter.
  2. Add shopped garlic cloves and other ingredients.
  3. Cook till the sauce reaches thick consistency

References:

  1. http://nishamadhulika.com/532-pizza-recipe-in-hindi.html
  2. http://www.rakskitchen.net/2010/03/home-made-pizza.html