Monday, 26 September 2011

Milk Barfi

This recipe I have taken from Anupama's has shaped them into pedhas instead.


Milk Powder – 2 cups

Condensed Milk – 1 can (14oz or near about the same)

Butter (unsalted) – ½ cup

Saffron – few strands

Water – 2 tsps

Milk masala for decoration


1)Heat the butter in a microwave safe bowl.

2)Add the milk powder and condensed milk to the butter.

3)Microwave the mixture for 4-5 mins;stirring after every 1 min.

4)The mixture tends to rise as it gets more and more heated.

5)Put the saffron in water and add it to the microwaved mixture.

6)Mix well and microwave for 4-5 more mins.Stir after every minute.

7)Cool the mixture for 5 mins (10 mins if you want to roll out the pedhas).

8)Pour the mixture in greased plate and spread it out with a vaati/katori.

9)Sprinkle the milk masala on the mixture and slightly pat it.

10)Cut it into diamond or square shapes when still warm.

11)Let it cool down completely and then remove using a butter knife.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Choco crispies

Fun to make and fun to eat!!


1 cup cornflakes

2 squares of a cooking chocolate bar

4 cake cases

sparkle sugar/hundred and thousands

jelly diamond


1)Melt the chocolate in a microwave.

2)Add the cornflakes to the chocolate.

3)Mix well and put them in the cases.

4)Sprinkle some sugar/hundred and thousands on them

5)Place a jelly diamond on top.

6)Let the kids enjoy it!!

Pav Bhaji(a different one and easier too)

For this recipe I have taken inputs from Nupur's it wouldnt be wrong to say that the credit for this recipe goes to Nupur.I have made a few changes to Nupur's recipe.


1 medium sized cauliflower

2 medium sized potatoes

1/2 green bell pepper chopped finely

1/2 cup peas

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp ginger -garlic paste

8-10 medium sized tomatoes

1 tbsp tomato passatta

salt to taste

1-2 tbsp Everest pav bhaji masala


1)Steam/pressure cook tomatoes,cauliflower and potatoes.

2)Puree the cooked tomatoes and smash the cauliflower-potatoes.

3)Heat a heavy bottom kadhai.

4)Pour the puree and add the passatta and ginger-garlic paste.

5)Cook till the mixture becomes nearly 1/4 of the original quantity.

6)Add the chilli powder and pav bhaji masala.

7)Add the smashed cauliflower-potatoes and peas.

8)Mix well(add little water if required).Cover and cook for a 1-2 mins.

9)Add 1-2 tsp of butter and some lemon jiuce.

10)Garnish with coriander .

11)Serve hot with bread.

Cornflakes Chivda Bhel

The leftover cornflakes chivda can be used to make quick-tasty bhel.....especially when unexpected guests knock the door!!


1 cup cornflakes chivda

1 tomato chopped(optional)

1/2 onion chopped

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp lemon juice

1/4 tsp chaat masala

sev to garnish

salt to taste


Mix all ingredients and serve immediately.

****Add finely cut cabbage (1 tbsp)for extra crunchiness.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Butternut Squash Bharta


1/2 butternut squash (medium sized)

1 onion chopped

1 green chilly

1 tsp coriander

3-4 tbsp yoghurt

1 tbspn oil

1/4 tsp mustard seeds


1)Microwave the whole squash for 20-30 sec so that it becomes easy to cut it into half and peel it.

2)Cut the half squash into four and pressure cook it/steam it.

3)Smash the cooked squash.

4)Heat the oil and add the mustard seeds.

5)Add the onions and chilly and fry till onions become transparent.

6)Add the squash and some salt to taste.

7)Mix well and remove from fire.

8)Add some yoghurt and chopped coriander.


Here's is a picture of a medium - sized butternut squash:

Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin.It is a good source of fibre, vitamin C,magnesium, and potassium. It is also an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin E.



1 cup chana dal

1 cup jaggery


1)Soak the chana dal in hot water for 1 hour or so.

2)Pressure cook the chana dal with 4/5 whistles.

3)Churn the cooked chana dal in the mixer using very little water.

4)Mix the jaggery in the dal.

5)Place the mixture in the microwave for 10 mins(or less depending upon the watts.I have 800 watts)and remove-mix after every 2 mins.

6)Mix should be dry at the end of 10 mins.


Sunday, 18 September 2011


Here comes one more very easy recipe and kids can help in making it too.


1 tiger baguette(long one)

4 tomatoes chopped

2 onions chopped

1 cup corn kernels

1 cup grated cheese

some dried herbs

salt to taste


1)Mix the tomatoes,onion and corn and add some salt.

2)Slice the baguette in a slanting manner so as to get an oval shaped slices.

3)Apply some butter on the slices.

4)Put the mixture on the slices.

5)Sprinkle some herbs,pepper and cheese.

6)Bake @ 180c for 10-15 mins or until the cheese melts.