BM #86 Week 2 Day 3 - 

Here is another sweet perfect for any festive occasion. Here I have used low fat ingredients to achieve a rich dessert. 

I sometimes make khoya and add it instead of adding the milk powder in the halwa. That also tastes good. 
Ingredients - 

Carrots, peeled, shredded 4 cups
Milk 1/4 cup
Milk Powder 2 Tbsp
Condensed Milk 1/2 tin (I used fat free)
Almonds, coarsely crushed 3 Tbsp
Raisins and Cashews, Roasted for garnish

Method Of Preparation -

Pressure cook the carrots and milk for 15-20 min (2-3 hisses). 

In a heated pan, add ghee and condensed milk. Stir gently and let it cook for a few minutes.

Add in the milk powder, crushed almonds and boiled carrots along with the milk.

Keep stirring until the mixture comes together as a single mass. 

We like it a little more grainy. So I stirred for a few more minutes to get the texture we prefer. Remove from heat.

Garnish with roasted cashews and raisins.

Serve hot or cold.

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Preparation Time 45 minutes
Serves 6-7

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BM #86 Week 2 day 2 - 

During our childhood, the few days before any festivals used to be a time for mom to make batches of goodies which included sweets and chaklis. Following that tradition, one of my friend's mom distributed sweets and this chakli a few months back. 

After eating that chakli, my older one pestered me to get the recipe from aunty and make it at home. After I got the recipe and was ready to make it at home, She told me not to tweak the recipe and to follow aunty's recipe to the T. That is what I did. 

It is always a pleasure to see the beaming smiles on the kid's faces, right?

Recipe Source My friend's mom
Ingredients - 

Rice Flour 4 cups
Peanuts, roasted and powdered 1 cup
Moong Dal 1 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Sesame seeds 2 Tbsp
Asafotida 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda a pinch
Ajwain / Vaamu 1 tsp
*Red Chili Powder / Green Chili Paste as needed 
Salt as needed

I used red chili powder

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and boil the moong dal with about 1.5 cups of water. Adding very little water, grind into a fine paste upon cooling.

In a mixing bowl, add the rice flour, peanut powder, sesame seeds, cumin seeds, salt, red chilli powder, ajwain, asafoetida and the moong dal paste. Mix well so the moong dal paste is mixed well into the rice flour. 

Add in hot oil and mix well.

Add water gradually to make a soft dough. 

Fill in the murukku press with the dough and I used the regular perforated plate.

Heat oil in a deep pan, and on medium heat use the murukku press to drop in spirals of dough. 

Fry them until they change color. Drain them onto kitchen paper towels. Continue for the rest of the dough.

Store in an airtight container upon cooling. 


Preparation Time 1 hour
Makes approx 20-30 pieces (size as shown in the picture)

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BM #86 Week 2 Day 1 - 

This week I shall highlight some dishes which can be made during any festival season.

This was the first dish I tried after I opened the Instant pot a few months back. Traditionally, this rice kheer takes about 2-3 hours to get the desired consistency and color. I was amazed to see that it took just about 50-55 minutes in the Instant Pot to get the same (actually better) results. My husband loved the look and taste of the pinkish kheer.

Ingredients - 

Ghee 2 Tbsp
Basmati Rice 1/2 cup (Washed and soaked for 10 minutes)
Milk (Full Fat) 5 cups
Sugar 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (adjust as per preference)
Mixed Nuts, coarsely chopped 2-3 Tbsp
Saffron a pinch

Method Of Preparation -

Turn Instant Pot to Saute mode. Add ghee and rice. Saute for 30 seconds.

Add 5 cups of whole milk, sugar, nuts and saffron.

Close Instant Pot lid with the pressure valve to sealing. Press Porridge button. Set it for 30 minutes. Allow Natural Pressure Release (10-15 minutes).

Open the Instant Pot, Mash the rice with the back of a spoon or use an immersion blender. 

Cook on saute for 2-3 mins to achieve the desired consistency while stirring constantly. Keep on the warm mode until ready to be served.

Serve Warm or Chilled.


Preparation Time 1 hr
Makes 6 cups 

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BM #86 Week 1 Day 3 - 

Knackerbrod is a thin and crispy Swedish bread typically made with Rye. But I found a vegan variation which I adapted to suit our palate.

I served it with Habanero Cheese slices which was a perfect accompaniment with our evening tea.

Recipe Inspiration - here
Ingredients - 

Rolled Oats, coarsely crushed 1 cup
All Purpose Flour/Maida 1 cup
Salt and Pepper as needed
Cumin Seeds, Crushed 1/2 tsp
Fennel Seeds / Saunf, Crushed 1/2 tsp
Sunflower Seeds 2 Tbsp
Pumpkin Seeds 2 Tbsp
Sesame Seeds 2 Tbsp
Olive oil 3 Tbsp

  Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients and rub in the olive oil well.

Add about half a cup of hot water and knead it into a stiff dough. Add a couple of tablespoons of hot water if needed.

Divide the dough into two manageable portions. On a parchment paper, slightly flatten a portion and roll out flat to about 1/8th inch thickness or less if possible. Place it on a baking tray. Repeat for the other portion as well. 

Using a knife or pizza cutter, score the flattened dough making desired shape.

Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Bake in the middle rack for about 15 minutes, flip and bake for another 15 minutes. Switch the oven off and let them stay for another 10 minutes to crisp up.

Remove and serve with cheese. [We enjoyed with some habanero cheese].


Preparation Time 45 minutes
Serves 4-5

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BM #86 Week 1 Day 2 - 

I read on the internet that Hasselback gets its name from a Swedish restaurant where it was first served. These seasoned potatoes fan out with crispy edges and soft insides. 

My little one said that they were like potato chips plus mashed potato all in one :). My older one was impressed by the look and couldn't wait for it to get crispier. I would have left it in the oven for another 15 minutes but couldn't handle the restless kids.

There are numerous versions of Hasselback potatoes available online some with cheesy toppings as well. But I wanted to keep it simple and vegan.

Ingredients - 

Potatoes 4 (Any baking variety should be good)
Olive Oil 1-2 Tbsp (or as needed)
Salt and Pepper as needed

* I later seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder and paprika
* Choose the potatoes so that they are a little flatter on one side as they would be stable and won't roll off. You could also slice off the underside to make it flatter.

Method Of Preparation -

Preheat the oven to 425°

Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat.

Place the potato with the flatter side down on a cutting board, place chop sticks or wooden spoons on either side of the potato. Make thin slices (thickness is as per preference), cutting down to the chop stick or wooden spoon. [Make sure the potato is not sliced through completely.

Arrange the sliced potatoes with the flatter side down on the lined baking tray.

Lightly brush with the olive oil over the slices and get in and around each slice as best you can. Season with salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Bake for 30 minutes, remove and baste with olive oil again and continue baking for another 30 minutes. 

Remove and baste with olive oil again and continue for another 25-30 minutes for a cripsier exterior. 

Potatoes will be crispy and golden brown. Top with fresh herbs or other seasonings and serve warm.


Preparation Time 1 1/2 hours
Serves 4

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BM #86 Week 1 Day 1 -

Traditionally in Denmark, Aebleskivers served as dessert pancakes and are sphere shaped. These are supposed to be sweeter than pancakes, also known as pancake puffs. 

All this about Aebleskivers is because my theme for this week is to highlight a few Scandinavian recipes.

I felt that these are cousins of our very own Unniappam or thiyya ponganalu. My little one sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top and enjoyed them with syrup.

Ingredients - 

Whole Wheat Flour 3/4 cup
All Purpose Flour 1/4 cup
Salt couple pinches
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Greek Yogurt (I used sweetened Key Lime flavor ) 1/2 cup
Milk 3/4 cup
Sugar 1 Tbsp or more
Oil 1 Tbsp + more for cooking

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, whisk the flours, salt and baking powder.

In another bowl, whisk Greek yogurt, milk, sugar and oil.

Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and gently mix until well combined. (The consistency of the batter should be slightly thicker than the pancake batter).

On low to medium heat, spray oil in the slots of the aebleskiver pan. After the oil is sizzling hot, gently pour a tablespoon of the batter in each slot. Cover and allow them to cook.

After a couple of minutes, gently run a spoon along the edges of the aebleskiver and flip them. Remove them after a minute or so. Continue with the rest of the batter.

Serve them warm with maple syrup or honey. [The adults at home enjoyed with some peanut chutney :)]


Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Makes 22-24

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BM #85 Week 4 Day 3 - 

This is a quick and easy fusion breakfast/snack recipe combining our favorite Schezwan sauce and the humble Poha/flattened rice with loads of finely chopped vegetables.

When I was looking at some fusion breakfast recipes, I came across the idea of Schezwan Poha and loved the idea. Please feel free to alter the proportions of the ingredients to suit your palate.

In this instance, the love for Schezwan sauce won over the hate for Poha and was enjoyed by my better half as well.

Ingredients - 

Poha / Flattened Rice 1 1/2 cups (The thick variety works best)
Mixed Vegetables (I used cabbage, carrot, green beans), finely chopped 2 cups
Salt as needed
Soy Sauce 1 tsp (Optional)
Schezwan Sauce 2 Tbsp (or as needed)
Spring onion for garnish
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp)

Method Of Preparation -

In a colander, wash and drain the thick poha and set aside for a few minutes.

In a heated pan, add oil and saute the vegetables until they are slightly cooked but retain the crispness. [about 3-4 minutes].

Sprinkle salt and soy sauce (if using). Mix well while adding the schezwan sauce. Let the flavors blend for a minute or so.

Add in the drained poha, mix well, cover and remove from heat. Leave it covered for about 5 minutes so that the poha can absorb all the flavors in the steam.

Uncover and serve warm for a filling breakfast/snack. 


Preparation Time 15 minutes
Serves 2-3

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BM #85 Week 4 Day 2 - 

This bread is from Australia and can be a cousin of the Irish Soda bread. This bread was originally made by the cowboys of Australia in open camp fires. 

They taste awesome when served warm and buttered.

Recipe Adapted from here
Ingredients - 

All Purpose Flour / Maida 1 3/4 cups
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Butter 1 Tbsp
Milk 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp
Vegetable oil to grease the pan

Method Of Preparation -

In a mixing bowl, add the flour and baking powder.  Rub the butter in so that the flour resembles coarse bread crumbs.

Add in salt and warm milk and knead into a soft and pliable dough. (I used the stand mixer to knead the dough).

Grease a pan and pat the dough into the pan in the desired shape. Score the top off the dough and brush with milk.

Preheat the oven to 400 °F.

Reduce the temperature to 375°F and bake for about 20 minutes or until the bottom sounds hollow when tapped.

Remove, brush with butter and serve warm.

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Preparation Time 15 minutes + 20 minutes
Makes 6 small pieces of bread

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BM #85 Week 4 Day 1 - 

This week I shall share some random bookmarks or my personal experiments. These multigrain chocolate pancakes are the latest craze for my little one. 

The whipped cream topping with the fruits makes these pancakes more like dessert pancakes.

Ingredients - 

Wheat Flour 1/2 cup
Bajra Flour 2 Tbsp
All Purpose Flour 1 Tbsp
Jowar Flour 1 Tbsp
Cocoa Powder 1 Tbsp
Salt a pinch
Sugar 1 Tbsp + more if needed
Cinnamon Powder 1/4 tsp
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Flax meal 2 tsp + Warm Water 3 Tbsp
Buttermilk 1/2 cup or as needed

Method Of Preparation -

In a small bowl, add warm water to flax meal, whisk and set aside.

In a mixing bowl add all the flours, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon powder. Whisk them and add in the flax egg mixture and buttermilk.

Mix gently to get a smooth batter.

On a hot griddle, pour ladleful batter and flip once the bubbles pop. Cook for a few seconds and remove from the griddle.

Continue with the rest of the batter.

Serve it with syrup, fruit, chocolate syrup, whipped cream or anything else which you prefer.


Preparation Time 20 minutes
Makes 8 pancakes

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BM #85 Week 3 Day 3 - 

This is a medley of different kinds of vegetables in a typical onion-cashew gravy whose flavor is enhanced by yogurt and spices.

The same onion-cashew-yogurt gravy can be used for another version of malai kofta, shahi paneer or navratan kurma.

Recipe Source Pooja
Ingredients - 

Assorted Vegetables (Potato, Cauliflower, Carrot, Green Beans) 2 cups
Paneer, Cubed 1 cup
Ginger Garlic paste 1 Tbsp
Salt, Red Chili Powder, Sugar as needed
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, Cumin Seeds 1 tsp, Cardamom 1, Cloves 4-5, Cinamon 1 inch)
Yogurt, beaten 1 cup
For the Gravy - 
Onion , roughly chopped 1 1/2 cups
Cashews handful
Green Chili 2-3 (Optional)

Method Of Preparation -

In a microwave safe bowl, add a cup of water and the onions and cashews in it. Microwave for 5 minutes and set aside.

Grind it into a fine paste along with green chili if using. Set aside.

Roast coriander seeds and coarsely powder them and set aside.

Power on the Instant pot. Set it to 'Saute' mode.

When the display shows 'Hot', add oil to the pot, add cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves. Saute for a few seconds.

Add in the roasted Coriander powder. Mix well. 

Add in the ginger garlic paste, saute for a few minutes. Add in the onion cashew paste. 

Sprinkle the salt, sugar and red chili powder. Let the gravy simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Add in the vegetables and paneer. Add the beaten yogurt. Mix well.

Cover the lid and cancel the 'Saute' mode and set it to 'Manual' 3 minutes. [In some versions of IP, set it to 'Pressure Cook'].

After it is done, quick release the pressure and set it to 'Saute mode. Adjust the flavors and power down the Instant Pot.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve warm with naan/roti.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Serves 4-5

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BM #85 Week 3 Day 2 - 

Kadai Paneer is typically a Dhaba style dish with Paneer, Capsicum and onion simmered in a special blend of spices and tomato puree.

In this week's series of Main course Gravy/Rice, this features as a family favorite ever since I first made it at home. 

I sometimes make the Kadai masala powder with just Coriander seeds and it turns out just awesome. Instead of cream I sometimes use cashew butter or just grind 8-10 cashews along with tomato puree.

Recipe Source Here
Ingredients - 

Bell Peppers, cubed 1 cup
Onions, Cubed 1/2 cup
Paneer, cubed 1 1/2 cups
Tomato Puree from 3-4 tomatoes
Salt, Sugar, Red Chili Powder and Cream as needed
Garam Masala 1 tsp
Seasoning (Butter 1 Tbsp)
Kadai Masala - Dry Roast
Red Chilies 3-4
Pepper Corns 1/2 tsp
Coriander Seeds 1 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Fennel Seeds 1/2 tsp
Kasuri Methi 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, dry roast the spices one by one (listed under 'Kadai Masala').

Coarse grind the spices, take about a teaspoon of it and set aside. Grind the remaining spices finely.

In a heated pan, add butter and the coarsely ground kadai masala. Add in the cubed onions and bell peppers and saute for a couple minutes making sure they are not cooked through.

Add in the tomato puree, salt, red chili powder, garam masala and sugar.

Allow it to cook for a few minutes.

Add in the cubed paneer, sprinkle the finely powdered kadai masala and cream. Mix well and remove from heat.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with naan/roti/rice.


Preparation Time 25 minutes
Serves 4-5

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