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Bhapa Doi - Indian Cheese Cake

Sweetened condensed milk - 1 can- approx 1 cup
Hung yogurt or Greek yogurt - 1.5 cups
Corn starch - a pinch (optional)
Nuts - blanched pistachios
Saffron strands
Cardamom powder

Blend all the ingredients and transfer in the ramekins. Cover with foil. Prepare baking dish by filling it with water and place the ramekens in it. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes until the toothpick comes out clean.
Cool in refrigerator for 5-6 hours before serving !

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Ingredients: Spaghetti noodles - 1 pack Bell peppers - red, green, yellow, sliced - 2 cups Onions - sliced - 1 cup Carrots - julienne - 1 cup Garlic  - 4-5 cloves, chopped Ginger - 1-2 inch, sliced  Green chili sauce - 1 tbsp Red sriracha sauce -1.5 tbsp Soy sauce - 1 tbsp Ketchup - 2.5 tbsp  Vinegar - 1 for nap  Vegetable oil Spring onions - finely chopped for garnishing


Boil noodles and keep it aside Heat oil and sauté julienned veggies, garlic and ginger Mix all the sauces, ketchup and vinegar in a bowl and add it to the veggie mix Add the boiled noodles and stir to mix Adjust the taste by adding salt and sauces Garnish with shopped spring onions Serve !


Ingredients All purpose flour - 2 cups Semolina - 1.5 table spoon  Vegetable oil / Ghee - 2 tbsp Salt - 1.5 tsp Mangrail / onion seeds - 1 tsp Water - as needed Vgetable oil - for frying
Method  Prepare the dough with enough amount of water to make pliable dough.  Rest the dough for 15-30 minutes.  Next make pinch four dough balls and keep it aside.  Roll one of four balls like a chapati and cut in diamonds.  Deep fry on low - medium heat till they turn golden.  Remove from oil, cool and store in air tight container. 


Ingredients Dough All purpose flour - 2 cups Semolina - 1 tbsp Oil/ Ghee - 2 tbsp Water - as needed
Filling Semolina - 1.5 cups Khoya - 3/4 cups Golden raisin - 1/3 cup Chironji or Charoli - 1/4 cup Sugar - 1 cup Fresh or desiccated coconut - 1/4 cup Cashews - broken pieces, 1/3 cup Ghee - enough to roast the nuts and semolina
Vegetable oil - for frying

Prepare dough by mixing all the ingredients under dough. Add water as needed. The dough should not be too soft. It should be more towards the stiff side.Once the dough is made, cover with moist clean kitchen towel.Prepare filling
 Low fat version first dry roast semolina and when its releases aroma, add in chopped nuts and raisins and fry till they roasted. Next add khoya and mix thoroughly to get uniform mixture. Add sugar when the mixture is slightly warm. In the end add powdered green cardamom for fragrance Fat version: fry the above mixture in ghee. It gives rich flavor but I don't find it that significantly different than lo…

Mujadara - Lentil and rice with crispy onions

Mujadara, a protein packed middle eastern rice and lentils dish garnished with fried onions. 

Ingredients: Whole red lentils 3/4 cup Rice - 3/4 cup Coriander powder - 1 tbsp Cumin seeds - 1 tsp Ground cinnamon - 1/2 tsp Salt to taste  Ginger - 1 inch, finally chopped Garlic - 3-4 cloves, finally chopped Onions - 3-4, medium , sliced Vegetable oil 
Method Soak lentils for 1-2 hours in advance or soak for 30 minute in warm water Heat oil, add cumin sees and let it splatter (use saute mode in instant pot)Add chopped ginger, garlic and some sliced onion and saute for 1 -2 minute Add spices, salt followed by soaked lentils. Add enough water and cook lentils for 10 minutes until lentils are cooked al dente.Now add pre-soaked rice. (at this point cancel saute mode if you are cooking in instant mode)Add enough water and pressure cook for 1 whistles or cook at rice mode in instant pot. Natural release pressure Prepare crisp fried onion by sauteing in a pan or air-frying for 15 minutes at 350F …

Blueberry Muffins

Dry mix (sift it 2 times)
All purpose flour - 2 cups
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder - 2 tsp

Butter - 1/2 cup, softened
Sugar  - 1-1/4 cups
Eggs - 2
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Milk - 1/2 cup
Blueberries - 2 cups
Sugar - 3 tsp


Pre-heat oven at 375FCream butter and sugarAdd eggs one after the other beating well each time.Add vanilla Add dry mix alternatively with milkAdd 1/2 cup of fork crushed berries to the mix followed by folding in rest of the blueberries Line 12 muffin mould muffin tin with a liner and fill with the batterSprinkle sugar on the topBake at 375F for 30-35 minutes Cool and enjoy Recipe source: click here

Roll up Spinach Lasagna

Ingredients 9 Lasgna sheets – boil noodles for 8 minutes and keep it separated on an oil or wax paper sheet. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese Filling 4 cups fresh Spinach – blanch and squeeze to remove extra water or use 3/4th cup frozen spinach 1-1/2 cup ricotta cheese  ½ cup parmesan cheese  ½ tsp salt  ¼ tsp Black pepper Sauce  ¼ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp crushed pepper  ½ teaspoon dried basil ½  tsp salt  1 cup marinara sauce  Method Prepare a mix by combining ricotta cheese, spinach, parmesan cheese and salt.  In a bowl mix salt,  Spread 2 tbsp marinara sauce on the noodle and then spoon a heaping 4 tbsp fillingh over pasta and roll firmly.  Arrange the rolled noodles seam side down  into baking dish and pour spaghetti sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese and cover the baking tray with foil. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 F  

Chettinad Aloo

Potatoes, 6 medium - Boiled, peeled and diced in cubes
Onion, chopped - 1/2 cup
Fresh curry leaves - 1 sprig
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Asafoitida - few dashes
Vegetable oil - 3-4 tbsp

Chettinad Masala
Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
Red dried chilies -5
Black pepper corn - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tbsp
Chana dal - 1 tbsp


Dry roast the ingredients under chettinad masala and grind in to a coarse powder. Heat oil in a pan and add mustarf seeds and let it splutter. Add few dashes of asafoitida (heeng) followed by chopped onions and curry leaves. Saute' till onions get glossy and pink.Add boiled potaoes, salt, turmeric and 2-3 tbsp of chettinad masala.Mix well and cook covered for 5 minutes at medium heat till potatoes become golden.