Friday, November 30, 2012

My Third Fondant Cake

Peppa Pig  Decoration :- Sharing my third fondant cake baked and decorated for my daughter's second birthday. Peppa pig is her favorite character. So do my family favorite.

Monday, November 19, 2012


Preparation time:- 30 minutes
Frying time:-30 to 45 minutes
Makes:- 20 to 25 numbers

Hi everybody sorry for posting late,but i guess everybody must be still preparing the snacks. This is a really  yummy,crispy, spicy and easy recipe i have learned from my sister.From long time i wanted to try this recipe but because of some or the other reason was not able to give it a try. But this time i made my mind and tried 
this recipe which turned out really yummy. But the only thing is?, it needs more oil for frying.But must try very yummy and crispy and easily melts in mouth.So here is the recipe.
1)Plain Flour or Wheat flour (Chapati Aata) 2 cups
2)Yellow lentils or Mung dal 2 table spoons
3)Red chili powder 1/2 tea spoon
4)Green Chilies crushed 3 to 4 numbers
5)Garlic grated 1 tea spoon
6)Ginger grated 1 tea spoon
7)Coriander seeds and cumin seeds powder 1 tea spoon
8)Sesame seeds 1 table spoon
9)Chopped coriander 1 table spoon(Optional)
10)Dry fenugreek leaves or Kasuri methi 1 tea spoon (Optional)
11)Butter 1/2 table spoon(Optional)
12)Oil For frying
13)Salt to taste
Special Things required:-
1)One cotton cloth
2)One string
4)Chakali Mould
1)Spread the cloth on a flat surface,pour the plain flour or chapati flour onto it,collect all the corners together and twist in clock wise direction,and tie tight with the help of string to form a potli or parcel(Refer the pictures)
3)Wash mung dal and put 3 table spoons of  water in it.
4)Pour water in the bottom of a pressure cooker, place the base cooker plate,place the mung dal vessel on top of it,cover it with a plate, and on top of that place the flour potli/parcel.
5)Cover the cooker and take 3 whistles
6) When the cooker cools down, immediately remove the potli and beat with the help of a hammer to break it into powder,break all the lumps,the flour should be lumps free at the end.
(This step is really tricky, u have to be very fast in breaking the flour as it hardens too fast if not broken immediately )
7)When the flour is free from all lumps add in green chilipaste,ginger,garlic paste,salt,butter mix well
(Adding butter is totally optional)
8)And add cooked mung dal from cooker and mix well to form a soft dough,if the water is needed other than the dal , then take little bit water to form a soft dough
9)Apply  some oil to the chakali mould ,and insert the dough log into it.
10)Heat oil,apply some oil on aluminium foil pieces,make round chakali shape with the help of chakali mould on the foil pieces. Transfer the chakali gently from foil onto the frying spoon.
11)When the oil is very hot then slide the chakali slowly from frying spoon into the oil and slowly slide it in to the very hot oil. Fry on high flame untill the chakali is firm and then fry on low flame till golden and cooked from inside.
(The oil should be very hot(or boiling) every time you slide the chakali in the oil,other wise it will melt in the oil)And transfer on a paper towel, when cold store in a airtight container.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Indian snack/Shankar pale/ shakkar pare

Preparation time:- 20 minutes
Frying time:- 30 to 45 minutes
Serves:- Approximately 2 kilo grams.

Indian snack/Shankar pale/Shakar pare:-

                                               HAPPY DIWALI

Happy Diwali to all my visitors, followers,friends and dear ones. As Diwali is here everybody's kitchen must be filled with inviting aroma of delicious sweets and snacks.I have started my Diwali snack and sweet preparation with this sweet snack and my kids favorite snack shakkar pare or  Shankar pale.This crispy and mouth watering recipe,i have learn from my mom very easy and yummy,if you follow the proportions correctly you would never go wrong. In my family it is liked eating with tea or coffee or just plain as biscuits because of its biscuit like texture. Sorry for posting it too late as my daughter was not well, so couldn't get time to post it.Now she is all well .So here is the recipe
1)Water or Milk 1 cup
2)Unsalted Clarified butter or Pure ghee 1/2 cup + 2 table spoons
3)Sugar 1 cup (I used CSR white sugar which is not very sweet,you can adjust the quantity as per the sweetness of sugar you use)
4)Plain flour or Maida as much as fits in the water and butter/ghee mixture until a stiff dough forms.
1)Mix water or milk,clarified butter/ghee and sugar in a vessel
2)Allow this mixture to boil for 2 to 3 minutes and until the sugar gets dissolve. and allow it to cool down to a lukewarm temperature. Add the plain flour as much as needed to form a stiff dough (Refer the pictures, approximately 4 and 1/2 cups to 5 cups plain flour is needed to form a stiff dough )
3)Allow it to stand for 15 minutes.
4)After 15 minutes role a small portion into a round medium thick chapati or circle (The chapati should not be very thick or thin,it should be medium thick)and cut out the diamond shaped pieces or square pieces with the help of a pizza cutter(Refer the pictures).
5)After cutting ,apply some butter on a knife and run the knife through this diamond or square pieces(Refer the picture).
6)Heat the oil/ghee and fry on medium heat till its cooked from inside and pink from outside.(Refer the picture.Adjust the heat between medium heat to low heat while frying so that it gets cooked from inside)
7)Remove on a paper towel.Finish the remaining dough in the same manner. And serve after cooling with tea, coffee or just as biscuits.