Sunday, 31 August 2014

Pita bread on the Stove Top

Pita Bread

This is a simple pita bread that can be made on the stove top or baked in the oven. But in case you are baking this bread then please prick the bread all around.

Pita bread

Recipe source: Greek food and  the kitchn.com
Ingredients:

  • 1 tblspn active yeast
  • 1 tblspn sugar
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tblspn olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
Method:


  • In ½ cup warm water dissolve sugar and yeast.
  • Let it stand covered for about 10 minutes. When the yeast becomes bubbly it’s ready for use.
  • In the wide bowl mix salt in the bread flour mix the slat well.
  • Make a well in the center and add the yeast mixture.
  • Mix the dough using as much as warm water needed to make a smooth elastic dough.
  • Knead well. Make a smooth ball of the dough.
  • Apply oil to the bowl and place the dough in the bowl.
  • Turn the dough so that the top of the ball is also oiled.
  • Cover the bowl with a cling film and set aside in a warm corner for the dough to rise. The dough has to be double the size, approximately 1 ½   to 2 hours.
  • Punch down the dough and knead for 5 minutes more.
  • Heat any tava/ skillet   over medium-high heat and roll your pita bread.
  • Take pieces of dough about the size of a lemon and on a floured board roll out to a thickness of ¼ inch.
  • Coat the bottom of the hot pan with a little butter or olive oil and add your pita.
  • Cook the pita for about 30 seconds or till you get small bubbles and then flip it over.
  • Cook for a minute and a half, flip it again, and cook for another minute.
  • Transfer the pita to the direct flame and cook.
  •  During this time, the pita will puff up like a pita and get some nice toasted spots on the underside.
  • Flip over again on the direct flame again you get lovely spots. You are done.
  •  Wrap the pita breads in a clean dishcloth while your make the others.
Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeAugust -- Week 5'.



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Friday, 29 August 2014

Ukdiche Modak /Steamed Rice Dumplings

Ukdiche Modak 


Wish you all a very Happy Ganesh Chathurti!!

Today being Ganesh Chathurti I made these delicious Ukdiche Modak, Lord Ganesh’s favourite food!!

Actually I have not made them for ages now. Especially since my family does not eat sweets so you can imagine my surprise when my husband and daughters were gorging on them.

Actually I made some pungent also and with two with the vegetable stuffing, just to be on safe side. So next time …

Ukdiche Modak 

Ingredients:
For The Dough: 


  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • For the Filling
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated
  • 2 cups coconut freshly grated
  • 2 tsp elichi/cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup oil ( you will not need all of it)







Method: 

For the dough: 

  • In a pan Add salt and 1 tsp of oil boil 2 cups of water.
  • When the water boils lower the heat and add the rice flour.
  • Mix and switch off the gas. Cover and let set aside to cool (20 minutes) so that you can handle it easily.

For the filling: 


  • Mix the coconut and jaggary in a deep non-stick pan and set aside for some time.  The jaggery melts and your cooking time reduces considerably.
  • Heat the pan and cook the jaggery and coconut mixture on a slow flame stirring continuously.
  • Cook on a slow flame for 4 to 5 minutes or till all the moisture evaporates and the mixture thickens. Keep aside to cool slightly.
  • Divide the filling into equal portions and keep aside.

To make the Modak: 


  • By now the dough must be cool enough to handle Knead the dough  using ½ tsp of oil and keep aside. Knead it to get rid of all the lumps and till you get a smooth dough.
  • You can make these manually as well as using a mould. I made them both the ways

 Let’s make it manually first:


  • Oil you hands then make small smooth ball out of the dough. There should be no cracks on the ball.
  • Grease your palm again and dip your thumb in the oil and using the palm and thumb make a cup out of the dough. Make the cup as thin as possible.
  • Then using your thumb and forefinger pinch the sides of the cup. This is the part where the dough cracks so be careful.
  • Put the filling in with a teaspoon.
  • Close the opening gently and set aside.
  • Repeat this with the other balls.
To make them in the moulds:

  • Grease a Modak mould using very little oil.
  • Using the above method make the cup.
  • Add the filling and close the opening then transfer it to the mould and close the mould.
  • Demould the Modak from the Modak mould.
  • Repeat steps to make the remaining 20 Modak. There is no need to grease the Modak mould.
  • Place a steamer plate in a steamer and place a banana leaf or line with turmeric leaves on it.
  • Apply a little oil to the Modak bottom.
  •  Place Modak on the leaf and steam on a medium flame for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm.
  • The rope like knot that you see is called Sheet Ladoo (शित लाडू ).  

Notes:




  • These Modak stay fresh for a day at room temperature and for 2 days if refrigerated.
  • Modak moulds are easily available in local “steel utensils and appliances” shops.




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Sunday, 24 August 2014

How to make Vegetable Stock



This is a delicious vegetable stock recipe. I will vouch for the recipe or rather my kids will. This mixture was quietly simmering away on the gas but something drew the girls in the kitchen. They checked what was on the gas and came back to ask me what was I making.  “The aroma Mamma” they said,” it’s delicious.”
So try it and you will love it.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Baharat ~ A Spice Powder from Middle East


Let's make Baharat a spice mix, we Indians never seem to get enough of  spice mixtures ;).
According to Wikipedia,
 "Bahārāt   is a spice mixture or blend used in Arab cuisine, especially in the Mashriq area, as well as in Turkish and Iranian cuisine. 
Bahārāt is the Arabic word for 'spices' (the plural form of bahār'spice'). The mixture of finely ground spices is often used to season lambfishchickenbeef, and soups and may be used as a condiment."

I loved the aroma of the spices in it. 

Baharat

Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Recipe Source: The Daring Gourmet
Ingredients:

  • 1 tblspn kali mirch/ pepper corns
  • 1 tblspn jeera/cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp dhania/ coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp laung/cloves
  • ½ tsp elichi/cardamom seeds
  • 1½ tblspn chilli powder
  • 1 tsp dalchini/cinnamon, ground
  • ¼ tsp jaiphal/nutmeg, ground
Method:

  • Heat a small kadhai/wok over low  heat and dry roast stirring   the pepper, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, cardamom  till  you get a delicious aroma.( technically the stirring has to be occasionally but I prefer to do it continuously).
  •  Once you switch off the gas add the dry powders and let the mixture stand till the spices cool completely.
  • Grind in the chutney bowl of the mixer or spice or coffee grinder to a fine powder.
  • Store in an airtight glass jar.


This goes for the August Week 3, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group




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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Chocolate and Nut Fudge

Chocolate and Nut Fudge


Chocolate and nuts and condensed milk this is an amazing combination. My younger one who does not want milk because she claims Mamma adds nuts in them( grinds and adds nuts mind you , as if I have the time to do that)  went gaga over this slices.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Gibassier(A French Anise & Orange Flavoured Loaf)

Gibassier

This month we at We Knead to Bake are baking a French breakfast pastry/ bread called Gibassier (pronounced zee-bah-see-ay) from the Provence region. The Gibassier is also the name for large cookie from Lourmarin in particular that’s about a foot long, is made with olive oil and oval shaped like a leaf.
So what is a Gibassier?

The Gibassier is a buttery   French breakfast bread to make it more delicious it’s  flavoured with candied orange peel, orange blossom water and aniseed, and topped with a sprinkling of plain or vanilla sugar.  A Gibassier is shaped  as one big round loaf, or larger or smaller breads. They are slashed/ snipped decoratively before they’re baked.

 Aparna has said that,"Gibassier is one of the 13 traditional French Christmas desserts that are traditionally served after Midnight Mass to signify Christ and his 12 apostles at the Last Supper. Many people refer to the Gibassier as Pompe à Huile (French olive oil bread) while others insist the two are not the same. The Gibassier is somewhat like an Italian Panettone, and it is believed that it must apparently be torn apart with the hands when served to bring good luck in the New Year. It is thought that the Gibassier is named after a mountain peak in the Luberon Mountains, called Le Gibas. Others suggest that the name comes from the “gibacier” which referred to a flat bag that was used to carry game, somewhat similar to the shape of the pastry."

Monday, 4 August 2014

Berry Short Cakes

Berry Short Cakes

Berry shortcakes was a Baking partners challenge. The July month challenge (I know I am late) was suggested by Reeni of Cinnamon nice and everything nice.  This eggless recipe is a simple one and you can use any berries of your choice.  
I agree that there is no better way to showcase them then with fresh whipped cream and classic shortcakes. These shortcakes are like biscuits only instead of butter they use heavy cream.

My family love them a lot. In fact by the time I came back from a bloggers meet they were all gone. 
Thanks Reeni and Swati!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Kiwi Crush (Mojito)

Kiwi Crush (Mojito)

We made this amazing mojito in the summer this year.
 It looks so awesome does it not? It tasted good too. Try it and enjoy!!

Kiwi Crush (Mojito)

Yield: 1 glass
Ingredients:
  • 2 tblspn ready squash (I used Kiwi Crush )
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tblspn lemon juice
  • 100 ml soda, chilled

Kiwi Crush (Mojito)

Method:
  • Macerate the mint leaves and add the lemon juice and set aside for at least half an hour.
  • Strain the mint leaves and add the squash. Mix well.
  • Add the soda stir.
  • Half fill a glass with ice cubes and add the mixture and serve.


 Linking this to Valli's 'Cooking from Cookbook ChallengeAugust -- Week 1'.





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