Seviyan Kheer

Kheer is one of the most loved indian desserts. No cakes and sweets can beat our traditional kheers. My mom and aunts still prepares only kheer or some halwa if we ask for something meetha. Whenever I organise a dinner party at home, this is the only dessert I serve as its quick to whip up and loved by all. Serve it warm or chilled, seviyan kheer is the perfect dessert to end a complete indian meal. Me and my husband, we both prefer it chilled so I refrigerate it for a few hours before serving. 

I make this kheer using thin seviyan which is easily availble in the market and not vermicelli. You can use vermicelli as well if you are ok with it. You will always find some roasted seviyan in my kitchen. These days roasted ones are easily available in the market also. If you have it handy, then this kheer will be ready in a few minutes, without any fuss. I made it today for dinner and thought of making a post as well. I am going to serve it with plain tikoni (triangle) parathas 😋 

Ingredients:

3 1/4 Cups milk
3/4 Cup roasted seviyan
1/3 to 1/2 Cup sugar
1 1/2 Tsp powdered green cardamom (elaichi)

Method:

In a pan, bring milk to boil and add roasted seviyan. Keep the flame low and cook for 7 to 10 minutes. The kheer will be thick by now. Now add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the flame. Add sugar. Mix well. Let it cool and serve chilled.

I divided the kheer into two parts, added sugar in one part and jaggery in another. The kheer with jaggery tastes equally good.

Notes:

* If you want to add dry fruits (almonds, cashwes, raisins) then add them two minutes after adding the seviyan. Make sure they are roasted or fried in a little ghee. 

* I have used fresh cows milk, boiled and cream removed. 

* If you do not have roasted seviyan, then roast it with little ghee in low flame till they turn light brown in color and add to the kheer.

* You can add kesar (saffron) as well if you like the flavor. Soak a few strands in a tablespoon if warm milk and add it to the kheer after switching off the flame. 

Orange Cake (wholewheat and eggless)

Baking is on my mind these days. I have done a lot of baking in the last two months especially cakes. I bake almost every weekend and sometimes on weekdays too. My husband is a little moody when it comes to food. Though he doesn’t have a sweet tooth but sometimes out of nowhere he will say ‘kuch meetha khane ka mann kar raha hai’. 😂 And thankfully just like me, he is really fond of simple tea time cakes. And if you have been following my blog, you will notice that I prefer baking with wholewheat flour . And if you also love baking cakes with wholewheat flour than I would highly recommend you to bake this orange cake too. The best part of baking at home is that you can adjust each and every ingredient as per your own preference.

This orange cake is vegan, eggless and butter free yet very soft and moist. Its full of orange flavor and is very light as well. I refrigerate it after baking as it tastes best when cold and I would recommend you to do the same. There is no change in the texture of the cake even after refrigeration. This cake is also fuss free and can be made with ingredients easily available. No rushing to the supermarket before baking this cake provided you have oranges or orange juice available in your pantry. The recipe is very easy to follow so even beginners can bake it.

I bake this cake with tetra pack juices as well when oranges are not in season. They work equally well. Use orange essence instead of orange zest and you are good to go. Orange essence is just optional though. Orange zest itself gives a very good color to the cake but I still replaced 1 tbsp of flour with custard powder (purely optional).

Ingredients:

1 Cup Wholewheat flour
1 Tbsp Custard powder (optional)
1/2 Tsp Baking powder
1/2 Tsp Baking soda
A pinch of salt
1/3 Cup Sugar (powder it in a mixer)
3/4 Cup to 1 cup fresh orange juice
Orange zest from 2 or 3 oranges
1/4 Cup oil

Method:

* Replace 1 tbsp of flour with 1 tbsp of vanilla custard powder (optional).


In a mixing bowl, take powdered sugar and oil. Mix it well (I used my hand blender, the same can be done in a mixer grinder). Add juice to it, blend. Add orange zest, give it a mix. Now add sifted flour, custard powder (see notes) , baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until the batter is well combined. Make sure not to over mix or else you get a dense cake. Pour the batter in a greased baking pan (I used a 6″ round tin) and bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 35 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean.


Notes:

* 1/3 cup sugar is perfectly fine for us. Increase a tablespoon or two if you wish to make the cake a little more sweet.

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Recipe adapted from VegRecipesOfIndia.

Indori Poha

After a long time.. Yes.. I hear these words a lot these days  😀 I was away, not only from blogging, but from social media as well. I received a lot messages from a lot of people asking if I am doing good. Thanks a lot to each and everyone for checking in on me. I am doing really good and everything is fine at my end. Its just that I took a break from blogging and once you take a break, getting back gets really difficult. Its late night and I am here, creating a new post with a hope that I will continue blogging from now on. More than blogging, I missed clicking pictures for my blog. Though I have not been creating new dishes in my kitchen these days but literally feel like clicking the regular food. And there was no better way to make a come back with this humble poha.

I am sure everyone loves poha and has a different way of making them. Poha is a very common breakfast at my place, hmmm, we have it atleast once or twice a week. I prepare this on weekdays basically and there is no specific recipe that I follow. I prepare poha as per the ingredients available. My mom makes poha which is loaded with veggies, without any tadka or masala and is basically sweet. My sister, my brother and everyone I know loves poha made by my mom. My husband is yet to try poha made by her and I am sure he will not like it as he doesn’t have a sweet tooth. So I never follow my moms recipe while making poha.

Coming back to this indori poha, I first heard about it from my friend cum neighbor. Her husband is from Indore and she makes poha the way her husband likes. Though she is not very good at making indori poha, she mentioned that the poha is sweet and is flavored with fennel seeds. My husband dislikes any savory items which has added sugar in it so I was hesitant to try it. I checked a few recipes online and prepared it a few days back for the first time. To my surprise, the poha turned out awesome. My husband loved it to the core. This khatta, meetha, teekha Indori poha is our favourite now. Give it a try and I am sure you will love it too. I made it today also and really thought of updating the recipe on my blog because it is that good. You need to garnish the poha before serving with raw onions and sev. Indori sev is also quite famous but I didn’t have it so used normal haldiram bhujia as topping.

Ingredients:

2 cups Poha
1 Tsp Mustard seeds (raai)
1 Tsp Fennel Seeds (Saunf), slightly crushed
1/4 Tsp Jeera
3/4 Tsp Turmeric powder (Haldi)
1 Tsp Grated ginger
1 Big Onion, chopped
2 to 3 Green chilies, chopped
1/4 Cup Peas ( I used frozen peas but this is totally optional)
1 to 2 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

For garnishing:
Chopped onions
Sev (I use Haldiram bhujia)
Coriander leaves

Method:

Wash the poha, drain all the water and keep aside till they are soft. We don’t want the poha to be mushy so be careful while washing it.

In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard seeds and Jeera. Let them crackcle. Add onions, green chillies, ginger. Mix, add salt, turmeric powder and fennel seeds (make sure to crush the fennels seeds a little before adding). Keep the flame low, let the onion turn soft. Now add sugar, mix and add lemon juice. Immediately, add soaked poha. Very gently mix everything together. Keep the flame low and cover the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Switch off the flame. Done!!

Don’t forget to garnish with some chopped onions, coriander leaves and some sev before serving.

** You can’t skip using lemon juice, sugar and chilies in this recipe but can adjust it as per your taste **

 

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Schzewan noodles with homemade schzewan sauce 

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Who says no to noodles? Well, my husband does. So when he plans to skip dinner or lunch, I make sure to indulge myself to the dishes I love. Most of the times, I enjoy white sauce pasta or some fried stuff. Today I prepared this Schzewan noodles which is loaded with red bell pepper, cabbage and carrots, absolutely perfect for my taste buds, hot and spicy. I planned to add eggs but there was no egg in my pantry so skipped it. I mentioned in my Jeera aloo post, that I prepare a few things in advance like chutney, sauces etc. I prepared this Schzewan sauce almost two or three weeks back which is still good. Since my husband doesn’t like spicy food at all, I didn’t get chance to use it. Homemade sauce stays good for a long time if stored properly. Trust me, these little things sometimes turns out to be a life savior. This schezwan sauce is so versatile. Apply some to ur sandwich or serve it as a dip or prepare some indo chinese dishes out of it. Sharing the sauce recipe below and the noodles recipe too. Its very easy and I am sure you are going to like it too.

To prepare the schezwan sauce, take 30 dry red chilies and soak them in hot water for 1 to 2 hours. I generally remove all the seeds, you can keep seeds of 1 or 2 chilies as per your preference. After soaking, make a paste out of the soaked red chilies. Don’t discard the water, you can use the water to give desired consistency to the sauce. Now in a pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil and add 3 tbsp of finely chopped or grated garlic and 1 tbsp of ginger (grated). Fry in low flame till they just start to turn brown. Add red chilly paste, mix. Fry till oil separates. Add a tsp of soya sauce (add more if you want more dark color), 3 tbsp ketchup and 1 tbsp vinegar. Mix. Add salt and black pepper powder to taste. If the mixture turns too thick, add water and bring to a boil. Do a taste test and adjust the seasonings. Done. Let it cool, transfer to a clean dry jar and refrigerate.

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Ingredients for noodles:

1 packet noodles, I used chings hakka noddles
2 to 3 cups vegetables of your choice, I used cabbage, onions, carrots and red bell pepper.
2 to 3 tbsp of Schzewan sauce (store brought can be used as well)
1 tbsp of tomato ketchup
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

Method:

Boil noodles as per the instruction given on the packet. Once the noodles are cooked, drain the water. Now add some cold water to the noodles and discard all the water. Apply some oil to the noodles so that they don’t turn sticky and form lumps. Keep aside.

Heat a pan (needs to be piping hot). I prefer using my iron kadhai or pan to prepare noodles and not the non stick ones. As per my knowledge, one shouldn’t cook in a non stick pan in high flame. Add onions to the oil, keep the flame in medium. Saute till they start to turn brown. Add cabbage and carrot, cook till they turn brown. Don’t over cook or else the veggies won’t remain crunchy. Add bell pepper, cook for a minute. Shredded boiled chicken or fried eggs can be added too at this stage (optional). Add Schzewan sauce, ketchup and salt. Mix well. Add noodles and mix well. Done. Garnish with spring onions and serve. 

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Eggless wholewheat marble cake 

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I am sure you guys have known by now that I love baking. We are cake lovers especially plain tea time cakes. And since I bake very often, I prefer using wholewheat flour and bake without eggs. My in laws are vegetarians and they expect me not to cook any meat or eggs. Since my husband is an eggetarian, we do have eggs on a regular basis but have seperate utensils to cook eggs. Those utensils are kept and washed seperately. I know this sounds weird but this is what my in laws asked me to do. It is quite painful but I have been managing it well from past three years. By the way, I used to cook awesome chicken before I got married. Every sunday was a chicken day. Things are so so different now, na khana aur na banana.

So about this cake now. Marble cake basically is a combination of vanilla and chocolate flavor. I have baked this one a lot of time using all purpose flour and sometimes with wheat flour. The recipe calls for milkmaid or milk powder. I personally prefer using milk powder over milkmaid. The cake is very delicate so slice it only after it cools down completely. The final batter turns out to be a little thick if using wholewheat flour. You can increase the quantity of milk to get the desired consistency.  I have explained the recipe step wise. Follow it, you will get a perfect cake. Sharing an old picture of marble cake below which was baked using all purpose flour.

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Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup wholewheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 baking soda
3 tbsp milk powder/condensed milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp hot water
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:

Step 1: Mix together hot water and cocoa powder. Keep it aside and let it cool. By the time the final batter gets ready, the mixture will cool down.

Step 2: Sieve together flour, baking soda, baking powder and milk powder (if using) and keep aside.

Step 3: Beat together butter and powdered sugar till light and fluffy. If using condensed milk, add it now and beat it.

Step 4: Now the mixing part. To the butter sugar, start adding milk and flour. 1st add milk, mix and than add flour. For a lump free batter, add little batter at a time and mix. Remember not to OVER MIX the batter or you will have a very very dense cake.

Step 5: Once the batter is ready, take out 1/4 cup batter and add it to the cocoa powder mixture. Combine it nicely.

Step 6: To the plain batter, add a tsp of vanilla essence and fold nicely.

Step 7: At last, pour all the vanilla batter to a greased baking tray. On the top, pour the cocoa batter. Insert a toothpick or a folk into the batter (it should touch the bottom of the pan) and move it round and round from one side of the pan to the other so that the chocolate batter spreads nicely. For a better understanding, refer to the picture below. Don’t over do the swirls or all the chocolate batter will move to the bottom.

Step 8: At last bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 35 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean.

** All the ovens are different so time and temperature may vary **

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Recipe source: CookWithSmile.
Feel free to ask any questions. Go ahead and bake this cake. Share your feedback along with a picture on my Facebook page PicUrFood
. I would love to hear from you 🙂