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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Recipe- How to make Indian Cheese (Paneer) at Home

How to make Indian Cheese (Paneer) at Home

Paneer is an integral ingredient in Vegetarian Cuisine. In India this is used in lots of recipes including appetizers, main course and desserts. Every time you get it from shops but it is very easy to prepare paneer at your home. I am giving the easy recipe to make it, to prepare paneer, you can take full cream (if available or you can add heavy cream externally) and food acid (usually lemon juice, vinegar) is added to hot milk to separate the curds from the whey.


  • 1 Liter Milk
  • Heavy Cream (This is completely optional)
  • 2-4 Tablespoon Lemon juice or Vinegar
  • Cotton or Muslin Cloth


  • Bring milk to boil in a pan
  • Keep stirring the milk to keep it from burning or sticking to bottom
  • When it starts to boil add lemon juice to it the milk will start to curdle
  • Boil for few minutes and turn off the heat
  • The lumps or white soft solids start to separate and the remaining liquid will become watery whey
  • Now pour it in a soft cotton or muslin cloth with the help of strainer now you have your soft cheese and whey separated
  • You can keep the whey to use in another recipe it is very protein rich (buttermilk)
  • Let the water drain from your cloth and the close it tightly with your hand and wash it thoroughly under running water to remove the sour taste of lemon from the cheese
  • Now remove it from water and squeeze to drain the water
  • Now put some heavy weight on it and keep aside for few hours

Now your paneer is ready to use or simply store in an airtight container in refrigerator for using later.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Recipe-Green Peas Pancakes

Green Peas Pancakes

Green peas look tiny, but are a rich source of nutrition. Though peas are only available in winters, you can easily find these in frozen section of your grocery store throughout the year. Looking at the great value and availability I thought why not cook some snack which can be prepared in minutes, is different, has a good spicy taste (peas are sweet by nature J) which everyone would like. If you are looking for a change, this is a recipe with green peas stuffing and outer crust made of potato and corn floor which plays a roll of binder as well as gives it a different taste and adds crunchiness. I am describing step by step method to prepare Green Peas Pancakes, it will serve as snack for 4 people and cooks in 25 minutes.


For covering

  • 2 Big Potatoes Boiled
  • ½ Cup Corn Flour
  • Salt as required

For Stuffing

  • 2 cup Green Peas
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • 2 Green chilies (Chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dry mango powder (amchur)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Salt as required
  • Oil to fry


  • Take a bowl and mix boiled potatoes, corn flour, add salt to it and mix it well to make soft dough for the covering; keep it aside
  • Meanwhile slightly boil the green peas which will break down the cell walls and make the taste sweeter, once boiled mash a bit
  • Now take a frying pan or kadhai and heat 2 tablespoon oil
  • Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds to it.  When they splutter add a Pinch of asafetida, chopped green chilies, ginger garlic paste and let them fry for few minutes
  • Now add all the spices, after few minutes add slightly boiled and mashed green peas to it and stir for 2-3 minutes. Keep aside to cool
  • Now divide the covering dough in equal portions and make round balls of it
  • Apply a little oil on your palms and take a small dough ball, flatten it and add the stuffing inside
  • Seal it and flatten it to give shape as shown in the picture
  • Do the same for rest of the dough balls
  • Now shallow fry them in a frying pan till golden brown

Your green pea pancakes are ready to be served now. Serve them hot with any sauce or chutney.
I am sure you will love this different recipe.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Recipe-Chocolate Mango Fudge

Chocolate Mango Fudge- Delicious simple dessert

(This recipe is winner of Manjula's Kitchen Contest of the Month. )

Tangy mangoes are very much in season these days and this rice preparation made with this seasonal fruit is worth trying. Chocolate Mango Fudge is exotic, flavorful, very colorful, easy to make and quick to serve. You can amaze your guests with this recipe. I prepared this recipe today and it turns out pretty good so here I am sharing this recipe with all of you.


  • 1 Mango
  • ¼ Cup Rice
  • 1 Cup Coconut milk
  • 50 gm Chocolates
  • Sugar
  • 8-10 Almonds Chopped


  • Cut the chocolates in pieces and melt it over a hot water steam, It will take 5 minutes. After melting mix some chopped almonds in the melted chocolate and keep it aside for cooling.
  • Now bring a frying pan and add rice and coconut milk to it and let it cook over medium heat for 20 minutes. Add 2 tablespoon sugar to it and let it cool.
  • Meanwhile bring a mango peel it and cut it into small cubes.
  • Bring half of the cubes in a grinder and grind it with 2 tablespoon water and 2 teaspoon of sugar. Mix it with rest of the cubes. Pour the mix in a bowl.
  • Bring a bowl, I have used square shaped bowl here to give it  square shape which looks pretty cool. Fill it with cooked rice and then a layer of melted chocolate.
  • Let it cool in a refrigerator for 30 minutes or as required.
  • After cooling put it upside down in a plate keeping it's shape intact. Pour the mango mix over it as in the picture.
  • Garnish it with chopped almonds, pistachios, raisins etc. I have used a chocolate to put as a decorating cap which is making it much more beautiful for presentation.

Your Chocolate Mango Fudge is ready to eat, and it smells so good. Chocolate gives it a nice flavor and chopped almonds give the crunchiness. You can adjust the sweetness according to your taste. I hope you try it and love the praise from your guests.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Recipe- Fried Modak

A modak is a sweet dumpling popular in India. Modaks have a special importance in the worship of the Hindu God Ganesh; modak is believed to be his favorite food. During the Ganesh worship ceremony, known in India as Ganesh Chaturthi  the puja concludes with an offering of modaks to the deity and as prasad.

 The sweet filling inside a modak is made up of fresh grated coconut while the soft shell is made from rice flour, or wheat flour or maida flour. The dumpling can be fried or steamed. At this Ganesh Chaturthi I am preparing fried modaks with a touch of khoya, grated coconut and sugar in place of jaggary. This is my step by step recipe to make modak in your home. You can try it during this Ganesh festival. 

For Covering

  • 1 cup of All-purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 cup of Semolina (sooji/rawa)
  • 2 tbsp of clarified butter (ghee)
  • Salt to taste
  • Warm milk as required
  • Oil for deep frying

For Filling

  • 1 cup of grated coconut (am using frozen)
  • Sugar as per taste
  • 1 tsp of Cardamom powder
  • Pinch of saffron (optional)
  • Some poppy seeds
  • Chopped Almonds and Cashew nuts


  • Take a bowl and mix all-purpose flour, semolina, salt and clarified butter in it as mentioned above and mix it well to remove all lumps from it
  • Now add the warm milk slowly and knead little bit stiff dough and keep it aside for at least 15 minutes
  • Meanwhile, make the filling for modaks
  • First of all roast some poppy seeds till nice golden color and keep aside
  • Now take a pan and heat 1 tablespoon of ghee, add freshly grated coconut to it and stir it for 5 minutes
  • Now add khoya or mawa (I used homemade khoya) sugar, cardamom powder, roasted poppy seeds, chopped almonds and cashew nuts to it and let it cook for few minutes and keep aside to cool
  • To make modak, take the dough and knead it again for 2 minutes and divide it in equal parts and make round balls of it
  • Take a round ball and roll it out in round circle like puri it should be thin enough to make modaks crispy
  • Fill in the coconut stuffing in the middle of the circle and fold it as in picture to give a shape like modak and make sure to seal it properly
  • Continue making modaks in similar manner for rest of the dough balls
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the modaks until golden brown in color

Your home made modaks are ready now. Offer these to Lord Ganesh in pooja and then as prasadam to your family to win their praise. I am sure everyone will love it. Happy Ganesh chaturthi!

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