Friday, December 26, 2014

Veg pizza( california Kitchen style)

Pizza is an oven baked flat bread generally topped with tomato sauce and cheese.It is commonly supplemented with a selection of meats,vegetables and condiments.Pizza is prepared fresh,frozen and in portioned slices or pieces.Many varieties exist and several similar dishes are prepared  from ingredients commonly used in pizza.Here I tried California pizza with different toppings..I'm posting this recipe in BM#47 under the theme kids delight Holiday special recipes..

4 cups all purpose flour
1/1/4 cups warm water
2 packages dry yeast
1 tbspn honey
3 tbspn good olive oil
2 teaspoons salt.

For the toppings
1 red or green pepper sliced
1/2cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olives sliced
1/2 cup mushroom sliced
1 small  red onion sliced
1 small egg plant sliced
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1 cup mozzarella cheese
crushed red pepper flakes
1 or 2 tspns of Italian seasoning( just sprinkle on top)

  • In a bowl add water and yeast and let it stand a few mins( can see froth on top )
  • Slowly add dough ingredients to the yeast mixture i.e  honey,olive oil,all purpose flour, then salt and mix it well.Keep the dough at least 2 hrs in warm place.
  • After 2 hrs knead the dough again and keep for half an hr
  • Preheat the oven to 400 f .Drizzle another 2 tbspn oil onto a large baking sheet.Shift the dough onto the oiled baking sheet or pizza pan
  • Roll the dough into desired shape.Keep the rolled dough in the oven about 5 to 6mins( this is to cook the base perfectly.)Take out after 5 mins ,Spread little bit cheese n top of it.
  • Add marinara sauce on top of it.Sprinkle some veggies on it.
  • Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top of it,red chilli flakes.Finally add Remaing mozzarella cheese on top of it and bake it for 30 to 40 mins or until cheese melts.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Waffle pizza

A waffle is a leavened batter or dough cooked between two plates,patterned to give a characteristic size and shape.This time  tried different recipe called waffle pizza,which is very easy to prepare yet delicious.There really aren't any measurements for the ingredients.Just add how much we like.When I was thinking what to prepare for kids with waffles as they bored eating waffle with syrup,so I tried this recipe.It was loved by all my family members great snack for kids I'm posting this recipe in BM#47 under the theme 'kids delight' holiday special recipe.Here goes  my easy recipe.


  • Waffles lightly toasted 4
  • Grated Mozarella cheese 4 tbspns
  • Italian seasoning 1 tspn
  • Veggies( sliced onion, green and red pepper,olives, mushrooms )
  • Chilli flakes 1/4 tspn( just to sprinkle on top)


  • Preheat oven to broiler.
  • Place toasted waffles on a slightly greased baking sheet
  • Spread little bit of  grated cheese on top of it.
  • Now slowly spread pizza sauce on top of it.
  • Arrange veggies on top of it.Sprinkle some Italian seasoning.
  • Add remaining cheese on top of each waffle.
  • Broil apapproximately to 10 mins( or until cheese melts,mine done around 6 mins)
  • Enjoy yummy waffle pizza.
Note; Do not toast waffle brown,else it may burn while broil.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Gingerbread cake recipe

Gingerbread is a sweet food that is flavored with ginger and typically using molasses rather than just sugar.Addition of cinnamon,cloves,ginger gives a very good spice flavour to the cake.It comes out very soft and spicy.One of the traditional Christmas cake recipe I adapated from,only a change I substitute Molasses with maple syrup.When I first saw the ingredients,really felt how was the taste will be but,absolutely delicious with nice spice flavors which suits in this cold winter,I can say a perfect Christmas treat for whole family.I'm posting this recipe in BM#47 under the theme kids delight (holiday special recipes) here goes my recipe.

Christmas tree at home


  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 cup Molasses( I substitute 1 cup maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves.
  • 1/2 tspn  of salt.
  • 1 cup of hot water


  • Preheat oven to 350F.Grease baking tray with butter or oil
  • In a large bowl cream together butter sugar.Beat in the egg for 2 to 3 mins then add maple syrup.
  • In a bowl,sift together the flour,baking soda,salt,cinnamon,ginger and cloves.Slowly add this mixture to the cream,stir it in the hot water
  • Now pour into the prepared pan.
  • Bake around 50 mins or until a knife inserted comes out clean.After 1 hr when it cools down completely, cut into small cubes and enjoy the yummy cake with  whipped cream on top or just like that.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Carrot Halwa.

Carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a popular and ultimate Indian dessert.Traditionally carrot halwa is prepared during our festivals like Diwali,Holi..It is very popular in North India..There are several ways to cook this carrot halwa.We can use pressure cooker or microwave or stove top.But the real taste lies in taking the time and cooking it over low flame continuously in a pan on stove top.Carrots are exceptionally rich source of  Beta carotenes and vitaminA. Beta carotene is one of the powerful natural antioxidant that helps protect body from harmful effects.Carrots also has all the functions of VitaminA.Such as maintaining good eye health.Because of its numerous health benefits one should include carrots in their diet regularly.I'm posting this recipe in BM#47 under the theme Indian desserts.Here goes my recipe


  • 2 cups of shredded carrot
  • 2 cups of  whole milk
  • 3 tbspoon of unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 tspoon of cardamom powder.
  • Roasted cashews 5 to 6(broken into small pieces)

  • Take a wide pan and add  butter to it stir it in low flame until it melts.Then slowly add shredded carrot to the melted butter and fry it until it changes the color.It takes 5 to 10 mins.
  •  When it is soft we can slowly add 2 cups of whole milk to the mixture.I usually add 1 cup of whole milk and one cup of heavy cream,as it enhances the taste very much.
  •  We cook until the milk completely dries.It takes around 10 mins.
  • Then slowly add sugar and cardamom powder and fry until the halwa starts to leave the pan.
  •  Garnish with roasted cashews.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Rasgulla is a popular Indian dessert especially in Odisha and west Bengal states.Rasgulla's are soft spongy balls of cottage cheese soaked in chilled sugar syrup.It  is relished almost everywhere in India and has been popularized abroad as well.Making rasgulla is an art and comes with practice.Rasgulla is a favorite sweet in my family.I'm Posting this recipe in BM#47under the theme 'Indian desserts'.Here goes my yummy recipe.

  • Milk 1 liter( whole milk)
  • Sugar2 cups
  • Sooji 1/2 tspn
  • Lemon juice 2 to 3 tbspns
  • Water 6 cups


  • Heat milk in a deep bowl,bring to boil in medium to high flame,stirring occasionally.( 10 to 15 mins)
  • When milk starts boiling ,switch off the stove.After 3 to 4 mins,Add lemon juice to the milk, Mix lemon juice until it just curdles, stir continuously till the milk curdles completely.
  • Take a muslin cloth and pour the curdled milk,filtering the water completely.
  • Wash the curdled milk called chenna with some cold water.This will remove the sourness and  help in making soft chenna.
  • Lightly squeeze the  chenna holding the sides of the cloth.Don't apply too much pressure.
  • Now hang this for 30 mins to any kitchen tap or cupboard.
  • Meanwhile,heat a deep pot with 5 to 6 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar.
  • After 30 mins take the chenna out from the muslin cloth,start kneading  around 10 to 12 mins,( add sooji and little bit of sugar and cardamom powder)until it is perfect i.e not too moisture nor too dry.Make small round balls with this chenna.
  • Heat 6 cups of water in a bowl and add sugar ,when the sugar syrup comes to boil(always burner should be in high ,),liquid should bubble up add the balls into it and cover with a lid.Water should continuously boiling in medium to high flame.
  • Give a stir after 5 mins.After 10 to 15 mins rasgullas rises up and change in size or volume.
  • Yummy rasgullas ready now.
  • Refrigerate it around 5 to 6 hours and enjoy spongy rasgullas.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kulfi falooda

kulfi a popular Indian dessert usually made with condensed milk,flavored with cardamom and topped with pistachios,almonds.This dessert which is similar to ice cream but is much denser and creamier.Now  coming to today's recipe" Kulfi falooda "is a rich creamy kulfi topped with falooda and rose syrup is a dessert which finds a place at every Indian buffet counter.Falooda sev are vermicelli made from corn starch.Basic falooda can be made with sabja seeds or basil seeds, rose syrup,falooda sev  and chilled milk.Falooda  is popular all over India specially in Delhi and Mumbai.I Prepared this recipe on my husband's birthday last week..This  is going to be my 100 recipe in my blog.I am posting this recipe in BM#47 under the theme' Indian desserts'.Celebrating one year of blogging with this yummy dessert.


  • Milk 1 liter(whole milk)
  • Heavy cream 1/2 cup( you can substitute with milk powder 4 tbspns)
  • sugar 1/2 cup
  • saffron few strands
  • Almonds 1 to 2 tbspns(chopped)
  • pistachio 1 to 2 tbspns(chopped)
  • Cardamom 4 to 5(crushed)


  • Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan and boil the milk on medium to high flame until it starts rising.Once it rises,reduce the flame to medium and add heavy cream.( As I don't have heavy cream at home I substitute milk powder.)
  • Start stirring continuously, until it thickens to avoid burning in the bottom and let it boil around 15 to 20 mins
  • Add saffron strands to the boiling milk( I soak around 5 mins in hot milk)
  • Now add sugar , few chopped pistachio,chopped almonds stir and cook for 5 more mins.
  • Add cardamom powder and switch off the stove.Let it cool completely.
  • Take the kulfi moulds, slowly fill the kulfi moulds and freeze around 5 to 6 hrs or overnight.We can insert bamboo sticks after 2 hrs if we want.
  • Take out kulfi moulds  and enjoy after 5 to 6 hrs
I use my icecube tray for kulfi as I dont have kulfi moulds
Here  a small glass as a kulfi mould

 For one glass serving
  • Rose syrup 2 tspns
  • crushed pistachio 1tbspn
  • Milk 2 tbspns
  • Basil seeds 1 tbspns( Soaked in water for 30 mins)
  • Falooda sev 2 tspns( I use store bought sev or you can substitite with  thin vermicelli, have to  cook in hot boiling water for 2 mins and drain it)
Assembling falooda kulfi:

  • Take one glass to serve,put falooda sev, milk,basil seeds.
  • Add  2 scoops of kulfi,2 tspns of rose syrup and garnish with chopped pistachio.
  • Enjoy yummy kulfi falooda.

Note: you can use store bought falooda mix

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