Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe | Make Eggless Chocolate Cake in Pressure Cooker

Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe - Learn how to make eggless chocolate cake in pressure cooker with step by step instructions and pictures. You can use the same ingredients with same measurements and bake in your oven too. Make this vegetarian chocolate cake without eggs and you will make it again and again.



I have made this eggless chocolate cake as birthday cake for my kid. I made my first pressure cooker cake for my hubby's birthday. Then I made several cakes in pressure cooker itself. I made Eggless Semolina Cake for my hubby's birthday. I have decided to make eggless chocolate cake for my little chocolate boy on his birthday. 

I have seen several cakes which were spoiled by adding too much of eggs. Though I am a vegetarian, I eat cakes but avoid which have too much smell of the eggs. In this vegetarian eggless chocolate cake recipe, I have substituted egg with curd. We do not need more curd as this is chocolate cake.

When it comes to birthday cakes or special occasion cakes, I use plain flour/maida for baking to get the bakery style cakes. I stick to semolina(Rava in Tamil) or whole wheat flour when it comes to casual baking at home for my family. They are healthier than the plain flour. You can check the rava cake recipe.



Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe | Make Vegetarain Eggless Chocolate Cake in Pressure Cooker


Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe - A complete vegetarian chocolate cake made in pressure cooker. The recipe has step by step instructions and pictures.

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Cuisine: World Category: Dessert Yields: A medium size cake
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 
Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe - Ingredients
  • Plain Flour/Maida - 3/4 cup(1 cup = 200ml)
  • Cocoa powder - 3 tbsp(unsweetened)
  • Unsalted Butter - 3 tbsp(room temparature)
  • Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Curd - 2 tsp(not too sour - to replace eggs)
  • Milk - As required to make the batter(1/2 cup approximately)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence - 1/4 tsp
     
Eggless Chocolate Cake Recipe - Step by Step Instructions:

1. Take powdered sugar and butter in a wide mixing bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. I used an electric blender to whisk. You can also use hand whisk.

2. Add plain flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla essence to the mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup milk. Combine everything to make the chocolate cake batter. You can additionally add 1 or 2 tbsp milk if the batter is too thick. The batter should be slightly thicker than idli dosa batter. I had to add additional 2 tbsp of milk for my eggless chocolate cake batter. Once the batter is ready, add curd and combine again. I would recommend to keep addition of curd at last so that you can adjust the measurement of curd according to its sourness. If the curd is too sour, reduce the quantity. Check the taste after adding 1 tsp of curd and then add another tsp if required.

3. Setup:   It is very important to understand how you are going to use the pressure cooker to bake the cake and the basic setup. I have used Prestige popular deep pressure  pan this time. Deep pressure pans are easy when compared to normal pressure cookers to bake large size cakes.

4. Preheating the cooker: Remove the gasket and whistle from the lid of the pressure cooker. Close the pressure cooker with the pressure cooker lid. Heat the cooker in high flame for 5 minutes. Do not add water.

5. Preparing the cooking pan - Meanwhile, add 1/2 tsp ghee or butter in the cake pan and grease the pan well. You can use cake pan which you can place inside the cooker or you can use any super thick stainless steel or aluminium bowl as I have used. The bowl should not touch the sides of the cooker. The main idea is the body of cake pan should not touch the cooker directly. Add the cake batter in the cake pan.

6. Placing the cooking pan in the cooker: Once the cooker is preheated, open the cooker lid. Carefully place the separator/cooker plate and then the cake pan inside the cooker on top of the separator plate. The cooker will be very hot. So, make sure that you use a good and steady pot holder to put the cake pan inside the cooker. If you do not have cooker plate, you can use any similar perforate plate.

7. Cooking the cake: Close the pressure cook lid and keep the flame in medium flame for 15 minutes. Then put the stove in low to medium flame and cook till you can insert a knife and take it out neatly. It will take an average of 20-30 minutes totally. But you have to check once in a while to make sure that the cake is getting cooked properly.

About the lid to cover the cake: As I said, I have not used the cooker lid this time as some people say that cooker will be damaged though I am not sure how true it is. I just used a thick stainless steel lid. It was easy for me to check the progress frequently.

About Cooking time: My cake was ready in 25 minutes approximately. I cooked in low-medium flame. The time varies with the cake pan, pressure cooker, ingredients you use and the flame in which you cook.

How to check whether the cake is ready in cooker? The bottom of the cake which touches the pan should turn golden brown in color. You can see the edges of the cake also turning to golden brown in color. Insert a knife or tooth pick in the center of cake and take it out. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. Once the cake is ready, switch off the flame and keep the semolina cake closed for 5 more minutes. After that, take the cake pan and turn it upside down and shake it slightly so that the cake comes out of the pan. Do not overcook the cake otherwise it will get burnt. So, frequent checking is important after 15 minutes of time. The bottom of the cake would have turned to a beautiful golden brown color once the cake is perfectly cooked. Remove the cake from the pan within 5 minutes after you switch off the stove. Otherwise the moisture content in the cake will start evaporating and the water drops back to the cake which will spoil the cake.

8. Topping: Topping is absolutely your choice. You can use frosting cream, nuts and dry fruits/cherry(you can aso add these before you place the pan inside the cooker either sprinkling them at the top or mixing with the batter), chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup or even nothing. I have spread chocolate glaze on top of the cake. I used homemade cream cheese frosting for writing and homemade veg fondants for decorating the birthday cake.



Eggless Cupcakes Recipe | Eggless Chocolate Cupcake Recipe | Egg free Cupcakes in Cooker - Step by Step instructions with picture

1. Take powdered sugar and butter in a wide mixing bowl and whisk until light and fluffy. I used an electric blender to whisk. You can also use hand whisk.

2. Add plain flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla essence to the mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup milk. Combine everything to make the chocolate cake batter. You can additionally add 1 or 2 tbsp milk if the batter is too thick. The batter should be slightly thicker than idli dosa batter. I had to add additional 2 tbsp of milk for my eggless chocolate cake batter. Once the batter is ready, add curd and combine again. I would recommend to keep addition of curd at last so that you can adjust the measurement of curd according to its sourness. If the curd is too sour, reduce the quantity. Check the taste after adding 1 tsp and then add another tsp if required.

Mixing the ingredients for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe

3. Setup:   It is very important to understand how you are going to use the pressure cooker to bake the cake and the basic setup. I have used Prestige popular deep pan this time. Deep pressure pans are easy when compared to normal pressure cookers to bake large size cakes.

4. Preheating the cooker: Remove the gasket and whistle from the lid of the pressure cooker. Close the pressure cooker with the pressure cooker lid. Heat the cooker in high flame for 5 minutes. Do not add water.
Preheating the cooker for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe

5. Preparing the cooking pan - Meanwhile, add 1/2 tsp ghee or butter in the cake pan and grease the pan well. You can use cake pan which you can place inside the cooker or you can use any super thick stainless steel or aluminium bowl as I have used. The bowl should not touch the sides of the cooker. The main idea is the body of cake pan should not touch the cooker directly. Add the cake batter in the cake pan.

  Pouring the cake batter in the cooking pan for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe

6. Placing the perforate plate and cooking pan in the cooker: Once the cooker is preheated, open the cooker lid. Carefully place the separator/cooker plate.  If you do not have cooker plate, you can use any similar perforate plate.

Placing perforated plate for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe

Then the cake pan inside the cooker on top of the separator plate. The cooker will be very hot. So, make sure that you use a good and steady pot holder to put the cake pan and plate inside the cooker.
placing the cooking pan for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe
7. Cooking the cake: Close the pressure cook lid and keep the flame in medium flame for 15 minutes. Then put the stove in low to medium flame and cook till you can insert a knife and take it out neatly. It will take an average of 20-30 minutes totally. But you have to check once in a while to make sure that the cake is getting cooked properly.

                                            closing the lid and cooking the cake batter for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe

About the lid to cover the cake: As I said, I have not used the cooker lid this time as some people say that cooker will be damaged though I am not sure how true it is. I just used a thick stainless steel lid. It was easy for me to check the progress frequently. Do not cover the entire cooker. You need to cover only the cake pan.

About Cooking time: My cake was ready in 25 minutes approximately. I cooked in low-medium flame. The time varies with the cake pan, pressure cooker, ingredients you use and the flame in which you cook.

How to check whether the cake is ready in cooker? The bottom of the cake which touches the pan should turn golden brown in color. You can see the edges of the cake also turning to golden brown in color. Insert a knife or tooth pick in the center of cake and take it out. If it comes out clean, your cake is ready. Once the cake is ready, switch off the flame and keep the semolina cake closed for 5 more minutes. After that, take the cake pan and turn it upside down and shake it slightly so that the cake comes out of the pan. Do not overcook the cake otherwise it will get burnt. So, frequent checking is important after 15 minutes of time. The bottom of the cake would have turned to a beautiful golden brown color once the cake is perfectly cooked. Remove the cake from the pan within 5 minutes after you switch off the stove. Otherwise the moisture content in the cake will start evaporating and the water drops back to the cake which will spoil the cake.

Cake is cooked for eggless vegetarian chocolate cake recipe

8. Topping: Topping is absolutely your choice. You can use frosting cream, nuts and dry fruits/cherry(you can aso add these before you place the pan inside the cooker either sprinkling them at the top or mixing with the batter), chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup or even nothing. I have spread chocolate glaze on top of the cake. I used homemade cream cheese frosting for writing and homemade veg fondants for decorating the birthday cake.

Eggless birthday cake

Notes:

1. I always use thick stainless steel lid to cover the cake batter while cooking. I do not use pressure cooker lid to cover. It is believed that the cooker's safety valve and other parts might get damaged on long term usage. It is also easy to check the progress as and when we desire.


2. I placed the stainless steel bowls inside a container in which I usually cook rice. It is easy to cover the batter instead of closing individual bowls if placed directly on the perforated plate. It is also easy to handle.

3. I always use my Prestige Deep pressure pan to make pizza, cookies and cupcakes as it is wide and accommodate more quantity at a time than normal pressure cooker. You can also make in normal pressure cooker but you cannot cook more cupcakes in one shot.

4. The cooking time varies depending on several factors like the intensity of the stove's flame, thickness of cooker & container, batter consistency, ingredients and so on.

5. If you are making cakes in pressure cooker for first time, keep checking the consistency after 15 minutes. It might extend the cooking time. But you can make sure that the cupcakes do not get burnt.

6. You can follow the same recipe and cook in oven. It will take 20-22 minutes approx.

7. The cupcakes were good for 3 days even without refrigeration. I do not know how long they will be good as they were finished up in 3 days.


Eggless Chococlate cake cooked in pressure cooker


Don't forget to check my other pressure cooker cake recipes.

You might also like Eggless Chocolate brownie recipe.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Paneer Pasanda Recipe | Paneer Pasanda Recipe in Restaurant Style

Paneer Pasanda Recipe - Paneer is shallow fried and cooked in onion and tomato gravy along with few spices. Eat the shallow fried paneer pasanda like sandwich or cook in a gravy to get a restaurant style paneer pasanda gravy.

Paneer Pasanda Recipe


Paneer Pasanda is often seen as a time consuming recipe. Actually it is not such a difficult recipe. Once you get a clear picture of the process involved in the paneer pasanda recipe, you can make paneer pasanda in less than half an hour.

I would say that Paneer Pasanda is a rich recipe which you can serve for guests but you can make it quickly. I would not say that it is too simple and very easy. But I would also not say that it is too difficult to prepare. The difficulty level is just medium. Once you get hold of the paneer pasanda recipe, it will look easier for you and you can make it quite often.

It is easy to spoil the paneer pasanda dish if you do not follow the steps involved in the paneer pasanda recipe. When I went to a restaurant and tasted Paneer Pasanda, it was not made well. There were two reasons for the spoiled paneer pasanda. The first reason was the addition of too much food color which spoiled the taste of paneer pasanda sandwich completely. Another reason was the insufficient shallow frying of paneer pieces. Both made the paneer pasanda worst to the core. I hated the taste and never ordered it again in any restaurant.

Once I watched a cookery programme in which paneer pasanda recipe was explained in Hindi. I got an idea of how to make paneer pasanda perfectly. But I did not try it.

I had a chance of tasting delicious paneer pasanda in a wedding reception. They have made small size paneer pasanda sandwiches and cooked in gravy. It was very tasty and yummy. I made the paneer pasanda gravy at home in the same weekend.

I have posted homemade paneer recipe, kadai paneer recipe, paneer butter masala recipe, paneer fried rice recipe, Paneer Peas masala recipe,  Paneer Wrap recipe, Paneer Dosa recipe, Paneer tikka recipe, Paneer in white gravy recipe, Paneer Tawa Masala Recipe, Shahi Paneer Recipe, Palak Paneer recipe and Paneer Kofta recipe already.

Paneer Pasanda


Paneer Pasanda Recipe | Paneer Pasanda Recipe in Restaurant Style

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Paneer Pasanda Recipe Learn how to make paneer pasanda recipe easily at home. Easy Paneer Pasanda recipe in restuarant style.

Cuisine: North Indian Category: Gravy Recipe Serves: 2-3 people
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 
Paneer Pasanda Recipe - Ingredients

    For Paneer Sandwiches
  • Paneer - 4 palm sized triangular pieces + 1 tbsp crumbled paneer
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp chopped
  • Cashews - 8 broken
  • Raisins - 8 (Golden color raisins)
  • Almonds - 4(optional)
  • Green chilli - 1 small(optional)
  • Salt - to taste
  • Corn flour - 1 tbsp

  • For Paneer Pasanda Gravy
  • Big onion - 1(roughly chopped)
  • Tomato - 2(roughly chopped)
  • Ginger - 1 inch
  • Garlic - 4 cloves
  • Green chilli - 1 small(optional)
  • Cumin seeds/Jeera - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Ghee - 1.5 tbsp(or butter or oil)
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 inch
  • Cloves - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cashews broken - 10
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Fresh cream - 1 tbsp(optional)
  • Kasuri Methi - 1 tbsp crushed
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish
 
Paneer Pasanda Recipe - Instructions

    Cutting Paneer
  1. Cut paneer into triangular pieces in desired size and quantity using a knife. I cut the paneer into 4 triangular pieces in medium size. Take care to cut the paneer neatly to have a neat presentation. You can collect the bits which are left out while cutting the paneer. You can use this as crumble paneer while making paneer pasanda stuff. It was more than sufficient for me, hubby and my kid. I used a 200 g Milky Mist Paneer pack. I have used 3/4 th of it.

  2. Preparing Stuff for Paneer sandwiches
  3. Grind 8 broken cashews, 4 almonds, 1 green chilli and 8 golden color raisins in a mixer and make a coarse paste. No need to add water to grind as we are going to use this to stuff into triangular paneer pieces. You can omit green chilli if you want no spice at all. Do not omit raisins as they are the one which gives nice taste to the paneer pasanda.
  4. Take a wide mixing bowl. Mix the ground nuts paste, 1 tbsp crumbled paneer, 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and required salt. This is the stuffing for paneer pasanda sandwich. Check for salt. You can add 1/2 tsp cumin powder, little chat masala powder, 1/2 red chilli powder if you want. I did not add them. You can replace green chilli with red chilli powder too. You can few drops of lemon juice or Amchur powder too for tangy taste. These are optional and not mandatory.

  5. Stuffing and Assembling Paneer sandwiches
  6. Spread the paneer pasanda stuff mixture on one paneer piece and cover it with another paneer piece like sandwich. Do the same for the other 2 paneer pieces. Now we will have 2 paneer sandwiches for paneer pasanda.

  7. Preparing corn flour and water paste to coat paneer sandwiches
  8. Mix 1tbsp corn flour and little water to make a semi thick paste to coat all the sides of the paneer sandwiches including edges. Coat one sandwich at a time. Coat a paneer sandwich just before you are ready to shallow fry the particular piece. Do not coat all the paneer pieces in one shot. You can replace corn flour with gram flour if you want. Taste will be different but it is more healthy. For me, 1 tbsp corn flour was sufficient to coat 2 medium size paneer sandwiches. If you want more, you can mix add corn flour and water this anytime. It is not a difficult task.

  9. Shallow frying Paneer sandwiches
  10. Heat a non stick tawa (or iron dosa tawa if you do not have non stick pan. But add more oil to cook and take care not to burn the paneer pieces). Once the tawa is hot, add 1 tsp of oil in the center. Spread the oil approximately to the size of paneer sandwich. Place one paneer sandwich we have prepared. Shallow fry till you see golden spots on the cooking side. Turn to the other side and cook similarly. Also cook the edges. Use a tong to support when you cook the edges. Cook all the paneer sandwiches like this. It is good to cook one paneer sandwich at a time so that you can concentrate well and take care not to burn.

  11. Storing the Paneer sandwiches for late use
  12. Place the cooked paneer sandwiches in a hot pack. We need them only before serving. You can eat it as such too. It will be very tasty. For kids, it is too good and healthy. You can serve this as snack. When you want to serve the paneer sandwiches as such for kids, make sure that you make smaller size paneer sandwiches so that they are not wasted. You can use the left out paneer sandwiches to make paneer pasanda gravy for dinner :-)

  13. Preparing Paneer Pasanda Gravy
  14. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 cardamom/elachi, 2 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick. Saute till the cumin seeds crackle. Add roughly chopped slices of 1 big onion, 1 inch ginger, 1 green chilli and 4 garlic cloves. Saute till the onion slices turn translucent. Add roughly chopped slices of 2 tomatoes and saute till the raw smell goes off. Switch off the stove and cool down completely. You can also skip the green chilli and adjust the quantity of red chilli powder later while making gravy.
  15. Grind the above sauteed items in a mixer and make a fine and thin paste. I have added 1/4 cup water to make a fine mixture. Add water little by little. 
  16. Heat 1.5 tbsp ghee in the same pan. Add 1 bay leaf and 1 tsp fennel seeds. Saute till the raw smell of fennel seeds goes off. You can replace ghee with butter for shallow frying.
  17. Add the ground onion and tomato mixture in the pan. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp garam masala powder, required salt, 1/2 tsp coriander powder. Put the stove in simmer and allow it to cook well till it reaches the gravy consistency, color changes and nice aroma comes. Add water as and when required. Check the taste and adjust the spice powders if necessary. The gravy should have turned to nice orange color by this time.
  18. Once the paneer pasanda gravy is ready, add 1 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp crushed kasuri methi. Add 1 tbsp fresh cream if you have. Skip cream if you do not have. I have added fresh malai floating on top of the milk. Mix the paneer pasanda gravy well. Cook for a minute and switch off the stove. We have gravy for paneer pasanda ready.

  19. Serving Paneer Pasanda
  20. When you ready to serve, place the paneer pasanda sandwiches in the serving bowl. Pour the paneer pasanda gravy on top of the sandwiches. Garnish with coriander leaves. Tasty paneer pasanda gravy is ready.

Paneer Pasanda Recipe with step by step pictures along with instructions - How to make Paneer Pasanda dry and gravy:


    Cutting Paneer
  1. Cut paneer into triangular pieces in desired size and quantity using a knife. I cut the paneer into 4 triangular pieces in medium size. Take care to cut the paneer neatly to have a neat presentation. You can collect the bits which are left out while cutting the paneer. You can use this as crumble paneer while making paneer pasanda stuff. It was more than sufficient for me, hubby and my kid. I used a 200 g Milky Mist Paneer pack. I have used 3/4 th of it.


    Paneer pieces for paneer pasanda recipe


  2. Preparing Stuff for Paneer sandwiches
  3. Grind 8 broken cashews, 4 almonds, 1 green chilli and 8 golden color raisins in a mixer and make a coarse paste. No need to add water to grind as we are going to use this to stuff into triangular paneer pieces. You can omit green chilli if you want no spice at all. Do not omit raisins as they are the one which gives nice taste to the paneer pasanda.

    Stuffing to grind for paneer pasanda recipe

  4. Take a wide mixing bowl. Mix the ground nuts paste, 1 tbsp crumbled paneer, 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves and required salt. This is the stuffing for paneer pasanda sandwich. Check for salt. You can add 1/2 tsp cumin powder, little chat masala powder, 1/2 red chilli powder if you want. I did not add them. You can replace green chilli with red chilli powder too. You can few drops of lemon juice or Amchur powder too for tangy taste. These are optional and not mandatory.

    paneer stuffing for paneer pasanda recipe



  5. Stuffing and Assembling Paneer sandwiches
  6. Spread the paneer pasanda stuff mixture on one paneer piece and cover it with another paneer piece like sandwich. Do the same for the other 2 paneer pieces. Now we will have 2 paneer sandwiches for paneer pasanda.

    how to stuff paneer pasanda for paneer pasanda recipe


  7. Mix 1tbsp corn flour and little water to make a semi thick paste to coat all the sides of the paneer sandwiches including edges. Coat one sandwich at a time. Coat a paneer sandwich just before you are ready to shallow fry the particular piece. Do not coat all the paneer pieces in one shot. You can replace corn flour with gram flour if you want. Taste will be different but it is more healthy. For me, 1 tbsp corn flour was sufficient to coat 2 medium size paneer sandwiches. If you want more, you can mix add corn flour and water this anytime. It is not a difficult task.

    Coat paneer for paneer pasanda recipe



  8. Shallow frying Paneer sandwiches
  9. Heat a non stick tawa (or iron dosa tawa if you do not have non stick pan. But add more oil to cook and take care not to burn the paneer pieces). Once the tawa is hot, add 1 tsp of oil in the center. Spread the oil approximately to the size of paneer sandwich. Place one paneer sandwich we have prepared. Shallow fry till you see golden spots on the cooking side. Turn to the other side and cook similarly. Also cook the edges. Use a tong to support when you cook the edges. Cook all the paneer sandwiches like this. It is good to cook one paneer sandwich at a time so that you can concentrate well and take care not to burn.

    shallow fry sides and edges for paneer pasanda recipe



  10. Storing the Paneer sandwiches for late use
  11. Place the cooked paneer sandwiches in a hot pack. We need them only before serving. You can eat it as such too. It will be very tasty. For kids, it is too good and healthy. You can serve this as snack. When you want to serve the paneer sandwiches as such for kids, make sure that you make smaller size paneer sandwiches so that they are not wasted. You can use the left out paneer sandwiches to make paneer pasanda gravy for dinner :-)

    Paneer pasanda dry for paneer pasanda recipe


  12. Preparing Paneer Pasanda Gravy
  13. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 cardamom/elachi, 2 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon stick. Saute till the cumin seeds crackle. Add roughly chopped slices of 1 big onion, 1 inch ginger, 1 green chilli and 4 garlic cloves. Saute till the onion slices turn translucent. Add roughly chopped slices of 2 tomatoes and saute till the raw smell goes off. Switch off the stove and cool down completely. You can also skip the green chilli and adjust the quantity of red chilli powder later while making gravy.

    Saute onion, tomato and other mixture for grinding for paneer pasanda gravy recipe

  14. Grind the above sauteed items in a mixer and make a fine and thin paste. I have added 1/4 cup water to make a fine mixture. Add water little by little.

    Grind onion and tomato mixture for paneer pasanda recipe

  15. Heat 1.5 tbsp ghee in the same pan. Add 1 bay leaf and 1 tsp fennel seeds. Saute till the raw smell of fennel seeds goes off. You can replace ghee with butter for shallow frying.

    saute bay leaf and fennel seeds for paneer pasanda recipe

  16. Add the ground mixture in the pan. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt, coriander powder. Put the stove in simmer and allow it to cook well till it reaches the gravy consistency, color changes and nice aroma comes. Add water as and when required.

    Heat ground mixture and spice powders for paneer pasanda recipe


  17. Once the paneer pasanda gravy is ready, add 1 tsp sugar and 1 tbsp crushed kasuri methi. Add 1 tbsp fresh cream if you have. Skip cream if you do not have. I have added fresh malai floating on top of the milk. Mix the paneer pasanda gravy well. Cook for a minute and switch off the stove. We have gravy for paneer pasanda ready.

    Cook paneer pasanda gravy for paneer pasanda recipe
  18. Serving Paneer Pasanda
  19. When you ready to serve, place the paneer pasanda sandwiches in the serving bowl. Pour the paneer pasanda gravy on top of the sandwiches. Garnish with coriander leaves. Tasty paneer pasanda gravy is ready.
Paneer Pasanda 

Notes:

1. When you are expecting guests at home, you can prepare the paneer sandwiches early and store in refrigerator. Heat them in a non stick tawa, just before you serve.
2. The taste of the paneer pasanda made by this recipe is neither sweet nor spicy. You have to adjust the spice levels and sugar according to your preference.
3. You can replace sugar with jaggery powder.
4. Allow the gravy to cook completely to get the rich taste. 
5. Try to cook the gravy in low flame.
6. Add water little by little. If you add too much of water, the taste will get spoiled even if you allow it to evaporate.
7. In case you have added more spices and want to reduce the spiciness, you can add more cream(milk if cream is not available) and sugar to suppress the spiciness. You can add few drops of lemon juice too. 
8. If you do not have fresh cream at hand, use malai floating on top of the milk. 
9. Try to use homemade paneer for healthy reasons.

Tasty Paneer Pasanda is ready to serve. Try this simple and easy paneer pasanda recipe and let me know how it comes out for you.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Fondant Recipe for Cakes - Homemade Veg Fondant without Glycerin,Marshmallow,Corn syrup

Fondant Recipe for cakes - Homemade Veg Fondant Recipe without glycerin, marshmallow, corn syrup and glucose. A very simple fondant recipe which any one can make easily without any hassle. The homemade fondant made using this recipe will be having the flavor of milk powder dominantly as we are using milk powder as the main ingredient in this fondant recipe.

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Before some years, people showed their creativity in icing. Nowadays fondants are becoming popular. People like customized cakes with fondants according to their interest and occasion.



I have thought that I would order a cake with fondant for my kid's birthday. But I have never done it due to my location. I am located far away from the main city where creative bakers are located mostly. I am sure that cakes with fondants are more expensive when bought outside. I had never thought that I would make fondants at home one day in my life and it happened on my beloved kid's birthday.

HOMEMADE VEG FONDANT

I seriously had no thoughts to make homemade fondant for my kid's birthday. It was completely accidental. I had planned for making an eggless chocolate cake and white icing cream for decorating. I had also marked to buy cherry in the shopping list and went for super market located inside my apartment. Cherries were not available on that day and I worried how to decorate the cake without cherries. Cherries used to be available all the time in that super market and it was a really shock to me. My hubby already told me that he would come late on that day and asked me to take care of everything.

Check pressure cooker cake recipes which I have already posted in this blog.

VEG FONDANT

I was searching for other ways to decorate the birthday cake. Most of the websites suggested to use fondants. But all the fondant recipes were using one or more of the following ingredients - corn syrup, marshmallow, glycerin and glucose. I did not have any of those things in stock and I was sure that the super market would also not have. I kept searching for veg fondant recipe without corn syrup, glycerin, marshmallow and glucose. Most of the veg fondant recipes suggested to use agar agar for making fondant. I did not have that too. So, I have decided to quit the idea of making fondant and try something new.

I got ready to make eggless chocolate cake first and then to think about decorating. When I was taking the required ingredients from my grocery shelf, I found a milk powder pack which was lying unopened for a long time. As I had idea on how to make fondant by searching various fondant recipe for cakes, an idea suddenly came to my mind to make fondant with milk powder.

Are the ingredients of fondant really matter? Certainly, No. I immediately started making homemade fondant with milk powder. That is how I came up with this simple fondant recipe for cakes. This simple fondant cake is so flexible and stretchable. You can easily add color to the homemade fondant recipe. What else one would require to make elegant fondant for cakes?

Thanks for the super market which did not have cherries in stock. Otherwise I could not have tried to make homemade veg fondant for cakes.

Shelf life of Homemade Fondants made by this recipe is a minimum of 1 week. I have not tried storing the fondant dough longer that. You must need to keep it in an air tight container and store it in fridge for longer shelf life.

If you have condensed milk at hand. Then it is a no-cook fondant recipe for cakes.

Now let us see how to make simple homemade veg fondant without glycerin, corn syrup, marshmallow and glucose.

Fondant Recipe for Cakes - Homemade Veg Fondant without Glycerin,Marshmallow,Corn syrup


Simple Homemade Veg Fondant Recipe Learn how to make simple homemade veg fondant easily at home.
Cuisine: World Category: Desserts Yields: 1 cup 
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 
Homemade Fondant Recipe for Cakes - Ingredients


  • Milk powder - 1 cup(1 cup =200 ml)
  • Condensed milk - 3/4 cup or (Custard powder or corn flour - 1 tbsp and Boiled Milk - 1.5 cup) Or Milk - 3/4 cup(tastes different)
  • Icing Sugar - 1 cup or Sifted powdered sugar - 1 cup
  • Food colors - Rose, Yellow Kesari Powder, Orange Kesari Powder
  • Coconut oil - for greasing
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
 
Homemade Fondant Recipe for Cakes - Instructions:
  1. In this homemade fondant recipe, measurements are just indicative and the quantity which I have used for making fondants. It varies based on different factors like thickness of ingredients, sweetness of sugar and condensed milk, the intensity of the food color etc. The basic thumb rule in making homemade fondant is adding ingredients little by little till you reach the desired consistency and sweetness.
  2. If you have condensed milk at hand, ignore this step. Otherwise take 1/4 cup of milk and mix custard powder or corn flour. Mix well without any lumps. Heat the boiled milk in a pan. Add the corn flour and milk mixture in the pan. Keep stirring till it reaches the condensed milk consistency. It should reduce to the half of the original quantity of the milk.  If you do not have both corn flour and custard powder, you can add plain boiled milk. The taste will be little different. But the homemade fondant will be still tasty.

    simple homemade veg fondant recipe step1

  3. Skip this step if you have icing sugar at hand.If you do not have icing sugar, powder the sugar and sift it. The sugar should be a fine powder. Otherwise it will be like biting stones when you eat fondant. So, the sugar should be a very fine powder like icing sugar. So, sift the powdered sugar well. If you are still in doubt, just add a tsp of water and melt the sugar. Or else you can add the sugar while making the homemade condensed milk.
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  4. Take a wide mixing bowl. If you are using store bought sweetened condensed milk, you can reduce the quantity of sugar if you desire. Add lemon juice, milk powder and required quantity of sugar. Mix gently. You can add sugar little by little as and when required instead of adding everything in one shot. Slowly add the condensed milk and keep mixing. You might not need 3/4 cup condensed milk. I had to use a little more than half cup of condensed milk.

    simple homemade veg fondant recipe step2

    Roll it till you get a non sticky fondant dough. Add milk powder if the fondant dough is sticky. If the fondant dough is so hard even after adding condensed milk, you can add regular milk. White Fondant dough is ready now.

    simple homemade veg fondant recipe step3

    You can store this in an air tight container and use it later.

    simple homemade veg fondant recipe step4

  5. Now we are going to infuse colors to the fondant. Based on my experience, food colors in powder form works best and it is so easy. I have used rose milk essence for pink color fondant, yellow kesari powder for yellow color fondant and orange kesari powder for orange color fondant. I have found that the liquid form of color is little bit difficult to use than the powder form. Divide the fondant dough according to your preference. I left one portion as such to use it as white fondant. Actually it was cream color fondant and not pure white. I have added the colors to the other portions. Add color little by little. It takes time to mix the color evenly to the fondant dough. So, mix it well gently. Grease your hand with coconut oil if the fondant dough sticks to your hand. Homemade fondants are ready to use.

    homemade color fondant
Start making different shapes and play with the fondants as you like.


Try this simple homemade veg fondant recipe for cakes and delight your little ones. I am sure you and kids will have great time playing with fondants. I thoroughly enjoyed making different shapes with fondants. Hope you will also enjoy.


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Monday, 24 August 2015

Chocolate Glaze for Cake - Easy Chocolate Glaze Icing Recipe with Cocoa powder

Homemade Chocolate Glaze Recipe - Chocolate Glaze is a must-known recipe for every chocolate lovers. It is a no cook chocolate glaze recipe if you have a melted butter in your hand. You can even try this even without melting butter(in room temperature). But melting butter makes it more tasty and gives a better glossy look to the chocolate glaze. This is from my personal experience.



Mothers who have kids should learn how to make this easy no cook chocolate glaze recipe so that they can easily be used on bread, cookies and cake to turn them so delicious and yummy in no minute. Just spread it on the toasted bread or cookies. You can spread it on your cake. It makes everything so delicious. It tastes so yummy and you also will crave to eat it as such.

I have posted how to make cakes, cookies, pizzas without oven. You can check them here - Pressure cooker cake recipes. Now let us see how to make chocolate glaze icing for cake.

Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate Glaze for Cake - Easy Homemade Chocolate Glaze Icing Recipe with Cocoa powder


Chocolate Glace Icing Recipe Chocolate Glaze Icing Recipe for Cake - Learn how to make homemade Easy Chocolate Glaze Icing Recipe with Cocoa powder at home




Cuisine: World Category: Desserts Yields: Icing for 1 medium size cake
Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:
 
Ingredients

  • Icing Sugar - 1/2 cup or 100 g(or Sifted Powdered sugar)
  • Butter - 1 tbsp melted
  • Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp
  • Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1 to 2 tbsp approx(or Milk)
 
Instructions
  1. If you are having icing sugar, you can ignore this step. If you are using normal sugar, powder it finely in a mixie. Sift the powdered sugar before adding. This is mandatory. Otherwise you will feel like eating stones in the chocolate glaze. If you find it difficult, you can also melt the powdered sugar in little water. In that case, you might need to adjust the water quantity later while mixing in the final stage. To melt the sugar, start with 1/2 tsp of water and then add water slowly as and when required. Never add too much of water. You need to just melt the entire sugar. As we are melting powdered sugar, you can do it quickly. Keep stirring the sugar to get the entire sugar melted in few seconds evenly. Do not cook sugar more that that.

    Chocolate Glace Icing Step1

  2. Melt butter. Switch off the stove once the butter is melted. Do not heat if for more time.
  3. Take a wide mixing bowl. Add sugar and butter. Go to next step if you are using melted butter. Whisk until the butter becomes fluffy if you are not using melted better. You can use manual whisk or electric blender to do this job.
  4. Add cocoa powder and vanilla essence to the mixing bowl. Mix everything well until they all get blended very well.
  5. Add water little by little until you achieve the desire consistency. Chocolate Glaze is ready for decorating. You can also use milk instead of water or a combination of milk and water. You can add 1 tbsp of milk and add then add water also for a little bit different taste.

    Chocolate Glace Icing Step2






To make Vegan chocolate glazing, replace butter by olive oil.

I have made eggless chocolate cake, chocolate glaze icing, cream cheese and some cute colorful fondants for my son's birthday. I will post each and every recipe one by one. So, stay tuned.

Hope you find the easy chocolate glace icing recipe useful. For more cakes, cookies, pizza recipes check Pressure Cooker Cake recipes.

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Ragi Murukku | Finger Millet Chakli Recipe - Ragi Flour Snacks | Ragi Dishes

Ragi Murukku Recipe | Finger Millet Chakli:

A deep fried snack made with ragi flour and rice flour as main ingredients. It is one of the ragi dishes which will be liked by all the kids though some kids do not like ragi idli and ragi dosa



I have prepared Ragi murukku 3 times before. I felt that it has been a long time since I prepared deep fried snacks at home. I bought a pack of ragi flour last time when I went for shopping. Without second thought, I have decided to prepare ragi murukku for evening time snacks.

Ragi Murukku

Though it is a very good festival recipe, it is a perfect snacks box recipe too. My kid likes it very much. I have never packed ragi murkku for my kid's snacks box. I mostly pack fruits or nuts. I prepared ragi murukku day before yesterday and I packed it for my kid's snacks box yesterday. I packed 3 mini murukku and 2 boost biscuits for safer side. To my surprise, 3 mini murukku were eaten and 2 boost biscuits were kept untouched by my son. Not only my kid liked it, my hubby also liked it very much. He just told that it tastes 'super' :-) What else would one need? I am super excited.

Ragi snack dish Murukku

I posted the picture of ragi murukku day before yesterday in Instagram. I have shared in facebook and twitter as well saying that the recipe would be posted the day after. Most of the friends liked it and mentioned that they are waiting me for the recipe. I am really sorry for not posting yesterday as I was help up with birthday cake preparation yesterday as today is my kid's birthday. I made eggless chocolate cake in pressure cooker. I topped it up with chocolate glaze. I made cream cheese frosting for writing and cute fondants too for decorating. All the recipes will be lined up very soon. So, stay tuned. 

Now let us see how to make ragi murukku.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

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Top 15 Uses and Benefits of Lemon Juice for Face, Hair, Skin and Health

Lemon juice on Face, Skin, Hair and Health Benefits:


Mix lemon juice with water and drink it daily or apply it on your face,skin or hair externally. Lemon juice is beneficial in all ways for your face, skin, hair and health. If there is one natural thing which is cheaper and widely used in skin care, it is nothing but lemon. Lemon is really good for skin, hair, face and health.

Whenever you make lemon juice for you and your family, make sure to reserve some lemon juice for your skin care to get the benefits of lemon on your face.

Taking Lemon juice both internally and externally has a lot of health benefits and uses for face, skin and hair.

One important thing to consider while using lemon juice for external application is you should not go out with lemon juice applied. When you go out with lemon juice and get exposed to sun light, chemical reaction called phytophotodermatitis occurs, which creates negative side effects.


How to use Lemon Juice on Face and Skin:


1) Lemon juice to make clarifying moisturizer lotion for face:

You can make your own homemade clarifying moisturizer with lemon at your home without spending too much on the expensive clarifying moisturizers available in market.

Lemon is good in clarifying skin. Coconut is a very good natural moisturizer. Homemade natural moisturizer made with lemon juice and coconut oil can help you to tone your skin, illuminate the skin and improve the overall texture.

How to make your own homemade natural clarifying moisture lotion with lemon juice and coconut oil?

Mix coconut oil and few drops of lemon juice. Apply it on your face and skin. Leave it for at least 20 minutes and wash it off. Pat the face and skin dry. Your skin will get toned and lightened on regular usage. You can use this homemade clarifying moisturizer once or twice a week.

2) Lemon juice for dark elbows and knees:

Dark elbows and knees are common problems which are faced by almost everyone. Neither you do not need to go extra miles to get rid of dark elbows and knees nor you do not need to buy expensive creams for treating them. Lemon is very useful to treat them.

How to get rid of dark elbows and knees with lemon juice?

Cut the lemon into half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Or simply take lemon juice and rub it on your elbows and knees. If your skin is sensitive, do not apply lemon juice on skin and add it with 1 part of water. Follow it at least twice a week continuously to see visible results.

3) Lemon juice for skin lightening, fair & glowing skin:

Lemon and orange are rich in citric acid and Vitamin C. So, they are widely used in skin lightening and to get fair & glowing skin. Lemon juice lightens the dark spots. Hence it is easy to look fairer by using lemon juice on your face. It cannot completely lighten dark skin but it can help you to keep it glowing and lightened to a good extent.

How to use lemon juice for face and skin lightening?

Mix lemon juice with besan flour(kadalai maavu). Add little water, rose water or milk and make a thick paste. Apply it on the face and skin. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with clean water. Moisturize the skin with coconut oil.

You can see your skin gets lightened and fairer in few days. Get your skin glowing with lemon juice.

4) Lemon juice for acne scars | pimples :

Lemon juice has very good antibacterial properties and hence it heals face acne and acne scars. It can lighten the acne scars and you can get rid of acne scars in few days.

How to use lemon juice for acne scars?

Just apply the lemon juice on the acne scars/pimples and leave it for 10 minutes. If your skin is sensitive, do not apply lemon juice on skin and add it with 1 part of water. Rinse with clean water. Pat the face dry. That's it. You can see good results in few weeks on regular usage.

Drinking lemon juice is also recommended for acne treatment. When you body gets lemon juice both internally and externally, it is easier to treat acne.

5) Lemon juice for bleaching hair:

Lemon juice lightens hair. The facial hair gets lightened by using lemon juice and is not visible easily. Hence lemon juice helps you to bleach your hair naturally.

How to use lemon juice for bleaching hair?

Mix lemon juice and honey and use it as a natural bleaching method for facial hair.

 6) Lemon juice for exfoliating:

Lemon juice is widely used as a natural exfoliator. Use lemon juice exfoliator to remove the oldest dead skin cells on the outermost surface of your skin.

How to use lemon juice to exfoliate your face?

You can make your own homemade natural exfoliating scrub by mixing sugar and few drops of lemon juice. Clean your face and gently rub this lemon juice exfoliator on your face in circular motion. Rinse well with clean water. Moisturize with coconut oil or any other suitable oil if you desire.

7) Lemon juice for freckles:

Lemon juice helps to fade the freckles as it can lighten the skin. Use lemon juice for freckles continuously till you see significant improvement. It might take even few months.

How to fade freckles with lemon juice?

Apply lemon juice on freckles using cotton balls and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse with clean water and pat dry. If your skin is sensitive, do not apply lemon juice on skin and add it with 1 part of water.

8) Lemon juice for eczema scars:

If you are the one who is suffering from eczema scars, simple lemon juice can help you to find a good relief. Try applying lemon juice daily till you get out of the problem of eczema quickly. You can use lemon essential oil too for eczema scars.

How to use lemon juice for eczema scars?

Apply the lemon juice on the affected area with cotton bud or cotton ball and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse with clean water and pat dry. If your skin is sensitive, do not apply lemon juice on skin and add it with 1 part of water.

9) Lemon juice for tan removal:

Skin care is not complete without tan removal. In the buys schedule, it is not easy to avoid tanning. Regular usage of lemon juice helps you to remove the skin tan quite easily.

How to use lemon juice for skin tan removal?

Combine it with honey or yogurt and apply it on the skin. Leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse it off and apply a moisturizer.

10) Lemon juice for dark underarms:

Mix few drops of lemon juice, yogurt and turmeric powder. Apply it underarms. Leave it for 20 minutes and take bath. Use it regularly to see visible results.

11) Lemon juice for Hair:

Lemon juice is very good for lightening hair color naturally because of its natural bleaching properties. People in foreign countries leave lemon juice on the hair and go out in sun to lighten the hair. It takes sometime but it works. Some use it for toddlers too.

Lemon juice is very good for treating dandruff problems. That is the reason why many branded dandruff shampoos use lemon as the main ingredient.

How to use lemon juice on hair?

Avoid applying lemon juice directly on your hair. Mix 1 tbsp of lemon juice in a cup of water for application on hair. Apply the lemon water on hair after applying shampoo. Massage the lemon juice gently on the scalp. Leave it for 3 minutes and rinse your hair again.


12) Lemon juice for gas and bloating:

Lemon juice is a low FODMAP(Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols) natural ingredient and helps to decrease the bloating. When you eat high-FODMAP foods more, it can increase your bloating and worsen the situation. But eating low FODMAP food can help you to get relief from gas and bloating earlier. So, lemon juice is good indirectly when you are suffering from gas and bloating although it cannot directly provide relief from gas and bloating.

13) Lemon juice for energy:

Add lemon juice to clean water and have it in the morning to have an energetic day. Lemon is rich in Vitamin C. It acts an energy booster. Instead of having a cup of coffee or tea for energy, try to have lemon juice as the first thing in the morning. You will find your energy level improved very soon. In addition to that, it helps for weight loss too as everyone knows.

14) Lemon juice for Weight Loss and fat burning:

There are several controversies around the world about the effectiveness of lemon juice for weight loss and fat burning. Still you can lose weight and burn fat if you can replace your coffee or tea with lemon juice mixed with hot water as the first thing in the morning.

15) Lemon juice for soar throat:

Mix Lemon juice and honey in ginger tea. It helps you to get relief from soar throat earlier. You can have this tea twice daily.


Notes:

1. As mentioned initially, do not go out under sun with lemon juice applied externally as it will harm your skin by chemical reaction called phytophotodermatitis.

2. Negative side effects by using lemon is not common. However stop using lemon if you feel that you are allergic to it. It is recommended to avoid lemon juice when you have heartburn. Some people's skin might be sensitive to lemon juice as it is acidic in nature. Stop using if you see negative reactions.

3. When you take lemon juice treatment for skin and face, make sure that you apply Sunscreen lotion with good SPF to protect your skin from unwanted chemical reaction.

4. Some people leave the lemon juice on skin and face overnight. If it is few drops and there is no allergic reaction, you can leave it. Otherwise it is better to wash it off.


Use the natural ingredient lemon for your skin and face. Enjoy the uses of lemon for your face and keep it glowing.

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