Kadai Paneer

 

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Paneer is DH’s favourite, anything I make with paneer he is one happy person. The Kadai paneer is one regular recipe at home, it’s my version, it’s yummy and easy too, since I don’t eat paneer I add capsicum or mix vegetables, in this particular recipe I have just added capsicum which is my favourite. So here’s my version of kadai paneer.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   serves 2 to 3 people

What you will need

2 tomatoes finely chopped

1 small onion finely chopped

2 to 3 green chilly or green chilly paste (optional)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tsp cashew and poppy seeds paste

1/4th tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Dhanya powder (coriander powder)

1tsp Jeera powder

1 tsp chilly powder

½ tsp garam macula

2 tsp Kasuri Methi (fenugreek dry leaves)

1tsp salt

½ cup chopped Capsicum

½ cup cubed paneer

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp Jeera

2 tbsp water

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How to make

In a pan or kadai add oil, one the oil heats up, add the jeera, then add the Ginger garlic paste and sauté it for a minute, then add the chopped onion, tomatoes, green chillies and turmeric then mix well cook for 5 minutes until the tomatoes become mushy, then add the dhanya, jeera, chilly powder and salt and mix well and let it cook for 5 minutes again, add water at this stage and let it simmer for 2 minutes more.

Then add the cashew and poppy seeds paste and kasuri methi, mix well cook for few 2 minutes, then add the chopped capsicum and paneer cook for 2 minutes more, then it’s ready to serve.

Notes

I like spicy food so I have added green chilly so it purely optional, but I also feel green chilly adds more taste than red chilly.

For cashew and poppy seeds paste, soak the cashew and poppy seeds for an hour in warm water and then grind it into smooth paste, this paste can be added to most of the gravy’s and i add it instead of cream.

Also you can grind the tomatoes and onion paste ones the tomatoes becomes mushy, but it’s purely optional, I don’t grind it.

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Vegan Garlic Rolls

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PS (Please bear with the pics, the taste is what matters na, and we were  in hurry to these yummy rolls)

Ha… what should I say about these beauties, these are yummiest rolls I have ever had, it’s perfect with Tea or with pasta, and I usually make this with pasta for dinner. From a very long time I was searching for this kind of a recipe, I tried with already baked bread by spreading the garlic mix, then again with something else, but nothing worked until I got this recipe from a blog, I have modified a little bit according to my taste. This time when I go to Bangalore I am going to make this especially for my amma, she is vegan and will definitely love this. So here goes the recipe.

Recipe source : Edible Garden

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   serves 2 to 3 people

What you will need

1 cup Maida + 1tbsp for dusting

½ cup Luke warm water

½ tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 and ½ tsp yeast

1tbsp oil (and vegetable oil)

For the Garlic spread

Earth balance or vegan Butter – 1/4th cup

Oregano – 1tsp

Chilly flakes – 1tsp

Minced garlic – 1 and ½ tbsp

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This pic is from the 2nd time I made rolls, I have don’t have the risen rolls pic from the first batch,so I am adding this pic.

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How to Make

First proof the yeast in the luke warm water with salt, sugar ,yeast and let it be for 5 minutes, until its proofed fully, then add the Maida, oil and mix well, make it into a smooth dough, and let it rise in a warm place by covering with a damp cheese cloth.

Meanwhile in a bowl take vegan butter, oregano, chilly flakes, and minced garlic, and mix well and keep it aside.

Once the dough is risen or doubled, mine took 45 minutes, just punch it down and kneed it into a smooth ball, and roll it using the rolling pin, roll it into round or rectangle of ½ inch thickness, add flour if the dough is sticky when rolling, once done spread the garlic spread just leaving ½ inch around the edges.

Then roll it from the end gently until to the other end, once it’s fully rolled, cut it into 6 equal portions.

Then place the cut side up rolls in a greased pan, and keep in warm place to let it rise, I keep mine for 45 minutes.

Once it’s risen, bake it in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Notes

You can use the ordinary butter instead of vegan butter.

The flavors in the garlic spread is your choice, you add, minus or multiply and play with the flavors.

I used olive oil once instead of butter but it dint turn out that great.

If you don’t have vegan butter, you can use home made cashew butter or peanut butter, but I haven tried with these, so I cant guaranty the results.

Vegan Carrot Halwa

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As I have written in my previous posts and maybe throughout my blog, that I may become a vegan in future, so I am preparing myself, also as of now I don’t take buttermilk, milk, curd etc in my diet, yeah I eat cheese, that too very rarely and also I like cheese, so it may take some time before I am fully off from that, until that I am “half vegan”. So here goes my simple yet tasty recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   serves 2 to 3 people

What you will need

1 cup grated / finely chopped carrot

½ cup sugar

½ tsp eliche powered

¼ cup almond (blended in smooth paste)*

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp cashew and dry grapes

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How to make

First in a pan add the cashew and dry grapes and dry fry for 2 minutes and keep it aside. The in the same pan add  the grated carrot ,water and let it cook for 10 to 15 minutes, keep stirring and then add sugar, eliche and mix well and let it cook for again 15 minutes again.

Then add the almond paste mix well and let it cook again for 15 minutes or until the carrots are cooked, then garnish with cashew and dry grapes and its ready to serve.

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Notes

For almond paste, take the almond soak it overnight or for few hours and the take out the skin and blend it into smooth paste with little water.

Even though there is no one drops of fat it’s very yummy.

To make it even healthier you can add 3/4th cup dates paste.

Or you can add cane sugar, its gives a beautiful colour to the halwa.

Eggless Vegan Chocó cup cakes with Vegan frosting

 

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Happy new year to all, I wanted to post something sweet for the first post of the new year, so thought of posting a vegan recipe.I am not vegan, but maybe in future I want to be vegan, so most of the time I keep checking vegan options most of the time. This is one of the best vegan cup cakes I have tasted. I have made this before but without frosting, but here I bought this vegan butter “earth balance” so I wiped it with icing sugar and frosted the muffins. It was divine I must say, so let start with the recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: nil
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
makes: 6 cup cakes

What you will need for cup cakes

1 cup Maida

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Salt 1/4th tsp

Baking soda 1/4th tsp

Baking powder 3/4th tsp

Sugar ¼ cup

Oil – 1/4th cup

Water – ½ cup

Vanilla extract – 1tsp

For frosting

½ cup Earth Balance butter

¼ cup icing sugar

1 tsp

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How to make

First preheat the oven and line the cup cakes tray.

Then mix Maida, Cocoa powder, salt and mix well and keep it aside, then mix the other ingredients together. Then mix the dry and wet ingredients together and full the cup cake tin.

Then bake it in the preheated oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.

By then mix the frosting ingredients together and keep aside, once the cup cakes cools down frost it and serve it.

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Notes

If you don’t want the frosting you can skip it or use the ordinary cream and make frosting

Or you can totally leave the frosting

I have given the measurements for 6 cup cakes you can just double it and make 12.