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Stuffed Bitter Melon ( Kerala Bharwan)

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Ingredients- 
Karela ( Bitter Melon)- 4 countOnion ( for filling) - 1/2 choppedOnion ( for gravy) - 1/4 Garlic ( for gravy) - 2 cloves choppedTomatos ( for filling) - 1 choppedTomatos ( for gravy) - 1Turmeric Powder - 2tspRed chilli Powder - 2 tspDhania Powder - 2 tspCumin Powder - 2 tspCumin seeds - 1 tspsalt to tasteWaterOil - 1 BowlChat Powder - 1tspDirections -
Take the Karela seeds out.Boil the Karela in a pan for 20-25 minutes.Take the Karela out of the pan.Let it cool down for sometime.Directions for filling -

Take Oil in a dry pan.Add in a heated Oil,  chopped Garlic, Onions, Tomatoes and Karela seeds.Keep on stirring.After stirring for 5 minutes, add salt, turmeric powder(1tsp), red chilli powder(1 tsp), Dhania Powder (1tsp), Cumin Powder( 1 tsp0 and chat masala.Cover the lid and get it cooked for 15 minutes.Directions for fried stuffed Karela-

Fill the Karela with this mixture.Try to close these Karela, pushing by your palm.Now, add Oil in an another pan and then, fry the…

Vegetarian Chowmein

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Ingredients

1. Spaghetti
2. Oil - 2 tablespoon 3. Salt to taste 4. Bell Pepper- 1/2 chopped 5. Carrot - 1/2 chopped 6. Onion - 1/2 chopped 7. Potato - 1 Small 8. Soya sauce - 2 tbs 9. Mustard sauce - 1 tbs 10. Tomato sauce - 2 tbs

Direction-

Boil Spaghetti, til the time it becomes soft and properly cooked. Drain all the water and keep it separately and let it cool down.
Take oil in a dry pan and heat it. Add all vegetables in the oil when heated, add salt and cover the pan. When the vegetables are cooked, add tomato sauce, mustard sauce and soya sauce in it. Mix it well. Now, add spaghetti in the mixture , mix it well on high flame.
Ummmm, delicious Chowmein is ready to eat.

Aloo- Tikki Chat

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Ingredients-
Potato -1 (medium)Onion - 1/2 (chopped)Green Chilli- 2Chic Peas - 2 handfulSalt to tasteRed chilli powder - 2 tspChat powder/ Aamchur powder - 1 tsp +1 tspOil - 1/2 bowl + 1/4 cupAll Purpose flour- 2 handful Suzi - 1 handfulYogurt - 1/2 cup


Directions - 
Prepare Chic Peas according to the directions of Choley of Green Chick Peas. Take All Purpose flour in a bowl, mix with suzi, salt and oil (1/4 cup). Make a dough of warm water, keep the dough tight.Roll it in small circles, commonly known as Papdi. Fry them in a separate pan.In a different bowl, mash potato, add salt, red chilli powder with onion, green chilli. Mix them.
Divide in equal parts. Press them by palms and turn them in small flat balls. Fry these balls (tikki).Now, beat the Yogurt, add salt, red chilli powder(1 pinch) and aamchur powder (1pinch).In a serving plate, Place 2 tikki  at some distance.Add Choley of Green Chick Peas from top.Sprinkle some chopped onion and green chillis.Now, Sprinkle some salt, red chi…

Kachori

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Ingredients-
All Purpose flour - 2 cupsWheat flour - 1 cupSalt to tasteMangrela- ajwain- 1 tspOil- 1 + 1 cups




Directions -

Mix All purpose flour, wheat flour, salt , mangrela- ajwain together.Add 1/2 cup of oil in a flour mixture.



Slowly, add water and make a tight dough out of it.



Take a small part of dough, make it like a small ball, roll it.In a pan, heat all leftover oil for 5-7 minutes.




When heated, add rolled dough in a pan.Press it with spatula from all sides.Turn it over and cook it on another side.Enjoy it hot with curry.

Carrot Cake

Ingredients-
Cooking Oil/ Unsalted butter - 1 cupAll Purpose flour - 2 1/2 cups Grated carrots- 2 Cups Baking powder- 1tsp Baking soda- 1tspGround Cinnamon - 1/4 tspGround nutmeg - 1/4 tsp Salt- 1/2 tsp Sugar-1 1/3 cups 3 large eggs Plain yogurt- 1 cup Directions - 
Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in the bowl. Add this mixture to the carrots and toss until they are well-coated with the flour.
In the other bowl combine the sugar, Cooking Oil eggs, and yogurt. Pour this mixture into the carrot mixture and stir until just combined. Pour into the cake pan and bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for another 20 minutes.
Remove the pan from the oven and allow cake to cool 15 minutes in the pan. After 15 minutes, turn the cake out onto a rack and allow cake to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting after cake has cooled completely.

Black forest cake

Ingredients - 

All Purpose flour - 2 cupsBaking Powder- 1 tspBaking Soda- 1tspSalt - 1 tspEggs -2 Sugar- 3/4 cupChocolate Powder - 1 cupCooking Oil - 1 cupMilk - 1tbsp Lemon Juice - 1tsp Directions- 
In a big bowl, mix all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder.In another Bowl, mix sugar, cooking oil and chocolate powder together, mix to make all the sugar crystals dissolved.Beat eggs in another container.Add eggs to the sugar mixture and stir.Slowly, transfer mixture of flour in mixture of sugar, stirring it continuously.Mix milk and lemon juice to the batter.In an oven cooking pan, Spray some oil all over the pan.Transfer the batter in a pan.Cook inside the oven for 30-35 minutes at 350 deg F.Take it out, insert a toothpick in the center of cake, it comes out clear, your cake is done, If no put it again for 5 minutes, and repeat the process.Put the cake outside of oven and let it cool down.Garnish it with cream and cake sprinklers.Enjoy it at room temperature or chilled.

Banana Cake with almonds

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Ingredients -
Banana - 2 Ripe BananasAll Purpose flour - 2 cupsMilk powder - 1 cup Sugar - 1 cupBaking powder - 1tspCooking Oil/ melted unsalted butter- 1cupPinch of saltWhipped Cream- 1 cupMilk - 1tbsp Almonds and cashews - 1 cupSprinklers to garnish Directions - 







In a bowl, mix all purpose flour with baking powder, milk powder and salt.






In another bowl, mix oil with sugar, stir and dissolve all crystals of sugar.Add mashed banana in the sugar mixture, mix and make banana completely dissolved.Add flour mixture to oil mixture slowly and keep on stirring to mix  flour.Add  milk and mix so that flour lumps are not formed .



Add flour mixture slowly to the sugar mixture, stir to make all lumps of flour disappear.




Add whole almonds and cashews.Transfer the batter in a baking dish.Bake it for 35-40 minutes at 350 degree F.Check after 30 minutes.Insert toothpick in the center on cake to see whether it's done or not.Cook it for another 5 minutes. Repeat the process of toothpick.

 NOTE - If you…

Blue Berry Muffin

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Ingredients-
All Purpose flour - 2 cupsBaking powder- 1tspBaking Soda - 1tsp Milk powder - 1 cupMilk as required Cream - 1cupCooking oil-  1 cupBlue berry - 1 cup ( washed and cleaned)Directions - 
In a big bowl, mix all purpose flour, milk powder and baking powder.In another Bowl, mix sugar, cream, and cooking oil together, mix to make all the sugar crystals dissolved.Slowly, transfer mixture of flour in mixture of sugar, stirring it continuously.Add a cup of milk as required to make the batter thin, thin enough to make the spoon move easily in the batter.In an oven cooking pan, Spray some oil all over the pan.Cut blueberry in halves. Just before transferring the batter into a pan, add blue berry to the batter, stir slowly, as we don't want them to get mixed. Transfer the batter in a pan.Cook inside the oven for 30-35 minutes at 350 degree F temperature.Take it out, insert a toothpick in the center of cake, it comes out clear, your cake is done, If no put it again for 5 minutes, …

Chocolate Chip cake

Ingredients -
All purpose flour - 2 cupsSugar - 3/4 cupMilk powder - 1 cupCream - 1 cupCooking oil - 1 cupBaking powder - 1 tspBaking Soda - 1tsp Chocolate chips - 1 cupDirections -
In a big bowl, mix all purpose flour, milk powder and baking powder.In another Bowl, mix sugar, cream, and cooking oil together, mix to make all the sugar crystals dissolved.Slowly, transfer mixture of flour in mixture of sugar, stirring it continuously.Add a cup of milk as required to make the batter thin, thin enough to make the spoon move easily in the batter.In an oven cooking pan, Spray some oil all over the pan.Just before transferring the batter into a pan, add chocolate chips to the batter, stir slowly, as we don't want them to get mixed. Transfer the batter in a pan.Cook inside the oven for 30-35 minutes at 350 degree F temperature.Take it out, insert a toothpick in the center of cake, it comes out clear, your cake is done, If no put it again for 5 minutes, and repeat the process.Put the cake …

Chocolate Cake

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Chocolate is loved by most people. Few of my friends love to eat chocolates, when they are sad about something. Me too, love Chocolates.... But, daily consumption of Chocolates is not good, if one has a tendency of gaining weight. I learnt somewhere, if a person is hurt, or having any pain. The pain goes away with the intake of Chocolate. Do not know, whether it's true or not, but actually I think, a person forgets the pain to enjoy the goodness of Chocolates. My little one just started, eating Cakes.... This is my version of cake which is approved by my 3 year old.

 Minimum Oil and replacing All Purpose Flour with Wheat flour, makes it a perfect healthy dessert... No guilt feeling....

Ingredients - 
Whole Wheat flour - 2 cupsMilk Powder - 1 cupBaking Powder- 1 tspBaking Soda- 1/4 tsp Sugar- 3/4 cupChocolate Powder - 1 cupCooking Oil - 1/2 cupEgg - 2Lemon Juice- 2tspMilk as required Directions - 



In a big bowl, mix whole wheat flour, milk powder and baking powder.




In ano…

Almoke cake- Microwave cooking

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Ingredients - 
All Purpose flour( Maida) - 2 cupsMilk Powder - 1 cup Cream - 1/2 cupSugar - 1 cupBaking powder - 1tspBaking Soda - 1tsp Cooking Oil - 1 cupAlmonds (whole)- 10-12 piecesRaisins - 1 handful



Directions - 
In a bowl, add all purpose flour with milk powder and baking powder. stir it. In another bowl, add cooking oil, cream with sugar, mix it so that all sugar crystals disslove in oil.Slowly, add mixture of flour to the mixture of sugar, stirring continuously.Add a cup of milk as required and keep on beating the mixture, till all the lumps get disslove.Keep it aside for 5 minutes. Add raisins.Now, start beating it for another 5-7 minutes, You will notice as soon as you stop mixing there is a bubble formation in the batter, this means your batter is ready.Put whole almonds from the top.In a cooking bowl (in microwave), spray some oil and add batter in the bowl.Put it inside the microwave and set time for 6 minutes.When the time is over, take it out and insert a toothpick in the…

Veg Pasta

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Ingredients for 2 people - 
Pasta -  3 handfulgarlic- 4 cloves ( minced)Onion - 1/2 (chopped)Carrot - 1 (chopped)Bell Pepper - 1/4 (chopped)Tomato paste/Pasta sauce (1 cup) - 1 tsp Salt to tasteRed Chilli powder - 1/2 tspOlive Oil - 1tsp




Directions -


Boil pasta in a big pan, until it's totally cooked. Drain the water and keep it aside.


In an empty pan, add minced garlic, fry till it turn light brown, add chopped onion with all vegetables, on medium flame fry it for 5 minutes.Add salt and tomato paste or pasta sauce with 1/2 cup of water and cook it covered for 15 minutes, till vegetables get cooked.Add red chilli powder and olive oil with 1/2 cup of water and mix it thoroughly. 

Add boiled pasta and on high flame fry it for 5 minutes.Remove the pan from the flame and added grated cheese and mix it all over.Serve it hot.

Red kidney beans curry w/rice (Rajma-Chwal)

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Rajma Chawal (Red bean curry with rice). There is a saying, if you want to win someone's heart feed them good food. If food looks good, it has to be tasty. Some of my family members do not eat Rajma, but believe they can't say no to this yummy curry. I feel so satisfied and happy when all food from the serving plate is gone. It gives me immense satisfaction, that my family loves what I cook.
This is a very yummy and simplest recipe. And to make it much more easier I made it in the Instant pot. It is an electric cooker which doesn't need to be baby sit for whistles.



Ingredients for 4 people - 
Red Kidney Beans - 4 handfulOnion - 1/2 ( diced)Garlic - 3-4 clovesGinger paste - 1 tspTomato Paste - 1 tspSalt to tasteTurmeric Powder - 1/2 tspCoriander Powder - 1tspCumin Powder - 1/2 tspChana masala - 1 tbspRed chilli Powder - 1/2 tspGaram Masala - 1/4 tspOil - 2 tbspCream - 2 tbsp Directions - 

Make a paste of garlic, onion and ginger paste .In a pan heat oil, add cumin seeds let it…

Rasogulla

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Ingredients - 
Milk - 1/2 lt.Lemon Juice- 2tbspSugar - 1 cupWater as reqd.


Directions - 
Boil the milk, add Lemon juice while boiling. Let the whey and fat cool down.Separate the whey and fat using a strainer.Put the fat in a soft cotton towel or paper towel, and hang it for 3-4 hours.Transfer the fat in a bowl.Knead the fat for 15-20 minutes until it turns too soft and starts getting hold together like a dough.Divide the dough in equal parts.Pressing by both hands, turn it in smooth balls.Take sugar and water ( twice the amount of sugar), boil it for 5 minutes.Add the balls in the water, cover the lid, reduce the flame to medium and let it get cooked for 20 minutes.Open the lid, the ball should increase to the double size.Close the flame and let the balls cool down.Serve it cool.







Dal fry (Yellow Lentil curry)

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Ingredients - 
Chana Dal( Yellow Lentil)- 2 HandfulSalt to tasteTurmeric Powder - 1/2 tspRed Chilli Powder  - 1/2 tsp ( if needed spicy)Cumin Powder - 1 tspCumin seeds - 1tsp Garlic - 2-3 cloves ( finely chopped)Onion - 1/2 (chopped)Tomatoes - 1 (diced)Green Chilli - 1 (chopped)Cooking Oil - 1 tsp Cilantro - 1/2 cup ( chopped, for garnishing) Directions - 
Boil washed Chana Dal, with salt and turmeric powder, in a pressure cooker for 15-20 minutes.In a heated pan, add oil with cumin seeds, let it crackle.Add minced garlic, fry till it turn brown, add chopped onion and fry for 5 minutes.Add diced tomato, fry till tomato turns soft.Add boiled lentil in the pan, mix it properly.Cover and let it get cooked for 10-15 minutes, on medium flame.Garnish it with chopped cilantro.Serve it hot with tortilla/ roti or rice.