Thursday, October 1, 2015

Bread Bajji Recipe / Bread Pakora Recipe

Bread Bajji Recipe
I had Bread Bajji in my PG canteen and that was the first time I tasted it and instantly loved it.Now come on, how can one say no to hot bajji and that too with bread.During our PG, we used to hang out during our free hrs and make sure to give a attendance to canteen during tea break and this bread bajji was relished during those days and the memories still stay so fresh.Bread Bajji with a hot chai was so refreshing especially after some boring hours of lectures ;) hehe I love aPotato Bajji the best but only next to this bread bajji :) Even mittu loved this bread bajji which I served for her as afterschool snack .

Bread Bajji Recipe

Bread Bajji Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes:10 small bajjis
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Bread - 5 slices
Besan Flour - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 1/4 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cooking Soda - 1/8 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - to deep fry


  1. Measure and take besan and rice flour and transfer to a wide mixing bowl.Add red chilli powder,ginger garlic paste,required salt and whisk it well for even mixing.
    How to make bread bajji - Step1
  2. Then add water little by little to form a semi runny batter slightly thicker than dosa batter.It should be free flowing but not too runny as shown.Set aside.
    How to make bread bajji - Step2
  3. Trim the edges of bread slices and cut it diagonally to form triangles.Now add cooking soda to the batter.
    How to make bread bajji - Step3
  4. You can see small bubbles frothing which shows the activeness of soda.Dip each triangle piece of bread slice on both sides.
    How to make bread bajji - Step4
  5. Heat oil, add the bread slices, turn over and cook on both sides till golden.Cook in low medium flame to avoid burning.Drain in tissue paper and serve hot.
    How to make bread bajji - Step5
Serve hot!
Bread Bajji Recipe

My Notes:

  • I usually add cooking soda just before using the batter.Don't let it rest for long after soda is added.If you want to reserve the batter for later use then add cooking soda alone later.
  • I used milk bread, you can use normal bread or even sandwich bread.But I love the slight sweetness milk bread gives.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of chat masala while serving if you prefer.
  • The batter should consistency should be just right, if its too runny then the batter will not stick to the bread so prepare the batter accordingly and add water carefully.
  • Cook in low medium flame and fry both sides till golden.
  • Oil should be just hot not smoky hot else the bread bajjis will turn darker soon without cooking inside.
  • You can even make small squares and fry them.The shape is upto your preference.
  • As I just fried few pieces, I used my small kadai.
  • I love to eat it as such but can be accompanied with coconut chutney too.
Bread Bajji Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Small Potato Fry Recipe - Easy Aloo Roast

Small Potato Fry Recipe
This small potato fry is a very quick and easy recipe that I usually make for mittus lunchbox to accompany any rice dish or phulka.You can use this recipe either for baby potatoes or with normal potatoes.I usually make with the usual potatoes, slice them thin and toast in dosa tawa which I shared in Instagram few weeks back.Seeing that few of my friends asked for the recipe and it is just a simple idea that I am sharing here, may be it will be useful for few atleast.Check out another potato fry recipe that I posted earlier.

Small Potato Fry Recipe

Small Potato Fry Recipe

Preparation Time:10 minutes | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves:1
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Small Potato - 15

For Marinade:

Oil - 2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera Powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few


  1. Rinse baby potatoes well to get rid of dirt.Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.Once pressure releases, peel off the skin and cut into halves only the pieces which you feel is too big.Carefully prick each potato with a toothpick, just few holes is enough.Set aside.In a mixing bowl, add all the spice powders along with salt and oil.
    How to make small potato fry - Step1
  2. Mix well.Now add the potatoes and give a quick mix.Let it to marinade for 15mins atleast.
    How to make small potato fry - Step2
  3. In a kadai - heat oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves,let it splutter.Then add the potatoes and  saute for atleast 5-10mins in low flame till its fried well.If it sticks add little oil and keep sauteing.
    How to make small potato fry - Step3
Serve with rice / phulka!
Small Potato Fry Recipe

My Notes:

  • The number of whistles in cooker depends on the size of small potatoes and also ur cooker so adjust accordingly.
  • I used my iron kadai to roast the potatoes and it worked best.
  • You can even add a pinch of chat masala powder / jeera powder for extra zing.
Small Potato Fry Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Eggless Vanilla Yogurt Muffins Recipe

Vanilla Muffins Recipe
Vanilla muffins are my family favorite esp mittu just loves them.Ever since she started to taste my cakes and muffins she always asks for vanilla flavour .She loves chocolate flavour as well but vanilla always scores a bit more than any other flavours.I saw this muffin recipe and atonce wanted to try but had no store bought thickish curd/yogurt so I decided to try with homemade curd itself with a doubt about the outcome.To my surprise, the muffins came out above my expectation, I am sure gona use this as base recipe for my muffins bakes in future too.

Vanilla Muffins Recipe
I loved the texture of the muffins and it stayed soft even for the next 2 days.This is sure one of the easiest and fluffiest muffins that I've baked so far.This tasted just like the bakery muffins both in taste and texture minus the eggy flavour.If you are looking for a easy, quick and soft muffin recipe then this will aptly fit the bill.

Vanilla Muffins Recipe

Eggless Vanilla Yogurt Muffins Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Baking Time : 25 mins | Makes:8 medium sized muffins
Recipe Category: Cakes | Recipe Cuisine: Indian |ReferenceYummy Tummy

Homemade Cake Flour - 1 cup 
Sugar - 1/3 cup heaped
Thick Curd - 3/4 cup 
Baking Powder - 2 tsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Cooking Oil - 1 tbsp(I used olive oil)
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp


  1. In a mixing bowl, take curd, to this add oil.Then add vanilla essence.
    How to makeVanilla Muffins Recipe - Step1
  2. Mix it well.Then add sugar and whisk well till sugar completely dissolves.Add baking powder.
    How to make Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step2
  3. Then add baking soda, you can see bubbles appearing in few seconds after it is added, this shows your baking soda is active.Finally add in the flour.
    How to make Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step3
  4. Mix well.The batter will beVery thick as shown.Line muffin liners in the muffin pan and keep it ready.Preheat oven at 180 deg C.
    How to make Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step4
  5. Scoop the batter and fill 3/4 th of the muffin liner.Bake in preheated oven for 25-30mins or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
    How to make Vanilla Muffins Recipe - Step5
Cool down then store.
Vanilla Muffins Recipe

My Notes:

  • These muffins are mildy sweet perfect for breakfast or with coffee.But if you prefer more sweeter muffins then I suggest to add 1/2 cup sugar.
  • I used my icecream scooper to scoop the batter to have even sized muffins.
  • You can use any flavouring of your choice.I choose to have it plain and simple with vanilla flavour.
  • The muffins puff up so well so don't fill till the rim of the liners,just till 3/4 th will be perfect.
  • If you want to add choco chips then add 1/4 cup.
  • I got 8 medium sized muffins.
  • You can even bake this cake in a cake mold / loaf pan in that case it may take more time to bake may be 35-40mins.
  • Baking time plus or minus 5mins according to your oven.
  • Use thick curd for best results.
  • The top doesn't brown much so just check by inserting a  toothpick after the mentioned time has reached.
  • You can use any odourless cooking oil.I had olive oil so used it.
Vanilla Muffins Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Easy Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Paneer Butter Masala is one of the popular paneer recipes and most ordered in any restaurant.I would always judge a restaurant by tasting PB masala, Because it is really tough to spoil this dish and if the restaurant cant keep up the standards for this particular dish then I would assume it being an average tasting restaurant..silly me :)

Mittu loves Paneer Butter Masala so much but she is choosy when it comes to tasting in hotels, yes she loves homemade the best and I am happy for that reason. One fine evening around 8PM she asked for PB masala for dinner and I cudnt deny her request so tried a quick and easy pressure cooker method which I shared in Instagram too. I had homemade paneer in stock other than that I made everything from scratch and it took exactly 20mins and thats the small story of the birth of my quick PB Masala recipe.Though this recipe doesn't  match the real one, it will sure not disappoint you and is handy when you are pressed for time.

Check out other paneer based gravies:
Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Paneer - 1 cup cubed
Big Onion - 1/2 cup chopped finely
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Fresh Cream - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup
Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp chopped finely
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt- to taste

To grind:

Tomatoes - 3 medium sized chopped roughly
Onion - 2 small sized chopped roughly
Cashews - 5 whole
Garlic - 5 cloves
Ginger - a small piece

To temper:

Butter - 1/2 tbsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Bayleaf - 1/2
Cloves - 1


  1. Chop onion tomato roughly.Grind together onion,tomatoes along with ginger,garlic and cashews to a smooth paste.No need to add water, the juice in tomatoes is just enough.Set aside.
    How to make Kadai Vegetable - Step1
  2. In a pressure pan / cooker heat butter and oil, once butter starts to melt, add jeera,cloves and bayleaf fry for 2 seconds then add onion saute till it becomes transparent.Then add onion tomato paste.
    How to make Kadai Vegetable - Step2
  3. Saute for 3mins, then add red chilli,coriander and garam masala powder along with little water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
    Hot to make Kadai Vegetable - Step3
  4. Once pressure releases, open and simmer for few mins.Then add fresh cream,little milk and simmer the flame.
    Hot to make Kadai Mushroom - Step4
  5. Meanwhile cube paneer and keep it ready.Add kasoori methi to the gravy, then add paneer cubes,
    Hot to make Kadai Vegetable - Step5
  6. Mix well, add sugar and let the gravy blend well and simmer for 2mins.Then finally garnish with coriander leaves.
    Hot to make Kadai Vegetable - Step6
Serve with phulka or veg pulao or plain steamed basmati rice.

How to make Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

My Notes:

  • I did not toast the paneer.If you wish you can toast paneer and then add it to gravy.
  • Before pressure cooking it is a must to saute the tomato puree for atleast 2mins.
  • I used 2 bangalore tomatoes and 1 country tomato for the tanginess.You can even use a tsp of tomato ketchup to get the tangy flavour.
  • Adding cream gives a creamy and rich restaurant flavour.I used homemade fresh cream.
  • The consistency should be flowing and creamy.
  • For a more richer version replace milk with fresh cream itself.
  • You can add half and half milk and fresh cream.
  • I used homemade paneer so it was very soft and absorbed the flavour well.
  • I used Kashmiri Red Chilli powder so the color was apt.
Paneer Butter Masala Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Homemade Cake Flour Recipe - How to make cake flour at home

Homemade Cake Flour
Cake Flour is often used in many cakes and baking goodies.It is very easy and quick to make at home. I tried yogurt muffins using this cake flour and the result was soo good.

This is vanilla yogurt muffins that I tried using homemade cake flour.

Homemade Cake Flour

Homemade Cake Flour Recipe

Preparation Time:0 minutes | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Makes:1 cup
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: World

Maida(All Purpose Flour) - 1 cup
Cornflour - 2 tbsp


  1. Take 1 cup maida.Remove 2 tbsp flour from the measured one.
    How to make cake flour - Step1
  2. Transfer this to a bowl.Take 2 tbsp cornflour and add it to measured maida flour.
    How to make cake flour - Step2
  3. Whisk it well.Store in  a clean dry container.
    How to make cake flour - Step3
Use whenever required.
Homemade Cake Flour

My Notes:

  • Use a clean dry jar to store it.
  • You can even make in bulk and store it.Keeps well for few months atleast.No need to refrigerate.
Homemade Cake Flour

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe / Sesame Modak Recipe

Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe

Ellu Kozhakattai also known as Ellu Mothagam is similar to poorna kozhukattai with ellu(sesame filling).I love ellu urundai amma makes, soft and flavourful, you can even make that as stuffing for this kozhukattai.I tried this sesame modak for the first time and it turned out soo good.Even hubby who is not fond of sweet kozhakttai appreciated it.

Wishing all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!!
Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe

Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe

Preparation Time:15 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Makes:9
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Rice Flour(Idiyappam Flour) - 1 cup leveled
Water - as needed
Oil - to grease
Salt - to taste

For the stuffing(pooranam):

Black Sesame - 1/2 cup
Powdered Jaggery - 1/2 cup heaped, Water - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - a generous pinch
Coconut - 2 tbsp grated


  1. Soak jaggery in warm water(till immersing level) , crush it well. Then heat it up until it is slightly thick (no string consistency needs to be checked).Strain and keep aside.(I made more than above mentioned quantity for storing purpose).
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step1
  2. In a mixing bowl add rice flour, salt and mix well.Boil water and add it little by little.
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step1
  3. Mix with a laddle, once it forms together and is a bit warm to handle then use your hands to knead it a soft dough.Do all this off the stove.Keep this covered with a wet cloth to avoid drying while you do make the stuffing.
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step2
  4. Rinse sesame and strain it well.Let it dry for a while.In a pan dry roast sesame till it pops out.Don't let it burn.Set aside,
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step3
  5. Now take the jaggery syrup and heat it up till it becomes honey like in consistency.Now add roasted sesame and coconut.
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step4
  6. Keep cooking till it forms a thick stuffing, it will easily leave the sides of the pan but will be sticky.Set aside to cool.Now from the prepared dough pinch a lemon sized balls and roll it to a ball.
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step5
  7. Flatten it thin and press in the center to make a dent, it should be like a small cup as shown below.Now take a generous spoon of sesame filling and place it in the middle.Bring the edges to the center.
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step5
  8. And seal it in the form of a modak.Likewise make all the modaks and keep it ready.Steam it for 10mins or until they turn shiny and look cooked.
    How to make Ellu Kozhukattai - Step5
Serve hot / warm!
Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe

My Notes:

  • Make a thick jaggery syrup so that it thickens faster after sesame is added.
  • Make sure to rinse sesame to get rid of dirt if its there.
  • For a easier version you can even add powdered jaggery as such along with sesame, cook for sometime and make the mothagam but I usually add jaggery syrup as amma always insists to make syrup out of jaggery to get rid of any mud properties usually found in jaggery.
  • Asjust sweetness according to your preference.Usually when you taste the stuffing, it should be slightly oversweet only then it will be perfect when its stuffed.
  • If you prepare the dough before hand, make sure to keep covered with a wet cloth to avoid drying up.
  • You can use white sesame too.
  • I used store bought rice flour, brand name is Nirapara.
Ellu Kozhukattai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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