Baked Samosa Pinwheel

I watched Manjula’s youtube video on Samosa Pinwheel. It caught my attention immediately. But, I put off the idea of trying the dish in my kitchen as the last step was to “FRY” in oil. I have been struggling to keep off those extra kilos that are gaining on me. So, deep fried snacks were not welcome. Somehow, this pinwheel concept of samosa was luring. I wanted to try it. Then, while browsing I saw a recipe for baked samosa. I was excited. I combined the idea of baking with Manjula’s pinwheel and lo! I had my baked samosa pinwheels.
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Ingredients
For dough:
1 tbsp chiroti rava
1 cup wheat flour
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste

For filling:
2 medium sized potatoes, boiled
1/4 cup peas, boiled
1/4 cup paneer, cut into small pieces(optional)
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp jeera powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder or to taste
1/2 tsp chaat masala
1/2 tsp dry mango powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
salt to taste

Let’s begin…
Smash the boiled potatoes so there are no lumps.
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Add the peas and paneer to the smashed potatoes.
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Add all the spice powder i.e. coriander powder, jeera powder, chilli powder, chaat masala, dry mango powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt, to the smashed potatoes.
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Mix all the ingredients well. Taste it. Add in extra salt or red chilli powder at this stage if required. Set it aside.
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In a mixing bowl, add chiroti rava, salt and wheat flour. Mix the dry ingredients and then add oil and form a soft dough using required amount of water.
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Refrigerate the dough for 10 mins, then make a big chapati out of the dough. Let the chapati not be very thin. Spread the potato mixture evenly over the chapati. Grease the rolling pin and lighly roll over the potato mixture.
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Pre-heat the oven at 200 Celsius. Now, roll the chapati tightly. Secure the sides by closing it. Roll it several times. Slice them with a width of about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.
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For each slice, place them on the platform with flat side down and lightly roll it using the greased rolling pin. Place them on a baking tray covered with a baking sheet. Keep them in the oven for 15-20 mins (time completely depends on your oven). After about 10 mins, turn them over and continue baking.
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Baked samosa pinwheels are now ready! Relish your samosa pinwheels with some green chutney or tomato ketchup and enjoy!
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Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread

I’m back after a break. I have been busy for past few weeks. Reasons… are many. Your friends don’t need it, your enemies are not gonna believe it :). So, let’s keep the reasons aside. Good thing is I kept clicking all that I cooked and its all gonna be on the blog shortly!!

To make up for my absence from blog, I bring a little treat for you. Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread, a bread which is moist inside and crunchy outside. This recipe was adapted from here. I had this really fresh farm grown pumpkin at home. Generally we make palya or sambhar with pumpkins. This time I wanted to try something new with pumpkin and this bread seemed to be just what I wanted. I have slightly changed the recipe to get this yummy tasting bread!

Ingredients

1/2   a large pumpkin or  1 and 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp dry ginger powder or 1 tbsp of grated ginger
1/3 cup Oil
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup Milk
1/4 cup Water (Substitute for Egg)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp cloves powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 cup Wheat flour
 

How to go about…

Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Remove the skin and seeds of the pumpkin and chop them. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan. Add in the pumpkin pieces.
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Cook them closed. It took about 10 mins to cook for me.
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Once the pumpkins are cooked, let them cool. After they are cooled, grind them into smooth paste along with grated ginger(Add ginger only if you are not using the dry ginger powder).
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I got a heaped cup of pumpkin puree. You can ignore the above steps if you are using canned puree.
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In a large bowl, add in the wet ingredients, i.e oil, milk, honey, water, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree. To this add the sugar as well and mix well.
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To this add the spices, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Mix well.
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Add in the flour and stir.Add the walnuts and stir again.
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Grease a bread pan. Pour the batter in the pan.
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Bake the bread in the oven for about 50-60 mins till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool it on wire rack for 15 mins before removing it from the pan.
Slice it. And Enjoy!!

Half the bread vanished in seconds before I could get my hand on the camera. Here’s what remained for the pic!
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A birthday and a cake

Last week, I celebrated my birthday. The celebration were a little different. My 4-year old daughter told me, “Amma, I’m a little girl I can’t go to the shop and order a cake for you so instead you bake one at home and we’ll cut it together”. I melted at those words and baked a sponge cake. She wanted a birthday cake. I didn’t want to let her down. So while she napped, I did a little decoration. My birthday cake looked like this –

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This is what I did
I baked a basic sponge cake in a hexagonal cake tin.
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With help of a sharp knife, I cut the cake vertically into two.
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Using store bought vanilla icing I spread it on one slice. Then, closed it with the other half. Then, I spread the icing all over the cake liberally using the knife.
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Later, decorated it with the very colorful Gems.

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I had grated a bar chocolate and kept in the freezer for an hour. I used this to further decorate the cake.

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And that is how I got my birthday cake!!!
BTW, this is my first attempt at decoration. Hope to improve this skill with time 🙂

Tutti-frutti cupcakes

I had picked a pack of tutti-frutti and it was in my refrigerator  for a while now. I try to add it as decoration on top of the banana cupcakes before they went into the oven. It was not so great as the tutti-frutti became overly dry.

For years seeing the tutti frutti in the bread that we bought from bakery and seeing a few blogs gave me an idea of using it in the sponge cake. Thus, came up with the tutti-frutti cupcake.

Ingredients

100 gms Tutti-frutti (I used Red ones, other colors are also available)

For rest of the ingredients check out  sponge cake post.

This way please…

The steps are almost the same as in the  sponge cake post. Here is the changes –

Once the batter is ready, add the tutti-frutti. Mix well.

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Grease the cupcake molds and put in the batter. Bake it at 180 degree Celsius for 30 mins. My cupcakes were ready at the end of 20mins.

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Cool them on a rack and enjoy these delicious little cakes 🙂

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Basic Sponge Cake without eggs

I searched and searched for this recipe, here, there, everywhere and finally combined 3-4 blog posts to get me this recipe. I wanted a recipe which was eggless and did not use Milkmaid. This is a simple recipe. I have tried it time and again and turns out great every time.

Ingredients

1 cup or 200ml set curd ( I have used different brands like Amul, Nestle, Nilgiris, Nandini. All of them give the same result)

1/2 cup sugar ( I like my cake if its not too sweet, feel free to increase the quantity if you like it sweet)

1 and 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 and 1/2 cup All purpose flour / Maida

Getting into action

Preheat the over at 180 degree Celsius. While the oven is doing its work, let’s do ours.

In a mixing bowl, pour the set curds. Whip it well to remove all the lumps. Once done, add sugar and whip is again.

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To this add the baking powder and baking soda. Set is aside for 5 mins.

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You will observe formation of bubbles.

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Now add the oil and vanilla essence. Mix it well. To this add and flour and mix it such that there are no lumps. Batter is ready. In a hurry I could not click pics of the batter, will upload it soon.

Grease a cake tin and pour the batter. Once your oven declares that its ready, push in the cake tin and bake it for 30 mins at 180 degree Celsius.

Please note – Each oven has its own baking time. 10 mins before the allocated time, check your cake if it is done.  You will know the cake is done when the knife/fork/skewer/toothprick  inserted, comes out clean. Even if there is time left, go ahead and take the cake out of the oven. Cool it on a rack.

Sit back and enjoy your slice of cake!!

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Banana Cake/Bread

The excitement of my first post has made way to this post 🙂

Cake/Bread means this recipe is give something sweeter than bread, less sweeter than cake. I can brave to call this wee-bit healthy as I’m using Wheat flour instead of Maida and it butter-free. So let’s begin…

Ingredients

1 cup Wheat flour

1/2 cup  sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp oil

2 bananas (mashed)

4 tbsp milk

1 tbsp curds

1 tsp vanilla essence

Next what?!?!

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius. While the oven is getting heated up, there is somethings you need to do. For a change we will not sieve the flour. We will prepare the cake with the little roughage.

First, take the banana and mash it. With hands or fork is your choice. I did it with hands.

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Then the wet ingredients namely – oil, milk, curds and vanilla essence. Mix them well. You will have to excuse me, the pic does not look great!

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Then add sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix it well again.

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To this add the wheat flour and mix.

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You know what I did… I added a few pieces of chopped cashews and a few raisins.You can also add chopped walnuts or almonds. Then I  greased the bread pan liberally with ghee. You can grease it with either oil or butter. The choice is completely yours 🙂 And this how my batter looked in the bread pan –

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By the time you finish all these work, your oven will go “keeeeenk” , letting you know that the oven is pre-heated. Now push the bread pan into the oven and bake it for 40-50 mins.

Please note – Each oven has its own baking time. 10 mins before the allocated time, check your cake if it is done.  You will know the cake is done when the knife/fork/skewer/toothprick  inserted, comes out clean. Even if there is time left, go ahead and take the cake out of the oven. Cool it on a rack.

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Yes… I know the raisins on the surface look a little burnt. But the taste was unadulterated. So here I will cut a piece of bread/cake for you….

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Have a warm piece… you will love it. It tastes good even when completely cooled. Enjoy!!  Try this… and let me know how it comes out.

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