Khandvi (Chickpea Roll)

 

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Ingredients:

  • Khandvi
    • 1/2 cup besan (chickpea flour)
    • 1/2 cup vegan or regular yogurt (optional: skip yogurt, add 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp lemon juice)
    • 1 cup water
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp ginger
    • 1 tsp haldi (turmeric)
    • 1 tsp hing (asafetida)
    • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • For tempering
    • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
    • 1 tbsp mustard seed
    • 1 tsp hing (asafetida)
    • 2 tbsp chopped green chili
    • 2 tbsp oil
  • For filling
    • 2 tbsp grated coconut (frozen or dry coconut works well)
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

Instructions:

  1. Blend khandvi ingredients in the blender.
  2. Pour the batter in a sauce pan or a broad frying pan.
  3. Switch on the cook top and keep the heat to low, begin to stir.
  4. Keep on stirring when the khandvi batter is getting heated up.
  5. The batter would thicken and keep on thickening, keep on stirring.
  6. The batter also should not be allowed to stick at the bottom.
  7. Stir continuously. When the batter has thickened well,  pour little bit of mixture on a plate.
  8. Wait for 2 minutes. it should roll easily. if it doesn’t roll, than the batter needs to cook more. It should be like thick dough.
  9. Quickly pour 1/2 cup of batter on a large plate and spread thinly and evenly with a spoon. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes. Spread coconut and cilantro on top.
  10. For tempering, heat oil in the small pan, add mustard seed, curry leaves, sesame seed, hing (asafetida) and green chili and fry for few seconds. Spread this mixture on top of the khandvi.
  11. Cut into equal size strips. Gently roll each strip in a tight roll.
  12. Arrange the khandvi rolls and serve!
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Lemon Cake

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Ingredients:

  • Cake
    • 2 large lemons
    • 2 tbsp lemon peel
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or all-purpose)
    • ½ cup coconut flour
    • 1 tbsp vinegar
    • 1 tbsp vanilla
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ¾ cup water
    • 1 tbsp baking soda
    • 5 tbsp oil
    • Blueberries
  • Icing
    • 1 tbsp lemon juice
    • ½ cup confectioner’s sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Grate the lemon until two tablespoons of lemon peel are produced.
  3. Extract three tablespoons of lemon juice from the lemons.
  4. Mix the flour (wheat & coconut), sugar, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  5. Mix the water, lemon juice, oil, vinegar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  6. Combine the ingredients from step 3 and 4.
  7. Pour into a baking dish and bake for 25 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Mix the confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice to make the icing.
  9. Let the cake cool for 1 hour, and then top with the icing and blueberries.

Potato Soup

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Ingredients:

  • 2 russet potatoes (peeled & chopped)
  • ½ cup leek (white parts only, chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • ½ cup cauliflower (chopped)
  • ½ cup fennel (fresh, chopped)
  • ¼ cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp cream (fresh)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Cilantro to garnish
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Heat butter in a pan. Sauté garlic, leek, cauliflower, fennel, potato, and celery for five minutes.
  2. Add the vegetable broth and cook for fifteen minutes.
  3. In a blender, blend soup until creamy.
  4. Pour the soup into a pan and add the milk and cream. Heat for a few minutes.
  5. Top with salt & pepper and cilantro and serve.

 

Date Cake

Date Cake

Date Cake

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s “Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix”
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour 
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (essence)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup walnuts (chopped & roasted)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees & oil a 9-inch bunt cake pan.
  2. In a blender, mix the oil, dates, vanilla extract, sugar, and milk to make the liquid batter.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, TJ’s multigrain baking mix, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. To form the batter, mix the liquid batter with the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the walnuts & mix.
  6. Pour the batter evenly in the oiled bunt cake pan.
  7. Bake for around 45 minutes. At 45 minutes, insert a toothpick or small knife into the cake; if it comes out clean, remove the cake. If it doesn’t, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  8. After around 10 minutes, carefully remove the cake and serve.

**Cake may be stored at room temperature for around 4-5 days.**

**Regular whole wheat flour may be substituted for both the multigrain baking mix and the pastry flour (use 2 cups of whole wheat flour instead of 1 cup of multigrain and 1 cup of pastry)**

Chana Masala (Chole)

Chana Masala

 

*Serves 4 People

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 3 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 of a small beetroot
  • 2 teaspoon chana masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 sticks of fresh tamarind
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

Instructions:

  1. Soak chickpeas in water overnight. Then, cook chickpeas in a pressure cooker, slow cooker, or open pan for one hour.
  2. Bake tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, and beetroot for half an hour at 350ºF.
  3. Puree the baked vegetables in a bowl.
  4. Break up tamarind and soak in boiling water for about 15 minutes. Rub the mixture through a sieve into a container, removing whatever is in the sieve.
  5. Heat oil in a large pan. Add cumin seeds, pureed veggies, chickpeas, and chana masala. Let it boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Add the tamarind pulp and coconut milk. Let it boil for 10 minutes.
  7. After 10 minutes, turn off the stove and add cilantro and garam masala.

 

 

 

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 can condensed milk (about 400 g)
  • 1 can round-sliced pineapples (remove water)
  • 10 red cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpuse flour
  • slightly less than 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup club soda (sparkling water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pineapple essence
  • few drops of yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 5-6 tablespoons sugar (for caramalization)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Grease a baking pan with butter and arrange the pineapple slices and cherries at the base of the pan.
  2. Mix the sugar and water in a separate pan and and heat until the syrup turns brown.
  3. Pour the syrup over the pineapple slices.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda, baking powder, and all purpose flour together.
  5. In a bowl, mix the butter, condensed milk, pineapple essence, and the food coloring. Then, add the ingredients from the previous step, along with the club soda, and mix well.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan over the pineapple slices and bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. When done, let cake sit for 10 minutes and then flip over. Serve with the pineapple slices facing up.

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Black Forest Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate (soy/almond/regular) milk
  • 1 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons canola/vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 2 tablespoon confectioner sugar
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 chocolate bar (milk or dark)
  • topping cherries

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Warm milk (lukewarm) and mix with vinegar and cocoa powder in a bowl.
  2. In a different bowl, mix sugar (both granulated and brown), butter, oil, and vanilla extract together. Cream well.
  3. Mix the two mixtures together, and add flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Pour the batter into two separate 9-inch round or square pans and bake for 22-30 minutes.
  5. After baking, let both halves cool completely before removing from pan. (Separate the two halves)
  6. To make the frosting–pour the cream, confectioner sugar, and vanilla essence into a blender and whip for 30 seconds.
  7. Spread frosting over one of the cake halves and spread sliced cherries over it. Then, place the second half on top of the bottom half.
  8. Spread frosting over the top and 4 sides of the cake. Grate chocolate over the cake. Then, arrange whole cherries over the cake and serve.