Pakashastra

Pakashastra

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Plain Cookies


Ingredients:


All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 150gms
Butter - 6 1/2 tbsps
Powdered Sugar - 100gms
Cardamom, coarsely powdered - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg paste - 1/8 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
Curd - 2 tbsps
Salt to taste


Method:

  1. Sift maida and baking powder together twice.
  2. Take butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until soft and fluffy.
  3. Add nutmeg paste. cardamom powder and curd. Mix well.
  4. Add maida and gently knead into smooth dough.
  5. Take small portions of the dough and turn them into roundels.
  6. Grease a baking tray and place each roundel an inch apart.
  7. Bake at 160 degrees C for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Remove the tray from the oven and place it in a wrack, let it cool.
  9. Serve.

Soya and Gobhi Bhaji




Ingredients:


Cauliflower (Gobhi), shredded - 2 cups
Soya Granules - 1 cup
Onions - 2 large
Tomatoes - 2
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder- 1 tsp
Curd - 4 tbsps
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tbsp

For Garnishing:

Chopped Coriander Leaves


Method:

  1. Boil soya granules in 2 cups of water for 5 mins. 
  2. Strain out excess water and keep aside.
  3. Boil shredded cauliflower in little water.
  4. Blend tomatoes and keep aside.
  5. Blend onions into a smooth paste.
  6. Heat oil in a frying pan, add onion paste and ginger garlic paste. Saute on medium flame until the paste turns brown.
  7. Add tomato paste and saute until the raw smell of tomato disappears.
  8. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, sugar, garam masala powder and curd. Mix well.
  9. Add boiled soya granules and cauliflower. 
  10. Mix well and cook covered until the water evaporates.
  11. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  12. Serve hot with phulkas.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Raw Banana & Sago Bajji


Ingredients:

Raw Bananas - 2
Sabudana (Sago) - 1/2 cup
Potato - 1
Milk - 1/4 cup
Cashewnuts, chopped -1/4 cup
Bread Slice - 1
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Dry Mango (Amchur) Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Green Chillies, chopped -3
Coriander Leaves, chopped - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Oil for deep frying


Method:

  1. Soak sago in water for 30minutes.
  2. Pressure cook potato and banana. Peel off the skin and smash thoroughly.
  3. Dip the bread slice in milk and squeeze out excess milk from it.
  4. Strain out water from sago.
  5. Mix well all the ingredients except oil.
  6. Take small portions of this mixture and turn them into small roundels.
  7. Deep fry them in oil.
  8. Serve hot with tomato sauce and coriander leaves chutney.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Babycorn & Carrot Masala


Ingredients:

Babycorn - 15
Carrots - 4
Onion, chopped - 1/4 cup
Tomatoes - 3
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsps

For Gravy:
Onions - 2
Mint Leaves - 1 tbsp
Garlic - 8 flakes
Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp
Green Chillies - 3
Cashewnuts - 10
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp
Rock Salt - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. Blanch tomatoes for a few minutes.
  2. Peel the outer skin of the tomatoes and bend to a smooth paste.
  3. Cut carrots and baby corn lengthwise into finger like pieces.
  4. Cook babycorn and carrots with enough water.
  5. Grind all the ingredients for gravy adding very little water.
  6. Heat oil in a pan.
  7. Add cumin seeds. 
  8. When it starts sizzling, add chopped onion and saute until golden brown in color.
  9. Add ground masala and saute on low flame until a nice aroma comes from it.
  10. Add tomato paste and saute for a few more minutes.
  11. Add cooked babycorn and carrots along with cooked water.
  12. Boil until the gravy becomes thick.
  13. Serve hot.

Eggless Chocolate Cake - Type 1


Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour (Maida) -1 1/3 cup 
Powdered Sugar - 1 cup
Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup
Cocoa Powder - 3 tbsps
Buttermilk - 3/4 to 1 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Baking Powder  - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp

Method:

  1. Sift together maida, coca powder and baking powder twice.
  2. Add cooking soda to buttermilk and keep aside
  3. Take oil and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat well.
  4. Add vanilla essence and mix well.
  5. Now add sifted flour and buttermilk. Mix well.
  6. Grease a tin and dust it thoroughly.
  7. Pour the batter into the tin and bake at 180 degrees C for 30-40 mins.
  8. Place the tin on a wire rack and let it cool.
  9. Once cooled, carefully unmould and cut into desired shapes.