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Carrot Cake..A special celebration

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A big hello to all of you. Just in case you were wondering where have I vanished..here is something special to share with you. God has been really kind and has blessed us with a beautiful angel. My second daughter was born on June 9th, 2016. Our lives just got a lot happier, the big sister being the happiest of all.🙂

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This carrot cake was made to celebrate her “1 month” completion and is therefore a very special one. Just in case you have never had a carrot cake before, let me warn you that it won’t taste like carrot. That’s the primary difference between baking with fruits and vegetables, A banana bread has an amazing flavor of the fruit but hide some zucchini in a bread and no one will ever know. Shredded carrots lend a beautiful color and texture to this cake and makes the cake very moist and delicious. A full serving of vegetables in a dessert..How awesome is that🙂

 

So without wasting any more time, lets make this delicious carrot cake

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 2 cups

Grated carrots – 2 1/2 cups

Eggs – 4

Sugar – 1 1/2 cups

Oil – 1 cup

Raisins – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1 tsp

Cinnamon powder – 1 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Cream Cheese – 8 oz

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Powdered Sugar – 2 cups

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and lighty grease a 9 inch cake pan. Finely grate the carrots and keep aside.
  2. Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon powder.
  3. Using an electric or hand mixer, beat the eggs until frothy and then add in the sugar and beat till the batter is thick and creamy. Slowly add in the oil and vanilla extract and continue mixing.
  4. Add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Fold in the carrots and raisins.
  5. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before removing the cake from the pan. You can enjoy the cake as is or frost it if you like.
  6. Use an electric or hand mixer and blend together the ingredients listed under cream cheese frosting until smooth and well combined.
  7. Spread the frosting as desired and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Enjoy.

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So that is how I made this carrot cake to celebrate my daughter’s one month in our lives.

You never really know how happy someone can make you..until they come along.🙂

Thanks so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you try this cake.

Love,

Ritu.🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Tandoori Salmon…A delicious fish recipe

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Welcome back to my page. I am so glad you have stopped by. Call me crazy but yeah this is my third tandoori recipe on my blog after Whole Tandoori Cauliflower and Tandoori Chicken. I do really like the flavors here, just marinate and bake. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Without wasting any more time, let’s make some delicious tandoori salmon. Feel free to use your choice of fish here.

Ingredients:

Salmon Fish – 1 pound

Thick yogurt – 3 tbsp

Ginger and Garlic paste – 2 tbsp.

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

Oil – 2 tbsp., more for basting the fish, as needed

Salt to taste

Tandoori Masala – 2 tbsp. (See notes for recipe or use store bought)

Method:

  1. Wash your fish well and soak it dry. Meanwhile, mix together the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, salt and the tandoori masala. Now coat the fish well in marinade. Finally drizzle 2 tbsp. oil on top and mix well. The oil helps the marinade to stick to the fish.
  2. A zip lock works best here. Just transfer the marinade and fish pieces to a zip lock, mix well and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 – 2 hours.
  3. Once you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking dish with foil. Carefully place the marinated fish on the baking dish and bake for 15 minutes, turning mid ways to ensure even cooking. Apply some oil, if needed.
  4. You know the fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Now, turn on the broil or grill mode and cook for a few minutes to get a beautiful color and crisp to your fish.
  5. Serve it hot with some mint chutney and onion rings.

Notes:

Tandoori Masala Recipe

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp

Nutmeg Powder – 1/2 tsp

Black pepper Corns – 1 tsp

Whole Cloves – 1 tsp

Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece

Paprika – 1 tsp

Red color – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Roast all these spices in a pan for a few minutes until fragrant and ground to a fine powder. Use as needed.

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So that is how I made this delicious fish. Do let me know if you give this a try.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Cheese stuffed turkey meatballs..A slow cooker version

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A big hello.  Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and looking forward to a gorgeous summer. Unless of course if you are in India, its a little bit too hot this year, as I have heard. Hope the rains bring some much needed relief soon. As for us, we are so ready for summer.🙂

Sorry for missing in action for so long. I have not really been cooking much these days. There is however an exciting news coming up. Watch this space for more details.

Due to short of energy and time on hand, I have been experimenting a lot with my slow cooker these days. Besides trying a lot of Indian curries, I have also made some chicken, chili, meatballs etc. in this wonderful pot and have been more than pleased.😀

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For today’s post, I am making some cheese stuffed meatballs in my slow cooker. You can definitely bake them too. Check the notes below to know how. Without further delay, lets move on to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Ground Turkey – 1 pound (feel free to use your favorite meat)

Bread Crumbs – 1 cup

Egg – 1

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks (String Cheese) – 4 (Or use any cubed hard cheese of your choice)

Garlic – 1 tsp, minced

Italian Seasoning – 1 tbsp.

Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Marinara Sauce & Boiled Spaghetti – as needed

Chopped Parsley – for garnish

Method:

  1. Cut each cheese sticks in about 6 pieces and freeze them for about 20 minutes.
  2. In the meanwhile, take a mixing bowl and add in the ground meat, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Mix everything very well.
  3. Now take out the cheese from the freezer. Scoop out a little bit of this meat mixture and roll it into a ball. Now push inside a cheese cube in the center of the ball and roll it again to seal the cheese inside the meat balls. Repeat the same with all the meatballs.
  4. Grease the inside of your slow cooker and add some marinara sauce at the bottom. Now place the meatballs in a single line. Top with more marinara sauce and stack the remaining meatballs as needed. Top with some more sauce to cover the meatballs.
  5. Cook this on low for about 4 hours or on high for 2 hours. The meat should no longer be pink.
  6. Finally, serve it with some boiled spaghetti and garnish it with chopped parsley. Dig in.

Notes:

  • If you would like to bake the meatballs, just place them on a greased baking dish and bake in a preheat oven at 400 F for 20 minutes.
  • You can also make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them. Cook them as needed.

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So here is how I made this delicious and cheesy meatballs.

Thanks for stopping by at my page. Do let me know if you try this out.

Love,

Ritu.🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Makai ka Dhokla or Corn Savory Steamed Cake

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Hello everyone. I am sure by now you know how much I love Gujarati food. I probably have more Guajarati dishes on my blog then any other cuisine. Just in case you have missed them, here they are – Kutchi Dabeli, Aam ka Chunda, Cabbage Muthia, Microwave Khandvi and Oats Dhokla. Do check them out if you like Guajarati food as much as I do.🙂

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For today’s post I am sharing another dhokla recipe. This one is made with maize flour or Makai ka atta and also has some corn kernels to bite into. A pure healthy delight I must say. If you are like me and have lots of Makai ka atta left from those Maki ki roti you thought but never made, here is something you can use it for. And trust me, the dhokla is so good, you won’t regret buying some maize flour especially to make this.

Without wasting anymore time, let’s make some delicious dhokla😛

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Recipe inspired from here

Ingredients:

Maize Flour or Makai ka atta – 1 cup

Corn Kernels – 1/2 cup

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Eno Fruit Salt – 1 tsp

Warm water – 3/4 cup

For Tempering:

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a handful

Seasme Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Chopped Cilantro and Shredded Coconut – for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix together the maize flour, yogurt and warm water and keep it covered for 30 minutes.
  2. Now add in the corn kernels, ginger paste, sugar, lemon juice, oil, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  3. Lightly grease a 7 inch pan or thali and bring water to boil for steaming.
  4. Once you are ready to steam, add the eno fruit salt to the dhokla mix and mix gently.
  5. Steam the dhokla on medium flame for at least 20 minutes, till a toothpick inserted in the center of the dhokla comes out clean.
  6. While the dhokla is steaming, we can make the tempering. Heat oil in a small pan and add in the mustard seeds. Once they crackle add the curry leaves, followed by sesame seeds. Cook everything for a few minutes and turn off the gas.
  7. Once the dhokla has cooled down to room temperature, pour this tempering over dhokla and garnish with cilantro leaves and coconut.
  8.  Cut the dhokla into desired pieces and serve with your favorite chutney.

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So that is how I made this delightful dhokla. Do let me know if you try it out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu.🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 


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One Pot Skinny Alfredo Pasta

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Are you looking for a quick dinner that is ready in less than 20 minutes. True to its name, this pasta cooks all in one pot with its sauce and is ready to eat in half the time you will take to make it the traditional way.


Also, no butter or cream used here. Cheese – optional. Quick, easy and healthy.
You can’t beat that.🙂

Ingredients: 
Whole milk – 1 1/2 cup
Water or broth – 1 1/2 cup
Uncooked pasta – 8 oz, use any pasta of your choice. I have used fettuccini here
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 3, minced
Onion – 1 small, chopped
Red pepper – 1/2 chopped
Spinach leaves – 1/2 cup chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper 1/2 tsp
Red chilly flakes – as desired, optional
Parmesan cheese – 1/3 cup, optional. I did not add.

Method:
1. Heat oil in a large skillet and add the minced garlic and onion. Cook them for a few minutes.
2. Add in the red pepper and spinach and cook for a minute.
3. Next add in the milk, water, salt and pepper and let it just come to a simmer.
4. Break the pasta and add it to the boiling milk mixture. Mix gently and let the pasta cook for about 10 minutes at medium low, stirring every few minutes.
5. Cook just until the pasta is tender and switch off the flame.
6. Finally add in the chilly flakes and Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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Enjoy this quick and healthy one pot version of your favorite pasta.

Thanks for stopping by. Do let me know if you try it.

 

Love,

Ritu🙂


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Eggless Chocolate Pudding Cake

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A big hello to all of you. Today I am making a skinny (healthy) chocolate dessert. It has no butter, cream and just 2 tbsp. of oil. Its super easy to make and you will end up with a delicious cake topped with chocolate syrup, all in one bowl. That is why its called a pudding cake. You have to try it to believe it, a truly chocolate lover’s delight.😛

Without wasting any time, lets make this yummy pudding cake.🙂

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Recipe inspired from here.

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

All purpose flour – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Oil – 2 tbsp

Baking powder – 2 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp

For the Chocolate Topping:

Water – 1 3/4 cups

Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup

Unsweetened Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup

Procedure:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and lightly spray an 8 inch square dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Add in the milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix everything till well combined. Pour this mixture in your baking dish.
  3. Now to make the sauce, take a sauce pan and add the water, sugar and cocoa powder. Mix well to make sure there are no lumps. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Turn off the gas. Pour this sauce mixture over the cake batter. Don’t stir the mix after this.
  4. Bake this for 35 – 40 minutes till a toothpick inserted at the center of the oven comes out clean. Allow it to rest 30 minutes before serving.
  5. When the cake bakes, the liquid will settle at the bottom and form a thick sauce.
  6. To serve, cut a slice of the cake, pour the sauce on top and serve with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream topping, if desired. Enjoy.

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So that is how I made this delicious chocolate pudding cake. Do let me know if you give this a try.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu.🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Stuffed Sweet Peppers..A delicious Appetizer

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Hello everyone. Its that time of the month where I do my monthly column for the B’khush Magazine. It is an online magazine, catering to the South Asian population around the world. They write about varied topics ranging from fitness, beauty, parenting, DIY projects, recipes etc. Do check out their website – B’Khush – Upload Thoughts, Download Happiness.

My column in the magazine is called “Healthy Bites“. Through this column, I like to share such recipes that provide the nutrition, taste great and most of all you can enjoy them guilt free. Follow me here to make some easy and healthy dishes that you wouldn’t feel guilty about when you take that second serving.

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Today I am bringing another healthy appetizer for you, just skip the cheese if you like, it will still be as delicious. These stuffed sweet peppers look very pretty and is sure to please all your guests.

Let’s hop on to the B’Khush Women website to get the recipe – here.

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Thank You for stopping by. Do let me know if you try it out.

Love,

Ritu.🙂