Baking


Poha is a favourite in our household. . Kids and hubby can have it any time of the day..

I am part of a lovely Facebook group, a member, Reem Khan, had suggested adding lemon juice after adding onions for sautéing, as a result the onions get lovely pinkish color. I so loved the tip that I started using it there after. I thought I should share it on my blog as well…

Here is my way of making poha..

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Poha recipe

1. poha 2 cups washed and drained in a colander.
2. 2 onions finely chopped.
3. 3 green chillies chopped, a small piece ginger finely chopped
4. a few Curry leaves
5.  Salt to taste
6. haldi 1/2 tsp
7.Lime juice 1 wedge plus more
8. Coriander leaves finely chopped for garnishing
9. Oil 4tsp
10. Mustard seeds 1 tsp
11. Jeera 1/2 tsp
12. Coriander seeds 1/4th tsp
13. 1 red chilli
14. water for sprinkling 3 to 4 tsp
15. sev optional for garnishing

Wash and drain poha and set aside for 20 to 30 mins.

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Chop all the above ingredients

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Take a pan add oil

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Once hot add mustard seeds once they crackle add Jeera and coriander seeds.

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Once they crackle add green chillies, ginger and curry leaves. Sauté.

From this stage add salt required after adding each ingredient. Sauté till it is done.

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Add onions and some lime juice and salt, and haldi. sauté til color changes to pink.

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Add poha, sprinkle some water and salt. Mix well and let it cook for 3 to 5 mins. Add lime juice according to taste and garnish with coriander leaves.

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For some extra punch you may add some shredded coconut too, some sev as well.

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I haven’t posted anything in a very long time. Just been too busy with routine work… kids school, exams, then result. .. now they have break and I’m busier.. here is my version of pav. . Laadi pav

Recipe of pav
4 cups maida
Approximately 4 tsp yeast
2 cups milk+ 1/2 cup more and for brushing
Salt to taste
Butter 6 to 7 tbsp
Olive oil for brushing
Sugar 3 to 4 tbsp

Heat 1 and a half cups milk to lukewarm. . Add in sugar and yeast. Mix and let it proof. Should bubble in 10 to 15 mins.

Take flour in a big bowl add salt and mix. Now add the proofed yeast and mix. Mix till everything is incorporated, add more milk to get a stick dough consistency.. I had to use full 2 and a half cups milk. It will be very sticky dough. Add little butter at a time and knead. . It will start coming together.

Transfer the dough onto a clean platform and knead. Start pulling the dough and rolling it back together, add butter little by little as much needed. Knead for a good 10 to 15 mins. Grease a bowl with olive oil and place the dough and brush with some olive oil and cover with a cling wrap or a wet towel. Let it rest for an hour and a half or until double.

In the meantime grease the trays to be used.

Once dough has doubled in volume. Punch it down and again knead and then cut it into desired number of equal pieces.

Take each piece of dough and stretch and fold and then make it into a round ball, by sealing the edges. Learned this technique from YouTube.
Place each rolled up pav on the greased tray leaving some gap for it to double. Place it such that once all the rolls double they should stick to each other forming a ladi.

Cover and keep for 20 mins.

Preheat your oven at 180 ° for 20 mins

Once 20 mins passes, brush the pavs with milk and bake for 20 to 25 mins. Mine gets done at 22 to 25 mins. .

Once the top has browned well take it out and brush them with melted butter, this will further enhance the color…

I bake for 20 mins and then 2 mins I turn the top heating on for browning.

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I`m back with yet another Orange cake. I was getting bored and wanted to bake something in my loaf pan, which has been lying around without being used for a while. Loaf pan is perfect for me when I need to do experiments. I wanted to bake using whole wheat and orange juice. I had bought lot of oranges last week but it is starting to spoil. I got medium ones, which are really sweet and with seed. My kids didn’t like the seeds in it. So thought of using them up in  a cake.

I’m enjoying the baking process in my new electric oven. The crust is much better, the colour comes perfect and it takes lesser time to bake as well. My kids and hubby loved the cake.

Ingredients

  1. Whole wheat flour                                                                         1 and a half cups
  2. orange juice ( mine were very sweet)                                     a little over 1 cup
  3. brown sugar                                                                                      roughly 1/2 cup  (oranges were very sweet, hence reduced the sweetness)
  4. baking powder                                                                                 1/4th tsp
  5. baking soda                                                                                        1 tsp
  6. apple cider vinegar                                                                          1tsp
  7. vanilla essence                                                                                   1tsp
  8. oil                                                                                                             1/2 cup
  9. salt                                                                                                          a pinch

 

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  • Pre heat the oven at 190 degrees.
  • Prepare the pan by brushing oil or butter and dusting some flour. Remove the extra flour by tapping it over a sink.
  • Take a bowl add all the wet ingredients, mix.
  • Take another bowl sieve all the dry ingredients.
  • Now, slowly add all the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine it. Do not over mix. Just combine everything without lump and pour into the prepared pan. I used a loaf tin.
  • Bake it in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 mins. Mine was done in 25 mins.
  • Check at 25 mins by inserting a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean the cake is done. If it is sticky then bake for another 5 to 7 mins.
  • Once the cake comes out clean, take it out from the oven and let it cool for 15 to 20 mins.
  • Take out the cake from the pan after 20 mins and cool it on a cooling rack.
  • Let the cake cool completely before slicing.
  • Enjoy the soft, moist and light cake.

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Its been a while I posted anything on my blog. Just been too pre-occupied with many things. I keep trying something new every now and then and I click pics and decide to post it but then again other things take priority in my list.

My new found passion for a few months have been baking cakes, cookies and breads, buns, rolls. This time I tried an eggless orange cake. I had plenty of oranges lying in my fridge unused for a few days and I wanted to bake something different, so I browsed through many recipes and adapted the recipe from here.. The cake came out soft, moist and flavourful.

For the cake you may need:

  1. All purpose flour / Maida       1 and a half cups, take out 3 tablespoons maida from it and add 3 tablespoons of cornflour to the maida (this makes it the cake flour)
  2. brown sugar                                 1/2 cup
  3. baking soda                                  1tsp
  4. baking powder                            1/4th tsp
  5. a pinch of salt
  6. oil ( I used sunflower oil)       1/3rd cup
  7. Orange juice ( I used freshly squeezed juice) – 1 cup
  8. orange zest                                  zest taken from a medium orange, you can adjust it according to your liking
  9. vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)  1tsp
  10. Vanilla essence                                  1tsp

eggless orange cake

  • Take a 9 inch cake pan and prepare it by brushing oil and dusting some flour.
  • Pre heat the oven at 190 degrees.
  • Sieve the APF, baking soda, baking powder.
  • In a bowl add all the wet ingredients, and mix well to incorporate everything.
  • Add the dry ingredients and combine well.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and tap to remove the bubbles.
  • Place it in the oven and bake for 30 to 35 mins. Mine came out clean at 35 mins, you should keep an eye from around 25 mins.
  • Take the cake pan from the oven and let it cool, then run a knife around the edges and invert on a cooling rack. Let it cool completely.
  • Slice and enjoy the cake… you can use this cake for frosting too, but my family doesn’t like frosted cakes that much.

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I was getting bored making the same idli, dosa, upma, poha and so on for breakfast.. As I woke up much earlier today morning, I decided to experiment baking the idlis in my cupcake mould.

The process is so simple…just greese the mould with minimum oil. Add a pinch of cooking soda in the idli batter and mix well. Now pour batter in all the cups of the mould, fill only half of each cups, as the idlis would rise. I baked my idlis at 180 deg in my gas oven for about 15 to 18 mins until it was done.

After removing from the oven, I let it cool for 10 mins and then removed them from the mould and served it with chutney or the more appropriate molaga podi!!

enjoy!!

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I’m totally new to baking. I’ve always been fond of cooking, and baking and always try any new recipe I come across.

Baking a cake has always been secondary as I am a vegetarian and don’t use egg as well. It was just now that I learned a few eggless recipes with sweetened condensed milk. I am really loving the new baking experience.

I made this simple plain vanilla cake and in two days have baked it again. It’s simple and really yummy.

Ingredients

  1. All purpose flour                                  1 and a 1/2 cups
  2. Sweetened condensed milk              1 can
  3.  Powdered sugar                                    2 tbsp
  4. Vanilla powder                                       1tbsp
  5. Vanilla essence                                       1tbsp
  6.  Baking powder                                       1 and 1/4tsp
  7.  Soda bicarbonate                                  1/2tsp
  8. Water                                                           1 cup
  9.  Unsalted butter                                      1/4 cup
  10. Salt                                                                1/4 spoon
  • Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes. Take a baking pan, I used a loaf one. Grease the pan with butter and dust it with flour, and set it aside.
  • Sieve the flour, baking powder, soda bicarbonate, salt, sugar powder together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add all the wet ingredients one by one. Mix well by hand or by electric whip. I used a spoon. Now add the vanilla powder and essence. The batter would be creamy after mixing.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until the toothpick or knife comes out clean.
  • Once done, remove from oven and let of cool for sometime. Slice after it cools and enjoy the cake.

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My notes

  • Do not open the oven frequently to check on the cake. I kept doing that initially when I started baking, and often the cake was undone in the middle. I’ve learned my lesson now.
  • Once the batter is ready, do not delay the baking.

Enjoy the simple and eggless vanilla cake.

Adapted from Madhuram’s eggless cooking