Grissini/ Bread Sticks



Grissini or Bread sticks are addictive just on their own or by any dips or soups. So make sure you make enough for yourself. The train journeys reminds of these bread sticks with butter and tomato soup.  I've learnt, this is the proper way to have one : You first scoop the butter with the bread stick and bite into it and next sip the hot tomato soup. I wonder why, this way?  But it's okay, you can have it the way you want it. I eat my sticks with butter and tomato sauce. One could also dip into cream cheese, guacamole, chocolate fondue, cheese fondue or marinara sauce. You could also add herbs, carom seeds, cumin to your sticks dough but I like them plain. You could also sprinkle poppy seeds or sesame seeds before baking. Brush some water and sprinkle them. You'll have your own sesame or poppy seed sticks. 




   To make this recipe, you'll need the following ingredients : 


All purpose flour
225 grams
Instant  yeast
1 heaped teaspoon
Sugar
1 teaspoon
Salt
1 teaspoon
Lukewarn water
150 ML
Olive oil or butter
1 teaspoon


                                            Method : 

1. Firstly, add lukewarm water to a mug or a small bowl, followed by sugar and yeast. Mix well and set it aside for the yeast to froth up. 
2. Now to the flour, add the salt and the oil and rub the oil into the flour with your fingers until the mixture appears crumbly. (Just like we do it for any short crust pastry)
3. Once the yeast mixture is ready, add it to the flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes. 
4. Rest the dough until it gets doubled in its size. (cover and place it in a warm place. In my case, it's my oven)
5. Knock back the dough to degas and knead briefly.
6. Shape the bread sticks. (Make small dough balls and roll the balls into sticks). But do remember that they will rise as they bake. So, roll them thinner than you actually want them. The thickness of your little finger always works. 
7. Bake them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 10 minutes. Each oven works differently, so keep an eye on your sticks. This will give crusty tops and soft centers. If you want hard centers, then turn down your oven to the lowest temperature and bake for further 5 minutes, just make sure you don't burn them or over brown them. This way, they don't go stale and can be kept for few days in an air tight container. 


                                                                          Pictorial : 


Add sugar to the lukewarm water



and yeast. Mix well and set it aside for the yeast to froth up. 



Now to the flour, add the salt 



 and the oil and rub the oil into the flour with your fingers until the mixture appears crumbly. (Just like we do it for short crust pastry)


Once the yeast mixture is ready, add it to the flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes. 



 Rest the dough until it gets doubled in its size. 



Knock back the dough to degas and knead briefly.
 Shape the bread sticks. 


Make small dough balls and roll the balls into sticks. But do remember that they will rise as they bake. So, roll them thinner than you actually want them. The thickness of your little finger always works. 


Bake them in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 10 minutes. Each oven works differently, so keep an eye on your sticks. This will give crusty tops and soft centers. If you want hard centers, then turn down your oven to the lowest temperature and bake for further 5 minutes, just make sure you don't burn them or over brown them. This way, they don't go stale and can be kept for few days. 



Enjoy! 




Notes : 

1. If you roll out thick sticks, you'll  get soft bread sticks.
2. You could add few more teaspoons of oil during kneading the dough. 
3. Water can also be adjusted accordingly. 
4. You could use herb or garlic infused oil in the preparation of  bread sticks dough. 


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Peanut Butter/ Homemade Peanut Butter/ How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter




Am happy to make my own bread spread :) Peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies were my 'wanted' things when I was asked by my cousins and other relatives, if I wanted anything from overseas. A jar of this yumm butter would last for a week or so in my home! #pbholic  :) Now that I get here in India by Sundrop, am happy. Now, am even more elated because I can do it by myself. This is easy to make and can be done in a flash(if no power cut, lol)
To make a good smooth peanut butter, use good blender or food processor. I feel, mixer blender gives smooth texture than the food processor. First the mixture looks crumbly and dry but continue to blend, the oils gets released from the nuts slowly and thats how peanut butter happens! Add oil for even more creaminess. I do, I always do! Also remember, the longer you blend, the smoother your peanut butter is! 



"Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter."
- James A. Garfield



To make this recipe, you'll need the following ingredients : 

Roasted peanuts
1 cup
Powdered  sugar
3 tablespoons
Salt
1/8th teaspoon  -  1/4th teaspoon
Vegetable oil
1  - 2 teaspoons


                                                                   Method : 


1. Add all the ingredients to a blender jar, except oil and grind well. 
2. Add a teaspoon of oil to the ground mixture and blend again. 
3. If you like your peanut butter creamy rather than being stiff and paste consistency, add another teaspoon of oil and blend well. I have used 2 teaspoons of oil in total. 
4. Your peanut butter is ready.. 


Spread love as thick as you would peanut butter!



Pictorial : 


Add all the ingredients to a blender jar, except oil and grind well. 
 Add a teaspoon of oil to the ground mixture and blend again. 


Enjoy! 


 


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Spicy Chicken Tikka


Chicken tikkas are one of the popular starters on the restaurant's menu. The word tikka means pieces or chunks of meat, which in this case its chicken, so it's called chicken tikka. This recipe is spicy, so if  you can't handle the spiciness, reduce the  spice measures to half in this recipe. Read full post to know how to smoke your tikkas without using smoking gun. Those who don't want to use oven or experiencing regular power cuts, can cook the tikkas on stove top using a skillet/tawa on high flame. You could also use tandoori chicken's recipe spices for the tikkas here. 



To make this recipe, you'll need : 

Chicken  chunks
250 grams
Red chilli powder
1 teaspoon
Coriander powder/ dhaniya
1 teaspoon
Cumin powder/ jeera
1 teaspoon
Garam masala powder
½ teaspoon
Turmeric  powder
1/4th teaspoon
Salt
½ teaspoon
Yogurt/curds/dahi
2 tablespoons
Mustard oil
½ teaspoon 
Butter
As required to baste

                                                   
                                         Method :

1. Mix all the ingredients to the cleaned and patted dry chicken chunks, except butter.
2. Rest the chicken pieces for 1 hour. You can leave them in the refrigerator for whole night too.
3. Skewer the chicken chunks. (Soak the wooden skewers in water prior to this step, for about 10 minutes).
4. Bake in the pre heated oven 200 degrees C for 10 minutes. Turn to broil mode and further cook it for 5 minutes. All ovens don't work same, so keep an eye on your chicken tikkas. You might baste the chicken tikkas in between with its own juices.
6. Finally, brush the tikkas with butter.
7. Serve hot.

                                            Pictorial :


 Add red chilli powder, coriander powder/dhaniya,  cumin powder/jeera, turmeric powder, 


garam masala powder, ginger- garlic paste, salt, curd and mix well. 


Add oil and marinate for 1 hour.  Skewer the chicken chunks. (Soak the wooden skewers in water prior to this step, for about 10 minutes). Bake in the pre heated oven 200 degrees C for 10 minutes. Turn to broil mode and further cook it for 5 minutes. All ovens don't work same, so keep an eye on your chicken tikkas. You might baste the chicken tikkas in between with its own juices.
 Finally, brush the tikkas with butter. Serve hot.




Notes : 

1.  Add half of the quantity of spices if you don't want your tikkas to be spicy. 

2. You can smoke your tikkas. Simply place a piece of coal on the stove top, once its heated, place the coal in a container, add few drops of oil on it. The coal will start to smoke. Now, place this near to the chicken tikkas and cover it completely for smoke not to escape for 10 minutes.



3. You can sprinkle chaat masala before serving if reduced the spice measures. 
4. You could also add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the chicken marination. 



Enjoy! 

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Pav Bhaji




Mumbai's iconic street food, Pav Bhaji! Pav bhaji literally means  bread with vegetable curry.
 Pav = bread and Bhaji = vegetable curry. Every Mumbaikar relishes this almost every other day!
 Pav Bhaji was born when textile mills were flourished in Mumbai. The workers there in the mills had less time to consume their food (we Indians have a wide spread most of the time). So, the workers  couldn't eat their entire lunch because that would make them go drowsy and getting back to physical work troubled them. So a trader realized this problem and came up with his own solution. He replaced the roti( Indian flat bread) with Pav and curry with a spicy veggie mix which is called as Bhaji and hence this dish came in focus and it flourished whole Mumbai and has won many hearts and got ranked as their favorites. It is served along with a knob of butter, onions and lemon.Try this at your home and enjoy with your pals. It's utterly butterly delicious! 

To make this recipe, you'll need : 

Pav  buns
As needed
Onions (big size, finely chopped)
2 no
Bell peppers/ capsicum (finely chopped)
1 no
Tomatoes (finely chopped)
4 nos
Potatoes ( boiled)
4 nos
Carrot (boiled)
1 no
Cauliflower florets (boiled)
½ cup
Green peas (boiled)
½ cup
Red chilli powder
2 teaspoons
Pav bhaji masala
2 teaspoons
Salt
1 teaspoon (or) to taste
Ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon
Red food color (optional)
As needed
Lemon juice
1 teaspoon + to drizzle while serving
Butter
4 tablespoons + to serve
Oil
1 tablespoon



Are you interested in making your own pav? check here 


Method : 

1. To prepare the bhaji, pre cook the veggies (potatoes, cauliflower, carrot, green peas and keep it aside. 
2. To a kadai, add 2 tablespoons of butter and a tablespoon of oil, let it heat up and add finely chopped onions, cook until translucent. 
3. To this add, finely chopped capsicum and cook for 1 minute. 
4. Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook until done. 
5. Now, add ginger  garlic paste, a teaspoon of red chilli powder, a teaspoon of pav bhaji masala, salt and saute well. 
6. Once the tomatoes are cooked well with the spices, add the pre cooked veggies and start mashing with a potato masher.
7. Add left over each 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder and pav bhaji masala for the veggies. Add water according to the bhaji consistency.
8. Add red food color, lemon juice and finish it off with 2 tablespoons of butter. 
9. Garnish with fresh coriander, serve with pav, chopped onions, butter and a drizzle of lemon juice.

Pictorial : 


 To a kadai, add 2 tablespoons of butter 


add a tablespoon of oil, let it heat up 



add finely chopped onions, cook until translucent. 



         To this add, finely chopped capsicum and cook for 1 minute. 




Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook until done. 



Now, add ginger  garlic paste



a teaspoon of red chilli powder, 



a teaspoon of pav bhaji masala, 



salt and saute well. 





Once the tomatoes are cooked well with the spices, add the pre cooked veggies,



start mashing with a potato masher.




Add left over each 1 teaspoon of red chilli powder,



 pav bhaji masala ( add chilli and pb masala for the second time, only if you like it spicy)




Add red food color,



lemon juice, mix well and finish it off with 2 tablespoons of butter, garnish with fresh coriander, serve with pav, chopped onions, butter and a drizzle of lemon juice. 


Enjoy ! 









Bread Rolls/ Fresh Bread Rolls/Eggless bread rolls/ Soft Bread Rolls/ Dinner Rolls/ Pav Buns




Happiness is freshly baked, warm bread from the oven and lathered with butter :) .
There truly is an indescribable satisfaction from making soft bread rolls using your very own hands!! I love breads!! Breads are easy to have when you're in a hurry, they are easy to pack, they blend well with Indian sides too and can make a good meal! For me, the shawarma stuffing in the bread rolls are fascinating and they are delicious. Pav bhaji, pizzas, garlic bread and chicken sliders are few of my other favorites. Making bread is easy, it's not fiddly, only few ingredients and patience are needed. So let's get to work..





To make this recipe, you'll need :


All purpose flour/ Maida
500 grams
Luke warm water
1 + 3/4th cups
Instant yeast
1 Tablespoon
Sugar
2 Tablespoons
Butter
2 Tablespoons + for  topping
Salt
1 Teaspoon
Oil
1 Tablespoon
Milk
As required for topping before baking



                                                Method : 

1. Add instant active dry yeast to the lukewarm water.
2. Add sugar and butter, mix well and let it rest aside for about 10 minutes for the yeast to proof. 
3. Now, add the salt to the flour, mix well and keep it aside.
4. Once the yeast it proofed, add the yeast mixture to the flour and form a dough. 
5. Now, knead this dough for 10 minutes or follow the windowpane test (See notes, I worked my dough for 10 minutes)
6. Place the dough in a greased bowl and layer the dough with a splash of oil and cover with a damp cloth.
7. Let the dough rest until it gets doubled. 
8. Once it's doubled, punch down the dough, make equal portions of dough and start rolling the bread dough into balls and place them in a lightly greased baking tin. 
9. Cover the bread rolls with damp cloth and rest it until they double in size for the second time. 
10. Once they are doubled, brush them gently with the milk and place them in the pre-heated oven 200 degrees C for 12 minutes.  (each oven works differently, so keep an eye on your bread rolls ).
Once they are done, tap on the bread with a spoon and they should sound hollow. 
11. Brush them with butter generously and serve them warm. 

                                                                 Pictorial : 


                             Add instant active dry yeast to the lukewarm water.



 Add sugar



Add butter, mix well and let it rest aside for about 10 minutes for the yeast to proof. 



Now, add the salt to the flour, mix well and keep it aside, 



Yeast mixture is proofed. 



Once the yeast it proved, add the yeast mixture to the flour and form a dough. 






Now, knead this dough for 10 minutes. 



Place the dough in a greased bowl and layer the dough with a splash of oil



 Cover with a damp cloth and let the dough rest until it gets doubled. 



Once it's doubled,



 punch down the dough.



Make equal portions of dough and start rolling the bread dough into balls and place them in a lightly greased baking tin. Cover the bread rolls with damp cloth and rest it until they double in size for the second time. 







Once they are doubled, brush them gently with the milk and place them in the pre-heated oven 200 degrees C for 12 minutes. 



Brush them with butter generously and serve them warm.

Enjoy!




Notes : 

 1. Use luke warm water for your yeast.
2. Knead the dough properly,  how much pressure to use or when to stop kneading simply takes practice. If dough seems to be sticky, it's okay to lightly dust it with flour but don't get tempted to add more. In many cases, sticky dough is a happy dough! The more you knead, the more the less sticky your dough becomes.  
3. You can also follow windowpane test method to know whether the kneading is enough or needed further. 
Cut of a small piece of dough, rest  it for 5 minutes for the  gluten to relax, flour your fingers and gently stretch the small piece of dough . If it tears easily, then gluten network has not been developed well enough. So continue to knead the dough. 
After few minutes, test the dough again. Cut of a small piece of dough, rest  it for 5 minutes, stretch it gently.Once the dough forms like a window, where you can see the network of gluten and it's almost like a see through it like a window, then you are done with kneading. 


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