Shakshuka

Shakshuka- A hearty, easy recipe made with eggs that are gently poached mixture of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions & garlic with a hint of spices and some fresh herbs complete this satisfying one-skillet dish! Goes well with Pita Bread
My twin sister Mini shared this recipe. thank you mini for the recipe


Ingredients

* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 1/2 red onion, peeled and diced
* 3 clove garlic, chopped
* 2 bell pepper- chopped (I used half of red and half of yellow)
* 2.5 cups ripe diced tomatoes,
* 2 tbsp tomato paste
* 1 tsp chili flakes
* 1 tsp cumin
* 1 tsp paprika
* Salt and pepper- to taste
* 5 eggs
* 1/2 cup baby spinach finely chopped
* 1/4 cup yogurt (whisk well and add 2 tbs water)
Method
1. Heat a large pan on medium. Pour olive oil, Add chopped onion, sauté for a few minutes until the onion begins to soften. Add garlic and continue to sauté till mixture is fragrant.
2. Add the diced bell pepper, sauté for 5-7 minutes over medium until softened.
3. Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pan, stir until blended. Add spices and stir, and allow mixture to simmer over medium heat for 5-7 minutes until it starts to reduce.
4. At this point, you can taste the mixture and spice it according to your preferences. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add yogurt and stir well.
5. Crack the eggs, one at a time, directly over the mixture, making sure to space them evenly over the sauce.
6. Cover the pan. Allow mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked and the sauce has slightly reduced. Keep an watch on the skillet to make sure that the sauce doesn't reduce too much, which can lead to burning.
7. Some people prefer their shakshuka eggs more runny. If this is your preference, let the sauce reduce for a few minutes before cracking the eggs on top-- then, cover the pan and cook the eggs to taste. Garnish with the chopped spinach.
Tastes best when eaten with pita bread.


You can serve the shakshuka with crumbled feta cheese.

Mango Cheesecake (No Bake)

The simplest & the quickest cheesecake ever! I've used the same recipe of the Oreo CheeseCake which my mil shared with me to make this one ;)
I have 0% artistic skills, please ignore the mango flower on the top, I  had a tough time making it, my hands were literally trembling while making that mango flower.


Ingredients 
  1. 1 can of condensed milk tin(375 gms)
  2. fresh cream 200 gms
  3. 2 tbsp gelatin (3tbsp hot water to dissolve gelatine)
  4. 12 marie biscuits
  5. 1½ cup fresh mango puree
  6. 4 tbsp melted butter, 
  7. Paneer made from 1 liter milk, 2 tbsp vinegar to make paneer
Method
  1. Bring the milk to boil & add vinegar to make paneer.  If you are using a cheese cloth to make paneer make sure you wash the paneer to remove the sourness from the vinegar. Keep aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. To make the crust take marie biscuits & grind them in food processor to make a fine powder. Pour crumbs in a bowl & add melted butter & combine the mix until it looks moist & buttery. Press the mix firmly into the base of a spring form pan or wide glass bowl(you can use baking dish). Leave this in the refrigerator for 10 min.
  3. Dissolve the gelatin in hot water and keep aside to cool.
  4. In a bowl of the grinder add the paneer, fresh cream, fresh mango puree, gelatin dissolved in water and give it a quick spin to make a smooth paste, this will make the mixture a smooth texture, now add the condense milk to this mixture and mix it properly.
  5. Pour this cheesecake mixer over the biscuit crust. Cover the spring form pan with a plate or the wide bowl (baking dish) with a cling film& transfer it back to the refrigerator for 6 hrs or overnight.
Notes
  1. I used 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin. 
  2. Bakers gelatin which is available in India also works well for the above recipe
  3. If you don't have spring form you can use a baking tray to make the cheesecake
  4. Follow any YouTube for making the mango flower. Tons of videos available on the net. 
  5. Mix the gelatine 2 minutes before you mix all the ingredients, otherwise it will become lumpy and go waste.
  6. Use exactly the same recipe to make strawberry cheesecake. Make 1½ cups  strawberry purée.
  7. This is the strawberry cheesecake made by my twin sister. Thank you mini for sharing the pictures and this cheesecakes so divine !! ♥️

Pita Bread- No Yeast & No Oven


Ingredients 
  1. 1½ cup Maida
  2. 1½ cup whole wheat flour
  3. 1 tsp sugar
  4. 1 tsp salt
  5. 1 tbsp baking powder
  6. 3/4 cup milk or water 
  7. 3tbsp vegetable oil/ olive oil 

Method 
  1. Mix the flours, sugar, salt baking soda well. Using a shallow bottom plate make a well & add the milk, start making the dough, add water as required. 
  2. Make a soft dough, don’t make it very stiff. Grease a bowl with olive oil, and keep the dough in the bowl, cover the bowl with a cling film.
  3. Keep this dough aside for 3 hours in a warm place. 
  4. After 3 hours the dough will Slightly rise. 
  5. To make the pita breads, make small 8 balls and keep then aside. Start rolling the pita bread, make thick chapati & fry it on a skillet, the pita will puff up
  6. Store it in a kitchen towel and cover it with the towel to keep the pita bread soft.

Chincha- Gul Amti

Chincha Gul Amti

The humble चिंच-गुळा ची आमटी
Sweet & sour toor dal cooked with tamarind & jaggery.  Every family has its own variation of making this Amti, I like the amti thick, sweet in taste. Mom adds red chilli powder to this amti & make it slightly watery. Some people add fresh coconut too, but since my husband & kids don’t like it I never add it, but it definitely gives a good flavour and taste. This is my most favourite dal & if you ask me I’ll prefer this one to Goda masala amti, anytime any day. Here the recipe 


1 cup toor dal( cooked & mashed)
2 tbsp tamarind pulp
2 tbs jaggery
4tsp ghee
2-3 green chilies roughly chopped
Few leaves of curry leaves
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp hing 
1 cup water
Lots of chopped coriander for garnishing 
Salt as per taste
Method 
Soak the toor dal for 1 hour before cooking, add turmeric &hing while cooking. Mash the cooked toor dal before using. 
In a heavy bottom pot add ghee, give tadka of mustard seeds after the seeds crackle, add turmeric hing curry leaves & green chillies. Add the toor dal & stir. Add the salt, jaggery, tamarind pulp, and 1 cup water. The amti shouldn’t be very thin make it thick. Adjust the sourness and sweet flavour accordingly to your liking. Bring the amti to a boil. Add lots of chopped coriander leaves serve with hot rice with a dollop of ghee.




Oreo Cheesecake (No Bake)

Sharing recipe of Oreo Cheesecake which my mother in law gave me. This is an easy No Bake Oreo Cheesecake with Oreo biscuit crust- which makes a perfect dessert!


Ingredients 
  1. 1 can of condensed milk tin(375 gms)
  2. fresh cream 200 gms
  3. 2 tbsp gelatin 
  4. 4 packets Oreo white cream biscuits (** check notes)
  5. 4 tbsp melted butter, 
  6. Paneer made from 1 liter milk, 1 tbsp vinegar to make paneer
Method
  1. Bring the milk to boil & add vinegar to make paneer.  If you are using a cheese cloth to make paneer make sure you wash the paneer to remove the sourness from the vinegar. Keep aside to cool for about 10 minutes.
  2. Dissolve the gelatin in hot water and keep aside to cool.
  3. To make the crust take 3 packets of biscuits & grind them in food processor to make a fine powder. Pour crumbs in a bowl & add melted butter & combine the mix until it looks moist & buttery. Press the mix firmly into the base of a spring form pan. Leave this in the refrigerator for 10 min.
  4. In a large bowl add the paneer, condensed milk, fresh cream, gelatin dissolved in water and use a hand mixer to make a smooth paste. If you don’t have a hand mixer use a blender/ mixer. 
  5. Roughly crush the remaining Oreo biscuits (remaining 1 packet) and add into the above mixture.
  6. Pour this cheesecake mixer over the biscuits crust. Cover the spring form pan transfer it back to the refrigerator for 5-6 hrs or overnight.
Notes
  1. I used 1 envelope of Knox gelatin. 
  2. Bakers gelatin which is available in India also works well for the above recipe
  3. **Use the 10 X 120 gram pack of Oreo Biscuit.
  4. If you don't have spring form you can use a baking tray to make the cheesecake

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