Monday, August 17, 2015

Garlic Tawa Naan

The original recipe is from cookingshooking. I am amending the recipe and the instructions to increase quantity and process for North American electric stoves.

·        Flour - 3 Cups + More for dusting
·        Warm Water - As required
·        Yeast - 1 tbsp
·        Sugar - 1 Tbsp
·        Salt - to taste
·        Oil - 1 tbsp
·        Garlic – some garlic cloves chopped or minced
·        Coriander Chopped - 3 tbsp
·        Butter - To Brush
1.      Start by taking some warm water, about ¾ cup and add in the sugar and yeast to it. Mix well and keep to proof for 10 mins.
2.      In a large mixing bowl/kitchen platform take 3 cups of flour, add salt to taste. Along with the proofed yeast mixture.
3.      Get your hands in and form it into a dough, Add more water if required. Now add a tablespoon of oil and knead this for about 5 minutes.
4.      Place the dough in a greased bowl and let it proof for a hour or until doubled.
5.      Sprinkle some flour, and punch the dough. Knead it for a minute. Then form small portions out of it, about a lemon sized.
6.      Mix the garlic and coriander in a bowl for the topping.
7.      Heat up an iron tawa in high flame. Take a dumpling of the dough, and roll this using a rolling pin in an oblong shape. Sprinkle flour if necessary.
8.      Take about 1½ tsp to 2 tsp of garlic topping and spread on top. Using the rolling pin, roll once to press the garlic in the shaped naan. Pat once with floured hands, optional.
9.      Cook the naan on tawa or use the following utensil shown in photographs.
10.   Once cooked, using a spatula or ladle or some sort, take the naan out, and smear some butter.. Enjoy HOT!
11.   Instead of garlic you can use sesame seeds, kalonji or other toppings as well. I served the naans with paneer tikka masala.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Baked Burger Patties and Mushrooms

I am not exaggerating but I think I found the perfect beef burger recipe with hit and trial. My childhood was spent in Karachi, Pakistan and we used to go to a burger joint before the advent of other chains called Mr. Burger. This burger tasted like that from my childhood. 

I also used a patty maker (a ring that gives a big patty shape) while making this recipe. 

I read previously that the burger to be perfect, you need a combination of 80/20. It means that you need 80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat meat. So, I got the butcher to give me a combination of minced meat.

To create burgers:

1 pound minced meat 80/20 combo 
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
some salt to taste
some black pepper to taste
1 tsp or more according to taste tandoori bbq masala

Mix everything together and make burger patties. You can freeze them also. Bake or grill when needed. 

I also got giant mushrooms and added oil, salt, black pepper to it and baked it.

One burger was assembled on mushroom as an open burger, while the other burger used burger bun and mushroom as part of the burger.

The veggies on side and top includes stir fry veggies with red and green peppers and olives- baked with bbq and hot sauce for flavouring.

Oreo Cookie Candy - Edible Gifts

Want to impress people with homemade edible gifts or want something different for your kids. Try this:

Take wooden craft sticks and insert them in the middle of oreo cookies or any other cream filled cookies and then dip them in different melted chocolates. Dip them after in coatings like colourful sugar, cookie and cupcake decorations, coconut and more and then let them dry on a parchment paper until ready.

Pack them as you please. I used clear goodie bags small and large for individual and family packs. 

I made 50 to 100 individual pieces over 3 to 4 days as a giveaway for Eid celebrations. 

Chocolates, moulds and colour mixing

Summer time means I have more time on hand to experiment with and for my children. 

I went to bulk barn and bought some chocolate candy moulds and some chocolate for melting. I bought milk chocolate and white chocolate.

I melted the milk chocolate and mixed red food gel colouring with the white melted chocolates and created these colourful chocolate candies using the moulds. 

Moulds cost $3-$5 each and are a good investment. You will also need the candy white sticks. They are available in bulk barn as well as in walmart. The small sticks and large stick both cost the same money, so, I picked up the big sticks and cut them into two pieces using a knife to save the money on sticks.



Pizza dough ideas - leftover segment

Have leftover pizza dough sitting somewhere or tired of the same pizzas. Try something new like pizza buns or panzerotti. 

Don't know how to make pizza dough. Use flour, water, salt, oil and whatever you fancy. The main ingredient not to forget is yeast. 

Fill the buns with pizza style fillings and put them together like a flower and add additional cheese. Bake until ready. 

For panzerotti, roll a circular pizza. Fill it half way and bring the leftover dough to the other side, like a half moon. Seal the ends with dough and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until done.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Here is the most awaited post of this summer. As we are at home due to summer holidays, my children ask for different food all the time. I usually pick up cooking books from library and write recipes on pages of paper if I find something interesting. So, I wrote the ingredients of the following recipe, but don't remember the book where these were from.

Also, I bought these gel food colours a while ago but never used them. So, I wanted to experiment them.

For vanilla cupcakes:

200 gm butter - if you don't have the scale then the closest exchange is 0.85 cup equivalent
200 gm sugar
4 eggs (I prefer eggless cakes so I use egg substitute as I don't like the smell of eggs)
200 gm self rising flour (I used regular all purpose flour)
2 tbsp milk or more (I used more to improve the consistency)

Mix all the ingredients with the blender and then transfer them to muffin tray and bake them at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes or until done. You can always check by inserting the toothpick to check.

Let the muffins cool down.

Now time to move on butter cream frosting:

1 cup butter
2 cup icing sugar (I have stopped buying icing sugar. It can be made in food processor by adding regular sugar with a tsp of cornstarch or arrowroot powder)
1 to 2 tbsp milk
gel or food colours

Mix all the ingredients together to create the icing. Mix different colour gel food colouring to create different frosting colours. Use ziploc, pipping bags, wilton bags or bottles to create desired styles. 

Let your creativity run wild or share it with your children to decorate.


Fruit Pie

Have leftover pie crust saved in the freezer. No problem. Try this easy fruit pie recipe with leftover ingredients that your family and friends will enjoy.

If you need the crust recipe. Here is one from apple pie post. It is for two crust:

3 cups flour (can be white or whole wheat or combo of both)
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup oil
4 tablespoons orange juice (or milk/ vegan milk)

In a large bowl place all of the dry ingredients.Add Orange Juice and oil, mix with a fork. Pat into 9-inch pan with fingertips.

You can roll the second crust and do anything fancy to cover the crust later.

Now that your crust is in the pan, spread over cream cheese. Then add a layer of jam. I used strawberry jam and lastly I layered the top with frozen mangoes and blueberries and baked it for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Store it in the fridge for few hours before serving.

It makes a great summer dessert :-)


Baked Chicken Seekh Kabab with Vegetables

I love using pantry, fridge and freezer items first and that's how sometimes my recipes are created. 

For chicken kabab,

1 pound chicken minced (qeema)
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
some salt
some pepper
1 tsp tandoori masala
hand full of bread crumbs

Mix all the ingredients and make them into fist long kabab.

As for veggies, I used stir fry frozen veggies and added some salsa, cream cheese and tandoori masala for flavouring.

Layer the veggies first and then add kababs to the dish. Bake it in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes on 350 degrees or until done.


Leftover Magic

Don't know what to do with your daal bhari roti leftover mixture, make it into a sandwich. 

Add some mayo, mustard sauce and some ching's chinese sauces or any other combination and enjoy a deliciously different sandwich.



Mug Cake eggless

When you or your children are in a hurry for desserts. Try this recipe.



All purpose flour- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Granulated sugar - 2 tbsp

Baking powder - 1/4 tsp

Salt - 1/8 tsp

Milk - 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Unsalted butter melted - 2 tbsp

Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp

some chocolate rainbow chips


1. In a bowl combine all the ingredients and give it a good mix.

2. Pour the batter into a microwave safe mug and bake for 1 minute and then again for another minute.


Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2-1/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 pkg. (225 g) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 cup chopped pecans or change them to walnuts

Make It

Heat oven 375°F.

Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla.

Mix flour and baking soda; stir into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate and nuts.

Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of dough into 30 mounds, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets.

Bake 10 to 12 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

This recipe came from the inside of the baking chocolate box.

Monday, July 27, 2015


I haven't uploaded any recipes in ages, so I thought that I should upload some easy recipes.

Use a puff pastry sheet. Add some regular cream cheese and chocolate cheese. Add some combinations of cream cheese and jams like mango and strawberry or what ever available and do the filling.

Bake it on 350 degrees until done.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vegan Banana Zucchini Cake

Some times you are promted by ingredients around you to create food. In my case yesterday, when I woke up I saw 3 over ripped bananas sitting in my kitchen, so, I thought that I would make either a cake or make muffins. I asked my children what should I make and they said cake is fine (which means less work for me, yay!). Also, I had been meaning to use zucchini in bread/cake/muffin recipe too for a while, so, it was perfect opportunity for me to test it in a recipe.

My girl loves pink and she wanted me to make a pink cake for her for a long time. I bought a pink powder mix a week back so I could make my own frosting at home. The pink powder happened to bubble gum flavour, which can be liked or disliked by different people. I am not a frosting person at all as I think that cakes are sweet to begin with and frosting makes them too much sweeter for my liking....but, things we do for our children sometimes.

Anyhow, here is the recipe of the cake first:

What you need:

1 cup grated zucchini (I used 2 zucchinis)
1 1/2 over-ripe bananas, mashed (I used 3 over riped bananas)
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour ( I used one cup all purpose and half cup whole wheat)
1 teaspoon nutmeg (I used minimum as I wasn't sure how my children will like the smell)
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon (again, I used minimum as I was not sure of my kids reaction)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional (I only used few)

What you do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 9" bread pan or 6-muffin pan.
2. Stir zucchini, bananas, oil, sugar, and vanilla together. Mix with hands if necessary to break up banana chunks.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
4. Pour batter into prepared bread pan or muffin tin and bake 50-60 minutes for bread, 30 minutes for muffins.

As for frosting: (it is not vegan)

I used a bit of  butter, granulated sugar, milk, cream cheese and the pinky powder to come up with the frosting...I just added things time to time to get a good consistency.

The frosting was done by my children as they were very keen on doing turn it into a summer project.