Monday 20 April 2020

Mint Iced Coffee Latte

Mint Iced Coffee Latte 

I am certainly not a morning person and the only coping mechanism I have for an early morning is my cup of coffee. As someone so eloquently said, " My morning coffee makes me feel I got my shit together. I DON'T. But it feels like it." But monotony gets a little boring and so I decided to experiment yet another variety of coffee. Each variety of coffee compliments a particular activity the best. The freshness offered in this recipe because of mint makes it the perfect drink to enjoy while reading your favourite book in the balcony whilst enjoying the summer heat.

Being a willing participant in this Lockdown's got talent, I have experimented various types of coffee (from Dalgona to Frappes). This recipe enhanced the fresh aroma of coffee along with mint and hence became a very calming drink for me. I hope this drink serves the same for you and becomes your companion for "Me Time" or just a great excuse for your family to bond over.

Preparation Time : 10 Min

Cooking time : 8 to 10 Min

Resting time :  4 to 5 hours

Serves : 2

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Ingredients : 

  • Instant Coffee Powder 2 Teaspoon
  • Brown sugar 2 Teaspoon (you can increase the quantity of sugar according to your taste )
  • Mint Leaves 15 to 20 leaves
  • Milk Chilled 200 ml
  • Water 200 ml +2 tablespoon
  • Ice cubes 8 to 10

Procedure :  
  • Lets first prepare Coffee shots. Traditionally it is made by coffee beans but we are using an instant powder. So take a pan, add water, once it starts boiling add coffee powder to this. Boil this for 2 minutes. 

  • Now with the help of stainer stain the coffee. Keep it aside for 15 to 20 minutes. Once it is at room temperature, keep it in a refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours. So that it is chilled 
  • Now take a mortar & pestle, add chopped mint leaves and sugar crush them nicely. Once it is nicely done, add 2 tablespoon of water to this and stain out the mixture. You will get a nice aromatic mint and sugar syrup 

  • Now take a serving glass add 1 tablespoon of syrup to each glass, add ice cubes. Now pour chilled coffee to this till 3/4 of the glass, use chilled milk to top up the glass. Garnish with mint leaves and enjoy ... 

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Wednesday 15 April 2020

Orange Mojito

Orange Mojito 

COVID-19 is a threat to human race and a difficult situation to be stuck in. However, we can make the best of this situation and get our creative juices flowing (pun intended). Being in a lockdown, makes us crave takeout food and refreshing beverages. The scorching heat intensifies our desire for such cooling drinks. This is a great opportunity for everyone to experiment their skills as a cook. This recipe can also be the start beginners need as it is easy, safe and not time consuming.

This drink includes Orange and Lemon, both are considered vital sources of vitamin C, and hence increase our immunity. Mint is also used in this recipe, including a tinge of refreshment. This drink is the perfect mix of calm, strength, colour and spontaneity, that we crave for in a time like this.

Preparation Time : 10 Min

Cooking Time : 0 Min

Serves : 2.

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Ingredients : 

  • Oranges 4 - 5
  • Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  • Lemon 1/2 finely chopped 
  • Mint leaves 10 -12 leaves .. few for garnishing
  • Honey 1 Tablespoon or according to your taste 
  • Black Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • Soda water 100 ml
  • Ice cubes 5 to 6 
Procedure : 
  • Make a fresh juice of oranges and keep a side

  • In a jar add chopped lemon, lemon juice, chopped mint leaves, black salt and honey with the help of muddler mix all the ingredients nicely. so that the mint leaves and lemon zest releases it aroma and oil nicely

  • Now add orange juice to this and mix it well 

  • Take a glass add ice cubes now pour the mixture of lemon juice, mint leaves and orange juice in a glass till 3/4 th of the glass

  • Now fill the glass with soda water. garnish with mint leaves and serve chilled ... 

Saturday 11 April 2020

Cheese Capsicum Stuffed Buns

Cheese Capsicum Stuffed Buns. 

During this quarantine timing, I tried to play with my passion of baking. I made Cheese Stuffed Capsicum Buns using more of wheat flour. I tried to create version of stuffing according to individual choices. My daughter likes cheese, so I prepared stuffing using cheese with capsicum and schezwan chutney.

Here you can create your own versions of stuffing and enjoy these buns in breakfast, evening snacks with tea time or at any time.

Preparation Time : 5 to 6 hours

Cooking Time : 20 to 25 Min

Ingredients : 

Recipe Video : 

For Dough :

  • Whole wheat flour 3/4 cup
  • Maida (All purpose flour) 3/4 cup
  • Salt 1 Teaspoon
  • Sugar 1 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Yeast 1 Teaspoon
  • Milk 1/2 Cup 
  • Oil 2 Tablespoon
  • Butter 1 Teaspoon
For Stuffing :

  • Paneer Cottage cheese 150 gm
  • Capsicum green chopped 1 Tablespoon
  • Bell pepper Red chopped 1 Tablespoon
  • Onion Chopped 1 Tablespoon
  • Ginger chopped 1 Teaspoon
  • Garlic chopped 1 Teaspoon
  • Green chilly chopped 1 Teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Schezwan Sauce 1 Tablespoon
  • Oil 1 Teaspoon
  • Salt according to taste  
Procedure :  

  • Take 1/2 of the milk lukewarm it, mix sugar and dry active yeast. keep it in a warm place for 20 mins. you will find yeast frothing 
  • Now in a bowl add fortune yeast along with salt, 1 tbs of oil, 1/2 cup of maida, !/2 cup of whole wheat flour and remaining milk. Mix all ingredients and keep aside for 30 mins.

  • After 30 mins on a clean surface dust the remaining flour, 1 tbs of oil and the flour mixture we made. Now knead all together for 15 to 20 minutes or till you get a smooth and elastic dough.

  • In a bowl apply oil and rest the dough in bowl for 2 hours, Cover it with a wet cloth of clean film. After 2 hours you will see that the dough is double in size.
  • While the dough is resting lets prepare our stuffing,
  • In a pan add oil once oil is hot add cumin seeds, chopped ginger and garlic sauce it 
  • Now add chopped green chillies and onions. cook it for 2 minutes or till you get a light pink colour of onions
  • Now add capsicum and chopped bell peppers sauce it for 2 mins now add schezwan sauce and salt to this.
  • Now add paneer to this . cook it for 2 to 3 minutes .. now transfer this sabji or stuffing in a bowl and keep aside. 

  • Now you can see that your dough is ready. So take a baking dish apply oil to it. Divide your dough into eight equal parts. Take one portion flat it with the help of your finger or rolling pin. keep the stuffing in middle as shown in a video. Now fold it and seal all the corners as shown in video. You can make a ball shape also according to your wish. keep this in a baking dish. Make sure that the buns are having some space in between

  • Repeat the steps with rest of the dough
  • Once all the buns are ready apply some milk of oil on it and cover the baking dish with clean film and keep it aside for 20 minutes 

  • Now preheat the oven for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Place the baking dish in oven for 15 -20 minutes on 120 degree . after 15 minutes do check if the buns are ready and having a nice brown colour on it then switch off the oven but let the buns stay in oven for 4 to 5 minutes . 

  • Once it is done take out the baking dish apply butter on all sides of the bun .. serve it with tea or coffee ...

Thursday 2 April 2020

Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona Coffee 

This coffee has taken over twitter and instagram during the lockdown. It has given people an excuse to enter their kitchens and boast about it to the world. Originated in Indian subcontinent and made popular by a South Korean actor, this recipe is no new news to us. This trend and social pressure made me travel to my childhood where I would use the same recipe as a homemade substitute of CCD's thick, foamy and creamy coffees. So, I hope you would use this recipe to satisfy the trendy norms on social media, use it as an excuse to feel nostalgic or simply to quench your thirst for coffee as a coffee lover.

Serves : 2

Preparation Time : 5 to 7 min

Cooking Time : 0 Min

Video : 

Ingredients : 

  • Instant coffee 2 Tsp
  • Sugar 2 Tsp or according to taste
  • Water 2 Tbsp
  • Milk 1 1/2 cup (chilled)
  • Few Ice cubes
  • Some Choco chips for garnishing (optional)

Procedure : 
  • In a bowl add sugar, coffee and water 

  • With the help of whipper whip it. Till you get a creamy and frothy texture 

  • Now take a serving glass add ice cubes, pour milk till 3/4 of the glass top it with whipped coffee

  • Add some Choco chip . mix it well and enjoy .... 

Tips :  
  • If you don't have whipper you can simply whisk it with your hand. manually it is time taking and tiering work. but once in a while its ok
  • You can add sugar according to your taste
  • It can be serve Cold as well as Hot .. the way you like .... 

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