Eis und Heiss (Ice cream With Strawberry And Raspberry Sauce)

Eis und Heiss literally translates to 'cold and hot'. This hot and cold dessert is super simple to make and very delicious. When I found the recipe here I simply had to make it. It was perfect for a hot summer day. Ice cream with fresh berry sauce poured over the top - hot and cold

I found some really fresh raspberries and strawberries in Whole Foods. There is no real recipe here. Heat the fruit in a pan until the juices begin to flow.

Let the fruit cook in their own juice on low heat for about 5-10 minutes. If the fruit is very juicy and the sauce looks runny add a little cornflour to the juice to thicken it. Turn off heat. Let it cool a little. While it is warm pour over ice cream and enjoy!

This is my entry for week 36 of the 2014 52 week challenge for the theme hot and cold.

Kale Paratha

Kale is one of the most abundantly available green in the US. It is nutritious, a great source of protein. These parathas are a great way to include kale in your diet.

I am not at all fond of greens that are cooked with spices in water giving you a sodden mess. There is no way I am making that ever in my kitchen. You know what I am talking about. The one that kids have the most problem with during dinner time. I would never torture my kid with that. Instead these parathas are eaten happily.

Kale can be bitter and needs to be boiled to remove the bitterness.

You will need for 5 parathas
10 leaves kale
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 tsp. carom seeds (ajwain or ova)
salt to taste
1 tsp. olive oil

oil to cook the parathas

Wash the leaves and cut off the stem. I even take off the center vein on the leaves. Boil in water or steam for about 4-5 minutes. Drain and wash in cold water. Puree in a blender to a fine paste using little or no water. Transfer to a bowl and add all the ingredients except the oil.

Form a dough with the water in the kale paste. If needed add additional water as needed. Using the teaspoon of oil knead the dough until soft. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes and then divide into 5 portions.

Heat a griddle pan and keep oil handy. Roll out a portion of the dough using flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to the rolling surface.

Place the rolled out paratha on the hot griddle. Let it cook for a couple minutes. Flip it over. As the paratha is green in color the brown spots may not be as visible. Do not overcook. Drizzle a few drops of oil on the top.

When the underside is cooked flip the paratha over again so that the oiled side touches the pan. Roast until done. Flip once more to roast the second side. Take the paratha off the heat.

Repeat for all the portions.

Enjoy with a vegetable side or pickle.

Churmure Chivda

I few days ago my sister was visiting and I decided to make bhel. For some reason I believed the small bag of churmure would not suffice so decided to get the big one. The big one was really big but I went ahead and got it. Well, needless to say it was too big and I had a lot of churmure left over. When my sister was ready to leave I put half of what was left into a large ziploc bag for her. Even with that gone there was so much left. I have started making every snack I know using churmure.

This chiva is one of the simplest you will ever make. It takes no more than 15 minutes but is so tasty it will gone before you know it. My father was staying with us for a few days and he loves chivda. That was reason enough to make a big batch.

Unfortunately, I have enough churmure to make another 5 such batches of chivda. You will see a lot more posts from me with churmure in the near future. This recipe is very similar to what my mother made. I got it from a Marathi cookbook my father bought for me.

You will need
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup peanuts (I used Planters roasted unsalted peanuts)
a handful cashews
5-6 curry leaves
a handful raisins
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. turmeric powder
3 cups churmure
salt to taste

It is best to collect all the ingredients before you start as this recipe moves very quickly.

Heat oil in a pan and add the peanuts. Roast them on low to medium heat until they are beginning to change color.

Add the curry leaves and cashews. Careful, fresh the curry leaves tend to splatter oil. When cashews look done add the raisins, paprika and turmeric powder. Add salt to taste talking into account the churmure you are going to add. Combine everything that is in the pan.

Add the churmure and mix well.

Turn off heat. The chivda is ready!

The chivda makes a great afternoon snack.

To store, let the chivda cool completely then store in an airtight container. Should last a couple of weeks.

Dahi Vada in Appe Pan (Not deep Fried)

We love dahi vada but not the oil absorbed during deep frying. So what is the solution? Do not deep fry the vadas, use you aebleskiver or appe pan instead. With a few drops of oil you get the same deep fried taste and flavor.

Instead of using urad dal for this recipe I used moong dal. I was in a hurry. I decided to make dahi vada at 2 in the afternoon. There was no time to soak the dal so I switched dals and used moong dal instead. Worked out well.

After I had run the soaked dal through the food processor I ran a hand blender through the dal to make it light and fluffy. That and the use of some baking soda helped make the dahi vada soft and light.

I recently invested in an appe or aebleskiver pan. Since then I have tried a few deep fried treats using the pan. So far I have been very happy with the results. You will see many more recipes from me using this pan.

You will need
1 cup moong dal
1 Serrano pepper
1 tsp. baking soda or 1/4 tsp. Eno Fruit salt
1 tsp. paprika
salt to taste

For the dahi
2 cups yogurt
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin powder

For the garnish
Tamarind dates sweet chutney
cumin powder

Prepare the dahi and refrigerate. Prepare the sweet tamarind date chutney following the recipe here. If you do not have cumin powder roast cumin seeds until fragrant and grind to a powder.

Soak the dal for at least two hours in warm water. Drain the water and discard. Using as little water as possible grind to a coarse paste in the food processor. Add the other ingredients for the batter and keep it ready. If you are using Eno add it after the pan is heated.

Heat your aebleskiver or appe pan and add a few drops of oil in each of the wells.

Add a tablespoon of the batter in each well of the hot pan.

Let it cook until just browning before flipping it over. Cook the other side.

Remove from heat and soak in cold water for a minute. Pull the vada out of the water and give it a little squeeze to get all the water out.

Add the vada to the prepared dahi. Repeat for all the vadas. To plate this dish put 2-3 vadas with dahi on the plate. Sprinkle paprika and cumin powder over the top. Drizzle the sweet tamarind date chutney. Adjust the flavoring to taste.


Sweet Tamarind Date Chutney

This chutney is used as a garnish for a lot of snacks and chaat. It is a simple basic recipe that is good to know. You have to remember to soak the tamarind but the recipe itself is very simple.

1 orange size ball tamarind
12 dates
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin powder
1/2 tsp. rock salt (kala namak)
salt to taste

In a microwavable mixing bowl bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Break up and add the tamarind to the water. Keep aside for 30 minutes. In another microwavable bowl bring a cup of water to a boil. Add the dates and let them soak for 5-10 minutes. Blend the dates to a puree in a blender. Keep aside.

After 30 minutes rub the tamarind in the water to squeeze out all the pulp. Pour the liquid through a strainer and discard the pulp. In a pan bring the tamarind juice to a boil. Add the date puree, paprika, cumin powder, rock salt and salt. Add half a cup of water. Let the chutney cook until it thickens and the flavors blend together. Adjust seasoning. If the chutney is too tart you may add a little sugar. Turn off heat and cool completely.

Vegetarian Paneer Tomato Stromboli

Stromboli is a stuffed turnover. I had bookmarked this recipe a long time back but never got a chance to make it. My daughter loves stuffed bread a lot. I had made stuffed buns before and decided to use the same paneer and tomato filling for the stromboli.

My daughter helped me fold it and really did justice to the end result as well. The dough was crispy but not chewy and the filling was delicious. It was gone very quickly. Next time you are looking for a quick crowd pleaser try this recipe.

I made the dough as given in this link. It is the same as the recipe for Italian bread.

You will need
For the dough
3 cups flour (I used 50% whole white wheat and 50% all purpose flour)
1/4 oz. instant yeast
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 pinch of sugar
1 cup warm water

1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dried oregano

For the filling
14 oz. paneer (directions for homemade paneer here)
2 medium tomatoes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. cumin seeds
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tbsp. dried basil
1 tsp. paprika (adjust quantity to taste)

In a mixing bowl sift in the flour. Add all the dry ingredients. Pour in the water. Using hands moistened with water combine all the ingredients to form a soft dough. Using a half tablespoon oil on your hand knead the dough for 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Cover and keep aside until it doubles in volume. 

In the meantime prepare the paneer tomato filling. Follow the instructions here. The filling should be dry and cooled completely before use.

Flour a board and transfer the risen dough on to it. Using a rolling pin roll out a large rectangle. Transfer the prepared rectangle to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Preheat oven to 400 F. Arrange the paneer filling along the center of the rectangle lengthwise as shown. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut the dough around the filling as in the picture below.

Fold in the top end. Now starting on one side fold the alternating sides over to the middle at an angle.

Continue to the end. Before folding the last few pieces fold in the end to give it a neat finish. Continue folding in the sides over the end piece. 

Drizzle a half tablespoon of oil over the top. Sprinkle dried oregano. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes. You may use an egg wash if you want to get the golden brown color. I skipped that.

Cool on a rack for a few minutes. Slice and serve. 


Shira / Sheera / Suji Halwa

The other day after a heavy lunch nobody was in the mood for a full meal for dinner. I offered to make upama when my daughter asked if I could make sheera instead. That was when I realized that I did not have the simple sheera recipe on this space. I have banana sheera and mango sheera but not the plain version. So I decided to set that straight and post this recipe right away.

If you choose to heat the milk and water in a microwavable cup use a mitten when pouring it over the rava. I learnt this the hard way when the steam burnt the fingers of my hand.

You will need
2 tbsp. ghee
1 cup semolina or rava
1 cup water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. sugar

To garnish
1 pod cardamom
1 tsp. ghee

Heat the ghee in a pan and add the rava. Roast the rava stirring occasionally on low to medium heat taking care it does not burn. Do not let it turn brown.

Combine the water and milk in a microwavable cup and bring to a boil, anywhere from 1 and half to 3 minutes depending upon your microwave. Alternately heat the milk and water in a separate pan on the stove top.

Pour the hot liquid over the roasted rava. Stir to combine and cover. After a minute remove the lid and mix the rava with the now absorbed liquid. Cover and repeat another two times.

In a separate small pan heat the ghee for garnishing and add the cashews. When browned slightly add the raisins. When they puff up turn off heat. Add the cashews and raisins to the sheera. Shell the cardamom and pound the seeds. Add the powder to the sheera. Mix one last time and turn off heat.

Sheera taste great when it is warm.

This is my entry for week three, day three of BM #43 for the theme Healthy Desserts. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#43.

This is also my entry for week 33 for the 2014 52 week challenge for the them Opposite side of the world.

Healthy Gajar Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Gajar Halwa is usually a favorite with kids of all ages. It is a simple dessert that can be very rich or lightened up considerably. My health conscious mother always went for the lightened up version. I remember coming home from school and having warm freshly made halwa as a snack.

My husband has a sweet tooth and so does my daughter. But neither like the rich loaded version of halwa. Instead we all prefer this version. My father is visiting so I made this as part of lunch today.

I made a very small portion with two carrots because no one likes to eat big portions of desserts in my house.

You will need
2 carrots
1/4 cup milk (at least 1%)
1/2 tsp. ghee

For garnish
4-5 cashews
8-10 raisins
5-6 slivered almonds
1/2 tsp ghee
1 pod cardamom

Pressure cook the carrots whole until tender. In my pressure cooker this is 5 minutes with whistle on before turning off heat. For whistling cookers this would be one whistle. Let the pressure go down on its own before opening the cooker. Let the carrots cool.

Using a scraper or dull knife scrape away the skin of the carrots. It should come away very easily. Break the carrot open length wise and discard the uncooked center stalk. Mash the pulp lightly and keep aside.

In a pan heat ghee and add the carrots. Saute for a couple minutes and then add the milk. On low heat let the mixture thicken.

Meanwhile heat the ghee for garnishing in a separate pan and roast the cashews, almonds and raisins. Keep aside.

When the carrot mixture thickens turn off heat. Shell the cardamom and crush the seeds to a powder. Add this powder and the roasted nuts and raisins to the halwa.


This is my entry for week three, day two of BM #43 for the theme Healthy Desserts. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#43.

Chocolate Covered Banana Bites

Banana, chocolate and peanut butter - what more could your child want? Bite sized treats are always the most loved and these chocolate covered bananas filled with peanut butter are no exception.

My daughter has a sweet tooth and likes something small after a meal. She is not really fond of anything very sweet so this is a perfect treat for her. She can make it herself and it satisfies her need for something sweet.

I made these on a very hot day and even in my temperature controlled kitchen I had a hard time piping the peanut butter. I finally put the piping bag in the refrigerator for a few minutes along with the chocolate dipped bananas and that did the trick.

You will need
1 banana
1 handful of chocolate chips (I use Nestle semi sweet chips)
1 tbsp. milk
3 tbsp. peanut butter

Peel and cut the banana into 1-1 1/2 inch pieces. Using a spoon scoop out the center.

Place the chocolate chips in a bowl and melt them in the microwave. About 30-35 seconds stirring twice should do the trick. Add in the milk and stir the chocolate well. Swirl the banana pieces in the chocolate and place them upright on a plate. Refrigerate for an hour until the chocolate hardens. Put peanut butter in a piping bag with a wide nozzle. Pipe it into the hollowed banana letting it spill over the top. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes.


This is my entry for week three, day one of BM #43 for the theme Healthy Desserts. Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#43.

Blueberry Smoothie

A few days back I froze a few blueberries for another recipe and had a few leftover. Perfect for this smoothie! Just throw in the frozen berries with a few slices of banana and unflavored yogurt.

You will need
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) (I used fresh berries that I froze for a day)
1/4 cup chopped banana (a little less than half)
1 cup unflavored yogurt
a pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)
5-6 ice cubes (use only if using unfrozen berries)

Mix everything together in a blender jar and blend until smooth.


Cantaloupe Lime Smoothie

Cantaloupe and lime with a little bit of peach! The result is a refreshing and filling smoothie great for breakfast or to cool down on a hot summer afternoon.

I like to make this whenever I have a really sweet cantaloupe.

You will need
1 1/2 cups cantaloupe
1/2 peach
1 lime
handful ice cubes

Squeeze the juice from one lime in a blender jar. Add the cantaloupe, peach and ice cubes. Blend until smooth.


Use the juice of a whole lemon especially if the cantaloupe is sweet.
The peach is needed to complete the flavor profile. Do not skip the peach.

Narali Bhaat / Coconut Rice for Narali Pornima

Narali purnima or the full moon during the month of Shraavan. The day when coastal Maharashtra breaks a coconut at the beach to pray for a good post monsoon fishing season. The menu for the day includes the dessert Narali bhaat or coconut rice. Fresh coconut is combined with the local staple - rice, to make this delicious dish.

The menu includes, from the top clockwise, a bowl of tomato dal, potato bhaji, bharli wangi, poli, cucumber koshimbir and in the center narali bhaat.

The recipes for tomato dal and cucumber koshimbir will be updated in the next week.

For narali bhaat you will need
1 cup brown rice
1 cup shredded fresh or frozen coconut
1 scant cup jaggery or sugar
1 clove
1 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter

For garnish
1 tbsp. ghee
a few each of cashews, almonds sliver, raisins etc.
1 pod cardamom

Thaw the coconut if using frozen. Grate the jaggery. Soak the rice for half an hour. Drain and rinse.

Melt ghee in a pan and add the clove. When fragrant in about 1-2 minutes, add the rice with 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, lower heat, cover and cook. When the rice is almost cooked, about 20-35 minutes, add the coconut and jaggery. Mix carefully without breaking the rice grain. Let it cook another 5 minutes. During this time the jaggery will melt and coat the rice as it thickens.

Shell the cardamom and pound the seeds to a powder. Heat ghee in a separate pan and roast the cashews, almond slivers and raisins.

When the rice is done turn off heat. Sprinkle the cardamom and garnish ingredients.


This is my entry for week 32 of the 2014 52 week challenge for the theme favorites.

Double Strawberry Smoothie

If you like your smoothies sweet then this smoothie is not for you. But if you really like fruits and berries then you will love it. Three ingredients and ice is all it takes.

The first time I made this smoothie I decided to make just one cup for myself. I loved the rich creamy texture and the taste of berries. The next day I made it for my breakfast but asked my daughter to take a sip. Expecting a sweet smoothie she crinkled her nose at the mildly tart taste. Without thinking I starting my mommy lecture 'the first strawberry never tastes sweet. Your tongue needs time to adjust to the tart taste. By the third strawberry you start enjoying it.' She took two more sips and the next thing I know she put down an empty cup. It is that good. Try it.

You will need
1/4 cup cranberry juice
8 oz. strawberry yogurt (any brand)
a handful of strawberries (preferably fresh but frozen will do)
a handful of ice cubes (leave them out if using frozen strawberries)

Put everything in the blender and blend until smooth. If you have a problem with strawberry seeds run the smoothie through a sieve. No honestly, there is nothing you can do about the seeds other than use a different fruit.


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