Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Grated Mango Pickle / Instant Mango Pickle

  As season of mangoes are in peak , it is the perfect time to make delicious pickles. We love pickles with our curd rice .

  For this month’s Shhhh secretly cooking I was paired with Mayuri Patel of Mayuri’s Jikoni . She was one who asked me whether I was interested in joining the group . I am happy with the ingredients she gave – Fenugreek  and oil along with the common ingredient Mango .

    Instant Mango pickle is the quick and delicious pickle. I made it with a mango and finished in two days.

Requirements :

1 large Raw Mango
1 Tbs Red chilli powder
¼ tsp Turmeric powder ( optional )
6 tbs Sesame oil
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp Salt
¼ tsp Mustard seeds + ¼ tsp for tempering
¼ tsp Fenugreek Seeds

Method :

Wash and pat dry the mango. Peel off the skin if don’t want to use.

I grated the mango along with the skin.

Dry roast fenugreek and mustard seeds separately and grind into a coarse powder.

Heat two tbsp of sesame oil in a pan , add the asafoetida and mustard seeds. When they splutter , add the grated mango and sauté.
After few minutes , the mango pieces change into transparent. Add in the chilli powder and salt.

Continue sautéing till the oil oozes out , add in the ground powder and give a quick stir along with the remaining oil.

Take off flame and let it cool and store in sterile jars.
Grated mango pickle are ready to serve.

Serve with curd rice , lemon rice , Idli , Dosa or roti.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tea Tasting - Tsakafi Review

  Tea being one of the common drink worldwide and  everyone’s favorite drink. In most of the homes in India , their day starts with a cup of tea / coffee.

   Tea has lot of health benefits compared to coffee. This post is a review for Tsakafi tea products which I received for reviewing.

    TsakafiTsa means Tea and Kafi means coffee. They sell tea , coffee , coffee filter , pots and infusers.

  I will be reviewing five different tea varities, which I brewed and tasted.

1.   Chamomile Tea
This was the first time I am tasting this tea. I had heard a lot about this tea. The tea itself has a nice aroma. I tasted and a nice aroma filled my mouth and the tastebuds.

2.   Mint Tea
           Mint tea is a cure for indigestion or after a heavy meal         to aid in digestion. We can see the mint leaves in the              tea. When brewed we can smell the nice aroma of the            fresh mint.

3.   Jasmine Tea
   Jasmine is my favorite of all the tea. When I looked the pack , it has the jasmine buds and petals has been added to the tea leaves to give it the scent of the jasmine. The tea has the scent of jasmine. When I tasted the tea , the jasmine smell was all around the mouth and I liked it.

4.   Nilgiris Tea
This tea is the common tea which we use in our home. It tastes similar to the tea which I have daily.

5.   Green Tea
          The tea leaves looked like a whole leaf is rolled into a small ball. When brewed it gives a nice green colour to the tea.

  All the teas I tasted where brewed and sipped without sugar and milk , to taste the exact taste and flavour. The tea tastes good and are worth for the money.

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Disclaimer : 

 This is not a paid review and all the views are my own after tasting the product.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Gai Mei Bao or Chinese Cocktail/ Coconut Buns - We Knead To Bake #38


   This month  (April 2016 ) we baked    Chinese Cocktail / Coconut Buns or Gao Mei Bao.

    This bun has its origins in Hong Kong and is a sweet bun that is filled with a buttery, milky sweet coconut paste. This bun was supposedly created some time in the 1950s in Hong Kong, when the proprietors when the owners of a local bakery were left with quite a few unsold but perfectly good buns.
    The enterprising owners apparently ground them up with sugar to make a filling which was put into freshly baked buns the next day. Talk about a creative solution to re-inventing leftovers!

   While the original buns were made with filling made only from left over buns and sugar, more creative bakers eventually added more flavour to the new buns by adding coconut, butter and milk to the filling. This has now become the accepted filling for these Chinese Cocktail/ Coconut Buns.

     The “Cocktail” in the name is thought to be a comparison of the rather ‘interesting’ mixture of unusual filling ingredients in the buns to a bartender’s mixture of exotic ingredients that go into creating a cocktail!!
   For the filling, you could use desiccated coconut in the filling but if you can find fresh coconut (even the frozen kind), I’d say go for it because it does make a whole lot of difference. These Buns are typically topped with two stripes and a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
   While they’re quite easy to make, you need to make sure the filling is sealed well inside the dough. Otherwise, the seams will open up when the buns rise and the butter in the filling will leak out during baking which is not at all a desirable thing.
Some recipes call for these buns to be brushed with a sugar or honey glaze as soon as they come out of the oven, but I left that out because I didn’t want these Buns any sweeter.

    If you want to use the glaze, mix together about half a tablespoon each of caster sugar and hot water for the sugar glaze or a tablespoon of honey and half a tablespoon of water for the honey glaze.
Here’s a video which demonstrates how to make these buns - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydca4A3be0E

Gai Mei Bao or Chinese Cocktail/ Coconut Buns
(Adapted from http://thewoksoflife.com/2015/07/coconut-buns-cocktail-buns/)


For the Bread Dough:
2/3 cup warm milk
1 large egg
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp corn-starch
1 tsp instant yeast
3/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:
50 gm butter, soft at room temperature
1 1/2 tbsp caster sugar
1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/8 cup milk powder
1/3 cup fresh grated coconut
For the Topping :
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
25 butter, soft at room temperature
2 tsp caster sugar

A little milk (or egg wash)
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds for sprinkling

First make the bread dough. Put all the ingredients listed under bread dough into a processor bowl (or knead by hand) and knead together until you have a soft and smooth dough that is just short of sticky. Knead in a little more flour if your dough is sticky.

Shape it into a ball and place in an oiled bowl, turning the dough so it is well coated with oil. Cover loosely and let it rise till double in volume. This should take about an hour to one and half hours.
In the meantime, prepare both the filling and the topping. For the filling, mix together all the ingredients into a paste and keep aside. Similarly, mix together all the ingredients (not the milk and sesame seeds) for the topping into a smooth paste. Transfer this to a piping bag.

Once the dough has risen well, turn it out onto your work surface and lightly sprinkle with flour. Knead the dough a few times to deflate it and then divide it into 6 equal portions.  Working with one piece of dough at a time, flatten the dough out into a rough oval about 4” by 3”. 

Put about a tablespoon of the filling (1/6th portion) in the middle and then pinch together the two long edges of the oval over the filling and seal well, tucking the ends in to make a smooth oval shaped bun with rounded ends. Make sure the buns have been sealed well or the filling will leak out during baking and end up sitting in pools of melted butter!

Place the buns on a lined baking tray and cover loosely. Let them rise a bit for about 45 minutes. Brush the buns with milk (or egg wash if you use it). Now cut the tip off the piping bag (a small hole is good) and pipe two lines of the topping across the length of the buns . Also sprinkle some of the sesame seeds on top of each bun.

Bake them at 180C (350F) for about 20 to 25 minutes till done and golden brown. Brush them with a sugar or honey glaze, if you would like to, as soon as they come out of the oven. Let them cool on racks. Serve warm or at room temperature with coffee or tea, or as a snack.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Potato Sliders - with homemade whole wheat Buns #RecipeRedux


   The finger food is common in each and every culture . We Indians prefer to eat our every meal with hand , it is our culture.

I made this potato sliders with the homemade whole wheat buns long before and this recipe was my post for this month’s theme.

May 2016 – Theme

Small Plates For Sunny Days
Small bites are perfect for trying many different tastes. Take tapas style eating outside for al fresco dining or a simple picnic. Or maybe you’re serving small bites at a bridal or baby shower or a graduation party. Show us your healthy take on small plates and finger foods.

 Sliders can be had as an appetizer , snack or for breakfast , lunch or dinner. Easy to make and will be a filling meal.

                               Mini Potato Slider

 I made the whole wheat mini Burger Buns a day before and made the patties next day and served these sliders.

  You can use store bought slider buns for this.

Requirements :

4 Mini Whole wheat Buns
4 slices of Tomato slices
4 round Cabbage  leaf
4 Onion Slices
Capsicum pieces
1 cup Hung curd
Black Pepper Crushed
2 tbs Butter

For Potato Patties :
2 large potato
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbs rolled oats
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbs corn flour
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Method :

Making of Potato Patties

 Boil the potato and peel skin off and mash.
To the mashed potato , add the ginger garlic paste , chilli powder , salt and mix well.
   Add in the corn flour and mix well. Shape into round patties.

Spread the oats in a flat plate and roll the patties in the oats , so all the surfaces are coated with oats . This gives a crunchy crust to patties.

 Shallow fry the patties till golden brown.

Arranging the Slider

  Cut the slider buns to two halves.    
 Melt 2 tbs of butter on a griddle or skillet over medium heat . Place the buns with the cut side down on the melted butter. Cook for  30 to 40 seconds , until golden brown and toasted.

Mix salt and pepper powder to the hung curd. You can use cream cheese instead of hung curd.

Spread the hung curd mixture on upper and lower halves toasted side.

On the top of lower half  , place  a slice of tomato followed by cabbage . Then place the potato patties followed by a slice of onion and capsicum pieces.

Place the top half of the bun and insert a long tooth pick.

Serve immediately. Makes four potato sliders.

Potato Sliders with whole  wheat bun is ready to serve.



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