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Pizza Buns | Cheesy Pizza Buns

The first rain of this winter season…B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! I wish I could express EXACTLY how I feel right now. It’s raining here since yesterday and I am enjoying this. 😀 Everything just looks so beautiful. ❤  A cup of tea and a plate of hot bhajiyas is all I need right now. What could be better than this? But, I had those calories yesterday so I want something different now ;)…something hot, cheesy, and freshly baked! Pizza? Yeah, anytime.

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I have made pizza so many times that even I’m bored with the same process. 😀 So, to make the process more interesting I made Pizza Buns. Not that I hate regular pizza but this is just a way to hide the calories inside the buns and make it look more interesting. 😉 Pizza bun is a treat for every pizza lover. Give this recipe a try and stuff the pizza buns with your choice of stuffing and enjoy the small pizza bites.

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These cheesy pizza buns are sure to be hit at every get-together/ house party/ potluck. Try this recipe and I am sure you will never be going to order pizza from the store. Homemade pizzas taste much much better than store bought as they are freshly baked with fresh ingredients. Do you know what is the great thing about homemade pizza is? You can always stuff them with the extra amount of cheese you want.

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Serves 12-14 Buns

Ingredients

For Bun

  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Packet Pizza crust yeast
  • ½ Cup 3tbsp warm water
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 1 ½ Tsp sugar
  • ½ Tsp salt

For Pizza Stuffing

  • ½ Cup Green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ Cup Red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ Cup onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup grated mozzarella cheese (or as required)
  • 1 Tbsp pizza seasoning
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 Tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Salt as required

In a bowl

  • ¼ Cup melted butter
  • 1 Tsp pizza seasoning

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Recipe:

Step 1- In a large mixing bowl, take warm water and mix pizza crust yeast to it. Wait until it gets frothy. Then add sugar, salt, and oil to the bowl and mix with a spoon

Step 2- Add all-purpose flour to the mixture and knead for good 5mins. Add more flour if required. Cover the dough and keep aside. Meanwhile, the dough is rising (although it’s not required because we are using instant yeast here) prepare the pizza stuffing

Step 3- Heat butter in a pan and saute garlic and crushed pepper for 30secs. Add the chopped veggies and fry on high flame until half cooked (3-4minx max). Add oregano, pizza seasoning, ketchup, and salt as required. Mix well and turn off the flame. let it cool down completely

Step 4- Add grated cheese when the mixture cools down completely. Mix gently and keep the mixture aside

Step 5- Preheat the oven to 425ºF. That’s how the dough looks like after 45mins. 😀 Divide the dough into 12-14 equal parts. Roll each into a small and thick poori and place 2tbsp pizza stuffing in the center and start pleating from the edges. Bring in the center and close so that the stuffing doesn’t come out. Follow the steps for the rest of the ball

Step 6- Grease a baking tray and arrange them in the tray. Brush them with melted butter and seasoning mix. Place the tray in the heated oven and bake for 13-15mins. Remove the tray from the oven and brush some more butter and pizza seasoning mix over it

Serve the pizza buns with coke or choice of your drink and enjoy. 🙂

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Broiled Corn On The Cob

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As you walk along the roadside in India during the rainy season, this is a pretty common sight almost on every street…Street vendors with the piles of Bhutta (corn)  roasting it on the coal fire. Rub some spices and lime over it and serve it hot to their customers. I miss those days when my daddy uses to bring street side grilled Bhuttas every evening while coming back to home. It is an irresistible snack which I am sure everyone out there must have tried at least once and there must be some sweet memories attached to them. 🙂

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What I really miss here is the smell of fresh Bhutta plucked from the farm and then roasted on a charcoal/grill, rubbed with some spices, salt, and lime. Luckily, stores here are now loaded with fresh, juicy and sweet corns…EXACTLY the kind of Corn I was looking for. What do you do when you want the taste of grilled corn and that brown color on your Bhutta? I got a solution for that…Broil them. This will give the perfect texture and taste…crispy outside and juicy inside.

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This is an easy, quick and SUPERHIT snack for me and my husband. We both love it and enjoy it to the last bite. Every time when I make it there isn’t a single piece left from the corn. If you have not yet tried this then grab some sweet corn on the cob soon and try this recipe. You just need 4 Ingredients for that…Butter, Salt/ seasoning salt, red chili powder, and lime.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Corn on the cob
  • Butter
  • ½ Tsp Salt/ seasoned salt/ Garlic salt
  • ½ Tsp red chili powder
  • Lime

Recipe:

Set the oven to broil. Wash and pat dry the corn on the cobs. Rub butter all over the corn on the cob. Sprinkle salt and red chili powder as required. Place the corn cobs on the aluminium/cookie sheet and place them in the heated oven. Broil for 8mins minutes from each side (approx 16-18min total) or until slightly brown on the tips. Remove from the oven, rub some lime and sprinkle salt and spices. Serve hot.

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Flavored Greek Yogurt​ | Homemade Berries Greek Yogurt

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Oh-My-Goodness…I just made three flavored Greek yogurt and b-u-o-yyy they look pretty gorgeous. ❤ And by the way, this is the first time I made flavored Greek yogurt and I am absolutely loving this homemade, sugar-free and guilt-free flavored Greek yogurts.  Try these Flavored Greek Yogurt at home and I assure you will never go back to buying store-bought Flavored Greek Yogurts. My favorite brand of flavored Greek yogurt is Chobani and I wanted to replicate the taste and texture. BANG ON! The perfect taste and texture I got and that too without adding any artificial color or sweetener. HAPPY ME! 🙂 For sweetener, to avoid sugar I have added organic raw honey to make the yogurt sweet.

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Flavored Greek yogurt with some boiled eggs on the side is my hubby’s favorite breakfast. 😀 I feel good that morning breakfasts are sorted for few days. Phew! And me? Oh, I love having flavored Greek yogurt whenever I can crave for ice-creams. Just freeze them for an hour and eat…a healthy version of ice-cream.

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Mixed Berries, a beautiful treat for your eyes. ❤ From breakfast to brunch and from meals to desserts to drinks, there are lots and lots of ways to use them. Ahh..yes of course, if by any chance you don’t munch them all before using them in any recipe. 😀 So, before munching them all I finally decided to try the flavored Greek yogurt and the result is here…Gorgeous looking flavored Greek yogurt bowls. ❤ If you don’t get fresh berries then use the frozen ones and thaw them before use. Do try these gorgeous flavored fresh berries Greek yogurt at home and Thank me later. 😀

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ Cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ Cup fresh raspberries
  • ¼ Cup fresh blackberries
  • Honey as required

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Recipe:

Step 1- One by one,  take berries separately with honey in a jar and pulse them for 10-15 seconds and transfer to bowls separately. Do not puree the berries

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Step 2- Take separate bowls for each flavor, add 1 Tbsp of the berry pulp with the ¼-½ cup of Greek yogurt, Gently stir and top with some berries. Make another batch and enjoy

The fresh homemade flavored Greek yogurt is ready to eat. Enjoy eating fresh and healthy. Store in refrigerator. It stays good for 3-4days.

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Moong Sprouts Tikki | Healthy Sprouted Moong Tikki/ Cutlet

Moong Sprouts tastes delicious in salads, sandwiches, chat, curry, or eat as it is. Moong sprouts are packed with nutrients and are rich in protein and high in fiber. If you are not a fan of eating moong sprouts in salad or sandwiches then try this Moong Sprout Tikki/ cutlet and I am sure your opinion is going to change after having this tasty Tikki.

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These Tikkis can be made with ingredients which are easily available in your kitchen. So the next time when you plan to make Tikki for snacks or for your chat party, ditch the idea of making your regular Aloo Tikki/cutlets with these healthy moong sprouts Tikki and serve as a snack to your family including kids too. 😉

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Serve them as it is with tea for your evening snack or use them instead of the regular patty to your burger and enjoy the burger.

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Serves 12-15 Tikkis

Ingredients

  • 2 Cup moong sprouts
  • 1 Cup potato, boiled and mashed
  • 2 Tbsp gram flour
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp coriander powder
  • ½ Tsp black pepper powder
  • 2 Tbps coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt as required
  • 4-5 Tbsp oil

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Recipe:

Step 1- Take sprout moong in a jar and coarsely grind it. Take mashed potatoes to a plate and add the coarse sprout moong to it

 

Step 2- Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, coriander leaves, lemon juice, and salt to it. Mix well

 

Step 3- Divide the mixture into equal balls and flatten a bit like tikki. Heat oil in a tawa/pan and pan fry them on medium-low flame until golden brown from both the sides. Remove to a plate and serve

 

 

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Oven-Dried Grape Tomatoes | Slow-Roasted Grape Tomatoes

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I had a bunch of grape tomatoes which I had bought from the store last week and I had no plans for using them in any recipe. So I oven-dried them today. 😀 Though the traditional method of drying tomatoes require a whole day and of course, the perfect sunny day but thanks to the oven which made my job easy-peasy. This slow roasting/ oven-drying process helps in dehydrates them and concentrate their flavor. Try these oven-dried tomatoes with salad, pasta, fried rice, toasted bread, pizza or in any of the curry which required dried tomatoes, or eats as it is, they always taste yummy. 🙂

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Put those overripe tomatoes for a slow roast in an oven. This only requires 10-15mins of your time that too just for chopping and deseeding the tomatoes. And 2-3hrs of oven drying. Your job is done. 😀 You can use any size tomatoes and make these addictive and delicious dried tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lb grape tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp sea salt

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Recipe:

Step 1- Pre-heat oven at 225ºF at least for 15minutes.

Wash the grape tomatoes and pat dry them. Cut them in half and deseed the tomato slices

Step 2- Line a baking tray with a foil and arrange the tomato slices on the foil. Pour 1tbsp olive oil over the slices and sprinkle sea salt all over them. Roast them for 2 to 2.5hrs. Tomatoes may vary in size so roast them accordingly

Once done then remove them from the oven and let them cool down. Store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for later use.

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Rava Dosa | Instant Rava Dosa

One of the easiest type of dosa to prepare at home without waiting for 1-2days and no need for fermentation of batter is Instant Rava Dosa. Unlike any other regular dosa, this requires only 30mins of your time.

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Sometimes, all you need is a free time for yourself to just relax and enjoy the lazy moments. I obviously do get that free time but still who doesn’t love some really quick fix yet yummy recipes to serve to their family? 😀 That’s when these instant recipes come handy. It is made instantly and could be the quick fix to your breakfast or dinner. Rava Dosa is one such recipe which is a yummy and very quick recipe. Just a minute of chopping and mix everything in a bowl and TADA…it’s ready to cook. Sounds quick and easy??Yeah!…It’s is.

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To make the dosa crisp you need to make the batter of watery consistency so that you can pour the batter in a thin layer over the pan else the dosa will not come out crisp. Also, serve immediately to enjoy the crispiness of the dosa. You need to be fast. 😀 Do try this recipe when you feel lazy and don’t feel like cooking the elaborated meal. This recipe always comes out perfect and makes me happy. 🙂 I am sure you and your family too will love this recipe.

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Serves 8 Dosas

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup rava/ semolina
  • 1 Cup rice flour
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 8-10 Curry leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup coriander leaves
  • Water as required
  • Salt as required

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Recipe:

Step 1- In a mixing bowl take rava, rice flour, all-purpose flour, cumin seeds, and salt.Combine them well with 2 cups of water and make sure there are no lumps formed. Add more or less water as required to make the batter watery consistency

Step 2- Add finely chopped onion, green chilies, curry leaves, and coriander leaves. Give it a nice mix and keep aside for 20-25mins

make sure the batter is of watery consistency otherwise, the dosas will not turn out crisp

Step 3- Heat a dosa pan and make sure the pan is extra hot. Start pouring the dosa batter from the edges and move towards the center. Turn the flame to medium and cook the dosa. Sprinkle 1 tsp of oil over the dosa and let the base turn golden brown. Serve the dosa with chutney

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Serve hot-hot crispy dosa with coconut chutney and enjoy the crispy dosa anytime. 🙂

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Puff Samosa | Puff Pastry Samosa

Snack time! In case you don’t know what samosa means to an Indian then let me tell you. Samosas with a cup of tea is a popular snack of India and loved by all age group. Even calorie conscious people can’t say no to samosa. And for people like me, samosa is love. 😀 Though the filling and taste may vary region to region, the love for samosa will be the same. ❤  For me having samosa on every weekend with my cup of chai is a must. No, I don’t prepare samosas every weekend, sometimes I buy those frozen samosas from the store just to make sure my breakfast/ snack is sorted. 😀

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Cooking Puff Pastry Samosa is comparably easy for me than cooking the normal Punjabi samosa. 😀 Well, the reason is very simple because for puff pastry samosa I buy pastry sheets from the store that makes my job half done. 😛 To be frank preparing the pastry sheets are a tough task for me as it requires a lot of patience and lot of kneading the dough which is definitely the only thing I hate in cooking, the kneading part. 😛

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This could be the best appetizer for your in-house party next weekend. 😉 Easy to bake and absolutely the best idea to impress the guests.

Serves 18 Samosas

Ingredients:

  • 3 Puff pastry sheets
  • 3 Large boiled potatoes, coarsely mashed
  • 1 Cup green peas, boiled
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp garam masala
  • 1 Tsp amchur powder
  • 1 Tsp red chili powder
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt as required
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil

Spices to be ground for stuffing:

  • 1- inch cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves
  • 4-5 green cardamoms
  • 1 Tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 Tsp black pepper

*feel free to adjust the spices according to you*

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Recipe:

Step 1- Heat a pan/tawa and dry roast all the whole spices on low flame until aromatic and turn off the flame. Let it cool and then grind to a coarse powder

 

Step 2- Heat oil in a pan and splutter cumin seeds. Then add a pinch of asafoetida, chopped ginger-green chilies and saute for a minute. Now add in the boiled green peas and fry for 2mins on medium flame

 

Step 3- Add the coarse masala we made in the starting, garam masala, amchur powder, and red chili powder as per your taste and give everything a nice mix for 1minute. Add the mashed potatoes and required salt to the pan and fry for a minute. Turn off the flame and let the stuffing cool down

 

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Step 4- Follow the instruction on puff pastry box to thaw the puff pastry sheets. Once the pastry sheets are thawed place the puff pastry sheet on a butter paper and cut out into 6 equal parts or desired shapes and apply some water on the edges

 

Step 5- Place 2tbsp of the mixture at the center of each square and fold the pastry over the filling to form a triangle or rectangle as you like. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal the edges. Brush some oil over each pastry and line on a baking tray

Pre-heat oven at 400ºF and bake them for 16-18mins until the samosas are puffed and brown. Bake more if require, make sure they are cooked properly

 

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Let them cool down a bit and the serve the puff samosas with ketchup/ chutney and tea. Enjoy the crispy puffed samosas. 🙂

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