Pizza-Home made base with Wheat flour

My love for freshly baked pizza's made me go through the efforts to bake a home made pizza. The health factor added a bonus.. Whole wheat pizza was a n additional plus for me to try this....Hope you all like it..

1 cup Maida
1 cup wheat flour
Salt to taste
Sugar And
1 Tbspn Yeast

Mix the dry flours together and add salt and sugar. Then add yeast. Mix in warm water and apply oil. Keep aside for 30 ins. Then on cookie sheets roll out the pizza base and seal in plastic bag and keep aside for 8 hrs. Bake for 15 mins @ 350-400F

One cup pasta sauce plus one tsp garlic powder..heat and keep aside.

Take on cup cabbage and one carrot. Shred both and in a pan heat little oil, add onions, and add the cabbage mix. Cook for while. Add Pepper Flakes and salt and let cool.

Now arrange the pizza, apply sauce, then the cabbage mix, then peppers and top with Cheese and bake till cheese melts at 400F for about 10-15 mins


Puran Poli and Katachi Amti

Holi re holi!!
Purnachi Poli!!

So here goes my rec for Puran Poli;;so many memories are attached to this dish.. where do I start.. may be birthdays..special occasions, My mom always made and still does make these fab poli's...everyone has a different version, but I follow Mum's rec to the T....

you will need
For the Puran;
3 cups Chana Dal
2 cups Gul or Jaggery
1 cup sugar

IN pressure cooker, add the washed dal and 7-8 cups water. Pressure cook for abt 7 whistles. let cool. once cool, strain the dal so that all water is separated and the dal is dry. Once again take this in a cooker and add gul and sugar. on low heat, cook this till the mixture starts leaving sides and starts sticking to the spoon. Keep stirring this from the time you put it on heat. You will reach a point when your arms will talk to you. The mixture will look dry and The spoon if made to stand will stand on it's own....your puran is done...

for the cover;
2 cups Flour/Atta
2 cups All purpose Flour
Generous Oil..and water

Make the dough like regular roti...cover with liberal amount of oil.. keep aside for 2 hrs.

.. Make balls of puran and the dough and then like stuffed parathas, make the poli's....on a medium heated tava, cook the poli well... apply ghee and serve hot...

For Katachi Amti;
You will need
Kat-water from the dal
Tamarind Juice/paste
Curry leaves
Red chili powder
Dry Coconut powder
Cumin seeds
Cinnamon stick
Salt to taste

Use the water you drained from the dal ( we call this water as "Kat") to this add one big tennis ball size of puran, little jaggery, little tamarind paste, red chili powder, curry leaves, salt and keep aside.
In a pan, roast Cumin seeds and dry coconut with cloves, peppercorns, Cinnamon stick. after the mix turns brown, grind it into powder. add this to the dal mix. Boil this mixture for about 10 mins. Garnish with Cilantro if you like.

This amti/dal goes well with Puran poli as well as Plain Rice with a dollop of ghee.


Peppermint Cookies

I know this is long due rec.. I had made them in December.. after the Christmas party my kids had at school. I ended up with so much candy cane, that I could not let it stand on my counter, as candy left alone is itself a sign of danger when kids are i decide to make these cookies...
You will need;
8 tablespoons Butter
1 and 1/2 cup sugar
approx 2 cups All purpose Flour
Orange extract
Candy cane crushed
Vanilla Essence
Little milk

Take cold butter and make small pieces of that. to this add sugar and cream well. then add the flour and the orange extract. little vanilla and mix to form soft dough. Add milk if needed.
Cover in plastic wrap and chill for abt 30 mins...
After that roll into half cm thick and cut cookies of the desired shape.... I chose Heart as my little Helper wanted hearts that day...and bake at 300 F till they turn slight brown...for abt 7-8 mins...

Sweet and Sour Veggies

MY love for Indian Chinese had made me try this rec..I absolutely love Chinese food specially the food That I used to hog on when I was in college.. my nutritious lunch as we called it.....

you will need..

one big onion diced
one green bell pepper-diced
10 baby corns--small dices
half red bell pepper
cauliflower florets/broccoli florets..
one inch ginger-finely chopped
3 cloves garlic- finely chopped

For the sauce

one tbspn soy sauce
one tbsn..chili garlic paste
two tbspns tomato ketchup
salt and sugar to taste...

Mix all the sauces ..add salt and sugar.. and keep aside

In a wok.. heat oil...add the ginger and garlic....fry for a min or so.... then add veggies.. and on a high flame...stir fry them...once the veggies are half cooked,,... add the sauce's... little water and cook them..till the veggies are cooked but do not loose the crunch.... finally if you like add one tspn corn flour, mixed in water and cook for one minute..

The sweet and sour veggies are ready...Njoiii with steamed plain white rice or some Hakka Noodles here  or Tava Pulav Here

Love Ash.

Hakka Noodles

You will need;
One packet cooked Hakka noodles..Cook as per packet instructions..
1/2 green and red bell pepper..cut in long strips
one carrot-shredded
one small cup french beans--cut like pepper
spring onions..cut in cup-4oz.
One inch Ginger--finely chopped
3-4 cloves garlic finely chopped
Salt and sugar to taste

beans sprouts optional....
corn optional

soy sauce one tbsn and one tbsn chili garlic sauce

In a wok, heat oil on a high flame, add ginger and garlic.. fry for one min...then add onions.. peppers..and remaining veggies....add the sauces..salt and sugar..
stir continuously...lastly add the cooked noodles.. and fry for anr couple of min's...serve hott!!!

Black Forest Cake

This cake I made specially for my Three adorable men.. my three musketeers// for rec foll Vah Chef's rec.
Many of my Friends have Been asking me for the rec.. The recipe is simple.. bake two chocolate cakes... and whipped cream icing. See my blog for rec for whipped cream icing...THe link to the rec. of whipped cream icing is;

Assembling the cake is an art...
You Will need.. choc cake layer minimum two..
Shaved Dark Chocolate--One bar will do
Whipped Cream icing.. Minimum 2 cups...
Cherries for decoration
half cup sugar syrup
Take the plate.. place one layer of the cake.. prick with a fork. moist with sugar can add half cup Rum to the sugar syrup....then ice with cream.. spread chopped cherries.. place anr layer of the cake.. moist with sugar syrup.. and ice the sides... and the top... make nice borders or laces with the cream... then dust the chocolate shavings over the cake top and sides.... and arrange cherries on the top....
NJoii the Black Forest cake.........Hope you will update me on how it tasted and pics if possible........