Spicy Keema Rolls

Every now and then its nice to roll up some yeasty dough and create baked goodies in the kitchen. Bread baking gives a high that cannot be explained! The sight of the dough rising up to a perfect double , the heady aroma of that freshly baked bun filling up your home brings in a lot of happiness to my life. And when the two boys munch up on these goodies it just doubles up the joy. Spicy Keema Rolls are very easy to make, well as usual you would say! keema roll 1


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Spicy Keema Rolls
Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: Fusion
An easy baked mutton mince bread rolls
  • For the bread rolls:
  • Plain Flour/ maida - 2½ cups
  • Dry yeast/ fast action yeast - 2 tbsp.
  • Luke warm water - 100 ml
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - 2tbsp
  • Egg - 1 lightly beaten
  • For the mince filling:
  • Mutton mince - 250 gms
  • Onions - 1 medium - finely chopped
  • Tomato puree - 1 tbsp.
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Tumeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Ginger /garlic paste - 1 tbsp.
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 1 or 2 finely chopped
  • Refined oil - 1 tbsp
  1. First lets make the dough for the rolls.
  2. In a cup take the lukewarm water, dissolve the yeast and sugar and keep aside for the yeast to activate for 10 mins till the mixture froths up.
  3. In a bowl, take the plain flour, sugar and olive oil. Mix the yeast mixture and knead into a soft dough.
  4. Knead the dough for atleast 7-8 mins, till its soft and springy. Cover with bowl with a cling wrap and keep in a warm place for the dough to rise and double up in size.
  5. In the meanwhile, in a pan heat the oil. Fry the chopped onions, ginger garlic paste till translucent.
  6. Add the mutton mince, chilli powder, turmeric, cumin powder and the tomato puree.
  7. Mix well and cook the mixture till it gets a nice brown colour.
  8. Now add the salt, chopped green chillies and the garam masala powder. Add half cup water, cover and let it cook till the water dries up and the mince is cooked.
  9. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool.
  10. Now back to the dough.
  11. The dough would have doubled up by now. Take it out on a flat surface and with light pressure punch out the air. Knead very softly and make 8-10 small balls.
  12. Roll out each ball into flat oval shape.
  13. Place a spoonful of the mince in the centre and make 4 cuts on each side of the rolled out dough.
  14. Now give them the shape of a braided roll by rolling up the cut sides into the opposite side and tightly securing the mince inside.
  15. Make all the rolls similarly.
  16. Place the rolls on a tray lined with foil and brush each rolls with some lightly beaten egg.
  17. Preheat oven to 180 deg C and bake the rolls for 15-20 mins till they get a nice golden colour.
  18. Serve hot.

Instant Besan Laddoos

With Raksha Bandhan just around the corner, this is a good time to share this easy laddoo recipe that the sisters can whip up for their loving brothers on the festive day. I don’t have a brother of my own but my army of cousin brothers have never made me feel left out on Raksha bandhan. It is a day I love to cook for them and feed them and pamper them in everyway I can. Along with an elaborate lunch spread , this instant besan laddoo recipe would come very handy I suppose. The traditional method of making these gramflour laddoos can get quite tedious but not anymore. This microwave recipe will take just about 10 mins and just a few basic ingredients. I am always a bit apprehensive in trying out shortcut methods but have to admit that sometimes such time saving recipes are a saviour.



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Instant Besan Laddoos
Recipe type: Indian Sweet
Cuisine: Indian
Instant gramflour laddoos
  • Gramflour/Besan - 1½ cup
  • Powdered Sugar - ½ cup
  • Semolina / suji - 2 tbsp.
  • Ghee - 6 tbsp.
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
  • Cashewnuts - a handful - ground into a powder
  • Raisins/Kishmish - few for garnish
  1. In a microwave safe bowl , melt the ghee at micro hi power for 30 secs.
  2. Take the bowl out and add the semolina and the gramflour and mix well.
  3. Now put the bowl back into the micro at hi power for 1 min.
  4. Take out and mix well.
  5. Repeat this process twice.
  6. Take the bowl out and add a pich of salt,cardamom powder and cashewnut powder. Give it a good mix and allow it to cool.
  7. Once the mix has cooled down , add the powderd sugar and mix it well with your hands.
  8. Now grease your hands with a little ghee/butter and make small balls , the size of laddoos.
  9. Garnish with raisins and serve.

Boozy Peaches & Cream

Somedays you just need some pick me ups. Somedays you just want to pamper yourself. And what better way than desserts to do that for you. Desserts that don’t need much preps but is a taste of heaven. Desserts that you can put together in a jiffy. This Boozy Peaches and Cream recipe is just that!

Now Peaches &  Cream is a classic and you shoud not fiddle around too much with cassic recipes. Its a simple summertime dessert consisting of sliced peaches with some whipped cream, quite popular in the South American countries. In Kolkata however tha availability of great quality peaches is kind of limited. I managed to get hold of a batch a while ago and added my little boozy twist to it. A ribboned bottle of Baileys was lying around for long and it went perfectly with peaches and cream.

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Boozy Peaches & Cream
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Continental
A summertime dessert with a boozy twist
  • Fresh cream - a cup - I used Amul and it worked well
  • Powdered sugar - 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Peaches - 3-4 sliced - look for tart peaches or else they get mushy while grilling
  • Baileys or any other coffee flavoured liquer - 3-4 tbsp.
  • Butter - 1 tbsp.- to grill the peaches
  1. In a bowl , whip the fresh cream till its get a thick consistency.
  2. Add the powedered sugar and mix well.
  3. Add the baileys liqueur and keep refrigerated to chill.
  4. In a pan heat the butter and add the sugar.
  5. Once it starts caramelizing , lay the sliced peaches and slightly grill them on each sides.
  6. Now to assemble.
  7. In a tall serving glass, make layers of grilled peaches and top with the cream mixture,
  8. Garnish peach slices and serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 - 3

Apple & Raisin Tea Cake

Weekends call for something sweet and homemade. Weekends call for baking. Weekends call for Apple & Raisin Tea Cake – so that you can curl up with your favourite book in your favourite pajamas and indulge. And to top it this is another super easy – sure winner recipe. So whats stopping you fellas? Put on your baking hat and make your loved ones happy. Sure it will make you happy too.

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Apple & Raisin Tea Cake
Recipe type: Cake
Cuisine: English
A light summery tea cake
  • Flour - 1 cup + 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 2 nos
  • Butter - 100 gms
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Brown sugar/demerera sugar - 1 tbsp.
  • Apples - 2 small - cored and diced
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
  • Raisins - a handful
  1. Preheat oven at 180 deg C.
  2. Grease and line a loaf tin.
  3. In a bowl , add together the diced apples,raisins,demerera sugar and cinnamon powder. Mix everything and keep aside.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder together.
  5. In another bowl, cream together , sugar and butter, till light and fluffy.
  6. Add one egg at a time and beat after each addition.
  7. Gently fold in the flour into the mixture and form a batter.
  8. Add 1 tbsp. of the apple mixture to the batter.
  9. Pour into the greased tin and top with the remaining apple mixture.
  10. Bake for 35- 40 mins at 180 deg C.
  11. Serve warm.

Chili Cheese Toast

When it rains , my food cravings rise up phenomenally. I am sure its the same  for many of you. Our taste buds would salivate thinking about the sinful fried goodies like pakoras,bhajias and chop and cutlets for us Bangalis. Of course there is the Khichudi and endless cups of tea. But there are also times when you want to indulge , at the same time want to avoid too much of oily fried stuffs. This is exactly when you need to make yourself a plate of Chili Cheese Toast. Hardly any effort required , you can make many variations and treat yourself to some yummy good ness. Plus its baked!

chili cheese toast


Here I have only used cheese and chopped green chillies but another variation that I often make is adding some chopped salami to the topping. You could also use corn or paneer or sliced sausages – options are many.

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Chili Cheese Toast
Recipe type: Baked Goodies
Cuisine: Snacks
Cheesy toasts to take care of your rainy day cravings.
  • Small round buns - 4 buns sliced into half. You could also use normal bread slices
  • Cheddar cheese cubes - 2 cubes - grated
  • Mozarella /Pizza cheese - 2 tbsp. grated
  • Butter - 1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 1 large - finely sliced. Use more as per your taste.
  • Red chilli flakes - for garnish
  • Coriander leaves - for garnish
  1. Cut the buns into half.
  2. Mix together the grated cheddar cheese,mozarella cheese,green chilies,and butter together.
  3. Put a tbsp. each on top of the buns.
  4. Sprinkle a little chili flakes on top.
  5. Bake in a hot oven for 10 mins.
  6. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

I am sending this super easy recipe to the ongoing Monsooon event at KFB

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