Scone Biscuits

I set out to make some scones but mid way decided to turn them into biscuits instead! Scones are just another quick bread I would say. Easy to make, versatile and to quote Jamie Oliver ” They are so delicious, so British, even a 5 year old can make them” To me Scones, take me back to my Enid Blyton days, when the kids of Malory towers would just go off to a picnic with their hamper tucked with scones and ham sandwiches!

scone biscuits

This recipe has been adapted from Mary Berry’s 100 Cakes and Bakes, one of the first books on baking I had acquired and is full of easy doable recipes. To turn them into biscuits , I cut down on the baking powder and added some mashed potatoes for texture. These are neither too sweet nor salty , so serve it either with jam and cream or have them as it is with tea or milk.

Scone Biscuits
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Recipe type: Baked Goodies
Cuisine: British
 
Crispy scone biscuits
Ingredients
  • Plain flour - 1 cup ( approx.)
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Butter - ½ cup
  • Castor sugar - 2 tbsp.
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Mashed potato - ½ cup
  • Milk - 2 tbsp. ( approx.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
  2. Measure the flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
  3. Add the butter and rub with your finger tips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the sugar and mashed potato, mixing with a fork to prevent the potato from forming lumps.
  5. Add enough milk to form a soft but not sticky dough.
  6. Turn the mixture into a lightly floured surface and knead very lightly and roll out into a thickness of about 1 cm.
  7. Cut into small rounds using a cutter.
  8. Transfer to a baking tray.
  9. Bake for about 12 mins or till golden brown.
  10. Keeps well for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
 

Spicy Lamb Meatballs Curry

So last Sunday we had our annual KFB Bake Sale and what a beautiful event it was. We look forward to this sale every year because not only it hones our skills as an entrepreneur, a home baker but also as an event manager! Second year in row, we have managed to successfully pull it through with much fan fare. As I always say that I need to push myself when it comes to baking but for this one event I am readily willing to bake goodies in my kitchen. This year I partnered with my dear friend Arundhuti of My Saffron Kitchen , and together we had a blast, so much so that we are now toying with the idea of launching our joint venture. We are already at it and soon you will hear more about it. The collage below clearly depicts the amount of fun we had!

bake sale collage

After all that sweet treats , I had to share a different kind of a recipe with my readers and this Spicy Lamb Meatball Curry is just so perfect. The meatballs are juicy and the gravy with a hint of tanginess has the perfect balance of spices.

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The dry masala mixture that I used for this recipe can easily be bottled and stored for further use. You could add it to your chicken curry or even any egg dish, would go very well I say. I served it with tawa rotis and it complemented each other. Serve it with pulao or just plain rice and enjoy the same with your family.

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Spicy Lamb Meatballs Curry
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Recipe type: Main course
Cuisine: Indian
 
Juicy meatballs in a spicy tangy onion based gravy.
Ingredients
  • Lamb mince- 500 gms - make it into a fine paste in the blender
  • Garm flour/besan - 1 tbsp. - dry roasted in a pan
  • For the dry masala:
  • Dry red chillies - 4 whole
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp.
  • Cloves - 6-8 nos
  • Cardamom pods - 6-8 nos
  • Cinnamon - 1 small stick
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
  • Grind all the above ingredients into a fine powder .
  • For the gravy:
  • Onion - 2 medium - grounded into a fine paste
  • Tomato Puree - ½ cup
  • Ginger- garlic paste - 1 tbsp.
  • Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp.
  • Refined oil - 1 tbsp.
  • Warm water - 2 cups
  • Fresh red chili - 1 nos - for garnish
  • Mint leaves - a few - for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a bowl , take the mince meat, add the roasted gram flour, ginger garlic paste and salt.
  2. Mix well and make into small round balls.
  3. Keep in the fridge for 15 mins.
  4. In a pan , add the ghee and oil.
  5. Fry the onion paste, till light brown. Do this on low heat, ensure the paste is cooked welll and there is no pungent smell of onion.
  6. Next add the tomato puree , 2 tbsp. of the dry masala that we made. Keep the remaining masala in an air tight bottle and use later.
  7. Fry the masala paste well for 2-3 mins.
  8. Add 2 cups of warm water.
  9. Season with salt. Add a pinch of sugar.
  10. Now gently add the meat balls into the gravy.
  11. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 15 - 20 mins.
  12. Remove the cover, add the garam masala powder.
  13. Check seasoning. By the now the gravy would have thickened and the meatballs cooked.
  14. Garnish with chopped red chillies and crushed mint leaves.
  15. Serve hot with rice/roti/naan.
 

Eggless Wholewheat Apple Muffins

When it comes to baking I would always stick to traditional methods and recipes and am not really confident how a cake would turn out without eggs. But of late I have been getting  a lot of requests from friends who follow my blog to share egg free recipes! So I scoured around and found this beautiful eggless recipe of muffins. Muffins are very forgiving and you don’t really need to break your back to make these.

apple muffins 1

You could skip the apples , if you don’t feel like it and just add raisins for the texture. Or even crispy pear or strawberries, the options are many. This recipe calls for buttermilk and I used the regular Amul buttermilk that you get in the market. Just strain it before using.

apple muffins

Eggless Wholewheat Apple Muffins
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Recipe type: Baked Goodies
Cuisine: Continental
 
An eggless wholewheat healthy muffin
Ingredients
  • Wheat flour / Atta - 1½ cup
  • Plain flour - ½ cup
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Brown Sugar - 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
  • Olive oil - ½ cup
  • Buttermilk - 1 cup
  • Yogurt - 2 tbsp.
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  • Apple - 1 medium - cored and chopped
Instructions
  1. In a bowl add all the dry ingredients together - wheat flour , plain flour , baking soda, cinnamon powder and the brown sugar.
  2. In another bowl , mix together the oil, buttermilk, yogurt and vanilla essence. Whisk everything together.
  3. Now mix the dry ingredients gradually in batches and mix well . Make sure there are no lumps.
  4. Lastly add the chopped apples.
  5. Fill your muffin cups with the batter.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 20 mins at 180 degree C.
 

Oats Aloo Tikki Chaat

Spring hardly showed up and summer is already here! I cant even bear to think how I am going to cope up with Calcutta summers. Random rantings ! But one thing I know is that I am going to rustle up a lot of yogurt based dishes to keep us cool all along. This Oats Aloo Tikki Chaat is a healthier spin on your regular tikkis. With the goodness of oats incorporated into this dish you wont feel as much guilty indulging into your favourite chaat. Also I have shallow fried the tikkis, so a little more solace there.

aloo tikki chaat 1Theres not really much to this recipe. You just need to put together the cutlets and then serve it along with your favourite condiments. I used the staple tamarind chutney, pudina chutney and some bhujias for crispiness.

aloo tikki chaat

Oats Aloo Tikki Chaat
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Recipe type: snacks
Cuisine: Indian
 
spicy tangy tasty aloo tikki chaat
Ingredients
  • Potatoes - 1 large - boiled and mashed
  • Brown bread slices - 2 slices
  • Oats - 1 cup - soaked in warm water for 15 mins - drain the water after 15 mins and keep aside
  • Refined oil - 2 tbsp.
  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Tamarind chutney - few tbsp.
  • Pudina chutney - few tbsp.
  • Fresh coriander - chopped - a handful
  • Roasted cumin powder - 1 tbsp. + 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - a pinch
  • Bhujia /sev- a handful - for garnish
Instructions
  1. First the tikkis:
  2. Mash together boiled potato, brown bread slices and soaked oats.
  3. Season with salt and roasted cumin powder.
  4. Roll out into small cutlets, the size of tikkis.
  5. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the tikkis, till brown in colour.
  6. Take them out of the pan and keep on a kitchen towel.
  7. Next prepare the yogurt.
  8. In a bowl take the yogurt, add a little water to thin it out.
  9. Season with salt, sugar and roasted cumin powder.
  10. You can also add chopped green chilis.
  11. To serve:
  12. Place the tikkis in serving plate.
  13. Pour the yogurt mixture on top.
  14. Add the tamarind chutney,pudina chutney ,fresh coriander .
  15. Garnish with bhujia/sev and serve.
 

Potato Chocolate Cake

Ye. ye. You read that right! Potato in a chocolate cake. It so happened that one evening I dug out many of my old recipe books and scoured around for some interesting recipes. This particular book has and entire section dedicated to potatoes, savoury as well as sweet items. I was so intrigued by this one, potato in a chocolate cake, just didn’t make too much sense. But now that I have tried it, I would highly recommend it and see it made it to the blog.

potato chocolate cake

In my endeavour to stick to  ‘clean eating’ I substituted half of plain flour with whole wheat flour and used olive oil instead of butter. Also replaced castor sugar with brown sugar. The result was fabulous, dense and moist chocolate cake minus the guilt. I think its the mashed potatoes that works wonder. Now that I checked the internet is flooding with recipes with potatoes in chocolate cake and I thought I was the only one. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant discovery as far as chocolate cake goes. Do try it guys!

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Potato Chocolate Cake
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Recipe type: Baked Goodies - Cakes
Cuisine: Continental
 
A rich, dense and moist chocolate cake.
Ingredients
  • Whole wheat flour - half a cup
  • Plain flour - half a cup
  • Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Milk - 3 tbsp
  • Mashed potato - 1 small potato - boiled and mashed
  • Olive oil - 1 cup
  • Brown sugar - 1 cup
  • Choco chips - a handful - optional
  • Eggs - 2 large
Instructions
  1. Sift the plain flour, whole wheat flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  2. In a bowl, cream together the sugar and olive oil till light and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Now add the sifted flour in two batches and fold into the oil - egg mixture.
  5. The batter will be quite thick at this point. Add the milk and mix well.
  6. Fold in the mashed potato and the choco chips.
  7. Pour the mixture into a 8" pan and bake in a preheated oven for 25- 30 mins.
  8. Baking time might vary depending on the open.
  9. You can frost the cake with simple butter cream and top with some grated chocolate.