Monday, March 25, 2013

Vegetable and Fruit Salad

Beetroot - 2, shredded
Carrot - 2, shredded
Green Pepper - 1 small, chopped
Apple - 1 medium, chopped
Pear - 1 medium, chopped
Orange - 1, peeled and diced
Chickpeas - 1 can, 15oz
Cilantro - 2 TBSP, chopped
Chat Masala - 1 TBSP
Lemon Juice - to taste
Salt - to taste (It tastes better even without salt)
Chopped nuts of your choice - I used walnuts and almonds

  1. Mix together all the chopped, shredded veggies, fruits, chickpeas and cilantro in a big bowl.
  2. Add chat masala, lemon juice and salt.  Adjust spices according to your taste.
  3. Sprinkle chopped nuts and serve.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

We knead to Bake # 3 ~ Hokkaido Milk Bread

This Months We Knead to Bake challenge:
Hokkaido Milk Bread With Tangzhong
(Original Recipe from 65 Degrees Tangzhong “65C Bread Doctor” by Yvonne Chen, and adapted from Kirbie’s Cravings)

Recipe copied from Aparna:

For The Tangzhong (Flour-Water Roux

All-purpose flour - 1/3 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
For The Dough:
All-purpose flour - 2 1/2 cups
Sugar - 3 TBSP
Salt - 1 tsp
Powdered milk - 2 TBSP
Instant dried yeast - 2 tsp

Milk (and a little more if needed) - 1/2 cup
Cream (25% fat) - 1/8 cup
Tangzhong (use HALF of the tangzhong from above) -  1/3 cup
Unsalted butter (cut into small pieces, softened at room temperature) - 2 TBSP

The Tangzhong  (Flour-Water Roux):
Whisk together lightly the flour, water and milk in a saucepan until smooth and there are no lumps. Place the saucepan on the stove, and over medium heat, let the roux cook till it starts thickening. Keep stirring/ whisking constantly so no lumps form and the roux is smooth.
If you have a thermometer, cook the roux/ tangzhong till it reaches 65C (150F) and take it off the heat. If like me, you don’t have a thermometer, then watch the roux/ tangzhong until you start seeing “lines” forming in the roux/ tangzhong as you whisk/ stir it. Take the pan off the heat at this point.
Let the roux/ tangzhong cool completely and rest for about 2 to 3 hours at least. It will have the consistency of a soft and creamy crème patisserie. If not using immediately, transfer the roux to a bowl and cover using plastic wrap. It can be stored in the fridge for about a day. Discard the tangzhong after that.
The Bread Dough:
I made this dough in the food processor. This dough can be made by hand but the dough is a bit sticky and can take some time and effort to knead by hand. If you have some sort of machine which will do the kneading for you, use it. Don’t punish yourself. And do not add more flour to make it less sticky either!
Put the flour, salt, sugar, powdered milk and instant yeast in the processor bowl and pulse a couple of times to mix. . In another small bowl mix the milk, cream and Tangzhong till smooth and add to the processor bowl. Run on slow speed until the dough comes together. Now add the butter and process till you have a smooth and elastic dough which is just short of sticky.The dough will start out sticky but kneading will make it smooth. If the dough feels firm and not soft to touch, add a couple of tsps of milk till it becomes soft and elastic. When the dough is done, you should be able to stretch the dough without it breaking right away.  When it does break, the break should be form a circle.
 Form the dough into a ball and place it in a well-oiled bowl turning it so it is well coated. Cover with  towel, and let the dough rise for about 45 minutes or till almost double in volume.
Place the dough on your working surface. You don’t need flour to work or shape this dough. This recipe makes enough dough to make one loaf (9” by 5” tin), 2 small loaves (6” by 4” tins) or 1 small loaf (6” by 4”) and 6 small rolls (muffin tins). Depending on what you are making, divide your dough. If you are making 1 loaf, divide your dough in 3 equal pieces. If you are making two smaller loaves, divide your dough into 6 equal pieces.
I made one big roll.  Roll out the dough with a rolling pin into an oval shape, about 1/8” thick. Take one end of the dough from the shorter side of the oval and fold it to the middle of the oval. Take the other end and fold so it slightly overlaps the other fold.
Roll this folded dough with the rolling pin so the unfolded edges are stretched out to form a rectangle. Roll the rectangle from one short edge to the other, pinching the edges to seal well.  Place them, sealed edges down, in a well-oiled loaf tin. Cover with a towel and leave the dough to rise for about 45 minutes.
Carefully brush the tops of the rolls and the loaf with milk (or cream) and bake them at 170C (325F) for about 20 to 30 minutes till they are done (if you tap them they’ll sound hollow) and beautifully browned on top. Let them cool in the tins for about 5 minutes and then unmould and transfer to a rack till slightly warm or cool.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tiramisu Custard

Heavy whipping Cream - 1 cup
Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup
Ricotta Cheese - 1 cup, andy variety (I used part skim)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder - 1 TBSP
Marsala Cooking Wine - 1 TBSP
Instant Coffee Powder - 1 tsp

  1. Combine whipping cream and powdered sugar in the food processor and process until cream is stiff.
  2. Transfer it to a bowl.  Set it aside.
  3. In the same processor bowl, combine ricotta cheese, cocoa powder, marsala wine and instant coffee.  Process until well blended.
  4. Add the cheese mixture to the whipping cream and fold gently with rubber spatula.
  5. Spoon into dessert cups.
  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Dill Leaves and Cabbage Rice

Cooked Rice - 2 cups, basmati or long grain
Dill Leaves - 2 cups, washed and chopped
Cabbage - 1 cup, shredded
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 2 tsp
Grated Ginger - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
MTR Vangibhath Powder - 2 TBSP
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves - few
Salt - to taste
Oil- 2 TBSP
Ghee - 1 TBSP

  1. Heat oil in a skillet.  Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.  Let it splutter.
  2. Add urad dal and fry until golden brown.
  3. Add the shredded cabbage and mix well.
  4. Add the grated ginger, turmeric powder, curry leaves and asafoetida.  Mix well, cover and cook until the cabbage is half cooked.
  5. Add the chopped dill leaves, MTR vangibhath powder and salt.  Cook for 7 to 8 minutes or until the leaves and cabbage are fully cooked.  Turn off the flame.
  6. Add the cooked rice and 1TBSP ghee.  Mix thoroughly.
  7. Serve hot with raita.

Thinly sliced onions can be added in place of cabbage.
Add chickpeas (cooked chana) or kidney beans for some protein.