The festivities are arriving soon and we at Spoon Fork And Food are gearing up our self for some sweet treat. Bringing you a rich, creamy, delicious and easy dessert that can be made with handful of ingredients and you can also make it quickly if you have unplanned guests at home for dinner. Paneer Badam Kheer is one such exotic dessert that will definitely make you lick your finger and ask for more. It’s been quite a long time i have been making Paneer Badam Kheer at home for my guests and it has never let me down. It’s certainly a show stopper at my place and now i’m finally sharing the recipe here and would strongly recommend everyone to give it a try once and i’m sure you won’t regret ever.
To make this super rich and creamy dessert all you need to do is Blanch Almonds and remove skin. Collect in almonds in a grinder jar and add around 2 tbsp of milk. Grind to make a fine paste and keep aside. Heat milk in a thick bottomed pan and bring it to boil. Add cardamom powder and saffron strands and start condensing the milk in low flames. This might take 20-25 mins. Keep stirring in intervals. When the milk comes to half it’s quantity, it means it’s nicely condensed. Add grated or crumbled paneer and cook in low flames for another 6-7 mins. Now add sugar and almond paste. As soon as the sugar dissolves the milk might again look thin. Cook till it thick and creamy again. Turn off the gas let the kheer cool and come down to room temperature. Transfer the kheer in a bowl, garnish with some saffron strands and chopped nuts. Your Paneer Badam Kheer is ready to serve. If you like to have your kheer chilled then refrigerate for some time before serving.
Chocolate Walnut Cake is an ultimate old school recipe that came to me from my mother and now I’ll be passing it all you. The very moist and chocolaty this cake is definitely one of the most decadent dessert of all time. A simple recipe that requires perfection which comes from practice requires handful of ingredients that is easily available in your pantry. So put on your aprons and turn on your oven, bake this spectacular cake and surprise your family with your baking skills too.
In this recipe I have used regular cooking oil instead of butter. You can also replace all purpose flour with wheat flour to make it even healthier.
To make this decadent chocolate walnut cake firsr sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together. Add one half of chopped walnuts into the dry flour mix and stir with a fork. Keep aside. Powder sugar in a ginder and combine with oil to make a smooth mix. Add egg one by one and mix together with a hand blender till its light and creamy. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Take the dry flour mix and gradually add into the wet mix. Fold in to make a smooth batter. Add milk and give a quick fold again till everything combines well. Take a 9 inch round or square baking pan and either line it with parchment paper or grease it with oil or butter. If you’re greasing it then sprinkle some plain flour and spread all over. Dust the excess flour from the pan and keep aside. Meanwhile set your oven into baking mode and pre heat at 180°C for 10-12 mins. Take the prepared cake mix and pour it into the pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the chopped walnuts on the top. Gently tap the pan on the kitchen counter so that the batter settle down completely and the air bubbles break if any. Place the baking pan on the middle rack of your pre heated oven and bake for 40 mins initially. Check your cake by inserting a tooth pick in the center. If it comes out clean, your cake is done or else bake for another 5-6 mins till the tooth pick comes out clean. Transfer the pan on a wire rack and let your cake cool at room temperature. Cut into pieces and serve warm. Tastes best when teemed up with vanilla ice cream.
Malpua is another traditional Indian dessert made from ages in Indian homes. Rich in texture Malpua happens to be a Royal dessert. Though the original recipe needs quite a lot of patience and skill, I am here with one the most easy and simple recipe that can be made in a jiffy. Just handful of ingredients that can be easily found in your pantry makes this delicious looking dessert that is ideal for your festival gatherings.
With festivals approaching I would recommend this recipe to all my readers and ask them to make your celebrations even more joyful.
For making malpua you need to take a thick bottomed pan and add sugar and water. Heat till sugar dissolves. Now add cardamom powder and saffron and cook for 5 mins till you reach a sticky sugar syrup consistency. Close lid and keep aside. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, add flour, semolina, fennel powder and cardamom powder and mix well. Now start adding milk and stir till it reaches to a flowing consistency. Keep aside the batter to rest for 30 mins. Now heat oil or ghee in a shallow pan. Once the oil is nicely hot pour in 3/4 ladle of the batter into it. The batter will automatically spread and flatten like a disk. Fry from both sides till golden in color. Carefully remove the fried malpua from oil and drop it into the prepared sugar syrup. Similarly make more malpuas from the remaining batter and allow them to rest in the syrup for 10-15 mins before serving. Plate them and garnish with chopped nuts. Serve it hot or warm.
Ramadan Kareem to all my readers and friends. This year we will again be fasting during summers and this is the time when we all actually need to eat healthy and keep our self hydrated. After a day long fasting, i mostly like to indulge into cold and icy drinks that retains back my energy and make me fresh. It is always advisable to refrain yourself from oily and fried stuffs during Iftar, hence in my family we often start with fruits and chilled shakes or sharbets. Once such super awesome Ramadan drink is my all time favorite, Almond and Mango Smoothie. Quick and easy drink made with a combination of skimmed milk and low fat yogurt with the goodness of mangoes and almonds. It’s absolutely filling and extremely delicious because of its mango flavor. I must say it’s definitely a delight for all the mango lovers here.
To make this easy yet yummilicious smoothie all you need is chopped mangoes, milk, yogurt, some sugar or honey and almond meal. Collect them all in a jar and blend until smooth and creamy. Load it with plenty of crushed ice and serve chilled.
Palak Paneer is one the most popular dishes in North India, a vegetarian dish rich in Iron and Protein. Palak paneer comes with the goodness of spinach and cottage cheese and is considered to be one of the finest paneer dishes in India.
Today i’m sharing my fool proof recipe that is certainly a show stopper in my house. The recipe is adapted from my mother and is now going to you. So do try out this creamy luscious Palak Paneer and share your thoughts on it with me in comments below.
To make creamy palak paneer you need to boil water in a pan and add 2 tbsp of milk in it. Adding milk cuts the sourness of spinach and gives a sweet texture. Blanch spinach leaves for 5-8 mins. Turn off the gas, strain and collect the blanched spinach in a bowl and let it cool. Now grind the blanched spinach to make a fine puree. Collect and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and fry paneer cubes till light golden in color. Collect them all in a bowl and keep aside. In the same oil add bay leaf and cinnamon and just after 2-3 seconds add chopped onions and saute them till they sweat. Add ginger and garlic paste along with some chopped green chilies and fry till the raw smell goes off. Now add finely chopped tomatoes along with coriander powder, red chili powder and garam masala powder. Fry them all nicely till oil starts leaving the sides. Once the masala is nicely done and leaves a good aroma, add in the spinach puree and stir nicely so that everything incorporates well. You can add little water in the curry if you find it too thick, but eventually the spinach will thicken and take a creamy texture. Adjust salt and let the curry get a boil for 5 mins, simmer the gas and let it cook for another couple of minutes. Add in the fried paneer cubes and mix nicely.Turn off the gas and garnish the palak paneer with a swirl of fresh cream and serve hot with naan or chapati.
Last week while re organizing my pantry a found a bottle of Sundrop Peanut Butter which i had got from my mom’s house. The butter was too chunky as it had peanuts bits in it , this is why i wasn’t enjoying it much on bread. I had already made few cookies using peanut butter which unfortunately was a disaster that took me long to come out of it. Hence no cookies this time, so finally i decided to make some brownies using this chunky peanut butter which i later blended with some milk into a smooth fine paste.
Used my old brownie recipe and just topped it with the peanut butter and baked. Whoa! this was perhaps the most loved brownie by my kid. Trust me friends, those who like Sneakers won’t be able to make out any difference between the chocolate and my brownie. I’m gonna make it more often now, but wait for that i need to ask my mom to get me more bottles of peanut butter …Lol
Initially i wasn’t able to post this recipe due to my tight schedule, but few days back i got some amazing response on my Instagram story on this brownie image and after a poll conduct, finally the recipe is here in my blog. Enjoy reading it and as Valentine’s Day is approaching, try to make this at home for your loved one. It’s simple and a fool proof recipe for any brownie base. Happy baking!
How to make this chocolaty, buttery, gooey peanut butter brownie, check out the simplest recipe for this yummy dessert : Pre heat the oven at 180 degree C for 10 – 12 mins. Sift flour, baking powder, cocoa powder an salt together in a bowl and keep aside. In a mixing bowl add sugar and softened butter, whisk till sugar is dissolved and the mix is creamy. Add one egg at a time and keep whisking till its light and fluffy. Now add vanilla extract to the wet mix and keep aside. Add the dry flour mix to the wet mix gradually and fold in to make a thick batter. Add fine chopped chocolate and mix again and keep aside. Now take a bowl and add peanut butter with some milk and blend it well using an electric blender. The mix should be smooth and buttery. Take a square brownie or a cake baking pan and line it with a parchment paper. Pour in the prepared brownie mix and spread it evenly using a spatula. Give a gentle tap on the counter to break the air bubbles, if any. Now pour the peanut butter mix on the top and again spread it all over using a spatula. Place the pan inside the oven and bake for 25-30 mins at 180 degree C. Keep a check on the brownie by inserting a tooth pick in the center. If it comes out clean, your brownie is done, or else bake for another 5-6 mins. Transfer the pan on a wire rack and let it cool at room temperature. Carefully hold the sides of the parchment paper and lift to release the brownie from the pan. Transfer it on a plate and cut into squares with a sharp knife. Stack them on a plate or serving board and serve.
They say ” When someone is sad and depressed, get them some hot beverage“. And what better than having a hot cup of tea!
The most widely loved aromatic beverage that is now available in various flavors is one of the most popular drink in our country. For every good or bad reason, we Indians want a cup of tea.
So how about spicing it a Lil more with Ciba’s special Tea Masala.
Yes, you got us right… Ciba Taaza Spices brings you an aromatic, spicy tea blend that will not just spice up your cup but will also keep you energetic the whole day .
Time to masala up your Chai
Ciba group’s journey started in 1984 and since then they have been providing the Best Quality of Spices, Mix Spices & Unpolished Pulses. They have modernized plants with advanced technologies which are used in grinding to retain the Volatile Oil content of each spices for giving a long lasting Aroma and Flavor to the end products. A brand with a dream to conquer the entire food base of India comes with some best quality spice mixes along with an array of sprinkler cans with various salts and flavor enhancers. Their range of Pasta is alone in the country that gives you flavoring mix inside the packet making your Italian cooking even more interesting and easy. Ciba brings a wide range of unpolished lentils and legumes along with Poha, Vermicelli etc.
This is my second blog post with Ciba Taaza Spices and this time i chose to go with some refreshing ea Masala. A 25grams pack that comes in a nominal price of Rs.40 is enough to spice up your daily hot cup of tea an make this winter more aromatic and masaledar. Add a spoon of Tea Masala in your regular tea and see the magic. With amazing digestive properties the Tea Masala is absolutely aromatic and gives you a boost to kep your body energetic the whole day.
When your little one takes over your job and frosts the cake all by himself! Yes, the exams are over and my son is in a reward collecting mood. Recently he demanded for a small tiny cake which he can easily lay his hands on, so what better than a tea time cake loaf loaded with one of his favorite fruit…pineapple!
So here’s a cute looking cake which was baked by me and Abeer (my champ) just couldn’t wait to get it cool, too excited to frost it with his creative ideas. I was actually not surprised because this isn’t the first time, Abeer definitely has that chef in him which keeps on coming out, now days too often 🙂 From whisking the cream to frosting it , piping the sides …everything done by him and this time he actually wasn’t entertaining me :/ So sharing the simple recipe of the cake and the icing with you below, do try making at home and allow your children to do the decoration part. Let the creative minds work and believe me the outcome shall be even more delicious.
1 cup All Purpose Flour/ Maida
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter in room temperature
2 Eggs in room temperature
1 tsp Pineapple essence
1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks
4-5 tbsp milk
1.5 cup heavy cream
3-4 tbsp Confectioner Sugar/Icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks
2-3 Pineapple slices roundels
1 tsp Silver balls
We Love PanCakes! Who doesn’t love pancakes? As they say, ” There is hardship in everything … except eating Pancakes! ” So keep calm and enjoy this decadent dessert as your breakfast. Add a fruit punch into it to make it more exciting. I used Del Monte’s canned Peach Halves to make a fine puree that i used to flavor my pancakes. Drizzled it with some melted chocolate to make it more fun. So next time when you want to enjoy pancakes, don’t just make the ordinary ones, try this peach and chocolate flavored sinful combo and entice your day with goodness of fruit and sweet. Check out my recipe below, where i have also shared technique to melt chocolate and puree the peaches. Also if you have any other suggestion through which i can make some amazing variations to this recipe, then please drop in your ideas below.
1.5 cups Whet Flour Or All Purpose Flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Peach puree (I used Del Monte’s Peach Halves)
1.5 cups milk
2-3 tbsp Melted Butter
1/2 cup Melted Chocolate (I used Morde Dark Chocolate Compound)