Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Brazilian Coffee Cookies Recipe

Recipe for Brazilian Coffee Cookie


I have been trying a variety of cookies recently. We really loved this coffee flavoured cookies. While baking these cookies our flat is filled with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee…. If you are a coffee lover I am sure you will love these cookies…

Brazilian Coffee Cookies Recipe
(Recipe from here)
Ingredients:
All-purpose flour / Maida - 2 cups
Salt - ½ tsp
Baking soda - ¼ tsp
Baking powder- ¼ tsp
Butter- ⅓ cup
Brown Sugar - ½ cup
White sugar - ½ cup
Egg - 1
Vanilla essence – 1 ½ tsp
Milk - 1 tbsp
Hot water - 1 tbsp
Instant coffee powder - 2 ½ tbsps
Method:
  • Sieve together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Keep aside.
  • Add hot water to the coffee powder and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the milk, vanilla essence and egg until light and creamy. Add the coffee mixture and mix.
  • Mix in the sieved ingredients until just blended. Cover with plastic foil and place in refrigerator for 10-15 miniuts.
  • Prepare small lemon sized balls and place on baking sheet that has been lined with butter paper. Place each ball about 2 inches apart as they spread. Lightly flatten the balls with a fork. Sprinkle some sugar on top of each ball.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200˚C for about 10-12 mts till the edges are slightly toasted or till done. Once baked, the cookie will feel soft on touch but once cool it will harden.
  • Cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in airtight container.

Recipe for coffee cookies

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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Palak Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy

Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy

Palak Paneer is a popular paneer dish served in road side dhabas and in restaurants. Lightly fried paneer is cooked in a pureed spinach-tomato gravy. Goes well with boiled rice, chapathi or Nan.

Palak Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese in Spinach Gravy
(Recipe adapted from NitaMehta's Paneer All the way)
Ingredients: 
Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese) - 200 gms, cut in to 1" cubes
Palak (Spinach) - 1/2kg (1 bunch)
Onions - 2
Ginger - 1" piece
Garlic  - 5 cloves
Tomatoes - 2 medium, chopped
Green chillies - 2, chopped
Red chilly powder -1 tsp
Cardamom powder - ¼  tsp
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste

Method:
  • Wash and chop palak. Cook with 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes on low flame after the first boil. Cool and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Grind onions, garlic and ginger together.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a non-stick pan and slightly fry cubed paneer. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat rest of ghee in the same pan. Add onion paste and cook till onions turns golden and ghee separates.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and green chillies. Cook for 5-6 minutes on slow fire, till ghee separates.
  • Add ground palak, add a little water if too thick.
  • Cook for 6-8 minutes on slow fire. Add salt.
  • Add cardamom powder and fried paneer. Mix well and remove from fire.
  • At the time of serving, heat 1 tbsp ghee,add 1 tsp red chilly powder. Remove from fire and pour this over the heated palak paneer.
  • Mix well and serve at once with Rice,Chapathi, Paratha or Nan
How to make Palak Paneer
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