Custard Cookies/Custard Powder Cookies


Custard cookies are mouth melting cookies  can be made in no time.These cookies are crunchy and melt in mouth with a perfect sweetness.These cookies are so easy to make,all you need is  to cream the butter and sugar then add the flours and mix it.Bake the shaped dough,cookies are ready in 15-20 minutes.This cookies great as such but it can be sandwiched with vanilla butter cream or nutella.Off to the recipe.......




                                                                    
                                                            
                                                Custard Cookies/Custard Powder Cookies


                                                                  
  
   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Baking time ~ 15-18 minutes
   Makes ~ 14 cookies
    


   Ingredients


  
Ingredient
Quantity
All purpose flour/maida
1 cup
Butter/vennai
1/2 cup or 1 stick
Custard powder
1/2 cup
Icing sugar or powdered sugar
5-6 tbs
Salt
a pinch

    Method 
  • Preheat the oven at 350F.In a bowl take the butter,salt and powdered sugar.Cream it well,to this add the all purpose flour and custard powder.
  • Mix it well to form a soft dough.Make a smooth ball out of the dough and keep it on a lined baking tray.Gently press each ball with a fork to create some designs on the cookie.
  • If you feel the dough is too soft,keep the tray in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.Bake it in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.Remove it from the oven and cool it on a wire rack.
  • Store it in an air tight container.



  • The cookies will be crispy once its completely cool down.Do not bake it more than 18 minutes.
  • Instead of icing sugar,regular sugar can be powdered and used.
  • If you feel the dough is so soft,keep it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to avoid spreading.
  • Since I used the vanilla flavored custard powder I didn't add any extra flavoring agent.
  • The butter should be in room temperature.
  • If salted butter is used then no need to add salt.
  • Here I used 5 tbs of sugar and the sweetness was just perfect.But if you want a sweeter version use another 1-2 tbs.

Enjoy..................





This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016






Roasted Cashews/Oven Roasted Cashews/Masala Cashews




Oven roasted cashews is a simple yet easy to make snack,perfect for a party snack or starter.The oven roasted cashews uses only couple of teaspoon of oil and its guilt free.Since it has lot of saturated fat consume it moderately.
Here I have used the black pepper powder and salt to spice it up.But you can use red chilly powder and other spices and flavoring agents for variations.Make this roasted cashews with your choice of spices for the Christmas party and enjoy.



                                                                    
                                                            
                          Roasted Cashews/Oven Roasted Cashews/Masala Cashews


                                                                  
  
   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 2 minutes
   Baking time ~ 10 minutes
   Makes ~ 1.5 cups
    


   Ingredients


  
Ingredient
Quantity
Whole cashews/mundiri
1.5 cups
Black pepper powder/milagu podi
1-1.5 tsp
Oil
2 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Salt
1 tsp

    Method 
  • Preheat the oven at 350F.In a bowl take the black pepper powder,salt,oil and turmeric powder.Mix it well.To this add the cashews and mix it well it the spices coated well with the cashews.
  • Grease the baking tray if needed and spread the cashews in a  single layer.Bake it for 5 minutes in the preheated oven.Take the tray out after 5 minutes and mix it well and return it to the oven back.Bake it for another 3-4 minutes.Remove it and let it cool down completely.
  • Store in an air tight container.




  • The cashews will be crispy once its completely cool down.
  • Red chilly powder,cumin powder can also be used for varaiations.


Enjoy..................





This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016





Sandwich Bread/White Bread/Classic White Bread


Already I have shared a version of no knead white bread but this version I tried from King Arthur.As this version of white bread sounds so simple and easy I tried it.The output was a very nice and perfectly textured bread.This time I was extra careful and waited till the bread was completely cool down then sliced.I made the loaf in the evening time and wait till next morning to slice.Here I used the bread flour it can be substituted with all purpose flour or wheat flour.Try this simple and easy to make loaf bread and enjoy.






                                                                    
                                                            
                                                 Sandwich bread/White Bread/Classic White Bread


                                                                  
  
   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20-25 minutes
   Proofing time ~ 2 hours
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Makes ~ one loaf
    


   Ingredients


  
Ingredient
Quantity
Bread flour or
 All purpose flour
3.5-4 cups+1 tbs
for dusting
Instant yeast
2 tsp
Unsalted butter/oil
(room temperature)
3 tbs
Sugar
2 tbs
Salt
1.25 tsp
Luke warm milk 
1/2 cup+2 tbs for
brushing
Water
1/2 -2/3 cups

    Method 
  • Take all purpose flour,instant yeast,salt and sugar in a bowl.To this add the lukewarm milk and mix it to a slightly sticky dough. Now add the butter to the dough and incorporate well and knead to a soft dough.
  • On a floured surface knead the dough for at least 10 minutes till it becomes smooth and elastic.If you are using a stand mixer,put everything in the bowl knead in a low speed for 5-6 minutes.Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it in a warm place for raise for an hour.
  •  After 1-1.5 hours the dough would have doubled.Punch down the dough and knead for couple of minutes.Shape the dough to a log. 
  •  Transfer it to a slightly greased 8 1/2" X 4 1/2" loaf pan.Cover it loosely and keep it in a warm place for 30-40 minutes or till it raised to the rim of the pan.Before 10 minutes of the second raise, preheat the oven at 400 F.Brush the rolls with milk or heavy cream or butter.
  •  Bake it for 30 -35 minutes or till a nice golden crust formed.Remove it from the oven and cool it for 2-3 minutes.Remove the bread from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack.Slice it once the bread cool down completely with a serrated knife. 
  • Serve it jelly or jam or use it to make sandwich.



  • Instead of bread flour,whole wheat flour or 2 cups of all purpose and 2 cups of wheat flour can also be used.
  • Here I used 81/2 x 41/2 loaf pan,but for this measurement 9 x 51/2 also works fine.
  • Kneading is very important to get a nice textured bread,so knead it very well till the dough becomes stretchy.
  • Also dough needs to be sticky,if the dough is sticky do not add too much flour.
  • The sandwich picture was taken with one day older bread.
  • The amount of water given is approximate,it can be increased if it is needed to get a sticky dough.
  • Winter or dry weather conditions need more water.
  • First day the bread will be very soft.

Enjoy.............


This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016





















Garlic Knots /Eggless Garlic Knots



Holiday season has started and its a perfect time to bake and keep the house warm.To to celebrate this holiday season we group of bloggers participate in Bake-A-Thon.
Bake-A-Thon is an event started by Valli and in December we have a baking marathon.And we will be posting baked recipes every Monday,Wednesday,Friday with week ends off throughout this month.
For the first day I will be sharing garlic knots,one of our family's favorite recipe.As my kids love garlic flavored bread,I tried this garlic knots.The knots came out so delicious with a perfect texture.I have already shared a version of garlic-coriander pull apart bread.Try this garlic knots and serve it along with some soup for a comforting dinner for the winter holidays.





                                                                    
                                                            
                                                 Garlic Knots/Eggless Garlic Knots


                                                                  
  
   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20-25 minutes
   Proofing time ~ 2 hours
   Cooking time ~ 25-30 minutes
   Makes ~ 7-8 
    


   Ingredients


  
Ingredient
Quantity
All purpose Flour/maida
1.5 cups+1 tbs
for dusting
Instant yeast
1.25 tsp
Unsalted butter/oil
(room temperature)
3 tbs
Sugar
2 tsp
Salt
1.25 tsp
Luke warm milk 
1/2 cup+2 tbs for
brushing
Water
if needed

 For the garlic butter

Ingredient
Quantity
Garlic/poondu
3-4 cloves
(mined or grated)
Coriander leaves
2 tbs(finely chopped)
Unsalted butter/oil
(room temperature)
3 tbs
Salt
a pinch
   
    Method 
  • Take all purpose flour,instant yeast,salt and sugar in a bowl.To this add the lukewarm milk and mix it to a slightly sticky dough. Now add the butter to the dough and incorporate well and knead to a soft dough.on a floured surface knead the dough for at least 7-8 minutes till it becomes smooth.If you are using a stand mixer,knead in a low speed for 3-4 minutes.Cover it with a damp cloth and keep it in a warm place for raise for an hour.Meanwhile mix the finely chopped coriander leaves ,mince garlic,butter and keep it aside.
  •  After 1-1.5 hours the dough would have doubled.Punch down the dough and flatten the dough.Roll it and cut it into strips as shown.Take each strip and roll it to a rope and make a knot as shown.
  •   Arrange the knots on a lined baking tray and cover it with a foil.Keep it in a warm place for 30 minutes for the second raise.
  •  Before 10 minutes of the second raise pre heat the oven at 350 F.Brush the rolls with milk or heavy cream or butter.Bake it for 20 minutes or till the roll turned golden in the preheated oven.Meanwhile prepare the garlic butter by mixing all the ingredients given and set it aside.Now take the baked rolls from the oven.
  • Apply the garlic butter generously to each roll and keep it in the oven for another 3-4 minutes.Turn off the oven and remove it.
  • Serve it warm.





Enjoy..............




This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2016



Non-Veg Thali / Non-Vegetarian Thali - Chicken Roast


For the final of Thali Theme in BM#70 edition is a non -vegetarian Thali.I mostly try to share vegetarian recipes for Blogging Marathon.But this time I wanted to share a non-veg Thali,which has been in my to do list so long.I never got a chance to cook elaborate non-veg meal on week days and couldn't click picture for thali.
Last week I cooked the chicken thali and saved some food for the photo shoot.The thali has

1.Coconut milk rice
2.Kodi kura
3.Egg Fry
4.Chicken Roast
5.Onion Raita
6.White rice
7.Rasam
8.Rava Kesari

Coming to the recipe,its a simple roast can be made with boneless chicken.The highlight of the recipe is,its doesn't need onion and tomato.All you need to do is just marinate the chicken with the spices for 2-3 hours and cook it.






                                                                    
                                                            
                                                 Chicken Roast


                                                                  
   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Marination time ~ 2-3 hours
   Cooking time ~ 30-35 minutes
   Serves ~ 3(generously)


   
  Ingredients

  
Ingredient
Quantity
Chicken( boneless)
1 lb
Yogurt/thayir
1 tbs
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1-1.5 tsp
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2-3 (slit lengthy)
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tbs
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi
2 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder/milagu podi
1/2 tsp
Coconut (sliced)
2 tbs(optional)
Curry Leaves/karivepillai
2 sprigs
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/4 tsp
Cashews(halved)
10-12(optional)
Lemon juice
2 tsp
Salt
1.5 tsp
Oil
2 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs



  
  Method 
  • Wash and clean the chicken and cut into bite size pieces.Add the spice powders,salt,yogurt and ginger garlic paste to the chicken and mix it well.Keep it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  • Heat a pan with oil and crackle the fennel seeds,and fry the cashews till golden.Add the curry leaves and toast it.Now add the marinated chicken and mix it well.
  • Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes till the color changes.Now add around a cup of water and cook it covered in a medium flame till the chicken becomes tender.Stir in  between to prevent burning.
  • Now most of the water is evaporated and the chicken becomes tender.Mix it well and cook it uncovered if any moisture is left.
  • At this add the slit green chilly,coconut bits and black pepper powder.Mix  it well and let it cook for another 2 minutes uncovered.
  • Finally sprinkle the coriander leaves and put off the flame.Add the lemon juice and mix it well.
  • Serve it with pulao,roti or rice




  • Here I used the boneless thigh pieces.
  • The amount of green chilies and red chilly powder given is for a medium spice level,can be adjusted as per preference.




Enjoy.........................


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Breakfast Thali / Tiffin Thali



Coming to day 2 of Blogging Marathon themed under thali is a breakfast/tiffin Thali.This tiffin thali can be served for either breakfast or dinner.
We make this type of tiffin thali for special occasions,feast or newly married is invited for feast.
Idly and dosa are commonly made breakfast in our households,so included in this tiffin thali.
Today I am sharing the masala idiyappam recipe.Here I used the freshly homemade idiyappam to make the masala idiappam.The same procedure can be used with store bought rice noodles.Cook the noodle as per the instruction and follow the rest of the procedure.


The thali has
1.Rava kesari
2.Idly
3.Ghee Roast
4.Masala Kuzhi Paniyaram
5.Masala Idiyappam

Accompaniments

1.Coconut Chutney
2.Mint/pudina Chutney
3.Chinna Vengaya Chutney/Shallots Chutney
4.Idly podi/Idly Milagai Podi





                                                                    
                                                            
                                         Breakfast Thali/Tiffin Thali


                                                                  
   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
   Serves ~ 2


   
  Ingredients

  
Ingredient
Quantity
Idiyappam(crumbled)
1.5 -2 cups
Shallots/chinna vengayam
8-10(finely chopped)
Tomato(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Green chilly/pachamilagai
2-3 (slit lengthy)
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1/4 tsp
Curry leaves/karivepillai
1 -2 sprigs
Garam masala powder
a generous pinch
Lemon juice
1 tsp
Salt
1
3/4 tsp
Oil
1 tbs
Coriander leaves(chopped)
2 tbs


  For the tempering

Ingredient
Quantity
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
Cloves/lavangam
Cinnamon/pattai
1/2 inch
  
  Method 
  • Crumble the idiyappam and keep it aside.Heat a pan with the  oil and do the tempering with the given ingredients.Add the chopped shallots,green chilly and curry leaves.
  • Saute it with a pinch of salt till transparent.Add in the ginger &garlic paste and fry it for a minute.Now add in the chopped tomato and cook it until mushy.At this stage add in all the spice powders,salt.
  • Give it a mix and sprinkle some water and cook it for couple of minutes.Add the crumbled idiyappam to the mixture and mix it gently till everything blends well.Keep it in a flame for a minute.Add the chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice,put off the flame.Mix it well.
  • Serve it warm




  • Fresh or frozen green peas can also be added for extra taste.Just MW it for 3-4 minutes and add it along with tomato.
  • A tsp of ghee can be used along with oil for an extra rich flavor and taste.

Enjoy......................

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