Sooji Appam | Ugadi Special

Sooji Appam is a Traditional Indian sweet made for Ugadi. In my house every year for Ugadi it's a tradition to made sooji appam and pooran poli. Both are awesome sweet which are mouthwatering. 

This year I have made Sooji Appam for making this Ugadi special day. This is basically a sooji halwa stuffed inside poori and deep fried. My grandma adds kova to the filling to make it extra special and rich. 



Ingredients :

Maida - 1 cup

Salt - 1/4 tsp

Ghee - 1 tsp

Water

Oil for deep frying 


Filling:

Rava / Sooji - 1/2 cup

Sugar - 1/2 cup

Hot water - 1 cup

Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp

Saffron - 1 pinch





Procedure : 

Fry 1/2 cup sooji / rava with 1 tsp ghee until light brown color.



Add 1 cup boiling water and cook completely.



Add 1/2 cup sugar and mix well. Use a wisk to break the lumps.



Crush and add 1 pinch of saffron and 1/4 tsp cardamom, mix well




In a bowl add 1 cup maida , 1 tsp ghee, 1/4 tsp salt and mix well



Add water little by little and make slightly sticky dough.



Add 2 tsp of oil and mix the dough for at least 5 mins



Knead the sooji halwa and make small rounds.



Make small dough balls, they must smaller than sooji rounds.



Cut open a ziploc bag and grease it well with oil.



First flatten the dough.



Place sooji filling and pull the dough to cover it and make a round.



Flatten the round a bit and cover it with ziploc and roll it flat.



Remove the plastic wrap and flatten it more with hands.



Remove the appam from plastic wrap and carefully drop in hot oil.



Fry both sides till light golden brown.



Remove from oil and drain on paper towel.





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Peeps House for Easter | Bunny hut | Royal icing without Meringue powder

Easter is colorful festival after 6 long winter months. When we say Easter bunnies, chicks and Easter eggs are the ones which comes first to my mind. They looks so cute and colorful. 

I have made Bunny hut to celebrate Easter this year. Kids enjoyed making this bunny house. I have used graham crackers to make this house. Next I have royal icing to glue the graham crackers. I have used corn syrup to make royal icing. 



Ingredients :

Graham crackers - 3 large pieces 
Peeps Marshmallows 
Sprinkles 
Easter / Pastel color M&Ms Royal icing

Royal Icing without Meringue powder:

Icing sugar - 1/2 cup 
Corn syrup - 1/2 teaspoon 
Vanilla extract - 1/2 teaspoon 
Water - 3 to 3 1/2 teaspoon

Special equipment needed:

Pipping bag 
Small round tip (Wilton #2) 




Procedure : 

Mix 1/2 cup powder sugar, 1/2 tsp corn syrup, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 3 to 3 1/2 tsp water and mix until it forms a thick paste. 



Fill in the icing into piping bag with small round tip. 


Cut 3 big graham cracker into half to get 6 pieces. Now cut 1 half of the cracker into quarter. Now cut one of the quarter piece across to make a triangle shape. 



First pipe royal icing on the side and attach the triangle. This is back of the house. 



Pipe icing on the next to pieces and attach to form roof. 



Next attach the sides of the house. Let it dry for 30 mins. 



Now decorate the roof with M&M's. 



Now place the house on a plate and keep the peep inside the house and decorate it with sprinkles. 




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Nutella Waffles | Heart Waffles | Valentine’s day Waffles | Valentine’s Day Treats | Chocolate Waffles

Who wouldn’t like some warm waffles for breakfast. Its my all time favorite. My kids are big fan of Nutella which made me to combine with waffle and made these wonderful Nutella Waffles.🌹🌹🌹🌹 To stick on to the theme I have made them in small heart shape. Love those tiny waffle makers out there in various shapes. I bought this heart shape waffle maker a few years back and have been making heart waffles for kids during the month of feb ♥️❤️♥️❤️ 


Ingredients :  

Nutella - 4 tablespoons 
Butter - 2 tablespoons 
All purpose flour - 1 cup 
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon 
Eggs - 2 separated 
Milk - 1 cup 
Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon 
Salt - 1/4 teaspoon

Equipment needed:

Heart shape waffle maker / Regular waffle maker



Procedure : 

In a small sauce pan start melting 2 tablespoons of butter Add 3 tablespoons of Nutella to the butter Melt everything until mixed well together 



Add 1 cup milk Separate 2 eggs and add the yolks to the milk bowl Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Add the melted Nutella and butter mixture and mix till combined Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and mix to dissolve 


 In another bowl add 1 cup flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt and mix. Now pour the Nutella mixture to the dry flour and mix well




Whip the reserved egg whites until stiff peaks formed Fold in the egg whites gently until combined





Heat the waffle iron.  Once hot pour the batter and and close to cook Once cooked / light turned off  remove the waffle Decorate with powder sugar and strawberries


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Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Bomb | White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Bombs | Heart Shape Hot Cocoa Bombs

Hot chocolate Bombs are trending now around the social media. It’s been a big hit among food bloggers. I combined my creation with current season... yes feb is all about oxo hearts ♥️ ❤️♥️❤️and roses 🌹🌹🌹🌹. So made a hot chocolate Bomb in heart shape. 

I have embossed retro style rose on the heart shape chocolate bombs. How cute are these...





Ingredients :  

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafer / White chocolate chips
Hot coco mix
Marshmallow
Gel icing color / Candy color
Milk for exploding the chocolate bomb 

Equipment needed:

Heart shape silicon mould
Food safe brush to spread the chocolate on the mould and creating retro roses






Procedure : 

Melt some white chocolate. Add 1 teaspoon on melted chocolate in a small cup  Mix Rose gel color to get light pink. Using a fine tip brush draw curve both side to make rose pattern


Add 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate and make dark pink. Draw curves on top and borders of the light pink curves. Make some green color chocolate. Draw small branches for roses


Melt more white chocolate. Add small chocolate and spread it gently without breaking the roses. Scrap to make the edges even. Add a 2nd coat to make sure no gaps are found.


Once dry remove the chocolate from mould very carefully.


Now spread some white chocolate in the mould - This is the base of bomb. Carefully remove from mould



Heat a pan and press the edge of the chocolate shell to the pan to even out the edge. Fill in hot chocolate mix and top it will marshmallows. Now press the edge of the decorated chocolate shell to the warm pan. When the edge start to melt remove it from the pan and press it to a filled half. Hold it for 2-3 seconds to seal. Run your fingers around the edges to seal well.



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Tri color Idlis | Cocktail Idlis | Flavored mini idlis | Republic day special

These are tiny flavorful bites of idly great as an appetizer, evening snack or for lunch box. For these idly i make the chutneys extremely flavorful as that the idils can be eaten as it is without a dip. Adding of ENO fruit salt is a must because when chutney is added to the batter, the batter itself will loose this natural raising ability. So Eno helps the idlis to raise well and make them very soft and plummy.



Ingredients : 

Idly Batter 
Coriander Chutney
Red Bell pepper chutney 
Eno fruit salt



 

Procedure : 

1. Divide idly batter in 3 bowls 
2. Mix coriander chutney to idly batter to get green batter (mix until you get the desired depth of color) 
3. Mix red bell pepper chutney to another bowl of batter to get orange batter 
4. Mix a pinch of ENO fruit salt to each of the bowl and mix well. (This needs to be added because chutney added to the batter will make the batter loose its natural raising ability) 
5. White color idlis can be made with regular batter (no need to add ENO) 
6. Pour the 3 color batters in mini idly pan and steam cook for 5-8 mins 
7. Once cooled a bit user toothpicks to skewer the idlis

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