Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Teddy Bear (chocolate stuffed) Bread


I baked this bread for my daughter. She loves teddy bear and chocolates. Hence, I decided to make chocolate stuffed teddy bear bread. She was so excited to see and she just loved the bread. It is a very simple recipe. The bread is so soft and delicious. Try out this cutie bear for your little one and surprise them. Thanks for reading.


Step 1: Ingredients

The ingredients you will need
2 cups of All purpose floor
3/4 cup of warm milk + some milk for brushing the bread dough
3/4 tbsp of active dry yeast
1 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 bar of milk chocolate 
Some raisins for bear's eyes and nose

Step 2: Making of Dough


In a small bowl add warm milk, sugar, salt and yeast. stir well and rest for 10 minutes or until the yeast completely dissolved in the milk.

Take a large bowl, add all purpose flour, yeast mixture and knead for few minutes.

Add little water to make the dough right consistency. Finally add oil and knead well.

Close the dough with plastic wrap/ lid. Rest for 1 hour.

Step 3: Teddy bear bread


After an hour, the dough should doubled the size. Knead it again using oil.

Divide the dough into 9 portions ( 2 big size and 6 small size) and roll into balls.

Line the baking tray with baking sheets.

Take a big size dough and make it like small disc, Place some pieces of chocolate bars in the center and bring the edges to seal.

Place the bun in baking tray and repeat the process for stomach, legs, hands and ears. 

Arrange the stuffed dough balls like teddy bear shape. Keep raisins for the eyes, nose and navel.

Brush the bun with milk and cover it with lid / plastic wrap, let it sit for 10 minutes.

Step 4: Bake it up


Preheat oven to 200 deg C

Bake the buns for 20 to 30 minutes or until it turns golden brown color. ( mine took 26 minutes)

Brush with some butter on top of the bread and serve warm with coffee / tea.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Moong Dal Sundal | Pasi Paruppu Sundal

Pasi paruppu Sundal | Moong dal Sundal is easy and healthy dish. Though it's simple to make, you have to be very careful while cooking moong dal. If it's over cooked, the texture won't be crunchy and seperated.  I usually make this Sundal as prasadham during navaratri festival.  Sometimes I serve this as evening snack.



Ingredients


1/2 cup Moong dal

2 to 3 tbsp of Coconut
Salt to taste

To temper

1 tbsp of oil
1/2 tsp of urad dal
3/4 tsp of mustard seed
3 to 4 no of dry red chilli
A sprig of curry leaves
A pinch of asafoetida

Method:




Dry roast moong dal  until it turn to slightly golden brown color and set aside.


Add water and salt in a pan, bring them to boil. Once it started boiling vigorously add roasted moong dal into it.


Cook until it soft and separated (it takes few minutes to cook, keep an eye on it. Don't over cook them)


Once it cooked, strain water and keep the moong dal aside.


Heat oil in a pan, add the ingredients mentioned under 'to temper'.  Once it sputtered, add cooked moong dal and coconut. Mix all well and remove it from flame. 




Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Strawberry Basil Lassi / Sweet Lassi

Strawberry Basil Lassi / Sweet Lassi

Lassi is a cooling and refreshing summer drink. It is yogurt based drink, which is originated from India. Here, I made fruit based lassi. You can replace strawberry with your choice of any pulpy fruits like Mango, Kiwi, Cantaloupe. It taste sweet and really good. Please try this out, I hope you will like it. Thanks for reading :)

Ingredients

1 cup of Strawberries, Frozen or Fresh
1/2 cup Plain yogurt
1/2 cup water
5 tsp Sugar
A pinch of salt
1 tbsp of Basil seeds and some water for soaking it

Method: 

Soak basil seeds in a cup of water for 15 minutes.

Take yogurt, strawberries, sugar and water in blender. Blend them until smooth.

How to serve:

2 tbsp of Rooh afza (Optional)
Soaked Basil seeds
Strawberry Lassi
Serving glass

Take a serving glass, add a tbsp of Rooh afza in it.

Pour strawberry lassi over it.

Finally add soaked basil seeds and garnish glass with strawberry slice.

Strawberry Basil Lassi / Sweet Lassi
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