Sheetal Kamat

Every weekend Ajoy asks me if I can put oil in his hair (he does it for me). So my reply is always same : I can cook whatever you ask but doing the oil massage every weekend just for those short hair and that too for one hour - doesn't work :) :) probably once in couple of months is ok :) :) So when last weekend I replied with the same answer, he mentioned that he wants to eat malpuas. I searched on net for quick recipes, every recipe was quite different so I had to make up my own after lot of research and here I am sharing this.

1 Cup Maida
1/2 Cup Rawa
2.5 cup Milk
1 Spoon Saunf
1.5 Cup Sugar
A pinch of Saffron
Almonds, Pistachios for garnishing

  • Mix in maida, rawa, saunf and milk and keep aside for 4 hours
  • Boil Sugar with 1.5 cup of water to form 1 threaded sugar syrup.
  • Add in safron and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add 1/4 cup batter each time to form the malpuas
  • Fry to golden brown on both sides and then dip them in the sugar syrup for couple of minutes.
  • Take out of the syrup, garnish with almonds and pistachios and serve.

Actually lot many videos had asked for frying the malpuas, but i am going to try shallow frying instead next time.
Also I had used 1 cup sugar, water each for the syrup and last few malpuas didnt have enough syrup to soak in.
I have never eaten malpuas earlier except once when badi ma had gotten it to hyderabad. So next time I am also going to ask my mom-in-law for her recipe and see how different it turns out.

Sheetal Kamat

These days its been raining so much that I had to drive to and from work. Most of the days I end up getting stuck in traffic and by the time I reach home I dont feel like adventuring into anything other than meals.. Yesterday I decided to beat the traffic by leaving early instead and glad it did almost work (got stuck in traffic for just 5 minutes that's an achievement :)). When I reached home I realized that my laptop had succumbed to death just last night and I had to revive it before I can continue my work from home. So while my laptop was getting its life I decided to bake these ones especially with almonds because these days I have become little forgetful. They say almonds help improve memory :D now is the time to see if they can :) Thankfully my laptop has become as good as new and working even better than what it was like when it was new. I give credit to win7 and also to the fact that I kept it light unlike those whole bunch of installs that came from Dell. Now I am looking forward to see if my memory can come back after this almond's dose :) So here I am sharing this extremely simple recipe of these delicious cakes I made.

Almond Topped Chocochip Muffins
1 Cup Butter
2 Cup Sugar
4 Cup Maida
2 Cup Choco-chips
3/4 Cup Almonds
1 Cup Milk
4 Spoon Brown Sugar
2 Spoon Vanilla Essence
1 Spoon Baking Soda
1/2 Spoon Baking Powder
2 Eggs
Salt to taste

  • In a bowl beat sugar and butter till its fluffy.
  • Add in eggs and beat again.
  • Add in vanilla essence, milk and beat till creamy, fluffy mixture is formed.
  • Add in maida, baking soda, baking powder and salt to taste and mix in with light hands till everything is nicely accommodated in the egg-butter-sugar mixture.
  • Add in 1.5 cups of choco-chips and mix lightly. Keep aside
  • Chop almonds to coarse pieces and mix them with brown sugar and remaining 1/2 cup choco-chips. Keep aside
  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • Grease muffin pans and fill them in with the batter to 2/3rd level each.
  • Sprinkle the almond-chocochip-sugar mixture on all these muffins equally.
  • Bake the muffins at 350F/180C for 25 minutes.

I used raw almonds and sprinkled them on top instead of mixing it in the batter. The almonds were roasted amazingly while the cake baked.
I also mixed in brown sugar and chocochips with the almonds because I thought it would give nice sweetness to the cake while taking a bite. And guess what it really worked :)

Sheetal Kamat

One of the most refreshing and healthy drink that my mom makes. I had been making this for a while but today got chance to click some snaps and hence posting the recipe.

Kokam Sarbat
10-12 Kokam
3 Spoon Sugar
1/2 Spoon Jeera Powder
1/4 Spoon Corriander Powder
Salt to taste

  • Soak kokam in 1/2 cup of water for an hour
  • Add it to the mixie. Add 3.5 cups of water, sugar, jeera powder, corriander powder and salt to taste.
  • Pulse the mixture till kokams are very fine.
  • Strain through and serve.

You can serve it on ice, but then use 1/2 cup less water so that the taste of the sarbat itsn't diluted.

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