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February 11, 2016

Homemade Stovetop Pizza – No Oven Veg Pizza

stovetop pizza
Making homemade pizza must be the dream for many.Me too not an exceptionBatting Eyelashes.Whenever I order Pizza online from Dominos or Pizza Hut,i used to think “When I am i going to make it on my own???Day dreaming” Of course,I have tried pizza using readymade pizza base and shared a post in my blog years ago.But i was waiting to make a perfect pizza from scratch following a simple recipe.Recently my friend Shalini shared me an easy,no knead,no wait, stovetop pizza recipe(Also known as Tawa pizza/skillet pizza) video in youtube.I was super excited to see the ease and quickness of this recipe and tried it on the same day.I used a simple topping with onions,tomato,olives and capsicum.It was excellent in taste and got a big thumbs up from my family members!! Raksha loved it very much and asked me to make it the next day too.I tried a no yeast stovetop pizza as well.I will try to share that recipe by next week.As Valentine’s day is nearing,i thought this post would be useful for people to cook pizza without oven and treat your familyHappy.You can make the pizza base/crust thick or thin as per your wish.This recipe uses Self rising flour.As a susbtitute you can use maida + baking powder + salt.Check its quantity in ingredients section.I am sure this recipe would surely help you in making a great Veg pizza at home and that too within 20 minutes.You can enjoy it for breakfast,dinner or as an evening snack.Just give a try and share your feedback here,I am waitingggg Winking .Ok, lets check how to make this super easy,quick Tawa Veg pizza on stovetop with step by step pictures.
stovetop pizza
Before going in detail i would like to share some Pros and Cons of this recipe
Pros
  • Making this pizza is super quick.There is no need of fermentation time for the pizza dough to double. You don’t have to knead or punch the dough as well.You can mix everything instantly and start baking.
  • Proofing of yeast is also not needed if your dry yeast is very small in size like rava/semolina.As mine were bigger like mustard seeds,i proofed it for 5-10 minutes.
  • Its a stove top recipe.So no microwave or convection oven is needed.
  • The softness of this pizza is no less than oven baked pizza when eaten hot.So you can enjoy it without any compromise.
Cons
  • I felt the quantity of yeast is slightly higher but don’t worry.There won’t be any smell at all.
  • A good conditioned Non-stick Pan is a must for this recipe.You can’t bake in Aluminium or steel pans.
  • As a general rule of Pizza, it should be eaten hot hot,directly from the tawa.When it turns warm,it becomes chewy.Reheating in microwave is not advisable.You can try for a minute in tawa in very low flame if you wish.But try to eat them hot to enjoy its best taste.
  • If you want to make the dough in advance,you can do it.But refrigerate the dough by wrapping in a foil till use because the bottom of pizza will turn out yellowish due to yeast.
how to make pizza without oven

Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe - Stovetop Version


Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe - Stovetop Version How to make Veg Pizza recipe from scratch at home without Oven - Tawa pizza/Skillet pizza/Stovetop pizza recipe
Cuisine: International
Category: Breakfast/Dinner
Serves: Serves 1-2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Self Rising flour - 1/2 cup ( I used Blue bird brand) ( Use 1/2 cup maida+ 3/4 tsp baking powder + 1/8 tsp salt as substitute)
  • All Purpose flour/Maida - 1/2 cup
  • Warm water - 1/2 cup ( add more only if needed)
  • Dried Yeast - 1 tsp ( I used Eagle brand)
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Salt - a small pinch
  • Cooking oil or olive oil – 2 tsp ( to grease the dough)
  • Pizza sauce or tomato ketchup - as needed
For toppings
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Deseeded tomato - 1 no
  • Chopped Olives - few
  • Capsicum - a small piece
  • Mozarella Cheese - as needed ( I used Amul)
METHOD

  • Heat 1/2 cup of water till lukewarm.Take a bowl and add the luke warm water.To this,add 1 tsp of dry yeast and 1 tsp of honey.Mix well and cover the bowl with a lid.Let it rest for 5 minutes.Yeast will dissolve in water and it will become foamy.
  • In the mean time,take the self rising flour,maida and a pinch of salt in a non-stick tawa on which you are going to bake the pizza. Mix well and and make a dent in the center.
how to make pizza without oven
  • Now add the yeast water little by little and make a non-sticky pizza dough. There may be some yeast water leftover.Don’t worry.Just add the required water only.Apply oil all over the dough and spread it on the tawa.Remember this pizza will rise and becomes thick and spongy after cooking.So if you want to make thin crust pizza,divide the dough into two portions and spread it.
how to make pizza without oven
  • Prick some holes using a fork and apply the tomato sauce or pizza sauce.Grate some cheese and sprinkle over the sauce layer.Arrange the toppings as you wish and cover it with grated cheese.Add more or less cheese as per your wish.Mozarella works the best.You can try cheddar cheese too but you won’t get the strings as you see in the picture.
how to make pizza without oven
how to make pizza without oven
  • Now keep the tawa over the stove in very very low flame.It is better to use a small burner stove.Close the tawa tightly with a lid. Cook the pizza for 5 minutes.Now open the lid slightly ( a small gap is enough) and make some air let in.Let the pizza cook in this state for another 10 minutes.
how to make pizza without oven
  • Stay nearby and check for the smell.If you get any burning smell, switch off the flame immediately.The cooking time of this pizza depends on the thickness of tawa you use,the thickness of pizza base and the size of burner.So stay nearby till pizza gets cooked well.Once the cheese is completely melted,remove the pizza onto a plate and cut it with a pizza cutter.Serve hot with Ketchup or sprinkle pizza seasoning for extra punch !Enjoy !!
     how to make pizza without oven


Note
  • To substitute self rising flour,use 1/2 cup all purpose flour,add 3/4 tsp of baking powder and 1/8 tsp of salt.But its better to use store bought self rising flour as its perfectly milled.So there may be slight difference in the softness.
  • Cook this pizza in very low flame to avoid burnt bottom. Stay nearby and watch the clock.Its afterall 15 minutes. Once you are used to this recipe,u can cook this pizza like a breeze : )).
  • For spicy pizza,use zucchini,Oregano mix. For Indian style masala pizza,sprinkle some tandoori masala powder on top of pizza before cooking.You can also add marinated paneer pieces like Paneer Tikka.
Try this easy,stovetop pizza on this special occasion and enjoy with your family !!
Homemade Veg pizza recipe - stovetop

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February 9, 2016

Fresh Fruit Cream Recipe – Dessert Ideas For Party

Fruit cream recipe
Last Saturday I watched Chef Venkatesh Bhat’s sweet special episode in Samayal Samyal Programme,Vijay TV. Among the recipes he showed, this fresh fruit cream dessert attracted me very much.The recipe was so easy & simple. It looked so rich,creamy,colorful and appealing to eyes.I thought it would be the best recipe for Valentine’s day celebration and tried it for our Sunday lunch along with  Veg biryani.When i browsed for more details,I found most of the recipes call for Whipping cream and condensed milk. But whipping cream is not widely available in India.So i tried it with Amul fresh cream instead of whipped cream.Its result din’t disappoint me.It came out really fantastic & lip smackingPartyPeace Sign. We loved it very much.Usually I make fruit custard for my guests and birthday parties. After tasting this fruit cream dessert,i felt this would be even more special to try for guests and party celebrations.Friends,if you are looking for an yummy dessert recipe to impress your husband on this Valentine’s day,Do try itLove StruckI am sure your will be showered with praisesHappy.But one thing i should warn you here,this is a high calories dessert.So work out more :) Ok,Lets see how to make fruit cream at home with simple steps.
Fresh Fruit cream recipe

Fruit cream recipe


Fruit cream recipe Fruit cream recipe using Amul fresh cream,fruits and nuts
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes
INGREDIENTS

  • Amul fresh cream - 200 ml  ( U can use whipping cream too)
  • Fruits - 1/2 cup ( I used 1/2 apple, 4 strawberries, some tutti frutti)
  • Nuts - 2 tbsp of chopped cashewnuts
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  • Powdered sugar or icing sugar – 1/3 cup ( add 1/4 cup and increase based on ur taste)
METHOD

  • Take the Amul fresh cream from the refrigerator.DO NOT SHAKE IT. Take the thick cream in a wide bowl leaving the water content.Make sure there is no water in the cream because thin cream may take more time to become thick and stiff.
fruit cream recipe
  • Now take an electric beater and beat the thick cream in low speed for 1 minute.Now increase the speed and beat it until the cream becomes stiff and forms a soft peak.( Electric beater can do a better job than hand whisk.You can try in mixie but i am not sure how it turns out)
fruit cream recipe
  • Add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar or icing sugar,vanilla essence. Beat it again till sugar mixes well with the cream.Check for sweetness and add more sugar if needed.
fruit cream recipe
  • Keep the beaten cream in the freezer for 10 minutes. In the mean time,chop the fruits and nuts. Add it to the frozen cream and mix well.Serve immediately ! Enjoy ! This recipe stays good for 2 days when refrigerated.So you can make it for parties well in advance .
fruit cream recipe
fruit cream recipe


Note
  • You can use fruits like Pomegranate, chopped Kiwi and even banana if you like.
  • You can also add saffron threads.
  • Use whipping cream instead of fresh cream if you have in hand.
  • This recipe stays good for 2 days when refrigerated.So you can make it for parties well in advance .

Try this easy,quick and rich dessert recipe for parties and other special occasions.Enjoy !!
Fruit cream dessert recipe
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February 7, 2016

Bengali Lunch Menu Recipe – Vegetarian Thali List

Bengali Lunch menu List
Its been a year since i shared a North Indian lunch menu here. After i had tried & posted my Punjabi & Gujarati Lunch Thali,i was looking forward to try Rajasthani and Bengali Lunch platters.Based on the suggestions i received from Facebook’s Chef at large group( one of my favorite groups in fb )foodies,i tried this menu list for a Sunday lunch.Thanks everyone for flooding your ideasHappy.Being a vegetarian,i tried some typical, authentic recipes to make an yummy lunch menu.I prepared Bengali Chaler payesh, Mishti Doi, Mishti pulao, Begun bhaja, Kalai er dal, aloo posto, Doodh Shukto, Bengali tomato Khejur chutney and pickle.I have shared the links for all these recipe below. I am yet to post mishti doi, Doodh shukto and tomato chutney recipes.But i have given the link for the source of these recipes.I thoroughly enjoyed cooking and tasting all these dishes.When i cooked all these recipes,i found Bengali Gobhido bhog rice, Panch phoron – 5 spice mix plays a major role in their cooking.Cooking procedures were very simple yet delicious.It took nearly 1.5 hours to make this entire plattter.Sendhil & Myself enjoyed this thali very much. I loved chaler Payesh ,Begun bhaja the most whereas Sendhil’s choice was Chanar dalna and tomato chutney Winking.Over all i am very happy that i tried & tasted this authentic Bengali Vegetarian Lunch Menu.Lets check out the menu list with some pictures below.
Check my lunch thali from other cuisines HERE


Authentic bengali lunch menu
Recipe Links
Check my lunch thali from other cuisines HERE

Authentic bengali  vegetarian lunch menu


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February 5, 2016

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe – Valentine’s Day Recipes

Chocolate covered strawberries recipe
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.Many of you might have started thinking about gifting ideas and to make some special recipes on Valentine’s day.Before 10 years,when our marriage date was fixed,2005 Valentine’s day was very special to us.He gifted me ruby stone gold stud with a chocolate boxLove Struck  and i gave him a T Shirt.From then, every year on Valentines day,he gives me some special gifts like Camera,mobile phones,dress,jewelleries,handbags etc whereas me as a wife shower all my love by making some interesting,new dishes for him as he loves to eat varieties of food.This year,when i was thinking about Valentines day recipes,my friend Shalini told me about this Chocolate covered strawberries( Strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce).I browsed for this yummy dessert recipe & found it is a traditional gift for Valentine's Day in the United States.I became double happy & tried it this morning to start off Valentines day special recipes in my blog.
For this recipe,i referred few youtube videos for tips and tricks.I won’t say i made it perfectTongue but still as a first timer,Iam happy with the outcome.Here i have showed you how to melt chocolate using microwave but i’ve discussed the other methods of melting as well.I used dark sweetened compound chocolate for melting.You can use white compund chocolate too.Even though the preparation is easy,there are few points you should keep in mind.So refer “Notes” section for tips before you start.For variations,you can make homemade chocolate covered banana and other fruits like blueberries,prune,chocolate covered almond and even chocolate covered oreos.I decorated them with sprinklers,rice crisps.Run your imagination and play with it.Lets see how to make chocolate covered strawberries at home easilyHappy.

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February 3, 2016

Chanar Dalna Recipe – Bengali Recipes

Chanar dalna recipe
Last year i tried few Bengali dishes to share a lunch menu collection. I posted few dishes from the menu and this recipe was in pending list.Today when i was checking my drafts,i found this post lying in the folder.Chanar Dalna is an authentic vegetarian Bengali dish served for rice.It is made using potato and freshly prepared Chenna/homemade paneer.But i used store bought paneer and referred Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.Its a no onion no garlic recipe too.It came out pretty well.This weekend i will share the Bengali lunch menu platter.Now lets see how to make Bengali style Chanar Dalna Recipe – Vegetarian version !
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February 2, 2016

Garlic Chutney / Poondu Chutney - Red Chutney Recipe

Garlic chutney recipe
As i promised in my yesterday’s post here is the spicy,tangy,garlicky red chutney recipe that i had served with Puffed rice dosa.This recipe was shared by my reader Suchi vasan :)This tomato garlic ( Poondu in Tamil,Lahsun in Hindi) chutney is one of the best side dish for this puffed rice dosa.As the dosa has mild sourness this spicy,tangy chutney pairs with it very well. Its also a simple and easy to make chutney recipe with just 3 major ingredients.Not just for puffed rice dosa,you can make this chutney as a side dish for our regular idli dosa and it tastes good with curd rice too.Try it and enjoy.Lets see how to make this yummy tomato garlic chutney for puffed rice dosa !
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February 1, 2016

Puffed Rice Dosa – Soft,Sponge Dosa Recipe

Puffed rice dosa
I must thank my reader Suchi Vasan for sharing this super soft,spongy dosa recipe.When she told me about the ingredients of this dosa,i just couldn’t believe it.Its just a two ingredient recipe and that too a dosa without urad dalBatting Eyelashes.Puffed rice ( Arisi pori in Tamil,Mandakki in Kannada,Murmura/bhel in Hindi,Borugula in Telugu) is the star ingredient for this recipe.As i haven’t tried any puffed rice recipes other than Kara pori,I got tempted to try this dosa & tried it on the same day.This dosa is not an instant version.Its batter needs to be fermented really well to enjoy its best taste.As Suchi said,dosas came out very well,very soft and spongy with lots of holes in it.I usually make sponge dosa adding poha/aval & methi seeds.But this recipe does magic just with the puffed rice.You can grind the batter easily in a mixie.With garlic chutney as side dish,it tasted great!! I will share the recipe for garlic chutney tomorrow.Now lets see how to make this soft,sponge dosa using puffed rice/arisi pori.
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Here is the LINK for Garlic chutney you see in the picture :)
Puffed rice dosa

Puffed rice dosa


Puffed rice dosa How to make soft,spongy dosa using puffed rice - Yummy breakfast recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast
Serves: 8 nos
Prep time: 20Hours
Cook time: 3 Minutes
Total time: 20H3Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 200 ml
  • Puffed rice - 2 cups
  • Raw rice - 1 cup ( Use good quality sona masoori rice)
  • Salt & water - as needed
METHOD

  • Wash the rice and soak in a bowl.Wash the puffed rice and soak in another bowl.(You can soak both together too).Let the rice soak for 2 hours.
Puffed rice dosa recipe
  • After 2 hours,take the soaked puffed rice,squeeze it well and take in a big mixie jar.Grind it to a smooth paste adding less water.No need to remove the batter.Now drain the soaked rice and add to the same mixie jar. Grind to a smooth paste adding required water and salt.
Puffed rice dosa recipe
  • Transfer the batter to a vessel and mix with your hands to aid fermentation.Allow the batter to ferment for minimum 15 hours and maximum a day.The next morning batter would be raised slightly.Mix the batter well.Proper fermentation of  batter is very important for this dosa.
Puffed rice dosa recipe
  • Heat a dosa pan and pour a ladleful of batter.Do not spread the dosa.It will spread automatically.Make it like thick uthappam.Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa and cover the dosa with a lid.Let it cook in medium flame for 2 minutes.Open the lid and remove the dosa.You will see the dosa with full of holes and it looks spongy.Serve hot with chutney.I made this spicy Garlic chutney as suggested by Suchi.I will share its recipe tomorrow.Serve & eat hot to know its best taste !!


Note
  • You should use good quality raw rice for making this dosa
  • Batter should be fermented well.So see to it.
  • You can either cover n cook the dosa without flipping OR cook like utappam by flipping it.

Try this easy puffed rice dosa for your breakfast and enjoy !!
Puffed rice dosa recipe
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January 29, 2016

Bharwan Bhindi Recipe - Stuffed Okra Fry

Bharwan bhindi recipe
I love to try fry recipes with stuffed vegetables.Usually i made Stuffed brinjals like this.But its purely of South Indian style.So i was looking for a typical North Indian style stuffed vegetable fry recipe.This morning I came across Bharwan( meaning stuffed in English) bhindi i.e stuffed Okra masala fry in my favorite Vahrehvah Vahchef’s youtube video. The recipe for masala was so simple with besan & less oil.Its a no onion no garlic Jain recipe and it looked mouth watering too.So without any second thought,i went for this recipe by making some small changes as per my family’s taste buds.It came out really well and got thumbsup from SendhilDancing.As the chef says,the masala used in this recipe can be used to make Bharwa Shimla mirchi, Bharwan Karela and even stuffed tindora.And this stuffed bhindi fry would be a great side dish for roti/chapathi , simple Veg pulao or any paratha. But i loved to have it as a snackWinking.Lets see how to cook bharwa bhindi recipe with step by step pictures.

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