Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Stovetop Pizza

 Somebody had shared the YouTube video of how to make no bake pizza in under 15 minutes. Last week I tried this with my daughter. Boy was she happy. She just loved it. We made it in just 15 minutes and in a pan on the stove!

1/2 Cup self rising flour
1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. dry yeast
2/3 Cup warm water
1 pinch salt
1 tsp. honey
Pizza sauce
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Desired toppings

1. Mix flour and salt in a non-stick pan. Add yeast, water, and honey. Stir quickly to form dough.
2. Press and spread dough in the pan for base.
3. Evenly spread pizza sauce on the base.
4. Top with your favorite toppings.
5. Top with cheese.
6. Cover the pan with lid with vents closed and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
7. Open vents and cook for 10 minutes. Check for burning and reduce heat if needed.
8. Remove from pan. Slice and serve hot.


Paneer Tikka Kati Roll

Kati roll or Frankie is a popular Mumbai dish. It is a wrap filled with vegetables, paneer or meat and cooked on egg on the bottom.The wrap is then toasted on the skillet with butter and served with hot green chutney. My version is one without egg, filled with marinated vegetables and paneer tikka that was broiled and not fried.

Ingredients for roti:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour
salt to taste
1 Tbsp. oil

Ingredients for paneer tikka and vegetable:
1 package paneer, sliced think, 2 inches long
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp amchur powder
salt to taste
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. grated garlic
water to make paste
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp. oil

1 Green pepper, sliced
1 Onion, sliced
1 Cup sliced cabbage
1/4 Cup vinegar
11/2 tsp. cumin powder
2 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. pomegranate powder
1 tsp. amchur powder(dried mango)
1/4 tsp. black pepper powder
1 pinch asafoetida
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
salt to taste

Method for making roti:
1.In a large bowl, mix 1 Tbsp. oil and little salt to all purpose flour and wheat flour. Add enough water and knead to soft dough. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.
2. Make 10 baseball size balls from the dough. Using a rolling pin make thin round rotis.
3. Heat skillet to medium heat. Cook roti on both sides. Remove and set aside. Repeat process for all the roti.

Method for Paneer Tikka:
1. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients for paneer tikka and ginger garlic with just enough water to make marinade. Toss paneer slices and marinate for 20 minutes.

 3. Spread marinated paneer on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Spray with oil and broil for 10 minutes till paneer is slightly crisp.
4. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a pan to medium high. Add green chili, onion and pepper; saute for 5 minutes. Add tomato and cook for a few minutes. Mix broiled paneer and cook for a couple minutes. Remove from stove and set aside.

5. Take the sliced vegetables in a large bowl. Add vinegar and dry ingredients for kati roll masala(listed beneath sliced vegetables). Toss together and set aside.
How to Build Kati Roll:
1. Place one roti on a plate. Spread butter on the surface. Place some marinated vegetables in the center of the roti. Top with paneer tikka. Sprinkle with some kati roll masala.

2. Fold the bottom and then the bring the sides to wrap the stuffing. Stick a tooth pick to hold the wrap. Repeat process with all the rotis.
  3. Heat skillet to medium heat. Add butter to the skillet. Place 2 or 3 kati rolls with folded side up and cook and both sides till slightly crisp. Remove from heat. Repeat process for all kati rolls.
4. Serve hot with spicy green chutney.
Ready made kati rolls rotis are available in the Indian Stores to make it easy. Kati roll masala is also available in the stores. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Pineapple and Cream Cake

Browsing through my Facebook, I came upon a discussion about how cakes in India are moist and fluffy. From the thread I got the idea to make pineapple cake for my husband's birthday which was yesterday. I looked online for sponge cake and went with Cake Boss's recipe. I made the right choice. Oh the cake was fluffy and light! I made two-layered cake filled with crushed pineapple(homemade) and whipped cream and frosted with the same. It was a great hit.

Ingredients for sponge cake:
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole milk(I used 2%)
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp baking powder
2 cups all purpose flour

For the filling and whipped cream:
1 large can pineapple chunks, drained and syrup reserved
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

1. Beat eggs in large mixing bowl with paddle attachment for 4 minutes.
2. Add sugar, and continue beating for another 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and stir on low until just combined.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together dry ingredients. Add to eggs mixture on low speed until just combined,
4. In a saucepan, heat milk and butter on low heat just until butter is melted. Add to batter, beat just until combined.
5. Pour into two greased and floured 8" round cake pans.
6.Bake at 325F for 45 minutes or until middle springs back, or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire cooling racks and cool completely.
7. Make tiny holes with toothpick on the top of the cakes. Spoon half of the reserved syrup over the cakes. Let them sit overnight.

Method for making whipped cream filling and frosting:
1. Pour chilled cream into a large chilled glass bowl. Add 1 tsp vanilla, powdered sugar and 2 tsp reserved syrup to it.

 3. Beat everything together using chilled beaters(electric hand blender) until soft peaks are formed and thick. Use this to fill and frost cake. Left over whipped cream can be refrigerated for 2 days or frozen.

Assembly of cake:
1. Place one cake on the cake stand or plate. Spread top with whipped cream.

2.Top with pineapple(chop the chunks ahead).

3. Layer the other cake on top.

4. Cover with remaining whipped cream. Decorate with pineapple. Refrigerate cake until the time of serving.

Note: Please do not skip step 1 of the sponge cake.
I made my own pineapple in syrup. It was less sweet and tasty.