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Empanada Gallega / Galician Empanada

Baking Partners challenge for February was suggested by Marisa of Thermofan. This month challenge recipe is empanadas.The Galician empanada is a variety of popular stuffed bread in Galician cuisine. It is a delicious recipe from Spain. Galicia is an autonomous community located in the north west of spain, most popular for its sea food delicacy. These empanadas are popular stuffed bread with fish or vegetarian filling. Marisa shared a recipe with sardine fish filling. Since I could not find sardine, I used Salmon fish for my filling. Empanadas can be served as an appetizer or snack.Thanks Marisa and Swathi for this challenge. Ingredients For the dough All purpose flour/ Bread flour- 250 grams Luke warm water- 175 ml Instant yeast- 1 tsp Sugar- 1 tsp salt- 1/2 tsp olive oil- 1 1/2 tsp For the filling Fish 1/2 lb Onion - medium Tomato paste- 2 tbs Garlic cloves- 4-5 Bell pepper- 1/2 Smoked red bell pepper chopped- 1/4 cup Salt and pepper to taste Mushroom cho

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons Coconut Macaroons are delightful and irresistible cookies made with egg whites and coconut. It is chewy cookies, crisp in the outside and soft inside. Earlier I tried a recipe which uses condensed milk, but I felt it too sweet and sticky. So this recipe does not contain condense milk. This recipe will give you around 12 -14 cookies. Try this recipe,you will surely love it. Ingredients Dry coconut( finely shredded)- 1 1/2 cup All Purpose flour- 2 tbs Egg white-3 Cream of tartar- 1/8 ts(optional) Sugar- 1/3 cup Vanilla essence- 1 tsp Salt- a pinch Mix shredded coconut, flour and salt and keep aside. In a separate bowl beat egg whites. When the egg whites are bubbly and white add cream of tartar. Beat until soft peaks form or when you see streaks with your whisker.Gradually add  granulated white sugar in little additions and beat until almost stiff peaks form. If you lift the whisk the egg meringue will be slightly drooping down wards.Add vanil

Restaurant Style Butter Chicken/Murgh Makhani

Butter Chicken/Murgh Makhani    Butter chicken /Murgh Makhan i is a lip-smacking, lusciously creamy chicken curry with the flavor of butter. Grilled pieces of chicken are cooked in a buttery gravy with cashew nut paste and cream, which gives the curry sauce its richness and taste. It is an iconic North India delicacy and a treat for all chicken lovers. Murgh makhani with naan/flatbread or basmati rice tastes divine. It is falling in love with food all over again!  Recreating this popular dish at home may sound complicated, but let me assure you, it is quite simple to make at home. You can prepare an incredible dinner with minimal ingredients. As a South Indian, my first introduction to the rich, yet mildly spiced butter chicken was during a visit to Delhi years back. I was instantly in love with it and always wanted to try making it at home. There are a few tips to make the best restaurant-style butter chicken. Always use good quality butter, ghee, and cream. Marinate and gri

Spicy Pepper Paneer

Paneer pepper masala/ fry is a nice side dish with chapatis or pulao. I love to try different recipes with paneer. This recipe is flavorful with the kick of black pepper. This is an easy quick recipe for dinner. I like this as a filling for chapati wraps. Ingredients Paneer - 2 cups cubed Onion - one large Tomato- 2 medium Bell pepper- half cubed Ginger garlic- finely chopped- 2 tbs Yogurt- 1/3 cup  Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp Chilly Powder - 1/4 tsp turmeric- a pinch Pepper powder- 1 tsp Salt to taste oil for frying coriander leaves to garnish Cut Paneer into small size cubes.Mix in yogurt, salt, and turmeric powder. Keep aside for 10 minutes Chop onion and tomatoes and keep it aside. Heat oil in a pan and fry the marinated paneer. Fry till golden brown on both sides and keep aside. In the same oil saute chopped onions. Fry till they are golden brown. Add ginger garlic and saute till the raw flavor disappears.Now add tomatoes and saute them till they are

Mushroom Egg Thoran- Kerala Style Egg and Mushroom with Coconut

Mushroom Egg Thoran   Today I am sharing a recipe that is quick and easy to make and is healthy too. Mushroom egg thoran is an effortless side dish for rice. Do you love scrambled eggs?  I make them all the time for breakfast. Mushroom and eggs are the preferred combination for breakfast. Why not try it for lunch? Mushroom, eggs, and coconut are combined to make a delicious, Kerala-style thoran for lunch. Thoran is Kerala's version of a quick vegetable stir fry with coconut and spices. Growing up, we often have scrambled eggs for lunch. Kerala style scrambled egg/ mutta chikkiyathu is slightly browned, and crispy with onions, coconut, and curry leaves. Mushroom is not commonly used to make thoran, but it tastes amazing. The egg and mushrooms taste so good with the sweet crunch of coconut, and the flavor of cumin and garlic. It is worth a try and goes well with steamed rice and chapati.   If you are craving a simple South Indian meal, then you must try this delightful thoran. T

Apple Kums/Pola- Malabar Snack

Apple Kums/Pola Kums is an innovative dish from the Malabar region if Kerala.  It is a popular Iftar snack, made during the Ramadan month.  If you love tea time snacks here is a quick and no fuss snack made with eggs and apples, which you will surely enjoy. Kids will love this sweet delicacy.   Apple Kums  looks like a cake, but has a pudding like texture,moist and tender. It is an egg based dessert and is slow cooked on stove top. The custard is allowed to cook and set till it is firm and can be sliced. You can make it with egg as the key ingredient or flavor with fruits. It has the right amount of sweetness to satisfy sweet cravings and the flavor of apples. You can also add other fruits like pineapple, plantain, jack fruit etc. Cardamom and ghee add a pleasant aroma and taste. You can also add flavors like vanilla, cinnamon or nutmeg. You can serve this apple pudding with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, or frozen whipped cream.Try this, tea time snack. You will surely love