Bolo de Bolacha Marie – Marie Biscuit Cake Recipe

18 Nov

Bolo de bolacha marie is a dense cake which is not baked. It can be prepared a couple of days ahead. My dad loved his bolacha marie and cream crackers biscuits. We always had it at our home. My titi (my mom’s older sister) would make this cake for my sister’s birthday quite often when we were small kids. Once I started to cook I used to make it for Christmas, Easter and birthday parties. In fact it was the first dessert ¬†I made for my husband on his first trip back home from the US before we got marriedūüôā This dessert holds a lot of good old memories for me. I haven’t made it for a very long time.

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The origin of this recipe is definitely portuguese and has some likeness to Italian tiramisu. Unlike tiramisu you cannot over eat this cake because of high fat and caffeine. If you do, it makes you feel uncomfortable. I have made a few tweaks in the recipe to make the frosting light and skipped the raw egg for whipped cream. I have also used graham crackers instead of Marie biscuits as it is readily available in the groceries store. The only challenge is that graham crackers tend to fall apart even after a quick dip in black coffee compared to the marie biscuits.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Dish Size: 6x4x2.5 deep glass dish

Ingredients:

1.5 pack of graham crackers

1 cup of unsalted room temperature butter

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 egg

1/3-1/2 cup sugar

1 tbsp of vanilla essence

1 cup lukewarm water

1 tbsp of instant caffeinated or non coffee powder

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Make the frosting first  by adding the butter, sugar,salt,vanilla and heavy cream. Whip for about 7-10 minute till light and fluffy.

Next make the black coffee by mixing instant coffee with 1 cup water put in a shallow dish so it will be easier to dip the cracker in.

Take you glass dish and first start by dipping the cracker in the coffee and layering the dish to cover it.

Next add a layer of frosting alternate between the crackers and frosting till all the frosting is done.

Decorate with crushed nut or sprinkle the top with some cocoa powder.

Let refrigerate for 3-4 hours before enjoying a slice.

Note: You can add cocoa powder to make chocolate frosting

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Indian Rasgulla Recipe – Sweet Dumplings of Milk Curd

31 Oct

I finally had the courage to make my favorite Indian Dessert called Rasgulla ( Rasagola). Yesterday was Diwali in India, 80% of Indian household celebrated the festival of Lights and Good v/s Evil. ¬†This would be one of the many sweets made. It is also popular in many Indian restaurants. Could be a recipe to be added to this year’s¬†Thanksgiving Feastūüôā

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These soft pillowy milk curd rounds are cooked in a rose or cardamom infused sugar syrup. There are a few variations to the recipe some use cream of wheat or white flour as a binding agent which is added to the milk curd dough. Making rasgullas is a 2 step process where first you make the chhena (milk curd). Next, after kneading the milk curd to a smooth dough and dividing into small balls is to cook them in a sugar syrup till they double in size.

Do note traditionally the sugar syrup is made with white refined sugar. My syrup has a brown tint as I used organic unrefined sugar. You can use this same recipe to make rasmalai

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Serving Size : 3-4

Ingredients:

4 cup of whole milk

3 tbsp of lemon juice

2 cups of water

3/4 – 1 cup of sugar

1/4 tsp of cardamon powder

2 pinches of salt

1 tbsp of rose-water (optional)

Directions:

To make the milk curd. Bring 4 cups of milk to a light boil. Next add the lemon juice and cook it for another 5-7 minutes till all the milk curd separates from the whey.

Drain into a colander covered with a cheesecloth. Rinse the milk curd with water to take off any lemon taste and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Twist the cheesecloth and hang it for about 30 minute. Till most of the liquid drains out.

On a smooth surface knead the milk curd to a smooth dough for about 5-7 minutes.  Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and shape them into balls.

On the side in a new wide mouth pot heat water, sugar and cardamom powder till all the sugar is dissolved add a 2 pinches of salt.

To the boiling syrup now add the milk balls, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes till they double in size.

Take off heat. Serve them hot with some crushed pistachios and saffron strands or cool it in the refrigerator. Will stay for about a week.

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Upma Recipe – Indian savory breakfast made with Cream of Wheat

14 Oct

Upma is a very popular south Indian breakfast food. In Goa it is available at the chaia dukan (Tea Stalls) till lunch time, locals call it Uppit. Upma recipes have changed so much that it is now  consumed for lunch or dinner. The newer recipes have toasted nuts and dal, veggies and additional spices. The flavor and aroma are from curry leaves and mustard seeds. My recipe is of the past old days when life and foods were simple and not complicated.

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Serving Size: 3-4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp of ghee or oil

1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

2.5 cups water

1 medium onion chopped finely

15-20 curry leaves

1 green chilli

1/2 tsp of black brown mustard seeds

2 pinches of asafoetida

1/2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of  salt

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Directions:

Heat a non-stick pan and roast the cream of wheat on medium heat by stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes till it has a nice light golden color and a nutty smell.

Take of heat. Heat oil or ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds, chilli and curry leaves, saute for 20-35 seconds. Add the onions and saute till light brown. You can add peas and carrots if you like and saute for 1-2 minutes. On the side boil 2.5 cup water add the sugar and salt.

Once onions are soft add the boiling water and slowly add the roasted cream of wheat by stirring continuously till no lumps are formed. check for seasoning.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes till thicken. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. You can now mould the upma or serve as is. Enjoy it hot.

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Zoodles Recipe – Versatile and Healthy Low Carbs Alternative

3 Oct

zoodles-tikka-masala-chicken-curry-recipe-healthy-foods-vegetarian-veganEvery time I am on Pinterest I have seen appetizing pictures of Zoodles. It has been on my list for a while. Finally a couple of weeks back I made it for the first time. On my first try I cooked it too long and it became too watery. I kept reducing the time on the stove till I finally felt that I had got it. The best duration to cook the zoodles is adding it to an already heated pan or pot taking it off heat and mixing it gently till the heats transfers and makes them soft without letting out too much water. This is not a very good food for leftovers you got to make it fresh. For the next couple of weeks I used zoodles as substitute for pasta and rice. Enjoyed them with pasta sauce, chicken curry and kung pao chicken. It gives you the same sense of slurping regular pasta or noodles without the extra carbs.

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Serving Size: 2-4

Ingredients:

4 medium zucchini or courgette spiralized or julienned

2-3 smashed garlic cloves

1 tbsp of oil

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat a pan add the smashed garlic saute for 15-30 seconds.

Take the pan off heat add the zucchini noodles or zoodles sprinkle salt and toss in gently for 1-2 minutes.

Top the zoodles with warmed pasta sauce, sautéed or curried chicken, vegetables or any creamy sauce of choice. Enjoy a healthy meal. Also enjoy it as a side vegetable dish.

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Indo-Chinese Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

19 Sep

The Indian hot and sour soup is one of my husband’s favorite and now it’s my 9-year-old’s as well. I grew up with Indo-Chinese cuisine outside of goan and indian as it was the only other cuisine. ¬†Now a days you can find all sorts of different cuisine in Goa.¬†A Indo-Chinese restaurant called “Gaylin” was the most popular one in Margao. ¬†You can also check out my other Indo-Chinese recipe ¬†Chicken Manchurian.

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This recipe is fairly easy and can be done a vegetarian or non-veg version. In the vegetarian version you can add cabbage, green beans, mushroom, carrots, bamboo shoots and tofu and for a non-veg shredded chicken. Else you can leave it as a thick broth without any additions. Last week I  used the same recipe to make chicken wonton soup.

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Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients:

6 cups of water or stock

1/2 onion finely chopped

5-7 finely chopped garlic cloves

1″ ginger chopped fine

3 tbsp of corn starch

1.5 tbsp of vinegar

4-5 tbsp of soya sauce

1 tbsp of chili-garlic paste

1/2-1 green chili chopped

salt to taste

Optional

1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage

1/2 cup finely chopped green beans

1/4 cup finely cubed carrots

1/2 cup cubed tofu

1/4 cup bamboo shoot

1/2 cup mushrooms

12-16 wonton

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup shredded chicken

Directions:

In a pot saute the onion and green chili till soften. Next add the ginger, garlic and saute for 30-40 seconds. Next add the vegetables and sweat them for 4-5 minutes.

To this add water or stock, chili-garlic paste, soya sauce, vinegar and salt to season and cook covered for 15 minutes on medium heat. You can add the wonton or tofu or shredded chicken bring to a boil.

Mix the cornstarch with 3-4 tbsp of water to form a paste. Add this mixture to the hot soup and stir till it thickens and starts to bubble. Finally add the beaten egg and stir the soup slowly to get egg stands.

Take of heat and serve hot. You can add fresh chopped cilantro for garnish.

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