Vegetarian Noodle Pizza#Improv

Today is our posting day for Event for Improv Cooking Challenge, Hosted by Nichole Little.  The theme is "Olives & Cheese".  Have surprise vegetarian guest coming home and you do not know what to serve them. Then this is a quick pizza to make, wherein, you will have these ingredients in the pantry.
Seeing this unique pizza my guest were thrilled, surprised. Do try this for your kids, be sure they will love it.

Makes 2 pizzas
1 Packed Egg noodles - boiled
1 Capsicum - cut into strips
1 Onion - cut into semi circles
1 Tomato - deseeded and cut into strips
5 to 6 Olives Black or Green- sliced
3 - 4 Tablespoons Pizza sauce - Homemade
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Red pepper flakes
1/2 Cup Mozzarella - grated 1 cup
1/2 Cup Cheddar - grated
4 Tablespoons Heaped Corn flour
1/2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Oil 


Boil the noodles as per the packet instructions.

In a bowl mix corn flour and water and pour over the noodles. Mix well so that the noodles are coated and the liquid is absorbed . 
In the meantime heat a large round tawa or frying pan with oil and spread the noodles evenly in a round circle with your hands. The flame should be very low.  Spread the pizza sauce on the noodles.
Arrange the sliced onions , 
then vegetables on noodles.
Spread grated cheese on top.
Sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, salt, black pepper powder and oregano. 
Arrange the olives. Cover with lid and cook for 7 to 8 mins on low flame. 
Remove the lid when the cheese melts.   Serve hot.
Labels : Vegetarian, Vegetables, Egg Noodles, Pasta & Noodles, Pasta sauce, Olives, Cheese, Improv Cooking Challenge

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Idli – Steamed Sourdough Rice and Lentil Buns#BreadBakers

Bake a gluten free yeast, sourdough or quick bread for this month's, event for Bread Bakers our Host is  Stacy Livingston Rushton.

Idlis are naturally fermented buns, yeast free, gluten free, vegan and oil free too. They are soft, spongy and easy to digest.

Making idlis, is not difficult, nor does it need a lot of attention, the sourdough however, does need preparation time for soaking and fermentation. So, just plan it a day in advance before making them since it requires soaking time and depending on weather 8 to 12 hours fermentation time.

While a basic proportion for idli is using 2 parts rice to 1 part lentils, for the texture and softness I, sometimes use 2 and 1/2 cups parboiled rice or idli rawa to 3/4 part lentils / urad dal and 1/2 cup of rice flakes or poha into the batter also, which  makes a huge difference, it gives a fantastic soft texture. To make a good idli it's essential to use a short grain parboiled rice or what it's also know as idli rice or even idli rawa which is readily available , rather than the long grain basmati rice or any other raw / cooking rice.

2 Cups Parboiled Rice / Idli Rice
3/4 cup White lentils / Urad Dal
1/2 Cup Poha /  Beaten Rice Flakes
1/2 Teaspoon Fenugreek seeds
1 Teaspoon Salt or to taste
Water for soaking and grinding
Oil for Greasing the moulds


Soak the rice and the lentils separately  for at least 4 to 5 hours. Soak the fenugreek seeds along with the lentils.
Wash and drain the grains.

Just before you start blending wash and soak the poha in just a little water.

Place the half the  rice in the blender with 1/4 cup  water and  blend in a blender, pausing if needed to ensure a smooth paste with just a hint of  coarseness.  Grind the remaining rice also the same way.  Remove this into a large pot  / vessel, or 
 a large container with a lid which has  enough space to allow the batter to ferment and expand, much like bread dough. 
In the same  blender  (it is not necessary to wash the blender) add in the soaked lentils / urad dal with 1/4 cup of water and blend the mixture until light and super soft and fluffy.  Remove this into the same pot / vessel of the ground rice.  Now grind soaked  beaten rice and blend for another minute. 
Add this also to the blended lentils and rice mixture,  whisk well until they are mixed to form a smooth batter and light and fluffy.  Keep this batter overnight   or more depending on the weather ( in summer it take 6 to 7 hours ) to let the batter ferment.  A good batter will actually double in size.

 In a idli cooker or  large stock pot, or a pressure cooker.  that fits the idli moulds.  Add about 2 inches of water.    Bring the water to a simmer.  Brush oil  on the idli moulds.
Add salt to the fermented batter and mix it lightly, the batter should have the consistency of thick pancake or waffle batter. 

Pour the batter into the mould till about 3/4 full, allowing a little room to let the buns rise.  Gently lower the filled idli moulds  in the idli cooker and cover it with a lid. Let it steam on high flame for 12 t0 15 minutes or till a knife inserted comes out clean.

Turn off the heat and let the idlies rest for about 10 minutes, before gently un-molding them and serving.
Dunk them in mouthwatering Instant Sambar and enjoy..
Instant Sambar recipe  will be posted tomorrow.

Labels :  South Indian, Gluten free, Vegan, Oil free, Lentils,  Parboiled Rice, Breads, Bread Bakers, Steamed, Sourdough, Healthy, Breakfast, Main course
Gluten Free Breads -- check the other recipes

Coconut Flour Pancakes from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Gluten Free Cheddar Garlic Biscuits from What Smells So Good?
Gluten-Free Petite Vanilla Bean Scones from All That's Left Are The Crumbs
Idli – Steamed Sourdough Rice and Lentil Buns from Sneha's Recipe
Japanese Rice Crackers from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Low Carb Garlic Rosemary Bread from Gayathri's Cook Spot
Pan de Yuca from Mayuri’s Jikoni
Pão de Queijo - Brazilian Cheese Bread from Food Lust People Love
Quinoa Chia Multiseed Bread (Vegan ~ Gluten Free ~ Dairy Free) from CookWithRenu
Spicy Besan and Fenugreek Crackers (GF and Vegan) from Sizzling Tastebuds

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

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Strawberry Sandwich Toaster Cake#BakingBloggers

Welcome to this month's event of Baking Bloggers. Baking Bloggers is a group started by Sue , in which we are given a theme  or an ingredient and  we must  bake the a recipe with it.
This month  our theme is Baking with Small Appliances. It was so much fun trying to use small appliances and baking with it.  I have used my sandwich toaster to make these soft and quick Strawberry cakes.  
Made these for evening tea and as they out of the toaster, they were vanishing.  I had force stop them not to finish all since a pic had yet to be taken.  Did not use any topping for decoration since I,  used fresh strawberries to make them and had enough of flavor , most of all there were eagle eyes waiting... to devour them.

100 Grams Unsalted Butter  
1/2 Cup Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Cup All Purpose Flour 

1 Teaspoon Baking powder  
1/2  Teaspoon Strawberry essence 
5 - 6 Fresh Strawberries - pureed
Pink color few drops  - optional ( did not use) 
A Pinch of Salt


Sieve the flour with the  baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a bowl, add the butter and sugar, whisk until smooth, then add the egg and beat well. Next add the essence and mix it in. Add  half of the flour mixture and strawberries gently fold it in and mix. Finally add the remaining half of the flour mixture and combine until the batter is smooth.
Brush butter or oil on both inner sides (top and bottom) of the sandwich maker, then close it and turn it on to allow it to preheat it for about 3 minutes. 
Once hot, open it and spoon the cake batter in each well until full. Then close and bake your sandwich cakes for about 3 minutes.
After which you can open and check to see if they are done.
If you want them golden on both sides flip them and keep for a minute, I did that.
 They will turn a golden brown when ready.
When you bite into them they will have a light and fluffy texture.
Labels : Sandwich Toaster, Cakes, Egg, Strawberry, Small Appliances, Baking Bloggers

My Notes:
You can use any sandwich toaster you have.

Have a look at the other recipes baked using Small Appliances:
Air Fryer Cheesy Vegetable Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Crockpot Sour Cream Pound Cake from Our Good Life
Hot Chocolate Pudding from Sid's Sea Palm Cooking
Instant Pot Carrot Snack Cake from Food Lust People Love
Jam Cheesecake from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Slow Cooker Reeses Cake from Cookaholic Wife
Strawberry Sandwich Toaster Cake from Sneha's Recipe

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Twice Batter Fried Chicken#Foodieextravaganza

This month our theme is Fried Chicken and am the host, for this Foodie Extravaganza event.

Make this Fried Chicken for a party as a starter and it will be a hit. They can be made in advance by frying the chicken till done. Place them in an oven tray and keep it on warm mode till ready to serve, this I did.
For Marination
6 Chicken Drumstick
1/2 Teaspoon Salt or to taste 

2 Tablespoons Green Chilly Garlic Sauce

For the coating

1.1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Tablespoons Coriander leaves - finely chopped
2 Green chilies -  - finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Paprika powder

3/4 Teaspoon Salt  or to taste
1 Teaspoon Black Pepper powder  
1 Teaspoon Chicken powder
For Egg mixture  
2  Eggs
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Tablespoons Vinegar
 Teaspoon Salt 

For  Deep Frying
Oil as required

Marinate the chicken  in  salt  and green chilly garlic sauce, keep aside for at least an hour.  

For the coating  
Mix all ingredients  for the coating in a large bowl and keep aside.
For Egg mixture
Whisk all the ingredients lightly in a bowl and keep aside

How to make the fried chicken   

Heat oil in a large deep frying pan on medium low flame
Dredge the  chicken drumsticks with flour mixture then dip in egg mixture.  Then  again dredge in flour and again in egg mix. This is done twice.  

Deep fry in medium low flame in a single layer for 15 to 20 minutes or till golden and done.  When slightly cooled wrap each end of the chicken drumstick with a piece of foil. 
Serve with  ketchup or Green Chutney, Cold Slaw Salad or Fries.
Labels : Chicken, Twice Batter Fried Chicken, Egg, Deep Fried, Foodie Extravaganza Party

Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly food fest, where a group of bloggers all create and share a recipe around one of the monthly food 'holidays' as detailed in The Nibble. This month Sneha from Snehas Recipe is hosting, Fried Chicken is our theme. Posting day is always the first Wednesday of each month. If you are a blogger and would like to join our group and blog along with us, come join our Facebook page Foodie Extravaganza. We would love to have you! If you're a spectator looking for delicious tid-bits check out our Foodie Extravaganza Pinterest Board! Looking for our previous parties? Check them out HERE.

See all the other  recipes for today's Foodie Extravaganza hosted by Sneha's Recipe

Korean-Style Fried Chicken  Karen's Kitchen Stories 
Pretzel Crusted Chicken Strips  A Day in the Life on the Farm
Nashville Hot Chicken   Cookaholic Wife
Twice Batter Fried Chicken   Sneha's Recipe 

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Alcohol Chocolate Fruit Mini Bundts#BundtBakers

To day is our posting for Chocolate Bundt Cakes an Event for Bundt Bakers, hosted by Sue Lau. Thanking you Sue for hosting this month's event.

Makes 8 bundts


150 Grams All Purpose Flour
150 Grams Butter
150 Grams Caster Sugar
3 Eggs
1/2 Teaspoon Baking powder
A pinch of salt
1/2 Teaspoon Mixed Fruit Essence
200 Grams Mixed Fruits
1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Alcohol
1/4 Teaspoons Cake spice
100 Grams Semi Sweet Chocolate - melted
1 Tablespoon Coconut Milk - Can use normal Milk 


These fruits are soaked in alcohol for year, whatever alcohol - can use what alcohol you wish. I soak 800 grams of mix fruits ( cranberries, cherries, mixed peels, black raisins, sultanas and prunes) in alcohol mix of rum, whisky, beer , vodka , bourbon. If you can't soak for a year then it should kept in alcohol for at least a month.

Before using this fruit mix, drain all the alcohol and then add 100 grams each of cashew and almonds chopped. Mix it well. Took 200 grams from this mix.

Grease the bundts molds well. Keep aside
Mix the drained fruits with a tablespoon of flour and mix well keep aside.

Sieve the flour, salt, cake spice and baking powder well . Keep aside.  In a bowl break the eggs and keep aside.

Cream the butter till light and fluffy then add the caster sugar in batches and continue beating till the batter turns creamy, add an egg at a time and continue beating till all the eggs are incorporated. Now add the essence, melted chocolate and coconut milk continue beating. Add the sieved flour again in batches and on low speed continue beating. When all the flour is incorporated, add the alcohol, fruits and fold in with a spatula gently till the fruits are well mixed into the batter. 
Pour this into the prepared bundt molds,  bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or till a skewer comes our clean.
When the cake is out of the oven immediately take a tablespoon of the drained alcohol pour it over every bundt. Let them cool completely and then un-mold. Sprinkle them with icing sugar.  

 Enjoy these yummy bundts.
 Can serve these as a dessert too with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.. yum yum... 

Labels : Bundts, Bundt Bakers, Chocolate, Mixed  Fruits, Alcohol, Eggs, Coconut Milk, Sweets & Desserts

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