Monday, 8 February 2016

Baked Gujiya / Gujiya stuffed with Coconut

Gujiya is a famous sweet snacks prepared during festivals like Holi, Diwali or Dusshera. Mostly gujiya is a type of fried pastry. However, I have prepared baked gujiyas which are equally tasty and delicious. Normally, gujiya is stuffed with mawa or rava (sooji) filling.I have stuffed them with smooth and silky coconut filling. My husband is not a fan of coconut, even he like these coconut stuffed baked gujiyas.


If you feel scrapping of coconut, then preparation of stuffing and after that making gujiyas is a long process. You can make a shortcut of the process. No I am cutting down any steps. You just do this in two days. Scrapping coconut and filling preparation can be done in one day. Store the filling in refrigerator and next day you can prepare the pastry shell, stuff and bake them. Only thing take out the stuffing from refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before using it. Isn't it really easy for you??

Baked Gujiya / Gujiya stuffed with Coconut

Ingredients

For Stuffing

Coconut - scrapped, 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cashew - roasted and crushed, 2 tablespoon
Milk - 1 to 2 tablespoon
Condensed Milk - 2 tablespoon


For Outer Covering

Maida/All purpose Flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 2 tablespoon + 2 tablespoon for brushing & greasing
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Baking Soda - 1/2 teaspoon
Milk - 2 tablespoon

Procedure

1. Take scrapped  coconut in a grinder and add 2 tablespoon of milk, make a smooth paste.
2. Now take the coconut paste and sugar in wok mix well and heat the wok. Stir continuously till the sugar melts.
3. The mixture will become sticky in nature, at that time add condensed milk mix well.
4. Now the mixture will leave the sides of the wok that means it is ready. Add roasted cashew init and mix. If you wish you can also add a pinch of cardamom powder. Allow the mixture to cool.
5. For the pastry shell, sieve flour, baking soda and salt in a plate. Add ghee in that mixture and make a dough just like poori (add water as required). Allow to rest the dough by covering with a damp cloth for half an hour.

6. Divide the dough into equal lemon size balls. Roll each ball like poori and put coconut stuffing in the middle and close it such a way it should be half circle or crescent in shape. Seal the edges properly and using  a fork secure the sealed edges by making imprints of fork. Do this step for remaining balls.
7. Now take the gujiyas in a baking tray (greased with little ghee) and brush them ghee on both the sides.
8. Put them in preheated (180 degree C for 10 minutes) for 15 to 20 minutes. In between, turn the other side and brush little ghee.
9. Once they are properly baked brush little milk on the gujiyas and bake for 1 to 2 minutes to get nice golden colour.
10. After cooling, store them in airtight container.



Friday, 5 February 2016

Chicken Manchow Soup


Recently I posted this picture in Motions and Emotions FB page. By now you all must be knowing I was talking about Chicken Manchow Soup.

Chicken Manchow Soup is our family favourite. I have a story to share with it. When our daughter was not born we used to go to a Chinese restaurant nearby our house at least twice a month. The deal was if one day my husband will pay the bill and one day i will pay the bill :). We used to try out new dishes in main course but the soup and starter were constant because they used to make awesome chicken manchow soup and momo. After our daughter was born we had stopped going to restaurants and really used to miss those days. Once she was little grown up (2.5 years) we went to that restaurant and she was not ready to sit there (though she had her homemade food). So we offered some crispy baked noodles (which was given along with manchow soup) to her and she started enjoying it and we also enjoyed our dinner. Today I am sharing this lovely chicken manchow soup recipe.



Whenever making any hot soup try to use vegetable stock (for veg soup) or chicken stock (for non-veg soup) instead of water.

Chicken Manchow Soup (2 servings)

Ingredients

Chicken - Boneless, 100 - 150 gms
Bay leaf - 1
Salt to taste
Carrot - finely chopped, 2 tablespoon
Beans - finely chopped, 2 tablespoon
Cabbage - finely chopped, 2 tablespoon
Spring Onion - 2 stalks, finely chopped
Capsicum - finely chopped, 2 tablespoon
Button Mushroom - finely chopped, 2 to 3 tablespoon
Garlic - 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Ginger - 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Green Chilli - 1 teaspoon, finely chopped
Soya Sauce - 1 tablespoon
Refined Oil - 2 tablespoon
Black Pepper Powder
Coriander Leaves - 1 tablespoon, chopped
Corn flour - 3 to 4 tablespoon
Chicken Stock - 4 cups
Fried or baked noodles - 1 cup

Procedure

1.At first boil the chicken pieces with salt and a bay leaf (4 cups of water). You can use pressure cooker and put two whistles.
Once the pressure releases, take out the chicken pieces and shred them into small pieces. Do not discard the stock.
2. Now heat oil in a pan and add chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli. After sauteing add all the vegetables and cook them on high heat.
3. Add salt and pepper powder. Next add chopped spring onion and coriander leaves.
4. After that add boiled shredded chicken. Stir for sometime and add soya sauce and chicken stock.
5. After boiling it for sometime reduce heat and dissolve cornflour in little water and add in pan.When the soup thickens switch off the gas and serve with fried noodles.


Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Laugh together & Love forever !

Image Courtesy: Thinkstock.com

"Happiness is Live every moment, Laugh everyday and Love beyond words."

Isn't the above quote true? I think everyone will agree with it at some point of time. Loving and being loved enriches our lives. Closeness and coziness with your partner makes you more happier and even healthier. Humor has a special role in all types of relationship. Humor or Laughter could act like a glue for your relationship with your loving partner. At the initiation phase of a relationship, one way laughter can help attracting your partner, other way it also helps to overcome some embarrassing situation.

Significance of Laughter in your life:
  • Laughter is a Stress Buster.
  • It helps to improve your breathing.
  • It keeps away negative thoughts.
  • It also helps to protect your heart and boosts your immune system.
  • It makes you feel more relaxed and defuses conflicts.
So if you are not laughing, then you have stopped living your life!! Can you live with a person who doesn't laugh with you?? If it would have happened with me I would have gone crazy mad by now! Thanks to God that matches are made in heaven. Each and every love story is beautiful and each of them has some specialty. We are not an exceptional one! I think we can do silly to silliest thing and laugh over it for hours. There are 'n' number of moments when we laughed together.

An Incident that Makes US Laugh out Loud



Few years ago we both were doing PGDBA course together from two different educational institutions. We both had semester exams on the same month. As always I was very worried and tensed about my exams whereas he was cool without any sort of tension. We both came back from office and studying together for our next day exam. I was damn tired and slept off. Suddenly I got of listening my familiar alarm clock ring and thought it's morning and I could not finish my revision. So I was completely puzzled in sleepy mood and worried too. As soon as I got up my husband hold a mirror in front of me and then I could not control my laughter! I immediately forgot all my worries when I saw my face was painted and decorated like a 'dakku' (robber). I slept off just for an hour an he did all silly acts knowing once I will get up I will be worried about my exams. Later he made a cup of hot coffee and we both finished off our revisions and did well in exam. 


Hope our #LoveAndLaughter continues to grow more as we are going to complete our 7th Wedding Anniversary on 14th of February and the bond of love will be more stronger. 

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