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Doodh Masala/ Milk Masala

As much as I love doing mega marathons, my challenges every six months surmount the previous ones…but this is something I enjoy as well…my final post on dry powders is the popular masala doodh mixture. While it is just throwing in few nuts and spices, I make it protein packed mixing in some things on and off usually thus avoiding the regular sugar laden milk additions.

The masala doodh is a popular beverage even for popular functions in marathi households. Haldi kumkum was one such event where this is made and served. Since it is served hot I used to hate it as a kid, but now I make it along with my kid who helps me grind it as per his whims and fancies playing with different nuts.

The good part is when he prepares it , he does not let us drink it , and uses it up very fast.




Ingredients
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1/4 cup pistachios
1 tspn cardamom seeds
1/2 tspn nutmeg powder (optional)
2 tbsp sugar
1 pinch of saffron threads / kesar

Method
1) Roughly crush them in a mortal until it resembles bread crumb like coarse
2) Store in an airtight container and use with more sugar added in the milk as needed

Tips
1) You can add wheat gluten/ roasted wheat flour / roasted ragi/ roasted sprouts powder
2) You can add a pinch of ginger/ turmeric when you want to treat cold/ cough or digestive problems along with this powder



Signing off this lovely mega marathon until next time…



Sandwich masala

Growing up I always complained to my mother that her sandwiches never had the punch which I found in the street side stall made sandwiches

Many years later one of the famous sandwich maker in santacruz (Mumbai) started selling his secret sauce the sandwich masala. To date I think nothing in the world matches the taste of his mixture.
I make some batch to last a few months quite often. We do not eat as much sandwiches but this masala works with almost anything…

I add it on top of parathas just before serving them topped with ghee . I also add them to chholes when in a mood to make a quick fix and want to avoid the usual routine onion tomato paste…

This is good to be sprinkled on salads and vegetables as well…you tell me where else you think you can use this in your kitchen recipes.

My penultimate recipe for the cooking carnival will be this beautiful mixture to keep you happy on rush days..




Ingredients
1/2 cup Cumin seeds
1/4 cup black pepper
2 inch cinnamon sticks
1/4 cup amchur powder
2 tspn rock salt 
1 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp cloves 
a pinch of red chillies 
Method
1) In a non stick pan roast all ingredients until they are toasted and smell nice
2) Let them cool down. Now grind them to a fine powder
3) Store in air tight container.

Use as required






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Homemade magic masala – maggi style

I had first planned to post this recipe during BM#37. It has been on my todo list since such a long time…..

Maggi’s magic masala comes in really handy to make some quick fixes like stir fried vegetables, spiced rice or soups. 

With most store bought stuff the challenge has been around the amount of preservatives they use and more importantly the usage of MSG aka ajinomoto. 

So as 3rd in series of dry masalas for quick fixes for kiddos…I am sharing this easy recipe.




Ingredients
2 tbsp onion powder
1 1/4 tbsp garlic powder
2 tspn corainder seeds powder
1 1/2 tspn cumin seeds 
1 tspn black pepper powder
1 tspn Aniseed powder
 1 tspn dried ginger powder
1/2 tspn nutmeg powder
1/4 tspn fenugreek leaves powder
1 tbsp dried coriander leaves powder
1 tspn cloves powder
1 tspn dry mango powder
1 tspn sugar
1 tspn salt
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp vital wheat gluten
1 tbsp corn flour 
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil/ groundnut oil
1 tspn red chilli powder
1 tspn turmeric powder (optional)

Method
1) In a non stick pan, heat the oil, add the wheat flour, wheat gluten, corn flour, onion powder. Saute on low flame until the flour starts smelling aromatic
2) Let this cool down completely.
3) In another pan dry roast the spices – coriander, cumin, aniseed, dried ginger, nutmeg,  cloves, Keep it aside to cool down
4) Now mix the rest of the ingredients.

I added turmeric to match the color of mine with the store bought and it kind of looked the same. I also keep changing the quantities of salt and sugar. Sometimes I have also added rock salt to this and it balances the flavors a lot better.

The above stays well in an airtight container for weeks. I refrigerate it after the first week.

You can mix this as per taste , adjusting sweetness, saltiness and sourness. 



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Oregano Salt Garlic Powder – Pizza Topping (Dominos style)

For the second day of the last week of cooking carnival, I am sharing the easy recipe of oregano salt powder served with pizzas by Dominos.

My son came home telling me one day saying that he wants oregano bread for short recess.

My enthu led me to bake a whole bread with dried oregano flavor which he promptly rejected saying this is not “that”. Our search for “that” oregano bread went on for many months – focaccia, bread butter with pizza mix, pizza bread, garlic bread sticks got made

Then one day…when i was roasting the pav bun for pav bhaji and little one strolled into the kitchen saying, dont roast….just apply butter and oregano. I did that and he did not like the taste. Then I sprinkled a packet of the dominos pizza topping which worked….it did not take me long to make this masala at home and he is now hooked to this…which will last for a year knowing his taurian traits.




Ingredients
2 tbsp dried oregano
2 tbsp dried basil leaves
1 tbsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp chilli flakes
4 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp coarse salt 
Method
1) Lightly roast all the herbs on very low flame
2) Let it cool down completely.
3) Mix the rest of the ingredients
4) Store in air tight


Use this as a topping on breads, pizzas or chapatis





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Chai masala – Tea Masala powder

A sip of warm tea in any season spiced with a good dash of masala propels me through the challenges of the day. As much as I like the tea, I also like the masala chai.

Freshly ground masala at home is usually a culmination of leftover cardamom peels mixed with some more spices. Most tea brands are also bringing their own masala chai versions which is good as you are saved of mixing this and that but the cost of it is not worth the taste. I wont name brands here but being an ardent tea lover I have followed every new variant that comes to the market. 

I eventually settle down to regular black tea with my own added masala. 

For the final week of cooking carnival, I am sharing dry powders which you will almost always find in my kitchen round the year. These are few things that come handy when I have to deal during the rush morning hour. My kiddo loves tea once in a while, and I insist on giving him a light herbal tea infusion using the masala alone when he is under the weather….



Ingredients
1 cup dried  ginger powder
1/4 cup green cardamom
1/8 cup cloves 
1/8 cup black pepper
1″ inch cinnamon stick (optional)
1 tbsp dried tulsi leaves (optional)
1 tbsp dried mint leaves (optional)
Method
1) Lightly roast the cardamom pods with peel, cloves, black pepper and cinnamon stick on slow flame until it is aromatic
2) Now pulse them together with the dried ginger powder.
3) Store in airtight container

Use as required.

Usually 1/4 tspn works well for 1 cup of tea. 




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Pizza Cups

For the latest in the series of baked goodies for kids, I am sharing the pizza cups bites. While the recipe is pretty much like baking pizzas in the cup cake moulds, the thing about this way of serving the pizzas is that you have to ability to stuff a lot of things in this as compared to the regular pizza.

Also if you layer your pizza cups like a lasagna it gives a nice twist to the taste.

My friends and family loved these when I made them for one of the kids get together we had at our home. 




Ingredients 
1 recipe of Pizza dough (I used wheat flour with vital wheat gluten)
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup vegetables – lightly roasted (corn, capsicum, tomatoes, onions, zucchini)
1 cup white sauce
1 cup cheddar + mozarella sauce
Seasoning – salt, black pepper and mixed herbs
Method
1) Grease your moulds or cup cake pan with some butter
2) Roll out the dough, cut in circular shapes and place it inside the cups. Prick the base with fork, apply butter or olive oil.
3) Add seasoned vegetables, sauce and place a thin layer of cheese. 
4) Now add more seasoned vegetables, white sauce and more cheese toppings.
5) Repeat for the rest
6) Bake for 10-12 min at 220C or until the cheese melts on top

Serve after few minutes to ensure the core is manageable and not very hot. 



Notes
For Pizza dough, you can mix up APF flour in 2:1 proportion with luke warm water. For every 200 gms of flour add about 7 gms or 1 tspn of active yeast , 1 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp Olive oil or butter. You can replace some flour with semolina or add 1 tspn of vital wheat gluten.

for pizza dough – Mix and set aside. After 20 min knead with all power. Rest for 30 min before using it.
1.5 cups Bread flour/ APF/ Maida
1 tspn dry active yeast
2 tbsp Olive oil
3/4 cup luke warm water
1 tbsp sugar

Garlic Bread (Dominos Style)

Second in the series of baked version for kids, I made the most popular bread with my little one.My fussy little boy has issues with all purpose flour based dishes. While I secretly admire it but then it restricts me many a times. 

I have practically given up on APF except for a hand ful recipes. Todays bread is the form of garlic sticks we get from Dominos. There are variations you could do like stuffing it with vegetables or cheese.


Ingredients
1 Portion of Pizza Dough (refer notes below)
1 tbsp mixed herbs of choice (oregano, basil, rosemary) 
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp butter
1 tspn crushed garlic
1 tspn chilly flakes 

Method
1) Roll out the Pizza dough and let it sit aside for 20 min to rise.
2) Cream the butter with crushed garlic  and later spread it on the pizza bread
3) Now fold over the flat bread. Lightly press the edges.
4) Brush some olive oil on top and sprinkle some herbs of choice. Also sprinkle crush chilly flakes
5) Using a sharp knife cut 1 inch strips across the length.
6) Bake it for 15 min at 200C in a preheated oven. 
7) Brush with more butter and serve hote with cheese sauce or ketchup

Notes
For Pizza dough, you can mix up APF flour in 2:1 proportion with luke warm water. For every 200 gms of flour add about 7 gms or 1 tspn of active yeast , 1 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp Olive oil or butter. You can replace some flour with semolina or add 1 tspn of vital wheat gluten.

for pizza dough – Mix and set aside. After 20 min knead with all power. Rest for 30 min before using it.
1.5 cups Bread flour/ APF/ Maida
1 tspn dry active yeast
2 tbsp Olive oil
3/4 cup luke warm water
1 tbsp sugar

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