28 September 2020

Kesar Badam Doodh | Almond & Saffron infused Milk

  

a delicious and flavorful milk based drink which is infused with the exotic spice Saffron and the dry fruit, Almond







Saffron means -


The king of spices, Saffron is called as Kesar in Hindi. Saffron, scientifically known as Crocus sativus are the reddish orange pollen stigmas  of the saffron flower which are dried and used as a spice to flavor foods as well as a dye to color foods and other products. From a single flower only three strands of saffron are obtained and it involves a lot of human labor which results to make it one of the most expensive spices through out the world. Saffron has a strong, exotic aroma along with a bitter taste. It is used in various dishes in India and countries all over the world. Apart from its effects, there is a myth in Indian houses that having saffron and milk regularly during pregnancy leads to have a fairer baby. There is no proven fact till now though, still I was also said to consume saffron milk during my pregnancy (which I don't like as I am not at all a milky girl 😁 ). Though saffron has a lot of health benefits but it should not be over consumed, as it increases body heat.


In many dishes, for the pretty color I love to use this exotic spice like these 👇








 

Today I am here with a saffron infused beverage as Kesar Badam Doodh / Almond & Saffron infused Milk


What is Kesar Badam Doodh ?


As the name mentions, this is a delicious and flavorful milk based drink which is infused with the exotic spice Saffron and the dry fruit, Almond. The goodness of almonds and richness of saffron make this a very healthy and super nutritious. A chilled glass of this drink in hot summer days or a warm glass on a cold winter morning is the match perfect for sure. Still one can enjoy this milk at any time of the day. There is also no age restriction for this drink to serve. It's benefits are many and hence this soulful drink is liked by any age groups (kids to elders).






Dietary note :


    ✔ Healthy beverage
    ✔ Vegetarian & gluten free
    ✔ Can be vegan by using dairy free milk
    ✔ 
    Easy & quick to make
    ✔ just 4 ingredients






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      Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the 266th theme as 'Exotic Saffron' which is suggested by Mayuri di. Do check her latest addition using this spice Saffron Tapioca Pudding. I simply like her way of presenting the posts with loads of informations. Well she wants to make saffron based dishes either sweet / savory. So here I have come up with this Kesar Badam Doodh and contributed for the theme.




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      Kesar Badam Doodh / Almond & Saffron infused Milk

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      Kesar Badam Doodh / Almond & Saffron infused Milk
      Author: Sasmita
      Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min
      a delicious and flavorful milk based drink which is infused with the exotic spice Saffron and the dry fruit, Almond.

      Ingredients

      • Milk 500 ml
      • Saffron 14-15 strands
      • Almond (soaked) 10-12 no.
      • Sugar as per taste

      Instructions

      1. In a saucepan, heat milk over medium heat and bring to boil.
      2. Lower the heat and allow to cook.
      3. Transfer 2 tbsp of the boiling milk to a small bowl.
      4. Add saffron threads and let it infuse for 5-10 minutes.
      5. In a blender jar take the soaked almonds and the saffron soaked in milk.
      6. Make a coarse paste and add to the saucepan.
      7. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
      8. Strain and serve warm or chilled !

      Notes:

      Any milk can be opted. Do pick full fat milk to make bit creamy kesar badam doodh easily. Other sweetener one can use here like honey, cane sugar etc. If using honey, do add after turning off the kesar badam doodh. Almonds (finely chopped) can be sprinkled on top while serving. Any other dry fruits like cashew, pistachio etc. work well here too.
      Kesar, almond, badam, saffron milk, Vegetarian milk,
      Beverage, Kesar Badam Milk, Saffron, Vegetarian, Healthy drink
      Indian
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      Buttermilk bread with savory swirls

       

      egg-free, APF-free homemade savory swirl bread using butter milk, wheat flour






      If one says what will you pick savory / sweet, then I am always for savory as compared to sweet. And specifically during snack time, some savory dishes are much needed to well pair with a hot cup of tea or even simply as it is for those evening hunger pangs.

      Then how about some homemade bread which one can easily prepare in advance. Today's recipe is an eggless wheat flour bread using buttermilk and also having some savory swirls in each bread slices.

      Interesting, isn't it ?







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        Well this time our fortnight foodie group named as Healthy Wellthy Cuisines is decided to select 93th theme : 'Wheat Flour Savory Baking' and is suggested by me. So we all have to bake some savory baked dishes using whole wheat flour. This Buttermilk bread with savory swirls is contributed for the theme which are completely APF free. Here are some similar recipes shared by our Healthy Wealthy Group memberBaked aloo kulcha by preethi di, Baked Wheat Crackers by Jayashree, Savoury Cheese and Vegetable Muffins by Poonam, Herbed Milk Bread With Honey by sujata di.



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        Buttermilk bread with savory swirls
        Author
        Sasmita
        Prep time
        15 Min
        Cook time
        40 Min
        inactive time
        2 Hour
        Total time
        2 H & 55 M
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        Buttermilk bread with savory swirls

        egg-free, APF-free homemade savory swirl bread using butter milk, wheat flour

        Ingredients

        • Wheat flour 3 cup
        • Buttermilk (Luke warm) 1 cup
        • Yeast (instant) 1/2 tbsp
        • Luke warm water 1/4 cup
        • Butter (unsalted) 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp
        • Sugar 2 tbsp + 1 tsp
        • Baking soda 1/4 tsp
        • Salt 1/2 tsp
        • Garlic clove (finely chopped) 4-5 no.
        • Coriander leaf (finely chopped) 1/4 cup
        • Oil for greasing
        • Milk for milk wash

        Instructions

        1. In a small bowl mix Luke warm water, 1 tsp sugar and yeast using a spoon.
        2. Keep aside covered for 8-10 minutes or till the yeast starts frothing.
        3. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl take butter milk (Luke warm), baking soda, 2 tbsp sugar, salt and mix well.
        4. Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and mix all again.
        5. Add the flour in two parts and start mixing using a spatula.
        6. Add 2 tbsp butter and mix once again which results into a sticky dough.
        7. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes or till a soft and smooth (not the sticky kind) dough achieved.
        8. Then put the dough in a greased bowl, cover and keep aside for 1 hours or more to double in size.
        9. Meanwhile, grease a loaf pan with oil and then dust the inner side of the loaf pan with some flour. Keep aside.
        10. Also in a small bowl mix 1 tbsp butter along with finely chopped coriander leaves (keep some aside) and garlic cloves. Keep aside.
        11. When the dough rises well to double in size, take out from the bowl.
        12. Give a quick knead to the dough with oil-greased hands.
        13. Roll the dough to a rectangular shape first on a floured work surface.
        14. Spread the garlic-coriander-butter mixture evenly on top side of the rectangle dough.
        15. Then roll up and make a loaf pan size log shape of the dough, pinch seam to seal.
        16. Place this dough in the greased and dusted loaf pan with seam side down
        17. Cover and keep aside the pan to rise again (this is the second rise) for 40-45 minutes (approximately double in size).
        18. Meanwhile preheat the oven at 190 deg C for 10 minutes.
        19. After the loaf dough becomes double in size, gently brush the top with milk and then sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves.
        20. Then bake for 35-40 minutes.
        21. Take out from the oven, unmold the bread and brush the top with butter.
        22. Keep over a wire rack and allow to cool down completely.
        23. Using a serrated knife, slice and serve !

        Notes:

        Buttermilk can be store bought or homemade. For homemade mix 1/2 cup curd with 1/2 cup of water/milk to get 1 cup of butter milk. To get Luke warm butter milk, use milk / water in Luke warm condition before mixing with curd. Do check the freshness of yeast before adding to the flour. If it is not proofing, then the yeast is old one, throw out and do buy a fresh packet. Always use the Luke warm water. If hot water is used then that will kill the yeast which results to no froth in the yeast sugar mixture. Instead of only wheat flour, both all purpose flour and wheat flour can be used in 1:1 ratio.
        egg free, baked dish, bread, savory bread, swirl bread, vegetarian, Wheat flour, No APF
        Bread, Baking, snack
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        03 September 2020

        Eggless Chocolate Piped Cookies

           

        so light, crumbly and melt in mouth buttery cookies with chocolate flavor using piping method.



        Are there some cocoa powder and salted butter in your pantry ? If yes, then here is an amazing idea to use these two along with some other ingredients to make some absolutely delicious in taste, crumbly in texture and much beautiful in look cookies. And the name is Eggless Chocolate Piped Cookies.

        What is piped cookie ?


        From the name itself, one can guess the cookies are shaped by piping. Basically the cookie dough first put into a piping bag fitted with any desirable nozzle or even without any nozzle. Then the cookies are shaped as per the individual choice over a baking tray. But yes, these cookies are quite similar to Indian style butter cookies and here only difference is the way of creating the shape of the cookies as well as its dough is bit creamier than butter cookies which helps to pipe easily.

        Chocolate piped cookies !!!


        Yes ! doesn't it sound just melt in mouth chocolaty 😊

        These are completely egg free cookies and for a chocolate addict, this is the much perfect as well as super simple recipe to make and enjoy !




        Ingredients for these cookies :


        • All purpose flour - I have used only the all purpose flour. Instead of only all purpose flour, both all purpose flour and wheat flour can be used in 1 : 1 ratio.
        • Cocoa powder - Cocoa powder plays for the chocolate flavor addition in these cookies.
        • Cornstarch - This makes the cookies more crumbly. 
        • Butter - Butter should be at room temperature. I have used salted butter. But if you are using unsalted butter, then add 1 pinch of salt to the dry ingredients.
        • Powdered sugar - Powdered sugar is a nice option instead of regular sugar. It takes less time to incorporate with the butter. Simply in a grinder jar make a fine powder of regular sugar to get homemade powdered sugar. I have used 1/4 cup of this and yes, the sweetness is adjustable. Instead of 1/4 cup, 2/3 cup powdered sugar can be used for little more sweetness in the cookies.
        • Vanilla essence - This gives a nice flavor in the cookies. Any other flavor can be opted if desired.
        • Milk - Milk addition is completely optional. One has to check if the dough is perfect to pipe or not. If the cookie doesn't hold shape while piping, then add 1 tbsp milk at a time to the dough and mix again so that the dough can be easily piped after that.



        How to make chocolate piped cookies ?


        First of all, the oven has to be preheated at 170 deg C. Also a baking tray is lined with parchment paper and kept aside. 

        Then all the dry ingredients as all purpose flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch are sifted 1-2 times in a bowl. Next in another mixing bowl, butter (at room temperature) is mixed with powdered sugar either using a hand whisk or electric whisk till becomes light and fluffy. Then vanilla essence is mixed to it. After that, all the sifted dry ingredients are added and mixed till well combined. In this stage if the dough seems little thick, then 1 tbsp milk one can add at a time and mix again so that the dough can be easily piped without having any crumb. 

        Next a piping bag is fitted with any desirable nozzle or even without any nozzle (I have picked a medium star nozzle). Some amount of the dough is filled into it and piped like 2 inch circles over the baking tray lined with parchment paper, keeping 1 inch space in between. Finally the cookies are baked for 10-12 minutes over 170 deg C. After baking, these are transferred to a wire rack and allowed to cool down completely. Then those are stored in an air-tight container to use later.

        Dietary Notes :


        ✔  Egg free
        ✔  Can be made in oven and in gas stove
        ✔  Easy and simple
        ✔  Perfect for gifting, special day celebration etc.

          Serving suggestion :


          These are the super quick and easiest cookies ever. Only the thing one has to take time is put the dough in the piping bag and pipe into any desired shapes. This type of cookies are soft from inside where as a deliciously crispy texture on the outside. For tea time or even any time of a day one can enjoy these beauties. These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5-6 days and in refrigerator for 1 month. So make in advance and store to have any point of time when the mood desires some chocoholic time. 


          HOPE YOU WILL LIKE THeSe chocolate Cookies😊! WHY NOT TRY SOME MORE CHOCOLATE RECIPES 👇 AS WELL :


          Event related to this post :




          Well, the July month challenge in 'Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge' group was 'Chocolate Time'. The theme was suggested by Mayuri Patel di, she is a wonderful co-blogger, I mostly like her detailed recipe posts with maximum information. Do check her latest recipe Chili Avocado Chocolate Cake. For the current theme, I was partnered with her too and after discussion my 2 secret ingredients were Cocoa Powder Vanilla Essence. And as usual, using mine two ingredients I had to prepare a chocolate dish. So here is the Eggless Chocolate Piped Cookies for theme contribution.




          And, yes !!!

          If you like the recipe shared here and give a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories 😊😊

          Now let’s go through how to make "Eggless Chocolate Piped Cookies" at home 👇


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          Eggless Chocolate Piped Cookies

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          Eggless Chocolate Piped Cookies
          Author: sasmita
          Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 22 Min
          so light, crumbly and melt in mouth buttery cookies with chocolate flavor using piping method.

          Ingredients:

          • All purpose flour 1 & 1/4 cup
          • Cocoa powder 1/2 cup
          • Cornstarch 1/4 cup
          • Butter (salted) 200 gm
          • Powdered sugar 1/2 cup
          • Vanilla essence 1 tsp
          • Milk (optional) 1-2 tbsp

          Instructions:

          1. Preheat the oven at 170 deg C.
          2. Sift all the dry ingredients as all purpose flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch in a bowl. Keep aside.
          3. Next in another mixing bowl take butter (at room temperature), powdered sugar and start mixing either using a hand whisk or electric whisk till becomes light and fluffy.
          4. Add vanilla essence and mix using a spatula.
          5. After that, add the dry ingredients and mix till well combined.
          6. If the dough seems little thick, then add 1 tbsp milk at a time and mix again so that the dough can be easily piped.
          7. Then take a piping bag fitted with any desirable nozzle or even without any nozzle (I have picked a medium star nozzle).
          8. Fill it with some amount of the dough and pipe like 2 inch circles over a baking tray lined with parchment paper, keeping 1 inch space in between.
          9. Bake for 10-12 minutes over 170 deg C.
          10. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool down completely.
          11. Similarly make some more cookies with rest dough.
          12. Store in an air-tight container !

          Notes:

          Milk addition is completely optional. One has to check if the dough is perfect to pipe or not. If the cookie doesn't hold shape while piping, then add 1 tbsp milk at a time to the dough and mix again so that the dough can be easily piped after that. If the cookies seem not to hold shape after baking then just after piping, the cookies can be kept in freezer for 15-20 minutes to chilled and after baking these will surely retain their shapes. Instead of only all purpose flour, both all purpose flour and wheat flour can be used in 1 : 1 ratio. I have used salted butter. But if you are using unsalted butter, then add 1 pinch of salt to the dry ingredients. Adjust the sweetness. Instead of 1/4 cup, 2/3 cup powdered sugar can be used for little more sweetness in the cookies.
          Chocolate, Baked cookies, Butter cookies, Piped Cookies, Egg free Baking, Cocoa powder
          Baking, Eggless cookies, Chocolate cookies, Vegetarian
          Indian
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