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Recipe for crunchy Cream rolls! #MyFriendAlexa

I have a love-love relationship with food where I love savoring on different snacks everyday. One of these days, I had craving for cream rolls. And, not just any ordinary cream roll, I had the urge to make them at home. It will sound crazier if I tell you that there are three bakeries just outside my society to relish cream roll.

Without much thought, I searched for all the ingredients available at home.

Ingredients

  • Maida flour (Finely milled wheat flour) – 250 gm for 4-5 servings
  • Whipped Cream / Fresh cream
  • Icing Sugar
  • Salt, as per taste
  • Cooking oil
Recipe for roll –
  • Knead the dough from Maida flour. Add 1 teaspoon cooking oil & pinch of salt to the dough preparation.
  • Divide the dough into 4-5 smaller balls.
  • Flatten the balls with help of rolling-pin in circular shape.
  • Cut the flattened dough vertically in stripes.

    Cream roll preparation
  • Prepare cylindrical rolls from aluminium foil that will be used for grilling purposes.
  • Start placing each stripes one after the other on the aluminium foil roll.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Maida floor with water to prepare a paste.
  • Gently rub small amount of paste along the edges all over the roll to keep them from falling apart.
  • Grill it in microwave/ oven at 220°C till the roll turns light brown in color.

    Grill the roll
  • Cool down the roll for sometime & crunchy rolls are ready.
    Crunchy rolls
     Recipe for cream –
  • You can use whipped cream available in the market as a filling.
                     Or follow below steps,
  • Place chilled fresh cream in a bowl.
  • Add icing sugar and vanilla essence to it.
  • Whisk the mixture till the volume reduces and soft peaks are formed.
  • Put the whipped cream in refrigerator to cool it.

    Chilled whipped cream
Final Step
  • Add the cream to the prepared roll and serve it fresh. 🙂
Ready to eat!
The preparation is time taking process and definitely worth it.
Do you like cream rolls? Do share your thoughts on the recipe. What other snacks are your favorite? If you liked the post, let us know by commenting & sharing. 🙂

 

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A rainy evening with Patra(Alu Vadi) #MyFriendAlexa

After a long wait, earth was blessed with heavenly showers. Sitting in the balcony, watching the rain falling on ground is a wonderful sight. And, this experience is enhanced by having a cup of tea and yummy snacks!

Having lived in Mumbai for few years, I enjoyed eating Patra(Alu Vadi) a lot. And, I had been craving for it since long time. With no one ready to serve it, I took it upon myself to make yummy Patra and relish it.

Patra or Alu vadi is made from colocasia leaves. Alu in Hindi means potato but in Marathi Alu means colocasia, hence it is named so. First step in making it was calling up my friend in Mumbai to ask for her mother’s authentic recipe. 😀

Ingredients:
  • Colocasia leaves – 8 or 10
  • Gram flour(Besan) – 2 cups
  • Ginger crushed
  • Green chilies crushed – 2 to 3
  • Garam masala – 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Tamarind paste/ Dry Mango powder(Aamchoor) – 2 tablespoon
  • Jaggery paste – ½  small cup
  • Sesame seeds – for frying
  • Mustard seeds – for frying
  • Coriander leaves – for garnishing
Preparation steps – 
  1. Wash the leaves by rinsing them thoroughly & drying them with a cloth.
  2. After drying leaves, cut out the extra stem & thicker veins of the leaves to smoothen them.
  3. Next step is to prepare a thick paste by mixing all ingredients in a bowl including –
  • Besan
  • Crushed ginger & green chili
  • Garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, salt,turmeric
  • Tamarind & jaggery paste

    Ingredients for paste
    Ingredients for paste
  1. Start applying the paste on leaves with the front of leaf facing upwards.
  2. Continue adding leaves to the bundle with tips of alternate leaves opposite to each other.
  3. Roll the stack of leaves firmly and continue adding paste to the roll with each turn.
  4. Tie thread to the roll to keep it in place. Steam this roll in a pressure cooker/closed pan for 15 minutes. Remember to remove the whistle from cooker.
  5. After 15 minutes of steaming, let the roll cool down for few minutes. This will help in hardening of the steamed leaves & paste.
  6. Cut smaller slices of this bundle for shallow frying or deep frying. Some people might also like the steamed version of Patra.
  7. For frying, heat some oil in pan; add sesame seeds & mustard seeds. Add the cut slices into the pan & fry till it turns golden brown.
  8. Garnish it with fresh cut coriander leaves.
  9. Patra is ready to be served. Relish the sweet-tangy crunchy Patra with chili sauce or tea.

    Alu Vadi/Patra
    Alu Vadi/Patra
My workarounds in the recipe-
  1. I did not have tamarind at home, so used Mango powder (aamchoor) as a replacement.
  2. For jaggery paste I had boiled jaggery pieces in hot water for 5 minutes.
  3. I had used a rolling pin to smoothen out thicker veins of the leaves & few leaves were broken in the process. Need more practice for this!
  4. If you do not like the sesame seeds, then they can be avoided while frying.

As I was preparing it for the first time, I took more than the estimated time of 30 minutes. Hope you like the recipe as much as I liked preparing & eating it.

Do share your thoughts about it – have you ever eaten it before or like it? Have I missed any steps in the preparation? What other evening snacks are your favorites? Looking forward to your response! If you liked this post, do shower us some love by commenting, liking & sharing the post.

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Food Paradise in Namma Bengaluru !

Bengaluru (Bangalore) has more to it than just being the IT Capital of India. It offers you diverse food options. Name it & you can have it. For foodies like me this is blessing. After a hard day at work, nothing can cheer me up like food! Starting my day from idli-wada, Momos in the evening & parathas for dinner. Yummy…

I have been in Bangalore for an almost two years now & experimented a lot across the town in search of food. Below is the list of few of my favorite food joints in the city.

Hangout Cafe , Koramangala – Found it by chance last year while roaming on the streets. Cozy place to sit & enjoy talking with friends/date. It used to empty in the beginning, but of late it has become crowded.  Enjoy the Oreo Cookie Shake & the Kitkat Shake they offer.

Serafina, Koramangala – One word to describe it “Cute”. The place is just cute with loads of seating space. Staff too is friendly. They have live music too! I was out on date with Mr. Hubby & the singer came up to our table & had sung a romantic song. Live music on date. Made my day 🙂

Om Made Cafe, Koramangala – Nice rooftop cafe & gives a good view of surrounding area. With cool breeze in evening this is the place to be. Offers awesome sandwiches.

Art Blend Cafe, HSR – This is my favorite place to hangout.One might even miss the place while searching for it. Had spent my Christmas evening there. Staff is friendly. It has a homely kind of ambiance. Displays art pieces for sale. Like the food options that they offer. I have earlier written about my experience at this cafe.Click here to read it.

Caffe Pascucci, Jayanagar – Enjoy the pastas here after shopping in Jayanagar market. One of the best pizzas that I have had in Bangalore.

I & Monkey, Indiranagar – I remember this place because of the trouble we went through to reach here. Bangalore rains had surprised us that day & we were on two-wheeler. Almost drenched by the time we reached here & to top it we were lost on the way. Entered the place & did not regret it a bit. Place was not too crowded, jumped to a corner table. Offers great variety of veg options.

Kapoor’s Cafe, Whitefield – I often crave for Parathas & had instantly fallen in love with Kapoor’s Cafe. Parathas loaded with butter & butter milk in kulhad. Most satisfying feeling ever 🙂

The Punjabi Rasoi, HSR – Another place to satisfy your craving for Punjabi food. Have been  here umpteen times. Tough to find place on weekends. Offers great range of North Indian food.

Halli Mane, Malleshwaram – This place does not need much introduction. Idli-sambhar, crispy dosa, Kerala Porata, Akki Roti & the filter coffee. Love it all. Authentic taste for experiencing the local cuisines. Must visit if you are in Malleshwaram.

Big Brewsky, Sarajapura Road – Bangalore has tons of breweries to visit. Like this place for the ambiance. If you are planning to visit, grab the poolside seats. Those are the best ones.

The Fisherman’s Wharf, Sarjapura Road – Enjoy Goa in Bangalore ! They did put loads of thought in designing the place. And it came out perfect. Service is also swift & has courteous staff.

This is just a small list of places that I like in Bangalore. There are so many more in left to go. Do let me know your favorite restaurants or cafe.

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Twisted Tale of Roti

For foodies like me trying new things to eat is a blissful. Bored of the daily dose of Roti, I decided to give it a twist and made ‘Roti Chaat’ out of it.

  • Broke the Rotis/ Chappatis into smaller pieces
  • Roasted it in microwave for around 5 minutes to make them crispy and they turn brown
  • Added chopped onions, tomatoes & chilies
  • Top it with salt, some chaat masala & lemon

Well the chaat is ready…

food chaat

It was a tasty & healthy option for snack. And, surely easy to make 🙂