Paneer or cottage cheese is a very popular cheese in India .Paneer is a great  source of protein and used to make many mouthwatering delicacies. Paneer is my fav and I have already shared  many recipes using paneer .Making paneer is very easy you just need two ingredients and you have soft paneer . Homemade paneer is any day better in taste and quality than the ready made ones .
Full fat milk 1 litre
1/4 cup lemon juice 

Boil milk once it starts to boil reduce the flame
Add the lemon juice 
You will see that the milk begins to curdle and the whey starts to separate.
Switch the flame off.
Take a colander and line it with cheesecloth or muslin cloth
Pour the entire curdled milk.
Pour some water over the curdled milk.
Tie the muslin cloth and hang it  drain all the water.
Once all the water has drained flatten the cloth pressing it with your hands.
Keep a vessel or something heavy on it 
After 30 minutes remove the weight or vessel
Cut into blocks and use as you want .

Always use best quality milk ,use full fat cream milk for creamy soft paneer .
You can use curd or vinegar as well to curdle the milk.
Once you see the milk starts to curdle switch the flame off if you keep cooking the paneer will turn hard.
But make sure the milk has completely curdled before switching the flame off.
Do not remove the cream layer that comes on the top of the milk .
Use the whey to knead chapati dough .
If you don't want to hang the muslin cloth just tie a tight knot and keep a heavy weight on the paneer once the whey has drained off completely. 

Bread Cone with cheesy garlic chicken filling ..These cute and yummy bread cones were loved by all my friends and cousins ..I had made them last year for a party at my place along with some salami pinwheels..These were well received by all.those who tasted..The bread was soft and fluffy with lip smacking garlic chicken filling.

You can fill any thing you wish too check my blog for Capsicum and chicken filling and chicken filling and for creamy chicken filling .These also taste good with any salad or veg filling.
I have baked these cone using the cream horns mould/molds but don't worry you can make them easily with DIY cones you can refer to this  post  .Long before I brought these cones I too made the comes with foil and Card paper you can check the web for idea on making cones at home.

For the filling
200 gms chicken breast
2 tsp garlic minced
1 tsp pepper powder
2 green chilies chopped
1 tsp oregano
1tsp chilli flakes
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 1/2 tsp Oil
Cheese grated
1 tsp maida
1 tsp butter
1/2 cup milk

  • Boil the chicken with salt pepper and chopped green chillies
  • Shred to pieces and keep aside.
  • In a pan take oil and butter add garlic and saute for few minutes .
  • Then add flour/ maida saute for a minute then  add milk and keep stirring to avoid any lumps.
  • You will see that it begins to thicken .
  • Add tomato ketchup,mixed herbs and chilli flakes .
  • Add the shredded chicken and cheese .
  • Mix till well  combined.

  • Make small balls with the dough then roll each dough and cut it into strips .
  • Grease the moulds with oil.

  • Roll each cone with the dough strip to form cones.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds ,you can even brush egg wash or milk then sprinkle the sesame.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15to 18 minutes or until baked .
  • Allow it to cool before un moulding it .
  • Fill the prepared chicken filling and serve ..

Shikampuri Kebab /Kabab are a delicious kebab from Hyderabad ..The name literally means belly full.. Shikampuri kebabs are mouth melting kebabs which have a yummy hung curd filling ..they are soft and succulent kebabs which even kids will love .. Shikampuri kebabs taste best when made with beef or mutton  but  you  can use chicken  too...
shikampuri kabab recipe

Shikampuri Kebab can be enjoyed as a starter/appetizer or as an side dish with any meal... they taste great when served with mint/pudina chutney..

shikampuri kabab recipe

500gms Mutton or Beef Mince
1/2 cup Chana dal
3-4  dry Kashmiri chillies
3-4 Green cardamom
5-6 cloves
two  1 inch cinnamon broken in pieces
5-6 Black peppercorns
1 tsp jeera/cumin
3-4 green  chillies
1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
4 Cloves

For the stuffing or filling
Hing curd1/2 cup
Onion chopped finely
Coriander leaves 1/4 cup
Mint leaves chopped 2 tbsp
Then chilli chopped


  • Put all the spices with meat  or mince ginger garlic paste add water and also salt and cook the mince or meat till cooked the water should dry completely.
  • Allow it to cool.
  • Once cool grind to a paste without adding water.
  • Add lime juice and chopped coriander leaves.

  • In a bowl take hung curd add chopped onions,coriander leaves ,mint leaves,greem chilli and salt .
  • Mix all well .
  • Make equal sized balls with the mince mixture
  • Flatten each ball on your palm.
  • Stuff the hung curd mixture and cover the sides to seal.
  • Dip it in beaten  egg

  • Heat oil in a frying pan
  • Shallow fry in both sides till golden brown
  • Serve with any chutney or dip..

to make hung curd  tie curds in a muslin cloth for2-3 hours 
To save time you can pressure cook the meat or mince with the dal and spices
I use mince to make this but you can use meat pieces .
after shaping these kebab you can keep it in the fridge for sometimes  it becomes easier to fry them .
If you wish you could coat some breadcrumbs before you fry.
You can add nuts as well along with the hung  curd mixture.

hyderabadi shikampuri kebabs

Batter Fried Squids /calamari are our fav starter.We always order batter fried squids  whenever we visit a restaurant my hubby loves it a lot..i normally make this when he is around..its easy and taste so crisp and yumm
Batter Fried Squids /Calamari goes well with any dip or even taste good with ketchup.

12  -15 squids
1 tsp garlic paste
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp black pepper/as needed

for the batter
1 cup maida/flour
1 tbsp cornflour
pepper powder as needed
1/4 tsp chilli powder
1/2 - 3/4  cup soda water chilled
oil to deep fry

  • Clean the calamari /squids well ,rinse and remove all excess water .
  • Cut them into rings
  • The squids needs to be dry without any water .
  • Apply salt  lime black pepper and keep aside for 30 minutes you can marinade and keep it in the refrigerator.
  • When you are ready to fry , mix cornflour ,maida in a bowl add salt pepper and the soda water .
  • Mix with a whisk to a lump free batter .
  • Heat oil to deep fry
  • In a plate add some flour ,dip squids in the flour and then coat it with the batter .
  • Fry in hot oil until golden brown .
  • Drain on a kitchen towel /tissue
  • Serve with Mayo/tartar sauce or any dip..

We love pastas but now wanted to try something different than the on ewe usually do .Wanted to keep it simple without adding any cheese or cream so then just mixed in few sauces and this yummy pasta was ready in no time.The mustard sauce gave a very nice flavour to this pasta .And the tomato sauce added a nice tang as well as little sweetness to the pasta .The sauces really blended very well.And it was light compared to the cheesy creamy pastas.Do try this you will enjoy it.

2 cups pasta(i used elbow)
250 gms boneless chicken
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp pepper/as needed
3 tsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp mustard sauce
1 small capsicum
1/2 cup spring onion chopped
oil 1 tbsp
salt as needed


  • Boil pasta in sufficient water with salt till Al dente
  • Chop the spring onions ,the bulb and the green .
  • Chop garlic and capsicum and keep aside
  • Boil chicken with soy sauce pepper and water till done and shred to pieces
  • Heat oil in a pan add chopped garlic and saute
  • Then add the spring onion bulb and the capsicum and saute on high flame 
  • Add the chicken and the mustard paste ,chilli sauce and the tomato sauce
  • Give it a nice stir , add the spring onion and the pasta
  • Add crushed pepper and mix ,add salt only if required
  • Toss it well and serve hot .

Posting this cake after almost 6 months after making it hehe..This super delish Chocolate cake was made my birthday way back in Feb its been lying in the draft folder since then .
One of the most yummy chocolate Birthday cake I have baked .This choice cake was super moist and irresistible ..Kept it simple by frosting with chocolate ganache my favourite frosting.

It was well received by all .It's always a pleasure to bake cakes for my friends and family in their birthday or anniversary any  joyous occasion .But as much as I enjoy baking for others I also enjoy baking it for my self .. Along with this cake I also made a tres leche cake which again in the folders and will be seen on the blog hopefully very soon..there are some more cakes coming up too
Coming back to this chocolate Birthday cake it was really the best. It pairs well with ganache but also taste good with chocolate butter cream..
If you are not a chocolate person try whipped cream frosting for this cake but definitely chocolate ganache taste awesome with this ..
The recipe is very simple .Do try and enjoy a moist rich and chocolate-y treat

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour/maida
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup coffee
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
for the ganache
200 ml fresh cream
200gms dark chocolate chopped

  • Heat oven at 180 degree and preheat for 10 minutes
  • Grease a 6 inch pan and line with parchment
  • Combine all dry ingredients and set aside
  • In a bowl take eggs buttermilk coffee and oil and vanilla beat on medium speed for 2 minutes
  • Mix in the dry ingredients and beat for a minute on low speed
  • Pour the batter in the prepared tin
  • Bake for 30- 35 minutes or till tonight inserted comes out clean
  • Allow the cake to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile prepare the ganache
  • In a pan pour the cream and heat it in low flame till bubble start appearing in the sides , switch the flame off
  • Add chopped chocolate and let it sit 
  • After few minutes mix it with a whisk or spatula until all the Chocolate is mixed with the cream and the ganache is ready.
  • Cut the cake into half
  • Apply ganache to Sandwich the cake
  • And coat the cake fully with ganache
  • Pipe out some rosette and garnish with maltesers/dairy milk shots
  • And at the sides stick some almond flakes
  • Let it set  in the  refrigerator for an hour

Making your own buttermilk is very easy just add 1/2 tsp lime juice or vinegar to 1/2 cup milk  ,stir and let it sit for 5 minute.
You can omit the egg and add more 1/4 cup buttermilk.
For piping the Rosette I have mixed whipping cream to the melted chocolate.
Adding coffee is purely optional you make just add water instead
If using coffee just mix 1/ 2 tsp coffee in the water.you can add boiling coffee too

There are many more  cakes in the blog ... here are few chocolate birthday cake you  may wish  to try
 Eggless Moist Chocolate

Chocolate Orange Cake
 Eggless Black Forest

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