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Kalakand is a famous Indian sweet dish. The best kalakand that I have tasted can be bought in Sambalpur,  Orissa. My dad would always buy those for me whenever I would visit home. I had always thought it to be a very difficult dish to prepare, but it turned out to be very easy. 
After coming to USA this is my first time tasting this beautiful dish. So heres what we would need.
Fresh Paneer (Cottage Cheese): 1cupCondensed Milk: 1 canSaffron: few strandsAlmond: broken 1 tbsp

Mix the paneer and condensed milk, into a smooth paste. You can use ricotta cheese instead of paneer. Microwave the mix for 5mins. Keep checking to make sure the mix doesn't over flow. Add the saffron strands and microwave for another 2-3 mins, till the mix achieves a thick consistency. Remove it to a tray, garnish with broken almonds and let it cool and then refrigerate for 1 hr.  Cut into cubes and enjoy.
In case you don't have a microwave you can still create this amazing dish. Just heat t…

Chocolate Cake in a Cup

How many time has it happen that you crave for that chocolaty goodness of yummy  warm chocolate cake but for that either you have to drive down to a bakery or bake on on your own. That is a real mood killer.
With me there is one more issue Tanmaya won't help me finish the cake and I would end up eating all of which is of course neither healthy nor figure perfect ;)
Yesterday I found a great receipt for quick chocolate cake in a cup which would take exactly 5 mins and would give you a perfect 1 serving cake with just 2 items to clean afterwards. Least clean up is a bonus.
Baking flour : 4tbspSugar: 4tbspUnsweetened Coco Powder: 2 tbspMilk: 3 tbspOil: 3tbspBitten Egg: 2 tbspChocolate chips: 2 tbspVanilla Essence: a dash.

Take a microwave safe coffee mug. Mix all the ingredients in the cup. Place the cup in the microwave and microwave for 3 minutes. You would see the batter start to crown over the top of the mug. Don't worry, it is supposed to happen and eventually…

Mushroom Panner Masala

It was another of those days when I would keep bugging Tanmaya about what he wants for lunch. I asked him if he wants mushroom or paneer he said lets have both but in the same dish.
So I decided to use both in a gravy that I would use for Paneer with a little twist. So here we go.
Button Mushrrom : 2 cups cut into halfPaneer: 1 cup cut into cubesGreen Pea: 1/2 cupOnion : 1 medium finely choppedTomato: 1 medium chopped finelyGinger Garlic Paste: 2 tbspPoppy Seeds: 1 tspCashew: 1 tbspCoriander Powder: 1 tspCumin Powder : 1 tspTurmeric Powder: 1 tspRed Chili Powder: 1 tbspMilk : 1/2 cupWhole Garam Masala : 4 cloves, 1/2 inch cinnamon, 2 cardamon Salt to TasteOil for cooking
Dry roast the whole gram masala, poppy seeds and cashew. Make a smooth paste of the gram masala, poppy seeds and cashew with little water. In a pan heat 2 tbsp oil and fry the paneer cubes till golden born on both sides. remove from heat. Heat 2 tbsp oil add 1/2 tsp sugar to it. Once the sugar turns br…

Vegetable Club Sandwich

A club sandwich, also known as clubhouse sandwich or double decker, is a sandwich with two layer of stuffing between 3 slices of bread. It is a quick and healthy breakfast and snack that is filling as well as tasty.

There is a theory that it was invented in an exclusively Saratoga Springs, New York, gambling club in the late 19th century.

It is one of my sweethearts fav tea time snack.


Bread: 3 slicesPotatoes: 1 medium boiledOnion:1 medium finely choppedGreen chili : 1-2 finely choppedTomato: 1 thinly slicedCarrot: 1/2 cup finely choppedCapsicum: 1/2 cup finely choppedShredded Cheese: as per your tasteSalt: to tasteButter: 2 tbsp


Mash the potato, add green chili, salt, chopped onion and mix well.
apply butter to one side of the bread, spread some mashed potato on it, add some chopped carrot , capsicum and few slices of tomato, sprinkle some shredded cheese.
Apply butter to another slice of bread and layer it over the previous slice on bread and vegetables with butter s…

Onion Masala Dosa

Dosa is a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice and black lentils batter. It is indigenous to and staple food in the southern Indian states. It is a common breakfast and street food.
There are so many variations used on the basic recipe of dosa like masala dosa, onion masala dosa, rava dosa, chilli paneer dosa, egg dosa, palak dosa and the list goes on and on.
Today I would give you the recipe for onion masala dosa. This is my ultimate favorite street food for breakfast ever. I remember when I was a kid, almost every sunday we would have masala dosa. 
Dosa Shell Urad Dal : 1 cupRice : 1 cupChanna Dal : 1/4 cupSalt: 1/2 tsp

Masala Potato : 1 large boiledOnion: 1 medium thinly slicedGreen Chili: 1-2 Curry Leaves: fewMustard Seeds: 1/2 tspGreen Peas: 1/2 cupCarrot : 1 medium thinly slicedCoriander leaves : for garnishSalt for taste

For the batter soak the Urad Dal, Rice and channa dal over night. Drain and grind into a smooth paste. Add salt mix well and let the batter…