Cranberry and Orange Summer Punch

Try this simple non-alcoholic recipe and make a simple yet refreshing summer punch for parties in no time! All you need is 3-ingredients and 5 minutes to make it!

Orange and Cranberry Summer Punch

Hello hello! So summer is here and so am I with a really simple recipe to make punch at home with only 3 ingredients! This Cranberry and Orange Punch is seriously summery and is oh-so easy to make. If you’re having a party this summer then you NEED to have this (with a splash of Vodka of course). It’s really refreshing and I’m sure will go down really well with all your guests..especially the girls!

Summer Punch Recipe

RECIPE: Cranberry and Orange Summer Punch

Makes: 1.5 L/1 jug       Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Cranberry Juice, 3 cups or 720 ml
  • Orange Juice, 1/2 cup or 120 ml
  • Ginger Ale, 500 ml
  • Sliced Oranges and Lemons

METHOD

In a jug mix cranberry juice, orange juice and ginger ale and give it a stir.

Line the bottom of a serving bowl with sliced oranges and lemons. Pour the punch from the jug on top and serve immediately.

If you’re going to make it before a party, then mix cranberry and orange juice beforehand but pour ginger ale right before serving so that it doesn’t lose it’s fizz.

TIP: Make ice cubes from the punch to keep it cold without watering it down.

Summer Punch Recipe

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Homemade Deep Dish Pizza – Instapizza Style

Learn how to make Deep Dish Pizza with step-by-step instructions! Try this amazing recipe and make insanely good deep dish pizzas at home! 

Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

Last week I got a chance to go visit Instapizza and try out everything on their menu, yes lucky me! This small (but soon to be really big) pizza chain is a hidden gem with pizzas to die for. I’m proud to report that Delhi finally has a decent enough place that delivers pizzas that don’t taste like cardboard. Yes, this place is a pizza lovers dream come true with it’s vast (and I mean it) variety of toppings. You name it and they have it! Pile your pizzas all you want and you will still walk out paying an amount that won’t burn a hole into your pocket. Lucky are those people who live in G town and kalkaji because that’s where they’re currently situated. Pray to god that these people expand soon and open one outlet near your home (and mine) so that we can finally say goodbye to Dominos!

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Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
I don’t normally review places but Instapizza deserves a special mention because of the quality of their pizzas. I tried the chicken pepperoni, garlic and jalapeño pizza and DIED. I was expecting a regular tasting pizza (because that’s what you expect from a chain) but this one blew my mind, in a pleasant way. Everything was perfect, the crust, the sauce, the toppings..It was so good I ended up eating a piping hot slice and burnt the roof of my mouth..ouch!! :D I also tried a deep dish pizza which was more like a pizza pie. That pizza was about 2 inches thick and enough to feed a tribe (no, really!). Ashwin (the owner) was kind enough to give me the recipe (the home version ofcourse) and here I am..ready to share it with you!!
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 Now this pizza is not like a regular pizza..so you will need a few “equipments”. At Instapizza it’s made in a lose bottom or a springform tin because otherwise it would be impossible to take it out but for all of you home bakers you can just bake it in any cake tin or pie dish and serve it like that. You need to cover your tin with pizza dough, like you’re making a pie and then load it up with cheese and your preferred toppings. I’m going with Salami, jalapeños and red onions today. Then you cover the pizza with another layer of dough and sauce (which btw is also an instapizza recipe) and bake it in a REALLY HOT oven for about 35 minutes. Before you turn around and be like “who’s going to do all that hardwork” let me just tell you..making this pizza is going to be one of the best decisions of your life. You will thank me for sharing this recipe! So bake it and let me know what you think!
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

RECIPE: Homemade Deep Dish Pizza – Instapizza Style

Makes: One 8″ Deep Dish Pizza        Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours + overnight proofing     Baking Time: 35-40 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

For the dough
  • Active Dry Yeast, 2 1/2 teaspoons
  • All Purpose Flour (or maida), 3 1/2 cups or 450 grams approx.
  • Sugar, 1/2 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons (preferably caster)
  • Olive Oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Water, 1 1/3 cup or 320 ml

For the pizza

  • Fresh Mozzarella, 1 cup (grated)
  • Preferred Toppings (I used onions, peppers, salami and Jalapeno)
  • Pizza Sauce, 1 cup (Recipe here)
  • Jalapenos or Basil, for the top

METHOD:

Start by preparing your dough.

(Read this post before you start if you’re a beginner and a first timer with yeast. It’s important!)

In a cup of lukewarm water, add 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and mix it in. Add in the active dry yeast and stir. Cover the cup/glass with cling film for about 10-15 minutes of until the top is foamy. (Refer to pictures here.)

In the meanwhile, mix flour, olive oil, 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl and set aside.

Once your yeast has proofed (i.e. it’s foamy), add it to the flour mix and knead until just combined (about 3 minutes). Once you no longer see dry flour, stop, cover the bowl with cling film or a damp cloth and let the dough rest for 15 minutes.

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Uncover the dough and tip it on a floured surface, knead it for about 4-5 minutes or until the surface of the dough bounces back when you poke it.

Cut the dough into two pieces and transfer to a floured tray or individual bowls. Cover with cling film and put it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours (or overnight. I kept mine for about 13 hours, this is called retarding the dough and helps in developing flavour. If you’re in a hurry, try this dough recipe instead.)

 Take out the dough from the refrigerator after 8 hours and let it come down to room temperature. In the meantime preheat your oven at 250 degrees Celsius or as hot as you can. Keep a tray or pizza stone on it, something that will serve as a base for your pizza tin.
Once your dough is down to room temp, it’s time to roll it out. But first flour your tin with corn meal, this will keep your base crisp.
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Now using your hands or a rolling pin stretch one ball of dough until it’s about 1/2 inch thick (keep the other covered while you’re working or it will form a skin on top). Lay it at the base of a springform tin or a loose bottom tin. This is essential unless you’re planning on serving in the dish. In that case you can use a pie dish too. Line the dough on the sides too, much like lining a tart.
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Brush the base with some butter and spread your grated mozzarella on it followed by a single layer of toppings. Do not put salt in the toppings or it will release water making your base watery and gooey.
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Roll out the other ball of dough and lay it on top of everything and seal the edges. Poke holes in the top layer so that the steam can escape.
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Layer on the pizza sauce as much as you like, I like a lot of it! And season it if you haven’t already. Top with a few jalapenos for that extra kick.
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Bake your pizza in a really really hot oven for about 35-40 minutes or until the sides are nice and golden. I baked mine for 30 minutes but I would suggest you to bake it for those additional 5-10 minutes so that it’s thoroughly cooked.
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza
Serve your pizza right away and enjoy!
Homemade Deep Dish Pizza

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Classic Tomato Sauce

Try this simple recipe with step-by-step pictures and make flavorful fresh tomato sauce for your homemade pizzas! This versatile sauce tastes great with pastas and as a dipping sauce too!

Homemade Pizza Sauce (Improved Version)

There are two types of people on this planet, tomato sauce lovers and cheese sauce lovers. I am the former and for that same reason I’m always on the lookout for great tomato sauce recipes. I have a recipe that I normally use to whip up a simple spaghetti but this sauce is something else. It has no onions or garlic and is closest to the real deal! This Classic Tomato Sauce is great over homemade pizzas, pastas or even a dipping sauce and I got it from the Instapizza, an upcoming pizza chain restaurant in Delhi, India. I loved their pizzas and their sauce so I asked them for the recipe for it. The folks at Instapizza were kind enough to give it to me so here I am sharing it with you! Try this really simple recipe with step-by-step instructions and take your pizzas to another level!

RECIPE: Classic Tomato Sauce

Makes: 2 cups or 500 ml of sauce       Time: 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • Fresh Juicy Tomatoes, 7-8
  • Olive Oil, 3 tablespoons
  • Pizza Seasoning, as per taste (My pizza seasoning is a mix of garlic powder, dried rosemary, dried basil, dried thyme and dried oregano; you can season it with your favorite seasoning)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sugar, 2 teaspoons

METHOD

Start by boiling your tomatoes. Take a pot, fill it water, and bring it to a boil. Toss your tomatoes in it and boil for about 5-10 minutes or until tomatoes are really tender.

Homemade Pizza Sauce (Improved Version)

Once they’re boiled, drop the tomatoes in ice cold water and take their skins off. Once the skins are off, blitz them in a food processor until you have a smooth tomato puree. You can go one step further and sieve the tomato puree to get a super smooth consistency but I don’t bother. I like it rustic.

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Pour olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and transfer your tomato puree to it. Bring it to a boil, and then simmer. Let the sauce cook on medium heat for about 20-25 minutes until it has thickened and developed a deeper colour. Keep stirring. Remember, the longer you cook your sauce the better it will taste.

Season your sauce and let it cool before you top it on pizzas, for pastas you can use it straight away. If the sauce is too thick add a little hot water to thin it down and adjust seasoning.

Classic Tomato Sauce

Recipe Courtesy: Instapizza.in

 

 

Potato and Chickpea Salad

Try my easy-to-follow recipe and make delicious and creamy Potato and Chickpea Salad at home in no time!

Potato and Chickpea Salad

Every now and then I hear about a new place opening up but only recently I’ve seen a lot salad bars in Delhi popping up! Thank god for places with healthy food in Delhi like Lean Chef, TLC Kitchen and Salad Chef, I can now enjoy good food without the added calories! If you visit these places you’ll be surprised to see how they turn something high cal into something really healthy and trust me they don’t just sell salads, they’ve got desserts too! So it’s not a punishment to eat at these places but rather a delight! Being a food blogger sounds all fancy and people are all like “OMG you’re so lucky, you get to eat all the food” but they forget what that food is doing to my waist! So today I thought of rustling up a really quick recipe of my favourite salad with Potatoes, Chickpeas and Spinach.

Potato and Chickpea Salad

Now the dressing is a mix of mayo, Tahini and hung curd so I won’t say it’s entirely healthy but it’s a great light salad that’s really creamy and delicious! The dressing is to die for and the flavours are pretty much Indian, so I’m sure you’ll find the ingredients in your kitchen. So gather your tools and get started!

Potato and Chickpea Salad

RECIPE: Potato and Chickpea Salad

Serves: 2    Total Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the salad

  • Boiled Chickpeas, 1 cup
  • Boiled potatoes, cut into chunks, 3 small (Make sure you don’t boil them too much, they shouldn’t be too mushy.)
  • Blanched Spinach Leaves, 1/3 cup

For the dressing

  • Mayonnaise, 4-5 tablespoons
  • Tahini Dressing, 2 tablespoons (Tahini paste and tahini dressing are two different things. If you’re using paste, only use about a tablespoon and add a little lemon juice to the recipe.)
  • Hung Curd, 2 tablespoon
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Cumin Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2-3 tablespoons
  • Minced Garlic, ½ teaspoon

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients mentioned under “for the dressing” in a bowl. Once mixed, add in the boiled chickpeas, boiled potato chunks and blanched spinach. Make sure the dressing covers everything. Chill the salad before serving and enjoy!

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Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

My current favorite dessert, this Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake is easy to prepare, tastes heavenly and will quickly become a family favorite! P.S. – It’s also perfect for beginners in the kitchen! :)

Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

 

Two words – Strawberry and Oreos! Can anything in this world top that combination? Maybe chocolate and peanut butter but not after you’ve tasted this cheesecake. ;) This creamy, no gelatin cheesecake is really simple to make, is no bake and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare (although you need to chill it for 4 hours later). My Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake tastes heavenly and is bursting with fresh strawberry flavor! Nothing artificial here you guys!! Oh and all you newbies in the kitchen, read on because it’s perfect for you guys!

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Like all cheesecakes, my cheesecake too has a biscuit base but to take things to the next level I used Oreos instead of the regular digestives. The taste of Oreos complement the sweetness and slight tartness of the cheesecake. I didn’t remove the cream from the centre so the base is nice and soft! My cheesecake is made of cream cheese and whipping cream, this is a no gelatin cheesecake so all you really have to do is whip some cream and mix it in with cream cheese and icing sugar and VOILA..you have your batter ready! You also need to add some pureed strawberries..the puree shouldn’t be too watery but more on the chunky side. This give the cheesecake that real strawberries flavour. When this is done, you just need to set the mixture in the refrigerator for 4 hours and DONE!

Don’t panic if you’ve never made a cheesecake before because it is ridiculously easy to make! I’ve got lots of process pictures to guide you throughout so you’ll be alright! :)

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RECIPE: Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

Makes: One 8″ Cheesecake    Prep Time: 15 minutes    Chilling Time: 4 hours +

INGREDIENTS

  • Cream Cheese (at room temp), 200 grams (You can use Philadelphia or Britannia)
  • Sweetened Whipping Cream (40% fat or more), 200 grams (I use Rich’s whipping cream)
  • Icing Sugar, 1/2 cup or 60 grams
  • Vanilla Essence, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Fresh Strawberries (Pureed), 8-10 small*
  • Fresh Strawberries, 7-8 sliced, for the top
  • Oreos, 1 pack of 150 grams
  • Melted Butter, 3 tablespoons
  • 8″ Springform tin (or loose bottom tin)
*For the strawberry puree – Blitz strawberries minus the leafy part in a blender until they’ve broken down. The mixture has to be between watery and chunky. Watery puree will make it difficult for the cheesecake to set so make sure you get the consistency right. Refer to the pictures below.

METHOD

Blitz Oreos in a mixer until they’re crumbly and are almost sand like in texture. Add in the melted butter and blitz again. Once the Oreos and butter are properly mixed tip this mixture onto the bottom of a springform tin and press them down to make a nice tight base. Use a spatula or the back of a glass to make the base smooth and flat.

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Chill the base in the freezer until you make your cheesecake batter.

Whisk your whipping cream until you have stuff peaks and set it in the refrigerator to be used later.

Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

Whisk the cream cheese until it’s nice and fluffy, add in the icing sugar and whisk again. Add in the vanilla essence and mix it in. Now take out the whipped cream you set in the refrigerator and fold it in this cream cheese mixture little by little using a spatula. Make sure you don’t mix very vigorously. Mix enough to combine the cream cheese mixture and whipping cream properly. Now add in the pureed strawberries and fold them in.

Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

Make sure your strawberry puree isn’t too watery. Keep it chunky.

Next, take out your base from the refrigerator and pour your batter in it. Chill in the fridge for atleast four hours, preferably overnight.

Once your cheesecake is set, demold it and transfer it to cake plate. To do that, run a knife along the edges and then run it under the base to loosen the base. Once the cake if off the base, simply slip it onto a serving plate. Top with sliced strawberries and serve chilled.

TIP: To get a neat slice every time, clean your knife before making every cut. 

I don’t have any clue how long the cheesecake stays good for because in my house it’s over in no time! Let me know if you know :)

Strawberry and Oreo Cheesecake

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Masala Coke Cocktail

Try this simple recipe and turn around a humble glass of coke into something SO good and SO Indian! This Masala Coke cocktail is just what you need at every summer party this year! :)

Masala Coke Cocktail

 

Now before I’m judged let me tell you that I’m almost embarrassed to share this recipe because it’s just too easy to even qualify as a recipe and I bet a lot of Indians even drink your coke this way. This really simple Masala Coke Cocktail recipe is one way to turn around a humble glass of Coke into a refreshing cocktail. It takes less than 5 minutes to put together and less than 5 ingredients..so get started and make it already!

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RECIPE: Masala Coke Cocktail

Serves: 1      Time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • A glass of Coca Cola
  • Lemon Juice
  • Chaat Masala
  • Pepper Powder (preferably homemade)
  • Cumin Powder (preferably homemade)
  • Vodka, 60ml (optional)

METHOD

Fill a glass with ice, squeeze lemon juice in it and add vodka, chaat masala, pepper powder and cumin powder to it. Top it with coke. Put some lemon slices in and enjoy!

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Homemade Greek Tzatziki Dip

This summer try my recipe for a simple Greek yogurt dip – Tzatziki! It light, creamy and fresh..perfect with fresh vegetables or crackers!

Homemade Tzatziki Dip

 

What if I told you, you can make something Greek with ingredients that in your refrigerator right now. Ingredients that you probably overlooked as being too simple or too common..well, my recipe for this Greek Tzatziki dip is going to use just those ingredients! It’s as simple as 1,2,3 and takes about 10 minutes in total. It fresh, light and goes great with fresh vegetables, over meats or with crackers! For this dip you need: yogurt, cucumber, garlic, olive oil and lemons..yes just that. So get them ingredients ready and make this dip already!

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RECIPE: Homemade Greek Tzatziki Dip

Serves: 2-3     Time: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • Strained Yogurt (hung curd), 1 cup
  • Olive oil, 2 tablespoons (or mayonnaise; using mayo is not traditional but works well)
  • Grated Cucumber, 1
  • Lemon juice, 1 teaspoon
  • Grated Garlic Cloves, 2
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Dill, Parsley or Coriander, chopped

METHOD

In a bowl mix yogurt and olive oil until you get a creamy consistency. Add the remaining ingredients and adjust the taste as per your liking. Serve with carrots and cucumbers or crackers. This dip goes well with lamb dishes as well so serve it as a side dip for meats too.

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