Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Paska - An Easter Bread from Ukraine

Paska bread is commonly made during Easter in countries of Eastern Europe. Paska is made with flour, milk, butter, egg, and sugar. The name Paska(Ukrainian) comes from Pesakh or Passover from Hebrew.

This bread is very soft and mildly sweet. The cardamom powder turns the bread very aromatic and flavorful. We enjoyed eating it for breakfast and as a tea-time snack.

Ingredients:

  1. All-purpose flour - 2 cups + few tbsp more
  2. Milk - 1/2 cup
  3. Unsalted butter (softened)- 8 tbsp + 1 tsp (for brushing on baked bread)
  4. Sugar - 1/4 cup
  5. Egg - 1
  6. Instant Yeast - 1 tsp
  7. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. Raisins - 1 cup
  9. Salt - 1 tsp
  10. Oil for greasing the baking dish
Method:
  1. Microwave the milk for few seconds to make it lukewarm. Care should be taken not to overheat the milk. 
  2. Add yeast and sugar to the milk and set aside for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  3. Take softened butter in a large mixing bowl. Add an egg and mix well. 
  4. Add the activated yeast mixture to it and whisk well till everything is well combined.
  5. In another bowl, mix in the dry ingredients - flour, cardamom powder, salt and raisins.
  6.  Add the dry ingredients to the yeast-butter mixture and fold it gently. 
  7. Knead the dough for 10 minutes. 
  8. Grease a round baking pan(6 inches) with little oil and transfer the dough into it. Allow it to rise for 3 hours.
  9. Bake it at 350° F(180°C) in a preheated oven for 45 minutes. 
  10. Cool the cake for 15 minutes and remove it from the baking pan. Apply a teaspoon of butter on baked bread to keep it moist. 



"Shhhhh Cooking  Secretly" is a monthly challenge in the Facebook group. At the beginning of the month, a theme is chosen by one of the participants and all the participants are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are supposed to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month. 

This month's theme was "Easter bread" and it was chosen by Renu who blogs at Cook with Renu. Do check her blog for a wide variety of healthy and guilt-free dishes. Even Renu made Paska bread, and then she decorated them with white chocolate and sprinkles. Do check her blog for the recipe.

 My partner for March 2021 was Pavani Gunikuntla. She gave me cardamom and yeast as my secret ingredients and I made Ukrainian Bread. I gave her egg and yeast. She made a sweet braided Easter bread. Do check out her blog- Pavanis Kitchen for the recipe.



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Friday, March 5, 2021

Peanut Coriander Chutney

Peanut coriander chutney served with pesarattu and sambar.

Peanut Coriander Chutney is yet another no-coconut chutney in my blog. Some others include Radish chutney, Spring Onion Tomato chutney, Carrot Peanut chutney, Ridge Gourd chutney, and Tomato chutney

Ingredients:
  1. Coriander leaves/Cilantro - 1 small bunch
  2. Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  3. Garlic - 3-5 cloves
  4. Green chilies - 2 or as per your spice level
  5. Tamarind - a small piece
  6. Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  7. Oil - 1 teaspoon
  8. Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and roast peanuts till they turn crisp. Remove the peanuts and set them aside.
  2. In the same pan, add washed coriander leaves, garlic cloves, and green chilies. Saute till coriander leaves wilt.
  3. Let the mixture cool down completely.
  4. Grind the coriander mixture, peanuts, curry leaves, tamarind, and salt into a fine paste. 
Serve as is or you can add tempering with mustard seeds and curry leaves. Serve as a side dish for dosa or idli. Here in the picture, I have served it with Pesarattu

Note:
  • You can replace tamarind with lemon juice.
"Shhhhh Cooking  Secretly" is a monthly challenge in the Facebook group. At the beginning of the month, a theme is chosen by one of the participants and all the participants are grouped in pairs. The participants will exchange 2 secret ingredients with their partners who are supposed to prepare a dish that matches the theme of that month. 

This month's theme was "Chutneys" chosen by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blogs at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Do check her blog for a wide variety of vegan dishes. I would love to try her Oats Tikki. My partner for February 2021 was Sujata Roy. She gave me tamarind and garlic and I made his chutney. I gave her walnut and sesame seeds. She had a very unique "Almond Walnut chutney with Mango Ginger". Do check out her blog- Batter Up with Sujata for a collection of delicious dishes. I would love to try her Mango Kalakand and Cake Sandesh.