Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Sesame and Jaggery Wheat Crackers | Gud Paara (Baked and Stove Top Method)


gur paare
These sesame and jaggery wheat crackers (gud paara) are thin, crisp, and sweet. It is easy to make, versatile, can adjust flavors, and it is more healthy veriosn because of it baked and stove top version, not fried one. Baking them makes it a guilt free snack.

Gud Paara is an authentic and traditional Punjabi sweet snacks that is made on occassions like wedding and festivals. It is actually a deep fried sweet but I made this in a healthy twist, use baked and stove top method. 
Sesame and Jaggery Wheat Crackers

This is made with flour, sooji, flavored with fennel seeds, sesame seeds and sweetened with jaggery. 

Stove Top method is my experimental version actually, but it comes out good too, really soft from inside and cooked properly.

Addition of suji makes these crackers more flaky and crispy. Gur Para was one of my favorite snack. Best going with chai and packed them as a snack during travel time also, it will stay good.

Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti is around the corner, I wanted to make them something traditional sweet during these festivals.
Jaggery Sesame Crackers

Recently, I collaborated with Idhayam Mantra Oil Brand on Instagram. They send me these beautiful hamper. So I got varieties of sesame seeds which is absolutely going best for this festive season, groundnut oil, sesame oil and south indian special papadam. So from this product I used Sesame seeds (white til and black til) and made these crispy crackers. They turned out so well and very easy to make!


✔ free of refined-sugar

✔ tasty treat for my big sweet cravings

✔ made with whole wheat flour

✔ pairs well with chai, or milk

✔ packed with flavors of ghee and fennel

Crackers really are an amazing invention. They come in all shapes, sizes and flavors. They can be sweet or salty, crunchy or flakey, buttery or dry…you get my point. 
Guilt free snack

For this recipe, I used fennel seeds, I love fennel seeds they are best going with jaggery and sesame. I f you don't want you can replace with cardamom powder too.

Can we replace ghee with butter?

Yes, you can. Make sure you use Unsalted butter in that case.

How long to bake these crackers?

16 minutes at 375 F or 190 C degrees is good enough. They were really crispy at this point.

How long to cook at Stove Top?

10 minutes is good enough, turn at every minute so they can cook properly from both the sides.

Check out the video of Gur Paara

Prep time : 10 mins

Cooking time : 15 mins

Baking time : 15 to 16 minutes

Total Time : 42 minutes

Course : Snacks/ Sweets

Cuisine : Indian

Servings : 50 crackers


2 cup wheat flour/atta/आटा

2 tablespoons sooji /semolina/सूजी

3 tablespoons white sesame seeds/तिल

1 teaspoon black sesame seeds/तिल

1 teaspoon fennel seeds/सौंफ

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

A pinch of salt/नमक

2/3 cup desi ghee, in semi-solid form (not melted) /घी

1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped jaggery /गुड़

1/4 cup water as needed

Preparation Method :

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 F or 190 C degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a bowl mix together atta (whole wheat flour), sooji (semolina), white sesame seeds, black sesame seeds, fennel seeds, baking powder and pinch of salt.

3. In a pan, add chopped jaggery and water, melt it till 1 boil and switch off the flame, Keep it aside let the jaggery be melt in their own. Sieve it with strainer for later use.

4. Start adding ghee into dry ingredients, mix it well like resemble crumbs with your fingers.

5. Now add jaggery water slowly to make a dough. Use 1 tablespoon of water and add more as needed to bring it all together. You will have a soft and smooth dough ready.

6. Wrap the dough and set it aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Baked Version

7. Then take a dough, make it soft by using your hands and use butter paper into your board then start rolling it using a rolling pin to 1/4 inch thickness.

8. Then use a pizza cutter to cut the dough. You also use any cookie cutter here. I cut squares using the cutter. Cut it any shape. Prick the cut out crackers with fork, so they dont puff while baking.

9. Transfer the cut crackers to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle sesame seed on top(its optional, but it looks good)

10. Bake at 190 C degrees for 15 to 16 minutes until crisp. If you want them extra-crispy, you may bake for an additional 1 minute or so.

11. Transfer the baked gur para to a plate to cool completely. Store in an airtight container and enjoy with chai or milk.
baked gur paara

Stove Top Version

12. Just grease your pan with 2 drops of oil or I used my roti tawa, clean it with kitchen towel. Low the flame, put crackers on tawa one by one and cook it for 1 minute till you see the spots on it.

13. Then turn it and cook it fo another minute. And so on......, turn it and cook it like total 10 minutes.

14. Check it with the help of knife to cook it well from inside. Switch off the flame & put cracker on plate.

15. Cool it and transfer it into air tight container.
Gur paare- stove method

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Turmeric Latte | How to make Golden Milk Recipe | Haldi Dhoodh

 If you’re looking for warm, comfort and soothing beverage, then this turmeric latte will be perfect for you. It’s incredibly healthy and rich has just the right amount of spices and sweetness to keep you feeling relaxed and satisfied. 

Turmeric Latte Recipe


Golden milk is a beverage that has been used in traditional used as a medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, but has recently become very popular in whole Asia. This is like stress-relief in a cup. 

It’s easy to make and made with minimal ingredients, prep time is just less than 10 minutes, you’ll definitely want to add this soothing beverage into your life on a regular basis just like me!

Haldi wala Dhoodh

After having this beverage your whole body is so relaxed, it’s good for body-ache, bones pain, good for sleep (drink at night before sleep).

This warm beverage is basically a combination of milk, and a variety of spices with a host of medications properties. What I love most about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. 

Golden Milk
My mom is arthritis patient, she’s having pain in their joints, doctor prescribed her to intake of turmeric golden milk on regular basis, because of that I know it’s very healthy and very effective.

This is so creamy, earthy flavour with a little kick of spice and hint of sweetness. Those who tried for the first time, on very first sip there is some kick in your taste-buds because of the ingredients are used in it...but on the second or third sip you’ll enjoy your latte as I did 😍😍

How to make Golden Milk Recipe

Course: Beverages/ Winter Special Drink
Cuisine: Indian + American 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Jolly Makkar


2 cups full fat milk (or dairy-free milk of your choice)

1 teaspoons ground turmeric powder (you can use dry one, that is more healthy than grounded one)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon + pinch for garnish

1/4 teaspoon ground dry ginger

2 tablespoon honey (OR maple syrup or sugar)

Preparation Method :

1. Heat the milk in a pot on the stove over medium-low heat.

2. Froth the latte in the pot using a spoon 8 to 10 times, Add turmeric powder, cook it for a minute.

3. Then add others ingredients- cinnamon powder, dry ginger powder and honey syrup and whisk to combine.

4. Continue to heat and whisk just until the milk reaches a boil. Froth the latte to create some foam.

5. Pour into mugs and top with a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy hot turmeric latte!
Healthy Turmeric Milk

This recipe is a part of 
A to Z recipe challenge, we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month it was alphabet time "T" so I choose my key ingredients TURMERIC and make this easy and health TURMERIC LATTE (GOLDEN MILK)

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Legs | Honey Soy Baked Chicken Legs | Easy Honey Garlic Chicken


baked wings

These sticky honey glazed chicken legs are finger-lickin’ good!! These honey garlic chicken legs are sweet, sticky and loaded with garlic flavor. The honey-soy glaze make the drumsticks so flavorful and completely irresistible. These are amazing served with vegetables or great work as a starters/snacks.

I have made this chicken legs on our 31st Dec 2020 house party ad everybody loved it. 

May your New Year bring you reasons to smile! May the New Year 2021 bring you more love, happiness, and blessings to all my readers and their family!!

Hope you also loved it!! You can even try more chicken recipe from my blog, all are tried and tested into my kitchen.

tangdi kabab

dhabha style chicken curry

baked italian chicken drumsticks

Pickled Indian style chicken curry

Awadhi style chicken curry

Baked chicken legs that are so good that you will forget any other drumstick recipe! Beautifully browned, richly flavored, juicy and fall-off-the-bone tender. These baked drumsticks are a hit every time at my home. Delicious and so addictive!

Honey Garlic Baked Chicken Legs

Baking was not a very common cooking technique in Indian kitchens; but once you start tasting baked stuff – sweet or savory – you will just get hooked to it; trust me, there won’t be any escape! Baking makes the chicken so tender and juicy retaining all its flavors inside that it simply feels unreal at times!

Close up of golden brown baked chicken drumstick in a white baking dish with red sauce on the bottom.


Yes, you can use chicken legs and drumsticks interchangeably in this recipe. There are no adjustments (temperature or otherwise) necessary as long as the weight of the chicken remains the same.

Easy Honey Garlic Chicken


Yes, you can use regular soy sauce. If you do, you will need to reduce the amount of soy sauce to about three tablespoons and adjust for salt. 

If you are new to baking chicken drumsticks, then this honey glazed chicken is a full-proof recipe to start with. 

Check out the video of easy honey garlic chicken

PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 50 minutes
Marinating Time : 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME:  1 hour 20 minutes
SERVINGS : 3-4 people
COURSE : Appetizer
AUTHOR : Jolly Makkar

Ingredients :

7 chicken legs (or chicken drumsticks)


1 teaspoon flour - 

 Salt & pepper to taste

2 teaspoon olive oil


1 tablespoon honey (adjust according to your taste)

1 tablespoons soy sauce

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Preparation Method :

1. Preheat oven to 200°C or 400°F . Remove chicken legs from packaging and rinse them with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel.

2. In zip lock bag, add chicken legs along with salt, crushed pepper, flour and olive oil. Close the bag and massage the chicken for 5 minutes. 

3. Line a pan with baking sheet or foil and bake one side 20 minutes turning at another side for 15 minutes.

For Sauce Preparation 

4. Meanwhile, in a pan add butter, add crushed garlic saute for few seconds. Then add a tablespoon of honey and soya sauce. Lastly add sesame seeds.

5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 3 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened and sauce coats the back of a spoon.

6. Take wings from oven, toss with sauce and turn it add sauce in it, few minutes to coat in the sauce as it thickens.

7. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve it with your favorite beverages.

Honey Soy Baked Chicken Legs

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Marble Banana Bread | How to make Best Banana Marble Cake | Easy Marble Banana Cake

 Marble Banana Bread

This is one the easiest and delicious banana marble bread. CHRISTMAS is just around the corner. It is so quick to make, tastes so yummy and moist too! Treat yourself & your loved ones to this scrumptious marble bread subtly infused with flavors on this holiday season.

I love to make banana bread most of the time, I made it often! This time I gave a littlie twist to the banana bread to make it swirled. I took my popular chai spiced banana bread and decided to use the swirling technique from my marble vanilla cake to make a moist banana bread with a rich chocolate swirl throughout the bread.

How to make Best Banana Marble Cake

Tips while making best swirl banana bread

Butter: The butter should just barely be melted. It shouldn’t be hot and sizzling.

Bananas: You’ll need about 2 very ripe bananas, peeled. I like to use bananas that are brown and spotted but not black.

Flour: It’s important to properly measure the flour in order to avoid heavy or doughy bread. To properly measure the flour, stir it to break it up. Then lightly spoon it into the measuring up and level it off.

Easy Banana Bread

Cocoa powder: I use regular unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe.

The bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. After it is completely cooled, wrap it securely in aluminum foil, freezer wrap or place in a freezer bag. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

More Banana Bread Recipes!

Banana Chocolate Cake
Banana Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Bread
Choco Chip Banana Walnut Bread


Nutmeg Cinnamon Spiced Banana Bread
Cinnamon Nutmeg Banana Cake


Chai spice Banana Cake

It’s cold, chilled weather, and yes… it’s time for a delicious homemade banana bread. Most people knows, I love banana bread and baking once in every 15 days or a moth, I know it's been so silly 😜😀 but my family loves this variations in banana bread so much. Whatever your family loves, you always made it for them on regular basis. This well liked bread is a good for brunches, pot-lucks, and family gatherings.

Make sure to use very ripe bananas. The riper they are, the sweeter and better they are for baked goods. If you like, you can replace part of the granulated sugar with jaggery powder either brown sugar. 

You can also stir in some chopped walnuts or any dry fruits which you like most like pecans. The best part about this cake, though, is that it’s so moist you can enjoy it for anytime!
Marbled Banana Cake

Check out the video recipe

Prep time :
20 minutes
Cook time : 55 minutes
Total time : 1 hour 15 minutes
Course : Breakfast
Cuisine : American
Serves : 4 to 5 serves
Author : Jolly Makkar
Makes 1 large loaf

Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 240 ml, 1 tsp = 5ml, 1 tbsp = 15ml

Ingredients :

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup amul salted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup castor sugar/ granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas, from 2 large bananas
1 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoon cocoa powder

For Eggless Version

Use curd/yogurt instead of eggs - 1/2 cup
Use Oil instead of butter - 1/2 cup

Preparation Method :

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/170 C. Line with a baking sheet or grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan generously with butter or nonstick cooking spray or baking sheet.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

3. Add the mashed bananas, and vanilla extract and mix well. It will look a little curdled at this point; that's okay.

4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

5. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Do not over mix. 

6. In a small bowl, add 3 tablespoon of cake batter and add 2 teaspoon of cocoa powder in it. Mix well.

7. On a prepared cake tin, add a first layer of banana cake batter, then add spoonful of cocoa batter on top and swirl it with the help of knife. Swirl it 2-3 times not more than that.

8. Bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. 

9. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

 10. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or chai or coffee. It will taste good on the next day. 

Banana Marble Bread

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Wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2021 to you and your family. Stay Healthy, Stay Safe 💖💖

Happy Baking & Holidays !!

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Kesar Sandesh Recipe | How to make Saffron Sandesh | Bengali Sandesh Sweet Recipe

 Sandesh Bengali Sweet Recipe

SAFFRON SANDESH is a popular Bengali sweet dish that is made up with fresh chenna or paneer and sugar which is flavored with saffron. It's very easy recipe to make at home with simple steps. This soft fudge is melt in your mouth yummy!

This sweet dish is prepared on special occasions, festivals, durga pooja and the Bengali weddings. A divine tasting sweet made with just few ingredients and easy to prepare too. You don't need to wait for long hours to prepare it.


Sandesh is just a soft fudge made with Indian cottage cheese or paneer. It can be flavored with Kesar Sandesh, Nolen Gurer Sandesh, Chocolate Sandesh, Rose Sandesh, and many more that you can choose from your favorite ingredient or make it simple without any essence. It is pronounced like "SONDESH

Sandesh Bengali Sweet

Checkout the video recipe

First is to make chenna from milk, chenna is mixed with other ingredients and cooked on low heat, flavored with kesar which is option you make it simple. 

If you are using market paneer for making sandesh, churn everything on grinder. I used homemade chenna with the heels of your hands for a 5 minutes.

Then rolled and flattened it and serve with your favorite dry fruits or rose petals or any flowers for decorations on top, it looks more appealing. See below

Sandesh Bengali Sweet Recipe


Milk – Always go for whole milk or full-fat milk to prepare this delectable Sandesh Sweet recipe, for the best results and authentic taste.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is added in the milk, which curdles it to make chenna. You can even use vinegar instead of lemon juice.

Sugar – Add in some powdered sugar, so that it gets mixed with the chenna properly, giving it a smooth and soft texture.

Milk Powder – Milk Powders adds to the taste furthermore and also helps in the texture of this Mithai.

Cardamom Powder(totally optional) – Flavor it up with some cardamom powder, its totally optional, I didn't used it you can used it, quantity is mentioned in ingredients list

Saffron – Saffron is mixed with milk and then added in the chenna mixture, which gives it a nice subtle yellow colour.

Dry Fruits – At the end, make it look more appealing by garnishing it with some almonds or pistachios and flower petals fruits on the top.

How to make Kesar Sandesh

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian 

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes 

Servings: 5 people

Author: Jolly Makkar

Ingredients :

Full cream milk - 1 litre

Lemon juice - 2 tbsp 

Powdered sugar - 4 tbsp 

Milk powder - 1 tbsp 

Cardamom powder(optional)- 1 tsp (I didn't used it)

Pinch of Saffron (soaked in 2 teaspoon milk for a few hours.)

Dry fruits for garnishing

flower petals for garnishing

Preparation Method :

1. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan. When the milk comes to a boil, add lemon juice.

boil milk and lemon juice

2. Let the curdled milk rest for 5 minutes.
curdled milk

3. Line a big bowl with muslin cloth and pour the curdled milk in the cloth, wash the curdle milk 3 to 4 time with drinking water and let the whey drain.
wash chenna

4. Add 4 tablespoon of sugar on mixer, make a powder sugar and soaked the saffron in 2 teaspoon milk for an hour.

5. In a big steel plate, add chenna first mash with your fingers. Then add powdered sugar, milk powder, saffron soaked in milk. 

6. Mash with the heels of your hands for a 5 minutes. Important step don't skip this!!

mash with the heel of your hands

7. Take a non stick pan and cook the chenna for a 3 minutes or not more than 4 minutes, otherwise it become hard, we need to cook till remove all the excess moisture.

cook chenna

8. Remove it from pan and Let it cool for a few minutes.

9. Take small amount of chenna in your palms, shaped like a rounds and flatten them a little bit

10. Make small rounds and flatten them a little bit. Make all the Sandesh in the same way.

shape your sandesh

11. Garnish with slivered dry fruits and serve.

Check out the video of how to make chenna at home with all tips and tricks

You can try more easy and simple sweet recipes from my blog like 

Important Notes

  1. Once you mix all the ingredients in the Chenna, mash it properly using your hands for 3 to 5 minutes for the best results. Do not miss on this step, this is very important.
  2. Chenna should have a little moisture in the same, before cooking. 
  3. Do not over cook chenna for more time, it will become crumbly and grainy.
  4. Use a muslin cloth or clean cotton cloth to make Chenna.

This recipe is a part of A to Z recipe challenge, we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month it was alphabet time "R" so I choose my key ingredients SAFFRON and make this easy and simple KESAR SANDESH SWEET

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