Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

Vatrushka is cheese topped buns, one of the most popular breakfast item here in Tashkent. Every cafes and bakery section of super market here,you can see vatrushka. One among the snack/breakfast item they prepare using farmers cheese (tvorog). I have already shared some of the russian/uzbek recipes with farmers cheese.  Vatrushka is cheesecake in soft and fluffy buns…..aren’t that sounds interesting??!! It really taste great and it makes a filling breakfast too.

All the ingredients are very easily available and can be prepared without much hard work.My friend Nazeema (hubby’s colleague’s wife) who shared this recipe with me (a bunch of recipes she shared with me actually), very long time ago. Was keeping on postponing it because hubby is not a big fan of yeast breads.

When I saw MFB challenge this month subject as “breakfast” item, did not think much. Every month used to try to participate for the challenge, but one or other reason, I fail to  post anything on those days. I am glad that this month it’s up.

Usually cheese filling used to be plain, without any dry fruits addition. Lemme tell you, apricot very well take the cheese filling to the next level. They really complement each other. If you can’t find farmer’s cheese, cream cheese,cottage cheese or ricotta cheese can be substituted. Apricot can be substituted with raisins,dried cherries,cranberries etc.

Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

You don’t need to wake up early morning to prepare Vatrushka. I have prepared the dough night before and refrigerated it. Only filling and assembling I did it on the next day.

Anyways lets see the recipe….

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Roasted Butternut squash soup (Pumpkin soup)

Roasted butternut squash soup

Soup is there on my menu at least twice or thrice in a week especially during these winter days. We really need a bowl of soup to warm ourselves up.Butternut squash is in season and this soup comes very often now a days on our dinner table.

Even without adding any cream or dairy, this soup is really velvety and creamy, highly satisfying and healthy too. Roasted butternut enhance the flavor for sure, the smell of roasted squash will tempt you to have couple of spoon soon after coming out of the oven. I had few table spoon before adding them to the soup ;-).It taste great if properly seasoned. I really love pumpkin/butternut squash, either its in sweet or savory. You can see some of my favorite pumpkin/butternut squash recipes here. They are really high in fiber and nutritional bomb.

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Mimosa Salad Recipe (Layered tuna salad )

Mimosa Salad Recipe (Layered tuna salad )

Salads holds its own place on any festive/party table at any time of the year….Isn’t?? This salad got its name from Russian name of the yellow spring flower tree called “mimosa”. This is popular in all former soviet states and can be prepared with pretty common ingredients available in every kitchen.

This colorful and unique looking salad – mimosa attracted me when we were invited by an Uzbek friend. I always used to amaze how people over here arrange their table with different varieties of tasty salads,starters, nuts and sweets when receiving a guest. Totally different food culture from ours. They take us directly to the dining table , where they would keep everything ready on table before we arrive. We talk, eat and entertine there itself. In between soups, main course and desserts will be served. Soup and main course normally seen served only one item, where as back home in India we serve as many varieties of main dishes as possible ;-).

Coming to the recipe, they are pretty simple, layering tuna, cooked veggies and egg with mayonnaise. Here I prepared a dressing instead of mayonnaise, using sour cream. A delicious substitute for mayo. You can either use mayonnaise or the dressing which I have given below,  which is bit more healthier version. If you are not a fan of tuna, cooked/tinned chicken or turkey can be substituted. But I guess tuna gives a unique taste for this salad. You can also add onion and hard cheese if you prefer.

Hopefully this would be my last post for the year 2017. Wishing you all very Happy new year and joyful holidays!!! Stay happy and safe!

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Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Custard or pastry cream is the most decadent and easiest pudding you can ever make….do you agree??  Vanilla custard with fruits salad is the pudding mostly made during my childhood. More than the fruits, our eyes would be on those pastry creams and we used to enjoy every bit of it. At that time they used to make with the custard powder we can get ready from the super markets. I think still back home everyone using that easiest short cut for making custard. Here I made using the egg yolks, which was really creamy and luscious.

And when I added delicious hazelnut praline to this most humble dessert, which for sure took them to the next level. Oh that caramely and nutty goodness….yummmm. And can you go wrong with the hazelnuts???  I doubled the recipe of praline than I need for this recipe, thinking that I can store them for other recipe which I was planning to do after 2 days, but guess what? half of the portion I just had as it is….. If hubby were at home at that time, we both would have finished them off. It was too good to have by its own.

Even though you can enjoy this pastry cream just the way it is, it can be used with your eclairs, cream puffs, as filling to your cupcakes or to frost your cakes as well. It will be sooo good with your Crepe  for breakfast as well!!!

You will have those 4 egg whites after making this!!! You can use them to make healthy omlet for breakfast yea!! Or why don’t you try Financiers.…it will be so yummm with your evening cup of coffee. Left over egg whites will freeze well too.

What are the other ways do you use custards with?? Let me know in comments :).

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Pumpkin pie Recipe from scratch (Butternut squash pie)

Pumpkin pie Recipe from scratch (Butternut squash pie)

Its pumpkin pumkin everywhere now!! How can someone resist experiment with these nutritious goodies?!! I love and love anything with pumpkin, being it  sweet or Savory. Pumpkin pie is not something which I was grown up with or my childhood favorite, but its in my current favorite list and will be there forever from now on!!!

The flaky crust and smooth and luscious filling is simply amazing. Made pie filling from scratch. Its super simple to make. You just simply need to pop pumpkin/butternut squash in the oven, bake till it is soft and make puree. Add your choice of spices and rest of the ingredients in food processer and your pie filling is ready!!!

Contrary to the traditional pumpkin pie, I have kept some hidden yumminess in between crust and pumpkin filling 😉….coconut and cashew mixture, to give slight crunch and nuttiness!! The crust I used here is my favorite one, which I used for my Dulce de leche cheese cake as well.

Hubby’s colleague sent me alot of butternut squash from his own vegetable garden. I was literally celebrating with them all these days 😄.

Don’t forget to grab some pumpkin and try this recipe if you are a pumpkin lover like me 😋, you don’t need a special occassion to make this…. If you are less member family like me, freeze the left over….it will stay there for more than a month!!

I made Financiers with left over egg whites. You can use them for coating while making spring roll or freeze them until you find a appropriate recipe.

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Uzbek Soup – Mastava (Rice and meat soup)

Uzbek Soup - Mastava (Rice and meat soup)

Simply comforting and filling soup, perfect on these fall and winter season. In Uzbekistan, they call this soup – Mastava. The rice and meat soup is a whole meal by its own. Super easy to prepare, very delicious and nutritious too. You have carbs from rice, protein from meat and all other nutrients from vegetables.

The temperature is coming down here and we are all set to welcome another winter again Insha Allah! Hot and comforting soup is all we want for dinner now a days! And when I make Mastava, I don’t need to think about making anything side with it. And best thing about this soup is you throw in all the ingredients and your are done!!!! Yes, you heard it right! Just half an hour of cooking time is required. Then who wouldn’t want to make this soup –  huh?! All ladies would be happy to find such recipes.

My Uzbek friend shared this recipe with me. When we went to mountain during late spring with them, had this soup very first time from there. It was very light, comforting at the same time very flavorful as well. And I asked her for the recipe and tried it. I will definitely share some more Uzbek special recipes soon, which is on the pipe line 🙂 .

I hope you would enjoy this soup as much as we do.

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Paalooda – A classic malabar drink (Cardamom flavored cashew milk)

Palooda - a malabar classic drink (cardamom flavored cashew milk)

Hot beverage – a milk based drink enriched with the goodness of cashew nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. Very simple drink, lightly sweetened and perfect to make on any occasion! You can prepare this delicious drink in no time.

This is a very first guest post since I started my blogging journey, and I am so glad that I did it. When Lubana of Yummy food send me a message asking me to do the guest post for her annual event “Joy from Fasting to Feasting, I didn’t think twice to say “Yes”. Thank you so much Lubna for inviting me to be part of it.

She has a very wonderful blog with beautiful photography and mouth-watering recipes. So much inspired by her space. Find her here.

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Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Here is another Middle eastern dessert – Aish el saraya which literally means “palace bread”. The bottom layered with bread and topped with milk pudding/ custard. This luxurious Lebanese treat can be prepared with simple and easy steps and minimal ingredients. A perfect summer dessert too.

Eid is already at the door step and muslims all around the globe is waiting to celebrate after a month-long auspicious days of fasting. Ladies must have started thinking and arranging the menu for the Eid day and here is a small treat from my side to make your life easier, a delectable dessert – Aish el saraya. You don’t need to put all your energy and time to make this melt in your mouth dessert, prepare the day before eid and you can spend your rest of the time in prayers and other things, Insha allah!

This scrumptious eggless bread pudding is flavored with rose-water and orange blossom water and it is simply comforting dessert. Topped with lots of chopped almonds and pistachios which for sure give this creamy and smooth pudding something to get crunched. Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Contrary to the usual square piece Aish el saraya,  I made it in round removable bottom dish which alot resembles the cheese cake. It will look great and appealing on your Eid table for sure.

Here is some more Desserts Recipes  which you may like to prepare on Eid day.

  1.  Mini Kunafa with home made Kunafa Dough
  2. Dulce De Leche Cheesecake and Almond crusted Pie
  3. Honey Cake (Medovik)
  4. Payasam Panna Cotta
  5. Layali Lubnan (Lebanese Nights) – Semolina Pudding Pie
  6. Molten Lava chocolate mug cake

Lets see the recipe!!

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Fatayer with Spinach and Feta (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Fatayers are famous middle eastern snacks prepared with pizza dough filled with different delicious fillings. Meat, spinach and cheese fillings are commonly used. As promised here is my fatayer recipe.I have made Spinach and feta combination and it became our favorite filling now for fatayer.Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

By making all lots of non veg items for Iftar, I thought of giving a vegetarian touch to my Iftar table. Vegetarian savory dishes pop up very rarely during this month here. So I thought spinach is by all means a healthy choice.Spinach filling paired very well with my Homemade Pizza Dough as well. Hubby is not a Pizza fan, but this little spinach triangle pie disappeared easily from here.

Addition of feta cheese really took the taste to the next level, those toasted walnuts added the crunch.These are not loaded with spices, so it was very comforting savory snack for Iftar!!

After my third attempt, I got those pies unopened after baking!! It’s really very important to squeeze out the moisture from the spinach and make it dry. Otherwise by the time your pies are baked … all those naughty little ones would have opened… haha….I was able to eat those…but were not good enough to present in front of you guys ;). Do you know I was waiting near the oven very curiously to see whether they are being naughty again!!! Childishness in me came out when I made this. It was funny too! Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

So squeeze spinach as hard as possible….. it will be a stress buster exercise tooo ;-). Don’t worry, follow exactly all steps as given…You can also make half-moon shaped pies, that would be really easy in fact, you can follow the steps here. Share with me your experience in comments, would love to hear from you!!!

Lets see the recipe!


Serves ; 20 to 24 Fatayer


Ingredients :-

  1. Pizza Dough
  2. Spinach – 2 cup chopped
  3. Oil – 2 tea spoon
  4. Onion – 1 small
  5. Garlic – 2 cloves
  6. Parsley – 2 table spoon chopped
  7. Chilli powder – 1/4 tea spoon
  8. Cumin powder – 1/4 tea spoon
  9. Walnut – 1/4 cup chopped
  10. Feta cheese – 100 g (3/4 cup  crumbled)
  11. Salt & pepper – to taste
  12. Egg – 1 small (for egg wash)

Direction :- Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

  1. Prepare the  Pizza Dough and keep it ready or you can use store-bought as well.
  2. Add little salt to chopped spinach and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Then take the spinach in muslin cloth and squeeze out the water from it.
  3. In pan add chopped walnut and dry roast until just it changes color slightly.
  4. Heat oil in the same pan, add chopped onion and grated garlic, saute until onion became translucent.
  5. In a bowl add spinach,sauted onion,parsley,cumin,chilli and mix well.
  6. Then add in crumbled feta cheese and walnut. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember you already added salt in spinach, so add if only require).
  7. Preheat your oven at 180 ° C.
  8. Now roll the pizza dough about 1/8 inch thickness and cut using around 4 inch diameter cutter. (Please keep unrolled dough close with kitchen towel to prevent from drying out)
  9. Now add 1 tea spoon filling at the centre of the cut dough (make sure not to touch the filling on the sides where you gonna punch together. If your filling touches the edges it will be difficult to stick together and will open up while baking).
  10. Now bring together two sides of the dough until centre and take third portion and pinch towards centre. You will get a triangle shape as in the picture.Close them and punch them firmly and well. Repeat the process with rest of the filling and dough.
  11. Place prepared fatayer on baking sheet.
  12. Beat the egg with a tea spoon water, brush it evenly on top of prepared fatayer (Egg wash gives shining and nice golden color).
  13. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until bottoms are lightly golden color. Then turn the grill/broiler mode and keep for 3 to 4 minutes just to get the golden brown color.(don’t keep more, it may tend to burn).
  14. Serve hot.

Tips & Tricks :-

  • It’s really very important to squeeze out excess moisture from the spinach.

Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Homemade Pizza Dough

Homemade Pizza Dough from Scratch

How about a pizza dough from scratch which takes less than 15 minutes of preparation time?? Why you want to go out and have pizza when you can make it in your own kitchen with all fresh ingredients, limited budget, which taste as good as shop bought, or may be better than that?!

If you are not a pizza lover…..there are alot of other things which you can make with this dough!! Happy ??!!I have made a tasty middle eastern snack – Fatayer with pizza dough for our Iftar (recipe follows soon)! Or how about a bread knots to accompany your soup? Let your creativity fly and make delicious appetizers with this simple dough. I surely will update some interesting recipes in coming days Insha allah!

Best thing about the pizza dough is you can make this ahead of time! This dough freezes well up to 3 months! Ladies….if pizza dough is ready in your freezer, you can make filling dinner by adding your favorite topping on your lazzy/busy days!! Or unexpected guest for dinner…..there you have a quick solution! Whats say?!

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