Tapri central Jaipur

Tapri Central Jaipur – restaurant review
we are starting a new page on blog where we will visit Jaipur restaurants, cafe, tea house to share with you where we liked having breakfast, lunch/ dinner.

Tapri is situated Opposite central park and was the obvious choice for breakfast after skating, exercising and bird watching in central park for nearly two hours. we were really hungry by the time we reached the roof top cafe. And I have to tell you the second you step in Tapri you are fascinated by its ambiance and decor.

pots

sitting area

clock

flower pots

Even kids were excited by the time we took our seats. And then there is this amazing view of central park and nearby area. So far so good.
view
  We placed our orders quickly ordering 4 items for four of us and a pot of tea for two. Even menu card was so creative and interesting that we kept on reading it even after placing our orders.

paav samosa

Samosa Bun was good though samosa was very oily.

Sauted vegetables

Sauteed vegetables was the best dish. Crisp, juicy and spicy. Even kids liked it.

maggi

Jury is still out on this one. Tadka maggi was loved by kids but me and my hubby didn’t care much for it. Everybody seemed to be ordering Maggi. what could be more tempting than having hot maggi in cold weather that too in breakfast:-)

grilled cheese toast

Cheese chilly toast was so-so and I have definitely have had better cheese chillii toast than this one.

when we realised this order will not be sufficient for us we ordered Aloo parantha which was really a big mistake. not only it took them 25 minutes to serve 1 aloo parantha it was really hopeless. we couldn’t even finish it.

tea

Masala chai was good really good but served in very small pot :-(
Our bill came around rs. 700 for four person.
Overall experience was good. staff was courteous, ambiance great, food good. I would definitely like to go there again. And this time I am planning to go there for dinner :-)

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Hummus

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Hummus – very healthy yummy protein packed snack. This is a very good recipe especially for kids.

hummus

You can serve these as appetizer to your guests, this will be a huge hit in kids parties, kitty parties and it is perfect for kids evening snack.

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Both my kids love Hummus. They like it so much they do not even mind picking large carrot sticks dunking them in Hummus and devouring them one after another. What more could we mothers ask :-)

hummus 1

Best thing about using hummus as an appetizer is that it needs chilling time 2-3 hours. so you can prepare it beforehand keep it in fridge and take out just before serving. saves last minute headaches. Second plus point it can be made in a huge quantity without any extra effort. I love this kind of recipes.

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How to make Hummus
preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes for chickpeas + 2-3 minutes for sesame seeds
soaking time : overnight

Ingredients:
1 cup dried chickpeas/chole
Juice of 2 lemons
2 tbsp Tahini
4-5 garlic cloves minced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + extra for drizzling
salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chili powder

pitta bread, vegetables sticks, khakra to serve

To make Tahini 
4 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp olive oil

To make Hummus
wash and Soak the dry chickpeas overnight or for at least 8 hours.

soaked cholesoft chole

Add salt and Pressure cook for 15-20 minutes till they are soft. Do not throw away the water used for boiling. keep it separate and add it while blending chickpeas in the required quantity.

roast sesamesesame seeds
add oil

While chickpeas are cooking we can prepare tahini paste. Dry roast sesame seeds on low flame till they change in color slightly. let them cool down completely. Run them in your blender. You will get a thick coarse paste. Add olive oil blend again till you get a smooth paste. your kitchen smells so nice when you make this paste..

 

choleblended

Blend boiled chickpeas in your blender until smooth. Now add tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic cloves, pepper and salt to taste and olive oil to get a smooth paste. you can add the reserved water used for boiling if you need to make a smooth paste.

ready hummus

Hummus is ready. it tastes best when cold. leave it in fridge for at least 2-3 hours.

cucumber

you can make these cucumber cups to serve Hummus. Scoop out the middle part and fill the cups with hummus. serve with carrot sticks acting as spoons.

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Just before serving (preferably in a shallow dish) drizzle olive oil and red chili pepper on hummus. You can serve these with fresh vegetable sticks, pitta bread, khakra.

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paneer matar kofta

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Paneer Matar Kofta A rich delicious paneer gravy dish. we all have grown up eating, enjoying and loving matar paneer in winters to ours hearts content. This recipe is a glamorized version of our  simple matar paneer.

paneer matar kofta

 

Generally if we are serving guests or we are tired of same matar paneer we make some changes by adding cream or frying paneer. This recipe of paneer matar kofta is unique because of the way we make paneer matar kofta in it. we do not fry kofta nor do we bake them. we boil them. And the way matar puree is enveloped in paneer kofta is also amazing. Just cut the koftas in half before serving ti impress your guests.
paneer matar kofta

Now how I came upon this recipe. we were attending our cousins wedding. and weddings are a perfect time to indulge in food and food talk. My favorite subject. One of my uncle in law who is a great cook shared 4-5 of his favorite recipes with me from his wealth of recipes. This one is one of them. Wait till I post his Naan recipe :-)
I have never liked fried paneer so this recipe immediately appealed to me. I have made Koftas as he had told me and gravy is my usual paneer gravy recipe. you can also make gravy the way you make but you have to try these kofta.

How to make Paneer Matar kofta
preparation time: 10 minutes
cooking time: 2-3 minutes for peas+ 5 minutes for kofta +7-8 minutes for gravy

Ingredients:

250 gms paneer
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cornflour/ arrowroot ( I have used cornflour. original recipe calls for arrowroot)

1 cup fresh peas
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red chilli powder

for gravy
2 onions chopped (optional. you can make this without onions also)
3 tomatoes chopped
10 cashews
1 tsp +1 tsp ghee
2 bay leaves
1 small stick cinnamon
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
salt to taste
1 tbsp fresh cream

optional:
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp degi mirch
This step is optional. if you want to make gravy look rich and spicy.

To make Paneer Matar kofta

soak cashewspaneer

Soak cashews in water. hang paneer in a muslin cloth for 15-20 minutes to remove water.

peasblend peas

Wash peas thoroughly. puree these in blender to a fine paste.

cook matar pasteadd spices

Brush oil on a non stick pan. Cook peas paste on medium to low heat till all the moisture dries and we get thick peas paste. Add salt, red chili powder and mix.

crush paneeradd cornflour

Take a muslin/cotton cloth and start mashing paneer with the cloth so that all the moisture is absorbed by the cloth. this is a essential step. If there is moisture in paneer we will have to add more cornflour or arrowroot to paneer for the kofta to hold its shape.
keep on turning the folds of cloth or you can also change the cloth when it becomes completely soaked.
when paneer is completely mashed and not grainy anymore then add salt, pepper and cornflour to it. Mix thoroughly.

readyboil water
Both mixtures are ready for making koftas. Keep a pan of water to boil.

ball of paneerfill

 

In the mean time start making Koftas. Take a ball of paneer. Press it with your fingers to flatten it. keep 1 tsp of peas mixture in the center and fold the sides to cover paneer.

 

foldgive shape

Fold the ball and give it the desired shape. You can make them round or oblong as you wish.

ready koftaadd kofta

When all the koftas are ready drop them gently one by one in the boiling water.

boilkofta

Let them boil for 5 minutes. Switch off the flame, take them gently out and leave them on a slotted thaali to drain. do not throw away the water that you have used for boiling kofta. this water you can add in gravy as it has some paneer in it.

fry onions

while your koftas are boiling. you can Saute onions in 1 tsp of oil. Grind onions, tomatoes and soaked cashews in a blender and make a fine puree.

gheespices

Heat 1 tsp ghee in a pan. Add bay leaves and cinnamon. Add red chili powder, dhania powder and salt.

add pureecook gravy

Add the puree in the ghee and cook it for some time.

gravyadd cream

when ghee separates and the gravy starts coming together add cream.


add water

Add water that we have retained and add to get the desired consistency.
Add koftas in the end and give it a boil.
Note: To give it a rich look heat 1 tbsp ghee add degi mirch to it and spread it over the dish.
Serve hot with roti/ Naan/ Parantha

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Chocolate covered strawberries

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Chocolate covered strawberries are sooooo easy to make. kids love them their parents love them everyone loves them.

chocolate covered strawberries

They are so simple to make that this can not even be called a recipe. just a simple process of melting chocolate dipping strawberries in it decorating with whatever you like and you are done. perfect for festival season.

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Get your kids involved in making these. they will love it. My kids helped in dipping strawberries and decorating them while I clicked away the photos :-)

 

How to make chocolate covered strawberries
preparation time- 5 minutes
cooking time- 2-3 minutes

Ingredients:
 20-25 Strawberries
150 gms chocolate( I have used Morde dark compound)

For decorating strawberries:
crushed almonds
crushed pistachio
sugar coated saunf/ fennel candy
sugar sprinkles

To make chocolate covered strawberries
strawberry

Wash the strawberries and dry them completely before melting chocolates.

boil water

I have used double broiler method for melting chocolate. Fill half pan with water and bring it to boil.

chocolate

Cover it with another pan or bowl.Water should not touch this bowl. Put chocolate pieces in it. Let it simmer on medium heat for 2 minutes.Keep stirring.
As I had taken my chocolate out of freezer it took some time to melt. If your chocolate is at room temperature switch off the flame immediately.

meltingmelted chocolate1

Melted chocolate is ready.

 

melted chocolate

shift it to some deep bowl or glass so that dipping is easy.

 

 

take strawberry

You can insert a toothpick in strawberry. Makes it easy to hold the strawberry without getting messy.

dip

Dip in chocolate.dip 2

Twist it so that an excess chocolate will fall back in the glass.

set

Set it on a butter paper to cool down. Sprinkle whatever decorations you want to sprinkle on strawberries. It is better to sprinkle than roll the strawberries as chocolate is still not set properly.

 

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Chocolate covered strawberries are ready to be enjoyed …..

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Caramelized Makhane

caramelised makhane
Caramelised Makhane -makhane are very high in nutrition. These are a good bet for evening snack. Kids love these for their crispiness and popcorn like taste. And we moms love these because of their niutritional value.

 
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My kids love roasted makhane. We can make these with lots of ghee and very less ghee as per our preference. My son gave me 9/10 in these caramelized makhane. I asked him why I lost one mark. He said because caramel should have been more then I would have given you 11/10  :-)

 

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So if you want you can increase caramel and coat makhane uniformly. Personally I liked them like this. Not too sweet still very yummy.

How to make Caramelised Makhane

 

Preparation time: 2 minutes
cooking time: 5 minutes for roasting makhane + 7-8 minutes for caramel

Ingredients:
200 grams makhane/ fox nuts
1 tbsp ghee

1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp sugar
To make Caramelised Makhane

ghee

Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan.

makhane

Add makhane and roast till they are crisp.

roasted makhane

Keep roasted makhane aside.

butter

To make caramel heat butter in the pan.

sugar

When butter melts add sugar.

sugar 2sugar 3

Let it simmer on low flame for some time. Sugar will start melting slowly.

caramel

After 7-8 minutes caramel will be ready. Do not let it get dark. Switch off the flame immediately.

add makhane

Add roasted makhane and mix thoroughly so that all the makhane are coated with caramel.

mix

Let it cool down and then you can store in an air tight container.

caramelised makhane 4

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Corn Sprout delight

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Corn Sprout delight
I love to eat sprouts but my kids do not share my love of sprouts especially the elder one. To make him eat Sprouts sometimes we have to make it so appetizing that he can not say no. Sprout is quite popular nutritious food and contains lots of minerals and vitamins, antioxidants and Protein. As much these qualities make it appealing for us they have an opposite effect on my son.

corn sprout delight

Adding Corn is definitely a clever move 😉
Boiled corn is my good friend and has helped me in making my kids eat a lot of dishes that they would not touch otherwise. It adds a lovely color to the dish and takes taste to a different level.

corn sprout delight 3

You can have this as a salad or as a side dish. It will not disappoint you in any form. When my son saw this salad he was quite fascinated by the medley of color. After some prompting he even agreed to taste it. That is half battle won. Believe me.

Both my kids loved it and ate their share happily. AND THAT is full battle Won 😉
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To increase the color factor and health too you can add red and yellow peppers also to it.
How to make Corn Sprout delight
preparation time: 3-5 minutes
cooking time: 2 minutes
Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 cup boiled corn
½ cup Sprouts
2 onions
½ capsicum
1 tomato
1 cucumber
1 tsp oil
Salt to taste
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp chaat masala
juice of ½ lemons
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
Note: you can add more pepper or chaat masala if you like after tasting it.

To make Corn Sprout delight

Get everything ready first.
sprouts
Chop onions, capsicum, cucumber and tomatoes.
saute onion

Heat oil in a pan. Sauté onions and capsicum in oil for 2 minutes.

add
Switch off the flame. Add sprouts, boiled corn, cucumber and tomatoes to the pan. Look at the lovely colors :-)
add spices
Add salt, pepper, lemon juice and chaat masala.

mix

Give everything a good stir.
mix corn sprout delight
Add coriander leaves. You can serve it hot or at room temperature but in my opinion hot tastes better.

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White Sauce Sandwich

white sauce toast

White Sauce Sandwich – as I have told you earlier all my recipes are approved by my kids especially my elder son who is a big foodie. I made these for breakfast a few days back and he asked me whether I have posted these on blog. I hadn’t. He said you should share it as all kids will love it. Can’t argue with that. So here I am sharing white sauce sandwich with you :-)

 

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These are perfect for breakfast, as an appetizer, for kids parties  or even for kitty parties. These look tempting, taste delicious and are filling.

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If you plan to serve these as an appetizer you can use loaf and cut small pieces before serving. You can add vegetables of your choice to these sandwiches.

How to make White Sauce Sandwich

Preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes for white sauce
Baking time: 7-8 minutes

Ingredients:

6 bread slices

1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp maida/plain flour
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
pinch of pepper

2 onions chopped
1/2 capsicum chopped
1 tomato seeds removed and chopped
1/4 cup sweet corn boiled
salt and blck pepper to taste
1/4 tsp chaat masala
1/4 tsp oregano

2 cheese cubes grated
Tomato ketchup 2 tbsp ( optional)

To make white Sauce Sandwich

to make white sauce
buttermaida
Heat butter in a thick bottomed pan  on low flame.
When butter melts add maida and cook for a few seconds. Do not let color to change.
cookadd milk

Add milk and keep on stirring continuously for some time so that milk does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
cook saucethick sauce

Cook till white sauce becomes thick. It will take around 5-7 minutes.
Switch off the flame and add salt and pepper.
veggiescut vegetables

Add salt, pepper, Chaat masala and oregano to the vegetables.

Start assembling the sandwich.
ketchup

First apply a thin layer of ketchup.

sauce
Spread a thick layer of white sauce.
vegetables

top it up with as many vegetables as you like.

bread ready

loaf
Last but not the least kids favorite cheese. you can add or subtract cheese according to your preference.

Bake in a preheated oven till the bread becomes crisp and cheese melts.

Enjoy with family and friends :-)
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Honey Chilli Potatoes

honey chilli potatoes

Honey Chilli potatoes are a perfect appetizer to serve your guests or kids can enjoy them as evening snack. These are always a hit in kids parties.
It has all the flavors. its spicy, a little sour and a little sweet with just a hint of garlic. Thats how my family loves it.

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These hardly take any time to make and it takes french fries to another level. My kids gave me 9/10 and 9.5/10 today 😉
whole dish was gone in less than 5 minutes.

How to make Honey Chilli Potatoes

Preparation time : 2-3 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes frying time + 2-3 minutes
serves 4

Ingredients:

5 medium size potatoes
3/4-1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
3 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp tomato ketchup

oil for deep frying

1 tsp oil
4 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp red chilli sauce
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp Honey
salt to taste
1/4 tsp red chilli powder

thin capsicum slices
1 tsp lightly roasted sesame seeds
chopped coriander leaves

Note: Generally chopped spring onions are also used. I did not have them with me today so I have not used it. They give a really nice crunchy flavor to this dish.

To make Honey Chilli Potatoes

soak

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut thin slices as we cut for french fries. Soak potato wedges in water for 30 minutes.

addmoix

In a bowl mix corn flour, salt, red chilli powder and sauce.

coat

Drain the potatoes and add to the mixture. If you do not drain potatoes properly mixture will become runny and will not stick to the potatoes

deep fry

Deep fry the wedges in small batches till golden brown.

fried

Drain on kitchen towel to remove excess oil. Remove from the paper towel after some time otherwise fries will stick to the paper.

garlic

Heat oil in a pan. Sute finely chopped garlic for 30 seconds.
we can prepare the potato wedges in advance and just before serving make this sauce.

add sauces

Add sauce, chilli sauce, vinegar, salt and red chilli powder to it. cook for a minute.

potatoes

Add potato wedges to it.

add potatoes

Coat uniformly.

add honey

Add Capsicum slices and honey to it. if you are using spring onions add them also now.

coriander

Mix it and add chopped coriander. Switch off the flame.

sesame seeds

Sprinkle roasted sesame seeds.

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Serve hot and Enjoy :-)

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Gond ke Ladoo

gond ke ladoo

Gond ke Ladoo
Happy Diwali !!!

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what better sweet than Gond ke Ladoo to wish you on this Auspicious festival.

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healthy, droolworthy, delicious, everyone’s favorite ….
I can run out of adjectives to define Gond ke Ladoo :-)
How to make Gond ke Ladoo

Cooking time: 25-30 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes
makes around 30 depending on size

 

Ingredients:
2 cups atta (whole wheat flour)
1 cup ghee + 1 tbsp for makhane + 2 tbsp for frying gond

1 cup powdered sugar/ boora
½ tsp powdered cardamom powder (elaichi powder)
15-20 almonds cut into small pieces
1/8 cup gond
1 cup makhane ( cut into small pieces)

ingredients
To make Gond ke Ladoo
heat ghee

Take ghee in a heavy bottomed pan.

add flour

Add atta to the hot ghee and stir on high flame for 2-3 minutes.

cooked

Turn the flame to slow and cook for around 15 minutes stirring continuously till the atta changes its color and turns brown in color.
break gondghee

fry gondfried gond

Let it cool a little.
In the meantime break gond into smaller pieces to ensure uniform frying. Heat ghee in a pan. When it is really hot fry gond in small batches. If left over ghee is clean you can add this also to Ladoos. Otherwise remove it from pan and wipe pan clean with a tissue.
makhane

Heat ghee in the pan and fry cut pieces of makhne till they are crisp.
add everything

Add nuts, fried gond, fried makhane and elaichi powder to the atta.
Add boora to the atta. Make sure that atta is not very hot when you add boora.
mix
Mix thoroughly.
Shape the Ladoos with your hands.

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And your Gond ke Ladoo are ready. You can store these in an airtight cantainer for a long time.

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Note:  If ladoo does not hold its shape add some warm Ghee to the mixture and then make Ladoos.

 

 

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Mohan thaal

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Mohan Thaal
Mohan thaal is a traditional sweet of Rajasthan and Gujrat. It tastes simply divine. Wether its Diwali or holi festival is incomplete without this awesome divine sweet.

mohan thaal 1

Three main ingredients are Besan, ghee and sugar. If your sugar syrup is of 2 string consistency burfi will turn hard. If it’s of 1 string consistency it will be too soft and might spoil soon. So string consistency has to be a little more than 1 string but less than 2.

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Generally Mota besan is used for this sweet. Some people make a muthi of besan flour with a little water /milk and then fry it in ghee. Then it’s grounded in blender and then again cooked in ghee. I have not tried that method. I find this method quite easy to follow.

How to make Mohan Thaal

Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
2 cups Besan/ gram flour
1 cup ghee
¼ cup milk
1 cup water
1 ½ cup sugar
¼ tsp elaichi powder
Slivered pistachio and almonds
To make Mohan Thaal

heat milkadd milk

Heat the milk and add 1 tsp ghee to it. Make a well in the centre of besan and add this milk mixture to it.

besan 1besan 2

Mix besan and milk and rub between your hands to coat uniformly. Run in your blender for 15 seconds and pass through a sieve to remove lumps.

heat gheeadd besan

Add Ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. Add besan and stir continuosly for 15-20 minutes on low flame. Besan will become dark in color and its raw smell will go.

cooked besan

Look at that beautiful golden color :-)

for syrupmake syrup

While besan is cooking after 10 minutes start making your sugar syrup. Heat water and sugar till you get one string consistency. Cook for another 2-3 minutes then switch off the gas. This will take around 10 minutes. Switch off the flame and add elaichi powder to it.

add syrupmix

When besan is ready add sugar syrup to it. Mix thoroughly.

greaseset

Keep a greased thaali ready. Pour besan mixture in it.

add dry fruits

Sprinkle slivered pistachio and almonds on it. Leave it to cool for some time before cutting pieces in desired shape.

 

mohan thaal

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