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Greek Yogurt Cheesecake ~ Guilt Free Cheesecake 😍

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Ingredients:
o2 cups of Greek yogurt o¼ cup of honey (add more or less depending on how sweet you would like it) o2 large eggs. oPinch of salt. o2 tsp vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean (seeds scraped out) o1 Tablespoon cornstarch oPrepared crust (9 in springform pan)
*1/2 cup of sugar can be used has an alternative for honey. Directions:  Preheat oven to 350f.In a large bowl, mix together the honey and yogurt.Once the mixture is smooth, add in the eggs, vanilla, salt, and cornstarch. Combine until smooth.Pour the filling into the crust in a 9 inch springform pan, and bake for at least 35 minutes or until the cheesecake is only slightly jiggly in the center.Let the cheesecake cool at room temperature. Let chill for 2-3 hours in the fridge or until ready to serve.***NOTES*** Hung curd is also known as Greek yogurt. It can be used here. If you don't have cornstarch, used all purpose flour as an alternative. 

Popcorn with an Indian Twist ~ Spicy Curry Popcorn

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Ingredients:
Popcorn, popped
Curry Powder - 1 tablespoon
Red Chilly Powder - 1 tsp or to taste
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Lime Juice - 1 tbs or more/less to  taste
Amchoor (Dry Mango) Powder - 1/4 tsp  (Optional) Don't use Lime Juice if using
Salt - to taste
Directions:
Pop popcorn according to manufacturer's instructions. Mix all of the dry ingredients with the popcorn. Then add the lime juice and combine well with the popcorn. Enjoy. 


Puishak Bora ~ Bengali Spinach Fritters

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Ingredients:
- 2 tbs rice flour
- 2 tbs besan
- 1 tbs madia/all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp Nigella seeds
-1/4 tsp tumeric powder
- Salt, to taste
- Ginger paste - 1/2 tsp
- Pinch of sugar, to taste
- Chili powder - 1/2 tsp, or more to taste
- Oil, as needed
- 1 pound fresh, mature spinach (coarsely chopped)
- Water, as needed
Directions:
In a large bowl, stir all of the ingredients expect the oil and spinach well. Add the spinach to the mixture and fold in the spinach. Heat the oil in a frying pan or enough to have a depth 1/8 of an inch. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the spinach batter into the pan. Spread the spinach batter slightly with the back of the spoon. Fry the fritters until crisp and browned, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain the fritters and serve hot with rice. Enjoy. 


Coconut Macaroons - Easy, Delicious, So Good

Ingredients: 5 cups of shredded sweetened coconut (2 bags) 2/3 cup of flour (all purpose) 2 tsp of vanilla extract 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14oz) ¼ tsp of salt Directions:
Preheat your oven 350 Fahrenheit. Prepare your baking sheet with permanent paper Combine all of the ingredients except the condensed milk and vanilla extract. Add the condensed milk and vanilla extract; mix well. The batter will be stiff. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator, so the batter is easier to work with. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet 1 in. apart. Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Immediately remove from baking sheets and let it cool on a wire rack. Enjoy.

Half Batch Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ingredients: ⅓ cup and ¼ cup of oat flour or all-purpose flour Generous pinch of salt ¼ tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tbsp white sugar ⅓ cup of chocolate chips or less, if wanted ½ tsp pure vanilla extract 1 tbsp vegetable oil or coconut oil 1-3 tbsp milk of choices Few chopped walnuts, if wanted Directions: Preheat your oven to 380 Fahrenheit degrees. Prepare your baking tray with parchment paper. In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix very well. Add the wet ingredients, chocolate chips, walnuts, etc. and then form it into a ball. If you want soft cookies, refrigerate until cold (otherwise, just bake right way). Spoon cookie dough into the prepared baking tray and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until they spread out and look just a little undercooked. Remove from baking tray and place on a wire rack to cool. ***NOTES

Homemade Mango Fruit Leather in the Oven - Aamshotto in the Oven

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Ingredients: 3 large ripe mangoes, diced Directions: Preheat your oven to 175°F. Line your baking trays with parchment papers. Add the diced mangoes to a food processor or blender. Puree the mangoes until smooth. Spread and divide the mangoes puree evenly between the prepared baking trays. It should be about 1/8 inch thick. Place the baking tray in the oven. Bake the puree in the oven for around 3 to 4 hours or until fully dried. Remove from the oven and cut it into strips. Roll in parchment papers, if wanted. You will know it is done when you can peel the puree (leather) of the parchment papers and the puree feels dry to the touch and pliable. If the bottom side of the puree (leather) is still wet, flip the puree over and continue drying them in the oven until the are dried. Store the leather in an airtight container. It would keep good at room temperature for a few days. This can also be kept in the refrigerator for few weeks to a month, if not eaten quickly. ***TIPS*** The time will dep…

Bengali Salad ~ Bengali Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:
Cucumbers (peeled) - 1 medium, finely julienned Yellow onion - 1 medium, finely choppedTomatoes - 2, finely choppedGreen Chillies - 2-3, finely choppedCilantro or coriander - 1/3 cup or less if wanted, finely choppedBlack Pepper - to tasteSalt - to taste Lime juice - 1 tbsPeanuts (if wanted) - 1 tbsApples (if wanted) - 1 small, finely choppedMangoes (if wanted) - 1 small, finely choppedDirections: Chop all of the ingredients. In a bowl, add all of the ingredients and mix well. Serve cold or at room temperature or immediately.

Bengali Boris - How To Make Lentil Dumplings or Dal Boris in the Oven

Ingredients: Ural Dal - 2 Cup Salt - A pinch Nigella seeds (if wanted) - 1/2 tsp Water - as needed (use little as possible) Directions: Wash the dal and soak it overnight or for 5-6 hours. Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature possible. Grind the dal with little water as possible. Add salt. You will probably need around 1-2 tablespoons of water. Don't add too much water or you will end up with a thin batter that will cause flat boris. It would not hold it trademark shape. Line your baking tray with parchment paper or spray your baking tray with oil. Using your hands, scoop out very small ball of the dal batter and place on the baking tray. Repeat till you use up all of the batter and there is no more room left in the baking tray for any more. Remember to leave a little bit of a space between the boris. Place the baking tray in the oven. Bake the boris in the oven for around 4 to 5 hours. The time will depended on the consistency of the batter and your oven's temperature. Keep…

Sorshe Ilish ~ Hilsa In Hot Mustard Sauce/Gravy

Ingredients: Hilsa fish or ilish fish (cleaned) - 4 pieces Green chilies slitted - 3 or 4 Mustard oil or flavorless oil - 3~4 tbsp Salt Nigella seeds - 1/3 tsp Mustard paste - 2~3 tbsp Turmeric powder - 1 tsp Directions: Clean the fish pieces. Rub the salt and turmeric generously on the fish pieces. Let the fish marinate for 5 minutes or more. In a separate bowl, mix the mustard paste with 3/4 cup of water. Set this aside. Heat oil on medium high. Fry the fish pieces lightly. Don't fry it too much. Keep aside. In the same oil, add the nigella seeds and green chiles. When it start to splutter and also when it starts to release an aroma, add the mustard mix carefully. Add turmeric powder and salt and stir well. Carefully put the lightly fried fish pieces in the pan. Make sure that the sauce/gravy covers the fish pieces. Cover it with a lid and let it simmer on medium high.

Hilsa/Ilish Bhaja Recipe

Ingredients: Hilsa fish or ilish fish (cleaned) - 4 pieces Green chilies slitted (if wanted) - 3 or 4 Mustard oil or flavorless oil - for frying Turmeric powder - 1/2 tbs Red chili powder - 1 tbsp or less to taste Salt - to taste Directions: Clean the fish pieces. Rub the salt, turmeric, and chili powder generously on the fish pieces. Let the fish marinate for 5 minutes or more. Heat oil on medium high. Fry the fish pieces until golden and crispy. Optionally, you may add the slitted green chilies to the frying oil at this time. Use the oil remaining after frying to put in the warm boiled rice. Take out the green chiles and serve it along with the rice and fish. Enjoy.
Ingredients: Hilsa fish or ilish fish (cleaned) - 4 pieces Green chilies slitted (if wanted) - 3 or 4 Mustard oil or flavorless oil - for frying Turmeric powder - 1/2 tbs Red chili powder - 1 tbs

Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients
Cake: 1/2 cup all purpose flour3/4 teaspoon baking powder1 large egg1/2 teaspoon vanilla1/2 cup sugar1/4 Whole milk A pinch of salt  Milk Mixture: 1/2 cup half and half1/3 cup sweetened, condensed milk1/3 evaporated milk  Icing/whipped cream (if wanted): 1 pint Heavy Cream, For Whipping3 Tablespoons SugarDirections: Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray a 6” cake pan or grease the pan with butter. In a bowl, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. Set aside.Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla, whisking vigorously to combine. Pour/scrape the mixture and level it with the spatula. Bake it for 18-22 minutes. Bake until it pulls away from the edges of the pan a

Kacha Pepe'r Bhaji - Bengali Green Papaya

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Ingredients : 1 raw medium papaya, julienned or grated 1 medium whole head of garlic Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp Flavorless oil - 2 tbs Green chillies - 3 or to taste (slitted) Salt - to taste Turmeric - 1/4 tsp Directions : Peel the papaya and cut the papaya into big pieces, then remove the seeds & the pith. Now grate or julienne the big pieces. Peel the head of garlic and chop it. Heat the oil on medium heat. Temper oil with cumin seeds. Stir for one minute or until they are lightly brown. Keep aside the cumin seeds on the other side of the pan, wok, etc. In the same oil at medium heat, add the chopped garlic. Stir until they are lightly brown. Add turmeric. In the same oil at medium heat, add the papaya. Stir and cover the cumin seeds, garlic, and the papaya in the pan, wok, etc. Add the slitted chillies. Saute a while or until the papaya feels soft or looks soft. Add salt and adjust for seasonings. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves if you want. Serve hot with plain rice or rotis.