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Baked Mac and Cheese

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Nothing could beat the classic Mac and Cheese on International Cheese Day! Try its easy microwave oven recipe.

Preparation time: 30 min

Cooking time: 21 min

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups Macaroni pasta
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, like sharp cheddar and Swiss

Preparation:

1. Select convection mode and preheat the microwave oven at 180°C.

2. Boil water in a microwave-safe glass bowl for 4 min at 100% micropower. Add pasta and continue cooking for 4 min till it is cooked partially.

3. Drain pasta, mix olive oil and place aside.

4. In a glass bowl, add olive oil and heat at 100% micropower for 3 min.

5. Add the flour and stir over medium heat until the mixture is lightly browned; continue cooking at 100% micropower for 1 min.

6. Add the milk and whisk to remove any lumps and add salt and pepper.

7. Cook the mixture for 3 min at 100% micropower till sauce thickens.

8. Stir in the cheese and whisk until smooth and melted. Add drained pasta in the cheesy sauce.

9. Transfer the mixture to a shallow tin or ceramic pie dish. Bake at 180°C for 6 min on convection mode till the top browns lightly.

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Ven Pongal

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

This South Indian savoury-spicy dish is perfect to go with Pongal celebrations and is easy to cook using this microwave oven recipe for Ven Pongal.

Preparation time: 40 min             

Cooking time: 30 min                     

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw rice (sona masuri)
  • ½-1 cup split moong dal
  • 4 cups water

For tempering:

  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp broken cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaf
  • 1 tsp salt

Preparation:

1. Soak rice in water. Take split moong dal and dry roast it in a microwave-safe bowl for 6 min at 100% micropower. 

2. Now cook the dal and rice together in a glass bowl with 4 cups of water for 15 min at 100% micropower.

3. Coarsely grind pepper and cumin with the help of a mortar and pestle. Set aside.

4. In another glass bowl, heat ghee and oil for 2 min at 100% micropower. Add in the broken cashew nuts, ginger, curry leaf and green chillies; heat this mixture for 2 min at 100% micropower. Once the nuts are roasted, add the pepper-cumin mixture and heat for 2 min at 100% micropower.

5. Add the cooked rice-dal mixture and salt. Mix everything to combine, cook for 3 min at 60% micropower.

6. Serve hot topped with ghee.

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Makar Sankranti Special: Puran Poli

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Try this authentic and easy microwave oven recipe for Puran Poli, a favourite on Makar Sankranti.

Preparation time: 40 min                       

Cooking time: 25 min                        

Servings: 8-10 pcs

Ingredients:

For the dough:

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup maida (all purpose flour) + flour for rolling
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Water for kneading

For the filling:

  • ½ cup chana dal (split bengal gram), boiled
  • ½ cup tuvar dal (split pigeon peas), boiled
  • 1 cup powdered jaggery
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 6-8 cashews, chopped
  • 6-8 almonds, chopped
  • 6-8 pistachios, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

Preparation:

1. In a bowl, knead a soft dough with the ingredients. Cover and let rest.

2. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, add all ingredients for the puran. Mix well. Heat this mixture for 8 min at 100% micropower. Stir every 2 min. Check if the jaggery is melted completely; if not, cook it further for 5 min at 100% micropower.

3. Once the filling is ready, let cool completely.

4. Preheat the microwave oven on convection mode at 200°C.

5. To assemble puran poli, take a small portion of the dough; round it well. Now add a spoonful of the puran in the dough. Seal the stuffed ball well.

6. Roll the puran polis into 10 cm diameter with ½ cm thickness.

7. Place the puran polis in the greased baking tray, apply ghee from top, cook well for 12 min, turn after 8 min to cook the other side.

8. Serve hot with ghee.

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Lohri Special: Sarso da Saag with Makke di Roti

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Try this authentic and easy microwave oven recipe for Sarso da Saag with Makke di Roti, a favourite on Lohri.

Prep time: 40 min

Cooking time: 23 min 

Servings: 4

Sarso da Saag

Ingredients:

  • 250 gm mustard greens
  • 250 gm spinach
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 5-6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 3 inch white radish chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • Salt  to taste
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp maize flour

Tempering/tadka:

  • 2-3 tbsp ghee
  • 1/4 tsp hing 
  • 3-4  garlic cloves chopped
  • 1  onion chopped
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala

Preparation:

1. Wash and chop the greens; place in a glass bowl. Add onion, garlic, ginger and chilies.

2. Add tomatoes, radish, chili powder and salt. Add water and stir.

3. Cook at 100% power for 10 min until veggies are soft.

4. Puree the saag in a blender.

5. Mix 2 tbsp maize flour to thicken saag.

6. Let saag simmer for 10 min on 80% power.

7. For tadka, heat ghee. Add ingredients for tempering; heat at 100% power for 3 min.

8. Add coriander powder and garam masala and mix. Once it sizzles, put tadka over the saag and mix.

Makke di roti

Prep time: 20 min   

Cooking time: 12 min  

Servings: 8-10 pcs

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups makki ka atta
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp ajwain

Preparation:

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix.

2. Add warm water; knead soft dough.

3. Cover and set aside for 10-15 min.

4. Select convection mode; preheat magic tawa with high rack on 180°C.

5. Divide dough in 8-10 equal parts, take one part and add a few drops of water; knead once more.

6. Keep the dough on one parchment paper and cover with another.

7. Gently roll the dough into a 4-5 inch disc.

8. Remove top parchment; flip roti along with bottom parchment on the preheated tawa.

9. Remove the parchment.

10. Cook roti for 12 min on 180°C turn; after 8 min, cook the other side.

11. Apply ghee on top.

12. Serve sarso da saag with makke di roti, sliced onion, jaggery and white butter.

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New Year Special: Plum Cake

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

What better way to celebrate New Year than making Plum Cake in your microwave!

Prep Time: 40 mins

Bake Time: 45 mins

Servings: 550 gms approx.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup black raisins
  • 1/2 cup mixed dry fruits (dates, cherries, orange peels, etc)
  • 100ml Golden syrup/ Maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp clove powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt

Preparation:

1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C on convection mode.

2. Add 3 tbsp flour to the dry fruits and nuts and dredge completely to coat it. Set aside.

3. Mix the remaining flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, spice powders, and salt until well combined.

4. Cream the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla essence and mix. Next, add 1 egg and beat.

5. Then add a bit of the flour mixture and fold. Likewise, alternate between the eggs and flour mixture until they are used up.

6. Add the Golden/Maple syrup and dry fruits and gently fold in. Pour batter into a greased cake pan and smooth the top.

7. Bake for 45 mins until the top turns a dark brown, check with a skewer inserted into the cake.

8. Dust with icing sugar when the plum cake is completely cooled.

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New Year’s Eve: Exotic Fruit Trifle

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Fruits, custard, cake, jelly, ice-cream … this one has it all! Let everyone indulge in flavours they love with this Exotic Fruit Trifle recipe.

Preparation time: 40 min

Cooking time: 20 min

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin stewed fruits
  • Sponge cake bits (to layer)
  • 1 cup custard powder
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 bowl jelly (any flavour)
  • Cream biscuits (to layer)
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice-cream
  • Sprinkles (for garnish)

Preparation:

1. Make the jelly by mixing the content in water and cook in the microwave oven for 8 min at 100% micropower. For custard sauce, dilute the powder with cold milk and heat at 100% micropower for 6 min; whisk after 6 min vigorously to break the lumps.

2. Refer to Mocha Cake recipe, follow same recipe procedure without coffee and chocolate and bake a good quality sponge.

3. Stewed fruits: Cook diced apples, musk melon and pineapple (30 gm each) in 500 ml water for 6 min at 100% micropower with 50 gm of grain sugar.

4. In a flat bowl, layer the sponge cake with custard followed with biscuit crumb, stewed fruits and finally the jelly.

5. Repeat these layers to fill the bowl.

6. Keep it in the refrigerator to set. Top it up with vanilla ice-cream and serve garnished with some sprinkles.

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How to Make Tea Cake in Microwave

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Care for some tea cake? Explore this unique microwave oven recipe and enjoy International Tea Day with the perfect bake.

Preparation time: 20 min

Baking time: 25 min

Servings: 12-14 slices

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup/120 gm all-purpose flour/maida
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Matcha green tea
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 70 gm butter
  • ¾ cup/150 gm brown sugar
  • 1½ ripe banana 
  • ½ cup/120 ml milk
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 egg (optional)

Preparation:

1. Select convection mode and preheat the microwave oven at 180°C.

2. Grease loaf cake tin with butter or use disposable loaf box.

3. Take butter and sugar in a bowl and mix well.

4. Add mashed banana and egg; whisk well.

5. Add flour, Matcha green tea, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and mix well.

6. Add milk and fold gently.

7. Add walnuts and fold gently.

8. Pour the mixture into a baking pan, top with walnuts and bake in preheated microwave oven for 25 min at 150°C.

9. De-mould and serve warm with a hot cup of tea.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Celebrate Cookie Day with delicious, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate chipcookies using this easy microwave oven recipe by IFB Spice Secrets.

Preparation time: 30 min

Baking time: 15 min

Servings: 25 nos. approx.

Ingredients:

  • 230 gm all-purpose flour
  • 150 gm castor sugar
  • 150 gm unsalted butter
  • 60 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200 gm chocolate chips

Preparation:

1. Select convention mode and preheat the microwave at 170°C.

2. In a glass bowl, soften the butter for 2 min on 30% micropower.

3. Add castor sugar to the butter and cream it. Once done, add vanilla essence and continue creaming.

4. Add the flour in 4 parts; fold the mixture. Add milk to bring all ingredients together and fold this mixture till it gains a dough-type appearance.

5. Add baking soda and salt; continue to mix the cookie dough.

6. Divide the cookie dough into even portions, round and flatten them individually using a spoon. Place the chocolate chips on the flattened cookies.

7. Arrange the cookies on the lightly greased baking tray.

8. Bake chocolate chip cookies at 140°C for 15 min.

9. Let the cookies cool down completely before placing them in the cookie jar.

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Diwali recipe: Malai Peda

Yes it’s possible … in an IFB Microwave Oven!

Make melt-in-the-mouth Malai Peda at home using this easy microwave oven recipe and enjoy a safe and happy Diwali.

Preparation time: 40 min

Cooking time: 16 min

Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh malai (milk cream)
  • 1 tbsp wheat flour
  • 1½ cup milk
  • Some kesar (saffron) threads
  • Sugar (as per taste)

Preparation:

1. Take fresh cream (do not mix the packet and only take thick cream, not the thin milk) in a microwave-safe glass bowl and add wheat flour. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.

2. Heat this mixture at 100% micropower for 10 min, stirring every 1 min (till the ghee is separated from the cream).

3. Strain all desi ghee in another container. Now add 1 cup milk in the mixture and stir.

4. Add kesar and mix well. Stir again and cook for 6 min (stirring every 1 min) at 100% micropower till it thickens and takes a dough kind of look with light brown colour. Now add sugar and continue cooking.

5. Ensure the mixture is completely dry. Take it out on a plate and let cool.

6. Take small portions in the palm and make small flat balls. Garnish with chopped almonds.

Tips to Reduce Sugar in Diwali Desserts

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Tips to Reduce Sugar in Diwali Desserts

Is your sweet tooth during Diwali festivities hampering your desire for healthy living? Sugar and artificial sweeteners are common barriers to preparing recipes that don’t affect our health adversely. However, just swapping out a few ingredients in dishes and reducing our dependence on sugar to satisfy our cravings can go a long way in making recipes healthier.

So do you wish to make your festive desserts tasty, yet healthy?

Here are some tips to reduce sugar in your Diwali dessert recipes.

Avoid Cane Sugar

Replace cane sugar in your recipes with honey or maple syrup. Both have lower glycemic index, meaning they don’t increase blood sugar levels as fast as cane sugar does. They are also naturally sweeter than sugar, so you need to put less of them in your dish.

Use Jaggery in Sweet Dishes

Jaggery is a useful and healthier substitute for sugar in various sweet dishes. It also helps in nicely binding dishes such as ladoos, barfis, pedha, kalakand, etc.

Put Less Sugar in Fruit Recipes

To make custard sauce, it is good to put less sugar during preparation. Once the fruits are added, the custard tends to become sweeter due to the fruit juice seeping into the dish.

Soak in Milk When Making Halwa

While making halwa from carrot, doodhi, beetroot, etc., it’s good to soak the grated vegetables in milk. This helps the vegetables to cook faster and the sugar requirement can be reduced.

Don’t Add Sugar If Using Condensed Milk

If you are using condensed milk for Indian sweet dishes, completely avoid adding sugar in the recipe as this can make the dish extremely sweet.

Use Spices for Natural Sweetness

To give a natural sweet flavour to your food and drinks, cut down on sugars and replace with spices such as cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg or ginger.

Use Fruit Pulp to Sweeten Dishes

You can include pulp of dried peach, apricot, dates, sultanas and raisins as natural sweeteners while preparing dishes.

Switch to Naturally Sweet Alternatives

Replace your dessert cravings with something more naturally sweet, such as dates, grapes, etc.

Include Stevia in Dishes

Use stevia in recipes, as it has almost zero calories. Research suggests that those with diabetes and who are trying to lose weight can benefit from its use, as it also helps in keeping blood sugar levels in check.

Making some small changes in our lifestyle and switching a few ingredients in our recipes go a long way in cooking healthy sweet dishes. This festive season, follow these easy tips to celebrate health and make your Diwali and other festivals free from guilt.

Wishing all our readers a Happy, Healthy Diwali!