Grilled Aubergine Stacks

Grilled Aubergine Stacks

From   Firangi Tadka

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Snack

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

Slices of aubergine stacked alternately with mozzarella and tomato slices and baked

Ingredients

  • Large aubergine (bharta baingan), thinly sliced lengthways 1
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced 200 gms
  • Medium tomatoes, sliced 2
  • Fresh basil leaves 8
  • Olive oil as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder to taste

Methods

  • Preheat the oven to 200º C. Grease a baking dish
  • Heat sufficient water in a deep non-stick pan, add aubergine slices and boil for 2 minutes or till slightly soft. Drain the slices and pat dry on kitchen paper.
  • To make stacks, place 4 aubergine slices side by side on the worktop. Sprinkle salt and pepper powder over them.
  • Place a slice of cheese followed by a tomato slice on each aubergine slice. Sprinkle salt and pepper powder on the tomato slice. Place a basil leaf on each stack. Follow it up with remaining slices of aubergine, salt and pepper powder, a basil leaf, cheese, tomato and end with aubergine slice.
  • Brush a little olive oil on all the stacks. Place them in the baking dish. Keep the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes or till the cheese melts and aubergine turns brown.
  • Arrange them on a serving platter and serve hot.
Amoretti

Prep: 1 hour

Cook: 40 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Almonds
  • Refined flour

Delicious almond cookies made in Italian style

Ingredients

  • Almonds, blanched and peeled 125 gms
  • Icing sugar 125 gms
  • Refined flour (maida) 3 tsps
  • Egg whites 2
  • Caster sugar or powdered sugar 80 gms
  • Almond essence / vanilla essence 2 tsps
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • Grind almonds to a rough paste in a mixer. Transfer into a mixing bowl. Add icing sugar and mix with a fork.
  • Add refined flour and mix till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Beat egg whites in another bowl till frothy with a hand blender. Add caster sugar, a little at a time, and continue beating till frothy.
  • Add egg mixture to the ground almond-flour mixture, a little at a time, and fold in gently so that the egg mixture does not lose its fluffiness. Add almond essence and salt and mix gently.
  • Line a baking tray with butter paper brushed with some butter on both sides. Put spoonfuls of the amoretti batter keeping a space of an inch between each spoonful as it will rise and spread while baking. To make them appear neat, wet your fingers and shape the dough into round cookies.
  • You can use a piping bag or plastic bag shaped into a cone with its tip cut, put the batter in it and squeeze out perfect round shaped cookies.
  • Place the baking tray in the preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Take the tray out, cool down to room temperature and serve.
Banana Casserole

Banana Casserole

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Ripe bananas

A rich dessert made with bananas, brown sugar and dry fruits

Serving Suggestion : Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • Small yellow skinned bananas (ilaichi kele) 6
  • Butter 4 tbsps + to brush
  • Brown sugar / grated jaggery (gur) ½ cup
  • Raisins (kishmish) ½ cup
  • Cashewnuts, finely chopped ½ cup

Methods

  • Preheat the oven to 200º C.
  • Cut bananas length ways into 4 slices.
  • Brush a baking dish with butter and arrange half the banana slices in it.
  • Spread half brown sugar over the banana slices. Dot with 1 tbsp of butter all over.
  • Sprinkle half the raisins and half the cashewnuts as the next layer over the butter.
  • Repeat these layers once.
  • Keep the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Serve warm.
Italian Biscotti

Italian Biscotti

Prep: 45 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Snack

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Refined flour
  • Pistachios
  • Almonds

These are almond biscuits are oblong shaped and crunchy and often eaten dipped in a drink

Ingredients

  • Refined flour (maida) 1½ cups
  • Cornflour ½ cup
  • Soft butter ¼ cup
  • Caster sugar ½ cup
  • Baking powder 2 tsps
  • Salt ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder ¼ tsp
  • Egg (2 tsps yogurt for vegetarian option) 1
  • Orange juice 1 tsp
  • Orange zest, grated 1 tsp
  • Milk 3 tsps
  • Pistachios, chopped ½ cup
  • Almonds ½ cup

Methods

  • Preheat oven to 200º C.
  • Take butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and mix with a whisk till light.
  • Sieve refined flour into the bowl and whisk till no lumps form. Add baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder and whisk well.
  • Add egg, orange juice and orange zest.
  • Sieve cornflour into the bowl and knead into a dough. Add milk to bind it better.
  • Gently divide the dough into 2 equal portions. Flatten and shape each half into a long rectangular, taking care that they do not break.
  • Sprinkle pistachios and almonds both on top and the bottom of these rectangles. Place them on a greased baking tray keeping sufficient space between them.
  • Keep the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes, checking a few times to ensure they do not burn.
  • Cool, slice and serve.
Italian Hot Chocolate

Italian Hot Chocolate

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Milk
  • Cocoa powder

It is creamy, it is full of flavour and it is totally rejuvenating

Ingredients

  • Milk 4 cups
  • Sugar 8 tbsps
  • Cocoa powder ½ cup
  • Cornflour 2 tsps
  • Cinnamon (dalchini) powder ¼ tsp
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp
  • Almond essence / vanilla essence 1 tsp

Methods

  • Mix sugar, cocoa powder, cornflour and cinnamon powder in a small bowl.
  • Heat milk in a deep non-stick pan.
  • Add a little milk to the cocoa powder mixture and mix well. Add it to the remaining milk in the pan and cook, stirring continuously, for 2-3 minutes or till it starts to bubble and boil. Do not allow it to become too thick.
  • Pour into a bowl and whisk to make it frothy. Add nutmeg powder and almond essence.
  • Pour into individual glasses and serve hot.
Italian Open Sandwich Foccacia

Italian Open Sandwich Foccacia

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Italian

Key Ingredients:

  • Hot dog buns
  • Tomatoes

These open sandwiches are very flavourful and delicious

Ingredients

  • Hot dog buns 2
  • Tomatoes, blanched, peeled and chopped ½ cup
  • Garlic cloves, finely chopped 3
  • Mozzarella cheese, grated 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli flakes 2 tsps
  • Green olives, pitted and sliced in rings 10
  • Black olives, pitted and sliced in rings 10
  • Olive oil 2 tsps

Methods

  • Halve each hot dog bun horizontally and further cut into 2.
  • Toast only the inner part of buns slightly on a hot non-stick frying pan for 2-3 minutes so that the toppings do not make the bread soggy.
  • Mix garlic and tomatoes in a bowl and spread this mixture on the toasted side of the buns.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese and salt on top as mozzarella cheese tends to be slightly bland.
  • Sprinkle chilli flakes. Keep green and black olive rings on top of the cheese on each sandwich.
  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan, place these open sandwiches in it, cover and toast for 5-6 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve hot.