It’s time to begin baking

by Sanjeev Kapoor

If you’re avoiding deep fried food, want to try out a new kitchen experiment or just indulge in some baking therapy – we have 10 recipes that are perfect for you. Baked versions of classics like donuts and vada pav, cheesy casseroles and a baked desi mithai you can put together in minutes – these recipes are designed to put that good old oven to use.

Saffron and Basil Bread Sticks

Breadsticks are super easy to make at home and you can put so many twists to the simple recipe with ingredients and flavours like we did. These saffron and basil infused breadsticks, baked to crunchy perfection are something you can enjoy with soups, dips and chutneys, chai and coffee or even just like that.

 

Baked Pesto Vegetables

Potatoes, soya chunks, tomatoes, bell peppers and cooked macaroni tossed with a nutty pesto sauce and baked with lots of cheese on top. This one is like a pasta but loaded with veggies which add more texture, taste and health to this baked recipe.

 

Baked Donut

Donuts are a guilty pleasure for a lot of us. But with this recipe we removed the guilt and kept the pleasure intact - by using healthy ingredient like oats and baking the donut instead of deep frying it. Check out this simple recipe to make a honey and butter glazed donut, in the oven, you won’t even notice the difference.

 

Baked Vada Pav

You don’t have to kill your vada pav craving because of the calories that come with the deep fried vada. Try out this baked contemporary version where you bake your own multigrain pav stuffed with a delicious and healthy raw banana and sweet potato mixture. Lives up to the deliciousness of the original and is much healthier!

 

Baked Palak Paneer

If you love palak paneer, but are bored with the regular version try this Palak paneer in a never seen before baked avatar. Spinach puree topped with paneer and lots of cheese and baked till the cheese is melty and goey. You can enjoy this with slices of toasted bread, herbed rice or even with rotis.

 

Desi Baked Pasta

This pasta with a desi twist has layers of spicy vegetables, lasagna sheets, white and red sauce all topped with cheese and baked. In this recipe we’ve used soya granules and carrots, cooked in an onions tomato masala, but you can easily use any veggies of your choice from mushrooms to green peas and make this pasta your own!

 

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Florets of broccoli stir fried with garlic, mixed with white sauce and cheese, topped with grated potatoes and more cheese – packed into a casserole and baked! If you want to feed your kid’s broccoli without a fuss, this is the most full proof way to ensure that they gobble it up gladly!

 

Baked Amrakhand

Amrakhand is a decadent dessert in itself and when you bake it, it just gets better. Made with mangoes, condensed milk and cream – this one is a treat you can make and serve at your next party. If mangoes are out of season you can easily make it with other fruits of your choice.

 

Cookie Cups

These edible chocolate chip cookie cups will make even grownups feel like kids again! A brand new way to serve a classic like cookies and milk, these cookie cups are pretty simple to make and so much fun to eat. It’s definitely worth a try!

 

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.