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Thalassery Mutton Dum Biryani!

Hello, my lovelies!!!! I am baaaaaack!!!! Ok, I do need to apologize for the extremely long hiatus...and no, I am not going to make any exc...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Black and Pink Zebra Cake!

I have to start of with an apology.....I am so so sorry for the delay in posting :( I truly am, especially since my followers have increased in spite of my lack of recipes. Don''t get me wrong...it's no that I have not been cooking (I am not that lazy :D)...but at the same time, the effort of sitting down and actually doing it was driving me mad I suppose.

A bunch of my girlfriends decided that we had had enough of our spouses :P and decided to have a girls weekend away. In the process, we found out that my cousin was getting married....so let's kill 2 birds with one stone, we decided to have a weekend away and have a bachelorette!

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I decided to inaugurate the cake stand that one of my fiends got me as a Christmas gift (Thank u Saf!) and our theme, being black and pink, I volunteered to make a black and pink zebra cake :D

The original plan was to have a fondant based cake, but since I had never worked with fondant, and the fact that it would probably end up being too sweet anyways, I decided to make do with my buttercream frosting. The result, though messy, was an incredibly smooth cake, with all the colors, especially the pink being totally vibrant. Credit goes to Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio for an awesomely simple, yet delicious recipe. Thanks a ton!

So, on wards with the recipe....

INGREDIENTS
2 ½ cups all purpose flour (300 g) 
2 cups sugar (400 g)
¾ cups vegetable oil (180 mL)
1 teaspoon vanilla (5 mL) 
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder (~11 mL)
1/2 teaspoon salt 
4 eggs
1 cup milk (240 mL)

 pink, and black gel paste 
vanilla buttercream
Wilton tip 1A


PROCEDURE

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.  In the bowl of a stand mixer combine, flour, sugar, baking powder, vegetable oil and vanilla on low/medium until ingredients are mixed together.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing on low in between additions.  Slowly add the milk while the mixer on and mix until all ingredients are completely combined.  Divide batter into three different bowls with one bowl having half of the batter and the other two have a quarter each.  Color the large bowl with white coloring, and the smaller two with black and pink respectively.  Mix coloring until no light streaks remain.  Spray two 8” pans with non-stick spray and line bottom with parchment/baking/wax paper.  Place four tablespoons of white batter into the center of each pan.  Then, directly into the middle of the white batter, place two tablespoons of black batter.  Directly into the center of the black batter, place two tablespoons of pink batter.  Repeat white/black/pink batter additions until all the batter is used up or pans are ⅔ full.  Place pans into oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire wrack.
Once cake is cooled, level, stack and cover in white buttercream.
To finish the cake off, using the pink buttercream with Wilton 1A tip, pipe a small beaded border along the bottom of the cake.

To make the Buttercream

The buttercream recipe was adapted from Laura Vitale and again it is so simple, you could actually get your kids to make it!

In a bowl, cream together 1 1/4 cup of butter, 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract until well combined. To this mixture add about 2 tablespoons of milk to achieve a thick yet creamy consistency. Take a small amount of this cream and add the pink food coloring to this i order to do the final beading around the edges of the cake.


Do you see that pink actually popping out? It was truly spectacular!

Do try out the cake and let me know how it turns out. Trust me, you will not be disappointed :)

Till next time, take care and God bless!





Friday, July 10, 2015

Coconut Basbousa!

It's the weekend, yaaay!!!! I have so much to look forward to...my bestie is coming from Abu Dhabi to see me...and I am soooper excited!!! The wheels in my head are already running on what to make for her....:) But anyway, I digress...

We are slowly approaching the close of the holy month of Ramadan, but I do not think that Ramadan would be complete, or for that matter my dear friends would never forgive me if I did not post this recipe...after all, it is a classic!


Basbousa is a traditional Middle Eastern dish,  made of semolina, soaked in a special sugar syrup and like I said earlier, extremely popular during Iftars...and Suhours too! The most popular one of the lot, I think, is the almond basbousa, but I've opted for another equally favorite version...the coconut one. Super easy to make, and in fact, it takes all of 30 minutes! So, let's get started shall we?

INGREDIENTS


  • 1 tin condensed milk (I used Nestle)
  • 1/2 cup ghee, softened at roo m temperature
  • 2 cups semolina (rava)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut 
  • 1 cup water (Warm water would be preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon tahina sauce
  • Grated coconut- For garnish
  • Dry raisins- For garnish (optional)
For the Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2cups sugar

RECIPE
  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the tahina sauce.
  • Layer a tablespoon of tahina sauce at the bottom of a baking dish.
  • To this add the coconut mixture and level it out with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake this in an oven, pre heated at 180 degrees for 30-35 minutes or till the top turns out golden brown.
  • Ensure that the basbousa cools completely before cutting into slices.
I got a total of 16 slices depending on the sizes that you cut them into. Do try it out and let me know how it turns out!



Till next time, take care and God Bless!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Chicken Noodle Biriyani!

Hello darlings!! I have some news to share... I recently started at a new job! It is special, considering that I have been with the same company for 10 years now! I did get emotional when I left, I have to be honest, but then again, change never did any one any harm :)

This dish that I present to you today is something different too. We've had chicken, we've had noodles, and we have had biriyani (most of us any way!), but what happens when you combine the 3 of them together?


I glanced upon this dish by chance, and considering that all my muslim friends out there are looking for different varieties of dishes to break their fast with, I thought I should give this a try! So Safreena, Sherin, Natha, Safeera, Meera aunty and any more people I have missed, this is all for u guys!! Ramadan Kareem once again!!

INGREDIENTS   


  • Chicken- 1 kilo- cut into small pieces
  • Noodles- 2 packets (I used Koko, considering all the controversy surrounding Maggi at the moment!)
  • Chicken stock- 1/2 cup (I used 2 Maggi chicken cubes)
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder- 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder- 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Black pepper powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Curd- 5 tablespoons
  • Ginger garlic paste- 2 teaspoons
  • Onion- 2 medium, sliced thinly
  • Water- 1 cup boiling (enough to boil the chicken)
  • Ghee- 2-3 tablespoons (You can alternatively use olive oil/vegetable oil for a healthier option)
  • Bay leaves- 2
  • Cloves- 2
  • Cardamom seeds- 2
  • Coriander leaves- garnish

  • METHOD

  • Boil the chicken with salt and turmeric powder till it cooks through. This should take 20-25 minutes on a medium flame.Once boiled, let it cool and shred the chicken into fine pieces.
  • Cook the noodles separately and drain out the excess water using a colander. This should take 5 minutes (follow the instructions on the packet).
  • In a separate saucepan, heat the ghee, and to this, add the bay leaves, cloves and cardamom. Fry for few seconds.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste followed by the onions and fry till they turn golden brown. Add a little salt at this stage to speed up the process.
  • Mix the coriander, chilly and pepper powders in the curd and add this to the sauce pan. Reduce the flame at this stage and saute till it starts bubbling. This should take a few seconds. Add more salt at this stage.
  • Add the shredded chicken at this stage and combine. Close the pan for about 5 minutes. 
  • Finally add the noodles and mix together till everything gets combined thoroughly. 
  • Switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.


Now,wasn't that simple? This is the perfect dish to make when you have unexpected guests or simply want to break your fast with something different! Do try it out and let me know how it turns out.

Till next time, adios amigos and Ramadan Kareem!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Devil's chocolate cake!

Let me start of by wishing all my Muslim brothers and sisters Ramadan Kareem! May this holy season be a period of reflection and time for you to be loser to the Almighty, in time to gear up for a wonderful Eid!


I probably should not be tempting anyone at this time...but hey, you could always make this to break your fast! After all that delicious biriyani and lamb chops, you need something sweet, don't you?!?

I actually made this cake to commemorate 2 occasions, one was my cousin's birthday that happened to coincide with the other occasion, my sister in law's wedding anniversary! I had this cake in mind for quite some time, especially after I saw the domestic goddess, our very own Nigella Lawson make it. I knew I had to give it a try...and my efforts did pay off, coz there was nothing left except for a bit of frosting that I happily licked up..he he! The recipe is courtesy Nigella, of course, the only thing I added were some Hershey's balls, just to make it look prettier than it already was :)

This cake is super easy to make, and the batter is very liquidy, but do ot worry about that, coz that's the way it should be. So, let's get this show on the road...it's Devil's food cake, but trust me, the angels would love this one for sure!

INGREDIENTS


  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (Muscavado sugar)
  • 3/4-1 cup white sugar
  • 8-9 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-3 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup boiling water
For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup recently boiled water
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 bar of dark cooking chocolate (I used Hershey's)
Decoration (optional)
  • Hershey's chocolate balls
  • Powdered sugar

METHOD
  • You can make the frosting first, if you want it to be spread thick over your cake, or wait while your cake is baking, so that it can drip on the sides of your cake. I preferred the second one...I just like it that way, and so did my guests :)
  • Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees.
  • Start of by making the batter. In a bowl, mix together the cocoa and brown sugar, and to this add the boiling water. As I mentioned earlier, the batter is going to be very watery, but this is the way it should be.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the butter and white sugar till creamy and fluffy. 
  • In a third bowl ,mix together the flour, baking powder and soda. 
  • Add this bit by bit to the second bowl containing the egg sugar mixture. The best way to do this is to add a spoonful of flour, mix, then add 1 egg,mix and then add the remaining flour and finally incorporate everything together. Add the vanilla essence at the end to get rid of the smell of egg.
  • Finally add the cocoa mixture to this and mix thoroughly till you have a brown, gooey chocolaty mix.
  • There is enough batter for 2 layers, so you could either divide the cake between 2 cake tins, or like I did, bake the first cake, and then follow it up with the second one. I had only 1 cake tin at the time.
  • Bake the cake for 20-25 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted through the center comes clean. It took me 25 minutes.
  • Wait till the cake cools completely before unmolding it onto a cake tray.
  • While waiting for the first cake to cool, and baking the second one, you can prepare the frosting, which is super simple.
  • In a saucepan, add all the ingredients for the frosting, except for the chocolate, and boil on a  low flame until everything starts bubbling. This should take around 5 minutes. 
  • Take the pan of the flame and add the chocolate cubes. After 2-3 minutes, mix with a fork till everything incorporates into the mixture. Wait for the mixture to cool completely before you start frosting the cake.
  • To assemble the cake, place the first cake upside down, put some of the frosting on top till it gets covered completely, and place the second cake, right side up, on top of the first. Top off the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake, allowing it to dribble at the sides.
  • Top off with Hershey's balls at the sides and some powdered sugar.
And there you have it, devils' food cake, fit for angels to eat !!!


So, how about this to break your fast?? Scrumptious, right. Do check out all the lovely dishes you can try during the holy month...and I shall keep them coming!

Till next time, take care and God bless!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fried Salmon in lemon infused cream sauce!

Last Friday, we had a wonderful couple over for lunch. The husband was Indian and the wife French :)...clearly, love has no boundaries! And obviously, the experimenter that I am, I had to make something French...with an Indian touch to it. Luckily for me, the 2 of them were not fussy eaters at all...in fact, they loved spicy food, not too much of it though, but I knew that I had to make something special.


You can never go wrong with salmon. It is the easiest...and the tastiest fish that you can have at the table. I would normally never use the words "elegant" and "fish" in the same sentence, but for me, salmon is somewhat associated to royalty...do not ask me why....or maybe because it's so notoriously expensive! It hardly takes time to cook, but the end result is magical in itself. I just added some cream coz I was in the mood actually...he he! On to the recipe. I am not even going to bother listing out the ingredients coz it's that simple.

METHOD

  • Wash salmon fillets in a mixture salt and lemon juice to get rid of the smell.
  • Marinate these in a mixture of salt, pepper and lime juice. Leave it for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • In the mean time, prepare the sauce. I had 4 salmon fillets, so I took half a cup of fresh cream and to this added the juice of 1 lemon, pepper powder (2 teaspoons), garam masala powder (1 teaspoon), basil leaves (1 teaspoon), oregano leaves (1 teaspoon) and salt to taste.
  • Boil this till you get the thickness you desire.
  • Fry the salmon fillets. I used "Lurpak Cooks Range" oil, simply because I'm in love with the product, but salmon releases it's own oil so you can fry as is. Fry this on each side for approx 3-4 minutes on a medium flame till it turns a pale pink and starts flaking. You can alternatively bake or grill.
  • Layer this on a plate, top of with the sauce and garnish with some steamed beans on the side and coriander leaves on the top. Do not bother cutting the beans. Simply put them into boiling water for 15 minutes and use as garnish.

Now was'nt that simple!



Till next time, take care and God bless!



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thalassery Mutton Dum Biryani!

Hello, my lovelies!!!! I am baaaaaack!!!! Ok, I do need to apologize for the extremely long hiatus...and no, I am not going to make any excuses, I was just plain lazy! I know that's not a reason, but hey, what's important is that I'm back....and that too with a brand new recipe, guaranteed to tickle your taste buds!

So, tell me..how's everyone been? Here in sunny Dubai, everyone's gearing up for Ramadan...so for all my Muslim friends, Ramadan Kareem in advance! In order to bring in the holy month, I thought I should post something that you can look forward to during Eid....and what better way than some good old fashioned biryani!


There are so many different variants to the biryani, and in fact, I had posted a recipe for my chicken biryani which you can find right Here. But for now, I thought I'd experiment with my favorite meat, mutton, or goat's meet, and this dish is one of the most popular type of biryanis in Kerala. Simple, wholesome, flavorful...and we're only getting started! Let's find out how to make this, shall we....

INGREDIENTS

  • Mutton- washed and cleaned thoroughly, 1 kilo. When washing mutton, use a mixture of salt, lemon juice and turmeric powder to get rid of the smell and give it an overall shine.
For Marination
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder- 3 tablespoons (depending on the spice requirement, this should give you a medium spicy flavor)
  • Coriander powder- 4 tablespoons 
  • Ginger- finely minced- 1/2 inch stick
  • Garlic- 10 cloves, finely mashed
  • Black pepper powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Yogurt- 1/2 cup
  • Lime juice- 1 lime
  • Salt to taste
For the masala
  • 3 medium sized onions- finely sliced
  • Ginger- 1/2 inch piece
  • Garlic- 4 cloves finely sliced
  • Tomatoes- 2 medium sized, chopped into cubes
  • Garam masala powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Boiling water- 1/4 cup
For the rice
  • 3 cups basmati rice (I used Kohinoor, it has always given me very good results)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 broken into half
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 cardamom seeds
For the garnish
  • Cashews- a handful
  • Onions- 2 finely sliced and fried

METHOD
  • Marinate the mutton with ingredients under "For Marination" section and set aside for a minimum of 2 hours. You can do this over night but I do not find much difference.
  • In a saucepan, heat a mixture of oil and ghee (I use 2 tablespoons of each, adds more flavor and does not make you feel very heavy). In this, fry the onions until they turn translucent (semi transparent), and they change color. Note that they do not have to be brown. Add salt at this stage to cook the onions faster.
  • Add the tomatoes and fry till they get mashed. At this stage, you can add the water but this is optional. 
  • Finally add the mutton and stir it thoroughly before closing it tightly and cooking for a minium of 35-40 minutes, or until it becomes tender. Once the mutton is cooked, there will be some gravy, so open the vessel and cook for another 10 minutes until the gravy turns thick. Do not evaporate completely since this forms the masala.
  • While the mutton is cooking, start preparing the rice. Wash the rice thoroughly 3 times and soak it for about 15 minutes in 4 cups of water.
  • Drain this water and add this to the pan in which the rice is being cooked. To this, add 4 cups of boiling water, butter, lime juice and the spices.
  • Basmati rice takes a total of 12-15 minutes (max) to cook. Ensure that you always have an eye on the rice so that it does not over cook and get mushy.
  • When the rice is half cooked (check by pressing one rice grain between your fingers. It gets half mashed and half solid), drain the water from the rice and remove the spices.
  • Put one more tablespoon of butter to separate the rice grains and give more flavor.
  • Now, for the dum part. Normally, in order to create the dum, flour mixed with water is used to create a paste and seal the sides of the pan in which the biryani is cooked. Here, I did something different.
  • In a baking dish, spread butter evenly (1-2 tablespoons). Start off by layering a spoon of rice, followed by 2 spoons of mutton masala, and repeat the process till you have rice as the top most layer.
  • Seal this completely with foil paper and set this in the oven at 180 degrees for 30 minutes. Alternatively you could cook this on the burner at a very low flame for 30 minutes. The rice gets cooked through at this stage and merges with the masala. 
  • Time for the garnish, Fry some nuts and onions in 2 tablespoons of ghee until crispy and serve.
Tada, we have some scrumptios "Neetu's style Dum biryani" available!!




Do try it out and let me know your feedback! Till next time, take care and God bless!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fudgy Brownie cupcakes with chocolate chip cookie dough frosting!

I start of with an apology....only because I have been extremely lazy in putting up a new recipe. But, first things first...

Happy New Year!!!

May you have a wonderful, happy and prosperous new year, and may all your dreams and hopes come true!!! More importantly, thank you all for the wonderful response I have been receiving despite me being so irregular in my posts. So, as my New Year gift, I present to you these wonderfully moist brownie cupcakes, made even better with the chocolate chip cookie dough frosting.


I mean, what is not to like...they're brownies, they're cupcakes, and most importantly, they've got chocolate chip cookie frosting!! How could you possibly go wrong?!?
First things first, though. This would not have been possible without Sally from Sally's Baking Addiction, so thank you so much Sally for this wonderful recipe. It's so funny, coz I was actually looking for another recipe (that shall remain a secret for the moment :P), but I ended up with these and I am ever so grateful, so thank you once again, Sally, you truly are a star!

On to the recipe, be prepared to indulge yourself into chocolate heaven!                          

INGREDIENTS


Brownie cupcakes

  • 100 gms dark chocolate (3.5-4 ounces- any brand will do, I used Kit Kat :) )
  • White granulated sugar- 1 1/4 cups
  • All purpose flour- 1 cup
  • Unsalted butter (room temperature)- 1/2 cup
  • 3 eggs (room temperature)
  • Vanilla essence- 2 drops
  • Salt- A pinch
Chocolate chip cookie dough frosting

  • Unsalted butter (room temperature)- 1/2 cup
  • Muscavado or light brown sugar- 3/4 cup
  • All purpose flour- 1 cup +2 tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 drops vanilla essence
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used Hershey's)
  • Salt- A pinch


METHOD
  • Melt chocolate and butter on the stove. Ensure the flame is low, since chocolate burns easily. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon to speed up the process.
  • Set it aside to cool for a few minutes. Mix in sugar and vanilla essence.
  • Beat the eggs, one at a time until they are completely blended in.
  • Finally, beat the flour and salt, until the mixture becomes thick and creamy.
  • Prepare muffin tins, by spraying cooking oil or brushing it with butter. I've recently discovered the Lurpak's cooking range Cooking Spray and am so in love with the product. Highly recommended!
  • Bake these cupcakes at 180 degrees for about 25- 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center gives you moist crumbs.
  • While they are baking, go ahead and prepare the frosting. Start off by creaming together the butter and sugar.
  • To this, add the vanilla essence followed by the flour and salt till you get a dense dough.
  • Incorporate the milk till it becomes creamy and fluffy.
  • Last, but definitely not the least, add the chocolate chips and stir this in using a wooden spatula. The more you add, the better they taste!
  • Wait till the cupcakes are completely cooled down before frosting them. I just used a spoon, but a butter knife would be even better. Remember, frosting looks best when untidy ;)
And voila, you have the most yummylicious, creamiest cupcakes on the planet! Incidentally, the frosting is so good, you can just eat it like ice cream! These cupcakes taste best when cooled, so keep them in the fridge for atleast half an hour before serving..if you have the patience, that is!!


So do try these cupcakes out and let me know how they turn out. Omce again, wish u all a very Happy and prosperous New Year! Till next time, take care and God bless!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bohemian Cake!

Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la la...!!! So goes the words to one of my favorite Christmas carols! Happy Advent Season!! May baby Jesus enter all your homes and shower them with His choicest blessings!! There is something about Christmas that turns even a grouch into someone you want to hug all day...he he ! But then again, you do have the occasional Mr.Scrooge who pops up, in which case, you have to make this scrumptious Bohemian Cake!


I was just lazy yesterday...but then again, when am I not..:P So what do I do? I had actually taken the day off (to be polite, I actually bunked work, lol!). Leafing through the pages of a magazine, I happened to chance upon recipes for the festive season, and seeing that I had all the ingredients at home, decided to go ahead and make this.


Don't be alarmed by the name, trust me it's just a fancy name for a very simple yet extraordinarily delicious cake. And the best part is, you can have this even in the evenings with a nice cup of tea...or coffee for that matter! The cake is drenched in a butter sauce which is purely optional, but I did make it, and trust me, it makes it taste even better!

So how about we go ahead and find out how to make this, shall we :)

INGREDIENTS 


  • Unsalted butter 200gms (room temperature)
  • Granulated white sugar- 1 cup (depending on how sweet you want, but 1 cup is a minimum)
  • All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cups
  • Baking powder- 1 1/4 teaspoons (not heaped, else you get a soapy taste)
  • Milk- 1 cup (I used low fat)
  • Eggs- 2 (room temperature)
  • Vanilla essence- 1 teaspoon
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Nuts (optional- handful, for garnish)
  • Bowls- 2
  • Cherries, strawberries, sprinkles- Garnish (optional- You can use any fruit for garnish, in fact, you can even use cream)
For the sauce
  • Butter- 2 heaped tablespoons (room temperature)
  • Sugar- 5 tablespoons
  • Water- 1/4 cup
METHOD
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl and set it aside. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to ensure that they are spread out evenly.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, butter, milk and vanilla essence till you get a creamy mixture. 
  • Blend in the dry mixture, one spoonful at a time, using the cake mixer, till you get a creamy mixture.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and blend in one last time with the cake mixer. Ensure that there are no lumps.
  • To prepare the cake tin, spray some olive oil on the bottom and sides of the cake tin. In case you do not have a cooking oil spray, you can use butter to grease the bottom and sides of the cake tin.
  • Pour in the cake mixture and tap it gently against your kitchen table to ensure there are no air bubbles within the mixture.
  • Bake this in the oven for 30-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted through the center comes out clean without any crumbs or liquid mixture. My oven took 40 minutes.
  • 10 minutes prior to taking the cake out of the oven, prepare the sauce. Melt butter, sugar and water on the stove at a low flame. 
  • Once the cake is ready, turn it over on to a plate and pour the liquid over the cake to soak it completely.
  • I had a can of tinned cherries and a bottle of sprinkles which is what I garnished the cake with, together with a handful of nuts. You can garnish it with any fruits of your choice.
And tada, Bohemian cake is ready!!


Be glued to this space for more yummy Christmas recipes! Take care and Happy December you all!!


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My first ever interview!!

This is truly incredible u guys....my first ever interview was published!! Yipee!!!! Do check out the link Smart Indian Women for details!! Thank you all for all the wonderful support and encouragement I have received. Please do continue supporting me in this venture of mine! And I promise to deliver more tasty treats!!





Monday, October 13, 2014

Potato Murukku~Potato Crunchy Twisters!

I know it has been a while since I blogged, and I have no excuses for yet...except that I have been super lazy :) And yes, I have been pretty busy as well with work, so do excuse me if I felt the need to just crawl into bed and not think of anything else except relax these past couple of days.


And then I realised, the festival of lights is coming up.....Happy Deepawali in advance peeps!! The festival of lights and great clothes and awesome jewelry...not to mention, all that fantastic food! One of the most traditional snacks served during Deepawali is the murukku...Now, just for the benfit of my non Indian friends, I took the liberty of looking up what this meant, and it means "Crispy Twisters". See, the things I do for u guys....lol!!

Murukku is normally made from rice flower and urad dal, but as always, I had to come up with something different from the usual, and that's when I stumbled upon this fantastic recipe from Sharmi's Passions which totally made my day, so a big shout out to Sharmi!! The only thing you need is the "idiyappam achu". But do not worry if you do not have this, I realized that if you have a piping bag that you use to put icing on cakes, you can still make this, so there, it's that simple!


So obviously, the main ingredient in this is potato, but you will not believe how incredibly easy this is, because there's only a few ingredients and the only thing that can seem a bit tricky is to get the concentric circles, but then again, clumsy that I am, I just made them into pretty much any shape that I could manage! So shall we find out how to do this :)

INGREDIENTS (10-12)

  • Rice flour- 1 cup
  • Potato- 1 medium sized
  • Jeera (Cumin Seeds)- 1 tablespoon
  • Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon (depending on the spice level required)
  • Red chilly powder (1/2 teaspoon- optional)
  • Asafoetida (Hing)- A pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Boiling water- Approx a cup or as required
  • Oil for deep frying. Coconut oil is preferred, any type of refined oil will do.
METHOD
  • Boil the potato with the skin using a pressure cooker up to 5 whistles till it gets properly soft and mashable. If using the stove, boil the potato for about 30-40 minutes.
  • Once it cools down, cut the potato into smaller pieces and grind it using a grinder till it takes on the consistency of wet dough.
  • In a bowl, mix the dough, with rice flour, chilly powder, jeera, hing, salt and pepper. Add boiling water as required till the dough reaches the right consistency.
  • Split the dough and add this bit by bit to the "idiyappam achu" or the "icing bag" and squeeze out the dough into a shape of your choice. Concentric circles are what is preferred, but to each his own :)
  • Drop this into the hot oil and fry for about a minute till the murukku gets a golden brown color and the right crunchiness.
And voila, yummy murukku is ready!!

Watch this space for more Diwali recipes! May the season of light bring joy, happiness and prosperity to all of you! God bless you all!! Till next time, adios my friends!!





Monday, September 8, 2014

Chicken Lollipop!

What's not to like about this dish...chicken and lollipop...what could possibly go wrong :) Jokes apart, this is something I have always wanted to try out, but never get around to doing due to some reason or the other...you know how it is, and considering how lazy I am, it did end up in the back burner for a while..until now.

So, when A finally requested this as the starter for his birthday menu, I jumped at the opportunity...well, literally anyway :D You actually get fresh chicken lollipops, which just need to be cleaned...something I never realized, probably because I haven't looked hard enough!

Which left me with trying to find a really good recipe...and for once, I was actually lost. I thought of looking around for the perfect chicken lollipop recipe, but then decided against it...why not go with the flow! So, I have come up with a recipe, which I am sure is more or less the standard way of making chicken lollipop fry, the difference being that this was cooked with absolutely no oil! I know I have been promising to do a review of the air fryer..and I will do it...trust me!! The air fryer requires absolutely no oil, which resulted in yummy, spicy and oil free chicken lollipop fry!

For now, on to the recipe....

INGREDIENTS                                                                                                   


  • Chicken lollipops- 8 pieces
  • Coriander powder- 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Red chilly powder- 2 teaspoons
  • Corn flour- 4 teaspoons
  • All purpose flour- 4 teaspoons
  • Juice of 1 lemon
To grind
  • Dried red chilies- 6 to 7 depending on how spicy you want the marinade
  • Green chilies- 2 (optional)
  • Ginger- 1/4 inch
  • Coriander leaves
  • Curd- 4-5 tablespoons
METHOD
  • Clean the lollipops with some salt and vinegar to get rid of the raw smell. Wash them with water twice and the 3rd rinse should be done with salt and vinegar/lime juice to give a shiny and clean look to the chicken.
  • Marinate the lollipops with the spice powders, corn and all purpose flours and the lemon juice.
  • To this, add the "ground mixture". While grinding, ensure that no water is added, because the marinade already has a liquid consistency.
  • Marinate the lollipops for at least 15 minutes to  a half hour.
  • If using the saucepan, fry in about 5 tablespoons of oil for about 3-4 minutes on either side, till both sides are sufficiently golden brown.
  • If using the oven, roast the lollipops for about 20 minutes, 10 minutes on either side, in a 180 degree oven, preheated for 10 minutes.
  • If using the air fryer, roast for 12 minutes at 190 degrees.

And that's it...scrumptious chicken lollipops are ready! Serve hot!!


A few pointers to keepin mind...the only reason I added the chilly powder was for some color. Green chilies, as mentioned above, are totally optional. The end result for me was spicy, but to each his own.

Do try this out and let me know how it turns out! Till next time, adios amigos and God bless!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake!

It was A's birthday yesterday, and for a change we decided to actually stay in rather than go out for a fancy meal.

Which meant cooking at home. I did ask A for menu suggestions, after all, it was his birthday, so every wish is to be my command...or something along those lines :P. Having a sweet tooth, the one thing he did ask for was the Lava chocolate cake that we both so love from Chilis. Considering that this is a recipe that I had wanted to try for a while now, I instantly jumped on the opportunity, and started browsing around for recipes.


I finally got a fantastic recipe from I Wash You Dry which now happens to be one of my new fave blogs, so thank you Shawn for this fantastic recipe!


I'm sure you're curious, so let's get on with it, shall we...

INGREDIENTS (Serves 6-7)

  • Milk Chocolate- 400 oz (I used Cadbury's Dairy Milk Chocolate- 1 whole bar)
  • Unsalted butter, softened at room temperature- 8 tablespoons
  • Icing Sugar- 4 tablespoons
  • All purpose flour- 4 tablespoons
  • 3 whole eggs + 1 egg YOLK
Topping
  • Vanilla Ice cream
  • Hershey's chocolate syrup (optional but totally worth it!)
METHOD
  • Place a heat proof bowl over a pan containing boiling water and melt the chocolate along with the butter. Ensure that the flame is low so that the chocolate does not get burnt.
  • Allow the mixture to cool (approx 10 minutes) and to this, add the powdered sugar and stir in.
  • Add the flour and blend in again.
  • Finally add all 3 eggs and stir in using either a hand whisk or the egg beater. Finally add in the egg yolk and blend in.
  • Whisk in thoroughly to ensure that all the ingredients blend in and there are no lumps.
  • Grease your muffin or cupcake holders with cooking oil spray or butter. I prefer the cooking oil spray. In case you do not have the spray, you can make do with ordinary oil.
  • Pour the batter into each prepared muffin tin, about half way through, and place into an oven at 190 degrees, for about 12 minutes. The edges would have browned and become firm but the center will still be soft and gooey.
  • Once cooled down, let it cool before turning it onto the serving dish. 
  • On top of the cake, place one scoop of vanilla ice cream (Vanilla ice cream is the best combination for this cake, so ensure that you use this)
  • Top this off with some Chocolate syrup. I used Hershey's.

I do wish I had bigger muffin tins, so that there would be more quantity, coz trust me, there was nothing left! So, was'nt that an easy breezy recipe! Thank you Shawn once again for this, and you guys, don't forget to try it out and let me know your thoughts.

Till next time, adios amigos!

 

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