Saturday, March 25, 2017

CHOCOLATE CAKE - Easy Way


INGREDIENTS:

CAKE BATTER:
1) 1 Cup Self Raising Flour
2) 1 cup Sugar
3) 1 Cup Softened Butter
4) 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
5) 4 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder
6) 3 Eggs
7) 4 Tablespoon hot Milk/Water
8) 1/2 Cup Raisins/Almond Slices
9) 1/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar

CHOCOLATE GANACHE:
1) 1 Cup Cream
2) 1 Cup Melted Chocolate

PREPARATION TIME: 50 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
* Prepare the cake tin and keep aside
* In a bowl beat together eggs, sugar, butter, flour and baking powder
* In a seperate bowl mix water and cocoa powder till it is a thick paste
* Add cocoa paste to cake batter and beat till its a smooth batter
* Pour the batter into prepared tin
* Bake for 30 Minutes or till it leaves the side of the tin
* Keep it aside to cool it completely before icing
* For chocolate ganache take cream and chocolate in a bowl
* Microwave for 40 minutes and mix well till a smooth paste
* Let it cool till it thickens a little
* Pour the ganache on the cooled cake and spread it evenly on top
* Sprinkle raisins and granulated sugar on top
* Enjoy with tea or in parties with family and friends



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SPROUTS AND MANGO SALAD


INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cup Sprouts
2) 1 Mango ripen
3) 1 Cucumber
4) 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
5) Rock salt to taste
6) Black pepper to taste
7) 1 Green Chilly
8) 1/2 Lemon Juice
9) 1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric
10) Fresh Coriander Leaves

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Boil the sprouts in salted and turmeric water till soft and let it cool
* Dice the ripen mango and add to a salad bowl
* Chop the cucumber and coriander leaves and add to salad bowl
* Half or slice the cherry tomatoes and throw in the salad bowl
* Add in sprouts, rock salt, black pepper and lemon juice
* Finely Chop the green chilly(optional) and add it to bowl too
* Mix everything and serve


Monday, March 13, 2017

PINDI CHANNE / PINDI CHICKPEA


HOLI SPECIAL - PINDI CHANNE

INGREDIENTS:
1) 500 gms Channe or Chickpeas
2) 2 Onions puree
3) 2 Tomato Puree
4) 2 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste
5) 2 Tablespoon oil
6) 1 Teaspoon coriander
7) 1 Teaspoon Dry Mango Powder
8) 1 Teaspoon turmeric Powder
9) 1/2 Teaspoon Pomegranate seeds
10) 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin powder
11) 4-5 Dry red chillies
12) 4-5 Cardamom Seeds
13) 2 Cloves
14) A pinch of Nutmeg
15) Salt to taste
16) Coriander for garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour 40 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash chickpeas and soak them in hot water for 1 hour **
* Pressure cook them to get 3 whistles or cook till they are soft
* Chop and puree onions and tomatoes separately, keep aside
* In a pan dry roast cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, dry red chillies
* Grind the roasted masalas and pomegranate seeds, keep it aside
* In a Pressure cooker heat oil and add onion paste, ginger garlic paste
* Saute the paste till onions dry and turn brown
* Add tomato paste and turmeric powder, saute well till it dries up
* Add the coriander, cumin, Dry mango and roasted grinded masala
* Add little water to get more flavour out of the dry ingredients
* Cook the masala till dry and starts sticking to the cooker
* Add the boiled Chick peas and water in which it was boiled in, mix and cook further
* Add more water if you require more gravy to eat with rice/couscous
* You can reduce water once it is cooked to have it with nan/parathas or simply as chaat
* Give 2-3 cooker whistles or cook till masalas have been incorporated in chick peas
* Cook till you can crush chickpea between your fingers easily
* Serve and garnish with fresh coriander

** Soaking chickpeas in hot water speeds the process of soaking water - Dont need to leave it overnight



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PAN FRIED SALMON WITH ONION JEERA RICE


INGREDIENTS:
1) 500 gms Salmon fillets
2) 2 Cups of Rice
3) 2 Onions
4) 250 gms Beans
5) 2 Green Chillies
6) 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin seeds
7) 1/4 Teaspoon Red chilly powder
8) Salt to taste
9) Black pepper to taste
10) 1/2 Lemon Juice
11) Few Roasted Peanuts
12) 2 Tablespoon oil

PREPARATION TIME : 20 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Marinate the fish in salt, pepper and lemon juice. Leave for an hour
* Wash and cook rice till done, drain water and keep aside
* In a pan, heat oil and crackle jeera seeds
* Saute chopped Onions and green Chillies
* Add Rice and mix well, saute for a minute and keep aside
* In another pan heat oil, put fish fillet skin down first
* Sprinkle red chilly powder, cook for 5 minutes on each side
* When fish is done take it out, put beans in the same pan and leftover oil
* Add salt and pepper to beans and saute till they are soft
* All three elements done, time to plate up
* Serve rice on plate with salmon fillet and beans on the side
* Sprinkle some peanuts and fresh coriander seeds


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