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CHOCOLATE CAKE (EGGLESS)

Hello !!!

I am so happy to share that my humble blog completes 3 Yrs this month. It has been an amazing journey which has taught me so many things , introduced me to many wonderful and talented people who are always encouraging with their lovely feedback which has helped me to improve.I would also like to thank my family, friends and my wonderful readers who have time and again given their honest feedback which has made me better understand them and improve myself constantly. Do continue to shower your love and blessings which will boost me .I have met many of them personally and there is long list of people whom i am keen to meet sometime soon.To share this milestone i have baked a moist chocolate cake and decorated it as well.

Now coming back to this wonderful recipe it is eggless. I have tried to step out of my comfort zone and worked with Ganache. It was an awesome experience working with chocolate ganache. I know i need to work on my decoration skills. This is just a baby step and I am happy to have taken it.

As a part of out 145th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Cakes my humble contribution is this Yummy Chocolate cake .

Recipe for Eggless Chocolate Cake:

Ingredients:

For Cake:

1.5 Cups All Purpose Flour (Unbleached)
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
250 ML Milk (At room temperature)
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Oil (I have used Olive Oil)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tsp Vinegar(Incase you don’t have Vinegar you can use buttermilk instead of milk and vinegar
1 Tsp Baking Soda

For Ganache:

3/4 Cup Dark Choco Chips
250 ML Heavy Cream (I have used Amul cream)

For Toppings:

3 Nos Ferrero Rocher

6 Nos Fresh Stawberries

12 Nos Chocolate eggs

Method:

For Cake:

Pre heat the Oven at 180C for 10 mins. Grease the Cake tin and dust some flour and keep it aside.

Sieve the flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda and salt twice in a wide bowl . Sieve sugar in another bowl.

In another bowl mix milk,vinegar,sugar and oil. Keep it aside till sugar is completely dissolved .

Slowly unfold the flour mix into the liquid mix and mix untill you get a smooth mixture without any lumps.Do not over mix.

Pour this mixture into the greased cake tin and bake it for about 40 mins or untill the toothpick comes out clean.

Keep it on a cooling rack and allow it to cool completely.

For Ganache:

Bring Heavy cream to light simmer and switch off the flame . Pour this over the chocolate chips and cover it for about 5 mins .Do not mix. After 5 mins mix the 2 ingredients to get a smooth mixture .I got the perfect consistency for decorating the cake. Allow it to cool completely.

One cooled pour it on the cake and uniformly spread it on the whole cake.Decorate with all the toppings mentioned above and serve.

Enjoy this super moist eggless chocolate cake !!!!!!

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TOMATO GOJJU (KARNATAKA SPECIAL)

 

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Today i am back with a special recipe from Karnataka. This is very close to my heart  as it can be prepared within a short time with easily available ingredients in your pantry. I love to have it with Phulkas, rice and akki rotti. It is sweet and tangy a perfect  balance of both to tickle your tastebuds. The  main ingredient in this recipe that enhances the taste of this dish is Rasam powder. I always stock home made rasam powder. I just got my stock from my mom who specially made it for me during my visit to her place. Home made Rasam powder is always the best and i just love it.I use rasam powder in many recipes apart from making varieties of Rasam.This recipe if one of the specialities from the state of Karnataka.

I am glad to be sharing this simple and yummy Gojju recipe with all my readers.This is one of the hot favorites with my family.

Recipe for Tomato Gojju (Karnataka Special):

Ingredients:

3 Cups roughly chopped Tomatoes

1/4 Tsp Fenugreek seeds / Methi dana

1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds / Rai (black)

Salt to taste

5-6 Dry Red Chillies

2 Sprigs of Curry leaves

2 Tbsp  Powdered Jaggery (I have used palm jaggery)

1 .5 Tbsp Rasam Powder

1.5 to 2 Cups of  Water

2 Green Chilies Slit

A generous pinch of Asafoetida

1 Tbsp Oil

Method:

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds, curry leaves and fenugreek seeds. Once the mustard  splutters add  dry red chillies and asafoetida.Saute for a few seconds and then add chopped tomatoes, rasam powder and salt to taste.

Add 1.5 cups of  water . Keep it on medium flame and  stir occasionally untill the tomatoes are full cooked and oil starts to leave the sides of the pan.

Once done taste it and add jaggery if needed to get a perfect balance of Spicy , sweet and tangy taste.Garnish with a tadka / seasoning of mustard seeds and slit green chillies. Serve with steaming hot rice, Pulkas ,Rotis or Akki rottti.

 

Enjoy!!!!!

Notes:

The above measurement is perfect to suit the palate of my family.

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Mixed Millet Porridge Mix

 

 

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I am back with another healthy recipe post .This Mixed millet porridge mix is easy to make and store. It comes in handy especially when we are short of time. This porridge mix is a must at my place. It can be mixed with hot milk and palm sugar or jaggery and eaten. It can also be mixed with buttermilk and consumed as a coolant in summers when you do not want to sweat in the kitchen.

Millets are small-grained, annual, warm-weather cereals belonging to grass family. They are highly tolerant of drought and other extreme weather conditions and have a similar nutrient content to other major cereals.Millets are consumed widely these days . Millets have high nutritional value.

As a part of  143rd #Foodie Monday #Bloghop  theme #Millets my contribution is this healthy Mixed Millet Porridge Mix.

Recipe for Mixed Millet Porridge Mix:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Ragi / Finger Millet

1 Cup Varagu / Kodo Millet

1 Cup Pearl Millet / Kambu

1 Cup Sorghum / Cholam

1 Cup Roasted Green gram

1 Cup Little Millet / Saamai

1 Cup Walnuts

1 Cup Almonds

Method:

Dry roast all the millets  , and green gram separately and allow it to cool. Slightly roast the almonds and allow it to cool. Do not roast walnuts. Once roasted and cooled   powder all the ingredients in a blender. The powder should be fine. Store it in a air tight container. If the weather is too hot and humid store it in the refrigerator.

As and when required mix 3-4 tsp in a glass of hot milk along with palm sugar (sweetness as desired).You an eat it as porridge or drink it ( with a thinner consistency)or mix with butter milk and consume as well.

Enjoy this healthy Porridge mix that will improve your resistance and reduce your cravings to eat junk as  well.

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TANDOORI ALOO PAPAD CHAAT

 

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Many of us are in dilemma when there is a feast at home and there is lot of left over food. Well if you do not wish to have the same food again you can  recreate and make something interesting out of the dishes  out of it. I had some jeera aloo sabzi left along with papad, finely chopped onions and tomatoes that were left after i used some of it to make Raita. As we did not want to have the same sabzi again ,i made a simple chaat out this sabzi and left over papads and chopped onions and tomatoes.

This was insanely yummy without any fancy sauces and chutneys.So my contribution for 142nd  #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #The leftovers is this absolutely lip smacking Tandoori Aloo Papad chaat.

Recipe for Tandoori Aloo Papad Chaat:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Jeera Aloo ki Sabzi( This aloo ki sabzi is made with just jeera tadka, salt and chilli powder.

1 Green Chilli Finely chopped

1 Cup finely Chopped Onions

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Finely chopped Fresh Coriander

1 Tsp Tandoori Masala

Salt to taste

6 Pepper Corns

1/2 Tbsp Oil

1/2 Cup Corn Mixture

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Method:

Heat oil in a wide bottom pan. Add pepper corns and chopped green chilli. Now add Jeera Aloo ki sabzi. Mix well. Now add tandoori masala and cook untill the potatoes are well coated. Once done switch off the flame.

In a small bowl mix chopped onions,salt, tomato and lemon juice.

To Assemble:

Take a clean plate. Place the onion ,tomato and lemon mixture. On the top place the Tandoori aloo mixture.Sprinkle corn mixture , some more onion tomato mixture and chopped coriander.Crush some oven roasted Papad and serve.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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DRY FRUITS & NUTS LASSI

 

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Most of us are welcoming Summers in different parts of the world. With summer comes summer coolers to keep you hydrated all the time. I love king of fruits Mangoes. During my childhood i remember my mom making  different types of  fresh fruit juices , lassi and buttermilk. Hmm… everyday we would have a new menu and we as kids would be eagerly waiting to gulp down the juices / lassi /buttermilk. We must drink plain water and keep  ourselves hydrated as the scorching heat will drain you off.

My family loves different types of lassi and i treat them as per their requests.The happiness on their faces make me happy.

This week our 141st  #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is  #Yogurtbasedrecipe. My contribution for this theme is lip smacking Dry fruits and nuts Lassi that is sugar free too.

Recipe for Dry Fruits & Nuts Lassi:

2 Cups Thick Yogurt

1/4 cup Milk

3 Ripe Bananas peeled and  chopped

2 Tnsp Cashew Nuts chopped

2 Tbsp Almonds chopped

1 Tbsp Sunflower seeds

1 Tbsp Pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp Raisins

5 Dried Apricots

5 Walnuts

3 Tbsp Honey

8 Ice Cubes

Method:

Take a blender.Grind all the dry fruits and nuts  .Some coarse pieces  of dry fruits are  fine. Add ice cubes , yogurt , banana ,milk and honey and blend well. Serve chilled in tall glasses and hydrate yourself.

Enjoy!!!!!

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ICED CHOCOLATE COFFEE

 

 

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I am back after a short break.Today i am here with another popular beverage Iced Cold Coffee. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world.It can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways (e.g., espressoFrench presscafé latte, etc.). It is usually served hot, although iced coffee is a popular alternative these days. Filter coffee is a quintessential beverage in ant typical SouthIndian household. I love the aroma of fresh Filter Coffee and love  to have it . Although i am not a coffee person i love first dose of fresh filter coffee and Iced chocolate coffee.

My contribution for 140th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme # Coffee is Iced Chocolate Coffee. It is so tempting and perfect for this hot weather that will leave you craving for more. .It is so easy to make .

Recipe for Iced Chocolate Coffee (1 Serving):

2 Tsp Nescafe Coffee Powder

1 Tsp Cocoa Powder

3/4 Cup fresh milk

2.5 Tsp Sugar

8 Ice Cubes

Whipping Cream

2 Tsp Choco Chips

Few granules of Coffee Powder for Garnish

Method:

Take  a blender. Throw in coffee powder,cocoa powder,  1tsp choco chip, milk and ice cubes. Blend well until all ingredients are mixed well.

Pout it in a jar / mug. Add whipping cream on the top. Garnish with choco chips and coffee granules and serve chilled.

 

Enjoy this Iced Chocolate Coffee!!!!!!!!

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JUICY MINT MOCKTAIL

 

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Summers are fast approaching. Are you looking for serving some exotic non alcoholic drinks to your family and friends this summers?? Then this recipe is a keeper to keep you hydrated and energized through out the day.If you don’t drink alcohol or are simply looking to drink a little less of it, there’s no reason to fret as  you can still enjoy the sweet pleasures of a cocktail by embracing the mocktail.

Mocktails are the perfect party drinks for people who are not used to consuming alcohol. These non alcoholic cocktails are a big hit among the non drinking, party going population in places around the world. Most mocktail recipes contain at least one or more fruits or fruit juices.There are many DIY recipes and you can enjoy these refreshing drinks by making them at home .

My Contribution for 137th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Mocktails my humble contribution is this juicy Mint Mocktail.It is very refreshing and yum.

 

Recipe for Juicy Mint Mocktail:

Ingredients:

2 Portions Orange Juice

1 Portion Red Guava Juice

2 Portions Ginger Ale

Handful of mint leaves finely copped or crushed

Ice Cubes as per your requirement

Method:

Mix orange juice, guava juice and ginger ale. Add chopped fresh mint leaves and ice cubes. Serve Chilled.

Enjoy and treat your guests with this wonderful mocktail.

 

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VEGETABLE MASALA POWDER

 

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I am back with a new post today. Happy to share my 250th post today with a recipe for Vegetable Masala Powder that is an integral part of any Indian Kitchen. This masala powder is so versatile that it can used for dry sabji curry and even fried rice. Home made masala is always the best. I make this vegetable masala in small batches and store it in an air tight container. This recipe can be made in just 30 mins fro start to finish as i make it in small batches.Love the aroma of the freshly ground masalas at home. It tastes good as it is fresh and also preservative free and pocket friendly as well.

I suggested this theme for 136th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop and all my fellow bloggers agreed with the theme. My contribution for this wonderful theme is home made Vegetable Masala Powder.Do check out for all the wonderful collection for home made masala powders. I am looking forward too.

Recipe for Vegetable Masala Powder:

Ingredients:

Channa dal – 7 Tbsp

Urad dal – 3 Tbsp

Desiccated Coconut – 5 Tbsp

Black Pepper Corns- 10

Dry Red Chilli (Byadgi Chilli)- 25

Coriander seeds  / Dhania -3 Tbsp

Curry Leaves – Handful

Asafoetida / Hing -1/2 Tsp

Fenugreek / Methi -1/4 Tsp

Cumin / Jeera -2 Tbsp

Turmeric / Haldi – 1/2 Tsp

Method:

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Dry roast all the ingredients separately and ensure it does not burn. Allow it to cool. Once it is at room temperature grind all the ingredients to get fine powder.   Store it in an airtight container.

It can be used for dry sabzi ,curry and even fried rice.

Enjoy !!!!!!

Notes :

  1. You can increase or decrease the chilli as per your heat tolerance.
  2. If you use the same measurement as i have given you can skip chilli powder while cooking.
  3. Desiccated Coconut enhances the taste, You can skip it if you want.

 

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EGGLESS BUNDT CAKE (2 INGREDIENTS CAKE)

HELLO !!!!

Hope you all had good Holi Celebrations yesterday.I am celebrating this weekend with yummy eggless bundt cake that is made with only two ingredients.Absolutely divine when you have sudden sweet cravings. These two ingredients are mostly available in our kitchen. On my younger son’s demand i made these fab bundt cakes. You need to try it to believe it. You can serve your guests too when they come unannounced.It is not too sweet and just perfect for me. Oh my boys just loved it.

Recipe for Eggless Bundt Cake(Makes 2 Nos) :

1 Cup=250 ML

5 small Scoops of Vanilla Ice cream+ 2 Scoops for serving

3/4 Cup Self Raising Flour (Unbleached)

2 Tsp choco chips for Garnishing (Optional)

Method:

Pre heat the oven at 200 C for 10 mins.

Take a wide bottom bowl. Sift the self raising flour twice. Now add 5 small scoops of  Vanilla ice cream and mix well. Grease the bundt pans and pour this flour and vanilla mixture (fill upto to 3/4 th of the bundt pan). Garnish with Choco chips.Place the bundt pans in the preheated oven at 180C for about 25-30 mins or untill the toothpick comes out clean.

Once done serve war bundt cake with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream .

Isn’t it so easy???

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROSE AND ORANGE INFUSED WATER

Hello!!!!!

Infused water is the latest craze worldwide. This is the best way to drink more water and avoid frizzy drinks .This will help you to keep the unwanted sugar at bay and at the same time the body will be hydrated. There are many types of infused water.Today i am sharing an interesting recipe  of Rose and Orange infused water that is so refreshing with  the goodness of rose petals and citrus.If you don’t drink enough water, dehydration kicks in and you start feeling tired, achy, crampy, and constipated. Your skin starts to show it, and it only gets worse from there.Drinking more water helps you feel fuller and addresses the false hunger that dehydration can cause. Just that one healthier habit can lead to healthier body mass.

I am feeling unwell this weekend .This infused water really uplifted my spirits and left me feeling so refreshed and hydrated.

Perfect for this Valentine to keep you  hydrated and feel refreshed.

My Contribution for 131st #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #RoseFlavoured is this humble rose and orange infused water. This water will leave you feeling refreshed.

Recipe for Rose and Orange infused water:

3 Navel Oranges sliced

Fresh Petals of 2 Roses( Pesticide free roses)

800 ML Filtered water

1.5 Tbsp Rose water

Lots of Ice

1 Tsp dried rose petals (optional)

Method:

Fill the pitcher /jug with water. Slice the oranges .Add ice and sliced oranges.Now add rose water and stir well. Add the rose petals .Mix well. Sprinkle dried rose petals (optional).

Let it sit for sometime and then serve.

Enjoy this drink and feel refreshed!!!!!!!!!!!