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Chocolate Cake (Eggless and Butterless)

Hola Everyone !!!

As we are getting in to usher in the New Year ,I wish all my readers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017!!

Dedicating my last post of the year to my Hubby who is celebrating his birthday today.Wishing him a healthy and Prosperous New Year 2017!!!!!!!

This year has been a year of mixed emotions for my family. We have seen success at work, personal losses, kids progressing well to name a few.It has helped me to emerge as a more stronger person with the valuable support of my Family and friends. It has not deterred me from emerging as a more stronger person with a positive outlook and hope.

To celebrate this day I made a simple Chocolate Cake (as hubby and kids dislike fondant or cream cakes) .It has added to our memories of 2016.

Recipe for Chocolate Cake:

Ingredients:

3 Cups of All Purpose Flour (Unbleached)

1 3/4 Cup of Powdered Sugar

2 Cups of  Cold Water

2 Tsp Baking Soda

1/2 Tsp Salt

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

2 Tsp White Vinegar

2/3 Cup of Sunflower Oil

1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

Some Slivered Almonds for garnish

Some Choco Chips to garnish

Method:

Pre Heat the Oven at 200 C for 10 mins.Sift all the dry ingredients in a wide Bottom bowl. Make a small well in the center and all the wet ingredients.Mix all the ingredients and ensure there are no lumps.Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan ,garnish with choco chips and slivered almonds and place it in the pre heated oven.Bake for about 25 to 30 mins or until the tooth pick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Serve with any ice cream of your choice or dusted powdered sugar or whipped cream.

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

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No Bake Dry Fruits Energy Bar

 

Hello Everyone !!!

Wishing all my readers Merry Christmas!!!!!

If you are looking for some natural energy boosters minus the junk here is one such easy recipe which you can whip up in no time .No need to bake or cook. There is natural sweetener without any artificial colours or preservatives. Best way to incorporate these energy bars in your kids diet so that you can keep them away from unhealthy snacking.

You can mix and match the dry fruits of your choice.There are numerous combinations.

My Contribution for #72nd  #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Dryfruits is yummy No Bake dry fruits energy bars.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Dried Figs

1 Cup Pitted Dates

1/2 Cup Cashews

1/2 Cup Almonds

Method:

Mix all the above and pulse in a blender until smooth and dough like. Take a baking tray and place a parchment paper. Spread the mix and flatten it . Freeze it for about an hour or two. Remove from the fridge and cut them into desired shape and size and store it in an air tight container.

PS: You can roast the nuts if you like. I have not roasted them.

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Enjoy this yummy bars with your family, friends and guests this holiday!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year in Advance !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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Avarekalu Akki Puri / Hyacinth Bean Puri

 

Winters season has started in many parts of the world.Winter in India starts  from November  to February. The year’s coldest months are December and January, when temperatures fall.The days are short and the nights are longer.We all love to stay cosy and warm during this season.Weekends are the best as we can pamper ourselves with yummy foods and piping hot Tea / Coffee while we enjoy the cold weather. The part of the world I stay has a humid climate and we hardly have so called winters here.

This week for our 71st #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Wintervegetables my contribution is Avarekalu Akki Puri /Hyacinth bean Puri .One of the yummy dish i have had.

In Karnataka, the hyacinth bean is made into curry , added to upma  and as a flavoring to Akki rotti. Sometimes the outer peel of the seed is taken out and the inner soft part is used in a variety of dishes.Avarekai Festival is celebrated in Bangalore with a wide varieties of dishes made using Avarekai / Hyacinth Beans.One should definitely attned this festival just to know more about this Bean.

 

Recipe for Avarekalu Akki Puri / Hyacinth Bean Puri:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Rice flour

1 Cup boiled hyacinth beans /Avarekalu
1 Tsp chilli powder
1/4 Tsp Hing
Salt to taste

2 Tsp Flax seeds roasted and powdered

Oil for frying

2 Tbsp Sizzling hot oil for the dough.

Method:

Pressure cook Hyacinth beans with some salt upto 2 whistles.

Mix all the dry ingredients above and add the boiled beans to it. Add 2Tbsp  of sizzling hot oil  to the mix. Add salt to taste and slowly add water as required to form a soft dough. Make small balls of the dough.Take a foil and spread it.Smear some oil on it and pat the dough to form a round shape.

Deep fry in oil. Poori are ready and can be served with coconut or peanut chutney.

I love to have them with Peanut Chutney.

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

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Choco Chip Butter Cookies

 

As we are getting ready to usher in Christmas this year we can smell Cakes and Cookies everywhere. The festivity has begun with beautiful decorations everywhere.To celebrate this occassion i too baked some simple Choco Chip Butter cookies.Cookies are most commonly baked until crisp or untill they remain soft, but some kinds of cookies are not baked at all. Cookies are made in different ways using an array of ingredients including sugar, spices, chocolate,Choco chip, butter, peanut butter, nuts, or dried fruits.

I love these yummy butter cookies with a hot cup of Tea.Perfect for this cold weather.Easy to bake and perfect gift for your loved ones.

My Contribution for our 70th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Cookies is this yummy Choco Chip Butter Cookies and these are eggless too.

Recipe for Choco Chip Butter Cookies:

Ingredients:

1Cup =160 Gms

170 Gms Plain Flour (Unbleached)

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar

3/4  Cup Butter (cold but soft )

1/4 Cup Choco Chip

1 Tbsp Milk

A pinch Of Salt

1 Tsp Vanilla Essence

 

Method:

Sift the flour ,salt and powdered sugar in a wide bowl. Add butter , vanilla essence and mix all the ingredients. Add milk and knead the dough. Shape the dough as a log and cling wrap the log.Refrigerate the dough for about 2 hours.

In the meantime preheat the oven at 180C for about 10 mins. Remove the dough and unwrap. Cut the dough into desired thickness.Place a parchment paper on the baking tray.Arrange  these biscuits on the tray. Decorate with choco chip cookies and bake them in a preheated oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Melt in the mouth butter cookies are ready !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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Sago Uttappam with Spicy Onion Chutney

Breakfast is most important meal of the day. The word literally refers to breaking the fasting period of the prior night.Breakfast vary widely from place to place, but mostly include a carbohydrate-rich food such as grains or cereals, fruit, vegetables, a protein-rich food such as eggs, meat or fish, and a beverage such as tea, coffee, milk, or fruit juice. Coffee, milk, tea, juice, breakfast cereals, pancakes, waffles, sausages, French toast, bacon, sweetened breads, fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, baked beans, muffins, crumpets and toast with butter, margarine, jam or marmalade are common examples of Western breakfast foods, though a large range of preparations and ingredients are associated with breakfast.Even in India the breakfast varies from state to state. Many people skip breakfast which affects their health. Having a healthy breakfast lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases and also metabolic disorders.The Sugar levels are usually low in the morning hence breakfast is a mandatory for everyone.

On weekdays our breakfast is mostly bread , cereals ,dosa or idli.Weekends we have an elaborate breakfast.My kids want to have something different every week.

My Contribution for our 69th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop  theme #Southindianbreakfast is Sago Uttappam with Spicy Onion Chutney. South Indian breakfast is so versatile and loved by many.

Recipe for Sago Uttappam with Spicy Onion Chutney:

Ingredients for Onion Chutney:

3 Medium Size Onions chopped

1 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Hing/ Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Channa dal

1/2 Tsp Urad dal

1/2 Tsp Mustard

1/2 Lemon Size Tamrind

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat a pan. Add 3 Tsp oil. Once the oil is hot add channa dal, urad dal and hing.Once the dals turn slightly brown add the chopped onions. Once the onions are slightly browned add chilli powder and tamrind. Mix well and roast on medium flame for 5 mins. Allw the mixture to cool . Then grind the mixture to make a fine paste. In the same wok heat a tsp of oil. Add mustard seeds and a pinch of hing along with few curry leaves. Once the mustard seeds splatter switch off the flame and garnish this over the  chutney.

Ingredients for Sago Dosa:

300 ML Idli Batter(Recipe for Idli batter has been posted earlierTri Colour Idli (Made in Microwave))

Handful of Sago (Soaked in 3/4 cup water for 10 mins)

Salt to Taste

Method :

Sago is to be soaked in water for 10 mins. Once done boil the sago in the same water till they become transparent. Once done switch off the stove. Add this mixture to the Idli batter along with salt to taste.

Heat the iron griddle.Rub few drops of oil .Once the griddle is hot pour a cup of batter and lightly spread in circular shape.Add a few drops of oil and cover it . You can see the holes on the top.Once done serve hot with spicy onion chutney. Uttappam has to be slightly thicker than the normal dosa.

Enjoy this yummy and simple Uttapam with Onion Chutney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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