Dec 30, 2013

Moist Chocolate Cake

May every day of the New Year glow with good cheer and happiness for you and your families(my dear  frnds)-HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014...

A nice,moist,coffee flavoured -Chocolate Cake.You must enjoy it with Chocolate frosting.I prepared this cake for my b'day ,so i did normal vanilla icing using whipping cream.

For Cake
Maida - 1 3/4 cups
Cocoa Powder - 1 cup
Instant Coffee Powder - 1 tsp full
Water - 1 cup
Vanilla ess. - 1 tsp
Egg - 2
Butter - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/4tsp
Sugar - 1cups
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp

Method : -
  1. First ,boil water and add instant coffee powder.Keep aside to cool till lukewarm.
  2. Sift together maida,baking powder,baking soda,salt and cocoa powder-thrice.Keep aside.
  3. In a large bowl,cream butter and sugar till fluffy.
  4. Add vanilla ess. and one egg-beat again.Later add second egg and beat well.
  5. Now add a little amount of flour mix and a little of coffee mix-Beat well.
  6. Repeat this till both flour n coffee mix is full used up.
  7. Pour batter into a greased n lined cake pan.
  8. Bake in a preheated oven(175 deg C) for 40-45 mins.
  9. Allow to cool.
For Frosting

Cocoa Powder - 1 cup
Icing Sugar - 1.5cups
Butter - 1/2cup
Vanilla ess. - 1 1/4tsp
Hot Milk - 1/2 cup

Method :-
  1. In a bowl,mix icing sugar,cocoa powder,butter n vanilla ess.Mix until smooth.
  2. Add hot milk a teaspoon at a time to make a smooth,spreadable frosting.
  3. Spread it onto a cooled chocolate cake.

Hav a Vry Happy n Prosperous New Year 2014.....God Bless!!!

Dec 25, 2013

Wine Fruit Cake (Eggless)

Ho HO HO...Merry Xmas to all ....Stay Blessed people..
Last year i prepared egg version of Xmas Fruit Cake...dis year found eggless version on Dassans's site..i've changed/deleted a few ingrdients from the original recipe..By God's was a HIT in family :)

You need to soak a few ingredients  before making this cake..

Red wine /Apple Juice - 1 cup
Seedless Dates - 1/2cup
Almonds - 1/4cup
Cashews - 1/4cup
Raisins - 1/4cup
Tutti Fruitti - 1 tbsp

Chop all these dry fruits and soak in wine/juice for atleast 2 days .

Day 1

Day 2
For Cake
Maida -2 cups 
Salt - a pinch 
Baking Soda - ½ tsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Instant Coffee - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Powder - ¼ tsp 
Nutmeg Powder - ¼ tsp 
Dry Ginger Powder - 1/4tsp
Brown Sugar -½ cup + 2 tbsp
Oil - ¾ cup
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Milk - ½ cup
Vanilla ess. - 1 tsp 

Method : -
  1. Sieve maida with salt, baking soda ,baking powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder,ginger powder and instant coffee.Mix well.
  2. Stir 1 tbsp water in 2 tbsp yogurt till smooth.
  3. Add the soaked dry fruits mixture, brown sugar, yogurt+water mixture, oil, milk and vanilla essence.
  4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  5. Pour the batter in a greased cake pan .
  6. Bake the cake in a preheated oven for 200 degree C for about 50 mins to 1 hour or till a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  7. When the wine fruit cake is still hot, remove the cake from the pan and cool on a wire rack.
  8. The cake can be easily kept at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Njoy On Xmas or New Year....

Dec 23, 2013

Dahi Vada/Dahi Bhalle

Urad dal(without skin) - 2 cups
Water - As required
Curd - 2 cups or more
Sugar - 2 to 3 tsp
Red Chilli Power - 1 tsp
Jeera Powder - 1 tsp
Rock salt(kala namak) - 1tsp (optional)
Pudhina (mint leaves) - a few
Oil - for deep frying

Method : -
  • Wash and soak urad dal in lukewarm water for 2 hours.
  • Grind dal into a fine paste .Use as little water as possible.
  • Transfer the batter to a wide bowl,add salt.Mix well.
  • Keep aside in fridge for a half an hour or more.(it helps in easy handling of batter and getting perfect round shape of vada)
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan.
  • Wet your palm,take little batter and drop it carefully in frying pan.
  • Fry 4-5 vadas at a time.
  • Fry till crispy light brown colored.Drain on a kitchen towel/tissue paper.
  • After frying all vadas..dip them in water for a few seconds..squeeze excess oil.
  • Keep these in another bowl.
  • Prepare dahi mix by- mixing dahi,red chilli powder,jeera powder ,sugar and salt/rock salt.
  • Pour this mix over vadas.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and sprinkle little red chilli powder n jeera powder on top .

Dec 20, 2013

Bhindi Sambar

Quick n easy Sambar without too many veggies...

Tuvar dal - 1/2 cup
Onion(medium) - 1 (cut into 4 piece)
Tomato(big) - 1 (cut into 4 pieces)
Bhindi(Okra) - 4 (cut into thick rounds)
Tamarind pulp - 1 to 2 tbsp
Sambar powder - 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves - a few (optional)
Mustard seeds - 1/2tsp
Dry red chillies - 2
Hing - 1/2 to 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Oil - 1 to 2 tbsp

Method : -

Wash  and clean the Tuvar dal.Put it in a pressure cooker.
Chop the onion and tomatoes.Add it to the cooker.Pour enough water and pressure cook -2 whistles.
Chop the bhindi.Keep aside.
Once the pressure is gone from the it and add the tamarind pulp,sambar powder,salt.Mix well
Add water if its too thick.Let it boil on slow flame.
Prepare Tadka - heat oil in a small kadai,splutter mustard seeds .Add dry red chillies,curry leaves,hing.Atlast add chopped bhindi and saute for 5 min.
Add this tadka to the sambar and boil it for 1 to 2 min.
Garnish with coriander leaves...

Njoy with rice,dosa or idli.... :)

Dec 4, 2013

Paneer Samosa

For Dough/covering
Maida - 1 cup
Sooji(finely powdered) - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Lukewarm Water - as needed

For filling 
Paneer(cottage chesse) - 1 cup
Peas - 1/2 cup(boiled)
Green chilli - 2
Coriander Leaves - 1 tbsp
Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Ginger - 1 tsp(grated)

Method : -

Mix together maida,sooji,salt and oil till crumbly.Add water little by little and knead into a smooth dough.
Keep aside covered with a moist cloth for half an hour,

In a wide bowl ,crumble paneer using your fingers.
Mix all the other ingredients given under "filling" with the paneer..mix well using a spoon.Keep aside.

Take the dough out and once more knead it.

Now make small pooris .Keep it on a tray or paper.
Take samosa sancha(mould) and spread the poori over it..moist the sides and put a tablespoon full of filling inside and seal.
Make pooris ,fold it into a cone/triangle and fill with a tablespoon of filling and seal the corners using little water.

Prepare all in the same manner and keep it on a tray.

Heat enough oil in a deep wok and fry the samosas till crispy brown.

Serve hot with chutney or ketchup....NJOY with evening Tea !!!