the ultimate chocolate cake

Ingredients

  • Dry ingredients: 3/4 cup maida, 3/8 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, salt to taste
  • Wet ingredients: 3/4 cup caster sugar, 3/8 cup oil, 1/2 cup curd(beaten), 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • For Buttermilk: 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vinegar or lime juice
  • For Frosting: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup icing sugar, 3/4 cup cocoa powder, 1 cup melted dark chocolate, 1/2 cup warm cream

Recipe

  1. Gently mix milk & vinegar & keep aside. This will be used as buttermilk later.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients in a bowl & keep aside.
  3. Preheat your oven at 180 degree…

Ganesh Chaturthi special

This Ganesh Chaturthi festival, we made Modak (an Indian sweet made as an offering to Lord Ganesha) at home using 4 basic ingredients — rice flour, coconut, jaggery & ghee.

Stuffing for these delicious modak are made using grated cocunut, ghee and jaggery. A little bit of cardamom powder is also used to enhance the taste.

The dough for the modak is basically rice flour, salt, water & ghee.

Dough & stuffing are then filled into moulds here (there is also another way of making the modak shape by creating pleats using hand) & then those are steamed for 10 mins & your modak are ready to be served.


moist layered cake with whipped cream & cherry filling

Ingredients

For base cake:

  • 2 cups flour/maida
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs or 1.5 cup curd(for eggless version)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp coffee powder (mixed with 2 tbsp hot water)

For cheery syrup & mixture:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh cherries
  • 1 tbsp corn flour

For frosting & decoration:

  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate (to make chocolate curls)
  • Few cherries

Recipe

  • Firstly, to make the cake base, sift all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking…


enjoy this omelette loaded with veggies for your next breakfast

Ingredients (serving — 2 people)

  • 2 cup rava/semolina/sooji
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 small carrot (finely chopped)
  • 1 small capsicum (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 medium tomato (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsp corn (boiled)
  • 2–3 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • Fruit salt eno

Recipe

  1. Take a large bowl and add rava, curd & mix well.
  2. Now add around 1 cup water, 1 tsp salt & mix well. Ensure there are no lumps. Keep this aside for 20–30 minutes.
  3. Add all vegetables to the batter — carrot, capsicum, corn, onion, tomato & green chillies and mix well.
  4. To make one omelette, take around 2 ladleful of batter…


the wholesome protein packed comfort food

Ingredients (serving — 2 people)

  • 80g rice
  • 80g dal (mix of moong & toor dal)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 2 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/3 tsp each of turmeric & coriander powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/3 tsp onion garlic powder (kanda lasun masala) (optional)
  • 1 tsp each of mohri & jeera
  • Pinch of hing
  • Curry & coriander leaves
  • Ghee

Recipe

  1. Wash rice & dal together in a bowl. Soak in water & keep aside for 10 mins.
  2. Take a cooker, add washed dal & rice, 2 cups water, 1/4 tsp turmeric & a pinch of…


creamy, buttery paneer gravy for all the garlic lovers out there

Ingredients (serving — 2 people)

For onion tomato gravy:

  • 1 large onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 5–6 garlic cloves
  • 0.5 inch ginger
  • 5–6 cashews
  • 0.5 tsp each of turmeric, coriander & red chilli powder
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • Salt to taste

For the main course:

  • 150g paneer cubes
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • 2 finely chopped green chillies
  • 1/4 cup garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 cup curd
  • 0.5 tsp sugar
  • 0.5 tsp garam masala & kasuri methi
  • Fresh cream 1 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves (chopped)

Recipe


enjoy this soft & crispy uttapam at home for you next breakfast!

Ingredients (serving — 4 large uttapam)

  • For uttapam — 500g dosa batter, 1 large chopped onion & tomato each, 2–3 finely chopped green chillies & coriander leaves (optional)
  • For chutney — 5 tbsp fresh grated coconut, 1/3 inch ginger, 4–5 garlic cloves, 2 green chillies, 1/2 tsp sugar and salt to taste.

Recipe

  1. Take the dosa batter & combine with little water & salt.
  2. Add chopped onion, tomatoes, green chillies & mix well.
  3. Heat a pan on low flame & grease with some oil.
  4. Take a ladleful of batter & spread in a circular motion.
  5. Let the uttapam cook for 3–4 mins on low-medium flame on one…


prepare the most loved sweet of every household by just using sugar, ghee & cashews

Ingredients

  • 2 cup kaju / cashews
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup water

Recipe

  1. Firstly, grind cashews in a blender. Take cashews in small quantities, grind, mix well and repeat.
  2. Sift the cashew powder so that we have fine powder to make katli. You can redo the large chunks again in the blender.
  3. Heat a pan, add water & sugar. Cook this syrup for 7–8 mins on low flame.
  4. Add cashew powder, mix well & cook for 12–13 mins on low flame. Keep stirring continuously.
  5. Once texture becomes smooth & mixture starts separating from pan, turn off the flame.
  6. Now…


Ingredients required (serving — 2 people)

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup rice
  • 3 medium onions (sliced)
  • 1 small tomato (finely chopped)
  • Spices — turmeric, red chilli, cumin, coriander, garam masala & biryani masala powder
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies (slit from center)
  • 1/4 cup curd
  • Coriander leaves
  • Cooking oil & ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 4–5 saffron stands (soaked in 4 tbsp milk) (optional)
  • Cinnamon stick, bay leaves (optional)

Recipe

  1. We will follow 5 steps — cook rice, boil eggs, fry half of the sliced onions (for garnishing), prepare mixture & finally assemble everything.
  2. Heat around 1L of water in a pan & add cinnamon stick…


Ingredients required

  • 150g (~1 cup) toor daal / split pigeon peas
  • 2 medium sliced onions
  • 1 medium chopped tomato
  • Chopped vegetables of your choice (potato, french beans, carrot etc)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder, 2 tbsp sambar masala powder
  • Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsp tamarind juice
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds / mohri
  • Asafoetida / hing
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • Idli batter
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt to taste

Recipe

  1. Wash toor dal & soak for 15 mins.
  2. In a cooker — add 2 cups water, toor dal, pinch of salt & turmeric. Cook for 5–6 whistles on…

Good Food Trials

Sharing recipe of food trials which turned out great in our kitchen! Chefs: https://www.facebook.com/ajinkya1705 & https://www.facebook.com/smritituteja92

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