Till date I have only posted about desserts or savoury dishes, but this post is different from all my previous posts. Today, I will be sharing the recipe for a super simple dip using a very healthy ingredient, our very own HUNG CURD. I will be sharing the other dip in the pic shown above in the next post for Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip.
This dip is a great party pleaser and is perfect for your potluck parties, tasting parties, dinner parties and all sorts of get-together. This dip can be made well ahead of time and stays good for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. The dip goes well with all sorts of finger foods, nachos, chips, kebabs, and cutlets. I have made this dip a lot of times till now and this dip has never ever failed me in front of my guests. I had made this dip a few months ago for a party hosted by my brother for his friends; and believe me you, this dip was an instant hit at his party and his friends polished off the entire bowl of this dip in no time.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
1 cup hung curd
1 small onion, chopped very finely
1 small capsicum, chopped very finely
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder to taste
1-2 tsp Amul fresh cream
Beat hung curd for a minute to make it smooth and creamy.
Mix everything together except cream till consistent and creamy.
Add Amul cream to adjust the dip’s consistency.
Garnish with few coriander leaves and serve chilled with vegetable sticks, crackers, nachos, potato chips, or potato wedges.
Note: Make sure onion and capsicum are chopped really finely and should not be chunky. Hang the curd in a muslin cloth for 2-3 hours to get rid of all the water and your super creamy hung curd is ready.
Firstly, I wish all my readers a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year ahead..!! Hope you guys had a happy and safe Diwali celebrations…!! I sincerely hope this Diwali and Hindu New Year brings a lot of prosperity & happiness in your lives..!!
This time of the year is the most awaited time and brings so much festivities with it. I personally eagerly wait for this time of the year as for me Diwali means new clothes, new home decor, new decorations, lights, candles, sweets, yummy food etc.
In this festive time, I am bringing to you an easy peasy recipe for “Eggless Almond Cookies”. These cookies require simple ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen and they are extremely easy to make. Just mix all the ingredients & bake them.
I tried these cookies for the first time a few days ago on a friend’s request. He wanted to first do a tasting before placing a bulk order with me for the cookies. I got the recipe from a friend of mine, Madhu Dhawn, & finally decided to give it a try. Cookies came out to be super crispy & tasty but a tad bit sweeter to our liking. However, my tasting client was happy & finally decided to place the bulk order as well. It was a major achievement for me as had never received & successfully delivered such a big order on my own. So friends, I can assure these cookies will be a sure shot hit with your friends & family, as I have already baked these cookies thrice till now. So guys, go and grab all the ingredients & get to baking these yummy crispy cookies for your family or for your friends to impress them on your next tea party or for personalized gifts.
For the cookies, you’ll need:
5 tsp Butter or 5 tsp Dalda
1/4 cup Castor Sugar
1/3 cup Brown Sugar or Normal Sugar
1/2 tsp Almond/Vanilla Essence
1 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 cup Semolina/Sooji
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 cup Chopped/powdered almonds
2-3 tbsp Milk for binding
Almonds, sliced for garnishing on top
Sieve the flour and semolina with baking soda & baking powder and keep aside.
Cream together the butter, brown sugar and castor sugar using the hand whisk or electric mixer.
Add vanilla essence and mix again. Add the flour-semolina mixture and mix well.
Add milk, if required, for binding into a smooth dough.
Add chopped/powdered almonds and mix well.
Scoop out small balls from the dough, press an almond slice on top of the dough ball and place on a baking tray.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes till you get your desired brown color and crispiness.
a.) Brown sugar & castor sugar are totally optional. You can just use normal sugar too. b.) For egg version, add 1 egg after creaming butter & sugar and reduce the baking soda to 1/2 tsp. c.) Adjust the quantity of milk. Add only little bit of milk just for binding the dough together. I hardly used 2 tbsp milk. d.) Butter yielded better results for cookies. e.)You can skip semolina and make the cookies only with using 1.5 cups all-purpose flour also.
CHOCOLATE – One word which takes me out of stress and depression and uplifts my mood instantly. Who doesn’t love chocolates?
I guess no one….!!
I like all the sweet things chocolatey and given a choice, I always opt for chocolate desserts ranging from chocos to shakes to chocolate biscuits to ice creams to cakes. I don’t have a major sweet tooth but I do crave for a chocolate cake every now and then. One slice of chocolate cake with a cup of tea or with a scoop of ice cream is an absolute bliss for me. But, sometimes you are too impatient to wait for an hour to get the fresh out-of-oven cake.
For those such days, today I am sharing a super easy and quick to make “Eggless Chocolate Cake in Microwave”. Yes…!! You heard it right..!! It’s eggless and made in microwave in just 10 minutes from start to end. No elaborate beating required, no fancy beaters or equipment required, just stir, whisk, mix and bake; and your super chocolatey and super yummy cake is ready.
I had seen a video from Bakers Delight for this recipe on my Facebook news feed a few days back but I was sceptical if this will come out good as me not too good with and not too fond of eggless cakes, but nevertheless still shared the video and saved the video with myself, and I must say it looked superbly spongy. I had posted this recipe on my various Facebook food groups and on BetterButter, and I have received a tremendously amazing response for the same.
So, don’t wait up, go and gather up all the easily available ingredients and simply bake this scrumptious chocolate cake. To bake this cake, the ingredients you will need are:
Sugar – 1 cup
Oil – 1/4 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Lemon juice – 2 tsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
All-purpose flour/maida – 1 1/4 cups
Cocoa Powder – 1/4 Cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
In a mixing bowl, add sugar and oil and whisk till sugar dissolves.
Add milk, lemon juice, and vanilla essence to the sugar mixture and whisk to combine everything.
Sieve the maida, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda together.
Add the sieved dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix till everything gets combined and the batter is smooth.
Pour the batter in a greased microwave safe bowl.
Put the cake in the microwave and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.
Cool the cake for 5-10 mins in the tin and then invert it on to a plate. Let the cake cool completely.
Dust the cake with icing sugar, slice it and enjoy.
NOTE: Make sure to check the cake at 4 mins and if undone, microwave at 1 minute intervals at a time. Serve this cake warm with a chocolate ganache on top and a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce to make it a heavenly dessert.