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Mango Semolina Cake

Hi Everyone,

Eggless Mango Semolina Cake
Eggless Mango Semolina Cake

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As you all know, I promised to share summer recipes over the coming few weeks, so today I am bringing you a recipe using the “King of Fruits” – Mango!!

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Mango can be used in variety of recipes like Mango yoghurt, Mango gelato, Mango phirni, Mango ice cream and many more. But today, I am sharing a unique cake recipe using Mango – “Mango Semolina Cake”. This cake is extremely soft & moist and simply melts in your mouth. Moreover, this cake is healthier as compared to the other cakes as it is made of semolina aka sooji and uses very less oil. Since this cake does not have refined flour, it is very good for kids as well.

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The recipe for this cake is taken from a dear friend Kaveri Obhan’s blog, “Pretty Little Things”. This cake is one of her most tried recipes. She shared this recipe last year on the Chef at Large group on Facebook and received tremendous appreciation. A lot of people tried this cake, including myself and were super happy with the outcome. This year, as the mango season stepped in, I decided to bake this cake again and it was loved by all in the family.

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The cake is extremely easy to make and requires simple ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen at all times, so you should not wait for long to try this cake. Just follow the recipe to the T and you will not be disappointed with the outcome.

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For making this beautiful scrumptious eggless cake, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 20 mins.
Baking Time: 35 – 40 mins.
Serves: 1 Loaf Cake

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of Semolina/Sooji
  • 1 cup Mango pulp
  • ¼ cup Neutral oil
  • ¾ cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts of your choice for garnish (optional) (I used almonds & pistachios)
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Instructions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Mix the semolina with sugar, cardamom and baking powder.
  3. Next, add oil and mix well. Finally add the mango pulp and mix again. Let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes so that sooji absorbs the mango pulp and the batter gets little thick.
  4. Pour the batter in a greased cake tin and garnish with nuts of your choice.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Keep a close watch after 25 minutes, if it starts browning too quickly, lower the temperature a bit or switch off the top element of the cake.
  6. Check with a toothpick in the center of the cake to see if properly baked. If it comes out clean then remove immediately. If it is kept for a longer time, the cake will develop a crust on the top.
  7. Allow to cool completely and then cut and serve.

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Notes:

  • The final color of your cake also depends on the quality of the mangoes used.
  • Ensure that the mango pulp is thick and not too watery, else you will need to keep the batter for a little longer till sooji absorbs the mango pulp and the batter gets little thick.
  • You can adjust the sugar in the cake depending upon the sweetness of the mangoes used.

 

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Thanks for reading…!!

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake

Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake covered with luscious Dark CHocolate Ganache
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake covered with luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache
A perfect Flat top cake dusted with castor sugar..
A perfect Flat top cake dusted with castor sugar..
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Sponge Cake
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Sponge Cake
Vanilla Malai Sponge Cake
Vanilla Malai Sponge Cake
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Closer View of the Sponge
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More focused one… How moist it looks..!!
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A perfect cut slice with a thick layer of ganache inside..!
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What was left of the whole cake…!!

Hi friends,

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A perfect tea time sponge cake..!!

I know it has been quite long since I last posted but today, I have come up with my 1st Blogversary post. YES…!! It has already been a year since I started my blogging journey. APRIL 5 – the date on  which I did my first post- marks the first anniversary of my blog. Thank you everyone for all your love and support over the last year, and a heartfelt thank you to all those readers who tried my recipes and shared their feedback. Your support and encouragement is what keeps me motivated to share my tried recipes with you all.

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Now, coming on to the post, I thought a lot about what to post for the first anniversary of my blog and came out finally with this one. As you all know, my first blog post was about my brother’s birthday cake which I baked for him on April 1. So, exactly after a year, I thought what better would be than to share another cake recipe which I baked for him on his birthday this year. Also, you must be thinking: why a cake post again – what better could have I posted to celebrate the first anniversary of my blog as well.

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This year, Karan’s birthday was in auspicious Navratri, so the cake had to be made eggless. I have my share of fears & concerns on eggless cake baking but anyhow I had to bake one for his 12’o clock birthday cake cutting celebrations. This time around, I chose a simple Vanilla Cake loaded with Chocolate Chips with a luscious Dark Chocolate Ganache filling.

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See the thick layer of Ganache in between the layers

However, this Vanilla Cake was different than the usual ones because it was neither made with butter nor oil but it was made with malai or Amul fresh cream. I had seen various recipes for Malai Cake on Chef at Large, but never got the chance to try it. So, finally when I got to try this cake having all the ingredients at hand, I decided to bake one. The cake came out so moist and soft and it didn’t taste like eggless ones too. The cake rose beautifully and was baked to perfection. Addition of chocolate chip made it more heavenly.

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Super moist..!!

Three-fourth of the cake was polished off after it was cut & the remaining cake was finished the next day by my hubby. To make it presentable & look like a birthday cake, I first decided to decorate the entire cake with ganache, but then later changed the idea to layering the cake with ganache & slathering the side of the cake with the sinful ganache & dusting the top of the cake with castor/icing sugar.

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For the Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake, the recipe was adapted from a Chef at Large member, Anita Gupta’s Malai Marble Cake recipe & the recipe for Dark Chocolate Ganache was adapted from another Chef at Large member, Vibha Bhutada. You can skip the ganache part altogether & just enjoy this cake as a tea time sponge cake. The cake tasted awesome when warmed in microwave for 30 secs.

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Yumminess in every bite..!!

Moving on to sharing the recipe, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15 mins.
Baking Time: 30 – 40 mins.
Serves: 8-10 people

Ingredients for the Vanilla Chocolate Chip Malai Cake:

  • 1 cup maida/all-purpose flour (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup malai/Amul Fresh Cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup milk (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Ingredients for the Chocolate Ganache:

  • 100 grams Amul Fresh Cream
  • 100 grams dark chocolate (I used 57% cocoa, Regal chocolates)
  • 3-4 tsp icing/castor sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp butter (optional, but I added)

Preparation Method for the Cake:

  1. Sieve the all-purpose flour, baking powder & baking soda together for 3-4 times and keep it aside.
  2. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius, and prepare the baking tin by greasing it and lining it with butter paper.
  3. In another mixing bowl, beat cream, sugar, 1/2 cup milk & milk powder together with a hand blender till the sugar dissolves. Do not over-beat the cream mixture.
  4. Now add the sieved dry ingredients in three batches and fold them in using cut and fold method with light hands.
  5. Add vinegar and vanilla essence and mix again.
  6. Add the remaining milk, if required, to adjust the consistency of the batter. The batter should be neither too thick nor too runny, it should just be easily pourable.
  7. Dust the chocolate chips with a little flour and fold them in the batter. Reserve a few of them for sprinkling on the top of the batter.
  8. Pour the prepared batter in the cake tin and sprinkle the reserved chocolate chips on the top.
  9. Bake the cake at 180 degrees Celsius for 35-40 mins. till a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Keep an eye on the cake after 25 mins., if the top is browning too fast, cover it loosely with aluminium foil or switch off the top element for some time.

Preparation Method for the Ganache:

  1. I have taken 1:1 proportion for cream and chocolate as I did not want the ganache to be runny. I wanted to fill the cake, so kept the ganache to cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes. The dark chocolate I used was a little bitter to our liking, so I added sugar to the ganache to sweeten it a bit. You can adjust the sugar as per your liking or simply avoid it if you like a bitter ganache.
  2. In a big mixing bowl, chop the dark chocolate into small pieces so that it melts evenly. Add the butter on top.
  3. Heat the cream on the gas. Keep stirring and when it starts to simmer, immediately switch off the gas. Do not let the cream boil. You can heat the cream in microwave also in case you are comfortable. I was sceptical, so used the burner method.
  4. Pour the hot cream evenly over the chopped chocolate and butter and let it sit undisturbed for a few minutes.
  5. Now start mixing the chocolate and cream slowly with a whisk until it gets smooth and no more chocolate pieces are left.
  6. Add sugar and whisk it till smooth. Let the ganache cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Assembling the Cake:

  1. Cut the sponge cake horizontally into two halves. Now layer the ganache on the bottom layer and cover it with the top layer to make it a layered cake.
  2. Seal the sides of the cake with the remaining chocolate ganache.
  3. Dust the cake with icing sugar and keep it in the refrigerator to set.
  4. Take the cake out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to bring it to room temperature.
  5. The cake tasted best when served warm or at room temperature.
Filled & sides covered with Ganache..!! Just the final touch of dusting icing sugar left..!!
Filled & sides covered with Ganache..!! Just the final touch of dusting icing sugar left..!!
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A perfect slice with a cup of hot tea..!!

Thanks for reading guys…!!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake/Bread

Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Hi Everyone…!!

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Today I am writing a post for all the cake & banana lovers. If you get to eat your favourite fruit in a cake, you can’t ask for anything more. My hubby loves his cakes and one fruit which he can have anytime is banana, so I had to try a combination of both of his favourite things, and trust me you, it resulted in this sumptuous “Banana Chocolate Chip Cake”.

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This cake comes out super moist and soft because of mashed bananas in it & the addition of loads of chocolate chips makes it more heavenly. All sorts of banana cakes are the most baked cakes in my house & this particular cake steals the show every time I bake one. This is the most ordered cake by my clients & it never disappoints them either. This cake gets used up in my house in maximum 2 days no matter how big I make it.

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Look at the crumbs..!!

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This recipe has been adapted from the “Easy Banana Bread” recipe from the website, Taste of Home, and I can very easily say that it is a no fail recipe and has been tried and tested a lot of times now in my kitchen. Just a few days back, I had baked 4 of these cakes – 3 for a client & 1 for my hubby dearest as his Valentine’s treat. The original recipe called for shortening, but since I did not have it, I used oil and I was not disappointed by the results. The cake had a super moist crumb to it and a bread like texture.

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For the recipe of this heavenly yummy cake, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 4-5 persons
Makes: 1 loaf or about 750 grams round cake

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 large or 4 small/medium bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips dusted with a little bit of flour
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk

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Preparation Method:

  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, blend oil and sugar well till you get a homogeneous mixture. Add eggs one by one, beating well after each addition.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt 2-3 times.
  3. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture alternating with mashed bananas, milk and vinegar, beating well until just combined.
  4. Adjust the quantity of milk to get the right consistency of the batter. The batter will be thick yet flowing.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and reserve some to sprinkle on the top.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased and lined baking mould and bake for about 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let stand in the baking tin for 10 minutes before taking it out. Run a flat knife or spatula around the edges of the cake to loosen it and invert on the wire rack to cool.
  8. Once cooled, slice the cake and enjoy with a hot cup of milk, tea or coffee.

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Thanks for reading…!!

Paneer-Stuffed Spinach Kofta in Makhani Gravy

Paneer Stuffed Spinach Koftas in Makhani Gravy
Paneer Stuffed Spinach Koftas in Makhani Gravy

Hello Everyone..!!

Here’s wishing all the readers HAPPY 68TH REPUBLIC DAY..!!

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This day inculcates a lot of patriotism in our hearts. I have fond childhood memories of watching the Republic Day Parade on TV with my dad & my mom would make yummy brunch for us. Being a National holiday, we usually used to be very laid back and used to relax and eat yummy food made by mom. So on this Republic Day, I thought of posting a dish with the wonderful colours of our National Flag – Orange, White & Green. On thinking of these colours, only one very famous dish comes to my mind which beautifully portrays these three colours – Shaam Savera by MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor.

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So, today I am bringing you a dish which is inspired by the original Shaam Savera recipe – “Paneer Stuffed  Spinach Koftas in Makhani Gravy. I have made some changes to the original recipe according to the taste buds of my family. This dish is not only beautiful to look at but also very delicious to eat. The koftas are so soft that they literally melt in your mouth & the rich creamy gravy has a perfect texture to go with the soft koftas. Do try making this recipe and share your feedback with me.

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Moving on to the recipe, you’ll need:

Preparation Time: 15-20 mins.
Cooking Time: 30 – 40 mins.
Serves: 4-5 people

Ingredients:

For Koftas:

  • Spinach – 1 kg
  • Boiled potatoes – 2, mashed finely
  • Paneer – 200 gms,crumbled
  • Gram Flour/Besan – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1-2 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 3-4 cloves, finely crushed
  • Salt & Black Pepper to taste
  • Cornflour to coat the koftas
  • Oil for frying the koftas

For Makhani Gravy:

  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Cloves – 3-4
  • Whole Black Pepper – 3-4
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • GInger – 1 small piece, chopped coarsely
  • Garlic – 5-6 cloves,  chopped coarsely
  • Onions – 3 medium, chopped coarsely
  • Tomatoes – 5 medium, chopped coarsely
  • Cashews – 5-6 pieces
  • Almonds – 5-6 pieces
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder/Degi Mirch – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Shahi Paneer Masala – 1 tsp
  • Honey/Sugar – 1-2 tbsp
  • Kasoori Methi – 1 tbsp
  • Cream – 4-5 tbsp
  • Milk/Water to adjust the consistency
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp

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Preparation Method for Spinach Koftas:

  1. Separate the spinach leaves and blanch them in boiling water for 4-5 mins. and then immediately transfer them to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Once cooled, finely chop the spinach leaves.
  3. Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add jeera and garlic. Once they brown, add besan and cook it for 2-3 mins. till raw smell goes away.
  4. Add chopped spinach leaves and cook till the mixture is dry and leaves the sides of the pan.
  5. Till the spinach mixture cools down, in a separate bowl, add salt & pepper to taste in crumbled paneer and mix well. Make equal sized balls of the paneer mixture and set aside.
  6. Now take the spinach mixture in a separate bowl and add mashed boiled potatoes, salt & pepper to taste and make a dough like mixture. The dough will be a little sticky but do not make it too sticky. If it is too sticky, you may add more potatoes, but that will affect the softness of the koftas.
  7. Take a little amount of spinach dough in your palms, flatten it, place the paneer ball in the dough and cover it from all the sides with the spinach dough. Likewise, make all the koftas and keep aside.
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Prepared Koftas

8. Heat oil in a wok and fry koftas till golden brown and keep aside.

Note: You can test fry one kofta in oil, if it splits you can coat and dust the koftas with a little cornflour and then fry them.

Preparation Method for Makhani Gravy:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add jeera, bay leaf, cloves, whole black pepper and cinnamon stick. Once it crackles, add ginger, garlic and onions.
  2. Saute onions till light pink in colour and translucent, and the raw smell of the ginger and garlic goes away. Add chopped tomatoes.
  3. Add cashews and almonds and add little water and cover the pan with a lid. Switch the flame to low and cook till the tomatoes and onions are tender. Do not let the masala dry completely. We need a little watery mixture to make a smooth puree.
  4. Once the masala is cooked and cooled, grind the masala in a blender to a puree. Strain the puree through a sieve to get a smooth silky gravy.
  5. Heat butter in a pan, add the gravy and add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, shahi paneer masala, and cook for 5 mins.
  6. Add sugar/honey and adjust the seasoning as per preference. Add kasoori methi, and cream and mix well.
  7. Add water/milk to adjust the consistency of the gravy and add coriander powder and garam masala powder and cook for 5-10 mins on a low flame.
  8. Add a few coriander leaves and serve the gravy piping hot.
  9. For serving, cut the koftas in 2 halves and heat them in the microwave for 20 secs. Pour gravy in a serving dish, place the cut koftas on the gravy , garnish with fresh cream and enjoy with rice, roti, naan or paranthas.

Note: You may also make the makhani gravy with the recipe which I had shared earlier in my Soya Chaap recipe.

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Thanks for reading..!!

Eggless Almond Cookies

Eggless Almond Cookies
Eggless Almond Cookies

Hello Friends..!!

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.

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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.

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Second batch of cookies
Second batch perfectly stored for consumption
Second batch perfectly stored for consumption
Bulk order. Cookies packed by the client himself
Bulk order. Cookies packed by the client himself

For the cookies, you’ll need:

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Ingredients:

  • 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

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Method:

  1. Sieve the flour and semolina with baking soda & baking powder and keep aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, brown sugar and castor sugar using the hand whisk or electric mixer.
  3. Add vanilla essence and mix again. Add the flour-semolina mixture and mix well.
  4. Add milk, if required, for binding into a smooth dough.
  5. Add chopped/powdered almonds and mix well.
  6. Scoop out small balls from the dough, press an almond slice on top of the dough ball and place on a baking tray.IMG_7931
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes till you get your desired brown color and crispiness.

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Note:

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.

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Bulk Order successfully delivered

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Eggless Microwave Chocolate Cake

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Eggless Microwave Chocolate Cake

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.

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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.

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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:

Ingredients:

  • 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

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add sugar and oil and whisk till sugar dissolves.
  2. Add milk, lemon juice, and vanilla essence to the sugar mixture and whisk to combine everything.
  3. Sieve the maida, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda together.
  4. Add the sieved dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix till everything gets combined and the batter is smooth.
  5. Pour the batter in a greased microwave safe bowl.
  6. Put the cake in the microwave and microwave on high for 5-6 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cake for 5-10 mins in the tin and then invert it on to a plate. Let the cake cool completely.
  8. Dust the cake with icing sugar, slice it and enjoy.

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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.

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Thanks for reading..!!

 

Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake

Hello folks..!!

Happy 70th Independence Day to all of you..!!

On this Independence Day, I bring you a post for a simple yet pretty looking cake with colorful tutti fruity in it. Presenting “Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake” with orange and green tutti fruity, the colors of our National flag.

Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake

 

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Lovely colors..!!

Eggless baking has always fascinated me and intimated me at the same time. Initially, in my school & college days, I only used to bake eggless cakes as my father was a pure vegetarian but they never used to turn up soft, spongy & no where close to store bought ones. The cakes used to have a dense texture & never used to rise much. Gradually as time passed, I shifted to baking cakes with eggs post my marriage & then, I never dared to make eggless cakes again. However lately, I have come across a lot of eggless cake recipes & the cakes looked so delicious that I had the urge to try these recipe. But still the fear of getting non-spongy & dense texture deterred me to try them. Then, one fine day I had to put aside my fear of eggless baking.

It was  my father-in-law’s birthday and it being on a Tuesday, I had no option to make a cake with eggs (Yes, we don’t eat eggs on Tuesday for religious sentiments). Hence, I finally thought to bake an eggless cake. As I mentioned earlier, I am always very scared and skeptical of making eggless cake and dread them being not turning up soft and spongy.

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But I knew I had to put my fears aside and try an eggless cake for him. He likes simple vanilla sponge cake with no icing and no chocolate in it, and since it was his special day, I opted to make an “Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake” with a hint of pineapple essence..

After having a single bite of the cake, everybody was so amused that it was eggless and that too homemade. Goodbye for forever to the Britannia Fruit Cake after baking this one..!!

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This recipe has been inspired by the very famous recipe of ‘Eggless Vanilla Cake’ by Nita Mehta from her book & “Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake” from Chef and her kitchen. Thanks to her for the no-fail recipe of an eggless cake. I used it as the base recipe and tweaked it a bit by adding tutti fruity and pineapple essence to it. It was genuinely the most soft, spongy & yummy eggless vanilla cake I had baked.
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Moving on to my recipe for the Tutti Fruity Cake, you will need:
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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 7-8 people
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour(Maida)/cake flour (i used homemade cake flour)
  • 3/4 cup powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Curd, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Tutti frutti (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pineapple essence
  • 1 tsp milk, to brush the cake
  • 1/2 tsp flour, to coat the tin and tutti frutti

Method:

  1. Grease a 7″ round pan or the 4″x7″ loaf tin with oil and dust with flour. Alternatively you can line it with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat the oven at 200 deg C for 12 mins.
  3. Sieve all purpose flour/cake flour for about 5-6 times. This ensures that a lot of air is incorporated in the flour which in turn makes the cake lighter and spongy.
  4. In a bowl beat curd until smooth.Add sugar powder to it and beat again for 2-3 mins till sugar dissolves.
  5. Add baking powder, vinegar and baking soda to the curd mixture and mix well and leave it aside for 2-3 mins. The curd mixture will become frothy and increase in volume.
  6. Now add the pineapple essence and oil to the curd mixture and mix it nicely and gently and make sure that the air in the mixture is not lost.
  7. Add the flour in two batches and gently fold the flour into the mixture until you get smooth dropping consistency. Do not stir vigorously as it will loose air in the batter.
  8. Add the flour dusted tutti frutti to the cake batter and fold it nicely.
  9. Pour this batter into the prepared tin. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 deg C and place the tin in the preheated oven and bake it at 180 deg C for 35-40 mins or till done.
  10. You can insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake to check whether it is done or not.If the toothpick comes out clean with few cake crumbs then your cake is ready.
  11. Brush the top of the cake with milk and put it back in the oven and bake for 2 mins. This gives a shiny look on top of the cake.However this step is optional.
  12. Remove the tin from the oven and let it sit for 5 mins.
  13. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the cake and gently turn it upside down onto a wire rack and let it cool completely.
  14. Once it is completely cooled,slice the cake into the desired shapes.
Super spongy & soft
Super spongy & soft

Note: Cake flour is a little lighter flour to use in cakes. To make 1 cup of cake flour at home, measure 1 cup all-purpose flour in a bowl, now scoop out 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour from it and substitute it with 2 tbsp corn starch/cornflour. Sieve this all-purpose flour-cornflour mixture about 5-6 times to fully incorporate cornflour in all-purpose flour. Your homemade cake flour is ready to be used.

Thank you for reading..!!

Orange Grape Marmalade Loaf Cake

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Perfectly Baked Loaf Cake
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Orange Grape Marmalade Cake

Hi Friends,

Finally, I am back with a recipe post in continuation with my previous post on Facebook page regarding me winning a cooking contest and my recipe being published in a cookbook. For a simple passionate baker like me, winning a cooking related contest means a lot, let alone having my winner recipe being published in a cookbook. So, let me give you a brief about this cake and the story behind the contest.

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THE COOKBOOK

I had made this simple looking yet delicious cake a while back, just like I bake any cake on any regular day. I had a bottle of unused homemade Chinese Oranges’ Marmalade lying in my fridge, which no one was willing to eat, so I thought of putting it to good use. I had stumble upon this recipe for Orange Marmalade Cake on NYT blog & I wanted to try it ever since I found this recipe. Hence, I thought why not try a new cake different from the regular ones I bake. I was just left with a few tablespoons of homemade Grapes Marmalade also, so used that up also in the cake (You can totally avoid it, it’s purely optional). So, this is how I made this delicious & super moist “Orange Grape Marmalade Cake”.

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Please excuse me for the photography of this cake as I had made it casually & at that time, the blog was not in the making as well. I had not made this cake specially for the contest also. After I baked this cake, like every other dish I cook, I casually posted it on one of the Facebook food groups, Experimental Cuisines. After posting the cake pictures, I realized that the contest was going on and I submitted this cake as my entry and to my surprise & happiness, I won the contest under the Cakes category. The winners of the contest would have their recipes published in a Cookbook being compiled by the Experimental Cuisines team. So, finally after a wait of almost over 6 months, the Cookbook is finally out & I am so thrilled to see my name, recipe & picture on it.

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Moving on to my winning recipe, let’s start with the ingredients you will need.

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Serves: 6 people
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients you’ll need:

• 1/3 cup orange marmalade
• 3 tbsp grapes marmalade (totally optional)
• 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, or combination of oil & butter
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
• ½ teaspoon grated orange zest
• 3 large eggs, at room temperature
• 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 teaspoon salt

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Preparation Method:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together softened butter, sugar, lime zest and orange zest until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Beat in 1/3 cup marmalade and the orange juice.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Fold dry ingredients into wet until just combined.

4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until surface of cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer pan to a wire rack. Once cooled, cut into slices and enjoy it with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

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Perfect slices to serve with hot tea or coffee

Thanks for reading…!!

Spinach & Carrot Rice

Spinach & Carrot Rice
Spinach & Carrot Rice

 

Hi friends..!! Thanks for your wonderful response on my first post for the Double Chocolate Cake. After the success of my first post, I am back with my second post on the blog; this time I thought of sharing a recipe for a savoury dish. This dish is a one-pot meal and a perfect recipe for those days when cooking seems to be a task.

All you want to do on lazy days is whip up a quick one-pot meal for yourself & laze around in your pyjamas. If you are married, you can spend the time saved from cooking with your spouse. This was one such day when I was too lazy to cook an elaborate meal and was bored of regular subzi. I was craving for something spicy, so I took out my recipes’ collection, and stumbled upon this really old recipe, which has been with me since my school days. I had learnt this recipe in one of my cookery classes which I used to join in my school vacations.

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I checked the ingredients in the recipe and realized that it can be made with readily available ingredients; so I went straight into the kitchen & gathered all the ingredients to make this super simple & super spicy rice. (Spices can be adjusted though, but I made it really spicy as was craving for it 😛)

This dish is a perfect meal option for lunch, dinner and is a tiffin friendly recipe for your kids or spouse. This rice can be made in 2 ways: with boiled rice (fresh or leftover) and with soaked rice as a one-pot dish. Hence, it can be made to use up all those leftover plain boiled rice kept in your fridge ☺️😀). Here, presenting you my version of “Spinach & Carrot Rice”.

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Serves: 6-8 people

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins

For the recipe, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup rice, soaked in water for an hour; or boiled rice, cooled at room temperature
  • 3 spring onions, chopped without the greens
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 1 capsicum, chopped finely
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped and washed
  • 6-7 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic chilli paste
  • 2 tsp chopped mint leaves, fresh or dried
  • 2 tbsp sambhar powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp pav bhaji masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 
  • 1/2 tsp dhania powder/coriander powder
  • Spring onion greens for garnishing

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a wok. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add chopped spring onions and chopped onions and ginger garlic chilli paste. Saute till pink and translucent.
  2. Add chopped tomatoes, capsicum, grated carrots and spinach leaves. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, sambhar powder and pav bhaji masala. Add 5 tbsp water and cover the wok with a lid for about 5 mins till veggies are little tender.
  3. After a few minutes, add the soaked rice without water and mix everything well. Than add about 1 cup water and cook on high flames till bubbles appear on the surface of the rice.
  4. Once you see the bubbles, add mint leaves, garam masala and dhania powder and switch the flame to low and cook the rice with the lid on till the rice is cooked. You can add more water in case required.
  5. Serve hot garnished with chopped spring greens and mint leaves. Serve with raita and mint chutney for a wholesome experience.
    Method for the boiled rice version:

    Boil the rice in sufficient water separately and cook the veggies separately as mentioned till Step 2. Once the veggies are cooked and water is evaporated from the veggies, add mint leaves, garam masala and dhania powder. Mix well and then add boiled rice and mix with light hands so that rice grain does not break. Serve hot garnished with spring greens.

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    Thanks for reading..!!!