Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chocloate cake with rich chocolate frosting


For cake
All purpose flour/ self raising flour -1 1/4 cup
sugar - 1 cup
Butter -1/2 cup
Eggs -2
cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp (optional, if you are using self raising flour no need to to add baking soda)
vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Salt -a pinch

For frosting

Double cream - 100 ml
Butter - 25 g
Dark chocolate - 100 gm
Honey - 1 1/2 tbs


Preheat the oven to 180 degree c

Sift all purpose flour /selfraising flour and keep it aside.
In a mixing bowl beat butter,followed by sugar . Add cocoa powder and beat again until it is well incorporated. Add sifted flour,baking powder,baking soda,salt and beat again. Finally add vanilla essence , milk and beat. Pour the batter into a greased cake tin.Bake for about 40 - 45 minutes( if a knife inserted come out clean cake is ready).Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool for some time.

For Frosting

Heat double cream in pan and when it is about to boil switch off the stove and add rest of the ingredients and wait for five minutes until the chocolate melts . Mix well.

Spread the frosting on the cake and finally decorate the cake with grated or shaved chocolate.Wait for the frosting to set before you cut the cake.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Butter Naan

I am a big fan of all Indian breads, but never thought about making one at home until I came across the recipe of naan here. The clicks was so temting and I made up my mind to try it soon.I wasn't sure that how it is going to turn out. Whenever I try new recipes its like a lucky lottery draw, sometimes it comes out incredibly well , but sometimes it will be a total failure :)

Sangeetha's instructions was so clear , So I didnt have any second thought. My naan came out very well . Me and my hubby loved it. Even my 15 month old baby ate half of a naan.Thank you sangeetha for sharing the recipe.She has got a wonderful blog out there. You can find her recipes here

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


I got this wonderful cheering award from Asha latha of Asra ashaon ka .Thanks for cheering me up Asha.

Priya of priyas recipe has given me a beautiful thank you award .Thanks for the gift priya.

I would like to pass these awards to all my blogger friends.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Baingan bartha

Egg plant -1 large
Onions -2
Tomatoes -2
Ginger-garlic minced - 1 tbs
Green chillies -2
cumin seed- 1 tsp
Corainder powder - 2 tbs
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Redchilly powder -1 tsp
Green peas -1/2 cup


Rub oil over the eggplant and bake it in an oven at 200 degree c for about 1 hour .You can also burn the eggplant directly over flame turning the sides over or grill over charcoal until the skin is charred.Let it cool for some time .Peel the skin and chop the flesh.

In sucepan take oil and sputter cumin seeds. Add chopped onion and saute well until it becomes soft.Add chopped tomatoes,green chillies ,minced ginger and garlic and saute for few minutes until it becomes a paste .Add all the masala powders and saute until the raw smell of the masala goes. Add chopped flesh of egg plant and stir for few minutes.Finally add the green peas and cook it covered until green peas get cooked.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Gobi manchurian


For Frying

Cauliflower -1 (small)
All pupose flour/Maida -5 tbs
Cornflour-3 tbs
Ginger- garlic paste - 1tbs
Pepper powder- 1/2 tbs

For Sauce
Onion -1 large
Green pepper Capsicum)chopped - 1/2 cup
Spring onion
Minced Ginger and Garlic -1 tbsp
Green chillies -3
Tomato Sauce -4 tbs
Soya sauce -2 tbs
Redchilly Sauce - 2 tbs
Saute chopped onions in a pan until it becomes soft. Add minced ginger and garlic, chopped green chillies,capsicum and stir for few minutes. Add all the sauces and cook for 1-2 minutes.Dissolve 3-4 tbs of cornflour in 3/4 cup of water and add slowly to the pan.when it starts to thicken turn off the flame.

Make a batter of cornflour and all purpose with water adding pepper,salt and ginger - garlic paste.Dip the cauliflower florets in it and deep fry the florets in oil until cripy and light brown in colour.

Add Fried cauliflower to the sauce and mix well. Cook it covered for 2 minutes.Garnish with spring onions.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Fried Rice

Basmathi rice - 2 cup
Scrambled egg (2 eggs)
Carrot - 2
Green pepper(capsicum) - 1
Chopped beans -little
Green peas -little
Pepper powder 1/2 tsp
Spring onion

Cook rice and strain the water.Wash the rice with cold water to remove the starch. Keep it aside.

In a pan add some oil and fry finely chopped vegetables and green peas until it is cooked. Add little salt and pepper powder to it. Add scarmbled eggs and cooked rice and stir for few minutes. Garnish with spring onions

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Paalak Paneer


Paalak - 2 bunch

paneer -1 cup

onions -2

Tomato -1

Green chilllies -2

Chilly powder -1tsp

Turmeric powder - 1tsp

Corainder powder - 1tsp

cumin seeds -1tsp

Garlic(minced)- 1 tbs


In a saucepan cook paalak with little water for 2 minutes, if you overcook you wont get the green colour for the dish.Blend paalak with water into fine paste in bender.
Shallow fry paneer for few minutes,flipping the sides over .

In a sucepan take some oil sputter cumin seeds,add minced garlic and saute for few seconds. Add chopped onion and saute well till the onions becomes soft. Add chopped tomatoes and green chillies ,saute again for few minutes until it becomes a fine paste. Add red chilly powder,turmeric powder,coriander powder,salt and mix well with paste.Saute until the raw smell of powders go. Add paalak to this curry paste , add water if required. When it starts to boil add paneer .Cook covered for 2-3 minutes.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rava upmav (cooked in milk)

Rava - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1 tbs
Milk - 2 cup
Greenchillies - 2
Ginger chopped- 1 tsp
Carrot- 1(finely chopped)
Curry leaves
Mustard - 1 tsp
Oil/Dalda/ ghee

Roast rava for few minutes and keep it aside
In a pan take oil/dalda/ghee and sputter seeds. Add urad dal and when it becomes brown in colour add onions and saute until it becomes soft. Add curry leaves,chopped green chillies,ginger,and carrot. saute for few minutes. Add milk ,when the milk starts to boil ,simmer it and add the roasted rava and stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Using dalda will make upmav even more tastier .For those who are worried about cholesterol can reduce the amont of milk. sometimes I cook with 1 cup water and 1 cup milk .

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Chilly chicken


For marination

Boneless chicken 3/4 kg
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
soyasauce - 2tsp
Egg - 2
Ginger - Garlic paste - 2 tsp
Cornflour- 3tsp

Marinate the chicken with all the above ingredients and keep it aside for 1/2 an hour.

For Gravy
Onions - 2 large
Green pepper (Capsicum) - 1
Ginger - Garlic chopped - 1 tsp
Cornflour - 5 tsp
Tomato Sauce - 5 tbs
Soya Sauce - 4 tbs
Sweet chilly Sauce or chilly sauce (add little sugar to chilly sauce)- 4 tbs
Spring Onions - a small bunch


Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chicken and keep it aside .
In a pan saute chopped onions till it become soft. Add chopped ginger and garlic,Chopped green pepper and white portion of spring onions and saute for few minutes. Add all the sauces and mix well.Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the fried chicken.Dissolve Cornflour in 1 cup of water and add slowly to the pan. Cook it coverd for few minutes. Garnish with spring onions.

Monday, December 7, 2009


To prepare this dosha we dont have to grind the rice and keep the batter for fermentation.I soak the rice overnight and grind in morning and make dosha with the batter.

Rice - 1 1/2cup
Grated coconut -1/4 cup(optional)
Shallots or Onions chopped (handfull)
cooked rice(1/4 cup)
Fennel - 1 tsp

Soak rice for 5-6 hour.Grind the Rice with all the ingredients above by adding water.The batter should be loose,otherwise dosha will be hard. More water you add dosha will become softer .
Take a nonstick pan pour one laddle of the batter and swirl it .Close with a lid and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Take dosha from pan and serve it with vegetable stew , kadala curry etc

Back home we make this dosha in "dosha kallu" made of iron, its very heavy otherwise I would have managed to bring one here.The dosha we make in dosha kallu is very tasty.