Saturday, 17 June 2017

Minimalist Drawing - Mom n Me

An idea from Pinterest... Minimalist Drawing - Mom n Me

Classic Walnut Brownie

Brownie... Who doesn't like a slice of fudgy, chocolaty, chewy, intense rich decadent Brownie underneath a crispy crust.  It is meant to be like that. Otherwise it would be just a Chocolate cake. 

So, here it is... A simple but perfect BROWNIE. Period. 

Recipe adapted from Maureen Callahan's Intense rich brownies. 


Maida - 3/4 cup
Cocoa powder - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Brown sugar - 1/2 cup (packed) 
Salted butter - 6 tbsp (melted) 
Semi-sweet chocolate - 85 gms (1/2 cup) 
Milk - 1/3 cup
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
Eggs - 2 (large) 
Walnuts (chopped) - 1 cup

1. Preheat oven to 175°.
2.Grease and line a 10"x6" rectangle baking pan.
3.In a double boiler over low heat/microwave (for 30 seconds), melt chocolate with milk and remove from heat.
4.In a separate bowl, combine the first 5 dry ingredients. Mix the walnuts in it. 
5.When the chocolate has cooled, whisk in the melted butter, eggs and vanilla.
6.Add the dry ingredients and fold gently to combine.
7.Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
8.Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs clinging. 
9. Let it cool completely for a couple of hours. 
10. Slice and serve. 

1. My 1 cup measures 240 ml. 
2. Leave enough extra lining paper to overhang on the 2 long sides, so that you can grab the edges and use it as a sling to remove the brownies.
3. Use a serrated plastic knife to mark the squares and then just run over a pizza cutter to cut the brownies perfectly. 
4. I got brownies of 1 inch thick. 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Instant-no dal Sambhar

A very simple and fast-to-cook side dish. It's tasty too 😋. 

Recipe adapted from Yummytummyaarthi

Oil - 5 tblspn
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Asafoetida - a pinch
Onion - 1 (medium, chopped finely or sliced) 
Tomato - 1 (large, sliced) 
Green Chilli - 1 sliced
Besan flour - 2 tblspn
Chilli Powder - ½ tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - ½ tsp
Sambhar powder - ½ tsp (optional) 
Potato -  2 (medium sized, boiled with a pinch of turmeric powder +½ tsp salt) 
Water - 2 cups or as needed
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Tamarind - 3 pods
Coriander leaves - 5 sprigs (chopped finely) 

1. Heat oil in a kadai, temper with mustard seeds, curry leaves and Asafoetida. 
2. Add onions and green chillies. Saute for a couple of minutes. 
3. Then add tomatoes and saute till the oil starts to separate slightly. 
4. Reduce the flame. Add besan flour, coriander powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and sambhar powder. Stir well for a minute. 
5. Add water. Slightly mash the potatoes with fingers and add it. Finally add salt, tamarind, and sugar, and let it boil. 
6. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve. 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Chicken Egg Balls

Chicken egg balls... A recipe from a cookery show... Tried and tested by my Mom,  with a bit of help from me. It turned out really yummy 😋 

Eggs (boiled) - 3
1 whole egg and 1 cup bread crumbs for coating
Oil as required for deep frying

Outer crust ingredients:
Finely minced/ground chicken - 250 gms
Big Onion (finely chopped) -  1½
Green chillies (finely chopped) - 2
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Coriander leaves

1. Mix all the outer crust ingredients. 
2. Divide the mixture into 3 equal balls. 
3. Take 15cm *15 cm aluminum foil. Place a ball at the centre and press gently. Now place an egg in it and wrap it around using the aluminum foil. Avoid touching the outer crust mixture with bare hands. The aluminum foil does not stick to the outer crust mixture,and that helps us to easily wrap it around the egg avoiding the clumsiness of sticking. 
4. Next crumb coat the balls by first dipping it in egg and then coating it with bread crumbs. Roll the balls gently to a perfect egg or ball shape. 
5. Finally, heat the oil and deep fry the balls in low flame till golden brown. 

Chicken Dry Roast

Chicken dry roast... It's my Mom's recipe and one of my favorite dish from her cooking. It's so simple and very yummy. Goes with anything or nothing 😋... Yes you can indulge with a bowl of this just like that. I do that 😜. 
Happy to share the recipe with you... Here it goes... 

Chicken - 1/2 kg
Gingelly oil - 3 tbsp
Sunflower oil - 3 tbsp
1 sprig curry leaves
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Sambhar powder - 1/2 tsp 
Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon powder - a pinch
Cornflour - 1/2 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Coriander leaves for garnishing 

1. Clean and wash the chicken. 
2. Heat oil in a non-stick Kadai. 
3. Add the chicken, curry leaves and salt. Close the Kadai and cook the chicken in low flame stirring occasionally. 
4.Cook the chicken till the soup water (which oozes out from the chicken)reduces to 2tbsp, then add Ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. 
5. As the oil starts separating, add all the masala powders and saute for a few minutes. 
6. Sprinkle the cornflour and saute for minute. 
7. Turn the stove to high flame, and finally saute the chicken for just 1 minute till it gets roasted. Switch off the stove. 
8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. 

Easy and delicious chicken dry roast is ready to serve. 

Friday, 3 March 2017

Udipi Sambhar

Sambhar... My Husband's favorite. So I keep hunting for different varieties for him.  Found one different version called Udipi Sambhar. It tasted really yummy 😋. So here it is..

Recipe adapted from Hebbar's kitchen


For masala:
1 tsp oil
1 tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp urad dal
⅛ tsp methi seeds
3 dried red chillies (long)
¼ cup coconut (I used desiccated)

Main ingredients:
2 tsp oil
15 shallots (small onions, peeled and chopped finely/whole)
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp chilli powder
½ cup tamarind extract (4-5 pods soaked in water)
few curry leaves
½ tsp Jaggery (crushed)
salt to taste
½ cup toor dal

For tempering:
2 tsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 dried red chilli
few curry leaves
¼ tsp Asafoetida


1.  For the masala, heat oil in a pan and roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, methi seeds and red chilies. Lastly add the coconut and sauté for a few seconds. Remove from heat and let it cool. Then grind it to a paste (not to smooth) adding 1/4 cup of water.
2. Heat a pressure cooker and add oil. Then add the shallots and curry leaves and sauté to the shapes turn golden brown.
3. Next add turmeric and chili powder, and stir for a couple of minutes.
4. Then add the jaggery and tamarind water/extract. Allow it to boil.
5. Add toor dal and 1 ½ cup of water. Let it boil. Then close the cooker and cook for 6-8 whistles or till the the dal is done.
6. For tempering the sambhar, heat oil in a tadka pan and add mustard seeds, dried red chilli, asafoetida and curry leaves. Let it splatter.
7. Pour it over the prepared sambar and mix.
8. Transfer it to a serving bowl and serve it with crispy dosa or hot piping idlizzzz.


For this recipe, my 1 cup measures 240 ml.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Viennese Rosettes

With basic ingredients, you can simply mix and bake these lovely rosettes. And they'll just melt in your mouth. Yum!!! 

Recipe adapted from Pepper, Chilli & Vanilla

Ingredients: (Makes ~ 35 cookies) 
125 gms butter (@ room temp)
125 gms maida 
50 gms icing sugar 
25 gms corn flour 
1\2 tsp essence
1 tbsp milk 

1. Sieve maida and cornflour together.
2. Beat butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

3. Add Vanilla essence and maida-cornflour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix well. 
4. Add milk and mix till the dough becomes thick, but still sticky.

5. Fit the piping bag with star nozzle.

6. Pipe the rosettes on a baking tray,  lined with parchment paper and bake at 180 ° Celsius for 12-15 mins.

7. Remove from the baking tray and place on wire rack to cool.

My Notes:
1. The cookies were mildly sweet, so I sandwiched them with buttercream.

2. If you want to have them as plain cookie, you may add more sugar. 

3. My cookie batter/dough was quite thick and so it was difficult to pipe the rosettes. You can add more milk to get the right piping consistency and use a bigger nozzle. 

4. I'd like to try this one too... 
Will update soon...