Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Chiffon Cake



A light, airy, spongy chiffon cake.

Ingredients:
Eggs - 4 (separated)
Flour - 100 gms
Sugar - 100 gms (powdered)
Oil - 3 tbsp
Milk - 4 tbsp
Vinegar - 2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Flavouring essence - 1 tsp


Method:
1. In a bowl, add the eggs whites, essence, vinegar, salt and beat till frothy. Add in sugar little by little and beat till stiff peaks are formed.
2. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolks, oil,  milk and flour, and whisk it well to combine without any lumps.
3. Slowly add the stiff egg whites little by little (in 3 parts) to the flour mixture and fold gently. Don't beat or whisk. GENTLY FOLD. The batter should be foamy.
4. Pour the batter in a greased and lined baking pan. Gently shake and tap the pan on a flat surface twice to remove any air bubbles.
5. Bake it in a pre-heated oven @ 170° for 30 minutes.
6. Once done, remove it from oven immediately and with mild force tap the pan 2-3 times on a flat surface to avoid the cake from sinking.
7. Run a knife along the edges of the cake, and remove it. Allow it to cool.

Chiffon cake is ready.

My tip:
1. I baked in a loaf pan. Traditionally chiffon cakes are baked in bundt pans.
2. I prefer strong flavouring essence like pineapple to vanilla. So I added pineapple essence and yellow colour to the batter.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Easy Pan Release - for baking pans

Easy Pan Release 

Convert all your normal baking tins to non-stick with this easy homemade pan release mixture. No more greasing... No more dusting... Yay!!! 

Yes.. With this simple recipe, you can make a mixture which effortlessly releases the cake in shape. 



Ingredients:
Flour
Oil
Butter/shortening 

Recipe:
1. Take all 3 ingredients in equal ratio (1:1:1)
2. Mix the ingredients well together without any lumps. Done!!! 


 3. Just coat the baking pan with this mixture, before pouring the cake batter. 

The cake was released easily

And the pan is clean ☺️

The Cake 🎂... In Perfect Shape ☺️ 
 To save more time, this can be made in small batch and stored in fridge in an airtight glass container. 


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. 

Ingredients:

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

Method:
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. 



Tips:
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

Ingredients:
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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) 

Method:
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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 😋 

Ingredients:
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


Method:
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... 

Ingredients:
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 


Method:.
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.