Thứ Sáu, 30 tháng 11, 2012

Nutella Black Forest Trifle

Its birthday time @ shankars residence. we don't plan much for birthdays its on a very low key this time of the year dad was feeling bit low I wanted to cheer him up with truffles and black forest trifle he has been a good boy maintaining his diet watching out for his sugars and kept him self fit as possible since his sugars runs low it was okay for him to indulge in some sugary treats did not plan on baking a huge cake but these shot glass treats made it look so fancy and cute all things sweet and cute packed with love comes in small packages...:D

I did the most horrible pipping not an expert in that area more to say patience is not my the consistency of double whip cream was super.   

Do watch the video demo ...enjoy...:)

1/2 Liter Milk
2 1/2 Tbsp Coco powder 
200 Grams Nutella Jar
2 Tbsp Corn Flour
4-5 Tbsp Sugar
1 Cup Maraschino Cheery
1/3 Cup Cherry Brandy Optional 
1/3 Cup Sugar Syrup
4 Nutella Mug Cakes for recipe please Click here.
500 Grams Heavy Whipping Cream
There is a constant question asked how i whip the heavy whipping cream. i never follow the guide lines given by chefs...this is a sure short cut method try it out if your a first timer i must warn you this method can turn totally wrong if you whip the cream too much it can turn into butter in no time please make sure you constantly check the cream if its formed stiff peaks or not.
  1. Use a steel bowl.
  2. Freeze the bowl and the whipping blades.
  3. Make sure the heavy whipping cream is frozen too.
  4. Add the whipping cream to the bowl and whip on low first then turn to high mode and whip for 10 to 15 minutes till stiff peaks form.
Prep up:
  1. Chop the maraschino cherry and reserve in a bowl soak the chopped cherry with sugar syrup and cherry brandy for at-least 1 hour. adding cherry brandy to the dessert is traditional if you want to avoid the brandy please do self on the other hand avoided adding sugar syrup and brandy keeping my dads sugars in mind...:P
  2. Mix together the cornflour and coco powder with enough water till there are no lumps.
  3. Bring the milk to a rapid boil lower the flame.add the sugar and stir. gently keep stirring and pour the coco mixture keep stirring till the milk thickens and form a custard consistency remove from flame and strain  using a sieve make sure there are no lumps in the custard allow to cool a bit.
  4. When the custard is lukewarm add the entire jar of nutella and mix well till well combined cover and place in the fridge till chill.
  5. Prepare the nutella cake allow to cool crumble and reserve in a bowl.
  6. Whip the heavy whipping cream and place into a pipping bag.
Ready to assemble: 
  • In a serving glass or bowl add the chilled custard to the bottom fill till 1/3 level add the crumble cake in the next layer spoon out the cherry and finally top with the whipping cream and decorate with a cherry.
 Serve right away ...enjoy...:)

Cool Cool Daddy Cool...I think mommy cool since she clicked the pic sitting on a sofa...:D

Thứ Ba, 27 tháng 11, 2012

Nutella truffles

I made these truffles for daddy's birthday. He loved them so much the crisp chocolate covering on top and crunchy truffle inside made it to the spotlight the entire batch of truffles vanished in no time. the choice was good I've used Mocha flavored chocolate chip biscuits the slight bitter taste from the coffee made a real good difference to the entire recipe. However people who like bitter taste can add 2tbsps instant coffee to the mixture. 
Do watch the demo video...enjoy...:)

Ingredients required:
2 Tbsp Nutella
1 Tbsp Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tsp Dalda or butter
2 Packets of Hide & Seek

200 grams of Dark chocolate
1 Tbsp of Dalda

to decorate: sprinkles, grated coconut or coco powder

  • Crush the biscuits and add to a coffee grinder pulse twice till ground to a coarse powder consistency.
  • Add the chocolate chips and 1 tsp of butter to a micro safe bowl and place in the microwave for 30 sec or until the chocolate has melted.
  • Add the nutella & melted chocolate to the cookie crumbs and mix well till a dough consistency has formed.
  • Cover the mixture and refrigerate until the mixture is set.
  • Take small portions of the dough an form equal size truffles and freeze them till firm consistency.  

  •  Add the dark chocolate and 1 tbsp butter to a micro safe bowl  microwave until thoroughly melted it took me 1 minute to melt the dark chocolate and kept stirring the chocolate in every 30 sec interval make sure the chocolate doesn't burn in the process. at times the chocolate will get burnt instantly when we use a microwave.
  • Add a tsp of oil in the plate and set aside.
  • Take the frozen truffles and dip them in the melted chocolate using a fork
  • Place the truffles on a greased surface decorate with sprinkles or shredded coconut and refrigerate until set. 
Serve the truffles in room temperature...Enjoy...:)

I Love You Daddy....♥♥♥....♥♥♥...

Thứ Hai, 26 tháng 11, 2012

The Best Ever Carrot Cake!

If you have never had carrot cake and the thought of carrots and cake does not paint a very appetizing picture in your mind, think again. For those of you who know and like 'gajar ka halwa', you kinda got the idea already. I was a skeptic once, a long time ago, and then like with everything else food, I had to try it for myself.
This carrot cake is such that once you make it, every single person who has tasted it (including you) will ask you when you are making it again. This cake has branding value. Yes, you might be known by this cake - you know when they say so and so's carrot cake - and you will be begged for the recipe, LOL. Its really that good!
The cake is fluffy and yet has that moist texture from the carrots. The carrots blend their identity into the overall taste and texture of the cake and together with the spices like ginger and nutmeg, give this cake its unique and unmistakable flavor. The hide and seek from the pieces of nuts definitely adds an interesting play as well.
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Thứ Ba, 20 tháng 11, 2012

Sauteed Corn and Avocado Salad!

With fall just behind us and winter fast approaching, the weather has been such that we mostly tend to spend the evenings getting cozy and comfortable on our couch. Getting cozy on the couch often gets associated with a hot cup of tea and something to snack on. This warm corn salad is another one of my mom's recipes that makes me nostalgic during those fall-winter evenings. Of course the avocado was my touch to it to add another texture dimension to it (and not to mention for my avocado crazy hubs). The sweetness of the corn together with the kick from the spices and the creaminess from the avocado chunk creates an interesting play of taste and texture on your palate. Not to mention the occasional peanut to add that nutty flavor and a crunch.
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Chủ Nhật, 18 tháng 11, 2012

Murgh/Chicken Angara Kabab

I wanted to try something different the murgh angara tops my experimental recipe turned out really really well so happy with the out come. it was packed with flavors all in all yummy yum dish. if there are people who dont like eggplant they can substitute for mushrooms, paneer, and corn for the filling. what I liked about the recipe I had enough time to prep up. the filling can be stored ahead of time or the entire kabab can be prepared and refrigerated ahead of time and re-fried before serving.

Do look into my video demo...Enjoy...:)
For the outer covering I've used 250 Grams Chicken Seekh Kabab mixture for the recipe link              please click here.
7-8 Banana Peppers
100 Grams Eggplant/Brinjal
1/2 Onion
1 Green Chilly
1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 Tsp Chat Masala
3 Dried Dates
3 Dried Figs
3 Almonds, Walnuts 4-5 Pistachios
2 Sprigs Coriander
2 Sprigs Mint
Salt to taste
Oil for frying

Prep up:
  1. Wash the dates and figs chop them into small pieces.
  2. Chop the walnuts, almonds and pista into tiny pieces.
  3. Chop the eggplant into small pieces
  4. Chop the onion, green chilly, mint and coriander as tiny as possible.
  5. Slit the banana pepper and deseed try to remove all the seeds wash pat dry set aside. the video posted here shows exact steps how i cleaned the peppers.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a wok on a medium flame add the onion and chilly fry till the onion turns light pink in color add the egg plant and fry a bit add the coriander powder, chat masala and cumin powder fry add salt mint and coriander sprinkle some water stir and cover allow the egg plant to cook till well done make sure not to over cook the eggplant it should never go mushy. 
  • Once the eggplant has cooked make sure there is no moisture. add the chopped dates, figs and the chopped nuts stir cover for few minutes till well combined.
  • Reserve the stuffing mixture in a bowl allow to cool completely before stuffing.
  • Fill the peppers with the stuffing mixture and set aside for 10 minutes before giving a top coat.
  • Take a portion of  the chicken seekh kabab mixture wet  your palms and flatten the seekh mixture on your palm place the stuffed pepper on the chicken start to cover the pepper with the chicken mixture make sure there are no air pockets in the mixture the top coat must be perfect. 
  • Heat a shallow pan add 4 Tbsp oil and shallow fry the peppers. make sure not to turn the peppers right away place a cover and allow the chicken to cook on a low to medium flame for 10 minutes before turning them over this technic will make the top coat firm and easy to handle keep turning the chicken till all sides turn light brown in color and the peppers should cook inside. serve hot right away with lime wedges and onion...enjoy...:)

Tip: Try to handle the deseeded peppers as gentle as possible while filling them the reason being it can break easily which will be of no use. 

Thứ Tư, 14 tháng 11, 2012

Chicken Seekh Kababs

There are many ways to prepare seekh kababs mostly i prefer mutton mince since chicken mince is bit sticky and it requires bit of patience to form seekhs i like to prepare with mutton but the down side to mutton is its fatty and requires lot of time to marinate before preparation sounds like a rant...anyways i like them all...:)

Adding fresh cream is up to us i normally dont have stock of fresh cream always at home i prepare them with out cream if we add fresh cream the chicken wont be dry and rubbery it will have good texture.

Do watch my video demo ...enjoy...:)


Thứ Năm, 8 tháng 11, 2012

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Thứ Ba, 6 tháng 11, 2012

Thứ Sáu, 2 tháng 11, 2012

Oyster Mushroom Korma

My comfort  food for a cloudy rainy season is some nice korma with hot rice oh yes with omelet ofcourse. In my last blog post I'd posted about auchan food market it was quite an experience shopping I'm a sort of person who is always curious to seek fresh produce in the grocery section I found fresh and wonderful oyster mushroom the korma turned out real good...I  also read that oyster mushrooms are good for health Oyster mushrooms are high in nutrients. According to a study published in "Food Chemistry," oyster mushrooms contain significant levels of zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, folic acid, niacin, and vitamins B-1 and B-2. The study concluded that consuming oyster mushrooms as part of a healthy diet contributes to recommended nutritional requirements.

Oyster mushrooms contain ergothioneine, a unique antioxidant exclusively produced by fungi, according to a 2010 study led by Penn State food scientist Joy Dubost. The study found that oyster mushrooms have significant antioxidant properties that protect cells in the body. A 3 oz. serving of oyster mushrooms contains 13 mg of ergothioneine, and cooking the mushrooms does not reduce this level.

250 Grams Oyster mushrooms
1 Medium Onion (finely chopped)
1 Tomato (chopped into small cubes)
1 Sprig Curry Leaf
1 Green Chilly (slit)

{1 Inch Cinnamon
3 Pods Cardamom
3 Cloves                        
1 Strand Mace/Javitri} Instead of the whole spices garam masala or kitchen king masala can be used

1/2 Tsp Ginger & Garlic Paste
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 Red Chilly powder & Coriander powder.
1 Cup Coconut milk
1/2 Tsp Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Oil
Salt as per taste

Coriander & Mint for garnish
Oyster mushrooms should not be cut with a knife it should be shredded to bite size please watch the video how i prepare before cooking. Also wash the mushrooms with salt water and then rinse.
  • Heat oil in a wok add the whole spices and allow to splutter. add ginger and garlic paste fry a bit.
  • Add onion, curry leaf and chilly fry till onion turns light pink in color.
  • Add the tomato and fry till oil surfaces.
  • Add the chilly powder, turmeric and coriander powder and fry.
  • Add the mushrooms and fry allow the mushroom to reduce on its own a bit before adding water.
  • Add 1 cup water and salt place a cover allow the mushroom to cook. takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook.
  • Once the mushroom has cooked add the coconut milk allow to boil till raw flavor from coconut milk has reduced add lime juice and garnish with mint and coriander.

  • Serve hot with rice enjoy...:)
My favorite rice is basmati when served with any korma it simply tastes wonderful i also prepared omelet and raita my favorite sides to complete my meal...:)