Monday, September 22, 2014

Eggless chocochip muffins with nutella topping

Hi friends! Today is my another baking dish which is  chocochip muffins. Muffins are cute looking cupcakes and  easy to prepare. I have tried this few times and I believe this time  I got a better result compared to previous occasions.  Basic recipe is same which you can use for your normal vanilla cake. Let us see what ingredients are needed here.

  • 2 cups  APF/Maida
  • 1 cup  sugar 
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2cup oil
  • 1/2cup yoghurt
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • Milk if needed
  • chocochips, sprinklers and  nutella as needed

Preheat oven to 170C. Oven settings vary but for me I actually this time used  160C.  Line your cupcake tray. I have a simple tray so I brushed them with bit of butter and flour. Seive together dry ingredients like  sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix them well in a bowl.

Take another bowl and mix oil, yoghurt and vanilla essence and mix them well. Now slowly add wet ingredients to flour mix and  fold it gently and if needed add milk and see no lumps are formed. Make it into creamy batter. 

Fill your muffin try with this batter but only  2/3rd full as batter would need space to rise. Bake in oven for  20mins or  until a toothpick inserted inside the cake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let the muffins cool on wire rack.

After cooling, spread nutella on top and decorate with either sprinkles or chocochips or any other decorations.

After many attempts this time my muffins came out very good and my little one helped me with spreading nutella and  choco chips. The spread has not come out good but the taste was too good.

Above quantity would make aprox, 12 muffins. 

Try it and enjoy and you can use the frosting of your choice.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Masoor dal tadka

Hello friends! My today's dish is very simple easy to make masoor dal tadka. We have many varieties of dal and many ways of making it. This dal is so easy to make that even a novice can cook it nicely. Masoor dal is nothing but split red lentils and the taste of this dal even making it plain is yummy. Try it and you would love to make again and again.

  • 1 cup masoor dal
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (optional)
  • 1 small onion (optional)
  • few sprigs of  curry patta
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder/haldi powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 whole dry red chilli
  • salt to taste
  • juice of one lemon
  • coriander leaves to garnish

Soak and boil the masoor dal and gently mash it. 
Finely chop onion and garlic pieces. Also chop green chillies.
In a big pan, heat ghee, add jeera, curry patta and let it splutter. Add onion, garlic and saute it till onion turns bit pinkish. Add green chillies,whole red chilli and stir it one time. Now add the boiled and mashed dal, Mix gently and add water accordingly to the consistency preferred. Add salt, turmeric powder and chilli powder. Bring to boil. Keep stirring or dal would stick to the vessel. Now dal is done. Remove from gas and put in the serving bowl. Add lemon juice to taste and ginger chopped finely and mix it one time. 

If you did not add  garlic onion in the beginning, use this step.
In one small pan  heat 1tbsp ghee, add jeera, curry patta and  the whole red chilli. Once it splutters nicely add direct to the ready dal.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice, chapati or roti.

For variety, add chopped spinach once the dal is fully ready and let it boil just once.
Hope you liked this dish.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Chana palak/ chick peas with spinach gravy
Hello all! Today's dish comprises of protein plus iron with chickpeas and spinach. Both rich in nutrients and this dish is made many ways. I chose to use spinach gravy for this. Years back when I was still a new bride and yet learning basics of cooking, I saw a programme on tv which showed how to cook chickpeas with spinach and I copied the whole thing by looking at the recipe but being a novice I doubled the quantity of masalas/spices making it too spicy to eat but still it was yummy. I did not attempt it again till yesterday when I recalled this dish. This time I kept the spice level in control and result was wow. It is so easy that even bachelors and novices can also cook this dish in jiffy.
  • 200gms chickpeas/chana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • a small pinch of asafoetida/hing
  • 1 small piece of  cinnamon stick/dalchini
  • 2-3 cloves/laung
  • 1 small tejpatta
  • 1tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1tbsp coriander powder
  • 1tbsp garam masala powder
  • 1tsp turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2tbsp oil or ghee

Soak chickpeas overnight. Drain and boil them with little bit of salt. Keep aside. Chop the spinach, blanch and make puree out of it.  To get more taste I grated onion, tomato, garlic and ginger separately. In a pan heat oil, add cumin seeds, once it splutters add chopped green chillies. Add cloves, cinnamon stick, tej patta and saute it. Add hing and then add grated onions. Saute the onions but do not let them brown too much. Add grated ginger and garlic and saute till raw smell goes. Just be careful not to burn them. Finally add grated tomato and stir. Once oil separates, add boiled chana and little water. Cook for few minutes and then add spinach puree. Stir and add  the remaining masalas. Adjust the consistency of gravy. Watch out for salt as chana already had some salt. Once the gravy is cooked, serve it with garnish of your choice. I added onion rings on top. Chana palak can go very well with rice, chapati or pooris.

Hope you liked this dish.

Note: In place of spinach puree you can add chopped spinach and let it cook till it softens. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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After using BigBasket, I have realized that shopping for groceries is highly convenient through this website. I just can't be happier about the time that it saves me. Another feature that I like about BigBasket is the cash on delivery: the payment method that I prefer for products that I like - vegetables and fruits where the product quality may be guaranteed. They also have a friendly return policy where no questions are asked at all! I have returned vegetables and dairy products a number of times when I was not happy about the quality of the products – although, such instances have been very few in number. They also have a delivery guarantee which means that when I fix a time slot, they deliver the order promptly. And they have never failed to do so which is pretty commendable. The fruits and vegetables that they have in their store are usually very fresh. Also the bread and the milk products are also always brought on the same day.

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