22 Oct 2018

How to make a soft Chapathi

I am a South Indian and I was never good at making soft chapathis!! I can make super soft idlis and cakes easily but I always faltered when it came to chapathi and somehow I never liked making it. But, now I can happily say that I've mastered the art of making soft chapathi!! If you are a beginner then all I can say is, never give up. Keep practicing and you will end up making lovely soft chapathi!


Soft Chapathi

Few tips
There are many aspects to making a soft chapathi. Here is a list that I have learnt from my trial and error.
1. Add warm to hot water to the flour. Adding hot water makes the dough soft and pliable. Add water little by little and knead till the dough comes together.
2. You can also add warm milk to make the dough. Milk also makes the dough soft.
3. Add a tsp of oil to the flour while kneading. That also makes the dough soft.
4. Knead the dough well so that gluten is formed. Use your knuckles or the palm of your hand and knead the dough atleast for 10 minutes. 
4. Roll the dough evenly. The chapathi should not be too thick. Also it is important that the rolled out dough is not thick at one end and thin at the other. It should be of even thickness to get a nice puffed up chapathi.
5. Let the dough rest for atleast 45 minutes to 1 hour.
6. It is best to cook the chapathi as and when you roll it out rather than to roll out all the chapathi and cooking it one by one. If your not confident in this, then cook 3 or 4 at a time.
7. Cooking the chapathi is also important. Make sure the tawa is heated up before you place the rolled dough. Do not keep flipping the chapathi many times and burning it. Wait for the bubbles to appear and flip just a few times. 
8. Place the cooked chapathi in a hot pack. You can apply some butter or ghee over it. 


Soft Chapathi


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13 Oct 2018

Chocolate Banana Zebra Cake

Chocolate Banana Zebra Cake

This is a soft and moist cake made with ripe bananas. This recipe uses oil instead of butter and that makes the cake more moist. I love the combination of chocolate and banana, there are too many recipes in this blog with a chocolate and banana combination and it is a never fail combo especially with a hint of cinnamon. Top it with some chocolate ganache and you have a treat in your hands!


Chocolate Banana Zebra Cake


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5 Oct 2018

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake is a delicious three layers of chocolate goodness! There is a dark and rich dark chocolate mousse layer, a smooth milk chocolate mousse layer and a soft white chocolate mousse layer! All three layers together make this cake rich, tasty and divine! When you take a spoonful of this cake, it simply melts in your mouth! I love mousse cakes and make it quite often. I have posted a few mousse cakes earlier and I made this to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we all loved it.


Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

The cake is actually pretty simple to make but it involves a few steps and it takes a little while to get it all done. For me, I love baking cakes and I thoroughly enjoyed making this cake!
I used an eight-inch springform pan to make this cake and I built the sides of the pan with baking paper as I was not sure if the whole cake will fit in my pan. If you pan has tall sides, you can skip this step.

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake


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4 Sep 2018

Black Eyed Peas Curry

Black Eyed Peas is also known as Karamani in Tamil and Lobia in Hindi. This is a thick and rich gravy made with and it goes well with chapathi. Black eyed peas are rich in protein and fibre. I mostly make a lobia biryani for my kids lunch box and I make a lobia sundal too with these legumes for their snack boxes.


Lobia Masala


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11 Aug 2018

Buttermilk Brownies

A delicious fudgy brownie made more interesting with the addition of buttermilk! Over the years of baking, I have come to realize that adding buttermilk to your baked goodies makes it extra moist and soft. I have a lot of chocolate cake recipes that uses buttermilk. And when I came across a recipe that uses buttermilk, I had to try it out! Needless to say, this was another super tasty and fudgy brownie!


Buttermilk Brownies


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Quail Fried Eggs

Did you know Quail eggs are more nutritious and healthy than the regular chicken eggs we get in the market? These little quail eggs have more protein, vitamins and iron compared to the chicken eggs. They also fight allergies, stomach ulcers, promotes memory power and many more! With all the bad things people say about the chicken eggs, quail eggs are a wonderful option to consider.


Quail Fried Eggs

These quail eggs are very tiny compared to the chicken eggs. To make one normal sized fried eggs, you will have to use atleast 4-5 quail eggs.
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3 Aug 2018

Green Peas Poriyal

Green peas are a wonderful source of nutrition. They are rich in protein and vitamins and that's why it is also one of the first foods given to babies. Apparently, 1/2 cup of cooked green peas has 4 times more protein than carrots! So green peas are a wonderful source of protein for vegetarians. They have a low glycemic index and green peas are rich in fiber too. There are many ways to cook the green peas, this kind of poriyal is a South Indian speciality and it goes very well with sambar or rasam rice.


Green peas poriyal


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2 Aug 2018

Mango Tender Coconut Milkshake | Mango Elaneer Milkshake

Mango and Tender coconut milkshake is the perfect combination for summers! When I first came across this recipe I wasn't sure how it would taste but having made it, I can't wait to try many different variations! The deep intense flavor of the mango and the light tender coconut tasted so delicious! 


Mango Tender Coconut Milkshake


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1 Aug 2018

Jelly Boats

I don't make jellies at home as kids are not too fond of it but someone gave me 2 packs of jellies and I did not want to waste it and I made these cute little boats. I have seen these pictures in pinterest and wanted to try them out. Sure enough, seeing the little boats my kids were pretty excited to try them! You can make these for birthday parties and I'm sure it will be a huge hit among the kids!


Jelly Boats


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31 Jul 2018

Aloo Gobi Dry Curry

Aloo gobi is an easy and simple Indian side dish made with potatoes and cauliflower. In South India, this is had with a simple rasam or sambar rice and in North India, this is enjoyed with roti. Which ever way you choose to have it, this is a healthy tasty dish! You can make it dry like how I have made here or make it like a gravy too. I made it dry as the dry version goes well with rice.


Aloo Gobi Dry


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