9 Feb 2018

Chocolate Salami

Chocolate salami is an Italian dessert made with chocolate/cocoa, biscuits, butter and nuts. It gets the name salami as it looks like a salami! It's nothing but a chocolate biscuit roll. There are many versions of chocolate salami in the internet and my favorite is this recipe which does not require eggs and it's pretty easy to do.
I made this dessert for my nieces as they are fond of chocolate biscuit desserts. I'm always on the lookout for chocolate biscuit desserts and I have made quite a few for them with biscuits and chocolates and this is another one!

Chocolate Salami


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Chocolate Lava Cake

This is the quickest and most easiest dessert you can make for a last minute surprise for Valentine's Day or Anniversary or Birthdays! It's easy to bake, requiring ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen and it ends up looking like an exotic dessert making your day very special!


Molten Lava Cake

For a very long time I never tried this lava cake as I felt the reduced baking time would mean eating uncooked batter with uncooked eggs and that thought always made me hesitate to bake this cake. And then I saw this recipe which was egg free and it uses chocolate to give the molten effect and the cake is baked for 18-20 minutes which is the normal baking time for muffins. So then, I was game to try it out. 


Molten Lava Cake

This recipe is really fail proof. Each one of my cake had molten lava oozing out! I guess the tricky part is the chocolate that you use as some chocolates just does not melt. I have read many comments online that dairy milk chocolate does not melt inside however I used dairy milk bournville chocolate and it melted just fine for me. 

I loved this lava cake, especially because the I always like the chocolate oozing out to be just like lava, thick dark and luscious! I don't like the lava pouring out like water. All my cakes had the perfect lava effect, just perfect to scoop and eat!


Molten Lava Cake

The brown bits seen in the pictures is the milk chocolate that has melted. I felt that even without the chocolate pieces the lava was perfect! If you see closely, only the light brown gooey stuff is from the bournville chocolate. The dark brown lava is from the cake itself! So next time, I'm going to try this recipe without adding the extra chocolate pieces for a perfect lava cake! 

Make sure you grease the moulds well so that it comes out intact and then decorate as you wish! Serve this dessert immediately. If you let it sit for awhile, the lava inside, will solidify and it will not flow out. It will be just like a normal chocolate muffin. So plan accordingly!


Molten Lava Cake


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Beef Biryani

I am not a beef eater, never been all my life! And then I visited my anni's house and she cooked beef for us! I could not say no and create a fuss, so I quietly said a prayer and ate it!! And I was quite surprised by it, as it tasted quite similar to mutton and we enjoyed a lovely beef curry.
She then sent some beef with me to try at my home and so I made this beef biryani and a beef curry with it. This biryani turned out quite well. I made a simple biryani in pressure cooker.


Beef Biryani

I have been taught that, beef that is not cooked thoroughly and properly will lead to worm infestation which is what caused the mind block about beef, so I ended up cooking the beef for a long time. I cooked for 30 minutes in medium flame which gave us a soft cooked meat.
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6 Feb 2018

White Chocolate Mousse

I don't have a lot of white chocolate recipes here since I don't have a preference in my family for white chocolate except me! Everybody prefers dark chocolate and I always end up making a dark chocolate mousse. But when we had a potluck among our prayer group, in our house recently, I made this white chocolate mousse and it went quite well! I thought many won't like the taste of white chocolate but surprisingly all the cups got over quickly!


White Chocolate Mousse


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2 Feb 2018

Cabbage Egg Rice

I don't like repeating lunch box menus for atleast 2-3 weeks to keep things interesting and especially to keep my kids interested in the lunch box! So I end up making different kinds of variety rice. 
One such day I made this cabbage egg rice. I usually make cabbage egg poriyal as a side dish for rice, I simply added some rice to the poriyal and made this for my kids lunch box.
You can add some peanuts for crunch.


Cabbage Egg Rice


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31 Jan 2018

Mutta Bonda

Mutta Bonda is a favorite tea time snack among South Indians. It is easy and simple to make, if you already have boiled eggs at hand. Few months back we visited my friend Poongodi, where she quickly made some yummy muttai bonda. Our family enjoyed the muttai bonda and we enjoyed the time spent with them! After that day my husband kept saying we must make these egg bondas at home and finally we ended up making it at home and it tasted great! My husband helped me make these bondas and we enjoyed our evening snacks with kids!


Mutta Bonda

Now a days, we get ready made bhajji/bonda mix in the store but making this egg bonda from scratch at home is extremely simple and will not require you to buy the mix from the store.

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30 Jan 2018

Vegetable Cutlet

Vegetable Cutlets are one of the most favorite snacks of all time! If ever we go out for snacks then this cutlet is always a must have! It is easy and simple to make and kids will always love it. 
One of the main things to note while making a cutlet is the binding agent. If you don't add proper and sufficient binding agent then you cutlet will fall apart when you fry them. 
Also after adding the masala to the cooked vegetables, you can choose to cook it all again in a tawa to remove the raw smell of the masala. 
So lets see how to make a tasty cutlet!


Veg Cutlets


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29 Jan 2018

Carrot Pulao

Whenever I want to include carrot in my kids lunch box, I always make the quick carrot rice. However this carrot pulao is slightly different from that carrot rice recipe. This pulao is more flavorful and mild and rich! This is the kind of pulao that you can serve for your guests. Made with fragrant basmati rice, coconut milk and flavored with whole spices, this pulao tastes too good!


Carrot Pulao


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27 Jan 2018

Fruit Cake Ice Cream

This past Christmas did not go well for my family. My mother in law passed away and we did not celebrate Christmas and the fruit cake that I had made a week earlier was left in the fridge. I gave away a lot of cake and with the left over I made this ice cream.


Fruit Cake Ice Cream

This ice cream is so delicious and rich with all the nuts and dried fruits. We go to an ice cream parlour near our house where they mix our favourite ice cream with chocolate cake and we all love having that ice cream, this fruit cake ice cream tasted similar to that except this was more tasty and lip smacking with all the fruits and nuts added to it!


Fruit Cake Ice Cream


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25 Jan 2018