Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Genius Quinoa Chocolate Cake

First,a set of disclaimers on this Quinoa Chocolate Cake. If you are expecting anything less than a perfect chocolate cake then let me disappoint you. If you are expecting a trade off ,gummy, weird Chocolate Cake,then again this recipe will disappoint you. If you are expecting anything other than a magical,chocolatey,fudgy,gooey cake then you are on the wrong post.Seriously! I have listed all these disclaimers because this Quinoa Chocolate Cake is not a trade off cake.It’s not something you are forced to eat in the name of chocolate cake because of all the allergies and diets you have adopted. Don’t make it cause you want something gluten free..make it cause you want something super Chocolatey and fudgy. The recipe is adapted very …

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No Bake Oreo Chocolate Tart| 4 Ingredient Dessert

No Bake Oreo Chocolate Tart - Easy Eggless Chocolate Pie with Crushed chocolate biscuit tart shell and creamy dark chocolate ganache filling.

I admit that I have been sitting on this BRILLIANT recipe for sometime now.My bad.So here I am giving you the full scoop..err slice of.. No Cook No Bake Oreo Chocolate Tart. The frustrating part about this No Bake Oreo Chocolate Tart is that it’s extremely difficult to resist and even though I have made it about a zillion times, I am only posting the recipe now because almost every time the pie got over way too soon. So let’s get straight to it shall we? This chocolate tart needs only 4 ingredients – Dark Chocolate,Cream,Oreos and Butter.Yes really! and NO COOKING- if you call heating cream cooking ,then you need real help. It’s simple! Simple enough that it can be …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Sukka

Mangalorean Prawn Sukka - A spicy, tangy Prawn roast from the west coast of india made with chillies,tamarind and fresh coconut.

Mangalore Prawn Sukka is a dish from the west coast of South India.It is a bright orange(red in some cases) spicy and Tangy prawn roast made with fresh coconut and dry red chillies. I was introduced to Mangalorean cuisine about 7 years back when we went to Kudla, the most iconic Mangalorean Food restaurant in Bangalore, for a department lunch.My love affair with it began then. The Neer dosas, the Mangalorean Kori Gassi and the Ghee Roast, have wooed me to nose-dive deep into the cuisine with open arms.Though something or the other has always kept me from visiting Mangalore,the food remains an obsession that has grown with all the time I have been in Bangalore. This recipe of Mangalorean …

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15 minute Chocolate Bread Pudding | Quick Dessert

15 minute Chocolate Bread Pudding - A Super Fast,Easy to make, Fool proof,Warm and Comforting, no fail Chocolate dessert recipe.

I made this 15 minute Chocolate Bread Pudding when I was really down the dumps.I was ready to pull my hair out when I spotted a few day old Pav in my fridge and decided to make a Chocolate Bread Pudding on a whim. The recipe isn’t rocket science but it is sheer comfort in a matter of minutes.You can whip this up without any fancy equipment and with pantry staples. When I first made it,I posted the recipe on the Instagram and I was really astonished with the kind of response I got for this.In fact, my mother said that this 15 minute Chocolate Bread Pudding is the kind of recipe that people will actually make and I should definitely …

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Easy Indian Style Chicken Roast | Chicken Roast Masala

Easy Indian Style Chicken Roast Recipe - Whole Chicken & potatoes roasted with desi indian spices ,yogurt and Ghee.

Who doesn’t love a perfectly roasted chicken?I like mine full of flavour and Spices.Today’s Chicken dish is an Indian style Chicken Roast. There may be myriad ways of roasting a chicken but the most comforting for me is this Spicy Chicken made with warm spices and yogurt.It has what my palate recognises and associates with comfort food. The Indian Marinade for Roast Chicken Marinating the chicken overnight will make sure that it’s well seasoned and flavourful.I have used some basic Indian spices along with two important ingredients Yogurt and Vinegar. Yogurt and Vinegar not only impart flavour but also tenderise the chicken from inside.Rest of the spices are everyday available Indian pantry staples – Coriander,cumin,Chilli powder and pepper. if you want …

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Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew

Vegan(Vegetarian) Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew with herbs and roasted cherry tomatoes.Easy to make hearty Lima Beans Stew

I am always looking for meals that can serve a large crowd and be made in advance.This Italian White Butter Beans and Tomato Stew is just that.You can not only make this ahead of time but also freeze it for later use. It’s the perfect Vegan (Hence Vegetarian) option – it has good amount of protein from the beans and the flavour from the tomatoes, bell pepper and herbs.It’s a recipe made for success really! What are Lima Beans / Butter Beans Let’s talk about Butter Beans,shall we?Lima Beans are large white colour kidney shaped beans.They are a great vegan source of fat free protein and have a high glycemic index- which means they are great for people with diabetes. What …

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The Best Palak Paneer | Dhaba Style

The best Palak Paneer Recipe - Dhaba Style - Easy to make recipe of the Famous Indian dish made with Spinach and Cottage Cheese

Today I present to you one of my favourite recipes- it’s the best Palak Paneer you will ever make! I promise! When you grow up eating something everyday, you tend to automatically assume you know how to make it.At least I did.For the longest time I made Palak Paneer without thinking.It used to be dark, have an irony taste to it.I only made it when I felt my body needed extra nutrients or when I remember Popoye. Then, as I started diving deeper into the culinary world I found some tricks of the trade.Especially when working with Spinach.Unlike me, you don’t have to re invent the wheel because I am going to tell you all the secrets of the best …

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Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala – Spicy Muttai Thokku recipe

Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala - Spicy Muttai Thokku recipe

We used to get this exact Egg Roast Masala in our hostel about a decade back.In fact this Tamil Nadu Style Egg Roast Masala was the sole reason I joined the Non Vegetarian Mess.While everything else was a disappointment in my hostel mess, this was one dish that they excelled in. This Egg Roast Masala is also called Muttai Thokku in Tamil.It’s best described as boiled Eggs in roasted onion and tomato masala. While the ingredients are simple, the technique and quantity of each is important. So how do we make Tamil Egg Roast Masala Egg Roast Masala is made by slow roasting onions and tomato in warm spices.Hard boiled Eggs are added once the masala is ready. If you read the recipe, …

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Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad is my absolute favourite salad to make, especially when I am entertaining.In fact in my mind it’s an amazing appetizer not a mere salad. The dressing is the real bomb though and I think it would jazz up any kind of vegetable.It’s a Sweet,Spicy & tangy dressing- which is just what is needed to make the best salad dressing ever. It’s obviously Thai inspired as the name suggests.Traditionally fish sauce is also added in the dressing for an extra umami but I have skipped it in this dish. You can change the proportions of the ingredients as per your taste and preferences.This recipe will yield an extra spicy Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad because …

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Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal Fry

Dhaba Style Dal Tadka | Restaurant Style Yellow Dal

Today’s recipe is Dhaba Style Dal Tadka also called Restaurant Style Yellow Dal. Every household as a favourite dal and a special way of cooking it.Even within households, people cook Dal differently.My aunt usually only makes the brown Masoor with the Chilka and my mother prefers Moong.There is no right or wrong way to make a dal- you can make it in one shot in the pressure cooker-without bothering with an extra tadka or you could slow cook it like the black dal usually is for a creamy consistency. The Method The Dhaba Style Dal Tadka that I make has two types of tempering or tadka.The first one is with the usual suspects – Onions,Tomato,Ginger,Garlic and spices and the second tempering …

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Easy Cherry & Rhubarb Crumble

Cherry & Rhubarb Crumble

I don’t know what it is but a crumble always takes me right back to my childhood.I can tell you I felt like a little child licking the bowl clean when I was done with this Cherry & Rhubarb Crumble. There is something so comforting about eating a crumble.It has everything -the tartness from the fruits – cherry & rhubarb in this case,crispness from the crumble and creaminess from the ice-cream or whipped cream.It’s infact ,the perfect no fuss dessert at the end of a hearty dinner.I usually serve the crumble warm with a dollop of ice cream which adds another dimension to this already amazing dish. I love making it in my kitchen because this doesn’t need any special knowledge …

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Malabar Chicken Peralan | Kerala Style Kozhi Peralan Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan - Kerala Style Chicken Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan or Kozhi Peralan as is known regionally is a famous dry Chicken Roast from the state of Kerala. It’s very popular in the Malayali Christian Community but like all traditional recipe everyone has their own versions of it.This  recipe is adapted from the famous book Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs K. M Mathew.This book was published almost two decades ago and has since been handed to every new bride in the Malabar community. The first time I made it ,both I and Abhishek were pleasantly surprised with how rounded the flavours were- everything is in a fine balance- the heat from the chillies,the warmth from the spices, the sourness from vinegar.Everything has a role to …

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Eggless Cinnamon Cake

Eggless Cinnamon Cake - Vegetarian Coffee Cake with Swirls of Cinnamon

I love everything Cinnamon and this Eggless Cinnamon cake is the proof of that. The elegance of this cake is in the beautiful delicate swirls of cinnamon running through the middle. Very often, vegetarian eggless cakes are a pale version of the actual stuff.Usually- hard, tasteless, sometimes pasty, weirdly greasy and with a bad aftertaste because of all the artificial additives.This cake though is nothing of that sort.It has a beautiful crumb,a spongy airy texture and a taste that can easily rival most cakes with eggs. It’s made entirely with easily available pantry ingredients and if you don’t tell people they will not know that this cake is EGGLESS Isn’t there something so romantic about this cake? I could eat it …

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Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala - Versatile Rich Indian Tomato Gravy with Cottage Cheese

Paneer Butter Masala is one dish that I and my brother have obsessed over all our childhoods. Every-time we stepped out for dinner, lunch or even breakfast at times, this is what we ordered along with a standard side of Naans. I can safely say that this is THE dish which is enjoyed along all ages, heck my son of 1.5 years loves it too! The rich,buttery, delicately balanced tomato gravy- with just the right amount of sugar and sour – Sigh! The butter Masala Gravy also known as the Makhani Gravy , at it’s best,should be a medium spicy, slightly sweet,smooth gravy which can go with anything from Peas to Tandoori Chicken to Eggs.It’s worthwhile just to have this …

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Easy Beetroot Falafel

Beetroot Falafel - Traditional Middle Eastern Nutrient Rich,high protein patties made with chickpeas and spices

Introducing you today to – Beetroot Falafel that can be fried or baked.These Middle eastern street food is so loved across the world that it’s become a household name now. Easily made and even more easily eaten- Falafels or Felafel can be eaten simply with some yogurt dip or stuffed inside a pita bread with some raw veggies. Falafels are super high on nutrients because the majority of it is only chickpeas(garbanzo beans or chole) and veggies. In fact these beetroot falafels are not only vegan but also paleo and whole 30 approved. Beetroot Falafel can be made paleo and whole 30 approved by swapping flour with tapioca flour or potato starch and baking them instead of frying them. Healthier …

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Restaurant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala

The best Restuarant Style Punjabi Rajma Masala -Easy recipe

I could write a book on Rajma.If there was one dish that was my ALLLLL time favourite it was the Punjabi Rajma Masala.It’s something I cook almost every week at home. The Punjabi Way of cooking Rajma Masala is to soak it overnight in water, boil it using a pressure cooker and mix bhuna masala made with Chopped Onions,Pureed tomato,Ginger, Garlic and milieu of fresh spices- including Cumin,Coriander and Chilli Powder.This dish  is especially popular in the Northern states of India. Everyone has a Rajma recipe and a story with it, don’t we? I in fact have a number of stories! There was a time I ate(& relished) undercooked Rajma Masala with rice at my hostel in Vellore for 4 …

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Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake – Cotton Cheese Cake

Light & Fluffy Japanese CheeseCake - Cotton Cheese Cake

I have been making Japanese CheeseCake for about 4 years now.I am updating the recipe in this blog post.Read my older post here. Every year, this is the one and only cake my husband asks for during his birthday. He isn’t a chocolate eater, doesn’t fancy cakes and cookies but a Japanese Cheesecake is something he never wants to share with anyone.Every time I bake this, I get specific instructions not to offer it to anyone and not to tell the guests about it. Over the years,I have changed the recipe slightly – added a bit of Cream of tarter to help with the egg whites and doubled the quantity cause who doesn’t like tall cheesecakes!But otherwise it remains fairly unchanged. …

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Nadan Kozhi Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry

Kerala Chicken Curry - Nadan Kozhi Curry -Made with Coconut Milk & Indian Spices

Let me introduce you to a very special, close to my heart recipe of Nadan Kozhi Curry- Kerala Chicken Curry.There are so many different ways in which Chicken is cooked in Kerala.Frankly it’s overwhelming! There is Chicken Stew, Kerala Chicken Roast, Trivandrum Fried Chicken, Chicken Peralen,i can probably go on and on. Nadan Chicken Curry is the most basic, no frills Kerala Chicken Curry that’s made in most Malabar households. In fact ,Nadan Kozhi Curry translates to Village Chicken Curry- which is made with the most basic ingredients available easily in their own backyard,  including the country chicken , which is said to have a lot more flavour and robustness than the easily available broiler Chicken. No prizes for guessing …

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Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Homemade Achari Paneer Masala

Today’s dish is Homemade Achari Paneer Masala. A spicy piquant curry with Cottage cheese, made with Indian pickling spices, to be eaten with steaming hot Ghee Rotis right off the tawa or white fluffy rice. One of my earliest memories of school are from when I was probably 6 years old, sitting on the steps with my girl friends, swapping homemade Mango pickles and parathas made by our mothers. Have you ever had homemade Mango pickles? It’s usually made with raw small green mangoes-quartered and preserved in a milieu of Mustard oil,Fennel Seeds(saunf),Nigella Seeds(Kalonji),Mustard Seeds(Rai) & Fenugreek Seeds(Methi seeds).When I made this curry the first time I was aiming to harness that taste of my childhood.Though i know nothing can compare …

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