Saturday, July 28, 2012

Chocolate Fudge...

I picked this recipe from Nestle's fb page... & yaaaayyy!! Its a winner! I did make a few changes though & herez how i went about it...

You need:
Butter - 100g - i used salted
AP flour(maida) - 1 tbsp heaped
Powdered sugar - 1tbsp
Sweetened condensed milk 1tin(400g) - i used Nestle's milkmaid
Cocoa powder - 4tsp heaped or more
A handful or two of chopped nuts - i used walnuts, cashews & almonds

How to:
Melt the butter in a non-stick pan and add the AP flour when it starts to bubble. Lower the flame so that it doesn't burn. Keep stirring, ensuring that no lumps are formed. Follow with the sugar and stir. Add in the condensed milk and mix well. Add the cocoa powder and keep stirring till the mixture thickens & comes together to form a soft ball. Add the chopped nuts and mix well.
Transfer this onto a greased tray and smoothen the surface. Cool & let it rest in the refrigerator. Cut into squares or as desired & EnJoY!!! YummiLiciousss!! ;)

- You could skip the sugar if you are using unsalted butter.
- Transfer the fudge from the tray as soon as it holds shape & cut as desired. The fudge tends to stick to the tray when fully set. You could also line the tray with cling film before transferring the fudge to set.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Crunchy Chickpea Munchies...

From a well stacked cupboard of ready-eats, we have now successfully moved on to an almost bare one! Yaaaaaaay!!... - a part of trying to get rid of meaningless chomping while glued to the idiot box.. which thankfully, is not more than an hour everyday ;) But that one hour did contribute to the most calorie build up esp. with the oreos, bourbons & the dark fantasy.. ummmm!!
Was browsing through Good Housekeeping when i came across a recipe for some baked munchies... tried them & we did finish them off in one go.. ;) was waaaay healthier than any packaged goody & addictive too!! :)
You need:
Chickpeas - 400gm 
Oil - 2tbsp (any vegetable oil will do)
AP flour (maida) - 1tbsp
Corriander powder - 1tsp
salt & chilly powder to taste

How to:
Preheat the oven to 220deg C. Mix the peas with all the other ingredients except the flour. Now toss the seasoned peas with flour to coat and transfer onto a slightly greased baking tray ensuring that you have a single layer of peas (not piled on one another). Roast till golden & crisp(about 30-40min) stirring occasionally to avoid burning. Makes about a cup of guilt-free munch. ;)
While boiling the peas, add in two whole green chillies & season with enough salt - the munchies taste better. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Crispy Parval(pointed gourd) with potatoes...

The parval or pointed gourd is something that i would not have picked up on my own... I ended up having this at Sonali's place a couple of times(of the innumerable lunches that i'v had there!) and thought i'd give it a try. Read more about this veggie here!
You need:
parval / pointed gourd thinly sliced - 2 cups
potatoes thinly sliced - 1 cup
onion sliced - 1 medium
dried red chillies - 2
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
a pinch of turmeic
salt to taste
oil for shallow frying
How to:
Heat about 3-4 tbsp oil in a wok. Add in the cumin seeds followed by the chillies when they start to sizzle. Add the onions and turmeric. Fry till lightly browned. Now add in the potatoes, parval, salt to taste and continue to fry them till they are done. The gourds tend to curl and turn crispy when done. Drain the excess oil and serve along with chapatis or rice.

- Use only tender gourds for this dish.The ripe ones are rubbery, orangish inside and have hard seeds.
- You could boil the potatoes in the microwave for about 5minutes before adding them to the wok, saving on cook time.

Oatmeal Cookies...

Been wishing for a satisfying oatmeal cookie ever since i got back on Indian soil... & the fact that we are holed up in Vizag does not help! So when i came across Joy of Baking's recipe, the cookie on my wishlist looked up at me, begging to be cut off! I did make a few changes though and skipped the cinnamon.
Herez the result! :) 
You need:
brown sugar, tightly packed - 1 cup
butter at room temperature 3/4 cup - i used salted
all purpose flour(maida)- 3/4 cup
oats - 3cups - i used Quaker
1 egg
Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
baking soda - 1/2 tsp
raisins - 1/2 cup
walnuts toasted and chopped - 1 cup 
chocolate chips (optional) - 1/2 cup

How to:
Preheat the oven to 200 degree C.
Beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth - i used an electric beater. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine well. 
Combine the flour and baking soda and add this to the creamed mixture. Mix well and stir in the nuts, raisins and chocolate chips. Add in the oats & mix well. 
Grease a baking tray and transfer the dough with enough spacing between the cookies- I used a scoop spoon for uniform cookies. Flatten the cookies lightly with the back of the spoon. You need to spoon out your portions keeping in mind that the cookies will flatten out and get bigger. Bake the cookies for about 12 - 15 minutes or till done. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. 

Yaaaayyyy!!! I now have my own batch of oatmeal cookies!! :) Another strike off from my wishlist - which by the way is growing forever! ;)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Papad Vadas!

Poppadom or Papad is typically served as an accompaniment to a meal in India. I did serve it as a starter with some salsa variants but never as a vada!! My scouting for quick fix eats got me here & glad that i tried out this ridiculously easy  snack! 
You need:
Any papad - i used Haldiram's Bikaneri papad which is seasoned with pepper & asafoetida
rice flour - 1/2 cup
gram flour(besan) - 2 tbsp
black sesame seeds - 2tsp or more
chilly powder to taste
salt to taste
How to:
Since i used large papads, i broke them diagonally till i ended up with 6 triangular segments. 
Mix all the ingredients listed above, excluding the papad with enough water to make a thick batter. The batter should not be runny. 
Heat enough oil in a wok to deep fry the papads. Once the oil is ready, dip the papad in the batter ensuring that it is well coated & drop it in the oil. Drain on paper towels when done.

Served with a steaming cup of tea... mmmmmnnn!!! :)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Watermelon sorbet... :)

The searing heat always drives me to the fridge.. On one such 'trips' i glanced at a box of watermelon chunks & set about making a sorbet - inspired by a picture posted by Nestle on facebook. 
Whizzed up the pulp of one medium watermelon with about half a tin of sweetened condensed milk (used milkmaid), passed it through a sieve and set it in an ice tray. The rest was set in a bowl & scraped to serve, topped with fresh mint leaves. Needless to say, the fridge was raided more often! ;)