Monthly Archives: September 2011

Chocolate Coconut Ladoo Recipe – An Indian Sweet

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Yes, we are making scrumptious looking and heavenly tasting ladoooos.. !!

Ahh… Love the combination of chocolate and coconut..!!

I feel chocolate is always best paired with coconut.. The blend of chocolate and coconut together creates magic..I am not joking, you must try it once..

I think i should disclose a secret or the best way to have them.. Keep them in the fridge for 1 hr before you serve ..And then prepare chocolate sauce ( see recipe below) , it should be served hot.. They taste heavenly with the hot chocolate dip.. I promise you will never forget this taste..!!

They can be made with variety of topping  like ground almond, cashew, brown sugar, white chocolate, dark chocolate..

This is the best chocolate treat for kids and  festive occasions  ..

You can also make them colorful and with different flavors or according to the theme color of your party.. Here i give certain examples:

  1. Strawberry essence and Raspberry red color ( most tasty and beautiful looking)
  2. Pista essence and Green color
  3. Almond essence and roll in ground almonds
  4.  Add Saffron and yellow color

Chocolate Coconut Ladoo

Ingredients:

coconut powder or flakes – 250 gms

sugar (granules) – 250 gms

water – 1 glass

cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

grated khoya ( thickened milk or whole dried milk) – 200 gms

extra coconut for rolling

Method:

  1. Take a pan. Add sugar and water.  Keep it to cook and stir continuously till sugar dissolves completely. Now let it boil till one string syrup is formed.
  2. Now add khoya to it and stir again till khoya mixes completely with the sugar syrup. Take it down.
  3. Now add coconut powder, cocoa powder and vanilla essence. Mix properly and let it cool.
  4. Now make round balls out of it and roll in coconut flakes.
  5. Keep in the fridge to set and then serve.

Chocolate sauce

Ingredients:

dark chocolate(grated)- 100 gms

fresh cream – 1/2 cup

Method: 

  1. Melt the chocolate using double boiler and add cream. Mix well for a min.
  2. Serve hot

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY 🙂

Do share how did you find the recipe. Btw, if you liked this sweet, you will definitely love my Hot Chocolate Pudding.

Black And White Sesame Ice-Cream Recipe!

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Yeah, its a japanese ice cream..

You all must have tried black sesame ice cream.. And if you havent tried it till now then am here to guide you guys how to make it at home.. The authentic sesame ice cream is only made up of black sesame seeds..

Especially  for Indians, if you have ever tried Til ( white sesame) Ka Ladoo and liked it then you are going to love this ice cream and you are going to miss your mom.. For this reason i am making it with a twist..  I am adding white sesame seeds to it , just to give it resembling taste.. And its Black And White appearance makes it look amazing.. 😛

This ice cream is very creamy and condensed milk makes it super tasty..

Ingredients:

black sesame seeds – 1/4 cup

white sesame seeds – 1/2 cup

sweetened condensed milk – 4 tablespoon

milk powder – 2 tsp

cornflour – 1/2 teaspoon

fresh cream ( whipped cream) – 1.5 cup

granulated sugar – 1 teaspoon

milk – 3/4 cup

vanilla essence – 10 drops

Method:

  1. Take a pan. Add milk, milk powder, cornflour and condensed milk. Mix it properly and then keep it to cook. While cooking stir it continuously and wait till first boil comes.
  2.  Now take it town and transfer into other container and cool it properly.
  3. Take a mixer. Add this milk mixture and sugar to it and beat in the mixer for 1/2 min.
  4. Now add whipped or fresh cream and vanilla essence in the mixer and but this time beat it On and Off  for 5 times.
  5. Take another pan. Add both white and black sesame seeds and pan roast on low flame.
  6. Cool sesame seeds and crush them little in the mixer. Dont crush them very fine.
  7. Now add crushed seeds to the mixture already prepared.
  8. Take a air tight container or air tight aluminium box. Pour ice cream mixture and keep in the freezer.
  9. After every 30 mins take out the ice cream box and mix  the mixture with spoon. Repeat this for atleast 6 times. You have to do this otherwise seeds will settle at the bottom. And if you take out ice cream after every 30 mins and mix , the ice cream becomes thick and at that stage seeds dont settle at the bottom.
  10. Ice cream will take 4 to 5 hrs to freeze.

Serving suggestion:

Scoop out ice cream from the box and sprinkle little coconut powder and enjoy this lovely ice cream.

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY 🙂

Home Made Minestrone Soup !!

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It is type of thick ITALIAN soup usually made by adding rice or pasta(mini shell or macaroni).. Main ingredients are beans, onion, carrot, celery and tomatoes..  But it can be made with any seasonal vegetables..

You have to be innovative and confident when you make such soups, becoz minestrone is a type of soup that can be made with so many twists.. You can add any vegetable of your choice and any type of pasta. If you want to make it more attractive to kids then add 3 to 4 types of pasta ( penne, spaghetti, fusilli, gomito).. But when you use  such type of pastas, then boil them separately as all such types are thick and will take more time to become soft.. I am sure kids are going to love this soup as pasta would be there and you dont have to hesitate while making or serving this soup as at the same time it is very nutritive too..

Today i tried almost 10 different types of soup in my cooking class. Minestrone was the most colorful and best to taste.. Then i decided to make it at home for my family.. Everyone loved it especially my younger brother liked it a lot.. Do try it once 🙂

Ingredient:

olive oil – 1 tablespoon

grated onion – 1 small

grated garlic cloves – 4

grated tomato – 1 large

finely chopped cabbage – 1/2 cup

finely chopped carrot – 1/4 cup

finely chopped capsicum -1/4 cup

french beans – 1 tablespoon

pasta ( shell  or macaroni) – 1/2 cup

water – 2 glasses

cottage cheese (paneer)  – 1/4 cup (cut in small cubes)

salt – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon

white pepper ( can use black) – 1/4 teaspoon

cornflour – 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Take a pan. Add olive oil, chopped garlic and onion.  Saute for a min or two.
  2. Add chopped cabbage, capsicum, carrot, beans and grated tomato. Mix it well.
  3. Now add cottage cheese and pasta.
  4. Add 2 glasses to water.
  5. Lastly add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and white pepper. Cover it and cook it over medium flame till pasta and vegetables become soft.
  6. Take a bowl, in it add 1/2 cup water and cornflour. Mix it properly.
  7. Now remove the cover  and add cornflour and water mixture to pan. Stir continuously for a min.
  8. Before serving add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and serve hot.

Serving Suggestion: 

Garnish with coriander leaves and fresh cream.

Servings: 4

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY 🙂

How to make Pasta Alla vodka?

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Ah Yes, we are making Pasta Alla Vodka.. 🙂

This is my utter favorite among all pastas.. I know its your favourite too..  And if you have never tried this pasta before then i recommend you to try it once.. You all are gonna love it 🙂

There is a good story behind this pasta..  First time i had this pasta in REPLAY lounge and the whole credit goes to the prettiest lady mah best friend TASHI ..  She was the one who made me try this pasta at replay..  I cant tell you guys, how tempting and inviting it was..  I was actually salivating..  And that very moment i had that delicious pasta directly from the serving bowl, I cudnt even wait till it was served.. 😛

Now i go to Replay just to have this delicious pasta.. I dun try anything else there.. But every time you cant manage to go just to have it, then i decided to try it out at home and guess what i was successful.. And it came out so well that now i feel its better to make it at home only as at home you are free to make changes according to your taste buds..

This was too crazy at my part, that i celebrated mah birthday party at replay this year just becoz of this alla vodka pasta 😛 I wanted that mah all friends should try this pasta and always remember mah birthday treat.. 😀 Jokes apart, lets make it finally..

Ingredients:

olive oil – 2 tablespoon

butter – 2 tablespoon

chopped garlic cloves – 3 or 4

chopped onion – 1/2  cup

tomatoes – 1 kg

chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon

salt – 1/4  to 1/2 teaspoon

black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

penne pasta – 400 gms

heavy cream – 1/2 to 3/4 cup

vodka – 1/4 cup

parsley for garnishing

grated parmesan cheese/ mozarella cheese for garnishing

for boiling penne pasta :

water – 8 to 10 glasses

salt – 1/4 teaspoon

olive oil – 1 teaspoon

Method:

  • Blanching of Tomatoes :  Directly roast on low heat or roast in oven for few secs. Now remove the knob and peel of the skin of the tomatoes and deseed. Slit tomatoes in 4 halves.
  • Tomato Puree : Blend  blanched tomatoes in the mixer very finely.
  • Boiling of Penne Pasta : Boil water and add penne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tsp olive oil. Wait till they start coming on the surface of the water. Drain the penne and slightly rub penne with olive oil so that they dont stick.
  • Alla Vodka Sauce : Take a pan over low to medium heat. Add olive oil and butter. Let butter melt properly. Now add chopped onions and garlic. Saute for 2 mins or till they become golden in colour. Now add tomato puree and stir it continuously for a min. Now take it down ,transfer into the other bowl and let it cool ‘properly’. After cooling it completely, blend this mixture again in the mixer so that sauce becomes smooth and fine. Now transfer it again into the pan over low heat. Now add vodka and stir. Wait till first boil comes. Add salt, black pepper and chilli flakes. Then add fresh cream and mix it properly.
  • Finally add boiled penne and mix lightly using 2 round spoons and take it down. Be careful not to overcook.

Serving Suggestion:

Garnish with grated cheese and parsley or basil leaves.

If sauce is thick or it becomes thick when you leave it for sometime then dun wry, simply add milk or warm water to change the consistency.

You can also add finely chopped zucchini, capsicum at the time you add fresh cream.

Servings : 6

EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY 🙂 

I am making aloo anardana chaat, do you want to join

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This is my favorite chaat.. Best kattha meetha combination! Here is a short description for you.. Boiled potato(ALOO) mixed with pomegranate pearls(ANARDANA) along with some spices and lemon juice.. This can be served as starter..

I tried it after reading recipe from sanjeev kapoor’s recipe book..I made few changes to suit my taste buds.. One day my mom was like beta there is one boiled potatao in the fridge and am not using it, if you are making something then use that too..But that day i wasnt in the mood to make anything as i was too tired.. Just to use that boiled potato i decided to make this chaat.. That time i had no idea it will turn out so tempting and amazingly tasty..:) 🙂

I dun make this chaat only becoz there is some left boiled potato in the fridge..Now i actually boil potato with full excitement to make this yummy chaat.. 😛

I havent met a person till yet who doesnt like chaats.. So guys what are you waiting for c’mon join me and lets try this most colourful chaat..

Ingredients:

boiled peeled chopped (in small cubes) potato – 1 cup

chopped onion – 1 cup

chopped deseeded tomatoes – 1 cup

pomegranate pearls – 1 cup

chopped green chilli – 1 teaspoon

chopped coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon

chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

salt – 1/2 teaspoon

black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl except coriander leaves and toss. Garnish with coriander leaves and fully enjoy your chaat.

Serving Suggestion:

You can serve this chaat with canapes.

Garnish with coriander leaves . And serve immediately!

You can also use peanuts, zero size namkeen, mint leaves, parsley for garnishing.

Servings: 5

Prepration time: 20 mins

How to make Virgin Mojito in under 5mins

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virgin mojito

Virgin Mojito

A cool and refreshing minty drink..!

Ingredients:

chopped fresh mint leaves – 20

sugar syrup – 2 teaspoon

sugar –  1 tablespoon

lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

crushed ice – half cup

drinking soda – 150 milli-litres

Method:

Take a glass. Add mint leaves and sugar to it and blend with a spoon so that all mint leaves get crushed and flavour comes out.  Now add sugar syrup and lemon juice to the glass mix again with the spoon. Add ice and pour drinking soda on the ice(Rocks).

Serving Suggestion:

Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slice!

Serve  immediately with a straw!


hello everyone!!

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This is my first blog post… i am so so excited… this will be a new and good experience for me..this world will be totally new to me but u dun learn anything till you u dun try anything.. so i am here to try something very interesting.. i will be blogging about best selected recipes.. i love cooking and i discovered that recently 😉 i am learning cooking from  BELA’S cookery classes.. i will be posting tried and tested recipes only so dun wry you wont be disappointed.. you know what, u are best satisfied when you actually cook for hours and u dun even get time to taste it. And then the moment you serve and people are like awesome, amazing, yummm!!! i would want you to experience the same 😉  so just try my recipes once at home.. am pretty much sure u will be more than happy after cooking but please please exactly follow all the guidelines..dun miss a single step!! 🙂 🙂

So here I start, wish me luck.. 😛