Friday, April 10, 2015

Baby Corn Paneer Masala ~ Easy Side dish Recipes

Baby Corn Masala
How often do you think about making dinner and decide on making chapathi and a second later keep scratching your head for side dish ideas?Well,that's the scene at our house most of the days as both me and Ajay love having hot phulkas for dinner provided we have a scrumptious curry to dip it with.I love making north Indian curries but refrain from making it thinking of the calories.

But there are many curries which taste delicious without adding copious amount of butter or ghee.I chose this as I had to finish up a packet of peeled Baby corn and half a block of paneer.I made this one a while back and have made it a few times ever since.You can add veggies of your choice,substitute Mushrooms in place of paneer or mixed veggies in place of baby corn,it's totally up to your palate.

Baby Corn Masala 
Baby Corn Paneer Masala
Recipe idea - Rak's Kitchen

Ingredients

Baby corn - 10-12,peeled and chopped
Paneer - 100 gms,cubed
Oil - 2 tbsp,divided
Onion - 1 medium,chopped
Tomato - 1 medium,roughly chopped
Green chilly - 1
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1' piece
Cloves,Cardamom- 2 each
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Haldi powder - 1/4 tsp
Cashewnuts - 5-7,ground till smooth with 2 tbsp milk
Kasoori methi - 1 tsp,crushed

Method

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Pressure cook the baby corn for 2-3 whistles.
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In a kadai,add 1 tbsp oil and saute the chopped onions.
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Grind the onions along with tomato,green chilly and ginger garlic paste.
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In the same kadai add the remaining 1 tbsp oil and saute the whole garam masala - bay leaf,cinnamon,cloves and cardamom.
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Mix in the masala paste and saute for 2-3 minutes.
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Add red chilly powder,garam masala and turmeric/haldi powder.Let the paste simmer for 6-8 minutes or till oil starts floating on top,stir occasionally.
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Mix in the cashewnut paste and stir well.
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Add in the cooked baby corn,salt to taste and add water/milk little by little till you get a smooth,thick gravy.
Just before switching it off,
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add chopped paneer and 
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kasoori methi and let the curry come to a soft boil.
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Remove the bay leaf before serving.
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This curry goes well with phulka,naan and pulao.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eggless Devil's Food Cake


I'm back!!

I hope I don't sound like a Hollywood movie hero(picture Arnold as Terminator! Lol)I really feel so happy to be back to blogging and hope to blog once in a while at least,if not regularly.

So,a lot of things have changed in the past year.2014 was a very very special year for us,with the arrival of our dear Arjun who has made our life worth living for.It was an eventful year but the blog bore the brunt as I struggled with regular everyday cooking,leave along cooking for the blog.Our anniversary,Ajay's birthday went without a cake for the first time in years!

As we start our new life as parents,I hope to contribute a little to the blog as well.Sweet beginnings with something sweet :)
Eggless Devil's Food Cake
I made this cake a while back for a birthday cake order.All the birthday girl wanted was a double chocolate cake loaded with chocolate chips.I stuck to my foolproof recipe which gives a super moist chocolate cake,each and every time.So when this year,as always,Ajay asked for a chocolate cake for his birthday I remembered this cake.Especially since when I posted a picture of this cake on Instagram,I was loaded with recipe requests for the same.

I chose to name this one a Devil's food cake because of the lovely deep,dark Mahogany colour.
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Devil's food cake is generally more moist and airy than other chocolate cakes, and often uses cocoa as opposed to chocolate for the flavor as well as coffee.The lack of melted chocolate and the addition of coffee is typically what distinguishes a Devil's food cake from a chocolate cake, though some recipes call for all, resulting in an even richer chocolate flavor. The use of hot, or boiling water as the cake's main liquid, rather than milk, is also a common difference.Devil's food cake is sometimes distinguished from other chocolate cakes by the use of additional baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) which raises the pH level and makes the cake a deeper and darker mahogany color[source]
Eggless Devil's Food Cake

Eggless Devil's Food Cake

Ingredients

Maida/All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
Cocoa powder - 4 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Vinegar - 1 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C.
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Grease/Line an 8' round cake tin.
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Sift together the dry ingredients - maida,cocoa,baking soda and salt,reserve.
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In a mixing bowl add sugar,
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water,
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oil,
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vanilla 
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and vinegar.
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Beat for 1-2 minutes or till the sugar dissolves.

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Mix in the sifted dry ingredients,
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one tablespoon at a time till you get a smooth lump-free batter. 
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Pour the prepared batter into the cake tin and tap well on the counter top to eliminate air bubbles. 
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Bake for 40-45 minutes or till a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
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Remove the cake from the tin after 5 minutes and finish cooling on a wire rack.Slice horizontally and fill with a filling of your choice,I chose Chocolate ganache.

For the ganache

Dark chocolate - 400 gms
Cream - 200 ml

Melt together the chocolate 
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and cream in a microwave for 1 minute.
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Remove and stir well.
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If chunks remain,microwave again for another minute.
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You could strain the ganache if you prefer.Keep the ganache in room temperature for 8-10 hours for it to set well to a consistency wherein you could frost and fill the cake.
Eggless Devil's Food Cake
This recipe is enough to fill and frost this cake.

Eggless Devil's Food Cake

*pictures taken with my phone as lack of planning led the battery of my camera to die down and no time to charge before cutting the cake :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Happy News :)

A big Hi to all of you :)

This space has been eerily silent for a long long time now.The longest break I ever took!Not without a reason of course,but before that let me thank all of you for keeping this space alive through searches,comments,e-mails and even helping each other out during my absence-I can't thank you enough,really!


Now coming to the 'happy' part of it-Ajay and me have been blessed with a baby boy on October 14th.It has been a long due happiness and we are enjoying every second of it.He is just so precious :)

I am not sure when I can get back to blogging but I can assure you,I WILL be back and hopefully soon.Thanks a bunch again,from the bottom of my heart!

Happy Holidays :)

Love,
Divya.
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