Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Moist Chocolate Cake

Moist Chocolate Cake
Yields - One 9" round cake

All purpose flour - 11/2cup
Baking Soda - 1tsp
Salt - 1/4tsp
Butter - 1/2 stick or 50gms or 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2cup
Chocolate Syrup - 1cup
Vinegar - 1tbsp
Water - 1/2cup
Vanilla - 1/2tbsp


Sift flour with baking soda & salt.
In a bowl cream butter. Add sugar and continue beating till the mixture is fluffy. Add chocolate syrup, vinegar,vanilla & water and mix well. Gradually add the flour and beat till the ingredients are incorporated.
Preheat oven to 170 degree centigrade. Butter a 9" cake pan. Pour the batter in the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 40-45 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven & cool on a wire rack for about 10minutes. Invert the cake & let it cool down completely, before slicing.

And this is my contribution to JFI(January) - Chocolate
hosted by Deepz of "Letz Cook"

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Duck Roast

Duck Roast - Adapted from this recipe
This duck preparation is a Easter/Christmas specialty.

Duck, cleaned - 11/2 kg
Black Peppercorns - 1tsp
Onions, sliced - 3nos.
Ginger, sliced/grated - 2tbsp
Garlic, sliced - 11/2tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1tsp
Chilly powder - 1tbsp
Coriander powder - 2tbsp
Garam Masala - 11/2tbsp
Whole red chillies - 8nos
Curry leaves
Coconut oil

For garnishing
Arvi/Taro root, peeled & sliced - 4nos.

Cabbage leaves - 4nos.

Carrots, sliced - 2nos.


Cut Duck into medium sized pieces. Wash & drain well.
Heat oil in a pan. Add peppercorns. When it starts to crackle, add onions and saute till transparent. Now add ginger & garlic slices. Saute till the raw smell goes. Mix all the powder spices in a little water and add to the pan. Cook on a low flame till oil separates. Now add curry leaves & crushed whole red chillies. Add salt to taste. Next add the drained duck pieces and stir fry for 10 minutes. Transfer the contents to a pressure cooker. Add 1 1/2 cups of hot water & cook till done.

Heat oil( if you are using duck with skin, use the fat that has cooked out from the duck and is floating on top of the gravy)
in a frying pan and fry the cooked duck pieces till brown. Drain on paper towels. In the same oil fry the sliced arvi/taro root. You can sprinkle a pinch of salt while frying the arvi pieces. Steam the cabbage leaves. Serve the fried duck pieces with gravy & garnished with cabbage leaves, sliced carrots & fried arvi.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Potato Cheese Omelet

Potato Cheese Omelet - Simple & yummy omelet to brighten up your day! :-)
One Serving

Potato, medium - 1nos.
Eggs - 2nos.
Cheese, singles - 1nos.
Spring Onions - 6-8nos.
Green Chillies - 1nos.
Salt & Pepper to taste


Pressure cook the potato for 2 min. Once the pressure releases, Take the potato out & cool it in the refrigerator. Once cooled, peel & coarsely grate the potato. Heat a tsp of oil in a nonstick pan and fry the grated potato till golden. Add finely chopped deseeded green chillies & finely chopped whites of spring onions. Fry for another minute & switch off. Transfer to a bowl. Cool. Blend in the eggs. Add chopped cheese & remaining onions and mix well. Season with freshly ground pepper & salt.
Heat oil in a pan. Pour the egg mixture & tilt to distribute the mixture evenly. Cook on low to medium heat, else the cheese might get burnt. When done on one side, carefully flip the omelet & cook till done.

...and this is my contribution to the event "Ode to Potato" hosted by Sia of Monsoonspice

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Spicy Mushroom Curry

Spicy Mushroom Curry


Mushrooms, sliced - 250gms
Onion(big), sliced - 1nos.
Green chillies, slit - 1nos.
Garlic, chopped - 1tbsp
Ginger, chopped - 1tbsp
Tomatoes, chopped - 1nos.
Yogurt - 2tbsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4tsp
Coriander powder - 1tbsp
Cumin powder - 1/2tsp
Garam Masala - 1/2tsp
Salt to taste


Heat a little oil in a pan. Add sliced mushrooms & salt and saute till the mushrooms are cooked & all the water evaporates. Remove & keep aside.

Heat 2 tbsp of oil, add onions & green chillies and fry till onions turn translucent. Add garlic & ginger and saute for another few minutes. Next add tomatoes & yogurt and fry till oil separates. Add all the powders except for garam masala and saute for few minutes. Now add garam masala and switch off the heat. When the masala cools, grind half of the masala(adding water). Add this masala paste to the rest of the masala and bring to a boil. Now add the mushrooms. Check for salt & consistency. Add water if needed and stir cook for a few minutes & switch off the heat. Serve with rice or chappathi.

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