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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tangy Chhole

This one caught my eye because even after having cooked garbanzo beans a million times, I never tried cooking this dry version of the dish. I usually cook Chhole in gravy to pair it with both rice and paratha (or puri).

The best part about this recipe, as is with most of my favorite recipes is that it is easy and quick. It needs no preparation at all and is yet another recipe without onion and garlic. Not that I am collecting the ones without it but it does help to have more options when people in your family do without those said ingredients.

So look up the recipe for Tangy Chhole on my dear friend Monika’s food blog

And scroll below for my very own pictures of the recipe.

Things done different

I used dry ginger powder in place of freshly grated ginger

I added a couple of whole green chilies to the recipe to spice up the dish a little bit.

I used the leftovers of this dish as a base for Chaat the next day.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Marble Cake

As soon as I saw this recipe on a blog, I knew I had to try it out. Somehow it reminded me of the chocolate vanilla cone I used to eat as a kid at Dairy Den, a favorite local ice-cream parlor.

As I hurried through the list of ingredients to check if I had the necessary material to bake it right away, I discovered this cake was eggless and butterLESS! Yes, butter-less and believe me, if you ever try it out, you won’t miss the butter in it at all. Instead, it uses a wonderfully healthy ingredient called yogurt, which made me jump with joy.

I marked this cake for one of the afternoon projects with my daughter and she loved helping me bake it. Her favorite part was making swirls with a fork in the batter. Her only  disappointment was not being allowed to check the oven every 2 minutes (why is it taking so long to finish??). At the end of it though, she declared that this was the best thing we ever cooked together in our kitchen and the compliment made my day!

So here are the pictures of the marble cake baked in my oven, dig right in!

Things done different

I used Vanilla Bean Yogurt in place of plain yogurt.
I cut my cake into big squares for ease of serving. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paneer In Bell Pepper Gravy

Continuing with my experiments in the kitchen using my fellow bloggers’ recipes, here comes second on the list which is Paneer (cottage cheese) in Bell Pepper Gravy. The first thing that struck me when I read this one was that there was no use of onion or garlic. These days there are the “no onion, no garlic” versions of possibly all kinds of foods but after a long long time did I come across a curry recipe which does without those two ingredients per se.

It was very important for me to try this one out as I have been raised in a household which did not use onion and garlic in their cooking and my parents still follow the same rule for religious reasons.

You can check out the original recipe at 

Things done different

I did not shallow fry the Paneer cubes or fry them at all. Just added them to the gravy and let them cook for a while.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Khari Biscuits

These days I am in the mood to try out everybody else’s recipes and that would also be a better way of saying I am too lazy to create something on my own. Well, reasons don’t matter as long as the results are delectable. And they sure are!

I will be posting recipes I tried from various other blogs or borrowed from friends. Not to double the effort (yet another cover up for my indolence), I shall not be copying the whole recipe. The link which inspired me will be available on this blog and what I will add is the things that I did different from the original recipe.

But to fill up pages on my blog, I will need something! So, clicks of the final outcome will be there for all of you to view and that way when you go back on the original recipe you will see how different the same recipe looks in two different kitchens, cooked by two different chefs.

The first one is a very simple recipe, so simple that if I had to write it down myself I would have thought..forget it, there’s nothing to write. Fortunately I don’t have to!
Khari Biscuits are my favorite snack with tea and when I saw them on my friend Vasavi's blog, I knew I had to try them at home. This shortcut of a method makes super nice Khari Biscuits and for those interested in going all the way to scratch, google for Tarla Dalal’s recipe for the same.

Things done different

I used oregano in place of ajwain seeds.
I did not have a pizza cutter so used a knife instead.

These savory delights are going to : JATW