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French Chocolate Gateau

French Chocolate Gateau
This cake is for all those passionate chocolate lovers out there. There is a general enthusiasm for chocolates treats and it is an integral part of every happy occasion.Can you imagine any happy occasion without chocolate? I am an ardent chocolate fan and so is my kid. We both share the same passionate fondness for chocolates.

Rich and luscious chocolate cake like Gateau, will definitely top the list as the most favored chocolate desserts. What richer and more delicious taste can you think of than a rich and gooey chocolate cake.This French classic is impressive and surprisingly easy to make cake.The moist interior of this chocolaty cake is due to the generous quantity of chocolate and butter.
I am so glad I tried this French chocolate gateau/Gateau au chocolat and the texture was wonderful..gooey,moist and tender cake..absolutely divine chocolaty goodness. This cake is flour less, double chocolate cake and is definitely worth a try. It is ideal as a party des…

Middle Eastern Jeweled Pilaf with Chicken

Middle Eastern Jeweled Pilaf with Chicken
This pilaf is aromatic and flavorful one pot dish, which brings in the exotic flavors of east.This rice and chicken dish is popular in Turkey and Jordan. It is called jeweled rice because it is garnished with shining raisins,dates, almonds, pistachios and pomegranates. Fried onions and saffron take this dish to a new level. I saw this recipe in a cook book and instantly loved it. Tried it as our Sunday lunch and my family enjoyed. This is a two step recipe. First you cook the chicken and then you cook the rice in the chicken broth and finally layer it with rice,nuts,fried onion and chicken. Try this,you will surely love it.

Recipe Source:Tom Kime, Street Food: Exploring the World's Most Authentic Tastes, DK Publishing,London.

Chicken- 1 medium chicken, cut into large peices
Basmathi rice/long grain rice- 2 1/2 cups
Cinnamon sticks-3
Green Cardomon-6
Olive oil- 3 tbs
Pepper corns- 1/2 tbs
Onions finely chopped-2
Tomato juice- 1…

Fish Vindaloo

Fish Vindaloo
I love the hot and spicy vindaloo curry, the popular Goan delicacy. Fish is an integral part of our meal and recently I have been trying a lot of recipes with fish. Vindaloo curry is often made with meat (pork/beef) cooked in spices and vinegar.I tried cooking fish in vindaloo paste and it tastes yummy. You can use any meaty/thick flesh fish like king fish or tuna.

Tuna/king fish- 1 1/2 lb
Onion finely chopped- 2 medium
Kashmiri chilly whole- 8
( adjust according to spice tolerance)
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Ground Mustard - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Ginger- 2 inch thick piece
Garlic- 7-8 pods
Vinegar-3 tbs
Thick coconut milk- 1/3 cup
Sugar -  a pinch
Cinnamon stick-1 inch thick
Oil and salt

Take off the seeds ( if you want it less spicy) from the dry chilly and soak it in vinegar and coconut milk for about half an hour.
Make a fine paste of this along with ginger and garlic,mustard seeds,cumin seeds, c…

Neipayasam/Sharkara payasam

Neipayasam/Sharkara payasam
Today's recipe is a sure treat for all those who love payasam. This payasam tastes divine and no wonder it is made as neivedhyam in temples. In temples it is called kadum payasam because it is very sweet. We make  Sharkara payasam or neipayasam at home on special occasions. This is a flavorful and rich payasam made with rice, ghee and jaggery/molasses. It has thicker consistency than the normal payasam. Try this you will surely love it.

Raw rice/payasam rice- 1 cup
Jaggery syrup - 1 1/2 cup
Water- 3 cup
Ghee- 1/3 cup
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Cardamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger powder- 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts and raisins- 1/4 cup

Wash the rice and strain.Cook this rice in a pot with 3 cups of water. You can also pressure cook the rice.
Meanwhile powder jaggery and bring it to a boil with 2 cups of water. Strain to take out the impurities. Transfer into a heavy bottom pan and simmer till the jaggery becomes thick syrup.
(Note I took around 350 gram jag…

Kofieebroodje/Dutch Coffee Buns

Kofieebroodje (Dutch Coffee Buns)
Baking partners challenge for this month is a sticky and sweet raisin pasty bun. Thanks to Swathi  and Kaveri for suggesting this beautiful recipe.Kaveri send two Dutch recipes to try- Kofieebroodje/coffee bun and Apple tart. Both are beautiful recipes, but I decided to try the Dutch coffee buns. Bread or buns with toppings are common for Dutch breakfast.But coffee time which usually around 11 am and 7 pm is special time to indulge in rich pastries along with hot coffee.These type of pasty bun have rich filling of cream,custard or fruits and are integral part of Southern Dutch cuisine. The coffee bun are soft and buttery and filling  is vanilla pudding and raisins.Thank Kaveri for sharing this recipe. The recipe source is from here
All purpose flour – 3 cups
Instant Yeast – 7gm/1 pkt
Milk – 1 ¼ cup (lukewarm)
Butter – 3 tbsp
Sugar – 4 tbsp
Vanilla – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Raisins – 1/3 cup
For the cream
1 pkt French Vanilla Pudding
1/3 cup of …

Orange Ginger Loaf

Orange Ginger Loaf
A quick fruit bread with the zesty flavor of ginger and orange. I love baking quick breads as you can experiment with different flavors and ingredients.This spongy loaf  is a perfect  breakfast option around the holidays or just a snack with hot cocoa. Use nuts,dried fruits or cranberries to give a real festive look. I had some candied ginger and decided to  try baking with it. Try this you will surely love it.

All purpose flour- 3 cup
Butter- 1/2 stick/4 tbs
Baking powder- 1 1/3 tsp
Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Candied Ginger- 1/3 cup (chopped)
Orange juice- 3/4 cup
Orange zest- 1 tsp
Vanilla essence- 11/2 tsp

For the glaze
Juice of one orange
Sugar- 1/4 cup
powdered ginger-1/3 tsp
Shredded candied ginger- 1 tsp

 Pre heat oven to 375 degree F and grease and prepare loaf tin.
In a bowl mix together flour, baking powder,baking soda,salt and set aside.
Whisk butter and sugar till it is light and fluffy. Add egg and beat …
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