Friday, September 28, 2012


I don’t think I’ve met a single non vegetarian on the face of the Earth who doesn’t love butter chicken. This recipe is inspired by Camellia Panjabi, one of my favorite chefs. Here is my version.


Chicken- 900gms (2lb)
5 tbsp. oil

For marinade
Yoghurt- 200ml
1.5 tbsp. ginger paste
1.5 tbsp. garlic paste
2 tsp. Kashmiri chilli powder (you can use 3 tsp if you’re using Everest Kashmirilal)
3 tsp. coriander powder
1.5 tsp. cumin powder
½ or 1 tsp. garam masala
2 tsp. Lime Juice

For Makhani Gravy
3 Medium sized tomatoes, blended, but not to a fine paste, should be slightly lumpy and thick
1 tbsp. dried fenugreek (kasuri methi)
75 gms butter (you can reduce this if you like)
1/2 tsp. paprika/Kashmiri chilli powder
½ tsp. garam masala
40 gms cream
1 stick of cinnamon
5 small cardamoms
1-2 tbsp. sugar

Clean the chicken and make slits in the pieces. Mix all the ingredients for marinade and marinate the chicken in it for atleast 2 hours. For best results, leave it overnight in the fridge.

Heat oil in a vessel. Pour marinated chicken into it, cover and cook on low medium heat until it is done. Make sure to turn the chicken in between.

Heat oil in another big vessel. Put cinnamon and cardamoms and wait for it to splatter. Add the pureed tomatoes and let it cook for 5 minutes till the oil separates from the pulp and the water slightly evaporates.  Add butter and paprika. After the butter fully melts let it cook for another minute. Add kasuri methi, garam masala and salt (I used maggi cubes instead). After a minute, add the cream and stir well till the cream is well blended. Add sugar and adjust taste. Then add the cooked chicken pieces, cover and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

Butter chicken is ready. It goes best with naan or rice and tastes just like the ones you get in restaurants. 

Just perfect for Friday Afternoon!! Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


I was craving a pizza yesterday and it was quite late so I quickly whipped this up with whatever I had at home and forgot to take pictures once it was done! Lol so enjoy as much as you get to see!


Ready pizza crust (I didn’t have this so just used Lebanese bread)
Quarter green capsicum, chopped
Half tomato, chopped
Half small onion, chopped
2 tbsp. black sliced olives
1 sausage, chopped (optional)
2 tbsp. ready pizza sauce
Half cup grated cheese (any will do. I used cheddar)
Tabasco and oregano (if you like having them on your pizza)

Spread the pizza sauce on the crust. Add the chopped veggies and sausages. Add olives and grated cheese on top. Microwave for about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. If you don’t have a microwave you can put it on a greased pan on low flame until cheese melts. Ensure the base doesn’t get burned though. Add tabasco and oregano.

You can add or deduct ingredients as you like because either way you have a winning combination with pizza sauce and cheese. So go crazy. This has got to be the quickest easiest pizza you can make. Your welcome.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Once again we have a fantastic recipe from one of my favourite chefs, Laura Vitale. Sarika made these awesome looking cookies and I was so inspired by them that I had to try them out for myself.

What makes these cookies so great is the soft texture as compared to the usual cookie hardness. These are at par with subway cookies. So if you like 'em soft, always under bake them a little bit like Sarika did. I, on the other hand, baked them for as long as the recipe said I should. They were just perfect!

You can find the recipe here:
Nutella Cookies by Laura Vitale



Before they got into the oven
 After coming out from the oven
 After cooling.


I thought I'd share somethings that could help you while making these.

1. I placed them on the upper most rack of the oven to avoid burning.
2. I lined the parchment paper (very important) with good amount of butter.
3. I didn't have parchment paper so I used wax paper. A lot of people said they had trouble using wax paper and it created a lot of smoke inside the oven. I experienced no such problem. But yes, wax leaves a residue onto the tray.
4. I didn't have an ice cream scoop so I made medium sized balls and placed them onto the tray as seen in the above picture.
5. My first batch didn't flatten as much as I wanted it to, so for the second batch I made smaller balls and pressed them a little in between my palms. So in the above picture you can see two different sized cookies, one set shaped better than the other.

And Sarika's cookies look absolutely perfect and delicious. No idea how she did them so well.

Feel free to ask anymore questions! Till then, Happy Baking.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


One more chocolate cake extravaganza from budding pastry chef and upcoming food photographer (lol), Rachna Bhatia. This cake makes my drool wanna drool. And Donna Hay is pure genius. But of course you knew that!

PS budding chef has a fear of the numbers 1, 3 and 4, hence ended up in a 2 tier cake tasting just as awesome.

You can find the recipe here:
Donna Hay's 4 Tier Chocolate Cake

Yes, those are fresh raspberries! Muhahahahaha

Saturday, September 22, 2012


If you're like me and you love fudgy brownies, you're probably going to air paint my name in a heart when you try out this recipe by Laura Vitale. It's unbelievably easy and undoubtedly the best brownie recipe I've tried till date. It's just so warm and gooey and fudgy and mmmmm *vanishes into the perfect brownie fantasy*


150 gms of Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
200 gms of Bittersweet Chocolate, melted
1 Cup of Sugar
2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
¼ tsp of Salt
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Large Eggs
2 Tbsp of warm Water
1 tsp of Instant Espresso Powder ( I used Nescafe Coffee powder)
2/3 Cup of All Purpose Flour (Maida)

1) Preheat oven to 180 C. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
2) In a small cup mix together the warm water with the instant espresso powder, set aside.
3) In a large bowl whisk together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and espresso mixture. Beat until all is combined.
4) Add the melted chocolate and whisk, add the dry ingredients and mix everything together until it’s incorporated but don’t over mix.
5) Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes or until when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs but not wet batter.
6) Cool for about 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Cut into bars and serve!

PS I always make them a day in advance because they taste just perfect the next day!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Here goes Rachna's favourite Red Velvet Recipe with Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting. Pretty awesome!


4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about three minutes. Turn mixer to high and add the egg. Scrape down the bowl and beat until well incorporated.
In a separate bowl mix together cocoa, vanilla and red food coloring to make a thick paste. Add to the batter, mixing thoroughly until completely combined. You may need to stop the mixer to scrape the bottom of the bowl, making sure that all the batter gets color.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add half of the buttermilk. Add half of the flour and salt and mix until combined. Scrape the bowl and repeat the process with the remaining milk and flour. Beat on high until smooth.
Turn mixer to low and add baking soda and white vinegar. Turn to high and beat a few more minutes.
Spoon batter into a paper lined cupcake baking pan and bake at 325 F for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean.
Let rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then place them of a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

double recipe to frost a 2 layer 9-inch cake
2 1/3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, cold (I used room temperature)
scant 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Beat the powdered sugar, cinnamon, and butter together in the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-slow speed until it comes together and is well mixed.
Add the cream cheese all at once and beat on medium to medium-high until incorporated.
Turn the mixer to medium-high and beat for 5 minutes, or until the frosting becomes light and fluffy.
Do not over-beat as the frosting can quickly become runny.

Let me know how it goes and thank Rachna if its awesome! Weekend's almost here and I'm having a lunch party soon, so lots of yummy stuff coming up, keep checking in.

Oh and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to my Indian Readers! Wish I knew how to make my favourite Modaks!

Monday, September 17, 2012


I'm almost earning the mug cake queen title. I think I'm in love with them. They're like a godsend to the procrastinators community. And someday I'm going to make the ultimate mug cake. Meanwhile, check out this recipe from The Cookbook, one of my favorites. I did end up microwaving it for 2 minutes instead of 1.5 and it became slightly dry, but that of course, wouldn't deter me from savoring it to the last bite.

And I may have forgotten to divide the batter between two mugs. LOL. On the bright side, you can learn from my mistakes.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


I’m not really a rice person but this dish is irresistible. I picked up this recipe from and it apparently goes well with peri peri chicken which I haven’t tried yet. But want to. Real soon. Till then, all the vegetarians can rejoice!


1 cup rice (cooked)
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green capsicum, finely chopped
2 tbsp. peri peri sauce (I used Nando’s portugese bbq flavor as I don’t like it too spicy.)
1 tbsp. ketchup
1 tsp. garlic paste
salt to taste (I used Maggi cube as a substitute)
1 tbsp. oil & 1 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. soya sauce

Heat oil and butter and put onions. Fry for a few seconds, then add garlic paste and capsicum and fry for a minute. Add the peri peri sauce and ketchup and mix well. Add the rice and mix well until rice is coated. Finally add soya sauce and salt. Mix again and turn off the flame after 2 minutes.

Serve hot! And add chopped sausages or boiled shredded chicken if you’re anti vegetarian.

PS: if you can’t find peri peri sauce, you can make it yourself at home and here is the recipe


Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Hello again! I present to you the ultimate meat treat. And if you don't finish making these in under 5 minutes, you have issues!!


About 5 or 6 sausages, totally depends on what quantity you want.
1/2 tsp. chili powder/bafat powder
2 tbsp. tomato ketchup
3/4 tbsp. soya sauce
Finely chopped coriander
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. olive oil

Slice sausages at room temperature. Since mine are frozen, I always warm them in the microwave but I don't recommend doing that. I don't know why. Lol. Heat olive oil in pan, add sausages and saute for 30 seconds. Add the chilli powder and mix well. Add ketchup and soya sauce and mix well. Add salt. Throw in coriander and turn off heat. Serve Hot.

This makes an awesome starter or a short eat, whatever the occasion may be. Let me know how it goes.

Monday, September 3, 2012


Who doesn’t love choco chip muffins? Especially since these are soo easy to make. These aren’t too sweet either and a perfect treat for any occasion. One of the reasons why I love this recipe is because it uses oil instead of butter. Butter annoys me as it has to get to room temperature and it’s difficult to measure as well. The other reason is that all these ingredients are usually available at home at all times, especially if you’re the baking type. These muffins aren't too sweet and I like it that way because the choco chips make up for it. This recipe makes 12 muffins


2 cups all purpose flour (maida)
½ cup white sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt (skip this if your using salted butter)
¾ cup milk (I used powdered milk and added about a tablespoon and a half to slightly warm water)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil, you may use equal amount of butter instead)
1 egg
¾ cup chocolate chips (I used Hershey’s semi sweet choco chips and they are awesome)
1 tsp. vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C
Line a baking pan with muffin cups
In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix well
In another bowl, combine milk, egg, vanilla and oil
Add dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are blended in. Batter may be lumpy.
Add in the chocolate chips and give it a mix
Spoon the mixture into muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. If you’re using a convection microwave, bake for about 5 minutes on HIGH MIX. Cool for about a minute and serve warm.

Stop drooling now and head to your kitchen asap! Happy baking!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012


I’m not a fan of tendli, in fact I despise them. But these authentic mangalorean styled ivy gourds are irresistible.

Look at that steam!!!


450 – 500 grams ivy gourds/tendli
2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
5 – 6 curry leaves
Few cashew nuts
2 tsp. mustard seeds
1 onion, sliced
1 green chilli, slit
½ cup fresh coconut
1 tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon of any vegetarian masala
A little jaggery (I used about 2 – 3 tbsp. of sugar as I did not have this)
1 maggi cube (I use this as a substitute for salt and it gives a wonderful flavor)
1 cup water
2 tbsp. olive oil

Heat oil, add mustard seeds. When they start to splutter, add curry leaves, onions, ginger garlic paste and green chilli. Mix well and sauté till onions become translucent. Now add tomato, vegetable masala and crumble the maggi cube into the mixture. Stir for 2 – 3 minutes and then add the cut tendli along with the water and let it simmer. When the water reduces to half, taste the gravy and see how you like it. Some people don’t really like sweet food, so if you are satisfied with the taste at this time, you may skip the sugar. If not, add the sugar and mix well. Finally add fresh coconut and cashews and cook till tendli is done. Took me about 20 minutes on medium flame.