Thursday, November 24, 2011

Eggless Chocolate Cake

This was my first hands experience in baking a cake....

Makes 8 - 10 pieces.
Choco Icing for the cake.
I have placed a glass bowl over a vessel filled with water


Maida - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tbsp
Baking Soda - 1/4 tsp
Curd - 1/2 cup
Butter - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Choco powder - 2 tbsp
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Cherries for decoration

Choco Icing:
Choco Powder - 2 tbsp
Icing sugar - 2 tbsp
Butter - 1/2 cup

White Icing ( For the design):
Icing sugar - 3 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp


Take Maida, Baking Powder, Baking Soda and Choco Powder together. Sieve it in a large  bowl.
Mix butter, sugar and curd in a different pan and whisk it.

To this mix add the sieved dry contents. Add the Vanilla essence.
Microwave (Bake option) it for around 10 mins. Keep it for more time in max power for 2 to 3 mins.

Switch off the microwave and allow the cake to cool down. To ensure that the cake is done, insert a tooth pick into it. The tooth pick has to come out nice and clean. Keep it in the refrigerator for around 20 mins.

For the choco Icing:

Keep a vessel with some water to boil. Place a glass bowl on the vessel and melt the coco powder butter and sugar well. The choco icing is ready.

For the butter sugar icing:

Mix butter and icing sugar together and whisk it well. Fill the mix in icing cone and keep aside.

Remove the cake from the refrigerator and and decorate it with icing and cherries. Refrigerate for some more time. The cake is ready to serve.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Microwave Vegetable Biryani

This is the first rice recipe that I tried out in my Microwave. Very easy one pot recipe!!


Basmati Rice - 250 gms
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Cream  - 1 tsp
Black Pepper - 1 tsp
Cloves - 4 to 5
Cinnamon - 1 inch long
Cardamom - 2 whole
Cashewnuts - 8 to 10
Ghee - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp

Capsicum - 1 medium size
Potato - 1 medium size
Peas - 8 to 10 pods
Onion - 1 small
Chillies - 3


Wash the Rice and keep it aside for around 20 mins. Grind Chillies and half of the onion.
Add ginger and garlic paste to this and keep aside.

Take a large microwavable bowl and add rice, ghee and all other ingredients.Add the vegetable cut in small pieces. Add turmeric and salt.Add water thrice the amount of rice.

Microwave it at the max power for 20 mins.

Garnish with coriander and serve.