Friday, May 5, 2017

Cocoa (Choco) Cake

Just wanted to try brown cake, which most of the children love to have. Just before closing the class for summer holidays we wanted to have a small party for children who comes to our home for studying.

We had a beautiful time with children, playing " Jenga" and some indoor games like musical chair. Felt that we had spent good time playing and laughing and having fun. Anyways there was no tension of studying lessons or completing notes. They were really free because the annual exams were over. Summer holidays were started and they were free to enjoy their time.
I have used Maida, Cocoa powder, sugar and some essence.
Lets see the recipe : Eggs are not used here in this cake and curd is used instead of eggs.

Things needed :

Maida/Al purpose flour : 2 Cups
Cooking Oil : (any cooking oil) : Little more than 1/2 cup.
Sugar : 3/4 Cup
Vanilla essence : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Milk : 1/2 Cup
Salt : A pinch
Baking Powder : 1 Teaspoon
Baking Soda : 1/4 Teaspoon
Cocoa Powder : 1 Teaspoon (Full).
Vanila Essence : 2 Drops

Method :

1. Sieve Maida, cocoa powder, baking soda and baking powder together. (Twice).
2. Powder sugar and add oil, curd and grind it nicely. Add milk and grind it.

3. Let it mix well and turn as smooth cream. Remove from the mixi jar and put it in a big bowl.

4. Add a pinch of salt and sieved maida, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda mixture.
5.  Add vanila essence. Mix it slowly without any lumps.
6. Heat the oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
7. Grease the tray with oil/ghee. Put the ready cake mixture and tap the tray, so that the mixture sets evenly.

8. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Insert a knife/spoon edge to check its done.
9. Put off the oven and remove the cake tray. Place it on the top of the oven for 5 minutes.
10. Now take it out the tray and let it cool. Cut the cake according to your wish. Yummy cake is ready to serve.

Note :

This is a simple cocoa cake which has turned very nice and we enjoyed it thoroughly. Our children enjoyed it. Adding more sugar is optional. Adding butter/olive oil instead of cooking oil is optional. Adding eggs instead of curd is optional. You can add some chocolate chips and bake.
Time : 10 Minutes for preparation and 35 Minutes for baking. I have used Mixi Jar (Liquidizer) to mix all the ingredients except maida. You can use egg beater instead.
Happy Summer Holidays 2017. (Children already gone for vacation). The very few around attended the Summer Holiday Party....☺☺☺

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Green/Raw Tomato Chutney ( Udupi Style)

Green Tomato Chutney has a superb taste when you have it with hot rice and fresh ghee. Rice is one of the staple grain of South Indians. Though we use wheat, Jola/Millets, Raagi and other food grains Rice stands as favourite food of people here.

I have used green tomatoes which are grown in our home, green chilly, coriander seeds, a bit of tamarind and green chilly.
I have prepared this chutney in Udupi Style.  South Canara People are expert in preparing chutney. They make use of vegetable pulp or outer layers or even the vegetables it self. The aroma of the chutney invites you to have them and you really have a full tummy. (You fall in ❤love with these chutneys❤).☺
Let us see the recipe Now: Green Tomatoes are from our home. (Grown in pots).
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this " Green Tomato Chutney" and is prepared in Udupi Style. (Traditional way of preparing Chutney).

Things Needed :

Green Tomatoes : 6 to 8 (Small size)
Green Chilly : 2 to 3
Coriander seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Tamarind pulp : 1 Teaspoon
Fresh Grated coconut : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Coconut oil seasoning
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 Teaspoon

Method :

1. Wash and cut green tomatoes and put it in a bowl.
2. Wash green chilly and slit.
3. Soak very little tamarind in hot water and squeeze out the pulp.
4. Put cut green tomatoes, green chilly, coriander seeds, little ingh, salt and turmeric powder in a bowl.
5. Add very little water and pressure cook. (Optional). Put off the fire and let the tomatoes cool.
6. Grate coconut and add all the cooked ingredients. Grind it nicely till paste.

7. Remove from the mixi jar and put it in a serving dish.

8. Add mustard to a pan and add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil. Let it splutter. Add ingh and 1 red chilly.
9. Add curry leaves at the end and put off the fire. Put this seasoned ingredients to the ready  Green Tomato Chutney.

10. Serve " Green/Raw Tomato Chutney "  With any main dish you have prepared.


Use of pressure cooker to cook raw tomatoes is optional. Adding onions and garlic is optional. I have not added. Taste may differ. Adding red chilly instead of green chilly is optional.
Time : 10 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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