Saturday, 21 September 2013

Choco Chip Chocolate Cake # Chocolate Cake

Happiness is in small things, how true this statement is :)

I do not remember having any B'day party with friends on my birthday. But my Dad use to make sure that we as a family celebrate this day as a very special day among immediate family members. He will bring home all the food items that we request him, while coming from office, such as pastry, chips, snack, sweets, ice cream, cold drinks, yes cold drink as it was not common those days :0  But yes, no going to Restaurant or calling neighbors for B'day or give and take of B'day gift business. B'days were special small family affair and still are in our house :).

Today is my eldest sis B'day and from last few days debt was going in my mind, what to bake on this special day?? a cake or cookies. And I finally decided that what could be better than a cake specially for her. I know I can not share even a single piece with her becoz of the physical distance, but still sharing it with through this virtual world and through  my thoughts as there is no distance that way :)

Happy Birth Day Di!


- 50 gm butter at room temperature.
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour (APF)/Maida
- 2 eggs
- few drops of vanilla essence.
-  1/2 cup choco chips optional
- 3 TSP chocolate powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 5 Tsp milk

Step by step guide for preparing Choco Chip Chocolate Cake:-

- Sieve APF , chocolate powder , baking powder well and keep it aside.
- In a bowl mix butter, powered sugar until it becomes creamy.
- Add few drops of vanilla essence.
- Add 2 eggs, yes with yellow yolk :) and mix it well until fluffy.
- Now slowly add sieved flour and mix it well.
- Add little by little milk if cake batter is too thick.
- Apply butter on a bake pan and sprinkle some flour, by doing this cake will come out easily from the pan.
- Transfer cake mix to the baking pan.
- Preheat oven at 170 C.
- Bake it at 170 C for 30-35 minutes.
-  Once baked test it by inserting one toothpick and if it comes out clean it means cake is baked completely.
- Let it stand and cool.
- Once it comes on room temperature cake will come out easily from the pan.
- Cut it into pieces and celebrate the occasion :)
- It's soft and moist and perfect for the occasion.
Isn't it easy and simple :)

Happy occasions!, happy cooking.

Coriander Mint Chutney # Dhaniya Pudina Chutney # Indian Dip # Green Chutney

Coriander chutney often called as Dhaniya Pudina chutney or Green chutney is very common dip often used to compliment evening snacks in India. My elder sisters and Mom use to prepare it to very often.

It is so easy, simple and can be prepared in couple of minutes. For some reason I am not a big fan of tomato ketchup and coriander mint chutney is one of my favorite :)


- 1 cup washed and chopped Coriander leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
- small piece of ginger
- salt as per taste
- 1 tsp dry mango powder/ raw mango it you can get
- 1 green chilli
- 1 small chopped Onion.
- 1 tsp anaar dana - Optional
- 3-4 walnut pieces - Optional
- Water very little

Steps to prepare Coriander Mint Chutney

- Add every thing to the Mixer/Pulse.
- Add very little water or only when you are not able to grind it without that.
- Grind it well and you will get a thick paste.
- Chutney is ready.
- Transfer it to a clean and dry bowl. You can keep it refrigerated for 3-4 days.
- Server it with Pakora, Sandwich, Parantha or even Dosa, anything you like.

Happy cooking :)