SELF- SAUCING CHOCOLATE PUDDING

Sweet farewell !!

Ganapati made by Avvi

Ganapati made by Avvi

It time to bid adieu to Mumbai’s favourite lord today. Let’s add something sweet to the festivities around. Trust me, making and sharing this will make the Lord and his devotees happier than the loud Bollywood songs. Celebrations are essentials in life, but we should also be careful that our fun does not ruin others.

Self Saucing Chocolate Pudding

With that positive note let me elaborate on this wonderful, warm, chocolatey, gooey goodness which when combined with cold vanilla ice-cream makes you understand the true meaning of the phrase “Made for each other”. Sorry that I completely forgot to take a picture of this cake with ice-cream. This is called as a self-saucing pudding as the sauce is made while the pudding is being baked. It sounds complicated but it’s simple and easy. Recipe adapted from here.

1 cup all-purpose flour/ maida

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt (omit if using salted butter)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

3-1/2 tbsp butter (measure before melting)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 cup boiling water

Preheat the oven to 170 degree Celcius.

Sieve together maida, baking powder and salt. To this add castor sugar and 2 tbsp sifted cocoa powder.

In another bowl mix melted butter and milk. Add vanilla to it and mix.

Meanwhile, in another bowl mix brown sugar and sifted cocoa powder and keep aside.

Fold the sugar + flour mixture in the butter + milk mixture and work gently to just combine the two.

Pour this onto a greased oven proof glass dish approximately 8 inches in diameter (or divide it into 6 nos. greased ramekins). Spread the brown sugar mixture evenly over it and then slowly pour the boiling water over it. Do not mix after pouring water.

Bake for 35-40 mins (or 25 mins if using ramekins). Serve warm with some vanilla ice-cream

Easy Hummus recipe

Hummus

Hummus is a popular dip in Middle Eastern countries and is served in different variations. Today, I have for you, a basic recipe of hummus (adapted from here). It is kid tested and approved by my five year old.

It is a simple recipe which can be prepared easily with ingredients present in an Indian household. The original recipe uses tahini, which does not feature in our regular Indian kitchens, so I replaced it with sesame seeds. Lemon juice brings freshness in this recipe and next time, I would definitely increase the quantity. As for the sandwich, I used some iceberg lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes with hummus spread on the multi grain bread slices and grilled it.

. . . . . The leftover hummus went into my evening office tiffin to add some jazz to my usually boring khakhras. Hope you enjoy eating it as much as we did.

Hummus

Ingredients

1/2 cup dry white chickpea (kabuli chana) soaked overnight or 1 cup canned chickpeas without the liquid

2 tsp white sesame seeds

1-1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2-1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Salt as per taste.

Garlic paste (optional – I did not use it)

Paprika for garnish

Cook the soaked chickpeas in pressure cooker till soft. Drain the liquid and keep aside. Let the chickpeas cool completely before proceeding. I cooked the chickpeas a day before and stored in the fridge. If using canned chickpeas you can skip this step.

Dry roast and powder the sesame seeds on cooling. In the same jar add the cooked chickpeas (garlic paste if using) and give it a blitz. Add couple of tablespoons (I used 2 tbsp) chickpea brine (drained liquid) to ease processing. Add olive oil and process till you get a smooth paste.

Add lemon juice and salt.

Remove the paste in serving bowl and drizzle some more olive oil and paprika for garnish.Sandwich wih Hummus

Savory Cake

“A Sunday well spent brings a week of content”

Warm breakfast and tea with newspaper is my ideal Sunday morning. After hurried mornings of weekdays this is something I really look forward to. How is your ideal Sunday morning?

savory cake

I am the foodie of my household, so it’s me who wants something different most of the times. So, I decided to bake a cake for breakfast. Hubbs and the kid gave stares when I announced that we had cake for breakfast but eventually enjoyed it (I hope ;). This is a healthy and wholesome start for the day and I did save a few for next day morning as well, so that Monday mornings start on a good note. I have made these more than couple of times and every time added a new twist to it. I am sharing the recipe which I made for the first time from here and will share the options in the notes below that I tried recently.

savory cake

Recipe

1/2 cup whole wheat flour (atta)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. red chilli powder

1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder

Salt as desired

1 cup Semolina (Rava)

1 cup yogurt/curd (Dahi)

1 cup water

1 cup cut vegetables (I used spring onions complete, cooked sweet corn, carrot)

1 1/2 tsp Ginger and garlic paste

1 tsp. mustard seeds

1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

A pinch of asafoetida powder

2 tbsp. oil

Fresh coriander leaves or white sesame seeds for topping

Soak semolina in water for 10 minutes.

Sieve together whole wheat flour, baking powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.

Add curd to the soaked semolina and mix well and then fold the whole wheat mixture into it.

Add the chopped vegetables and ginger garlic paste and mix the batter thoroughly but remember to just fold the ingredients together.

In a small tempering pan add oil and heat it, then add mustard, cumin and asafoetida respectively in the hot oil and temper the batter quickly.

Preheat the oven to 190 degree Celcius.

Pour the batter onto greased loaf pan, cake tin or a muffin tray. I made half of the recipe given above used a 6” round cake tin. I always use a parchment paper to line my tins. Add chopped coriander leaves as topping.

Bake at 190 degrees for 30-40 mins. Each oven is different so check accordingly. Let it cool for 10 mins in the tin and further cool on rack or enjoy it warm.

Notes;

  • In another version of this, I used 1/2 cup corn dalia and 1/2 cup semolina instead of 1 cup semolina and enjoyed the variation as cupcakes. I got 9 regular sized cupcake using half the recipe given above. I also grated the vegetables as kids tend to be picky eaters. I used grated cabbage, carrots, bottle gourd and finely chopped capsicum this time. If you are using grated bottle gourd, quickly work with the batter as it may leave water.

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