Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cake Topper

This Cake Topper is dedicated to my recent visit to Disneyland. It is entirely made up of chocolate (both Dark and white) including the green base.
It can be used as a cake topper or as an edible decoartive piece at the party.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Garden Burger

These are veggie burgers with a kick! These 'Garden Burgers' are full of goodness and taste of fresh veggies. The flavorful mixed vegetable patty is pan fried and served on a Burger bun along with Cole slaw.I served them along with oven baked fries.

These are so easy to make and much healthier than its fast food version. After trying this you will never want to eat another fast food burger again.

Ingredients (Serves 6)

6 Fresh Burger Buns
Few Lettuce leaves (soaked in cold water to make them crisp)
Few slices of Tomato (thinly sliced)
Mustard Sauce

For the Burger patty

4 Big Potatoes
1 Big carrot
1/2 cup Green Peas
3 Bread slices
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder

To coat Patty

3 tablespoon Cornflour
1 Cup dry Bread Crumbs

For the Cole Slaw

3 tablespoon Mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Sour cream ( use curd as a substitute)
1 Cup finely shredded Cabbage
Pinch of salt
Pinch of Black Pepper

For the Cole slaw, mix mayonnaise and sour cream together, add shredded cabbage, salt and pepper. Mix and keep in fridge.

Pressure cook Potato, Peas and carrot together. After the pressure drops, take out potatoes, peel them and put back in cooker with boiled peas and carrot. Mash them with potato masher thoroughly till there is no water in pan.

Cool the potato mixture and add all the spices and crumbled fresh bread.Mix well and shape into 6 patties. Keep aside.

Mix 3 tablespoon cornflour with little water to make thin batter. Dip a prepared burger patty
in this batter and the roll patty in dry bread crumbs.

Heat 5-6 Tablespoon oil in a non-stick pan. Shallow fry the patties till golden brown and crisp.

Heat Burger buns in microwave for 30 seconds ( or if you like crisp buns, apply a little butter and toast them on a non-stick pan)

To assemble, spread a little mustard sauce on base.Arrange a lettuce leaf and then place a burger patty. Spoon over some Cole slaw, tomato slice and little ketchup. Cover with other piece of bun.

Serve with French fries and ketchup on the side.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Chocolate Truffle Cake

This cake is every chocoholics dream come true. For this cake I baked a nice dark chocolate cake at home for my class. I sandwiched the cake layers with chocolate whipped cream and made Ganache to cover the entire cake. After the cake was cooled down, I made some decorations over the top with Dark and white chocolate.. I used the leftover Ganache to pipe a border around the cake.

The cake turned out absolutely soft and moist and being a true chocolate-maniac I savored every last bit of it. Enjoy this cake on its own or serve a cake slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and roasted almonds on top and Yumm!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spicy Bean Burritos

Hey everyone!! Just back from a refreshing Disney vacation :D missing all that Sunshine ...

Back to the Business... I have tasted so many versions of Mexican food outside but none was spicy enough for me.So I decided to give the tantalizing Mexican food a try at home. I made Spicy bean burritos with white flour tortillas, filled with spicy refried beans, stir fried veggies and cottage cheese. I topped the burrito with my favorite Jalapeno Salsa, Sour cream, fresh green salad and shredded Cheddar cheese.

Give these burritos a try and believe they will become your favorite.


For White Tortillas: ( also available in stores )

3 Cups White Flour( Maida)
1 Tablespoon salt
6 Tablespoon Oil
Water to knead

For Refried Beans

1 Cup Red Kidney Beans(Rajma), soak overnight
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1/4 cup Tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon Read chili powder
1 tsp salt
3 Tablespoon Oil

Vegetable Filling
1 Onion, sliced
2 Teaspoon Garlic Paste
1 Carrot,shredded into thin strips
1/2 Cup French Beans, cut diagonally
1/4 cup Corn Kernels
7-8 Mushrooms,thinly slice
100 grams Cottage Cheese, cut into long strips
1/2 Cup Cabbage,shredded
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Red Chili powder
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
2 Tablespoon Pickled Jalapeno Pepper
2 tablespoon Chopped Green Coriander

Sour Cream
1/2 Cup

Tomato Salsa
1/2 Cup

4 Lettuce leaves,shredded
1/2 Cup Tomato,chopped
1/4 Cup grated Cheddar Cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt


Mix all the ingredients of tortillas together and knead with water to make soft pliable dough. Divide into 10 portions and cook on griddle/tawa till light brown spots appear on both sides. Keep wrapped.

For Refried Beans, Heat oil in cooker, add chopped onion and garlic paste and cook till light brown in color. Add tomato puree, cook till oil separates. Add red chili powder, salt and soaked beans. Give one whistle, lower the heat and cook for 20 minutes more.When pressure drops,mash the beans with potato masher and add 2 tbsp butter. Keep aside.

For the filling, heat 2 tbsp oil, add garlic paste, sliced onion and cook till light brown. Add sliced carrots and french beans and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add Mushrooms and corn kernels and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add cabbage and Paneer(cottage cheese). Lastly add all the seasonings, chopped jalapenos and green coriander. Mix and keep aside.

For the salad, Mix all the ingredients and keep aside

Assembling Burrito

Place a tortilla on a plate and spread a thin layer of refried beans on it .

Place some filling in the center.

Put some salad over it.

Spoon over some sour cream and Salsa over salad.

Fold burrito and roll over to get a Roll.

Serve with salsa and sour cream on side.