January 19, 2018

Eggless Granny's Chocolate Pound Cake with Chocolate n Almond Glaze !!!


Eggless chocolate cake is rich, moist and dense with a drizzle of chocolate glaze with toasted almonds.  Perfect for birthday's.  Chocolate lovers everywhere will rejoice upon first sight and bite.  It is heavenly !!! 


Ingredients :

  1. All purpose flour - 200 gms
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
  3. Baking powder - 2 tsp
  4. Baking soda - 1 tsp
  5. Condensed milk - 1 tin (395 gms)
  6. Unsalted butter, melted - 100 gms
  7. Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  8. Water - 150ml
For Chocolate Glaze :
  1. Semi-sweet chocolate - 180 gms
  2. Butter - 50 gms
  3. Honey - 2 tbsp 
  4. Sliced almonds, toasted - 1/2 cup



Method :

1.  Preheat the oven to 150 C.  Grease and line up the baking pan with a parchment paper.

2.  Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda.  

3.  In a large bowl, combine together condensed milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and water.  

4.  Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well until just combined.

5.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake it for 45 mins or until the tooth pick inserted comes out clean.  Allow it to cool completely.




6.  For the chocolate glaze :  Melt the chocolate, butter and honey over the simmering water.  Allow them to cool little bit and glaze them over the chocolate cake.   Sprinkle the toasted almonds and press them slightly inside the chocolate glaze.  


Happy baking :)

January 18, 2018

Okra Pachadi | Vendakkai Thayir Pachadi - South Indian Style !!


Vendakka pachadi is one of my favourite dip.  This is prepared by frying the lady's finger till crispy and then it is mixed with curd.  Very healthy side dish and easy to prepare.   


Ingredients :

  1. Ladies Finger - 15 nos
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Onion, chopped - 1 small sized
  4. Green chillies - 2 nos
  5. Curry leaves 
  6. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  7. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  8. Curd / yoghurt - 1 cup
  9. Salt to taste


Method :

1.  Slice the okra's into thin circles.  Add some salt and set aside for some time.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, add urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, chopped onion and okra's.  Saute till crispy.  Allow it to cool completely.

3.  Before serving,  mix together the crispy okra's and curd.  Adjust the salt, if necessary.


Serve with rice.
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