Monday, January 28, 2013

Apple-Almond CupCake

Hello All,

Day before yesterday, we went to walmart, and my little 1 had a new demand. Out of blue, she started asking me cupcake liners. I thought ok, she wanted to play something with these liners, so got a pack for her of her choice.

This is the one she chooses for herself. It was still ok for me. The Actual demand started, when we reached home, " Mamma, I want to make cupcake. I know u r tired, but don't you worry, I will make it myself. I have an idea, and we can work accordingly." It is her idea to make Apple-Almond cupcake. She also did 1 trick, she told me as she don't like apple, why not grind them and put them in the batter. She even told me, it will be easy way to give apple to the kids, who do not like apple but love cupcakes. I liked the idea, but instead of grinding them I thought grating the apples will taste much better. So, here is the recipe for you guys. Enjoy..



Ingredients for 7 cupcakes - 
  1. All purpose Flour - 2 small cups
  2. Milk Powder - 3/4 cup
  3. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  4. Brown Sugar - 3/4 cup
  5. Cooking Oil - 1 cup
  6. Apple - 2 (grated)
  7. Whipped Cream - 3-4 tbsp
  8. Almonds - 1/2 cup (crushed)
  9. Milk - 1/2 cup ( use as required)



Directions - 
  • Mix all the ingredients, from 1-7 for  2-3 minutes. 
  • Add milk as required to make a batter. Do not make the batter very thin, make it in a pouring consistency. 
  • Blend it with hand blender for 5 minutes, or if you are doing it with hand, do it for 10 minutes.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees.
  • Pour the batter in a cupcake liners filling to the top, and leave it aside for 5 minutes.
  • Keep the pan  inside the oven for 20 minutes, take it out insert a toothpick and if it comes out clear, then the cupcakes are ready, and if it doesn't comes out clear, again put it for another 5 minutes.
  • Take out the cupcakes and let it set for 5-7 minutes, then serve.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Republic Day in India- 26th january

Republic Day -

Republic Day in India is celebrated on 26th January of every year.

India gained its independence on 15 August 1947, after which the process of preparing a constitution was started. The Constitution was passed on 26 November 1949 in the Constituent Assembly. It was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, when the country became a republic in true sense. 26 January was selected, because it was this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence was passed.

To mark this occasion, a grand parade is held near Rajpath in New Delhi, the capital of India, beginning from Raisina Hill near the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), along the Rajpath, past India Gate and on to the historic Red Fort in the old quarter of the city.

The President of India, who is also the Commander in Chief of the Indian Armed Forces, relishes the salute. The Chief Guest of the parade is the Head of State or Head of Government of another nation. The parade also includes many traditional dance troupes, to symbolize the cultural heritage of India. It traditionally ends with a colorful flypast by Indian Air Force jets in a tiranga formation. Similar parades are held in the capitals of all the states of India, where the governors of respective states take the salute. 

A big Salute to all those soldiers of an Indian Army who are protecting our borders in all times. Watch this video-

Happy Republic day, Guys

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jhatpat Chole- Bhature (Instant Chole- Bhature)

Yesterday night, my husband told me , he wanted to have choley- bhaturey tomorrow morning. But, at the time I was busy in some work, and didn't payed much attention to his words, and results I forgot to make a dough, as well as even forgot to soak the Kabuli Channa, also known as Garbanzo Beans. Now, in the morning when I got up I suddenly remembered his words. I went for work. I knew, if I work smartly, I can make it by lunch time. Here, is the what I did. Enjoy your favorite dish instantly. All u need is 4 hours time and all the ingredients available at home.

Ingredients for 4 people - 

For Choley -
  1. Garbanzo Beans ( kabuli Channa) - 4 handfuls
  2. Onion - 1 (medium)
  3. Garlic- 4 cloves (peeled)
  4. Ginger - 1 inch (peeled)
  5. Tomato - 1 (medium)
  6. Cilantro - 1/2 cup ( chopped)
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
  10. Cumin Powder - 1tsp
  11. Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp ( or according to your taste)
  12. Whole Pepper corns (Khadi Kali Mirch) - 8-10 seeds
  13. Cumin seeds - 1tsp
  14. Mustard seeds - 1tsp
  15. Cardamom (elaichi) - 3-4
  16. Khadi Lal Mirch  (whole red pepper) -3-4
  17. Bay Leaves (Tez Patta) - 3-4
  18. Cloves (laung) - 3-4
  19. Ajwain - 1tsp
  20. Tea Bag - 1 (optional)
  21. Olive Oil - 1tbsp 
  22. Lemon Juice - 2 tbsp
For Bhautrey -
  1. Maida ( All Purpose flour) - 2 cups
  2. Wheat flour (Atta ) - 1/2 cup
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Yeast - 1/2 tsp
  5. Oil for frying
Directions - 

For Choley-

  1. Soak Kabuli Channa (Garbanzo Beans) in a very hot water in a vessel which has a tight lid, and close the lid of a vessel for 3 hours.
  2. After 3 hours, wash the Channa and give them abut 8-9 whistle in a cooker.
  3. Chop Onions and tomato in small pieces. 
  4. Crush Garlic and Ginger together. (or you can also use grater to grate them)
  5. In another Pan, heat oil, add bay leaves, cardamoms, cloves, whole pepper corns, whole red pepper, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and after 30 seconds add crushed ginger and garlic, fry till it turns golden brown.
  6. Now, add chopped onion and fry for another 5 minutes till it turns tranparent.
  7. Add boiled Channa to the mixture. Mix it well.
  8. Add Salt, ajwain, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder to the mixture.
  9. Add tea bag for the color (optional).
  10. Add 1/2 cup of water and fry covered on medium flame for 10 minutes.
  11. Add chopped tomato and again cook covered for another 10 minutes.
  12. Close the flame, take out the tea bag and throw.
  13. Add chopped cilantro and mix the choley.
  14. Cover and leave it aside for 5 minutes.
  15. Add Lemon Juice to the Choley.
  16. Now, add hot water to increase the consistency of the curry as desired.
  17. Serve it hot with Bhature.
For Bhaturey - 
  1. Mix yeast with 3-4 tbsp of hot water, and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix All purpose flour, wheat flour, and salt together.
  3. Add liquid yeast and enough warm water to make a tight dough.
  4. Cover the dough and keep it in warm temperature for an hour.( or till the dough rises and that should be max 2 hours)
  5. Mix the dough again, and make small balls, and roll them in any desired shape like oval or round.
  6. Heat the oil in a separate wide pan on a high flame.
  7. Fry it on either sides, till it turns golden brown.
  8. Enjoy it hot with a Choley.

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