Monday, September 10, 2018
Two things that needed to be done were cake and return gifts. So this time I convinced A to do a no gift birthday party. We requested her friends not to bring gifts. I also had hoped I will not do return gifts as well. This did not go too well with anyone at home so I went minimalistic by giving flexible scales that seemed to be very popular in my daughters class.
I enjoy baking cakes but decorating is not my forte. Mostly I would cover the cake with ganache and ask the kids to decorate with sprinkles. till last birthday Ananya wishes for fancy decorations so I conveniently outsourced the cake. But this time around we jointly planned the cake. We had an experience of doing number cake for my son's 6th birthday in January. Building on that idea we decided to do number 9 cake with handmade banner and sprinkles. Other thing she requested was vanilla buttercream frosting. But I have had not very good experience with buttercream. So I suggested chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream filling and whipped chocolate ganache frosting.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Kadhi is a staple in Rajasthani households. Simple ingredients but every family has their own favorite take on it. Thick, thin, with fritters, with green leaves etc.
My mother in law makes a version of it which tasty and pouplar among friends and relatives.
She is visiting and prepared today for lunch. I watched her and decided to journal the recipe.
1/2 cup besan (gram flour)
2 cups dahi (little thicker then buttermilk)
Red chilli powder
Add besan to curd along with turmeric, chilli , coriander, salt . Mix it well and make a lump free mix.
Take a heavy bottom vessel and add a teaspoon of oil. Add cumin , clove and ajwain. When the have crackled add curd besan mix and keep stirring for about 5- 8 minutes.
If you want to add fritters or chopped greens like spinach methi etc add at this stage.
Let it simmer for another 10 minutes. Now prepare a tempering. Take some ghee, add mustard seeds and asofoetida. Can add red chilli powder for nice color. Pour it on top of KADHI. serve it rice/pulao/ chapati etc.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Thursday, June 7, 2018
1/4 cup Mint leaves
1/4 cup Corinader leaves
1/2 Green Chilli
1/2 inch Ginger
Roasted ground cumin
Take the mint, coriander , green chilli and ginger in a small grinder and blend it with little water.
Mix it well.