Oh Burritos save the dinners for me most of the time. They are my oh-My-God-what-do-I-made-today savers. Best part about them is that its one hand meal which makes flipping channels/clicking pictures easy 😛
I am a brown rice fan and I make it more often than ever. Recently I picked up Roopak’s Biryani Rice spice blend. It just made the life so simple. It had everything that I used to collect meticulously before making the biryani. 🙂
You shall need:
1 cup… Brown rice (Soaked for about 4 hours)
1.5 cup… Water
1/2 cup… Peas
1/3 cup… Groundnuts
1 tbsp… Biryani masala
2 tbsp… Ghee
2 tsp… jeera/cumin seeds
Salt and red chilly powder to taste
1 tsp… turmeric powder
In a pressure cooker, add the ghee and let it get nice and hot.
Now add the biryani masala and cumin seeds.
Once the cumin splutters,
add the peas, turmeric, red chilly powder, salt and the rice.
Mix them well.
Add water and let it pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
In case your brown rice variety does not cook in 1.5 cup water (based on past experience), feel free to add another half a cup.
My most favorite spice mix is Panch phoran. It is Bengali spice mix and makes for the most flavorful tadka. It contains 5 spices, namely: fenugreek seed, nigella seed, cumin seed, black mustard seed and fennel seed in equal parts. I use it in a lot of dishes so why not naan too. 🙂
I got a reallly wonderful exotic ingredients box on my last birthday 🙂 My fav girlfriends gave it to me. Since the anniversary was around the corner, I wanted to make use of them (With a heavy heart). I used the dried rose petals to make make these lovely truffles which then were topped on the cake. Slurrpppp.
You shall need:
200 gms… Dark chocolate
1 tbsp… Butter
150 gms… Heavy cream [I used amul]
1 tps… Rose water essence or 1/2 tsp Rose extract
1 tbsp or 15 gms… Rose petals
Almond Praline, Badam milk powder, hot chocolate with cinnamon powder and cocoa to roll them into.
Heat the cream and butter until they come to a simmer.
Pour the mix over chopped chocolate.
Let it stand for 5 min.
Stir the chocolate and cream mix and mix gently until the chocolate is melted.
You might want to heat it in the microwave for very few seconds in case the chocolate is not melting.
Once the chocolate is melted completely, add the rose essence/extract and the petals.
Let the mix cool to room temp. and pop it in the fridge [cover with cling film] for atleast 3 hours.
After it comes out from the fridge, using a teaspoon, make small balls of the same size from the solidified ganache.
Be little quick as once you start rolling out the ganache, the chocolate shall start to melt.
Once all the mix is used and rolled, pop the tray in the fridge for 30 min.
Roll them in nuts, crazy mixes and serve with love.
You shall need:
For the cupcake-
1.5 cup Maida/All purpose Flour
3/4 cup and 3 tbsp Light brown sugar [Or white castor sugar]
1/2 cup Butter
2 large eggs
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp Vanilla essence
3/4 cup Butter milk [in 3/4 cup milk add 1 tbsp vinegar and let it stand for 10 min]
few tbsp water
few tbsp of frozen dark chocolate ganache [Melt equal qty of heavy cream and chocolate in a pan with little butter. Once all the chocolate is melted, let it cool to room temp. Put it in the fridge to add in the cupcakes]
In a bowl beat butter and 3/4 cup sugar. Once they are light and fluffy, keep them aside.
In a nonstick pan, heat 3 tbsp sugar with 5-6 tbsp water. Once they sugar changes color to amber turn the gas off.
Swirl the pan to cool it a bit.
Add it to the butter and sugar and beat for a few sec.
Add egg one at a time and beat until pale.
Add the vanilla as well.
Now add sifted flour, salt and baking powder alternatively with butter milk.
Once it is nice and fluffy the batter is ready to be poured in the liners/moulds.
Put little batter in the liners [so as to fill it 1/4th] add 1/2 tsp of the frozen ganache in the center and fill some more batter on top of the ganache.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 min.
The cupcakes are done once when a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Ooh I am so late with the posts that I dont have enough sorry smilies left. But them what have I been upto? I celebrated my 29th birthday this month, have been practicing for the dance performances, entertaining friends and family and dealing with maid’s personal crisis.
Well anyway I shall finish it for sure even if it take too long 🙂