Tuesday, July 28, 2015


ragi chocolate cake with nutella glaze

Ragi chocolate cake Making cake with millet flour, is the one i always love. I have already baked a thinai cake and the recipe of which is in my recent cookbook. I wanted to make a cup cake with ragi|finger millet flour. Finally i made this vegan ragi chocolate cake and it was a super hit among kids. The recipe was slightly adapted from here . I packed this for their snacks and they really enjoyed it very much. I just topped the cake with a nutella galze. Since i had 1 tblsp of nutella lying in  the box, after trying a sandwich with nutella (recipe coming soon). I felt very satisfied for giving a home baked millet cake for kids to school.  Even if you do not have oven, you can try the same cake in pressure cooker too. Check out my pressure cooker cake for more details and instructions.

Ragi chocolate cake

  Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 35 Mins |Serves: 16 square pieces

     Ragi flour   1 cup
     Whole wheat flour   1/2 cup
     Sugar    1/2 cup
     Cocoa powder  1/4 cup
     Baking soda   1/2 tsp
     Oil      5 tblsp
     Lemon juice   1 tblsp
    Vanilla essence     1 tsp
    Water    1 and 1/4 cup         
   For nutella glaze
   Nutella   1 tblsp
   Butter   1 tsp
   Milk    2 tblsp

ragi chocolate cake
  • In a wide bowl, sift the ragi flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda and cocoa powder.
  • Powder the sugar and in a bowl add the sugar, oil,lemon juice, vanilla essence and water.
ragi flour
  • Now slowly mix the wet ingredients and the dry ingredients together and whisk it gently without any lumps.
cake - batter
  • Grease a cake tin with oil and dust it with little flour.
  • Pour in the batter to this and genlty tap it to get rid of the air bubbles.
  • Bake this for 30 -35 minutes in a oven at 160 degrees. Insert a toothpick in the center and if comes out clean then it is done. Mine took 30 minutes . Timing varies from oven to oven. 
  • Allow this to cool completely. Cut them into sqares after pouring the nutella glaze.
ragi chocolate cake
  • To make the glaze, in a pan add nutella, milk and butter together.
  • Keep in a low flame and stir it. Let this get combined together. Once the butter is melted switch off the flame. It took 2-3 minutes for me to make this glaze.
nutella spread
  • when the cake is completely cool, pour the glaze over the cake and spread it evenly and genlty with a butter knife.
nutella- glaze
  • Then cut this into squares. 
ragi chocolate cake
  1. You can replace whole wheat flour with maida too.
  2. You can skip the nutella glaze and serve it plain also.
  3. The cake was bit dense but was very tasty and kids friendly too.
  4. You can add finely chopped nuts while mixing the flour.
  5. Chocolate chips can also be added.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


chaat recipes

As promised in my previous post, i made a chaat platter,and presenting you the same. Chaat is always a welcoming one in my house. Whenever we go to Kailash parbat restaurant here in Singapore, chaat platter is a must one in our order list. Some times we just have the chaat platter and a glass of lassi and finish our meal and come back home. I have a few chaat recipes in my website, and i have chosen 3 popular chaat recipes, ragda patties, papdi chaat and bhel poori. If the chutneys are ready, making chaat is more simple. Make this chaat platter this weekend and make your weekend more special .

Friday, July 24, 2015


whole wheat naan on stove top.

peshwari naan
Naan generally when we go out and eat in restaurants will be in our order. No wa days we always order tandoori roti and sometimes kids order naan. Naan generally made with all purpose flour| maida. I have already posted Plain Kulcha recipe. I wanted to try naan for a long time and finally tried it with whole wheat naan. I tried this recipe from here. I have heard and read about this rich peshwari naan. So wanted to try this at home and it was a very successful attempt. Generally naan goes well with malai kofta, paneer butter masala and chole masala. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Pasta-in white sauce
LAst month when we celebrated my daughter's birthday, we took her and her few friends for bowling and followed by a lunch in Pasta Mania here. Somehow me and my hubby don't prefer pizza huts or pasta mania now a days. But as kids love those outlets once in a while we take them. We both munched on a pasta and kids enjoyed pizza, pasta and cold drinks. My helper who also joined us, ordered for al funghi for her. As soon as it came, she told me to take little from that as it was bit more for her. I was bit hesitant as i always feel pasta in white sauce will be very heavy. But the blogger in me was so active !!. And i tasted it. Last week i bought mushrooms and made it for her. The taste was very similar to the one we tasted in PAsta mania. Check out my homemade pasta sauce recipe too

Monday, July 20, 2015


samai arisi kanji
Millets can be replaced with rice to make the dish healthy. My mom used to make arisi kanji sometimes for my paati either for breakfast or for dinner. Especially during summer, while making vadam, she makes this in bulk and keep it chilled. So it will be a perfect summer coolant. As the porridge has vendayam(fenugreek seeds) it will be a natural coolant for the body. Either you can have this for breakfast or for dinner or make it bit thin and drink as a mid day drink too. This recipe is a perfect one for people who are on diet and diabetic too.
   I tried this porridge with samai arisi. You can try with any millet of your choice. Check out my millet recipes here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015


cooking for guets
This week in cooking for guests series, i have compiled a bit simple and yet super hit menu. The menu includes, Malai kofta, Mushroom pulao, plain paratha and mango sago pudding. As i told before, i will be posting a picture collage of the menu from next week in this series, like how i did for cooking for guests series 9.   Actually i planned to post a chaat platter. Since this picture was in my draft, i thought before the mango season ends, i will post this menu. Will post a  chaat platter next week for sure. Now let's see how to plan the cooking of this menu.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Coconut milk payasam
Aadi is the 4th month in Tamil calender. On the first day of aadi, generally in most of the tamil brahmin houses they make this aadi paal or thengai paal payasam. I have already posted the collection of aadi pandigai recipes . Tomorrow being the first day off aadi, i thought i will post it today so that it will be useful for ny readers who search for Aadi paal or thengai paal payasam. Stay tuned for more festival recipes coming up here.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Misal pav is a popular Maharastrian dish. Misal is a gravy made using sprouted moong bean. Traditionaly they use moth beans but i used Green moong sprouts. It is served with pav buns, garnished with chivda and chopped onions. I have heard about this a lot but never tasted or tried anywhere.  As have sprouts, bun and chivda too at home, thought will try the misal pav today. My friend gave me the  recipe and explained it in detail. Though there are many variations in making this misal pav recipe, here i am sharing you the recipe which i got from my friend. It turned out very well and i loved it very much. A very healthy recipe and a must try one too. Even this misal can be served with rotis too.

Monday, July 13, 2015


potato- cheese sandwich
Potato Cheese sandwich is a easy sandwich recipe and always a super hit among kids too. This post lying in my draft for a long time. As my sister is here for a vacation, we are having super fun here enjoying movies, non stop chatting, eating, roaming around. So i am not in a mood to click anything new. Will be back with some interesting posts in 2 days. This potato cheese sandwich is a perfect snack for kids, when they come back from school or for kids breakfast.
Check out my Corn cheese sandwichGrilled cheese sandwichVeg cheese pizza sandwich

Friday, July 10, 2015


thatta payar- kulambu
Thatta payir kulambu is a typical south indian gravy . I wanted to try this for a long time but i am very particular to try this with red colour thatta payir | cow pea beans. This gravy will taste god even with black channa or black eyed karamani too. My sister is here for a week and she bought this thatta payar for me from india. The recipe of thatta payir kulambu | karamani kuzhambu is shared by my friend and slightly tweaked the recipe according to my taste. We all loved it a lot and had it for lunch along with yam curry. Check out my other south indian kuzhambu recipes.
Ennai katrikkai kulambuPoondu kuzhambuDrumstick puli kuzhambuKara kuzhambu.