Friday, October 23, 2009

CHOCOLATE RECIPES

Today I got a mail from one of our family friend Mr. Phadnis, and he has asked a recipe for yummy chocolates.

Here's the letter...

Dear Amrutha,
Could you pl send me a guaranteed recipe to make a real soft and delicious cadbury chocolate from Cocoa powder? I have tried but invariably land up with hard crusty chocolates, difficult even to give a nice shape.

Sir,
Here I am giving some yummy chocolate recipes for you. I know that Chocolate is great for gift giving as well as for serving at your own table for dessert.
You can buy chocolate in a variety of shapes sizes and forms, but if you really want to present something special, there is nothing like making homemade chocolates.

Here I am gicing a few tips and foolproof recipes.
Do try them and let me know.

The first thing you need, of course, is some chocolate and a mold.
You can get chocolate in a variety of flavors - milk, semi-sweet, dark, white. You can even get the white chocolate in colors if you like. You can buy them in chips or in blocks.


The most important step while making homemade chocolates is to melt the chocolate.
Now you may use double boiler method or the easier option, which is microwave.
Whichever way you opt for, please pay attention to it.
Chocolate is like baby, no doubt its sweeeeet, but also you need to treat it very carefully.

While using the double boiler method, do not let even a drop of water go into the chocolate, as it can spoil the chocolate, it can become just like when you drop limejuice in milk.
So be vry careful with that.

Now once its melted.
Add nuts of your choice, or now that strawberrys are gonna be in market, use fresh strawberrys, by washing them and most importantly drying them completely.
Now dip the whole nuts or raisins or berries in the chocolate and place over a tray. (tray should be well greased with unsalted butter or place aluminium foil on it).
and freeze them.
or if you want a particular shape then scoop the melted chocolate with a teaspoon/tablespoon(depending on the size wanted) and pour in the moulds.

If the chocolate doesn’t slide right out, try tapping the back gently or running it under warm water.
and Voila C'est pret!!!

Chocolate with cocoa powder recipe

Place some butter in a medium saucepan.Add 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder and 1/2 cup milk(add more if needed)
Boil it over medium heat.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until the sugar is well blended. If you don't want lumps in your chocolate, sift the powder sugar first.

Stir in 1 tablespoon vanilla and chopped walnuts or any type of nut.
Pour or scoup the mixture in the mould and freeze.


Try RUM KUGELN, that's also a nice change from the regular chocolates, here's the link to it...
http://amruthazcookbook.blogspot.com/2009/09/rum-kugeln.html


Khate raho!!!
Amrutha

MUSHROOM RECIPES

My Friend writes to me,

Dear Amrutha,
My husband loves Mushrooms, but doesnot enjoy the mushrooms cooked at home, prefers the restaurant.
I have always wanted my curry to taste like the one in restaurants. But I have never got that. Suggest a recipe.
-Pallavi

Pallavi here's a recipe for you...
Any MUSHROOM is undoubtedly the tastiest veggie dish!!!
I make this mushroom dish quiet often and everyone at my place enjoys it, infact love it!!!
Its not just my husband's fav, but my in-laws also enjoy eating it...
I am giving here 2 mushroom recipes, which are tried and tested and successful!!!
So enjoy!!!

MUSHROOM MASALA CHINESE STYLE

Ingredients:
1 big bowl of mushrooms washed and diced
6-7 cloves of garlic
2 red chillies
1 small onion cut into 4pieces
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 smal bowl of water
2 tablespoons kasuri methi
salt to taste
1 tablespoon oil

Method:
Grind the red chillies with garlic and onion and make a fine paste.
In a kadhai (or wok), heat the oil and put the kasuri methi, and then add the paste to it.
Saute a bit.
Add the mushrooms and let the mushrooms cook and let it become dry.
Meanwhile, mix the cornflour in water and make sure there are no lumps formed.
Now stiring constantly add this cornflour paste to the mushrooms, and keep stirring it.
Now add salt to taste.
Its ready to serve!!!

  • For the chinese touch: donot use kasuri methi, add soya sauce or if you enjoy spicy food then schezwan sauce to it.
  • You can add baby corn, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, brocolli, cabbage for a different touch.
  • You may also deep fry cauliflower by dipping in cornflour paste and add this fried cauliflower to this gravy.

MUSHROOM WITH DILL

Ingredients:
1 bowl mushrooms washed and diced
1 bowl dill (shepu) washed and finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
salt to taste

Method:
In a pan, melt some butter, add the mushrooms and finely chopped dill.
Let it cook for 10 mins, add salt and its ready!
Its the easiest recipe and very healthy and believe me extremely tasty!!!

Do try it and let me know

Khate raho
Amrutha