Sheetal Kamat

I have started liking the taste of cream cheese. I have used it in past with carrot cake and mixed indian spices to create floral taste for the icing. This time I decided to use the chocolate flavour given that i was making Red Velvet Cup Cakes which use the tinge of coco powder for chocolaty taste.

White Cream Cheese Frosting
225gm Cream Cheese
225gm White Chocolate
1 Cup Butter
2 Cup Icing Sugar

  • In a bowl microwave half of the white chocolate for 1 minute.
  • Add in remaining white chocolate and mix well. Microwave for 15 seconds
  • Stir the chocolate well till it is smooth and completely melted. Keep aside
  • In another bowl beat the cream cheese till soft and smooth.
  • Add in the melted chocolate and beat again till smooth
  • Add in butter and beat again
  • Add in icing sugar and beat till soft, smooth and fluffy

When adding the chocolate, it should have cooled off, if not wait till it cools down. Don't pour warm chocolate in the cheese.

Sheetal Kamat

I had made these when mom dad were around but they weren't perfect especially they were little on drier side. So this time I made little bit change in quantities and they come out perfect. I frosted them with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Red Velvet Cup Cakes
2.5 Cup Maida
1/4 Spoon Coca Powder
1/4 Spoon Baking Soda
1/4 Spoon Salt
1.5 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1.5 Cup Oil
2 Spoon Curd
1 Spoon Liquid Red Food Color
1/4 Spoon Vinegar
1/4 Spoon Vanilla Essence

  • Preheat oven to 350F/175C
  • Sieve Maida and Coca Powder in a bowl
  • Mix in baking soda, salt and sugar in it
  • In separate bowl add in egg, oil, red food color, vanilla essence and vinegar.
  • In a cup add in the curd and fill it with water. Mix well with the fork and add it to the wet mixture (oil-egg mixture)
  • Beat the mixture on low speed till smooth
  • Add in sieved dry mixture of maida-coca powder a cup at a time and beat slowly till it accommodates in the mixture.
  • Line the cupcake pan with the paper cups. Divide the mixture in 12 cups.
  • Bake the cake on 350F/175C for 22 minutes

I normally turn around the cupcakes after 70% of baking time in this case around 15 minutes. It helps in even baking of the cakes.

Sheetal Kamat

I made these simple spice parathas today for dinner. They are very easy to make and taste yum.

Spice Paratha
2.5 Cup Wheat Flour
1 Spoon Maida
1/2 Spoon Jeera
1 Spoon Jeera Powder
1/4 Spoon Coriander Powder
1 Spoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 Spoon Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste

  • In a plate mix in maida, wheat flour, jeera, jeera powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt to taste.
  • Add in 2 spoon of oil and mix well.
  • Add water and knead the dough. Sprinkle 1 spoon of oil and knead again. Keep aside for at-least 30 minutes.
  • Make lemon sized balls and roll the 3 fold parathas and cook them on the tawa, sprinkling oil.

The turmeric gives them awesome yellowish tinge and they look awesome. I also cooked them with very few drops of oil and that helped in retaining the yellow tinge
Maida helps getting crisp parathas.

Sheetal Kamat

Ajoy likes to eat french fries once in a while. We get those frozen ones and fry them as and when needed all the time. But i had been thinking of making them at home given that they are so simple. Always read about freezing them and keeping them cool before actually frying adding to the preparation time which off course i never had, given a sudden demand of french fries :) So last Saturday i decided to try them without refrigeration and all and worked out fine. So here is the quickest french fries recipe.

French Fries
2 Potatoes
Salt to taste

  • Peel of the potatoes and cut them in small rectangular pieces.
  • Keep them under running water and wash them thoroughly till the water is clear.
  • Keep them in cold water for 5-10 minutes.
  • Take it out of water and spread them on kitchen towel so that they are dry.
  • Heat oil and fry them till light golden in color. Spread on kitchen towel
  • Just before eating, fry the fries again till golden brown in color.
  • Spread on kitchen towel, sprinkle salt and serve.

If you are making them for party, you could fry the fries for the first time and then store them in refrigerator. Fry them second time just before serving.
Two times frying is necessary as it helps in taking out moisture, cooking the potato and then making it crisp.

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