FUDGY AND CHEWY CHOCOLATE BROWNIES



I was searching Pinterest for a good brownie recipe!I usually make this brownie recipe, but wanted to try a new recipe this time around. As usual ........................I got super confused when 101 brownie recipes were staring back at me!..............each picture better that the other!.................anyway I finally settled on this recipe. Don't we all just love those baking recipes that don't require a dozen bowls and spoons????.....................Now you'll know why I settled on this recipe ;)

I love brownies with that die for crackling top and which are chewy and fudgy inside. These were exactly that! and does anyone complain that there's too much chocolate???? So in went tons of chocolate.............dark, milk and cocoa powder! The result???????????.....................A big batch of yumminess!!



I made a big batch of these brownies, coz my daughter wanted to give it to her teachers for Teachers day!................But if you want to make a smaller batch just half the recipe and use a 8 by 8 inch pan! ........................or even a 9 by 9 inch pan should do too !!!

Ramadhan is starting tomorrow............I bet my muslim friends have already stocked up on those groceries and done those meal preps right?? coz that's what Iv been doing today! Saves you the headache of running around while your fasting.
So my dessert is ready for ifthar(meal after you break the fast)...................a big  bowl of brownies with a big scoop of icecream on top! Thats right! my 'brownie' points for fasting :D

Ramadhan Mubarak to all my muslim friends!!!




INGREDIENTS;
Sugar - 2 and 1/4 cups
Water - 1/2 cup
Dark cooking chocolate, roughly chopped - 2/3 cup
All purpose flour - 1.5 cups
Cocoa powder - 2/3 cup
Chocolate chips - 1 cup (I used milk chococolate chips)
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Pinch of salt
Eggs - 4
Vegetable oil - 1 cup
Vanilla essence - 2 tsp

PROCESS:
  • Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees 
  • In a saucepan dump the sugar, water and the dark chocolate and heat up stirring continuously over low flame. heat until the chocolate has melted. Doesnt matter if the sugar still hasn't dissolved completely. Remove from flame.
  • In a bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder. add in the salt. give it a good mix. 
  • Make  a hole in the centre and add in the eggs. Give the eggs a light whisk. Add in the chocolate chips, oil, vanilla essence and the chocolate and sugar mixture which was sitting in the sauce pan. Using a spatula give it a good mix.
  • Grease a 9 by 13 inch rectangular baking pan, and line with baking paper. pour the brownie mixure into the pan and bake for about 40 minutes or until a stick comes out with bits of brownie crumbs sticking to it.
  • I baked it on the last rack but moved it up to the top rack for the last 8-10 minutes just to get that crackling top!

SOYA CHUNKS KURMA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 This is the first time I'm cooking with Soya Chunks. Iv wanted to try it for like................forever!
So.........................the verdict:-  I thought it was pretty good........ not a big fan! (since I can eat chicken! LOL!!!) But its good to have variety and options. will I makde it again?? Yes! Definitely! Maybe I can make a more spicier ..............dry............. masala dish!:)

    Soya chunks are a good source of protein for vegetarians! They are rich in iron as well.............. They have no flavour............but it absorbs the flavour while cooking.......so try to add it in at an early stage of cooking.

   I tried using these soya chunks in my usual kurma recipe...........Since I was making it for dinner, it had to be kid - friendly!.........so I quietly prayed to God that the girls would like it! ................Well..............nobody uttered a word...........they ate it without protesting! Battle won!






INGREDIENTS:
Oil

Soya chunks - 1.5 cups
Cloves - 6
Cinnamon- small 2 inch piece
Cardamom - 2
Onions, pureed - 2
Curry leaves,  stem removed - 1 stem
Ginger garlic paste - 1.5 tbsps
Tomato, chopped - 1/2
Chili powder - 1  tsp
Green peas - 1 cup
Evaporated milk - 1/4 cup (see notes)
Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
Fresh coriander leaves, chopped - 2 tbsps
Fennel powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt

 PROCESS:
  • Wash and boil the soya chunks in about 3 cups of water, for about 5 minutes.
  • Drain and squeeze out the excess water from the soya chunks. Keep aside
  • In a wok, heat some oil(about 4 tbsps)  and add the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. Add the curry leaves
  • Add the pureed onions and saute on low flame for a few minutes. 
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the soya chunks and salt and saute. Add more oil if need be.
  • Next add the tomatoes. stir and close. Let the tomatoes get mushy.
  • Add the green peas and saute for 2 more minutes. then add the evaporated milk and water(about 1 to 1.5 cups) close and let it simmer.
  • After awhile add in the coriander leaves.
  • When the level of the curry has gone down add in the coconut milk . Add the fennel powder and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Check the consistency and salt and you are done.

NOTE;
  • If you don't have evaporated milk, just go ahead and add in more coconut milk instead.

CAULIFLOWER BAJJI / CAULIFLOWER FRITTERS





                                           For day 3 of Blogging Marathon under the theme Kids Delight - Bite Sized food Iv chosen Cauliflower Bajjis. These are probably cauliflower fritters- Indian style!

                                           Coming from Chennai,India...........Iv eaten milagai (chilli) bajjis so many times at Marina Beach! Iv also eaten onion, potato bajjis...............but when it comes to kids, we always try and give them a healthier option. So I chanced upon this recipe one day when I was thinking how to get my kids to eat cauliflower. So here comes the recipe....................my younger one who is 4 loved it....




INGREDIENTS:
Cauliflower florets - 3 cups
Chickpea flour - 3/4 cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Chili powder - 1 tsp
Hing/asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt
Oil for frying

PROCESS:

  • Bring a pot of water to boil. Add some salt. Switch off the flame and add the cauliflower florets. cover for a few minutes
  • Drain the water and keep aside the cauliflower florets
  • In a bowl, mix together the chickpea flour, rice flour, chili powder, asafoetida and salt.
  • Add very little water to form a thick paste. (so add the water slowly so you don't end up pouring too much)
  • Now, marinate the cauliflower in the flour paste and let it stand for about 15 -20 minutes.
  • Heat the oil for in a wok. Once the oil is hot, add the cauliflower in batches and fry them till golden brown.
  • Drain on kitchen towels.
  • Serve with ketchup or just eat it plain.



Sending this recipe to Srivallis Kids delight event guest hosted by Rafeeda under the theme kids delight - bite sized food for kids.



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