Happiness is always a cupcake away.

I love these cupcakes always, as it gets baked in less time and it is the most preferred one for any kids parties and best for individual servings.

Made these mini chocolate cupcakes by using a new brand of cocoa powder by ‘Blue Ingredients’. I tried this cocoa powder for the first time and loved it- it makes the cakes so flavorful.



1 cup maida
1/2 cup wheat flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Half tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 cup milk (warm)
1 tbsp vinegar
1/3rd cup melted butter or oil
2 tsp vanilla essence



  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.
    Mix the milk with vinegar and keep aside for 5 minutes. The milk will curdle to form buttermilk. This makes the cake spongy.
  2. In a mixing bowl sieve all the dry ingredients together – maida, sugar, red food colour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix them well.picsart_11-04-041580833908417007204.jpg
  3. Separately whisk the wet ingredients – prepared buttermilk, melted butter or oil, and vanilla essence.picsart_11-04-047309027630061452356.jpg
  4. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula till there are no lumps. You can add more sugar according to your preference.
  5.  Now pour the batter in a cupcake mould and bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes or until done. Remove and cool.picsart_11-04-046887490026341800125.jpg
  6. Decorate with chocolate Ganache.
    GANACHE recipe How to make Chocolate Ganache (Truffle)

If you like my recipe of chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate ganache, then do let me know in your comments below.



  • Sifting the dry ingredients is a must to avoid lumps and it helps in even mixing.
  • Don’t skip the vinegar, as it gives fluffiness to the cupcake.
  • Vinegar can be replaced with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
  • Use any odourless/neutral oil only, otherwise, the cupcake smells different.
  • Don’t over whisk the batter, else the cupcakes turn hard.
    Also, don’t over bake the cupcakes (maximum 20 minutes), else it turns chewy and burnt on top.
  • Baking time varies from oven to oven, so read the manual carefully. I used Morphy Richards OTG and my cupcakes were done in 18 minutes.
    Stays good for 2 to 3 days outside and 1 week under refrigeration.
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Chila / childe ki sabji /Besan chilla curry /Jain recipe
Rajasthani besan chilla curry is a traditional recipe usually made in our home. I also prefer making this dish when I am out of veggies. It is curd based gravy with savoury gram flour pancakes.

It’s a great side dish with roti/parantha or rice and quite easy to make.

For besan chilla:
1 cup gram flour/besan
1/4tsp Carom seeds/ ajwain
1/4 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
1/2 cup water or as required
Oil for cooking

For Tempering: 
1tbsp ghee
1/4 tsp mustard seeds/rai
1/4 tsp cumin seeds/jeera
A pinch of hing
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
1/4 tsp garam masala

For curry :
1 cup Dahi /yoghurt
1 cup of water
1tbsp gram flour/besan
1tsp turmeric powder /Haldi
salt as per taste

For Besan Chilla :

  1. Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients.
  2. Gradually pour little water into it, so that there should be no lumps.
  3. Add little water till it comes to a thick and smooth batter in pouring consistency.
  4. heat a pan or griddle on high flame.
  5. pour a spoonful batter and spread evenly clockwise.picsart_08-28-061061887633856089994.jpg
  6. Drizzle little oil around it and cook till it becomes brown and crisp.
  7. Turn it upside down and cook the other side till it is cooked.
  8. Your besan chilla is ready.
    * Cook the besan chilla on medium flame.

    For curry:

  1. In a big bowl, take the curd and 1cup water whisk it well to make it smooth.
  2. Add besan, haldi and salt. Mix well until it is lump-free.
  3. Now take a deep and thick bottom pan and add ghee.
  4. When the ghee is hot enough add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  5. Add hing and red chilli powder now pour curd mixture .stir continuously till the mixture start boiling. Keep on stirring otherwise the yoghurt will curdle.picsart_08-28-06339880535864470578.jpg
  6. Cut chilla into small pieces and add into the curry.
  7. Turn off the heat.

    NOTES :

  8. You can add green chilli and coriander into this recipe.
  9. After adding the chilla pieces the curry need not to boiled or cooked further.
  10. Do not let the curry sit for a long time The chilla absorbs the gravy and becomes very soggy.
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Today’s post is Eggless Strawberry Cake Recipe with step by step pictures along with cream cheese frosting.

Strawberries are in season and I can’t stop munching on them! So, I added them to my go-to cake recipe and made a delicious, easy everyday cake! It turned out moist, soft and the berries gave a jam like a flavour to every bite!

This cake is easy to prepare with only a few ingredients, if you opt for frosting, the ingredients list gets little bit elaborated. I didn’t use food colour or artificial essence, it tastes good on its own.



They say baking is simple. Yesss, just get your measurements right, use quality ingredients and put in your heart and soul and you’ll see how you can create magic in your kitchen.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

3/4 Whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Strawberry Puree
1/4 Cup Neutral Oil (
1/4 Cup Curd
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 Pinch Salt

For the Frosting
1/2 Cup Cream Cheese / Hung Curd
1/4 Cup Soft Butter
1.5 Cup Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence


  1. First powder the sugar in the mixer. Then measure and keep all the other ingredients ready.PicsArt_02-04-11.39.49.jpg
  2. Chop the strawberries and transfer it to the mixer. Grind it without adding water and measure 1/2 cup of strawberry puree.PicsArt_02-04-09.01.16.jpg
  3. To a sieve, add whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda ,salt & sugar . Sift everything to avoid lumps.
  4. To a wide mixing bowl, pour curd and oil.
  5. Then pour strawberry puree and whisk it with an electric blender or hand wire whisk.PicsArt_02-04-08.55.20.jpg
  6. Now add the sieved dry ingredients and whisk everything till smooth and soft. Ensure there are no lumps.PicsArt_02-04-08.57.21.jpg
  7. By the time, preheat the oven for 10 minutes. Brush a baking tray with little oil and dust little flour all over. PicsArt_02-04-08.59.10.jpg
  8. Transfer the batter to the baking tray, then level it with a ladle/spatula. Shake the tray twice, so that the air bubbles releases.
  9. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake it for 30 to 35 minutes at 180c or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  10. In a mixing bowl, first, add cream cheese/Hung curd and butter. (I am using hung curd )
  11. Then add powdered sugar and vanilla essence.PicsArt_02-04-11.44.20.jpg
  12. Whisk everything well for 3 to 4 minutes, till stiff peak consistency. If the frosting is runny, add little icing sugar and if it is too thick, add 1 tbsp of milk to troubleshoot it.
  13. Refrigerate it for 1 hour so the frosting will set.
  14. With a knife/spatula, spread the frosting all over the cake. Slice the cake into pieces.
  15. Enjoy this eggless whole wheat flour  strawberry cake
  • Don’t use sour curd, as it will spoil the whole taste of the cake.
  • Use fresh strawberries for good taste and bright colour.
  • Adjust sugar quantity accordingly to the sweetness of the strawberries used.
  • For vibrant colour,  2 drops of pink food colour can be used.
  • For more flavour 2 drops of strawberry, essence can be used for this eggless strawberry cake recipe.

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This is an easy, Instant Indian style no cook mango kulfi recipe using ripe mango, milk, milkmaid (condensed milk) and cream.

When my fellow blogger friends posted this no-cook mango kulfi recipe, I got tempted to try it at home.
I surfed the net and found perfect to try the recipe at Chitrasfoodbook .

I didn’t have amul cream so I used homemade malai and the result was superb . Melting in the mouth kulfi,with no added sugar- only natural mango sweetness. My hubby gives 10 on 10 for this.


Friends, try this easy mango kulfi for your kids. As this is a no-cook recipe, kids would be interested to prepare it by themselves.A nice way to busy your kids to make such a delicious no-cook recipe.

They will love its creamy texture and lovely color for sure. Let this be a healthy summer treat with mangoes for them.

Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 6 Minutes


Ripe mango – 1 no ( 3/4 cup chopped)
Sweetened condensed milk – 1/4 cup +1 tbsp (I used Milkmaid)
Fresh cream – 1/4 cup ( I used homemade  malai here )
Boiled milk – 1/3 cup ( at room temperature)
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Saffron threads – Few


  1. Wash and peel the skin of the ripe mango. Chop into cubes.1527738981067
  2. Take chopped mango, condensed milk, milk, thick fresh malai, cardamom, and saffron.1527739082432
  3. Grind to a smooth paste without adding more milk or water. Grind in a low speed till everything becomes a paste. Kulfi mixture is ready
  4. Fill in kulfi mold and cover with butter paper.
  5. *Make sure the butter paper touches the kulfi mixture. This helps to avoid ice crystals formation. Insert a popsicle stick and freeze for 6 to 8 hours. Overnight is the best.
  6. sprinkle some pista and Kaju ..1527739227368
  7. Freeze for 6 to 8 hours. Remove and serve immediately. Enjoy!


  • You can use Amul mithai mate or homemade condensed milk in this recipe.
  • Do not use hot milk while grinding, mixture may curdle.
  • I have not added sugar as the mangoes were sweet and sweetness from condensed milk was just enough. If you want you can add sugar as per the taste of your mangoes.
  • Add fresh cream finally then just use whip option for mixing. Do not blend more as it may churn into butter especially if you are using homemade fresh cream.
  • The butter paper trick was really amazing.
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I’m super excited today for, it’s my 200 th post.When it comes to celebration I always prefer baking cakes.I had so many recipes on my list for my 200th post but finally chose this cake.1511533632598.jpg

For Astha’s Kitchen 200th post, I’d like to direct the attention to my chose this post dedicated to everyone and anyone who has stopped by to say hello on my little internet space.

I started this blog without much of ambition but just to share few simple culinary creations of mine. I didn’t have the rarest idea where it would take me!Previously my photos were not good but slowly I learned how to improve, still, I have to improve a lot. When someone appreciates my works that gives me so much of energy to work on my next post, and today I am posting my 200th recipe. This is really a big achievement for me.

Now after completing the journey of 200 posts, I just can’t describe how I am feeling inside. It has been an amazing journey so far and I still have a very long way to go!


If I am truly honest with you, I never ever want this journey to end!
The journey by far has been the most amazing one, the blog has given me everything I could have ever desired for.
This blog has gifted an entire world to me.
I hope to continue to learn more about blogging and to keep creating new content for my blog.  I’m excited to see what the future holds for Astha’s Kitchen.

Thank you so much…do keep supporting and visit my space n share your thoughts…I should also thank you, My lovable Husband, Tarun and my adorable daughters Nirali &Niyati for their help n encouragement…they never get bored or tried to taste my newly tried recipes.

Every now and then, you email, tweet, message, or post photos of my recipes that you have made yourself. I can’t tell you how HAPPY it makes me see that my recipes are being made by you!  It’s truly the reason why I love blogging so much – to share my love for cooking with others.
My dear readers! Thank you for being there and motivate me to reach this milestone today! It could not have been possible without your encouragement and appreciation and I can’t thank you enough for this!

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I am so excited about this and so stretched the write up ‘a bit'(lol!)

Now, let’s start my cake Recipe with you all.Hope you all like it.

Malai  1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Refined flour (maida) 2cups
Milk powder 1 cup
Baking soda a 3/4spoon
Baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Milk 1 cup
Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp
lemon juice 1 Tsp
1and 1/2tsp curd
Red food color 3,4 drops
edible sketch pan
cookie cutter

For Decoration :
whipped cream
Red fondant
dark chocolate 1/2 cup
sate sticks
heart shaped sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine the malai and sugar lemon juice and curd in a bowl and whisk well.
    Keep aside.
  3. Combine the plain flour, baking powder and baking soda and sieve 2-3 times and keep aside.
  4. Add the milk and milk powder and maida mixture to the malai gradually and keep stirring.1511520332133
  5. Gradually and alternatively finish the mixture and keep stirring.
  6. The mixture should be of the pouring consistency.
  7. Now add the vanilla essence and lightly stir again once.
  8. Grease the cake mold and sprinkle little maida into it.
  9. Divide batter into 2 equal portions.
  10. Take one portion and add red color.1511520531003

For making the red cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a loaf pan preferably a 9inch.
  2. Pour red batter into the loaf tin and bake for about 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.1511520642009
  3. Cool in tin for 10 minutes, invert on the wire rack and cool further.
  4. Put this cake in the fridge on cooling for few minutes to minimise crumbs when we cut into it later
  5. When sufficiently cooled, just before starting the white vanilla cake, slice the red loaf in 200.
  6. For this, I used edible sketch pen for making a 2 and cookie cutter for zero.

For White vanilla cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease the loaf tin.
  2. Pour 1/3 batter into the loaf tin and smooth out with a spatula.
  3. Arrange 200’s  shape over the 1/3 batter in the tin.
  4. Pour the remaining cake batter around and over these 200 shape to have them completely covered.1511520727476
  5. Bake for 40-45 minute until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake completely before slicing with a sharp knife


  1. first, apply whipped cream all over the cake.
  2. then cover with red colored fondant here’s the link How To Cover Cake With Fondant
  3. take some whipped cream into a piping bag using star Nozal and make a border around the cake …

Chocolate toppers…

  1. put some melted chocolate into the piping bag .draw 200 design on butter paper and trace with chocolate.
  2. Attach it with the help of a stick on the cake.
  3. Put some edible hearts on it.1511520892794

taddaaaaaaa  the cake is ready …
when my daughters cut it they were flabbergasted to see the cake with 200 inside


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