STRAWBERRY CHUTNEY

Strawberry Chutney

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I love strawberries, and I love chutneys too.
In an attempt to make something “Out-Of-The-Box” using strawberries, I tried making chutney out of them and I am so happy that it came out to be super tasty and pleasantly different.

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This chutney is sweet and sour in taste with some hints of chili-flakes, black pepper and lovely aroma of fennel or ‘saunf ‘. It goes really well with North Indian cuisines.

This Strawberry Chutney can be used as an accompaniment for chaats, as a dip with crackers, as a spread over bread or even along with parathas for breakfast.
You can also replace jam with this chutney in your kids’ tiffin and I am sure they will love it 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

Chopped Strawberries – 10 to 12
Brown Sugar – 1 cup
Salt- a pinch
Black Pepper- 1/2 Tsp
Fennel Seeds (Saunf) – 1 Tsp
Chilli Flakes – 1/4 tsp / fresh red chili chopped
Lime juice- 1 Tsp
Olive Oil- 2 Tsp

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a mixing bowl, add chopped strawberries, salt, and brown sugar. Toss it gently and keep it aside for 20 minutes.1519402960709
  2. After some time strawberries will release its juices as you can see below :1519403017757
  3. In a non-stick pan, heat oil. Add fennel seeds and chopped red chilli to it.1519403192555
  4. Once the spices begin to swell up, add chopped strawberries and black pepper. Mix well. Cook the mixture on low flame for 15-20 minutes till it gains paste-like consistency.
  5. Once the mixture is of desired consistency, switch off the flame. Add lime juice to it. Mix well.
  6. Store it in airtight bottles in the refrigerator. Enjoy!!
  7. 1519432361507NOTES :
  • You may made blueberries and pineapple chutneys like this.
  • I have used fresh red chili, you can youse green chill and red chilli powder too.

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CHOCOLATY ROSE CAKE STICKS

Valentine’s Day is dedicated to love, but for me, every day is Valentine’s day with the love of my life. And every day I try to do something special to make my family happy.

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Love is a big part of me, my life and my cooking.And here I present chocolate rose cake sticks.I got the idea for the same from my Facebook group member Kruti Bipin.Thanks dear.

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I am addicted o red color which is the color of love and Valentine’s is the perfect time for making this. This would make a healthy and great dessert for parties.

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INGREDIENTS:

Maida –  11/4 cups
Baking Soda –  1/2 tsp
Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp
Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
Butter –  softened 1/2 cup
Yogurt –  1/2 cup room temp
Hot Milk –  1/4 cup
rose Essence –  1/4 Tsp
Chopped almonds cashews and tutee fruity 1 tbsp.
Red gel color 1/4 tsp or 4to 5drops.
Dark chocolate 1cup
sprinkles
sate sticks

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180 C, 10 minutes before baking.
  2. Sift together maida, baking powder & soda bicarbonate.
  3. Beat softened butter, powdered sugar, hot milk, yogurt, and vanilla essence till light & fluffy.
  4. Fold in the sifted flour.
  5. Grease and Dust the cake mold … the process of applying a thin layer of butter to the tin and then coat it with Maida is called grease and dust. This process ensures easy removal of cake. 1518548104734
  6. Tap the pan on the back and dust off the excess flour  1518548177746
  7. Pour the batter into it.1518548177746
  8. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 18 to 20 mins or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.1518548312083Assembly 
  9. When the cakes get cooled completely, take it out of the mold.1518548387592
  10. Pierce sate sticks/lolly sticks in them.1518548515188
  11. Take a tray and cover it with butter paper.
  12. Dip the cake sticks in melted chocolate and decorate with rainbow sprinkles.1518548790344
  13. Keep on butter paper tray and refrigerate for 5-10 minutes.
    Yippee!Your cake sticks are ready.1518548927280

NOTES

 You may use any mold of your choice.
you can make chocolate and vanilla flavor too

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CHOCOLATE LOVE LETTER

Love is in the air, its valentine week ⚘⚘⚘❤❤❤️ and it smells like chocolaty everywhere to me!
Many people celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing appreciation for the people they love or adore.
Valentine’s Day is extra special to me because I get to celebrate it with the most caring and handsome man that ever walked on Earth!
On this love day, once again I am proposing to my hubby. So this time I tried in a different and exciting way to express my own thoughts of love with this chocolate love letter.
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To celebrate the festival of love.I am presenting this to my hubby and it’s purely my creation. I believe this is too romantic with full of craziness.
There are two ways to make these chocolates at home, using cocoa powder and using chocolates and I have made these chocolates using dark compound chocolate. It takes just a bit of time for the melted chocolate to cool down.
Even you can add some romance to your Valentine’s Day through this easy recipe.
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Sharing happy moment …
My chocolate love letter and our photograph published in Patrika News Paper (Indore city )…It’s called craziness …
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LOVE IS IN THE AIR
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INGREDIENTS :
Dark compound chocolate – 2 cup
you can go for any available brand. I prefer mostly Morde which can be ordered online.
Add-ins of your choice – nuts, fruits, coconut, dried fruits
Whipped cream 1/2 cup
piping bag
edible heart sprinkles
INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. Take out the chocolate from refrigerator and keep it in room temperature for an hour. Now chop the chocolate coarsely.
  2. You can use either the microwave method or double boiler method for melting the chocolate compound. I prefer the microwave method as it’s simple & less messy and the result is just a few buttons away!
  3. Now place chopped chocolates in a microwaveable bowl
  4. Melt it for about 1 minute at 900W. Stir it well to acquire the same temperature to chocolate
  5. Then chop the nuts into small pieces and add those pieces and raisin to the melted chocolate.
  6. I wanted to write a letter so I used a heart shaped cake pan for my chocolate.You may use any mold as per your choice/ availability.
  7. First I put a butter paper in my cake pan and pour the chocolate and raisin mixture into the cake pan.1518417596803
  8. Put the mold on a flat surface to make it even so that you get a finished look after its set.
  9. Refrigerate the mold for at least 15 minutes. Once set you can unmould them.1518417669355
  10. It doesn’t need refrigeration once it’s set properly.
  11. your chocolate is ready for writing a letter.
  12. I used whipped cream for writing, you can use melted white chocolate either.
  13. Take some whipped cream and put it in a piping bag. Start writing your thoughts on chocolate and decorate with edible hearts.1518365952193
tadaaaaaaa your chocolate love letter is ready.
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NOTES :
1. The amount of chocolate depends upon the size of the mold you use.
2. You can use half of the white compound and half dark compound according to your taste.
3. You can mix chopped nuts, dry fruits, chopped fresh fruits, orange zest, liquor, cinnamon, chopped candies, flavors like vanilla, mint, butterscotch.
 The sky is the limit!
4. Make sure the mold is dry.
5. Do not freeze for a long time, 15 min is more than enough, after that demold and put it in a box and refrigerate. No need to freeze it.

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EGGLESS ALPHABET CREAM CAKE -THE MOST TRENDY

The best time of the year for me was, is and will be-One and only:9th February…my birthday.
Party, celebration, gifts, and sweets add to it.Yet every birthday, every celebration ends with something sweet, a cake.

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I am lovin’ this cake.

This fresh and fruity cake has gone viral over the Internet and I decided to try it out.
I made this beautiful “A” cake, styled after the cakes trending all over social media. A really unique and yummy treat that has endless possibilities of personalization. I have used fresh fruits, organic flowers, and chocolates.

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Beautiful it is!

And Oh what a beautiful dessert it turned out to be…so much that I couldn’t resist myself from taking a picture with it.

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picture perfect

I tried it with my all-time eggless vanilla cake recipe.You can use any chocolate or tart cake recipe too.

INGREDIENTS:
Cake Base
Malai   1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2cup
Refined flour (maida) 1cup
Milk powder 1/2 cup
Baking soda 1/2 Tsp
Baking powder 3/4tsp
Salt to taste
Milk 1/2cup
Vanilla essence 1/4 tsp
lemon juice 1/2tsp
1and 1/2tbsp curd
1.5 cups Whipping Cream
1/2 cup sugar syrup for soaking

Decorations
Fresh Berries, chocolates, and Fresh Flowers.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cake base

  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.
  5. Gradually and alternatively finish the mixture and keep stirring.
    The mixture should be of the pouring consistency.
  6. Now add the vanilla essence and lightly stir again once.
  7. I didn’t have such type of pan so used a simple hack of baking it in my regular steel plate.☺
  8. Grease the plate and sprinkle little maida into it.
  9. Pour the batter into it and bake in a pre-heated cooker or oven for 20 to 25  minutes.
  10. Remove and cool.
  11. When the cake gets cool, cut it into the desired alphabet shape using butter paper stencil.1518276053273
  12. For this cake, you will require 2 such cake shapes.
  13. cake alphabets are ready …time for assembling.

    Assembly:

 

  1. Take a Cake base.1518276129277
  2. Apply sugar syrup over it.
  3. Pipe the prepared cream like the french kiss.1518276235873
  4. Place the other cake on top of it and press gently, then repeat step 2.
  5. Once again pipe the cream on top and garnish with chopped strawberries, flowers and chocolates.1518276649520

NOTES:

1.You can print your template from the net. Just search for alphabet cake stencils on google, download it, get it onto word or page document adjust the size and print.
2. Feel free to use any eggless cake as the base like my vanilla or chocolate cake.
3. Any filling of choice can be used too.
4.I am in a hurry so used plain whipped cream you may use buttercream, cream cheese frosting or custard feelings.

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EASY HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY JAM

I am a crazy lover of strawberries. Here in Indore strawberries are not of a very good quality, so I decided to get them from elsewhere. Coincidentally my sister sent 8 boxes of strawberries from Pune. I was delighted to receive them and decided to make something out of it so that it could be stored for a longer time and tried this simple yet tempting recipe of strawberry jam

To my own surprise, this homemade jam tasted far better than what I used to get from the supermarket, and my daughters approved it with both thumbs up. Below is an easy recipe for the same.

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS :

Strawberry – 1/2 Kg
Sugar – 250 grams (Can vary it depending on how sweet strawberries are and how sweet you want your jam)
Lemon  – 1 (Medium Size)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First of all wash and pat dry the strawberries. Now chop the strawberries into small pieces.1517463033366
  2. Take a glass jar to store the cooked jam in it and make it completely dry either putting in the oven for few minutes or keep it in sunlight for few hours.
  3. Take a Nonstick pan and keep it on low flame. Add strawberries and sugar to the pan and with the help of a masher slightly mash the strawberries.

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    Sugar and Strawberry mixed for Strawberry Jam
  4. Now raise the flame to medium and cook the jam until it reaches 1/2 of its quantity, stirring occasionally.

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    Mashing Strawberry and sugar
  5. Now squeeze the juice from both the lemons and add it to the jam. Again cook the jam for few more minutes. Now, let’s check the jam if it is cooked properly.1517463949077
  6. Take water in a clean bowl and add a drop a little jam in it. If it sets at the bottom without dissolving in water, the jam is cooked.1517464474387
  7. Checking if jam is ready
  8. Switch off the flame and store it in the glass jar once it’s completely cooled.

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    Tasty Homemade Strawberry Jam
  9. Enjoy it as spreading on bread or scone. Have it your way!
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    Jam on a bread

    NOTES :

    I didn’t put any preservative or any artificial color/ flavoring to the jam, but you can. Adding preservative will have its own taste of the jam. Sugar on its own acts as a great preservative.

    You can easily store this jam for 4-6 months in Fridge. (You can keep it in smaller bottles and open only the one you need to use, this will extend the life of jam)

    Don’t over mash the strawberries, slightly mashed strawberry gives small chunks in the jam which taste really nice.

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STRAWBERRY COCONUT WATER COOLER

🍓 Love Strawberry Season !!
Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. I love them so much that I wait the whole year for their season to come.I have tried a lot of strawberry desserts, so this time I tried a drink.
Nowadays, we are practicing for the Indore marathon and this drink would be a wonderful way to start the day.

Strawberry coconut cooler is a refreshing drink. Ripe strawberries combined with fresh coconut water to create a perfect simple drink. Its a healthy drink liked by kids.
This drink is not only tasty but also healthy. It has all the goodness of fresh strawberries and coconut water.
Strawberries are the rich source of antioxidant, vitamin C, and coconut water is a rich source of various minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium etc. The color of the drink is bright pink making it more irresistible. It is a quite simple and quick to make a drink. Hope you would like it!!!

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INGREDIENTS :

Strawberries- 4 to 5
Coconut Water-200 ml
Powdered Sugar/Honey-1tsp (if required)

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Chill the strawberries and coconut water well before use. Slice the strawberries into 3-4 pieces.1516709251180
  2. Blend all strawberries, coconut water and sugar in a food processor.1516709360102
  3. Pour into serving glass and garnish with some more strawberries.1516709473124
  4. Enjoy fresh and healthy strawberry coconut water cooler !!
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    NOTES:
    I have used fresh strawberries and coconut water in this recipe.
    If you don’t have access to fresh produce for both the items, you can use canned strawberries or strawberry crush along with coconut water tetra packs.
    Sugar is totally optional in this drink.
    If the strawberries are sweet enough you can skip the sugar. Instead of sugar, you can add honey also.

 

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