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My Experience making Brush Stroke Cake

I wished to make something beautiful and unique for my daughter's first birthday. I have baked a lot and have made some really tasty cakes but never really worked on frosting or decorations. I didn't have a clue what to make. One day i had a cake recipe video suggestion from food network on my facebook feed, brush stroke cake I saw the video and I was convinced that this is what I wanted to make.

Of course, I googled and researched and looked at different videos to get a better idea what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a chocolate cake, so I researched some more. Finally I came upon a blog called Modern Honey where the author called her cake LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT and I thought a cake with this name had to be tried!!

Lastly for the buttercream: I followed instructions on following video tutorial for buttercream both vanilla and chocolate.

I followed the recipe exactly as on Modern Honey for the cake and the results were AWESOME!! A very big thank you to author of Modern Honey f…

Vada Paav

One of the best street foods from Mumbai and one of the things I sorely missed in USA. None of the indian restaurants I visited with exception of Chai pani in Asheville gave me the satisfaction of eating vada paav like I had growing up..Finally I decide to do my research and make the perfect vada paav with its special garlic chutney :)

Vada Recipe:
Ingredients: (for stuffing)
3 potatoes (boiled and mashed)
3/4 tsp mustard
1 tsp cumin,
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 green chilly (or as per taste)
5-6 cloves garlic,
2 tbsp lemon juice
5-6 curry leaves
salt to taste

For the outer coating:
1 cup besan/ chick pea flour,
2 tbsp rice flour,
1cup water,
1 tsp chilly powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt

In a pan, take some oil, heat, add mustard seeds and let them splutter (takes a couple minutes), now reduce flame and quickly add cumin, green chilly, garlic, curry leaves and saute for couple minutes on low flame, add turmeric and mix and add mashed potatoes.

For the batter, mix all ingredients mentioned w…

mushroom tikka (Grilled mushroom)

Grilled mushrooms are one of my favourites. In India, usually these are made in a mud oven called tandoor. 
Ingredients: 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1 18 ounce pack mushroom
2 roma tomatoes
For the marinade ¾ cup strained yogurt or greek yogurt ¼ tsp haldi, 1 tsp chilly powder 2 tsp cumin-coriader ¾ tsp garam masala ¼ tsp pepper 1 tsp fenugreek 1 green chilly 1" ginger piece 2 cloves of garlic. 1 lime or 1/2 lemon.
Method: chop onion, bell pepper, mushroom and tomatoes in large pieces
Make a paste of ginger, green chilly and garlic Mix all the ingredients of marinade in a large bowl.  Add pieces of chopped vegetables, and mix well, so the veggies are well coated with marinade. let it marinade for at least one hour, better if you can marinate it for 3-4 hours. set them on skewers. cook in oven on 350 deg F for 15-20 minutes, if you are cooking in oven make sure,  the skewers are supported on a baking tray or dish so that the water can drip down. 

shortbread cookie

Found this awesome recipe on Pinterest. I was looking to make shortbread for Father's Day. 
link to original recipe: 3 ingredient shortbread recipe
1cup (2 sticks) softened butter 2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 cup powdered sugar 
Whip softened butter and sugar together till fluffy about a minute and then add flour in small quantity and knead to form dough..
Make small balls of dough, flatten and bake for 16-18 min at 350 degrees F. I did this and turned out perfect. If you wish to roll and cut cookies with cookie cutter, then use powdered sugar to avoid the dough sticking to rolling pin,  
this was first time I was making cookies, so I had difficulty rolling dough so I switched to making thumbprint cookies with chocolate chips.
This recipe is fabulous and cookies were loved by one and all!
Happy baking :)

bhindi (Okra) masala

Trying to be back to posting some new recipes...Do not get much time to write these days, but my plan is to write just the essential and leave out the story...for now, till i get myself to sit down regularly and pen some words...i miss my blog, and miss sharing....super easy recipe, hope you try...
Adapted from recipe on Sailu's blog, bhindi masala.
Also, with indian cooking I feel there is no exact measure of how much to use a particular all depends on your I am not going to go too detailed in that...
Ingredients: Bhindi (okra) cut lengthwise onion cut lengthwise green chilly finely chopped/ paste ginger paste
garlic (optional) Oil spices: chilly powder, turmeric, cumin coriander powder (proportion 1:1:2), garam masala, kasoori methi (optional), salt
Method:  Saute onion, green chilly, garlic and ginger paste in oil till onion get translucent. Add the bhindi and cook on medium/ low flame for 20 min. add salt. Keep stirring so that everything is evenly cook…