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chana masala (chole)

I first came to know of this specific chole masala, when a neighbour's mom made chole for me. She being punjabi made this spice powder first, and then proceeded to make chole. I tried few different recipes for chana masala and finally the recipe below gave me the final taste closest to what she made.

chole masala powder (adapted from Veg recipes of India)
2 inch sticks cinnamon
4 dried red chillies 8 pepper corns 4 bay leaves 4 cloves 2 tbsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp pomegranate seeds (optional)

Method:  Dry roast the spices till brown and you get a nice roasted smell. let them cool. grind to fine powder. This quantity should last you for 2-3 times you make chole.
I made chole for a dinner party recently. So I am writing measures for a larger quantity as a lot of times I have people asking me measures for larger group. So please reduce quantity for lesser amount.
Chole: (for a party of 10-12) 4 cups white chana (soaked overnight, and cooked in pressure cooker: 3-4…

Eggless Banana chocolate chip loaf

My sister first made this version of my banana loaf. I tried it a few days back as mom doesn't eat eggs, and it turned out so great, that my husband asked me to make exact same cake for his office potluck. I doubled the recipe and made 1 loaf and some cupcakes. This was so appreciated by his co-workers and I  had a few recipe requests, that I decided to give this recipe its own space on my blog :)

3 ripe bananas 1/4 cup vegetable oil3/4 cup sugar1/2 tsp salt1 1/2 cup all purpose flour1 tsp baking soda1 tsp vanilla3/4 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet or bitter as per preference) Method:
in a large bowl, whisk vegetable oil and mashed bananas.add vanilla, baking soda, salt and sugar mix welladd flour mix well to form an even consistency batter, do not overmix. lastly add chocolate chipsPreheat the oven for 350 deg Fgrease the baking dish/ loaf dish with butter and flour it. (sprinkle some flour on the baking dish and rotate it so that a thin layer of flour sticks to the …

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…