Monday, August 3, 2015

No Bake Chocolate Oreo Tart ~ No Bake Desserts

We are starting the August edition of BM and the week 1 is going to be No Bake Desserts. I didn't realize that I ended up picking up two dessert themes, I am doing Nutella Dishes in Spice your Life! And no Bake dessert here and naturally that also means I end up making something with chocolate only.

I was getting into the kitchen after a long time and all I could see on the counter were different chocolates and moulds that had to be decked up. I was making about 4 to 5 in one shot and somehow my regular capabilities were not up to the mark. I managed somehow. Obviously kids were so delighted to have so many chocolate treats for the weekend!

For day 1, its a No bake Chocolate Oreo Tart. The Oreo cookies were bought couple of weeks before, I was hoping I would be able to make it and boys were warned not to look at it. They were happy knowing they will anyway get to eat them in a different form and this tart was so enjoyed to their heart's content. I was inspired by this. I was so happy with the final taste!

That one slice is all I got to taste!

No Bake Chocolate Oreo Tart

Ingredients Needed:

Oreo crust:

Oreo cookies - 20 nos
Butter - 1/4 cup

Chocolate Cream filling:

Cream - 1/2 cup
Dark chocolate - 1 cup
Butter - 1 tbsp

To decorate:

Chocolate chips

Pie moulds - 6" 2 nos

How to make No Bake Chocolate Oreo Tart

To make the crust, crumble the oreo cookies and blend well. Add butter and mix well. Ensure the cookies hold well.

Press the cookie mix to the moulds and freeze for 10 mins.

In a pan, bring cream to boil, remove and add the dark chocolate and butter. Let it dissolve, and then pour over the oreo crust. Decorate with chocolate chips, sprinkles and some Oreo biscuits.

Chill for 2 hours at least, or overnight. Unmold, serve, and enjoy!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Beerakaya Thokku Annam | Ridgegourd Peel Mixed Rice

I am getting back to Cooking with Cookbook Challenge after couple of weeks. Even with all plannings, we sometime face unexpected things and you are left with no choice but to stop doing something. I faced such a situation and even though I wanted to be prepared, I couldn't do it.

So getting back to doing this after a gap and am glad I am getting back with a healthy, interesting rice dish. Interesting I say because one would not expect such a combination to happen. When Amma made this for the first time, she sort of gave us a riddle. She wanted us to decipher what went in. The mixed rice was very delicious and all, yet we couldn't point out clearly on what all went in!

Ridge gourd is quite a frequent vegetable at home. We make a pappu, a kura with it. Apart from the regular Thokku with the peel, infact I have two chutneys made with the ridgegourd peel

Before even going into checking out how to make the various dishes with this vegetable, check out how to peel a Ridgegourd.

Beerakaya Pappu
Beerakaya Kura
Beerakaya Vepudu
Beerakaya Thokku Annam

Ingredients Needed:

For the Beerakaya Thokku

Beerakai peel along with flesh - 1 cup
Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
Green chilies - 2 -3 nos
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

For making the Rice

Cooked Rice - 1 1/2 cup
Beerakaya Thokku
Garlic - 3 - 4 cloves
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilis - 2 -3 nos
Curry leaves handful
Oil - 2 tbsp

How to make the Beerakaya Thokku Annam

Have cooked rice ready.

To make the paste

Wash, peel the ridgegourd and include some flesh along with the peel as well.

Heat a non stick pan with a tsp oil, add cumin seeds, then add chopped green chilies, then add chopped coriander leaves, then add peel.

Fry well till it's fried well. Let it cool. Then grind to a smooth paste.

To make the Rice

Heat a pan with oil, add curry leaves, garlic, mustard seeds, red chilies, cumin seeds, saute well.

Then add the ground ridge gourd paste, and combine everything well. Cook for couple of minutes.

Now add cooked rice and gently mix well.

Serve with papad

fry well and then mix cooked rice

This goes for the July Week 4, Cooking from Cookbook Challenge  Group.

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