Saturday, July 23, 2016

Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram Recipe | Chettinad Kuzhi Paniyaram

Chettinad Kuzhi paniyaram is one of those really sinful dishes that you can indulge for any meal of the day. Though it is traditionally cooked and served for breakfast, these days it can be an anytime meal. 

Today's recipe is again from Amma's dairies that have so many recipes that she has noted over many years. As I said it's my goal to make all of those at least once. Cooking from Cookbook is all about discovering recipes from Cookbooks, Dairies, and paper clippings. I seriously wish I get my paper clippings covered as well!

Anyway, these Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram is a Chettinad Special and though we have already so many versions of paniyaram done, the proportion used for this is different from the rest. Mostly leftover Idli/Dosa batter is reprocessed as Paniyarams. That is no doubt wonderful. Yet this different proportion makes the dish all the more delicious.

We make this in Andhra as well. The Guntha Pongannalu is a typical Andhra Style.

Masala Stuffed Urad Paniyaram is the latest dish
Jowar Paniyaram is a healthy version
Kara Kuzhi Paniyaram

Ingredients Needed:

Boiled Rice - 3 cups
Raw Rice - 1 cup
Urad Dal - 1/2 cup
Sago / Sagubiyam - 2 tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp

Wash, change water couple of times and soak all the ingredients for 4 hrs. Then grind to a smooth batter.

Transfer to a wide bowl, add salt and ferment for 5 to 6 hrs.

When ready to make the paniyaram, add finely chopped onions, green chilies and mix well.

Heat the paniyaram pan greased with oil. Pour small ladleful of batter into each hole. Sprinkle oil over it and cover with lid, simmer for 5 to 7 mins.

Remove with the wooden spoon and serve with chutney.

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

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake | Microwave Chocolate Vanilla Ice Cream Cake

For the second day of Sandwich without Bread, I have yet another of my long on to do list, Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. Since a couple of years, this cake has been the rage and everybody wanted an Ice Cream Sandwich Cake. I have not tasted the commercial one fearing that eggless ones are not available. Even the place where we do get I end up getting a truffle cake.

When I thought of this theme long and hard, I wanted something that will be enjoyed by all. Naturally, cakes to mind and since we always stock ice cream, I thought I would make use of it, and make eggless cakes for the layers.
I always go for Microwave cakes as they get done in a breeze. Plus I was going to use the sugar syrup, so even if it was going to be frozen, I knew the layers will be moist. That was also one of the reasons why I used oil and not butter. 

As with all layer cakes, this cake needs some protein to stand, so you have milk and curds added. Anyway, the cake turned out super moist yet firm. I haven't checked if I already have this measurement posted. I decided I would write it down anyway.

If you want to make your own Ice cream, then you can make this No Churn Chocolate Ice Cream and Vanilla Ice Cream.

Microwave Eggless Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Ingredients Needed:

For the Cake Layers

For the Vanilla Cake

All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Cocoa Powder - 3 tbsp
Granulated Sugar - 3/4 cup
Vegetable Oil - 1/2 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Curds / Yogurt  1/4 cup
Water  - 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp
Salt a pinch

Chocolate Cake

Half of the Vanilla Batter
Cocoa Powder - 3 tbsp

6 Inch Microwave safe bowl
Butter/ Ghee for greasing the Microwave safe bowl

Sugar Syrup

Water - 1/2 cup
Sugar 3 tbsp

Bring to boil the water along with sugar until melted, then cook in low flame till it thickens.

Chocolate Chips as required

Dark Chocolate Ganache

Dark Chocolate compound chopped 1 cup
Fresh Cream - 200 ml

For the Ice Cream Layers

Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

How to make the Cake

Vanilla Cake

In a bowl take the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt and fluff well.

Next add oil, vanilla essence, curds, milk and blend well. Finally add 1/4 cup water, mix. Then slowly add the rest of the 1/4 cup depending on how thick your batter is. I had to use the whole of 1/4 cup as microwave cake batter needs to be little loose.

Chocolate Cake

Remove 1/2 cup of the above batter for making chocolate batter. Mix in cocoa powder and combine gently.

Grease the bowl with ghee, pour half of the batter using 1/4 measuring cup and Microwave for 1 min 20 secs.

Rest for a minute and transfer to a plate.

Repeat till you are done with both the batters.

Meanwhile, make the sugar syrup till it thickens. When the cake is done and resting, prick with fork and pour the sugar syrup over the cake.

How to assemble the Ice Cream Cake Sandwich

Scoop the required Ice creams to a bowl and let it stand to become soft or you can spread it well.

Take the chocolate layer first, spread Vanilla Ice Cream evenly, sprinkle the dark Chocolate Chips over it. 

Press the vanilla cake over this, spread the chocolate ice cream evenly, then layer it with Chocolate cake.

Repeat another layer of vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate chips. Finally, press in the vanilla cake. 

Freeze for 30 mins.


MW the cream for a min, add chopped dark chocolate compound, MW for 30 secs. Whisk well till mixed completely.

Ganache will thicken when cooled, else you can MW for another 30 secs.

When the cake is frozen, remove and quickly spread the ganache all over the cake and freeze until serving.

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