Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Vegan Chocolate Bundt cake

 Happy Valentines Day to all the readers!!This recipe is one cake you can make for your valentine who is vegan.

This vegan bundt is absolutely a breeze to make.I had no idea of baking a  vegan cake until I discovered that there were no eggs in  my fridge.I was so lazy to run to the store.So when I browsed,I found this vegan chocolate bundt cake in baking bites.com.It was unbelievably moist and no one can tell it is egg less..I skipped the glaze part.


All purpose flour -2 1/4 cups

Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup

Sugar - 1 cup

Brown sugar - 1/2 cup

Baking soda - 1 tsp

Salt - 1/2 tsp

Water - 1 cup

Vegetable oil - 9 Tablespoon

Vanilla extract - 1 tsp

Apple cider Vinegar /White vinegar - 1TBSPn I used apple cider vinegar because it has a fruity flavour which blends well in baking cakes.


Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

Grease and flour a 9 inch bundt pan

In a large bowl,sift together flour and cocoa powder.Whisk in sugar,brown sugar,baking soda and salt.
Pour in water,vegetable oil,vanilla extract and vinegar,whisking thoroughly,until the batter comes together and is without lumps.

Pour into prepared pan.Bake for 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean and cake springs back when slightly pressed.

 Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Udupi Sambar Restaurant Style

This recipe is from Kugan's kitchen of forumhub.

Kavitha,who is the author of Kugan's kitchen  is one enthusiastic cook and her thread is one of the popular threads in forum hub..Ive tried many recipes of hers and they never let me down.Thanks Kavitha!!


Roast and grind to a paste:

Coriander seeds -  1 ½ tsp

Dry  red chillies - 6

Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp

Urad dal- 1/2 tsp

Coconut grated - 2TBSpn

Curry leaves - 1 sprig

Other Ingredients: 

Oil - 2 tablespoon

Asafoetida -  1/4 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Urad dal - 1 tsp

Green chili- 1 , slit into 4

Curry leaves - A sprig

Onion - 1 medium size,diced.The original recipe called for shallots

2 drumsticks, cut into 3 inches in length -Didn't have drumstick,so added carrot,cauliflower and green pepper.I  microwaved carrot and cauliflower for 4 minutes

Turmeric powder - ¼ tsp

Water - 1/2 cup

Tamarind - lime sized ball.Soak in water and extract about a cup

Jaggery - 1 tsp

Toor dal - 1/2 cup cooked and mashed

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan.When hot add mustard seeds.When it pops,add the urad dal,slit green chili,asafoetida and curry leaves.

Now add the onion and saute for 2 minutes .Then add green pepper and saute.Now add the carrot and cauliflower and a little bit of salt.

Then add the tamarind extract,turmeric powder and jaggery and simmer for 10 minutes,

After the raw smell of tamarind goes off,add the mashed toor dal and the masala paste and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.You can add a 1/2 cup of water if the sambar is thick and allow to simmer for 2 minutes.

Garnish with coriander leaves.Serve with idli or dosa.