Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Purple Dream

I’m going to call this cake “Purple Dream”. I created this 3rd Birthday cake for my friend’s daughter. This cake has a special place in my heart because I baked it with the the birthday girl at her home (Yes, A three year old little chef as my assistant )❤️❤️. We created a mess in her kitchen but it was a memorable experience. She cracked the eggs , beat the butter , baked the cake , made buttercream... I can’t wait for next year to create her 4th birthday cake. Love you Ishya and I wish you a very happy birthday ❤️❤️❤️ 

This is a Vanilla  Butter cream (yes, my go to 1-2-3-4 cake), with Vanilla Buttercream, decorated with rice paper and edible gold leaf.



Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The Best Fried rice Ever!!!

 Serves :   5 Adults

Ingredients : 

Basmati Rice : 1 1/2 cup, cooked and cooled (See Notes*)
Vegetable Oil/ Saffola / Canola oil : 3 tbsp +1tsp
Eggs : 4, Optional
Beans : 4, Finely Chopped
Carrots : 2, Finely Chopped
Celery : 1 rib, finely chopped
White onion : 1/2 Cup, Finely chopped
Cabbage : 1/2 Cup, Finely Chopped
Spring Onions : 2, Finely Chopped
Capsicum : 1, Sliced
Green Chilies : 2, Finely chopped
Ginger : 1 inch piece, Finely Chopped
Garlic : 9 cloves, Finely Chopped
Soya Sauce : 1 1/2 tsp
Salt &pepper to taste
Sugar : a pinch to sprinkle in the end
Curry powder : 1/4 tsp to sprinkle in the end (My secret ingredient to make perfect Fried rice each time)

Method :

1. Beat egg with 1tbsp water, enough salt and pepper. Heat 1tsp oil in a kadai/ wok/ non-stick pan and  add the eggs and cook till they are soft and fluffy. Transfer to a plate. Now add remaining  3tbsp oil and add ginger, garlic and green Chillies. Now add  all vegetables in following order onion, celery, beans, carrots, cabbage, capsicum, and half of spring onion. Saute on medium to high flame.

2. After 2-3 minutes add enough salt and pepper powder. Now add cooked rice 1cup at a time and combine well.  Once you finish combining the entire rice with stir fried veggies,  fry in high flame for 4-5 minutes. Add soya sauce and mix well. Sprinkle crushed pepper, curry powder and sugar. Mix together and close the pan with a tight lid. Turn off the gas and serve immediately. 

3. Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot with gobi manchurian / Restaurent style chili chicken / pepper mushroom fryChilli Mushroom / Pepper Chicken.

Method for cooking rice / noodles for Chinese Cuisine

Wash and soak rice for 20 - 30minutes. Now drain  the rice using a colander. Take a large kadhai / saucepan/ cooker  and fill the vessel with 3/4th of water (around  8-10 cups) and bring to boil. Now add enough salt and then add drained rice. Add 1/2tsp of refined oil and wait till the rice is 90%cooked. Take care not to overcook the rice. Each grain of rice should be separate. When it's done strain using a colander and Spread on a wide plate. This is a crucial step in making fried rice. If you are not spreading the rice to cool, the bottom layer of rice will get overcooked  and you will get mushy fried-rice. Allow the rice to cool for several hours.

Note : Make sure you are making fried rice with cooled rice. you can make rice before 4hrs  or previous day you make the fried rice. 

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