Tuesday, December 27

Choco Walnut Cake!!

Choco Walnut Cake and Happy New Year 2017. Let's welcome the new year with a sweet note and put the past behind and look forward for the new beginning.. New year always brings the new thoughts and new things into our life, which gives a chance for everyone to make a new mistakes and wait for the next year to make a new resolution and break it again. hehehe­čśé. Anyways these things happens in life and I think everyday is a new year if you live your life to the fullest..

1+1/2 cup all purpose flour
1+1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tbsp baking soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup butter milk
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup chopped walnuts.

Baking Method.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Butter the baking pan and keep it aside.
Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, salt in a large bowl, set it aside.
Beat the oil and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl for few minutes. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the egg and blend for another minute or 2, add the vanilla essence and warm water and give a quick mix.
Now add the dry ingredients and with the speed on low mix together and slowly add the butter milk and just mix everything to combine, making sure not to over mix. Then add the 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts and mix everything well.
Pour the batter into buttered pan and sprinkle the left over chopped walnuts and bake for 30 to 35minutes. Allow it cool before taking out from the pan. You can ice the cake with whipped cream or chocolate ganache. or as you like. 
Serve with Tea or Coffee.

Monday, December 26

Chutney Chicken Curry!! Pressure Cooker Version

Chutney Chicken Curry this is a very simple and one pot chicken curry. Which you can make in no time and serve with Hot Rice or Roti.. All you need is only few basic ingredients which is easily available in  house and the end result is very delicious chicken curry.

1/2kg chicken
Hand ful of coriander leaves
Hand ful of mint leaves
6 green chillies
10 to 15 curry leaves
1tbsp ginger garlic paste
1tsp black pepper
1/2tsp turmeric
2tbsp oil
Salt to taste.

Cooking Method.
In mixing jar, grind all the above ingredients to smooth paste (except oil and salt)
In a pressure cooker, add oil, when its hot, add washed chicken, turmeric and salt, fry for 3 to 4 minutes.
Then add the ground masala and give a quick mix. Close the lid and cook for 2 whistle (1 in high flame and 1 in low flame).
Serve hot with Rice or Roti.

Sunday, December 25

Tata Hexa Experience!!

After hearing from my bloggers friend about #HexaExperience in other cities across the country, I was quite eagerly waiting for it to happen in Bangalore as well. There was lot of hope build up and expectations were very high from this event. Finally got a invite from Indiblogger about this and the event was set in white Orchid, Inside Manyata Tech park, Nagawara, Bangalore on 24 Dec 2016.

The event was well organised with lot of happening around "something for everything". 
In the centre, was the car itself "HEXA" displayed and it was looking just amazing. There was lot of enthusiasm among people to know about the features of the car. 
On first look, the front grill is awesome. The curves on bonnet are so well designed that they give a feeling of power this vehicle can demonstrate. In my opinion it is one of the best things TATA has done in designing the front look of the car along with sophisticated grills.

Under the hood it comes with 2.2 L Vericor engine which can harness 156 PS@4000 rpm and has 400NM of torque. I could feel the this power and torque in off road experience itself. Based on the road condition and vehicle position, vehicle decides the power distribution and it made it look so easy to pass through those tough off road terrain.
However I would have preferred and liked it more if all parts inside bonnet including engine were covered with one piece of frame or plastic. It looked bit cluttered to me inside bonnet.
The vehicle comes in both manual transmission as well in automatic transmission which can be quite helpful in city driving.The Interiors of the vehicle are of good quality( I am not sure, if its same interior quality for all variants or it was only for high end model - don't forget to check if you are interested in buying one ).19" Alloy wheel which comes in high end variant is superb looking and simply compliment the overall look of the vehicle and provides stability and good grip on the road.

There are other tons of features including excellent infotainment system from Harman with powerful speakers, touch display, Aux, Bluetooth, USB, Navigation support. I think in long drives, you will not be disappointed playing with infotainment system. But I felt bit of delay in touch response while using infotainment system which is something can be further improved in order to deliver awesome feeling with whole infotainment usage. Coming to off road experience, I had first of such rides to experience. From going over high hill ,mud, uneven slopes, angular drive , it all went so smooth that you can hardly feel that the terrain is so tough to drive. There are various modes of drive in 'rough mode', 'hill climb' etc. which assist overall drive and make it a effortless driving experience.
Though the prices are not yet disclosed, but I was being told that it could range between Rs. 12L-18L range. #HexaExperience is certainly going to be appreciated by many people and I wish all the best for the success of the car.

Monday, December 5

Chocolate Ice Cream (Home Made without Ice cream Maker)

Chocolate Ice Cream/Homemade. Who knows making Ice Cream was so easy at home unless I started making, that too with out ice cream maker and all you need is only 3 main ingredients. You can flavour as you like, there is no end for the flavouring. Once you get a hang of making ice cream at home then you'll also stop buying from out. Its so easy and saves lot of time to go to grocery store and buy it.

1 cup heavy whipped cream
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup coco powder
Chocolate syrup for garnishing.

In a large mixing bowl. Add the cream and condensed milk and whipped till it becomes thick and creamy. Add the coco powder and give a quick mix.
Transfer it to any airtight container and freeze it for about 6 to 8 hours.
Serve chill with chocolate sauce.

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