Thursday, 24 May 2018

Date Truffles

It's a Ramadan special delight, it's a date and chocolate combination, kids love it, not just eating but the helping out in preparing for Iftaar, and the added bonus is it is super quick to make.


Medjool dates (or any other soft date)  - 4 large
Almond powder - 200 gram (Ground Almonds)
Honey - 1 tablespoon
Coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon powder -  1/2 teaspoon
Vanilla - 1/4 teaspoon
Salt - pinch
Cocoa powder - 2 tablespoon

Date Truffles

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to make a paste (add a teaspoon of water if the mixture is stiff)
  2. Spoon small amounts of the paste into the palm of your hands and roll into small balls
  3. Leave in the fridge for 15 minutes
  4. Roll in Cocoa powder before serving
Note: Don't use too much cocoa powder, I did the mistake (see picture), because too much cocoa tastes bitter.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Lamb Stew - Khushi Style

One of the best Lamb Stew recipes I've tried, courtesy my dear cousin Khushi, who learnt it from her mum. I bargained recipe from her in return for sharing a barbecue recipe !


Lamb shoulder - 750 gm
Onion (sliced) - 4
Ginger Garlic (paste) - 2 teaspoon
Tomato - 1
Green chilli - 2

Whole Spices
Green Cardamom (chotti elaychi) - 2
Black Cardamom (badi elaychi) - 1
Cloves (laung) - 2
Black Peeper (kali mirch) - 6
Mace (Javitri) - 1/4
Bay Leaf (tez patta) - 2

Fennel (Khadi saunf) - 1/2 teaspoon
Dry whole red chilli - 2

Ground Spices
Red Chilli Powder (to taste)
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala - 1/3 teaspoon

Green coriander leaves - 3-4 tablespoon (chopped)
Salt (to taste)
Cooking oil

Lamb Stew

Lamb Stew (garnished)


  1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker
  2. Add 2 onions
  3. Add green and black cardamom, clove, black pepper, mace and bay leaf
  4. When onion gets golden brown add lamb
  5. Fry till water dries out
  6. Add salt and ginger garlic paste
  7. Ache se bhuno
  8. Add 2 onions, tomato, khadi saunf, coriander powder, green chilli and dry red chilli 
  9. Add red chilli powder (to taste, optional)
  10. Add 1 cup water
  11. Pressure Cook till meat is cooked
  12. Steam nikalne ke baad bhuno
  13. Add garam masala
  14. Add green coriander

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Spinach and Carrot soup with Poached egg 🍳


Carrots (peeled and chopped) - 3 large
Spinach - 1 large bag
Potato (peeled and chopped) - 1

Coconut Milk - 200 ml

Onion (peeled and chopped) - 1 large
Ginger (grated) - 1 teaspoon
Garlic - 2 cloves

Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Fennel seed powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)

Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Egg - 4

Spinach and Carrot soup with Poached egg 🍳


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan, over medium heat. 
  2. Add onion and saute gently until softened, but not browned.
  3. Add carrot and potato, saute gently for a further 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add garlic, ginger, chilli and spices, saute for a further1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add spinach, cooked through for 5 minutes (wilt for 5 minutes if using fresh).
  6. Add coconut milk, bring to the boil, cover and reduce to a simmer.
  7. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Blend smooth with a hand whisk or in a food processor.
  10. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  11. Poach eggs in water, one by one, add to soup bowls, garnish with black pepper.
  12. Optionally add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut milk to each bowl.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Chicken in Ras el hanout

On my trip to Morocco, I bought Ras el hanout spice mix, I've heard quite a lot about it but buying from Marrakech had its own charm. I did taste quite a few dishes made in Ras-el-Hanout at the hotel we stayed in.

Then a few weeks later after we were back from holidays our chef in office kitchen made 'poached white fish in Ras el hanout' and that's how I thought of my own Ras el hanout experiment.

Chicken in Ras el hanout


Chicken -  1 medium (cut in 16 pcs)
Onion - 2 medium (finely chopped)
Ginger garlic paste - 2 teaspoon
Whole Spices (Black Pepper, Green and Black Cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon, and Star anise)
Greek Yogurt - 1 bowl
Ras el hanout mix - 3 teaspoon
Paprika - 1 teaspoon
Dried apricot - 5-7
Cherry Tomato - 5-6
Olives - 5-7
Olive Oil - 3 tablespoon
Salt (to taste)


  1. Microwave apricot in a bowl dipped into water for 2 minutes
  2. Heat oil in a pan
  3. Add whole spices and fry for a minute
  4. Add chicken and ginger garlic paste, fry for 3-5 minutes, turning side by side
  5. Take the chicken out of oil, and leave it in a large bowl
  6. Add Ras-el-Hanout and paprika to chicken
  7. Add greek yogurt to chicken, and let it marinate till onion is ready
  8. Add some more oil to pan if necessary, and heat it
  9. Add onion to pan, fry for few minutes
  10. Add Cherry tomatoes and olives, fry for few minutes
  11. Add apricot with its water
  12. Add chicken marinate, add water, cover the pan
  13. Cook chicken on low flame till it is well done

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Pumpkin Casserole

When you grow pumpkins on your allotment and get too many of those you start searching for ideas. After I've given few to friends and another few left in hen run for chickens to feed on, I was still left with a good number.

Pumpkin Casserole

I realised that pumpkin could be used as a casserole, bake inside the pumpkin itself, stuff with meat. Voilla !!!

It's a hollowed-out pumpkin stuffed with meat, and since pumpkins come in unpredictable sizes baking times depend on how long it takes for the pumpkin to get soft enough to pierce with a knife, being precise is impossible. I choose a small one from the allotment.
Empty Pumpkin
Add meat

Add meat

Meat in pumpkin

Lid the pumpkin

Pumpkin in oven after a while

Pumpkin Casser

1 medium size pumpkin
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2-3 garlic cloves
1/2 kg boneless lamb or beef
Onion - 2
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tablespoon
Whole Spices (Black Pepper, Green and Black Cardamom, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon) and chili flakes - to taste

  1. Heat oil in a cooker
  2. Add whole spices
  3. Add onion
  4. Add Meat, salt and ginger garlic paste
  5. Fry
  6. Remove 
  7. Close the lid of Pressure cook, and leave it on medium for a while till meat is slightly cooked
  8. Heat oven to 180C. Cut the top off the pumpkin and use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Get rid of any pithy bits. 
  9. Put the pumpkin on a baking tray, rub with 2 tbsp of the oil inside and out, and season well.
  10. Fill pumpkin with meat, cloves and chili flakes.
  11. Close the lid
  12. Leave in Oven for an hour and a half (check after an hour)
  13. Check again and leave for another 30 minutes if the meat is not done.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Red Velvet Cake


Plane flour - 250 grams (sifted)
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon 
Cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
Unsalted butter - 113 grams (room temperature)
Granulated white sugar - 300 grams
Eggs - 2 large
Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
Buttermilk - 240 ml (1 cup)
Red food colouring - 2 tablespoons (liquid)
White distilled vinegar - 1 teaspoon
Baking soda - 1 teaspoon

Cream cheese - 227 grams
Mascarpone cheese - 227 grams
Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon
Icing sugar (sifted) - 115 grams
Whipping cream (double cream, cold) - 360 ml


  1. Preheat oven to 180c. 
  2. Grease two 9 inch cake tin with butter, line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
  3. In a mixing bowl sift together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  4. Beat the butter and sugar in a mixer on medium until fluffy.
  5. Add vanilla.
  6. Add eggs one at a time, beating on low just until they are mixed in.
  7. In a cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. 
  8. Add the flour and the buttermilk (alternating one then the other) into the sugar/egg mixture on low speed, beginning and ending with the flour.
  9. In a small cup combine the vinegar and baking soda. Allow the mixture to fizz and then quickly fold into the cake batter. 
  10. Pour batter into the two 9 inch cake tins, smooth the tops and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  11. Quickly divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops.
  12. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  13. Place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan.
  14. Once the cakes have completely cooled, wrap in plastic and place the cake layers in the refrigerator for at least an hour (or overnight). (This is done to make filling and frosting the cakes easier.)

Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In the bowl of electric mixer beat the cream cheese and Mascarpone cheese until smooth. 
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Add icing sugar and beat until smooth. 
  4. Using the whisk attachment, gradually add the whipping cream and whip until the frosting is thick enough to spread.
  5. Add more sugar or cream as needed to get the right consistency.

  1. With a serrated knife, cut each cake layer in half, horizontally. You will now have four cake layers (optional).
  2. Place one of the cake layers, top of the cake facing down, onto your serving platter. 
  3. Spread the cake layer with a layer of frosting.  
  4. Place another layer of cake on top of the frosting and continue to frost and stack the cake layers. 
  5. Frost the top and sides of the cake.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Butterscotch Cake


Light Brown Sugar - 2 Cups (about 240 gram)
Butter - 200g
Vanilla - 1 teaspoon
Eggs (medium size) - 2 
Plain Flour - 2 Cups (about 300 gram)
Baking Powder - 1 teaspoon
Baking Soda - 1 teaspoon
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Buttermilk - 1 Cup (to make buttercream - add 1 spoon white vinegar to warm milk and leave for 5 minutes to let it curdle)

Caramel Icing

Light Brown Sugar - 1 and 1/2 cups (about 220 gram)
Plain Flour - 1 tablespoon
Salted butter - 60 gram (divide in 2 parts)
Milk - 1/4 Cup
Vanilla - 1 teaspoon


Unsalted butter - 300 gram
Dark brown sugar - 2 cups (about 270 gram)
Heavy cream - 1 cup
Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Cream cheese - 300 gram
Icing sugar - 2 cups (about 200 gram)


Pecans (crushed) - 2 cups

Butterscotch Cake


Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake tins.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer on medium until fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla, then add eggs one at a time, beating on low just until they are mixed in.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the flour and the buttermilk (alternating one then the other)  into the sugar/egg mixture on low speed.
  6. Pour batter into the two 9 inch cake tins and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  7. Cool before frosting.

Caramel Icing Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, mix together all ingredients and the extra 30g of butter. Heat over medium and bring to a boil. Stirring frequently to prevent burning, let the mixture boil for a good one minute.
  2. Take off the fire and add in the 30g butter. Cool the mixture, occasionally giving it a vigorous stir, until it is still warm (but not HOT) and has thickened enough to spread. 
  3. Spread it over the cake, moving fairly quickly because it will set as it cools. It will be a thin coating, not a thick layer. 
  4. Let it set completely before frosting.

Frosting Recipe

  1. Beat the butter, brown sugar until creamy.
  2. Add the cream cheese, powder sugar, salt and beat until thickened.
  3. Add heavy cream, and whip it in a mixer.
  4. Spread all over the cake and pipe the rest.
  5. Press chopped pecans on sides, and garnish the top with halves.
Butterscotch Cake