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Choco Banana Cake – A Valentines Day Special

14 Feb

I was surprised by the fact that 5 year old knows already about Valentines day. Riya say’s that it is a heartin day and everyone  should wish their loved ones with greeting card.  She did wish her Dad and me. She also made a greeting card already and sent to her dear friend. She is supposed to wear a pink or red dress to KG as a theme for celebration.

I am sure that so many hearts around the world is dreaming and waiting for this special day to wish their loved ones. Some may be waiting to express their first love. Red roses , Chocolates, greeting cards, customized presents are going to have a good sale. Great day for these Businesses.

Here goes the recipe of this Beautiful Choco Banana cake…


  1. All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup
  2. Banana – 2(large ones or 1 1/2 cup mashed)
  3. Sugar – 1 Cup
  4. Cocoa – 2 Tbs
  5. Oil – 1/2 cup ( Sunflower or Canola oil)
  6. Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
  7. Baking Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Egg – 1

Chocolate Ganache

  1. Dark chocolate – 100 gms
  2. Whipping Cream – 50 ml.


1.  Beat the egg, and add all the other ingredients one be by continue mixing it.

2. Preheat the oven to 180 deg C and pour this mixture in the bake tin and bake for 30- 40 min at 170 deg C.

3. Allow the cake  to cool down completely.

4.  For Choco Ganache, bring the  whipping cream to a boil  and add the Chopped chocolate .

5. Continue stirring till the chocolate melts and switch off  the heat.

6. Let the Ganache cool down for 10 – 15 min. (Let it sit in the fridge for 5-10 min)

7.  Now spread ganache on cake and let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes.

8. Later,decorate the cake  with chocolate shavings and pipe the left over Ganache on the plate.

I wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day.


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Pongalo Pongal – Indian Harvest Festival

15 Jan


I wish all my friends and viewers a Happy and prosperous New Year and Pongal.

Pongal is one of the main festivals in India. It is celebrated from January 14th – 16th. Though it is called by different names like Sankaranthi, Makara Sankaranthi, and Lohri  in diffeerent parts of India, the purpose is the same. Yes,  its Harvest time and people wish to thank the Sun God for abundant sun source to the growth of their crops, on this Harvest festival. As a part of the festive people in India wear new dresses and share the happiness by wishing relatives and friends. The main harvested crops during this season in South Indian is Rice,Sugarcane and Turmeric.

The Harvest festival is been celebrated in other parts of the world as well, like  Chuseok(korea), Niiname-Sai(Japan), Erntedank(Germany,Austria), Harvest Festival(UK), Thanks giving Day(US, Canada) and so on.[Source:Wikipedia]

As always there is a typical type of food that is connected with this festival and it is called Pongal. The food name and festival name are same.  The Tamil word Pongal means that, little spilling of boiling cooked rice  from the clay pot. people in their households make Pongal in an open area, field or garden, facing the sun god. All of them wait for the auspicious moment when the rice is almost cooked and spills out from the pot, it means prosperity and material abundance. Everyone says “Pongalo pongal” and thank Sun God .

The food Pongal can be of two types Sweet Pongal(Rice, Jaggery, lentils,milk) and Pongal(Rice,Milk).  However most of them also make Venpongal(Rice, Lentils). Apart from the famous Pongal food, other different types of vegetables,lentils, Rice, Vadai, Payasam are made and served in Banana leaf. At first the food is offered to Sun god with Pooja(Workship) and then rest of the family enjoy the healthy traditional south Indian food. 


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Happy Diwali 2010

05 Nov

Almond Sweets

Today is Diwali and this grand festival is celebrated all over India. This is one of the main festival of Hindus. Attractions of this festival apart from Pooja (Workship to God) are fireworks, Crackers and lots & lots of sweets. As part of our celebration, I have sent these homemade Almond sweets and Jilebi’s to little friends of Riya in KG. Hope they like it. I am very busy today – still making some more sweets as our friends are joining us for dinner. See you all soon in my next post.


I wish all my friends and viewers a very Happy Diwali.  Have a great Blast!!!!! and enjoy the day.


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