Archive for the ‘Recipes’ Category


La Vita e Bella

February 17, 2009
So, last Friendship’s Day, I tried my hand at a Goan sweet dish which turned out to be pretty good. Motivated by the outcome, for this Valentine’s Day, I tried an Italian sweet dish called Tiramisu. Credit for the recipe goes to my Mom.

Ingredients: (serves 4 people)

1 Light sponge cake (angel food cake available at Walmart)
3 cups warm water
3 teaspn coffee
5 teaspn powdered sugar
50 gm whipped cream
100 gms Mascerpone cheese (available at Weg
250 ml milk
3 tbspn custard powder
1 teaspn vanilla essence
1-3 tbspn rum (depending how intoxicated you want your guests to become)


1. Cut light sponge cake into small cubes

2. Mix the warm water and coffee together and pour evenly over the cake

3. Make a thin custard (by mixing the custard powder and sugar into boiling milk), and pour this over the cake

4. In a separate vessel heat mascarpone cheese, whipped cream and little powdered sugar and mix till it is smooth. Add vanilla essence and rum once the mixture is a little cool. Pour this mixture over the cake

5. Decorate with dry cocoa powder and grated chocolate
(I decorated it to suit the occasion)

6. Keep the dish in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours till it is firmly set

7. Serve cold

Buon appetite!


Goan Rhapsody

August 6, 2008

This Friendship’s Day, I tried making one of my favourite sweet dishes – Bebinca. Its a Goan speciality and is really tasty. But it takes quite some time to make, so attempt at leisure.

Ingredients: (serves 10 people)
250 gms plain Flour (Maida)
700 ml thick Coconut milk / cream
Ground Nutmeg powder -1 tspoon
Ground Cinammon powder -1 tspoon
200 ml ghee / Hydrogenated fat
1/2 kg Sugar
Salt – 1 tspoon.
¼ cup water if required
Cake mixture:
Mix the coconut milk and sugar together and stir till the sugar is completely dissolved
To the flour add the coconut milk, salt, nutmeg and cinammon
In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks till creamy
Add the eggs to the flour and mix well, making sure that no lumps are left
If the cake mixture does not seem smooth enough, a maximum of a ¼ cup of water can be added
Heat a pan on the fire till smoking
Add 1 cup of the cake mixture and swirl around till it looks like a thick omelette
Cook over a low fire, swirling the pan frequently till cooked and fairly dry on top
Transfer to oven and let it cook slowly till browned on top
Remove from oven add a tablespoon of ghee and 1 more layer of the cake mixture
Return to oven and grill till brown
Repeat this procedure till all cake mixture is finished
When it has cooled slightly, the cake will shrink from the sides of the pan
Invert slowly on to a serving dish
The top should be a nice toasted brown colour
Serve hot or cold. Both taste delicious.

Cake Bake

July 13, 2008

Yes! I finally baked a cake. Okay okay, I used the Pillsbury ready made mix, and most of the credit should go to them, but still the hand that bakes the cake, gets to cut it and eat it too.

Well, after having used this blog as a medium to describe a few of the happenings out here at Penn State, I am now planning to add a few recipes of my favourite dishes. And yes, these, have been tried and tested. So here goes, the recipe for the chocolate fudge cake / brownie. Its pretty easy since its all ready made.

1. Buy Pillsbury Fudge Supreme Packet

2. Grease bottom of pan (metal / glass) with unsalted butter

3. Follow instructions on packet to mix the contents together

4. Beat mixture well

5. Bake for 40-45 min at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celcius)

6. Serve hot / cold (Both taste delicious)

I am sure that after eating this cake you would, in Jim Carrey style in Mask, say “Smoking!!!”