Valentine Day Special -Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cheesecake

Theme- Valentine’s Day

Link to Original Recipe- http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-sandwich-cookie-cheesecake

Headline-Chocolate Sandwich Cookie Cheesecake

Intro- A perfect Yummy Cake for a perfect Valentine Day

Serving: 12

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs

3 tablespoons butter, melted

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 large eggs, lightly beaten

20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped

Method:

Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in chocolate and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Fold in half of the chopped cookies. Pour over crust

Bake 50-60 minutes or until center is almost set and top appears dull. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 . Sprinkle with remaining cookies. Place pan on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. spring form pan. Refrigerate In while preparing hour longer. Refrigerate overnight. Remove side of pan.

Conclusion

Treat you Valentine with the yummy cake and make this Valentine a memorable one.

 

 

Valentin’s Special: Utimate Double Chocolate Cookie

 

A chocolate cookie with the intensity of hot fudge sauce. Thick And Chewy!”

Servings-42

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

METHOD

  1. Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter with white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in coffee crystals and vanilla until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the dry ingredients just until everything comes together. Cover, and let stand for 35 minutes so the chocolate can set up.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into walnut sized balls, or drop by rounded table spoonful onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be set, but the centers will still be very soft because of the chocolate. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. Conclusion

 The best way to surprise Your Valentine is this simple recipe of double chocolate cookies, easy to cook and delicious to eat!

Valentines Gift Ideas for HER from #VinodCookware

This year let’s think something unusual and unique  that fits her personal style and taste, or lets her express herself. So if cooking is her forte and experimenting with dishes is her passion, than nothing works better than gifting Vinod Cookware to the homemaker. So here are few gifting options for your better half

Zest Superb Plus:

ZEST Superb+ 2 pc combo- OrangePrice: Rs. 1690/-

It’s time for you to zest up her kitchenette with Vinod Zest Superb plus, designed with vibrant green and orange that adds a zing to her scullery. Additional to this, the ergonomic design and stylish features not only offers a superior cooking experience but also looks great on your kitchen dais while she satiates your foodie cravings!

Zest Marbilo:

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Let’s give the monotonous Cooking a break, while you plan to surprise her with the revolutionary cookware – Vinod Zest Marbilo. The 5 layered marble coated cookware, suits every kitchen needs, while fastening the cooking experience at the same time. So now let her take the seat back, while she wins over her routine in jiffy!

A perfect gifting option for the discerning woman’s taste!

Republic Day Special- Tri-Color Barfi

A simple recipe for an Indian sweet with colors to represent the Indian flag. Nothing is better then celebrating Republic day with a sweet dish that symbolizes our Flag color.

Servings-4

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cashewnuts – 250 gms
  • Almonds – 150 gms
  • Sugar – 750 gms
  • Ghee – 250 to 300 gms
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Green Cardamom – 10 powdered
  • Saffron Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Green Color Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Orange or Red Color Powder – 1/4 tsp

Method

  1. Soak cashews and almonds separately for half an hour.
  2. Drain and peel almonds.
  3. Grind the nuts together to form a thick paste.
  4. Add milk and sugar and grind again.
  5. Split the paste into three equal parts.
  6. Mix the red coloring to the first part.
  7. Add 1/3rd of the ghee and cardamom powder.
  8. Heat the paste in a pan and stir until it leaves the sides of the pan.
  9. Pour the paste into a ghee coated plate and spread well.
  10. Add half of the remaining ghee and cardamom powder to the second mix and repeat the same process. This paste will remain white in color.
  11. Pour the paste when done over the red paste and spread without mixing.
  12. Add green coloring, remaining ghee and cardamom powder to the third part.
  13. Prepare the paste with the same method and pour over the second layer.
  14. Spread it evenly.
  15. Garnish with chopped almonds and cashew and allow to cool.
  16. Once cooled, cut into square or diamond shaped pieces.         

Conclusion

 Get Indulged in the Celebration of Republic Day with this Tri Color  Sweet Barfi

 

 

 

 

Republic Day Special- Tri Colored Pulao (Rangila Pulao)

A Simple yet Delicious Recipe to represent the Indian Flag.  This Simple dish of rice Pula is definately going to make your Republic day a joyous one with its flavour and its representation with tri colors of our flag is a treat to eyes.

Serves: 4

Ready in: 15 to 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

400g Kohinoor Basmati rice, washed, soaked in enough cold water to cover for 30 minutes and drained
2 tbsp sunflower oil
90g onion, finely sliced
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
4 green cardamoms
salt to taste
a few drops of veggie red and green food coloring
1 tomato, sliced

METHOD:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions, cinnamon sticks, cloves and green cardamoms. Sauté until the onions are golden.
  2. Add the drained rice and stir carefully, coating the rice grains with the oil.
  3. Add 960ml of hot water and the salt. Stir well and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender and fluffy.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and take 120ml of cooked rice and mix with a couple of drops of the red food coloring. Take another 120ml of cooked rice and mix with a couple of drops of the green food coloring. Finally, arrange the three colors of rice in a bowl, using the carrot and tomato to decorate.

Conclusion:

Enjoy this delicious Food at home and get indulge in the feeling of Republic Day.

For the love of Rice – 10 recipes that you should enjoy!

Rice is a staple diet for most of India. One of the most versatile ingredient, it can be cooked as an entree, mains or a desert! Did you know that there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice? In many cultures, rice is considered to be an auspicious symbol of life and fertility. How many experiments have you done with this chefs’ favorite friend?

If not, it’s never too late! We bring to you a selection of 10 best rice recipes from our kitty.

1. Murgh Koftey Ki Biryani

1Koftas made with spiced chicken and cooked with basamati rice to make a fragrant biryani. Served with a saffron scented, garlic raita to compliment the flavours. A true blue Awadhi dish best suited for a regal feast!

2. Handi Biryani

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Slow cooked rice with layers of vegetables, a variety of masalas and chicken. A beautiful melange that is sure to win many hearts at the dinner table.

3. Garlic and Egg Fried Rice

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A fast and flavour-packed recipe to ward off those untimely hunger pangs! Rice tossed with the goodness of egg, the burst of garlic and a few oriental flavours.

4. Three Layered Rice

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Dig deep into layers of rice, the crunch of the aloo lachchas, fleecy paneer and the tang of tomatoes. All these, topped with some rustic spices, together create an explosion of flavors for your taste buds.

5. Kashmiri Chicken Pulao

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An aromatic chicken pulao bursting with deep flavors of warm whole spices, Kashmiri chillies, sweet raisins and desi ghee.

6. Zaffarani Pulao

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A sweet preparation made with Basmati rice, nuts, saffron, milk and cream.

7. Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf

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For the diet conscious, a healthy recipe with brown rice, olive oil, broccoli and plums. A pilaf is a a Middle Eastern dish in which the rice is cooked in a seasoned broth (stock).

8. Mutton Biryani

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A wintery delight, mutton chunks layered with saffron induced rice and cooked dum style.

9. Mushroom Risotto

9Divya Burman brings to you a steaming plateful of buttery mushroom risotto.

10. Scheherazade Biryani

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Traditional Iranian style biryani layered with marinated fish and fried onions. Topped with raisins and cashews. The aroma of rose water will leave you wanting more.

5 Indian Recipes to Spice up Your Winter

As the weather gets colder, we’re busy creating hot Indian dishes to keep Londoners and visitors going – so here are a few of our favourite Indian recipes to spice up your winter.
1. Indian Winter Soup
There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to fuel your day, and Indian winter soup is an exotic change to your usual tin of Heinz. High in fibre and low in fat, Indian winter soup is a fragrant vegan recipe that traditionally combines lentils, tomatoes, butternut squash, onion and garlic with mustard seeds, chillies and cinnamon.
2. Lotus Root Salad
It might not sound like a winter warmer, but lotus root salad is the perfect pick-me-up, containing everything you need to fight off a seasonal cold. Lotus root is traditionally used in Chinese medicine, as it is believed to restore balance to the body. Snow peas, red onion and coriander are high in vitamin C – essential for recovering from a cold – and there’s a good reason why pomegranate is called a ‘superfood’: it’s packed with multivitamins and antioxidants.
3. Adrakhi Gosht
The hit of fresh ginger is especially welcome on a chilly evening, heating up your palette.  Adrakhi Gosht is made with English lamb and a ginger infusion. Enjoy with a warming glass of rouge for true winter indulgence.
4. Masala Chai
There’s nothing like an aromatic cup of spiced Indian tea to start your morning. Believed to strengthen the immune system, masala chai can fight colds and flu and keep infections at bay.
5. Spiced Sweet Potato
Available in abundance at winter, sweet potato is a popular Asian street food over the colder months. Try making spicy sweet potato wedges for a healthy snack, or try Chakra’s Sweet Potato and Okra to enjoy this traditional delicacy.
Make the most of winter with this ‘hot’ and ‘spicy’ food items. If you have any recipes or food items that you make during winter to fight with cold. Do let us know in the comments below 🙂 We are all ears!

8 Traditional Indian Winter Recipes

Winter is the season in which you can give your taste buds a good treat. Indian winter dishes are not only tasty  but are also beneficial for overall health. These food keep you warm and strengthen immunity.

Sometimes mineral deficiency is caused due to winters which can be supplemented with proper diet. There are some winter foods like Gajar Ka Halwa(Carrot Halwa) and Makke Di Roti and Sarson da Saag which have many nutritional properties.

Here are 8 traditional Indian winter recipes that you must try:-

1. Gajar Ka Halwa:

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Gajar Ka Halwa is one of the most famous winter dish. It is an all-time favorite dessert of India. It is a must have sweet during chilly winters. This sweet is prepared with ghee (clarified butter). It is filled with dry fruits and tastes really good in winter season as fresh, sweet carrots are available.Carrots help in regulating blood sugar and are rich in dietary fibre. Ghee helps in enhancing the physical and mental health. Ghee provides the body warmth and the dry fruits combat colds.

2. Sarson Da Saag and Makke Di Roti:  

Sarso ka ssag

This is a traditional winter dish, very popular in Punjab. It is best consumed with makke ki roti, jaggery and butter. Sarson Da Saag is filled with nutrients. Sarson is enriched with protein and iron. It is also anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, making it an essential part of diet.

3. Spicy Sweet Potatoes:

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Sweet potatoes are available in large amounts in winter season. It is consumed in many forms. Some roast it, some boil it and spice it. Most people like to cook it with spices and then consume it with roti (also known as chapati). Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

4. Gaund ke laddoo:

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It is made of edible gum that is easily available and got from the bark of a tree. Gaund provides warmth in the body and also fights winter chills. These laddoos are made with ghee which is very beneficial in limited amounts. This special winter dish is best consumed with a glass of milk.

5. Rogan Josh:

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This is a Kashmiri dish that is stuffed with dry fruits and nuts. The fiery spices add to the warmth provided by this dish to the body. The mutton used in the dish is cooked perfectly in spices that are traditional. Rogan Josh is a traditional dish that is delicious and hot and protects the body from cold.

6. Paya Shorba:

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Paya Shorba is a soup which is prepared with hoof or trotters of a cow, lamb or goat. The shorba is prepared with spices that make it delicious. This delicious dish is filled with nutrition and is very good for winters as it generates heat in the body.

7. Undhiyu:undhiyu

This Gujarati dish is a specialty that’s made with papdi (a vegetable). A fiery veg dry stew is made using papdi and other vegetables like sweet potatoes, brinjals, peas etc. These vegetables are tossed with heat generating spices. The dish can be consumed with puris or methi muthiyas(a traditional dish).

8. Rasam:  

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Rasam is a very popular South-Indian dish. Rasam contains red lentis, which are rich in fiber, antioxidants and proteins. This soupy dish is spicy and contains traditional masalas like turmeric and other spices. Besides that it contains some vegetables. It can be consumed as a whole meal. If you drink a bowl of rasam, it will help you bear the winter evenings more easily.

 

We have listed best 8 recipes that you can’t miss out on. If you have some Delicious and yummylicious recipes to share.  Leave them in comments below 🙂

HappyDeal-Wali Diwali with Vinod Cookware!

This Diwali, it is Double bonanza at Vinod Cookware.  How???? One is the HappyDeal-Wali Contest where in you have to Participate and share the bucket list of Vinod cookware you wish to buy with maximum budget of Rs5000 and second,we are offering an Exclusive10% flat off on all Range of Vinod Cookware products to make your Diwali as prosperous as never before.

Experience the joy of faster & healthy cooking with Vinod’s Exclusive HappyDeal-Wali Diwali offer. Browse through wide range of products that will not only add a life to your kitchen but will also give you happiness.

Here’s the list of new range that you can look for:

 Vinod 5pc Rasoi Set: The Multitasker in your life which is also considered as a perfect gifting assortment makes the presentation of your food as delightful as the flavor of your food. upgrade your Kitchen to ‘Smart Kitchens’ with Vinod Cookware let it be right from cooking to serving.

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Vinod 2pc Superb Plus: Comes in bright and festive colors this cookware will surely match to any decor! Perfect for cooking and this frypan is the multi-purpose tool for anyone who loves to cook.

Vinod Marbilo Range:  With same Nonstick Properties, this marbilo tawa not only fastens your cooking experience but also adds a sense of style in your festive kitchen decor. An idyllic gifting option to the Modern Indian Kitchens that suits all your cooking requirements and needs!

 

 

10 Quick Diwali Sweets Recipes You Must Know

No celebration is complete without a touch of sweet. Desserts are the highlight of every Indian festival. They add much more enthusiasm to the festive spirit. With Diwali around the corner, festivities have finally stepped in. Just like the multicolored rangolis that adorn the entrances of our homes, there is nothing quite like a dessert table decked with a variety of Diwali sweets.

This Diwali, light up your homes with our festive dessert recipes. Ditch the elaborate presentation and fancy ingredients, here are super-easy solutions to soothe your aching sweet tooth. Most of these can be prepared in advance for those unannounced guests and untimely cravings. Everyday ingredients and a couple of minutes are all you need to spread bright smiles and sparkle with satisfaction. We bring you, the simplest sweets from across the country. There’s something for everyone!

Goan Nevri

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Nevri is a Konkani sweet that is quite similar to a Karanji from Maharashtra or Gujiya from Uttar Pradesh. It is stuffed with a grated coconut along with almonds.

Kaju Katli

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Barfis made with cashew nuts, kaju katli is one of the most popular giveaways during Diwali. This season, surprise your friends and family with home-made treats.

Rava Kheer

Rawa Kheer
Step away from the usual with this creamy concoction of milk, dry fruits and sooji(semolina).

Chocolate Gujiya

Chocolate Gujia Recipe
Chocolate Gujia Recipe


Fusion is the flavor of the season. Serve the good old gujiyas in a modern avatar with a creamy chocolate-chip stuffing.

Badaam Halwa & Barfis

                     

 

With the same ingredients you can choose to make two desserts. Loaded with almonds,khoya, milk and poppy seeds, you can enjoy the warmth of the halwa or serve as barfisdecorated with silver leaves.

Shahi Tukda

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This has been a favourite since ancient times and is super easy to make. Slices of bread are fried, soaked in milk and decorated with nuts.

Mohanthal


Mohanthal is a fudge-like Indian dessert made with gram flour. It is popularly made in Rajasthan and Gujarat, especially during Diwali. 

Patishapta

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This is traditional Bengali dessert. Thin crepes are made with rice flour, maida and sooji and served with a coconut-jaggery filling.

Mysore Paak

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As the name suggests, this original recipe of this Indian dessert is known to have originated in the Mysore Palace. It is a rich mix of desi ghee, gram flour and sugar.

Coconut Til Ladoos

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A three-ingredient recipe with coconut, sesame seeds and dates. Your aching sweet tooth shall be served in minutes.

Courtesy: NDTV FOOD