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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mango ricotta cheesecake

You will find many recipes of cheesecake with soft cheese and eggs. This is an eggless recipe and very easy to make.

You will need
Graham crackers- about 6-8
Butter 2 tsp
Whole milk Ricotta cheese (I used Lucerne, about 600 gms.)
Mango pulp to taste
Strawberries for garnishing

  1. Crumble graham crackers and process it till it is fine powder. Use a spoon or your fingers to scavenge for any large pieces and crumble them. Add 2 tsp of melted butter and spread it on the baking dish to form the crust.
  2. Mix ricotta cheese and mango pulp uniformly and set it atop the crust. Bake in conventional oven for 45 mins at 350 F or until it sets.
  3. Cool and refrigerate it. Serve cold with slices mangoes or strawberries on top.

You may use vanilla essence and sugar or condensed milk for a plain cheesecake.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pan seared chicken with vegetables

  1. Boil chicken leg quarters and potatoes in a pressure cooker. (Alternately, you may brine the chicken overnight.) Drain, remove skin.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan, add onions, minced garlic and chilies. Rub chicken with freshly squeezed lemon juice and crushed spices like coriander, black pepper and cinnamon.  Fry in the pan till browned on both sides. Add the potatoes, some baby carrots and chopped parsley. Spinach and brussel sprouts may be added too.
  3. You may use some of the chicken stock you had when you boiled the chicken. Add crunchy fried onions for extra flavor.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Basic cake

2 eggs
1 cup sugar or to taste
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup shifted flour
1 tsp butter, oil for greasing pan and a few drops for the batter

  1. Grease a round pan or a pound pan with oil. You may also use lightly greased Aluminium foil or parchment paper to cover the bottom of the pan to prevent sticking and facilitate removal of the cake after baking.
  2. Heat oven to 350 F. Mix the ingredients in that order. Taste the batter. Spread it evenly on the pan and bake for 45 mins or till a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the cake.
You may also add a basic glaze by beating sugar and lemon juice together. Though I prefer it less sweet to go with my tea. Crushed pistachio or coconut flakes might also be a good topping