Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Easy Breezy Chocolate Dunked Strawberries

Easy Breezy Chocolate Dunked Strawberries

Now how does a dessert that takes less then 10 minutes to make but wows everybody sound, well you are in for a treat.Chocolate covered strawberries seem so exotic and pricey in stores, but in reality its one of the easiest desserts to make and it works best when you have to entertain/wow huge number of people. Very less preparation time practically no clean up and so easy even a kid can make it.
Made this for a b'day party few weeks ago and boy they were delicious. With Strawberries in season now is the best time to make this, this processes can be extended for Cherries, short bread cookies,banana's well anything that gels with chocolate.

make approximately 30-40 Chocolate covered Strawberries
2 cups of Nestle Toll house chocolate chips ( I use semi sweet chocolate chips since strawberries in season are super sweet)
1 1/2 tbsp of Oil
1 tbsp of corn syrup (optional)
1/2 tbsp butter (optional)

1. In a microwave safe bowl add chocolate chip and oil (Make sure the bowl is dry with no water, water and chocolate don't gel well)
2. Microwave of high for a minute
3. Remove from the microwave and mix well till chocolate chip turn into a smooth texture.
4. Butter and corn syrup can be added to give extra gloss to strawberries.
5. prewash and pat dry strawberries
6. Line a serving plate with wax paper, now dip the washed and dried strawberries in chocolate syrup and place it on the serving plate
7. Chill in the refrigerator for approx 30 minutes.
Tastes best when served at room temperature, you can double dip strawberries in chocolate again after chilling for a while to have a thicker and more richer chocolate covering.
This is my entry for Srivalli's Metai Mela, Happy 2nd birthday Mansi's SV and SHF June 2009


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Chocolate Covered Strawberries - A Mothers Day Treat

Happy Mothers Day!!!
Wishing all moms and moms-to-be a very happy mothers day and a special one to my mom and mom-in-law.
Home made extra dark chocolate covered strawberries to celebrate mom's day,You don't need a special day or time to tell mom how special she is,but never the heck a day dedicated makes it extra special.
Will blog recipe soon.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

King Of Summer - Mango, Mango Coconut Chutney/Kobbari Mavidikaya Pachadi

Mango Coconut Chutney /Mavidikaya Kobbari Pachadi
If there is a vegetable that's celebrated in Southern India in summer it has be Mango, be it in vegetable form orfruit, Mango is eaten and relished through out the season in various form dal,mango rice, famous mango pickles, mango rasam, mango everything.Its amazing how many varites are created without repeatation and trust me at the end of theseason you would still be hungry for more.

Raw Mangoes found in US do not have the same level of tartness as in India, they tend to be more on the sweeter side hence you don't get the same taste back home but with subtle modifications to orginal mom's recipe it comes close in taste.

Mango and coconut compliment each others flavors, Mango's tartness and coconut's sweetness balance each other and hence the end result is yummy concoction of flavors.
Simple yet delicious.


1 mango peeled and rougly chopped
1/2 a coconut grated
2-3 green chilles (adjust according to taste)
few springs of corriander cleaned and chopped
2-3 tbsp of lemon juice (depending on the sourness of the mango)
1-2 garlic cloves (optional)
1 tbsp Haldi/Turmeric
Salt according to taste
For Seasoning
1 tbsp Oil
1tspn Jeera
1tspn Urad Dal
1tspn Mustrad seeds
pinch on Hing
8-10 Curry leaves
2-3 red chilies
1.Grind all the ingredients except lemon juice and seasonings into a fine paste.
2.Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan add all the ingredient and when mustard seed start to pop remove from heat and add to above paste.
3.mix well
stores well up to a week.
Serve hot with rice or can be eaten with roti.
while we are at Mangos, you might want to check out my previous entries

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