Aug 26, 2012

Brownie in a mug

When I first got on Pintrest, one of the pins I stumbled across was for a two minute brownie in a mug. They are perfect for those monsoon evenings when you want to curl up with a good murder mystery, and crave something warm, sweet and comforting to go with it.

1/4 cup sugar (I took less)
1/4 cup wholewheat flour/ atta (recipe calls for flour/ maida, but I substituted an equal quantity of the healthier atta)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon oil

Mix dry ingredients in a microwavable cup. Stir in water and oil, and mix till consistent. Whisk a few times so air bubbles get beaten into the mix.
(Clear the inside walls of the mug, if you want a prettier picture than mine). Cover with coaster/ cling foil with hole pierced in, place in microwave. Cook for 1 minute 40 seconds.

Aug 7, 2012

Bajra khichadi

For the longest time, I used to either eat the dinner leftovers for lunch, or buy something greasy. And then I discovered this delicious bajra khichadi, and realized that making it is less trouble than walking to the mithaiwala to buy lunch. Since then, I have been making this at least once a week. Naturally, I end up customising it each time, depending on what is available at home, so the recipe will be a bit of an approximation.

1 measure bajra soaked overnight

1 tsp jeera
1 onion chopped
1 green chilli
Assorted veggies
Salt to taste
1 tsp cooking oil
Soak whole bajra overnight, and cook it for a single whistle in the pressure cooker. Heat some oil in a pan, add jeera/ cumin. After it finishes spluttering, add chopped onion and chillies, and fry till it turns translucent. Add peas and any other veggies you might want to experiment with. Add cooked bajra and salt to taste. Cover and let it cook on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
You can have it as it is, or with curds or a pachidi/ raita.