Layered Chocolate & Strawberry Tower

Layered Chocolate & Strawberry Tower

From   Ladies First

Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Fusion

A lovely looking dessert this, it has myriad flavours blending together well

Ingredients

  • Dark chocolate, chopped ½ cup
  • Strawberries, chopped 2 to 3 tbsps
  • Biscuits 8 to 10
  • Fresh cream 2 tbsps
  • Almonds and pistachios, chopped 2 tsps
  • Biscuit crumbs 2 tsps
  • Garnishing
  • Cocoa powder a little
  • Strawberry crush a little
  • Strawberry fan 1
  • Caramel
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Lemon juice 1 tsp

Methods

  • Melt the dark chocolate in a small pan on low heat. Once the dark chocolate melts, stir well till it cools down.
  • Spread some melted chocolate on each biscuit and keep on a large plate.
  • Put strawberry, cream, almonds, pistachios and biscuits crumbs in a bowl and mix well.
  • For garnishing make a stencil of your favorite design and place it at the corner of the serving plate.
  • Put cocoa powder in a strainer and dust it on the stencil such that it forms a design on the plate.
  • Use strawberry crush to make some dots on the plate.
  • Keep one chocolate coated biscuit in the center of the plate. Put some strawberry mixture on it biscuit. Place another chocolate coated biscuit on it and spread some strawberry mixture on it. Repeat these layers to make a tower.
  • Heat sugar in a non-stick pan, add lemon juice and cook till sugar melts and caramelizes.
  • Quickly sprinkle the caramel on a silicon sheet to make a design and let it set. Slowly dislodge it from the sheet and decorate the tower with it. Place a strawberry fan on the tower and serve immediately.
Achari Gravy

Achari Gravy

Prep: 20 minutres

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Cumin seeds
  • Onion seeds
  • fenugreek seeds
  • Red chilli powder
  • Dried red chillies
  • Potatoes

Gravy with the flavour of achar and when deep-fried potatoes are cooked in it the result is delicious

Ingredients

  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Onion seeds 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds 1 tsp
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Boiled onion paste 2 tbsps
  • Ginger-garlic paste 2 tbsps
  • Turmeric powder ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ½ tsp
  • Dried red chillies, broken 2 to 3
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar ½ tsp
  • Aloo Achari
  • Potatoes, boiled, peeled and diced 1½ cups
  • Oil to deep-fry
  • Achari gravy ½ cup
  • Fresh cream 1 tbsp
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 2 tsps

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add cumin seeds, onion seeds and fenugreek seeds and saute them till fragrant.
  • Add boiled onion paste and ginger-garlic paste, mix well and saute till the pastes turn golden.
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dried red chillies, 1 cup water, salt and sugar and mix well. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • To make Aloo Achari, heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry diced potatoes till light golden. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • Take ½ cup achari gravy in another non-stick pan, add ½ cup water and mix well. Add the fried potatoes and mix well. Adjust salt and cook for 1 minute.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl, drizzle fresh cream and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot.
Apple Celery Salad with Orange Honey Dressing

Apple Celery Salad with Orange Honey Dressing

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Celery
  • Orange
  • Honey
  • Carrot

Crunchy, tasty and full of wonderful flavours this salad is nutritious too

Ingredients

  • Medium apple, finely chopped 1
  • Celery sticks, finely chopped 2
  • Medium orange, peeled, segments separated, seeded and halved 1
  • Medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped 1
  • Ginger juice ½ tsp
  • Fresh mint leaves a few
  • Orange honey dressing
  • Orange juice 2 tsps
  • Honey 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder 1 tsp
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Olive oil 1 tsp

Methods

  • Put apple, celery, orange, carrot and ginger juice in a bowl.
  • To make the dressing, take orange juice, honey, black pepper powder, salt and olive oil in another bowl and whisk well.
  • Add the orange honey dressing to the apple mixture and toss well.
  • Transfer onto a serving platter and serve immediately.
Beetroot Fudge

Beetroot Fudge

Prep: 30 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Beetroot
  • Khoya/mawa
  • Sugar
  • Condensed milk
  • Milk

Ruby red delicious fudge made with beetroot

Ingredients

  • Beetroot, grated 1½ cups
  • Ghee 1½ tbsps
  • Khoya/mawa, grated ½ cup
  • Sugar 1½ tbsps
  • Condensed milk ½ cup
  • Almonds, chopped 1½ tbsps
  • Pistachios, chopped 1½ tbsps
  • Milk 1½ cups
  • Edible silver foil 1 sheet
  • Mixed nuts, chopped 1 tbsp

Methods

  • Heat ghee in a kadai and add grated beetroot and saute, stirring continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom. Add khoya and saute well.
  • Add sugar, condensed milk, pistachios, almonds and milk. Mix well and cook, stirring, till the mixture thickens and starts leaving the sides of the kadai.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased plate and spread it evenly. Sprinkle mixed nuts, decorate with the edible silver foil.
  • Once the fudge cools down, cut it into squares or diamond shaped pieces and serve or store in airtight container.
Cauliflower Paneer Bhurji

Cauliflower Paneer Bhurji

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Cauliflower
  • Cottage cheese (paneer)

This vegetarian bhurji is made with cauliflower and cottage cheese

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower, boiled and grated 1 cup
  • Cottge cheese (paneer), grated 1 cup
  • Oil 2 tbsps
  • Onion, chopped 2 tsps
  • Garlic, finely chopped 1 tsp
  • Ginger, grated 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds ½ tsp
  • Red chilli powder ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder ¼ tsp
  • Green chillies, chopped ½ tsp
  • Green capsicum, chopped ½ cup
  • Red kidney beans (rajma), boiled and mashed ½ cup
  • Tomatoes, chopped ½ cup
  • Fresh coriander leaves, chopped 1 tbsp
  • Milk ½ cup
  • Tomato ketchup 2 tbsps
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper powder ½ tsp

Methods

  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add onion, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and red chilli powder, mix well and saute till golden brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and green chillies and mix well.
  • Add cauliflower, cottage cheese, capsicum, kidney beans, tomato and coriander leaves and mix everything well.
  • Add milk and tomato ketchup to bind the mixture.
  • Add salt and black pepper powder, mix well and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer into a serving dish and serve hot.
Coconut Guava Breezer

Coconut Guava Breezer

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 0 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

Type: Fusion

Key Ingredients:

  • Coconut cream
  • Tender coconut flesh
  • Pineapple juice
  • Guava juuice
  • Strawberry crush

A delicious beverage that will satisfy any palate

Ingredients

  • Coconut cream 1 cup
  • Tender coconut flesh, chopped 4 tsps
  • Guava juice 2 cups
  • Pineapple juice 2 cups
  • Strawberry crush 12 tsps
  • Crushed ice as required
  • Cherries 8 to 12

Methods

  • For each portion, pour ½ cup pineapple juice, ½ cup guava juice and ¼ cup coconut cream in a glass and mix them well.
  • Put 3 tsps strawberry crush in a serving glass, pour the coconut- guava-pineapple mixture in it with the help of knife to avoid it mixing with the strawberry crush.
  • Add crushed ice, garnish with 2- cherries and 1 tsp coconut flesh pieces and serve immediately.