Sunday, 17 April 2016

Quinoa salad

New super food which is vegan and full of antioxidants is Quinoa.This time when B went to U.S, I requested him to bring a small pack of quinoa assuming it will be cheaper there, but to my surprise it is expensive everywhere!
Qunioa is very versatile food and can be used in different ways.

How to cook quinoa

Soak 1/2 cup  in water for 30 minutes and then cook them in a deep vessel with 1cup water and salt until fluffy and soft. This will look like rice grain.


Iceberg lettuce
Firm English Tomatoes
English cucumber
Boiled eggs

How to assemble salad

  • Take a chilled glass bowl and arrange first layer of lettuce.
  • Now another layer of round cut cucumber and radish.
  • Add Layer of cooked quinoa
  • Add layer of lengthwise cut tomatoes
  • Add qyinoa
  • Add some nuts like walnuts or other seeds like pumpkin or sunflower you have.
  • Add salt,pepper and lime juice
  • Give it a light mix
  • Decorate with boiled egg.
  • Keep in fridge for 30 minute and your protein rich salad is ready.


Eggless Chocolate Walnut Brownie

I Love non fancy simple cakes or naked cakes over fancy cakes. I am part of home bakers guild on FB on came across this wonderful eggless brownie recipe which was shared by one of the fellow member during some baking challenge running on the page. On rainy days I want to have a big slice of hot brownie with a nice strong cup of coffee and my window sil. This is perfect for me.

This is tried and tested recipe by a number friends and it works as a charm, you get nice soft moist yummy chocolaty brownie.

Recipe as shared by Khushboo Gugle


  • 1cup maida or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup +2Tbsp of powdered sugar
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3cup of vegetable oil
  • 1cup milk
  • 1tsp of vinegar
  • 1tsp of instant coffee powder (I used NescafĂ©)
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract
  • Chopped walnuts
  • 3Tbsp chick chips

  • Preheat oven to 180 C
  • Mix milk at room temperature with vinegar and keep it aside
  • Sift flour ,soda,cocoa powder,coffee powder and salt
  • Mix powdered sugar to this
  • Mix the oil and vanilla extract to the milk and vinegar mixture kept aside
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, add choco chips and and gently fold until there are no more streaks of flour left
  • Transfer to a greased 8x8 pan and add walnuts on top
  • Bake for 25-30 mins or until skewer comes clean.
  • Cool and cut square of brownie
I added 1tsp of orange zest and 2Tbsp of orange juice to get extra sinful flavour.