Chocolate Vanilla Trifle

This is a very quick and easy dessert. Only assembling is required.

Trifle can be made in a numerous combination through one's creativity. Once I had some friends for a dinner party, some orange pound cake was in my fridge so I ended up in creating this chocolate vanilla trifle. Every thing is store bought expect pond cake. It was a great hit that day, from that time I started making this quite often.

This is a very elegant party food which can be done perfect every time, cannot go wrong with this treat. One great thing about this dessert is that, this can be done a head a time before party. I love to make individual trifles than one larger one. Individual trifle is neat and clean.

Ingredients :

Orange Pound cake – 1 loaf
Vanilla pudding – 2 small tubs
Hershey’s Chocolate sauce – ½ cup
Fresh whipped cream, chocolate wafers, raspberry and mint for garnish.

Procedure :

Cut the pound cake in cubes. In an individual wide glass, arrange the cake cubes first.

Drizzle the chocolate sauce generously. Then add some Vanilla pudding on top.

Repeat the steps as needed. Finally top it with some whipped cream, raspberry, some chocolate wafers and mint.

Dhai Puri

                           Dhai puri is a satisfying and elegant evening time snack.

This is my favorite chat for ever. The nice thing about dhai puri is that, it can be put into in a flash if some ingredients are handy. Whenever I order dhai puri in a chat shop, I used to think it is very hard to make one in house. But once I found out the recipe I was really surprised how easy it was. The main key ingredients of any chat are the green chutney and the sweet and sour chutney.

Dhai puris are great for any parties or get together as they can be assembled fast. All the preparations can be made in advance and at the last minute it can be built. Love the green chutney and sweet chutney a lot. Sweet chutney can be good in freezer for a very long time. They taste very good for spicy samosa, pani puri, and for behl puri. On the other hand green chutney is also so versatile. They can be used in so many different ways in chats.

Ingredients :

Small Puris – 10
Potato – 2
Chat masala – 1 teaspoon
Whipped Yogurt – 1 cup
Sweet and Sour chutney – ¼ cup (recipe follows)
Green Chutney – ¼ cup (recipe follows)
Chat Masala – ½ teaspoon
Sev – ½ cup
Coriander leaves – ½ bunch

Procedure :

Boil the potatoes, mash them with chat masala, turmeric and salt.

Make a small hole on the top of the puri and fill them half the way with mashed potato.

Arrange then on the serving plate. Pour some green chutney on top of each puri. Then pour some sweet chutney on top of it.

Finally top it with whipped yogurt and garnish with sev, coriander leaves, chili powder and cumin powder.

Sweet and Sour Chutney:

Pitted dates – 1 ½ cups (chopped into small cubes)
Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon (Dry roasted for 3 minutes)
Tamarind paste – 1 tablespoon
Chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Puree all the above ingredients except water, into a smooth paste. Then add water to adjust the thickness of the chutney. The chutney should be pourable.

(This will keep in the refrigerator up to 6 months thin it with water as necessary. This chutney tastes good with all type of chats.)

Green Chutney:

Mint leaves (chopped) – 1 cup
Coriander leaves (chopped) – 2 cup
Green chillies – 2
Cashew nut – 10
Garlic – 2 cloves
Sugar – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Combine every thing in a blender and grind it smooth paste. (This chutney also tastes great with all types of chat items, I use this for making Bombay sandwiches)

Blackberry Smoothie

Smoothies are always my favorite drink to have any time of the day. Love all types of berry smoothies.

This is a very simple smoothie recipe, which I always make for breakfast. Only the flavor differs some days. This is a very filling drink and gives a good kick start for the day. Some times I also make a mixture of berries.

Actually smoothies are very rich drink, but I have tried to make it as a low calorie drink by adding lot fat Yogurt and 0 calorie sweetener. There are many ways to make smoothies; some make it with milk and some with only fruits. I love to add plain Yogurt to my smoothies. I fell that blackberry has some what a bland flavor, so I like to add a dash of vanilla.

Ingredients :

Blackberry – ½ cup
Low fat Yoghurt – 1 cup
Vanilla extract – ½ teaspoon
Skim milk – ¼ cup
0 calorie sweetener (splenda) – 1 teaspoon
Whipped cream for garnish – optional

Procedure :

Blend all the above ingredients except whipped cream. Strain it if necessary. Pour it on the glass and garnish with whipped cream.

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