Chocolate Paan Truffle Platter

My today’s post will be really short and sweet as this week has been really busy for me but at the same time I do not want my friends waiting for this yummy recipe.

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So continuing with the festive spirit, I am getting you this decadent dessert with a twist which can also be used a mouthfreshner. It called Chocolate Paan Truffles…

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Prep Time: 1 hour including freezing time                Cook time: 5 min

INGREDIENTS

Chocolate – 400 gms

Fresh Cream – 1/2 cup

Gulkand (candied rose petals) – 1 tbspn

Mukhwas – 4 tbspn

Melted chocolate – 1/2 bowl

Coco Powder – 1 tbspn

chocolate coated white chocolate truffle

chocolate coated white chocolate truffle

METHOD

Melt cream in a pan. Once it starts melting, add this to finely chopped chocolate. Stir it well till well incporated.

Now add in gulkand and mix well and refrigerate it for 1 hour.

Then with help of small scooper, take small portions and make around balls. Keep in fridge for 5 mins.

Top it with your choice of mukhwas, coco powder or melted chocolate.

coco powder coated milk chocolate paan truffle

coco powder coated milk chocolate paan truffle

TIPS

I have used both white as well as milk chocolate here to make these yummy truffles.

Please take care at that no point water comes in touch with chocolates.

Consume it within 1 or 2 days.

white chocolate paan truffle

white chocolate paan truffle

 

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2 Ingredients Chocolate Fudge

Sweets or Desserts are something we cannot stay away from and want to eat all the time. There are so many varieties surrounding us that making a decision on what to eat becomes difficult. One bite and we reach heaven on earth. But we try to keep a distance from it for obvious health reasons.

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And there are days when we crave for something very chocolatey. We raid the kitchen cupboards and our fridge but cant find even one chocolate. At the same time we do not spend our time cooking something lavish.

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So here’s presenting an Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe which can be whipped in less then 5 minutes. The hard part is waiting for it to set. Once it sets, its the most delicious fudge you can have. This fudge can be given as Diwali or Christmas gifts to all your loved ones and trust me there will be more demand for it!!!

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Prep Time: 1 min                          Cook Time: 2 to 3 mins

Ingredients

Chocolate Chips – 3 cups

Sweet Condensed Milk – 1 can

Chopped Nuts – 1/2 cup

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Method

Grease a pan with butter and keep aside.

Take chocolate chips and sweet condensed milk in a large microwave proof bowl.

Melt it for 30 seconds and stir it. Keep repeating this till the chocolate melts completely and mixes well with condensed milk. Check every 30 seconds so that the chocolate does not burn.

When melted completely, pour the mixture in the greased pan and top it with chopped nuts. Refrigerator it for at least 4-6 hours before cutting and enjoying it!!

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Tips

For variations, one can top the fudge with marshmallows, cherries, mint chips, M&Ms, coconut flakes etc.

For people who do not have microwave, use double boiler method for melting chocolate and condensed milk.

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Visit to THE LOST CITY – PETRA

Hello friends… I am finally back from India after a fantastic Ganesh Chaturti celebrations back home with family and friends & thats the reason I have been missing from blogging space for sometime now.

Now that I am back to Muscat, I would love to blog about one of the wonders of the world that we recently visited and which has been pending for a very long time.. Thanks to my laziness..lol 😉

Petra, the Lost city of Jordan, was recently named as one the 7 wonders of the world in the year 2007. But most of us know Petra from the famous Hollywood movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. This magnificent beauty was also recently featured in Transformers II and Bollywood movie Krissh 3. 

I was lucky enough to visit Petra along with my hubby few months back and OMG I was awe struck with its gorgeous charm. This UNESCO world heritage site is also known as Rose City due to natural colour of the stone out of which it is craved from.

So here I am bringing to you this striking heritage captured through my lens. Hope you all enjoy it!!

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For all the high resolution photographs, please visit my Facebook page Not Just Smiles.

Hope you all enjoyed watching Petra through my eye!!

Take care

LEFTOVER ALOO GOBI SANDWICH – STREET FOOD SERIES

We all ladies face this huge question in our kitchen on daily basis, that is what to do with leftovers?? Our darling husband’s as well as the kids do not like to see repeat of the same vegetables cooked the previous day for their next day meals. It breaks our heart to see is their unhappy grumpy hungry faces but we cant let food get wasted. Right????

The happiest part of the day is when the entire family sits and dines together. And you cannot let these leftovers spoil this happy scene. I strongly believe we ladies have power to give a yummy twist to our leftover dishes and feed them to our family even without making them realise that they were eating yesterdays cooked vegetables.

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Today I bring to you a delicious Sandwich recipe made from sabji cooked the previous night. Leftover Aloo Gobi Sandwich is definitely a crowd pleaser and enjoyed by kids too. A simple dish prepared in less then 10 mins.

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Prep Time: 5 mins                 Cook Time: 4 to 6 mins                   Serves: 3 

INGREDIENTS

Leftover aloo gobi – 1 cup dried

Bread slices – 6 either white or brown bread

Mayonnaise – 1/2 cup

Butter – 2 tbsp

Tomato ketchup – 3 tbsp

Green Chutney – 3 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Pepper – to taste

Sev – for garnishing

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METHOD

Take a bowl and mix the aloo gobi with mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Keep it aside.

Apply butter to one side on the bread and spread the aloo gobi mix on the other side. Place another bread and butter the top part and grill it on medium flame using a sandwich maker like our sandwich wala bhaiya’s do or simply take a pan and toast it on both the side till you get the desired crispness.

Now apply a spoon of green chutney and tomato ketchup on the prepared sandwich and garnish it with sev. Aloo Gobi sandwich is now ready to eat.

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VARIATIONS

You can apply chutney to the bread before spreading the aloo gobi mix and also add grated mozzarella or cheddar cheese to it before grilling the sandwich.

Top the aloo gobi mix with onions to add that crunch factor.

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TIPS

Always toast or grill on medium to low flame.

Use dry aloo gobi sabji otherwise the sandwich will turn soggy.

DIY LED LAMPS – TUTORIAL SERIES II

Now wont it be fun to turn the empty glass bottles you have into beautiful LED lamps that will adorn your homes?? Yes you heard it right.

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Continuing with my tutorials on recycling glass bottles, today I bring you a simple and fun decor tutorial that does not require any effort and will provide a perfect mood lighting for your next house party.

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DIY LED lamps are not only eco-friendly but also easy on pockets. We all have LED lights used during Diwali or Christmas that are stored in the cupboard once the festive season is over. These can be repurposed for making LED lamps with empty glass bottles making it a perfect decor for any of your house parties.

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MATERIALS NEEDED

Empty Glass Bottles – as many as you like

LED lights – 1 string coloured or white (use more then 1 string if using 5 or more bottles)

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METHOD

Wash and completely dry the empty glass bottles. You can either keep the labels of the bottles as it is or remove it using soap and scrubber. I was lazy enough to remove the stickers hence kept them as it is.

Once dried, carefully insert the LED lights into the number of bottles you want to decorate the room with, leaving the plug end hanging behind the bottle near to the electric port.

Now plug in and see the magic!!

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TIPS

If you have a glass drill, you can drill a hole in the bottle and insert the LED string in a neat manner. But be VERY VERY VERY careful and see that you take all the necessary precautions.

Delhi Darshan – I

Pritesh and me have visited Delhi quite a few times separately and these visits were completely work related. Last week we flew together and this visit to Delhi although short ( 28 hours to be precise) was really amazing. After finishing our work for which we actually travelled, we decided to explore the city.

Our Delhi Darshan began with our quick stop at Bikaner, a sweet & snack shop. We had pipping hot samosa’s with tapri chai (tea at roadside tea stall). OMG it was so delicious. We reached food heaven 🙂

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Our next stop was at Qutb Minar. Being a week day, it was surprisingly over crowded. We got our entry ticket ( coasted us Rs 30/- each ) and got ready to explore this beautiful architecture which according to wikipedia is the tallest brick minaret in the world.

Following photographs will showcase this famous world landmark through my lens. Hope up enjoy them.

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Within the Qutb courtyard, is this magnificent Iron pillar. We were just admiring this pillar when a security guard comes up to us and says that it weighs around 600 tons and is made up of un-rustable iron. He mentioned that its firmly believed that anyone who can join their hands while standing with their back to this pillar is granted with their wish. Instantly the scene from the movie Cheeni Kam popped in front of our eyes where Mr Amitabh Bachchan is trying to join his hands at this pillar to get his wish fulfilled. Don’t know about his wish getting fulfilled but we eagerly wanted to try it for fun but it was so over crowded that the  guard did not allow anyone to try it out. Grrr…

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On our way back to the car, I came across these glass bottles which reminded me of my childhood.  We called them Goti Soda as bottle would have a marble in it. This marble had to be popped in order to enjoy the drink. It was super fun.

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Anyway we really enjoyed this short trip to Qutb Minar and hope to come and visit it again sometime soon.

Floating Adventures @ Dead Sea

The first time I heard about The Dead Sea was way back in school & was fascinated by the fact that anyone could float on it even if they did not know how to swim. As a kid, I did not bother to read the facts but was really amazed and always wondered how was it physically possible??

Now years later my husband had to travel to Jordan on some official work. I grabbed this opportunity to tag along with him and experience the magic of the dead sea.

So here I am sharing my favourite landscape photographs from our trip to  The Dead Sea & Dead Sea Panoramic Complex.