I am now officially a Daring Baker, I started to love baking when I was at home due to an accident, those days I would watch Sugar on TV and get inspired and then call out the recipe to my papa who would so sweetly do all the heavy duty work for me and then bake the cake too, since I could not but wanted to bake. Then I slowly doing the baking as and when I got better but I always stuck to cakes with no icing or decorations and muffins. When I saw The Daring Bakers popping up everywhere in March that too on the same day, I was wondering whats happening why is everyone making the same thing and I stumbled to The Daring Bakers Blog and saw my self signing up.

I eagerly waited for my May Challenge, when it arrived it was the "Opera Cake", selected by this months hosts Lis of La Mia Cucina and Ivonne of Cream Puffs in Venice and co-hosts Fran of Apple,Peaches, Pumpkin Pie and Shea of Whiskful

Our hosts are dedicating this month’s challenge to Barbara at Winos and Foodies. Barbara hosts the food blog event called “A Taste of Yellow” in support of Lance Armstrong’s LiveSTRONG Foundation. So all our cakes were to be made using only light flavours and pastel shades of colour rather that the dark and light coloured layers of the typical Opera cake.

An Opera cake is a French dessert cake with origins somewhere in the early 1900s. Some also know it as the Clichy cake and believe it was first made by Louis Clichy. An Opera Cake is made up (usually) of five components: a jaconde (a cake layer), a syrup (to wet the jaconde), a buttercream (to fill some of the layers), a ganache or mousse (to top the final cake layer) and a glaze (to cover the final layer of cake or of ganache/mousse).

I had never heard of an Opera Cake, promptly did a Google image search and knew I must be crazy. The recipe was long, I had never made layered cakes, I had never made buttercream. Showed the pictures to my husband and told him no way can I do this should I back out, he looked at it and said who says so I am sure you can do it. Well it was good he encouraged me. It took me 3 weeks to actually get to do it, I had all the ingredients but was too scared to start. But I had read the recipe so many times by now it was in my head and seemed easy as we could break the parts up. Finally last week I started the cake and there was no looking back I was scared for no reason, The cake came out well I had no problems and it tasted great too.

We were allowed to make the cake in any shape and use any kind of flavouring, My cake was an Almond joconde (Almond cake), Honey flavored Syrup, Honey Falvoured Buttercream, White Chocolate Ganache and White Chocolate glaze. The cake was decorated by my dear husband, he chose to decorate it with almonds and raisins.

My Experience

I used half quantities than given to make small proportions. It worked fine and no problems at all.

Day 1: May 22, 2008
Almond Joconde: They tasted great, I baked them in a 9 inch round pan. Very easy and yummy, but the rounds to square and hubby and myself ate the scarps, They were nice and moist

Day 1: May 22, 2008
Honey Butter Cream: This was where I was scared but it was not too bad, when I tasted it it was a bit buttery for me but did not want to make any changes.

Day 2: May 23, 2008
Remove the butter cream from fridge to soften.

Day 2: May 23, 2008
Honey Syrup: Was easy and tasted great too, was not sure if I will use it as the Joconde was sweet enough and very moist.

Day 2: May 23, 2008
White Chocolate Mousse: The best part of the cake I loved this more than the butter cream.

Day 2: May 23, 2008
Assembling the Cake: After all it was easy, I used butter cream only in one layer, the bottom one since I liked the mousse more, the top 2 layers were with the white chocolate mouse. At the end I decided to moisten the Joconde with the syrup. Kept it back in the fridge for 1 hr

Day 2: May 23, 2008
White Chocolate Glaze: Followed the recipe, allowed it to cool enough -- maybe more since it got thick on me and when I had to put it on the cake I could not smooth it out. But anyways it went back into the fridge.

Day 3: May 24, 2008
Reveal Day: The scraps were all eaten by then, I pulled it out of the fridge and cut out a piece for the picture ( My husband borrowed the office camera for few hours, since I have left mine at mama's place). Did not like the look of it as the Glaze was not smooth. My husband then took over, heated a knife and made the glaze smooth - how clever. Then he decorated it with almonds and raisins. My cake looks better because of him and I am so proud of him.

Day3: May 24, 2008
Tasting: Yummy... we loved the cake, both hubby and me realised we love white chocolate. It was over in 3 days.

Verdict: Will surely make this cake again. Maybe will try the coffee and dark chocolate the next time.

The Original Recipe

This recipe is based on Opéra Cake recipes in Dorie Greenspan’s Paris Sweets and Tish Boyle and Timothy Moriarty’s Chocolate Passion.

For the joconde
(Note: The joconde can be made up to 1 day in advance and kept wrapped at room temperate)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 12½ x 15½-inch (31 x 39-cm) jelly-roll pans
  • a few tablespoons of melted butter (in addition to what’s called for in the ingredients’ list) and a brush (to grease the pans)
  • parchment paper
  • a whisk and a paddle attachment for a stand mixer or for a handheld mixer
  • two mixing bowls (you can make do with one but it’s preferable to have two)


6 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tbsp. (30 grams) granulated sugar
2 cups (225 grams) ground blanched almonds
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
6 large eggs
½ cup (70 grams) all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. (1½ ounces; 45 grams) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  1. Divide the oven into thirds by positioning a rack in the upper third of the oven and the lower third of the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425◦F. (220◦C).
  3. Line two 12½ x 15½- inch (31 x 39-cm) jelly-roll pans with parchment paper and brush with melted butter.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or using a handheld mixer), beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Add the granulated sugar and beat until the peaks are stiff and glossy. If you do not have another mixer bowl, gently scrape the meringue into another bowl and set aside.
  5. If you only have one bowl, wash it after removing the egg whites or if you have a second bowl, use that one. Attach the paddle attachment to the stand mixer (or using a handheld mixer again) and beat the almonds, icing sugar and eggs on medium speed until light and voluminous, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the flour and beat on low speed until the flour is just combined (be very careful not to overmix here!!!).
  7. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the meringue into the almond mixture and then fold in the melted butter. Divide the batter between the pans and spread it evenly to cover the entire surface of each pan.
  8. Bake the cake layers until they are lightly browned and just springy to the touch. This could take anywhere from 5 to 9 minutes depending on your oven. Place one jelly-roll pan in the middle of the oven and the second jelly-roll pan in the bottom third of the oven.
  9. Put the pans on a heatproof counter and run a sharp knife along the edges of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Cover each with a sheet of parchment or wax paper, turn the pans over, and unmold.
  10. Carefully peel away the parchment, then turn the parchment over and use it to cover the cakes. Let the cakes cool to room temperature.

For the syrup
(Note: The syrup can be made up to 1 week in advance and kept covered in the refrigerator.)

What you’ll need:
  • a small saucepan

½ cup (125 grams) water
⅓ cup (65 grams) granulated sugar
1 to 2 tbsp. of the flavouring of your choice (i.e., vanilla extract, almond extract, cognac, limoncello, coconut cream, honey etc.)

  1. Stir all the syrup ingredients together in the saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.

For the buttercream
(Note: The buttercream can be made up to 1 month in advance and packed in an airtight container. If made way in advance, you can freeze the buttercream. Alternatively you can refrigerate it for up to 4 days after making it. To use the buttercream simply bring it to room temperature and then beat it briefly to restore its consistency.)

What you’ll need:

  • a small saucepan
  • a candy or instant-read thermometer
  • a stand mixer or handheld mixer
  • a bowl and a whisk attachment
  • rubber spatula

Ingredients :
1 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar (Used to say 2 cups but should be 1 cup)
¼ cup (60 grams) water (Used to say ½ cup but should say ¼ cup)
seeds of one vanilla bean (split a vanilla bean down the middle and scrape out the seeds) or 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1¾ sticks (7 ounces; 200 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature (Used to say 1¾ cups of butter but it should be 1¾ sticks).
flavouring of your choice (a tablespoon of an extract, a few tablespoons of melted white chocolate, citrus zest, etc.)

  1. Combine the sugar, water and vanilla bean seeds or extract in a small saucepan and warm over medium heat just until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Continue to cook, without stirring, until the syrup reaches 225◦F (107◦C) on a candy or instant-read thermometer. Once it reaches that temperature, remove the syrup from the heat.
  3. While the syrup is heating, begin whisking the egg and egg yolk at high speed in the bowl of your mixer using the whisk attachment. Whisk them until they are pale and foamy.
  4. When the sugar syrup reaches the correct temperature and you remove it from the heat, reduce the mixer speed to low speed and begin slowly (very slowly) pouring the syrup down the side of the bowl being very careful not to splatter the syrup into the path of the whisk attachment. Some of the syrup will spin onto the sides of the bowl but don’t worry about this and don’t try to stir it into the mixture as it will harden!
  5. Raise the speed to medium-high and continue beating until the eggs are thick and satiny and the mixture is cool to the touch (about 5 minutes or so).
  6. While the egg mixture is beating, place the softened butter in a bowl and mash it with a spatula until you have a soft creamy mass.
  7. With the mixer on medium speed, begin adding in two-tablespoon chunks. When all the butter has been incorporated, raise the mixer speed to high and beat until the buttercream is thick and shiny.
  8. At this point add in your flavouring and beat for an additional minute or so.
  9. Refrigerate the buttercream, stirring it often, until it’s set enough (firm enough) to spread when topped with a layer of cake (about 20 minutes).

For the white chocolate ganache/mousse
(Note: The mousse can be made ahead and refrigerated until you’re ready to use it.)

What you’ll need:

  • small saucepan
  • a mixer or handheld mixer

7 ounces white chocolate
1 cup plus 3 tbsp. heavy cream (35% cream)
1 tbsp. liquer of your choice (Bailey’s, Amaretto, etc.)

  1. Melt the white chocolate and the 3 tbsp. of heavy cream in a small saucepan.
  2. Stir to ensure that it’s smooth and that the chocolate is melted. Add the tablespoon of liqueur to the chocolate and stir. Set aside to cool completely.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the remaining 1 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  4. Gently fold the whipped cream into the cooled chocolate to form a mousse.
  5. If it’s too thin, refrigerate it for a bit until it’s spreadable.
  6. If you’re not going to use it right away, refrigerate until you’re ready to use.

For the glaze
(Note: It’s best to make the glaze right when you’re ready to finish the cake.)

What you’ll need:

  • a small saucepan or double boiler

14 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
½ cup heavy cream (35% cream)

  1. Melt the white chocolate with the heavy cream. Whisk the mixture gently until smooth.
  2. Let cool for 10 minutes and then pour over the chilled cake. Using a long metal cake spatula, smooth out into an even layer.
  3. Place the cake into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.

Assembling the Opéra Cake
(Note: The finished cake should be served slightly chilled. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 1 day).

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  • Working with one sheet of cake at a time, cut and trim each sheet so that you have two pieces (from each cake so you’ll have four pieces in total): one 10-inch (25-cm) square and one 10 x 5-inch (25 x 12½-cm) rectangle.

Step A (if using buttercream only and not making the ganache/mousse):

  • Place one square of cake on the baking sheet and moisten it gently with the flavoured syrup.
  • Spread about one-third of the buttercream over this layer.
  • Top with the two rectangular pieces of cake, placing them side by side to form a square. Moisten these pieces with the flavoured syrup.
  • Spread another third of the buttercream on the cake and then top with the third square of joconde. Use the remaining syrup to wet the joconde. Spread the remaining buttercream on top of the final layer of joconde and then refrigerate until very firm (at least half an hour).
  • Make the glaze and after it has cooled, pour/spread it over the top of the chilled cake. Refrigerate the cake again to set the glaze.
  • Serve the cake slightly chilled. This recipe will yield approximately 20 servings.

Step B(if making the ganache/mousse):

  • Place one square of cake on the baking sheet and moisten it gently with the flavoured syrup.
  • Spread about three-quarters of the buttercream over this layer.
  • Top with the two rectangular pieces of cake, placing them side by side to form a square. Moisten these pieces with the flavoured syrup.
  • Spread the remaining buttercream on the cake and then top with the third square of joconde. Use the remaining syrup to wet the joconde and then refrigerate until very firm (at least half an hour).
  • Prepare the ganache/mousse (if you haven’t already) and then spread it on the top of the last layer of the joconde. Refrigerate for at least two to three hours to give the ganache/mousse the opportunity to firm up.
  • Make the glaze and after it has cooled, pour/spread it over the top of the chilled cake. Refrigerate the cake again to set the glaze.
  • Serve the cake slightly chilled. This recipe will yield approximately 20 servings.

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I have not been posting for a while, have been cooking many new things but could not capture them as I left my camera at moms place.. Its sad I really miss my camera.

But two people made my day, Thanks Meera of Enjoy Indian Food blog for
considering for the You make my day award.. and in return she made my day. I would like to pass it on too.. this is tough so many people make my day but I guess as per rules I have to pass it on to 5 people and they have mostly got this award already.

Mansi From Fun and Food, Thank you, you were the first person to comment on my blog and I was so excited.
Cham from Spice-Club, You have been so nice and are there always to leave sweet comments, I always look forward to your comments. Thank you
Dhivya from Dhivya's Cuisine, Thank you for coming regularly and leaving such lovely comments.
Meera from Enjoy Indian Food , I know I am passing it back to you but you really make my day.
Sashree from A warm Welcome to All Foodies, Thank you Sashree, you make my day with your sweet comments.

Also, Easy Craft from Simple Indian Food- An Easy Cooking Blog has passed on the Yummy blog award to me..thanks Easy Craft

I mostly love everything that's sweet, some of my favorites in no particular order are:

Kesar Badam Sandesh

Baked Pear Pudding

Meetho Lolo

Chawara Ji Kheerni - Rice Pudding

Cranberry Shortbread

I actually forgot to Post who I want to pass the Yummy Blog.. Gosh this is tough so many yummy blogs there and most of them have already recieved this award...

Sashree from A warm Welcome to All Foodies

Cham from Spice-Club

Mansi From Fun and Food

Pooja from My Creative Ideas

Padmaja from Spicy Andhra

One of Mama's recipe again, she has always been cooking this and I just love them with plain rice. Thanks to Mama and Papa who took snap. I was so happy she did this and I could send this to RCI - Rajasthan hosted by Padma @ Spicy Andhra

Here goes the recipe in Mama's words:

For the Gatte's


2 cups besan(bengal gram flour)
salt to taste
1 tsp. red chili powder
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 cup oil
curds to bind the dough
a pinch of ajwain (optional)
1/4 tsp jeera


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add oil and mix till it resembles bread crumbs, if needed add a little oil.
  3. Mix in curds to make a stiff dough.
  4. Knead well and rest for 10 Min's
  5. Take a little dough and roll into a thin cylinder.
  6. Meanwhile keep a pot with water on the stove.
  7. Complete the dough in this manner.
  8. Cut into small pieces about 1/2-3/4 inch.Boil some pieces in the boiling water.
  9. Do not put all the pieces as they may stick.
  10. Boil till they float in water and than take them out.

For the Kadhi or gravy


2 small onions (finely chopped)
1/2 inch ginger
2 green chillies
3 cloves garlic
3 tomatoes
a sprig curry leaves
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
a little garam masala and aamchoor
2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves

  1. Heat a little oil and saute the onions till they are pink in color
  2. Add finely minced ginger, garlic and chillies.
  3. Add the dry masalas(coriander,red chilli ,turmeric).
  4. Fry for 2-3 mins and than add grated tomatoes.
  5. Add the curry leaves and fry till the liquid drys .
  6. Than add the boiled ghattas and mix thoroughly.
  7. Than add the water in which the ghattes were boiled.
  8. Add salt to taste as the water may contain salt.
  9. Bring to a boil and than simmer till the ghattes are done.
  10. You can add water to the consistency you want.
  11. Sprinkle garam masala and aamchoor.
  12. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with chappattis or rice

Thanks Mama for packing some for us we enjoyed this curry a lot.

Trupti from Recipe Center has tagged me for Top 10 Picture Meme. Thank you Trupti for tagging me.

What I feel my top 10 pictures are:

1. Sweet and Sour Vegetable Sausage

2. Pudina Biryani

3. Corn Methi

4. Paneer Malai Tikka

5. Varyoon Patata Waagan Ji Bhajji

6. Ras Patta Kaddu

7. Dahi Semiya

8. Bread Rolls

9. Achari Paneer

10. Carrot Chickpea Rice

I would like to tag:

1. Sashree from A Warm Welcome to all the foodies

2. ms from Sometime Foodie

3. Arundati from My Food Blog

4. Sowmya from Creative Saga

5. TS from The Spice who Loved Me

Thank you once again Trupti for tagging me.

(Sweet Roti and Dal Parantha)

Meetho Lolo and Dal jo Lolo is usually made for a festival called Thadri or the cooling festival.The mother goddess is worshipped in various forms, Sittala, being the small-pox goddess, is worshipped by Sindhis. She is the eldest of several sisters, named after different kinds of diseases such as, measles etc. The worship of the goddess, lasts during the whole period of the attack of the goddess (disease).
The annual festival observed in honour of this goddess is called "Thadri", or the cooling festival.

Ladies prepare Meetho Lolo, Dal jo Lolo and curd, boondi raita on the previous day of the festival . On the day, fire is not lit at home, and we eat the thado (cold) food prepared on the previous day. Nowadays we have bhel, pani puri (potatoes boiled the day before), pulliograye or any food that was cooked the day before and can be eaten cold.

This is my entry to the Roti Mela hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all Seasons.

Meetho Lolo

Please click here for the recipe, the original recipe is from Alka of Sindhi Rasoi

Dal Jo Lolo

200 gms. Yellow Moong Dal
½ glass Water
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp amchur (mongo powder)
¼ tsp. Turmeric Powder (For the lola)
4 handful Wheat Flour
17-18 tsp. Ghee
Salt to taste
Sufficient water to make a dough


  1. Soak the dal for about 2 hours.
  2. Put it in a thick vessel and add salt, water and turmeric powder. Cook on a slow flame till the dal is tender and water has dried up.While cooking, remember to stir the dal 2-3 times.
  3. When the dal is ready, sprinkle red chilli powder and mango powder and mix well.
  4. Let it cool completely.
  5. Adding salt and sufficient water, make a dough of the wheat flour, as you would for chapatis.
  6. Divide into equal portions. Take each portion, roll out a little, apply a little ghee on it, fill a little stuffing of dal and fold and roll again like a chapatti, but slightly thicker.
  7. Heat the tava, rub a little ghee , fry the Lola applying one teaspoon of ghee while turning sides, on a medium flame, till done.
  8. Serve with Boondi Raita.

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Koki is a typical Sindhi breakfast served with curds, pickle and papad or just tea. It is something like a paratha made using wheatflour, onions, green chilies, corriander leaves and lots of ghee, but after marriage I learnt that you can add more veggies to this like grated carrot and shredded cabbage. It is made crisp and most of them love it when its crisp like a biscuit. Well these days we put less of the ghee for health reasons but even then its tastes great and a wholesome breakfast. And the benefit is it tastes great when cold too, it has a shelf life of about 24 hrs,so is ideal for picnics or while travelling long distances.

This is my entry to the Roti Mela hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all Seasons.


3 cups wheat flour
1/2 onion finely chopped
1/2 carrot, grated (optional)
1/4 cup cabbage, shredded (optional)
3 green chillies finely chopped
3 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
2 tbsp. ghee/ oil
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Annardana seeds
salt to taste
Extra Ghee or Oil


  1. Add all ingredients with the 2 tbsp of ghee/oil.
  2. Mix well add very little water, knead into a stiff dough.
  3. Make a tennis size ball from some dough.
  4. Roll it to a dics of 1/2 inch thickness (this is a thick paratha but feel free to make it as thin or thick but remember the more thicker the longer the cooking time)
  5. With a knife make a checkers like design on the rolled out dough.
  6. Place the checkers designed side down first on a medium high tawa. Cook for a minute.
  7. Turn sides and cook this side completely add generous amounts of oil/ghee.
  8. Turn add more oil/ghee and cook till this side is cooked too.
  9. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
  10. Serve hot with yogurt, chutney, ketchup or have with a cup of tea

Note If not using the carrots and cabbage just put in more onions. The amount of veggeis you add in is optional some like it more and some less of them. I like to have lots of them in my koki.

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Who does not love a simple Banana Bread, this has been baking in my house for don't know how long, this was the second bread I learnt to bake the first was chocolate cake. I love when bananas turn black cause then I know exactly what I want to do with them. We have been baking them egg less since mama does not eat anything that contains egg. This is my mama's recipe this is how I learnt it and this is how I always bake it every single time and yet not so bored of it.

This is my entry to NQN’s Banana Bread bakeoff event!

1 cup sugar ( I use 3/4 cup if I am using Indian granulated Sugar)
3 bananas
4 tbsp melted unsalted butter
2 tbsp yogurt/curds/dahi
1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour (Maida)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence / extract
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Pre Heat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit / 180 degree centigrade
  2. Mash the bananas, add sugar, yogurt and mix.
  3. With a hand beater add butter, salt, and flour till incorporated. (You can just mix them in too)
  4. Mix the Baking Soda with the milk and add it to the above mix along with the vanilla essence.
  5. Mix in the walnuts and stir till everything is well blended.
  6. Pour this batter in a greased bread tin and bake for about 50-60 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted comes out dry.

We can find many recipes for Mexican Rice, which can have any vegetable or Meat in it, but the main ingredients are caramelized onions,tomato sauce, cumin powder and red chili powder. I used red bell pepper and green onions, it can be served as a side or as a main dish too.

This is my contribution to the A Worldly Epicurean’s Delight(A.W.E.D)-Mexican event hosted by DK's Culinary Cuisine.

1 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups uncooked white rice
1/3 cup diced onion
1/3 cup green onions (spring onions), chopped white and green parts
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup Tomato Puree or tomato Sauce
2 teaspoons salt
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups water


  1. In a large saucepan, heat vegetable oil over a medium-low heat. Place the onions in the pan, and saute until golden brown.
  2. Add rice to pan, and stir to coat grains with oil.
  3. Mix in red bell pepper, cumin, chili powder, tomato sauce, salt, garlic and water.
  4. Cover, bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir occasionally.

  • Alternately you can also cook this in the rice cooker, just saute everything in a pan first and the transfer it to the rice cooker.
  • I have once cooked it with pasta sauce instead of tomato puree since I had left over and it tasted great.
  • Corn is a nice combination with the tangy Tomato.

(Button Mushrooms in Spinach Gravy)

A smooth and healthy dish, easy to prepare and tastes great. You can use mushrooms, paneer or potatoes or any other vegetable you can think of. This gravy is versatile and tastes great with anything. But the best combination is Palak Paneer. But I wanted a change so added button mushrooms instead and it still tasted great.

This is my contribution to Monthly Mingle Bollywood Cooking event hosted by Meeta K of What's For Lunch Honey.


1 bunch Spinach or baby Spinach (1/2 kg)
200 gms Button Mushrooms
2 medium Onions
1 Tomato
2 Green chilies
1 inch Ginger
4 cloves Garlic (Indian garlics use 7 to 8)
2 cloves
2 green cardamom
4-5 black pepper corns
1/2 inch cinnamon stick

Salt to taste
1/2 tsp red Chili powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
2 tbsp Milk


  1. Wash the spinach leaves thoroughly, cut one of the onions and tomato in quarters.
  2. Steam the Spinach,quartered onion and tomato. Cool. (If using baby spinach you can skip this step)
  3. Chop the other onion and fry in little oil till they are golden brown. remove and drain on paper towel.
  4. Once the Spinach Mix and fried onions are cooled to room temperature, grind all the other ingredients along with the Spinach and Fried onion, other than the milk,mushrooms, salt, coriander and red chili powder.
  5. Heat oil in a sauce pan,add the mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes till done and water evaporates, add the coriander powder and red chili powder and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the ground mixture (Make sure the heat is in low and you cover the sauce pan immediately since this splutters a lot).
  7. Cook this till the oil separates, stirring occasionally. Keep covered till it stops spluttering.
  8. Add milk, salt and extra water according to the required consistency.
  9. Bring to a boil.
  10. Garnish with a dollop of cream, malai, Sour Cream or butter I used light cream and serve with Naan, roti, Chapati etc..

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