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Zebra Cake

This is one interesting cake to the stripes and believe me its not difficult as it may look. You actually don't have to make two separate batters! just make one with vanilla and equally divide it in separate bowls. Add dark cocoa powder to the second bowl and alternatively spoon the batter in the baking dish......and here you go, you have nice Zebra pattern.

This my entry to the Click event


All purpose flour [Maida]- 2 cups
Dark Cocoa powder - 2 Tbsp [I used dutch processed Hershey's cocoa powder]
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp [or more, depends on your vanilla. Mine isn't strong, I end up adding more]
White sugar - 1 cup
Canola oil - 1 cup
Eggs - 3 [room temperature]
Whole Milk - 1 cup [room temperature][low fat should work too]
Baking powder - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp


Sift All purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and keep it aside

Grease bottom and sides of 8x8 inch pan [you may want to line the pan with greased parchment paper ]


Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi [Fried Okra in Yogurt Gravy]

I have been trying to make Dahi Bhindi for so long and when I found this recipe here, I was so thrilled to try it out ASAP. This recipe is a keeper....everyone at home enjoyed it a lot..lets see if you like it too...give it a try !

Bhindi/Okra - 2.5 cups
Onion[large] finely chopped - 1
Tomatoes [large], finely chopped- 1
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - pinch
Yougurt - 3/4 cup
Grated coconut - 1tbsp
Cashew nuts - 5-6
Kasuri methi/ dried Feenugreek leaves - 1/2 tbsp
Kitchen King Masala - 1 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - to taste
Turmeric Powder-½ tsp
Amchur/Dry Mango Powder-½ -1 tsp
Coriander Powder - ½ tsp
Oil - 2-3 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Jeera/Cumin Seeds-½ tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - A Pinch
Curry Leaves - 8-10 leaves
Oil - 1 tbsp


Cut okra [bhindi/ ladies finger] in to 1 cm thick pieces and sprinkle salt and mix well. Keep it aside for half an hour. This step will reduce the slimness and makes it easy to fry [This is an optional step]


Healthy Moong Dal Dosa [Mung beans Crepe]

Moong beans are also known as mung beans, green beans, moong daal, green soy , golden gram etc. Mung beans are very rich sources of proteins, therefore makes it ideal for kids, pregnant and lactating mothers. They are easy to digest and do not create abdominal bloating .

Ingredients for dosa:

Split green moong beans - 1 cup
Green chillies - 1 big
Ginger - 1 inch
Cumin seeds [zeera] - 1/4 tsp
Asfoetedia [heeng] - few dashes
Salt to taste

Ingredients for stuffing:

Potato (boiled) - 2 big
Onions - 1.5 medium size
Curry leaves - 7-8 in number
Green chillies - 1.5 tbsp chopped
Turmeric (haldi) - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1tsp
Salt - according to taste
Canola Oil - 2 tbsp
Rai [black mustard seeds] 1.5 tsp

Method for Potato filling

1. Cut the potatoes into small cubes and keep it aside
2. Coarsely chop onions [red onions taste better over yellow and white]
3. Heat oil add rai seeds followed by 7-8 curry leaves [be careful, the mustard seeds splutter and may pop out of the pan]
4. Add onions an…