Spicy Egg Curry

The hubby and I both love eggs and we try to incorporate them into our weekly intake whenever possible. A few weeks ago a friend had me over for lunch and had made an Egg curry.I loved how it tasted and was definitely different from any of the egg curries I had tasted before. She had briefly told me how she had made it and I had made a mental note of the recipe with hopes of trying to recreate the same dish in future.

There are as many versions of Egg Curry as there are cooks that make it. It was a simple recipe, and I added a few more ingredients and came up with my own version. The main seasoning in this dish is Garam Masala. This is a fragrant spice blend which adds zing to any dish. Typically this is added in the end so that it retains its aroma and flavorful kick.

You will need:

4 Eggs, hard boiled and shelled
2 Red Onions, thinly sliced

6-8 Curry leaves 1 Tomato, chopped
1 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Mustard seeds

¼ tsp Turmeric powder
3 tsp Garam Masala

1 tsp Corriander powder

½ tsp Cumin powder
Salt to taste

Chopped cilantro

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add the mustard seeds and when it begins to splutter add the curry leaves and sliced onions. Saute on medium heat till onions are soft and translucent. Add the coriander, cumin and turmeric powders. Cook for a couple of minutes and then add the tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft.

Add ½ cup of water and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and add the garam masala. Simmer for a minute more and then add the hard boiled eggs cut in half lengthwise. Turn off heat, cover and let sit for ten minutes before serving. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

We had this with whole wheat chapathis...needless to say, this flavorful egg curry was gone in minutes.

Cake Truffles

Last week I had made Chocolate cake when friends were over for dinner. I had a bit of cake scraps left over from trimming the cake before I frosted it. I didn’t want to throw out perfectly good tasting cake.

Cake Truffles are like Chocolate Truffles, only made differently. They are cake crumbs rolled up into a ball, frozen and then dipped in melted chocolate, and chilled. These bite-sized desserts are elegant and perfect for any occasion. You can use any flavor cake, mix two flavors or jazz it up any way you want.

You will need:

2 cups crumbled Chocolate cake (or any flavor)
2 tbsp Heavy whipping cream

For the outer layer:
2 oz Semi sweet chocolate
1 oz Lindt Chili Dark chocolate
1 oz Milk chocolate
1 tsp light corn syrup
1 tbsp Heavy cream
2 tbsp finely chopped toasted pistachios (or your choice of nut/s)

Place cake crumbs in a glass bowl. Drizzle heavy cream on top and combine. The mixture will be wet and slightly sticky. Make even sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze for 4-6 hours.

Roughly chop the three types of chocolate and place in a small mixing bowl. Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmering boil. Place mixing bowl on top, taking care that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the heavy cream and corn syrup over the chocolate. Stir until chocolate has melted and you have a smooth, shiny mixture. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Drop one cake ball at a time into the melted chocolate and using forks roll it around to coat evenly with chocolate. Remove and return to the wax-paper lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the cake balls are covered in chocolate.

Sprinkle a little of the chopped pistachios on each truffle. Any topping you choose, now is the time to use it. Return baking sheet to the refrigerator till chocolate is set and the balls are thoroughly chilled, 2-3 hours.

The chocolate coating was very mellow because of the dark chili and semi-sweet chocolates. It complimented the chocolate cake inside instead of making it overly chocolatey.

Don't forget to save those scraps the next time you bake a cake, a quick-fix dessert is right up your alley.

A weekend at the Smokys

This past weekend a few of our friends and us went to the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and stayed at a cabin there. It was a fun filled weekend, with some adventurous incidents, the gorgeous snow and a very cozy cabin. Here are some pictures of the 'winter wonderland'.

Cabin Patio
The way to the cabin

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