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 Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas ‘Hard & dry, a chickpea is inedible. Hard & dry, a heart is unlovable.
Presoak it in dance, music & art.’
Khang Kijarro Nguyen

Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas  the way my Mum makes them. Try as I might, my chole masala flavours are always different, the taste not quite not same. Must be a thing of the hand, the way she cooks them, but it’s a simple dish which makes me hungry for more. So now I let her make them for me which she gladly does.  Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas  is a quintessential recipe from the Indian sub continent, one of the most popular perhaps. Every house has it’s own recipe, and you can keep them as spicy or light as you like. The Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas are a meal in themselves, a treat for someone like me who would rather just enjoy them like a one bowl meal. Sliced onions to top them, finely sliced green chilies, a squeeze of lime juice, sometimes some crispies sneaked in! You get the drift!! 

Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas My mother often calls me in a hurry to pick them up as she makes them, wanting us to enjoy them warm. Often as things go, I am out or in the middle of something. The good thing about her cholas are that she makes them in large quantities, and they taste even better after an overnight rest. All you need to do is reheat them and dig in! That’s just where this the latest addition to my kitchen is quite handy.Chole Masala / Curried Spicy ChickpeasThe Milton MicroWoW Casserole is microwaveable {dishwasher proof too} with stainless steel inside which makes it absolutely unique. It allows you to microwave your food and also retain heat of the food in the same casserole for 4 hours. Such an innovative concept; one we loved the minute we heard of it.

 Chole Masala / Curried Spicy ChickpeasLike me, if you set curd/yogurt at home everyday, this casserole doubles up as a curd maker. With winter around the corner, when I am constantly looking for warm spots for the curd to set, I think my search ends here! Until then, this is a great way to store ice cream for a short while. Seems to pack quite a punch, quite like the Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas !My mum’s recipe is simple, and a little different from how I cook them.  Chole Masala / Curried Spicy ChickpeasMost of her recipes, like this one, are based on andaaz, or eyeballing of ingredients. A little of this, a pinch of that, toss something in. Oh did I forget that? Never mind, maybe next time. I’m sure it’ll taste fine, a little different perhaps. As all mothers cook, recipes are generally ‘taste as you go‘, and that’s the best way to cook really!

 Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas

 Chole Masala / Curried Spicy ChickpeasI love the idea of new kitchen gadgets, cookware & bakeware, also the fact that there is so much creativity out there. I think the casserole is going to very handy & welcome in my kitchen as I’m out of home a fair bit too. The feeling that I’ve left the option of warm food for someone is comforting! How do you folk manage?

Choley Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas
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Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas is a quintessential recipe from the Indian sub continent, one of the most popular perhaps. Every house has it's own recipe, and you can keep them as spicy or light as you like. This is my mums. Most of her recipes, like this one, are based on andaaz, or eyeballing of ingredients. A little of this, a pinch of that, toss something in.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Choley Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas
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Chole Masala / Curried Spicy Chickpeas is a quintessential recipe from the Indian sub continent, one of the most popular perhaps. Every house has it's own recipe, and you can keep them as spicy or light as you like. This is my mums. Most of her recipes, like this one, are based on andaaz, or eyeballing of ingredients. A little of this, a pinch of that, toss something in.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Ingredients
Chana Masala
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Drain the overnight soaked chickpeas, wash well, and place in pressure cooker with enough water to cover them, about an inch over.
  2. Cook under pressure on simmer for a 45 minutes to an hour until soft and almost double in size.
  3. Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp mustard oil to a heavy bottom wok/kadhai.
  4. Add the sliced onions and fry until golden brown. Make sure they don't get dark brown or the flavour gets bitter.
  5. Add the ginger, green chilies or red chili powder if using, or both, chana masala and tomatoes.
  6. Saute over low heat until the tomatoes are mushy soft and leave oil.
  7. Add the cooked soft chickpeas and toss well to mix in masala, reserving the liquid for later. Add as much of the liquid as you like, stir well, adjust seasoning, turn the whole prep back into the cooker and give the chickpeas one more pressure. This will allow the spices/masalas to be absorbed by the chickpeas.
  8. Serve with naaan or rice. Or like me, serve in a bowl with a squeeze of lime juice, sliced onions, ginger, fresh coriander and some sneaked in crispies!
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Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles“While there is tea, there is hope.”
Arthur Wing Pinero

Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles, simple chocolate goodness with a few of my favourite things. Chocolate, single cream and Mountain Rose Tea from Teabox. The tea is a fragrant blend of jasmine-infused winter flush black tea with rose and cardamom, and you can well imagine the lilting flavours it added to the truffles. Just right for the festive season. It’s also an extremely pretty tea. Take a look!tea-rose-chocolate-truffles-3-1000Teabox is a brand I greatly admire, a brand I have been associated it since it was rebranded by Pentagram in 2015. Teabox, Kaushal Dugar’s brainchild for online tea retailing, aims to revolutionise the tea industry by selling products directly, days after it has been picked. It’s a model that works and works well, growing from strength to strength!TeaboxTeabox is an experience,  a tea experience which is crisp, simple, neat, offers great quality and above all, warmth. I’ve been styling the tea shoots for Teabox the past few years, and loved the very first lot I styled. In particular this banner below shot by the very talented photographer Mallikarjun Katakol in Bangalore is one of my favourites, a reflection of all things I love. TeaboxThe last lot I styled was for the Diwali shoot, and those are now up on TeaboxHere’s a few of those…TeaboxWith so much tea styling of late, it was but natural I develop an affinity to these leaves the world loves so much, even though I’m a ‘coffee person‘. I might not sip a cup of hot tea everyday, yet I’m happy to dive into iced tea, and of course play with the leaves!!Mountain Rose Iced Tea with Tea Rose Chocolate TrufflesAlso happy to do recipes using tea leaves/blends which is something I increasingly enjoy. You might remember a batch of Mountain Rose Tea Cookies {below} that I baked a short while ago. Tea Rose Eggless CookiesI had such fun doing these cookies and shooting the images, the latter which is now quite addictive, that there’s been no looking back. From tea leaves are boring, to tea leaves are so happening, my world has come a long way. Teabox is leading in many ways, the latest it’s innovative concept called Teapac.Tea Rose Chocolate TrufflesTeaPacs are the first individually packaged tea bags sealed at the source using a natural Nitrogen flush that keeps the tea as fresh as the day it was picked. With them doing all the hard work, it leaves me a lot of time to get creative.Making Tea Rose Chocolate TrufflesMaking chocolate truffles is probably the easiest thing ever. No rocket science here. Needless to say, make sure you use the best quality ingredients. The flavours really shine through, teasing the palette gently, making these the most delectable little bites ever. It’s great to involve kids in making these. Then sit back and see them disappear!Tea Rose Chocolate TrufflesJust right for the festive season, Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles are as simple as can be. They are also one of the best and most loved gifts ever. Vegetarian, eggless, gluten free, healthy, make ahead too, and indulgent in a guilt free way, can things get better? You could make these vegan using almond milk or coconut cream/milk. Feel free to experiment.Tea Rose Chocolate TrufflesAs usual, I had a great time styling and shooting these. Served two ways, with a cup of brewed hot tea after dinner, or chilled Mountain Rose Iced Tea, my way, these make for great eye candy. They’ll be a great addition to your festive platter.Tea Rose Chocolate TrufflesElse make a batch, buy some tea and gift them to make someone happy something to remember! My next batch of truffles is going to be using the Kashmiri Kahwa Chai from Teabox. A blend of smoked green tea, spices and saffron from the valley, that tea has me smitten! Tempted to join in?

Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles
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Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles, simple chocolate goodness with a few of my favourite things. Chocolate, single cream and Mountain Rose Tea from Teabox, so you can well imagine the lilting flavours it added to the truffles. Just right for the festive season and the recipe as simple as can be. Vegetarian, eggless, glutenfree, healthy, make ahead too, get indulgent in a guilt free way! You can make these vegan using almond milk or coconut cream/milk. Feel free to experiment.
Servings Prep Time
16 truffles 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 mnutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 truffles 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 mnutes 2-3 hours
Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles
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Tea Rose Chocolate Truffles, simple chocolate goodness with a few of my favourite things. Chocolate, single cream and Mountain Rose Tea from Teabox, so you can well imagine the lilting flavours it added to the truffles. Just right for the festive season and the recipe as simple as can be. Vegetarian, eggless, glutenfree, healthy, make ahead too, get indulgent in a guilt free way! You can make these vegan using almond milk or coconut cream/milk. Feel free to experiment.
Servings Prep Time
16 truffles 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 mnutes 2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 truffles 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
10 mnutes 2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: truffles
Instructions
  1. Place the cream and tea leaves or teabags in a heavy bottom saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, finely chop the chocolate, or run it in the processor until almost ground. {I ran it in the Thermomix for 20 seconds, Speed 10}
  3. Place in a large bowl.
  4. If using tea leaves, strain the simmering cream over the ground chocolate. If using teabags, gently squeeze the teabags, and dispose, then pour the hot cream over the chocolate.
  5. Whisk with a spatula or balloon whisk continuously until the chocolate melts and is smooth.
  6. Cover the bowl with cling-wrap, and chill for 2-3 hours or until firm to touch.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or round measuring spoon, portion out approx 16 bits. With very clean hands, roll into balls, then toss in the cocoa powder. You could toss a few in tea leaves as well, pressing gently to fix for a je ne sais quoi feel!
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Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sables & Chumbak“Food is something that manages to find a way in to approximately 12 out of every 10 conversations we have at Chumbak.”
Chumbak

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sables – dark chocolate, a mix of wholegrain flours, a little all purpose too, brown sugar, sea salt, of course butter. All these come together to make an eggless cookie, the indulgent sable, a shortbread cookie is a French round shortbread cookie. Another eggless cookie, this time loaded with chocolate, and almost wholegrain, with the goodness of buckwheat {kuttu ka aata} makes for a great gift!

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sables & ChumbakIt’s a good time too, at Diwali, when it’s fun to bake and gift good things. With mithai or sweetmeats dwindling in popularity, chocolate always ensures happy gifting. I like to either gift handmade truffles, nut clusters, or then cookies paired with either a lamp, a birdcage, platters, jars etc. The new Gold Collection from Chumbak, with the already beautiful existing range, makes for beautiful gifts with my cookies. Gifts I would love to receive too. Take a look!

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sables & Chumbak

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sables & Chumbak

With wholewheat and buckwheat in this buttery chocolaty shortbread, I didn’t expect things to go so well. That they did, was amazing. I can safely say these are my best chocolate shortbread cookies to date, best eggless cookies too! They’re inspired and adapted from Chocolate Sables @ The Boy Who Bakes, and HE is so good in everything he bakes! I found them on Instagram and decided to bake a wholegrain version. I figured the food loving folk at Chumbak would love them too!

Gold Collection, ChumbakThe dazzling beautiful range of lifestyle products from Chumbak, the quintessential owl included, has me smitten as you can probably see. Hoot Hoot!! I’ve been in love with their quirky designing, innovative products, Indian humour and what not! From a souvenier store for India and Indians in 2010, they’ve grown phenomenally over the past few years. Today, Chumbak is a design led lifestyle brand for products across apparel, home and accessories driven by the best philosophy ever – Make Happy!

Gold Collection, Chumbak

This Diwali sees Chumbak creating absolute magic. Take a look at some of their range. I love the fact that I can mix and match infinitely, that I can do daytime setups with flowers, do a drop-dead gorgeous one for the night, build a terrarium within like Madhuli just suggested.  There is so much goodness for gifting. Wrap some baked goodies or chocolate truffles {recipe coming soon}, with them to make that perfect gift.Gold Collection, Chumbak

Chumbak retails over 75 categories across 30 plus stores pan India across formats. To buy any of these looks, a a whole lot more, do stop by here.

“This is what we live for, this is our philosophy and those big words that are synonymous with it. This is #makehappy!”

Gold Collection, ChumbakThese few products are just the tip of the iceberg. They have something for every budget, something for everyone. I picked a gold and teal line, a touch of yellow, owls galore. Oh and this wooden cake platter above. Precious like the rest of the wood accents line. Now for the recipe of these cookies!

Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés
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Crisp, deeply chocolate, buttery, wholegrain, eggless, Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés are the yummiest cookies ever! Adapted from The Boy Who Bakes.
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 hours
Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés
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Crisp, deeply chocolate, buttery, wholegrain, eggless, Wholegrain Chocolate Buckwheat Sablés are the yummiest cookies ever! Adapted from The Boy Who Bakes.
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
2 dozen 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: dozen
Instructions
Dry Mix
  1. Stir dry ingredients in a bowl to mix. Reserve.
Wet Mix
  1. Place butter, brown sugar and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment. Whisk on medium speed for 3-4 minutes until smooth.
  2. Add the dry mix and ground chocolate, and mix on the lowest speed just enough for the dough to come together.{You can do this by hand to play safe}. Don't over-mix else the cookies will become hard.
  3. Bring the dough together, either make a cylinder like roll, cling-wrap and chill for a couple of hours.
  4. Alternatively, you could always use the dough for cut out cookies.
  5. Preheat oven to 170C
  6. Place on parchment lined cookie trays
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until just firm to touch.
  8. Cool completely on cookie racks
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