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June 2, 2017

Bread Roll Recipe – Potato Stuffed Crispy Bread Rolls Recipe

Stuffed potato bread roll recipe
I have few snacks recipes using bread in my try list for long time. So I started with this bread roll recipe and thought of trying them one by one to share in my blogHappy. This potato stuffed bread roll recipe is a yummy, kids friendly snack with their 2 favorite major ingredients – Potato and bread. Recently I tasted this bread rolls in a simple birthday party conducted in my neighbor’s house.It was a snack party.So she had served this bread roll with tomato sauce/ketchup,a cake slice, store bought potato chips and a glass of store bought drink. Bread roll was crispy outside and soft inside. When I asked about the recipe, she gave a gist about it. After getting the idea from her, I watched a chicken bread roll video in YouTube to find out how to make it crispy. I tried it last week for Raksha and her friends. I made some lemon popsicle too. All of them loved itLove Struck. Myself and Sendhil stopped with one as its deep friedWinking. I guess these aloo bread rolls can be baked as well.  Friends, Do try this easy, kids friendly evening snack & party snack – Indian style Stuffed bread roll at home and enjoy.  Lets see how to make bread roll recipe with step by step photos and video.

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February 11, 2016

Homemade Stovetop Pizza – No Oven Veg Pizza

stovetop pizza
Making homemade pizza must be the dream for many.Me too not an exceptionBatting Eyelashes.Whenever I order Pizza online from Dominos or Pizza Hut,i used to think “When I am i going to make it on my own???Day dreaming” Of course,I have tried pizza using readymade pizza base and shared a post in my blog years ago.But i was waiting to make a perfect pizza from scratch following a simple recipe.Recently my friend Shalini shared me an easy,no knead,no wait, stovetop pizza recipe(Also known as Tawa pizza/skillet pizza) video in youtube.I was super excited to see the ease and quickness of this recipe and tried it on the same day.I used a simple topping with onions,tomato,olives and capsicum.It was excellent in taste and got a big thumbs up from my family members!! Raksha loved it very much and asked me to make it the next day too.I tried a no yeast stovetop pizza as well.I will try to share that recipe by next week.As Valentine’s day is nearing,i thought this post would be useful for people to cook pizza without oven and treat your familyHappy.You can make the pizza base/crust thick or thin as per your wish.This recipe uses Self rising flour.As a susbtitute you can use maida + baking powder + salt.Check its quantity in ingredients section.I am sure this recipe would surely help you in making a great Veg pizza at home and that too within 20 minutes.You can enjoy it for breakfast,dinner or as an evening snack.Just give a try and share your feedback here,I am waitingggg Winking .Ok, lets check how to make this super easy,quick Tawa Veg pizza on stovetop with step by step pictures.
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February 9, 2016

Fresh Fruit Cream Recipe – Dessert Ideas For Party

Fruit cream recipe
Fresh fruit cream is an easy and yummy Indian dessert recipe that can be prepared for potluck and birthday party. Last Saturday I watched Chef Venkatesh Bhat’s sweet special episode in Samayal Samyal Programme,Vijay TV. Among the recipes he showed, this fresh fruit cream dessert attracted me very much.The recipe was so easy & simple. It looked so rich, creamy, colorful and appealing to eyes.I thought it would be the best recipe for Valentine’s day celebration and tried it for our Sunday lunch along with  Veg biryani
When I browsed for more details, I found most of the recipes call for Whipping cream and condensed milk. But whipping cream is not widely available in India. So I tried it with Amul fresh cream instead of whipped cream. Its result din’t disappoint me. It came out really fantastic & lip smacking. We loved it very much. Usually I make fruit custard using vanilla custard powder for my guests and birthday parties. After tasting this fruit cream dessert, I felt this would be even more special to try for guests and party celebrations. 
Friends, if you are looking for an yummy dessert recipe to impress your husband on this Valentine’s day, Do try it. I am sure your will be showered with praisesBut one thing I should warn you here, this is a high calories dessert. So work out more :) Ok, Lets see how to make fruit cream at home with simple steps.
Fresh Fruit cream recipe

Fruit cream recipe

Fruit cream recipe Fruit cream recipe using Amul fresh cream,fruits and nuts
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

  • Amul fresh cream - 200 ml  ( U can use whipping cream too)
  • Fruits - 1/2 cup ( I used 1/2 apple, 4 strawberries, some tutti frutti)
  • Nuts - 2 tbsp of chopped cashewnuts
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  • Powdered sugar or icing sugar – 1/3 cup ( add 1/4 cup and increase based on ur taste)

  • Take the Amul fresh cream from the refrigerator. DO NOT SHAKE IT. Take the thick cream in a wide bowl leaving the water content. Make sure there is no water in the cream because thin cream may take more time to become thick and stiff.
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  • Now take an electric beater and beat the thick cream in low speed for 1 minute. Now increase the speed and beat it until the cream becomes stiff and forms a soft peak. It takes 5 to 7 minutes approx ( Electric beater can do a better job than hand whisk. You can try in mixie but i am not sure how it turns out)
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  • Add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar or icing sugar, vanilla essence. Beat it again till sugar mixes well with the cream. Check for sweetness and add more sugar if needed.
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  • Keep the beaten cream in the freezer for 10 minutes. In the mean time,chop the fruits and nuts. Add it to the frozen cream and mix well. Serve immediately ! Enjoy ! This recipe stays good for 2 days when refrigerated. So you can make it for parties well in advance. Fruits releases water. So mix well before use.
fruit cream recipe
fruit cream recipe

  • You can use fruits like Pomegranate, chopped Kiwi and even banana if you like.
  • You can also add saffron threads.
  • Use whipping cream instead of fresh cream if you have in hand.
  • This recipe stays good for 2 days when refrigerated. So you can make it for parties well in advance .

Try this easy, quick and rich dessert recipe for parties and other special occasions. Enjoy !!
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January 6, 2015

Veg Burger Recipe | Mc Donald’s Style Veggie Burger Patty Recipe

Veg burger recipe

Don’t you get tempted to try if you come across a recipe titled “Mc Donald’s style Veg Burger Recipe” ??. I know many of your answers would be YES!. Yeah, I too tried Veg burger for the first time in my kitchen after getting very much tempted by watching this video. In that video, he had shared the recipe of Mc Donald’s style McVeggie burger patty recipe with easily available ingredients in all our pantries and moreover it was Eggless! I just made few changes in the ingredients & method as per my convenience.

I replaced corn meal with powdered corn flakes just like my KFC style Veg Strips and I used crushed garlic instead of garlic powder. The result was awesome!! The Patty was super crispy outside and soft inside. I also tried grilling in my convection oven instead of deep frying and it came out pretty well. You can also opt for shallow frying if you are calorie conscious.What ever be the method of cooking, patties taste great.

This recipe is really a keeper and I am planning to make it for my daughter’s birthday party too. Sendhil loved it a lot and I guess he won’t take me to Mc Donald’s anymore as I started making it at home regularly. Soon I will try to share my daughter’s most favourite KFC Potato krisper/Aloo burger recipe which would be more of our Indian style. 

Friends, do try this easy burger recipe using store bought burger buns and mayonnaise & let me know how it turned out for you. Procedure may seem a bit lengthy as I made bread crumbs and corn meal on my own. If you have them readymade in hand, making this burger would be really easy !!

Veg burger recipe
Veg burger patty recipe

Mc Donald’s Veggie burger recipe

Mc veggie burger recipe Veg burger with homemade burger patty recipe – Mc Donald's style !
Cuisine: International
Category: Snacks
Prep time: 60 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 70 Minutes

For arranging burger
  • Fresh Burger buns - 4 nos
  • Lettuce leaves - few
  • Shredded celery - as needed ( I used cabbage)
  • mayonnaise - as needed
  • Sliced tomato - 4 slices
  • Cheese slice – 4 nos ( optional, I din't use)
For burger patty
  • Boiled potatoes - 3nos ( medium)
  • Cooked peas - 1/4 cup
  • Carrot - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Garlic crushed – 4 nos
  • Thick poha/Aval – 1/2 cup ( soak in water for 20 minutes)
  • Maida / All purpose flour - 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt & water – as needed
Spice powder recipe
  • Chilli flakes  or paprika – 1/2 tsp
  • Amchoor powder –1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as needed
  • Parsley – 1/4 tsp
For batter
  • Maida - 1/2 cup
  • Corn flour – 1/4 cup
  • Corn meal OR powdered corn flakes - 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1 tbsp 
  • Water - as needed
Bread crumbs - 1 cup  ( to coat)

  • Finely powder the cornflakes in a mixer and keep in a bowl. Mix all the powders given under “ Spice powder” and set aside. ( If you are using raw corn flakes, microwave it in high power for 1.5 minutes & then powder it)
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  • Wash and soak poha in hot water for 20 minutes. Then crush & squeeze it with your hands very well. It will become a dough like thing. Keep it covered & set aside.
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  • Pressure cook potatoes, peel the skin, mash it well. Cook the peas and keep it ready. Chop the carrots and keep it in hot water till use. Chop onions.
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  • In a kadai, heat oil and saute onions, crushed garlic cloves till onion turns transparent. Now add the carrot and saute till its soft. Add some salt to quicken the cooking process. Lastly add the mashed potato and cooked peas. Add little water & let the carrot cook for some time. After carrots are cooked & water is absorbed, add the spice powder mix. Adjust salt. Mix well & Mash it with the back of ladle. 
  • Finally add the soaked & squeezed poha and maida. Mix well. Poha & maida acts as a binding agent here. So mash it really well and make the entire mixture to a thick dough. Switch off the flame & let it cool.
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  • After the mixture is cooled down, wrap it in a polythene sheet like a cylinder as shown in the picture. Cover the edges using a rubber band. Refrigerate it for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
    • After 30 minutes, remove the patty dough and roll it tightly. Cut it into roundels. Refer picture below. The size of the patty should be the size of burger. Roll the patty on the kitchen counter or a plate to bring uniform thickness and to make a perfect round.
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  • In the mean time, prepare the batter & bread crumbs. To prepare bread crumbs, remove the corners i.e brown part of the bread and powder it in a mixie. Set aside in  a plate. Homemade instant bread crumbs is ready. For the batter, mix all the ingredients given under “ for batter” and add little water to make a thick dosa batter consistency. Keep it ready.
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  • Now dip the patty and in maida batter. Again dip in bread crumbs. Repeat the same once again. Yes, you have to coat it twice to get a super crispy exterior.
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  • Now heat oil to deep fry and check the temperature by dropping a pinch of batter. If it comes up, simmer the flame completely and drop the patty. If the heat of the oil is high, patty will burn. So take care. Cook only in low flame till they turn golden brown in both the sides. Flip it whenever needed. Deep fry, remove & drain in a tissue. Repeat the same procedure and keep all the patties ready.
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  • For arranging the burger : Take the burger bun and slit into two roundels. Toast in dosa pan by drizzling oil or butter. Take one portion of the bun and apply mayonnaise using a spoon.
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  • Wash and chop lettuce & celery. Place some of them on the bun.Now keep the patty. Above the patty keep some lettuce leaves, tomato slice & cheese slice. Cover it with another portion of toasted bun.( I applied mayonnaise on both the portions of bun as we love it that way)
      • Adjust the quantity of mayonnaise as per your taste.You can also keep some onion rings, tomato slices & cheese slices if you like.
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Serve immediately with ketchup !! Enjoy it to the core !!


  • Use fresh burger buns for best taste.
  • As per the actual recipe,u have to refrigerate the boiled potatoes for 6 hours. But I skipped that step.
  • I have used corn flakes powder instead of corn meal here. U can add corn meal if u have in hand.
  • I coated the patty twice in the batter & bread crumbs to make a crispy exterior. But make sure oil is in right temperature else patty will get burnt.
  • You can make the patties instantly instead of refrigerating it for 30 minutes. In that case,take a ball of dough and pat it to bring the shape and proceed as given above.
  • If you are planning to make this for parties, you can make the dough very well in advance and refrigerate it by tightly wrapping in sheet & keep it covered. This dough stays good for 2 days in refrigerator if  properly stored.
    • Adjust the quantity of mayonnaise as per your taste.You can also add keep some onion rings,tomato slices & cheese slices if you like.

Try this veg burger recipe for your family. I am sure you won’t step into Mc D anymore !
Veg burger recipe

Veg Burger – After a bite by me :P 

Burger-after a bite

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January 4, 2015

Dindigul Thalappakatti Style Veg Biryani | Mushroom Soya Chunks Biryani Recipe | Sunday Lunch Recipes -1


In this New year, with all your support and blessings, I have planned to start veg biryani series from this week. I guess most of you make ( Both vegetarian & Non-vegetarian) make biryani in weekend especially on Sunday. Even I too make biryani mostly on Sundays, make myself free and enjoy my time with my family. To me, Biryani is an easy to make yet very rich & delicious one pot meal that make everyone drool over its smell & color. I love to try varieties of biryani recipes by watching TV shows, by referring blogs or cookbooks. I thought of blogging the same here as it might be useful to vegetarians who look for varieties of biriyani recipes. So every Sunday, you can expect some yummy biryani & pulao recipes in my blog. 

Actually I wanted to start this series with “How to cook Basmati rice” post. But I still have some work pending to bring that post here. As I am in Salem, I couldn’t do it. So I thought of starting this series with this most popular Dindigul thalappakatti biryani recipe in which I used jeera rice. Generally vegetarians have less options for biryani varieties. So I used to refer non-veg biryani recipe too & try it  by replacing chicken or mutton with vegetables like mushroom, Gobi/cauliflower and soya chunks. You can find one such example here.  Even today I have shared Dindigul thalapakatti style veg biryani which is the most popular mutton biryani of Dindigul district. 

For this recipe, I referred so many sites and read readers comments to get some idea about its color, the rice used in it etc. Finally I landed upon here & tried this biryani by making small changes in the actual recipe to achieve its brown color. I used mushroom & soya chunks/meal maker in place of mutton ;). The taste was awesome. It came out super flavourful with minimum masala. Raksha & Sendhil loved it a lot. 

Raksha told me to make the same biryani next day too for her lunch box . So I made a minimum quantity for her using rice cooker. Now I can confidently try this biryani for my guests too. I served this biryani with simple onion raita as a side dish. I made fruit custard for dessert & curd rice as well. So last week we had this biryani, raita, fruit custard and curd rice for our lunch. It was simple yet divine ! I have updated this recipe with a full video. Do watch it !

I will try my level best to collect the best biryani recipes, try them in my kitchen and share it here.Wish me Good Luck. Leave your feedback or share the picture if you try any biryani recipes from this series. It will motivate me to try n post more. Check out my other biryani & pulao recipes that are popular in my blog.

I have updated this recipe with a video. Please check it !

Dindigul thalappakatti biryani recipe

Dindigul thalappakatti biryani - Veg version

biryani recipe Dindigul Thalappakatti biriyani - vegetarian version
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Lunch
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Jeera rice/Jeeraga sambar rice - 1 cup ( No basmati rice)
  • Water - 2 cups ( use 2.25 cups for softer rice)
  • Mushrooms – 8 nos
  • Soya chunks – 10 nos
  • Cooking oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no
  • Tomato - 1 no 
  • Green chillies - 4 nos  
  • Chopped mint & coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Biryani leaf - 1 no
  • Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Dhania powder/Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Curd - 1/2 tbsp OR Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
For spice powder

  • Take the ingredients given under “For Spice powder” and grind them nicely to a fine powder. You can also use a mortar & pestle to do this job. But powder it well else you will get spices in mouth while eating.( Suppose if ur mixie doesn’t grind smaller quantities,just double the above ingredients, grind it and use half the powder for this recipe. Use the remaining in kurma or gravies.)
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  • Finely chop onion and tomato. Slit green chillies. Boil 2 cups of water and soak the soya chunks. Wash and clean the mushrooms. Set aside.
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  • Wash the jeera rice and set aside. I used Nawab brand. NO NEED TO SOAK IT. In a pressure cooker base, heat oil + ghee and saute the biryani leaf. Then add onions, green chillies. Saute till onion turns transparent. Then add ginger-garlic paste. Toss well till raw smell emanates completely. Keep the flame medium.
  • Now add finely chopped tomato and saute till it becomes mushy. Add salt to quicken the process. Now add coriander powder & ground spice powder. Roast it well till u get a nice smell. Keep the flame low as it may burn. Now add soya chunks after squeezing it well & add mushrooms too. Mix well & add water, washed rice with required salt, add curd or lemon juice in water along with finely chopped mint,coriander leaves. Mix well.
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  • Check for salt & spiciness. Close the cooker and pressure cook in very low flame for one whistle. It takes nearly 8-10 minutes. After the steam is released, open the lid and fluff the rice with fork. Serve hot with raita ! Enjoy !
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  • I did not soak the rice. So I used 2 cups of water. If you soak the rice for 30 minutes,use 1.5 cups of water and add few tbsp of more water if necessary.
  • The spice powder is very important. Do not skip it.
  • You can make this biryani with either soya chunks or mushroom. U can also use other vegetables but the flavor and taste of this biryani may change as carrots give sweet taste to the rice.
  • You can also add finely chopped coriander & mint leaves at the end before closing the cooker. But I din’t use it.
  • Squeeze the soya before adding to the cooker else it will look bloated.

Do check out my other biryani & pulao recipes that are popular in my blog.

Enjoy this biryani with onion raita and have a happy meal with your family. Have a nice weekend !!

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July 10, 2014



Easy Homemade Chocolate recipe with just 3 ingredients - Cocoa powder, coconut oil and honey ! U may wonder by seeing this title .I too felt the same when i saw this super easy recipe here . U won’t believe if I say I had been attempting to make a perfect homemade chocolate recipe for the past 3-4 months in different combinations using stove top as well as microwave methods. Yes,its all for some of my reader’s request & to make my dream post come true. And yay! my dream came true finally !. Actually I was trying to make basic homemade chocolate using one string sugar syrup. But I felt the taste was more like a chocolate burfi . So I worked on it by changing the ratio of ingredients to make it a real chocolate and posted the recipe HERE !

Coming to this post, this chocolate recipe needs only 3 ingredients which are readily available in all our pantries and the highlight is its completely dairy free, vegan, no sugar, no sieving, no boiling and no microwaving too. Just mix, pour, freeze and viola!! Your chocolate is ready. Cool right??.  Its a great recipe for beginners & even your kids can make it. I won’t say it tastes like melt in mouth Dairy milk. chocolate. But It tasted similar to dark chocolate with slight bitterness & coconut-ty flavor. Please don’t try this recipe if u don’t like coconut oil flavour. There are very less chances for this recipe to go wrong. Don’t worry if you don’t have chocolate moulds. U can use mini muffin pans or some ice trays lined with parchment paper. I bought these moulds from Nilgiris, Jayanagar - Bangalore.

Keep this recipe as a base, run your imaginations and come up with different flavours on your own. I added few chopped nuts in some pieces & it was good to have the crunchy taste while eating. But remember this chocolate will melt & becomes soft soon after you remove from the freezer.So consume it immediately. It tastes great even if it melts, just go on & lick the melting chocolate. Friends, just rush into your kitchen and make these cuties.Surprise ur kids & sweetheart while they come back home in the evening. All you need is just 1 hour freezing time.All the best !! Thumbs up

For beginners, I have shared all possible tips for troubleshooting in my NOTES section. Do have a glance into it before you start doing. Ok, lets see how to make perfect chocolates at home easily.

If you are looking for homemade chocolate recipe without coconut oil, please CHECK THIS LINK 

Homemade chocolate recipe

Easy homemade chocolate recipe

Easy homemade chocolate recipe Easy homemade chocolate recipe with just 3 ingredients ! - Just mix, pour n freeze !!
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Chocolate
Serves: 10 
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 60 Minutes
Total time: 65 Minutes

If you are looking for homemade chocolate recipe without coconut oil, please CHECK THIS LINK !

1 cup - 250ml
  • Coconut oil - 1/4 cup ( in liquid form at room temp)
  • Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
  • Honey or maple syrup - 2- 3 tbsp
  • Salt - a dash
  • **Peanut butter – 1 tsp (to suppress coconut oil flavor,optional)
  • Keep all the ingredients ready. Coconut oil should be in liquid form.not frozen. In a bowl, mix all the 3 ingredients adding a dash of salt. Mix well with a whisk. Make sure there are no lumps. Mix it well for a minute.( you can add a tsp of peanut butter to suppress the smell of coconut oil, I din’t do this step)
How to make chocolates at home step1
  • The mixture would be runny while you pour into the moulds. That’s just right. It should not be thick.
  • Pour into chocolate mould or a small muffin liner lined with parchment paper. No need to line if you use chocolate mould. U can use wider bowls too but it takes longer time to set.
How to make chocolates at home step2
  • Cover the mould or bowl with a cling wrap or polythene sheet. It helps to prevent ice formation on top of chocolate. Freeze it for an hour and Viola, Ur chocolate is ready. After an hour, remove the mould and gently tap it. Chocolates will come out easily !
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Consume immediately because it may melt in your hand !


  • Most important thing is coconut oil should be in melted form. If your oil is frozen, heat it slightly, cool down and bring it to room temperature. Then you can mix with other ingredients. If you don’t follow this step, this chocolate will become a super flop.
  • Also while mixing, there should not be any lumps at all. The mixture would be runny while you pour into the moulds. That’s just right. It should not be thick.
  • Adjust the quantity of honey as per your taste buds. I used nearly 2.5 tbsp. Taste the mixture in between and check for taste before you pour them in moulds.
  • These chocolates have slight coconut oil smell while eating. If you don’t like them, add 1 tsp of peanut butter when you try it next time. Do not add too much. But I don't think oil flavour would be suppressed ;).I think you can add some vanilla essence or chocolate essence to remove the smell. Hope it woks !
  • For variations, you can add chopped nuts in the bottom of mould and pour the chocolate mixture over it.
  • Please do not substitute coconut oil with butter or any other oil. It won’t work.
  • If you want to use other sweeteners,u can go for powder stevia ( I don’t think you get this in India).
  • I got around 10 small pieces using chocolate mould. If you use mini muffin pans, you may need to use one pan with 12 mini muffins.
  • I got one more recipe from the comments section. People in abroad can try this too. Mix equal parts of coconut oil, raw cocoa, a little liquid chocolate stevia & mix it up. Pour them in mini muffin cups. U can sprinkle unsweetened coconut or add a teeny dollop of almond butter or chopped nuts.( Source : TONYA BALLEW in comments section).
  • I also tried adding melted butter and coconut oil in equal quantity to reduce coconut oil flavor. But it was stuck to the mould and it was difficult to remove. So I guess this recipe works the best with coconut oil.
  • If you are looking for homemade chocolate recipe without coconut oil, please CHECK THIS LINK !

How to chocolate at home easily
Enjoy this 3 ingredient homemade chocolate with your loved ones !
Easy homemade chocolate recipe


Uma maheswari tried this recipe & shared this picture with me :)

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