The Best Hot Chocolate Ever

How to make the best hot chocolate ever? By using the best “chocolate” ever.

I was gifted a 5 kg slab of chocolate on my birthday. I’ve been waiting for it to soften up so that I could cut it into cubes, pack and refrigerate.

With the onset of winter, I thought it would be a great idea to make myself some hot chocolate. I wanted to try adding in cubes of chocolate rather than chocolate chips or cocoa powder, for the ultimate, rich and creamy chocolate-y taste.

It was undoubtedly the best cup of hot chocolate I ever had.

Ingredients:
Serves: 2

Milk – 1 cup
Chocolate Cube – 1 (You could use 1/4 cup chocolate chips)
Sugar – According to taste
Coffee shot – 2 tbsp boiled waterย + 1 tsp coffee powder //optional

Step 1: Boil the milk.

Step 2: Incorporate the chocolate cube/chips into the milk, by letting it continue to simmer until well dissolved.

Step 3: Tip in the coffee shot to oomph up the flavor a bit.

Enjoy hot! ๐Ÿ™‚

Note: Serves 2 because it is too rich to be consumed by one person alone. Happy sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Masala Chai

It’s starting to get a little cold in Saudi and I’m always relying on cups of tea and coffee to keep warm. I used to be this hardcore coffee lover who hated tea, but I had never tried Masala Chai back then. Recently, I happened to try it a few times and fell in love with it.

Here’s presenting my version of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients:
Serves: 2

Water – 1 cup
Milk – 1cup
Black Tea-bags – 3
Sugar – 2.5 tbsp
Cardamom – 4 pods (crushed)
Ginger – 2 inch piece (crushed)

Optional:
Pepper corns – 6-8
Cloves -5
Cumin – 1 tsp
Cinnamon – 1 small stick
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Step 1: Boil 1 cup water along with the tea-bags, sugar, crushed cardamom and ginger.

(Adding the optional spices takes the masala chai to a whole new level. You could choose to skip it.)

Step 2: Add 1 cup milk and bring to a boil.

Step 3: Strain and serve hot.

Sambaram (Spiced Buttermilk)

Sambaram is a refreshing drink served in most parts of Kerala after a meal, as it is known for aiding digestion. This spiced buttermilk is so aromatic and flavorful, it’ll keep you asking for more.

Ingredients:
Serves: 2

Laban/Buttermilk – 1.5 cup
Water – 0.5 cup
(or Yoghurt – 1 cup; Water – 1 cup)
Grated Ginger – 1 tbsp
Green chillies – 2 (chopped)
Curry leaves – 6-8
Salt – to taste

Step 1: Blend all the ingredients.

Step 2: Strain.

Step 3: Serve cold.

Falooda

When you’ve got holidays, you don’t want to go through all the trouble of making something time consuming, but you want to treat yourself AND you hope its easy. Try Falooda.

Ingredients:
Serves: 4

Vermicelli – 0.5 cup
Basil Seeds – 4 tbsp
Milk – 1.5 cup
Rose water – 1 tbsp
Pink food coloring – 1-2 pinch
Condensed milk/Sugar – according to taste
Vanilla ice cream – 1 cup
Nuts and Mint leaves – to garnish

Step 1: Boil the vermicelli and basil seeds separately. Strain them and keep aside in different bowls.

Step 2: Blend the milk, condensed milk or sugar, rose water and pink food color.

Step 3: Add the vermicelli and basil seeds into the rose milk. Pour this mixture into glasses and serve with ice cream.

Garnish with nuts and mint leaves.

Note:

  • The rose water and food color can be substituted with Roohafza.