Spicy Savoury Cake

My dad got fed up of eating cakes. Strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, brownie, choco lava, coconut cake etc, you name it i have made it after i bought the electric whisker last month. He said that he wouldn’t eat any more cakes. But mom, is not yet satiated. As for me, i don’t care what i bake, i want to bake. So.. this is what that resulted.. It was quick to make. Got ready in under 10 minutes. with a little bit of personalisation i think this will be a very nice evening snack to have with with tea.

 

Spicy savoury cake, dhokla, indian cake, spicy,

Ingredients:

  1. 2 eggs
  2. 3/4th cup whole wheat flour (you can use any flour except besan)
  3. 1/2 cup oil
  4. 1/2 milk
  5. salt
  6. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  7. Spices- jeera powder, Dhania (coriander seed) powder, chilli powder, anyother masala  – just pinch
  8. chopped corriander leaves
  9. chopped green chillis
  10. creativity 🙂

Method:

  1. Beat eggs till they double in volume. Then slowly drizzle in the oil while beating continuously. The consistency of the resultant mixture should be really thick.
  2. Sieve together the flour, salt, baking powder and  spices.
  3. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture.
  4. Use the milk to adjust the consistency.
  5. oil and dust a microwaveable dish and pour in the mixture.
  6. microwave for 4 minutes.
  7. Let it stand for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

This is actually a modification of Nita Mehta’s Vanilla Cake.

Snazzy earrings for less than 100 bucks!!

Its always wedding season in India and we always run out of wardrobe. Clothes and accessories are so expensive. Atleast with this DIY, from now on you will have jazzy matching earrings with every dress and that too within Rs.100!!

Materials Required:

  1. Snazzy Latkans – This is available in any lace and sewing material shop especially in delhi. In Kinari Bazaar, Chandini Chowk the latkans start from Rs.50/- a pair. This is how it looks – It costed Rs.80 pair.

    Latkan, Latkan earrings, salwar kameez latkan,

    Latkan for Salwar Kameez

  2. Transparent Strings/ Wire – available in every sewing shop
  3. golden jump rings – Silver if your latkan is silver.
  4. golden earring hooks – again silver hooks if your latkan is silver based.
  5. scissors
  6. candle
  7. Creativity 🙂
Method:
  1. Take the latkan and cut away the string and remove all the beads and trinkets of the latkan and keep them safe in a bowl.
  2. Cut the transparent string double the length of the latkan and fold in half.
  3. Put a jump ring at the folded end of the string and tie a knot.
  4. Now string all the beads and trinkets of the latkan in the same order as it came in the latkan.
  5. Tie the end with 2-3 knots. Cut the string and use the candle to lightly burn & melt the string ends and use your fingers to stick them together. Be very careful not to burn yourself or the earring.

    tie the transparent string in a knot at the end of the earring.

  6. Affix the hook to the jump ring.
Viola! Your snazzy earring is ready and that too within a Rs.100!!
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Snazzy Latkan earrings fit for the Big Fat Indian Weddings 🙂

MAKE YOUR OWN MOBILE POTLI BAG

This potli bag I made for my mobile about 3 years back and it is still surviving. I like to have unique things; I think it is this craving for one-of-a-kind items that drives me to make things. I don’t like to carry around things that 20 others would be having.. Where is the fun in that? I need to have stuff that makes people go “Oh! Wow! Lady.. Where did you get that?” (ok.. my girlfriends and I call each other ‘Lady’ ) and have others cast sly glances at my collection of stuff and make a mental note to look out for that kinda product.

So here’s my potli bag. I made it for my mobile. You can make it for a tablet or anything else.

potli bag, mobile pouch, denim potli bag, DIY mobile pouch

My Mobile's Denim Potli Bag

Material Required:

  1. Cloth piece- Use any cotton cloth you want, I used denim as I had 2 large pieces of it from converting my jeans into capris 😀 The measurement of the cloth piece will depend upon the size of your phone/ tablet, etc. The length of the cloth should be double the length of your phone. Width should be minimum 1 inch bigger than the width of the phone. For Ex: If the length of your phone is 4.5″ then the total length of your cloth should be 10″ and if the width is 2″ the width of the cloth should be 3″.
  2. Sewing machine, or it can be hand sewn also. As you can see I have hand sewn it as I don’t have a sewing machine.
  3. Cotton threads – in matching or contrast colours.
  4. Fabric glue.
  5. Stiff – It is called stiff. A paper type material available in all sewing accessory shops. You can explain- the stiff that is put in shirt collars/cuffs or at the bottom of salwars. This item is optional. I don’t think anyone will sell less than 1mts, save excess for later DIYs.
  6. Strings – I have used  twisted embroidery threads. You can use any string. I had previously put jute strings.
  7. Creativity 🙂

METHOD:

[Note: When I say sides- front and back, left and right, take all 4 into consideration]

  1. Iron out the cloth.
  2. Fold the cloth in half  as shown in image 1 and 2.
  3. Mark 3/4th inch or 1.5cms from top open end on both front and back side. Refer image 3.
  4. IF you want your potli bag to be stiff, almost like an envelope, then: Leaving the top area marked in point 4, cut out the stiff fabric to the  measurement of the rest of the  cloth (front and back).
  5. Leaving the top marked area, Attach the stiff to the cloth with fabric glue. Then Hem and Stitch together the rest of the sides(front+back, left and right). Refer image 3 and 4. I used fabric glue to stick them together first and then hemmed and sewed. That is because I sewed the whole thing by hand, so wasn’t sure if it would be strong enough. If you are sewing with a machine, you do not need to use the glue.
  6. Now hem the sides of the top 1.5cms separately. As in, do not seal the sides (front+back, left and right).
  7. Fold outward in half the top 1.5 cms and stitch it. Please refer images 5 and 6.
  8. You should have 2 tube like section on top, 1 on both front and back side of the cloth. Each of this tube should have both ends open. The edges have to hemmed but should be left open to put the draw strings through it.
  9. Put the strings through the holes. Each of the strings should come a full circle, one string ends on the right and the other on the left. Tie both the ends of each string in a knot.  Now if you pull both the strings in opposite directions, it should tighten and close the opening of the bag.
  10. Turn the bag inside out. Decorate the with sequins, fabric paint, embroidery etc.
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Mobile Potli Bag

DECORATE YOUR OWN VASE

Make your own decorative vase

My very Indian decorative vase

Material Required:

  1.  Clay Vase – available at any road corner pottery man.
  2. white primer paint
  3. Black enamel paint
  4. 1inch flat painting brush
  5. Gold dust
  6. Silver dust
  7. Copper Dust
  8. Jute cord
  9. Gold sequin
  10. Fevibond
  11. few ml of keroscene/terpentine – for cleaning the paint brush
  12. Creativity 🙂
Method:
  1. Soak the clay vase in water over night. It should be fully submerged in water. Because if it is bad clay or half baked it better it dissolve and die at the very outset. Also once this is done, it will soak lesser paint.
  2. Remove the clay and keep over newspaper for 10-15mins. Then apply a coat of white primer paint using the 1 inch painting brush.
  3. Leave it to dry. Apply second coat of primer paint and leave it to dry.
  4. After it has dried completely, apply black enamel paint. Leave to dry.
  5. If required you can apply a second coat of black paint.
  6. When the enamel paint is partially dried, take the metallic dust on your fingers and  blow at the vase creating patterns with different colour dust.
  7. Leave it to dry in the sun or under a fan. In nay case it is better to leave it untouched for at least a day.
  8. Make interconnected knots or loops with the jute cord. You can make a simple braid with 3 strands for the thin one and 6 strands (using 2 in each section) for the centre and top. I have made the loops with crochet for the top of the vase and braided (3 strands) for the of it.
  9. Stick these braids/loops as shown in the image using fevibond. (please see notes on how to use fevibond)
  10. Stick sequins on the jute cord.
  11. Leave it to dry over night.

Viola! Your self made decorative vase is ready. Congratulations 🙂

Taj Mahal In Your House

There is no better to customise your walls than by Doing It Yourself. I just love painting on walls. Each section of my room is painted in a different way. The general wall paints and wallpapers are so boring. If you opt for getting any artistic wall done by the paint guys it not personalised, the wall still comes from an assembly line! The designs are fixed you have to choose a design from a book and the painting fella will just replicate every inch of it. Not to mention the crazy ass pricing of such walls. By Doing It Yourself you can customise each room, each wall and even a section of the wall and convert the whole room into a masterpiece.

Here is something I did to cover up a column in my room. This column is about a foot wide and 7ft tall and is stuck between my wardrobe and window.

Floral painting on walls

My little piece of Taj Mahal

It is my own piece of Taj Mahal :-). The best thing about this design is, it feels intricate to the viewer, but it isn’t. Well it is intricate drawing and painting but the diffculty level is not that of an intricate painting. If you have seen the above picture then you have seen the rest of my column. It is sheer simplicity.

Things you need:

  1. Pencil
  2. Eraser (if required)
  3. Paints – I used poster paints coz i had them at home. I always recommend using things lying around than buying new ones. You can use any kind of paints. Enamel paint is recommended because you can wipe and clean the painting with wet cloth. Poster paints are water soluable.
  4. Different shades of green crayons – Plastic or wax
  5. Mirror pieces
  6. Round paint brush size 0, 1 and 2
  7. Creativity 🙂


Method:

  1. Use the pencil to create waves, intertwined intricate short waves ending with arcs. These waves should be random and not in a pattern. If you draw them in patterns then it will look like a tiled image! [Note] Use the pencil very very lightly. Lightness of hand while doing any art work is most crucial. Also because it is difficult to erase on a distempered wall. The eraser leaves a mark. The drawing is a skeleton. It should not be used as a stencil drawing to paint on.
  2. Again randomly draw leaves anywhere and everywhere you feel like.
  3. Draw flowers. You can google ‘sketch flower’ and you will get innumerable sketches of flowers. Take your pick. If you can fill in the colours perfectly then you can go for an inticate design on the contrary you can stay with a simple sketch.
  4. Start Painting. Use the zero size brush and basic green paint (i prefer a mixture of light green and a dab of dark green). Trace out the waves and arcs.
  5. Use size 1 brush and paint the leaves.
  6. Paint the flowers with your favourite colours  using zero and 2 size brush.
  7. Leave it to dry. The drying time will depend upon the type of paint used. Poster paints dry faster than enamel paints.
  8. Use different shades of green crayon and shade around the waves and leaves. It gives a feeling of depth.
  9. Use fevibond and stick mirror pieces randomly. I preferred to stick them in the middle of the flowers.

Viola! Your very own piece of Taj Mahal is ready!

Instant 5 minute microwave Chocolate Cake

A chocolate cake craving can attack at any time. And we all know that such a craving has to be satisfied at any cost. This recipe is for beginners and moody bakers who like me, don’t bother to acquire all the necessary tools of the craft but try to manage along with whatever is available at hand. Actually this cake cannot be made within 5 minutes the  first time. But can be made in less than 5 minutes the second time, it takes a little practice.

Measurement: I don’t have those spoons and cups that are available in the market. Moreover I don’t believe in  cooking by measuring 5ml or 2 drops and 1 pinch.. I put in ingredients by instinct 🙂 Cooking is not chemistry its love for food. So if your using a spoon or cup, it could be of any size, just make sure that you use the same spoon/cup to measure all other ingredients. If you heap the spoon/cup for a ingredient, measure others also the same way.

Ingredients:

  • 2 spoons- all purpose flour (maida)
  • 4 spoons- chocolate powder (you can use drinking chocolate, molten chocolate bar)
  • 5 spoons- oil (any cooking oil)
  • 3-4 spoons- powdered sugar (it will depend upon whether you chocolate is sweetened or plain)
  • 1/2 spoon- instant coffee powder
  • 3 spoons- milk
  • 1- egg
  • pinch – baking soda
  • pinch – baking powder

Method:

  1. Sieve together maida, chocolate powder, baking soda, baking powder, coffee and sugar powder.  If you are using molten chocolate bar then it can be added later on.
  2. Repeat it again. This helps in incorporating the dry ingredients together.
  3. Beat egg in a bowl for 1min. The more stiffer you beat the egg more better it is for the cake. Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those electric beaters, spoon works fine.
  4. Mix oil into the egg and beat again for 1min.
  5. Mix milk in the oil and egg mixture. If you are using molten chocolate then add that also to the liquid mixture.
  6. Slowly mix the liquids into the flour mix while stirring to mix it in.
  7. Once all the liquid has been incorporated, check the consistency. It should not be too thick. If you feel it is thick you can add some milk.
  8. Coat your vessel with oil and dust it with a little maida.
  9. Pour your cake mix into the vessel.
  10. Microwave for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Pierce the cake with a tooth pick or a knife. If it comes out clean then it is ready to be served.
Instant microwave chocolate cake

Chocolate cake in a Coffee Mug

Instant microwave chocolate cake

Instant microwave chocolate

DIY Pen Stand

Its nice to make a pen stand as you can keep it on your desk and use it everyday. Something to keep reminding you of your hidden creativity.

Materials Required:

  1. Cardboard cylinder inside of cellotape.
  2. Fevibond or any other rubber based adhesive.
  3. Plastic circular base. This is found in any electrical shop. Ask for plastic bulb holder base. You can also use a self made base of wood, cardboard, hardboard or any other material.
  4. Paints/Sketch Pens/Crayons/collage material..
  5. creativity 🙂

Method:

  1. Essential point of doing any craft item is to clean all the items. Dust is not good for health and art. Wash hands and dust all the materials. No glue will stick on dust.
  2. Take the cardboard cylinder. Note: The width of the cardboard cylinder will depend upon the width of the cellotape. You can either use several short ones or a big one, its your call. Thats the beauty of Doing It Yourself. The general height of a pen stand is 4-5inches. So you can stick the cardboard cylinders till this height is achieved using fevibond.
  3. Wait till the cardboard is dry and strong.
  4. Apply fevibond along the base of the cardboard cylinder and along the edge of the plastic base and stick them together and let it dry.
  5. Viola! Your pen stand is ready.
  6. Now it needs to be decorated.

Decoration ideas:

  1. Paint the whole thing in 1 solid color.
  2. Draw cartoons, motifs and patterns.
  3. Stick colorful bits of paper to form a collage. If you are sticking paper then it will need a coat of varnish after the collage dries. You can also use clear nail paint if you don’t want to buy varnish.

 

I got my friends to autograph mine… DIY Pen Stand