"This is a journey of my life since I was all of 12 yrs when I started my hand in cooking to now with displays of my learning and creations of recipes from around the world. My inspiration and role model has always been my Mum who has always created dishes from around the world and excellently well. I do not believe I would ever match to her culinary skills. I remember the times she could cook and bake almost 4-5 dishes in one go without ever letting one go under cooked or burnt! I was born and raised in Dubai, UAE and recently moved to India for family reasons. Kitchenette just means that over the decades, my kitchen has changed from that of my mum's to my uncle and aunt's, to my home in UAE and now in India. Pala't'te, describes both global cuisines ('Palatte'-diverse flavours) and pleasing diverse 'Palates'."

Friday, 28 December 2012

Sensuous Hot Chili Chocolate

With the temperatures dropping here and the ring of the New Year round the corner, I decided to finally make some Hot Chili Chocolate.  Chocolate has always been my favourite so much so I earned the nick name of being called "Chocolate" ;) . This makes for an excellent drink on a cold winter night and it is simple to make as well.  Cuddle up with your loved ones and share in the joy of CHOCOLATE! :)

You need:

  • 5 tbsp processed cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (not a must esp. in case of sweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper powder or 1 tsp of crushed ginger
  • 4-6 squares of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 strawberry, 1 small chocolate piece for garnish

The make:

Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Serves 2 adults

1. Take a pan and add the cocoa powder, sugar(optional) and 2-3 tbsp of milk. Heat and stir evenly till the mixture blends and lumps removed.
2. Boil the remaining milk with the ginger or cayenne pepper in a milk pan and add in the cocoa mix. Whisk well to blend in the cocoa mixture.
3. Remove from heat and add in the chopped chocolate and stir till the chocolate melts and set aside.
4. Reheat, stir well  and serve hot with a slice of chocolate at the edge of the glass or a slice of strawberry or if you are feeling especially adventurous coat the strawberry with melted chocolate before serving as garnish.
Enjoy this drink with loved ones on a cold, winter evening.

Tip: You may want to avoid the ginger or cayenne pepper if you are serving this to kids.

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