Dates full of iron and energy .What better way to consume dates than in a pickle form. Dates pickle /achar is very famous in Kerala . Usually served with biryanis. I had mentioned about this pickle in my Thalaseery biryani post but completely forgot to post this .
Here is a simple ,very easy to make Gets ready in just 5-8 minutes .So do try this amazing pickle .

8-10 dates 
1 inch Ginger chopped in Julienne
1 sprig Curry leaves 
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp tamarind soaked in water
2 tsp Jaggery
1/8 tsp hing/asafoetida
1 tbsp oil

Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds once it splutters add curry leaves and ginger.
Fry well till raw smell goes away.
Add chilli powder.
Stir well and add chopped dates.
Add tamarind water and the grated jaggery
Sprinkle salt and hing .
If you want the pickle to have gravy add water .
Switch off flame and serve with thalssery biryani  .

Yellow Cake with chocolate fudge frosting ..8super yummy cake which is soft and so delish. My family love simple cakes and butter cakes compared to chocolates. So we often bake simple tea time cakes .Had made this cake last July for moms birthday .It was super hit ,the chocolate fudge frosting complimented the soft and moist yellow cake well.

Do try this easy to make super moist yellow cake with lipsmacking fudge frosting

For the cake
140 gm flour
1 tsp baking powder
125 gms butter
120 gm sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk

for frosting check here


  • Preheat oven at 180 degree for 10 minutes
  • Sift flour baking powder together And keep aside
  • Line a 7 inch baking tin with parchment or butter paper and grease it with oil
  • In a bowl beat sugar and butter until creamy and fluffy
  • Break one egg add and beat

  • Add in the other egg,milk and vanilla and beat till it is creamy and fluffy.
  • Mix in the sifted flour and mix with spatula until combined .
  • Pour the batter in prepared cake tin .
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes at 180 degree until toothpick inserted comes out clean .

  • Allow it to cool completely.
  • Slice the cake into half
  • Apply a generous amount of fugde frosting

Cover the cake with the frosting and decorate with sprinkles or some chocolate chips .

Enjoy soft and delicious  cake with your loved ones.

Chocolate Fudge Frosting. One of my favourite frosting after Ganache this frosting is rich and delicious and easy to prepare .You can cover your cakes cuppies with this yummy frosting  .Check out my next post on how I used this yummy frosting to decorate a simple yet delicious cake.

300 gm dark chocolate
150 gm butter
100 gm icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Melt the chocolate with butter over double boiler or in a microwave.
  • Sieve icing sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl and keep aside
  • Melt butter and chocolate together
  • Then add sifted sugar and cocoa powder in a bowl .
  • Once the chocolate is smooth and melted add icing sugar and cocoa powder to the melted chocolate mix and beat with a electric beater .
  • Add milk if required for a thinner consistency.
  • Allow to cool before using it to frost the cake .

adapted from  her\e

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