Microwavable eggless brownies

Isn’t it just great how the microwave offers us almost instant gratification ? Tarla Dalal has creating a fool proof winning recipe to tickle your taste buds in a hurry …yea.

Tarla Dalal

Yield    1 large brownie or 8 pieces

1 cup All purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 cups dark chocolate , chopped

1/2 cup unsalted  butter at room temperature

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1/4 cup plain yoghurt ,beaten

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 cup walnuts , chopped

Grease and line a 6 inch diameter shallow microwave safe bowl and keep aside.

Sift together the flour , Baking powder and baking soda and keep aside.

In a micowave safe bowl , add chocolate pieces and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir lightly to get a smooth mixture .Keep aside.

In another bowl , add the butter and sugar and stir with a wooden spoon till the mixture is soft and creamy.

Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture and mix lightly

Add the yoghurt , vanilla , flour and walnuts , mix lightly.

Pour the mixture into the greased and lined dish and microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Reduce the temperature to 70 % power and microwave for another minute. Remove and keep aside.


Eggless Pineapple Upside Down cake

This cake evokes great childhood memories . I was a very fussy eater who loved fruit , especially tropical fruits like pineapples and mangoes . Once baked and cooled serve with a dollop of whipped cream or warm with a scoop of your choice of icecream.

Adapted from Tarla Dalal


5 oz all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 oz melted butter

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1/2 can condensed milk ( 200 grams )

3 tbs whole milk ( do not use lowfat )


1 fresh pineapple , peeled , cored and cut into rings

2 tbs golden syrup  or 2 tbs dark brown sugar mixed with 1 tbs unsalted butter.


Sift the flour , baking powder , baking soda .  Stir in melted butter , sugar and condensed milk  and beat well till smooth .

Add in enough milk to give the batter a dropping consistency . ( holding a spoon up , to allow the batter to drop at the count of 3 )

Assembly  Preheat oven to 350*F

Grease an 8 inch cake tin with butter or a non stick baking spray

Spread the golden syrup evenly on the base of the greased cake pan .  Arrange pineapple slices decoratively on top of the golden syrup .

Pour the cake batter carefully into the cake pan and smooth using an offset spatula.

Bake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes to an hour until the cake is golden brown .

Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack . Allow to cool completely .

Run a knife around the sides and invert on to a serving platter .


No bake eggless brownies

This very interesting Brownie recipe comes from Tarla Dalal ,ome of India’s most published chefs . Originally this was titled frozen brownies , but , in reality , they are never frozen . These rich , dense , chocolate confections are  so quick and easy to make , they are perfect for making with the kids .

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Serves 6

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate , roughly chopped

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3/4 cup Digestive cookies , crushed

1/4 cup Condensed milk

1/2 cup  chopped , unsalted nuts of your choice ( almonds , Walnuts , Cashews )

Butter , for greasing the dish


Slivered nuts

Whipped cream

Grease  and line with  foil a 6 by 6 inch square pan

Combine chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and melt over a pot of hot water , until the butter and chocolate melt.

Remove from flame and stir in the remaining ingredients . Mix well .

Pour into prepared pan . Cover and refridgerate until set .

Unmold , cut into wedges and garnish with nots and whipped cream .

Keep refridgerated.

Eggless crepes

Crepes are so versatile , great for savory and sweet dishes alike. This recipe from Tarla Dalal is for savory dishes , but ,add 2 tbs super fine sugar to turn it sweet. I like to make a stack of these and wrap them in plastic wrap and a zip lock bag and place them in the freezer , ready when I need them.

Makes 12

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup cornflour

3/4 cup milk (whole milk)

2 tsp melted butter

pinch salt

Mix flour ,cornflour , salt,   milk and 1/2 cup water. Mix well until batter is smooth. Allow to rest 15 minutes.

Grease a non stick pan lightly with melted butter. Pour 2 tbs of baterr in pan and tilt to coat evenly.

Allow to cook until sides turn slightly golden. Loosen ends and flip crepe. Cook about 20 to 30 seconds longer .

Slide on to a seving plate. Continue until batter is used up.

Eggless Chocolate sponge Cake

There is just a slight variation in turning a plain sponge cake into a chocolate sponge cake. Here Tarla Dalal reccomends using 2 tablespoons of Cocoa powder.The outcome of this cake depends on getting the finest quality cocoa you can find.

1/2 can (400 grams is a full can)

4 oz self raising flour

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 level teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon soda bi carb

4 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sieve the flour,cocoa powder,baking powder and soda  together.

Mix the condensed milk , flour cocoa mixture, 6 tablespoons of water and the melted butter throughly.

Pour the cake batter into a greased 6 ” cake pan.

Bake at 400*F for 10 minutes,then reduce the temperature to 350*F and bake a furthur 15 minutes.

Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick down the center of the cake,the toothpick should come out clean.

Cool in pan for a few minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completly.

Eggless Sponge cake

Nothing is more versitile and useful tan a sponge cake. truth be told this is really a cross between a butter cake and a sponge. Use this on its own or as a base for various fillings. This delicious recipe comes from the famous Indian chef Tarla Dalal,renound all over the world for her perfection in cooking.

Photograph by Rahul Mahtani

Preheat oven to 400*F

1/2 can condensed milk (400 grams is a full can)

41/2 oz self raising flour

1 level teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon soda bi-carb

4 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sieve the flour,baking powder,and soda together

Mix the flour mixture ,Condensed milk,melted butter and extract plus 5 tablespoons of water and beat well.

Pour mixture into a greased 6″ baking pan

Bake in a hot oven at 400*F for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 300*F and bake for a furthur 15 minutes.

The cake is done when it leaves the sides of the pan and is springy to the touch.Allow the cake to rest for a few minutes before inverting it onto a cooling rack to cool.