Hot Chocolate

November 5, 2018mayurisjikoni

EVENT: FOODIEMONDAY/BLOGHOP

THEME: #169 MY BEGINNER RECIPE

When Amrita who blogs at The Food Samaritan suggested to recreate a recipe that we made for the first time, all by ourselves, it brought back so many memories for me. From the age of 7 or 8 I was already in the kitchen helping my mum. Simple tasks like washing the vegetables, laying the table for meals, smearing ghee over rotis etc. By 10 I was helping her to bake cookies, would get up early in the morning to help her peel tonnes of potatoes when she made chevdo. It then went on to rolling small puris for kachoris, helping her to roast bhakri, stirring khadi, making salads, chopping vegetables, etc. At the age of 12 I left for boarding school. When we came back home for our vacation, there was no pampering where housework was concerned. We had to help. My dad believed that if others are working how can the younger ones just sit and do nothing. We were at that time a family of 12-15 and most of the time my buas and their families would be at home for the weekend and school vacations. More hands makes lighter work and the task at hand gets over faster. Then all can relax- that was my dad’s motto.

When I completed my 10th grade and came back home, there was nothing like not helping during the weekends. Even during exam time, had to help in the kitchen. This habit formed at an earlier age means I just cannot sit and relax when anyone is in the kitchen working. When I came back home, my kaka (chacha) was married and my kaki (chachi) and I became a riotous pair. Every Saturday, after lunch when my mum would go to take her nap, we would open Tarla Dalal books (we had 3 at that time) and decide what to make. Most of the recipes turned out really good, one or two got spoilt. I remember once we tried out the Nougat Basket and it turned into a disaster. It would just not set and was just too liquidey to roll out. At that time didn’t know that we did not prepare the sugar syrup well. Neither did we know how to salvage a recipe. Before my mum woke up, we wrapped the disaster in an old newspaper and threw it away in the dustbin. When she got up she asked us what we’ve made and we said ” fruit with icecream”. My mum didn’t say anything then but who goes and tells her about our disaster… our househelp James! After that we both told off and the whole family knew about our disaster.

Whenever, I tried out new recipes, I would always have my mum or kaki helping me. I learnt to bake a cake before I learnt to make rotis! It was always drilled into me that I would have to know how to cook our basic lunch and dinner dishes before I got married.   All the farsans (savory snacks) and sweet dishes I learnt from my mother in law. Things like cookies, cakes, breads etc were learnt by following recipes. After marriage, anything new I tried and the family would always shower me with praises. Every week my in laws would have parties at home and my mother in law would encourage me to try out different types of salads, mocktails, desserts, etc.

So what is the first thing I made all by myself without any help and back then I was probably 10 was Hot Chocolate. Nairobi gets really cold during the months of June, July, August and sometimes September too. The whole family would gather up on Fridays or Saturdays to watch a movie on the television (back then only one channel-VOK – Voice of Kenya) or a video movie (remember the time when a Hindi movie required 3 video cassettes?). That meant we would like to snug up with our shawls or blankets, sip on something hot and watch the movie.

It was a recipe that I had come across in a Cookery Book which was sold at our shop. We didn’t bring all the books at home. Whenever I went to the shop, I loved browsing through the Hamyln Cookery Books as they were so colorful. I had written down a recipe from one of the books and decided that Friday Movie Night, everyone will be treated to the delicious hot chocolate.

So here is my first recipe I made on my own, right from cooking to serving. The praises I got from all made me feel on top of the world. From then on, whenever someone wanted a hot comforting drink, I had to make it. The most encouraging thing about my huge family was that no one ever criticized the new dishes kaki and I tried. My misshaped rotis and parathas were devoured with love. Praises were never in short supply. Even today, I still get showered with praises which is really encouraging. Having a hubby who is not fussy about food, he will try whatever I make. Only one thing he will not have and that is mango sabji which I love so much.

Points to be noted:

I found clicking pictures for this hot drink even more difficult then learning how to make it the first time. Its so hot here that that cream kept of melting even before it touched the hot drink! My photo place aka my bedroom became a temporary kitchen as I quickly added the cream, sprinkled the chocolate and cocoa powder on top and took the photos. My maid couldn’t stop smiling…she now thinks I’m definitely mad.

As for the drink, it was just too hot for us to have it. Hubby suggested that I should leave it in the fridge and we could have it later as cold dessert.

Hot Chocolate 1

Hot Chocolate 4

Hot Chocolate 2

Hot Chocolate 3

HOT CHOCOLATE

Serves 2

2 cups milk

½ cup thick fresh cream

50g dark or milk chocolate (or mixed)

½ tsp cinnamon powder

For the topping:

¼ cup fresh cream, whipped

some grated chocolate for sprinkling on top

some cocoa powder

  1. Heat the milk in a heavy bottomed pan with the cinnamon powder till it begins to boil.
  2. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the cream and chocolate. Mix well and let it become hot.
  4. Pour the hot chocolate into serving cups or mugs.
  5. Top with whipped cream, grated chocolate and cocoa powder.

Tips:

  • Use good quality dark/milk chocolate.
  • No sugar is added as chocolate is sweet.
  • Do you have any ganache left over? Use that to make hot chocolate.
  • Add sugar if you wish.

A little request:

If you do try this recipe then please either

  • add a comment below,
  • send a picture to my email mayuri.ajay.patel62@gmail.com
  •  tag me as #mayuri_jikoni on Instagram
  • or tag me on Twitter as #Mayuri1962

You may want to check out some of my first few recipes that I made on my own when I was young:

Ginger Nut Cookies
cold coffee
Blog post
eggless chocolate truffle cake
Blog post
Banana Cucumber Raita
Blog post
mum’s soup

Sending this recipe to the following events:

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64 Comments

  • The Girl Next Door

    November 5, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Wow, this hot chocolate looks so good! I’m glad the theme brought back fond memories for you – it did for me too. 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 11, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you so much Priya.

       
  • Vidya Narayan

    November 6, 2018 at 5:14 am

    The fact that you remember every single detail of your childhood memories, especially associated with this first delicious attempt of yours is so lovely to read. Hot chocolate with melting cream (which i love btw) and grated chocolate makes it totally sinful and no wonder you were showered with praises that day! Perfect Holiday Mood Drink!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 11, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Thank you so much Vidya.

       
  • Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    November 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Family is always the first school. It is so lovely you have captured your younger days with so much love. I am sure the bond between you and Kaki is indeed a special one. to the recipe, I love the addition of cream. Looks amazing.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 11, 2018 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you so much Seema. Yes family is certainly the first school.

       
  • Batter Up With Sujata

    November 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    I am drooling Mayuri. Hot chocolate looks absolutely delicious. Your post made me nostalgic. I remember my father praise all the dishes I tried. But he sometimes scolded me when I entered kitchen. Hath jal jaenge mat Jaya Kar rasoi me. Still reremember his voice Lovely share.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 11, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks Sujata.. what a contrast, my dad would insist that I enter the kitchen to help out.

       
      1. Batter Up With Sujata

        November 12, 2018 at 4:52 am

        Really? I think my dad was over protective. Missing badly all those days 😊

         
  • Renu Agrawal Dongre

    November 11, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Loved reading your first and many experiences of childhood and that really makes us what we are today. Even I started at quite a young age and was not allowed to sit even during exams. I still remember during my 10 th when most parents pamper their kids my mom left the house for 10-15 days , durinf the start of term, on me with my younger brother and sister, off course my Dadi was there to look after us, but I had to cook for all and the full meal. Can narrate a lot more ….sometime later….the hot chocolate is really tempting and one of my favorite drink when I am low or want to grab something hot. This is making me so so nostalgic.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Renu, I’m glad you enjoyed the post and you’re right what we are today, we learnt form ou childhood experiences.

       
  • Shobha Keshwani

    November 12, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Perfect drink for winter.. In Brazil we used to drink this in one of the Hill Station and they would add cognac too.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Shobha and adding cognac is a good idea 😉

       
  • Recipes Made Easy

    November 12, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    you have made it look fab and very tempting despite the heat. Thank you for linking to #CookBlogShare

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you Jacqui.

       
  • Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    November 17, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    I totally in love with the theme which is decided   And these cinnamon on top is just making me to try right away as I have done with my dinner 😉

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 17, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Sasmita.. I too loved the theme.

       
  • poonampagar

    November 18, 2018 at 4:25 am

    Reading through your post bought in so many of my childhood memories back to life di..I could relate to many things. I must say you have a strong memory. You could remember such minute details of your learning phase . Coming to the recipe, the rich hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, chocolate scrappings and cinnamon sounds very delectable. Here the weather is perfect for such heavenly treat.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Poonam, there are some memories that one cannot forget. Most we do not remember details but what brings one joy is forever etched in our brains.

       
  • Preethi Prasad

    November 18, 2018 at 7:02 am

    This wonderful theme has made me so nostalgic as we walk down the memory lane. Our first dish we cooked is always memorable .The pride we felt after getting all praises from family is etched in our memory forever.This hot chocolate is always my favourite. Loved reading every bit of this post.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 18, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so much Preethi. I can’t agree with you more.

       
  • simplysensationalfood

    November 18, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I love reading about your childhood and how you have always cooked with your family. Learinng to cook at an early age sets you up for life .I love your hot chocolate its looks really indulgent.

     
  • Priya Satheesh

    November 19, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Loved reading your childhood cooking memories. So true, our first dish is always a beautiful memory. While reading your post, I just remembered mine of preparing Sambhar for the first time when I was young and ended up refrigerating it for a week because of the quantity 😉 Coming to your recipe, Hot chocolate is my most fav and loved your version ! Yummy and lovely share !

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 19, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks Priya and your comment had me grinning because I remember the first time my daughter prepared khichdi it was as though she had to feed an army!

       
  • veena

    November 19, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Loved your writeup. You seem to have entered your kitchen at a very young age. Hot chocolate looks wow!!! It must have been very delicious. Lovely share

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 19, 2018 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Veena, yes was in the kitchen at a very young age as we had a huge family.

       
  • PepperOnPizza

    November 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Making a really good cup of hot chocolate is an art, and your recipe sounds perfect. Loved the write up. Your family had a bookshop at Nairobi? Must have been great to browse there. Ive always wanted to own a bookshop..

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 19, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Sujata, my family had a toy shop and a stationery shop. So yes, was able to browse through so many books, all my ladybird books, Noddy books, Famous Five etc were from the shop. Those were then circulated among friends as exchange for other books.

       
      1. PepperOnPizza

        November 20, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        How lovely! To grow up with all these books!

         
  • Priya Suresh

    November 25, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    Childhood memories are always a treasure to save in our mind. Enjoyed going through your childhood memories. Am an ardent fan of hot chocolate, prefect drink to have anytime of the day especially while the weather is down.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you Priya, good memories are definitely a treasure.

       
  • amrita

    November 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

    So many memories ….childhood memoriesare special … aren’t they?.. i think i need aacup of hot chocolate to make myself warm in this wintery morning

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      Thanks Amrita and wish I could share it with you.

       
  • curryandvanilla

    November 26, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Beautiful write up of childhood memories! This awakened mine too! How nostalgic! My first dish I prepared was ready mix gulab jamuns! Nice to know that all of us grew up with beautiful and wonderful memories of family, food and good times! By the way, love hot or cold chocolate and yours looks so divine and super tempting!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you so much Vanitha. Nice knowing what your first dish was.

       
  • Preethi

    November 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Loved reading your childhood memories!! and this looks so delicious!! Its so cold in here, and this would be a great thing to have right now 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much Preethi.

       
  • FoodTrails

    November 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    A cup of hot chocolate is so comforting in this chilly weather.your’s is too tempting!!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 27, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Swaty.. it definitely is a comfort drink during the cold season.

       
  • Lata Lala

    November 28, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Lovely write up Mayuri. Somehow we all learnt cooking by looking at our Mothers in the kitchen and helping her in whatever possible way.
    Hot chocolate drink is such a nostalgic drink I believe everyone associates with. Such a comfort and warmth it exudes.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 28, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Thank you so much Lata.Watching and learning from our mothers or other women in the family was so natural which unfortunately the present generation does not get to experience.

       
  • Freda @ Aromatic essence

    November 28, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    It so chilly right now here, and I could seriously do with a cup of that hot chocolate! Looks irresistibly yummy 🙂

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      November 29, 2018 at 12:26 am

      Thanks Freda, I sympathize with you all who are facing extreme cold weather.

       
  • Ruchisvegkitchen

    November 29, 2018 at 5:21 am

    Lovely write up. your post brought back my childhood memories too. Got emotional. Family is always our first teacher. This hot chocolate looks divine. With cream and chocolate its totally irresistable … Lovely share

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      Thank you so much Ruchi for the kind words.

       
  • Geetha Priyanka

    November 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    Love to read your write up. Hot chocolate looks so irresistible and delicious, absolutely perfect for this cold weather.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much Geetha.

       
  • Jagruti Dhanecha

    November 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Your post reminds me of my childhood, so similar to yours! Hot chocolate is perfect for the weather we are having. Cinnamon lends lovely flavour to it.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you so much Jagruti. I think at that time most girls had to help out in the kitchen.

       
  • Nisha Ramesh

    November 30, 2018 at 1:05 am

    I can spoon it up right now. Thick, creamy and delicious. Your writing brings out a lot of emotion and I am sure nothing is greater than being praised by loved ones. The best accolade one can get.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Nisha and that’s so true.

       
  • Pavani

    November 30, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Hot chocolate is very comforting drink for this chilly winters. My kids favourite drink .

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      Thanks Pavani.

       
  • jayashreetrao

    December 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    That’s a nice write up about your childhood. Love this chocolate drink and yours looks so delicious. Awesome make for the first time.

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you so much Jayashree.

       
  • Lathiya

    December 2, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Hot chocolate are perfect for this season..with all those preservatives added store bought hot chocolate, this is a must try…

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      Definitely try it out Lathiya, it definitely is better than the ones you get ready made at shops and cafes.

       
  • Beth Neels

    December 14, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Well, the hot chocolate looks delicious, so you did a good job with your photos! The things through to find the shot, are comical, aren’t they?

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Yes I agree with you Beth. Hubby reckons I should use something different so that I may start a trend…like serving hot chocolate in a beer mug 🙂

       
  • Lesli Schwartz

    December 14, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Definitely going to make this hot chocolate! I can feel it warming my tummy right now and it’s so nasty and cold outside. Perfect!

     
    1. mayurisjikoni

      December 18, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Thanks Lesli… hot chocolate is so comforting in cold weather.

       
  • Claudia Canu

    December 15, 2018 at 12:33 am

    It was funny to read that it was hot when you did this recipe! This is actually perfect for the cold winter in Europe 🙂 Thank you!

     
  • Amanda Sage

    December 15, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Love the addition of cinnamon! Sounds so decadent.

     
  • chezlerevefrancais

    December 15, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    It’s absolutely freezing here so I could really do with some of your delicious hot chocolate!

     

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