Do you have that feeling sometimes? You are on a racing track and suddenly you just want to stop everything and get on the sidewalk, pause and take a breather and just let the world go past?
I am experiencing that right now! Till my parents came I was on the runner’s track. On the day they came I climbed on the sidewalk and thought I would pause for a breather. Little did I know that I might end up on the sidewalk for such a long time!! Since they have come we have been chatting and catching up on news at Bangalore. So much seems to have happened there in between Diwali (November) when I last visited and now. I feel a little sad to have missed out on the good times like not witnessing my nephew’s first birthday (‘andinarav’), or the various stages of his growth, but I know I am lucky to be with them at least once a year. I know that the short span we spend together with my cousins and friends there may be short in terms of time but in terms of span the good times we had will last long as time only makes them sweeter and everlasting!
These days we start early, finish cooking and talk about books and friends. Sometimes we go out all the way to Colaba and Crawford Market as my mother is an avid shopper. Some evenings we go for a spin in and around Thane, and I get my niece to sample the local delicacies she won’t find in her town.

In between my mother managed to tell ‘tales of my naughtiness’ to the kids, to have a tooth extracted and a cavity filled too!! When confronted that evening with “it seems you did this……,Chitti (Aunty)!”, I tried feigning innocence and suggested that Amma was suffering from a temporary form of amnesia so she had interchanged my name with that of my sister’s, but it did not seem to work. The kids manage a good pillow fight while listening to Alysee’s version of ‘La Isla Bonita’, playing games, and ‘the girls ganging up on the little boy’ routine and I really have no heart to access the net or sit down to blog!

And so you know why I am absent these days (besides the viral infection the computer at home has caught)! I wish I could hold on to memories and what better way than to write about it?? Oh! I managed to meet Aparna and her bubbly daughter Akshaya (Akshaya, I read ‘curtain’ again) from ‘My Diverse Kitchen‘, and Simran – quite a jam packed session it was with all of us having so much to share and hardly any time! We were literally wagging our tongues – chomping and chatting!! Aparna baked a delicious vegan chocolate cake which was a pleasant surprise, and Simran pampered the kids with another batch of her tasty short bread cookies. 🙂  Thanks for the wonderful evening, ladies!

Hey people – I must thank you all for the joy you have given me during the past year with your virtual visits and some of you with your real visits. It has added a few more layers (the goodies you gave me during the real visits) and a new dimension to my personality that I wasn’t aware of till then!!

I am sorry about a huge huge mistake I made – thanks to Madhuram for bringing it to my notice!! You may know that I was the April host for ‘recipes for the rest of us – starters’, and unfortunately I have not been able to contribute anything because I jumped on the sidewalk for a breather and watched the world go by:):)……..till today!!

Those of you who sent me entries – I appreciate it a lot – please divert your mails to ‘sunshinemomsblog(at)gmail(dot)com’ instead of ‘sunshinemom(at)gmail(dot)com‘ as was given in the announcement!! My apologies to all entrants and to the person who has such an id – if you are here and reading, do me a huge favour and just forward those mails to me pleeeeeaseee!!!

The round up will be posted within the next weekend!

Now for today’s tart:

My Amma or Appa are not really fond of cakes, and my niece S is really choosy so I decided on a simple and seductive tart rather than an elaborate cake. This one is so easy I recommend all you people who think baking as ‘difficult’ to start with this. It will give you the satisfaction of creating a perfect bake that looks good, tastes great and does not require any special equipments except an oven!  Ssshhh……another reason was that I had baked a fruit tart with this dough a week before they arrived and I had enough left for an 8″ tart tin! 😉

The tart base is my own concoction in terms of the flour as I like the healthy alternative and the nutty flavor imparted by roasted besan (roasted chana dal/bengal gram ground fine). Do try it – I am sure you will love the base so much you might want to skip the filling….but don’t! It is not an overly sweet base and I use up bits to make little cookies for my son as he just loves them.

Chocolate Tart:
(Crust recipe is my own)

Tart base inredients:
The tart base yielded enough dough for two 8″ tart tin and 1 3″ tart tin. The thickness was about 2mm – I like a thin base but you could make it slightly thicker if you like.

1 cup Aashirwaad atta + 0.5 cup besan + 1/4 cup APF
6 level tsp. – caster sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter spread – semisolid and cut into cubes
3-4 tsp of ice cold water

Method for tart base:
Mix the flours together and sieve to get a homogeneous flour. Stir in the sugar. Mix the butter with your fingertips to get a crumbly texture. Add a tsp of the ice cold water at a time till you are able to gather the dough into a ball. Do not knead – just gather and hold the ball and repeat till it is a soft dough.

Chill for at least 15minutes to 1/2 an hour.

Pinch out enough to cover your tart tin and roll out the dough between two sheets of plastic into a flat disc about 2 to 3mm thick. Carefully pick it up and line an 8″ tart tin, pushing the dough into the flutes of the tin with the help of your knuckles. Trim along the fluted edges. Being a mixture of whole wheat flour with chickpea flour, this seems to break easily so please be gentle. I have done this before with only refined flour (APF) and found it better to handle.

Prick the base randomly with a sharp fork and let chill till firm.

Bake the base with some weight such as pebbles or any beans for 15minutes in a pre-heated oven at 150 deg. C. till brown at the rims. (This is known as ‘blind baking’.)

1/2 cup thick cream whipped into soft peaks
1/2 cup plain chocolate melted in a double boiler or in spurts of 10seconds in a microwave at 450 power till melted.

Fold the cream into the melted chocolate and add walnuts if desired. Pour the filling into the prepared base and refrigerate till the time of serving or at least half an hour to let the filling set. I arranged walnuts on top as my niece and kids did not want any nuts.

To serve:
Cut into wedges and dig in! I did not have this as it is not vegan:(, and there was no dough left over to make another vegan one!

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  1. Pass me atleast 2 slices as they look so so yumm.
    I miss colaba, when ever we are in Bombay it is a street we freequent very often.
    I did read in Aparna’s place about you girls getting together.

  2. Oh wow nice to know that you are having gr8 time with your parents and happy to know that you people had small meet….. Tart looks extremely delish…Love the tempting filling….

  3. Enjoy your parents. I did sent you my entry again, hope you got it! 🙂

    Tart looks delicious, gooey chocolatey and my kids would love it.

  4. Ohh i miss bombay too :(( especially crawford market, the tart looks very delicious and inviting 🙂

  5. loved ready your post. The tart looks so creamy. Enjoy your time with your parents.

  6. That tart looks gorgeous, like chocolate mousse in a tart shell. 🙂
    I like your unusual tart shell, and Akshaya usually prefers the tart cases and skips fillings mostly (but not this one, I think)!
    I’m glad you liked the cake and those “high fives” are much appreciated. Akshaya’s next must read is now “Curtain”. 😀

  7. I know exactly what you mean ….boo hoo missing my parents and Bangalore too! I missed every single event in the lives of my small cousins and niece and nephy too! Besan flavour is awesome – slightly "mysorepak -ish"can imagine in this delicious tart! Lovely recipe & great photos! Have a great time!

  8. Delish Tart. Have a great time with family

  9. I long for such fun family meet-ups.Luscious tart,if only I could dig in the screen and gobble one:)

  10. Gosh, this is so decadent!! I love the look of the tart base, initially, I thought it was store bought – till I scrolled down to see it was such a healthy one 🙂

  11. FoodyGuru (Srimathi)

    Did you know reading your post I can actually get the whole picture of your busy life very well. Well written! I am sure you gals must have had a great time. Blogging is making things happen. The tart is yummy to look and I am sure your amma and appa would have enjoyed it.

  12. The tart is really really appealing…

  13. Ramya Vijaykumar

    Tart looks very scrumptious and the chocolaty top wow thats a delight to have… Nice to hear that you have your parents for such a long time with you and you get all the time to catch up with… Have fun, btw I dont see a mistake 🙂

  14. ou reminded me my mama’s visit….. Tarts are looking very tempting……. going to try this saturday ….

  15. I've never made a tart .. looks so so good .. I miss Mumbai & crawford market .. miss shopping @ bandra & fashion street

  16. Now I know where u went missing. I so need that time, lekin i do not see it in near future.. only when i visit India. i have been running & running for years now.

    Now my turn to scream Harini, Can I? I am so bad in creating such elegant desserts. & this is is very innovative too, with the crust.

  17. hmmm…have great time there..(great pictures there !)

  18. wow lovely tart.. i would like to have two slices please!!!

  19. Hi harini

    Lovely Pics Will Surely try out this, jst a question which cream have u used?

  20. WOw gorgeous chocolate tart! hope u ppls had great time with Aparna, Simran…also glad to know that u r having great time with ur parents!

  21. delicious tart – love the wooden spoon !
    and lovely post… loved reading it!

  22. Wow, it is nice to know that you and your parents are having a great time together. Tart looks so delicious. I would love to have that piece now..Yummm

  23. Wow somebody is enjoying best of both worlds.Meeting parents and new friends too, and above all cooking such yumm stuff.
    Tart looks really wonderful,and i am sure u are enjoying a lot of Maa ke haath ka khaana (oh did somebody saw me going green with big J)…lol

  24. Tarts are inviting me…yummy ones…have a gift for u in my cucumber pachadi post…please do participate in my first grammathu kaimanam event

  25. That looks tempting!

  26. Delicious and simple filling, I was wondering why u didn’t reply to my entry. I will send it again.

  27. You’re tempting us too much with that gorgeous tart Harini! Wonderful tart! Good to know that you’re having a great time with your parents. Nice that you met more blogger friends. It must have made you so busy.

  28. That tart is a piece of heaven…I’m just drooling over here.

  29. I would love to meet you guys when I visit Bombay too Harini!
    The tart looks wonderful and I have to say I never imagined one could use besan for the crust. Interesting choice. Glad you are having a fun time with the parents. I feel the same way when my parents visit. I get to spend one continuous length of time with them and that has its advantages.

  30. 🙂 Looks great, H. Aparna did tell me how much fun you guys had!

  31. Ramya's Mane Adige

    awesome!! the tarts looks delicious…. glad you are having a wonderful time w/ your folks. my folks are joining us here in a couple of weeks… I’m sooo looking fwd to it!!!! 🙂

  32. Wow Nice Tart!!!

  33. Delicious tart! Makes me drool …

  34. Very pretty pics! Love the chocolatey tart!

  35. tart looks yum,..;-)and i knw how time flies wen relatives are around specially parents after gettin married,..:-)

  36. Sounds and looks amazing, Harini. Haven’t visited for a while because life’s been really busy– sounds like it’s been the same with you. How wonderful to have your parents visit– I wish mine would.
    As I read your filling recipe, I wondered if your chocolate tofu pudding would serve as a good vegan substitute. What do you think?

  37. H,
    these looks so good and enjoy your time with family..
    hugs and smiles

  38. wow i wish i could create stuff accidentally…..Harini i came over to see if you had posted the round up of your starters event , couldnt find it though…..lemme know when you do okie………….

  39. I wish I were as brave as you in baking.I was wondering after your mail about the besan tart crust.Looks too good to be true.I overlook besan and riceflour in baking,mostly bcoz I think them only for normal no-bake food.Love the tart and the innovative crust.

    Loved hearing about the news there.Enjoy.Even I slowed down and am still in the sidewalk.

  40. first time here i guess..wonderful blog you have..Tart looks super yummy..tempting me 🙂

  41. Have a nice time with your parents. The tart looks delicious.

  42. beautiful tart. i really miss aashirwad atta. my grocer only stocks some other brands and i hate them.

  43. Somehow I missed this post. The tart looks beautiful. Hope you are having a great time with your parents.

  44. nithya at hungrydesi

    this looks delicious! i would love a piece with a big glass of milk. mmm.

  45. Beautiful tart, and that ganache looks so luscious. I was looking for “mistakes” in the tart and couldn’t see it. Turns out the mistake was about something else 🙂

  46. mmm… Harini, where do you get these wonderful recipes from? I wonder… anyway, I’m so sure I could have it as I’m not pure vegan.But looking at this made me crave…….

  47. Marie-Claire Hill

    if you're vegan you could try this with dark chocolate and vegan cream cheese? i bet it would be DELISH! my boyfriend is vegan so I'm always thinking up ways to veganise delicious things 🙂

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