Gluten and sugar free Chocolate Moelleux – Moelleux au chocolat sans gluten ni sucre

fondant choco 2

(en français, c’est plus bas …)

This is the first of a serie of sweets tested and liked by my 2 years old Petit Artichoke.

I am not sure whether to call this serie “healthy sweets” because often we would imagine that healthy food is dull and boring… For sure these sweets do not contain refined ingredients such as white sugar or wheat flour, they are quick and easy to prepare and guess what… they taste great and look like “normal” sweets!
First, let’s enjoy this super moist and easy to bake chocolate “moelleux”.


Gluten and sugar free Chocolate Moelleux

(recipe adapted from Valérie Cupillard: Desserts bio)


for a 19cm diameter baking tin (height about 5cm) or 24 cm (height about 3 cm)

120 g good quality dark chocolate with high cocoa content (for me organic chocolate with 75% cocoa)
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 pinch of salt
30g organic coconut oil
25g rice flour
120g rice syrup (or 100g agave syrup)



Preheat oven to 175 ° C.
Break the chocolate into squares, add a tablespoon of water and melt in a double broiler.
When it is melted, let it cool down for about fifteen minutes.
In the meantime, separate the whites from the yolks. Keep the yolks aside.
Add a pinch of salt to the whites and beat until stiff. Keep aside in the fridge.
Cover the baking tin with baking paper.
In a bowl, combine the egg yolks and melted chocolate.
Add the coconut oil, rice syrup, rice flour, one at a time and mix well each new ingredient to the mixture.
Finally, gently fold half of the egg whites with a wooden spoon or spatula. Then add the other half and gently stir so that the mixture is homogeneous.
Pour into the baking tin.
Bake for 25 minutes (19cm baking tin) or 20 minutes (for the 24 cm tin).
Let cool for some time in the tin and then transfer to a kitchen grid.
Once it is cold, you can glaze it with melted chocolate or just it it like this.
If there is any leftover, keep them in the fridge.


Voici la première recette d’une série de douceurs testées et appréciées par mon Petit Artichoke qui vient d’avoir 2 ans.

J’hésite à les appeler “douceurs saines” car cela peut paraître ennuyeux et peu compatible… Cela dit, les douceurs de cette série ne contiennent pas de produits rafinés tels que le sucre blanc ou la farine blanche de blé, elles sont faciles et souvent rapides à préparer et… cerise sur le gâteau, elles ont le même aspect que des douceurs “normales”!
Commençons donc avec ce délicieux moelleux au chocolat, si facile à préparer…

Moelleux au chocolat sans gluten ni sucre

(recette adaptée de celle de Valérie Cupillard: Desserts Bio)


pour un moule de 19cm de diamètre (hauteur env. 5cm) ou de 24 cm (hauteur env. 3 cm)

120 g chocolat noir à teneur élevée en cacao de bonne qualité (pour moi chocolat bio à 75% de cacao)
4 oeufs, jaunes et blancs séparés
1 pincée de sel
30g huile de coco bio
25g farine de riz
120g sirop de riz (ou 100g sirop d’agave)





Préchauffer le four à 175°C.
Casser le chocolat en carrés et le faire fondre au bain-marie en ajoutant une cuillère à soupe d’eau. Quand il est fondu, le laisser refroidir pendant une quinzaine de minutes.
Pendant ce temps: séparer les blancs des jaunes d’œufs. Mettre les jaunes de côté.
Ajouter une pincée de sel aux blancs et les battre en neige ferme. Mettre de côté au frais.
Recouvrir le moule de papier de cuisson.
Dans une terrine, mélanger les jaunes d’œuf et le chocolat fondu.
Ajouter successivement l’huile de coco, le sirop de riz, la farine de riz et bien mélanger à chaque nouvel ingrédient.
Finalement, incorporer délicatement la moitié des blancs d’oeuf avec une cuillère en bois ou une spatule. Ajouter ensuite l’autre moitié et remuer doucement afin que le mélange soit homogène.
Verser dans le moule au préalablement recouvert de papier sulfurisé.
Mettre au four pendant 25 minutes pour le moule de 19cm ou 20 minutes pour le moule de 24 cm.
Laisser refroidir un moment dans le moule, puis transférer sur une grille de cuisine.
Une fois qu’il a refroidi, vous pouvez le glacer avec du chocolat fondu ou le laisser tel quel.
S’il y a des restes, il vaut mieux les mettre au frais.




Vegetarian Biryani with spicy paneer

(la traduction en français arrive sous peu…)
My quest for the perfect biryani recipe has started a few years ago. After tasting the best biryani ever in a restaurant in Dubai, I wanted to be able to eat in my own home the delicate and delicious taste of the spices, and the perfect texture of the rice… I tried many recipes, even bought some ready made spices-mix (a total heresy for me!) but it seems I never managed to get it right… Eventually, I gave up, I even gave up eating biryani in restaurants here in Geneva, as they usually turned out even worse than my attempts…
However, when my dear Heavenly Housewife challenged us to prepare a biryani, I decided it was time to try once more… And I did well!
The result was beyond my expectations! Of course, it is far from the perfection of the biryani I ate in Dubai, but seriously, it is pretty close to it…
The list of ingredients is quite long, and the preparation might seem lenghty, but fear not, it can be done in… let’s say about 2 hours (not counting the cooking time in the oven) and the preparation can be spread on two days (pls see my note at the bottom of the post)
By the way, what is a biryani?

The name “biryani” come from the Persian word beryān/biryan which means “fried” or “roasted“. There are many kinds of biryanis and it is a festive dish both in Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines. The origin of biryani in India comes from the Moghol dynasty (originally from Persia) who brought many delicate and eleborated dishes to the already rich Indian cuisine.  Biryani is made from a mixture of spices, basmati rice, meat or vegetables and yogurt.  Unlike pulao in which all ingredients are cooked together, the main components of biryani are cooked separately, then layered and finally slowly cooked in the oven.

And before sharing the recipe, I can only advise you to visit these talented bloggers for more biryani-love:

Vegetarian Biryani with spicy paneer

Recipe adapted from IndiaCurry (here)
ingredients for 4-5 servings:
  • Spiced water
8dl water
2 cm fresh ginger, chopped
6 black cardamom pods, crushed
10 black peppercorn
4 cm cinnamon stick, broken in half
4 whole cloves
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
2 Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Spiced milk

2 dl milk
2 cardamom pods, crushed
a pinch of Saffron strands
1 teaspoon rose water

  • Rice

150g (1cup) Basmati rice
2 cups spiced water
a few saffron strands
1/2 teaspon salt

  • Vegetable Layer

1 tablespoon Ghee (or neutral oil, such as sunflower)
1 medium onions,chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
½ cup green peas
salt to taste
¼ cup yogurt
½ cup spiced water

  • Paneer Layer

200g paneer, cubed
1 tablespoon Ghee (or neutral oil, such as sunflower)
1 medium onion,chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1cm ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon cumin powder
½ teaspoon coriander powder

  • Garnish layer

1 tablespoon ghee (or neutral oil, such as sunflower)
2 medium onions, chopped
3 tablespoons slivered almonds
3 tablespoons cashews
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons chopped fresh peppermint leaves

  • Chapatti dough to seal the pot

2 cups wholemeal flour
Water to knead the dough (about 1/3 cup)


1. Prepare the spiced water: put the water and the spices indicated under “spiced water” in a pot and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat. Drain and keep aside.

2. Prepare the spiced milk: put the milk, cardamom pods and saffron in a pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Let it cool, remove the cardamom pods and add the rosewater.

3.Prepare the paneer:Heat the ghee in a pan, add the onion. Fry for 2-3 minutes, add the spices. Fry for 2-3 more minutes. Add the paneer. Stir well to coat it with the spice and fry for a few minutes. Keep aside.

4. Prepare the vegetable: Put the ghee in a pan, add the onion. Fry for 2-3 minutes, add the spices. Fry for 2-3 more minutes. Add the vegetable, season with salt and pepper and stir well. Reduce heat to medium, add 1/2 cup of spiced water and the yogurt. Simmer until the vegetable are nearly cooked (about 10-15 minutes).

5. Prepare the garnish layer: Heat the ghee in a pan, add the onions and fry them until golden brown. Add the cashew and almonds. Fry for 2 more minutes. Keep aside and add the chopped herbs.

6. Prepare the rice: Rinse the rice until the water is clear. Put in a pot and add 2 cups of spiced water and 1/2 a teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil Reduce heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let is stand for 10 more minutes.If there is water that has not been absorbed, drain it.

7. Prepare the chapatti dough: slowly add a little water to the flour until combined. Knead for 2 minutes. Keep aside.
8. Layering the biryani: Preheat the oven to 210°C. Spread one layer of rice in a pot. Sprinkle about 2-3 teaspoons of spiced water and 2-3 teaspoons of spiced milk on the rice.
Add the vegetables, spreading them evenly. Cover with one thin layer of rice, sprinkling about 2-3 teaspoons of spiced water and 2-3 teaspoons of spiced milk on the rice.
Add the paneer, spreading it evenly. Add a thin layer of rice, sprinkling about 2-3 teaspoons of spiced water and 2-3 teaspoons of spiced milk on the rice.

Add the garnish ingredients and finally, top it with a final layer of rice. Sprinkle with about 2-3 teaspoons of spiced water and 2-3 teaspoons of spiced milk on the rice

Take 1/3 of the dough and roll it in a 1 cm diameter log. Place it around the edge of the pot. Roll the rest of the dough in a circle, a bit bigger than the diameter of your pot. Cover the pot with it, pressing the edges on the log, so that it is well sealed.

Put in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.Then, reduce heat to 180°C and cook for 20 more minutes.

When serving, cut off the bread lid and stir the biryani with a spoon to combine all the flavours.


1. If you are short of time, you can prepare steps 1 to 5 the day before and keep all the items in the refrigerator.

2. It is not necessary to seal with a chapatti. You can seal the pot with a tight lid or with foil, tightly wrapped around the pot.

3. You can add cauliflower and/or other veggies. Similarly, paneer can be omitted or replaced by boiled eggs.

Indian Cooking Challenge: Chola fali, a gujarati snack for Diwali

(en français, plus bas)

This month, Srivalli asked us to prepare Chola fali, a Gujarati snack made on the occasion of Diwali. She proposed two versions of the recipe. I chose Preeti’s version, which seemed to be easier.

In general, I never make fried snacks at home, so I am in unknown territory when it comes to oil temperature and timesof frying… This might explain why my chola fali did not puff. they were very tasty and crunchy, remained totally flat!!!

ingredients for about 25-30 Chofali:

1/2 cup hot water

1 cup chickpea flour (besan)

1/4 cup urad dal flour

1/4 cup moong dal flour

1 teaspoon oil

2 pinches salt

1 pinch baking soda

red chilli powder and salt to sprinkle on the chola fali
oil for deep frying

Combine the three flours, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Mix well. Add the oil to the water and slowly stir in into the flour mixture, until combined into a firm dough. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Take out a ball of dough, size of a walnut and roll it out until very thin. Cut it in strips or round shapes. ( I used my faithful tortellini cutter to cut rounds). Repeat the operation until all the dough is used.

In the meantime heat the oil. When it is hot, deep fry the cholafali until golden brown.

Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with red chilli powder and salt. Serve with mint & coriander chutney. Ce mois-ci, Srivalli nous a demandé de préparer des Chola Fali, un snack de la région indienne du Gujarat, cuisiné à l’occasion de la fête hindoue des lumières, Diwali. Elle a proposé deux versions de la recette. J’ai choisi la version de Preeti, qui semblait être plus facile.

En général, je ne fais jamais de friture à la maison, alors je me suis donc trouvée en territoire inconnu, notamment avec la température de l’huile et le temps de friture… Cela pourrait expliquer pourquoi mes Chola Fali n’ont pas gonfés. ils étaient très savoureux et croquants, mais sont resté totalement plats!

ingrédients pour une vingtaine de chola fali

1/ 2 tasse d'eau chaude1 verre de farine de pois chiches (besan)
1 / 4 verre de farine de lentilles blanches (urad dal)
1 / 4 tasse de farine de lentille jaunes (moong dal)
1 cuillère à café d'huile
2 pincées de sel
1 pincée de bicarbonate
poivre de Cayenne en poudre et sel pour saupoudrer les
huile pour friture

Mélanger les trois farines, le sel et le bicarbonate
dans un bol. Bien mélanger.
Ajouter l'huile à l'eau et incorporer lentement dans le
mélange de farines, bien mélanger jusqu'à obtenir une pâte
Couvrir et laisser reposer pendant 15 minutes.
Prendre une petite boule de pâte, de la taille d'une
noix et l'étaler très finement.
Couper des bandes ou des ronds. (J'ai utilisé mon fidèle
 outil pour couper les tortelini).
Répéter l'opération jusqu'à ce que toute la pâte soit utilisée.
En attendant faire chauffer l'huile.
Quand elle est chaude, faire frire les cholafali
jusqu'à coloration dorée. Égoutter sur du papier absorbant
 et saupoudrer de poudre de piment de cayenne et de sel.
Servir avec du chutney de menthe et la coriandre.