1 pack fresh mushrooms (any variety)
1 medium onion roughly chopped
3/4 garlic cloves roughly minced
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil

A pat of butter
Rosemary to garnish
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Date and chocolate-walnut muffins (eggless)

Dates always remind me of a funny story. Till she was over 3 years old, we gave our daughter dates as chocolates/candy. She enjoyed them with relish. Luckily (for us that is, she doesn't agree any more), she was not much exposed to any sweets for some reason (we were very paranoid about her teeth, with her being our first child n all). However, when she started preschool, she did finally see a real chocolate bar in school. She came back home all excited and the minute she set foot in the house exclaimed, "What you and baba think is chocolate, is not real chocolate at all. See, here in my hand, THIS is real chocolate!"
Since then, I have sneaked in more than a few dates in yummy looking treats without them knowing. These muffins are one such experiment. It's almost impossible to tell they are eggless, the dates make them rich and moist and the walnuts with all the omega 3 don't hurt either. I made a dozen and they disappeared in no time at all, with everyone complaining "They are all over so soon!? Who ate them?"

As if!

I use butter in here, but you can substitute it with vegetable oil if you are vegan, or switching to a low cholesterol diet. I don't particularly like oil in sweet foods, but don't let me stop you.


All cup measurements using 240 ml cup

20 large pitted dates

150 ml melted unsalted butter (or vegetable oil if you are vegan or prefer a cholesterol free recipe)

5/8th cup sugar

1 cup white flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

​1/ cup chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp baking soda

A pinch of salt


  • Soak dates in minimum but sufficient water.
  • Mix flour, cocoa powder and soda and sift thrice.
  • Puree the soaked dates
  • Slowly add melted butter {or oil} to it in a blender to make a smooth paste
  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Lightly fold in flour.
  • Add chopped walnuts and mix gently.
  • For muffins, add to pan and bake for 35 minutes at 350F (180C)
  • You can bake it as a cake instead as well. In this case bake for 50 minutes at 350F (180C)