Fudgiest Brownies Ever

I have a foodie in my house who is crazy about chocolates, and when it comes to chocolates, what better than fudgy chewy brownies to satiate the cravings of my chocolate dragon? Some people like their brownies to be cakey, but my choice are always the fudgy and chewy ones. So here is a recipe for you all for the fudgiest brownies ever.


  • Vegetable oil, 5 tbsp
  • Butter, 3 tbsp
  • Chopped dark chocolate, 1/2 cup
  • Sugar, 1 cup
  • Eggs, 2 whole.
  • Vanilla essence, 1 tsp
  • Flour, 3/4th cup, sifted using a sieve
  • Cocoa powder, 1/4th cup
  • Chocolate chips, 1/4th cup


  1. Heat oil, add butter and cook on low flame till the butter melts and mixes well with the oil.
  2. Remove the pan from the flame and add the chopped dark chocolate.
  3. Mix well till the chocolate is melted. Allow this to cool completely.
  4. Add sugar and mix well.
  5. Add the eggs one by one and then the vanilla essence.
  6. Now add the flour and the cocoa powder to the batter.
  7. Mix well and add the chocolate chips.
  8. Transfer the batter in a greased and lined 9 x 9 baking tin.
  9. Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes.
  10. Allow cooling before you bite in; the centre may be much hotter than the outside.


  1. All the ingredients should be at room temperature.
  2. If you want to skip the eggs, add 1/2 cup curd/yogurt.

The Top 10 Foods We Stress Eat

A couple of days ago, I asked folks on Chef at Large what they ate when emotionally stressed. That post received over 750 responses of all sorts, though a pattern was more or less apparent on going through the responses.

Our stress eating usually based on childhood conditioning and remnants of our evolutionary past. Childhood conditioning is usually about repeating patterns inculcated during our childhoods, when we were given foods to placate our childhood selves, and we continue eating the same foods when stressed, as adults. Evolutionary remnants are about our heading for sweet, salty or fatty foods, behaviour that used to be a part of our survival instincts aeons ago, and still survives within us.

Interestingly, the second most quoted response was ‘Nothing’, which was quite nice to see, as in some of us beating the urge (or not experiencing it at all) to stuff ourselves when upset, which is always a nice thing to see.

The Bottom Five

10 Butter – At the very bottom, we have butter, a food this country loves and reveres. Thankfully, in this context, it wasn’t as a food, but as part of a dish. This includes butter chicken, peanut butter, toast and butter and aloo ka paratha with butter among others.

Butter is closely followed by:

  • Pizza
  • Cheese
  • Chicken and
  • Cake

The Next Three

The usual instinct I’ve seen is to eat something, but quite a few folks prefer drinking (#4) something after an argument or other stress inducing activity. It could be a hot drink, such as tea (#3) or coffee (#5), or it could be alcoholic. Regardless, drinking as opposed to eating definitely seems to be a preference amongst a significant number of us.

The Top Two!

The second most popular refuge for the emotional eaters amongst us is… you’re right, ice cream! This could also be a social outcome of the dozens of movies where a tub of ice cream is shown as the ideal refuge for a bad mood.

The #1 food eaten in an emotional state is, and you’re right again, chocolate! But then, you already knew that, yes?

So, that’s the list. If any of you are curious about the original comments that led me to this conclusion, here it is. What’s your stress-eating go-to? Leave a comment, okay?

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