Hot Cocoa | Hot Chocolate using cocoa powder

Being a food blogger is funny business. We don’t cook anything without thinking whether to click pictures or not. Funny bunch, I must say… Each time I cook and my B comes into the kitchen, he looks at me and asks, “Done clicking?” Hehe… the kids also would flock me when they see me coming out of the room with the camera. That explains sometimes why my pictures are so lousy. I hate it when I can’t concentrate and Azza loves to disturb me by threatening to put her finger into each and every thing that I make! It takes a few minutes of begging and prodding, followed by some bribing to get her out of the way! Rasha will stand back and watch what I am doing, sometimes obstructing the little light available during the nights. So I have to gently pull her to the sides so that the picture looks at least presentable. Many tell me my pictures are improving, but I guess there is a still lot more… it’s a learning process, like everything else and above all, needs a hell lot of patience, which I unfortunately lack…


Talking about the toddler trouble. I literally had a shock while taking the below snap. I don’t know if I should say this, but we literally use anything and everything we see around our house to be used as a prop. This happened to be Azza’s frock… hehe… I had so neatly kept my cup on it and was going to click, when her eyes pounced on it, and she screamed, “Ente uduppu….” (My frock!) A long jump and an attempt to pull it with the mug on it… Alhamdulillah, I had worn my camera on my neck. I just left it and ran to catch her in time, otherwise that hot liquid would have spilled on her! Regaining my composure, I told her that ummi would be done in a couple of minutes and your frock would be back in its place safely. She gave me a stare and walked off. So that’s about it… each photograph has a story behind it. Some I share, some I don’t… this one I had to share, because I managed to take only one and then I couldn’t go on with it. It is tilted – I am receiving a lot of advice from my mates, especially Jehanne and Sona not to tilt my pictures but unfortunately, I don’t know why I constantly keep doing it. Some pictures I am managing to keep it straight using an editor tool, but some I can’t so I keep it as is. Trying my level best, I am assuring both of you…


Uff, too much of blabbering for this little recipe… I have already posted a Hot Chocolate before, but that was with choco-chips. This time it’s with cocoa powder… here you go…



Hot Cocoa | Hot Chocolate using cocoa powder

Course Drink
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 heaped tbsp cooking cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar as required
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Whisk the water, cocoa powder and sugar and bring to boil.
  • Cook on low flame, stirring continuously till the mixture gets boiled and slightly thickened.
  • Now add the milk and cook stirring till just hot - you do not need to boil the mixture.
  • Pour into your favorite mug. Using a milk frother or a spoon, blend the hot chocolate for 30 seconds to make it foamy. Enjoy!!!

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  1. I feel like sipping this yummy hot chocolate right now… Hahaha..seriously we act funny at times. My better half will just wait and say if you finished clicking can you please

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  2. The hot chocolate looks so tempting
    hahaha… dear ..same pinch!!!!!!! love the first para…
    same pinch to Gloria tooo

    1. Thank you so much Remya…

  3. Hahaha so well described, my son also does the same n each of my pic is taken in a hurry…

    1. Good to know I am not alone, Razina…

  4. I can surely have this hot choco now. I can relate to you as this happens to me all the time. Always have to be watchful what my naughty little boy is doing. Now my son demands to place his toys while taking pics. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Priya… πŸ™‚

  5. i could so relate to ur story abt the presentation.. more than cooking these days thats wat bugs me.. n finally wen i am ready to click comes my kiddos to trouble me n give thier ideas…

    1. Unwelcome ideas sometimes! Thanks a lot Smitha…

    1. Thank you so much Ruxana…

  6. I am sure each of us facing the less or more same obstacles, but some stories needs to be penned down…I liked reading your post.
    Some simple post had lots to say…

    1. Thank you so much Rashida… good to know you enjoyed the post…

  7. winters coming.. shall try raffy

    1. Thank you so much Monu…

  8. tell me about it. my 3 year old loves asking questions why his mother is taking photoes of food and not him (LOL). having a rainy day over here would love a cup of that delicious hot chocolate

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

  9. Seems like I spend more time clicking pictures than cooking or baking! So I can relate to the photo thingy! This is a simple and delicious hot chocolate recipe. Shall try it soon!

    1. Thank you so much Beulah…

  10. so true my clothes kids clothes will all be props so far my hubby;s clothes not too much hehe.and yes when the kids aren;t around my pictures are much better rather watching out for poking fingers and once we finish clicking they won't even want the food!!!!!

    1. Even I don't use my HD's clothes, lest I irritate him because of this madness! Hehe… thanks a lot dear…

  11. Ya i know same at my home too…. whenever i finish cooking and my daughter is ready to take pictures, there comes my sons, what did u make , this angle is not good, check out the background, oh no props are being repeated . blah blah blah….the i will come to rescue her.., if u people don't allow for a good click i will cut down the number of serving for each….But it is fun .. also…..The hot chocolate drink looks relishing….

    1. Ah, so the secret is out! Chechi ariyathe paranjathano mola photo edukunnennu… hehe… thanks a lot…

  12. Oh so many relate to your story …I was literally laughing when i started reading …My daughter was asking me why i laugh …By the way hot chocolate looks perfect for rainy days

    1. So good to know I made u laugh… thanks a lot Sathya…

  13. So yummy and tempting one…………… ur click nd d background.. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Remya… πŸ™‚

  14. I think all mommy bloggers face the same issues especially when dealing with toddlers,Rafee..and so I try to avoid clicking pics when they are away unless its something really special..loved reading the story behind the piping hot chocolate..yummy n chocolaty πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Julie… πŸ™‚

  15. Love the story behind the click!!!

    1. Thank you so much Ree…

    1. Thank you so much Jayanthi…

  16. Reading your post reminded me of my early days of blogging. Its best to cook, bake and click when you have the house all to yourself. It helps me focus and i can do everything with no prying eyes or hands πŸ˜‰
    I could do with some hot chocolate. I have been down with viral since a week.

    1. I really wish I could click that way! Thanks a lot Tanuja… πŸ™‚

  17. LOL!! Thankfully you caught her in time.. I am realy scared of using Zini's stuff for food photography, as she too can act possessive of her things.. the drink looks comforting..

    1. Shows how fast our reflexes have to be!!! Thanks a lot Pankthi…

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