Nutella cheesecake and Farhan Akhtar - doesn't get better than that!

Hating those Shaadi ke side effects? Make yourself a no-bake Nutella cheesecake and turn that frown upside down!

Saadia Tariq April 12, 2014
As Mr A was casually buying himself some coffee and a large packet of spicy Lays chips outside the cinema, when a wide-eyed friend exclaimed looking at him,

“Oh my God, your husband is here to watch ‘Shaadi ke side effects’, poor thing!”

The cinema barely had any male species present. It was, however, outrageously packed with caramel-popcorn-munching females. Clearly the movie was going to be fun.

“Hmmm… now he will know the true side effects, flashed before him, and what we women have to go through after marriage.”

I cloyingly thought to myself as we settled down in the wide red seats.

Throughout the movie, Mr A was laughing hysterically while I squirmed in my seat, waiting for the real side effects, the ones I had imagined the movie would be showing, to be depicted. Two hours later, he walked out beaming while I scuffled behind him like a defeated horse (or cow).

It was all about how married men have to endure so much throughout their marriage – sleepless nights, baby poo, a wife who took nine months to turn into a cow, how he is starved for peaceful blips and entertaining moments, and how he is eventually forced to take measures that make up for those long lost bachelor life opportunities. This ends up shaking their trust.

At the expense of starting a women’s liberal movement, I will contain myself and not elaborate on the innumerable changes that a cow, ermm... I mean a woman, has to endure once married. However, what I will say is that Vidya Balan, despite her usual drab dress sense, always rocks. With a beautiful face and a lovely smile, she has proven once again that you don’t need to be a size zero to make the male audience drool over you, make the women envious of you, engage the audience and become a star!

Since we are talking about breaking the size zero mould, here is something that might help you indulge in some Nutella comfort and minimise those awful side effects. One word to describe this little moon-shaped heaven is – deliciousness maximus (oops that’s two words)!

A No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake comes with a crunchy Oreo base, housing the creamiest marriage between Nutella and cream cheese. And the final oomph, of course, is the engagement between Nutella spread on top with a nutty scatter of chopped hazelnuts.

Photo: Saadia Tariq

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients (generously serves a couple):

Oreo biscuits - 6

Butter - 1 tbsp

Cream cheese - 4 oz. (110 g)

Nutella - ⅓ cup (slightly warm)


Nutella - 1 tbsp

Chopped hazelnuts - 2 tbsp


1) Put Oreo cookies in a zip-lock bag and hammer them with a rolling pin to crush them. Be careful and try not to take your anger out on them.

2) Tip the crushed biscuits in a bowl and mix with the melted butter. Pour the mixture into a small pie tin and press it down, making sure it is firmly in place. Put it in the refrigerator to chill. I used a small pie tin but you can use individual ramekins/glasses as well.

3) Beat cream cheese and Nutella in a bowl until smooth. Again, there’s no need to go crazy beating the heavenly mixture.

4) Pour the Nutella mixture on top of the Oreo base and keep it in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours for it to set. Leaving it overnight in the refrigerator is the best option. But in case you have guests coming over soon, two hours will suffice.

5) For the frosting, spread some Nutella on top and garnish it with chopped hazelnuts. If you are in the mood for some extra indulgence, whipped cream is always a winner.

So there you have it – the no hassle, no bake heavenly Nutella cheese cake.

Photo: Saadia Tariq

For those trying to fit into a size zero, go ahead and taste it. I can’t say much about the side effects but the initial effects are blissful. And while we are at it, looking at Farhan Akhtar has its own yummy effects!

Photo: Saadia Tariq

For those who just can’t get enough of the Nutella bliss, try the light and airy coffee infused Nutella Mousse. It’s not low on fat, but it’s definitely high on comfort!

This post originally appeared here
Saadia Tariq The writer is a food consultant, blogger and food photographer. You can see her work on her website, her Facebook page or follow her on twitter @capturebyst (
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รัตนาวดี ภูมิวรรณ | 1 year ago | Reply | Recommend I am very impressed after reading this blog, thanks for the good information!
bint e salim | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend I tried your cheesecake, my siblings did not like it much though they are cheesecake lovers:( now I do not know what to do with it, throwing it away is not an option off course:((
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