Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eggless Pumpkin Shaped Sugar Cookies with Pumpkin Sugar Icing

This is the apt recipe to share during Halloween I believe. I used cardboard to make pumpkin shape and tapped using knife. Even you don't need piping bag or tool tips to decorate the cookies, I applied frosting by making small hole in the ziploc bag and also uses toothpick to fill the icing over cookies, so easy n interesting indeed? Try this n get ready to treat the nonstop knocking, spooky kids today :). I recently got pumpkin cookie cutter so updated the recipe with and without cookie cutter versions...Here comes the detailed post with pumpkin sugar royal icing...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Princess Birthday Cake for my Sweet Princess :-) | Complete Tutorial on Birthday Cake

Whenever I make cake or cookies my daughter sings “Happy To U”, bit hard for her to say “Birthday” :-). Yup it’s her turn and completing 3yrs today, as it falls on weekend we will be in temple to get the blessings. So I made this cake a day before (blog sake too) n posting here the same day :-). Princess cake is one among the long awaited dream, fulfilled today. Some may feel tough to whip the egg whites alone so here is the simple n easy recipe anyone can bake. Many stepwise cakes I posted earlier so today just clicked the cake assortment alone... 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Pumpkin Halwa | Pumpkin Honey Sandwich Filling | Spread

Halloween n Diwali are coming up, I wish to post some desserts, so today’s recipe is pumpkin spread for sandwich. This is our authentic halwa with less ghee. My kids enjoyed much when I used this as a spread for bread. I have substituted pure honey in place of other artificial sweeteners, so I am sure that this healthy pumpkin sandwich make you to give a try…

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Baking Partners: A new Baking Group Announcement

Baking Partners: A new Baking Group

A group of home bakers helping each other to achieve perfection.

Baking a home made Baking a homemade bread, cake or cookies will give the best outcome. However in order to achieve the best results, a perfect recipe and right techniques are required.

We are a small group of home baker friends, who love and want to learn more about the nook and corners of baking.  We are planning to try out recipes from books/magazines and cooking shows.  Every member gets a chance to present their choice of recipe and share important points with the rest of the group.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kalkandu Saadham | Rock Candy Rice | Pongal Recipe

 I had successfully posted recipes for 8 days (continuously) with different neivedhyams and for the 9th day of navrathri I am winding up with Kalkandu sadam recipe. Today we celebrated Saraswathi pooja with Kalkandu sadam and White chana sundal. Happy Vijayadasami!!! Already I came up with many sundal varieties, so the white chana sundal is similar to Red chori beans sundal. Will move on to the sweet pongal recipe in detail...

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ragi Puttu Maavu | Sweet and Savory Versions | Steamed Finger Millet Snack

Ragi Millet / Kelvaragu, is very rich in calcium which is good for diabetic patients and all age groups, this millet also has more health benefits…I either have this millet as wholegrain or in flour form, the wholegrain i add it up in the idli dosa batter and usually flour goes with tiffins like adai, dosa or puttu mostly. For more ragi recipe check HERE. Today’s recipe is obviously healthy and filling Puttu / steamed ragi flour snack including both sweet and savory versions, which is my grandma’s special. When I were there in her place during school quarterly vacations,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thattai Payir | Karamani sundal | Red Chori Cowpea beans stir fry

Thattai payir/Red Chori is our authentic beans and when mom cooks this beans for making gravy, she reserve half of the cooked one and prepare sundal for us. I reminded that during this golu time and presenting this sundal in very simple n tasty way...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Kuchi Kilangu (Maravalli Kizhangu) Vadai | Yucca Vada | Tapioca Root Fritters

Yucca has many health benefits on its own, which is widely used/available in all countries. Already I came out with yucca bonda, a soft version n now its time to post the crispier version, yucca vada. Usually I do this vada by grinding yucca + soaked chana dhal with some spices. Recently we had family friends get together n our neighbor prepared this vada, so I got this idea from them n adapted it. No need of onion/ ginger/ garlic, a very simple n tastier version which can be prepared in jiffy for unexpected guest at home…This is the first snack my son tasted on his own J.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Puffed Rice n Peanut Sundal | Beach Style

Raw mangoes on season, it reminded the beach sundal so grabbed it from store. I was in Chennai for few yrs. In beaches we get two options from street sundal seller either puffed Rice/masala sundal or the plain peanut sundal, so today's recipe fall on both these categories...Whenever I visit, I prefer to have plain peanut sundal. Frequently make without mango but if possibly substitute all ingredients then it fulfills the originality. The very first munch with paper cone well reminds the relaxed time spent at beach. If making this for Navratri festive, skip onion/chat masala as you wish...This is the perfect sundal for evening snack during this weekend I guess...

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sweet Corn Sundal

Sweet corn is what we usually get here, very easy to cook and now this corn on season.  Whenever I get fresh corns I prepare as mentioned in the first method which tastes similar to what we get in a street shop in front of "Palamudhir Nilayam" (I could not remember whether it belongs to the same shop or not but taste n flavor still remains in my mouth :))

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Basic Sponge Birthday Cake with My First Marshmallow Fondant

I have not seen you directly. Today celebrating your 2nd birthday, Our hearty wishes to you dear... I am dedicating this cake for you...Your Dad (My Bro) can gift valuable things to u, me too can send as many to u, but this gift is specially made with lots of Love n Care from my kitchen. Nothing can beat this irresistible gift. Longing for the day we all meet up…hope to happen soon :) I shared this cake with neighbors so couldn't find slices to click...But the plain cake (with no fondant) resembles as much as my eggless butter less Vanilla cake. Same flour, sugar n other ingredients, but the way of preparation makes the cake soft n fluffy. Today's recipe is none other than this vanilla cake with my first marshmallow fondant...Don't forget to check my 3rd day of navratri soya sundal here...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Kollu | Horsegram | Lentil Sundal - 2 Versions

Horse gram/Lentil is a heavy and healthy filling appetite...Apart from sundal I make Chutney/masiyal and Rasam/soup frequently. Today going to share my experience with varieties of this gram n method of cooking in the form of sundal...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

No Onion/Ginger/Garlic Mushroom Biryani with Homemade Masala Powder

Bored on routine biryani? Let try this easy Biryani which I do whenever I am tired of peeling ginger, garlic and onion...How come tasty? the powder I prepare instant for the biryani makes it delicious and the nice aroma surrounds the whole house. This is the festive month/puratasi, I know most of u have veg only...So today's recipe is very tasty n simple biryani which does not contain any store bought masala powder too. 

Ingredients I to prepare Homemade Masala Powder
Cinnamon - 1-2 Sticks
Cloves - 6 No.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Biscuit Chocolate Truffles and Pops

Today I thought of making some simple dessert (no bake) for my kiddo and checked the kitchen shelves for available ingredients. I had lot of unattended chocolate chips and Parle g biscuit packets. So mixed both and made some delicious truffles and Pops. I assure its a quick, easy and great dessert for kids.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Manathakkali Kai Kara Kuzhambu | Night Shade Green Fruit Gravy | | Puli Kuzhambu

 Nowadays getting this keerai/green leaves bunch in local market n luckily saw one with lot of green fruits(FRESH!!! FRESH!!!), grabbed it immediately by keeping this gravy on mind. I came to know about this dish when I stayed in hostel for my Under Graduation. 10 days once can except this gravy from our cook and only few like me dare to taste this becoz of its bitterness...After that I never tried neither no one prepare it for me. When I googled I couldn't find the exact one (Some vathal kulambu recipes are there) so I used the steps I follow for Araithuvitta pavakkai puli kulambu. Wow I got the perfect taste how our hostel cook make n luckily with no bitterness (I tasted the raw fruit before making gravy which bitters much). Hope I had given a very healthy and greeny fruit gravy a best medicine for ulcer/diabetes/healing wound so and so, also called as medicinal plant (Hierba Mora in Spanish)...I rarely prefer dried manathakkali vathal becoz of its high salt content but if you don't get fresh fruits then try with dried once make sure to rinse well in water to get rid of extra salt before making gravy.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Lettuce Paratha with Matar Gravy | Spinach Paratha with Peas Gravy

Lettuce Paratha? It was new for me unless I made it sudden for our guest. One week ahead I invited our bachelor family friend to dinner, totally forget that and involved in my experiments No bake parle G cake and Left over bread cookies that day. He called n reminded 30mins before coming home. Stumped for a minute, don't know what to do and checked what's there in the fridge. Salad lettuce was there, so quickly I made this paratha and onion raitha before he reached home...Surprisingly it came out well, the other day I mixed some left over spring roll stuffs with lettuce, really it enhanced the first attempt lettuce paratha taste. Very healthy recipe for kids, also gud for all age groups...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Authentic Aviyal Recipe

This is our 10yrs of friendship (completed 10years last month) which I would like to share it with you all. She is one of my care takers. When I started living in Chennai, she searched house for me, cleaned and completed everything for house warming…She never forget all our B’days, Wedding day or any family events, She call n wish wherever we are…Our friendship starts as neighbor in Chennai, but now she resides in Kerala her hometown. She is such a Lovely person, the whole family cares for us, worth publishing her tasty aviyal for you dudes.