Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Eggless Vanilla Cake Using Paneer and Butterscotch Butter Cream Frosting

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my dear readers a very happy new year 2015, let us thank god for all we have in our life. Coming to today’s recipe I made this very soft and moist paneer (Indian cottage cheese) based vanilla sponge cake ie eggless cake, 3 months back for my MIL who stayed with us

Friday, December 26, 2014

Muttai Bonda | Egg Bonda Recipe | Spicy Hard Boiled Egg Fritters

Today’s recipe is quick yet yummy starter that can be made in few minutes of time. Unlike the egg pakoras/bajji this bondas are made with thick batter contains chopped onions and chilis. This snack is very popular in South India and I have tasted it in theaters during my childhood days. I have mentioned that story

Monday, December 22, 2014

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes with Butterscotch Butter Cream Frosting | Birthday Party Cup Cakes From Scratch

We the whole family fell in love with Butterscotch flavor, even in this winter we have butterscotch ice cream  :-) and 3 months back for the first time I did butterscotch flavored frosting for a cake will make the post soon and later for my daughter birthday party held on Nov 1st week I made Vanilla cupcakes and decorated them

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing Recipe

As Christmas is fast approaching here are the basic sugar cookies (recipe follows) that I made few days back for my younger one’s class Christmas party also I have provided detail description on how I decorated

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Joan's Cake | Rainbow Cake Recipe using Whipped Cream Frosting

Today's recipe is going to be story related cake. For those who have not heard of this cake, let me enlighten you. There is a food based movie called Oggarane (Kannada), Un Samayal Arayil (Tamil), Ulavacharu Biryani (Telugu) remake of Malayalam movie Salt N’ Pepper. A scene in that movie says "The hero gives the recipe for a Juans/Joans rainbow cake to her lover (Heroine) and they make it in their different homes, yet together". The story behind this cake is quite interesting. It's about Juan, a French lady who awaits the return

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eggless Kopitiam Milk Buns with Express Caramel Kaya | Malaysian Coffee Shop Buns

Buns are quite addictive snack among my kids. As previously mentioned I don’t buy breads at stores regularly, once in a while I go for store bought and most probably I would bake the bread or buns to kid’s

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Jungle Theme 2 Tier Birthday Cake | Complete Cake Tutorial for Beginners

No words to describe how I felt when doctor put my elder daughter on my chest!!! It happened 5 years back still I remember that emotional scene. It’s the most incredible moment of my life. For both my kid’s birthday, till now I make the dishes single handed and even the cake. You may remember few such posts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Swiss Meringue Buttercream Using Hand Blender/Mixer | Step By Step Tutorial for Beginners

You may aware of few recent posts like Homemade fondant figures, Wooden pattern cake board etc…Yup today’s post is related to the same birthday cake hopefully I post and reveal the jungle theme cake pictures in my next post :-). I have planned earlier to frost the cake with Swiss meringue buttercream since it is lightly

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sheermal | Shirmal | Saffron Flavored Flat Bread

Sheermal or Shirmal is a saffron-flavored slightly sweet traditional leavened flatbread that is found in various countries on the Asian sub-continent. Sheermal is a Naan-like milk bread, apparently of Persian origins, and it is suggested that the name comes from the Persian word for milk which is “sheer”. Sheermal seems to differ slightly depending on where it is made. Lucknowi Sheermal garnished with raisins, others like to use

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Chocolate Whoopie Pies

For this month baking partners challenge Anitha has suggested 2 recipes for whoopie pies, one with pumpkin and other with cocoa. I picked chocolate and this is my first try with whoopie pies. Thanks Swathi for

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Homemade Wood Pattern Cake Board | Homemade Fondant Covered Cakeboard From Scratch


It’s my 1 month plan to make round tier cakes with jungle theme for my daughter’s 5th birthday. I so planned the cake base/board to be in rectangle shape so that in front of the cake I make a pond for ducks as shown in below picture. When I looked at stores for rectangle cake boards, I felt they are expensive and then finally decided to make one at home. Fortunately the party was at home (no carry) so I used ordinary

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu | Dried Turkey Berry Gravy | Kara Kulambu Recipe

I have so many recipes in draft and couldn’t find time to sit in front of lappy to make a new post. Anyways after a bit long (5 days) gap I am herewith a new post healthy dried turkey berry /sundakkai vathal kuzhambu recipe. The specialty in this curry is the turkey berry was made by my amma (mom) and she has

Saturday, November 8, 2014

How to make Animal Fondants for Jungle Theme Cake | Marshmallow Fondant Figures

Recently I made Jungle theme cake for my daughter who turned 5, before coming to the main cake post I would like to make a separate post about the fondant work in the cake. The cake cutting happened in the evening so I couldn't find time to click the cake in natural light, though I am happy that I was able to click the

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Cranberry Peanut Chutney Recipe | Healthy Chutney for Idli Dosa

For the very first time I bought cranberries recently and luckily they are organic and washed. When I tasted raw I found some similarities with south indian kalakai/ Carissa carandas, so I felt it would be great to use in chutneys. Since they are tangy I skipped tomato/Tamarind and added few peanuts that made them a great combo for this chutney and tasted awesome. What else we moms need when kids enjoy the homemade

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kollu Horse Gram Idli Dosa Batter | Sprouts Based Idli Dosa Batter

Today everyone got attention over siruthaniyam/millets and legumes. I have few recipes with millets do check it Here. Today‘s recipe is kind off that using kollu/Horsegram/Muthira which is a very good grain that has lot of medicional values. Also you can find all kollu/horsegram recipes Here. This bean is diet and diabetic

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kollu Sprouts | How to make Horse Gram Sprouts | முளை கட்டிய கொள்ளு | Homemade Sprouts

Hope everyone had a wonderful Diwali celebration!!! After a short break today I am with a healthy post, how to make Kollu/Horse Gram Sprouts at home. Also I have added a small proportion of whole moong dal

Monday, October 20, 2014

Maida Burfi with Chocolate Glaze | Chocolate Topped Maida Burfi Recipe

I wish all my dear Friends, Family Members, Readers and Bloggers a very happy & safe Diwali, let the light you spark bright up your life -:) Here comes one more sweet Maida Burfi recipe to celebrate this holy festival.  Very simple ingredients this sweet use and you can make this under 20 minutes of time (exclude

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy Mysore Pak Recipe | Melt in Mouth Sweet with Reduced Ghee Recipe

Diwali reminds many colorful memories; I am missing it badly for the past 7 years, since I came to US. Even now my kids are not aware of this festival except fireworks; I wish it will happen soon!!! Coming to today's recipe I keep on postpone making this Mysore Pak sweet becoz of its calories. But today when I got sudden craving for sweet immediately made it. Someway I reduced ghee and sugar though I got soft and perfect texture mysore paks. This recipe is easy to make unlike the traditional version. Such a superb

Monday, October 13, 2014

Manathakali Keerai Poriyal | Greens Stir Fry

I already have few spinach/keerai poriyal recipes including some cooked dal and sambar powder or green chili versions. Today’s recipe is very healthy where red chili and shredded coconut dominates the taste. You

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Indus Ladies eBook | 100 Kids Lunch Box Recipes

Indus Ladies is the largest community for women across the world and they have recently released an e-book comprising of 100 Kids Lunch Box Recipes. If you are my regular reader you might noticed my previous post about Kids Lunch Box Ideas, in that I have sent top 3 recipes to Indus ladies "Kids Lunch Box Recipes" Contest and I am very happy to inform you all that two of my recipes (Eggless Spinach

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pasiparuppu/Moong Dal Sambar | Siruparuppu Kuzhambu

Pasiparuppu sambar/siru paruppu kuzhambu is a healthy sambar thats goes well with dosa, rice and chapathi. Whenever i make my daughter take this dal alone like soup. The star ingredients in this recipe are sambar

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Eggless Vanilla Cupcakes | Party Cupcakes | Birthday Party Ideas

In the August 1st week I celebrated my birthday with this egg free vanilla sponge cupcakes. I personally feel yogurt is a best ingredient for eggless baking, also something healthier and you can reduce or dash egg and butter wherever the recipe calls. You can check more egg less butter less versions recipes here. These cupcakes were then decorated with blue buttercream icing so wished by my daughter. I couldn’t find time to

Monday, September 29, 2014

Eggless Moist Chocolate Brownies | Classic Chocolate Chip Brownies | Yogurt Based Brownie Recipe

I have already posted fresh cherries infused brownies (egg based) since its a wish to post an eggless version of basic brownie. I have adapted the same and tried several times before publishing the recipe here.

Kids Lunch Box Ideas

My two kids go school in different timings (both are under age 5). My little one is going school for a part time though he takes snack/lunch, both kids are picky eaters they love baked goodies and still rice is a challenging one to them ;-) Anyways after returning home I feed them with our Indian traditional rice, poriyal

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mochai Kottai Sundal | Kadu Vaal Stir Fry

I am wishing you all dear readers Happy Navrathri. Navratri/Navarathri is an important major festival which is celebrated all over India. Today is the first day of Navratri (9 nights) during these nine nights, nine forms of Lakshmi/Saraswathi/Durga/Shakti/Devi are worshiped and the tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or "Dussehra" (also spelled Dasara). During Bommai Kolu (Tamil) either sweet or savory

Monday, September 22, 2014

Plain or Sweet Popovers | No Special Pan Required

A popover is an American version of Yorkshire pudding and similar batter puddings made in England since the 17th century.  It is light, hollow roll made from eggs, typically baked in muffin tins or dedicated popover pans, which have straight-walled sides rather than angled.Popovers may be served either as a sweet—topped with fruit and whipped cream for breakfast or with afternoon tea— or with meats at lunch and dinner. The name "popover" comes from the fact that the batter swells or "pops" over the top of the muffin tin while baking. Another name for them is Lapplander. (Info:wikipedia). I have baked this popovers for the

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Simit | Turkish Sesame Seed Ring Bread | Egg Free Butter Free Bread Recipe

For this month baking partner’s challenge Swathi has suggested this bread which is a famous Turkish strueet food Simit. I made with bread flour, if you can use it otherwise use all purpose flour /maida or make bread flour of your own (For 1 Cup Maida/All purpose flour add 1 tablespoon of vital wheat gluten). Also original

Monday, September 15, 2014

Broccoli Peanut Stir Fry | Healthy Broccoli Side or Salad | Poriyal Recipe

Broccoli has loads of health benefits, reduces cancer risk, prevents osteoarthritis, protects your skin against UV light, so and so!!! So here is one healthy stir fry recipe that I usually make at home which is masala free too!!! You can have as it is, as a side or can be taken as salad!!! I clicked these pictures few months back

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thattai Kottai Surakkai Kuzhambu | Red Chori Beans Curry | Karamani Bottle Gourd Gravy

Today's recipe Karamani Kuzhambu/Thattai Kottai Surakkai Kulambu is my mom's signature recipe which is very tasty and healthy ie protein rich red beans and veggies mixed curry. This gravy goes very well with

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Kadala Parippu Prathaman | Chana Dal Payasam | Onam Recipe

Onam is around the corner and my dear fellow bloggers keep on posting onam sadhya recipes so I was thinking yesterday to prepare pradhaman at least and post before the festival. Whenever we visit Bhagavathi Amman Temple in Kerala I never miss to taste those pradhamans, since from then it was my dream to make
Pradhaman at home, luckily I got that same perfect texture and taste in my first attempt!!!  I referred

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hokkaido Chiffon Cupcakes | Very Soft Party Cup Cakes Recipe

As a token of First Anniversary Celebration for International Food Challenge (IFC), Saraswathi has asked us to pick one recipe from the missed challenges which includes 12 different cuisines that were explored in last year. Since I have not touched Japan cuisine, I choose this Hokkaido cupcakes as listed by her under

Friday, August 29, 2014

Whole Wheat Berry Kheer | Maharastrian Traditional Gavachi Dessert | Kothumai Payasam

Gavachi Kheer/Whole Wheat Kheer is a traditional maharastrian prasad generally made for ganesh chathurthi and offered to ganesh ji. This is super creamy and yummy kheer like any other kheer but so much of health benefits, perfect for growing kids. Here i used organic palm jaggery and rice for making this kheer along with whole wheat!!! And this is the last post for Divya's South Vs North Challenge as this challenge is coming to an end by this month. Thanks Manju for this yummy kheer and thanks Divya for this wonderful event, I have learnt many North Indian dishes, though it is heart breaking I am glad that I had been part of

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ragi Vella Modathagam | Millet Jaggery Modaks | Easy Ganesh Chaturthi Recipe

I planned to post several recipes for Vinayagar/Ganesh Chaturthi, though I prepared and clicked few but due to time constraints I couldn’t publish all on time…Today’s recipe is one healthy Ragi millet modaks (without filling/stuffing) prepared with just few ingredients also this modhagam needs very less time to make. Quite

Monday, August 25, 2014

Eggless Spinach Pesto Filled Flower Shaped Buns | Savory Stuffed Soft Breads

Few days back when Aparna (We Knead To Bake) asked us to choose savory breads with any shape of our own choice for this month bread baking challenge, I googled and was quiet inspired with this flower shaped breads. Recently I made a try with filling of my choice.  My elder one liked it very much and for next

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ragi Murukku | Finger Millet Chakli Recipe | Kelvaragu Mullu Murukku

Today I am here with one popular Kongunadu recipe Ragi Murukku, I inspired much on this kelvaragu murukku when I saw its speedy sale at popular departmental stores in Erode last year. My Chithi makes often and

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aval Verkadalai Jaggery Laddu | Poha Peanut Ladoo Without Ghee | Krishna Jayanthi Special

Wishing you all Happy Gokulashtami. If you can’t spend time in making seedais or other snacks, here is an easy aval verkadalai ladoo recipe that can be made in no time. Aval and butter are Lord Krishna’s most favorite, so few days back while making Vella Seedai (You may notice that I have used the same leafs here too ) and Uppu Seedai I prepared this poha peanut laddu too, this is made with zero ghee

Friday, August 15, 2014

Spinach Cheese Swirls Using Homemade Puff Pastry | Savory Pastry Pin Wheels

This month for baking partners challenge Swathi gave a wonderful opportunity to choose recipes that I wish. Since puff pastry is one that itching my mind for long time, I took this chance and suggested a homemade puff pastry without yeast also I made savory filled pastries using it. I have few puff pastries related old and

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Vella Seedai Using Instant Rice Flour | Inippu Seedai | Jaggery Seedai Recipe | Krishna Jayanthi Special

Only 3 days more for Krishna Jayanthi, so today’s recipe is going to be traditional South Indian Special inippu/vella seedai. Last year for janmastami  I made vella seedai for the very first time and they came out really good. This year as my MIL is with us, she suggested several tips for making vellam/jaggery seedai, also she insisted to make fresh rice flour for it. But this week my elder daughter started full time school, so I

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chocolate Stuffed Soft Buns aka Sweet Stuffed Bread Rolls

Though I already have coconut sweet stuffed egg free butter free dinner rolls recipe in my space, its my long time wish to bake chocolate stuffed bread rolls, but sometimes other recipes stand in priority and usually I postpone making the recipes which are in my mind or to do list. When comes as a challenge then

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eggless Butterscotch Ice Cream Recipe | No Icecream Maker Required

One excellent taste ice cream that we devoured mostly in this whole summer is homemade butterscotch Ice cream; you heard it right yup it’s going to be today's recipe. Butterscotch is made of primary ingredients like brown sugar and butter anyways butterscotch morsels/chips are the star ingredients here

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Murukku Podi Sadham | One Pot Meal with Powdered Chakli


Today’s recipe is simple yet delicious n flavorful one pot meal, cooked rice flavored with our traditional murukku podi/chakli powder. In ancients days the elder ones crush the murukku with mortar and pestel (vethalai kotti/idikki we call in tamil) and taste it as they can’t eat crisp murukkus directly. Days later amma powder it in mixie and give it to grandma. Few tastes this powdered murukku with Sugar/Jaggery. My

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Basbousa | Semolina Yogurt Cake | Rava Coconut Cake Recipe

Basbousa is a semolina cake popular in the Middle East as well as the countries along the Eastern Mediterranean shores. The cake itself is not too sweet but it is soaked with a sugar syrup scented with rose water. It is very easy to prepare and the best thing is that you can make it a day before and serve it as a no-

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Gibassier | Traditional French Bread

The Gibassier(pronounced zee-bah-see-ay) from the Provence region is a buttery textured French breakfast bread that is flavoured with candied orange peel, orange blossom water and aniseed, and topped with a sprinkling of plain or vanilla sugar. The Gibassier is also the name for large cookie from Lourmarin in particular that’s about a foot long, is made with olive oil and oval shaped like a leaf. It is shaped somewhat the way one shapes a fougasse and delightfully soft and delicious. Gibassier can be shaped and made as one big round loaf, or larger or smaller single serve breads. Whatever size they come in, they are slashed/ snipped decoratively before they’re baked and this makes them even more irresistible. Gibassier is one of the

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kadhi Gole Recipe | Maharastrian Kadhi with Chana Dal Balls

Kadhi Gole is a typical Maharashtrian recipe. Kadhi is a very comman  and popular dish in whole north of India. Its is specially eaten with rice and so called "Kadhi Chaval. There are different varieties of kadhi such as Gujrati kadhi, Mahrashtrian kadhi, Rajasthani kadhi , Punjabi kadhi etc according to the region. All kadhis are made out of yogurt and besan with dumpling into it. Kadhi gole is also one kind of maharashtrian kadhi but the special thing in it from all other kadhis is the GOLE -i.e chana dal balls. This gole is same as our south

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ennai Kathirikkaai Kuzhambu | Brinjal Varuthu Araicha Puli Kulambu

Whenever amma makes puli kuzhambu using brinjals she stuffs the brinjals this way and cook it in less oil. I quit buying brinjals for some reason and recently I came to know via an article that it is very good for our liver and so many organs!!! Only Ulcerates has to be careful and limit taking brinjals…So last week I asked my H to buy veggies on his way home from office, though this kulambu needs small brinjals he bought bigger

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Eggless Blueberry Shortcakes | Fruit Shortcakes Recipe

This month for Swathi's baking partners challenge we are celebrating fresh berries!!!  This month challenge was suggested by Reeni of Cinnamon nice and everything nice. There’s no better way to showcase them then

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bananas in Coconut Milk | Gluoy Bwod Chee | Popular Thai Dessert

Banana dessert is a popular Thai dessert where the kluai nam wa type of bananas are cooked in coconut milk. It's a very popular and well known Thai recipe which is also mentioned under thier top street food list. This is a rum like dessert though the ingredients are simple it tastes so delicious. My kids gulped within

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Northern Thai Chicken Curry with Homemade Spice Mix and Curry Paste

You may aware that I am hosting this month Northern Thai Cuisine for International Food Challenge and today's post is none other than popular Northern Thai recipe/Gaeng Hang Lay but here instead of pork I

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Eggless Mango ButterCream Frosting | Butter Cream Icing | Perfect ButterCream Frosting for Cakes and Cupcakes | Flower Fondant Cake Recipe

Decorating a cake with fondant was lingering in my mind for almost 2 yrs. Last year I planned to make it for my daughter's birthday. But Halloween and Diwali were all around her birthday so I dropped that plan and finally made cake pops and cream less cake for her class party. On May 30th my little boy had his 3rd birthday and I made 2 Tier Cake with classic buttercream cake for the party. I was unable to concentrate much on fondant as I prepared many more dishes that time. Couple of days back my MIL and H had their

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tofu Pad Thai Noodles Recipe | Vegan Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe

I am happy to host this month International Food Challenge (IFC), thanks Saras for giving this oppurtunity!!!  Chiang Mai (the region’s focal point for tourism) is the capital, Northern Thailand is a place of ‘picture postcard’ beauty and wonder. Blessed with some of the best scenery in the kingdom, the north is a region of forests and mountains, and rivers and waterfalls, often set against a backdrop of swirling mists and fog. Living amongst this scenic splendour are Thailand’s hill tribes – peoples whose conventions and customs differ from mainstream Thai culture and whose ways of life have altered little in generations. Many of

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vegetarian California BBQ Style Pizza From Scratch | California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Pizza Copycat Recipe

Making homemade pizzas from scratch gives immense bliss!!!  That too when kids enjoy eating and asks for more slices, our few hours of work flew like anything!!! Today’s recipe is a copycat of California Pizza Kitchen and the highlight of this recipe is marinating the toppings (here I use veg) like Paneer, Cauliflower, Broccoli and Corn in BBQ sauce and grill it before topping over Pizza Crust. To the below quantity you get