Friday, January 31, 2014

Labongo Latika | Lavang Latika | Traditional Bengali Sweet | SN Challenge

Labongo Latika mithai or sweet is made by Bengali's on very special occasion of Durga Puja or Makar Sankranti. In Bengali 'Labongo' means Clove/Lavang, simply an aromatic Indian spice. Today, I am here with a very famous and traditional Bengali sweet "Labongo Latika", sweet stuffing/filling encased in a crisp pastry and sealed with a clove,deep fried and soaked in thick sugar syrup later. Sanoli Ghosh of Sanoli's

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Vetrillai Seeraga Sadham | Betel Leaves Rice

Betel Leaves/Vetrilai is very good source for digestion. I have seen this plant in my uncle’s place, weekly they pick the matured leaves and send to market for sale. Now I feel bad as I missed the chance to click pictures of that plant/kodi. I will share the pictures of the betel garden in future here in this same post soon

Monday, January 27, 2014

Kids Birthday Party Cake Pops | Miniature Party Recipe

The Cake Pops are great hit among kids. Few months back I made these cake pops for my daughter birthday party (To match her Red dress with Green tie sash) at school with some cream less cookie cake. Though I clicked pictures in hurry that day, I took long time to share the recipe here with you all.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Focaccia Caprese | Italian Flat Bread

Focaccia is a type of flatbread from Italy, thought to have originated in ancient Greece but now associated with the north eastern part of Italy. Today however, it is a flatbread that is found all over Italy and baked in a variety of ways. The name Focaccia originates from the ancient Roman “Panis Focacius” which was originally a flatbread that was baked on the hearth. Focaccia and Pizza are different in many ways. Traditionally, Focaccia has the topping ingredients kneaded into the dough while Pizza has it on top of the dough. An Italian Pizza crust is on the thinner side, rarely more than 1/2" thick whereas a Focaccia is at least about 3/4" thick. Focaccia therefore, tends to be “spongier” and softer whereas a Pizza is crisper. A lot of oil into the Focaccia dough after which it is shaped and then more oil is brushed/ drizzled on whereas in a Pizza, oil is not kneaded into the dough and only used on top. Also, Focaccia maybe served warm or cold (at room temperature) but a Pizza is always served hot and never cold.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Authentic Sakkarai Pongal | Traditional Sweet Pongal | Clay Pot | மண் பானை பொங்கல்

Authentic Pongal Celebration
The authentic Tamil Festival Pongal is very much expected in village sides, a month before the festival my mom start cleaning the house and they paint the house during that time or at least border the entrance with sunnambu (Lime) and make few pookolams. The cultivated rice/pachai arisi (free from machine process) is used to make pongal and agriculturist thank god (SUN). I pretty much grown in the village culture so i am

Monday, January 20, 2014

Kale (Green Leaf) Stuffed Oat Meal Buns | Eggless Dinner Rolls

Kale is a leafy green vegetable (Brassica oleracea) sometimes called borecole. It is related to cabbage, broccoli, collard greens and Brussels sprouts. Kale has received a lot of attention in recent years for its nutritional benefits, particularly it is rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids...Recently I started adding this in our routine

Friday, January 17, 2014

Chicken Keema Curry | Minced Chicken Dry | கொத்துக்கறி

Chicken Keema is something special for us as my two kiddos love this soft minced chicken in a mild spiced curry (I have given moderate spices, you can adjust to your taste). I make it often for the lil one when he asks for chicken :-). So if you have toddler or kids under age 4 this curry is an

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eggless Dutch Coffee Buns | Kofieebroodje

Coming to this month Swathi's Baking Partners Challenge Kaveri has suggested Traditional Dutch Apple Pie and Dutch Coffee Bun recipes. I picked coffee buns which are very mildly sweeten yeasted buns, filled with pastry cream and raisins and finally glazed with strawberry jam. I was quite thrilled in baking these buns and also tasted so good. Here in the recipe neither cocoa nor

Monday, January 13, 2014

Boondi Ladoo | Boondhi Laddu Step by Step Recipe | தை திருநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள்

Wish my dear Readers a Very Happy Pongal...May this Tamil New Year (Thai) brings you good health,wealth and luck. Last year I posted Adhirasam, Chola Paniyaram, Thinai LadooRagi Sevai and Pulisadham/Tamarind Rice from palaiya (leftover) rice during that special new year month. This Year/Today I will prepare Sarkarai pongal and Venn pongal with some vadas, this is my plan. I post those later but I specially prepared this South Indian popular sweet boondi ladoo last week to publish as special post for this Pongal festival, You may wonder how special it is, I am sharing few of my hometown (Village) pictures here with it :-)

Friday, January 10, 2014

French Baguette | Traditional French Bread

Baguette is a symbol of French culture and it’s well known for it all around the world. This Baguette bread is a staple food of French people n usually they start the day with it. Thanks to Priya sis for introducing me to this French Baking. She suggested 4 recipes for this month Home

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Kara Boondi Mixture | South Indian Traditional Mixture

As Pongal is approaching thought of sharing some traditional snacks of South India…I bought the special mixture/boondi ladle during my last trip to India and almost after 8 months just started making boondis in it. My H love this typical mixture so my mom make in bulk and parcel me whenever we go.  I am bit tensed

Monday, January 6, 2014

Pasi Payaru Kuzhambu | Green Moong Bean Kulambu | Split or Whole Green Dal Curry

Today I am here with a simple yet healthy moong dal/pasiparuppu kuzhambu, a very authentic recipe and whenever I make it I never miss to taste it with rice, ghee and papad combo :-).

Friday, January 3, 2014

Egg-Less Pumpkin Cheesecakes Recipe | Miniature Party Cheese Cupcakes Recipe

This is my first Post in 2014, wishing you all my dear readers a Very Happy New Year...Coming to today's recipe, this Pumpkin Cheesecake is a twist to plain cheesecakes by adding pumpkin puree (you can alternate with carrot as well) and this mini individual cupcakes are perfect for Birthday parties and family get together…Before going in to the detailed post I have to say few tips to bake this cupcakes perfect. The thing is don’t beat the batter/filling too much, it's not must