Thursday, November 16, 2017

Traditional South Indian Sundakkai Vathal Kuzhambu without Coconut | Version II

After a break I am back with a traditional tambaram recipe today, it is none other than vatha kuzhambu. My mom has packed lot of sundakkai aka turkey berry vathal (If you want to make it at home you can check how to make sundakkai vathal from scratch HERE). So weekly once vatha kulambu or puli kuzhambu is mandatory at home. Coming to the recipe, I already have coconut based

kulambu version while a friend of mine

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Popular Thalapakattu Mutton Biryani Recipe | Thalapakatti Biriyani Seimurai | Green Chicken Biriyani Recipe


The famous Dindigul Thalapakattu Biriyani / Thalapakatti Biryani is one popular biriyani from southern part of India. We often go for parties and there is no other way to entertain us and kids as we are far away from family and relatives...In few recent parties I noticed this green Biriyani with lamb and it tasted awesome that is the trending biriyani from a local restaurant in our area I heard from friends. My hubby challenged me whether I can make same kind of tasty biryani at home. In the first trial I added tomato and felt a slight variation from that version, so next time I skipped tomato and with slight increase in homemade biriyani masala ingredients

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homemade Graham Crackers | Eggless Cinnamon Wheat Crackers

http://www.nithaskitchen.com/2017/05/homemade-graham-crackers-eggless.html
Graham crackers or Digestive Biscuits are made from whole wheat flour that has not been sifted. It were originally invented in the early 1800s by a Presbyterian minister by the name of Sylvester Graham, who introduced this and believed that a vegetarian diet attained by home-made whole grain bread made of natural stone ground and coarsely ground whole wheat flour at home keeps people healthy. Later his followers created graham flour, graham crackers, and graham bread in US and marketed; Graham did not invent these products nor profit from them. I have made it few months back for the cheesecake purpose and mentioned it in the recipe HERE, you can check the recipe how I powdered these crackers and made crust or base for cheesecake with step by step pictorial. I have taken

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Perfect Moist and Fluffy Vanilla Funfetti Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

My kids came with little precious gifts for the mother's day (will post the picture later) and hope the same for you all, Wishing you a very Happy Mother's Day :-). Today I am here with a special recipe on this special Day, its Vanilla Funfetti Cupcakes with White chocolate buttercream frosting (added red food color). I have reduced as much sugar I can though they are moist and perfect. These cupcakes are made with High-Ratio Mixing Method ie Two Step or Quick-Mix, it is also called the Two Stage Mixing Method in this way it has perfect tender cupcakes and I am practicing this recipe

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Eggless Black Forest Cake with layers of Hot Chocolate Sponge | A Scratch Recipe with step by step Pictorial For Beginners!

Coming to today’s recipe this eggless chocolate cake is made in a way the cake batter slowly mixed with well boiled aka hot chocolate mixture in batches so the batter gets shiny glossy and have to pour the prepared batter immediately in the cake pan and bake in pre heated oven to get super spongy chocolate cake. I am practicing this method and recipe for a while and its super hit all over. I am going to share some pictures where I have used at the end of the post. Also I used this sponge as a base for Black Forest Cake.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Egg Free Crust Free Mini Veg Quiche From Scratch!

When I posted the egg based quiches in HBG (Home Bakers Guild) Facebook group few has been asking for eggless version of it thru personal message and in the post comment section. I tried the eggless version this week and it came out too good but for a moment I thought of

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Creamy Veg Pasta with Homemade White Sauce Recipe

This is my kind of making pasta in white sauce with few kids favorite veggies incorporated in it. Little one just showing his taste over pasta and this is a fusion mix of mac and cheese and white sauce recipe I would say. I am not completely using white sauce with flour, also usually add some

Friday, April 21, 2017

Easy Peanut Chakli Recipe Using Instant Rice Flour | Verkadalai Murukku Recipe From Scratch

We the whole family is addictive to peanuts so on and off i make this peanut murukku aka chakli which takes not more than 20 minutes to prepare using instant rice flour and they are super crispy and addictive as seen in pictures. Perfect to have with garam chai or coffee...If you have store bought fried peanuts then the work is so ease

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Basket Cupcakes | Vanilla Yogurt Cupcakes with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting From Scratch

The Easter is the fun event here and kids enjoy lot with egg hunting and more...Kids were at home last week for spring break so they decided to make something for Easter and they wished to share it with their friends around. I baked the cupcakes and my elder did the piping on cupcakes. My little ones job was to add mini egg chocolates over the frosted cupcakes. Later they went to friends places to drop them. Trust me these cupcakes

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Tiramisu Coffee Cake with Mascarpone Cheese Frosting | A Scratch Recipe

Few are waiting for this post and sorry for the delay, due to personal commitments I delayed this post since Friday. After posting the Tiramisu Sponge cake (no butter and no oil recipe) post and Homemade Mascarpone cheese Post, few visitors have requested about the icing I used in this cake, mascarpone cheese proportion for the filling and frosting so and so. I have made you to wait for a while , I apologize for it. Here are the

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese Using Ultra Pasteurized Heavy Cream

I have not started giving coffee for my kids so I postponed several years to make Tiramisu Cake at home.  But whenever I go for shopping I never forget to look at the Tiramisu aka coffee cakes placed at bakery section of those stores.. After moving to new place my job of admiring cakes never stopped. We are getting lot of chances to mingle with neighbors around in birthday parties and get togethers. Few months back I got a chance to make Tiramisu cake for a potluck. When I searched for mascarpone cheese in near stores it wasn't in the regular cheese section (a month later I noticed them available in the speciality cheese case next to fresh deli section, jokes apart but they are more expensive). After a week search I planned to make cheese on my own, here's the trouble again

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sabudana Khichdi | Sago Kichdi | Navratri Fasting Recipe


Today i am herewith a popular dish that people take during navratri vrat, which is happening now ie Ram Navratri. For those who are not aware of Sabudana/sago, it’s a tiny pearl made of tapioca/yucca root and people use it more often during fasting time. During last october i was invited for navratri pooja held at neighbors places. I liked this sabudana khichdi which was kept in lunch to core. I immediately noted

Friday, March 31, 2017

No Butter and No Oil Vanilla Sponge Cake From Scratch | Tiramisu Sponge Recipe

If you are not comfortable with beating egg whites separately and fold with the cake mixture do try this method whick beats the whole eggs until fluffy and i was hooked with no butter and no baking powder recipe. I gave it a try few months back by increasing the height of my 6 inch cake pan using parchment. I made 1 and half of the recipe mentioned below and used two cake pans, one 6 inch and another 8 inch cake pan. The 6 inch i used for making tiramisu cake (recipe next week) and 8 inch we had it for tea time snack. This cake is very light, feature like texture and dry since there is no butter and its best for any syrup soaked desserts like cassata, tiramisu etc. It can be soaked with your favorite mixture and layered with cream fillings, covered with fondant, or just eaten on its own, sprinkled with icing sugar. I was impressed

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cardamom Flavored Fluffy and Moist Coconut Cupcakes

Me and my daughter like salads so H wanted to take us to Sweet Tomatoes for a long time. We had time to go last weekend and it predominantly has salad varieties and vegetarian option. As we were enjoying the salad varieties, our lil one who is fond of cakes eyes were totally on the bakery section and he liked these coconut cupcakes to core. He tortured me like 3-4 days

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

An Egg Free Savory Pizza Pinwheels From Scratch | Party Appetizer Recipe

An eggless pizza pinwheels with an easy way of homemade croissant dough and spinach cheese filling which makes wonder in taste. I never fail to make these pizza pinwheels for any parties in my home and it was greately appreciated by everyone who tasted it. I feel it is an easy appetizer, that you can prepare in advance and it just takes 15 minutes to get ready in the oven.  So the post is going to be in detail with the dough and fillign recipes and have given storing tips to make it in advance....These croissant dough is kind of puff pastry with reduced butter and yeast mix, I saw

Friday, March 17, 2017

Whole Wheat Walnut Blueberry Muffins From Scratch

When I get fresh blueberries the first thing comes to my mind is to bake muffins so that my kids have it for morning snack at school. Sometimes I use baking paper so that they feel comfortable while eating. I have few blueberry based bakes especially muffins in my blog will list it out below. Last time when I posted similar muffin recipe in Facebook group few people asked whether they can add dried blueberries..If you get only dried blueberries, yes you can use very well in this recipe instead of fresh ones, in that case please reduce sugar level. For the muffin topping you can use any streusel and here I have used two different topping, one is sprinkling some leftover

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kuchi Kilangu (Maravalli Kilangu) Varuval | Kappa Masala Recipe | Yuca (Yucca) Stir Fry

This Kuchi Kilangu Varuval aka Yuca Stir Fry aka Kappa Masala is an easy and heathy snack to have during tea time or have it as poriyal/stir fry along with sambar and rice for meal. It’s my childhood favorite, my mom pressure cooks and keeps some plain version for us and with the remaining she make this varuval. Both tastes good, with the plain cooked kilangu (without salt) we add ghee and sugar, mix it well and take it as it is. I don't have stepwise pictures today, hope to add yuca pictures in future. But i have referred few another posts for the stepwise pictures, do check them if you want. So the same ghee and sugar method I have mentioned it in Sarkarai Valli Kilangu post (you can check it HERE). Here we won't

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Malai Peda Recipe Using Ricotta Cheese | Holi Special

Friends are indeed our great gift in life, I absolutely agree they are the best who cares us more and though
we don't chat often they understands well and think us more. Few travel with us from the beginning of life and we grew our dreams with them...I too have many close friends due to personal work i may speak to them yearly twice or thrice and sometimes when kids stay home we introduce and make them chat in video call. Its nonstop when talk about friends with no further delay i am moving to today's recipe. Its Malai Peda prepared using homemade cheese (you can either use ricotta or Paneer) and I have used peda press which were ordered in online and sent as gift by one of my close friend from college. They reached me few months with few other gifts sent by her, from then

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Almond Pista Funfetti Kulfi | Mixed Nuts and Cardamom Flavored Party Kulfi

 Despite of the chill weather we enjoy kulfi, icecream and all sorts of frozen desserts in winter too :-). I have first tried this malai kulfi for my kid birthday party last year and the guests liked it very much and due to overcome response i have made this same kulfi for several other occasions as well. I have shared the below stepwise picture 4 in Instagram a few months back but I postponed to share the recipe because of unsatisfied pictures I clicked long time back. Anyways today I thought of sharing it as Holi is around the corner. This Almond Pista Kulfi is something close to Indian Thandai except fennel and pepper flavor. Before entering in to the detailed post i have to mention about the kulfi stick I use, please use the

Monday, March 6, 2017

Spicy Garlic Chicken Fried Rice | One Pot Meal Recipe


Today's recipe is simple yet filling one pot meal that you can take it either for lunch or dinner. The post title says spicy though my kids liked it without any hesitation. If your kids says spicy you can add a tsp of ghee in thier rice to substle the spiceness or reduce red chili flakes in the following recipe. You can taste this rice as it is, anyways

Friday, March 3, 2017

Homemade Wheat Fig Bar Recipe with Homemade Puree | A Scratch Recipe

I am a proud mom of two who always feel happy to make homemade healthy snacks for them. Most of the days, I spend more time in kitchen to cook, bake and feed my family with healthy homemade foods. So today’s recipe is one among the healthy category and which is none other than fig bars. Figs has lot of healthy benefits and mainly it is rich in fiber, calcium and iron, you can take fig in any form and this is one best way to feed figs for kids. It's my second attempt in making fig bars at home, so I have shared stepwise pictures from both the attempts. Also I do make fig puree at home ( i feel it is

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mini Cheesecake Bites | Cheesecake Cupcakes with Homemade Graham Cracker Crust

For this year Valentine day I made cheesecakes to finish off the cream cheese box sitting on my fridge for a while. Since it fallen on weekday I prepared them after sending the kids to school and was waiting with this vanilla flavored cheesecakes with love along with some of their favorite lunch menu. My kids know that I make just chocolate hearts so one asked to get green chocolate hearts and another like was towards brown so I made 2 different colors using candy melts. But they were totally surprised to see cheesecake with chocolate hearts waiting over the kitchen counter. We adults too got tempted with this yummy dessert and me gulped several forgetting the

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tomato Sevai | Thakkali Sandhagai | Tomato Idiyappam Recipe

Thakkali Sandhagai / Tomato Sevai is very popular in Kongu Cuisine. I have mentioned a story about idiyappam/sevai in Authentic Sandhagai Recipe. Also refer the same recipe to make idiyappam/Nool puttu. Once the Idiyappam/white sevai is done you have to add sprinkle few drops oil to it and split them apart, keep aside till you get ready with the tomato masala. Now make a spicy tomato masala or curry then finally add the separated idiyappam/string hoppers. In short this tomato sev is the seasoned mix tomato

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Perfect Cheese Bread Sticks From Scratch | Egg Free Kids Party Appetizer Recipe

It’s quite longtime dream to make bread sticks at home. I didn’t know this is such an easy to make appetizer for parties when you make the dough in bulk. This is such a wonderful finger food which I realized after the first bake. My kids like it very much, it’s better to serve warm and they even love to take them to school. Coming to cheese part you can reduce or add more and the quantity mentioned here