Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
An Indian flavored cake was in my to do list for a long time, as we mix cardamom, coconut milk n nuts in most of our desserts, why not to implement the same in a cake? this raised in my mind. Recently my daughter asked for a cake, as I am tired with other works I don't want to stress much by making the cake in huge quantity. So I tried it with very usual ingredients from the kitchen pantry. I steamed the cake using idli pan n happens to be vegan at the same time, which doesn't take more than 12mins for it to cook.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
I prepared this checker board first time for the neighbor aunty who returned back last month to her homeland after 6 months of vacation. She loves cake so I planned this checker board cake. I don’t hv special checker board cake pans or round cookies cutters. I searched in google, youtube n finally landed here. I decided to give a try by cutting the baked goodies using knife or bowl. Then I started baking with fun n ended up with cute cake. Yup I messed 1 layer, as the cake were so soft while cutting they broke at some places n somehow managed it J. Wow the final outcome was just amazing; really it was beyond my expectation. The fun continued again as I made the same cake for hubby’s colleagues. This time the checker board was so perfect, only I clicked the whole cake that too early morning before he starts to office, so got dull picturesL. They all liked the cake very much, I asked to click the cake slices, so my H clicked in mobile and the pics were not clear L. This month for baking partners challenge I got mail to make Neapolitan/nuts cake/plum cake. I don’t want to make a 3rd cake in a very short time so I asked Swathi the master brain, whether I can post this recipe, immd she said ok, thanks Swathi for agreeing n giving such a wonderful task. Also I thank Suja n Archana for your suggestions. After spending lot of time in making a perfect treat, I am here with well detailed recipe for you...Guys I assure this as a fool proof recipe n give ur try…
Friday, December 14, 2012
This is the first paneer recipe in my space, so I started it with a heavenly Bengali dessert Rasmalai. Today I am here with why not to use half n half or heavy whipping cream while making paneer/chenna. Only whole milk curdles with lemon juice/yogurt/vinegar, whereas the ultrapasturised half n half or heavy whipping cream does not work. If u add even half a cup of those to regular milk that half n half remains the same n never curdle. If any low fat milk is used u don’t get much paneer in that. So after these experiments I am suggesting to go with Whole milk. Ras means Juice/Juicy n Malai means milk cream in English. Actually I prepared this for Diwali with other sweets n savories. So here is an eggless version of Rasmalai recipe from scratch…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Christmas n New year are nearing, here is a simple delicious treat from my side for the chocolate lovers :-). I assure this no bake cake hit ur home during the forthcoming holidays. No need to beat eggs or wait for the cake to bake, can be done easily with few ingredients but needs time for the cake to set. Let see what are needed to make this chocolate cheese cake n how to make…Sorry kids intervened much while clicking pictures, you can see thier finger print in it :-)
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
I had my routine health checkup months back. The very friendly staffs treated my kids with pumpkin frosted cookies n chocolate chip cookies. I never failed to taste those after coming home, hmm as a blogger/baker immediately tried both at home. Both were success in my first attempt itself n already posted the Pumpkin frosted cookies. The second one it says chocolate chips but couldn't find any whole chips to bite, so I adapted my Old fashioned cookies recipe n its truly delicious. I prepared it several times as snack for weekend day out but couldn’t find time to click it…At last I made it J by filling whipped cream in between cookies like sandwich spread. Simple to make n I assure that you never go wrong anywhere…
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Egg bonda’s are famous in the cinema theaters where we born n brought up. During my childhood days watching movies in theaters was the only media entertainment we (me n my cousins) had. Only Moms organize these sort of outing so before entering and leaving the theater they used to count us not to miss anyone, funny right , yup wherever we go we show our mass such a big family is ours. During interval we get one big hot egg bonda for each to bite. I remember that each bonda had one full egg in it, tastes heaven. The healthy competition begins there, those who keep at least a bit of bonda after the movie climax is the winner, such sweet memories and badly missing all those now :-( . Now coming to today’s recipe this is not that deep fried bonda, same pattern but baked version.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Usually I prepare this spongy jamuns with store bought jamun mix, which simplifies the kitchen work during Festive/Party time. But after becoming a food blogger, this is the first challange I am participating for Divya's South VS North India challenge. I hv commited to 2 challenges per month one is Baking partners n another one is this challenge. I am the part of South Indian team and for the SI group this month challenge given by NI team (Pallavi) is Gulab Jamun recipe using milk powder. She shared her recipe while Yasodha challenged NI team with Adhirasam. Thanks Pallavi, for sharing this gulab jamun recipe, I thought of following her way but adapted a bit. I had some leftovers like fresh homemade paneer with moisture n half n half milk so I used it for making the dough. My jamuns popped up well n turned out super spongy (my pictures reveal that). The jamuns were absolutely delicious n my kids thorougly enjoyed it. Yields 35-40 medium size jamuns for the below quantity . Will move on to the detailed recipe...
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The long weekend went great with Lunch out/Movie/Special Day out to entertain kids n few usual purchases. Now I am supposed to post few karthigai deepam recipes on my space. Pepper is considered one among the main ingredient in neivedhyam. After marriage I started making special neivedhyams for Deepam and Milagu Adai is one among that. This is similar to authentic adai with less dhals n predominantly pepper is included. This adai tastes great when made as thin roast dosa n here is the detailed recipe…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
avocado paratha came out very well. She also suggested to try parathas with this flour.To know more about this flour click here. I searched in regular super markets, couldn't find it n came back to her. With her help I found an organic version in Whole foods/Amazon. Today on this Thanks giving day, from the bottom of my heart I thank all of my dear readers. Please keep reading n encouraging with ur positive feedbacks...
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I delayed posting non vegg for the past 2 months becoz of Puratasi/Navrathri n other festivals...Sorry guys hereafter I will randomize my posts to cover all categories...This Chicken cutlet is my DH n DD favorite. On Sundays either this cutlet or Fish cutlet they like to have with Chicken Biryani, but I limit this deep fry for not
Saturday, November 17, 2012
As said before this is the egg based dinner rolls recipe for this month baking partenrs challenge. I actually tried this first and Eggless which I posted earlier did after this...So this is my very first experience of baking dinner rolls, very happy that I got the perfect shapes. Thanks Swathi for giving such wonderful assignment.
Friday, November 16, 2012
This is the first time I entered in Baking Partners challenge and this month challenge given for us was to make dinner rolls with eggs or eggless, as Thanksgiving Day is approaching. Swathi of Zesty SouthIndian Kitchen, creator of monthly baking event shared us 7 types of dinner roll shapes and asked us to try at least 3 among them. She explained the challenge in detail. I tried both egg less and rolls with egg version. Today I am posting egg less version with stuffed lion house rolls, braided roll using maida and multi grain flour, tomorrow will publish the other one. The original recipe without egg had potato flakes, I used cooked potato instead. The rolls were so soft, tasted buttery and was so delicious. We the whole family enjoyed it n prepared it 2 times before posting here. I have given the tastier n healthier recipe in detail from scratch, will move on to the recipe in detail.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Diwali is not complete without potluck and get together on coming week end right? Hmm still friends are sharing sweets/savories n biryanis with us, so I am not late in posting this milagu kaara sev, an authentic snack I never miss to buy from the temples here. I got this recipe from my Chennai neighbor aunty/mammi. Last yr I tried by borrowing neighbor’s achu and this time I got my own press, so hereafter I stop buying this snack out J. Yup this Kaara sev/pepper pakoda/pakora tastes great and can be prepared in jiffy. The below quantity, u can keep it as a snack for 4 days or share it with 2 families. On the day of diwali I prepared Rasmalai. My H is not fond of sweets, so I specially made this snack for him :). Now off to the recipe…
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Happy Diwali to ALL!!! On this special occasion, I am glad to announce my new culinary domain . At the same time my blogspot link is active forever. So today I am announcing this gud news with soft n yummy Jamun recipe. My cooking desire is pulling me to experiment more n more in my kitchen n this recipe is one among my experiments which is diff from regular jamuns. I prepared this Jamuns with whole wheat bread as the base n the outcome was simply perfect n delicious. This Jamoons are easy to make in few minutes with few ingredients, so I call this as bachelor Jamun. Try this hassle/crack free dessert for this Diwali, damn sure that you love this. Do keep encouraging with ur comments and show ur love by hitting LIKE on my Facebook Fan Page, Thanks.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Baking gives lot of experience...Usually I bake 2 or 3 varieties at a time with like oven temperature(becoz of large oven...) One day I did puff, chocolate chip cookies and white cake for Tiramisu, when doing all, with kids disruption n bulk work, I messed up the cookie batter to bit flowing consistency as such as cake batter. I worried when poping in the oven, becoz the roung shaped cookies all joined together n formed a thin layer cake :-) With halfmind started tasting the baked goodies, wow, unbelieavable, surprisingly the messed batter turns delicious :). Really a super moist cake, we all enjoyed it, especially my kiddos liked it very much. So from that day I started making chip cakes instead of cookies. Both cookies and cake uses the same ingredient with slight modification, so today's recipe is none other than these two...
Organic All Purpose flour (Maida) - 1 Cup
Unsalted butter - 3 Tbsp
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Great fans are there in each and every home for mini soft Adyar anandha bhavan Jangris. We never get this softer urad dhal version here in stores, only crispy jelebis with red and yellow maida flour based versions are freshly available. Even we call this softer version as Jelebi/Jalebi in our place. A year back when MIL came here she bought it from ananda bhavan that was the last tasted till yesterday. Whenever I go to Indian stores I search for fresh sweets and end up in getting frozen in the name of "Jalebi", but not worth i feel so. I thought of trying it at home and discussed with Mom in call, she gave me the ingredients and some tips, also I remembered MIL’s tips when making medhu vada. But I totally forget the shape how it looks so searched in google images, took some designs, tried it out in papar before playing with batter he he he…When comes to grinding the batter in mixie, I searched for such a recipe with blender/mixer but couldn’t find anything, suddenly it striked my mind, why not to use cake beater/mixer here to aerate the batter, is that only for cake
Thursday, November 1, 2012
This is one among the snack my Mom usually prepares for Diwali. Today my kids are having cold due to breezy weather, so I thought of making some vada or pakoda with peanuts for them. I make this pakora frequently as evening snack since my DH also love peanuts much. But today I made it to have for lunch with Dhal/Paruppu rasam (with more pepper) n rice, even this made me to click the picture in sunlight after longtime J…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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
cakes I posted earlier so today just clicked the cake assortment alone...
Friday, October 26, 2012
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
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
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
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
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Ingredients I to prepare Homemade Masala Powder
Cinnamon - 1-2 Sticks
Cloves - 6 No.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
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
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
My MIL stays with us at least once in a year. When she comes here she prepares this puli kuzhambu powder in bulk and brings it.She likes my way of preparing this gravy (recipe follows)...Now for a long time i didn't go to motherland, since this podi is not in stock, I recently tried it by asking her over phone. So here comes two in one recipe the homemade Puli Kulambu Powder and Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu recipe
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Most of my kids day out is with my hubby. Once in a blue moon :) I take them out to the nearest park. I got few park friends and few months back one of them asked for chicken nuggets (Sorry for the delay :). I am giving both the baked and shallow fried version with homemade avocado dip. Please choose your choice. To my perspective both are equally good.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
I had tough time in 2007. Ganesh Chaturthi was nearing and I don’t want to skip my regular Pooja/Prayer. Luckily my close friend was with me for Ganesh Chaturthi, so we started preparing bachelor kozhukattais. I just watched her and she prepared everything n called her her mom through phone for her doubts. The outcome was simply superb.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Though I am not from the culture of making Kozhukattais for festival, Neighbors in Chennai not even taught making variety of patchanams also guided the way of praying with Mud Pillaiyar, Umbrella, Arugam poo malai etc. I really inspired, attained very pleasant mind and following every year. Let approach God with your own way and I wish your colorful dreams come true. I have given easy sweet and kara pidi kozhukattais here. Due to lengthy post I cut down the remaining actual neivedhyam recipes, will do in next post.