Saturday, December 24, 2016

Easy Pinwheel Cookies | Merry Christmas

Today’s pinwheel cookie post is yet another easy recipe for this holiday with detailed description, so you can try it by looking in to the stepwise pictorial. Here I have used vanilla and chocolate flavors and the choice is yours, you can skip chocolate and add any food color for attractive pinwheel cookies. I have mentioned one egg yolk for bonding purpose but you can skip it and add milk if necessary. I have made two times in the past 1 week for sharing Christmas treats, so I made this same recipe in bulk (as shown below)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies | Christmas Holiday Cookies

There are lots of Christmas events happening around us. This year I am baking more cookies for several reasons, one main reason is homemade cookie exchange among Teachers happening at my daughter class this week☺. So among few cookies that I have baked, the crinkle cookies is one among it. These cookies are so chocolaty and unlike other baking these has to be out from the oven when the center looks little raw and soft. That's how it will become soft and not dried so much when it cooled completely.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Shortbread Bites | Eggless Funfetti Shortbread Tidbits | Easy Cookies Recipe

Here comes an easy to make Shortbread bites/cookies recipe that can make around 80 cookies as shown here in 30 minutes of time. The Shortbread bites are an easy peasy snack for school going kids and good holiday recipe as well to treat the guests. These cookies are not even a mess to roll and cut shapes as desired, just score the whole dough in to small bites over the baking tray that’s it. Also the ingredients are simple and no need to add any leavening agent, just butter and flour makes wonder

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Traditional Pumpkin Pie with homemade pie crust | All from scratch recipe

Its holiday season here, In grocery stores you can find ready to bake pie plates, pumpkin spices, fruit mixes, instant cake mixes, pumpkin puree and lot and lot of baking stuffs in a separate row for this holiday season. For holidays when kids stay at home they always needs something special. On Thanksgiving break their requests was so many, Pumpkin Pie, Turkey, so and so. Kids wish list is always vast they likes to carve Pumpkin, Light/decor the house, needs christmas tree, wants snow so that they can build snowman, the list continues :-). Its hard to fulfill thier needs within a short span of time. I don't have courage

Monday, November 7, 2016

Crispy Bhakarwadi | Savory Bakarwadi Recipe From Scratch

This Bhakarwadi post is supposed to publish before Diwali but i couldn't make it anyways this is a perfect tea time snack you can try and munch all time. Since this is the first time experience with bhakarwadis my mind was thinking all the time for the masala stuff not to come out while deep frying. I got an idea of mixing oil to the mixture and rolling/filling it properly before wrapping the outer layer. That worked very well for me and it was crispy and perfect like store bought Bakarwadis. Do read several tips

Friday, October 21, 2016

Rasgulla Recipe From Scratch

Coming up with a fool proof Rasgulla recipe, Rasgulla is one among the heart dessert of India and the pronunciation may differ like rasagulla or rasagola…Its so spongy and soft, just melts in mouth texture made of Indian cottage cheese/paneer/chenna and then cooked in light sugar syrup. This is a scratch recipe also I am sharing some valuable tips that I am practicing for ages to make it. Please read completely

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ganesh Themed Buttercream Cake with Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake Recipe


Days moving fast for me, kids making me busy all the time, happy in cooking healthy foods to the family and moreover I feel complete when arranging all the food stuffs for their birthday parties. What does a home maker need more than it? This year for my sons 5th birthday when I asked him what he needs for his birthday, initially he asked me do make a superman cake and later he showed interest on Lord Ganesh Cake. You can find his bookcase full of god idols :-) he always makes

Friday, September 23, 2016

Apple Kaju Katli | Kaju Katli | Diwali Special


 When I bake, especially my lil one who never allows them to cool, try to touch it, poke it and he just roam over the kitchen till he gets his bite :-). If you give a whole cake he gulps it in a minute of time :-). But my kids desire over Indian sweets is less and i can hardly count and say thier likes. Ladoos and Adhirasam are most favorite of them, apart from few its hard to feed our wide sweet/desserts. Coming to today’s recipe this is simple, ghee free yet attracts my kind off kids much :-). Yup it is Kaju Apple/Cashewnuts Katli, So finally these attractive sweet is peeped up in my kids favorite list and daily after returning from school lil one asks me atleast 3 mini apples (ie apple kaju) to eat :-).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Eggless Almond Sponge Cake Recipe From Scratch

If you are searching for a perfect eggless almond sponge cake recipe then here you go. Here in this recipe the addition of almond meal (powdered almond) enhances the taste of the cake. This almond cake is too soft and spongy with perfect texture. I have seen many recipes with more quantity of condensed milk but

Friday, September 2, 2016

Ammini Kaara Kozhukattai | Seasoned Mini Rice Balls Recipe

Here comes another easy to make recipe for Ganesh Chaturti festival.  Kozhukattais are very famous in south India, especially we make it during Vinayagar/Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. I have lot of sweet and savory kozhukattai recipes in my blog, also today I am sharing a savory mini or ammini kozhukattai recipe. Even beginners can try this recipe without hesitation. Don’t forget to check

Easy Peda Modaks | Doodh Peda | Ganesh Chaturthi Special

 I have started preparing Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes to offer to my Ganesha idols and also obviously to feed my blog :-). Today’s recipe is such an easy to make a sweet in 10 minutes and also with fewer ingredients. It takes little more time for shaping as modaks, instead you can go for

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Easy Aval Laddu Recipe | Poha Ladoo Recipe | Festival Special


An easy to make poha ladoo/aval laddu for the upcoming festivals and it can be done under 30 minutes of time. I made it for Krishna Jayanthi (Janmashtami) celebration last week, thought of sharing this easiest recipe before Ganesh Chaturthi so that others can be benefited :-) Coming to the recipe the sugar level i mentioned is medium and if you like to add more yes please. Also I have healthy Jaggery based Aval laddu recipe, do chcek the recipe HERE. I will be posting few more

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Eggless Blueberry Oats Muffins | Healthy Breakfast and School Snack Recipe For Kids

Muffins are always my choice when I think about healthier breakfast or school snack for kids. Since my kids are picky in eating raw fruits I prefer fruits added muffins as the best choice for them. I have few blueberry muffin recipes and this is the one I experimented with powdered oats few months ago and it came out really well with the first attempt itself. They are so soft and fluffy in texture with minimal sugar. Also along with oats I use wheat flour (not the atta/chapatti flour) and I assure you that

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Palakottai Poriyal | Jackfruit Seeds Stir Fry

Ingredients
Peeled, Cooked and Finely Chopped Jackfruit seeds - 1.5 Cups
Onion - 1 Medium Size
Chana Dal - 1.5 Tbsp

Friday, July 8, 2016

Strawberry Cupcakes Using Fresh Strawberries From Scratch with Strawberry Buttercream Icing Recipe!

Fresh Strawberries overloaded in both the cupcake batter as well as in frosting!  This is the right season to get strawberries and making healthier bakes is one good way to use fresh strawberries... I made these cupcakes by adding the homemade strawberry puree in the cupcake batter and also added few chopped fresh strawberry bites in to it...Also the frosting has the same prepared strawberry

Friday, June 10, 2016

Vallarai Keerai Thuvaiyal | Water Cress Chutney

I heard from my friend that Water Crest is similar to our south indian Vallarai Keerai, so I gave a try when I got a bunch of water crest from Asian supermarket here…It is healthy and the taste was delicious as well. If I get it again I would love to try different dishes with it. Today let’s see the

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Cookies and Coffee Ice Cream From Scratch

Here comes the recipe for cookies and coffee ice cream for all cookie lovers. The coffee flavor in this ice cream recipe enhances the taste and it smells heaven. This recipe is from scratch and you can make it without ice cream maker.  I have used my hand mixer to whip the cream and even you can use hand

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How to make Sundakkai Vathal | Sundried Turkey Berry At Home from scratch

This is my mom’s way of making sundakkai vathal/sundried turkey berry at home. Last year when I was there she made the vathal for us and so I clicked the pictures of her making. Hope this post helps you to learn how to make the vathal in traditional way. Also you can use minimal salt unlike

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nutella Popsicle Recipe | Easy Summer Treat

For the first time ever I took a month break from blogging due to personal reasons. Everywhere the summer is in peak and today I chose to post a frozen treat that is much needed by everyone now :-) So herecomes the easy peasy nutella popsicle recipe that you can make with just 3 ingredients :-)

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Gongura Pappu | Paruppu Pulicha Keerai Masiyal | Spinach Dal

Today I am here with a healthy post. After ages I got Gongura/Sorrel leaves in an Indian Grocery. At the moment when it caught in my eyes, I flew with joy. Immediately I started planning what to make with it. The bunch was very big so I made 3 dishes like Gongura Pappu, Gongura Rice and Gongura Chutney/Pachadi using it. Wish I get gongura often :-)

A Few Inforation about Gongura and How healthy it is?
Gongura/Sorrel Leaves is also called as “Pundi Palle” in central Karnataka and Pulicha Keerai in Tamil. Gongura is a very rich source of iron, vitamins, folic acid and anti-oxidants essential for human nutrition. According to Wiki, Gongura comes in two varieties, green stemmed leaf and red stemmed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Traditional Mawa Gujiya | Handmade Chandrakala Recipe Using Instant Kyoya/Mawa all from scratch

I am wishing all dear readers a very happy Holi. Holi is the second largest Hindu festival in India (Diwali is the top among all) and today is Holi for us. Despite of my ill health I would like to publish a recipe with long post. Since this recipe elaborates making gujiya from scratch all you need is patience and some important tips I mentioned at the end to make it right. I have the video of making gujiya in the traditional pattern.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hot Cross Buns | Cherry or Dry Fruits Mixed Soft Buns

Easter's day is fast approaching Hot Cross Buns, recipes related with Carrot, Bunny shaped desserts are much popular for Easter Sunday.  I am planning to take the kids to nearest egg hunt festival on that day. Coming to the Hot Cross Buns recipe, it’s a mix of dry fruits in the soft buns with mild

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie | Zero Sugar Added Healthy Smoothie

Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie is a perfect thirst quencher for the scratching hot summer. The only fruit my kids have unique like being on strawberry, so adding some yogurt and a scoop of ice cream to it makes the smoothie tastes heaven.

Ingredients
Strawberry - 10 Numbers (3/4th Cup approx)
Yogurt - 1/3 Cup
Scoop of Strawberry or Vanilla Ice Cream - Optional

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Kongunadu Palakottai Kathirikkai Kaara Kuzhambu | Jack Fruit Seeds Kulambu For Rice and Tiffin Varieties

Palakottai/jack fruit seeds kuzhambu is an authentic recipe from kongu cuisine. Apart from eating the cooked jack fruit seeds as it is, this is the curry my mom usually makes with the mix of vegetables like brinjal and drumstick. Also I know my relatives add these seeds in non veg curry like fish kuzhambu or dry fish/karuvaadu kulambu which tastes so good. My mom usually says the taste of jack fruit seeds goes well with tangy curries. So here comes a vegetarian tangy curry / puli kuzhambu using it….

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hara Moong Dal Tadka | Green Moong Dal Fry

I have a South Indian version of green moong dal curry/pasi paruppu kuzhambu using sambar powder that goes well with rice and tiffin varieties and here comes the North Indian style green moong dal curry/Hara Moong Dal Tadka that’s suits well for chapatti/roti and rice varieties. It has lot of names like Hari dal fry or Sabut moong dal or Akha mung dal in North side. However this green moong dal

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Healthy Banana Nut Wheat Muffins | Morning Breakfast Muffins

I bake muffins on weekly basis for kids morning school snack. Healthy muffins are always my choice and today's muffin recipe is fully loaded with Bananas, Apple, Wheat and Powdered nuts (I use Almonds and Walnut mostly, do prefer nuts of your choice). Also coming to egg, i experimented an egg less version and muffins with 2 eggs for this recipe, i found a slight change in muffin texture without egg, so choice is yours...Also please add baking soda and this recipe doesn't need any baking powder

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Hot Milk Sponge Cake Recipe with Eggless Option | Step by step tutorial to make plain Vanilla sponge cake using hot milk

 Hot Milk Cake is a light airy textured sponge vanilla cake and this is such an easy to make cake. I have shared step by step pictures for this recipe also you can prepare this cake batter using a manual egg whisk too. While I was searching in google for a simple milk cake I found this recipe, it quite attracted me and immediately I attempted last month for the first time. Though it disappeared in few minutes

Friday, February 19, 2016

Vazhaipoo Paruppu Usili | Vazhai Poo Usili Recipe

Paruppu Usili is an authentic dish from Tamilnadu cuisine, this Vazhaipoo Paruppu usili reminds me the old days… I came to know and tasted it for the first time in Chennai through my neighbor aunty. I definitely want to mention her in this post. She is a very caring person and helped me in all ways. I love their oonjal, remembering the days I did relax in it. Sometimes she comes home and prepares

Friday, February 12, 2016

Hidden Heart Loaf Cake | Surprise Inside Valentine Special Pound Cake

Kids have been asking for heart shaped treat for this Valentine, they are also at home on 5 day school break, so we decided to make this surprise hidden heart cake and some homemade chocolates today to share with their friends near by. The loaf/pound cake takes time to bake and need to follow little trick to make it perfect. But it’s worth for the hard work. Until you slice the loaf, it’s a real surprise how it turns:-). This is my first experience with hidden heart loaf; so I too was surprised to see the perfect

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

South Indian Vegetarian Lunch Menu Idea 1

Weekly Saturday is most probably the vegetarian lunch at home and on that day either I make puli kulambu or rasam (one dish with tamarind) and coming to dal, daily one dal variety is must at home and on special days or on weekend either uppu paruppu or paruppu keerai (something close to uppu paruppu but with spinach in it) is a mandatory dish I make it without fail. Also whenever I get time I click the lunch I make. So here comes the first menu idea from South India (Its just a menu idea and I won't say

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Chicken Shami Kababs | Shallow Fried Shami Kebabs | Chicken Patties

Chicken Shami Kababs/Kebabs, an exotic dish that can be served as a snack or appetizer and the whole preparation is nothing but boneless Chicken simmered with spices, onion, ginger, garlic, lentil and chili’s and then ground to form patties. Finally those can be either deep fried or shallow fried as desired. Since the meat has cooked well before frying I opt to shallow fry with few tsp of oil.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Crispy Shredded Potato Hash Browns From Scratch | Easy Snack with minimal Oil

Today’s recipe is quite simple and easy to make snack using Russet potatoes. Also they are made with minimal oil.  I rarely buy potatoes but whenever I have them in stock I make these Hash Browns, which is a default thing that I make it especially for my daughter. Hash browns or hashed browns are a simple preparation in which potato pieces are pan-fried after being shredded, julienne, diced, or riced. In some cultures, hash browns or hashed browns can refer to any of the above preparations

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Varagu Arisi (Kodo Millet) and Samai (Little Millet) Idli Dosa Batter | Millet Idli Dosa Batter


 Kids mostly like idli/dosa kind of foods, you can mix millets in your regular idli dosa batter that reaches them well in their daily food. I have several versions of idli dosa batter using millets do check the link HERE to find more recipes of mine. I usually go with the below two versions to grind Idli Dosa batter when i have Varagu Arisi (Kodo Millet) and Samai Arisi (Little Millet) millet at home. I mix these two millets but you can use any one available at least to make these healthy idli dosas. Both looks more or less

Monday, January 18, 2016

Pachai Mochai Payaru Pulikuzhambu | Mochai Kottai Pongal Puli Kulambu Recipe

Every year I usually make a long write up for the Pongal special post. Today’s Pongal special post is also not exceptional; it’s going to be little long write up… Kottai Puli Kuzhambu/Mochai Payaru Puli Kulambu is a very authentic and traditional recipe from our place, which we usually make it on Pongal festive time, also this kuzhambu pairs well with paal pongal/white or plain pongal. Whenever I see this picture or taste this kuzhambu, I do remember the childhood Pongal celebrations…where appa usually takes off on Mattu Pongal day, make the arrangements like cleaning the cows and sheep, painting their horn, tying new bells (it’s all like decorating your favorite pet :-) ) and finally at the end of the day

Monday, January 11, 2016

Ragi Adai | Kezhvaragu Roti| Fingermillet Flat Bread Recipe With Video

Ragi Adai/Kezhvaragu Adai/Fingermillet Adai is one of the staple food in many states of south India. Such a healthy and quick fix dinner/breakfast recipe is our today's post, so if you have ragi flour then you can make this adai in 30 minutes of time. Kelvaragu/Ragi, a well known millet is widely used all around India/Asia is rich in calcium and diabetic friendly too. For kids shake you can skip

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pachai Mochai Paruppu Kuzhambu | Kongunadu Pidhuku Paruppu Kuzhambu

Happy New Year to all, this is my first post for this year, I thought of posting a sweet dish, since kids were at home and we had several trips during the vacation I have no time to draft any other post. I took almost a week break, so I am posting traditional kongunadu mochai paruppu kuzhambu which I drafted a long back. This dal is healthy and an authentic recipe from my mom, also it's very apt for this upcoming Pongal/Thai thirunaal. Friends don’t think that I am in hometown right now :-), luckily we