Cranberry Almond Brownie

>> Monday, April 4, 2011

This is a yummy chocolaty dense brownie recipe. Each bite of the brownie is loaded with bits of almonds and cranberry making it taste great. The crunchiness from almonds and the slight bitterness  from the craisins makes it all come together in a brownie. I got this basic recipe for brownie from Smitten Kitchen


Eggless Banana Marble Cake with Cream Cheese frosting

>> Thursday, March 31, 2011

This is a simple, moist, delicious recipe for an  egg less banana marble cake which I made yesterday for my friends and their family. I was really surprised to see how moist the cake even with no eggs. I just made a simple cream cheese frosting and decorated the cake with few chocolate chips and sprinkles. It was great to look and also to munch.


Banana Oats Walnut Bread

>> Friday, March 25, 2011

This is a simple and healthy quick bread I made few days back. I also shared it with few of my friends and happy to know that they enjoyed it. Its very easy to make and makes a perfect bread for breakfast or even with  evening coffee. Oats added to it makes it really healthy and also gives a mild chewiness to the usual moist banana bread. I have added walnut, raisins and pecan to my bread. They can be substituted with any kind of nuts or dried fruits.


Banana Coconut Chocolate chip cookies (Eggless)

>> Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Here comes very simple and quick cookie recipe that I tried yesterday. It turned out to be really great. With just few ingredients and less fat, I was able to make soft and chewy cookies. Banana and chocolate flavors together made it a yummy combo and my kid enjoyed it for his snack.


No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

>> Saturday, March 19, 2011

It has been more than a week since I posted something in my blog. Also things here were really busy and I couldn't even drop by my fellow blogger and also seem to have missed a lot of recipes. Will try to stay connected with everyone as much as possible. Till May I think it will be like this because we have also planned for our vacation to India next month. After I get back from my vacation and settle down with things  here I will get back to my blog regularly. Here I am with simple cinnamon rolls.


Spicy Plum Jam

>> Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I got some red plums last week from the farmer's market. It was not that sweet. So I decided to make it into a jam. Then thought of adding some spiciness to it and it turned into a great spicy jam/ chutney. The preserve was really great and we enjoy it with bread or chapathi. Me enjoyed the jam with dosa and also used it as a dip for the pretzel sticks.. :) Just with simple ingredients we could make delicious preserve at our home with the fresh fruits.


Tres Leches Cake - Three milk Cake

>> Thursday, February 24, 2011

Yesterday being our 3rd wedding anniversary, I decide to make the Tres Leches cake which my hubby has been asking me to make at home for a very long time. The cake turned out really great and my husband is enjoying it a lot.. :) Along with this I also made some rasmalai and gulab jamuns, which are his favorite sweets. They turned out perfect and more than my hubby my son is enjoying it.. :) Of course I am enjoying watching them eat it.. :D Here are few pics of the rasmalai and gulab jamuns I made for them.
                                           Rasmalai                                            Gulab jamuns


Lima Beans and Spinach Pakoda Curry

This is a simple and yummy including lot of nutritive values from spinach and legumes added to it. I tried this curry when I had some left over masala vadai/ bengal gram dal fritters batter. I tossed in some chopped spinach into the vadai batter  and it turned into yummy pakodas. Later on added these crispy pakodas with the Lima beans curry and the combo tasted great. I made it like a dry curry. We can also make it with gravy to go with rice. This may sound something similar to vada curry with lot more veggies added to it..


Surakkai Pachai paruppu kootu/ Bottlegourd Kootu

>> Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dals are usually part of our daily meal. In that way I keep adding some or the other vegetable to the dals and make them into kootu, so as to sneak some veggies into my kid's meal. So comes the simple and healthy bottle gourd kootu. This kootu is seasoned with grated coconut and ginger fried in little bit of ghee, which makes it really appetizing and rich in flavors.


Avocado Muffin

>> Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Here comes a yummy and simple muffin which I tried to make for my kid's breakfast and evening snack. My son though is just 22 months old, gets bored with the routine food menu. So I keep thinking something new and fancy that would encourage him to eat. So came these avocado muffins. Avocados have lot of health benefits and its sometimes called as nature's butter. This recipe uses no butter or oil and also calls for less sugar than the regular muffins. The muffins were really moist and soft because of the sour cream and mashed avocados added to them. They have the light green color from avocados added to them. I just topped them with few chocolate chips to make it attractive for my kid.


Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream cheese Frosting - My 100th post!!!!

>> Sunday, February 20, 2011

Here comes a yummy, delicious, moist and cute looking red velvet cake recipe.. This is my hubby's favorite cake which I having been trying to make it right and please him. :) I at last got this wonderful recipe and my hubby really loved this cake.. To mention he almost ate 3 cupcakes out of 6 that were made.. :) I happened to make this cake for valentine's day. But sorry for the delayed posting.. Now a days I my kid is keeping me really busy and I feel that I couldn't make much about my blog. I have been missing many events recently  and today's post also happens to be my 100th post and very happy to share this happy moment with you all.. From now on I would like to keep posting regularly and also stay connected with all my blogger friends by visiting their blogs..


Spinach and Peas Pasta

>> Friday, February 11, 2011

This is one of my kids favorite dish, into which I can sneak in a lot of spinach and peas. We can also try adding any kind of veggies to this pasta dish and it will taste great. With little bit of cheese added to it, it tasted great and my kid enjoyed it for his dinner.


Oats Almond White Chocolate Chip Cookies

>> Saturday, February 5, 2011

Now a days, I am getting more interested to bake something or the other everyday. So came these cookies, which were really rich with buttery and nutty flavors from almonds. These were soft cookies and my hubby like the taste of it not these textures. Its because he likes just crispier and chewy cookies.


Cabbage Koftas

>> Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thinking what to make for evening snack... Here comes the simple and yummy cabbage kofta that can be made in few minutes and enjoyed with tea or coffee.. I used a combo of cabbage, potatoes for this kofta. We can also trying making this with other veggies like carrots, peas, spinach, zucchini. Left over koftas can also be made into kofta curry or kofta Manchurian.


Kothavarangai Poriyal/ Long beans stir fry

>> Friday, January 21, 2011

Another simple and yummy poriyal, great to be enjoyed with sambar, rasam or curd. For non-vegetarian version we can even try adding prawns or eggs.


Oats Almond Pear Laddus

>> Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This  is a simple soft chewy laddu, that I make for my kid for his breakfast. Its a simple and healthy dish that can be made with the fruits of our choice. The sweetness for these laddus comes from the ripe fruit puree. The same dish can also be made using apple, banana or even carrots. If we wish to add little bit more sweetness, we can try adding a Tbsp of honey or grated jaggery. My kid enjoyed these soft laddus and I was happy that he was eating something healthy... :)


Simple Kozhukattai/ Steamed rice flour dumplings

>> Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kozhukattais are very simple and elegant sweet that form a versatile part in offerings made to Lord Ganesh during Pillayar chathurthi. Apart from that kozhukattai are also made during karthigai deepam, maattu pongal and also during Sankatahara Chathurthi. 

Chathurthi is a day of importance for Lord Ganesh and is considered auspicious to initiate with any new endeavour on that day. This occurs twice every month during growing moon period and waning moon period. The Sadhurthi which falls during the growing moon period is considered as Sankatahara Chathurthi. Its a normal practise to fast on that day and perform pooja to Pillayar with some offerings and flowers. For last month's Chathurthi I have made these yummy kozhukattais and took it to temple. I was happy that they were offered to God and enjoyed by many others as part of prasadam.


Sesame Brittle

>> Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This is a very simple and yummy sweet that can be made in few minutes and will be great for munching. There is a slight difference between sesame laddu and brittle. Laddu is made by using a soft jaggery syrup whereas these brittle are made by using a thicker jaggery syrup, resulting in a crispy and crunchy brittle.


Happy New Year/ Won Manjula's Kitchen December event and 13th Mediterranean event

>> Monday, January 3, 2011

                           Wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Wealthy n Prosperous new year... :):)

At this moment I am very happy to share with u few awards I have won during the month of December.. I have won the second place in Manjula's Kitchen December contest with a 25 $ Amazon gift card. Its a great pleasure to have won this award from such an amazing and wonderful blogger. Here is my recipe for Almond poli with Walnut khoya filling posted in Manjula's blog.

Next is the Julia child's Mastering the art of French cooking book which I have won from the 13th Mediterranean cooking event from Tobias cooks blog. Tobias Cooks is a wonderful blog filled with simple and yummy Mediterranean dishes. I am loving this Julia Child book which provides a detailed step by step figures for baking and useful for a armature baker like me.

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