Oct 23, 2015

Whole wheat spicy foccacia recipe - easy bread baking recipes

          Baking has not really been happening at my place lately. I had made this foccacia bread a couple of month ago with some soup. It was delicious. I have posted another recipe for foccacia sometime back. I had used all purpose flour. I had baked foccacia for the first time and it turned out really good. So the next time, I wanted to try it with whole wheat flour/atta. Foccacia is a very forgiving recipe and even beginners can try this bread recipe as it is not easy to go wrong with this one. After this attempt, I even tried spicy buns with whole wheat flour and it turned really good , though I could not take pictures this time.
whole wheat foccacia
          You can also adjust the flavours by adding red chilly flakes, thinly chopped green chillies,pepper and other different seasonings, cheese to suit your taste.
I hope you try this recipe and let me know your feedback. Meanwhile I do have a few recipes in my drafts which I will try to post sometime soon.
atta in baking
Atta/whole wheat flour - 2 cups
Warm water- 3/4 th cup
Red chilly powder-1tbsp
Instant yeast- 1 packet
Salt- 1tsp
Sugar -1tbsp
Cheese powder- 1tbsp (optional)
Mixed herbs - 1tsp
Oregano - 1tsp
Oil- 1tbsp

Onion(sliced)- 1
Cheese- 1/2 cup grated
Olive oil - 1tbsp
spicy bread
Combine the whole wheat flour, oregano,mixed herbs,sugar, salt and instant yeast.
Pour the warm water slowly and knead it into a loose dough.
Add some oil and knead it again.
Coat the outer surface with oil.
Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel.
Allow it to rise for 2 - 2.5 hours.
Punch the dough.
Knead for a minute and spread it on a baking tray into a rectangle(does not have to be a perfect rectangle)
 Preheat the oven to 180c.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add the sliced onions and saute for 2 minutes.
Drizzle the oil along with sliced onions and spread it all over the dough.
Sprinkle some cheese,oregano and chopped coriander leaves on it.
Poke holes the dough with your finger.
Bake this at 180c for 15-20 minutes.
When it is done, allow it to cool and the slice into squares.
baking for beginners
Serve with your tea.
You can also serve with some hot soup.
foccacia with atta
Adjust (add and avoid flavours )according to your choice.
Try to keep the consistency of dough loose so that it will rise rapidly.
You can make this with maida/all purpose flour or you can use the flours in the ratio of 1:1 also.
When the top has turned brown and is hollow when you tap, then the bread is done.
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Sep 27, 2015

Caramel cake recipes - Baking recipes

         I have been wanting to try this caramel cake recipe from a very long time. But somehow due to my busy schedule and also partly because of my laziness , I have been postponing it. Infact I was not baking at all after repeated requests from my kids. So finally I made it last friday as I had some free time due to school holiday declared because of the haze. I have a few posts in my drafts which I have delayed posting for so many months already, but this cake was super special. It was so delicious that I decided to post it immediately. Excuse me for the poor pictures as I took it with my cell phone. I did not even take step by step pictures. But will update my post when I make it again.
caramel cake how to make
 The caramel came out perfect. I was making it for the second time and the first time it was not really that perfect. But if you follow the steps correctly , I am sure it is going to turn out good.
The cake was really good and I made sure we had it the next day and it was even more delicious.
I hope you try it out and do let me know how it turns out for you!!
cake recipes
 Recipe source- Easycooking

All purpose flour/maida- 2 cup
Unsalted butter- 150g
Caramel syrup - 1/2 cup (see recipe below)
Sugar- 1 3/4th cup
Vanilla powder-1tsp
Cardamom powder- 1tsp
Baking powder- 1/2tsp

Eggs- 2 (at room temperature)
Milk- 1cup (At room temperature)

Caramel syrup-
Sugar- 2 cups
Water- 1/2 cup
Water -1 cup(to stop crystallization)
how to make caramel syrup
Preparing the caramel syrup-
Combine the sugar and the half cup of water in a heavy bottomed pan.
Keep it on high flame.
Allow the sugar to completely dissolve and then boil and bubble.
Just stir lightly once in a while.
The colour will change to a golden brown colour.
Switch off the flame.
Pour little water. Be very careful for pouring the water as it will splatter.
Pour some more water and let it splatter.
Now pour the remaining water.
Mix and keep on high flame again.
Stir and cook for five more minutes till it becomes slightly like honey.
Do not overcook.
Keep it ready till use.

For the cake
Preheat the oven to 160c.
Grease and flour a cake tin and keep it ready.
Combine the flour ,baking powder,baking powder and cardamom powder.
Cream the butter and sugar using a electric beater.
Add the eggs one by one and keep beating till you get a a fluffy butter.
Pour the caramel syrup and mix well.
Now add the flour mix little by little alternating with milk.
Mix well.
caramel syrup recipe
Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin.
Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes.
Check by inserting a knife in the center if it comes out clean.
caramel cake
Allow the cake to cool completely and invert it on the plate.
Slice and serve.
1. The cake tastes even better the next day. So do store some or make the cake ahead.
2. I may want to reduce the sugar quantity to perhaps 1 1/4 th cup as I found it slightly sweeter to my taste. But my family loved it. So you can add accordingly to your taste.
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Sep 21, 2015

Corn dhokla recipe - easy snacks recipes

         I had made this some ages ago for an evening snack and we had gorged on it and loved it.I buy corn many times as my kiddo likes it. But I often forget about it leaving it in the refigerator perhaps for a fortnight. It happened this time until I finally thought of making bhutte ka kees. But thinking of the meagre amount it will be after all the process, I dropped the plan and thought of making this dhoklas. I referred to a number of recipes in the net. Nothing special about the recipe, its almost same as we made the other dhokla varieties before, but the goodness of the corn in it makes it really delicious.
corn dhokla recipe
     You can try this if you love dhoklas and am sure you will love this one too. Or you can always refer to the other dhokas I have posted before.
Rava dhokla
Millet dhokla
Sandwich dhokla
easy snack recipes
Besan/kadalai maavu - 1 cup
Rava/ semolina - 1/2 cup
Curd -1 cup
Sweet corn kernels- 1 cup
Green chillies -2
Ginger -1 small pieces
Salt -1tsp
Lemon juice- 2-3 tsps
Baking soda-1/2 tsp

For tempering
Oil- 3tsps
Mustard seeds- 1tsp
Jeera- 1tsp
Curry leaves- 4-5
Asafoetida- a pinch
Grease a tray/pan which can be used in steaming.
 Grind the sweetcorn kernels,green chillies and ginger to a smooth paste.
Combine the besan,rava salt and curd.
Add the ground sweet corn paste.
Mix well.
Add the lemon juice.
after school snacks
Add the baking soda and pour the made batter immediately in the greased tray.
Place the tray/pan in a steamer.
Steam the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes till cooked.
  Make a seasoning by mixing all the ingredients under tempering.
Add the seasoning on the steamed dhokla.
Spread it with a spoon.
Allow it to cool a little.
Slice with a knife into squares.

Serve with tomato ketchup or green chutney.
dhokla /khaman recipes
Addition of turmeric powder is optional.
Use sour curds.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander..
You can use unflavoured eno in place of baking soda
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Jul 25, 2015

Badam aur makhana ki kheer - Almond and lotus seeds pudding - easy pudding recipes

       Before you say that I have left blogging, I finally decided to do a post today. I do have a few posts in my drafts , but somehow I kept it postponing with the other activities. Its the busiest time of the year for the kids with a number of activities lined up at school which keeps all mummies on their toes. While some other things comes up along with the usual routine activities. Similarly kiddos teacher wanted a few parent volunteers for some activity in school for the SG 50 celebrations going on. All kids were given lego sets and had to make some important monuments of Singapore with them. We had to help the kids with it. It was full of fun and excitement. We all felt energetic and were amazed at their imagination. The kids came up with beautiful models with their lego sets.
badam makhana kheer
    Okay to the recipe now, I made this kheer some ages ago. I got these makhana (or lotus seeds or you can even call them lotus nuts or fox nuts )after I learned that they are really nutritious and low in fat. They can be roasted and served as a evening snack. I will post that recipe sometime soon. Meanwhile one day I decided to combine almonds and these nuts as I heard the combination works really well and made a payasam/kheer/pudding with it. It was really good and we enjoyed it. The kids found a little weird eating the lotus seeds for the first time , but later they enjoyed the dessert. You can serve it chilled. We love our kheer chilled, but its your wish how you want to serve it. Its almost badam kheer with a extra nutrition of lotus seeds and chironji.
    I hope you try this and like it too!! See you soon!!
almond lotus seed kheer
Almonds - 1/2 cup
Milk - 3 1/2 cup+1/2 cup
Makhana/lotus nuts/lotus seeds - 1 cup
Saffron/kesar - a pinch of strands
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 cup
Chironji/charoli/saara parappu - 1tbsp

Place the almonds is hot water for an hour.
Peel the skin.
Put them in a blender along with half a cup of milk and saffron.
Grind it to a smooth paste.
payasam step by step process
Boil the milk.
Add the ground almond paste and mix well.
Stir the milk at regular intervals.
Keep stirring for around 5-7 minutes till the milk thickens.
Add sugar along with cardamom powder and mix well.
Stir for another 5 minutes.
Add the charoli and makhana and stir for a few more minutes.
This should take around further 5-7 minutes.
Remove from flame.
Allow it to cool a little and serve.
You can serve this chilled too!!
almond lotus nuts pudding
1.Adding chironji is a option. You can try adding other nuts roasted in ghee or avoid adding others nuts totally.
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Jul 8, 2015

Double chocolate banana cake recipe - easy baking recipes

          Now this has become quite a long break and I really do not want to rant on how life has become busy again when the school reopened a couple of days ago.That is because I am not complaining at all. I have been so busy and I am actually enjoying it. I have been cooking something nice and different apart from the daily food especially during the weekends. I even posted the pictures on instagram. I cooked a small and simple feast for my hubbys birthday too. I am cooking something special for my kiddo when he has staybacks in school. So cooking has been happening. But somehow blogging hasnt. And I dont promise to be regular too as I know its something very difficult at the moment. But I will definitely post everyone now and then whenever possible, maybe even tomorrow!!!
banana cake recipes
      I made this cake last week for my hubbys birthday. I had plans to make some other cake. But when I had two really ripe bananas , I decided to bake this one and I am glad I did. Because it was really really awesome. Its healthy to some extent as it does not contain much of fats and sugar. Its very easy to bake this one and a quick recipe too. It was beautifully moist. I had some leftovers which tasted even better the next day. My kids loved it a lottttt!! I am surealy going to bake this one again and again.
double chocolate banana cake

Recipe source - Friday is cake night (with minor modifications)
Bananas - 2 big ones
Brown sugar - 3/4 th cup
Oil- 1/2 cup
Vanilla powder -1tsp
Egg - 1(lightly beaten)
Flour-1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1/2 cup
Baking soda-1tsp
Salt- 1/4tsp
Semi sweet mini chocolate chips 1 +1/2 cup for topping
Preheat the oven at 180c. Grease a 8'' inches cake tin.
Mash the bananas in a mixing bowl.
Add sugar to it and stir till it dissolves.
Add oil,vanilla powder and egg and stir till is well combined.
chocolate cake recipe
Stir in the flour,baking soda,cocoa powder and salt.
Add the chocolate chips and mix well into the batter.
Pour the batter in a prepared cake tin.
Sprinkle some chocolate chips over it.
Bake for 30 minutes till done.
Check if the cake is done by inserting a skewer.
Let it cool for 10 minutes. Invert and slice the cake.
easy baking recipes
1. You can use applesauce instead of oil.

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Jun 23, 2015

Sundried tomato and onion foccacia - easy baking recipes for beginners

       I had thought I would get more time during the kids holidays. Rather I have been busier than the usual days. The kiddo had a small mishap hurting himself. So I have been running around with him. All the yummy goodies I was planning to bake had to take a backseat, obviously the blog too. Its still not over and its just a few days left for the school to reopen. I am really tensed and just hope everything comes back to normal soon.
bread baking
    Okay, coming to the recipe now, baking a foccacia has been in my list for a very long time now. I had baked this almost a month or two ago. As I always read about it, its really easy to make this bread and is a perfect one for people who are new to bread making. This recipe yields a really flavourful bread and I am sure you are going to love this one. I used all pupose flour here as I was baking this for the first time and I wanted it to be really perfect in taste and texture. But next time, I am going to do it with whole wheat flour or combination of both the flours.
      My family really enjoyed this one. I had made it for dinner along with some soup. The kiddo said it tastes like pizza.
      I hope you really try this one with the toppings of your choice or without any topping too. Its going to be good.
foccacia recipe
All purpose flour/maida -2 3/4 cups
Instant yeast - 1 sachet
Salt - 1tsp
Sugar- 1tsp
Mixed herbs- 1tsp
Oregano - 1tsp
Ground Black pepper cumin powder - 1tsp(see notes)
Grated cheese - 2tbsp(see notes)
Vegetable oil- 1tbsp 
Warm water- 1 cup

For the topping
Olive oil -2tbsp
Onion - 1 sliced
Sundried tomatoes- 1/2 cup chopped

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour,yeast,salt, sugar,mixed herbs,cheese,pepper and oregano.
Add the vegetable oil and mix with a spoon. You can use your hands too.
Slowly add warm water (around 45c) and gather the dough together.
When the dough has pulled together, place it on a floured surface and knead it for 7-8 minutes till it becomes a smooth and elastic dough.
Cover with a damp cloth and allow it to rise for one and half hour.
Meanwhile heat olive oil in a pan. Add the onions and sundried tomatoes.
Stir for a few minutes and keep aside till use.
Preheat the oven to 200c.
Now when the dough had doubled in volume, punch the dough.
Knead a little and place it on a greased baking tray.
Shape it into a rectangle of 1 inch thickness.
Pour the olive oil -onion - sundried tomato mixture.
Spread it well throughout the surface.
Make small holes/indentations on the dough.
Prick holes with a fork on the dough.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes till golden brown.
Let it cool a little for 10 minutes.
Slice it to your desired shape.
sundried tomatoes recipes
Serve as it is with some soup maybe with some melted butter on the top if you wish.
baking for beginners
1. I actually used the cheese powder which I get when I order pizza. But you can use some grated parmesan cheese.
2. I usually keep a stock of powdered roasted cumin and whole black pepper which I have used here.
But you can just use some ground pepper which is readilly available.
3. You can even add some red chilly flakes in the dough if you prefer.
4. Add topping of your choice.
5. Use same amount of melted butter instead of the oil mentioned in the ingredients if you want.
6. If you are using active dry yeast, place it in warm water till it froths and then add it to the dough mixture when you add the oil and knead it.
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Jun 15, 2015

No churn Rose icecream recipe- No machine required - no churn icecream recipes

    This is one of the most delicious homemade icecream I have had.I started making icecreams only last summer for first time and this year I got to make a couple of icecreams too. This recipe is very similar to the no churn vanilla icecream I posted few months back. The only difference is that I have used rose flavour in this one. It was really delicious and had a beautiful rose flavour. It tasted more like kulfi as rose is more of a Indian flavour and the addition of condensed milk tasted like khoya. I shared this with a friend and she gave me the same opinion.
rose icecream
      Living in Singapore, we have the share of hot days throughout the year. So I will surely be trying more flavours soon and posting them here. But for a while , I will take a break from icecreams and will be posting more bakes.So please do comeback for more delicacies. And do give your feedback if you try this recipe. I am sure you are going to love it.
     The holidays are on and I am not still finding time to cook and blog. With the little time I could find today, I decided to do this post. I am not sure when I will come with the next interesting post, but sure , will try to make it really quick.
  Do have a look at more icecream recipes in this blog.
rose milk icecream
Condensed milk- 1 can(395g)
Whipping cream- 200ml
Rose essense/rose water- Few drops
Rose milk powder/rose syrup - 1tsp
Red food colour- a tiny drop(optional)

Keep the whipping cream,beaters and the mixing bowl in the freezer for atleast an hour.
Combine and mix the Condensed milk, rose milk powder,essence/water and red colour if using.
Keep aside till use.
Pour the whipping cream in a mixing bowl.
Using the beaters in high speed, whip the whipping cream for around 7 to 10 minutes till soft peaks form and also doubles in volume.
Now add the condensed milk mixture slowly into the whipped cream.
Mix it gently.
Pour this mixture in a freezer safe container.
Freeze this for atleast 6-8 hours.
no churn icecream
 When it is frozen, scoop in serving cups and serve immediately.
easy no machine icecream
1. After adding rose milk powder, I did not get a proper pink colour in the icecream mixture though it had the flavour of rose milk. So I added a tiny drop of red colour. But it is completely optional.
2. I added a teaspoon of rose water and it gave a beautiful flavour to the icecream.
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Jun 9, 2015

Eggless fresh plum cake- easy and healthy baking recipes

          I had made this cake long ago when my hubby got two plump looking fresh plums.We love to have fresh fruits as it is. But this time I decided to use it to bake a cake. I have baked cake with plum before. It was a low fat and eggless recipe too and I had used atta in it. This time I decided to follow a different recipe which I found after a search in the net.
fresh plum cake
       I have always loved fruits in my bakes.  Let me tell you that plum cake usually means the ones made during christmas with lots of dry fruits and nuts soaked in alcohol. But this one is made using fresh plums and it really goes well during your tea time. Its healthy as I used a large proportion of whole wheat flour or atta. It does not have any ingredients of high calories and calls for a little oil or butter. It really tasted good and makes a good snack for your kids.
plum walnut cake
 Recipe courtesy - veg recipes of india
Whole wheat flour/atta - 1 cup
Maida/all purpose flour- 1/2 cup
Vanilla powder- 1tsp
Plums- 2 big ones
Walnuts-1/4th cup(chopped into very tiny pieces)
Cinnamon powder- 1tsp
Milk- 1/2 cup
Vinegar - 1.5tbsp
Baking soda-1/2tsp
Baking powder-1/2tsp
organic raw sugar- 3/4th cup
Oil/melted butter-2/3rd cup

Chop the plums into small pieces.
Grease and flour a cake tin.
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Combine the flours,Vanilla powder, cinnamon powder and baking powder.
Pour the oil or melted butter in it and mix gently.
 Add the sugar and mix.
  Next add the chopped plums and nuts and fold gently in the batter.
Now in a small bowl, combine the milk and vinegar. Do not stir. Add the baking soda.The mixture becomes frothy. Add this quickly to the cake batter and stir gently.(did not take pic as this step has to be done quickly)
Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin.Bake at 180c for 35 minutes.
Check if the cake is done by inserting a knife or skewer in the center of the cake.
Allow the cake to cool well for 15-20 minutes.
Invert on a plate and slice.
Serve and store the rest in a airtight box.
easy and healthy bakes
1. You can use soya milk instead of dairy milk to make it vegan.
2. Add melted butter or oil.
3. You can use a mix of different nuts like cashews,almonds, pistachios and pecans.
4. You can use apple cider vinegar too.
5. As more of wheat flour/atta is used, the batter will be little sticky and pulls a little. You can add all purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour or more of all purpose flour and less of whole wheat flour too.
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