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
 Ingredients-
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

 Method-
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
Notes-
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)
Ingredients-
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
Method-
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
Notes-
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
Ingredients-
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

Method-
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
Notes-
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
Ingredients-
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)

Method-
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
Notes-
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
 Ingredients-
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

Method-
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
Notes-
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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Jun 6, 2015

Cherry icecream recipes- easy and eggless no machine icecream recipes

       There was a time when I was addicted to baking. I used to bake almost every week and I was always fascinated with a new and interesting cake or cookie recipe. I still do, but the frequency of baking has reduced. Its also because of health reasons and also time constraints. If at all I get the time to bake, I bake healthy cakes and cookies involving low fat and healthy ingredients. Similarly, now I am addicted to making icecreams. It was last summer when I made this mango icecream for the first time. Then after discussing with a friend, I have made atleast five icecreams since last month. There has been a significant improvement in the taste and texture of each icecream I made this time. The cherry icecream is the most recent one I made when I found really delicious and juicy cherries at the supermarket.
cherry icecream recipe
         This time , I used evaporated milk in the recipe. It tasted like a kulfi. It was delicious and we liked it. But my son did not like the slight milky taste in it. I could have used the vanillin powder I had, but somehow it would have dominated the cherry flavour in it. But if you try this and bit hesistant about the slight milky flavour, then try using a cherry essence or almond essence. But if you are like me, just follow the recipe as mentioned.
         Do let me know your feedback as usual and comeback for more icecream recipes coming soon.
easy no machine icecream
Ingredients-
Cherries(fresh)- 2 cups
Evaporated milk- 2 cups
Cream - 1 cup(I used nestles all purpose cream)
Sugar- 1 cup

Method-
Remove the seeds from the cherries with knife or a cherry pitter.
Combine the pitted cherries,cream,evaporated milk and sugar in a blender to make  a smooth paste.
Its ok to leave some cherry bits in the mix. I love it that way.
Pour this in a freezer container.
Freeze it for 2 hours.
Remove from the freezer. Break the crystals with a fork and whisk it well to a smooth paste.
You can also put it back in a blender and blend it to a smooth paste.
Pour back into the container and return it to the freezer.
Repeat the process of blending and freezing twice or thrice.
Then freeze it for completely for 4-5 hours.
Serve as required.
icecream with evaporated milk
Notes-
You can use condensed milk instead of evaporated milk and sugar. if you find the mixture too thick add some full cream milk to the mixture. Rest of the process is same.
Use almond essense if you like. You can use ameretto if you dont mind the alcohol.
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May 30, 2015

Meringue cookies recipes- easy snacks for kids

     It has been almost a week I posted my last recipe. Things have kept me really busy and sleep deprived. Now finally its the long weekend and also a month long vacations for the kids. Of course , it will be busier now,but the routine will be slightly different. So hoping to cook something different and do a bit of baking too.
     Coming to the recipe today, I saw this here and decided to try it immediately. So after dropping my daughter to school, I started making it and it took a fairly long time. I was making this kind of recipe for the first time. I referred a lot of sites for more tips to make things better. I had no idea how the recipe was going to work for me , so I did not take step by step picture, but maybe I will update when I make it again. But do refer the tips in the notes.
      It came out well and kids loved the tiny pink colour cookies.I did not get beautiful star shaped kisses/cookies as I shuld have got. Maybe next time.I also distributed them to a few friend's kids. The kids loved them and kept asking me when I am going to bake some more again. So its going to be soon for sure.
meringue cookie recipes
 Ingredients-
Egg whites - 3
Castor sugar/powdered sugar - 3/4 th cup
Red food colouring - a little
cookie snack for kids
 Method-
Seperate the egg whites and place them in a bowl.
Using a beater, beat the eggs till frothy.
Add a teaspoon of sugar at a time while you keep beating the mixture.
After all of the sugar is added, keep beating till stiff peaks form.
Beat at medium to high speed.
The mixture should be shiny and hold stiff peaks.
Add the food colour and gently fold the mix.
Insert a star nozzle in a piping bag.
Fill the bag with the mix.
easy cookies with egg whites
Preheat the oven to 100c.
Line a baking tray with parchment or baking paper.
Pipe small star on the paper.
Bake this in the oven till the cookies are dry.
It will take around an hour. For mine it took 1 hour 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. (see notes)
Allow it to cool completely on a wire rack.
Store in a air tight container.
meringue kisses
Notes-
1. Be sure to remove the eggs from the refrigerator atleast 30 minutes before you make them. the have to be room temperature when you make them.
2. When you beat and keep it open for a long time, the egg whites might turn dry. So take care .
3. The oven temperature must be kept at the lowest and this should be baked for more than a hour. It might take as long as 1.5 hours. You can switch off the oven and allow them to cool in the oven. This step with prevent cracks on them.
4. Stiff peaks is the stage when the mixture sticking to the beaters do not fall from it.
5. Instead of piping, you can even drop small rounds with a spoon too on the baking paper.
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May 25, 2015

Baby corn peas masala - quick side dishes for chapatis - easy recipes in pressure cooker

        At my place everyone loves baby corn. For several months now, I have been making a quick baked baby corn snack, a recipe given by a friend. My kids loved it and I did not try to make anything else with it. Somehow I never posted that recipe . I will do it sometime soon.
        I made this side dish for beetroot rice few days back when my son had to stayback in school for some extra classes. During such days, I find it very convinient to make variety rice along with some curry or some stuffed paratha.
baby corn peas masala
         Its really easy to make as I made it in the pressure cooker and it was done in minutes. Otherwise the babycorn takes longer time to cook usually. The recipe is really simple and involves some quick steps compared to some rich side dishes which involves some complicated process.I have made this kind of gravy for many vegetables several times now and we have always enjoyed its simple yet rich texture.
         Hope you try this and if you do try , please let me know your feedback.
side dishes for chapatis
 Ingredients-
Baby corn - 8-10(chop into small circles)
Onion - 1(chopped)
Tomato- 1(chopped)
Garlic- 3-4 cloves
Ginger - 1 small piece
Cashewnuts- 1/4 th cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Peas - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1tsp
Salt to taste
kasuri methi - 1/2tsp
Oil - 2-3 tsp

Method-
Combine the onion,tomato,ginger ,garlic, cashewnuts along with milk in a blender and grind it to a smooth paste.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker pan.
Add the paste. Add turmeric powder,red chilly powder,coriander powder,kasuri methi and garam masala . Mix and saute till the mixture thickens a bit in around 5-7 minutes.
Now add the baby corn and peas.
Add salt and mix well.
Add 1.5 glasses of water.
Close the lid and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
The baby corn should be cooked to a soft yet crisp texture.
After you open the cooker, adjust the consistency of the gravy by addig some water if necesary and adjust the seasonings accordingly.
Serve immediately with some hot chapatis or even rice.
pressure cooker recipes
Notes-
1. You can add some cream in the end to make it more richer.
2. You can make cashewnut paste seperately by soaking the nuts in hot milk for 30 minutes and grinding it to a smooth paste
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