Indians are very fond of their coffee and tea. Especially for almost every South Indian, their day begins by brewing their coffee decoction in a special metal filter of which the Indian women are proud of. But of course now many possess different kinds of electric filter and expresso machines which makes the coffee decoction in a jiffy. South Indians just love their filter coffee.Many households in India prefer to buy fresh coffee beans,roast and grind it on a daily basis.Its not unusual but I, like many people love to start my day with a cup of coffee too. I rise quite early in the morning, but like to hustle up with the usual chores of whipping up a good breakfast and lunch boxes for hubby and kid. Its only after that I settle myself with a cup of coffee and have it in solitude.Having this exquisitive potion calms my soul and rests my mind. Its just 10 to 15 minutes when I have to resume my other activities for the day. But I do really look forward for those precious ten minutes each day to enjoy my daily dose of caffeine. I am not too particular about having filter coffee though I would love too. I make do with the instant coffee.
I make it a point to try the local coffee of any place or country that I am visiting. Every country I visited have their own distinct flavour and I love to imbibe that aroma and taste of the uniqueness.I love the different taste,flavours and combinations and prefer it with a little sugar and milk. A few days ago, I came across Gourmesso coffee where they offer a couple of coffee flavours suitable for your taste.I would certainly be buying them one of these days as they look quite interesting,unique and the prices are quite reasonable too and for a coffee lover in me would never want to let that go!!
The strong aroma and the flavour of coffee really intrigues me and I dont mind having a dessert with coffee or a cold beverage with the flavour of coffee too. Along with ice-cream, cold coffee has always been a relief during the hot summers. I love adding a little coffee powder in my chocolate cakes as it gives a deep brown colour and also a mild flavour of coffee in it. So one fine afternoon, I decided to skip my usual drink of hot coffee, instead decided to make a quick cake with a coffee flavour.
I added two different coffee flavours and it turned out quite well. So if you are fond of the bittersweet taste in your desserts, go ahead and make this one. It takes only 5 minutes of your total time. Skip your coffee and have this dessert instead!!
Microwave coffee mug cake - for coffee lovers
A quick coffee flavoured cake made in 2 minutes.
Add the flour,baking powder and cocoa powder in a mug.
Add instant coffee granules and sugar and mix with a spoon.
Add the oil.
Add the yogurt and coffee decoction and mix well.
Sprinkle chocolate chips on it.
Microwave for 2 minutes with a interval of 1 minute in between.
Allow it to cool.
You can have it with a spoon.
Add chocolate syrup or sweetened cream or even icecream as you prefer.
Though nowadays I see mangoes stocked up in the supermarket all the year round, I like to buy them only during the proper season. We do buy plenty of mangoes during these three months every year and I go crazy eating them as a whole and I am very tempted to try different recipes with them too. I am not too fond of the store bought mango puree. I prefer adding fresh fruits. Baking a cake using mangoes always prioritizes my list as everyone at home love it. You can check out the mango buttermilk pound cake which I made couple of years ago and I bake it almost every year. This time I decided to go for a different recipe with healthy ingredients.
I found the recipe while browsing the net and decided to go ahead with this one making some changes to the original recipe. This one is eggless and I used flax seeds and buttermilk for the softness. I have used whole wheat flour , but you can use all purpose flour or refined wheat flour. It will be less dense that way. But my family have got used to the denser texture of my cakes as I prefer baking it the healthy way. The cake has a distinct mango flavour and proper sweetness. It feels delicious to bite into the extra sweetness of the mango bits which is added into it.
I had it along with my afternoon coffee and really enjoyed it. I had posted regarding this in my instagram. Do follow me on instagram to get regular updates on what I cook each day. Its fun sharing those pictures and you will enjoy them too!
Meanwhile , have a look at different mango recipes here in Creative Saga!!
Top 10 mango recipes of creative Saga
Mango dessert collection.
Recipe Source – The whinery (with some minor modifications to suit my taste)
Mango Cardamom cake - Mango recipes
Eggless and healthy cake with mangoes with the flavour of cardamom!!
Mix the flax seed in around 3/4 th cup of water. Grind it till its becomes a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
Preheat the oven at 180c.
Grease and flour a cake pan and keep it ready.
In a mixing bowl, mix the oil and sugar.
Add the mango puree and flax seed paste to it and mix well.
Add in the lemon juice,buttermilk and vanilla essence.
Mix it well. (I used vanillin powder, hence in the picture)
In another bowl, combine the flour,baking powder,baking soda, salt and cardamom powder. Fold in the flour mixture to the wet mix slowly stirring and mixing it simultaneously.
Add the mango pieces and mix gently.
Pour the batter in the prepared cake pan.
Bake at 180c for 45 minutes till the top has browned. Insert a knife or skewer in the center to check if the cake is done. Allow it to cool for 15 minutes. Invert on a plate and cut into slices.
Serve immediately or store in a airtight box.
For buttermilk, add 2tbsp vinegar in 3/4th cup of milk. Let it rest for 5 minutes. You can see that it curdles a bit.
I have a very few choices when it comes to breakfast. It is mainly because of the lack of time early morning. It is also because that I want my kids to eat their breakfast properly before they leave for school. It should be to their liking too. Its difficult to make them eat something early morning in a short time claiming its healthy. So at my place, the breakfast mainly comprises of idli,dosa and sandwiches.
For the past few days,I have also been making pancakes. I use healthy and different ingredients each time. I normally use whole wheat flour or oats. And then , I drizzle with some sugarcane syrup before I serve. This syrup was given by a friend and it has been a great thing. We have totally enjoyed it. My kids also love these pancakes and eat them in a jiffy without making a fuss leaving a satisfied me!!!
Do try them and let me how you like it. My kids love the version when I made without using the cocoa powder. Use , do try this recipe with and without it and find out the one you love to have. I will be posting more varieties soon!!
Double Chocolate pancakes - Quick Breakfast recipes
An easy and eggless pancake recipe which will make your breakfast special!!!
In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour,oats,cocoa powder,baking powder, sugar and salt.
Pour the yogurt and buttermilk in the dry mixture and mix well.
Add milk if required in case the batter is very thick. Batter should be of thick pouring consistency.
Add the chocolate chips and mix well.
Heat a tawa/girdle.
Add a teaspoon of olive oil and spread on the tawa.
Pour a ladle of the batter on the hot tawa and spread it slightly into a thick circles.
Allow it to cook at the bottom and flip to cook on the other surface.
Place 2-3 pancakes on your plate.
Serve them drizzled with sugarcane syrup, chocolate syrup or maple syrup.
To make buttermilk, add a teaspoon of vinegar in a cup of milk. Leave it for 5 minutes till it curdles and use it in the recipe.
I love to bake and have mildly sweet cakes with my tea during my tea time though it is not a regular thing at my place. I am too lazy to bake frequently. I love fruit and nut cakes and plum cakes a lot compared to other cakes in general. My kids are not a fan of it. They love rich chocolate and vanilla cakes. But they wouldn’t love to nibble into some nuts in their cakes.
I had got some tutty fruity from india just because I love them. I dont find the plump colourful tutty fruity in Singapore. I wanted to bake some cookies with them. I did , but they did not turn up too well to fit into the blog. I had a few of them left before I had to leave for my next india trip!! So I baked this one before I left for India last year.
Recipe courtesy- all recipes
It turned out quite good and delicious though it wasn’t too moist and had a dry crumb but soft in the inside.The colour was good too!! It tasted good and my kids had them too!! You can try this out if you love fruit and nut cakes.
You can use egg instead of yogurt here.
Tutty fruity tea cake
This is a sort of mildly sweet ,quick to make and easy cake which I would love to have it with my tea time!!
Preaheat the oven to 180c.
Grease and flour the cake tin and keep it ready.
Take both the flours and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
Add the butter.
Rub the butter into the flours until it looks like fine bread crumbs.
Add the sugar and cinnamon powder.
Add the tutty fruity,chocolate chips and walnuts. Mix well with a spatula.
Add the yogurt and milk and mix to a dropping consistency though the batter will be quite thick.
Pour the batter in the prepared cake tin.
Sprinkle more brown sugar on the top.
Bake at 180c for 1 hour. Keep checking the cake in regualr interval to check if the cake is done. You can check by inserting a skewer or knife in the center of the cake.
Allow the cake to cool. Cut into slices and serve with some tea.
Wishing all my readers a very happy new year. Hope the new year is treating you all very well. I do hope to be atleast a little regular in blogging compared to the previous year. I was really occupied with a lot of things last year and this year I have brought some changes and I now hope to spend some time for myself too. Though I have been regularly working out doing brisk walks and yoga. This year, I am getting involved to various other activities like jogging,aerobics ,yoga and zumba to make my workouts more interesting. I want to be regular visitor to the library and spend sometime reading everyday. Apart from this , I want to spend more time with my kids. I do want to try to stop feeding them with junk and more of processed food. So I want to spend some time doing healthy cooking and bring up some healthy baking recipes.I really hope to change their diet pattern. So that should also give me opportunity to blog more of this recipes. I have already been doing this and I keep sharing the pictures in my instagram too. So please do keep visiting and continue to encourage me with your comments.
So here comes the brownies recipe with carrots,beetroots and nuts. DO try and you will love it.
Eggless carrot beetroot brownies
A healthy brownie recipe using whole wheat flour,carrots and beetroots.
Preheat the oven at 180c. Add the flours,baking powder and baking soda along with grated carrots and beetroots in a mixing bowl. Add cinnamon powder and cocoa powder. Mix well.
In another mixing bowl, add the curd , milk and oil. Pour the wet ingredients in the dry mix and mix the contents with a spatula. Add a little milk if the mix is too thick.
Grease and flour a cake tin. Add the mix in it and flatten with a spatula.Bake it at 180c for 35 minutes. Check if the cake is done by inserting a knife in the center of the cake.
Cool and then slice the cake into squares.
Store the rest in the refrigerator. It tastes even better the next day!
Its almost 5-6 months now and today I finally decided to post. Things keep me busy,and when I do find time, I cant bring myself to do the process of clicking, editing and publishing the pictures and the posts. It seems like a elaborate activity. Though I keep getting kind enquiries from my friends and bloggers about why I am missing in action nowadays. So finally I decided to leave all my priorities behind and publish a post. Cooking has been happening , but not much of baking. So perhaps when I start blogging , I will restart baking too. Continue reading “Eggless whole wheat almond cookies – easy eggless cookies 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. Continue reading “Cherry icecream recipes- easy and eggless no machine icecream recipes”
I have always wanted to try this cake when I saw it for the first time a couple of years ago.I loved that semolina was the main ingredient in this cake. Also the process of adding sugar syrup on the baked cake sounded interesting. I love baking cakes in different ways. This one is also my favourite. This cake is actually a middle eastern dessert. Its way of making and the taste reminds me of our very own gulab jamun or rava kesari. This recipe traditionally uses eggs. But as I wanted to make it on thursday as an offering during our Sai prayer , I wanted to make it eggless. Continue reading “Basbousa – Semolina cake- Eggless bakes”
This was another thing I made during the kids first term break.M and M candies are my favourite and my kids favourite too though they love anything with chocolate.I always have surplus amounts of this candies at my home anytime and pop a few into my mouth every now and then. A few months back when I made this cookies with M and M , I thought of trying brownies too and finally got to make it. I tried to follow a slightly different recipe so that I wanted a gooey texture filled with moist chocolate almost oozing out. The crust was beautiful and as expected too. Continue reading “M& M Brownies recipe – Easy eggless bakes”