Saturday, May 18, 2019

Lemon Crinkle Cookies


Helloo everyone. Took a looooong break from blogging due to personal reasons. Being a stay at home mom makes me appreciate all the free time I had before.LOL. I used to sit hours and hours styling my food, taking pictures, drafting recipes. Now free time is a luxury. Though I miss blogging I do love all the precious moments with my little one. These tiny humans grow up so fast and I wish I could record each and every moment. Seeing the world through my baby’s eyes is a whole different experience and I'm grateful for everything God has given me.

So, back to blogging with a new recipe. These Lemon Crinkle cookies melt into your mouth. They are not too sweet and perfectly tangy balancing your palette. Let's go on to the recipe.

Ingredients :
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tblsp lemon juice
  • 1 tblsp lemon extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar 
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

Method :

  • Combine all the dry ingredients and keep aside. Cream together butter and sugar until it’s really creamy and fluffy. 
  • Add in eggs, lemon juice, lemon extract, food coloring(if using) and beat until well combined. Add the dry ingredients into this and mix well without lumps. Do not over-mix.
  • Slightly thick and sticky dough is formed. Chill it for a few hours in the refrigerator. Take out the dough and roll it into small balls. Take powdered sugar in a bowl. Coat each ball evenly in it.

  • In a preheated oven of 350 F, place the balls onto a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 mins. The cookie should be soft when you touch. Cool completely and serve it.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Easy Vegetable Pulao in Instant Pot / Rice Cooker / Pressure cooker - Recipe for all three ways



With the whole world going crazy about Instapot (IP),I wanted to know what the fuss was all
About. So I went ahead and bought Instapot Lux during the black friday sale for  $49 . Let me tell you that this was one of the best kitchen gadgets I have bought so far. Its worth the hype and I am so glad. It had made my cooking so much easier and it never burns at the bottom . Its super quick and makes indian cooking a lot less intimidating.Its basically an electric pressure cooker which combines the funtionality of a cooker,slow cooker,yogurt maker,steamer and lots more...

Pulao or Biryani in Instapot gives a very traditional unique taste.It is similar to the dum style which I have never been able to achieve.I make a lot of gravies so quickly which used to take so much time in a stovetop. I have to keep checking constantly to avoid burning of food at the bottom. But Instapot is a savior. I can sauté and pressure cook in the same pot. The warm mode is amazing. It doesn’t dry out the rice even if I keep it warm mode for 4-5 hrs.Rice cooker usually dries out the rice and burns the bottom layer.The pot is stainless steel which I feel is the healthiest option for cooking.

This pulao recipe doesn't have a lot of masala in it.It is simple and elegant with min ingredients but the flavor is full and delicious.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Chapathi Noodles



Chapathi Noodles - Thinly sliced roti pieces are cooked in Chinese style and smeared in lip smacking sauces.This recipe is unique and extremely addictive that u will make it more than once for sure. This is something I make when I have leftover roti in the  refrigerator but feel like having a Chow mein and can't go out. This is healthy, low fat tangy and spicy and so its a perfect kid friendly lunch box recipe.It remains crispy and it goes very well with a side of peanut sauce,ketchup or Mayonnaise.

Ingredients :
  • Chapathi - 5 to 6 
  • Onion - 1 
  • Green Capsicum - 1
  • Red Capsicum- 1
  • Cabbage - 1 cup
  • Ginger - a small piece 
  • Garlic - 3 to 4
  • Green chilly - 2
  • Soya sauce - 1 tblsp
  • Red chilli sauce (optional) - 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Vinegar or Rice Vinegar - 2 tblsp
  • Tomato ketchup - 2 tblsp
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Chinese Sesame oil or Cannola oil - 3 tsp
  • Scallion or green onion - few sprigs 




Method :

Roll each chapathi and cut them into thin slices.

Chop all veggies into very thin slices.Finely grate ginger and garlic.Slit the green chilies lengthwise.Chop green onions into small pieces.

For Chinese cooking keeping the flame high is really the key. So the pan has to be hot and cooking is done mostly in high flame to get the perfect crunchy noodles. If kept in medium or low flame the result is soggy noodles.

Take a deep bottomed pan or a wok ,add 2 tsp oil. Add garlic,ginger,green chilies,onion and saute until they are cooked but still crispy about 2 min.Add very rhinly sliced cabbage and give a stir.Add both the capsicum and and saute for just a min. 

When the veggies are half done ,add soya sauce,red chili sauce,tomato ketchup and mix well.Toss the veggies gently.

Now add thinly sliced chapathi and toss gently until it is well coated. Now keenthe flame high and add one more tsp of oil and chili vinegar. Toss them again. Don't keep stirring continuously as this might make it mushy.

Garnish with a general dose of chopped green onions. 




Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Veg Hakka Noodles / Chow mein Noodles with Peanut sauce



Veg Hakka noodles - Sweet and tangy noodles

Hakka noodles is a part of the Hakka cuisine which is the cooking style of Hakka people of China and Taiwan.They have a special way of cooking meats with carbohydrates.This is a simple vegetarian dish made with boiling noodles in hot water and then sautéing it with freshly stir fried veggies and sauces.

It is now a famous street food in India and part of the Indo- Chinese cuisine. Its spicy,tangy and sweet all at the same time.You can serve it with ketchup too.I love peanuts and i found that a simple peanut sauce with a cup of hot noodles are a perfect match.

Ingredients :

  • Hakka noodles - 1 pack
  • Onion - 1 
  • Bell pepper/ Capsicum - 1
  • Cabbage - 1/4
  • Carrot - 1
  • Green chillies - 3
  • Ginger - small piece
  • Garlic - 5-6 pods
  • Scallion / Green onions - few strands finely chopped
  • Salt 
  • Oil - 3 tsp

Sweet and spicy sauce for noodles - Ingredients:
  • Soy sauce - 1 tsp
  • Hot sesame oil - 2 tsp
  • Tomato ketchup - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili sauce - 2 tsp
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • White vinegar - 1 tsp

Peanut Sauce for dipping - Ingredients :
  • Peanut butter - 4 tsp
  • Soya sauce - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili sauce - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Hot Sesame oil - 1 tsp
  • Water - 3 to 4 tsp

Mix all the ingredients and put them in a blender.Pulse them until smooth.Keep it aside in a small bowl.This is the peanut dipping sauce for the noodles.



Method : 

  • In a large pan bring water to boil and cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain and wash with cold water. Add 1/2 tsp oil and gently toss them.Keep the boiled noodles aside.
  • Slice onion,carrot,capsicum,cabbage into thin slices.Finely mince ginger and garlic.
  • Heat 3 tsp oil in a large open pan or wok.Add ginger and garlic and saute for a min.
  • Add remaining vegetables and keep sauteeing until they are half done.They should be cooked but also crunchy at the same time.Add salt and mix well.
  • Add the boiled noodles to the pan and mix the veggies and noodles.
  • In a separate bowl mix all the ingredients under " Sweet and spicy sauce for noodles ". Mix them well until combined.Add this to the pan.Gently toss the noodles in this sauce.
  • After 2 mins switch off the flame.
  • Top these noodles with chopped scallions and coarsely chopped peanuts on top.
  • The chow mein is ready to serve and enjoy.Add chopsticks for an additional touch.
  • Serve with creamy peanut sauce.

A big bowl of yummy goodness

Smooth and creamy Peanut Sauce








Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait



Parfait  is a frozen dessert that dates back to 1800 s .

In France, parfait refers to a frozen dessert made from a base of sugar syrup, egg, and cream.

In the United States, parfait refers to either the traditional French-style dessert or to a popular variant, the American parfait, made by layering parfait cream, ice cream, and/or flavored gelatins in a tall, clear glass, and topping the creation with whipped cream, fresh or canned fruit, and/or liqueurs.

In Canada and the United States, parfaits may also be made by using yogurt layered with granola, nuts or fresh fruits, such as peaches, strawberries, or blueberries.
(source wikipedia)


If you cannot find blueberries for the season,you can replace them with strawberries / Mango / Peach / Chikoo / Raspberry / Cherries / Banana or any other fruits which are pitted,peeled and chopped.




Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jaipuri Pulao - Spicy Pulao recipe



Tired of cooking the usual pulao/biryani.Try this Jaipuri Pulao for a change and I am sure you are going to make this again and again. This just takes a few mins of prep time and the taste is just amazing.
I came across this recipe in a cooking channel in TV. I tried it and now this is my family's favorite pulao :)

This pulao gets its flavor from one major spice - Cardamom

Ingredients:
  • Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Butter / Ghee - 3-4 tblsp
  • Oil - 1/4 cup
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Cashews - 2 tblsp
  • Coriander leaves - a small bunch - roughly chopped
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Veggies - 1 cup -finely chopped
Vegetables Used :
  • Carrot - 1
  • Capsicum - 1/2
  • Beans - 4-5 
  • Brocolli - a small bunch
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Sweet corn kernels - 1/4 cup

Fresh Masala Paste - To grind
  • Onion - 1 small - roughly chopped
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cashews - 1 tblsp
  • Green chilli - 3-5 depending on your spice level
  • Garlic pods - 5
  • Ginger - a small piece
  • Coriander powder - 1 tblsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tblsp
  • Fresh cream or Milk - 4 tblsp 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Amla / Nellikai / Gooseberry Juice - Refreshing summer drink - Way to beat the heat



Gooseberry is a tangy ,juicy ,sweet - tart fruit .They are a good source of essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, manganese and dietary fiber.They are low in calories, fat- and cholesterol-free.

They are very popular in India and most of the houses have these yummy tangy fruit trees.I remember picking them up from the ground,washing them and eating them raw.Nothing beats the urge to eat them as soon as you pick them up.The best and simple way to eat them is to just marinade them in salt water.Oh the taste would be heavenly.

My Mother-in-law made this for us when we were on vacation.I loved it and was so addicted.
This juice recipe is a bit sweeter which makes it a perfect drink for the summer for you and your kids to enjoy.


This recipe makes the concentrate of the juice.You can store it in an air tight container for a few days.Just before serving dilute it with water.


Gooseberries

Pure Organic Honey

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dindigul Thalappakatti Biriyani - Original Authentic Recipe (Vegetarian Version)


Dindigul Thalappakatti Biriyani  is very famous in Tamil Nadu known for its authentic southern spices and texture.It is fragrant, spicy, a bit tangy and full of strong flavors..This recipe is an original authentic recipe but instead of chicken I have replaced it with Soya chunks aka the Meal maker.Its rich in protein and has a great taste and texture.

My husband loves this biriyani so much that he could eat this every single day .Ha ha. He insisted a lot that I make this recipe and post it in my blog.So here goes :) ....




Ingredients:
  • Seeraga Samba rice /KaliJeera rice - 2 cups
  • Water - 4 cups
  • Dried Soya Chunks - 1 cup
  • Curd - 1 cup
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice from - 1 lemon
  • Cilantro/Coriander leaves chopped - 1 cup
  • Mint leaves chopped - 1 cup
  • Salt
  • Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp 
  • Ghee - 1/4 cup
  • Oil - 3/4 cup

Masala - Ingredients to grind:
  • Shallots(small onion) or Large onion - 2 cups
  • Garlic pods (peeled) - 15-20
  • Medium size ginger - 1
  • Green Chilli - 5-7 depends on your spice level.
  • Cloves - 3
  • Cardamom - 3
  • Cinnamon stick broken pieces - 3
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 piece

Monday, March 21, 2016

Crispy Banana Waffles - 4th Anniversary Blog Post



It has been 4 years since I started this blog and this makes me immensely happy.A big thank you to everyone for all the love and support !! Your love keeps me motivated :)

I have been meaning to post a waffle recipe for so long. Traditional waffles are yummy healthy,crispy on the outside and a bit spongy on the inside.But I always like my waffles crispy.This recipe is nice and crunchy both on the inside and outside.

I am a big fan of banana bread and combining the flavor into the waffles made it even more yummy.It is healthy and nutritious.

Golden Organic bananas

Monday, March 7, 2016

Fruit and Nut fudge - Tastes Almost like Cadbury Fruit and Nut



I am a big fan of the fruit and nut flavor of Cadbury's chocolate.This fudge recipe tastes almost similar to that.So if you are a big fan of it ,then you have to try this and I am sure you are gonna be so addicted !!
Microwave fudge is the easiest way of making fudge.It is yummy,easy, quick and just takes 2 minutes. 


  • Instead of writing a long blog post ,I have just broken down all the steps into pictures.Hope it helps !

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ombre Rosette cake - Eggless vanilla cake with Caramel frosting



Ombre  = Gradient and Rosette = formation resembling a rose.
So a Ombre Rosette cake means gradient cake from dark to light and frosting decorations in the form of a rose.

These are in trend right now in birthdays,Anniversaries .and much more.Honestly do you need a reason to bake a cake ?..No :) ...I made this cake for a friend's surprise baby shower.

This cake is two tiered and has 5 layers of cake. The bottom tier has 3 and the top has 2.The filling is caramel frosting.It goes really well with the Vanilla cake .

Teal Ombre Rosette Cake

The baby topper is made with marshmallow fondant which I made from scratch .First I made the babies and then wrapped them in quilted blanket and this added more cuteness to this cake.I made 2 babies, one in pink and one in Teal .We found out at last minute that she is having a boy , so I made a the cake in Teal blue.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tomato Pulao - Lunch box recipes

Mornings are always busy as we pack breakfast and lunch for our loved ones.The main question we all have is What should i cook today?? .This is one big head scratcher.There are days when I keep pacing around my kitchen and fridge wondering what to cook.That is when this tomato pulao comes to rescue. This is one of our favorite go-to lunch.It is a fragrant ,tangy and spicy pulao.



I made this recipe with juicy red plum tomatoes instead of roma tomatoes.It gave the much needed tangy kick to the pulao.

Red juicy plump tomatoes make this dish more yummy.


Ingredients :
  • Tomatoes - 4 large
  • Basmati rice /regular white rice - 1 cup
  • Water - 2 cups
  • Onion - 2 large
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tblsp
  • Green peas - 1/4 cup
  • Mint leaves - a few finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro - a few finely chopped
  • Oil - 4 to 5 tblsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp or as per taste
  • Garam masal powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Salt
Spices :
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Cardamom - 4
  • Cloves - 4
  • Cinnamon stick - 1 small
Tip : If you dont like the spices as whole in the pulao, this is what you can do.Fry the spices in oil for a min then carefully remove all of them from the oil using a spatula.Since we have fried them in oil the taste and fragrance remains in the oil too.You can enjoy its taste without it being stuck to your teeth.

Method :
  • Wash the rice and cook it separately in a rice cooker as usual.For basmati rice and water ratio would be 1:1.5 and for normal rice its 1:2 .Cook the rice separately.
  • Finely chop onions and tomatoes and keep them aside.Boil green peas separately.Drain and keep them aside.
  • In a large pan on medium heat add oil.Add the spices and fry them for about 30 sec.
  • Add the onions and fry them with the spices until they lose their raw flavor.Add ginger garlic paste and fry for another min.Add the chopped mint leaves.Fry until the mint leaves are completely wilted.Add the chopped tomaotes and fry until they turn mushy.
  • Add garam masala,red chili powder and saute for another few mins.Add the boiled green peas.Add more oil if required.Fry everything until oil separates from the gravy.Adjust salt and chili powder to taste.
  • Add the chopped cilantro leaves.Switch off the flame.
  • Using a fork fluff the boiled rice until they are loose.Add rice to the pan and gently mix.
  • Serve hot with fryums ,papad/chips.