It’s Christmas time, which means the best time of the year has arrived 😀 and Christmas would be incomplete without food and sweets. I really wanted to share a nice recipe with you all which would be easy to prepare and suitable for this holiday season as well. My friends and I wanted to make something with avocados. We could have easily gone with our good old Guacamole, instead we decided to make these easy cheesy toasts which I am really excited to share with all my readers over here. Hope you all give it a try and enjoy it as much as we did.Continue reading “Easy Cheesy Avocado Toasts”
During my trip to Australia, I noticed people over there ate Banana Bread quite often; especially for breakfast. I personally didn’t like the taste of it though. My elder sister is really fond of banana bread. She tried to bake it at home and it turned out pretty well. I thought I could share her recipe with you all. You can take an idea from my recipe here for pictures as I don’t have them for this one in particular. Everybody really enjoyed it back home. Hope you all like it too. 🙂Continue reading “Banana Cake | Banana Bread”
This recipe is really healthy and has very subtle flavors. It can be had with any Indian gravy or on its own as well. Freshly ground black pepper gives this rice a really nice punch. If you like, you can add more spices and veggies to it. Adding curd to the rice gives it a very mild flavor.Continue reading “Paneer Pepper Garlic Rice”
There are several ingredients you can add to your noodles. It all depends on the taste that you are looking for at that point of time. For now, chili lemon sauce sounded good in my head, so I thought of giving it a try. It turned out great. The recipe was flavorsome and nutritious too because of all the vegetables I added to my noodles. Although, this time I used store-bought red chili sauce, you can also make chili sauce at home. Here is the link to one of my chili sauce recipes – Cayenne Pepper Garlic Chutney. Lemon juice gives the recipe a fresh taste in place of adding vinegar.
Once again I would say the same thing I do for mostly all my recipes – feel free to add your favorite vegetables and you will definitely end up creating a new recipe which you’ll be proud of. 🙂Continue reading “Vegetable Hakka Noodles in Chili Lemon Sauce”
Mushrooms and rice go really well together. You can add various other vegetables like green beans, carrots, cauliflower, etc. to make a different version of your own. I usually don’t like to keep a fixed recipe. Most of the times I add ingredients according to my taste buds at that point of time. That way one can come up with fresh recipes every single time. Hope you all like this one. 🙂
This is what you will need:-
½ cup Basmati Rice
1 cup diced button mushrooms
1 medium-sized red onion cut in julienne
2-3 garlic cloves
1 green chilli
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
¼ cup diced capsicum
2-3 sprigs of fresh coriander
3-4 black peppercorns
Shahi biryani masala (Everest)
1 pinch asafetida
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp clarified butter
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Salt to taste
- Heat clarified butter in a vessel. Add cumin seeds and asafetida. Saute on a medium-high flame.
- Add ginger, garlic and green chilli. Saute for 2 minutes.
- Next, add onions and sauté until they turn translucent.
- Add button mushrooms
- Next, add rice, biryani masala, black peppercorns, salt to taste and around one cup water.
- Cover the vessel with a lid and let it cook on a medium low flame for 5-7 minutes. Check at regular intervals. Add more water if required. Give it a taste to see if rice is properly cooked.
- Add fresh lemon juice and finely chopped coriander. Have with any nice Indian gravy or curd.
Happy Cooking! 🙂
I would totally call this a lazy person’s style of dip. All one requires is hungry taste buds that help you add your favorite set of ingredients to a plain bowl of hung curd. This dip is refreshing; definitely very quick and easy to make. Use it as an early morning sandwich spread, or have it with your good old tortilla chips and other variety of munchies.Continue reading “Garlic and Basil Hung Curd Dip”
Hello to all my lovely readers! 🙂
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog. Reason being, I have been involved in a lot of travelling since the past two months. I stayed for about a month and a half in Sydney, and also got a chance to visit the calm and serene capital of Australia – Canberra. Apart from all the crazy fun I had during my stay in Australia, it has also been a great learning experience for me. My visit to Australia is definitely going to be one of the most memorable trips of my life. A visit to this place should be on top of everybody’s bucket list. I really can’t describe it in words how lovely the country is. There is something out there for everyone and nobody really can get bored at all. One has to see it to believe it.Continue reading “Vegetable Long Rolls”
Since the past one week, it has been raining here almost everyday. The cool and breezy atmosphere instantly demands you to have a good cup of hot drink along with delicious nibbles. These muffins make an excellent pair with nice strong coffee. The orangey soft centre combined with the intense flavors of chocolate and vanilla just makes the whole experience so satisfying and for that moment it just makes you want nothing more!Continue reading “Ganache Filling Eggless Duet Muffins”
These fritters are definitely for people who are fond of spicy food. The heat from the fresh green chilies hits you right on the palate combined with the sweetness coming from the corn kernels and onions along with the mellow flavor of mozzarella cheese. They all blend really well with each other resulting into an amazing recipe!Continue reading “Sweet Corn and Cheese Chili Fritters”
The subtle flavor that comes from the brinjal fry combined with a thick tangy tomato sauce just makes this dish so flavorsome and tasty. It does require quite a bit of preparation just like any other Indian curry, but it is just worth the time spent. Nevertheless, it is easy to make and tastes best with a mild dal (lentil) and jeera (cumin seeds) rice – A good combination! Hope you all give it a try and I am sure you all will definitely like it. 🙂Continue reading “Brinjal Fry in Thick Tomato Sauce”
Iced treats are a great way to cool off in this scorching heat and when humidity is at its worst. Fruit based frozen treats are flavorsome and at the same time guilt-free too. Tropical fruits are definitely my most preferred fruits for making fruit based recipes. If you don’t want to have fruits right away and you think they might get spoiled, best way is to peel and cut them followed by storing them in the freezer in an air-tight freeze-proof container for future use.
This time I decided to use pineapple. The three forms I’ve prepared here have the same recipe, therefore making it very hassle-free to prepare depending on the time you have. Pineapple Cooler takes the least time as you don’t have to wait for it to set. The recipe is tangy, minty with a hint of ginger. It is really refreshing and cooling! Hope you all like it.Continue reading “3 Ways to use Frozen Pineapple”
Sweet. Crunchy. Chocolatey. Orangey.. All these things packed in one Chocolate Bar and that too easily made at home with very simple ingredients. Roasted Oatmeal gives it the required crunchiness in every bite combined with the slight sweetness of condensed milk. It is definitely an interesting plus healthy sweet delight!
As known to all, oatmeal is very well known for its many beneficial factors like it helps lower cholesterol, encourages slow digestion, gluten-free etc. I have used orange flavor cooking chocolate over here for this recipe. Feel free to create your own variations by shaping them differently or using a different flavor cooking chocolate.Continue reading “Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Bars”
Eating lentils (dal) everyday can get really monotonous and boring food in the Indian household, especially with children. It is very difficult to make them eat healthy foods. That is when imagination comes in. These savory bites are completely a different form of your regular dal. They are super soft, easy to make and completely hassle-free. Kids are definitely going to ask for more.
For vegetarians, lentils are the greatest source of proteins, dietary fiber, iron and minerals. So, without doubt these bites are completely nutritious. Add in your favorite vegetables in place of corn like grated carrots, green beans, bell-peppers, cheese etc. and create your own variations.
YELLOW LENTIL SAVORY BITES
- 1 1/2 cup yellow lentils(moong dal) (wash and soak overnight)
- 1 cup boiled corn kernels (Coarsely crushed in a mixer grinder)
- 2 tbsp fresh cream (use butter if you like)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 pinch baking soda (Soda Bicarbonate)
- 2 tsp ginger and green chili paste (2 green chillies, 1 inch ginger)
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp red chili powder
- Salt to taste
- Oil for greasing
1. Grease baking tray and keep aside. Pre-heat oven at 180 degree centigrade.
2. Add yellow lentils in a mixer grinder and blitz to form a smooth paste.
3. In a bowl add in your lentil paste, ginger green chili paste, red chili powder, fresh cream/butter, olive oil, boiled and crushed corn kernels, turmeric powder, salt to taste and 1/4 cup water.
4. Add baking powder and soda bicarbonate. Squeeze a drop of lemon juice on soda bicarbonate for it to activate. Mix well.
5. Pour batter in your greased tin and bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degree centigrade. (Time may vary). Check with the help of a toothpick.
6. Let it cool for 5 minutes and scrape the sides with help of a knife and unmould.
Serve it up with tomato onion chunky chutney or any dip of your choice.
If you don’t want to bake, have it in the form of crepes or spread the batter on a piece of bread slice and cook it on a non-stick pan.
This is a delicious and creamy dish which is so enjoyable to have. I say enjoyable only because you are bound to use your hands for this. We all know eating with hands is the best way to really connect with food. Biting into the corn on the cob and sucking the juice out from it is a different feeling altogether.
Although, it is up to you whether you want to use corncobs or kernels alone. Either way it a delightful dish to savor. Bell-peppers and corns are a great combination. Feel free to adjust the quantities of the spices used according to your taste.
This is what you will need:-
CORN ON THE COB AND GREEN BELL-PEPPER IN CASHEW NUT GRAVY
- 2 whole boiled corns
- 1 green bell-pepper cut in small cubes
- 1 red onion cut in julienne
- 1/4 cup green chili ginger garlic paste (2 green chilies, 1 tsp chopped ginger, 5-6 cloves garlic)
- ½ cup fresh cream
- 1 cup cashew nut paste (Soak cashew nuts overnight/5-6 hours and blitz to form a smooth paste)
- ½ tsp red chili powder
- ¼ tsp turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp pav bhaji masala (optional)
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper garlic chutney
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- ¼ tsp asafetida
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Juice of half a lemon
1. Add a tsp of salt to water and boil corn in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle. Keep aside.
2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and asafetida. Let it release its flavor.
3. Add ginger garlic green chili paste on a medium flame. Sauté for two minutes.
4. Add onions and a dash of salt. Add a little water if you think the bottom of the pan might burn.
5. Next add in your cashew nut paste and cayenne pepper chutney (optional). Give it a mix and add 1/2 a cup of water. Let it cook for 2 minutes and add fresh cream.
6. Add turmeric powder, salt to taste, pav bhaji masala, red chili powder. Give it a mix and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a medium flame. Squeeze juice of half a lemon.
Add bell-pepper and boiled corns.
7. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes on a low flame. Give it a taste and serve hot with flavored rice or just plain will do too.
Kimchi is a traditional side dish (banchan) of Korea. It is basically fermented cabbage pickled with chili powder, garlic and a few other ingredients. Traditionally, nappa cabbage (Baechu) and Korean chili pepper (gochugaru) is used for making Kimchi. Unfortunately, they are not available in my town; so I decided I could try making it with substitutes available locally. The first time I tried my hand at Kimchi was out of curiosity. To my surprise it turned out really flavorsome and I was able to use it in various other dishes as well, resulting in new delicious recipes which I will certainly share them soon over here. If you are making it for the first time, it might take a while to get used to the pungent smell and taste. It is definitely worth a try though.Continue reading “Green Cabbage Kimchi”
Whenever I crave for donuts, memories always take me back to my initial visit to Tampere, Finland in 2008. Before that I didn’t know what donuts really tasted like and now, they are one of my most favorite edible foods on earth. 😉
There is this very old and famous place in Tampere called Pyynikki. They have a park there named Nakotorni, which has an Observation Tower built in 1929, replaced by the old tower dating back to 1888. The old tower was damaged during the civil war in 1918. There is a lovely café at the bottom of the tower that serves the best bestest donuts (Munkki in Finnish) along with tea/coffee for 2euros.Continue reading “Reviving Old Memories | Mini non-fried Donuts”
The latest match between Brazil and Germany couldn’t get more interesting. With Germany entering the finals, fans around the world are all geared up to see a crushing victory again. Alongside all this built up excitement amongst enthusiastic fans, finger foods are a must while watching a match.
What better way to enjoy a match, while eating something hearty and comforting like a hot dog maybe?
Need I say more? I think I shall let the pictures talk for themselves. 😉 It is really easy to make and requires less amount of time to prepare. If you’re a true glutton like me this recipe is for you. 🙂Continue reading “Vegetarian Hot Dogs smothered in cheese and Baked Beans Sauce”
Ever gotten high on Chocolate? I sure have 😉
Try making this soft and spongy chocolate cake with Ice-cream and Oreo Biscuits — You’ll know what I’m talking about. This dessert plate will definitely take you to cloud 9.
Baking a cake can be a really daunting thought for a newbie. It sure was for me. I always took help from my sister until one fine day, I finally decided to bake one all by myself. Thankfully, all went well and since then it has just been a cakewalk for me 😉 . Once you understand the basic recipe of the cake, you will be able to experiment with different cake flavors very easily. Everybody has their own personal recipe for their cakes. I took the basic cake recipe from my elder sister and keep making changes accordingly. Hope you all enjoy this version of mine. You can increase the quantity of sugar if you like. I prefer to keep it less.Continue reading “Eggless Chocolate Cake with Ice-cream”
When I think of a juicy grilled sandwich, all it reminds me of is Ross’ moist maker sandwich in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. 😉 I am sure, Friends lovers would know which episode I’m talking about. A perfectly grilled sandwich should be easy to gulp down and each bite should be bursting with flavor.
Over here, caramelized onions are the essence of this sandwich. They give a perfectly smoked and intense flavor. They blend in really well with the cheese and the veggies and the sandwich tastes just yum!Continue reading “Cheesy Grilled Sandwich with Caramelized Onions”
When it comes to cooking delicious food, always make sure never to compromise on good quality ingredients. Try your best to find the the best possible quality available. There are so many different kinds of rice. If you want each cooked grain of rice separate from one another, it is important to use rice of a good brand.Continue reading “Burnt Ginger Garlic Vegetable Fried Rice”