Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dry Fruit Snack Bars ~ No Added Sugar!



There are times when I try out some recipes and totally miss posting them. This is one such recipe which has been sitting in my drafts for over 3 months now. The perfect time to make these bars is right after the festive season when one tends to have tons of leftover dry fruit. But then, real foodies don't need no reason buddy! So anyway, I always have a lot of dry fruit stocked up so I plan to make these bars once again soon. 

The good part about these snack bars are that they can be made quickly and without adding any extra sugar. The sweetness in the dry fruits will suffice. This is a great way to control your sugar intake and they definitely taste better than the store bought 'health bars' which are loaded with sugar. If you have kids who like dry fruits or nuts then this is your go to recipe to make some healthy snack bars at home! 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Potato Raitha


When I was sifting through my archives I realised that I haven't posted a single raitha recipe! Raitha is nothing but a yogurt (curd) based accompaniment to flavoured one pot rice dishes such as pulaos and biryanis. I guess I have just assumed that everyone knows to make a raitha. After all, all you need to do is whisk some yogurt and throw in some finely chopped green chillies, onions or cucumbers or tomatoes or whatever you please to make a simple raitha that will go well with any biryani or pulao of your choice, isn't it? Well, I don't experiment a lot with raitha recipes as I always focus on the rice dish. After slaving over it for hours who really has the time to think of an equally elaborate raitha? Not me! But recently, I came across a lovely raitha that had some coarsely mashed boiled potatoes in it and it tasted simply great!

This recipe was shared by my co sister Sumana and served with love when we visited her place last July. I made a mental note to take the recipe from her and forgot about it later. Just last month when I was busy gathering some veg recipes for Lent did I remember it and promptly asked her for the recipe. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Palak Veg Biryani


Aaah! The joy of getting back to blogging cannot be explained! I don't have a lot of stories to tell but when I sit to edit my pictures (most of them are long forgotten) I feel an inexplicable feeling of exhilaration! I know, the words sound big, but such is the feeling, whattodo! 

This biryani enticed me when my friend Veda first mentioned it. I couldn't wait to try it as I am always in search of a good biryani recipe, the rice lover that I am. To be honest, I tried this during Lent and was feeling a little guilty to post it then. Today is a perfect opportunity to do so! I hope this recipe pleases hard core vegetarians because I am sure that you have tasted all the gorgeous veg biryanis out there! But do give this simple, humble and homely recipe a try won't you? Pretty please? :-)

Beef Ularthiyathu ~ Classic Kerala Style Beef Fry


Happy Easter to everyone who is celebrating!! It's been a busy weekend for me and although I wanted to share this recipe a few days ago, I just couldn't bring myself to the computer. Since the little boy has a two week spring break from school I am going to peacefully sit and post all my pending recipes so you guys can expect a few recipes to hit you this coming week! How exciting is that? :D haha! Just kidding! I am sure everyone has had a busy few days - with the various celebrations and long weekend (especially in India). Those who have to report back to work after a long weekend must be sulking already!! I do hope this recipe adds a cheer and you have something delicious to look forward to!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Orange and Olive Oil Cake ~ Using whole oranges!


Come January the supermarkets were flooded with oranges of every shape and size. We bought a ton of them home as we have two citrus fruit lovers - my hubby and daughter. We juiced the oranges, zested them, made marmalade and baked a lot with them. This particular recipe caught my attention especially because it asked for whole oranges to be ground and not just the juice or zest. Whole oranges?!! Fascinating! What a great way to get rid of excess oranges and also benefitting from the whole fruit! Was it bitter, you may ask. The answer is no! The cake wasn't bitter and contrary to what I expected, it wasn't reeking of the flavour of oranges either. The resultant cake was spongy and like a traditional sponge but with a mild yet unmistaken flavour of oranges. 

Malvani Mutton Curry


Folks! It's been reaaaaally long since I posted a recipe and that is thanks to my busy schedule at home. Kids falling ill, working on school projects, dealing with a fridge that broke down are all part of the reason why I've not been up to date here. I had tons of recipes that I wanted to share for Lent and Easter but now I guess I have to quickly post only those recipes that are suitable for the upcoming feast - Easter! I do hope I can squeeze in some time during the next couple of days too to bring you some really delicious tried & tested recipes that you will love! 

To everyone who has written in, my apologies for not having replied. I will get to the emails soon. Comments are pending too, so those will be replied to on priority! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tawa Paneer


A simple yet delicious recipe is here for you today. I had planned to post a lot of recipes this Lent but somehow got caught up in the daily routine and lost track of days. Yesterday when I posted my bread recipe I realised that it was almost two weeks since I had last posted a recipe. So without any further delay I present to you something simple yet tasty. A perfect accompaniment to chapathis or plain parathas. I love trying out new paneer recipes and I found this one on one of the food groups on Facebook which I have adapted to my taste after a couple of tries. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pane Al Cioccolato ~ Chocolate Bread #Breadbakers


I've been a huge fan of chocolate for as long as I can remember. I love it as a special treat in whatever form it is presented to me - as a bar of chocolate to be nibbled on secretly away from the prying eyes of my kids (yeah yeah! I have a secret stash in my kitchen!) or a warm slice of chocolate cake or brownie to dig into. The happiness that I derive when I sip a cup of hot cocoa during the winter months or discover some choco chips in the pain au chocolat that I often buy from the Carrefour bakery (Oh! I love their goodies!) is something else. In many ways it takes me back to my childhood and I am flooded with many happy memories. 

Over the past few months, every time I sifted through the Bread Bible (by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter) I came across this lovely, tall, deep brown loaf in a pitch black background staring back at me. I called it the 'Tall, Dark & Handsome' bread of the lot :-). The composition of this picture was so simple yet inviting that I always promised myself that I would bake it as a treat to myself. Late last year when it was time to pick themes for this year I volunteered to host for the month of March and I couldn't think of a better theme than Cocoa. Now, cocoa has a few substitutes such as the carob which I had never heard of till late 2014 when I saw a pack of carob powder at the organic farmer's market. I decided that it would be great if I gave my fellow bread bakers the choice of cocoa, carob and cacao to be incorporated in whichever form they'd like (as a topping or kneaded into the dough) and I got a whopping list of breads that are waiting to be showcased today! I am so pleased! Thank you everyone for participating! Do scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what everyone has baked today!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dry Fruit Snack Bars ~ No Added Sugar!



There are times when I try out some recipes and totally miss posting them. This is one such recipe which has been sitting in my drafts for over 3 months now. The perfect time to make these bars is right after the festive season when one tends to have tons of leftover dry fruit. But then, real foodies don't need no reason buddy! So anyway, I always have a lot of dry fruit stocked up so I plan to make these bars once again soon. 

The good part about these snack bars are that they can be made quickly and without adding any extra sugar. The sweetness in the dry fruits will suffice. This is a great way to control your sugar intake and they definitely taste better than the store bought 'health bars' which are loaded with sugar. If you have kids who like dry fruits or nuts then this is your go to recipe to make some healthy snack bars at home! 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Potato Raitha


When I was sifting through my archives I realised that I haven't posted a single raitha recipe! Raitha is nothing but a yogurt (curd) based accompaniment to flavoured one pot rice dishes such as pulaos and biryanis. I guess I have just assumed that everyone knows to make a raitha. After all, all you need to do is whisk some yogurt and throw in some finely chopped green chillies, onions or cucumbers or tomatoes or whatever you please to make a simple raitha that will go well with any biryani or pulao of your choice, isn't it? Well, I don't experiment a lot with raitha recipes as I always focus on the rice dish. After slaving over it for hours who really has the time to think of an equally elaborate raitha? Not me! But recently, I came across a lovely raitha that had some coarsely mashed boiled potatoes in it and it tasted simply great!

This recipe was shared by my co sister Sumana and served with love when we visited her place last July. I made a mental note to take the recipe from her and forgot about it later. Just last month when I was busy gathering some veg recipes for Lent did I remember it and promptly asked her for the recipe. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Palak Veg Biryani


Aaah! The joy of getting back to blogging cannot be explained! I don't have a lot of stories to tell but when I sit to edit my pictures (most of them are long forgotten) I feel an inexplicable feeling of exhilaration! I know, the words sound big, but such is the feeling, whattodo! 

This biryani enticed me when my friend Veda first mentioned it. I couldn't wait to try it as I am always in search of a good biryani recipe, the rice lover that I am. To be honest, I tried this during Lent and was feeling a little guilty to post it then. Today is a perfect opportunity to do so! I hope this recipe pleases hard core vegetarians because I am sure that you have tasted all the gorgeous veg biryanis out there! But do give this simple, humble and homely recipe a try won't you? Pretty please? :-)

Beef Ularthiyathu ~ Classic Kerala Style Beef Fry


Happy Easter to everyone who is celebrating!! It's been a busy weekend for me and although I wanted to share this recipe a few days ago, I just couldn't bring myself to the computer. Since the little boy has a two week spring break from school I am going to peacefully sit and post all my pending recipes so you guys can expect a few recipes to hit you this coming week! How exciting is that? :D haha! Just kidding! I am sure everyone has had a busy few days - with the various celebrations and long weekend (especially in India). Those who have to report back to work after a long weekend must be sulking already!! I do hope this recipe adds a cheer and you have something delicious to look forward to!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Orange and Olive Oil Cake ~ Using whole oranges!


Come January the supermarkets were flooded with oranges of every shape and size. We bought a ton of them home as we have two citrus fruit lovers - my hubby and daughter. We juiced the oranges, zested them, made marmalade and baked a lot with them. This particular recipe caught my attention especially because it asked for whole oranges to be ground and not just the juice or zest. Whole oranges?!! Fascinating! What a great way to get rid of excess oranges and also benefitting from the whole fruit! Was it bitter, you may ask. The answer is no! The cake wasn't bitter and contrary to what I expected, it wasn't reeking of the flavour of oranges either. The resultant cake was spongy and like a traditional sponge but with a mild yet unmistaken flavour of oranges. 

Malvani Mutton Curry


Folks! It's been reaaaaally long since I posted a recipe and that is thanks to my busy schedule at home. Kids falling ill, working on school projects, dealing with a fridge that broke down are all part of the reason why I've not been up to date here. I had tons of recipes that I wanted to share for Lent and Easter but now I guess I have to quickly post only those recipes that are suitable for the upcoming feast - Easter! I do hope I can squeeze in some time during the next couple of days too to bring you some really delicious tried & tested recipes that you will love! 

To everyone who has written in, my apologies for not having replied. I will get to the emails soon. Comments are pending too, so those will be replied to on priority! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Tawa Paneer


A simple yet delicious recipe is here for you today. I had planned to post a lot of recipes this Lent but somehow got caught up in the daily routine and lost track of days. Yesterday when I posted my bread recipe I realised that it was almost two weeks since I had last posted a recipe. So without any further delay I present to you something simple yet tasty. A perfect accompaniment to chapathis or plain parathas. I love trying out new paneer recipes and I found this one on one of the food groups on Facebook which I have adapted to my taste after a couple of tries. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Pane Al Cioccolato ~ Chocolate Bread #Breadbakers


I've been a huge fan of chocolate for as long as I can remember. I love it as a special treat in whatever form it is presented to me - as a bar of chocolate to be nibbled on secretly away from the prying eyes of my kids (yeah yeah! I have a secret stash in my kitchen!) or a warm slice of chocolate cake or brownie to dig into. The happiness that I derive when I sip a cup of hot cocoa during the winter months or discover some choco chips in the pain au chocolat that I often buy from the Carrefour bakery (Oh! I love their goodies!) is something else. In many ways it takes me back to my childhood and I am flooded with many happy memories. 

Over the past few months, every time I sifted through the Bread Bible (by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter) I came across this lovely, tall, deep brown loaf in a pitch black background staring back at me. I called it the 'Tall, Dark & Handsome' bread of the lot :-). The composition of this picture was so simple yet inviting that I always promised myself that I would bake it as a treat to myself. Late last year when it was time to pick themes for this year I volunteered to host for the month of March and I couldn't think of a better theme than Cocoa. Now, cocoa has a few substitutes such as the carob which I had never heard of till late 2014 when I saw a pack of carob powder at the organic farmer's market. I decided that it would be great if I gave my fellow bread bakers the choice of cocoa, carob and cacao to be incorporated in whichever form they'd like (as a topping or kneaded into the dough) and I got a whopping list of breads that are waiting to be showcased today! I am so pleased! Thank you everyone for participating! Do scroll down to the bottom of the page to see what everyone has baked today!