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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Event Announcement -BAKE FEST # 27 for January 2014

We are in the last day of 2013 and the year is almost over. Tomorrow is the first day of the new year which  comes with a new beginning and new hopes. 
Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New year!!
I am happy to announce that Vardhini's Bake Fest is happening here for the month of January 2014. It has been really long since I hosted any event here. Thanks to Vardhini for giving me a chance to guest host Bake Fest and also I expect all your co-operation and participation for the event. 


The event runs for January 1st to January 31st, 2014. Here are some rules for the event

  1. Send in any recipe which has been baked / broiled.
  2. Only vegetarian or vegan recipes please. Eggs are allowed for baking.
  3. Usage of the logo is appreciated as it helps spread the word.
  4. Link to Vardhini's Bake Fest announcement and this announcement page is mandatory. If sending an old entry, it needs to be re-published with the links.
  5. You can send in any number of new entries and a maximum of 2 old entries.

Hope to see lot of yummy bakes from you all. Do link them all here. 
Happy Baking!!

Paneer Butter Masala Recipe | Restaurant style Paneer Butter Masala

Today I am here with another Paneer recipe- Paneer Butter Masala. It is the most popular dish in any Indian restaurant. I am a great fan of this dish. Whenever I go to restaurant, I always order Paneer Butter Masala until I started making it at home. Only then I realised it was so easy to prepare it as available in the restaurant at home itself. My kids love this too. Though not often, I have made this dish several times but it has never made to the blog. This time I managed to click some pictures. Here, it is the recipe for restaurant style panner butter masala. 


What are the ingredients needed?

To fry and grind into fine paste
Oil, 2- 3 teaspoons
Fennel seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves, 5 nos
Cinnamon, one 1" long piece
Cardamom, 4-5 nos.
Red Onion(large), 1 no.  (chopped)
Tomatoes(large), 2  nos. (chopped)
Ginger Garlic paste, 1 tablespoon
Chilli Powder, 1 teaspoon
Cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder,  2 teaspoon
Garam masala, 1 teaspoon

Other ingredients:
Paneer (Indian Cottage cheese) , 8 oz  (diced into 1" cubes)
Butter, 2 tablespoon
Cumin seeds, 1/2 teaspoon
Bay leaf, 1-2 nos.
Cashews (whole), 9-10 nos.
Heavy cream, 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon, to garnish (optional)
Sugar, 1 teaspoon (optional)
Kasoori methi (crushed),  1 tablespoon


How is made?
  1. Soak cashews in 1/4 cup warm water and grind it into a fine paste and set it aside.
  2. Heat skillet add oil, and fry the cubed paneer pieces such that they are slightly golden on all sides of the cube. Remove from the skillet and keep these paneer pieces aside. 
  3. To the same skillet, add fennel seeds,cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and fry for a minute or two, then add chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent.
  4. Now add the chopped tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and cook till the tomatoes are cooked and turn mushy.
  5. Now turn off the heat and let it come to room temperature. Then in a blender, puree this and set it aside.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons of butter in the skillet, add cumin seeds, then add bay leaf and fry for a minute. 
  7. Then add the pureed tomato mixture, add cashew mixture, mixture well. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Now add the heavy cream, mix well and let it cook for few minutes. 
  9. Now add the fried paneer pieces, mix well, adjust the consistency of the gravy by adding required water, add crushed kasoori methi, mix well and let it simmer for few more minutes. 
  10. Turn off the heat and serve it warm along with rice, roti/ chappathi or naan.
Notes: 
  • Instead of chilli powder, add kashmiri chilli powder. It gives nice colour to the gravy. 
  • Adjust the chilli powder as per the personal heat tolreance level.
  • Instead of heavy cream, you can replace it with milk.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Paneer Bhurji - Easy Paneer Recipes


After all the cakes and bakes, today I am posting a simple and easy recipe- Paneer Bhurji. Though it is very easy to make, it is delicious and beware, high in calorie. With just simple ingredients, you can prepare this in no time. This can be served with chappathi or as a filling for sandwich. 
Paneer Bhurji

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Candied fruit Cookies | Tutti Frutti Cookies | Ice box cookies | Egg less Cookies

Today's recipe is Tutti frutti (Candied fruit) Cookies- Ice box cookies. I was planning to bake these Tutti Frutti cookies from the day I got tutti frutti from the nearby Indian store. But was putting it off for different reasons. Today when I woke up in the morning I realized it is the day before Christmas and my daughter wanted cookies for Santa. So immediately I got into action and baked these cookies. They tasted absolutely delicious and with the tutti frutti they looked absolutely gorgeous. My kids loved these cookies. I hope Santa will like it too. :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Mushroom Pulao - Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom Pulao is a simple, flavorful rice. It is easy to make and can be prepared quickly, which makes it ideal for preparing it on a busy day for lunch. If you want to cook something fancy, but not much time in hand, then this is the dish for you. My daughter is fond of mushrooms. So I have been cooking mushrooms often these days. Last week made Mushroom Manchurian and today for lunch made these Mushroom Pulao and served it with Raitha. Here I am now with the recipe 
Mushroom Pulao- Flavorful one pot meal.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies- Christmas Cookies


When one thinks of the holiday baking, Sugar Cookies always comes first. Today I am sharing the recipe of these simple Cookies. I baked these cookies along with my daughter, who shows lot of interest in baking too. She helped me with decorating the cookies too. We both really enjoyed baking together. The cookies were delicious. Even my 2 year old son enjoyed eating this cookies. 
We baked these cookies for the Home Bakers Challenge started by Priya Akka. This month, the challenge is hosted by Priya Ranjit. She challenged us with different holiday bakes- cookies, cakes and breads. I choose this simple cookie. These sugar cookies can be cut out in different shapes depending on the season. Since this is Christmas time, we used star, Christmas tree and candy cane shapes. You can use any other shape of your choice too


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Vegetable Fried Rice (Indo- Chinese Style)

The recipe that I am sharing today is Vegetable Fried Rice. I prepared Vegetable Fried Rice for lunch along with Mushroom Manchurian for lunch last weekend. Vegetable Fried Rice is a simple dish that can be prepared in a jiffy.It is loaded with vegetables and with simple flavors, it is everyone's favorite. Even left over rice can be used to prepare this. I like to serve it with Gobi Manchurian or Mushroom Manchurian or other Indo-chinese gravy. 
Vegetable Fried Rice

Monday, December 16, 2013

Mushroom Manchurian- Mushroom Recipes

Today I am sharing here the recipe of Mushroom Manchurian - Mushroom Fritters tossed in sweet, spicy and sour sauce. It can be served as an appetizer or can also served be along with Vegetable fried rice or noodles. It is easy to make, but a little time consuming (at least according to me. ;) ) and it is Vegan. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Baked Turkey Meatballs Recipe


Today I am going to post the recipe of Baked Turkey meatballs. Since these meatballs are baked and not deep fried, they are healthy. This simple Turkey meatballs are easy to make and can be served as an appetizer in a party. I have been making this often at home and everyone loves this too. With holidays around the corner, here is the recipe idea for a healthy appetizer. I have already posted Turkey Kofta curry.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Idly Podi/ Idli Milagai Podi (Spicy lentil Powder )

I am posting the recipe of Idly podi today. Idly podi is always a must in our house. We have it with almost everything- idly, dosa, chappathi and rice.  Usually either my mom or my grandma makes it for us. When my mom came to visit us (2 yrs back) she made and brought it here, I was preserving and using it in ration. Finally when it was over, it struck that it was high time that I start making Idly podi on my own. I got recipes from various friends and made this recipe.The ratio of lentils varies in each recipe. Though I am yet to get my mom and grandma's recipe (which is by far my favorite). I will post that recipe too in the future . But for now I am posting the recipe which I have tried and liked it too.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Semiya Upma/ Vermicelli Upma


After posting all cakes and bakes, today I am posting a simple recipe, Semiya Upma / Vermicelli Upma. It is an easy and quick to make tiffin item. It is so versatile that it can be had for breakfast, dinner or even as a light meal. It is my favorite and my kids love it too. So I make it often at home. I sometimes pack it for lunch for my daughter too. 

Semiya Upma

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache (Mini Cupcakes)


Few days back for Thanksgiving 2013, we had a potluck dinner and I made spiced carrot cupcakes and Devil's Food cupcakes. Today I am going to post the recipe of this Devil's food cupcake. I got the recipe from Martha Stewart's site. I baked this as a mini cupcakes. The cupcakes came out very soft and moist with rich chocolate flavor. Definitely a treat for chocolate lovers. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Honey Cardamom Cake - (Snack Cake)

I have been baking a lot lately and today I am again posting a baking recipe. It is Honey Cardamom Cake. Two days back, there was a sudden invitation from a friend for lunch. So baked this cake to take with me. I wanted to bake a snack cake without frosting and was browsing for recipe, and when I came across this one, I was sure this is the one. The cake did not disappoint me. It came out really well- soft and delicious. Everyone loved this cake and I got lot of appreciations for it. Here I am today sharing this recipe with you. If you love the flavor of honey and the aroma of cardamom, then this cake will definitely win your heart. 
honey cake with cardamom
Honey Cardamom Cake

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Carrot Cupcakes recipe | Carrot Cupcakes with Cream cheese Frosting


Hello Friends,How are you all doing?? Here in US, it is a long holiday weekend. On Thanksgiving day,We had  potluck with friends and for Black Friday did a lot of shopping and the other two days spent at home,all in all it is a fun and relaxing weekend. Please do share with us how you spent your holidays. Hope you had a great time too. 
I just can't believe it is December already and it is a Holiday month. When you think of holidays, warm spices and baking comes to mind. I will share few holiday recipes here in the coming days. Today I am posting here Carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. So this time when I baked I am posting it here. I baked these for our Thanksgiving potluck along with some mini devils food cupcakes. I will be posting that recipe too. Coming to today's recipe,

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Butter cream frosting

The recipe I am going to share today is Mini chocolate cupcakes with butter cream frosting. I baked these for my daughter's school bake sale. I got the recipe of chocolate cupcake from the Joy of baking. It was for the regular sized cupcakes- I used the ingredients as mentioned in the recipe, just adjusted the baking time accordingly. I got 48 mini cupcakes with the recipe. These mini cupcakes are so cute, they will definitely win over any kids heart. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Banana Muffins- Egg-less & Butter-less


Hello Friends, I am back with Banana Muffins that are egg less and butter less. I went into a kind of hibernation on the blogging side. It is due to my busy schedule with kids. It has been almost a week since I posted a recipe here. But today I got some motivation to post this recipe that has been sitting in my drafts for more than 2 weeks now. I had some over ripe bananas sitting in the kitchen counter, but didn't want to use egg and butter, so experimented and the muffins came out soft and delicious. Though I have already posted Banana Muffins (with Egg), Whole wheat banana Muffins and Whole wheat Strawberry banana muffins, I wanted to post this muffin recipe too. Do check the other recipes, if you are interested. Coming to today's recipe,
Egg-less Banana Muffins

Friday, November 15, 2013

American style Almond Cranberry Biscotti

Today's recipe is Almond Cranberry Biscotti. I was never a fan of Biscotti until I tried this recipe.  Unlike the traditional Italian Biscottis which are hard, this American style Biscotti is light and crunchy. I baked this for the Home Bakers Challenge by Priya Akka. This month's Challenge is Biscotti. No one at our home likes Biscotti, but I didn't want to miss the challenge too. I went ahead and baked the American style vanilla Biscotti but I had halved the recipe she had given. I also added almonds and dried cranberries to it. The biscottis came out so delicious, they were finished so soon. Am so glad that I didn't miss this challenge. I will be definitely baking this again. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Inji Thuvaiyal | Ginger Thogaiyal

Today I am sharing a simple and easy recipe made with Ginger- Inji Thuvaiyal. A spicy vegan dip made of ginger. Ginger has lot of health benefits like remedy to motion sickness, combating stomach discomfort, cold and flu protection, aids in digestion, strengthens immunity and so on. As the main ingredient of this recipe is ginger, it is loaded with these health benefits. This thuvaiyal can be had with rice and also can be had with Idly or dosa too. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Kodi Kura - Andhra Style Chicken Curry | Chicken Kura recipe

As the weather is getting cold, I was craving for something spicy. Hence I cooked this Andhra style chicken curry, this weekend. I got this Kodi Kura recipe from one of our family friend. I had tasted this once at her home, I liked it so much that I had got the recipe from her then. But I tried it only now and the gravy came out really well. In the recipe she had given around 2 or more teaspoons of chilli powder, but I reduced it to 1 1/2 teaspoons. That is the only adjustment I made. This Kodi Kura is so flavorful, spicy and delicious that it is sure to tickle your taste buds.

Chicken curry Andhra style
Kodi Kura

Friday, November 8, 2013

Oma podi/ Plain Sev- Easy Snack Recipe

Today I am going to share a simple snack I prepared for Diwali- Oma podi. I wanted to post this recipe before Diwali itself but got a little busy, so couldn't post it right on time. Better late than never, right? So posting it now. Not only for Diwali, this snack can be prepared year round and can be enjoyed. Also this is so easy to make and one of my favorite snack. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Easy Pavakkai Chips | Bitter gourd chips

Today I am sharing a simple recipe using bitter gourd. I have come across so many people who say they do not like bitter gourd because of its bitterness. But it has been my favorite vegetable. Even then I don't cook this  veggie very often because the kids don't prefer bitter gourd. I wanted my kids to eat this Veggie so thought will try a simple chips the way my mom used to prepare, when I was a kid. So last week, I made this bitter gourd chips and my daughter just loved it. I served it with dal rice.  It is so easy to make and requires only 4 ingredients. It is Vegan too. 
pavakkai chips, pavakkai recipes
Pavakkai Chips

Monday, November 4, 2013

Quinoa Brown Rice Adai


Diwali celebrations are over and after loads of sweets and high calorie stuffs, now it is time for something healthy. Today I am posting a healthy tiffin item.  I wanted to try some thing different and healthy, so I experimented making  adai with Quinoa and Brown rice along with mixed lentils. They came out good and so here I am posting this healthy recipe. 
Quinoa Brown Rice Adai

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spooky Witch Fingers (Finger shaped Egg-less Butter cookies) Halloween Special


It is Halloween time and I wanted to bake something special but due to busy schedule I had been putting it off. At last baked these finger shaped cookies this weekend. My kids loved these cookies. They tasted awesome and kids loved the shape of it too. I was suppose to bake these cookies for the Home Bakers Challenge started by Priya Akka. This month Nalini challenged us with Halloween themed bakes.Though the challenge period is over, I baked it since I didn't want to miss the challenge. Better late than never also right in time for Halloween, am posting it today.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bengali Chanar Jalebi/ Paneer Jalebi

My last post was a recipe collection of Diwali sweets and snacks. Now I am ready with a sweet for Diwali- Chanar Jalebi/ Paneer Jalebi. It is a Bengali sweet made with freshly made paneer,  shaped like pretzel and deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup. I prepared this sweet for celebration of one year completion of the event- South vs North started by Divya Pramil. The event started a year ago and in the first challenge, I  challenged the north team with mysorepak while Shruthi challenged the south Team with Bhel puri chat.  From then every month one member from each team challenged the other team. So that we get to learn the cuisine that we are not familiar. This month we had a choice to cook from the previous challenges which we have missed. So I picked this sweet challenged by Chandrani since I am so fond of Bengali sweets. Initially, I was not sure how the jalebi would turn out since this is the first time I prepared fresh paneer at home. It was a smooth process and the jalebi came out well and everyone at home loved it. Until my daughter called it gulab jamun I didn't realise it tasted so close to gulab jamun.

Paneer Jalebi

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Diwali Sweets & Diwali Snacks recipes. (Deepavali Special)

Diwali is around the corner. So I am posting a collection of sweets and snacks, for you to plan right on time, to prepare for Diwali. Here are some traditional and easy to make sweets and snacks.
Diwali Sweets & Snacks recipes

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Jhangiri Recipe | Jangiri- Diwali Sweets


Jhangiri is one of my favorite dessert. Urad dal is soaked and ground and then the batter is piped to form the jhangiri shape and are deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup. It seems like a lengthy process but it is very easy to make. Only that I did not get the proper shape of Jhangiri but it tasted delicious. It looked like the mini jangiri. I made this for a potluck lunch though didn't have enough time to click proper pictures, in a hurry clicked few since I didn't want to miss the chance of posting it, with diwali around the corner. So excuse the picture quality. The next time I prepare it, will update the pictures :)

How to make Jhangiri at home

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Adai / Adai dosa- Crepes made with mixed lentils


Adai dosa are the crepes made with mixed lentils. The ingredients are soaked for atleast 3 hours then they are ground and then the adai are made right away. No fermentation of the batter required unlike the idly dosa batter. It is very healthy and is Vegan. 

Adai dosa 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Non Vegetarian Lunch Menu # 3

The month of Puratassi(tamil month) is over and now I can eat non vegetarian. Though I haven't cooked anything yet, since it is Sunday today, thought will share a menu which I have cooked a while before. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Vanilla Sponge cake - Basic Egg-less Cake Recipe


Today I baked this Egg-less Vanilla sponge Cake for evening snack. Though I had baked this cake so many times before,it has never made it to the blog. But today I made sure that I clicked some pictures before we ate the cake. Also I didn't apply any frosting, just enjoyed the cake as is. But for special occasions this cake can be used as a base and can be frosted and decorated as you desire .
Basic Eggless Vanilla Cake

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rajma Masala (Red Kidney beans in tomato based gravy)

It is very recently that we have started including Rajma into our diet. I have been trying out new dishes with it and have been getting positive feedback from my family too. Few days back I made Rajma masala and Jeera pulao for lunch. I posted the recipe for Jeera Pulao already and today posting this Rajma masala recipe- Rajma(Red kidney beans) in a flavorful tomato based gravy. This gravy is healthy and delicious, so what is there not to love it??

Rajma masala

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Soft and fluffy basic pancakes (Egg-less)


It is Sunday today. I have already mentioned in earlier posts that Sunday our breakfast has mostly been Pancakes. It is the month of Puratassi I have tried  other options for breakfast since I have not tried egg less version of Pancakes earlier. But I experimented with it and succeeded making egg-less Pancakes last Sunday. Even today when I tried, it came out really soft and fluffy. Hubby and kids loved it. So I definitely wanted to blog about it. I have already posted Basic Pancakes with egg. So today I am posting the egg-less version.
Soft & Fluffy Egg-less Pancakes

Friday, October 11, 2013

Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Split chickpeas Stir fry)


Today I am sharing  a simple recipe for Kadalai paruppu (Channa Dal) sundal- Stir fry made with split bengal gram. It is very easy to make and very healthy too.  Kadalai paruppu doesn't require much soaking unlike the other legumes like Chickpeas,dried Green peas, kidney beans etc., so it can be prepared instantly. If you forgot to soak other legumes for sundal dont worry, this sundal is there for the rescue. Since it is festival time, we can make this sundal to offer to God. Also this is rich in protein making it a healthy snack.
Kadalai Paruppu Sundal

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dal Makhani/ Maa di dal


Dal Makhani is a rich and delicious gravy made with  black lentils and red kidney beans. It is a famous Punjabi dish.  Traditionally this dish is cooked in low flame for long hours but now with the use of pressure cooker the dal is prepared in less time. Though I have tasted this in the restaurants, I have not tried making it at home until recently. I came across the recipe from Tarla Dalal and I tried it and it came out really well and now here I am with the recipe.