Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Waffles

I know of so many people, who love waffles, but don't make it at home as it required waffle maker. Since these waffle makers are just meant to make waffles, they don't seem to be worth buying. Well, I had those waffle trays that came along with the grill that my brother had gifted me way back. But I somehow didn't make it.






The fear of doing something wrong or just predicting it to be too tough to succeed or may be shear laziness, made me not to try them untill last year. And I seriously think I should have tried it earlier, to have extended our breakfast options. So easy, so filling and so yummy.



If you are a waffle lover and end up eating waffles multiple times from restaurants, then I would highly recommend getting a waffle maker to make these waffles at home and enjoy these with your family at the comfort of your own home.





Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of all purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp of salt
  4. 2 tbsp of granulated white sugar
  5. 1 large egg beaten, at room temperature 
  6. 1 cup of milk at room temperature 
  7. 2 tbsp of melted butter at room temperature 
Method
  • In a bowl, add ingredients 1-4 and whisk it to get the ingredients distributed evenly.
  • In another bowl, beat the eggs. Add milk and melted butter and beat it again.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix it all well, untill combined.
  • Preheat your waffle maker as per the instructions. Once preheated, grease the waffle trays with melted butter. Pour a ladle or two of batter(eyeball the amount as per the size of your waffle trays) on to the waffle, spreading or covering the cubes of waffle tray with batter. Smooth it out with the back of the ladle. Cover the waffle maker and cook it untill crisp and brown. 
  • Remove it onto a plate and serve it with some maple syrup/ chocolate sauce and berries/fruits.
Tips
  1. Do not open your waffle maker for the initial 2-3 minutes of the cooking, else it would go shapeless and ruin the waffles.
  2. Waffles are best served warm. However, you could freeze it too and just reheat it in the oven.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

When you have a chocolate fan at home, most bakes tend to be chocolaty. Jordan keeps asking for chocolate cake, chocolate cookie at weird hours of the day - just before going to bed or as soon as he wakes up. And I keep promising that I would offer him soon if he does his jobs quickly. He usually takes an hour or more to finish breakfast. So these chocolate cakes/cookies turn out to be something to bribe him to make eat something healthy before going for it.






These cookies were a super hit the first time I made it. He was little then. I handed over one warm cookie, while he was watching TV and he not only ate it but also kept calling out to me saying 'It's nice mama...It's delicious Mama...It's tasty Mama...:) Now he usually acknowledges, when something served to him is good or delicious. But this time it happened when he was totally engrossed into Peppa Pig. So I knew it was really yum for him and he kept coming back to the kitchen to get another once and then another. After couple of them I had to literally hide it. Kids, I say, are the honest of all taste testers. Jordan wouldn't hesitate to say straight on my face that 'Mama It's yucky' if he doesn't like something. So I have hired him as my taste tester ..he he. And he has been doing a good job so far.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Mangalore Buns

I was introduced to Mangalore buns by one of my colleagues. It seemed like she just had one breakfast option and that being Mangalore buns. She would always and always order Mangalore buns for breakfast. Back then I had no idea what made it so special because I had never tasted them. The day when I had these, I understood why my colleague had been so hooked to these fried bread. They are yumm. Best part, you don't necessarily need a side to go with them.




To use up the over ripe bananas, this is one great option. My husband loves Mangalore and has lived there for couple of years. But for some reason he never got to hear about them or have it. So the first time while making them, he showed least interest in it. But when he got to taste it, he says he has yet another reason to love Mangalore :). Ohh and my lil one, who is otherwise a picky eater, loves it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Homemade Wine

Making wine at home, is a tradition that I have seen my grandmother and mother follow without fail. Its just the perfect thing to be served with Christmas fruit cakes. It is also something that is first served for the newly weds when they visit our home. The joy of christmas gets doubled when little things involved in the celebration has that personal touch of love. This wine is just the perfect example of that.





Last christmas, I tried making my mom's wine recipe for the first time. I went wrong with the schedules of stirring, and made a wine that would just make you high in just few sips. Wine making is not at all difficult, but ya remembering and sticking to the schedules is. So the second time I made it, I kept reminders and kept the calendars marked to follow it accurately and WHOLA! We were sipping on a wine that was just THE PERFECT. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ragi Paniyaram

Day turns out to be good, if you started good. For me, if I have managed to have a good breakfast, day goes good. Its a bonus if I get some time to make something special, which is on weekends, since all are off from school and work and get up late, which gives me enough time to make something else if my hopefully interesting recipes turns out to be a disaster.










On weekdays too, we make variety of breakfast other than just cereals or sandwiches, which helps me not to deal with the tantrum of lil one wanting for something different and ignoring to eat what is offered. Well, I have the luxury of being a stay at home mom, if I may say so, which lets me plan a variety of breakfast option, so why not do it right?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Broccoli Paratha

I used to dislike Broccoli for a long time. I don't know if its the bland taste of broccoli or something else that made me hate it. I have liked it if they are not in the floret form. If they are added in the grated form or pureed to add into Broccoli soup, I like it. Oh by the way, that's my little hand model who volunteered to pose for the food pics. He is officially my hand model from now on. But its absolutely a volunteering positions because he chooses if he wants to pose or just walk out...he he. The cute smile that he kept on for the pics really meant he didn't want his modelling to be restricted to just his hands :P.









When you become a parent, you tend to include all the healthy foods into your diet no matter if you like it or not. When the kids are picky, you tend to explore and experiment to make food interesting to them too. And that how this Broccoli paratha first appeared on our table.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Pumpkin Pecan Loaf

When my brother visited , they brought some pumpkin loaf with them. So while we were site seeing and the lunch or dinner happened during odd timings, hogging on all those stocked snack items helped to keep up the tourist energy. That pumpkin loaf was a hit. So when I stocked up on pumpkin puree I knew I had to try it.




When I first came to the US, it was Thanksgiving season. Jacob had bought some pumpkin chocolate cookies and they were heavenly. I remember those being the days when I was novice in baking, I didn't think of baking it myself then. But as I got better with baking, I did bake them and ate it to my hearts content. These seasonal cookies/loaf are my weakness. If I try to control myself; I cannot and just end up eating it all. So I try to make pumpkin puree at home and freeze it in portions to bake it in intervals over an year untill pumpkins start appearing next. So I do not hog over all those goodies baked all at once but have it spread all throughout the year.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Pumpkin Pancake

The joy of waking up on a weekend a little late than usual and having no particular schedule for the day is such a pleasure. Those days call for a beautiful family breakfast. On other days, it is like, husband grabbing some bites of the breakfast; me having it after he has left and mid way my breakfast, a toddler who gets up crying and clinging on to you, that I leave the breakfast and go after him. And then while the kido is having his breakfast hot, I would be finishing off my leftover cold breakfast. And oh in between all this drama, there is a cup of tea that gets reheated multiple times or if I am just fed up of the reheating business, I just have it cold. So, yes the weekend family breakfast is much look forward to, when everyone gets up together and eat together :). 








Last Saturday, I wanted to have these pumpkin pancakes. But Jacob was craving for Omlet. So I thought why not give the little one an option to choose his breakfast as well. After lots of thinking with ehh's and ahh's he finalized on banana bread from previous day. I was expecting some pizza or pasta or pie as the outcome but he made my work easy..he he.. Even though all of us chose something for themselves, every body got a share of everything, to have for breakfast.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When pumpkins are in season, make the most of it. Not only is the pulp of pumpkin edible, but also its seeds. Some roasted pumpkin seeds are great to munch on. We love having it . And it is not tough at all to make it and stores well too.







Now when I think of all the pumpkin seeds that I threw away, without knowing if those could be eaten, I feel sorry. They are yum. My kid loves to munch on it and so do we.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Custard Halwa

Happy Diwali to all. We don't celebrate it but having brought up in North India, it definitely gets real nostalgic every year when Diwali comes. We have been sharing pics of Diwali sweets over the family whatsapp group for the past couple of days. Everybody is either making it or getting it from the market to refresh the memories of Diwali spend in the small township that I was brought up in. Getting days off from school or work was always the highlight. But nothing can beat the fun having some diwali sweets or snacks and busting crackers with friends in our neighborhood. Ahh well, those days are gone, having left us with some memories to cherish.









That last minute rush to make some goodie for festivals is always there. No matter what the festival is. Well at least in my case it stands true. I go for the last minute rush. Even though I would have made n number of things , I might just add up one more thing to make it even more memorable or interesting. If it stands true in your case too, then this might be the last and right thing to make this Diwali. A halwa that hardly has anything fancy involved but would definitely have its absence been felt if not put up on the menu. So grateful to have found this recipe while I was so badly craving for sweets having gone through so many Diwali posts from fellow bloggers and friends. Made me calm down the cravings so easily :). So go for it, this Diwali. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rice Murukku ~ Spicy version

With Diwali approaching, you might be spending a lot more time in the kitchen preparing all the snacks and sweets for your family and friends. Sweets are one important thing on the menu and so are snacks. I still remember having Dahi Vadas, Chaats, Chakli etc along with the sweets, which our neighbor aunty used to serve us for diwali. Yum they were. Years have gone by but those days and memories are still so fresh. This spicy version of chakli is something that you should try to add a little variety to usual murukku/chakli that you make. If your family loves spicy food then I bet this would definitely be a hit.






This recipe just happened when I was trying out some other snack and it usually takes a lot of time, but I had to head to some place in an hour and just thought of giving
 it the murukku avatar instead. It wasn't a flop at all. My lil one loves spicy food and when I made it, he kept coming back to me asking "Eruvulla murukku Tharamo" meaning "Can you give me the spicy murukku". 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

When Pumpkin is everywhere, literally seen/available everywhere, you need to take full advantage of it. If you are a pumpkin lover like me, bake or cook as many as dishes as you want because once they are out of the market they would be able to source them only, after a year. You get those preserved forms anytime, but they cannot replace the goodness of the fresh ones. Last year, I had made the pumpkin puree and preserved it to make goodies out of it during off season. And I must say, its been working. Those cravings of having pumpkin bread or pancakes have been fulfilled soon enough without waiting for the fall season to come or having indulged in store bought preserved pumpkin purees. I have been meaning to share the process for some time now. I am glad, atleast I could post it this fall season. If you spare some time and make it, the outcome is just rewarding. So here is how it is done.





Sunday, October 8, 2017

DIY : Making of thick Curd/ Yogurt

Anything homemade is just perfect. So is the homemade curd. Not only is it healthy because you know what you goes into it, but also its much cheaper when made at home. If you ever make it at home, you won't go back to the store bought ones. Because why would you, when you could make it at home so easily. 




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Apple Chips

I had eaten banana chips, potato chips, bitter gourd chips etc. which are very easily available anywhere in India. But my first visit in US made me realize that there could be more options to chips with kale chips, beetroot chips and chips made with fruits too. And they really taste good to you in the form of chips, even though you might hate it as a veggie or fruit.









Last fall, while I was baking some pumpkin goodies, the smell of cinnamon from the freshly baked pumpkin bread made me think of the apple chips with cinnamon, I had some time back. Those were store bought. I knew we could easily make it at home but I had never tried or bothered to try. But now as a mother, I always prefer or try to make homemade goodies than go with the convenience of having store bought snacks. And since my lil one gets bored with same snack options, I keep trying different things. So I gave these chips a try. I didn't have to store it because they just vanished in no time. Not only lil J, but all of us liked it.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Steamed Beetroot Cake

Today marks the 5th Anniversary of my dear blog, Palaharam. I never imagined it to be coming this far. But now I guess, it is a part of my life - something that would define me and keep me occupied by doing something that I love. This is not just the celebration of having started the blog but also the celebration of having made some good friends over the span of these last 5 years, whom I have not even met in person. I thought I should make something sweet to mark this milestone and nothing better than this beetroot steamed cake to make this moment absolutely perfect. A BIG thank you to all my supporters for always being there to motivate me, to blog. No words can suffice my gratitude towards each one of you.









It was only recently that I started to fall for Beetroot. Since then, it has been appearing in my kitchen often, either in a savory or sweet form. This beetroot cake was made as a tea time snack one day and it was so much in demand that we have repeated it couple of times. They are amazing in taste and healthy too.

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