Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Marble cake (No butter - No egg)

I have never tried eggless cakes before. When I came across this recipe, I was so glad to have found something which is butterless and eggless. I had to give it a try.



Now it being the lent season, I finally tried it. These were good and did serve well to calm down our craving to have cakes during lent. They definitely do differ from cakes that include eggs, taste wise and texture wise. But if you don't eat eggs or are on a diet, then this recipe is something that you must try. The guilt of stuffing up too much calories keeps me away from having multiple pieces of cakes at one go. But this cake being butterless too did vanish from my snack box in no time. Here is the recipe for this cake.




Ingredients


For Vanilla batter

  1. 3/4 cup + 2tbsp of all purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup of sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  4. 1/4 tsp of salt
  5. 1/2 cup of hot water
  6. 1/2 tbsp of vinegar
  7. 1/4 tbsp of vanilla extract
  8. 6 tbsp of oil
For Chocolate batter
  1. 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  2. 2 tbsp of dark cocoa powder
  3. 1/2 cup of sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  5. 1/4 tsp of salt
  6. 1 tsp of coffee granules
  7. 1/2 cup of hot water
  8. 1/2 tbsp fo vinegar
  9. 1/4 tbsp of vanilla extract
  10. 6 tbsp of oil
Method

Making of vanilla batter


  • In a bowl, take the ingredients 1-4. Give it a mix so that the ingredients get spread evenly.
  • In another bowl, take the ingredients 5-8. Mix it well.
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients as you mix it. Give it a thorough mix untill everything gets incorporated well.

Making of chocolate batter

  • In a bowl, take the ingredients 1-5. Give it a mix so that the ingredients get spread evenly.
  • In another bowl, take the hot water and add coffee granules to it. Stir to help the coffee granules dissolve in it. To it, add ingredients 8-10. Mix it well.
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients as you mix it. Give it a thorough mix untill everything gets incorporated well.

Forming the marble pattern

  • In a greased baking pan, pour half of the vanilla batter followed by half of the chocolate batter. Pour the remaining half of vanilla batter and followed by remaining half of chocolate batter. Swirl the batter with a cake knife to create a marble effect.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F / 180 C and bake it for 35-40 minutes or untill a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove it from the oven and let it stand in the baking pan for another 10 minutes before you transfer the cake onto a cooking rack.

Tips
  1. Use dark cocoa powder to achieve the dark swirls in the cake.
  2. The original recipe calls in for a frosting to go with it. However, we like to have them plain. You could frost the cake if you wish to. 

Recipe courtesy : Adapted from Show me the curry


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lemon, Ginger and Mint cooler

Summer at grandparents place, as kids has so many fond memories attached. It would include playing in the sun with cousins, climbing trees(yes, you heard it right.. I was good at that :)), feeding the cattle and what not and then rushing home every now and then to drink something cold or snack on something yummy. How I wish I could get back those days. Yes, those times included long academic years with books, exams and science projects and what not. But the thought of those 2 month long vacation was always looked forward to. 











We have a huge bunch of cousins. So every single get together would look like a ceremony with house full of people. It is super fun and blessing to have born in a family like that. Well, I think I drifted a little beyond the topic..he he. Lemon juice was one of the favorite drinks after a tiring day. And the elder ones used to get the job of squeezing out the juice from the lemon and making the juice. It was so frustrating to get the sugar dissolve by stirring. As a parent I now understand, why the request for making powdered sugar or sugar syrup was refused by the elders. It helped us learn patience :). Well, all said, this recipe of cooler includes concentrate that has sugar syrup added into it to make my life easier now every time I make the cooler.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dahi Vada or Indian Savory Donuts in Yogurt Sauce

My love for Dahi vadas get linked back to the Holi celebrations while I was a kid. Our neighbour aunty used to make these during Holi. Apart from all the sweets that she would serve for us, I used to love these. The taste still lingers around my tastebuds.






The perfect time to eat these vadas dipped in the yogurt sauce is summer. Its so refreshing and filling that you just forget to crib about the hot summer. The recipe to the amazingly yum dahi vadas is here.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Paniyaram / Kuzhi Paniyaram

I never had an appe pan before having Jordan . With the thought of making miniature food for him, I bought this pan and ever since I have never archived it. Every now and then I keep making something or the other in it. The shapes come out in small ball shapes that Jordan loves having it and I love seeing him have with a smile with every bite. I know that excitement is not gonna last long and there would come a stage when I might have to be innovative everyday. 







Paniyarams are one big hit at our home. Everytime I have some left over idli batter, I have to make it. And there are no leftovers of  this paniyaram ever. Everyone loves it.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oats and Banana Mini Pancakes with raisins

Pancakes are our goto snack or breakfast, when nothing really clicks, as to what to make and feed the herd. Now when bananas have been ignored by people for couple of days and they start getting spotted and get even more ignored, those end up in the pancakes too. 



These pancake are healthier because they have oats in them and they taste great when had like these yummy pancakes. And it's a great way to include oats in the diet if someone doesn't eat it otherwise. So here is how I make it.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Strawberry Jam

Strawberries - Smoothies, desserts, jams and what not can be made out of these beauties. Last year, when we went to Mahabaleshwar , we got those fresh strawberries home. I knew not the entire lot would be eaten up. So to avoid wastage and preserve them in another form to last longer, I converted the remaining batch to strawberry jam. I then realized that it is not a big task. Its simple and could be made in just minutes.











Jacob was full of praise for this jam. He would be caught having it plain. I also did add these in strawberry smoothie to give extra richness. My fear of wasting the strawberries was unnecessary. Converting it into jam, made it get over in a weeks time. Now that they are available in the market again, it was time to get some and make jam out of it.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Strawberry Shrikhand

Valentine's Day is incomplete without something red or pink is what the commercial world says. So I thought of adding something pink as my next post.








I hardly believe in celebrating Valentine's Day as the only day of expressing love. But when I decided to post strawberry shrikhand and saw that the Valentine's Day is around the corner, I thought of tagging this post as Vday special just in case my readers were interested in celebrating it and we're looking for recipes to make their day special. So here it it 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Idiyappam / Noolputtu

Idiyappam or string hoppers have been my favorite since I was a kid. I may not even need anything particular to go by its side... Just some sugar or shaved jaggery could do the job. 






The finest strands of idiyappam are the ones that taste just awesome. Alas, my idiappam maker does not make the finest ones. My hunt to get the finest holes in the idiyappam maker continues till date. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bread Pakoda

When I was a kid, I remember my mom would ask me to wait at the gate having heard the ringing of a cycle bell. My job would be to call up the guy by the time mummy would fetch the money to be handed over. It would be bread wala bringing in fresh bread and buns from the bakery. The packets would still have some vapours trapped in them and still a little hot.


Mummy would then make hot bread pakodas out of the hot bread. Or it may take the shape of sandwiches or French toast etc to be packed for tiffin to the school.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Ribbon Sandwich or Tricolour Sandwich

Ribbon Sandwiches are a great snack option for picnics, parties or even your kid's tiffin box. If you have the tomato and coriander spread in your fridge, (which if made before hand, can be stored in the fridge for about a week) the tiffin could be packed up by the kid :). Its so easy a sandwich, yet so appealing to the eyes and also your tastebuds.






Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Capsicum Chutney

Belonging to Southern part of India means, you definitely would have a soft corner for idli/dosa. For me, I wouldn't mind having it for any meal of the day. Bringing in variety in the usual combination makes it even more interesting.

I was not introduced to any other chutneys to go with Idli/dosa other than the red coconut chutney and the chana dal chutney. But thanks to so many blogger friends from across the globe and the blogging community that I have been a part of, I got introduced to variety of food. This capsicum chutney was introduced to me by the blogging world.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Prawns curry

This curry literally disappears real fast at our place. Jacob is a big fan of it . The township that I grew up in was far from the sea. So we never got to eat prawns, while living there. I am talking about those times when there were no malls. These days no matter where you live, you do have these available as frozen foods. 




I used to include different masala/ spices to make it flavourful but the result was not what I was looking for. Then one vacation, when I was home, my mom said that her sister ( my aunt), Lisamma Aunty makes superb prawns curry and we should call her up and get the recipe. When Aunty gave the recipe I was like, what! Is it all that makes the prawns curry taste. Are you sure you are not missing out on any ingredient. It's so simple and made with minimal ingredients but lip smacking good.
Here is the recipe for that amazing prawns curry.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bialys

Have you had Bialys? Well, I would say it is more like bagels. I am not a fan of bagels, but I did like having bialys. They serve as a good option for tea time snacks or a grab and go breakfast.




I just made a couple of them, fearing that it might go wasted if they tasted like bagels, which I dislike having. But they turned out to be good. And with the garam masala in it, it tasted more indianized. I wonder if I would have given up the thought of trying it, I would have been missing out on something delicious.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Coconut Chocolate Truffles

I have always been a fan of Bounty chocolates. Well, who wouldn't love them. Coconut and chocolates make such a great pair, right? The other day, when I had that sudden craving of having them, I hunted for them in the nearby grocery chains but to my disappointment, found it out of stock everywhere. Came back home, opened the fridge to screen through and find something interesting to eat. My eyes fell on some leftover condensed milk. Quickly I checked if I had some dry coconut in the pantry. And yes, I made up my mind to make them.






There were some milk chocolates left over from the packet of assorted chocolates. I had finished off the chocolates with almonds and my husband finished off chocolates with toffee in it and the dark chocolates. Jordan doesn't really pick when it comes to chocolate. So he is fine as far as it is chocolate of any kind. But the milk chocolates were the only ones that none of us are so fond off and they have been calling out loud for days to use them. So I thought of converting them into our favorite Bounty chocolates. So tada ! these were just ready super quick and vanished even more quickly :). 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Vegetable Cutlet

I sometimes wonder where the time went by when I see/hear Jordan. He is growing up fast and I wish I could just stop time from flying away. I hardly have any time for myself after having taken him to the park or library or other activities and the household chores. So I had been missing from the blogging world for a while now, untill last week and I loved the break. I hope to update it frequently everytime I return from a break, but I fail. Lazy me, I say. Anyways, this time I hope to update frequently.


Myself and Big J used to speak in english, when we wanted to talk something that we didn't want Lil J to hear. Now the stage has come that Lil J has started to pick up on english(overhearing our conversation and grasping it). So if you come visit us, you will see both of us spelling the words out so that Jordan can't get it. I don't see those days far when he will pick the spellings as well.

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