Thursday, December 24, 2015

Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake

Baking is fun especially during the holiday season.When it comes out to experimenting ,I always stick to basics and i still love that vanilla filled baking aroma wafting around my home. I like any cake that is not over done with flavours and this one is much more kept it as simple and civil as it should be.The ingredients portions are more easy to remember as we call it in name and also used in same order in the recipe

1 cup Butter
2 cups Sugar(370 gms)
4 eggs
3 cups Flour (384 gms)
1 tbsp Baking powder
1 cup milk
2 tsps vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350*.Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans or a bundt pan
In a large bowl ,beat butter and sugar with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy , 3 to 4 minutes
Add eggs one at a time, beating well for each addition
In a bowl, stir all the dry ingredients and add the flour mixture to the batter and mix gently with milk and vanilla essence
Bake them 350* for 28-30 minutes until its done.

Merry Xmas...Happy Holidays.Enjoy!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Expresso cupcake

One can never miss refreshing their senses with coffee aroma and the flavor any day.. I am not very coffee person ,but I was the same like others.Coffee is most consumed beverage, one cannot miss drinking before starting the day.Last few years I stopped drinking coffee at home.I drink occasionally only when I am travelling.I started trying coffee flavors here.We have wide range here and found Kirkland 100% Dark Roast Columbia fine grind makes equally good south indian good filter coffee.

Yields:11-12 cupcakes
Flour-1 cup
Sugar-1 cup
Unsweetened Cocoa powder-1/3 cup
Baking Soda-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
Butter,melted or Oil-1/2 cup
Vanilla essence-1 tsp
Instant Coffee powder-1 tsp
Hot Expresso-1/2 cup

1.Preheat the oven for 375*F.Line the muffin tin for paper liners.
2.Sift flour,sugar,cocoa,baking soda and salt into a bowl.
3.Beat sugar and eggs for 2-3 minutes and then add the melted butter and vanilla essence.
Beat again for one minute.
4.Add the flour mixture into the wet mix in three portions.
5.Make hot espresso with your favourite coffee.Mix coffee powder to it.
(To make expresso,boil 2 tbsps of grinded coffee powder to 1/2 cup of water for 2-3 minutes.Filter it and use it in place of expresso)
6.Gently fold in the expresso into the cupcake batter.
7.Using a large spoon,distribute the batter into the prepared muffin tins
8.Bake them in preheated oven (375*F) for twenty minutes 

I clicked the first daylight picture as it was so sunny on that day

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tawa pulao with spring onion raita

I made this pulao with left over pav bhaji masala on the same day i made pav bhaji.I didnt have much of vegetables at home , so i  ended up adding bell peppers that enhanced the flavor.I must be the last one who is trying this happening trendy dish.It came closer to biryani somewhere i had that had bit of tangy and spicy taste.I dont remember much of things as of now i mostly look for what to cook next but not to where to eat next. ;-P  

Bhaji masala-1 cup
Water-2 cups
Rice-1 cup
Vegetable -1 cup ,chopped
(Peas,bell peppers)
Salt to taste

1.Add two cups of water to the same bhaji pan.
2.Add the vegetable and bring it to boil
3.Add the rice  and close lid.Let it cook for 10 minutes.
4.Stir in occasionally to not let the rice stick to the base
5.Once the rice is cooked,add in 2 tbsps of butter,stir  and serve hot
6.If needed,add little salt only when rice is cooked.

To make spring onion raita
Mix one cup of chopped spring onion raita to 1 cup of beaten curd and add salt to taste.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ragi idiyappam with ginger chutney

I have been busy for couple of weeks..I didnt get time to sit and compose this post.Making idiyappam is my recent favorite , I tried many versions of it.I couldnt click everytime with my dslr.But some of the dishes are clicked only by my phone.I made this for dinner.Healthy and guilt free indulge ,you will be glad making it for your family :) Dont miss the ginger chutney is a great combo with ragi idiyappam.

Ragi idiyappam

Ragi flour-2 cups
Rice flour-1/2 cup
Salt-1/2 tsp
Water-2 cups

To make Ginger chutney
Ginger-1/2 cup
Urad dal-2 tsps
Curry leaves-an arc
Red chillies-3 nos
Tamarind-small pinch
Oil-1 tsp


1.Boil the water to lukewarm in a pan
2.Mix ragi flour,rice flour and salt in a bowl
3.Add the warm water and make into soft dough
4.Use idiyappam press , make idiyappam with idli steamer
5.It takes 5-7 minutes to cook,once the steam escapes on sides,off the flame

To make chutney

1.Heat a pan ,add oil ,fry each ingredient one by one
2.Allow it to cool and grind them in blender with little water

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pav bhaji

To make Pav buns
Recipe from here

Maida or All purpose flour-2 cups /250 gms
Milk-3/4 cup
Salt-1 tsp
Milk powder-1+1/2 tbsps
Sugar-1 tbsp
Maida to dust 


Initially proof the yeast in warm place with sugar and warm milk for  10 minutes
Add the flour and salt in a bowl, add the milk mixture and make a soft semi sticky dough
Knead the dough for 5 to 10 minutes gently and keep it a bowl covered with wet cloth

Once the dough is risen, pouch it back and knead it back into shape.
Allow it to rise again for another 20 minutes

Line the parchment paper in baking pan.
Make the dough into balls leaving some spaces in between them.

Allow it to rise for another 20-30 minutes.
Preheat the oven for 200 C

Once the dough is risen ,Brush some milk on top

and bake them for 15-20 minutes

Remove the pan from oven,brush some butter/oil on top

To make bhaji masala,
Onion-3/4 cup
tomato-1+1/2 cup
Peas-1/2 cup
Potato-2 cup
Carrots-1/2 cups
Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp
Red chilli powder-2 tsps
Pav bhaji masala-1 tsp
Salt to taste
Butter to Serve

1.Chop onions,tomato,potato,carrots and peas ,cook them in a steamer and set aside
2.Heat a pan, add 2 tsps of oil ,add onions and tomato ,saute them well until its cooked
3.Add the cooked vegetables and a cup of water ,cook until all gets mixed.Smash it with smasher until all vegetables disppear completely.
4.Add all the powders and salt and cook in simmer for another 10-12 minutes.

Serve hot with pav ,a gallop of butter and lemon!.

Yummy and Delicious Pav bhajji is ready

Monday, January 19, 2015

Beans and Mushroom Casserole

Minestrone Soup

After all the dose of festival feast , its time to seattle down to a simple soup.A bunch of vegetables slowly cooked in a broth is perfect to slurp in a cold misty night.I made it with no oil and no sodium broth.Its healthy and perfect substitute for any simple dinner.Please consider it as wholesome meal.

Carrots,chopped-1 cup
Celery,chopped-2 stalks
Onion,chopped-1 cup
Green beans,chopped-1/2 cup
Tomatoes puree-3 cups
(Boil 3 tomatoes for 3 minutes,deskin and grind into puree)
Oregano-1/2 tsp
Pepper-1/2 tsp
Dash of pesto sauce-optional
Bay leaf-2 nos
Kidney beans-1/2 cup
Any boiled pasta-1 cup
Water/Veg Broth-2 cups


1.Add all the ingredients in the pan except the pasta and close the lid
2.Bring it to a boil in a slow flame(Gas no 4) for 35-40 minutes
3.Once the soup is ready ,add the cooked pasta and allow it to boil for 3-4 minutes
4.If the soup is too thick,add the pasta cooked water.

Enjoy the soup with a favorite slice of bread if needed!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Aloo tikki channa chat

Having chat is one of the best thing to do for snacking...I wanted to try all chat items at home atleast once,but it never happened in india.While,we mostly dependant on homemade food here,I get a chance to try to make some of the chat recipes.In india,me and my friend used to share this chat in evenings.She always have one of channa chat on same place.I used to order extra mirchi ,and push all the mirchi other side and she screams on and off during the bites.Later she prefered ordering her own than sharing mine.If you have to order two plates,always order extra mirchi for you and swap the plates.Bingo,you will end up seeing hilarious screaming and drama flowing on.Just kidding.I had some left over channa masala ,so i made this chat.Of course,every bite had a burst of flavors. 

Potato-1-2 nos
Peas-1/4 cup
Onion,chopped-1 cup
Garlic,sliced-2 cloves
Green chilli,chopped-4
Chat masala-1 tsp
Channa masala-1 cup
Mint chutney-2-3 tbsps
Mustard seeds-half tsp
Coriander leaves-1/3 cup
Lime wedges-2-3 nos
Salt to taste


1.Chop the potatoes into dices,onion into fine pieces and green chillies too.Cook the potatoes and peas with one cup of water in microwave for 7 minutes HIGH .Heat a pan with a dash of oil ,sprinkle  mustard seeds,onion (1/2 cup) and fry until it turns pink.Add the garlic and then add the cooked vegetables.Add the salt(1/2 tsp) ,turmeric powder (1/2 tsp) and chat masala (1/2 masala) .Smash the vegetables and stir until all are well combined.Allow it to cool
2.Make the potato mixture into tikkis and roll them in maida and shallow fry each with little dash of oil.

3.Take a martini glass or a serving bowl, Arrange the aloo tikki,mint chutney,onion,coriander leaves and green chillies,channa masala and repeat the process until it fits.Serve with lime wedges.Aloo tikki can be replaced with bread or samosa.


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