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Super Soft Moist Chocolate Cupcakes

  When my dear friend R’s son got admission in the college of his choice, I was really excited. I had made up my mind to bake some Chocolate Cup Cakes for him and give …

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Apple Banoffee Empanadas

Couple of weeks back,when a Sprigs representative contacted me asking if I could develop a recipe for them, I was excited. The product I had to work with was Banana & Caramel Banoffee Topping & …

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Bhatura/Bhatoora/Batura

I Love the Chole- Bhatura combination, whereas it’s just the opposite for J. Hence I always prepare it when he’s away, travelling 🙂 The combination of Bhatura with Pindi Chole, sprinkled with chopped onions is my all-time favourite…yummmmm..I’m already drooling. I have always been following the recipe from my favourite cook book by Jiggs Kalra. Though the dough can be prepared well in advance, it’s better to fry the Bhatura just before serving.

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Milk Halwa

As a kid, the only Halwa I was aware of, were the colourful Halwas I saw in almost all bakeries in Kerala. One could find huge blocks of Halwa in various colours like Black, Orange, Yellow and Green. I somehow never really liked them. Few years back during our Kerala visit, my MIL bought some Milk Halwa from Indian Bakery near our place. On her insistence, I tasted a piece with much reluctance. To my surprise, I loved it and ended up having a couple more pieces. This Halwa was something different. The other day while talking to my SIL…

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Eggless Coffee Cake (Microwave Version)

Eggless Coffee Cake was something I had tried few years back. As I am not particularly fond of microwave cooking, I hadn’t attempted it after that. Recently, one of my friends spotted the picture of it in my Facebook timeline and asked for the recipe. This was followed by a few more requests. That’s when I decided to make it again. It took some time for me to recollect the source of the recipe but finally managed to find it. The recipe I followed is from Apy Cooking. I decorated the cake with coffee flavoured whipped cream and chocolate sauce….

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Buffalo Wings

Contrary to it’s name, the dish has nothing to do with the animal. Buffalo wings are basically deep fried chicken wings coated with a hot sauce. One can hear a lot of versions to the story behind the invention of this dish. The most popular story is that this dish was invented in Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York and hence the name Buffalo Wings. During our trip to US, Anchor bar was one of the must-visit places for me. J’s bestie Sachin being a foodie, made things easier 🙂 While returning from Niagara to Cincinnati, we stopped at the…

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Nectarine/Peach Upside down Cake

Nectarines are pretty much similar to Peaches. Here is the recipe of Nectarine Upside Down Cake. The recipe I followed is taken from Midwest Living. This recipe was a big hit with D and his friends at school.

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Biscotti

One aspect I like about sending lunch/snacks for D to school is the feedback. One can’t get a more honest feedback. I always look forward to hear the feedback, especially when I send something new. Getting positive feedback encourages me even more to try new dishes. After receiving appreciation for the brownies I had sent the other day, I decided to make Biscotti. This has been in my to-do list for a while. The preparation of the dish is very easy. However, the baking takes a while. But trust me, it’s all worth the effort when you bit into those…

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Fudgy Brownies

Gooey, fudgy brownies !! There must be very few people who doesn’t get tempted by these chocolate beauties. The mere mention of it makes me drool. Having seen a couple of Fb posts on brownies, I was so tempted to make them. Found an easy recipe at Inspired Taste . On checking the pantry, I had all the ingredients in place, including the pecan nuts, which was procured from Big Basket. I always rely on Big Basket to buy my regular supply of Dairy products, Rice products and gourmet items. While cutting the brownies to pieces, I couldn’t stop myself…

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Moussaka

Moussaka is an eggplant or potato-based dish, often including ground meat, in the cuisines of the countries of the former Ottoman Empire, with many local and regional variations. In Turkey, it is sautéed and served …

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Eggless Moist Carrot Cake

One can find a lot of substitutes for egg, on the net. The list of substitutes includes curd, banana, flax seed powder etc. However, I was apprehensive of recommending something without actually trying it out. Few days back, while chatting with a friend of mine, she said that she was looking for an eggless version of Carrot Cake. I almost suggested to try my Moist Carrot Cake, but realised that I couldn’t possibly recommend without trying the eggless version myself. Having decided to follow the same recipe, I chose to use Flax seed powder as a substitute. The result was…

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Chocolate Cookies

The other day, D requested me to make some Chocolate Cookies. As I had a recipe saved in my ‘to-do list’, I didn’t have to search for the recipe. The recipe I saved is from Allrecipes . However I tweaked it a bit. One thing I found intriguing in this recipe, was the mixing of hot water with soda. On further research, I found that this was done for two reasons. One is to activate the soda and the second reason was to ensure even distribution of the soda. Truth be told, I was a bit apprehensive, but went ahead…

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Osmania Biscuits II

Any foodie who has been to Hyderabad would associate Dum Biryani and Osmania Biscuits. Few days back, a friend had brough some Osmania biscuits from Hyderabad. As I was munching on them, it dawned on me that the one I had made some time back, tasted very different. Just to make sure, I enquired wit

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Baozi/ Bao (Chinese Steamed Buns)

Being a member of foodie group gives varied exposure to a lot of cuisines. I get inspired to try out certain new dishes that I see. One such dish that caught my fancy was Baozi/ Bao, also known as Chinese Steamed Buns. What really attracted me was the way it was presented.Three little piggies on a s

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Phyllo sheets (Filo sheets)

How many times have you postponed preparing a dish due to non- availability of Phyllo sheets (Filo sheets)?? I have lost count of such occasions. I have been considering making Phyllo sheets at home for some time, but never really got into action. Finally I realised that I had to do it. More so beca

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Pina Colada Cake

Today is J’s birthday. With D’s board exams fast approaching, I had totally lost track of the dates. Thankfully better sense prevailed yesterday morning. Though my initial plans were to make a cake with fondant icing, I had to scrap the idea due to lack of time. The cake I made was Pina Colada cake

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Samosa

I am sure most of you readers must be familiar with Samosa. For those who aren’t aware, it is a pastry with savoury filling, which is either fried or baked. The most popular filling is a mixture of potatoes. However you could even prepare a non vegetarian filling as well. You could use wheat flour i

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Mangalore Buns (Banana Puri)

The first time I tasted Mangalore Buns was way back during college days. These were served as an evening snack. Once out of college I had completely forgotten about it till a college friend mentioned about it in our chat. The realisation that I had all the ingredients stocked up triggered my urge to

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