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Eggless Tandoori Mayonnaise

?It was during one of my routine trips to the supermarket that I spotted Tandoori Mayo. Naturally I was intrigued and bought the same. After tasting, I decided to try making it at home. It didn’t taste exactly as the store bought one, but I am pleased with the result.
If you wish, you may use ready made Tandoori Masala.

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Orange Wine

?Even though I don’t consume wine, lately I have making different varieties of wine. My latest attempt is Orange Wine, a recipe which was given by Lilian aunty, our family friend. The oranges used in this wine are small, loose jacket oranges. The picture you see above were taken soon after bottling. Hence the cloudy look. As it rests, the wine will get clarity.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.?

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Sorpotel

Sorpotel, also known as Sarapatel, is a dish of Portuguese origin. This dish is a delicacy in Goa. Ever since I prepared the dish some time back, this has become one of my favourite Pork preparations. This dish is usually made with the offals, i.e the ear, nose, tail, tripe etc. Once I bought the ‘Sorpotel mix’ available in the nearby meat shop to bring authenticity to the dish. As we were not used to seeing ears, tail etc in our plate, we just couldn’t have it. Some people add liver to the dish along with meat. Ideally the meat…

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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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Orange Sorbet in Chocolate Shell

Ever since I saw cake sphere moulds being used in cookery shows, I had made up my mind in buying one. Every time I went hunting for the same, it was out of stock. After several futile attempts, decided to buy them online. So, following a much long wait, I finally got it 2 days back. Having made up my mind on using chocolate as the casing, the next thought was what to use as filling. As luck would have D made it easier for me. Just before leaving for school, he had a request. “Mama, today I want something…

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Kadalapparippu Boli/ Poli

Boli is a sweet snack common in South India. While it is known as Boli in Kerala, it is also called Poli, Holige, Obbattu etc in various states of South India. Though I love Boli, I prepare them very rarely as my boys aren’t particularly fond of it. Last month, a journalist friend of ours contacted me to contribute a few recipes for the Ganesha Festival special edition of Just For Women (JFW) magazine. Boli was one of the dishes she wanted. You can find the article here. I follow the recipe by Mrs K.M Mathew.

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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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Goan Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs is something I have eaten a few times at restaurants but never tried making at home. Usually J calls me when he goes to the Pork shop. Every time we wanted to buy ribs, we were out of luck. This time around, we were lucky. When he asked me if it needs to be cut, I confidently said no. It’s only when I saw the rack in front me that I realised my folly. Turned out that what I had envisioned, was way off the mark :P. After trying to slice in vain, I decided to cook it…

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Eggless Wholewheat Cookies

As a blogger, the prime aspect I enjoy is the feedback I receive from my readers. There are quite a few of them who gives feedback on a regular basis. Some of them ask doubts regarding recipes. My effort is to try and help them in whatever way I can. The other day a reader had attempted baking wholewheat cookies that didn’t turn out as she wanted it to be. She wanted to know what went wrong. As it had been a while since I baked wholewheat cookies, the best thing I could offer was to try out the recipe…

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Pazham Pori / Ethakka appam/ Banana Fritters

Pazham Pori is a snack item that reminds me of my childhood days. This used to be one of the many snacks Amma used to prepare when we got back from school. The other day while buying groceries from a nearby store, my eyes fell on Nendra Pazham with which this snack is made. While making Pazham Pori, make sure the banana is ripe. You may use all purpose flour or wheat flour for the batter.

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Product Review of Tecnora Avatar 550 FP

Gone are the days where one had to resort to the good old grinding stone. Mixer-grinders play an inevitable part in our day to day life. From basics like making a juice to grinding for the gravy, they have a very important role in our kitchen. When the Tecnora asked me to write a product review, the first thing I enquired was if they’re expecting an honest review. Thankfully that’s exactly what they wanted. That itself was a big positive aspect for me. On receiving the product, Mr Rajesh from Tecnora called up to give a run through on operating…

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Motichoor Laddoo

My experiments in cooking started when I was in Class 7. Instead of trying out the regular dal chawal, I would opt for something different. During a recent chat session with my cousin, she reminded me of the laddoo that I made. It brought back a lot of memories. I do remember vividly how complicated the process was to me at that time. Probably that stayed in my mind and hence didn’t attempt making laddoos at home. Yesterday my friend’s daughter asked me if I had the recipe of Motichoor Laddoo. She needed it for some article. That triggered an…

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Paalada Paayasam/ Paalada Pradhaman/ Palada Payasam

I have been away from this space for almost a month now. Trust me, it was not easy. My camera went for repair and the waiting was really frustrating. I was looking forward to get it back. The happiness was short lived when I realised that it was still not functional. Thankfully J understood my predicament and offered to buy me a new camera. Woo hoo !! I am back in my happy place. To celebrate the joy, I decided to make Paalada Paayasam, a traditional Kerala sweet, which holds an important place in Sadya. In the olden days, the…

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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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Homemade Fondant

Though I bake and decorate cakes at home, I have never tried my hands at Fondant Icing. Last Christmas, my cousin who came from Canada, gifted a Gum paste flower cut out set. Every time I looked at the set, I was even more motivated to give a shot at Fondant Icing. April being a month of special occasions in our family, I zeroed in on D’s birthday and prepared fondant at home. On discussing with D, he asked me to prepare a Rich Chocolate Cake covered with Chocolate Ganache. All my hopes almost went down the drain till it…

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Rice Wine

?Couple of weeks back we had been to Coorg, where we stayed at a friend’s Coffee Estate. While talking to Lilian aunty, our hostess, the conversation veered towards cooking. She told me that she had a Rice Wine recipe and that she would share it with me the next morning. I was pleasantly surprised when she handed over her recipe book, first thing in the morning. Such a wonderful gesture !! She recommended a few more recipes from her book and asked me to write them down.
Once back home, the first thing I did, was to make sure I had all the ingredients for the Rice Wine.
Here are a few pointers one needs to keep in mind. Any white rice can be used for this recipe. The jars and bottles used for wine making should be sterilised and free from moisture. Always use coloured bottles to store wine.

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