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Gulab Jamun Linzers : Fried Cookies With Apple-Cranberry Filling

Gulab Jamun Linzers : Fried Cookies With Apple-Cranberry Filling

A beautiful union of jammy linzer cookies and our melt in the mouth gulab jamuns. Gulab Jamun Linzers! I am  sure you haven’t heard of these. But don’t these jammy treats look gorgeous? Linzer cookies are a must have during Christmas and I have been […]

Toffee Fudge: Christmas Treats

Toffee Fudge: Christmas Treats

Chewy caramel toffee fudge topped with dark chocolate and nuts. Holidays are a lot about eating yummy goodies. This toffee fudge is a perfect ‘quick’ treat to please kids and adults alike. My facebook page is more often than not filled with food related posts. I absolutely loved the […]

Brown Rice Flakes Pudding/ Desi Poha Kheer/ Aval Payasam- Pressure Cooked

Brown Rice Flakes Pudding/ Desi Poha Kheer/ Aval Payasam- Pressure Cooked

South Indian feasts are never complete without a ‘Payasam’ . Payasam/ Kheer is a milk based pudding that is usually slow-cooked over low heat until the ingredients are well cooked and the milk turns thick and creamy. One of the reasons I love using poha in payasam is because it cooks faster and the result is no where less than a traditional ‘pal payasam/rice pudding’. Payasam/ Kheer often involves a lot of stirring and constant attention. My family loves kheer [of any kind] and there are times when my little ones end up asking for it at odd hours. I…

10 Minute Oats Unni-Appam/ Nei Appam

10 Minute Oats Unni-Appam/ Nei Appam

A few years back my son spent his summer hols with my parents in God’s own country- Kerala. Temple visits are our family’s favourite way to spend weekends and holidays. He specially loved visiting the Kottarakara Ganapathy temple. Ask him why and he would say they make the tastiest unni-appams ever. I think he has taken after me, in looking forward to tasty ‘temple prasadam’. Unni- appam/ Nei appam is a fried sweet dumpling usually made with a combination of rice flour, wheat flour, banana and jaggery. Grated coconut and cardamom is often added to bring in more flavour. These…

Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai / Steamed Sweet Dumplings – Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai / Steamed Sweet Dumplings – Ganesh Chaturthi Special

I remember the first time I prepared kozhukattai. It was our first ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ after marriage. Calling my mum and asking her recipes over the phone was a daily affair back then. Mum’s recipe worked like a charm and I made the perfect modakams. My mother-in-law was super impressed. According to her anyone who can make kozhukattai, can make anything ! Thinking about her reaction still brings a smile on my face. Her excitement and appreciation for every dish I prepared, played a huge role in my culinary journey. These sweet dumplings are made with a rice flour dough filled…

Raksha Bandhan Special- Kaju Barfi/ Kaju Katli/ Cashew Fudge

Raksha Bandhan Special- Kaju Barfi/ Kaju Katli/ Cashew Fudge

Indian festivals give us all the reason to treat our sweet tooth. My granny had told me how to make delicious kaju katli ages ago. Today seemed to be the perfect day to make these mouth watering fudgy bites. Raksha bandhan is all about celebrating the special bond between a brother and a sister. The sister ties a ‘rakhi’ [sacred thread] on her brother’s wrist showing her love and the brother in turn promises to stand by her through thick and thin. Besides Raksha bandhan we are also celebrating Avani avattam / Upakarma today. This religious ritual is conducted once…

Desi Bake: Healthy Baked Modak / Kozhukattai – Vegan and Gluten Free

Desi Bake: Healthy Baked Modak / Kozhukattai – Vegan and Gluten Free

Healthy ingredients plus desi flavours is my favourite combination for baking. Simran’s come up with another interesting ‘healthy baking contest’ for the members of Ovenderful mom bakers community. I absolutely love these contests, one- they give me a solid reason to empty my pocket and stock up my pantry with amazing ingredients, two- I love experimenting with new ingredients and trying interesting unique bakes. So what’s special about this bake- It is vegan and gluten free. I have not used any baking powder or baking soda.

Holi Special- Baked Dry fruit and Khoya Gujiya

Holi Special- Baked Dry fruit and Khoya Gujiya

Festivals in India are synonymous with special delicacies. I need just about any reason to make a ‘desi bake’. Gujiya is a t

Rich Fruit Cake- Eggfree Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

Rich Fruit Cake- Eggfree Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

With Christmas around the corner, all i hear these days is ‘ rich plum cake’- The traditional rum soaked dry fruits filled festive Christmas cake . Just thinking about it makes one hungry for a bite isn’t it?? Not using eggs or alcohol, but still getting as close as possible to this festive bake, se

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Yay its December ! I know Christmas is still a couple of weeks away but my new “festive cookie cutters” were too cute to resist. Atulit has a school picnic tomorrow and when he asked for gingerbread ‘man’ cookies, i was more than excited. What better way to spend a cold lazy afternoon than cookie ba