May 31, 2012

Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste

Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste


Ginger Garlic paste is such an integral part of any Indian Cooking and I can’t imagine having to cook certain dishes without this paste. According to my Grandmother there is a logic behind using ginger and garlic paste to any dish. Ginger, being big in size than when compared to garlic diminishes in volume when made into a paste whereas garlic increases in volume when ground to paste. So she would always advise on using fresh paste ground especially for the particular dish instead of grinding them in bulk and storing them.


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May 28, 2012

Kadappa Recipe / Kumbakonam Kadappa

Kadappa Recipe


My native being Kumbakonam, I do not know why it took me this long to post this wonderful dish that is so apt as a side dish for idli and dosa. Kadappa is a cross between sambar and kurma and is dal based where in the tangy factor is incorporated by adding lemon juice instead of tamarind as we do for sambar. My grandma makes this so well and it is a pleasure to dig into the hot steaming idlis dunked in kadappa served on freshly plucked banana leaves from the backyard. I love to have this with Puris as well. Unfortunately I don’t get to make this as often as I wish to because Hubby is not so keen on this and prefers sambar. Recently I made this for the guests at home and simply loved the aroma while it was cooking.


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May 26, 2012

Chikoo Milkshake

Chikoo Milkshake
The heat is killing me... I know, I know... I have said that many times before... I have never been known to survive well during cold season and the hot weather is okay for me usually but this season it is too much even for me. Did you all see the match between CSK and MI yesterday. My, what a match. Unfortunately when there were just 5 over left there was a major power fluctuation and finally the power went off.

I sat at the verandah hoping for a cool breeze but not a single leaf moved. Everything was standstill and all I could do was gulp down 2 full bottles of water. Everything and anything cold did rounds in my head while I sat dozing on and off. Finally the power came back at around 1.30 a.m. One of the worst nights in the whole summer season. I guess we have to wait for another 2-3 days for the “Agni Natchathiram” to get over, to expect a respite from the heat.

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May 24, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
I have been gone a week now and it feels so good to be back after a break. I have had lot of guests at home and I did not get a moment to sit down and draft a post despite having this recipe in my drafts for over a month now. Here is a refreshingly cool drink to beat the heat and to bring in some respite from the hot sun. This drink is also called as “Pink Lemonade” or “The Pink Lady” in restaurants that specialize in beverages.

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May 17, 2012

Cantaloupe Salsa / Muskmelon Salsa

Muskmelon Salsa
As the kids are enjoying their summer vacation at their grand parents place, the kitchen at my home is getting a much needed break especially on the days when H decides to eat out with his colleagues during the day. I’m looking around for ways to take this opportunity and detox myself by eating more salads and drinking more fruit juices. Last week I made this salsa and enjoyed it immensely. 

The ripe juicy melon cubes when jazzed up with lemon juice was so refreshing and was a treat to the senses. I’m sure you will love it too when had chilled on a particularly hot day. I would rather dig into this salsa sitting under the fan watching my favorite show than cook an elaborate meal standing near the hot stove.  

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May 14, 2012

Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Chocolate Banana Milkshake
This is yet another combo that I tried for my younger one who refuses to eat banana no matter what and for my elder one who refuses to drink milk. I have asked both my MIL and SIL to make sure they make this for them when they are staying over there for the holidays. It seems not only the boys but their cousins also have become hooked to this milk shake now and are demanding it as many times a day.

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May 12, 2012

Kesar Sandesh Recipe

Kesar Sandesh
I made these sweet cute looking balls a fortnight back to take along with me when I visited my In-Laws place. Having grown up in a community where there were lot of “Bengali” folks, I’m not a total stranger to their cuisine. I used to love watching them prepare milk sweets especially. The first time I saw a lady beating the heck out of a white bag with a big rolling pin, I thought it was a mouse. Poor mouse!!!  But later on came to know that she was beating the paneer aka cottage cheese to get a smooth consistency. As the Mother’s day is being celebrated tomorrow I thought I would share this simple, easy and elegant sweet recipe with all of you.

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May 11, 2012

I love Baking #4

What yummy and varied entries this event gets every month!!. I’m totally impressed with the skills and your love for baking. You can check what all we have had so far in the previous months. So, Are you all ready to share and spread the love of baking? This monthly venture, I Love Baking is started to do just that. Bake away and present your recipes to the linkies below. This is open to everyone and anyone who happens to love one thing and that is “Baking”.

Just a few notes before we go linking,
1. Your bake can either be sweet or savory. Just make a note not to link any bakes with meat here as this is a vegetarian blog.
2. Make sure that your post is linked to this announcement.
3. Oh, and the linkies will be open till 25 of this month.

I would be happy if you could also  link your entries and discuss your experience in the Facebook Page or rather a community that has been specifically created, as it would be of help to many enthusiastic bakers, newbie or experienced and would also have a greater reach.

1. Coconut Rolls
2. Custard pie
3. Pizza Rolls
4. Key Lime Tartlets~
5. Chocolate Cupcakes
6. Eggless Choco Cake with Crusty Walnut layer
7. Eggless Red Velvet Cake
8. Quick Mango cake
9. Tomato Bread
10. Eggless golden syrup muffins
11. Chocolate Shortbread
12. Ajwaini Aloo Gobi
13. Chocolate Shortbread
14. baked vegetables with oaty goodness
15. Baked Kibbe
16. Chocolate Shortbread
17. Chocolate Blueberry Breakfast Muffins
18. Nutella Brownies
19. Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frostin
20. Graduation Party themed red velvet cupcakes
21. Oat, raisin & toasted coconut muffins
22. Four flour bread
23. Kit Kat cake
24. Five star cupcakes
25. Orange, honey & cinnamon muffins
26. Eggless Lemon Poppy Seeds Muffins
27. Granola
28. Baked vegetables in a pesto cream sauce
29. Methi Aloo Banarasi
30. Chocolate Bread Pudding
31. Nutella & peanut butter croissants
32. Nankhatai - Eggless cookies
33. Mango Cream Pastry Cups
34. Chocolate Scon
35. Whole wheat masala rolls
36. Chocolate banana marble cake (eggless)

This linky list is now closed.
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May 9, 2012

Coconut Rolls (No Eggs, No Butter)

Coconut Rolls
Hello friends, Yet another Wednesday made fun because of Blog Hop Wednesdays well at least that his how I feel. For this month I’m paired with Divya and when I was mulling over what to choose, TH made it easy for me. You see, he is not a person who loves to eat anything sweet and loves hot and spicy food. No wonder he still remembers the Pizza and these buns. But last week when I gave him these scones, he demanded why I’ve never tried anything with coconuts and that is when the decision was made. I don’t blame him as he is not fond of fruit based bakes.

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Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 17

Welcome to yet another month of Blog Hopping! Another opportunity to gawk at some scrumptious good food prepared by our wonderful Blog Hoppers by unearthing from their partner’s virtual kitchen for theBlog Hop Wednesday. These are tried and tested recipes by our foodie friends.

Blog Hop
Please note that this linkies is only for the Blog Hoppers and any other entries will be deleted promptly.  If you are new and want to know more on this then register by submitting your blog here to participate from next month onwards.

1. Chole Mint Bhat
3. Cheesy Vegetable Pasta
4. Mixed Vegetable Sambhar
5. Fruit Salad in Mango Sauce
6. Mint Cooler
7. Mango Cake with Truffle
8. Banana Lassi
9. Vegetable Momos
10. Apple Fritters
11. Aalu Posto
12. Palak Puri
13. Bread Pakoras-No Fry
14. Microwave Chivda
15. Bottle Gourd with Potatoes
16. Turkish Apple Tea
17. Gobi Manchurian
18. Spicy Churmuri
19. Coconut Rolls ~ Eggless & Butter less
20. Wheat & Corn Flour Muffins
21. Jackfruit Pancakes
22. Nutella Milkshake
23. Soya Chunks Peas Pulao
24. Unniappam
25. Baked Falafel
26. Sprouted Moong Dosa
27. Chocolate Nutty Rolls
28. Eggless Buttermilk Fruit Cake
29. Sesame Ladoo
30. Oven Baked Chick peas
31. Red Pumpkin Soup
32. Chettinad Aloo Bindi Subji
33. Chocoban Milk Shake
35. Milkmaid-Nutella Chocolatey Fudge
36. Potato in Gram Flour Gravy
37. Mysore Masala Dosa
38. Rice Rava and Pidi Kozhikottai
39. Okra Stir Fry
40. Roasted Garlic
41. Mavinakayi Chitranna
42. Chocolate ~Nuts Loaf Cake
43. Mango Lassi

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