October 30, 2012

Baked Taco Bowls / Vegetarian Taco Bowls

Baked Taco Bowls
Hola Amigos, Finally feels great to update the space after a week’s absence. This month, We the Avant Garde Cookies chose to visit Mexico to whet our appetite. As next week my elder one will be celebrating his birthday, I wanted to make some appetizers for his friends who have been invited for a small party at home. As I will be very much busy with more guests and with the weather being so bad I wanted a make ahead appetizer that could be stored to save time. These taco bowls seemed a perfect idea and I chose to bake them instead of the usual deep fried tacos.

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October 22, 2012

Spicy Couscous Muffins Recipe

Spicy Couscous Muffins
What was I even thinking while I went about baking these muffins? This is the first I’m seeing Couscous, which is the secret ingredient given by my partner Roshni for this month’s Avant Garde Cookies’s Hush Hush Week. I had to curse myself for not taking up on Roshni’s offer for a change in the ingredient. Coming to the ingredient though I have come across several recipes posted by many bloggers, this is the first time I’m actually cooking it and this is the first time I’m laying my hands on it.

Most importantly I understood the health aspects of this wonder food after reading about it and wanted my kids to love it at the first try itself. I have had enough of preaching about health benefits of ingredients and I wanted this first attempt to be clean kill. They better know when not to mess with me.

Interestingly when I went to a supermarket near my home and after many failed attempts to locate a pack of this, I asked one of the sales girls on which aisle I could find couscous. She gave me a weird look, went off, came back and handed me a khus-khus (poppy seeds) packet. Both the ingredients sounded alike. When I was seriously considering on accepting Roshni’s offer on change of ingredient, luckily I was able to get a pack in a shop where they sell imported goods.

While I understand that it is my responsibility to make sure my kids eat healthy foods, I also feel that it is my duty to present that food in such a way that they will love it and want to eat it. Unfortunately when I looked around for something interesting I came across several recipes with many a fancy names but the bottom line was, all of them looked like salads which I was sure would be a big turn off for my kids.

That is when these muffins started taking shape and I never thought Arjun would love savory bakes this much. He cleared off 4 of these all by himself. Thanks to dear Roshni for suggesting me this ingredient and now my mind is abuzz with so many possibilities. So stay tuned...

Cook the couscous as per the pack instructions. Mix the dry ingredients.

Beat the wet ingredients together and mix it with the dry ingredients.

Spoon into the muffin case and bake away.

Couscous Muffins Recipe

Prep time: 10 mins  |  Bake time: 20 mins  |  Makes: 6
Recipe Cuisine: Continental  |  Recipe Category: Breakfast / Snacks


  • Couscous – 60 gms
  • Water – 75ml (1/2 teacup)
  • All purpose flour – 50 gms
  • Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder   – 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Egg – 1
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Milk – 1/4 cup
  • Cheese, grated – 3 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves, chopped – 4 tbsp
  • Caramelized Onions – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – to taste


  1. Bring water to a bubbling boil and salt it. Pour this over the couscous. Stir it vigorously and let it be for 4 minutes. All the water will be absorbed and the couscous is ready to use. Keep it aside.
  2. Sift together all purpose flour, baking powder and to this add red chilli powder, pepper powder, pinch of salt, caramelized onions, grated cheese, chopped coriander leaves and toss well. Now add the cooked couscous, give it a mix and keep aside.
  3. Beat together egg, milk and oil. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix till both the wet and dry ingredients are mixed well. Do not over do it.
  4. Preheat the oven at 200 Degrees Celsius (400 F).
  5. Grease a muffin pan and fill the cups till 3/4th and bake for 20 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  6. Serve hot with some tomato ketchup drizzled over.


  1. These muffins do not rise that much when compared to the others.
  2. You can omit red chilli powder, cheese and caramelized onions if you do not like.
  3. The salt is added in 2 parts. One to cook the couscous and second with the flour. So check the salt.
  4. Oven timings will change accordingly.
This is off to I love Baking.
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October 20, 2012

Orange Shortbread Cookies | Egg free / Dairy free

Orange Shortbread cookies
I did tell you that I had an over load of oranges that were waiting to be used up soon in the Orange Cake post. Didn’t I ? As we all share a unanimous love for citrus bakes at home this is the next thing that I baked. The fragrance of the oranges and the zest in every bite was so refreshing that made my tea time a bliss. Earlier I made this 2 months ago when Brother-in law came to our place for the treatment but back then this was not a vegan one and also I did not have the time to take snaps.

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October 16, 2012

Focaccia with Caramelized Onions and Coriander

Focaccia, the popularly known Italian bread has been on To-Bake wish list for some time and finally baked it for the World Bread day which is being celebrated today and I’m very much happy with the result. I had been postponing to bake this bread for a long time as I was not sure whether my kids would love a savory bread. Though they love the stuffed buns a lot I was rather doubtful.

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October 14, 2012

Paasiparuppu Puttu / Maghizhampoo Puttu | Navarathri Recipes

Paasiparuppu Puttu
A very healthy and nutritive dish to be had on a fasting day and in the temple near my Grandmom’s place this puttu is also served as a prasad during Navarathri festival. Though this popular dish is known to be of Chettinad origin, in our place we call it as Maghizhambu puttu. We also call the Mullu murukku as Maghizhampoo Murukku in our place. This was the first dish that came to my mind when we, the Avant Garde Cookies decided on 5 ingredients or less for this month. Though I had planned on blogging about it last month itself for the Let’s Cook event I postponed it once I came to know of the theme, as I thought this recipe would suit the theme aptly.

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October 13, 2012

Eggless Bakes

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October 10, 2012

Vegan Orange Cake

Vegan Orange Cake
I believe that I have never paid enough attention to people who battle their way on to becoming vegan. As a vegetarian I always thought all the vegetarian dishes that I cook daily that are devoid of milk products are vegan which also happens to be true but only when I paid closer attention did I realize how much animal products I’m using on a daily basis. For people who are so used to it converting to vegan is going to be an uphill battle like it is for my BIL who has decided to become a Vegan. I baked this cake for him when he visited us this week end for his monthly check up.

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Blog Hop Wednesdays ~ Week 21

Hello friends, Welcome to yet another edition of Blog Hop Wednesdays. Last month due to unforeseen circumstances I had to skip hosting this lovely event which is so close to my heart, but this month, we the Blog Hoppers are back to entice you with some scrumptious food that you all will love drooling over these tried and tested recipes in their respective kitchens.

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. Idiyappam/String Hoppers
2. Aaloo Tuk
3. oats cookies
4. Vegan Orange Cake
5. Mini Punjabi Thali
6. Hara Bhara balls
7. Dark Fantasy 3 Minute Cake
8. Kala Channa Pulao
10. Pearl Onion Pepper Fry
11. Tomato Onion Chutney with Lentils
12. Moong Dhal Dahi Pakodi-Gayathri
13. Urad Dal Chutney
14. Mousse
15. Arisim Parupu Sadam - Kongu Spl
16. Dhokli
17. Madra - Kangra Style Chole
18. Mocha Mug Cake
19. Dry Fruits Cinnamon Focaccia
20. Aloo Masala Chaat
21. Carrot Kheer
22. Chana Dal/Split Chickpea Dal
23. Focaccia
24. Mousse
25. Beet Peanut Raita
26. Egg Masala

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