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Wheat Cake

The month of celebrations begins! So here is another Christmas cake- Wheat Cake, with jaggery and dry fruits. Wait…. what? Cake without maida or sugar? Yes! This is a 100% healthy cake. Does it taste good? It sure does! I must admit that it is not as airy and spongy as maida cakes, but it is totally guilt free. The jaggery adds a new flavour and you can smell it even before you bake it. And the dry fruits are so crunchy ๐Ÿ˜‹. Each ingredient adds its own flavour.
This recipe is from Hebbar’s Kitchen, though I have made a few minute changes. This can be a celebration cake, a school break or even a wholesome breakfast for kids. The same cake can be made with maida and sugar, but it comes along with guilt and portion control ๐Ÿ˜. Do you really want that? Try this cake out and have a guilt free holidays!
Preparation time: 10 minutes| Cooking time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert| Cuisine: Indian. Ingredients: Wheat flour- 2 cups Baking soda- ¼ th tsp Baking powder- 1 tsp Cinnamon powder- ¼ tsp …

Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Brownies๐Ÿ˜ As most of you already know, I love anything sweet, especially something chocolaty. If you are like me, then chocolate brownie with a scoop of ice cream is just the thing you need. Thanks to Tharu for making this for me๐Ÿ˜˜ . All I had to do was just to sit and enjoy! Until sometime ago, I used to wonder what exactly the difference is between cakes and brownies. It is all in the texture. Brownies are more fudgy and dense than cake. Brownie batter has lesser moisture than that of cake. The fudgy texture is one of the main reasons why I like it. And not to forget the choco chips, which make it all the more chocolaty. Perfect, isn’t it?
We don’t have an oven and as you would have guessed, Tharu made it using the pressure cooker. Thinking it would look cute, I skipped the generic squares and rectangles and cut them into circles. And they did look great! I have been yearning to post the pics for a long time and finally, have done it. The recipe I have followed is of The…

Popcorn Chicken

My kids are a big fan of popcorn chicken. Probably because of the crunchy texture and the taste. But we stopped buying it a couple of years ago, realizing the ill effects it has on us. Recently, my kids craved for some of those. As usual, I turned to Google (Aandavar) for help. The first result that popped up was Swasthi’s KFC style popcorn chicken. I went over the recipe and realized how easy it is. I tried it at home, and it was an instant hit with my girls.
The chicken inside was extremely tender and had just the right spice. The outside was surprisingly crunchy. It all depends on how much bread crumbs you are adding and how. The first time I tried it out, I had mixed the bread crumbs in the chicken marinade and that didn’t really yield super crunchy chicken. The second time, I coated each piece of chicken individually in the bread crumbs and the end result was simply superb. I am not really a great fan of deep frying, but it is surely better than the store bought chicken. So try …

Poha Chivda

Poha Chivda- one of the best snacks ever! Less ingredients, lesser cooking time but loads of taste. All the ingredients here are healthy and tasty too. The thin poha is super crispy and the spices added leave you wiping the cups clean. I love all the extra additives- the cashews, peanuts, roasted chana dal, garlic and especially the raisins- roasted and flavoured. The raisins add a small sweet twist to the snack. This is one dish where my kids don’t side line the curry leaves. After all, who doesn’t like those crunchy curry leaves? ๐Ÿ˜‹ This dish is a real mix of flavours.
I pack this for my kids’ snack boxes. I sometimes prepare it the previous day itself, but mostly in the mornings. Because it is very difficult to safeguard it until next morning . This is supposed to last for about two weeks, if stored well in an air tight container. But honestly, it doesn’t last for more than two hours in my house ๐Ÿ˜‚. This can also be made as a dry snack for occasions and festivals. Enjoy your tea t…

Chicken Masala(Dry)

I guess it’s been a really long time since I posted a non-vegetarian dish. So after many weeks, presenting to you Chicken Masala! I love chicken and I love this dish more. All credits go to another main ingredient in this dish, Kasuri Methi. According to me, Kasuri Methi is one of the magic ingredients which can uplift something even as simple as dal. The original recipe calls for a slightly lesser amount of Kasuri Methi. But as it is my fav, I have add it generously. The flavour of this dish is simply superb. As we marinate the chicken for an hour, when we eat the dish, we can see (taste) that the flavour has been absorbed by the chicken and is also very tender and juicy to eat.  
I found this recipe on instagram. It was posted by fellow instagramer Nidhi, @platterjoy.  When I saw this in her instagram stories, the final addition of kasuri methi caught my attention and I decided that I had to give it a try. Thanks for the yummy recipe Nidhi! This dish can be eaten on a Sunday as a sid…

Boondi Laddoo

What’s Diwali without homemade laddoos? When it comes to laddoos, all of us at home become Chota Bheems๐Ÿ˜‹ Ever since I started cooking, I had never thought of making the tasty laddoos at home, which I relished at every other function. It’s been so many years and only now have I had the courage to give it a try. Why fear when Vijayalakshmi amma is here? She whole heartedly helped me in the process, giving me important tips throughout. I followed her tips and tricks exactly, and voila! I had perfect Laddoos, ready to savour!
The trick in making the perfect laddoos lies in the consistency of the batter, of the sugar syrup and in the equipment and also in a few other tricks, all which I have shared below. The perfect laddoos are not too dry or not too sticky, with ¾ th cooked boondis, combined perfectly. Apart from this, the hidden additives, like the kalkand, cashews, and cloves make a surprise appearance in between your tasty experience. Happy diwali folks! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Preparation time: 5 to 10…