Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Un Kurabiyesi/Turkish Shortbread Cookies

Un Kurabiyesi, extremely delicious melt in mouth Shortbread cookies from Turkey. These cookies tastes absolutely fabulous obviously you cant just stop munching these butter loaded cookies. These Deliciously light shortbread cookies are definitely an incredible treat at tea time. These cookies are seriously very easy and quick to make as this cookies calls for simple and basic ingredients. No egg is needed, butter, flour and sugar when combined together and flavored with vanilla extract makes this extremely addictive cookies. Some recipes of Un Kurabiyesi calls for baking powder and some may not, obviously i baked mine without baking powder. Traditionally this cookies are rolled as round shaped cookies or else rolled as long ropes which is later sliced as small sized cookies. Since i dont want to break my head with shaping, i just went with the round shaped ones. Dont get surprised if you are able to see Un Kurabiyesi in different shapes.

Un Kurabiyesi, Turkish Shortbread biscuits

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tutmanik/Mesenitza/Bulgarian Cheese Bread

Tutmanik or Mesenitza is a well known and popular Bulgarian cheese bread baked especially with Feta cheese. Every village, every region and even every family have their own way of preparing this cheese bread and also the name get changes depending upon how they are prepared. Thats why i couldnt stop myself to name this dish's title with both Tutmanik or Mesenitza. Obviously the shapes,recipes and the name may varies but the basic ingredient remains the same. Yes the basic ingredient for Tutmanik are flour, olive oil, feta, yeast. If you are googling for Tutmanik you may also notice that some of the Tutmanik recipes calls for quick bread preparation with baking powder and baking soda. But trust me yeasted dough Tutmanik is something to give a try as this bread smells insanely good while baking. Tutmanik dough doesnt call for egg but an egg yolk is needed to brush the top of this bread to get a nice a brownish colour top but i skipped it completely and went with a milk wash.

Bulgarian cheese bread, Tutmanik

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Samoon/Iraqi Flatbread

Samoon is an Iraqi flatbread prepared simply with all purpose flour, wheat bran, buttermilk. Its a yeasted dough flatbread which makes excellent sandwich or served with any sort of spreads/dips.Coz of the wheat bran, this bread tends to be bit dense with great flavors and obviously rich in fibre.These Iraqi flat bread are shaped as a diamond. It is traditionally baked on the walls of a tandoor oven and often served as a part of breakfast with a thick cream or cheese. In Iraq, yellow diamonds are painted on the outside of shops to signify that samoon are sold there. Some samoons are brushed with egg yolk and topped with sesame seeds, also some makes slashes once or twice on the top before baking. But i kept mine as an eggless Samoon by brushing the samoon with a flour and water paste.

Iraqi Flatbread, Samoon, Eggless Samoon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rieska/Finnish Potato Flatbread

Rieska, this bread is quite a popular one in Finland which is usually baked with healthy grain aka Barley flour. Though Rieska is a traditional Finnish flatbread, its preparation varies across the country. As i told earlier often it’s made with barley flour, sometimes this bread calls for oat or rye flour, and even potato which is popular as well. The thickness of rieska can vary too from cracker-thin to thick-and-bready. No leavening agents is needed for making this thin crispy flabread, however some Rieska recipes calls for baking powder if baked as a thick bread like Rieska. I went with a thin, crispy flatbread with mashed potatoes, which is a popular version of Rieska.  Usually baked at high temprature, this bread are baked in tandoor/wood fired like oven, but its really easy to bake this crispy flatbread at home itself. With less efforts and less ingredients, this Rieska gets ready very much prefectly at home with simple ingredients in it.

Rieska, Finnish Flatbread

Quark Rosinenbrötchen/Eggless German Curd Cheese Raisins Rolls

Quark is a well known German Curd cheese which is often used in most of the dishes in Germany. Though this curd cheese is not easily available here is Paris, i couldnt resist to grab it from a nearby cheese store, where you can find any sort of the regional or international cheese varieties easily. When i picked this Quark cheese, i checked immediately for an easy dish to dish with this cheese for this month's Mega marathon which i have been running since two weeks with A-Z baking around the world as theme. Obviously for the Alphabet 'Q' i couldnt resist to bake this Quark bread roll with loads of raisins. Quark is a fresh cheese which is quite similar to Greek yogurt which is less in tanginess and less in calorie with rich in protein. Some quark cheese rolls calls for yeast but this raisin loaded quark bread rolls calls for baking powder.

Quark Rosinenbrötchen, German Quark Roll

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pampushki/Ukrainian Garlic Dinner Rolls

Pampushki/Pampushky are fantastic Ukrainian's Garlic rolls served along with the popular Borscht soup. But these garlic rolls can be enjoyed with any meals as they are absolutely aromatic with fantastic flavor. Pampushki calls for an easy breezy bread dough which makes some soft and beautiful rolls. These aromatic dinner rolls are completely egg free, obviously you can bake these absolutely delicious garlic rolls in big batches. Trust me, Pampushki will definitely please anyone's tastebuds especially if you love garlic flavor in your bread. I followed this recipe for the preparing the dough and this video for shaping, as the original recipe i followed went for a simple shaping.

Pampushki, Ukrainian Garlic Rolls

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Obwarzanek Krakowski/Polish Bagels/Krakowian Bagels

Seriously i want to write today's introduction by a disclaimer, yes dont try to read or spell today's post's name. Am sure its definitely a hard task to spell it. By the way, my today's post is a Polish Bagels which is a chewy dough ring sprinkled usually with salt, poppy or sesame seeds. Obwarzanki are sold from rolling carts on every street corner in Kraków. These bagels become an unofficial symbol of this city. Known as the Cracovian bagel or Krakowian Bagel, the obwarzanek gets its name from the Polish word which means ‘par-boiled'. These Krakowian bagels are very much close to bagels though this Polish bagels calls for two strands of bread dough. Obviously these bagels are bigger roll as two strands are braided before baking. You can prepare fantastic sandwich with usual Bagels but these Polish bagels are not suitable to cut and make sandwiches.

Krakowski Bagel,Obwarzanek Krakowski

Monday, April 17, 2017

Nonnettes à la Fraise /French Strawberry Jam Filled Gingerbread Cake

Nonnettes are small French gingerbread cake which is quite popular in Dijon, a city in Eastern France.Usually filled with orange marmalade, this nonnettes de Dijon are christmas special baked treats. However many variations do exists. Though the traditional Nonnettes goes for Orange marmalade, many fillings like strawberry jam, mixed fruits jam etc are also used to make a different version of  Nonnettes. Since i dont have orange marmalade and none at home like this citrus preserve, i opted for our all time favourite strawberry jam. Spiced gingerbread cake filled with strawberry jam tastes absolutely fantastic with your favourite drink either for your evening snacks or else to enjoy simply to kick start your hectic day's breakfast.

Nonnettes à la fraise, French gingerbread cake

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mantecadas/Mexican Muffins

Mexican cuisine have many fantastic baked treats, and the list goes form yeast breads, puff pastries, cookie like breads and muffins like breads. If you want to give a try to a different muffins, just check this Mantecadas. Mantecadas is a bread-like muffins which gets ready very quick and easy to make to enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea or else for a brunch on weekend or else simply to serve some sudden visits. Do you know, the best part of this muffins is the addition of yeast, yes you heard it rite. This muffins calls for both baking powder and instant yeast, seriously while going through this recipe i was simply surprised to see the addition of yeast. Initially i thought its was typo but then when i checked for the recipe video in Youtube, i came to know that instant yeast is a must to bake these fantastic fluffy and spongy Mexican bread-like muffins.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Ladenia Milou/Greek Olive Oil Flatbread/Ladenia Greek Pizza

Ladenia is a local food of Kimolos, a small Greek island in Aegean sea. Traditional Greek foods are served in Kimolos island and this island is quite popular for its Ladenia, a kind of pizza. Ladenia is Greek word of Olive oil, this flatbread is almost like pizza but without cheese. A bread dough when flattened and topped with onions, tomatoes with olive oil,once baked is called Ladenia. Since this pizza like flatbread is prepared very much with olive oil, this dish is also known as olive oil flat bread. This is a great snack or a light meal or else a simple starter depending upon how you serve this fantastic bread. This Ladenia is also famous in Milos, an another Greek island. Not to forget that this pizza is completely vegan.Obviously if you love pizza and if you are a vegan lover, then this Greek pizza will definitely please your tastebuds.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kiflice/Siberian Cheese Rolls

Siberian cheese rolls or Siberian mini rolls aka Kiflice is a popular savory soft rolls which is usually served as a starter at family meetings or as a finger foods at parties in Siberia. Every Siberian family have their own variation of the recipe. Some prepare this rolls stuffed with cheese or else with sweet spreads. However you can fill these rolls with various mixture of your choice or else without any filling These Siberian rolls tastes extremely delicious and great, all because of the dough. Yes the dough plays an important roll for making these dangerously addictive rolls. Though this Siberain rolls calls for butter while baking, trust me adding small butter cubes while baking gives a crispy and almost like fried bottoms to this rolls. Dont skip adding the butter or margarine while baking, if you are planning to bake this cute rolls. If you skip this butter part, you will get the just ordinary rolls.

Serbian Soft Rolls, Kiflice

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Jailhouse Rolls/Texas Jailhouse Rolls

You may wonder to read today's recipe name, yes my post's is Jailhouse Rolls. This rolls is quite popular in Texas. Many Jail cafeterias in most of counties in Texas made these rolls regularly. These rolls are extremely moist, yeasty, soft and super delicious as well. Mashed potatoes plays an important and major role for preparing this dinner rolls dough eventhough egg is added in this bread dough. While googling, i came to know that this rolls were a recipe of a great aunt who made them during and after the Civil war for the jailers and inmates in Jefferson of Texas as well as for the men who lived in her boarding house. I accidentaly came to know about this rolls while searching something new and completely different to bake and post under 'J' as am running a whole month of blogging with A-Z Baking around the world as theme.

Jailhouse Rolls, American Jailhouse Rolls

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Irish Oats Scones/Irish Fruits & Oats Scones

Scones, these baked single serving quick breads or cakes are just prefect to kick start a day, if you are not a breakfast person trust me you will never refuse scones. Scones are quite different from teacakes and other sweet breads which calls for yeast. Scones are sold commercially round, but most of the homemade scones takes various shapes like triangles, squares or rounds. I just love scones, as they are easy to carry and go away. Obviously i do bake varieties of scones as this baked goodies are easy to put together and bake. Irish oats scones are quite popular and an incredible healthy breakfast to be enjoyed with some jams or else simply with honey. This easy variety of scones comes from a farmhouse in Ireland.

Oats Scones, Irish Oats Scones

Monday, April 10, 2017

H'mbasha/Ambasha/Himbasha/Ethiopian Flat Bread

Himbasha/Ambasha is a popular Ethiopian/Eritrean celebration bread which is cooked traditionally in stove top as a round shaped bread with a frying pan. However many baked versions do exists. This bread is served at special occasions. Do you know Ethiopian tradition involves breaking the himbasha over the back of a child at his first birthday to give him strength. Though its a celebration bread it can be also eaten during breakfast or for snacks with spreads,jams or else with some stews where you can tear a piece of bread and dip in the stew and enjoy. This bread is prepared with many variations and the most favourite flavoring goes to grounded cardamom seeds. Some people adds raisins in their Himbasha while some adds Black sesame seeds, grounded fenugreek seeds etc.

Ethiopian Himbasha, Ambasha

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Gougéres au Fromage/French Cheese Puffs

A gougére is a French puffy savoury cheese puff made with pate à choux dough. This pate à choux is traditionally used for baking eclairs and cream puffs. French cheese puffs makes a super munchies to serve along with some tangy dips or else to enjoy with wine or champagne. Crispy on the outside, soft inside, these gougéres tastes absolutely delicious to eaten warm. You can enjoy this cheese loaded cheesy goodness as a wonderful appetizers for any party events or else for a family get-together. Pate à choux dough can be prepared a day ahead to make this cheesy balls if you are planning for a huge crowd, obviously this puffs are definitely crowd pleaser.. Either piped or rolled as balls, this round cheesy puffs calls for some gruyére or cheddar cheese. However i went with our favourite mild cheese aka gruyére cheese.

Gougères au fromage, Cheese puffs

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fonott Kalács/Hungarian Egg Twist Bread/Hungarian Easter Sweet Bread

Easter is celebrated all around the world on April 16 of this year. Easter menu have loaded of fantastic breads especially in most of the European countries, though its a religious festival, many cuisines have their own Easter breads. Easter, as many festival holidays in Hungary is very much associated with food and freshly baked breads.Easter breads is definitely one of the delicacies on this holiday menu. The traditional Hungarian Easter bread is Egg Twist aka Fonot Kalács which is a yeasted sweet bread made either with raisins, chocolate chips or else without these two ingredients. Usually baked with three braids, this sweet bread is very spongy and delicious as much as like French Brioche. Almost like Challah bread, this bread have their important place in Easter lunch or dinner table as an accompaniment to serve along with the main dish.

Fonott Kalacs, Hungarian Egg Twist Bread

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Earthquake Cake/Chocolate Earthquake Cake

Earthquake Cake, this cake is named because the ingredients shift around during and after baking. The cream cheese mixture sinks into the cake, some of the pecans and coconut rise towards the top. It’s an uneven and ‘deconstructed’ looking cake, but inside, it’s gooey and chocolatey and delicious. For those new to baking, it is very simple, as it uses a packet mix as a base, but if you have a favourite chocolate cake recipe instead, just substitute that store bought cake mix with your own chocolate cake.This fun recipe of cake mix cake will be the talk of your next potluck or family dinner definitely if you serve this ultimate cake for dessert. Earthquake Cake gets also its name from the cream cheese swirl mixed into the decadent cake, appearing to crack it apart.

Earthquake Cake, American Earthquake Cake

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Dobos Torte/Dobostorta/Hungarian Layered Cake

Dobos torte or Dobosh is a Hungarian sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and topped with caramel. Wiki says that ' This layered pastry is named after its inventor, Hungarian confectioner József C. Dobos, who aimed to create a cake that would last longer than other pastries in an age when cooling techniques were limited'. The round sides of the cake are coated with ground hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts, or silvered almonds, and the caramel topping helps to prevent drying out.The name is also sometimes spelled Dobos-torta or Dobostorta. Dobosh or Dobos torte was first introduced at the National General Exhibition of Budapest in 1885; King Franz Joseph I and Queen Elisabeth were among the first to taste it. The cake soon became popular throughout Europe, both for its durability through shipping and for its unique appearance. With its flat, shiny, caramel top, it was simple but elegant.

Dobos Torte, Hungarian Layered cake

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cemita Rolls/Mexican Cemita Sandwich Buns

Mexican Cemita Buns are used to make a sandwich which is very popular in the Puebla region of the country. There they make the Cemitas Poblana, which is a sandwich is filled with sliced avocado, meat, panela cheese or sometimes quesillo cheese, onions, a herb called pápalo and red sauce.These buns may look like regular sesame topped burger buns but they’re nothing like it. The Cemita, which is the name given to the bread and the sandwich made with it, is made with a brioche-like enriched dough that has a crunchy outside but is soft inside.Kenji Lopez-Alt whose recipe I adapted for my recipe, describes the Cemita as “sweet and savory flavor with a dense-yet-light crumb that can stand up to stacks and stacks of toppings without disintegrating or losing its tenderness”.

Cemita buns,Mexican Sandwich buns

Monday, April 3, 2017

Bhapa Doi/Baked Yogurt Pudding/Bengali Bhapa Doi

After a delicious vegetarian Saudi Pizza, am taking you all today to India to enjoy virtually some baked yogurt pudding which is quite famous in Bengali Cuisine. Its a fabulous dessert which involves minium cooking process with easily available ingredients. Though this ultimate Bengali dessert can be prepared easily by steaming, i opted for baking as this Bhapa doi can be prepared very much well in oven too. Served chilled, this baked yogurt pudding will definitely please anyone after a heavy meal, a prefect pudding to serve even for a get together as this pudding can be prepared very much a day before. The chilling part is very important before serving this fantastic dessert. Though usually Bhapa doi is flavored with cardamoms, many fancy versions of this pudding do exists. If you dont want to stick with different flavourings, you just need hung curd, sweetened condensed milk, milk to prepare this delightful dessert.

Bhapa Doi,Baked Yogurt Pudding

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Aysh Abu Laham - Saudi Vegetarian Meat Pizza

Am kick starting a month of blogging marathon from today, yes you read it rite, i will be running blogging marathon during this whole month of April. Every year, April and September, we marathoners run 26days of blogging with interesting themes. And this month's blogging marathon theme was A-Z Baking around the world with different baked goodies in Alphabetical order. Obviously i have finalised my baking list since three months back as i can bake only during weekends coz of my busy schedule. Usually pre-planning never worked for me, but fortunately this time, pre-planning worked awesome. Seriously i dont want to skip this whole month of blogging marathon as the theme of this mega marathon is something close to my heart coz of my love for baking. If you love baking very much and you have to pick a bake from a country that too in alphabetical order who will say 'no', definitely not me. Hence am running this fantastic blogging marathon with loads of enthuasism. For the first day of this Mega marathon, i baked some fantastic Vegetarian/Vegan Soya Meat Pizza from Saudi Arabia.

Aysh Abu Laham, Saudi Vegetarian Pizza

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mixed Berries Lemonade

f not berry season here in Paris, though frozen mixed berries comes to rescue if i plan something to dish out with mixed berries. Mixed berries works awesome either in bakes though i usually prepare them as mixed berries jam quite often. However if you get a chance to whisk out something different from the usual way of dishing out something with mixed berries and lemon, how can i resist to blend together to prepare this ultimate summer drink. This mixed berries lemonade is definitely a summer treat, a fabulous thirsty quencher, you can prepare this lemonade with simple efforts.

Mixed berries lemonade, Lemonade with mixed berries

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Easter Special Bunny Buns

You might have noticed that i have been posting Easter special recipes for this week's blogging marathon which are definitely Kid's friendly dishes coz of the theme. Yes my theme for this week's blogging marathon is Kid's delight - Easter foods. After two incredible baked goodies, i couldnt stop myself to bake an another interesting, damn cute and dangerously addictive Easter special bunny buns. This buns calls for an eggless bread dough, which starts with a sponge, This bunny buns are prepared with sponge and dough method of kneading. Sponge is a yeast starter which is prepared easily with flour, yeast and water. Once the pre-fermented dough gets ready, you can prepare your dough with usual ingredients. This sponge method is used for three different reason, one is for their texture, taste and chemistry.

Bunny Buns

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Easter Bunny Chocolate Sugar Cookies

After some delicious orange flavoured chocolate loaded hot cross buns, i couldnt stop myself to post this dangerously addictive sugar cookies. Once again its a chocolate based baked goodies, very simple to make these sugar cookies suits absolutely prefect to pack in a kid's snack box. During my recent visit to a super market i got a packet Easter special cookies moulds. Back home i tried this bunny shaped moulds for baking this dangerously addictive cookies. You just cant stop yourself munching this incredible chocolate sugar cookies. Yes they are simply awesome and easy to bake. A chocolate sugar cookie dough is quite enough to make this cute looking bunnies.

Easter bunny cookies, chocolate sugar cookies

Friday, March 24, 2017

Orange & Chocolate Chips Hot Cross Buns

A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, but many different versions do exists. My today's post is one among those variations. Its completely a kid's friendly baked goodies which i simply baked with orange zest, orange juice and chocolate chips. If you love citrus flavored baked goodies, am sure you will definitely fell in love with this incredible buns.  I piped the top of these hot cross buns with two strips using both flour paste and icing sugar glaze however you can definitely skip the flour paste or else the icing sugar glaze or vice versa. After baking, i simply brushed these buns with a honey glaze to give the sweetness and a super shine.

Orange & Chocolate Chips Hot Cross Buns

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kladdkaka/Swedish Gooey Sticky Chocolate Cake

If you are a chocoholic person, am sure this Swedish Chocolate cake will definitely become your most favourite. Trust me am very sure in it. Yes this chocolate cake is not only the best i have ever eaten but its one of the easiest cake one can bake out just like that. This cake is a one bowl cake, no need of modern gadget just a whisker is needed to whisk the batter. Within 20 minutes, this gooey,oozy chocolate heaven will get ready to please your tastebuds. Do you know this Swedish chocolate cake aka Kladdkaka is a very famous cake in Sweden and everyone's favourite there.This cake came out with delicately crisp and chewy top with a super soft and fantastic gooey inside. To be honest, this sticky Swedish chocolate cake is a cross between brownies and chocolate souffle.

Kladdkaka, Swedish Chocolate Cake

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Äppelkaka/Swedish Apple Cake

Apple cake is quite common in most of the International cuisine, obviously when i picked Swedish recipes for this week's theme, i looked for Swedish version of Apple cake. And the description of this Swedish apple cake pulled me to give a try to this pie like Swedish cake. Actually a pie crust like dough is used for making this fantastic apple cake. With a crispy outer and a succulent apple slices loaded inner, this Swedish apple cake will definitely please your tastebuds. This apple cake is quite a common dessert in Sweden, which is served around the year either for snacks or else for lunch or dinner after a meal. Usually served with a traditional accompaniment aka Vanilla sauce, this cake makes a fabulous and delicious dessert to enjoy without any guilt.

Äppelkaka, Swedish Apple Cake, Apple Cake

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mandel Kakor - Swedish Almond Butter Cookies

To be honest, i have been exploring Swedish cuisine recently and all the credits goes to this week's blogging marathon's theme. Yes am running this week's blogging marathon with Swedish Recipes as theme. Though this cuisine is not that much familiar to me, i have baked and cooked few dishes only after i have started blogging, obviously this week's theme pulled me to go and look for many interesting and fantabulous baked dishes from this cuisine. Am kick starting this week's theme with an extremely delicious, dangerously addictive Swedish butter cookies flavoured with almond extract. Almost shaped and baked like Italian biscotties, these baked goodies are called as butter cookies. Yea even i was bit intrigued about the texture of this cookies before baking, but i was completely wrong, i have fallen in love with this cookies. This cookies can be baked longer for crisp cookies and shorter for chewy cookies. I baked mine as crispy cookies.

Swedish Almond butter cookies, Mandel Kakor

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spiced Clementine Marmalade

Its almost going to be spring season here, obviously citrus fruits like oranges, celementines or manadrins have to leave their place in fruit stalls for spring seasonal fruits and vegetables. What you will do if you have sour clementines at home, actually the last batch of clementines i bought before the season ends turned out super sour.Obviously we dont even want to touch them. Since i dont want to trash them , i cant think anything rather than making some marmalade with those clementines. Needless to say anything sour when cooked with sugar will definitely become sweet na, hence this spiced marmalade. Actually i used cinnamon stick to spice this ultimate marmalade, and trust me this marmalade is a super easy recipe. Yes a simple cooking process, if you love citrus marmalade, am sure you will definitely love this fantastic marmalade.

Easy Spiced Clementine marmalade

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Ginger, Garlic & Green Chilly Pickle

Pickle is a part of our meal, my hubby cant finish his lunch without a pickle, obviously i have to dish out couple of pickles at home with varieties of vegetables and seafoods. Yes i do prepare pickles with both prawns and fish or else with meats. However i do make instant version of pickles often at home as they are easy to dish out with less efforts and these instant versions of pickles are ready to relish with your favourite dish after a day. My today's recipe is a very simple but a delicious and super spicy pickle which is simply dished out with loads of garlic cloves, green chillies and finely chopped ginger. These three ingredients goes awesome very well together to make this lipsmacking pickle with less efforts.

Ginger, Garlic & Green Chilly Pickle

Friday, March 10, 2017

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce with Teriyaki Cauliflower Bites

Teriyaki is a technique in Japanese cooking in which fish, chicken, or beef are first marinated in a soya sauce reduced with sugar or honey and then grilled over a open flame. However recent way of cooking with this technique involves lot of sauteeing, broiling in open flame or else as grilling. Coming to Teriyaki sauce, this sauce goes of sweetness and tanginess coz of the soya sauce, rice wine or else mirin a sweet rice wine and sweetner like sugar or honey. Usually store bought, this sauce can be prepared easily at home with simple ingredients. My today's version of teriyaki sauce calls just for simple ingredients, yes this easy breezy version of Teriyaki sauce goes for Soya sauce, honey,corn flour, finely chopped ginger and garlic.

Teriyaki sauce, Homemade teriyaki sauce

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Thandai /Holi Special Thandai

Wiki says that Thandai, or sardai, is an Indian cold drink prepared with a mixture of almonds, fennel seeds, watermelon seeds, rose petals, pepper, vetiver seeds, cardamom, saffron, milk and sugar. It is native to India and is often associated with the Maha Shivaratri and Holi festival. The consumer of this Thandai is mostly from Rajasthan and Northern India. Thandai is the most known drink prepared especially during Holi festival. Holi is a festival of colours and this Hindu festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of Spring which will be celebrated on Monday 13 2017. It is celebrated each year around the time of the Vernal Eqinox, its typically celebrated in March but sometimes as early as February.

Thandai, Holi Thandai

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sakhar Bhaat/Kesari Bhath/Maharashtrian Sweet Rice

Gudi Padwa marks the beginning of New Year in Maharashtra. This festival is also known as Gudhi Padva. Gudhi padva is considered as one of the foremost auspicious day in the year when people start new ventures.On the festival day, people decorate their houses with mango leaves and 'rangoli' designs, and pray for a prosperous new year. They visit the temples to see the yearly calendar 'Panchangasravanam' as priests make predictions for the upcoming year.It is a tradition to serve bitter leaves of neem tree with jaggery as Prasad on Ugadi/Gudhi Padva. Gudi Padwa is considered as an auspicious occasion to make investments like buying a house, jewellery and other new things. The festival is celebrated when the summers begin and the time for harvesting the crop arrives. The fragrance of ripening mangoes, jackfruit and other seasonal fruits fill the air with sweet smell.

Sakhar Bhaat, Maharashtrian Sweet Rice

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pesarapappu Bobbatlu/Sweet Moongdal Poli

Pesarapappu means Yellow moong dal in Telugu, and my today's post is this delicious moongdal sweet polis, you may wonder why am talking about this ultimate sweet. Let me tell you, i will be posting three different festival recipes during this week of blogging marathon as i picked Festival Recipes as theme. For the first day of this week's blogging marathon, am posting this Pesarapappu bobbatlu as this sweet flatbreds have their own place in Sankranti or in Ugadi feast. Usually the classic traditional festival sweet Bobbatlu aka obbattu, holige, paruppu poli is prepared with channa dal-jaggery stuffing, but this yellow moongdal flatbread is prepared completely with sugar and cooked yellow moongdal. Obviously its quite a different poli/flatbread to give a try if you want something new to dish out for your pooja.

Pesarapappu Bobbatlu, yellow moongdal poli

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Baked Broccoli & Semolina Tater Tots

Tater tots are deep fried, grated potatoes served for starter or as a side. Usually prepared with potatoes, you can dish out this fantastic, dangerously addictive small bites with different vegetables. These tater tots are known very much for their cylindrical shape and crispy exterior. However tater tots can be baked as well if you want to make these deep fried beauties as a guilt free snacks. My today's recipe goes for Broccoli and semolina, yes you heard it rite, my own version of tater tots have semolina in it. I was supposed to cook and blog with two different ingredients which a fellow blogger suggested me to post under Fusion theme for this month's Shhh Cooking Secretly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel.

Broccoli & Semolina Tater tots

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Padavalanga Elissery/Kerala Snakegourd Curry

After a lipsmacking tangy Chettinad gravy, am taking you all to God's own country, my today's post is a Kerala style curry. You might have heard a lot about Erissery but what is Elissery, its also a curry dish served during onam sadya. While whatapping a friend, i heard that she cooked Elissery, i was totally confused when i heard the name of this dish, then later she explained me that this Elissery is one of her mom's signature dish which is cooked in most of the areas around Kannur.Obviously she explained me how to dish out this kootu curry. Without any fail, i prepared this Elissery for our lunch. Though this curry is prepared usually with channa dal, you can also prepare this curry with toor dal.

Kerala Padavalanga Elissery, Kerala Snakegourd Kootu curry

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chettinad Karunai Kizhangu Kuzhambu/Chettinad Tangy Elephant Yam Gravy

Chettinad cuisine is one of the well known and more popular cuisine of Tamilnadu. This cuisine is famous for its flavorsome cooking style. This cuisine is very much close to my heart. Though am a Pondicherrian, i have been pampered with delicious dishes from Chettinad cuisine as Pondicherrian cuisine is a lovely medley of various cuisines. Obviously this chettinad cuisine is one of my most favourite cuisine.There are so many variation of Kuzhambus aka tangy gravies in South Indian cuisines, however the cooking style and ingredients may varies depending upon the tastebuds. Karunai kizhangu aka Elephant yam is a tuber, which can be prepared as many different gravies, curries or else simply as fries. Coming to this chettinad style kuzhambu,this gravy tastes almost like Karakuzhambu or puli kuzhambu though this gravy is mild in taste.

Chettinad Karunai Kizhangu Kuzhambu, Chettinad Yam Gravy

Friday, February 24, 2017

Achinga Payar Theeyal/Long Yard Beans Theeyal

Theeyal, this is a lipsmacking Kerala dish prepared very much with nicely roasted coconut pieces, coriander seeds, dry red chillies and fenugreek seeds. Once roasted all these pieces are grounded to a paste and cooked in tamarind water with vegetables. This dish looks very rich brown gravy in colour to be served along with rice. Theeyal means Burnt dish, since coconut pieces are nicely roasted until they turns dark brown in colour, this gravy is named as though. This dish have its own place in traditional Sadya menu. Though theeyal prepared with Pearl onions is quite popular, many vegetables can be cooked as theeyal. I learned this Achinga payar theeyal from one of  my friend's mom long back, which was in my hand written note book since a long, finally i prepared this theeyal few days back at home.

Achinga Payar Theeyal, Yard beans Coconut Gravy

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Eggless Caramel Cookie Dough Bar

Crazy about caramel, i picked this theme for this week's blogging marathon, and i enjoyed thoroughly baking some ultimate bakes with caramel sauce. My today's post is the final post for this week's theme and this cookie dough bar is the recent most favourite baked treats of my kids. Actually i planned everything to bake a upside down cake with caramel sauce, since i ran out of eggs, i searched for a different recipe to bake with simple ingredients. After googling, i came to know that with less and usual ingredients, i can bake some alluring caramel overloaded cookie dough bar. Immediately i tried my hands with it and they came out extremely buttery, utterly delicious with a crunchy outside and soft inside.

Caramel Cookie Bar, Caramel cookies dough bar

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Layered Chocolate & Caramel Mascarpone Parfait

Simple dessert, definitely an easy breezy one to give a try is this ultimate parfait. This parfait calls for mascarpone cheese, caramel syrup, some crumbled chocolate cake and few chocolate fudge bites. Double bonanza for chocolate and caramel lovers definitely. If you have some leftover chocolate cake and some chocolate fudge, this parfait will gets ready very much quickly than you can imagine. A prefect crowd pleaser, fantastic party menu dessert to prepare and serve with your loved ones. This parfait will definitely please your sweet tooth and am sure you will definitely fell in love with this fantastic parfait.

Layered Mascarpone Parfait, Chocolate & Caramel Parfait

Friday, February 17, 2017

Caramel Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Caramel, this word itself makes me drool, after chocolate i have a soft corner to caramels. My handbag will always have caramel toffees. I dunno why but i cant go out of the home without my toffees. You cant resist to these ultimate sauce. Obviously this week's post are going to be Caramel loaded bakes and desserts. Salted Caramel sauce can be prepared very much easily with just sugar, butter,salt and cream. To make this caramel sauce, you just need some patience and am sure you will succeed to get prefect sauce with less efforts. I picked Crazy about caramel as theme for this week's blogging marathon, and for the first day, here comes an ultimate caramel sheet cake topped with salted caramel sauce.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Vegan Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Biscuits

Peanut butter, this vegan butter is a must in my pantry, we are huge fans of peanut butter, obviously i dont forget to grab it. Peanut butter makes excellent baked treats, obviously i love to bake with this butter. When i picked Valentine's day Special recipes as theme for this week's blogging marathon, i cant think more than baking a simple heart shaped biscuits with peanut butter. This easy breezy butter cookies like biscuits takes very less time to prepare the biscuit dough. And not to forget that even the baking time is very less in time when compared to other baked treats. These mini sized heart shaped peanut butter biscuits are dangerously addictive to munch if your sweet tooth craves for something sweet and nutty.

Peanut Butter biscuits, heart shaped biscuits

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Snowball Cookies

Snowball cookies, these cookies are best to pack to gift or to enjoy with your favourite drink. These cookies have many names depending upon the countries they comes from. Snowballs cookies are also known as Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, Snowdrops, Butter balls and more. These cookies suits prefectly awesome to bake and enjoy for the upcoming valentine's day. To bake as a valentine's special day cookies, i coloured it as rose snowball cookies specially for this year's valentine's day . They tastes excellent as much as like Shortbread cookies. Easy and simple to make these cuties are seriously very attractive to munch as they are absolutely delicious.

Valentine's Snowball Cookies, Rose Snowball Cookies

Friday, February 10, 2017

Hidden Hershey's Kisses Eggless Almond Cookies

This week's posts are going to Valentine's special foods aka baked goodies. Though i dont celebrate this day, i would love to share some valentine's friendly recipes as i picked Valentine's Day Recipes as theme for this week's blogging marathon. My today's post is a simple but yet a dangerously addictive, buttery, eggless almond cookies with hershey's kisses. If you are living in United States, you know very well about this hershey's kisses. Hershey's kisses have a distinctive shape which looks like a flat bottomed tear drops, this chocolate are wrapped in aluminum foil with a narrow strip of paper protruding from the top. You can bake some stunning cookies with this chocolate.

Hidden hershey's kisses cookies

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chocolate Malai Laddoo/Chocolate Paneer Laddu

Indian sweets, especially milk sweets are popular around the world. Though we live far away from India, we never miss milk sweets here at home. I love to replicate the traditional milk sweets at home either with paneer or else the famous Ricotta cheese. Malai laddoo aka paneer laddu is one of the popular Indian sweet you can prepare easily with condensed milk and grated paneer. This ultimate sweet balls aka laddoos are very simple to prepare and easy to roll out, you will definitely love to prepare this balls especially during festivals. If you dont have any idea or feel lazy to prepare a sweet dish for a get together or for a festival, dont forget to check this fantastic, rich malai laddoos.

Chocolate Malai laddoo

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Mixed Berries & Mascarpone Parfait

Parfait is a rich cold dessert made usually with whipped cream, eggs and loads of fruits, however nowadays parfaits are made in so many fantastic versions. This chilled sweet treat is definitely a crowd pleaser and you can whisk many delicious parfaits with simple and easily available ingredients. My today's post is a super easy parfait which i prepared simply by whisking mascarpone cheese, sugar and milk which i topped with a simple mixed berries couli. This dessert is a must try if you are planning something easy to serve after a meal. The mild sourness of the berries when mixed and relished with smooth mascarpone cheese will definitely please everyone's tastebuds. Within few minutes, you can prepare this ultimate dessert.

Mixed Berries & Mascarpone Parfait

Friday, February 3, 2017

Kesar Kalakand/Easy Saffron Ricotta Cheese Milk Burfi

Ricotta cheese, this cheese is definitely a must if you want to try some easy versions of traditional milk based recipes. Trust me ricotta cheese makes excellent milk sweets with less efforts than compared to traditionally prepared milk sweets which calls for few hours of stirring and cooking. Ricotta cheese makes excellent Kalakand aka Milk burfi, it tooks hardly less than 20 minutes. You can prepare this lipsmacking sweets either in microwave oven or else in stove top. And my today's recipe calls for stove top cooking. Obviously you need to stir until the cheese mass comes out of the vessel. Since i want a rich looking milk burfi, i couldnt resist to add a generous pinch of Saffron and trust me this kalakand makes a rich sweet to serve after a meal.

Saffron Milk Burfi, Kesar Kalakand

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lemon Rice Sevai/Vegan Lemon Sevai/Lemon Idiyappam

Sevai/Idiyappam/String hoppers, is a steam cooked gluten free noodles prepared with rice flour. You can dish out many lipsmacking dishes out of this fantastic nutritious sevai. I have already posted variety of dishes with this string hoppers but still i have many to post and my today's post was sitting in my draft since a while, today i have a reason to post it as this dish suits absolutely prefect for this week's blogging marathon. Yes am running this week's blogging marathon with Vegetarian Dinner dishes as this week's theme. This tangy Lemon sevai will definitely please your tastebuds,

Glutenfree Lemon Sevai

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Moongil Arisi Kadhamba Saadham/Mixed Dal Bamboo Rice

Bamboo Rice aka Moongil Arisi, is a super healthy food, i grabbed this rice during my last India trip from an Organic store. Seriously i want to prepare some delicious dishes with this incredible ingredient since a while and finally i got a chance to prepare an extremely delicious dish. This rice can be cooked and consumed just like our regular rice.Bamboo rice has a nice chewy taste and its very similar to unpolished rice. Trust me this rice tastes delicious when served along with our popular Indian curries. This rice is extremely rich in proteins than the rice and wheat. It lowers cholesterol leves and good source of vitamin B6. This rice controls joints pain, back pain and rheumatic pain.

Moongil Kadhamba Saadham, Sambhar Bamboo Rice

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Quinoa Puliyogare/Quinoa Pulihora/Tamarind Quinoa

You can dish out many ultimate dishes with Quinoa, this grain is very versatile and you can replace this grain very well where we use rice. You have so many ways to add this quinoa in our daily diet. Easy to cook, quinoa can be prepared very much well in our Indian cuisine with our spices. And my today's post proves it well. Last sunday, i was not in mood to prepare something special,actually i felt like having something spicy and tangy. Hence i couldnt stop myself to prepare this incredible fusion dish. Actually Pulihora/Puliyogare/Puliyodharai is usually prepared with rice and tamarind sauce aka pulikachal.I have already posted this tangy Pulikachal/Tamarind Rice paste here, since i had this paste in my fridge, i quickly prepared this ultimate dish easily with less efforts.

Quinoa Puliyogare, Tamarind Quinoa