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Sooji Toast | Suji Toast | Semolina Masala Toast Recipe

Semolina Toast
Sooji Masala Toast
`I always prefer quick breakfast recipes most days than complex ones that calls for extra dishes to wash up and extra work at chopping/ grinding. Irony is that I end up making the latter most times since in India most times we cannot skip breakfast and it becomes an ideal part of beginning the day right. But I do have my kinda breakfast twists once in a while, so the other day I had a loaf of bread and made these instant Sooji Toast that are simple and quick to do almost in a jiffy. Semolina Masala toast can be made as a snack with evening tea too. The only best combination to them is tomato ketchup according to me. 

Boiled Egg Kurma Recipe | Restaurant Style Egg Kurma | Egg Side dish for Chappati

Coconut Egg Curry
Egg Kurma Recipe
Egg to us falls under the vegetarian category. Although both husband and me are not big fans for eggs, once in a while I do cook eggs as part of meals. Mostly omelettes and egg fried rice takes dominance, I do make an exception of boiled egg kurma (the below recipe) or kerala egg roast which are equally enjoyed. Boiled Egg Kurma is made with the usual spices blended with coconut and cashew paste that makes this curry thick yet creamy. You can follow the same recipe to make any basic veg or non veg kurma.

Chocolate Cornflakes Cookies | Eggless Cornflake Cookies | Easy Cookie recipe

Easy Chocolate Cookies
Eggless Chocolate Cornflake Cookies

Don't we all love a break from a busy day? and with a cup of coffee the break does seem worth it all doesn't it? Why not have a break with a coffee cookie? sounds perfect right. These yum crunchy cookies with a lovely coffee chocolate flavour in every bite is sure a great way to treat yourself. I used Kelloggs honey & almond to roll the cookie dough and they turned so crunch that I couldn't stop myself from having two instantly. Make these for kids/ adults and they will enjoy it. You can skip coffee powder in case you are not a coffee lover and enjoy. I find cookies are so easy to make compared to cakes which involves a few extra process. Nevertheless I do enjoy every bit of baking and the best bit is watching your loved ones enjoy what they eat :-)

Chocolate Cornflakes Cookies is a no-egg recipe and is simple to do, if you are a beginner in baking this are perfect to learn and have a success at baking. The texture of the cookies is crunchy on the outside and soft inside. Every bite gives the lovely flavour of coffee and chocolate which instantly can excite you. Now lets move on to the recipe.

Paneer Stuffed Paratha | Pickled Paneer Paratha Recipe | Achari Paneer Paratha Recipe

Stuffed Paneer Paratha
Achari Paneer Paratha
Its been a while since I posted any paneer recipes in my blog. So I wanted to share one other twist to the usual panner stuffed paratha/ paneer paratha recipe. Paneer parathas are staples in Punjabi homes they usually make it for breakfast and dinners. You can use home-made or store bought paneer, I have used mango pickle to the stuffing to give it a slightly spicy edge. Try it and I am sure you would love it. 

The trick to best stuffed parathas is the filling and the perfecting in getting the stuffing inside without spilling out. Some tips that Amma passed it to me - take 2 medium sized dough balls (chappati dough) for one paratha and measure the stuffing with spoon full and close the edges of the dough well. Make sure. As you roll out the paratha dust it with the atta(wheat) flour to avoid the stuffing to stick to the rolling pin. Now lets move on to the recipe.

Grape Juice Recipe | Easy Fruit Based Juice Recipe

Red Grape Juice Recipe
Grape juice recipe
I have always been this fan for black grapes and definitely the sweeter variety. This is a simple grape juice recipe that is quick to do. Amma makes Grape squash at home, which involved a long process of boiling grapes along with water and sugar and simmered to extract maximum flavour. Today I am sharing the quick version of grape juice but will sure post the grape squash recipe soon. Black grapes have many health benefits like asthma, kidney disorder, digestion, skin softner and anti aging benefits. So make use of these black beauties while they are available.

Baked Potato Wedges | Oven Baked Spicy Potato Wedges | Easy snack Ideas

Home baked potato wedges
Baked Potato Wedges
Anything deep-fried seems to me the only kind of snacks that most people love. But to be honest it does take a toil on your waistline. So this year I am exploring on my journey of healthy and guilt free snacking. Its been in my long term list to do potato wedges at home since my husband loves any kind of snack made with potatoes. The other day I made these baked potato wedges and it turned out to be so good that I almost gobbled the whole batch and made another batch for my husband. 

Potato wedges are a bigger variation to French fries usually served in diners and in fish & chips. Unpeeled potatoes are cut into wedges and marinated with spices along with oil. Later baked/ fried and served along with ketchup/ any dipping sauce. The outer is usually crisp and inside is soft making it so enjoyable. I have shared a basic Indian spiced version of potato wedges you can almost use any kind of seasoning that you prefer. 

Verdict - Totally addictive and make sure you make a huge batch. Also these are way better and lighter to treat yourself compared to the deep fried versions.

Buttermilk Fruit Cake | Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake | Eggless Plain Christmas Cake

easy buttermilk fruit cake
Buttermilk Fruit Cake Recipe
Christmas is coming up and as always I have this huge list of things that I want to do. And for sure the baker in me is super excited to bake a cake. I had bookmarked so many recipes and thought of trying one by one so that I can blog about it in a hope that they turn out great. And my recent success was baking this super moist Christmas Fruit Cake that is eggless too. Doesn't that sound great? ok you might ask why does this cake not have a deep colour the reason is its not a traditional version and a quicke for which all you need is a wooden spoon or a wire whisk to whip up the batter. Doesn't that sound so simple? I used only tutti fruit you can go ahead and use any kind of nuts, dry fruits and dates to make a rich cake. I love such cakes (snack cakes) for their simplicity and yet you are can be sure that it tastes amazing.  Did I tell you that you can have this cake warm when its right from the oven? well it is :-) if you are an impatient person like me then you sure are going to try this one ;-) Don't wait any further get the bowls and start you baking 

Indian Spicy Oven Roasted Chickpeas Recipe | Oven Baked Garbanzo Beans

Masala chickpeas recipe

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas/ roasted garbanzo beans (oven baked) are a great snack for tea time. Like I said earlier this year I am on the quest to do more healthy snacking or rather guilt free snacking. I wanted to try these oven baked roasted chickpeas as I love Channa/ chickpeas/ garbanzo beans. Mind you I do not cook or eat canned beans ever, I follow the long method of soaking beans overnight and pressure cooking them. I used the same method for this recipe here. If you have never tasted/ tried oven baked chickpeas they are crisp, light and crunchy. And my husband even rated them a five star so now you know why I am sharing the recipe with all of you. Also I must say my husband does not like chickpeas and any sort of recipe that has this ingredient he just would not eat. So such a comment from me gives me hope I can cook them up again :-)

Thayir Vadai Recipe | Curd Vadai | South Indian Vada Recipe

thayir vadai
Thayir Vadai Recipe

Thayir Vadai / Curd Vadas are my all time favourite. Usually all left over crisp vadas are made into either Sambar Vadai or Thayir Vadai. Curd is beaten, spiced and seasoned, Vadas are then soaked in warm water gently squeezed and then added to the curd to develop flavours. Usually we refrigerate curd vadas and enjoy them in the evening or next day. If you have seen my earlier post on how to make perfect crisp vadas you can use the same recipe as a base to make vadas and then make curd vadas with the left over vadas. I am this person who loves any kind of dahi based chaats and the next favourite would be Thayir vadas. They are simple and easy to make and you can garnish with carrot shavings and coriander leaves.

Salsa two ways- Healthy snacking Recipe | Tomato Salsa | Strawberry Salsa

Tomato Cucumber Salsa Recipe

Salsa a very famous Spanish term for sauce. There are umpteen number of variations of salsa today but here I am sharing you the famous Tomato Salsa along with my twist to salsa a Strawberry Salsa. This year I am trying my best to have healthy snacking and it all kick started with my earlier post of Roasted Malasa Makhana (Lotus Seeds). Everyone talks about including coloured food (veggies & fruits) into our daily diet. Sometimes it does become monotonous to simply chew them plain as a fruit/ veg. Making a salsa with veggies and fruits is one way to relish these colourful goodness. Salsa you may say is a dipping sauce how can be a snack? well chop the ingredients into bite sized bits and enjoy as a salad too. Usually Salsa is served along with Tortilla chips/ any crisps you can make a baked version of potato chips too for this salsa. 

Tomato Salsa is a little tangy & with a touch of spice, I have used veggies that are locally available. If you get hold of jalapeƱos and include in tomato salsa that would be great else no issues they anyways taste good. Strawberry Salsa is perfectly sweet yet tangy and somehow if I had to pick between the two I could jump for the Strawberry one. Next time around I plan to add in one for fruit to go with Strawberry. Since strawberries are in season now why not try this simple salsa for a quick snack?

Appam Recipe (without yeast) | Appam and Thengai Pal | South Indian Breakfast Recipe

Appam & thengai pal such a heavenly combo and makes me so nostalgic. Appam is a rice pancake that is lacy and tender, very filling and usually famous as a South Indian Breakfast special. Even since I can remember we have been having appam and thenga pal at home once a month. It takes loads of patience and a good recipe to make fool-proof appams. Who other than our mother's can get the equation right? There are tons of appam recipes that are flooded on the internet. I am sure each one has a unique and distinctive taste and texture. Let me tell you the appams I have seen in Tamil Nadu and Kerala are so different. The ones in Tamil Nadu are soft on the inside and crisp on the outside, whereas in Kerala majority of the places I have visited appams are fully white tender and lase like. Both kinds I enjoy as long as I have a good cup of coconut milk to accompany with. In TN we have Nallas Appa Kadai taking the honours of making appams from scratch and does make people lazy to prepare them at home. Nevertheless a good excuse to step up for a meal ;-)

Today I will sharing with you the Tamil kind of appams that are soft and tender on the inside and crisp on the outside, they go well with stews, kurma, coconut milk and any non veg curry. At home we make appams for breakfast and rarely for dinner unless we intend to indulge. The batter is used upto 3 times and if you are planning to try this recipe for the first time. I suggest that you half the proportions.

Roasted Makhana | Masala Makhana Recipe | Phool Makhana or Foxnut recipe

Makhana / Phool Makhana / Foxnut / Lotus Seeds are a healthy and popular snack. Only recently I had come to know about their benefits and picked a packed of Makhan seeds which I found in the super store. It is said that the Chinese consume them as a health food as they have many many healthy components like iron, zinc, calcium, protein, magnesium and so on. Lotus seeds has an astringent, it helps relieve diarrhoea and improve appetite. But you have not tried them and wonder how they taste? they are tasteless and without dry roasting them they are like stale popcorn. So make sure you dry roast them before preparing any recipe out of it. They depend on flavours from other ingredients so do them a flavour and season them well ;-). Once they are roasted and season they are like cheese pops with that airy crunchy texture that is soft and light to chew.

Masala Makhana / Roasted Makhana is a great spiced snack to go along with your evening tea, they are considered to be way healthy than popcorn (their counterpart). So grab a packet of these makhana and make this spicy healthy snack for your evening tea. You can do a big batch and store in an air tight container.

Medhu Vadai Recipe | Medu Vada Recipe | Ulunthu Vadai Recipe | How to make Crisp Medhu Vadai

Medhu Vadai / Medu Vada/ Ulunthu Vadai/ Uzhunnu Vada is a staple South Indian tiffen recipe. The most favorite pairing would be Ven Pongal, Sakkarai PongalCoconut Chutney, Sambar and Medu Vada (or) Idly, Vadai, Sambar & Chutney. Usually Medu Vada's are served hot lovely puffed up in hotels. But at home usually the vadas are small to medium sized with and without holes. Amma usually makes Vadas very rarely and if there are left overs she makes Sambar Vadai or Thayir Vadai (Curd Vada). Medu Vadas are deep fried and there cannot be a compromised in this recipe, skinless ulunthu / urad dal is soaked and later ground into a fluffy batter (airy), mixed with spices and then deep fried. In most homes medhu vadas are usually shaped in a milk cover or polythene cover and then fried in oil but recently we started to shape the vadas in one hand and fry them. Its mess free and easy too. Now lets move on to the recipe

Nethili Fish Fry | Anchioves Fish Fry | Nethili Meen Varuval

Its been a while since I had fish and seeing these pictures makes me crave so badly for some fish fry. Talking about this, these pictures were clicked when I was home and Amma made Nethili Meen Varuval (Anchioves Fish Fry). Amma usually cleans these tiny fish and remove the bones and only fries the freshly part. Its easier to chew and eat them not having to worry about those tiny bones. But in my opinion if you find tiny version of Anchioves you need not remove the bones and directly marinate the fish and fry them. 

Many famous South Indian restaurants serve this Nethili Fish Fry in a bed of fried curry leaves. The fish are crisp since they are mostly deep fried. This version of Nethili Fish fry are not crisp for two reasons one they are more freshly and they are shallow fried. Make sure you get fresh fish to make this recipe, marinate overnight and fry them the next day. While serving, make sure it is nice and hot and drizzle some fresh lemon juice for an extra punch.

Low Fat Dates Kheer | Dates Payasam | A sweet start to the New Year 2014

2014 has begun and seems like a year of total possibilities to me. No matter what 2014 has instore I just believe that everything will work out good. Worry does not seem to get us anywhere so lets bury the worry and be happy. The Bible says For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare  and not for evil,  to give you a future and a hope". Jeremiah 29:11this does make me hope and believe that God is in control. 

One other thing that has been ebbing in my heart is that lets be good to everyone no matter how they choose to treat us. "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up". Galatians 6:9. We live one life and lets choose how we live it. Recently this one phrase has caught with me and it goes like this " I do not want to live my life some way but I choose to live my life in a certain way" its so profound, may be we should think about how we choose to live our life and it has to be with substance not just worrying about what we can eat, drink or wear but what can I do to make life for meaningful. God gives us many chances to each one of us, so may be let 2014 be the year that we choose to live our life in a more meaningful way. Since its a fresh start to the new year I thought of sharing this simple low fat Kheer or Payasam which is simple yet delicious. Here's wishing you a year filled with hope, joy & peace.

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