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May 3, 2015

Easy and Quick Vanilla Milkshake


Vanilla Milkshake was my very favorite drink in my childhood. When ever i go to restaurants, i order this as a default. And i have seen in the restaurants how they make them. This is exactly what they do. They add little more sugar to it, but in this recipe i have added less. Because my kids and my husband wont need so much of sugar, except me ;)

Summer is also gonna be here, so for kids, this will be a healthy and cook drink. They can have this in any time of the day. My kids really loved it and said "Mommy this is delicious". I make it rarely but still it will be an awesome drink for any party or for the guest when they are for dinner or lunch. Try this yummy lip-smacking drink!!

Cuisine : Indian

Preparation time : 10 mins

Cooking Time 10 mins

Course : Beverages

Main Ingredient : Vanilla Ice cream, Milk

Ingredient :

Vanilla Ice Cream - 1 cups

Strawberry Ice Cream - half Cup

Milk - 3 cups

Sugar - 1/2 cup

Vanilla Essence - 2 drops

Preparation :

  • Take a Large bowl and Scoop the ice cream into the bowl.
  • Now start using the whisk, to make the ice cream into a smooth liquid.
  • Now it is time to add milk, vanilla essence and sugar.
  • Mix everything together and make foam. 
  • Cool it for few hours.

Serve it cold

Serving per recipe : 4

Calories per serving : 175

Apr 5, 2015

Chocolate Mold Bowls


I always go to the craft store like Micheal's, Jo-ann, Hobby lobby to buy some craft supplies, so every time i go there i used to check for these mold and was postponing to try that. And this time it was my daughter who wanted to try and see how it will be. She was so excited to pick the colors and the molds. So you can find a variety of molds and colors, You can really make a nice treat out of it for kids party or play date. You can find wrappers boxes and teat bags to give for friends. Just tried by buying few colors and molds, it was really a fun project for my daughter. My son are all the fruits and "bowl" 

You can add any time of fruits in it, and also you can add some cake bits, fruits and strawberry, and make it a parfait in this bowl. Will be awesome for parties. 

Cuisine : American

Preparation time : 3 mins

Cooking time : 5 mins

Course : Dessert

Main Ingredient : Chocolate Melts

Ingredient :

Wilton Candy Melts - 1 cup (Brown Color)

Butter - 1 tbsp

Molds - Bowl mold (Wilton)

Strawberry - Chopped 1 cup

Black berry - 1/2 cup

Preparation :

  • To melt the candy, you can use a double boiler or melt in the microwave or, if you have the melting pot you can use it and melt the Wilton candy melts.
  • I used the double boiler, how to make this is, you have to take a sauce pan with some water and boil in the stove. Over it, you can use a bowl which will lock in the sauce pan's mouth and add the melts in the bowl and keep stirring with some butter in it.
  • The water that bowls will steam up and melt the chocolate in the bowl.
  • Now it is ready to shape them in the mold. Before using the mold you have to clean the mold well and dry it. Now pour the melt in the bowl half full. You will have two trays to make a bowl, one is the bottom tray where you will pour the chocolate, the other is the one which will press them in the top to give the bowl shape. 
  • Keep them in the refrigerator till you can see the chocolate is nice and shaped, now before you serve them with some fruit keep them in the freezer for like two minutes and then you can take it from the mold. 
  • Slowly take them with out breaking. Now it is time to add fruits and serve it.
Serving with fruits will be good, you can also add some whipped cream on top.

Serving per recipe : 3

Calories per serving : 100 approx

Garlic / Butter Naan


Naan i just love to have in the restaurant, today i really wanted to go to a restaurant and have some but it was too late and i end up doing myself. I love garlic naan with paneer gravy, one of my favorite combo. I was just looking for the recipe and it was so easy and not so complicated. It was so much like making a pizza dough. And so tried it and it came out really well. My whole family liked it. Yum!! Let see this mouthwatering recipe....

Cuisine : Indian

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Cooking time : 3 minutes

Course : Main Course 

Main Ingredient : All Purpose Flour/ Maida

Ingredient :

All Purpose Flour - 4 cups

Yeast - 1 Packet

Milk - 1/2 cup

Oil - 2 tbsp

Salt - 1 tsp

Sugar - 1 tsp

Egg - 1 (Optional)

Preparation :

  • The dough should be fermented and only then we will get nice and spongy soft naan. So the first thing we are gonna do is to activate the yeast in a warm water. The water should be nice and warm, if it is hot then the yeast will die. So make sure the water is mild warm, add the yeast to the water and leave it for like ten minutes. Then you can see the foam in the water, that means the yeast is ready.
  • Now take the All purpose flour in a big bowl and make a dent in the middle and start pouring the yeast with water. Then add sugar, salt, milk, oil and one egg in the dent.
  • Now you can use a fork to beat the egg with the rest of the ingredient that is in the dent. When the liquid i nicely mixed, now you can make the dough.
  • The dough should be nice and sticky only then we can make soft naan. As we are not using Tandoori pan, the sticky dough will help.
  • Apply some oil in top of the dough and let it rest for like 15 minutes. Close the bowl a clean towel and place it in a warm place.
  • Then when you see the dough it must be doubled in size, this is when you have to beat the dough a little and make balls out of it. Now let the balls sit for a while.
  • Now you can preheat the oven at the highest, i did 500 deg Fahrenheit. 
  • Now roll the balls and make a shape that you desire, and place it in the baking pan. You can place two at a time.
  • Bake them for 2 minutes and then check if it is done, then turn it over and keep it for another 1 minute. Now the Naan is ready, apply some butter when it is hot. 
  • For Garlic naan, you have to chop some garlic and top them in the naan, before cooking.
  • If you don't have an oven, you can always do it in the stove top, you will get the same taste and texture. 
Serving with some curry will taste good, i made paneer curry

Serving per recipe : 4

Calories per serving : 350 approx

Mar 27, 2015

Blonde Brownies

Blonde brownies


I never tasted this kind of brownies before, i was introduced to this recipe from one of my friend. She made this lovely Brownies last week and it was just melting into my mouth. It was soft,chewy and delicious. I told her it was out of the world. And really wanted to try the recipe, so she shared the recipe with me. This recipe has a little twist, they didn't use normal white sugar, but the recipe has only brown sugar and so you get the chewy consistency. 

It has walnuts and chocolate chips in it, so kids will love to taste it, and my son was a great fan for this brownie. Its a very simple and yummy recipe. You can have this delicious brownies with a glass of milk.

Cuisine : American

Preparation time : 15 mins

Cooking time : 25 mins

Course : Dessert

Main Ingredient : All purpose flour

Blonde brownies

Ingredients : 

All Purpose flour / Self raising Flour - 1 cup sifted

Baking soda - 1/2 tsp

Baking powder - 1/8 tsp

Salt - 1/2 tsp

Walnuts - 1/2 cup Chopped

Butter - 1/3 cup melted

Brown sugar - 1 cup

Egg - 1 Beaten

Vanilla extract - 1 tbsp

Semisweet chocolate chip - 2/3 cup

Preparation :

Blonde brownies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg Fahrenheit. Grease a 9/9 baking pan or what ever baking pan you have is fine. If you want a thin layer then you can use a large rectangle pan too. 
  • Now in a large bowl add the sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix them together and then add the walnuts to the flour. This is why because when you add the walnuts to the flour, it will be coated with flour and will mix well in the dough will not go down in the an and settle. So that is the reason we mix it with flour to keep the walnuts every where in the brownies. 
  • In another bowl add the melted butter, not too hot and then add the brown sugar. Mix them well. Now add the beaten egg to the brown sugar mixture. Mix them again and then add the vanilla extract. Now the wet ingredient is also ready.
  • Now you can combine both wet and dry ingredient together to make a batter. 
  • You can spread the batter in the greased pan, you can grease the pan with butter or use a foil or a parchment paper. Anything is fine. 
  • After spreading the batter, you can top it with chocolate chip. 
  • Bake the brownies for 20 - 25 minutes or till the tooth pick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the brownies. 
Blonde brownies

Serve it after you make them into pieces.

Serving per recipe - 12

Calories per serving - 240 approx

Mar 23, 2015

Quinoa Payasam / Quinoa Pudding

Quinoa Payasam / Quinoa Pudding


Quinoa is really a new ingredient to me, and i am exploring more about it by reading so many food blogs. And i really love to have sweet in all my meal, but i don't actually. But today i really feel like having some sweet, so found this awesome quinoa pudding in a blog. And found it to be so yummy. This is a very simple and easy recipe. I have done this milk payasam with sugar and also Jaggery both will turn out really well. I have done payasam with rice, vermicelli, Basmathi, Lentils but this is a new try. 

So i cooked the quinoa separately and then added with the jaggery syrup. To add some crunchiness i added cashew and Pistachios. Kids loved it and was so excited to see the small tiny balls in that. You can make it into a thick Pudding or thin one by adding milk. I made it thin so it will be easy to drink. Now lets see how to make it....!!

Quinoa Payasam

Cuisine : South Indian

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Cooking time : 20 mins

Course : Dessert / Sweet

Main Ingredients : Quinoa.

Ingredients :

Quinoa - 1 cups

Jaggery - 1 cup (Shredded)

Cashew - 1/2 cup

Ghee - 5 Tbsp

Milk (Optional) - 1/2 cup

Pistachios - 3 nos 

Cardamom - 2

Preparation :

Quinoa Payasam / Quinoa Pudding
  • In a sauce pan add 1.5 cups of water and turn on the heat. So it is like 1.5 cup for 1 cup of quinoa. Or you can follow the direction that is mentioned in the pack.
  • Take a sieve with very tiny holes and wash the quinoa in the running water. All the dirt should be washed, or you can wait till the water is running clearly
  • Now you can add to the pan,  It should be cooked well. Might be it will take like 15 mins approx. It will be nice and fluffy. Keep it aside.
  • Then in another pan, Add ghee and saute cashews.  Take them out of the pan. Keep it aside.
  • Now in the same pan add little water or till the jaggery is immersed and add the shredded jaggery and wait till it is fully mixed. Then with a strainer strain the syrup so if it has any dirt particles will be stuck t the strainer.
  • Now you can add the Quinoa to the jaggery syrup and cook for a while.  Then add the cardamom powder. Let the quinoa be cooked little more with the syrup. It will not turn mushy but will be nice and soft wait till then.
  • Now it is time to add milk to it. Cook it for few mins.
  • Now garnish with Cashews and sliced pistachios.

Serve it hot.

Serving per recipe - 2

Calories per serving - 250 approx

Mar 17, 2015

Microwave Mug Cake for St. Patrick's Day




This is one another cake but made it in the mug, i don't prefer using the microwave but once is fine. My daughter wants to make something for st. Patrick's day and so decided and made this quick recipe. She loves to bake, i don't know why and also she want the cookie or the cake to be done immediately after mixing the batter. And will start asking me "Mommy is it done yet" like 10 times. Then when it is out of the oven, she will start, "Can i eat it???" 

So i always prefer baking when she is at home, she loves to mix the batter and add the ingredients in the big bowl. And this is kind of so easy and simple recipe, prepare in the mug and keep it in the microwave for 2 mins and ta-da it is done!!!

Cuisine : American

Preparation time : 5 min

Cooking time : 5 mins

Course : Dessert

Main Ingredient : Cake flour/All purpose flour


Butter - 2 tbsp

Chocolate powder - 1 tsp

Milk - 2 tbsp

Egg - 1

Sugar - 1/4 cup

Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

All purpose flour / Self rising Flour - 6 tbsp

Salt - a pinch

Frosting - 2 tbsp of vanilla frosting with, 1 drop of green food color 

Preparation :

Mug cake - St Patricks Day

  • Just add all the ingredients in the mug and mix well. It is as simple as that. First this is to beat the egg well and then add all the ingredients.
  • Place it in the microwave for 1 min first and then take them out and check the cake, if needed add 20 more secs to cook. It should not take more that 2 mins.
  • Let it cool and then you can add the frosting on top of it.  The topping has to be done only after the cake is completely cooled.
  • I made Vanilla frosting and added green food color for the topping.
  • My daughter added some fruit loops as a garnish, you can add anything to it, even a small cherry will do.
Serve it in the mug

Serving per recipe - 2

Calories per serving - 95 approx

St. Patrick's Day - Green Pancake

Green Pancake


Pancakes are my kids favorite. Here in Dublin they celebrate the St. Patrick's Day and they give Green pancakes in the parade. So then i thought how about i make it at home. So then came this recipe!! Kids love colors like then and when they relate to the festival they get more excited and eat the food. So i made this Green Pancakes at home simple for the color it was a great hit. 

So thought of sharing this recipe with you, Its just as same as you make the regular pancake but with a little twist in it by adding the color. You can get the pancake flour in the local store or you can also use the All purpose flour. 

And i served them with some leftover cheese frosting, it was just yummy!!

Cuisine : American

Preparation time : 5 min

Cooking time : 5 mins

Course : Entre

Main Ingredient : Pan cake flour

Ingredients :

Pan Cake Flour - 2 cups

Milk - 1/2 cup

Banana - 1 Mashed

Green Food Color - 2 drops

Cinnamon - pinch

Egg - 1 (Optional)

Preparation :

Green Pancake

  • In a mixing bowl add the egg and beat really well. Then when it is done add the Milk and the Mashed Banana. When they are mixed add the color to the wet ingredients. 
  • Now in another bowl add the dry ingredients, The pan cake flour and the Cinnamon. If needed you can add a pinch of salt to enhance the taste. 
  • Add all the dry and wet ingredients together and form a batter. It should be a thick batter. Like a Dosa Batter, so you will get a nice thick pancake.
  • Now heat a wide flat pan, preferably it can be a iron skillet, add some butter to the pan and then start making pan cakes, by pouring batter with a measuring cup or a ladle. Anything is fine, if Measuring cup the pancakes will be equal in size.
  • After it is done in one side flip to the other side to cook.
  • Now the pancakes are ready to be served. You can serve it hot with maple syrup.
Serving per recipe - 10

Calories per serving - 500 approx

Mar 13, 2015

Indian Milk Sweet - Palkova



I still remember the cycle with a box covered with glass all around, with packets of palkova. And the cost was 5, 10 and 20 Rupees. The five rupees pack will be small and 20 rupees will be more big. So every time we buy palkova from the street vendor and eat. I still remember the taste. It will be super awesome. But the color will be little more white than we make in the house. 

The special thing in this sweet is, it has only two ingredients. Nothing else is added to it. No nuts or Saffron or Ghee. Just Milk gives this kind of consistency and taste. The only thing in this recipe is the time, to reduce the milk it will take at least 1 hour. Because we cannot increase the heat to high or the milk will be burnt so we have to keep the flame in medium and cook the milk. You can store the Palkova in a airtight container for like a week in the refrigerator. It will be just awesome every time.

Milk sweet

Cuisine : Indian

Preparation time : 5 mins

Cooking time : 1 hour

Course : Sweet

Main Ingredient : Milk

Ingredients :

Milk - 4 cups

Sugar - 1 cups

Preparation :

  • In a heavy bottom pan, pour milk and keep the heat in low medium.
  • Slowly keep stirring so it doesn't form lumps with milk skin.
  • Keep the stirring in intervals till the milk reduces to 1 cup.
  • Then to the rest of the milk add sugar, keep stirring and you can keep it for like 5 mins in the heat.
  • Now turn off the heat.
  • Let it cool down for few mins then you can serve it in a bowl.
  • For four cups of milk you will get only one cup of palkova. So accordingly you can add milk next time. 

Serve it hot or cold

Serving per recipe - 2

Calories per serving - 200 approx

Chocolate Oatmeal

Chocolate Oatmeal


Very simple and easy Breakfast. Most of the days in the week, I used to take this for the breakfast. Very simple and also you can add nuts and fruits to enhance the taste. It is just perfect Breakfast.  I usually add walnuts and raisins to it, if i had any fruits i add. Like Bananas, strawberries, blueberries, Blackberries, Apples, nuts like almonds. You can chop all the fruits and add it to the oatmeal, such a refreshing Breakfast. 

So this time i really wanted a change and my kid also stared eating Oatmeal. You have flavors in the pack but you don't get Chocolate flavor so i just thought i can add some flavor to the plain oats. So I decided to add some chocolate powder to it and few chocolate chip to garnish. Was just awesome and my kid loved it. Yum!!!!

Ingredients :

Oats - 1 packet (plain oats preferably)

Flax seed - 1 tbsp (Optional)

Milk - 1 cup

walnuts - 1 tbsp

Raisins - 1 tbsp

Chocolate Powder - 1 tbsp

Chocolate chip - Few

Preparation :

    • In a bowl, add milk, flax seed  and oats. I used Microwave for like 3 mins to cook the Oatmeal.  
    • When it is like two minutes you can open the microwave and add the chocolate powder to the oatmeal. Mix really well till it is nicely incorporated. After one more minute of cooking you can add the walnuts and the raisin. 
    • It should be nice and mushy, then everything is cooked. Without cooking the oatmeal we should not and can not eat. 
    • Yummy breakfast is ready.

Serving per recipe : 1

Calories per serving : 150 approx

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