Friday, 19 December 2014

Paal Payasam {Kheer - Quick & Easy}

This is my go-to recipe for a simple dessert which requires only few ingredients and little effort. This always gives promising results and you will be more than happy when people shower you  with lots of sweet compliments after having this :D

Also this always has its place on the sumptuous vegetarian festive spread back home in Kerala :) 

Paal Payasam {Kheer - Quick & Easy}
Recipe adapted from my Amma

Paal Payasam

Thursday, 11 December 2014


One of the traditional breakfast number back home is a portion of soft, steaming, sweet Ada on any morning. This can also be served as a snack for tea time. Whatever be the time of day, this sure makes the rest of the day happy :) 

Ada {with sweet coconut filling}

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Beans Mezhukku-Perattiyathu {stir-fry}

All kinds of veggies are delicious stir fried and this recipe sure is something which you will stir up not just once but pretty much often. They are flavorful and teams best with fluffy rice and simple curry. 

Beans Mezhukku-Perattiyathu {stir-fry}

Beans Mezhukku-Perattiyathu {stir-fry}

Beans Mezhukku-Perattiyathu {stir-fry}

Monday, 20 October 2014

⌘ Rava Laddu ⌘

It is Diwali season :D Bright hues of colors, arrays of lights, family, happiness, sweets, good wishes are all synonyms to Diwali or Deepavali. May all be blessed with happiness & prosperity this season.
Here is wishing you all a very happy & safe Diwali :) 

 ⌘ Rava Laddu ⌘

Monday, 13 October 2014

❊ Pachadi ❊

Be it 'Onam' or 'Vishu', festivals in Kerala always calls for a sumptuous vegetarian spread and this side dish sure has its place! In our home, Nikhil loves this dish and so it makes appearances at our dining table more often :) Its a quick recipe which comes together quite easily. 

Recipe adapted from my amma

❊ Pachadi ❊

Sunday, 5 October 2014

❊ Puli Inji ❊

My amma loved this preparation and for almost all vegetarian special meals, she used to stir up a big portion of Puli Inji {Tamarind & Ginger side dish}. So it goes without saying that puli inji is a must for any 'sadhya' (variety of vegetarian dishes) in our household :) 
Be it 'Onam' or 'Vishu', festivals in Kerala always calls for a sumptuous vegetarian spread and this side dish sure has its place!

Puli Inji 
Recipe adapted from amma

Puli Inji

puli inji @ dusk

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Happy Onam :D

Wishing you all a very Happy Onam. 

                                                     ♥ Thank you ♥

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Potato Curry {Roasted coconut gravy}

'Varutharacha' or {Roasted coconut gravy} is a Kerala special number! I love the smell of roasted grated coconut along with shallots and spices filling the air on any morning. It helps work up an appetite on a lazy day :) Team it up with any Kerala breakfast (puttu or appam) or ghee rice for lunch. 

Potato Curry {Roasted coconut gravy}

Kerala style potato curry

ghee rice

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Potato Croquettes

I remember my amma used to make fish croquettes back in my school days and it would vanish as soon as it came out of the frying pan. We used to struggle to eat them hot but still Yumm! Now these plain potato croquettes are a great vegetarian option for starters. Fry these and dip it in your favorite sauce for a delicious start of an evening :)

Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes
Summer is almost over but even a small citrus plant at home could brighten your day! 
Potato Croquettes close

Monday, 25 August 2014

Bread Pakoda

These pakoda's/ fritters used to be tea time attraction for us when we were kids :) Recently when I visited one of my relatives (unannounced) this was one of the many items she made in a jiffy. Dipped in gram flour batter, the tricolor bread sandwich is basically an amazing yummy street food number. 

You can make plain tricolor sandwiches or choose to deep fry them...Either ways they are simply good food to munch on :)

Bread Pakoda :
Bread Pakora special

Bread Pakora

Bread Pakora collage

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Eggless Chocolate Celebration Cake !!!

Back to blogging...missed every bit of creating, clicking, writing and posting. Well! our third wedding anniversary celebration cake sure had to be up here. 
Chose an eggless chocolate sponge covered in chocolate ganache  sandwiched by cherry compote plus chocolate butter-cream :) Any excuse should be worth trying this for :D

Eggless Chocolate Celebration Cake !!!

Eggless Chocolate Celebration Cake

Eggless Chocolate Celebration Cake

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Baby Shower Cake :D

My first take at a fondant covered celebration cake :) This special cake was baked for my bestie for her baby shower party... The cake was comparatively easy to bake & decorate. I had more trouble transferring the final piece to the venue added to the fact that I was travelling to India the very next day... early in the morning! 
Well! the cake was a hit and I got quite busy sharing the recipe and ideas for cake decoration at the party ;) I loved the whole experience and the cherry on the icing was that it was for my dear friend Nishima :D 

Baby Shower Cake

Recipe for Coffee & Chocolate cake {click here}
Tutorial for Fondant baby booties {click here} (found this on-line)
Also sharing a peek into the baby shower party :)

I had also baked a batch of chocolate cupcakes with Winnie the pooh themed fondant décor which were neatly packed in light blue boxes for guests to take home as party favors :D 

I found the videos on YouTube for fondant decoration very useful.
 Enjoy baking!

                                                                                        ♥ Thank You ♥

Monday, 12 May 2014

⌇ Chocolate Meringue Swirls ⌇

Just another day browsing the internet, I saw these swirly beauties and the next thing I was baking them! I have so many other goodies on my to-bake list and yet I had to bake these first :) I am not a fan of these though Nikhil liked them... I had to bake these as they looked absolutely gorgeous!!

Chocolate Meringue Swirls
Recipe adapted from Callmecupcake

Chocolate Meringue Swirls

Chocolate Meringue Swirls

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Mutton Curry

From the land of spices and coconuts, yet another finger licking good curry! This is my first experiment with mutton and I have to say... I myself am impressed :) Nikhil used to keep requesting for mutton curry but I never really thought I could handle this meat. At-last for his sake I gave it a try and guess what?? I will be buying mutton again ;)
During our holidays, my mother-in-law prepared some very tasty curries and this happens to be one of them. Another to die-for curry of hers was crab roast....yum....hopefully that too gets posted on my blog soon :D
Meanwhile hoping you will definitely give this a try...

Mutton Curry
Recipe adapted from my Mom-in-law
Mutton Curry

Mutton Curry....spicy yet creamy

spice box

Monday, 28 April 2014

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

A quick dessert? Who would not like the idea :) Well this recipe sure is handy when you are short of time & fancy ingredients. For all those who love dunking a biscuit into hot chai, look no further than this Chocolate Biscuit Pudding!!
Using very few ingredients, you can easily whip up and layer this beautiful pudding right into the serving glasses. So hope you all enjoy this biscuit pudding.

 Chocolate Biscuit Pudding 
Recipe adapted from Ria's Collection

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

Chocolate Biscuit Pudding

Monday, 21 April 2014

Seriously Awesome Chocolate Cupcakes

Long time, dear friends!!! Back from an exciting but hectic holiday. Home sickness and tiredness have subsided and I am finally getting back to usual routine here. 
Ok... so there were quite a number of posts in my drafts but I chose  this one as it is something which I feel you must definitely try. This is no usual chocolate cupcake... they are fabulously chocolaty and moist and that dollop of ganache works wonders to every mouthful! 
I have baked these on various occasions and sure was a hit every time :) Don your pretty apron and lets bake these lil beauties :D

Seriously Awesome Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Monday, 17 February 2014

Veg Variety Rice {easy peasy}

Most of us have some easy peasy recipes for a quick fix meal! Well this Variety Rice recipe is a tried and tested one. You can always make a non-veg or a veg version of this rice and keep surprising yourself with a hit over an another. Make a side dish along with this rice Or simply mix in a ravishing raitha or chutney and your meal is ready.

Veg Variety Rice

Veg Variety Rice {easy peasy}
For a quick fix @ home I had jazzed up a spicy chicken fry alongside this variety rice :)
Veg Variety Rice {easy peasy}

Friday, 24 January 2014

✼ Chocolate Pot de Crème ✼

I was waiting for an excuse to whip & bake this gorgeous chocolate custard! And yes, when we had some friends coming over for dinner, these little beauties adorned the dinner table. These are easy to whip up and can be made ahead, giving you enough time to relax and enjoy your evening with friends.

✼ Chocolate Pot de Crème ✼
Recipe adapted from Beth {Entertaining with Beth}
✼ Chocolate Pot de Creme ✼
Chocolate Pot de Crème's  are a must-try for any chocoholic! The velvety smooth texture of these just melt in your mouth leaving behind the rich dense chocolate taste.
✼ Chocolate Pot de Creme ✼
Enjoy your share of these decadent chocolate custard's!
On that note, just another of my favorite quote follows :)

fav quote

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Chicken Stew {Kerala style}

Breakfast is an elaborate affair for Keralites. Our authentic breakfast items are wholesome and filling though they may not be easy as flipping an omelette or tipping some cereal into a bowl! Most dishes require prep work and planning to be executed the day before... but they are absolutely awesome :D

Back in the olden days at my home, when there is a super special lunch preparation happening in the kitchen, a coconut milk based stew is prepared for breakfast as it is quick and tasty. Only on such days would a bakery bought bread make it to our special menu! Gone are those days and now bread is quite regular in most households. Appam's are more sought after with stew, but with time and resource crunch, people find the easy way out in bread ;) You should definitely try this chicken stew for its simplicity yet rich & creamy taste.

Chicken Stew {Kerala style}
Chicken Stew {Kerala style}

Nowadays stew has become part of my special breakfast menu! On such days I take it up a notch by making beautiful flower shaped appams to go along with the stew. On not so special days, it is bread that makes it to the table with a steaming pot of creamy stew! 

Chicken Stew {Kerala style} with bread

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Whoopie Pie's {Daring Baker's Dec challenge}

Another Daring Baker's challenge which I was truly excited to be part of as these whoopie pie's have been in my 'to-bake' list for quite some time :) These little treats are somewhere between a slice of cake and a bite off cookie... Pretty easy to whip and bake too! I had various ideas on the flavors I could mix and pour but I ended up baking a batch of safe but absolutely gorgeous Red Velvet whoopies with classic cream cheese filling. 
As you can see, there is not much red colour on these whoopie's, reason being, me not using much red food colouring and also tipping a tad bit more of cocoa powder :) They look more of a chocolate whoopie, I agree. I had also given a copper tinge to my cream cheese filling purely on an aesthetic point of view! 
Whatsoever Nikhil loved these and had them finished in no time :D Whoopieeee!!!

Whoopie Pie's
Recipe adapted from
Whoopie Pie's {Daring Baker's Dec challenge}

The December Daring Bakers' Challenge had us all cheering - the lovely and talented Bourbonnatrix of Bourbonnatrix Bakes was our hostess and challenged us to make fun, delicious and creative whoopie pies! Delicious little cake-like cookies sandwiching luscious filling in any flavors we chose... What else is there to say but "Whoopie!"

Whoopie Pie's -closer look

This holiday season had been quite busy for us and I could not post this any earlier. Well, I justified myself saying "Better late than never!". I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge, Thank you Bourbonnatrix :)
Whoopie Pie's - from oven to serving plate- collage

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