Friday, December 28, 2012

Review : Black Dog Scotch

Recently I got an invitation for reviewing a Malt Beverage " Black Dog Centenary". This is first time I needed to write about an alcohol drink, therefore I thought to chose a known person for me who has an expert knowledge on beverages. From my side, I gladly provided my comments about the look and finish of the bottling and colour.  I would like to share the experience of that expert here.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Noodle Bar, Phoenix Market City, Bangalore { Restaurant Review }

Phoenix Market City in Bangalore is the latest destination for all shop alcoholics and it's fastly becoming a dining hub of Bangalore. Among the restaurants, joining pride with others is Noodle Bar, the Oriental Cuisine restaurant by Pan India Food Solutions. Noodle Bar Offers a wide range of oriental dishes from the exotic corners of China, Thailand, Burma, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Broken Wheat Upma | Pressure Cooker Method

Today's recipe is healthy one pot meal which has lots of vegetables, loaded with fibre, high in nutrition and low in calories. Its Broken Wheat Upma. I like to add lots of veggies to this upma, particularly sweetcorn to it, that gives a nice crunch to it. This is a perfect breakfast recipe, at times you can pack this for lunch when you run out of time. It literally takes 15 to 20  Min's to make, because I have prepared this with pressure cooker. I always find easy and comfortable cooking in pressure cooker. It fast, easy and saves time. Serve hot with coconut chutney or pickle. Try this recipe, you will love it :)
Broken wheat Upma

Monday, December 03, 2012

Meet the Chef (MTC) Session with Aditya Bal

A good cook is the peculiar gift of the gods.
He must be a perfect creature from the brain to the palate
from the palate to the finger's end.
 -Walter Savage Landor  

 Few days back I had an opportunity to attend cooking event "Meet the Chef" with Chef Aditya Bal at LeMeridien. This session was organised by the India's premier lifestyle channel NDTV Good Times to celebrate the NDTV Food Times Award 2012 ( Dec-3-2012) and also to celebrate it's 3rd year. This year NDTV Good Times celebrates the best food in industry by raising a toast to single most important ingredient that could make or break the fortunes of a restaurant - The Perfect Recipe.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Murukku / Chakli recipe and Winners of Giveaway

    Hope you all had a wonderful and safe Diwali. I had a great time too and celebrated this diwali with my family and loads of sweet and snacks. Before moving to today's recipe i would like to thank all the readers and friends who participated in the Giveaway. And sorry for the delay. And the winners are Nupur of UK,Rasoi n Me and Priya Sreeram of Bon Appetit. Congratulations to both of you. Please send me your contact details to my mail Id.

   Now coming to the recipe, this Murukku is almost prepared at every house during Diwali time. It is a famous, traditional, delicious and crunchy South Indian Snack recipe. It is also s a perfect tea time snack, just perfect for this cold weather. Here is the recipe, enjoy it :)

Murukku / Chakli recipe

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A quick and simple Vegetable Rice/Pulao ( pressure cooker method )

Some-days back we friends Lubna, Satrupa, DeepaSri and me had a potluck at my place. I simply loved all the dishes cooked by them. While we were relaxing after our heavy lunch, we started discussing about the recipe cooked by all. When Deepa was telling about the dish made by her, i was quite impressed by the ingredients of vegetable rice. She explained that she added only vegetables and few spices to the rice and did not use any masala paste or masala powders to the rice and the rice used was Basmati one. I cant wait to try this. Because it's very very easy, simple and quick to make, more than that it was absolutely yummy. When we invited my hubby's friend and his wife for lunch on one sunday, i made this Vegetable rice and Dum aloo, it was a huge hit. I was happy and thanks to Deepa for the recipe.
Vegetable Rice

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Paneer Tikka

  Many of you especially kids like Paneer Tikka. In this recipe, the paneer pieces are marinated in spice mixture paste along with veggies, arranged in skewers and they are cooked either using oven, griller or in stove top method. You can prefer whatever method you like. The preparation method can be done in advance and stored in fridge. So when you throw a party at home this can be served as a starter. The tangy taste, enticing smoky flavour and the juiceiness of the paneer make this a wonderful and yummy dish. Serve this paneer tikka sprinkled with some chaat masala and mint chutney.
   Do check the GIVEAWAY in my blog. Like my Facebook page and win the Cookbook. For more details check the link here.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Food Styling tips : Guest Post By Lubna

  As someone who enjoys food and loves food photography, I always enjoy styling of the food. As I believe in expression, presentation says it all. Food styling is significant because food digested in eyes first. And good presentation of food brings people closer to food than ever. I consider in food photography, food styling is a divine art. Food/Recipes can be identical but styling of food is unique. Lastly the oo's and wow's of a photo rest in style of presenting. Style defines food more photogenic, interesting, elegant and complete.

  When i asked Lubna to do a guest post about food and prop styling for me, she immediately accepted my request and she has come with this fabulous post. I am sure, many of you know her, she is a famous food blogger in blogsphere and also very talented person. Her food photography series event is an inspiration for many food photographers who want to improve their food photography skills. She has an amazing blog called Yummy Food. She is one of my favourite food blogger and also whom i consider as a very good friend. I am so pleased that she is sharing some awesome tips about food styling with you today by this post......

When Valarmathi of Simple and Yummy Recipes asked me to do an guest post on food styling or rather say behind the scenes of food setup….I was little in doubt what I can come up with.  As she was in no hurry with the post…I took my time and came up with these points….Hope these are helpful and useful to take you to next level in food styling..


As you all know natural light, good backgrounds and related props when come in combo make the food look appetizing… matter what the food is…I always feel there must be an dedicated place for taking out photos….but it is not so possible for people living in compact houses and in the places where finding natural light is bliss. You know how many times I run from kitchen to prop displayed showcase to fridge to the door or window to capture the perfect food picture…To kitchen to cook or fill the plate or bowl…to check what props and background will go with the recipe and then where the light is coming depending on the time of the day and depending on the weather outside….If you think creating an recipe or cooking a recipe is a creative thing then plating and styling is more creative than this….When the food is plated and served it is first eaten with eyes…so, an appealing look of the food  drags the person to grab it….

According to me the food click you capture describes the person you are or the mood phase at that time you are going through or your inner reflection…I don’t say I don’t struck while clicking food pictures…lots of recipes make me numb…how to plate, what to use in the background, what props goes with the recipe, what’s the angle, how to cut the edges, how to set the props, how much light is needed for the related recipe, is light too hard for the recipe, etc…..


Food styling…. is it easy or complex subject? Let’s solve this question with some simple examples, If I need to put it into simple words then as you slowly learn to master your camera you will slowly gain confidence in clicking good pictures….same as it…as time go by you will slowly master this art of propping, plating and styling.

Let’s start with this simple example of Drumstick-Raw Mango Curry. I started on a simple note like just filling the recipe in a white bowl and with blank mind like what goes in the background and what props go with it….I just used crinkled an brown paper and used it as background….
Then I felt something is missing, so I used wooden plank in the background along with a fresh coriander leaves in the side…just to add some color to the recipe…..and clicked some shots….

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Giveaway on my Blog

I am very much delighted to announce my first giveaway on my blog Simple and Yummy Recipes. This is going to be a worldwide giveaway. There are two giveaways.

One cookbook is for the reader from India and other giveaway(will be decided later) is for the reader outside India, i will be ordering from Amazon.
Anyone ( Blogger and Non-bloggers ) can enter the giveaway.
Above pic from Amzon

To enter this giveaway all you have to do is
  • Like Simple and Yummy Recipes page on Facebook *
  • Follow my blog publicly using google friend connect.
  • Share this on your Facebook Page
  • Subscribe to my blog.
  • Please leave a Comment on this post telling me, which is your favourite recipe. *
  • The contest ends on October 28th and the winners will be announced on first week of November.
I will be using Random number generater to choose the winner, please do leave your comments once you are done, telling me liked FB page or tell your favourite recipe or both. You can leave multiple comments also, so you have more chance to win.
Thank you everyone :)

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Giveaway closed. The Winners are announced here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

Roasted Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

Recently i won the giveaway at Raven's Cook Eat Delicious for my Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cookies. I won a cookbook called " Pumpkin - A Super Food for all the 12 Months of the Year " by DeeDee Stovel. The book has pumpkin recipes for starters, soups, salads, maincourse, bread, pies, cakes, cookies and desserts. Very nice book with lots of recipes with fresh and canned pumpkin. I made the roasted carrot and pumpkin soup. The soup was tasty and good, loved it. Here is the recipe.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trader Vic's { Restaurant Review }

Trader Vic's
   Trader Vic's is a Polynesian restaurant which has good comfortable ambience with nice selection of food and a great place to enjoy cocktails and refresh the mood. It has a perfect setting for weekend gateways with friends and family, however avoid the disappoinment if you are in hungry and want to try some fast food and also for the people those who scout for Indian food this is not recommended.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Britannia Treat Fruit Cream { Product Review }

Britannia's Treat Fruit Cream

  Few days back i got an invitation to review the new product launch of Treat Fruit Cream Biscuits. As the name goes by, the biscuit seems to be a treat for eyes and tummy.This product comes from the company that doesn't need much introduction - Britannia Industries Ltd. A most trusted brand in India and also one of the leading food companies in the field of Bakery and Dairy segments. Since we all have been eating the brittania products from child hood, i was eager to try this new product.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Spicy Cauliflower Curry with Coconut Milk

A spicy and flavourful curry recipe with cauliflower. This cauliflower curry is flavoured with spices like coriander, cinnamon, cloves, pepper etc... and adding coconut milk also gives a wonderful flavour which thickens the gravy and gives a mild sweet taste to it. I simply love the coriander flavour in this curry and this recipe goes well with any rice pulao and rotis.
Spicy Cauliflower Curry with Coconut Milk

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Broccoli and Greenpeas Rice

I wanted to cook something  light and healthy meal for lunch after having a heavy I decided to toss some rice with vegetables.  Then i looked into my fridge... there was  leftover broccoli florets after making some broccoli stuffed paratha. Then i decided to do broccoli rice. I know it is difficult to eat this veggie...hence i chopped them very finely and also added some green peas to it.  This is a quick and healthy lunch box idea. Serve with your favourite side dish and raitha.

Broccoli and greenpeas Rice

Monday, September 03, 2012

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies with whole wheat flour

A simple and easy cookie recipe with whole wheat flour. My neighbour asked me a cookie recipe with whole wheat flour and without baking soda....I thought first i would try myself and tell her the recipe bcos i'm not sure how the output will be, with wheat flour. To my surprise it came out  crispy and perfect cookies. I gave my neighbour friend some cookies along with the recipe... she was very happy... i hope now she can bake some healthy cookies for her daughter by herself. Try this cookie recipe that satisfies a sweet tooth with a little less guilt.
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Chettinad Fish Kulambu/Curry | Chettinad style Meen Kulambu

Chettinad Cuisine is one the famous cuisine in Tamilnadu which is one of the spiciest and most aromatic cuisine in India. Its is famous for its wide variety of spices used like star aniseed, dried flower pods, bay leaf, cinnamon, whole red chillies, fennel seeds etc. They always use freshly ground spices/ masalas that makes the recipes hot and pungent. Also the cuisine is very famous for its non vegetarian food. And today recipe is fish kulambu from the chettinad region.
Chettinadu Style Fish Curry

Monday, August 27, 2012

Mushrooms and Potatoes with Garlic and Chilli Sauce

Hi Friends hope you all had a great weekend. Coming to the recipe today, i cooked up this dish a few days back when we have invited our friends over for dinner. I though of preparing mushroom manchurian but prepared this recipe instead,  as i don't want to serve deep fry for the dinner. And the result was very good, yummy and tasty. I served it with vegetable fried rice and noodles.
Mushroom and Potatoes

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Baby Corn Fritters

If it is monsoon then it has got to be corn. Yes its that time of the year again to relish some corn recipes.  Today post is baby corn fritters. I cooked up this dish over the weekend as a evening snack. A perfect appetizer that are crispy ,crunchy and they are simple to make and delectable to eat. In this recipe baby corn are cut into halves and are coated with flour and spice mixture and deep fried till they turn crispy and golden brown. I like to have with yogurt dip.Just mix salt and yogurt and serve. And also this can be served as tea / coffee time snack. Go ahead and cook yourself a corny treat this monsoon.
BabyCorn Fritters

Monday, August 13, 2012

Banana Raisin Bread

A cake like type bread that is made from fully ripen bananas and raisins. It is very moist, sweet and easy to make. Whenever you have any leftover overripe bananas..donot throw away...try this recipe...sure you will like it. Serve this bread slice lightly toasted with butter for a morning breakfast recipe or like a snack in the evening.
Banana bread

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Cumin Brown Rice ( Jeera Rice made using Brown Rice)

If you want to add more fibre to your diet, then include brown rice in your diet. Its a better substitute to the white rice. It helps in detoxification,lowering the cholesterol and blood sugar levels. and the best benefit of the brown rice is that it helps you in losing weight. Since it has a higher fibre content its actually pretty heavy on stomach even though you take less quantity and takes long time to chew so you end up eating less food. It is also more delicious than the white rice. With brown rice i have made the popular and  flavourful  recipe jeera rice. Gorge on brown rice and find yourself in the pink of health.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Tomato Thokku - side dish for Idli, Dosa and Rotis

This recipe is often served as a side dish for idli, dosa and chappathi. This is also called as thakkali thokku, tomato pickle and it is a famous delicacy from south indian cuisine. This is such a gloriously simple, easy to make recipe, need very few ingredients, a travel food, best part -can be prepared in bulk and stored in refrigerator. This can be kept for two days without refrigeration and more than two weeks under refrigeration. We all love this with dosa and I make this thakkali thokku more often. Whenever tomatoes are cheaper in the market, i used to buy lots of it and make this thokku and store in the refrigerator. It has got a very beautiful colour that makes everyone tempt to eat.
Tomato Thokku

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kachayam - a traditional Tamilnadu sweet recipe

Kachayam is a popular and traditional sweet recipe from Tamilnadu. It is very simple, easy to make and delectable to eat.When you have ripe bananas, this is the perfect recipe to make. This is a perfect tea time snack. Whenever i make this recipe it brings me back my childhood memories. When i was kid, we grand children hit our grandma's place for every summer vacation. Every year for us summer vacation is the time to enjoy and have fun. Grandpa's stories, the green farm, tall coconut trees, cow's, buffaloes at the backyard, little vegetable garden, very big scary well and grandma's food....reminds my childhood....those were magical moments. My grandma used to make this sweet for us and we kids run into the kitchen now and then and have them hot. Those were beautiful days, eventhough its gone they are still fresh in our minds and their presence is always in our thoughts.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cinnamon and Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip cookie is my favourite one and i make this quite often. These cookies are rich, soft and chewy inside and crispy on outside.These are made with butter, both brown and white sugar, flour,egg and  chocolate chips.I have added a light spicy touch to the regular chocolate chips cookies by adding cinnamon to it. These are easy to make and a perfect treat for everyone. Enjoy these cookies with a glass of cold milk.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Just made these cookies specially for my neighbour's cute little daughter Nithu, who is a chocolate cookie lover. Once i gave her some chocolate cookies, since then whenever she want some cookies, she comes to me and ask 'Aunty bake some cookies for me' and that too she love to have chocolate in it. I baked these cookies for her and her friends and everyone enjoyed and when asked for some photos to click, they were happy and they gave cute pose with cookies to click.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Poori Masala/ Deep Fried Indian Bread with Potato Gravy

It’s not without reason that the phrase goes ‘ Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper’. One should not skip the breakfast  and  make sure it is the heaviest meal of the day.  In India we have a long list of traditional, freshly made breakfast recipes. And one of my favourite is Poori and Potato Masala, next to Idli and Vada with Sambhar and chutney.  I have to make sure for my hubby  there is Poori Masal in weekends.  Here is the recipe for great beginnings.....


Friday, July 06, 2012

Raw Mango & Drumstick sambhar

Sambar is one of the popular south indian recipe. The sambar recipe is prepared almost everday in most of  the kitchens in Tamilnadu. It is made up of using toor dal and vegetables. You can use any vegetables like drumstick, potato, brinjal, chow chow, raddish, ladiesfinger etc..... And now we are in the season of mangoes i have used mangoes in sambar along with drumsticks. These two makes a very great combo. Relish this sambar with plain white rice, idlis, dosas.

RawMango & Drumstick Sambar

Monday, July 02, 2012

Review : Zomato Restaurant Guide 2012

    BlogAdda has sent me the Zomato Restaurant Guide - 2012, Bangalore as a part of the book review program. I was very much thrilled and excited when i got the book because this was my first book review. Thanks BlogAdda for considering me to review the book.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Carrot and Beet Juice

Kick start your day with this energy boosting drink - Carrot and Beetroot juice. Rich in flavour and nutrients. In Carrot you get a lot of Vitamin A and its good for skin too. Beetroot, informally known as beet around the world to be one of the richest source of natural sugar. Here is the healthy juice recipe with simple ingredients.
Carrot Beet Juice

Friday, June 15, 2012

Pumpkin and Chocolate chips Cookies

I was craving some cookies and decided to bake on my own and i came across this pumpkin cookie recipe from Joy of Baking. With a few little changes, i have made them my own. I made these cookies with home made pumpkin puree and freshly ground spices, they were wonderful and turned out fantastic. These cookies are something different, the consistency is more cake-like than cookie. The earthy flavour of pumpkin and the spices added are complementary to each other. The chocolate chips added makes them more special and yumm. If you like pumpkin, you will definitely like these cookies.

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Amla Juice / Gooseberry Juice / Nellikai Juice

     Amla, an indian goseberry is the best gift from nature to mankind which contains abundant source of Vitamin C. Apart from this it is a best antioxidant, anti-ageing, cooler, simulates hair folliciles resulting in growth of hair, calcium rich which leads to stronger bones, controls diabetics and the list goes on. It is called the power house of benefits and the nutritional values are numerous and helps in curing number of diseses. hence this is widely used in Ayurveda, natural medicines. Its very true that amla contain a lot of health benefits, i know it from personal experience. I started taking this amla juice regularly on empty stomach since 2 months and i have observed that my skin texture has improved a lot , before it was dry and flaky. Now i am hooked on to this wonderful gift from nature. Hence include this in your daily diet and you can see amazing results.


Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Mango Pickle

        Summer is upon us and lots of raw mangoes found abundantly in the market. Its time to make mango pickle. There are so many versions of making this pickle. It differs from region to region. My grandma makes the best pickle in our family. Every year she used to make mango pickle for the whole family. She stores them in ceramic jar, that will last for one year without refrigeration, i wonder how.... Whenever she visits mom...she used to bring a jar full of pickle. This pickle was loved by everyone in the family. And now Its time to make pickle on my own and figured out how to make it. Its very simple and easy to make. Just need to follow the instructions given in the notes below so that they will last longer period.

Mango Pickle

Monday, May 28, 2012

Review : Bliss Gourmet Boutique

     Bread has been one of the principal forms of food for man from earliest times.People have been consuming this food item for centuries, and it has spread across the globe with various names and forms.
       Bliss Chocolates, India's first luxury chocolate brand has launched its new range of gourmet boutique breads at Gourmet West at the Forum mall, Koramangala and i was invited to sample their new range of signature breads. Armed with Camera and tasty buds, I got dropped into boutique on Friday evening. It was amazing  to see the varieties of breads, pastries and chocolates in all geometrical shapes  of lines, squares, circle and  figures.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Honey and Almond cake

Honey and almond cake - This is one of the easiest cake recipe and also very delicious, moist and dense. The best part about this recipe is that no need beating or bringing the butter to room temperature. Just melt all the wet ingredients in a saucepan and finally add the flour, mix and bake. That's it very easy. When you have a last minute guests then this recipe is just the ticket.

Honey and Almond Cake

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Lychee and Mint Juice

Each season brings with it a set of fruits that are very specific to that time of the year. One such fruit during summer is Lychee. When i happened to eat this beautiful fruit for the first time,....i just immediately fell in love with them... as it is so juicy, sweet and delicious. This fruit has become one of my all time favorite fruit. Here i made juice/drink with this fruit. This is very quick to make and a very refreshing drink.


Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Paruppu Thuvaiyal (Lentil Chutney)

Hi friends hope you are all doing great. Today post is about simple chutney recipe for rice. This is mostly served as side dish for rice. When you are short of much vegetables or  don' t have time to make curry/ poriyal for rice .....then this is an excellent choice. This chutney goes very well with variety rice too. I love to have this with rasam rice or even you can have with plain white rice.
Paruppu Thuvayal

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Banana and Walnut Muffin

Banana Walnut muffins- a great way to use over ripe bananas and this can be your breakfast recipe or a tea time snack. I love making these muffins because these are very fast and takes only few minutes to make...just mix all the ingredients together and bake them for few mins. I loved the combination of mashed bananas with crunchy nuts and hint of cinnamon powder. Here is the recipe.

Banana & Walnut Muffins

Friday, March 16, 2012

Tomato Curry with Coconut and Spinach

A thick tomato based curry with spinach and ground coconut, spiced with garlic, cumin and chillies and finally tempered with mustard seeds. In this recipe all the ingredients are cooked in boiling water and finally tempered and so this curry can be prepared in few minutes. Serve with dosa or rice. Happy weekend to all my readers.
Tomato Curry with Coconut and Spinach

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cinnamon Squares

I got this wonderful recipe from the book 'frame>by>frame Baking' from parragon books. I love this book because of frame by frame pictures. I tried this Cinnamon squares from the book and made lil changes. As i dont have sour cream i substituted lemon juice plus cream to it and also one more change i used flax seeds instead of sunflower seeds. I loved the sweet taste and flavour of cinnamon in it. They came out absolutely perfect.. light crust, crunchy on the top and soft inside. I simply loved the burst of cinnamon flavor in every bite.

Cinnamon Squares

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Cherry Tomato and Basil pasta

A simple and really very quick pasta dish made with with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.I love cherry tomatoes, they are cute little ones that are juicy and sweet. If you have sweet cherry tomatoes on hand then this dish is absolutely wonderful and it takes only few minutes to prepare. Cook this for dinner and enjoy eating with your family.
Tomato and Basil Pasta

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gongura Potato

 A simple and green color side dish made with potatoes and red sorrel leaves. In this recipe the potatoes are simmered and sauteed in red sorrel leaves puree along with some spices. I always try to incorporate greens in my recipe, that's how i came with this idea. Today i bought red sorrel leaves and decided to cook along with potato. I chose potato because of its versatility. The sorrel leaves have a lemony tangy flavour and goes well with potato. I love eating this with curd rice. Try this healthy recipe, sure you will like it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chocolate Cups filled with Icecream and Stawberries - Valentine's Day Special

It's Valentine's Day and what could be a better time to let your loved ones know how special they are. And also its the right time to make some special dessert for those we love. And my recipe for this special day is fabulous, decadent edible chocolate cups filled with ice cream and fruits. Happy Valentine's Day to you all and here is my virtual Valentine's day gift to all my blog readers and my blog friends.
Chocolate and Strawberries

Friday, February 10, 2012

Banana and Strawberry Muffin

Muffins are quick bread that are baked in small portions. They are often served for breakfast along with coffee or tea . There are many varieties and flavors of muffin. I tried this banana and strawberry muffin from Joy of Baking. They are very quick and easy to make. These two fruits banana and strawberry really go well together. Here is the recipe.
Banana and strawberry Muffin

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Basic Cookie recipe / Easy and Simple Chocolate Cookies

Rachel Allen is popular TV Chef and author of best selling cookbooks. I recently rented her Rachel Allen 'Bake' cookbook. This book was very well written, easy to read and easy to make recipes.Also this book includes beautiful food photographs and step by step instructions for some of the recipes. I really enjoyed reading her book and tried some recipes from this book. One of the recipe i tried is her basic cookie recipe. She have  mentioned many variations to the cookie recipe like adding poppy seeds,mixed spice, chocolate chips, cardamom powder, dried fruits etc. Her basic cookie recipe is a great basis for many great flavourful combinations.I tried the variation of adding only coco powder to the basic cookie recipe. And it just came out perfect, crunchy and yummy on my first try itself. Here is the recipe.
Chocolate Cookies

Monday, January 30, 2012

Spinach and Carrot Rice

I always include plenty of greens in my diet. That's how i came with the recipe Palak/ Spinach and carrot rice and also palak is one of my favorite greens. This recipe is very simple and quick to make, healthy and also too good for lunch box.
Spinach & Carrot Rice

Monday, January 23, 2012

Nethli Meen varuval / Anchovies Fish Fry / நெத்திலி மீன் வறுவல்

Anchovies Fish fry, Nethli meen varuval in Tamil - this is one of my favorite fish food, simply superb and irresistible. This is a simple fish fry recipe marinated with spice mixture and deep fried. In my hometown this fish most commonly used for making fish gravy. This is one of the best fish to make fish gravy, but i love to make fry with this. This crispy fish fry can be eaten with bones, they wont stick to your throat as they become soft and crunchy when fried. Here is the recipe.

Anchovies Fry

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fresh Green Peas Soup

Fresh green peas are winter season crop. During winter I always use fresh green peas in cooking. As winter is still with us, i enjoyed making this simple green peas soup. More than easy and convenient, i can say its a one pot meal. Just pop onion, peas and some spices into the pressure cooker, blend it and enjoy with bread toast or sandwich etc.

Green Peas Soup

Monday, January 09, 2012

Vanilla Cup Cakes with Buttercream Frosting

Hi Friends, hope you all had a wonderful New year celebrations. New year is a time for giving and receiving gifts. And this year i got a wonderful new year gift from my lovely hubby.....Any guess? okay clue is in the title of the post....i think most of you would have guessed correctly....yes its an OTG. Happy...Happy....very happy. Wish me all happy baking and you will be seeing some baking recipes also in my space. Share with me what gift you all have got for this new year. We celebrated this happiness with simple Vanilla cup cakes.
Vanilla Cupcakes

Sunday, January 01, 2012


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