Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Aval Payasam / Aval Paal Payasam / Poha Kheer

Wishing all my readers, friends & fellow bloggers a very Happy New Year 2014! Wish You a New Year Filled with Prosperity, Joy, Good Health & Peace. Hope everyone is more excited to Welcome the New Year in few hours and ready for the New Year Party & Get together. Once again wish you all a splendid day :)
The year 2013 was a fun filled year and it terms of blogging also its been a wonderful year and am so happy that i had completed a another successful year of blogging. This time i could not get time to make a compilation of 2013 Best recipes - like the recipes which got featured in other websites, online journals, most popular post, most viewed post, my favorite recipes etc., As i was busy with personal work i couldn't have time so thought of posting a simple & delicious dessert/sweet for this special occasion.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Kadai Chicken | Kadai Chicken Curry | Chicken Karahi Recipe

Kadai Chicken is one of the popular Non-Vegetarian menu in Indian Restaurants. This Kadai Chicken & Butter Chicken are our constant NV menu order along with Tandoori Roti or Naan. I wanted to recreate this popular restaurant dish at home for long time. Finally it happened a month ago. Because of Christmas Recipes this and few other recipes were still lying in my draft. This is a curry like side dish in which chicken is cooked in a spicy tomato gravy and capsicum. The capsicum gives unique flavor to this chicken curry. I took the kadai Masala powder recipe from Youtube, Vachef's video and tried similar to my Kadai Paneer recipe.
This is a very simple and easy to make chicken curry which is so flavorful and delicious. I am happy with the outcome and we all loved it. You can serve this kadai chicken with Rotis / Paratha / Poori / Naan / Pulao.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tofu Tawa Masala / Easy Tofu Sabzi - Easy Tofu Recipes

I always look forward to try Tofu Recipes and this Tofu Tawa Masala is one of my recent try after Chatakedar Tofu. I simply tweaked the Paneer Tawa Masala recipe and made this Tofu Tawa Masala. Paneer Tawa Masala is a popular Punjabi sabzi, that is easy to make spicy curry with creamy texture. I recreated the famous North Indian Masala with Tofu and also prepared it as a complete Vegan dish. Instead of cream here, I used ground Cashew nut paste which resulted in rich and creamy taste and texture. And also compared to paneer dish this is low fat and protein rich. My family love Tofu and I started using it regularly in our diet and very rarely buy Paneer only for kids. Now off to the recipe...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Bienenstich Kuchen | German Bee Sting Cake


Wishing Everyone a Very Happy & Blessed Christmas and also a very Prosperous  New Year ahead.
As this is a Festive & Christmas Month, Aparna Chosen a yeasted cake, German Bee Sting Cake / Bienenstich Kuchen recipe. This is a very rich buttery yeasted cake with Custard Cream Filling which tasted so so delicious and definitely perfect for the Holiday Party. And this sure to add beauty to the Party table.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies | Red Velvet Cookies | Christmas Cookies


Red & Green colour is perfect for the Christmas season, that too red coloured baked goodies like velvet cakes and cookies are so beautiful and colourful treat enjoy the festive occasion. Actually I started to bake a Frosted cookies then in last minute my mind changed and decided to try this mess free and easy Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. I completely had fun baking this cookies along with my little one. He was more excited to see the red coloured dough with his favorite chocolate chip. He also helped to scoop out the dough and shaping. Baking with kids is always a fun experience only till baking, after that definitely its a troublesome job for foodies. Since kids will not have patience to wait till our photo session. Somehow I managed him and took few pictures. Overall cookies were so soft and delicious, more or less a chocolate chip cookies. My kids loved it a lot.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Eggless Bread Pudding With Eggless Vanilla Custard Sauce | Left Over Challah Bread Recipe

Today's recipe is one of my favorite desserts, Bread Pudding. I have already posted an old Fashioned Almonds Oats Bread pudding, egg version and this is an Eggless Bread Pudding using Vegan Challah Bread. I baked a huge loaf of Challah bread and was bored with plain toast or eating with butter & jam. So decided to try bread pudding, but when I started the preparation then only noticed that no eggs in the fridge. Soon searched for an eggless bread pudding and happy to find this recipe in Tarla Dala site. Without any second thought tried it as i have all other ingredients in hand. I followed the recipe as such. Except the addition of oats which was not mentioned in the recipe. Oats gives a slight mushy and chewy taste to the pudding and makes it even more delicious and filling. This time I also tried a simple eggless Vanilla Custard Sauce to pair with the bread pudding. Both the eggless recipes turned out awesome and we liked it a lot. This is one perfect dessert that adds beauty and flavor to the party table on any special occasion. Here you go.,

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Gingerbread Snack Cake | Eggless Gingerbread Cake | Spiced Snack Cake - Easy Christmas Cake !

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, mine too went well. Today am here with another easy to make Christmas Cake recipe, Gingerbread Snack Cake. This is a spiced snack cake that is perfect to enjoy Winter Holidays. Super moist, soft, mild sweet and rich spices flavored cake. Simply tried the egg free version with wheat flour/Atta. So the cake turned bit dense but it was soft and chewy like banana bread, we really loved the cake and the flavor while baking is awesome. So if you are looking for a low calorie or low fat spiced cake then this is one best choice. Now off to the recipe...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Eggless Tutti Frutti Cookies / Candied Fruit Cookies - Christmas Cookies Recipe!

Christmas is around the corner. This year also, I wanted to share few Christmas Bakes and Next to Challah Bread here come Eggless Tutti Frutti Cookies. Christmas/Winter is the right time for baking to enjoy holiday & festive occasions. And, also Winter Baking helps keep your house warm by turning on the oven ;) So I love to bake something alternate days or twice a week. I have bookmarked this cookies from Harichandana's Blog. This is one simple and very easy to make cookies that makes a perfect Edible gifts for your friends  & family. This so rich, flavorful butter cookies with the tutti frutti crunch, it just melt in mouth and it tastes similar to the Iyengar Bakery Vennai biscuits (white colour cubed biscuits). I am a big fan of those cute white vennai biscuits and badly miss it. And now happy that i could bake it at home so easily.
Here I added tutti frutti but you can very well replace it with any candied fruits/ dry fruits or chopped nuts.

Jewish Challah Bread / Vegan Challah Bread / Four Strand Braided Challah

Jewish Challah Bread was in my do list for long time and finally it happened this week. Thanks to Priya R for challenging Home Baker's Group Members with Christmas Bakes - Cakes, Cookies & Bread for this month's Challenge. This Jewish Challah Bread was one of the recipe given for this Month's HBC event. She given us the Traditional Challah Bread recipe with eggs and also a Vegan version. I tried the Vegan Challah Bread/ Four strand Challah braids this time and wanted to try the Traditional version with 6 strand braids sometime later.
The vegan bread turned out so soft, aromatic and delicious than to my expectations. I used besan flour instead of chickpea flour, so i felt very light flavor of chickpea flour. It was to me only, by hubby did not complain anything and the kids too. So i recommend to use chickpea flour and if you use besan flour, dry roast it for 2-3 minutes then use it in the recipe. My kids liked the bread as such with butter. I also tried Eggless Bread Pudding with few slices and that was super Hit, will be posting here soon. Now off to the recipe...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Chicken Kuzhambu / Tamil Nadu Hotel Style Chicken Kuzhambu / Spicy Chicken Curry Recipe

I prepared this Chicken Kuzhambu quite long back, a week before Purattasi and due to other events and special days this Non Vegetarian Post didn't got any attention. Finally, today decided to post it here as it fits to the Event, Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday by Nalini. This is a spicy Chicken Kuzhambu with freshly ground spices and this is traditionally prepared with Country Chicken / Naatu Kozhi. This chicken Kuzhambu tastes exactly like the one which I have tasted in one of the famous hotel, Selvi Mess in my home town. I made this kuzhambu 3 times and every time it turned out awesome, so spicy and flavorful kuzhambu. This pairs well with hot fluffy idlis, crispy dosa or with flaky parottas, biryani and even with plain rice.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Basic White Bread / White Bread Recipe

Its my long time wish to bake a White Bread since we completely stopped store bought breads i wanted to bake a fresh loaf for my kids. After My 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread baking i was so much tempted to try a White bread from the scratch. So after getting a new stand mixer this year this was the first recipe i tried and the result was awesome. The bread turned so perfect, soft and delicious than my expectation. I made a simple bread toast with butter and the toast was so yumm and flavorful. My kids loved the bread so much and the two loaves vanished in just two days.
This time the stand mixer did the kneading job so well in just 4 minutes and i was so so excited to see the soft, smooth, elastic dough in just 4 minutes. I am really enjoy kneading with my Stand mixer. But this bread recipe is so simple and it can be done by hand kneading too. The recipe is from the KitchenAid Stand Mixer recipe Book.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Peas Paratha / Peas Stuffed Paratha

Peas is the one of the veg that my kids do not eat. They even like Bitter gourd but did not know that reason they dislike Peas. I love peas and Mr.V also do not complain with peas recipes but the kids they will not even taste it. They do not eat peas in any dish, even in their favorite Mutter Paneer Masala. I have experimented in so many dishes but, they constantly say big NO to peas. The i stopped compelling them to eat peas and sometimes they like to eat Peas in mashed form. So I rarely make Paneer Peas Paratha for them and the Sprouted Peas Paratha is my favorite. Recently I prepared Green Peas kachori and of the previous My Peas recipes they loved Peas Kachori a lot and the elder thought it as some green chutney. He asked me How you spread the chutney inside the poori, please show me I want to see it, how the chutney gets into the round poori...LOL..this question reminded me of the Potato Masal Bonda comedy :p Then I prepared this Peas Paratha with the same filling which I used for Green Peas Kachori. Without any complaint they finished the paratha with yogurt. Now off to the recipe..


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tomato Rice / Quick Tomato Rice ~ Easy Lunch Box Recipe !

Today's recipe is one quick, simple and easy to make Tomato Rice that is perfect for lunch box with some chips or any vegetable fry. I have already posted this recipe along with Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste post but then thought its a too lengthy post, so thought to share it here as a New post. This Tomato rice can be done with left over rice but for lunch box i recommend to try with freshly cooked & cooled Rice. This is my most favorite quick fix recipe and i love to add some masala powder to my tomato rice. Its sure gives nice flavorful and yummy rice.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Chatakedar Tofu / Tangy & Spicy Tofu - Easy Tofu Recipes !

I like to try new recipes with Tofu though we love Tofu Mutter Masala I wanted to try something different this time. I decided to make a starter or snack with it. I searched for Paneer Starters/Snacks and this Chatakedar Recipe with Paneer from Tarla Dalal site got my attention more. As the name and the recipe also very new to me and I wanted to try it with Tofu instead Paneer. This is a spicy, mild tangy appetizer or a dry side that pairs well with mild pulao or Fried Rice. A complete Vegan recipe and tried to make it a low calorie without harming the health benefits of Tofu. I slightly tweaked the Original recipe, if you want to try something new and spicy starter give it a try and a perfect recipe for this weather, I am sure you will love it, when served hot with onion slices and lemon wedges on a rainy or cold evenings. Here, goes my version of Chatakedar Tofu.