Saturday, April 21, 2018

Vegan 3 Seeded Spelt Bread

Its been a while, i baked bread at home, if i dont bake a weekend, everyone at home will complain that am not baking at home. And one of my recent visit to a nearby organic shop pulled me to get a packet of spelt flour. Spelt is one among the wheat varieties and its one of the ancient grains which is very much used in the place of wheat flour. Since this grain is completely healthy, they are used in many European countries like Germay , Austria where spelt loaves and rolls are widely available in bakeries. And the unripe spelt are dried and eaten as well. Beer is brewed from spelt in Bavaria and Belgium. Spelt is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, several vitamins and many dietary minerals. Since this flour is high in protein and low in gluten lends a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to the bread.

3 Seeds Spelt Bread,Vegan Spelt Bread with 3 seeds

Friday, April 20, 2018

Brown Rice Paal Payasam/Brown Rice Milk Pudding

Brown rice is a highly nutritious food. It is a whole grain that is relatively low in calories, high in fiber, gluten-free and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. Since brown rice is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, selenium,thiamine, niacin, Vitamin B3 obviously its high in fiber. When the outermost layer of a grain rice (the huskà is removed) brown rice is produce.Brown rice has a shelf life of approximately 6 months but hermetic storage, refrigerating or freezing can extend their lifetime.The cooking time of brown rice needs generally a longer cooking times than the usual white rice.Brown rice and white rice have similar amounts of calories and carbohydrates. I have been cooking with brown rice since a long, however i seriously want to showcase some of brown rice dishes which i usually cook for our weekly menu. I have couple of dishes to post but still i picked this alluring, creamy brown rice payasam aka milk pudding to post for this week's blogging marathon.

Brown rice Paal payasam

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Broken Jowar Sambar Bath/Cholam Sambar Sadham

Jowar is a gluten free grain and its an incredible millets, i have been looking for a chance to cook with this grain and finally during my last trip to India i grabbed a packet of broken jowar from an Organic store. Obviously when i picked this organic broken jowar, the first dish came to my mind is Upma. Yes upma is the only dish we can think about when you grab these sort of unique broken grains na. However when i picked 'Wholegrains' as the theme for this week's blogging marathon, i thought of making a different dish from that usual upma. You might have noticed that am running a month of blogging marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks. After dishing out 6 international breakfast for the first week, i opted for No Onion No Garlic recipes for the second week. And now for the third week, my theme was Wholegrains. After three different dishes with three different wholegrains, i couldnt stop myself to post this incredible sambar bath with broken jowar grains.

Jowar Dal Bhath, Broken Cholam Sambar Sadham

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Nuts & Fruits Oats Breakfast Bars

If i pick 'Wholegrains' as theme for this week's Mega marathon, how can i keep myself away from Oats. Yes oats, this fibre rich grains are my most favourite wholegrain which i never fail to grab them whenever i go to the grocery. Oats is an another versatile wholegrain which works awesome to cook any sort dishes with. I have already dished out many delicious with this incredible grains. Oats makes an excellent breakfast, yes it a great way to start you day with this incredible grain. Add your favourite nuts and fruits to a bowl of your oatmeal. You can add oats in your daily menu, yes use oatmeal while baking some cookies which is quite a favourite evening snacks for kids of all ages. Dont forget to add oats flour or whole oats while baking muffins or breads. And also sprinkle oat bran in your hot or cold cereal. Oats are an excellent source of manganese, they are also very good in phosphorus and a good source of copper, vitamin B l, dietary fiber, zinc and protein.

Nuts & Fruits Oats Bar, Baked Nuts & Dry Fruits Oats Bars

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Egg Quinoa/Easy Egg Quinoa

Quinoa, this nutty grain have its own place in my weekly cooking. I dont forget to cook these healthy, protein rich grain often to include in our weekly menu. Since these grains are seriously versatile you can dish them as much as you like from starters to desserts. If you want to get ideas to cook with this incredible grains dont forget to check my space. Yep i have already posted many delightful dishes prepared with this grain. Coming to today's my post, its quite an easy and quick quinoa dish which calls for a couple of eggs, garam masala powder and chilly powder to spice this excellent dish. Coming to Quinoa is one of the ancient grains as much as like Amaranth, barley and farro which are rapidly growing in popularity because of their good array of health benefits.Quinoa was kown to the Incas as 'the mother of all grains' and it was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago. Though hundreds of types of quinoa do exists, the most common versions available in stores are white, red and black quinoa.

Egg Qunioa, Egg Quinoa Fried Rice

Monday, April 16, 2018

Eggless Rye Breakfast Pancakes

Hope you guys might have enjoyed 6 different No Onion NO Garlic gravies thoroughly which i have posted during last week. And this week's posts are going to be different and very healthy as well. Yes this week's of blogging marathon theme is Wholegrains. Am an ardent fan of oats, quinoa and i dont forget to grab them whenever i go for groceries. Recent addition to my pantry is Organic rye flour and spelt flour. Rye flour is one of the flour which is very much underrated though this flour have its important place in Scandinavian cuisine.Rye flour tends to be more nutritious than wheat or barley because of the whole nature it comes in, with endosperm, which is in the outer hull of the rye berry or kernel. The endosperm holds potent starches as well as fiber and nutrients. It’s much harder to separate and remove the germ and the bran from the endosperm during the milling, therefore carrying with it more vitamins and nutrients into the end product of rye flour.

Eggless Rye flour Breakfast Pancakes

Saturday, April 14, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Aloo Rasedar/Mashed Potato in Tomato Gravy

Potatoes are our family favourite vegetable, we can survive for many days with anything cooked with potatoes. Obviously potatoes have their own place in my vegetable basket. My today's post is a well known curry dish which is quite popular in North India especially in the state of Uttar pradesh. Its a breakfast dish served along with puffed Indian fried breads aka pooris. And this dish is one of easiest side dish you can prepare with less efforts. Since its No Onion No garlic recipe, this dish gets ready easily for a quick weekend dinner or a simple weekday's breakfast. With usual spice powders and dry mango powder, this curry will makes you happy to relish with parathas or rotis.

No onion no garlic Aloo rasedar, Potato curry with no onion no garlic

Friday, April 13, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Tomato Saar/Goan Tomato Curry

While i was looking for something simple, yet a comforting food with tomatoes, i crossed this ultimate Tomato saar at Pooja's Space. This dish is one of popular Goan vegetarian curry which is often cooked in most of the Goan families. This curry is a simple dish which is completely free from onions and garlics. Obviously if you dont eat onions and garlic or else if you follow a strict diet and you cant eat onions or garlic, this tomato curry will definitely please your tastebuds. This dish is an easy dish with simple spices in it. The author of this recipe says that many versions of this tomato saar exists, she also explained that coconut is also added in this saar dish, however she didnt added apart from cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies in this dish to bring the flavor. Obviously i followed her dish completely as she went for,seriously everyone at home enjoyed this dish thoroughly with rice. If you are looking for a comforting meal, dont forget to give a try to this simple but yet a delicious curry.

Tomato Saar, No onion No Garlic Tomato Curry

Thursday, April 12, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Banana Blossom Tomato Kuzhambu/Vazhaipoo Thakkali Kuzhambu

South Indian makes excellent tangy gravies with tamarind extract. Though i have already posted varieties of tangy tamarind gravies in my space, am yet to post some more delightful gravies. And my today's post is a No onion No garlic tamarind based gravy with Banana blossom and tomatoes. Banana blossom is very much used in South Indian cuisine. Though people dish out often some crispy vadas with this incredible banana blossom, you can make some delicious dishes with this extremely healthy blossom. Whenever i feel like making tamarind based gravies at home, i couldnt keep myself away from shallots and garlic cloves. Yes i cant make Kuzhambu aka tamarind gravies without these two. But i took an interesting theme to run this week of Mega marathon. You might have noticed that am running this month's blogging marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks which sounds absolutely prefect for me to run this long month of blogging.

Banana Blossom Tomato Kuzhambu, No Onion No Garlic Vazhaipoo Kuzhambu

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Paneer Butter Masala

Indian curries have onions and garlic as the most wanted basic ingredients for flavouring them. But however many interesting masala do exists without garlic and onions. My today's post is kinda restaurant style of Paneer butter masala without any onions,garlic but with heavy cream in it. You wont miss the onions or neither the garlic in this dish. Since this is not made with onion or garlic, you can relish this dish during fastings or vrats. This dish is completely cooked in a rich tomato puree which makes an extremely delicious paneer loaded creamy tomato gravy which will definitely please your tastebuds as well as your eyes. This dish goes awesome with any sort of Indian flatbreads or pulao. Though this dish is very simple to prepare, even beginners can dish out this fingerlicking paneer butter masala with less efforts than comparing to the usual dish.

Paneer Butter Masala, No Onion No Garlic Paneer Masala

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Capsicum Kurma/No Onion No Garlic Capsicum Coconut Curry

Kurma is a flavoursome rich gravy which can be relished either with rice or rotis. I do prepare varieties of kurma with different vegetables or meats. Since i have be running this week's blogging marathon of this month's Mega marathon with No Onion No Garlic dishes as theme, i want to experiment myself to prepare a delicious kurma. Personally for me Kurma cant be prepared without both onions and garlic, but after dishing out my today's post, i have completely changed my vision. Yes you can prepare some fingerlicking kurma without onions and garlic. With simple cooking method and a fabulous flavorsome rich grounded masala paste, you can prepare this aromatic kurma. I love the flavor of capsicum in kurmas, however if you want to dish out this kurma with any sort of vegetables, please dont forget to add them as you desire.

Capsicum Coconut Curry, No Onion No Garlic Capsicum Curry

Monday, April 9, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Pepper Gravy/No Onion No Garlic Milagu Kuzhambu

Am kick starting my second week of this month's Mega marathon with an another interesting theme. As i told earlier am running this month's marathon with 4 different themes. After posting 6 International breakfast dishes from different part of the world, this week's posts are going to be some fingerlicking delicious gravies with No Onion No Garlic as theme. South India gravies or curries are rarely prepared without onions & garlic. Even i cant imagine making gravies without these two ingredients. Obviously my vegetable basket will always have both onions and garlic in stock. When i picked the NO onion NO garlic dishes as theme for this week's blogging marathon i prepared a list of no onion no garlic dishes and picked 6 among those dishes which are usually prepared with loads of onions and garlic cloves. My own version of Pepper gravy aka Milagu kuzhambu always have shallots and handful of garlic cloves. When i planned to cook Pepper gravy for this theme,its seriously hard to skip these two ingredients,but still you can prepare this dish specially for No onion No garlic dieting peoples.

No Onion No Garlic Milagu Kuzhambu

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Hootenannies/Baked German Pancake/Hootnanny Cake

Hootenanny is a baked version of German pancakes which is an easy, weekend special breakfast recipe which is know with different names. Yes dish is also known as oven pancake, Hootnanny cake or else as Dutch baby pancakes. The speciality of the Weekend breakfast dish is this dish calls for basic ingredients which we usually go for making pancakes. Put all the ingredients in a blender, blend as smooth batter, once poured in a greased deep baking glass mould, this dish is baked in oven for alteast 20-25minutes. Obviously not need to sit and keep an eye on your pancakes, yes quite an interesting breakfast dish to dish out when you dont feel like spending much time in your kitchen especially during weekends. Trust me these German baked pancakes suits absolutely prefect for a weekend brunch to serve and enjoy with your family members. These hootenannies is a cross between a pancake and French toast.

Baked German Pancakes, Hootenonnies

Friday, April 6, 2018

Vitumbua/Tanzanian Doughnuts/Gluten Free Coconut Pancake Balls

Vitumbua is a gluten free East African breakfast pancakes which is well known in most part of African countries. Though their name varies like Masa in Western African countries like Nigeria and Cameroon. This dish is eaten happily in Swahili countries like Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar,Uganda,Zambia Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi,Malawi and Mozambique. However you can even find this same Vitumbua in few Asian countries like India, Indonesia etc. Not only you can enjoy these gluten free Vitumbua for your breakfast, you can enjoy even for your evening snacks with some home made sauce or else simply with honey. Though this dish calls for spices like cardamom, nutmeg and almond extract, traditionally this dish is flavored with cardamoms. East African peoples enjoy this ultimate cuties with a cup of chai to finish their breakfast or snacks.

Gluten free Vitumbua,Coconut & Rice Doughnuts

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Chebab/Emirati Saffron & Cardamom Pancakes/Emirati Chebab

Chebab/Chabab/Shebab is one of the most known Arabian pancakes which is eaten for breakfast simply with butter,honey,sugar, jam or else with date syrup. Chebabs are yeasted pancakes and they are the most liked breakfast of many in Arabic countries. These chebabs have their own place even in Ramadan meal. Flavored with cardamom and saffron,these pancakes are simply fabulous to indulge with some buttery honey sauce. Chebabs do exists in two versions, for the old version of chebab,dates are used instead of sugar. If you check for this Chebab recipe, you will surely find them out with dates in them. Dates are soaked in hot water until they turn soft and later they are used in making this super flavourful pancakes. And the other difference from most of the pancakes is this pancakes calls for yeast. Often baking powder is used as leavening agent in most of the pancakes, but this Emirati pancakes calls for yeast hence these pancakes are slightly heavier and spongy than the other pancakes.

Chebab, Emirati Pancakes

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rundstykker/Danish Breakfast Buns/Eggless Danish Bread Rolls

I cant imagine a breakfast without breads, that too freshly baked homemade breads are seriously a blessing when you prepare your brunch or breakfast especially on weekends. When i picked International breakfasts as theme for this week's Mega marathon, i immediately looked for a popular bread from European countries. And this Danish breakfast buns tempted me a lot to give a try as i love to bake breads at home. I grabbed this Rundstykker from My Danish Kitchen, seriously i love this blog as this space is full of Ultimate Danish dishes. I have already tried couple of Danish dishes from the space, hence i couldnt stop myself to bake this cuties to go under the theme am running for this whole week.


Mashed Potato Pancakes/American Breakfast Pancakes

After some Norwegian pancakes, am taking you all to USA, yes my today's post is one of the most known pancakes. Mashed potato pancakes is a very common dish in most of the countries around the world. Many versions do exists especially in European countries, Europeans add some cheese or spices depending upon the countries, however this mashed potato pancakes are from America. While i was looking for a well known American breakfast dish, this mashed potato pancakes caught my eyes. Simple and very easy to make, this pancakes are definitely a satisfying and super filling breakfast to enjoy with your favourite spread.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

Monday, April 2, 2018

Pannekaken/Norwegian Pancakes

April starts with a bang, we blogging marathoners gonna run a month of blogging with sundays off. Yes here comes an another month of Mega food marathon, every year a group of food bloggers who shares the same passion for food ran two whole months of Mega marathon. We picked April and September as mega marathon months and we have been following this ritual since 4 years. This Mega marathon needs some pre-planning as we have some particular themes to follow. Eventhough i plan my cooking before i always end up in cooking at last moment. Thats gives more thrill to me. Let me stop blabbering before you guys gets bored. And this month Mega marathon have two options, yes either pick a theme per week, or pick a theme and cook for a month. Obviously i opted for the easy one, yes am going to blog for 4 weeks with 4 different themes. With a super duper busy schedule, i cant go with a theme for a whole month. However i dont regret to pick easy themes as they do need more patience and planning to cook with. For the first week of this Mega marathon, am going to showcase International breakfast dishes. And for the first day, its going to be some filling Norwegian pancakes aka Pannekaken.

Pannekaken, Norwegian Pancakes.jpg

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Eggless Dark Chocolate Hot Cross Buns/Easter Special Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

Today is Easter here, and i cant imagine Easter without hot cross buns. Though i have tried couple of Hot cross buns, i was looking for a chance to bake some chocolate loaded hot cross buns. Chocolate is our family favourite, obviously i couldnt stop myself to bake some chocolate loaded hot cross buns.Wiki says that  "A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the British Isles, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and some parts of the Americas". The cake marks the end of Lent and different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial. They are now available all year round in some places.

Eggless Dark Chocolate Hot Cross buns

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Methi Na Gota/Gujarati Methi Pakoda/Methi Pakora

Somehow i felt like blogging is taking a back seat, professional life is quite hectic now. With just three months to end an Academic year, so many things are happening in my profession. Nothing to do with, late month i couldnt able to participate in an event which is quite close to my heart. Yes am talking about the Shhh Cooking Secretly, a monthly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel. Last month's theme was Goan cuisine which is one among my favourite. Obviously i was looking for the annoucement of this month's theme and joined immediately as we are landing to Gujarat. Gujarati cuisine is definitely an another Indian cuisine which is quite popular around the world. Their dhoklas and khandvis have their own place in most of the North Indian Thalis. Their way of cooking foods are seriously very simple with gluten friendly ingredients as much as vegan as well. Gujarati cuisine is one of the oldest cuisine with unique cooking style, different pickles, farsans and chutneys with are highly nutritional.

Methi ka pakode

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Muttai Kola Urundai/Spicy Egg Balls

Today's dish is completely one of my trial which turned into some fabulous spicy balls. Actually i want to create a kola urundai aka spicy chettinad style balls with eggs since a while. And this week's blogging marathon theme pulled me to come up with this incredible spicy balls. I used boiled eggs to dish out this incredible spicy balls. If you dont have enough eggs to feed your family member, dont forget to give a try to this ultimate balls. With just 4 boiled eggs, you can definitely feed your family members quickly with this egg balls. Everyone at home enjoyed thoroughly these crispy beauties with hot chilly sauce and just loved it.

Egg Kola urundais

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Quinoa Flaxseed Sweet Balls/Quinoa Alsi Laddoo

Quinoa is one of my favourite grain after rolled oats. I have been preparing many delicious, healthy dishes out of this incredible grains since a long. And this grain is completely versatile, yes you can dish out many fabulous healthy snacks to sweets with this grains. When i picked All that come round are laddoos as theme for this week's blogging marathon, i couldnt stop myself to dish out some delightful laddoos out of this tiny nutty grains. To make this ultimate laddoos more healthier, i couldnt stop myself to add some dry roasted flaxseeds to this simple laddoos. Both flaxseeds and quinoa works awesome together to prepare these cuties.

Quinoa flaxseeds sweet balls

Mushroom & Spinach Balls/Kaalan Keerai Kola Urundai

My this week's posts are going to be some interesting round balls. Yes this week's blogging marathon theme is All that come round are laddoos. Obviously when i picked this theme for this week's blogging marathon i couldnt think more than dishing out some crispy balls. Chettinad cuisine shares many succulent dishes and one among those dishes is their popular kola urundai aka spicy deep fried crispy balls. These balls are usually made with either elephant yam, raw banana, but i made some twist and dished out this dangerously addictive spicy balls with both mushrooms and spinach.

Mushroom Kola Urundai, Mushroom Balls

Monday, March 19, 2018

Havrebrød/Eggless Danish Oat Loaf

Bread baking is one of my favourite passtime especially when i dont have nothing to do apart from mobbing and cleaning. Havent baked bread since a long as i had a small health issue, now am doing much better. Obviously i gathered everything to bake some bread at home during the weekend. Hubby and kids were asking me to bake something as a loaf for their weekend breakfast. And i picked this Havrebrod to bake for our weekend breakfast. You might have noticed that i love baking and cooking with oats, and this Danish oat loaf tempted me to bake. Very easy to bake, you doesnt need anything special to bake out this bread.

Havrebrød, Eggless Danish Oat Loaf

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Ryttarkaka/Norwegian Sticky Chocolate and Coconut Cake

If you love chocolate, this cake will definitely please you. And trust me if dont like coconut in your bakes, then this cake will definitely tickle your tastebuds. While i was looking for a different baked goodies from Norwegian cuisine, i was surprised to see this Ryttarkaka, aka sticky chocolate cake with coconut topping. Though i dont have great fans of cake or cookies baked with coconut at home, i was very much tempted to bake this cake. But one thing that pulled me to bake this cake is  the chocolate brownie cake which is the most important base for this Ryttarkaka . Yes this cake calls for a brownie batter which is later topped with coconut topping. Obviously i gathered all the ingredients and baked this fabulous cake few days back at home.

Ryttarkaka, Sticky chocolate coconut cake

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Eplekake/Norwegian Apple Cake

Scandinavian cuisine includes three countries, yes Norway, Denmark and Sweden. And these three countries shares similar cuisine style. The most important meal of Scandinavians is their breakfast as they start their work early in the morning. Though Scandinavian cuisine goes for easy cooking process, most of their dishes are quite popular around the world. Am running this week's blogging marathon with 'Scandinavian Recipes' as theme. Obviously i picked three different dishes from two of those three countries, and my today's post is from Norway. Eplekake is Norwegian Apple cake, this cake is quite easy one to bake at home with quick procedure.

Eplekake, Norwegian Cake with apples

Monday, March 12, 2018

Patatesli Gozleme/Turkish Potato & Cheese Gozleme

Gozleme is a popular Turkish stuffed flatbread and its quite a comforting food whoever loves stuffed flatbreads. My today's post is potato and cheese loaded flatbread which is quite a filling meal for anyone. Gozleme comes from the Turkish world 'GOZ'' which is refers to the Little eyes or brown circles that form on the dough while its gets cooked. Am postng Turkish potato and cheese gozleme for this week's blogging marathon as am running with Stuffed flatbread from different countries. My kids love potato and cheese in anything,and this Gozleme is our recent favourite. Quite a filling one and definitely a comforting food if you are craving for something cheesy for your brunch,lunch or dinner.

Potato & Cheese Gozleme

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Masu Aluvi Roshi/Maldivian Stuffed Flatbread

If you want to give a twist to your usual aloo paratha aka Potato masala stuffed rotis, am sure my today's post will definitely tickle your tastebuds. Masu Aluvi Roshi, this incredible stuffed flatbread is from Maldives. This fantastic flatbread is stuffed with a mild spicy and very delicious stuffing. Yes a spiced, cooked tuna fish and potato masala once stuffed with an all purpose flour dough makes this ultimate flatbread. As much as like our Indian stuffed flatbreads, this Maldivian flat bread can be enjoyed without any side dish. You can roll this flatbread round or as squares depending upon how you want to shape your Mas Aluvi Roshi.

Mas Aluvi Roshi, Maldivian Flatbread

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Qutab/Kutab/Gutab/Azerbaijan Stuffed Flatbread

This week's posts are going to be some delicious stuffed flatbreads from different part of the world. Yes this week's theme for blogging marathon is going to be Stuffed flatbreads from different countries. When its comes to stuffed flatbread, the only dishes comes to our mind is obviously Indian style of stuffed flatbreads like Stuffed Naan, stuffed rotis etc. But varieties of stuffed flatbreads from other Countries do exists eventhough they are quite unknown to us. However again Google master helped me a lot to find out three different stuffed flatbreads. My today's post for this week's theme is from Azerbaijan, Qutab is an Azerbainjanian stuffed flatbread. Easy to make this flatbread can be stuffed with different fillings.

Kutab, Azerbaijan Flatbread

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sugo Al Pomodoro / Italian Tomato Sauce

Sugo al pomodoro, is a simple, easy and delicious classic Italian sauce which is prepared with simple ingredients. This sauce is prepared with onions, tomatoes with basil leaves,  and this combination makes an excellent sauce to enjoy with pastas or else for layering your lasagna and why not to top a pizza crust. Yes this sauce is quite versatile and can be freezed very much for further use. Dont know why, this time i couldnt stop myself to post three classic tomato based Italian sauces for this week's blogging marathon. However anything cooked with tomatoes is our family favourite especially Italian sauces. Needless to say i have some ardent fans of pasta dishes at home, obviously all three sauces i have posted for this week's blogging marathon was a super duper hit among my family members.

Sugo al pomodoro

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Ragù di Carne/Italian Meat Sauce

Italian sauces are quite interesting to prepare ourselves at home. Actually i started learning Italian sauce through few of my friends, however you can still learn many more sauces from the virtual world of blogging. I love to make my own dose of Authentic Italian dishes at home as i can find easily all ingredients from a nearby Italian store. Most of the Italian sauces are cooked with tomatoes, though my family members are ardent fan of Bolognaise sauce, i have been looking for a chance to cook an another meaty sauce from traditional Italian cuisine. As much as like always, i searched for an interesting and different meat based Italian sauce and i crossed this interesting Ragù di carne.

Ragu di carne, Italian Meat Sauce

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sugo Alla Puttanesca/Puttanesca Sauce

Sugo alla puttanesca is one of the traditional sauce recipe which is quite an easy, delicious recipe to put all together. Puttanesca sauce recipe may varies depending upon the regions, Neapolitan version of puttanesca is prepared without anchovies. Sugo alla puttanesca aka Puttanesca sauce is a little salty sauce with wonderful flavor. This sauce is prepared with capers, olives and anchovies with garlic. Traditionally this sauce is served along with Spaghetti, yes Spaghetti alla puttanesca is one of the famous pasta dish though this sauce is also paired with penne, linguine and vermicelli.

Sugo alla puttanesca, Puttanesca Sauce

Monday, February 26, 2018

Gluten Free Chinese Peanut Cookies

Third post of this week's blogging marathon is dangerously addictive Chinese peanut cookies, this cookies is definitely a must for Chinese New year as well. This cookies is a melt in mouth kind of baked goodies and these cookies have their own place in every Chinese New year sweet platter. For chinese peoples, peanuts symbolize the happiness.Obviously most of Chinese New year friendly dishes have peanuts in them. Traditionally this Chinese peanut cookies is prepared with roasted peanuts, all purpose flour and pork lard, but now lighter version of cookies do exists.

Chinese peanut cookies

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fa Gao/Chinese Fortune Cake

You might have heard a lot about Fortune cookies, but do you know about Fortune cakes, yes Chinese peoples have their own Fortune cake which is usually prepared during Chinese New year. This Cake is one of simplest cake i have prepared till now. With easy ingredients and simple steaming process, one can prepare this Fortune cake with less efforts. I have bookmarked this Fa Gao from Chinese Sichuan Food long back, almost a year back i think. Since i want to clear some recipes from my Bookmarks i didnt hesitate a second to prepare this Chinese steamed cake to share with my Chinese neighbour for their new year this year.

Chinese Fa Gao, Fortune Cake

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kok Chai/Peanut Puffs/Kok Zai/Chinese New Year Puff

If you are follower of my space, you might have noticed that am living in Chinatown. A week back we had a fabulous Chinese New year festivities as we have a couple of chinese living in our appartment. As like every year,last year one of my chinese neighbour shared few of their New year sweets with us. One among those interesting sweet which i completely enjoyed thoroughly is this Peanut puffs. My neighbour is a Cantonese, and she said that these peanut puffs is a must to have in their Chinese New year platter and i came to know that this peanut puffs is called Kok chai.

Peanut Puffs, Chinese Kok Chai

Monday, February 19, 2018

Carrot Burfi/Carrot Khoya Burfi

We, Indians makes excellent desserts with carrots, one among those delectable dessert is Burfi. Actually making halwa out of the carrots is a well known Indian dessert around the world, but burfi can be made with grated carrots is equally a super delicious dessert to serve after a meal or as a sweet for a festival or else for a celebration. Since am running this week's theme with Valentine's day dishes/Holi Special as theme, i couldnt stop myself dishing out some carrot burfi which was in my list since a while. Obviously i planned everything to dish out this incredible burfi with carrots few days back at home.

Carrot Mawa Burfi, Carrot Burfi

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chocolate Gulab Jamuns/Dark Chocolate Gulab Jamuns

Gulab jamuns, these succulent juicy Indian sweets is definitely a must if Indians celebrate a festival, a party, or for a family get-together. Though i live in abroad, even i cant think more than dishing out some juicy gulab jamuns for our parties. Obviously gulab jamuns are our favourite sweets, i have already posted couple of gulab jamuns in my space. However as much as always,sometimes as a blogger we need to think out of the box, hence this chocolate gulab jamuns popped up on my mind. I opened a packet of store bought gulab jamun mix, added two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to turn the simple gulab jamun as chocolate gulab jamun.

Chocolate Gulab Jamun

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Besan Mawa Laddoo/Gramflour Khoya Laddus

Besan ladoo is a very much popular North Indian sweet which can be made easily with less efforts. These laddoos are quick to prepare with simple ingredients, however my today's post is a dangerously addictive besan mawa laddoo aka gramflour khoya balls. Traditional besan laddoo asks for loads of ghee, however using khoya, the popular milk solids helps a lot to add small amount of ghee than the usual quantity. Store bought or homemade milk solids works prefect for making this fabulous sweets. If you love besan laddoo, trust me you will definitely fell in love with this beautiful sweet.

Gramflour Khoya Laddoo, Besan Mawa Laddu

Monday, February 12, 2018

English Muffins/Homemade English Muffins

English muffins, i have some fond memories of this incredible breakfast dish. I had this English muffins with eggs benedict few years back when we visited our French friends who lives in Normandy region. I must say that this cute, small, round and flat yeasted bread was one of my favourite breakfast food when they are toasted and buttered. You can dish out some cute sweet and savory sandwiches with this stove top cooked English muffins. English muffins are sold in all British supermarkets and also in many bakeries. You can bake this english muffins in large quantity and freeze them, which is seriously very handy to make your favourite sandwiches out of it when you dont have enough time to buy your bread.

English Muffins, English Breakfast Muffins

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Brioche Buns/Homemade Brioche Rolls

Brioche is a French bread with rich,soft,light crumb. After baguette the famous french bread, brioche have their own place in French breakfast. Most of our weekend breakfast goes for brioche, nutella, jam with hot chocolate or coffee. Yes brioche and croissants are our most favourite weekend breakfast foods which we never miss to enjoy with our family. Since weekdays are very hectic, each and everyone at home starts their day with an easy breakfast bars or with a bowl of cereals. Obviously we look for weekend to have a satisfying breakfast with our favourite breads/pastries/viennoiseries.

Brioche Buns, Brioche

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mekitsa/Mekitsi/Bulgarian Fried Dough

Mekitsa is a breakfast fried dough from Bulgaria, often served with powdered sugar, this fried doughs can be enjoyed with jam, honey or else with soft cheese. However this Mekitsa ressembles quite like the popular Hungarian Langos which is also fried and topped with cheese, mayonnaise or ketchup etc. Mekitsa is made usually with flour, eggs, leavening agents like baking soda or yeast with yogurt or milk. Wikipedia says that in some recipes, yeast, bread soda, milk or yogurt might be used. A recipe from Silistra involves yogurt and bread soda, one from a village near Stara Zagora uses yeast and yogurt, and a recipe from Aytos suggests yeast and milk. Since am trying this dish for the first time, i went with yogurt and baking soda. Trust me the end result was a flaky, super soft fried breads which we enjoyed thoroughly with some jam for our Sunday brunch.

Mekitsa, Mekitsi, Bulgarian Mekitsa

Monday, February 5, 2018

Poivrons Farcis/Stuffed Bellpepper with Minced Meat

For the past two days i have been posting Indo-French recipes for this week's blogging marathon with an interesting theme. My theme for this week is Adapted cuisine in Different country, i couldnt think more than showcasing one of the adapted cuisine of Pondicherry, my home town. Pondicherry is very much known for its French influences in their culture, food,language even in their street's name. I have been pampered very much with French influenced cuisine since my younger age may be because of my Paternal grandfather who worked for a popular French company.

Poivron Farci, Pondicherry Style Stuffed Bellpeppers

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Oeufs Mimosa/Indo-French Deviled Eggs

Oeufs Mimosa is a French Deviled Eggs, but Pondicherrians have their own versions of Indo French style Deviled eggs. French Deviled eggs calls for two most important ingredients to dish out this fabulous dish. Yes ' hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise' is a must to make this dangerously addictive starter. Earlier mayonnaise is not that much known in Pondicherry, obviously Pondicherry style of oeuf mimosa calls for thick curd or vinegar which is later replaced by mayonnaise now. Some Pondicherrians add cooked minced prawns or else chopped tomatoes but mine is completely different. This oeufs mimosa makes a prefect starter for a get together or else a fabulous crowd pleaser.

Oeuf Mimosa, Egg Mimosa

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tomato Bisque/Indo-French Tomato Bisque

I simply love this week's theme of blogging marathon, do you want to know about the theme. Its 'Adapted cuisine in different Country'. When i picked this theme, i know very well that i will be showcasing one of my favourite cuisine. Obviously i cant think more than Pondicherry. Been born and brought up in Pondicherry, this old French territory in South east coastal region of India is very much known for its French influences in everything. And this Franco-Pondicherrian/Indo French cuisine pulled me to come up with three marvellous dishes which gets its Indian touch eventhough these dishes are quite popular in typical French cuisine.

Creamy Tomato Bisque

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fara/Chattisgarhi Rice Flour Dumplings

Fara/Phara is a steamed rice flour dumplings which is a favourite breakfast food of peoples of Chattisgarh. This region is known for their rice production on large scale, hence rice is eaten widely in the state. Called either as Muthia or Fara, this dish is a beautiful steamed dish to relish with a spicy chutney.Rice flour once kneaded with hot water and shaped as oblong shaped dumplings which is cooked with tempering makes this fantastic healthy breakfast dumplings. As much as like South Indians mani kozhukattais, this faraa is definitely a must to try if you love mani kozhukattais.

Chattisgarhi Fara

Friday, January 26, 2018

Puto/Filipino Steamed Cake

Puto is a Steamed rice cake usually served for snacks or as accompaniment for savoury dishes in Philipines. This dish is believed as a derived dish of Indian steamed puttu aka rice cake of Kerala. This cake is served simply with butter or else topped with grated coconut as much as like Kerala puttu. This puto is prepared as small cakes using mini round moulds which is steam cooked in Bamboo steamer, but you can still steam cook this cute looking Filipino cake either by using mini muffin pans or mini tartlets moulds or else simply in our Idli moulds. However i prepared mine by using mini tartlets moulds, though Puto looks super white in colour mine was slightly dull coz of light brown sugar i used for making this Puto.

Puto, Filipino Steamed Cake

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Carrot & Oats Kozhukattai/Steamed Carrot & Oats Dumplings

After a super spongy, fluffy light steamed cake, my today's post is an another healthy, fibre rich steamed dumplings aka Kozhukattais. Usually Kozhukattais are prepared with flours or semolina, but for a change, i tried my hands with rolled oats. Rolled oats works awesome for making this easy breezy steamed dumplings quickly than you can imagine. If you dont know what to cook for your breakfast or dinner, just prepare this steamed dumplings and serve them with a simple coconut chutney or sambar to finish your meal happily. Needless to say that this dumplings suits absolutely prefect for anyone as they gets digest easily.

Oats Kozhukattai, Oats & Carrot Dumplings

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Mah Lai Goh/Cantonese Steamed Sponge Cake

While i was googling for an interesting steamed dish, i accidentally crossed this Mah Lai Goh aka Steamed spongy cake. Actually Mah Lai means Malay and Goh as means Cake, this Cantonese/ Malaysian steamed cake is definitely a dangerous cake, served along with tea or coffee, you just cant stop munching this steamed cake. This steamed cake is very easy to prepare as well, and the end result is a super spongy, fluffy and very light cake. Many blogs says that this Mah Lai Goh have its origin from Chinese Cantonese cuisine, and this cake is served in many Dim sum restaurants.This brown sugar steamed cake is my recent favourite. Trust me, i seriously loved this steamed spongy cake as it came out extremely light.

Malaysian/Cantonese Steamed Sweet Cake

Friday, January 19, 2018

Peanut Poli/Shenga Holige/Ground Nut Sweet Paratha

If you love sesame seeds and jaggery poli, then you will seriously enjoy this peanut poli. Its one of the easiest sweet paratha aka poli to prepare for any special occasions to serve and enjoy with your loved ones. No need of making syrup or stirring the filling. Just grind the roasted peanuts with grated jaggery  along with whole cardamom pods, your filling is ready to make some dangerously addictive protein rich holige. This poli is also from Northern Karnataka where this kind of interesting holige are quite famous, and these sort of sweet parathas have their own place especially in Diwali feast platter.

Peanut Poli, Peanut Jaggery Poli

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sajjaka Holige/Rava Obbattu/Semolina Poli

My today's post is from Northern part of Karnataka, this rava obbattu aka Sajjaka holige is quite popular there. Prepared with a simple rava and jaggery stuffing, this sweet flatbread will definitely please anyone's sweet tooth. And this sweet is made during the Dusshera/Dasara festival season. With a simple wheat chappathi dough, i prepared quickly this sweet poli and this dish tastes absolutely fabulous to enjoy with a mug of spiced black tea.

Rava Jaggery Poli, Sajjaka Holige