Breakfast

Easy Quick Breakfast recipes from around the world

Chocolate Babka – Rich sweet bread filled with dark chocolate

How to make Chocolate Babka

So lets break it up shall we first..What in the world is babka and How to make Chocolate Babka! Babka is a sweet rich bread traditionally made in Jewish households though not as loved as you would think(come on look at the picture!).That’s because the last century babka bread was dry and dairy free as opposed to the the modern day version which is a soft rich bread – cake which has the best of all worlds.It’s a love child of bread, croissant and cake, if three could produce a child that is.It’s probably best described as a sweet yeasted bread with a decadent filling. Today’s Babka has eggs, butter and milk giving it the richness a sweet bread deserves but …

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Summer Melon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Today I am really going to expand your melon horizons by this super amazing Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad. The first time I expanded my melon horizons was in Rome.We had one free evening in Rome and we decided to explore the beach a few kms away from the city cause we are suckers for any waterbody.The beach was blah but we stumbled upon an eatery where they served us melon wrapped in prochitto.It was a simple dish with just two ingredients but it gave me something to ponder about. This dish is simple in its thought but it’s power packed with textures and flavour variations.The minute you have a mouthful of this you will be hit with sweet, tangy,salty and fresh …

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Homemade Sugarless Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Is peanut butter an acquired taste?I remember trying it as a child and not liking it at all.Maybe it was too new a texture and taste back then but now I am obsessed with it.I love my homemade sugarless peanut butter with apples and bananas, adding it to my oat bowl and baking with it. Have you tried homemade peanut butter with chocolate?Though I am a recent fan of strawberries dipped in chocolate but there is no comparison(in my book) with the awesome combination that is peanut butter and chocolate. I feel miffed at myself for missing out on this amazing creation for 25 years of my life though if I hadn’t ,I cant imagine the number of jars of …

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Healthy Cheese Muffins

Eggless Cheese Muffins

Savoury muffins hold such bright allure,atleast to me, no sugar,veggies,an absolutely delectable lighter twin to the sweeter muffin, these Eggless Cheese Muffins are made with cheese, they are high on protien,easy to just grab and go! Before I started making this I used to laboriously make mini Quiches instead but this muffin recipe has reduced my work so much! It’s a one bowl fool proof recipe! It’s a great basic savoury muffin recipe that can be tweaked to no end! According to me, Eggless Cheese Muffins are a best make ahead snack and breakfast option.I also love carrying these along with my super easy to make Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies while travelling cause I don’t need to wreck my brains over the nutrient content and …

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Turkish Eggs

Turkish Eggs

Is there another ingredient which transforms itself into so many avatars than an egg? Scrambled,poached,boiled,soft-boiled,fried. It’s magical how one small little egg can be made in so many diverse ways.Every region has an egg speciality like the All American Eggs Benedict,Chinese Fermented Eggs,Parsi Akoori,Tamil Style Mutta Curry,Turkish Eggs,is there an egg butter masala?there should be! I have recently become a fan of Eggs Benedict.We had Eggs Benedict as breakfast at 5.45 am just before heading back to india from Malaysia. The Eggs we are talking about today is a Turkish recipe.I first came across these a few months back with Nigella Lawson posted the recipe on Instagram and I couldn’t believe that yogurt and eggs could be had together but …

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Basil Tomato Tart

Basil Tomato Savoury Tart

A basic short crust pastry recipe will be your very best friend once you understand its shortfalls.If you can do this then let me tell you there is no end to the number of pies you can make. This is a healthier version of the traditional recipe.I have swapped half the all purpose flour with multigrain flour(aata).A short crust pastry does not depend on gluten for its texture and so it makes sense to reduce the amount of refined flour in the recipe. The logic behind using the cold butter and minimum handling and kneading of the pastry is that the butter shouldn’t melt before the actual baking.You want the cold butter to melt inside the oven and crisp up …

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Peanut Butter Chocochip Oat Squares

peanut butter & chocolate oat bars

My habit of throwing random things together and cooking as resulted in another amazing recipe.It’s relatively healthy and totally refined ingredients free.I can’t say it’s diabetic friendly though it doesn’t contain any refined sugar or refined flour but the dates are pretty heavy on sugar so it should be consumed in moderation. These oat bars are definitely healthier than store bought protein bars and biscuits.It’s toddler and kid friendly and best of all it stores well.I carried these with me while travelling alone with baby and these were very handy. You definitely need a strong blender for this recipe. On another note I am trying to make sourdough bread.Today is the day 3 of my starter and it’s already bubbling.I am …

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Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal Bars

Raisin and Apricot Oatmeal Bars

I had a jar of raisins just lying on my dining table waiting to be eaten. Their luck was almost running out when I decided to give them a new life! Made some easiest and healthiest cookies with oats,raisins and some dried apricots.If you don’t have apricots or raisins you can use other dry fruits too.Dried black grapes,dried figs,dried apples will all work here. These are the easiest oatmeal bars or cookies made with just 6 ingredients.I made them in a jiffy while baby V slept! These tick multiple boxes! They can be made vegan(use maple syrup instead of honey) They are great for kids and toddlers.Also a great weaning food for babies(substitute date syrup instead of honey) They are healthy …

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Plum & Cherry Muesli Crumble

Plum & Cherry Crumble

This is such a great times to get fruit! Market is booming with so much variety it’s impossible to stop yourself from buying! Last weekend my mom was in town so she went grocery shopping rampage for me and she bought the whole of namdharis home. Every kind of stone fruit available was suddenly in my fridge and I didn’t know what to do with it.On top of this my husband’s boss gave him a box of homegrown plums. Such yummy fruit deserved the best treatment! The web is teeming with stone fruit recipes right now.I saw so many crumble and cobbler recipes online that I started dreaming about it.This is a my super easy version of a crumble using healthier ingredients. …

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Healthy fig loaf

Healthy Fig Bread

If you want to make a healthy loaf or a cake , banana loaf is a great option but I wanted to explore the world beyond bananas.I wanted to create a recipe with whole everyday ingredients which could be molded whichever way I wanted.  This recipe is exactly that.It uses whole wheat multigrain flour and oats and no refined flour.I substituted the fat from butter or vegetable oil to that of coconut oil. For sweetness I have added jaggery which is unprocessed sugar.If you don’t find jaggery you can use brown sugar too.I could have used sugarfree or stevia but I am not a big believer of artificial sugar.I think they give you false security which makes you eat more than …

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Gluten Free Quiche

Gluten Free Quiche

The past one year,I have been extremely inconsistent with my food choices.One quarter I couldn’t even smell food let alone eat it,the next quarter I over compensated by eating samosas everyday and the third quarter I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes so was on a strict diet.   There have been challenges after the delivery too but mostly in the form of lots of unsolicited advice! From the random person at the airport to the garbage lady , everybody has something to say about what I should and shouldn’t eat!   I had to list down some of them! I should not drink more than 3 glasses of water for first three 3 months! I should have water with vinegar mixed …

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Healthy Banana Bread

Healthy Banana Bread without Butter or Oil

Here is presenting to you my most priced recipe of Healthy Banana Bread without Butter or Oil. I can’t believe this recipe! There is no sugar, no oil/butter and no refined flour but it is crazy delish!!!!I used normal Roti aata- multigrain flour but any whole wheat flour will work in this cake. You want to ask me the downside here right? There ain’t none! The cake is moist,light,magical and you can’t help but gobble it up!You can eat this healthy banana bread for breakfast or as a tea time snack.It’s a great snack for kids too because it has bananas and curd and everything nice!(okay I tried my hand at rhyming but I am clearly very poor at it!). The ingredients are …

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Foxtail Millet Salad

Foxtail Millet Salad

It’s been so long since I posted but believe me when I say ,things have been action packed and full of surprises! Life seems to have come a full circle and I find myself back at my whole30 program.(almost) Life threw us a curveball , which was expected but also unexpected.I should have suspected something when I couldn’t stomach coffee anymore! Appearance of a faint second line was not enough confirmation for somebody as paranoid as us so an unnecessary blood test proved that we were indeed expecting! Looks like the whole30 program created the best possible environment for this to happen and we couldn’t be less ecstatic about it. What we didn’t expect was the all time sickness (there …

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Chocolate & Banana Bread Pudding

Chocolate and Banana Bread Pudding

This recipe was more of an aberration, a departure from my usual norm on several levels.It’s a mix of french toast and a bread pudding.I usually prefer the Indian version of savory french toast with a generous sprinkling of  chat masala.This dish was born out of a necessity to use my over ripe bananas and few days old bread.And I am so happy that I made it! It’s a simple dish which has layers of flavors and textures.You can replace chocolate chips with chocolate chunks or strawberries or mangos. You can serve it as a dessert at your dinner party or a great breakfast dish for the family. I ate this as a snack cause I was craving chocolate and sugar.I usually …

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Cherry & Blueberry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis was never the one indulgence I thought would end up eating before starting my second journey of whole 30.In hidsight, the choice was taken out of my hands the instant I saw these succulent looking cherries in Namdhari & the cherry on top(huh?) were the fresh blueberries I ended up paying double the amount for(hmmpp).. Clafoutis is a french dessert served warm with a dust of powdered sugar.Apparently if you use anything other than Cherries it’s called a Flaugnarde instead.So semantically I have made two desserts but by adding one ingredient! I went with the ever right Julia Child’s Recipe and kicked the ass of Clafotie!Her recipe is the simplest available online.No heavy cream or butter in it.You have to give some and take …

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Bunny Chow-South African Curry

Bunny Chow

Even if this dish was not tasty, I would have still tried it out because of its boss of a name!!!While doing my research on Bunny Chow,I saw a lot of folks given declarations before Starting to talk about the dish and I think its only clear from the name that it could roll the stomach of some folks so let’s address the elephant in the room first This recipe has nothing to do with any kind of hoppers (ahem no bunnies were used to make this duh!) Its not a type of chowmein Its not a south east asian recipe but a fusion indian south african recipe Most simply put this dish is a curry served inside a hollowed out bread. …

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My Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Smoothie bowl

It’s weird having so much sugar after the whole 30 regime early in the morning.It’s almost like I am rebelling against it.I know most of you want to punch my face and say rebelling is if you eat a full batch of brownie! I unofficially not on paper agree..:D So other than avocado rose smoothie bowls are the new instagram fad.More exotic the fruit more like you get.Though its amazingly tasty and fulfilling its crazy high on natural sugar so I won’t suggest people on diabetes watch to eat this.But if you are eating pancakes or chole batoore or cheese sandwich everyday then this is a healthier indulgence! Its almost a smoothie but a little thicker and in a bowl …

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Do you think coffee unblocks worlds and boundaries and ammm…content?I think i could overlook a lot of otherwise non negotiable stuff for a good cup of coffee! Ever since I bought the magic coffe making equipment from café coffee day along with their medium roast coffee I have overdosed on it.It doesn’t help that I am drinking it with water and at times, to beat the heat on the rocks(ice cubes).I am an inch away from being snobbish about it cause I have contemplated taking my decoction when I go over for coffee at friend’s house. Yes snobbish. This post I will introduce you to my quick,easy and healthy breakfasts recipes.The first thing you guys think of is bread right?Hmm..that’s not a …

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