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Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Lemon and Blueberry Muffins

Muffin is something we eat on the go, without thinking or spending much time on deciding its merits and demerits and that’s the reason it’s important that a homemade muffin is made with healthier ingredients than with rather more weightier and more processed counterparts.These muffins are made with 100% whole wheat flour, the same flour used to make chapatis at home and the sweetness comes from jaggery as opposed to white or brown sugar. Both these ingredients are less processed and a whole lot more nutrient heavy that their processed cousins and hence they are my choice of baking ingredients, especially when I am making something casual and non celebertory. Though these blueberry lemon muffins don’t have the traditional ingredients, …

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Chocolate Babka – Rich sweet bread filled with dark chocolate

Chocolate Babka

So lets break it up shall we first..What in the world is 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 the real clincher is in …

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Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Genius Quinoa Chocolate Cake

If you are expecting anything less than a perfect chocolate cake then let me disappoint you. If you are expecting a trade off ,gummy, weird Chocolate Cake,then again this recipe will disappoint you. If you are expecting anything other than a magical,chocolatey,fudgy,gooey cake then you are on the wrong post.Seriously! I am listing all these disclaimers because this chocolate cake is not a trade off cake.It’s not something you are forced to eat in the name of chocolate cake because of all the allergies and diets you have adopted. Don’t make it cause you want something gluten free..make it cause you want something super Chocolatey and fudgy. The recipe is adapted very minimally from Paula Shoyer’s Quinoa Cake posted on Food52.The first …

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Mango Pannacotta- Easy No Bake Dessert

Easy to make Super Creamy Panna Cotta layered with Mango Jelly,sliced Pistachios and Pomegranate

Mango season is upon us and it’s almost blasphemous not to celebrate it! I know so so many Non resident Indians who miss home so much during this glorious season.There is no other fruit which celebrates our diversity like Mango.Everyone has their favourites from Alfonso being the king of all summer fruits,Baganpalli/Safeda the most easily available and affordable variety & the naughty Dussheri eaten by just tearing off the tip.I could really go on. All of us have such amazing Childhood memories of revelling in that saffron colour fleshy, sweet,sticky fruit, with juices streaking down our mouths, loving every bit of the mess this fruit promises.These fruits single handedly made summer bearable, even welcome, to most Indians! Todays dessert is …

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Lime and Jasmine Tea Cake

Jasmine Tea steeped Cake with tangy lime.A modern spin on the Hot milk Cake.This cake has a great crumb and texture.

What are your thoughts on Jasmine tea? My first memory of Jasmine flowers is when I was probably 7 or 8..I remember long long time back..when my parents used to take us to India Gate for a picnic on our trusty Bajaj scooter..Typically in the evening..We kids used to frolic around the lush garden in front of the eternal fire of the gate, gorge on orange lollys,forcing our parents to buy gigantic balloons,surreptitiously dip our toes in the water fountains(when we thought no one was looking) and my parent used to sit contentedly,probably for the whole of 2 minutes, if we didn’t fall or fight or bicker..but that’s not the point…My father used to always buy Jasmine gajra for my …

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Extremely Decadent Flourless Chocolate Cake

5 ingredient Gluten free Dark Chocolate cake

There are a few things as attractive as a Chocolate Cake,not necessarily in its appearance but anticipation,it’s almost as if the cake has invisible tentacles pulling you towards it, even if you don’t want it. When I first chanced upon this gooey fudgy flourless Chocolate Cake which has no flour to dilute and  distract from the  absolute chocolate bliss, I was sold…Hook line and sinker and fall flat on my face, dreaming about this cake, walking like a zombie into the kitchen and following the instructions till I baked and ate this hell of a chocolate cake kinda infatuation. There are a lot of flourless chocolate cake recipes available online and I have tried and tested my share of them …

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French Apple Cake

Proper French Apple Cake Recipe with Rum

“A party without Cake is just a meeting” said the famous Julia Child and this cake is made to be served at a party!And I mean party party..not a little girls tea party!Though it would be great for that too I recon. What makes this cake special is the healthy splash of Old Monk.I keep a bottle of old monk just for such recipes.Before you get all judgemental on me,the alcohol evaporates when you bake it so you have nothing to worry about. In fact,I have never appreciated alcohol much and since we welcomed our baby, I haven’t had any except in the Christmas cakes and now this.There is an old worldly charm about adding rum into cakes,don’t you think?.Makes …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Tea Cake

100 % Whole Wheat Jaggery Tea Cake with strawberry

I wanted a basic 100% Whole Wheat and a 100% Jaggery Cake which tastes great,which doesn’t feel heavy or lumpy and also which doesn’t have the characteristic raw whole wheat taste.I definately didn’t want a cake which I am forced to eat in the name of health.I would rather just eat a cucumber for that.I basically wanted a Utopian 100% whole wheat and 100% Jaggery Cake. Most whole wheat cakes I have had are weirdly sunken in the middle or are way too dry.If they are good they usually contain corn flour ,which I have nothing against,infact this cake was suppose to contain it but I couldn’t find the box in time and I am not the most patient person on …

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Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Once you become a mom, cookies become essential to life…or at-least you now have a reason for baking so many of them.:D..As much work motherhood is ,it’s also a nice smoke screen for gorging on desserts and those extra love handles…As a rule of thumb..you can blame pregnancy for everything.(ah such perks!) I stumbled upon this Oatmeal raisin cookie recipe when I was looking for ways to make some healthy cookies for the baby because I am extremely uncomfortable giving him Marie biscuits of the world.I like to know exactly what is going in that little cudly bear’s tummy.Healthy Instant Oats cookies with raisins was just the thing that I saw baby will enjoying. These are healthier cookies than the store …

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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

Chocolate Caramel Pots

There is a dearth of laughter in our lives..Most entertainment today hovers around suffering, almost all critically acclaimed movies are based on tragedies, most bestselling books are about death, newspapers are about little else than Rapes..Even children rhymes are about how 5 little ducks went out one day and only 4 little ducks came back or how Humpty Dumpty falls.The classic nursery rhyme -Ringa Ringa Roses is about the symptoms of a plague which killed thousands,if popular folklore is to be believed.So yes we might have spent our childhood going in circles singing about a plague which almost killed a whole generation of people in Europe. Since the past 2 years, I have become extremely wary of such stories.I don’t …

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Panna Cotta is a dessert you want to make for your boy friend or girl friend when you don’t even know the K of Cooking!(there ain’t no K in cooking you dumb!)but really…All you need to do is boil some cream..That’s the extent of cooking involved in this recipe.So if you can figure out how to get that stove on and empty out a carton of cream in the pan then you can make this recipe. This is not to say it’s not sophisticated.It is an extremely dreamy dessert ,served in highly priced Michelin star restaurants around the world but it is very simple to make luscious dessert that requires very little time and even lesser skill to make..it’s one …

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5 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Rounding up of 5 Healthy cookies your family will love! These are made with the goodness of whole grains and unrefined sugars such as jaggery and dates.   1. Healthy Buckwheat Cookies I have made this recipe only about 20 times in just the past 1 month..for friends,family and as return gifts for my baby’s first birthday. The buckwheat flour gives these cookies a nutty taste but if you can’t find buckwheat flour(also called as Kuttu Ka Aata in India) feel free to replace with normal Wheat flour used to make rotis instead.   Stay in touch with me on Instagram and Facebook 2. Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies Did you ever think Ragi(Finger Millet) and chocolate could come together?Well, …

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Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I and my husband once had a tiff at an airport.I wanted to stop and buy some Reese Peanut Butter Cups but he didn’t want to stop cause we were very late and at an unfamiliar airport.But I was in a pig-headed mode and adamant cause you don’t get these in India,I couldn’t care less about the fact that we already had tonnes of chocolate in our bags or the fact that we could potentially miss our flight home or at the least might have to run lugging up the baby and allot the gate.I forget which airport this was but it was one with those with gazillion gates and about a kilometre long walk way but that didn’t matter.I …

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Healthy Buckwheat Cookies

Healthy and Refined flour free Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Cookies

Nowadays I am all about them cookies! And if they are healthy then sign me up for a trial please!! Today I have for you Buckwheat cookies. So what is Buckwheat?What is buckwheat flour made of? Does it sound fancy and super healthy to you?Like this amazing cure all flour that’s been touted by all those sophisticated gourmands and health gurus?That’s suddenly become so popular that you go in search for it in speciality stores and buy it only to google it and see that’s its Kuttu ka aata that your mom and grandparents have been eating all their lives?You know those special Navratri slightly dark puris which your mom made only during the fasts?They are made from buckwheat or kuttu …

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Dark Chocolate Mud Cake

Chocolate Mud Cake

This cake was one of the first cakes I ever baked and it holds a special cozy little place very close to my heart.I have made it on countless occasions, when I am feeling sad, when I am feeling extra happy, when I am celebrating a special day and also when I don’t have the time and patience for elaborate recipes but I want something AAAMmmazing! It’s my fall back recipe for balmy endless days when chocolate cravings clench your heart till you don’t eat something dark, decadent and melty.Yeah Those Days I know! It’s also the cake I made when my Son turned 1 month old.Which speaks volume in itself cause I didn’t have the time or brain space …

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Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Buttery Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Have you been hypnotised with those cookie being adorned with icing on Instagram? As if those cute little edible snowflakes cookies aren’t pretty enough they are buffed, painted and brushed with gold dust to make them look more an ornament than a cookie.I would never eat such pretty cookie!okay who am I kidding..I will definitely eat those pretty cookies. Seeing all those videos I ordered myself a bunch of cookie cutters last year and kept on adding to my stash till my husband discovered my secret cookie cutter hiding place and decreed that I cant buy speciality cutters any more.agghhh.Life is tough! So here I am with a zillion cookie cutters and a ban on buying any further and I …

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Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins

Banana Raisin Muffin

How I wish I could twist and turn the words and sound all funny like MrsFunnyBones.She is my all time favourite Indian writer.Her wit and sarcasm has no comparison in my literary world.Though I confess that my literary world isn’t that wide cause though I might have read quite a few books(in my time) they were mostly junk about some stupid Viking or a Rodeo. How I wish I had held the hand(figuratively off course!) of Salman Rushdie instead of Johanna Lindsay,then I would have sounded way more witty on this blog then my current wordless state. Putting aside my lack of writing skills today I present to you another healthy baked goodie.These are Sugar Free and Uber healthy. These …

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Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies

Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies

The name is almost a conundrum right? It should instead be nutritious Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies. Why do I say its Nutritious?Because it has -Ragi(Finger Millet) and Whole Wheat flour* instead of Refined Flour(Maida) -Jaggery Instead of Refined Sugar Added Bonus-These are Eggfree and take 15 minutes to put together including the time taken for baking.   What is Ragi / Finger Millet? Ragi is a millet which has been touted as the super grain of india when infant its a very ancient grain which has been cultivated from centuries.It is quite a staple in the southern part of India.Its used extensively in Karnataka in making dosas, flatbreads and Muddes(ragi balls) along with sambhar and chuteny. It has a …

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