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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

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 …

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free, Dairy Free ,Healthy Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies

These oh these! Life saviours,mood lifters, super healthy Peanut Butter Cookies that I made while my baby was napping.To say these lifted my mood is selling  them short actually! These little bundles of chocolate and peanut butter right every wrong in the world.They take your from bleh to Wohooo!They are flour less, gluten free, dairy free and Child(baby) friendly. These cookies are super simple.Ideal if you are looking to cook with your kids and can also be made baby friendly by substituting brown sugar with jaggery or leaving it out all together and increasing the peanut butter and oats in equal proportions(.i.e. 1/8 cup more peanut butter and oats). The mixing is a breeze, the baking is child’s play and …

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Healthy Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

Healthy Self saucing Chocolate and Oats Gluten Free Pudding

Self saucing pudding is such a hypnotic name for a dish that it will creep in your sub conscious and tugs at your heart strings till you end up sleepwalking to the kitchen and making it. At least thats what happened to me..Thought It was 10 in the morning when I made this but I was utterly sleep deprived and needed a chocolate hug very badly. I read this recipe somewhere and ended up muddling the proportions(I did make note of it though) and ingredients and to my utter delight this is what came out of the oven.A chocolate pudding mixed together in my mixie jar which literally envelopes you in a warm comforting cloud the minute you eat it. …

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Healthy Yogurt Fruit Popsicle

Healthy Yogurt Popsickles

This is not really a recipe but more epiphany.We Indians love our yogurt with our khichadi, as curd rice, as tenderising agent in most non vegetarian curries, in Kadhis, as Mishti Doi but this is something we didn’t think off. I remember as a kid we used to make popsicles out of Rasna…well this is that but with yogurt. There are two ways you can do it. For the Lazy Buy flavoured yogurt and freeze it in Popsicle molds.Stick some fruits in and wait for 12 hours. Next day you can enjoy your own popsickle! For the Enterprising Puree your favourite fruit..mix with yogurt and put it in Popsicle molds and freeze.I like to also put some chunks of fruit as …

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Cherry & Orange Pound Cake

Cherry & Orange Pound Cake

Cherry & Orange Pound Cake is one of the most viewed cake recipe on this blog.This and the Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake probably make up for 20 % of the visitors on this site and I cant tell you how grateful I am of the amazing response from all my readers on this one. As is the moniker Cherry & Orange Pound Cake has moist red maraschino cherries which are available all through the year and some tangy Orange Juice. Ideally a pound cake is suppose to have a pound each of sugar, flour,eggs and butter but we have evolved the recipe since then to get a lighter and better butter crumb. This recipe is inspired from the the traditional pound cake recipe …

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Eggless Dark Chocolate Mousse

Dark Chocolate Mousse a Cotta

Have you ever had a hankering for dark chocolate which you curbed cause “diet” and then the next day it’s still there nagging you endlessly?Forcing you to do something quickly about it or things will get out of hand? This is the answer to one of those yearnings. The recipe is from passionateaboutbaking.com and is a sure shot winner. It’s dark,indulgent and absolutely melting in mouth spirit lifting chocolate dessert. If you have had a bad day then this is the answer.. If you are pmsing then this is the answer! If you are tired then this is the answer.. If you don’t know the question then this is still the answer!!!! This so simple that there is a real …

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Saffron Cardamom Milk Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Saffron Cardamom Cake

I am overwhelmed with the kind comments and encouragements I have received for this Saffron Cardamom Cake on my Instagram account in a matter of few minutes.You guys are the best! If you have been following me ,then you know that I have been celebrating my son’s monthly milestones by baking a special cake, every month.I spend countless hours every month researching for the perfect recipe to make a special cake for him.(which he can’t really eat but you get the drift!) This month’s two shortlisted cakes were a Chocolate spice cake and an Indian fusion Saffron Cardamom Cake.Though I did make the chocolate spice cake for our Diwali party, i couldn’t click any pictures.It was very decadently dark ,rich ,chocolatey …

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Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

Lemon Cranberry Pound Cake

I asked my husband to hide this cake away from me! Usually I give away a lot of cake to neighbours ,friends and people working in and around the apartment.I did pack this one too in a nice box to give it away but I think subconsciously I didn’t want to part with it! The lemon and cranberry lends sour notes to this buttery pound cake.The texture is rich and crumbly at the same time. From experience this cake gets better with days.I made it on a Friday and on Monday(day 4) this cake was even better than when I first took it out of the oven. I have adapted the recipe of  Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe from https://www.marthastewart.com which doesn’t …

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Poached Pear Frangipane Tart

It feels like I have grown leaps and bounds in the past one year.Not just because I have become a mother..That is the biggest part of it but also how much I have learnt and discovered about food. This tart is the best example of how far I have come in my food journey since I started this blog. Here is my old post of a Pear Frangipane Tart and the difference between the two couldn’t be any further apart.The most stark is the photography.There is no major change in the equipment I am using now but the change is in the time I now invest in learning about photography.Cant say I am a Pro at it but I have …

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Coconut Cake with Banana Curd

Coconut Jaggery Cake with Banana Curd

I have been getting a lot of pats on my back along with some oh my god she is so jobless to and astonished and awestruck comments from people on the monthly cakes I have been making for baby Vansh’s milestones. A fair disclaimer here-These cakes are more for me than him cause he can’t really eat them.(Hence the extra 10 pounds that I have gained over and above my pregnancy weight! )He is more of a smoke screen here..giving me a reason to bake so many cakes cause otherwise it’s just me and my husband and our birthdays come only once a year.:D So coming to what I made this month for Vansh’s 7 month milestone.Firstly,I can’t believe he …

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Homemade Easy Cinnamon Buns

Homemade Cinnamon Buns with Sugar Glaze

Don’t make these..don’t ever make these especially when you have guests..cause you can’t give them to anyone..not your partner and not even your children..but if you do have to make them double the recipe and make one pan just for yourself and the rest for others…Cause these are that gooddddd…and addictive! They are so good that your rotten day would suddenly turn musical…your children who have been nagging or irritating you nonstop would suddenly look cute!Love would just suddenly germinate..almost instantly after eating these! Okay i am not exaggerating!This is based on pure experience.All of the above happened to me after eating these amazingly yummy treats! But there are a few things you have to understand about this recipe which …

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Hot Milk Cake with Saffron and Pistachios

Hot Milk Cake with saffron and Pistachios

The other day one of my friends was explaining to a stranger the kind of food I cook and he was a little perplexed. How would you describe what I make and post on this blog?A little cake,a little curry and a little love?A little Indian,a little Italian and maybe some asian? I think the best way my blog can be described is my personal food expression.I post what I make and eat.There are times when I want to eat healthy and there are times I want to indulge.There are times I crave food that I grew up with and there are times I want to experiment and try to replicate something I ate in one of my travels. I …

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Warm Apple Cinnamon Cake with Caramel Glaze

Warm Apple Cinnamon Cake with Lemon Caramel Glaze

Seasons change and with them the produce-Moving from the juicy mangos to berries to stone fruit and finally now to apples.This Warm Apple Cinnamon Cake  celebrates the start of fall with apples and cinnamon. There is no other spice which infuses warmth as cinnamon does.In my book cinnamon can be paired with anything be it chocolate,oranges or coffee or lemon.I love it in my curries,my cakes and my coffee! This warm old fashioned Apple cake is so different from my other apple recipes on the blog-The delicate French Apple Cake and the hearty Apple Crumble Muffins have thier purposes but this one is really a soul food.The kinds that can lift you up from the deepest hole in life.   It’s also the …

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Orange Pound Cake with a Zesty Orange Glaze

Orange pound cake with zesty orange glaze

Who could have thought orange could compete with chocolate?But it can and how?! If chocolate cake is the deep dark secret then this is the bright sunny morning.If chocolate is the yin then this is the yang.Equally decadent in the most opposite way! I present to you a simple Orange Pound Cake with an orange glaze.Let me warn you first thought.Make lots of it.Dont even think of making half the recipe cause for sure nothing would be left by the time your guests arrive.I speak from experience! It’s a cake so humble in its name and looks but the taste is out of the world! I usually avoid glazes on cakes but this cake becomes something else when glazed so …

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Healthy Zucchini Bread

Healthy Zucchini Quick Bread

Some days the baby doesn’t sleep at all and my chipotle Tacos go unphotographed cause he is so cranky and some days he sleeps for 3 hours and I am scared to start making anything cause you don’t know when he will wake up! Eternal Cycle of motherhood! One thing I should say is that having a baby is a great motivator.While I was pregnant I hardly cooked anything worthy but now I have so many ideas floating in my brain and only a few hours a day to execute them.It’s funny cause I had all the time on my hands before he came along and now I have to squeeze in 20 minutes of work in between his naps.This means I …

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

Dark Chocolate Brownie

These are addictive and so make with caution! These brownies sort of just happened. I wanted to bake and I was out of baking soda that’s when I started searching for recipes which were heavy on chocolate and light on baking soda. As always Jamie Oliver had the answer to this conundrum.(Side note:I love him!I love him! I love him!..He is so inspiring!!! I hope to meet him one day!).Jamie Oliver calls them Bloomin Brilliant Brownies. For this recipe I suggest you use good quality chocolate and not the compound chocolate(usually used for baking) cause the taste difference is phenomenal!I swear by Amul’s Dark Chocolate line.I have made these brownies using  the 70 percent Bitter Chocolate bar and the Mystic …

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Apple Crumble Muffins

Apple Crumble Muffins

I feel that I only end up cribbing about the challenges of having a baby and never really tell you how awesome it is! So here are some things which will tell you how happy parenting makes me! Everytime he smiles and looks at me with those dynamite twinkly eyes something melts inside me!(like a choco lava cake.Sigh!!) Everytime he does something new I feel like I have accomplished something akin to going to the moon!(like the little butt lifts he does when trying to turn!Like omg he can move so much!) Everytime I am able to make him laugh I am actually rolling a video camera inside my brain so that I can keep playing that moment again and …

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