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Baking for Beginners-Bake your first Cake

Baking tips for Beginners

With this  post I aim to help those of you guys who are baking for the first time and also whose of you who have had bitter experiences while baking.First of, Baking is very different from cooking and can get daunting at first and that’s the reason I have written this post. I have also shared a saveable infographic which will help you bake your first cake.Do write to me if you have any other queries or challenges and I will try to help you out to the best of my ability. What kind of oven should I buy? if you already have an oven Skip ahead. I always suggest the first time bakers that the oven you buy should have …

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Summertime Fresh Mango Cake- Eggless

Summertime Eggless Fresh Mango Cake - Basic Eggless Vegetarian Sponge with chunks of Fresh alphonso Mango pieces in it.

Eggless Fresh Mango Cake is the special dessert I made for baby V’s second monthly birthday though at that time I was more interested in taking the baby’s picture than of the cake.I have since made some adjustments and edits to the previous recipe and this recipe has been taste tested in the kitchen several times. At that time I topped the cake with whipped cream and mango chunks but I think it was an overkill.The cake really doesn’t need any adornment except maybe for a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a spoonful of fresh mangoes. I am not going to say this is celebrating the King of Mangoes because lately I have been celebrating Mangoes a lot!I have recently …

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Everyday Whole Wheat Italian Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

What could be more satisfying than breaking bread with friends and family?For someone who loves bread as much as I do, being able to make it well myself is a giant..no dianasorous gigantic feat!This post is about my humble attempt at making Whole Wheat Italian Bread from scratch.I have used 1:2 ratio of Whole wheat flour to All purpose or bread flour. I have tried baking several types of bread before..You can read about my experiment with baking a sour dough bread a few months back on this post here, but this is THE recipe that has been a real success at my home.I say this because my husband is a staunch non believer of all bread-be it pizza, rotis ,naans …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Healthy Banana Raisin 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 Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon 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 Healthy Whole Wheat …

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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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Microwave Vs Oven for an Indian Kitchen

This is a very common conundrum…To buy a microwave or an Oven…It is a big investment especially if you consider the limited space we have in our kitchens.I am writing this cause I get a lot of queries on whether they should invest in an oven or a microwave. I am especially writing this cause my mother was standing exactly at this point wondering what to buy -a microwave or an oven and she ended up buying a microwave cause it was so hip! So I want to do my bit in educating as many as I can so that they don’t end up wasting money and kitchen real estate in this worthless piece of machinery. Let’s start with what …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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