This months challenge washosted by Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey and Tony of Olive Juice, I had never made Éclairs before and was very excited about the challenge. Well The recipe is quiet easy, the dough came out really well, but my piping skills need some help I eventually made rounds using ice cream scoop. I used the same glaze as last months challenge and made a cheese cream pastry instead of the ones provided and added some cranberries in between. The Éclairs may not look good, but they tasted damn good. My husband actually put Hari Chutney in his éclairs instead of the pastry cream and chocolate glaze, he had it as a sandwich. He thinks they are nice soft buns. I may now just make them to be eaten as a sandwich. And the best part everything was done by 2 hours, including cleaning.

The modifications allowed were:

Under the motto - Culinary Liberty For All, Tony and I thought we should give enough leeway for creativity.
What’s the point in cooking if not to cook what YOU want to eat?
In terms of modifications of this recipe, the possibilities are endless. In order to maintain some sort of cohesiveness throughout the challenge, here are a couple general guidelines for eclair month at the Daring Bakers.

  1. The dough used for the eclairs must be a pâte à choux from the recipe given below.
  2. Keep one chocolate element in the challenge. The recipe below is for a chocolate glaze and a chocolate pastry cream. You choose which chocolate element you want to keep. Then feel free to mix and match flavors to the base recipe.
  3. Everything else is fair game. Enjoy!

Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate Éclairs
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé

(makes 20-24 Éclairs)

Éclairs consist of 3 elements:

  • Pâte à Choux, also known as Choux Pastry or Cream Puff Dough
  • Pastry Cream
  • Chocolate glaze

Cream Puff Dough (see below for recipe), fresh and still warm

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Divide the oven into thirds by positioning the racks in the upper and lower half of the oven. Line two baking sheets with waxed or parchment paper.
  2. Fill a large pastry bag fitted with a 2/3 (2cm) plain tip nozzle with the warm cream puff dough.Pipe the dough onto the baking sheets in long, 4 to 41/2 inches (about 11 cm) chubby fingers.Leave about 2 inches (5 cm) space in between each dough strip to allow them room to puff.The dough should give you enough to pipe 20-24 éclairs.
  3. Slide both the baking sheets into the oven and bake for 7 minutes. After the 7 minutes, slip the handle of a wooden spoon into the door to keep in ajar. When the éclairs have been in the oven for a total of 12 minutes, rotate the sheets top to bottom and front to back. Continue baking for a further 8 minutes or until the éclairs are puffed, golden and firm. The total baking time should be approximately 20 minutes.

  • The éclairs can be kept in a cool, dry place for several hours before filling.

Assembling the éclairs:
  • Chocolate glaze (see below for recipe)
  • Chocolate pastry cream (see below for recipe)

  1. Slice the éclairs horizontally, using a serrated knife and a gently sawing motion. Set aside the bottoms and place the tops on a rack over a piece of parchment paper.
  2. The glaze should be barely warm to the touch (between 95 – 104 degrees F or 35 – 40 degrees C, as measured on an instant read thermometer). Spread the glaze over the tops of the éclairs using a metal icing spatula. Allow the tops to set and in the meantime fill the bottoms with the pastry cream.
  3. Pipe or spoon the pastry cream into the bottoms of the éclairs. Make sure you fill the bottoms with enough cream to mound above the pastry. Place the glazed tops onto the pastry cream and wriggle gently to settle them.

  • If you have chilled your chocolate glaze, reheat by placing it in a bowl over simmering water,stirring it gently with a wooden spoon. Do not stir too vigorously as you do not want to create bubbles.
  • The éclairs should be served as soon as they have been filled.

Pierre Hermé’s Cream Puff Dough
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
(makes 20-24 Éclairs)

½ cup (125g) whole milk
½ cup (125g) water
1 stick (4 ounces; 115g) unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
¼ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
5 large eggs, at room temperature

  1. In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, bring the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt to the boil.
  2. Once the mixture is at a rolling boil, add all of the flour at once, reduce the heat to medium and start to stir the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon. The dough comes together very quickly. Do not worry if a slight crust forms at the bottom of the pan, it’s supposed to. You need to carry on stirring for a further 2-3 minutes to dry the dough. After this time the dough will be very soft and smooth.
  3. Transfer the dough into a bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using your handmixer or if you still have the energy, continue by hand. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg has been added to incorporate it into the dough. You will notice that after you have added the first egg, the dough will separate, once again do not worry. As you keep working the dough, it will come back all together again by the time you have added the third egg. In the end the dough should be thick and shiny and when lifted it should fall back into the bowl in a ribbon.
  4. The dough should be still warm. It is now ready to be used for the éclairs as directed above.


  • Once the dough is made you need to shape it immediately.
  • You can pipe the dough and the freeze it. Simply pipe the dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets and slide the sheets into the freezer. Once the dough is completely frozen, transfer the piped shapes into freezer bags. They can be kept in the freezer for up to a month.

Chocolate Pastry Cream
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by PierreHermé

2 cups (500g) whole milk
4 large egg yolks
6 tbsp (75g) sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch, sifted
7 oz (200g) bittersweet chocolate, preferably Velrhona Guanaja, melted
2½ tbsp (1¼ oz: 40g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. In the meantime, combine the yolks, sugar and cornstarch together and whisk in a heavy‐bottomed saucepan.
  2. Once the milk has reached a boil, temper the yolks by whisking a couple spoonfuls of the hot milk into the yolk mixture.Continue whisking and slowly pour the rest of the milk into the tempered yolk mixture.
  3. Strain the mixture back into the saucepan to remove any egg that may have scrambled. Place the pan over medium heat and whisk vigorously (without stop) until the mixture returns to a boil. Keep whisking vigorously for 1 to 2 more minutes (still over medium heat).Stir in the melted chocolate and then remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Scrape the pastry cream into a small bowl and set it in an ice‐water bath to stop the cooking process. Make sure to continue stirring the mixture at this point so that it remains smooth.
  5. Once the cream has reached a temperature of 140 F remove from the ice‐water bath and stir in the butter in three or four installments. Return the cream to the ice‐water bath to continue cooling, stirring occasionally, until it has completely cooled. The cream is now ready to use or store in the fridge.

  • The pastry cream can be made 2‐3 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
  • In order to avoid a skin forming on the pastry cream, cover with plastic wrap pressed onto the cream.
  • Tempering the eggs raises the temperature of the eggs slowly so that they do not scramble.

Chocolate Glaze
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé
(makes 1 cup or 300g)
1/3 cup (80g) heavy cream
3½ oz (100g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 tsp (20 g) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces, at room temperature
7 tbsp (110 g) Chocolate Sauce (recipe below), warm or at room temperature

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil. Remove from the heat and slowly begin to add the chocolate, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  2. Stirring gently, stir in the butter, piece by piece followed by the chocolate sauce.

  • If the chocolate glaze is too cool (i.e. not liquid enough) you may heat it briefly
 in the microwave or over a double boiler. A double boiler is basically a bowl sitting over (not touching) simmering water.
  • It is best to glaze the eclairs after the glaze is made, but if you are pressed for time, you can make the glaze a couple days ahead of time, store it in the fridge and bring it up to the proper temperature (95 to 104 F) when ready to glaze.

Chocolate Sauce
Recipe from Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Hermé

(makes 1½ cups or 525 g)
4½ oz (130 g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup (250 g) water
½ cup (125 g) crème fraîche, or heavy cream
1/3 cup (70 g) sugar

  1. Place all the ingredients into a heavy‐bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil, making sure to stir constantly. Then reduce the heat to low and continue stirring with a wooden spoon until the sauce thickens.
  2. It may take 10‐15 minutes for the sauce to thicken, but you will know when it is done when it coats the back of your spoon.

  • You can make this sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for two weeks. Reheat the sauce in a microwave oven or a double boiler before using.
  • This sauce is also great for cakes, ice-cream and tarts.

Kutti is a sweet made as prasad in Sindhi houses. It is always made when we perform Satya Narayan Pooja.There are a few versions to making this though the ingredients remain the same, the authentic Kutti is simple and made of Wheat flour, Sugar and ghee. Mama used to always add some powdered cashews or Almonds to it but that is optional, feel free to mix any nut or dry fruits.

Kutti has a shelf life of 1 week if stored in an airtight container, outside or in the fridge. At some Sindhi homes breakfast would be Kutti with Papad.

1 cup Wheat Flour
1/4 cup ghee
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp powdered cardamom
1/4 cup powdered cashews (you can use any nut in powdered form or full form, Almonds too tastes good)


  1. Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan.
  2. Add the wheat flour and cook on medium heat stirring continuously till you get a nice rich brown color and get the smell of cooked wheat flour. Keep stirring regularly, it will take about 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
  3. Add the Cardamom, Sugar and Cashews.
  4. Turn of the heat.
  5. Mix everything together.
  6. Cool completely and then store in airtight container.

Nutri Nuggets/ Soya Chunks Biryani

Ingredients (Serves 2)

3/4 cup rice
1/2 cup nutri Nuggets/ Soya Chunks
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup peas, fresh or frozen
1/2 cup onion, sliced
10 -12 curry leaves
1 tomato
2.5 tbsp yogurt
2 green chilies
1 inch ginger
2-3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp kitchen King Masala
2 cups water
salt to taste


  1. Soak the rice in water, for at least 1/2 hour. If using Basmati 10 mins will do.
  2. Soak the Nutri Nuggets / Soya Chunks in milk for 1/2 hour. (Milk should just cover the nuggets)
  3. Puree the tomatoes, green chilies, ginger and garlic together. Keep aside.
  4. Heat 2 tsp oil in a thick pan. Add the sliced onions and cook till they are brown and caramelized.
  5. Add the curry leaves.
  6. Add all the dry masalas like coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric, kitchen king masala. Cook for a minute.
  7. Add the pureed tomato. Cook till the oil separates.
  8. Beat the yogurt well and add it to the pan. Cook will oil separates
  9. Add the peas and Nutri Nuggets / Soya chunk along with the milk to the pan.
  10. Cook for 2 minutes.
  11. Transfer to a pressure cooker.
  12. Add the 2 cups of water and salt. Bring the water to a boil.
  13. Drain the rice and add it to the pressure cooker.
  14. Close the cooker. After 2 whistles remove from heat.
  15. Allow to cool.
  16. Serve with Raita of choice.

This is my entry to the JFI-Soya event hosted by Sia of Monsoon Spice.


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I am so thrilled at receiving these awards but Sorry for being late in acknowledging them.

SriLekha from Me and My Kitchen has passed the "Wylde Woman Award" to me. Thank you so much Sri Lekha

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Bhawana of Tastes of India has passed the "Just Nice Photos - Beautiful Site" & "2008 Best Blog Darts Thinker" awards to me, thank you so much Bhawana. She also passed the "Big Bear Hug", Love that award Bhawana thank you once again.

I would love to pass all these awards, but everyone seems to have already received them. Everyone deserves these awards for the time and effort you put in your blogs. I Love everyones blogs and it would be difficult to choose among them.

Beans Sprouts are used extensively in Chinese cooking, I love the crunch they provide to the noodles. But we also cook it in this curry form to be had with rice.

Ingredients (Serves 2)
1 cup beans sprouts
1 onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes
2 green chilies
1 inch ginger
10-12 curry leaves
1 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp red chili powder
pinch of turmeric
salt to taste
fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Puree the tomatoes, green chilies and ginger together. Keep aside.
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pressure cooker.
  3. Add the onions and fry them till the are golden brown in color.
  4. Add the curry leaves, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric. cook for 30 sec mixing well.
  5. Add the pureed tomatoes and cook will the oil separates.
  6. Add 2 cups of water, salt and the beans sprouts. and close the cooker lid.
  7. Wait for two whistles. Let the steam out naturally.
  8. Open cooker, boil the gravy to required consistency.
  9. Adjust Seasoning, garnish with coriander leaves.
  10. Serve with rice.

This goes to Srivalli's Curry Mela.

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Kheerni is thickened milk with Cardamoms, Saffron and a number of rich mild spices. Basically it is the Indian version of rice pudding. But here we will be adding Sabudana instead of rice. Kheerni can be made of Rice, Semiya or Sabudana.

Ingredients (Serves 2)
250 gms half and half cream (10% milk) or Whipping Cream (35%)
250 gms milk (I used 2%)
1 tsp cardamom powder or 2 cardamom pods
1/4 cup Sabudana
1/4 cup sugar (reduce or add more sugar according to taste)
3 tablespoons blanched slivered almond


  1. Wash the sabudana in a sieve, under running water. Keep Aside to let the water drain completely.
  2. Pour the cream and 2% milk into a wide and thick pan.
  3. Add the cardamom pods/powder and bring to a boil without letting the milk spill over.
  4. Quickly turn heat to medium.
  5. Add the sabudana slowly into the pan, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add the sugar.
  7. Stir now cook on medium heat for about 45 minutes or till the sabudanas are cooked and the kheerni thickened. Keep stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the almonds. Serve hot or cold

This is my contribution to the Think Spice Event hosted by Sunita of Sunita's World. I chose Cardamom, I love cardamom flavour and smell in sweets and we always make sure to add some in our tea everyday.

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There would be no better post to celebrate my 100th post than one which pays tribute to Mother India.

To Read about Indian independence movement click here

I was in the process of making carrot rice from left over plain rice, and saw the colors of the Indian Flag. I had some Hari Chutney, I mixed some rice with it to get the green color, the white was plain rice and Saffron grated carrot. I then used photo shop to draw the chakra, with the the 24 spokes of the wheel corresponding to the 24 hours of the day, implying that there is life in movement and death in stagnation, Source Wikipedia - more about Indian Flag here

The Indian Nathional Anthem

Click Here for the lyrics

This is my contribution to the Independence day 2008 event hosted by Pooja of My Creative Ideas

Happy Independence Day
Jai Hind

Soft Tandoori Roti

Tandoori Roti is what hubby and me would always order in restaurants, naan would be called for once in a way. He always called for kadak roti with no ghee, oil and butter and charred (he would send it back for more roasting if it was not done right) and me soft or at least what I call normal roti with my hubbies share of ghee and oil. After coming here we missed it and had to try it, Mom said it was easy and explained it to me. I tried it the next day and we loved it. It is so easy to make and you don't need a Tandoor, though it would be great to have one. Tandoor's are very hot and when roti are cooked in it, due to the high heat the outer shell cooks faster and gets crispy, while the inside remains soft and nice.

Here we use a regular Tawa and Stove to make it, I could not take pictures of the procedure but will do it next time I make these rotis and I have some one around to take them. I have an electric stove and used a grill that I kept on top of the burner and then kept the tawa on top. you can make it directly on top, but I wanted the grilled lines. This can be easily done on a barbecue and an oven but I have not tried these methods as of now.

Kadak Tandoori Roti

500 gms Wheat flour
125 gms Maida (all purpose flour)
2 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp curds
water for kneading
2 tbsp water
salt to taste

  1. Make a stiff dough using all the ingredients. It should be like a puri dough. Cover and keep aside for minimum 2 hours.
  2. Heat a tawa on high. ( I reduced to medium high after a while since the electric stove heats up a lot, if using gas you have to keep it on high)
  3. Make a golf sized ball of the dough.
  4. Roll it to a round of about 1/4 inch thickness.
  5. Using 1 pastry brush, brush some water on one side of the rolled dough.
  6. Place the watered side of the roti on the taw. It will stick to the tawa. Brush water on the other side now.
  7. Invert the Tawa now, such that the roti is now directly facing the burner/coil.
  8. Cook the roti this way till, the roti drops off on its on. (It will drop off when it is cooked completely). Use your judgement here and be careful not to burn the roti.
  9. Sometimes the roti drops off before being cooked completely, in that case just cook it on the tawa or directly on the grill till its done.
  10. Remove from heat, brush with some ghee and serve immediately.

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Shahi Paneer is a little like Paneer Makhanwala, with difference that we use more tomatoes here and no cashew nuts. It is a lighter gravy with all the flavours still there. The picture above does not do much justice, I had a bad Photo day with the weather being so gloomy and all rain and no sun.

250 gms Paneer, Cottage cheese
4 large tomatoes, chopped (3 cups chopped)
1 onion (3/4 cup chopped)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup curds, plain yogurt
1.5 tbsp cornflour, dissolved in 1/2 cup water
1 tbsp tomato sauce (Ketchup)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp tandoori masala
1 inch ginger, grated
2 black cardamom, crushed
1 green chili
1 tbsp ghee
coriander leaves for garnish
salt to taste


  1. Heat 1/2 tbsp ghee, add the onions, ginger, green chili and black cardamon. Cook till the onions are light brown in color.

  2. Add the tomatoes and curds. Cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Cool the onion tomato paste and grind to a smooth paste. Add some water while grinding if needed.

  4. Heat 1/2 tbsp ghee, add the paste and cook till oil separates.

  5. Add the cornflour dissolved in water, stirring continuously.

  6. Add salt, chili powder, pepper powder, garam masala, tandoori masala and tomato sauce.

  7. Cook will the gravy thickens.

  8. Add milk and Paneer. Bring the gravy to a boil.

  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with Tandoori Roti, Naan, Roti, Purietc.

This goes to Srivalli's Curry Mela.

More Paneer Recipes:
Achari Paneer
Paneer Makhanwala
Lazeez Paneer
Paneer Malai Tikka
Palak Paneer
Paneer Jalfrezi

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Karela or Bitter Gourd, Bitter Melon has many health benefits. The main being regulate the blood sugar and hence it is very good for diabetic patients.

These are few sites that give good information about bitter gourd and home remedies using them.

Ingredients - Makes 1 small glass
1 Karela Big
salt to taste
lime/lemon juice as per taste

  1. Wash the Karela.
  2. Remove the seeds.
  3. Cut into small pieces.
  4. Puree it in a blender or is you have juicer you can use that. If using blender you can add little water. About 1/4 cup will do.
  5. If pureed using a blender, pass it through a sieve.
  6. Add salt and Lime/Lemon juice to the collected juice.
  7. Serve.

Note: This is really bitter, but the benefits are in this bitter part. I just had drop of it and could not have more my whole food pipe is reacting to it and I can feel the bitter taste all the way down. But if you have Diabeties there is no better home remedy and have it like a tonic.

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Corn Salad
Cream of Spinach Mushroom Soup
Macaroni Salad
Pea Soup
Spicy Cauliflower Soup
Vegetable Soup


Beetroot, Carrot and Potato Pancakes
Besan Toast
Cabbage Parantha
Dahi Semiya
Dal Jo Lolo
Dal Pakwan
Egg Muffins
Gobi Parantha (Cauliflower Parantha)
Grilled Sandwiches
Idli Upma
Khand Jo Phulko
Masala Idli
Meetho Lolo
Oats Dosa
Palak Idli
Poha Upma
Seyal Bread Dahi Mein - Bread Upma in Yogurt
Seyal Bread Tamatey Mein - Bread Upma in Tomato


Aloo Bonda
Aloo Took
Baked Veggie Squares
Besan Toast
Bread Rolls
Chappa - Potato Chana Dal Pattice
Falafal With Hummus
Garlic Bread
Gobi Manchurian - Gravy
Khaman Dhokla
Mangalore Bajji
Masala Vadai
Mirchi Pakoda
Mirchi Pakoda Chat
Muruku / Chakli
Paneer Malai Tikka
Pani Puri
Rice Krispies Mixture
Sai Bhajji Tikki
Sindhi Pakoda's
Sweet and Sour Babycorn
Sweet and Sour Veggie Sausage
Tomato-Basil Bruschetta
Vegetable Au Gratin
Vegetable Cutlets

Chutneys/Dips/Sauces/Salad Dressings

Honey Dijon Salad Dressing
Khati Meethi Chutney - Tamarind Chutney
Hari Chutney
Pudina Chutney
Sun Dried Tomato Chutney

Main Course

Achari Paneer
Beans Sprout Curry
Bharwan Lauki
Bhee Aloo - Lotus Stem Curry
Binda Basar - Okra in Onion Tomato Gravy
Bhinda Basar - Cooker Wara
Capsicum Bhaaji / Dry Capsicum Curry
Carrot Spring Onion Ji Bhaaji
Corn Korma
Corn Methi
Dahi Ji Curry
Dal Pakwan
Dal Palak
Dhaas Karela
Egg Masala
Gatte Ki Kadi
Instant Onion Sambhar
Jeera Kadoo
Kadala Curry
Kadoo Channa Dal
Kaju Paneer (Paneer in Cashewnut Gravy)
Kala Channa
Karele Ji Bhajji
Khatta Meetha Beetroot
Khatta Meetha Shalgum
Lauki Dahi Wala
Lazeez Paneer
Lima Bean Curry
Mai Ji dal
Makhani Dal
Masoor Dal
Mattar Aloo
Methi Channa
Methi Ni Kadhi
Methi Paneer
Moongan Ji Dal
Mughlai Chicken
Mukandar Wadi
Navrathan Khorma
Pakoda Curry
Palak Mushroom
Palak Paneer
Paneer Jalfrezi
Paneer Makhanwala
Paneer Mushroom Capsicum Curry
Patta Kos Ji Bhajji
Pav Bhaji
Phool Tapasha/ Lotus Seeds Curry
Pineapple Rasam
Quick Mushroom Gravy
Rajma Chawara
Ras Patta Kaddu
Sai Bhaji
Shahi Paneer
Sindhi Curry - Tomato Curry
Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Stuffed Dal Dhokli
Sweet and Sour Babycorn
Sweet and Sour Veggie Sausage
Tidali Dal
Turi Ji Bhaji
Varyoon Patata Waagan Ji Bhaji
Vegetable Au Gratin
Vegetable Badshahi
Waagan Aloo


Aloo Gobi Ki Tehari
Bhuga Chawara
Bihari Palak Khichidi
Boondi Raita
Carrot Chickpea Rice
Corn Methi Rice
Egg Fried Rice
Heida Wara Chawara
Mexican Rice
Nutri Nuggets Ji Biryani
Pea Pulao
Pudina Biryani
Pongal (Venn Pongal)
Radish Leaves Bisi Bele Bath
Tahiri (Sweet Rice)
Varyoon Ji Biryani (Wadi Biryani)
Vegetable Fried Rice


Bread 1
Cabbage Parantha
Dal Jo Lolo
Eggless Banana Bread
Garlic Bread
Gobi Parantha (Cauliflower Parantha)
Instant Batura
Khand Jo Phulko
Masala Bread
Meetho Lolo
Palak Roti
Tandoori Roti


Atte Ja Ladoo (Wheat Flour Ladoos)
Baked Pear Pudding
Caramel Cake
Chawara Ji Kheerni
Chocolate Eclairs
Churma Ladoo
Coconut Choco Chips and Cranberry Macaroons
Dal Jo Seero
Danish Braid
Dried Cranberry Shortbread
Earl Grey Tea Loaf
Eggless Banana Bread
Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream
Karao (Wheat Flour Halwa)
Karela Juice
Kesar Badam Sandesh
Mango Coconut Ladoo
Peach Crumble
Quick Rasberry Souffle
Rabri Falooda
Rava Ladoo
Ricotta Cheese Mithai
Sabudana Ji Kheerni
Tahiri (Sweet Rice)
Watermelon Banana Smoothie
Opera Cake

Daring Bakers
May 2008 - Opera Cake
June 2008 - Danish Braid
July 2008 - Filbert Gateau with Praline Buttercream
August 2008 - Chocolate Eclairs
September 2008 - Lavash Crackers
October 2008 - Pizza's
November 2008 - Caramel Cake
February 2009 - Chocolate Valentino
March 2009 - Lasagne of Emilia-Romagna
April 2009 - Cheese Cake

I tried easycrafts Oats Dosa and it was delicious. So simple to make and very healthy. My husband who is not a big fan of Oats to loved it. Thank you easycraft for such a great recipe. I have made some changes to the recipe, for the original click here.


1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup rava/sooji
1/4 cup rice flour
1 cup buttermilk (Original recipe 2 cups water was used and no buttermilk)
1 cup water
1 tsp red chili flakes (Original recipe green chili was used)
3 tsp dried coriander leaves (Original recipe fresh coriander was used)
Salt to taste


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a tawa to medium high. Add a ladle full of batter in a circular pattern. I made it a bit thick like pancakes/uttapam.
  3. Once it is brown flip and cook the other side completely.
  4. Serve hot. We had it with some Achari Mango chutney.

Note: You can add some oil while cooking too, but I used a non stick pan and they came out easily so no oil was required.

This is one of our favorite snacks, will not last more than 2 days. This is one of the recipes using Besan / Bengal Gram Flour and rice flour. Enjoy these with a hot cup of tea.

1 and 1/2 cups Rice Flour
1/2 cup Besan / Bengal Gram Flour
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp red chili powder
3 tbsp hot melted butter
salt to taste
1 cup water (approximately)
oil for deep frying


  1. Mix all the ingredients, except oil for frying.
  2. Make a dough which is like a puri dough.
  3. Fill a Muruku Mold with the dough.
  4. Shape them on a parchment paper.
  5. Deep fry them on medium heat till golden brown.
  6. Drain on a tissue.
  7. Once Cooled store them in a airtight container.

I was thrilled when Zlamushka chose Jai and Bee for the Tried and Tasted event this month.

I love their blog and their pictures. Love the way they experiment with food and all recipes are so healthy. This weekend I was looking for black chickpeas recipe and landed on their blog, the Kadala Curry was something I have never eaten so immediately decided to try it. Bee suggests that this curry needs lots of patience and i followed their suggestion. Love the smell of caramelized onions. It was so different from what we make it, we are so used to putting tomato in everything, this was a welcome change though we added lime to it since we were missing the tangy taste we are used too. We loved it and ate it puri. This is a Kerala dish and normally eaten with puttu, I have not eaten puttu and soon plan to try it with the Kadala Curry. My picture does not do justice but the flavours are amazing. The only difference is I did not add the potatoes, made it more gravy like instead of a dry curry since we were eating with puri and also added lime.

Kadala Curry


1 and 1/2 cups black chickpeas
1 and 1/2 cups chopped sweet onion
1/2 cup unsweetened dry dessicated coconut
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 dry red chillies
2 cloves garlic chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 inch cinnamon
3 cloves
12-15 curry leaves
1 tsp brown mustard seeds
coriander leaves to garnish
Juice of 1/2 lime


  1. Wash and soak the chickpeas in water for at least 12 hours.
  2. Rinse the chickpeas, and cook them in pressure cooker till soft.
  3. Drain the chickpeas, and save the water.
  4. Dry Roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cloves and red chillies for a minute or so in a hot pan. Keep aside to cool.
  5. Roast the coconut until golden brown. Keep aside to cool.
  6. Heat 2 tsp oil in the same pan fry the onions on a medium-low flame until they are golden brown and caramelised. Keep aside to cool.
  7. Grind the roasted spices, coconut, caramelized onions, turmeric to a fine paste. Use the chickpea water while grinding.
  8. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds. Once they splutter add the curry leaves.
  9. Add the cooked chickpeas, the ground paste, salt.
  10. Add the chickpea water.Bring it to a boil.
  11. Simmer till required consistency. Add more water if required and boil.
  12. Add the lime juice.Garnish with coriander leaves.

Pineapple Rasam

I happened to look for Pineapple Rasam and again found a recipe on their blog. Most of the recipes I found used some dal, theirs did not require dal and was quick and easy. I so loved it. I used some garlic instead of ginger and put in a little bit more of tamarind paste.

2 cups fresh pineapple, chopped
1 tsp tamarind paste mixed in 1/2 cup water
1 and 1/2 tsp rasam powder
a pinch of asafoetida
2 finely chopped green chili
1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
6 curry leaves
salt to taste
1 tsp. oil
coriander leaves to garnish

  1. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.Add the asafoetida, rasam powder, garlic and curry leaves.
  2. Add the tamarind water, pineapple,green chili and salt.
  3. Bring it to a boil.
  4. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  5. Serve with rice.

There are so many more recipes that I would love to try. Thank you Zlamushka for this opportunity. Thank you Jai and Bee for these wonderful recipes which I will be making more often now. Your blog is inspirational and the pictures are excellent. Love what you are doing and I eagerly wait for your posts.

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