BENNE BISCUIT | UTTERLY BUTTERY COOKIES

Benne biscuts or Nankhatai, Indian buttery shortbread cookies
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Benne biscuit or Nankhatai is a delicious Indian take on Butter cookies. No, wait. Benne Biscuit or Nankhatai is a delicious Indian take on shortbread cookies. No, wait. Butter cookies or shortbread? Gah! You get it, right? That benne biscuits are extremely delicious Indian cookies that melt-in-your mouth? That, this is a super easy benne biscuit recipe, that is must—make-right-now, kinda thing? Then, leave my confusion behind and read on… Continue reading

HONEY CAKE | FLUFFY SPONGE CAKE

Made with honey, condensed milk and eggs, honey cake is a soft sponge-like cake that can be served at any occasion.
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This honey cake recipe will result in the softest and fluffiest sponge cake you have ever eaten! Honey cake or plain cake can be served with coffee or…You can just lay it out on your table and watch the honey cake go from 10 slices to zero as your family grabs a slice every time they pass by the delicious-looking, nostalgia-inducing light-as-air….. Honey Cake! Continue reading

STUFFED BUNS WITH PANEER MASALA

Stuffed buns with an a paneer masala filling, popular food from Bangalore!
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Hot Stuffed Buns! Hot Stuffed Buns! One a penny, two a penny, hot stuffed Buns! Errr… Maybe I ought to factor inflation into the poem and say, one a dollar? High time, don’t you think? Well, All I can say is, these masala stuffed buns aka palya buns are so warm, soft and the balance of flavors you get with every bite, it almost feels like a hug, a hug from an angel. And, who can put a price on that, eh? Then again, I am biased because, as you know, I made these stuffed buns from scratch and all. Why don’t you try them and tell me about it? 🙂 Continue reading

AVOCADO-CHEESE CRACKER BRUSCHETTA

Cracker Bruschetta
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Cracker bruschetta is just what the name says. A no-cook easy to make appetizer/snack with toppings that are refreshing on a summer afternoon and whose flavors blend together in a classic, timeless fashion. Today, let’s discuss people. People who are “know-it-all”. A know-it-all or know-all is a person who obnoxiously purports an expansive comprehension of a topic and/or situation when in reality, his/her comprehension is inaccurate or limited. Were you just reminded of that friend of your’s? Well, I have been lucky (read not lucky!!) enough to meet quite a few such specimens in my life. People who have to… Continue reading

INSTANT JALEBI |THE SHORT ROUTE TO DELICIOUSNESS

Funnel cake without egg
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Instant Jalebis a.k.a Jilebis are discs of crunchy deliciousness filled with light sugar syrup. Who needs Oreos with milk when they can haveInstant jalebis? Seriously guys, don’t get offended because I disregard Oreos. You must try this, dunk and eat; your stairway to foodie heaven! If you are a regular here, you must have already realized that I don’t care much for sweets. I always prefer savory over sweets. Since, I blog about recipes that I actually love making and eating, I hardly ever blog about sweets and desserts. Then, there are days when a sudden sugar craving strikes and… Continue reading

SKINNY TOMATO CHAAT – NO COOKING REQUIRED

Tomato Chaat
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Skinny Tomato Chaat is the recipe for this RAVISHING TUESDAY! Chaat is term describing savoury snacks, typically served at road-side tracks from stalls or food carts in India (the best restaurants fail to mimic the taste from food carts :P) The word in Hindi means to lick or to devour with relish; eat noisily. This is the definition from Wikipedia. There could not be a more apt way to explain chaat to a chaat virgin! I call this skinny because this is one of those rare recipes with absolutely no oil, no cooking and no sev (fried lentil crisps). Note… Continue reading

EGGLESS VANILLA CUPCAKES

Eggless vanilla cupcakes
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Add this eggless vanilla cupcakes recipe to your library because you can never have enough cupcake recipes, can you? Add some berries to vanilla cupcakes and you’ve got yourself breakfast-on-the-go. Add some whipped cream frosting to the vanilla cupcakes and you’ve got yourself some dessert for dinner. How about that! Is it too bad that I have nothing much to share today? I mean, I have this great recipe for soft, light as air vanilla cupcakes, do I need more? Yes, I do. Google says so. My sweet, will-kill-you-with-his-tech-talks husband, installed a software when we started the blog that basically… Continue reading

SHREWSBURY BISCUITS – BUTTERY ENGLISH COOKIES

Shrewsbury Biscuits
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Shrewsbury Biscuits are classic buttery English cookies; which by the way are extremely popular in India too.  The British left behind, in India, more than just the English language it seems. These biscuits and I share a History. I had them for the first time during my post-grad studies in Pune, India. Pune and my dingy hostel is where I learnt a few lessons in life that I hold so dear even today. Pune is also the very same place where my then-boyfriend, now-husband used to work. Two years flew by. For a girl who lived under the umbrella of… Continue reading

SHANKARPALI | SWEET TIDBITS

Shankarpali
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My Second recipe for Diwali 2013. What is Diwali? Check out the intro (albeit small) to the festival in my recipe for Besan Ladoo. Shankarpali holds a special place in my heart. Nachiket and I go a long way back into the past. My husband, my then “just-a-good-friend”, used to receive packages (yummy food packages) from home every Diwali. He used to bring half the stuff (I have to be honest, more than half actually) for me. You see, he was working, earning and living independently in the city where I was still studying and residing in a dingy hostel… Continue reading

BESAN LADOO | SWEET CHICKPEA SPHERES

Besan Ladoo
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Besan Ladoo is the first of the two recipes that I plan to post for Diwali 2013. Although, it is not particularly a Diwali sweet as such, I decided to make it a part of my simple Diwali menu. Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights. Most parts of India are immersed in a festive environment with family gatherings, feasts and fireworks. The lights and fireworks signify the expulsion of vices and darkness from life & the welcoming of virtues, light and prosperity. There are a few typical sweets, savories and dishes prepared as a part of the celebrations. I… Continue reading