Monday, February 28, 2011


Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Ripe Bananas – 3 mashed
Butter – 1/2 stick
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Applesauce/Water – 4 oz
Baking Soda – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
Walnuts chopped – 1/2 cup


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, salt and baking soda)
  3. Puree the bananas or mash well and add apple sauce, vanilla extract and butter and mix well
  4. Add both the dry and wet ingredients together and mix well. Add chopped walnuts
  5. Pour the batter into greased loaf pan
  6. Bake at 375 F for 1 hour
  7. Allow the bread to cool completely and slice them

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Butter Cookies

Level: Easy
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 12-15 cookies


Unsalted Butter - 1 stick
All purpose flour/maida - 1 cup
Confectioner powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardomom powder - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 1/4 tsp


Beat the butter well along with the sugar
Sift the flour and baking powder and add it to the butter mixture and mix well

Add cardomom powder and knead like chappathi dough
Cover it with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutess

Preheat the oven to 300 Fahrenheit

Make around 15 balls with the dough and press each ball in the cookie sheet
Arrange the cookies 2 inches apart
Bake the cookies for about 25 minutes (The cookies should not turn brown)

Serve once cooled

Sending to Anyone can cook

Friday, February 25, 2011

Banana Dosai

Level: Medium
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min

Recipe adapted from here

Ripe Banana - 2 (long ones) 
Wheat flour/All purpose flour-2 tablespoon
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Sugar/grated jaggery - 2 table spoon
Cardomom powder - 1tsp
Chopped Cashewnuts- 1 tablespoon 
Chopped Raisins - 1 tablespoon
Ghee - to fry

Mash the bananas with a potato masher or puree it in a blender(approx 1/2 cup)

Add rice flour, wheat flour and cardomom powder and mix well. Do not add water

The consistency of the batter should be as idli batter. Add chopped raisins and walnuts

Heat a skillet/tawa and shallow fry small dosas with ghee. Keep the flame very low.It may take from 4 - 5 minutes to cook.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Poori Kizhangu masala

Level: Easy
Prepartion time: 10 min
Cooking time: 20 min
Serves: 2
Poori Kizhangu Masala

Onions chopped: 1 medium sized
Pototo boiled and peeled: 2 medium sized
Besan: 1.5 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
Salt:1 tsp
Green chilli: 1 or 2
Hing: a pinch
Curry leaves: 6
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Urad dhal: 1 tsp
Oil: 2 tsp
Cilantro chopped: 1 tsp

Cut the boiled potatoes to small cubes and slit the green chillies.

Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds.Once it starts spluttering add urad dhal and curry leaves

Add onions and green chillies and saute till the onions become translucent

Mix besan in 1/4 cup of water and add it to the fried onions

Add boiled potatoes,salt, hing and mix well

Boil for another 3 - 5 minutes until everything gets cooked well.

Garnish with chopped cilantro

Serve with poori


Carrot Payasam
Pal Payasam
Moong dhal Payasam
Aval Paysam
Semiya Payasam
Coconut Rice Payasam
Poori Payasam

Ashoka Halwa
Kasi Halwa
Thirunelveli Halwa
Cornflour Halwa
Banana Halwa
Mango Halwa
Badam Halwa
Papaya Halwa
Milk Halwa

Kaju Kathli
Seven Cup Burfi
Chocolate Milk Burfi
Bournvita Burfi
Badam Cake/Amond Burfi

Jaggery Sweets
Kuzhi Paniyaram
Arisi Appam/Nei Appam
Wheat flour/Godhumai Appam
Vella Kozhukattai
Navarathri Puttu
Pori Urundai
Chakkara Pongal
Payatham paruppu Inipu Sundal
Akkara Vadisal
Fried Kozhukattai

Special Ladoo
Coconut Rava Ladoo
Besan Ladoo
Rava Laddu
Aval Laddu
Wheat Laddu
Microwave Besan Ladoo
Peanut Ladoo

Thiratti pal
Condensed milk Thirattipal(Microwave method)
Homemade Chocolates
Parangikai(Yellow pumpkin) Kova
Baklava with Pumpkin Halwa
Mysore Pak
Caramel Bread Pudding
Kalkandu Rice
Aval Kesari
Double ka Meetha
Semiya Kesari

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gagra Choli

Gagra Choli for a 1.5 year old girl

Materials used

Green sik material - 50 cm (Pothys)
Printed cotton cloth (maroon) - 1.5 m (Pothys)
Green cotton lining material for tops - 50 cm (Pothys)
Golden color sequins -  packet
Golden color small beads - 1 packet
Golden color small tubes - 1 packet
White/Silver kundan stones medium size - 2 packets
Silver color small beads - 2 packet
Red kundan stones - 1packet
Golen color border - 3 metres
Elastic thin for smocking - 2 m
Elastic thick for skirt - 1m

All the beads were purchased at Raja Stores at TNagar Ranganathan st

Front View

Back View (Smocked tops)

Eggless Princess Birthday Cake

This is my first attempt in decorating a cake. I made this for my daughter's second birthday after watching so many cake decoration videos in youtube. I know that the finishing is not perfect but my daughter loved it a lot.What more can be exciting for her than seeing her barbie dressed up in an edible gown similar to hers...

Things Required

8" Pineapple cake - 2 nos (click for Recipe)
8" Chocolate cake - 1 no (click for Recipe)

The recipe in my older post are for 9" pans. I just increased the baking time to 7 - 9 minutes for the9" pan.

6" Chocolate cake - 1
6" Chocolate cake baked in a muffin pan: 1
Strawberry frosting - 3
Mini stars
Barbie doll - 1
Red color icing - 1
Cake decoration tips
9" plate - 1

1. Bake all the required cakes and allow them to cool
2. Freeze it for 45 minutes so that it will be easy to cut
3. Cut the domes in all the cakes and also cut a 1 inch circle in the center (This is required to insert the doll)

4. Place a pinapple cake in the dinner plate as a base.Tuck in some wax paper or aluminium foil so that it can be removed later(This is to prevent the mess of the frosting)

5. Apply a thick coating of frosting and place another cake on top of it

6.Apply frsting and place another 8" chocolate cake

7: Apply forsting and place 6" chocolate cake
8.Apply frosting and place the cake baked in muffin pan so that it gets the shape of the skirt

9. Crumb coat the cakes (i.e apply a thin layer of frosting all over)

10. Leave it in the freezer for another 45 min
11. Apply a thick layer of frosting all over the cake
12. Using a knife make some swirls
13. Wrap the doll using a plastic wrap and  insert the barbie in the center and apply some frosting with star tip for the bodice

14. Using star tip decorate the bottom of the skirt
After cutting the cake

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Carrot Burfi

Level: Easy
Preparation time: 10 min
Cooking time: 10 min


Grated Carrot: 1 cup
Grated coconut: 1/4 cup
Sugar:1.25 cup
Water: 1/4 cup
Cardomon powder: 1/2 teaspoon

Step 1:
Have a greased plate ready

Step 2:
In a heavy pan add 1 tsp of ghee and slightly fry the carrot for 2 min (This is to get rid of the raw smell ofcarrot)

Step 3:
Add cococnut, sugar and water and mix well.

Step 4:
Keep on stirring in medium until the mixture frothes(in Tamil it is called poothu varuvathu). At this point thesugar will start to crystalize). Usually this mixture frothes within 10 min

Step 5:
Switch off the flame immediately and transfer it to a greased plate

Step 6:
Once cooled, cut to desired shape and serve