Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Tiramisu is a layered Italian dessert and literally means 'pick me up'.This is a combination of crispy Savioardi (Lady fingers) soaked in espresso coffee and layered with rich and creamy mascoporne cheese ,egg whites and marsala wine.Instead of eggs I used whipped cream.Though this dessert looks intimidating, it is actually very easy to prepare.

Monday, May 13, 2013


Savoiardi/Lady fingers/Sponge fingers is an Italian cookie that is shaped like a big fat finger. This is the main ingredient in many Italian desserts like Tiramisu, Charlottes etc. I wanted to make a Tiramisu cake and ended up making eggless Lady fingers.I adapted the basic procedure from joy of baking and combined the recipe for short bread and lady fingers and ended up with these cookies.Since I have never tasted the real lady fingers I cannot comment if these tasted more or less similar to the original. But all I could say is the taste and flavor was really good and it soaked the coffee well in Tiramisu which served the purpose.And above all my daughter just loves these sponge fingers more than the regular cookies.

Lady Fingers

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Last time I bought a huge papaya from the market so that I can make fruit salad for the kids.As usual after having a couple of pieces they refused to eat.I had no idea how to finish off that huge papaya and finally made halwa with it.Both my kids (including me too) have a very sweet tooth and finished off the halwa. The halwa had a beautiful color all naturally and also tasted great. I followed the same recipe for Kasi halwa

Papaya Halwa

Sunday, May 5, 2013


Mango Pachadi

Mango pachadi is typically prepared during Tamil new year festival in Tamil Nadu. This can be prepared with or without addition of fresh neem flower.When prepared with neem flower,it symbolizes all 6 tastes (Arusuvai)
Inipu/Sweetness from jaggery
Pulipu/Sourness from mangoes
Uvarpu/Salty from salt
Karpu/hot from chillies
Thuvarpu/Saline from mangoes
Kasapu/Bitterness from neem flower