Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ginger Cookies Recipe - Soft Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies Recipe
These ginger cookies are soft and chewy making a great snack time partner.I loved the spice flavour a lot,even mittu loved it so much.I was a bit skeptical whether she would complain about the spice flavour but to my surprise she just loved itand asked me to reserve for her school snack box too.

These cookies are simple and easy to make too.I just tried replacing 1/4 cup white flour with wheat flour but still the cookies came out soo good.I referred a recipe and modified it but forgot the link, now tried searching but couldn't find the link :( 
Ginger Cookies Recipe

Ginger Cookies Recipe

Preparation Time:15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes:12 small sized cookies
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Maida - 1 and 1/4 cups
Butter - 1/3 cup
Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup
Granulated white sugar - 1/4 cup
Honey - 1/8 cup
Egg - 1
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Dry Ginger Powder - 1/4 tsp
Cloves powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
Butterscotch Chips - 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Measure and take flour,add it to the siever.Now add cloves powder,cinnamon powder,dry ginger powder and salt.Now add baking powder.How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step1
  2. Sieve it for even mixing,Set aside.In a mixing bowl,add butter.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step2
  3. Add brown sugar.Beat sugar and butter well until it becomes soft and smooth.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step3
  4. Add the egg and beat it(Iused the hand beater so just beated for just few seconds),then add honey.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step3
  5. Whisk it,now take the flour with spice mixture.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  6. Add it and beat it again just to bring everything together.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  7. Now use a spatula to mix well.It will be goey so just mix and bring together.Cling wrap it and refrigerate it atleast for 30mins.Use a tbsp measuring spoon to scoop.This is to get even sized cookie.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  8. Roll it using your palms, add it to sugar roll it.Preheat oven at 180 deg C for 10mins.Repeat the same until the entire dough finishes.Arrange it in a baking tray with butter paper laid on it.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  9. Using a flat bottomed cup,flatten it slightly.Bakein preheated oven for 8-10mins,timing depends on the size of the cookie too.Just keep an eye after 8mins.Bake till the top turns golden brown and starts to crack.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4
  10. Carefully remove them from butter paper then cool in wirerack.
    How to make Ginger Cookies Recipe - Step4

Cool down and then store in airtight container.Serve warm with a glass of milk or as a tea time snack.

Ginger Cookies Recipe

My Notes:

  • Do not overbake, the cookies will become hard.The cookies should be golden brown.
  • Refrigeration is a must else you cannot roll them.
  • These cookies spread out so arrange them accordingly leaving enough space between each cookie.
  • I used cane sugar.
  • If you don't have electric hand mixer, you can use a whisk but it takes a bit of effort to bring together.
  • I used 1 cup maida and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour.
  • I kept the tray in fridge until preheating time may be for 5mins.
  • I got around 12 medium sized cookies.
  • If the dough is too sticky then grease the butter paper.I did not grease as there was no need.
  • The baking timing depends on the cookie size and thickness.If you are making a slighter thicker cookie then it might take 15 mins to get baked fully, so adjust the timing accordingly.
Ginger Cookies Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Karthigai Vella Adai Recipe - Sweet Adai for Karthigai Deepam

Karthigai Adai Recipe

I had this Karthigai Adai Recipe in my mind since last Karthigai Deepam but couldnt find time to try it.I googled for the recipe, but there werent any so I decided to adapt my karthigai adai recipe  to make this sweet version.Usually karthigai adai is a savory dish made with freshly ground rice batter flavoured with pepper, but this is a sweet version of karthigai adai.Me and amma so loved and enjoyed it for breakfast with a dollop of butter it was heaven! :)

Check out more karthigai deepam recipes
Karthigai Adai Recipe

Vella adai Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 3 hrs | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes : 10 small adais
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Raw Rice - 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Chana Dal - 1/4 cup
Urad Dal - 1 tbsp
Moong Dal - 1 heaped tsp
Jaggery - 1/2 cup tightly packed
Coconut - 2 tbsp grated
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. Mix jaggery with water and heat it up for few mins until it is slightly thick(no consistency needs to be checked).

    How to make neiappam - Step1
  2. Strain the syrup to remove impurities, collect it in a bowl.Heat it up and cook for few mins to make the syrup thick like honey in consistency.
    How to make neiappam - Step2
  3. Measure and take raw rice along with other dals.Soak together in water for 2 to 3 hours, Set aside.
    How to make vella adai - Step1
  4. Rinse it well, then add it to a mixer jar.Add water as little as possible and grind into a slightly coarse thickish batter.
    How to make vella adai - Step2
  5. It should be this thick.Transfer to a mixing bowl, add jaggery syrup.
    How to make vella adai - Step2
  6. Mix well to form a flowing batter slightly thicker than dosa batter.Add coconut and cardamom powder.
    How to make vella adai - Step2
  7. Heat a tawa. Take a laddle full of batter and pour it on the tawa ,spread it slightly. Drizzle oil.Cook in low medium flame.
    How to make vella adai - Step2
  8. Flip to other side for cooking and cook till golden brown and the ends start turning crisp.
    How to make vella adai - Step2
Serve hot with butter- yum!
vella adai Recipe

My Notes:

  • If the batter is very runny then when you add jaggery syrup it will become more runny so add as little water as possible while grinding.
  • Even after adding jaggery syrup if the batter is thick then add little water.
  • It is mildy sweet.
  • As there is jaggery, the adais get browned faster, so make sure to cook in low medium flame for getting the perfect golden color.
  • I used gingelly oil for cooking the adais,you can use ghee too for a great flavour.
vella adai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

White Christmas Slice - Easy Christmas Recipes

White Christmas Slice Recipe

Last week I was searching for some interesting christmas recipes thats when I saw this White Christmas Slice.It looked so pretty and I had all the ingredients in hand...actually I was looking for a recipe to empty the leftovers and this white christmas slice recipe was an apt choice.But the orginal recipe used a ingredient called Copha which is a form of vegetable fat shortening made from hydrogenated coconut oil so I replaced it with coconut oil. I browsed few recipes to get an idea of the ingredients list then adjusted the measurements according to the available ingredients in my pantry.

White Christmas Slice Recipe

White Christmas Slice Recipe Ingredients:

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 15 small bars
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Dessicated Coconut - 1 cup
Milk Powder - 1/4 cup
Rice Krispies - 1/2 cup
Powdered Sugar - 1/2 cup
Dry Fruits - 1/4 cup(I used tutti frutti & cranberry)
Butter - 1/4 cup
Coconut Oil - 1/8 cup

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl,add dessicated coconut,milk powder then rice kripies.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step1
  2. Then add powdered sugar,dry fruits.I reserved a tbsp of dry fruits to sprinkle on top.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step2
  3. Mix it well.Now take butter in a sauce pan.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step3
  4. Heat it up for few seconds and melt it.Now add coconut oil and switch off.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step4
  5. Pour this mixture to the mixing bowl,mix it with a laddle.If it doesn't come together add little more coconut oil.Now transfer the mixture to a tray.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step5
  6. Pat it well,sprinkle the reserved dry fruits.Press it firmly with a flat bottomed bowl.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step6
  7. Cling wrap it and refrigerate for atleast 30mins.Cut into squares and serve chilled.
    How to make White Christmas Slice Recipe - Step6
Keep refrigerated until serving time.
Pori Urundai

My Notes:

  • Keep refrigerated until serving time else it will become goey.
  • You can replace butter and coconut oil with condensed milk or even melted white chocolate.
  • You can add any dryfruits of your choice.I used tutti frutti and dried cranberries.
  • If you want to use fresh coconut,saute till it becomes dry then use it.
White Christmas Slice Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sweetners for Baby Food - Healthy Sugar Substitutes for Baby Food

Sweetners for Baby Food

This post is a long pending one, though I clicked few months back it took me so long to post it without any valid reasons...ok lazy me ;) Many of my friends and readers kept asking me to post about healthy sweetners after mentioning it in my porridge recipe posts.Though it is advised and recommended to include salt and any sweetner only after 1 yr, if the baby fuses too much I feel its ok to start with healthy sweetners after 7 to 8 months.So if you wish you can start these sweetners after the babys first birthday.You can mix these sweetners for any baby porridges.

Jaggery is Vellam in tamil, Palm Jaggery is Karupatti in tamil and Palm Sugar Candy is Panakarkandu in tamil incase if you want the translations.

Our ancestors had the custom of feeding sugar water soon after the baby's birth, though doctors don't allow it these days, amma insisted to give a drop of sakkara thani(sugar water) as a custom for both mittu and gugu and I was ok with it too.

I usually make jaggery and palm jaggery syrup in bulk and store in fridge atleast for 2 weeks as I use it in my daily cooking too.If you get clean organic palm sugar candy you can powder it else make a syrup by straining it like we do for jaggery.

Check other baby food recipes
Check other porridge recipes

But remember mothers feed is the best and its always good to start with other food only after the baby finishes 6 months.Always consult your paediatrician before introducing any new food.
Palm Sugar Candy - Panakarkandu
Sweetners for Baby Food

Sweetners for Baby Food - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 2 feeds
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Jaggery - as needed
Palm Jaggery - as needed
Palm Sugar Candy - as needed
Water - as needed to immerse

Method:

  1. Measure jaggery and add it in a pan, add water and dissolve it well.
    How to make Sweetners for Baby Food - Step1
  2. Heat it up for 2mins just for the jaggery to get dissolved.Strain to remove impurities.Cool down then refrigerate.
    How to make Sweetners for Baby Food - Step2
  3. Crush palm jaggery,I use my hand mortar and pestle.Transfer crushed palm jaggery to a pan.
    How to make Sweetners for Baby Food - Step1
  4. Add water till immersing level.Crush it well using a potato masher.
    How to make Sweetners for Baby Food - Step2
  5. Heat it up and cook for few mins until the jaggery melts completely.Strain to remove impurities.
    Hot to make Sweetners for Baby Food - Step3
  6. Store the syrup,cool down then refrigerate.Now take palm sugar candy in  dry mixer,powder it and then store.
    Hot to make Sweetners for Baby Food - Step4
Refrigerate the syrups, use it as and when needed.You can keep the palm sugar candy powder in room temperature itself.

Palm Jaggery - Karupatti or Panai Vellam
Sweetners for Baby Food

My Notes:

  • You can refrigerate the syrup.
  • Cook hte syrup until it becomes little thick so that it keeps well for more days.It is enough if its little thinner than honey.
  • If you get clean organic variety of palm sugar candy you can powder it else make a syrup by straining it like we do for jaggery syrup.
Sweetners for Baby Food

Jaggery -Vellam
Sweetners for Baby Food
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe

Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe

Pasta Recipes are the most wanted at home, though I don't make it often I make white sauce pasta at least once a month on demand.Now that even mittu likes pasta, I am making it for her too.But I made this schezwan pasta just for me when hubby was on trip to the US.So I enjoyed it myself for breakfast and skipped the lunch so it should be brunch right ?! ;)

Now lets get onto schezwan pasta...this is a very easy one pot dish that you can put together in few minutes.

Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe

Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 1
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: World

Pasta - 1 cup
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Garlic - 1 heaped tsp finely chopped
Butter - 2 tsp
Onion - 3 tbsp finely chopped
Capsicum - 2 tbsp chopped roughly
Schezwan Sauce - 1 tbsp
Mixed herbs - 1/4 tsp
Pepper Powder - a generous pinch
Salt - to taste

Method:

  1. Boil water.When it starts to boil, add the pasta along with salt and a few drops of oil.
    How to make How to Cook Pasta - Step2
  2. Cook in medium flame.Keep cooking and make sure you stir in between. Cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.It should have the crunch to bite at the same time it will slightly bend,thats the right stage.Switch off and drain water,Set aside.
    Hot to make How to Cook Pasta - Step3
  3. Pressure cook green peas for 3 whistles.Heat oil in a pan - add onion saute till transparent.
    Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe - Step1
  4. Add capicum saute for 2mins,then add schezwan sauce add little water and let it boil for 2mins.
    Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe - Step2
  5. Give a quick mix then add cooked green peas,salt,mixed herbs and pepper powder.
  6. Give a mix, then add cooked paste and toss it well till the pasta is fully coated with the sauce,cook for 2mins then switch off.Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe - Step4
Serve hot!

Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe

My Notes:


  • You can add other cooked vegetables like carrot,beans too.
  • This pasta is spicy so adjust spices accordingly if you want a less spicy version.
  • I used penne pasta here,you can use any variety of pasta you like.
Veg Schezwan Pasta Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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