Monday, November 29, 2010

Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins | Easy Breakfast Muffins

I was waiting to try muffins once I got my muffin pan.First of all, it wasnt easy for me to get the muffin pan then came the pain of getting the liners for the muffins. The ones I got and have used here are very thin so used 2 liners for each muffin(yes just for the pics sake :))
Muffins are easy to make and have the advantage of flopping very rarely. Also it bakes quickly atleast most of them and does not make us wait long to dig in :)
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins - Ingredients
Recipe Source : VegBowl
  • Maida/APF - 1 cup (135 gms)
  • Chopped Dates - 1/4 cup packed (10 to 12)
  • Milk - 1 cup (250 ml)
  • Butter - 2.5 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Granulated Sugar - 1/4 cup(55 gms) - 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Walnuts roughly broken - 3 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp (or) Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe
I was very much thrilled to try muffins for the first time and to my surprise it turned out well too. The above mentioned quantity gives 6 large muffins. It doesnt need any extra frosting, I just topped them with chopped walnuts for the extra look for the pics :O This is one easy recipe, just fold in all the ingredients together with the exact measurements and your yummy muffins are ready in no time without any extra effort - Perfect for the lazy me and the main thing is that its a low fat version too.

Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe

1.Sieve maida, baking powder and baking soda together for twice, set aside. Cream butter,oil and sugar until soft.Then add vanilla essence and whisk well.
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe
2.Then add dates to hot milk(heat 1/4 cup milk)and allow it to sit for 10mins. By then, the dates would have softened and cooled.Now grind it in a mixer till a pasty consistency. Bits of dates here and there is ok too. Add the dates paste to the butter sugar mixture.
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe3.Add remaining milk, then add maida slowly but in 2-3 parts. Combine to form a a semi  runny creamy batter.
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe4.Finally fold in chopped walnuts. Spoon the mixture and add it to the muffin pans till 3/4 of the muffin liners. Preheat oven to 180ÂșC. Grease 6 cups of a muffin pan with little butter. Spoon mixture into muffin pan, bake for 20-25 minutes until a fork inserted comes out clean.
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe
This is for sure a must try for all dates lovers. The muffins were very delicious....Isnt that interesting?! No eggs and yet the muffins turned out good.
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins RecipeMy Notes:
  • If you dont want to add butter then add 4 - 5 tbsp oil in total for this recipe.
  • You can even top it with nutella for extra yum.
  • I forgot to grease the liners, grease it with oil so that the muffins come out clean.
Eggless Dates Walnut Muffins Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

The first time I tasted Broccoli was at Taj Prego. My friend had ordered Nethili fry and what came as an accompaniment was broccoli stir fry. It first looked to me like no flavoured stir fry(It was an Italian restaurant and to me everything looked uncooked ;)) so didnt want to taste at all, but then knowing the health benefits and my friends compulsion I wanted to give a try.And to my surprise, it didnt have a bit of any raw smell though it looked so. It tasted awesome...the olive oil with the mild seasoning tasted sooo gud that the main attraction was the broccoli than the nethili :)
Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
Last month, I found nice fresh broccolli at a nearby store so wanted to try a stirfry with mild seasoning and this is it. Since then this is one of my favorite veggies.

  • Broccoli - 1 small floret
  • Big Onion - 1 finely chopped
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Sambar powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as needed

To Temper:

  • Oil - 2 tsp (I used olive oil)
  • Mustard - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1.5 tsp

Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
1.Cut broccoli into small bite size pieces, like we cut for cauliflower. Wash the florets well and put it in hot water(not boiling water) for 5mins and then drain to keep aside.This is to clean as well as avoid worms if any. Then cook(parboil) broccoli with water, turmeric powder and salt.Drain water and set aside.Heat a pan with oil, add mustard seeds and jeera, allow it to crackle. Then add ginger garlic pase saute for a min, then add onions and fry till slightly browned.
Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe - Step1
2.Add the pepper powder, sambar powder and required salt.. Now stir well and add the broccoli florets and mix well again.Keep in low flame and allow it to coo for 3mins till the spice powders are blended. Switch off and serve hot.
Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe - Step2

There is always a saying that any veggie that is green has numerous health benefits...Its so true!!!

Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont overcook, as broccoli tends to lose its beneficiary values. Also take care not to change the color and crunchiness.
  • Broccoli with olive oil combination works best, try it and see.
  • Select the broccoli which is nice green in color with no black spots.
Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Few Health Facts: [Source : Google]

  • Avoid over cooking broccoli as about half of its beneficial substances may be destroyed in the process. Also, microwaving is thought to remove valuable nutrients from broccoli.Light steaming is best. Steam the broccoli for just a couple of minutes, until it turns bright green.
  • Broccoli health benefits include weight reduction, reduction of cholesterol and few birth defect risks can also be lowered.It has almost as much calcium as whole milk
  • Broccoli helps fight cancer and there is strong evidence that broccoli may reduce the risk of heart disease. It is an antioxidant and helps with stress.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Easy South Indian Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is such a comforting dish esp during the busy days.

When we moved to the new place and the house works were going on, we relied on easy yet nutritious dishes for lunch. Having very little time in hand, and a naughty kiddo all that we could do is such simple meals only. One such days lunch was this simple yet flavorful dal with potato curry and steamed rice....YUM! Do check out the "Coming up next" section which is newly located on the right tab.
Dal Tadka Recipe
  • Toor dal (Thuvaram Paruppu) - 1 cup [You can use yellow moong dhal too]
  • Tomato - 1 chopped
  • Small Onions - 4 halved
  • Turmeric powder - a pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 1 tsp
To Temper :
  • Oil / Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Jeera - 1 tsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Dry red chillies - 2 halved
  • Curry leaves - 4 to 5

Dal Tadka Recipe

  1. Pressure cook dal with onion tomato, a tsp of oil and with enough water and a pinch of turmeric powder, until soft or give 4 whistles.Once pressure releases mash up the dal with a laddle until mushy.
  2. Heat a tsp of ghee, add the items listed under 'to temper'. Allow it to crackle, switch off and transfer this tadka to the dal in the serving bowl .
  3. Add it to the cooked dal.Switch off.

Tadka is nothing but the seasoning we do with ghee / oil which gives a nice flavour to the simple dal.

Dal Tadka Recipe

[Source : Google]
  • Dal Tadka is a staple dish in several Indian households and is generally eaten with rice or rotis (indian flat-bread).
  • The traditional Dal Tadka Recipe is a preparation made from a variety of different lentils and a lot of spices making it a favourite accompaniment with Rice or Rotis/Naan etc.
  • Dal refers to the dry pulses that come as a result of splitting the whole pulses, and ridding them of their husks/hulls and shells.
  • Dal forms a very important part of the daily Indian meal, as it is one major source of proteins and energy.
  • Dal is generally eaten as accompaniment to Roti or Steamed white rice.Toor Dal or split Pigeon peas are generally used in preperation of this dish.

Dal Tadka Recipe

Anytime comfort and nutritious dal, do include it in your menu and enjoy!! 
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pori Urundai Recipe - Pori Urundai for Karthigai Deepam

Pori Urundai Recipe
I have made Pori Urundai twice before and wanted to post it here this year.I am fond of lighting lamps and arranging them outside and inside the house, who doesnt?! This year for blogging sake, made pori urundai in advance. These days my little one has become a choosy eater(now mothers gene at work ;)), But pori is her favorite right from the day she tasted it. So this time when I tried pori urundai at home I made sure to make tiny balls to give it to her, seeing her smile to a mile, I was a contented mother :)

Karthigai Deepam is a festival of lights, celebrated in the Tamil month of Kaarthigai. It is celebrated on the full moon day of the Kaarthigai month which coincides with Krithikai star. It is also considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthigai.

Rows of agal vilakkus (oil lit lamps) in front of every house... this is the image that at once comes to mind when we think of Karthigai Deepam - the festival of lights that is celebrated throughout Tamil Nadu during the month of Karthigai (November-December). Not many of us are aware that it is one of the oldest festivals celebrated in the state, perhaps even before people began celebrating Deepavali and Navarathri.
Pori Urundai Recipe

Pori Urundai Recipe Ingredients:

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Pori / Puffed rice- 3 and 1/2 cups
Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/4 cup or little less than that (It should be just for the level of jaggery to immerse)
Elachi powder - a pinch
Ghee - 1 tsp to grease hands


  1. Measure jaggery and add it in a pan, add water and dissolve it well.
    How to make pori urundai - Step1
  2. Heat it up for 2mins just for the jaggery to get dissolved.Strain to remove impurities.
    How to make pori urundai - Step2
  3. Heat it up again and keep cooking,add elachi powder.Consistency check : Keep a separate plate ready filled with little water.Take a drop of jaggery syrup and put it in water, it should stand firm and not dissolve as shown below.
    How to make pori urundai - Step3
  4. You should be able to gather to form a nonsticky soft ball(uruttu padham) when you roll it with your fingers .When this consistency is reached, add the pori and switch off.
    How to make pori urundai - Step4
  5. Now stir well, so that pori gets completely coated with the jaggery syrup.I added in 2 batches.Mix well so that the syrup coats the pori evenly.
    How to make pori urundai - Step5
  6. Grease your palms with ghee or oil and roll them into tight balls taking care not to break the pori.
    How to make pori urundai - Step6
Store in airtight container and enjoy!

Hope you all have fun lighting lamps and bursting crackers. See you all in the next post!!
Pori Urundai

My Notes:

  • Be careful in checking the consistency else making them into balls will be tough.
  • If it hardens in the end for the last few balls then heat up the mixture for a minute to loosen then make balls.
  • The color of the pori urundai totally depends on the jaggery variety. The method is the same for making aval pori urundai and also kadala urundai.
Pori Urundai Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Veg Pizza Recipe - Homemade Pizza Step by Step Recipe

Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe

I love pizza...who doesnt?! I was postphoning this veg pizza recipe just for the reason that I had to write more ;) Also I wanted to compile all the pics with stepwise, and the variations. And with no doubt this recipe is a keeper but I made adjustments here and there each time and finally found the recipe for perfect pizzas, So no more pizzas from restaurants.

I have tried 2 versions one the normal one which I have posted here...the other one low fat with whole wheat flour which I will post later. I am yet to post paneer tikka pizza which will be soon.

Homemade Veg Pizza

I have added onion, capsicum and corn here, you can have variations as per your liking. You can add paneer, mushroom, olives ,broccoli...the variations are endless....Be creative and use your own variations.

Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe

Veg Pizza Recipe

Preparation Time:20 mins | Cooking Time : 25mins | Makes:2 small pizzas
Recipe Category: Chaat | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

All purpose flour/Maida - 1 and 1/2 cups
Active dry yeast - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup + 1tbsp for brushing
Water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/2 tblsp
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp

For the topping:

Pizza / Pasta Sauce - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1/2 chopped
Capsicum - 1.5 tbsp cubed in each color
Sweet Corn kernels - 1/4 cup
Grated mozarella cheese - 1/4 cup grated
Oregano - 1/4 tsp
Chilli Flakes - 1/4 tsp


  1. Boil water first in a wide vessel and keep aside.When it is warm add yeast and sugar.Let it aside for few mins it will start bubbling up then yeast is active else start with another fresh batch of yeast.In a mixing bowl add milk, salt and oil...whisk it well.
    How to make veg pizza - Step1
  2. Now add yeast mixture to the milk oil and mix well.Now add the flour.After adding the flour, gather to get a smooth pilable dough. No need to knead completely just bring it together that is enough. Keep covered till an hour or 2, preferably in a warm place for best results.
    How to make veg pizza - Step2
  3. When u check after an hr, the dough would have been raised.Now punch it down incase for any air bubbles and then keep aside in a warm place. I divided the dough into to make 2 small pizzas.Grease a baking tray with little oil. Keep the dough on the tray, and roll the dough a little thick.Just press the inside with your finger to get a impression as shown below to get a small depthness as shown below.Preheat the oven for 210 degree Celsius for 10mins.
    How to make veg pizza - Step3
  4. Prick the base with fork to make sure of even cooking(optional I didnt do it). Spread the pizza sauce, I used the readymade pizza sauce.First add half of grated cheese then arrange the toppings - I've used onion, sweet corn,color capsicum.Then add remaining grated cheese.
    How to make veg pizza - Step4
  5. Brush the sides of the pizza with little milk to get browning easily.Then bake in preheated oven for 15- 20 mins,till the base turns golden brown and the cheese completely melts.After removing from oven add oregano, chilli flakes cut into wedges and enjoy!
    How to make veg pizza - Step5
  6. Cut the pizzas with pizza cutter/knife, make wedges and enjoy hot and yummy pizza :)
Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe

Serve hot! And its pizza time now , now lets dig in :))

Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe

My Notes:

  • The dough shouldnt be sticky...if so then ur dough is watery so add in a little more flour. 
  • Usually I roll the dough in the baking tray itself, this way its messfree as u need not transfer from one to another carefully.
  • If you cut a tiny area with a knife, u can see if its cooked fully by seeing the bread like texture.Mine gets done usually in 20mins, check at 15mins then proceed with the extra 5mins. 
  • You can even lay aluminium foil or butter paper on the try and then roll the dough on it.
  • If you are using instant yeast no need to proof it, add it along with milk and water and just mix it.
  • You can even use egg white to brush along the sides to get browning easily.If you dont use egg, then use milk.
  • As my oven tray is small, I always divide the dough into 2 and make 2 pizzas. If your tray is big then roll the rntire dough to get a large pizza.
  • It is again a no fail recipe.The only thing to keep in mind is the measurements and the yeast activeness.With the measurement specified above , u can make 2 small pizzas too, it tastes equally gud. If you are opting for one then u will get a big pizza a little bigger in radius than the ones u get in pizzahut.
  • I used Amul pizza cheese and Bluebird brand active dry yeast both I got from Nilgiris.
Homemade Veg Pizza Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Natural Fanta!

After about 35 days of living with the dust and the smell of paint, all our music was the driller machines sound all these days......Yes finally the interior work is over and we are totally relieved though few works are pending which are very minor. I tell you, it isnt that easy to get things done after occupying.....the house was in a total mess all these days and we are in the process of slowly arranging things.

About this carrot juice recipe, amma learnt it from our neighbor.Once when it was served, we were clueless that it was from carrots, first we asked was it rasna? we were totally surprised to know that it was carrot juice. It is not only healthy but tasty at the same time, with lemon juice it tastes close to fanta minus the foodcolors and soda. I can hear you...this not orange juice and still why do you call it fanta - the color and tangy taste is close to it hence the name.
Carrot Juice Recipe


  • Carrots - 2 medium sized cut into small
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Lemon - 1
  • Ginger - 1/4 inch piece [optional - I didnt add]
1.Add carrots and ginger(if you are adding) in a blender/mixer with water and blend it until its crushed well. Blend it for 2 times to extract the pulp completely.Now strain it using a strainer and press the pulp with a spoon, so that the juice is extracted completely.

Carrot Juice Recipe
2.Then add lemon juice(taking care to omit the seeds), sugar, salt and mix well.Refrigerate for 30mins and serve chilled. You can make it in bulk, store in a clean bottle and refrigerate, it stays well upto a week.
Carrot Juice Recipe
My Notes :
  • If your carrots are sweet enough, then you can reduce sugar to 1/2 tsp or omit the sugar completely.

  • For the above mentioned quantity, it serves 2 small glasses(as in the pic). I picked fresh tender carrots to get the nice orangey color, guess it worked out :)

  • You can make this juice and refrigerate, it keeps well for about a week. Carrots with a dash of lemon makes it all the more healthy and tasty.

  • The recipe calls for ginger, but its purely optional. I sometimes omit it to relish the true taste close to fanta :)

Carrot Juice Recipe
Its truely a tongue tickling drink with the sweetness of sugar and the tanginess lemon brings in. Try this refreshing drink and enjoy yourself. Stay tuned for the next post - Homemade Pizza with stepwise.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Poha(Aval) Bread Mini Rotis / Poha Bread Tikki?

Bored of aval upma and looking for quick guilt free evening snack this is just perefect for you! I havent deep fried as in the orginal recipe instead toasted it and made it like rotis/tikkis :)
Poha Bread Roti Recipe

Ingredients: [Recipe Source : CookingandMe]
  • Thin aval / poha - 1 cup
  • Bread - 3 slices [I used wheat bread]
  • Onion 1 medium sized, chopped finely
  • Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tbsp
  • Green chillies 1 chopped finely
  • Rice flour - 3 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to toast
  1. Soak poha in 1/2 cup water for 10 mins(not more than that if its thin poha) or until soft. Dip bread in little water, squeeze out water and add it to poha.
  2. Now add the rest of the ingredients to this and mix well to form a thick mixture.Make small balls and flatten them to discs of 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Add oil in a pan just enough to toast and toast them until slightly browned on both the sides. They arent very crispy like the deep fried ones but softer and tastier.

NOTE : You can alternatively deep fry them too as in the orginal recipe.

Poha Bread Roti Recipe
After flattening them using your hands you can even cut out perfect round shapes using a small lid. But I didnt do it and thats y the irregular circles :) Isnt that a quick and interesting snacky? Do try out and am sure these rotis will not disappoint you.
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cashew Burfi (Kaju Katli) for Diwali

Kaju Katli Recipe
Kaju Katli is one of my favs anytime...To me Diwali means sweets :) New dresses and crackers comes next. Though am not fond of crackers, I like watching the colorful lights high in the sky and kids playing with great excitement. I am not sure how mittu is going to react to crackers bursting all around, though last year was her first diwali, she was too small to watch the lights.When I thought of a sweet that would be special and apt for the occassion the 3 sweets I finalised were Jangiri, Badusha and Kaju Katli. But jangiri was nowhere in my reach with the messy kitchen and things all around . Kaju Katli was quick, I am glad I tried, it is so easy yet rich and tasty.

Though not incidental , I luv the pic below with mittus hands, Isnt it cute? :)) She enjoyed the kajus as well.And wishing all my readers a very happy and safe diwali. Enjoy, have fun and most importantly play safe!
Kaju Katli Recipe

Kaju Katli Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes : 6 parathas
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Cashews - 1 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - just to the level of sugar immerses (5 tbsp)
Ghee - 1 tsp


  1. Dry your mixer completely without any moisture and wetness. Now grind the cashew to a fine powder.
  2. Grease the back of a flat plate with few drops of ghee and keep it ready. Grease the chapathi roller with remaining ghee.
  3. Take half cup sugar in a thick wide bottomed pan(preferably non-stick), and pour 5tbsp of water till it get immersed. Mix well till sugar is dissolved completely. Simmer and then keep checking continuously.
  4. The sugar syrup will become sticky, take a drop and check. Second stage is, If you pour few drops in a plate containing water, it should lay a fine thread that doesn’t gets dissolved immediately.Therefore the required stage for Kaju Katli is just before the stage of 'Single String Consistency'.
  5. How to make kaju katli
  6. This is the stage , now add the cashew powder and mix well. Dont allow any lumps to be formed, break them incase they are formed.Keep in low flame itself and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes. The dough will be non sticky and when u take a small piece, roll and see, it should form a very flexible ball as shown in the above pic, it shouldnt break.
    Now switch off , allow it to cool for 5mins. Then knead it till a soft dough is formed then transfer this to the greased plate and roll them evenly of 1/4 inch thickness with chappathi roller. Cut them into diamonds and store them in air tight container.
Kaju Katli Recipe

My Notes:

  • The sugar syrup and the cashew dough consistency is very important, if it becomes a bit thicker than mentioned, then your katlis would be difficult to roll as they will tend to break.
  • You can alternatively use a greased sheet of silver foil which would actually be mess free.
  • This recipe for the above given measurement will yield medium sized 10-13 katlis. I am sure kids will love it!
Kaju Katli Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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