Oct 29, 2015

Bread potato toast .... Simple and Delicious

Potato snacks are always welcomed among kids and adults alike. The taste and texture and simplicity is like an addiction. We make potato sandwiches and cutlets and rolls and what not... this one is more like an open sandwich. The toasting makes it more crunchy on the top and a beauty when presented

We enjoy this as an evening snack when the kids get to sit down relaxed for a while to munch on some favorites. This one is their special favorite which they fight for the perfect share... not less even by a single bite

Basic ingredients and a little time is all that you need to put together this yummy snack. Enjoy it during your evening tea or with a cosy cup of coffee at your morning breakfast table

Soya bean salad.... fresh and comforting salad

Salads are perfect. A bowl of simple salad can be perfect for breakfast or a quick lunch or even for a light dinner. Me and my hubby love these simple Salads at the breakfast table. No oil and loaded with fresh ingredients make you relish every bit of it without the slightest hint of guilt

Soy is rich and full of goodness. A legume with highest protein content makes it a wonderful choice for additions to our intakes. Has amino acids too. Google it and learn about the benefits it can give

A healthy salad is what is aimed here with minimal on spices to keep the taste fresh

Oct 10, 2015

Besan ladoo... one of my favorites

Besan ladoo is one of my very favorite ladoo. I am a big fan of ladoos and prefer almost any that I think of. Delicious rava ladoo, maa ladoo, dry fruits ladoo, malai ladoo, coconut ladoo and so many more. On how much I love each and every one of them 

Best part about ladoos are that they are very easy to make and you can make a lot of them in very little time. I dont make it too sweet so get to enjoy more. They are perfect for an evening tea-time snack, or a simple get-together and even for festival season. They go good almost everywhere

This ladoo is very easy to make and melts in the mouth bursting into flavours of roasted besan, ghee and coarse nuts

Oct 9, 2015

Paneer Tikka ..... a very flavorful appetizer

Paneer tikka... a very common and flavorful appetizer on a restaurant menu. Love them so much that the thought of it makes me and kids drool. We are big fans of paneer and this paneer recipe is the most relished one as far as my thinking is right. One can never have enough of it

Whenever we make this at home all the paneer is first off the plate. My kids will make sure every piece of paneer in the skewers is equally divided and placed right in "2 plates" (not 4 - we are a family of 4) Very disciplined kids you see ;) .... they are very sharing brothers but they forget mom and dad in this particular game :( What me and my hubby tend to eat are the roasted veggies most of the time. Sometimes we do get a slice or two of paneer depending on the kids mood. But never mind I always keep a couple of tikka skewers in the kitchen before serving the entire dish. I know about my naughty ones. After having fun eating their share I bring out our share ;)  and we enjoy again 

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that you will always find in the kitchen. Just mix in  the spices and marinade, then few minutes to make. A wonderful appetizer to please everyone in the family

Malai Ladoo... with condensed milk...

Malai ladoo ... a simple 3 ingredient delicious ladoo is a beautiful addition to the ladoos list. Kids love them too and they are super easy to make. They are super-soft and super-delicious. Nobody can say no to these little fellas

I have used condensed milk in this recipe but it can very well be replaced with sugar. 

Oct 6, 2015

Kofta with nuts and greens in a rich gravy...

Koftas and kofta curries are both a beautiful addition to any dinner menu. Whenever we hear kofta our eyes open wide and we sure feel that drool inside. Our family loves koftas... so it is an often seen menu. But instead of deep fried koftas I have shifted that part to tawa-cooked patties. A little less oil to stay away from the guilt. Its always better to stay away from deep-fried stuff if we can. Sounds good but not easy to find an alternate every time. Koftas into patties sounds good to me..... so this is how it is at our dinner tables 

This kofta has a beautiful nutty flavor from the walnuts, cashews and sesame seeds and also has an added aroma from greens like coriander, curry leaves, mint leaves and green chilly. It sure gives a unique crisp flavor to add up to the taste. I feel its a good way to add some health benefitting nuts and greens which is otherwise picked out from plates and cornered before even the kids start to eat

A simple yet rich gravy adds up to perk the taste and take it to new heights

Tutti Frutti Cookies.... made by kids every time :)

Nowadays my kids lend me a lot of help in the kitchen. Earlier it was now and then but now it happens more often. They feel so happy being in the kitchen and also have a great feel about cooking their own stuff. Hmm.... they feel like chefs... thats what they say ;) Oh yes .... they are cute little, smart, little "big man" chefs :) I always let them help me when they want to make their favorites

Time in the kitchen also becomes fun time. When making dough we make funny shapes and figures and tease each other, when using flour we make cute moustache and beard for ourselves, when it comes to tasting the dish we almost finish a decent portion of the food before it is even done and we come up with funny things and stories all the way from start to end. Every time cooking with these darlings has given me great times. The shapes might me a little odd, the presentation doesnt turn out perfect but yes the love doubles up, the fun triples up and the feeling of quality time spent multiplies nth time up :)

Here is one such recipe which they love to make whenever its baked at ours. This time I said let me give the finishing touches so that I can take pictures of the good-shaped ones for my blog and hhmmmm they felt a little sad.... "Mummy but we make the best shapes right???" and I did say "You are the best and these are best shapes ever" Dont mind the broken edges and the cracked cookies .... there was a lot of love and dedication from two little cute pairs of hands :)

Check out this recipe and enjoy. We make this for the tiny-break in school... so that the kids can enjoy a munch and have a quick share with friends

Whole wheat eggless chocolate mini muffin

Finding healthy and yummy options to eat is always in every moms mind. Cakes are an all-time favorite and an all-time hit in every house but lurking with maida or all-purpose flour is not a good idea always. A substitute with whole wheat flour gives our senses a guilt-free feeling when enjoying a tasty snack

We tried making whole wheat mini chocolate muffins for a simple snack and loved it. Pack a couple of them for kids school and hubby's office and they are all enjoyed with a sense of satisfaction. I havent egg in  this recipe. Instead used a mashed ripe banana for a great taste and moist cake 

Oct 5, 2015

Quick sambar... or instant sambar

Idli and sambar is a perfect combi and nobody can deny it. My hubby loves sambar and now my little one is a biiiiiiiiiigggggggg crazy fan of sambar. There are times when he would just want dosa and sambar and nothing else for dinner. There are days when I would not be in a mood or time to make sambar and he would keep insisting in making atleast a small bowl for him. He is not adamant but when he keeps putting forward a lot of please, I sometimes cant say no to him. Everybody in our family knows about his love and craze for dosa and sambar. If we are planning to visit my parents then my mom would make sure she will make sambar especially for this little one

Coming back to the recipe. My mom taught me this instant sambar one day when I did not have tuvar dal at home but had to make some. The recipe is very simple and pretty easy to make so it has been repeated often in my kitchen for Aadit

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