16 Dec

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

I have grown up at a house, which boasted of the tallest Date palm in the city and served as landmark for people around. Even my school mates knew me more by the ‘girl who lives in that tall tree house.’

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

I am not really a tea-drinker and can be induced very rarely to drink tea. But when I started developing this recipe I was suddenly struck with smell and aroma of tea infused bake.

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

I did not actually know the exact flavour I could smell but I was hooked on the idea of infusing tea in the recipe.

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

After lot of thought I decided to go for Long leaf Green tea. Since I focus largely on healthy bakes I have not used refined sugar and substituted regular maida or flour with whole flour.

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

The result is a beautiful, moist and aromatic tea cakes. They are a delight to eat and easy to please the crowd with. For the recipe and many benefits of dates, hop onto here. More recipes from me, can be found here.

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Eggless Date and Walnut Green Tea Infused Cupcakes

Sending this to Bake Fest # 38 originally started by Vardhini.

12 Dec

How To Throw The Perfect Casino Party

Putting together a casino themed party represents a real challenge anyway, but when you add themed food to the equation, then it really gets difficult. Parties of this kind are more popular now thanks to the word spreading online through online casino sites like those found at www.iphonecasino.ca, and these three food and drink ideas will guarantee yours goes with a swing.

Roulette wheel cake

The roulette wheel is instantly recognisable and makes for a great centrepiece to a casino party. Bake a round cake sized approximately 12 inches, and divide it up equally into the black and red sections of a roulette wheel (plus the one green one). You can make one fat cake or three thinner ones staked on top of each other using icing as filling and use an icing gun to add decorations like numbers (this requires a bit of skill) and you have a treat both adults and children will love.

Cookie playing cards

Another great casino party treat for all ages; here you make the cookies by mixing together butter, sugar, flour, egg yolk and salt in a bowl, before rolling the dough out between sheets of wax paper and cooling for half an hour. At this point trim and cut it into rectangle shapes of 2 by 2 ½ to create the cards. When it comes to the design stage, you could either cover them in white icing before using black and red icing for the symbols, or cut the symbols out of the dough and fill them with black and red jam.

Jelly Gaming Chips

These are easy to make, as they simply involve making jelly in the normal way, before cutting it into small round slices to resemble the gaming chips used at a casino. You can use black cherry jelly for black chips and raspberry for red ones, to add more variety, and if your casino themed party is adults-only, why not add some alcohol to the mixture?

It can be stressful to put together a casino party, but success will be in the bag if you produce treats like these ones at your next bash.

Disclaimer: This article was provided by an external writer, Emily Falcon.

08 Dec

Home-made Chiwda Namkeen | The Best Kind

Home-made Chiwda

I have never ever made namkeen or farsan at home. Lately I did try few times using puffed rice, it was passable at best.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

Then one day, I mistakenly bought a 1 kg pack of thin rice flakes in place of thick ones for making the regular poha (breakfast) at home.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

I was loath to waste it or try to cook and eat as poha for breakfast.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

Ever since moving to Pune, I have been introduced to home-made Chiwda quite a lot especially during festivals.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

Hoping that a neighbour would be able to help me make some reasonably good chiwda, I connected with Roopali.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

I was blown away to say the least. I have never eaten such perfect Chiwda at home. In the first go.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

I didn’t use up the entire batch of flakes. I used only 1/3rd and after experiencing such perfection I requested her to teach me again while I also jot down measurements.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

So I bring to you this recipe which is hers and only recorded and shot by me.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

My mother has already told me I have to make for her when I visit her next. The most important thing is to grind salt, sugar and tartaric acid together. Do not skip this step as the salt tends to sink to the bottom if not ground together. Grinding together ensures that salt and spices stick to the flakes and other ingredients well.

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda

Home-made Chiwda Namkeen

Home-made Chiwda

A must-try chiwda namkeen.

Yields: 300 grams of namkeen

  • 250 grams of rice flakes
  • 1/3 cup roasted black gram, de-husked
  • 1/2 cup of sliced dry coconut
  • 21/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1/8 cup of sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon of tartaric acid
  • salt to taste
  • 4-5 dried red chillies, split them using a kitchen shear
  • few curry leaves
  1. Grind together sugar, salt and tartaric acid. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in wok, add peanuts. Fry them till they are roasted nicely. Remove from the wok and set aside.
  3. Add split chillies, curry leaves and sliced coconut. Fry them till coconut turns nice golden brown or the tenderness is gone and it is crisp.
  4. Add roasted black chanas. Mix well.
  5. Now add turmeric powder, rice flakes and roasted peanuts. Add spice mix as per taste.
  6. Allow to cool and store in air-tight container. Serve as a snack.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes


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05 Dec

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

This year I decided to not make a Rum or Brandy soaked Christmas cake and focus on other holiday treats like Gingerbread Cookies and other cakes like this classic carrot cake.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

I have consciously reduced the amount of sugar we eat and even my baking to a limited degree. It now adds freshness to our meals with its occasional appearance.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

I have adapted this carrot cake recipe from here by talented DK of Chef in You.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

I made few changes to suit the ingredients at hand and our taste.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

I added 1/4 cup of candied ginger, replaced vegetable oil with olive oil, carrot juice with orange juice and added orange zest too.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

I also reduced the sugar by 1/4 cup as we prefer mild sweetness.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

I also needed to add 1 tablespoon of orange juice above what is required in recipe.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

The cake was perfectly moist and divine to eat.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

The smell and taste of cinnamon and candied ginger is enough to add this to holiday favourites.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Sending these to Bake Fest # 37, an event originally started by Vardhini.

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Carrot and Orange Zest Bundt Cake

Moist, rich and delicious carrot cake with goodness of whole wheat, carrots and dry fruits.

Yields: 1 bundt cake

  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of orange zest, fresh
  • 1/4 teaspoon of all-spice
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup+1 tablespoon of orange juice (add 1 tablespoon orange juice only if required)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 11/2 cup of grated carrots
  • 1/3 cups of chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of dessicated or dry coconut, grated
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C, Grease and dust a bundtpan. Coat walnuts with 1/2 tablespoon of flour, set aside.
  2. Sift together flours, salt, all spice, baking soda, cinnamon together. Add sugar and whisk well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix apple sauce, oil, vanilla extract, coconut, orange juice, grated carrots together.
  4. Mix the dry mixture in this wet mixture. Now add chopped walnuts, orange zest and candied ginger.
  5. Pour the mixture in prepared pan. Bake for 40 minutes or till done.
  6. Allow it to cool completely on a wire rack and then de-mould.
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 40 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes

01 Dec

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

The more I shoot, the more I feel I need to go Back to School.

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

It may be true that I am getting appreciated, I am getting recognition and have also started monetizing But that nagging thought remains.

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

I have even short-listed the course I wish to pursue and may have got the money to pay for it but when it comes to managing kids is what holds me back.

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

I hope I could sort out all of this and go for it. I would really like to.

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

Pea Shells and Papaya | A Photostory

I am throwing this in the expansive universe after ages, ‘I want to pursue the selected short-term course, all things fall into place.’