Friday, June 8, 2012

Introducing our precious little one... Aria

"Aria" our little angel was born in January, 2012 in Shanghai. She has brought in a loads of cheer, happiness and joy into our life. Aria is an Italian name, which means "melodious". She is 5 months old now and is keeping me pretty occupied. Wanted to share her picture with my blog world friends.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Back from Hiatus...

I have been away from the blogging world for quite a long time now.... 
Was busy with a new job, then moved to a different continent... Finally, after settling down and setting up my vpn.. this is Sujana saying "Ni Hao"(means hello, in Chinese), from Wuxi in China.

My sincere apologies to the amazing bloggers who had sent in their entries for the Sandwich Event, I could not complete the event.

Have to catch up with the blogging world friends and find out what's cooking in their kitchens... keep watching this space for my latest recipes!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Thanks for the lovely entries...

To all the blogger friends who have linked their favorite sandwiches... A Big Thank you !!!!!
Hubby dear and I will be choosing our favorite sandwich and announcing the winner of this event along with the prize by this weekend.

Few things have been keeping me busy off lately... Waiting to get back to the blogging world and catch up with all the wonderful posts that I have missed so far...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Celebrating Sandwiches - My 2nd Event (Feb 2nd to Feb 28th)

Hubby dear loves sandwiches. From a simple peanut butter jelly sandwich or a simple cheese sandwich with jalapenos to parmesan chicken sandwich or any panini, he simply loves them. This time he suggested that I host an event where everyone can showcase their sandwiches and we both would pick one sandwich which we would love the most. A small gift will be presented to the blogger, whose sandwich makes us fall in love with it.

Use the linky to link your sandwich entries and please provide a link to this event announcement along with the logo. (If you face any difficulty in using the linky, you can mail me the recipe URL and I can link it up for you)
Non bloggers can mail me the recipe along with a picture of the sandwich to and I will post it on their behalf.
Hoping to see a lot of entries !!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Oats Cashew Cookies

I wanted to bake cookies but realized that I had run out of butter. So, I made these oats cashew cookies with honey and canola oil. The cookies turned out extremely wonderful. They were soft, tasty and most of all healthy too, since I did not use any all purpose flour, butter or refined sugar. To make vegan cookies, replace honey with corn syrup.
Oats Flour - 2 cups
Finely Ground Cashews - 1 cups
Honey - 2/3 cup
Canola Oil/Any other oil - 1/2 cup
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Almond Halves - few (Optional)

Method of Preparation:
1. Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
2. Combine the oats flour, finely ground cashews and salt in a medium bowl.
3. In a small bowl add honey and oil and whisk them together. If the honey is too thick and does not mix well, place the bowl over a bowl of warm water and whisk.
4. Now combine the wet ingredients with dry ingredients and form a smooth soft dough. In case the dough turns out very soft (Form a small ball and see if it retains its shape, if it doesn't the dough is too soft) add a little more oats flour and combine.
5. Form small bowls of the dough and place them on the lined baking sheet. If using almonds, place one half of the almond on each ball and press slightly. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes or until the cookies turn golden brown.

Note: You can even dry roast the oats flour and cashew powder separately for few minutes in order to avoid the raw smell.

Sending this to Champa's 'Bake-off'

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Celebrating Regional Cuisine - Event Roundup

My sincere apologies for the delay in posting the round up of celebrating regional cuisine. Thanks for the overwhelming response to the event "Celebrating Regional Cuisine". I was very apprehensive, when I first thought of hosting my very own event. Then me and my dear hubby sat together and thought of the various themes on which we could base our event. Finally, we settled down on Regional cuisine, thinking that, if I do not get any entries, at least I will have my own recipes to post :). A total of 50 entries plus 2 entries of my own makes a grand total of 52 recipes. Thanks once again to all the bloggers who participated and made this event a success!!!
Please leave a comment or drop a mail if I left any of your entries and I will include them in the roundup.
Santosh Bangar of Santosh's Kitchen sent the following recipes
                                              Zarda Sweet Rice, regional dish of Punjab, served to guests before meal

Khandvi, a Gujarati Dish
                                                    Marvari Dal Bati, regional dish of Rajasthan

                                                                              Dal Makhni, a delicacy of Punjab

Sarson Ka Saag Makke Ki Roti, a delicacy of Punjab
Tahemeem of Tahemeem's blog sent the following recipes
Nawabi Guchhi, royal regional dish of Uttar Pradesh

Ambada Bhaji, regional dish of Andhra Pradesh, served at Muslim feasts
Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes sent the following recipes
Murgh Musallam, regional dish in Awadhi Cuisine

Lachha Paratha, multi layered Indian flat bread from Punjab

Rosogollar Payesh, Bengali sweet dish
Akheela of TorviewToronto sent the following recipe
Yogurt Custard, Bengali sweet dish (Bhapa Doi)
Amarendra Mulye of Amu's Recipes sent the following recipe
Modak, Popular Maharashtrian Sweet
Akhila of Learning-to-cook sent the following recipes

Urundai Mor Kuzhambu, regional dish from Tamil Nadu

Mangalore Rasam, regional dish from Mangalore, Karnataka

Mango Rasam/Mangai Rasam

Simple Paruppu Rasam

Paavakkai Puli kuzhambu

Paruppu Urundai Kuzhambu/ Dal balls gravy

Manathakkali Vatha Kuzhambu
Priya Sreeram of Bon Appetit sent the following recipes

Kashnam Molagootal, Palaghat Iyers local dish

Manga Chammandi, Green Mango Chutney, a Kerala Dish

Kappa Puzhukku, a tapioca curry from Kerala
Smitha of Essence-De-Life sent the following recipe
Sarva Pindi, a regional dish of Telangana in Andhra Pradesh
Mehnaaz Kapadia of Chef Naaz - The Mistress of Spices sent the following recipe
Khubbe Ke Mutkule, regional dish from a village 'Gangolli' in Udipi district, Karnataka
Shobha of Food Mazaa sent the following recipes
Aloe Vera Curry, regional dish of Rajasthan

Varo, Sindhi pista badam chikki 

Dal Pakwaan, a typical Sindhi Breakfast
Radhika of Just Home Made sent the following recipe

Eggless Pumpkin Pie
Chanchal of Recipe raaga sent the following recipe

Chuin aloo besara bhaja, a Oriya dish
Charitha of WomansEra sent the following recipe

Kattu Pongali, Pongal in Dry form, a dish from Andhra
Monika of Sin-A-Mon sent the following recipe

Onions Vetha Kuzhambu, a dish from Tamil Nadu
Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen sent the following recipe
Kuzhalapam, a savory snack from Kerala
Veena of Veg Junction sent the following recipe
Thengai Sevai, Rice noodles made from Coconut
Niveditha of Nivedita's Kitchen sent the following recipe

Maadli/Maaldi, a sweet dish from North Karnataka
Sayantani of A Homemaker's Diary sent the following recipes

Gobi Paratha, flat bread stuffed with cauliflower, a dish from Punjab

Baked Nippattu, Savory South Indian Snack

Nolen Gurer Payes, a rice pudding dish from Bengal
Supriya of  Celebrating Little Things in Life sent the following recipes

Chikki, a famous sweet dish from Maharashtra

Baked Handvo, a Gujarati Dish

Goli Baje, a Mangalorean Specialty

Kolhapuri Rassa Sabzi, a vegetable curry from Kolhapur

Mangalore Buns, a specialty of Mangalore

Udupi Sambar, a specialty of Udupi

Undhiyo, a colorful sabzi from Gujarat

Zunka, a spring onion stir fry
Sudeshna of  Cook Like a Bong sent the following recipe

Lotiya Shutki, a dry fish curry from Bangladesh
Ramya of  Hot From My Oven in Life sent the following recipes

Vegetarian Pad Thai, a famous dish from Thailand
Kavita of  Seasoned & Dressed sent the following recipe

Nimona, Green Peas Delight

Vanishri Bhat of  Veggie Flavours sent the following recipe

Loganathan, a friend of mine sent the following recipe, Kollu Paruppu, a chutney made from horse gram. This recipe is very unique to Kongu Naadu area of Tamil Nadu(Erode, Coimbatore)
§  1 Cup of Horse gram
§  One Big onion ( or 5-6 sambar onions) chopped roughly
§  4 pods garlic
§  1 tomato
§  2 red chillies
§  1 tsp coriander seeds
§  1/4 tsp cumin
§  Curry Leaves & coriander leaves
§  Mustard Seeds
                              Pressure cook the Horse Gram with 2 cups of Water until soft and mushy. There will be   very little
                                        Water left after cooking, just retain the Water. 
In a pan heat Oil and fry Mustard Seeds, Red Chillies, Curry Leaves , Cumin Seeds, Coriander Seeds, Onions and Tomato. Finally add coriander leaves and the cooked Horse Gram. Add salt 
Let it cool and blend roughly in a food processor or blender. Do not make it watery, keep it thick and coarse if you like. 
Serve with Rice and Ghee.  
Finally Here are my Contributions

Uggani, a breakfast/snack dish from Rayalseema, Andhra Pradesh

Vankaya Pullagura, tangy spicy eggplant curry, a delicacy from Rayalseema 


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