Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Mango Cheesecake

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Cookies and Cakes, Desserts | Comments Off on Mango Cheesecake

  Are you looking for an easy cheesecake recipe then you are in the right place. Though it is a bit time consuming for the preparation, baking and cooling process, the recipe is simple. But you have to plan ahead to make this cake. It is a perfect dessert for parties and get-togethers.  It is summer time… So let’s enjoy some tropical fruit dessert. Preparation/cooking time: 2 hours (plus inactive time 8 hrs) Servings: 10 Ingredients: Cream Cheese – one 8 oz package (226 gram) Ricotta Cheese – 16 oz (454 grams) Mango pulp – one 32 oz can (850 gram) Graham crackers or digestive biscuits crumbs – 1.25 cups (8 to 10 crackers) Butter – 4 tbsp Large eggs – 3 Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Small lemon – 1 Confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar)  – 1.5 cups (sifted)...

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Homemade Croutons

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Baking | 1 comment

I had so much bread slices sitting in my pantry. Then I got the idea of making these Croutons. Since they Multigrain Bread slices I want to make them tastier by adding garlic and herbs and I loved the outcome :). Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Ingredients: Multigrain Bread slices / White Bread / French Bread – 5 Olive oil (I have used “Its not butter made with olive oil”) – 2 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (Grated) Dried Basil – 1/4 tsp Dried Oregano – 1/2 tsp Parmesan cheese (finely grated) – 2 tsp (optional) Method of Preparation: Cut the 4 sides of the bread and cut them to small squares. If you are using butter melt it and keep it aside. Add the grated garlic, dried basil, dried oregano, parmesan cheese and the butter and combine...

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Chocolate Banana Bread

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in Breads | 2 comments

Chocolate Banana Bread is a nice variation from the regular Banana Bread. Chocolate with banana is a wonderful combination for making a moist bread. I have added some walnuts and chocolate chips in this bread. You can skip them if you like it plain. If you have overly ripe bananas at home then it is perfect for this bread. It is also a perfect gift to give your friends and family. Refrigerate this bread for a longer shelf life. Preparation time: 75 minutes Yield: 1 loaf  Ingredients: All purpose flour – 1 cup Wheat flour – 1 cup Unsweetened cocoa – 1/2 cup Sugar – 1 1/2 cups Baking powder – 1tsp Baking soda – 1/2 tsp Salt – 1/4 tsp Eggs – 2 Butter – 2 sticks (at room temperature) Yogurt – 1/4 cup Oil – 1/4 cup...

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is one of the best  (or the best) Chocolate Chip Cookie I have ever had. No wonder it was featured in the New York Times. I came across this recipe in pinterest and decided to give it a try. I am glad I did and these are hands down the best CCC ever. It is loaded with chocolate. The bread flour and the cake flour does the magic. Try these delicious cookies and share with your friends and family. Preparation time: 40 minutes Yield: 18 cookies Ingredients: Cake flour – 2 cups minus 2 tablespoon (8 1/2 ounces) Bread flour – 1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) Baking soda – 1.25 tsp Baking powder – 1.5 tsp Salt – 1.5 tsp Unsalted butter – 2.5 sticks (1.25 cups) Light brown sugar – 1.25 cups Granulated sugar (white sugar)...

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Quinoa Oat Muffins (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Diet plan, Gluten Free | 2 comments

I was looking for a healthy and delicious muffin recipe with whole grains for my 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Diet. This recipe caught my eye in Pinterest and I decided to give it a try. I made a few changes to the original recipe and the output was delicious. I have used all gluten free ingredients. It definitely satisfies my sweet cravings and it is guilt free. When you are on this diet, do not eat more than one muffin per day. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Yield: 9 muffins Ingredients: Oat flour – 1.5 cups Instant oats – 1/4 cup Oat bran – 1/4 cup Cooked Quinoa – 1/3 cup Almond butter – 3 tbsp Agave nectar – 3 tbsp Sugar substitute – 3 packets (I used stevia) Canola oil – 3 tbsp...

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Beach Ball Cake Pops

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 5 comments

This one is yet another creation for my son’s birthday pool party. If you are planning for a beach party or pool themed party this cake pops are so perfect for it. Everyone loved it and I wouldn’t say it’s easy to make it but it’s definitely fun to make these cake pops. Preparation Time : 60 minutes  Ingredients: Cake mix : 1 box (I’ve used betty crocker vanilla cake mix) White Candy melts Sanding Sugar crystals ( different colors) Toothpick Corn syrup Lolipop stick Butter cream frosting ( you can use any frosting) Cookie scoop Method Of Preparation: Bake the cake as per the instructions given in the box. Once it’s cool down crumbled into large bowl. Now add 1 can of butter cream frosting (you can use any frosting).  Gently mix the cake and frosting evenly either...

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Skittles Marshmallow Pops

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Cookies and Cakes, Desserts, Slideshow | 1 comment

This pops are so easy to make for kid’s birthday Parties. Again I’ve made this one for my Son’s b’day party. All the Kids loved it and even adults loved it too. This makes a great candy for birthday parties or any other occasion. Preparation Time : 15 minutes Ingredients: Large Marshmallows Skittles candy Lollipop sticks Water Method Of Preparation: Separate the different colored skittles. Grind each color into soft powder separately and put it in a different bowl (Make sure you clean the blender after each color) Now dip the edge of lollipop stick in water and poke them in marshmallow and dip the marshmallow quickly in water, letting any excess drip off. Then roll them in a bowl of skittles powder or you can hold ther marshmallow over a bowl and sprinkle ground skittles over the marshmallow to coat generously. Now...

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Flip Flop Cookies

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 8 comments

I’ve made this Flip-Flop Cookies for my Son’s 2nd birthday Pool Party. The party theme was Beach so I wanted to make something related to it. I saw the idea of making Flip-Flop cookies on Pinterest, so wanted to make something like that. It was really easy and it came out so good and tasty. Kids loved it and everyone loved the taste and idea. The Nutter Butter Cookies looks just like flip-flops so you don’t have to make cookies separately. Ingredients: Nutter Butter Cookies : 1 Package Candy melts : 2 package ( you can use white and add any coloring you want) Royal Icing : any coloring for decorating   Method Of Preparation: Melt the candies and add any  gel coloring  you want. Don’t add lot of coloring it will thicken the consistency. Dip the nutter butter...

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More Signature Cakes Review

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 1 comment

I was planning on making a cake for my son’s birthday party and accidentally came up with this website “More signature cakes” in a local website. I’ve totally fell in love with the cakes she made. The artist’s name is Sonali and she is the owner of Then I changed my mind and really wanted order cake from her.  I ordered Nemo cake and cupcakes with Nemo characters as a topper. She made the cake and the cupcakes exactly like what I asked for. I think for the quality of the cake and the disney themed decorations the price was really reasonable. When the cake arrived I couldn’t take my eyes off it, as it was soo good looking as you can see in the picture. I had everyone in the party compliment this cake. My son loved...

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Spanakopita / Greek Spinach Pie (Step by Step Procedure)

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Baking, Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 4 comments

Spanakopita is Greek Savory Pastry. The filling is made of Spinach, Feta cheese, onions, green onions and seasonings. The filling is wrapped in Phyllo pastry with butter and olive oil. Once I had the frozen Spankopita in Sams Club. From then I wanted to try this and here goes the recipe for this simple starter.. Time of Preparation : 1 hour No of Servings : 10 to 14 pieces Ingredients: Spinach – 2 bunches / 8 cups approximately Feta cheese – 8 oz (crumbled) Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Green onions – 1 bunch (finely chopped) Garlic – 3 cloves (finely chopped) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup Parsley (dried) – 1 tsp Pepper (freshly ground) – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste (need only little as feta cheese already salt) Butter – 1/4 cup Olive oil – 1/4...

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Strawberry Cupcakes – Valentine’s Day Special

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 9 comments

I made these simple Strawberry Cupcakes for Valentine’s day and they came out so good. I used ready made cake mix for baking these cupcakes. And I made butter cream frosting and this time with a different recipe. I was looking for an airy butter cream frosting recipe and found one in Foodnetwork website. It came out light, airy and delicious. What more can you ask for a perfect Valentine’s day treat. Preparation time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Yield: 10 standard size cupcakes and 9 mini cupcakes Ingredients: For Cupcake: One pack of French Vanilla Cake mix (15.25 oz or 432 grams) Eggs – 3 Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup (I used canola oil) Water – 1 cup Strawberry extract – 1 tsp For Frosting and decoration: Egg whites from 2 large eggs Sugar – 1/3 cup...

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Pool Table/Billiards Fondant Cake

Posted by on Feb 13, 2013 in Baking, Fondant Cakes | 10 comments

I made this cake for my husband’s birthday party. He loves biliards and he is a good player too. So I wanted to surprise him with this cake. We threw him a surprise birthday party and he was totally surprised and was really excited seeing this cake. This is the first time I tried making fondant cake and it came out pretty good. Everyone loved it. One of my biggest inspirations for making this cake is a good friend Krupa Golla. She made poker cake and I was totally impressed with that and since then I wanted to try this cake. I also made another gift wrap cake for a good friend Murali and he loved it too. Since I made this cake for a surprise I didn’t get a chance to take step by step pics. But I’ll...

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Classic Baguette

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Baking, Breads | 8 comments

This is an easy recipe for making delicious homemade Baguettes. The ingredients and procedure are basic and simple and the results are great. I followed this recipe from the book “Cooking Light Way To Bake”. But the amount of yeast they have used for 3 cups of flour was more than how much I have used here. The actual recipe stated 1 packet (2 and 1/4 tsp) of yeast. After I baked the bread it smelled like yeast and I didn’t like it. So I used less yeast and increased the rising time. It worked and still the results were the same. Enjoy your homemade baguettes. Fresh homemade baguettes are wonderful for sandwiches, soups or toasts. Preparation time: 3 hours Baking time: 20 minutes Yield: Two 12″ loaves Ingredients: Bread flour – 3 cups (400 gram) Active dry yeast...

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Simple Fondant Cake and a Happy New Year 2013

Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Simple Fondant Cake and a Happy New Year 2013

SpicyTasty wishes all our readers and well wishers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!!! I recently took Wilton’s “Gum Paste and Fondant” course which helped me to kick start my adventure with fondant decoration. Fondant is a kind of icing used to cover and decorate the cake. There are rolled fondant and pourable fondants. Rolled fondant is commonly used  to decorate wedding cakes. Roll it out like cookie dough and use it for covering the cake. Using fondant tools, we can cut it into different patterns and shapes to decorate the cake. You can make flavored fondant by adding flavorings to the plain fondant. I used a basic white cake for making this fondant cake. You can find the recipe for the white cake below. I used store bought fondant (Duff’s) to cover the cake. To make the stars I...

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Braided Coffee Cake and Mini Rolls

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Baking, Breads, Christmas Recipes, Slideshow | 4 comments

This is one of the recipe I’ve been waiting to post. Because it came out so perfect and delicious. Coffee cakes are always my favorite and anything with coffee on it I just simply love it. I’ve made braided loaves many times but this time it Came out so perfect. This is the perfect evening snack. If you are looking for some delicious and easy to make breads, this is the perfect recipe for you. Try this recipe and let me know how it came out for you. Preparation time: 2 hours and 30 minutes. No Of servings : 2 loaves or 20-30 mini rolls Ingredients: Active dry yeast : 1 package Warm water : 1/4 cup Warm Milk : 1 cup(I’ve used fat free) Sugar : 1/2 cup Eggs : 3 Unsalted Butter : 1/2 cup (sofetend) All...

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Linzer Cookies

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 2 comments

Linzer Cookies are version of famous Austrian “Linzertorte”. Linzer Cookies are sandwiched together with a layer of jam. Usually they have cut out in the center and dusted with icing sugar on the top. These cookies can prepared in any shape but the traditional one is usually round. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Resting time : 1 hour Baking time : 12 minutes per batch Yield : 12 to 14 cookies Ingredients: Almonds / Hazelnuts – 1 cup Light Brown Sugar – 1/4 cup Butter – 1 cup (room temperature) White Sugar – 1/2 cup Egg – 1 (room temperature) Pure Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp All Purpose Flour – 2 cups Salt – a large pinch Ground Cinnamon – 1 tsp Topping: Confectioners (Powdered Sugar) – 1/4 cup Jam – 3/4 cup Method of Preparation: Preheat the...

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Nan Khatai (Spiced Shortbread Cookies)

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Nan Khatai is an egg-less cookie spiced with cardamom, saffron and nutmeg. These easy to make cookies are soft inside and crispy outside and makes a perfect holiday gift for your family and friends. You can serve them with tea or coffee. So enjoy these lovely homemade cookies!! Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Yield: 22 cookies Ingredients: All purpose flour – 3/4 cup and 3 tbsp Semolina (rawa) – 1 tbsp (optional) Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup (at room temperature) Sugar – 1/2 cup Cardamom pods – 3 Baking powder – 1/4 tsp Salt – 1/8 tsp (a big pinch) A pinch of nutmeg powder A pinch of saffron Milk – 2 tbsp Broken nuts (cashew nut, pistachios and almonds) Method of Preparation: Preheat oven to 300ºF. Powder sugar with cardamom pods in a mixer grinder...

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Pound Cake Recipe

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Pound Cake is a traditional cake made with one pound of each of four ingredients, flour, butter, eggs and sugar. This makes a very large cake and hence the quantity is changed to the desired size. We can do so many varieties of pound cake by changing the ingredients according to our taste. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Baking Time : 1 hour No of Pieces : 10 Ingredients: Cake Flour – 1 1/2 cup Baking Powder – 1 tsp Baking soda – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 1/2 cup Butter – 3/4 cup (room temperature) Sour cream – 3 tbsp Salt – 1/4 tsp Eggs – 3 (room temperature) Milk – 3 tbsp Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease some butter on a 9×5 inch baking pan. Line...

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