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

Strawberry Fudge

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 5 comments

This is one of the easiest and simple fudge I’ve ever made. I’ve made this for valentines day and finally get to post this recipe. My son love this fudge, it makes a great dessert for any parties. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 5-6 Ingredients: Strawberry Frosting : 16 oz White Chocolate Chips : 12 oz Method Of Preparation: Melt your chocolate chips in a microwave for about a minute or 2. Once the chips are melted stir it in your strawberry frosting evenly. Now grease 9×9 pan with a cooking spray. Now spread the mixture in your greased pan and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to set completely. After that cut into any shapes you want and serve. You can store this fudge in an airtight container for a week or...

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Easy Chocolate Fudge with Nuts

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Slideshow, Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 5 comments

This Chocolate Fudge is easy to make and a delicious treat for your family and friends. It just takes five minutes to whip up the ingredients and then slice them up after refrigeration. I have added toasted nuts to it which adds a crunchy bite. Toasting the nuts improves the flavor and is perfect for the fudge. Try this easy fudge recipe and surprise your friends and family. It comes so handy and perfect for Christmas gift… Preparation time: 15 minutes No. of servings: 35 small fudges Ingredients: Butter – 2 tbsp Milk Chocolate chips – 1 and 1/2 cups Condensed milk – 1 cup Toasted mixed nuts – 3/4 cup (I used almonds, walnuts and pistachios) Method of Preparation: Preheat oven to 250ºF. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and let it toast for 10 minutes until...

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Mutter Paneer Cocktail Samosa – Green Peas with Cottage Cheese Cocktail Samosa

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Appetizers, Snacks, Christmas Recipes | 9 comments

I just made these Samosas for my husband’s Office Potluck party and you know what he said everybody loved it. I was wondering what to make for that potluck and my friend Nithu (author here at ST) gave me this idea of making mutter paneer samosa. I’ve always been scared to make samosa because I thought it was a lot of work to do and not so easy to make. But I came up with idea of making it with spring roll sheets, surprisingly it came out soo delicious and perfect. I made close to 45 Samosas in 60 minutes. So it’s that easy to make and it makes for such a great appetizer.   Preparation Time: 30 minutes No Of Samosas : 16-20 cocktail samosas Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Spring Roll sheets : 10...

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Easy Chocolate Marble Bark

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 4 comments

Chocolate Marble Barks are simple and easy to make. When you make swirls on the chocolates it gives a nice marble effect  which makes it look pretty. They are perfect as a holiday gift to your friends and family. Add this easy dish to your list of Christmas recipes and surprise your family and friends. Preparation time and setting time: 60 minutes Yield: 25 small squares Ingredients: White chocolate chips – 300 gram (11 oz) Milk or dark chocolate chips – 300 grams (11 oz) Method of Preparation: Take 3/4 th of white chocolate and milk chocolate in separate bowls. I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Any chocolate chips or squares will do. Microwave each bowl separately on high heat for 15 to 30 seconds. Remove from microwave oven and stir well. Microwave for another 15 seconds, remove and stir again. Continue...

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Tomato and Balsamic Bruschetta

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Slideshow, Christmas Recipes | 1 comment

Recently I’ve tasted this Balsamic Bruschetta in a party and since then I wanted to try this recipe. I’ve always love the taste of Balsamic Vinegar. It gives such a special kick which makes the dish really delicious. Bruschetta makes the perefect and light appetizer. If you are looking for some easy and delicious appetizer for christmas, here is the recipe for you. Also check out our Christmas recipe collection here. Preparation Time : 15 minutes. No of servings : 6-7 Ingredients: Roma Plum Tomatoes : 8 Fresh Basil : 2 tbsp (chopped) Parmesan Cheese : 1/4 cup(Shredded) Red Onion : 1/2 medium (Finely Chopped) Garlic : 2-3cloves(finely chopped) Balsamic Vinegar : 1 tbsp Olive oil : 1 tbsp Salt : to taste Ground Black Pepper: 1/4 tsp French Loaf Bread : 1 Toasted and sliced Cilantro or Parsley : for...

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Braided Coffee Cake and Mini Rolls

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 in Baking, Slideshow, Breads, Christmas Recipes | 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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Vattayappam (Steamed Rice Cake)

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in Snacks, Christmas Recipes | 1 comment

Vattayappam is a traditional steamed rice cake from Kerala, South India and it is served as a tea time snack. The name is derived from its shape and texture, “Vatta” means round “appam” means cake. They are also made during Christmas time and served for breakfast. Vattayappam or Vatteppam is spongy, sweet (mild) with bursting flavors. Cashew nut and raisins gives a crunchy bite. This dish is supposed to be less sweet but you can add more or less sugar adjusting to your taste. Enjoy this wonderful dish with your family for this Christmas… Preparation time: 12 to 14 hours Cooking time: 25 minutes No. of servings: 15 Ingredients: Raw rice – 1 cup Grated coconut – 3/4 cup Cooked rice – 3 tbsp Active dry yeast – 1/2 tsp Sugar – 3/4 cup (adjust to taste) Cardamom pods...

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Stuffed Mushrooms

Posted by on Nov 22, 2012 in Appetizers, Slideshow, Thanksgiving Recipes, Christmas Recipes | 2 comments

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers!! Stuffed Mushrooms are one of my favorite appetizers. Being a vegetarian, I don’t get to enjoy Stuffed Mushrooms from most of the restaurants here where they fill it with meat. So I have always wanted to try this dish and finally I did it. This is an easy recipe to follow and I was amazed by the results. My husband (GS) and I couldn’t stop ourselves from finishing the whole plate. Good food always brings more joy, isn’t it!! You need a good dry white wine and Marsala wine for this recipe. You can fill the mushrooms the previous night, pop them in the refrigerator and bake them just before serving. Make your family and friends happy with this delicious appetizers and once again, Happy Thanksgiving!! Preparation time: 45 minutes Baking time: 30...

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Christmas Fruit Cake

Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Christmas Recipes, Slides | 2 comments

Fruit Cake and Christmas cake are synonymous to a lot of people celebrating Christmas. I like fruit cake for its rich texture, ingredients and the flavorful taste. Another reason to make Fruit Cake at this time of the year is it is easier to get candied/glazed fruits now than at other times of the year. This cake can last you for a while if you kept the surface moist and prevent it from going dry. Most fruitcake recipes call for the addition of a small amount of alcohol but you can make your own non-alcoholic version as well. Preparatin Time : 30 minutes Baking time : 2 hours 30 minutes No of servings : 10-15 Ingredients: Unsalted Butter : 1 cup Light Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup Eggs : 3 (large) Brandy : 2...

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Christmas Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Dec 25, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Christmas Recipes | 2 comments

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!!! Sugar cookies are easy to make and is the highlight of Christmas. Try this cutout sugar cookies at home and use your imagination and decorate the cookies with your family. You can also check the recipe for Royal Icing which is used for icing the cookies. Preparation time: 45 minutes (resting time: 10 hours) No. of servings: 12 pieces Ingredients: Unsalted butter – 1 cup (2 sticks) Sugar – 1 cup One large egg Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Lemon extract- few drops All purpose flour – 3 cups (375 gram) Salt – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation:   Cream butter in a mixing bowl using an electric mixer or a hand mixer. Add sugar and beat until creamy and fluffy. Beat in the egg,vanilla and lemon juice until mixed. You can substitute...

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

Posted by on Dec 24, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Christmas Recipes | 1 comment

We are wishing all our readers and fans a Merry Christmas!!! It’s Christmas eve and hope everyone is excited for tomorrow. I am still waiting for the snow outside, hope Santa smiles with some snow showers tomorrow. I have a big list for Santa this year, hope he fulfill my wishes.If you would like you scan share your wishes in comments below. This is a first time I am making Gingerbread Cookies and it came out absolutely delightful. If I may say so myself. Making a Gingerbread Cookies is a Christmas tradition for a lot of folks. If you haven’t tried it yet this is the perfect season to do so.   Preparation Time : 30 mins Total Time : 2hrs30mins No Of servings: 30 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour : 2 cups Ground Ginger : 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon...

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Dry Fruit Cookies

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Christmas Recipes | 2 comments

Dry Fruit Cookies are very easy to make and they taste so good. And this is perfect for the holiday season. You can make the dough ahead and cut it to pieces and just throw it in the oven, cookies are ready. I adapted the recipe from Ina Garten’s recipe and tweaked it according to my taste. You can add any dry fruits or nuts of your choice. This is a perfect snack with tea or just by itself. If you don’t want to use the alcohol for soaking, you can substitute it with apple juice or orange juice or both. These are not too frutti, it’s perfect. Try this and enjoy with your family and friends. Have a wonderful Christmas and New year. Preparation time: 45 minutes (resting time: 10 hours) No. of servings: 12 pieces Ingredients: Candied fruits (tutti...

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Banana Nut Muffins

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes | 0 comments

I tried muffins for the first time and they came out so perfect. All my friends loved it. I adapted this recipe from food network and made some modifications. More christmas cookies, breads and cakes are coming in Spicy Tasty. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 16 Ingredients: All purpose flour – 2 cups Baking soda – 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt – 1/4 tsp Bananas – 4 Brown sugar – 1 cup Unsalted butter(melted and cooled) – 3/4 cup Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Pure vanilla extract – 1tsp Walnuts – 1/2 cup (chopped and roasted) Method of Preparation: Mash 2 bananas with fork and keep it aside. Roast the walnuts in oven for 8 minutes and keep it aside. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and keep it aside. Beat the remaining bananas...

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Kale and Cheese in Puff Pastry

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Baking, Snacks, Christmas Recipes | 15 comments

Kale and Cheese Puff Pastry makes a wonderful appetizer. You can also have it for breakfast with a glass of orange juice. This is easy to make and you can substitute the Swiss cheese with Gruyere cheese or any other similar tasting cheese. And I have used kale here. You can also try spinach or any other leafy vegetable of your choice. Try this for this holiday season and let me know how it turns out. Preparation time: 45 minutes No. of servings: 12 pieces Ingredients: One package puff pastry (2 sheets) Kale –  a bunch (or 3 cups chopped) Garlic cloves – 2 Swiss cheese – 1/2 cup Dijon mustard – 1 or 2 tbsp (adjust to taste) Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup Fresh or dried oregano – 1/8 tsp Crushed red pepper – 1/8 tsp Pepper powder...

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Chocolate Marble Cake

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Christmas Recipes | 0 comments

For this Christmas, I am planning to make cakes, cookies, muffins and breads. This Chocolate Marble cake is a very simple recipe. It came out good and I am planning to give it to all my friends. Here is the recipe for the yummy Cake.. Time of Preparation : 1 hr 30 minutes No of Servings : 12 Ingredients: Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1/2 cup Milk – 1/4 cup Butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) Sugar – 1 cup Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Half and half – 1/4 cup Sour cream or yogurt – 1/4 cup All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup Baking powder – 2 tsp Salt – 1/4 tsp Method of Preparation: Melt the semi sweet chocolate chips in milk and keep it aside. Sift the flour, baking powder...

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Rich and Creamy Hot chocolate

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in Beverages & Drinks, Christmas Recipes | 1 comment

Hot Chocolate is a delicious chocolate drink and you can make a lot of variations in the procedure which can make it more delicious and rich. It is rich in antioxidants and is a comfort drink during this cold weather. You can prepare hot chocolate with semisweet, dark chocolate or bitter sweet chocolate. I like the semisweet and that is what I have used in this recipe. You can prepare this as a welcome drink for your family and friends during the Christmas or New year eve. Try this and enjoy. Ingredients: Semisweet chocolate – 1/4 cup Store bought hot cocoa mix – 1 packet (or 2 tbsp) Whole milk – 2 cups Heavy whipping cream – 3/4 cup Instant milk powder – 1/2 tsp (optional) 2 drops of vanilla essence Sugar – 2 tbsp a pinch of ground...

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Eggnog Recipe

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Beverages & Drinks, Christmas Recipes | 6 comments

Eggnog is popular drink in the US and Canada and is traditionally associated with the holiday season especially Christmas. You can find ready-made eggnog drinks on store shelves around this time of the year. But, you may be surprised to find out how easy it is to prepare it at home. If you are having a Christmas party and looking for recipe ideas, this Eggnog recipe can come in handy in making this popular holiday drink! Eggnog is usually made with alcohol especially Bourbon but you can also make Alcohol-free Eggnog by not adding alcohol in this preparation. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 3-4 Ingredients: Egg yolks : 2 Whole milk : 1 cup Egg whites : 2 Bourbon (Whisky) : 11/2 oz (optional) Heavy Cream : 1/2 cup Ground Nutmeg : 1/2 tsp Granulated...

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Homemade Fruit Cake

Posted by on Dec 14, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes, Christmas Recipes | 10 comments

It’s Christmas time. Are you ready to make your Fruit Cake? Fruit cake is a tradition in most of the families during Christmas. My friend’s mom make it every year and distribute it to her family and friends. It’s my favorite. This year I want to try it myself for my family and friends. I adapted this recipe from Food Network’s Free Range FruitCake by Alton. And I used my own techniques to obtain a soft and moist cake. The secret of this recipe is addition of molasses and honey which gives a nice color and a moist texture. This cake can be made in advance, say before 2 weeks to one month and stored in a dark cool place or your refrigerator. You can also make two and store one in the freezer for later use. Before freezing...

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