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

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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Mushroom Puff

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Appetizers, Snacks | 2 comments

Puff Pastry Triangles with mushroom filling is an easy appetizer which will be different from the usual potato or vegetable stuffing. For those who like mushrooms, this is the perfect appetizer. Time of Preparation : 35 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 9 to 12 pieces Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (finely chopped) Green chilly – 1 (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150g (chopped to small cubes) Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp (chopped) Oil / Butter – 1 tbsp Garlic – 3 cloves (grated) Puff Pastry Sheet – 1 (I have used pepperidge farm puff pastry sheet. 2 sheets will be there) All...

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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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Manitaropita / Greek Mushroom Pie

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Multi Cuisine, Snacks | 2 comments

I told my cousin in Canada that I made Spanakopita  recently. Then she suggested this Manitaropita which is is similar to the Spanakopita recipe. She said that she had some frozen Manitaropita which is made mushroom and feta cheese in some wine sauce. I did this Manitaropita in my own style and that too tasted good. Here is the recipe for this easy and tasty snack. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 4 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Mushrooms – 150 grams (chopped to small cubes) Green chillies – 2 (finely chopped) Black Pepper – 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp (according to taste) Salt – to taste Parsley leaves – a handful (chopped) Garlic – 2 cloves (finely chopped) Olive oil – 1 tsp and for...

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Baked Kale Chips

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

Kale has very high nutritional value. It is very rich in calcium vitamin K and Vitamin C. Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. I had these Kale chips at my sister’s place and I loved it. It is very simple to prepare too. This is a simple kale roast with a touch of garlic. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Kale leaves – 1 bunch Olive oil – 1tbsp Garlic powder – 3/4 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Remove the leaves from the stem and wash them. Dry them completely and mix them with olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Preheat...

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 1 comment

Brussels Sprouts are leafy vegetables look like miniature cabbages. They have high nutritional value and they are believed to have anticancer properties. I like them to be cooked lightly and they are really tasty when we roast them. Here is the recipe for the simple Brussels Sprouts roast… Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Brussels Sprouts – 1 pound Red Onion – 1/2 (thinly sliced) Olive oil – 2 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Black pepper – 1 tsp (freshly ground) (adjust according to taste) Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the stems of the brussels sprouts and remove any outer yellow leaves. Cut them to 4 and keep...

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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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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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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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Magic Cookie Bars

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Cookies and Cakes | 1 comment

This is the easiest baking I ever tried. It is very simple to make. We have to just layer the ingredients and bake them. The Magic cookie bars will be very rich to taste and kids would love them. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of servings : 20 Ingredients: Butter – 1/2 cup (melted) Graham cracker crumbs – 2 cups Sweetened condensed milk – 1 can (14 ounce) Sweetened coconut flakes – 1 cup Walnuts – 1 cup Semisweet chocolate chips – 1 cup Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350 F and coat a 13×9 – inch baking pan with butter. We have to just layer all the ingredients one by one. Combine butter and crumbs and spread them evenly by pressing them using a fork. Then pour the condensed milk evenly, then sweetened coconut...

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Moist Banana Crunch Muffins

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Baking, Breakfast Menu, Cookies and Cakes, Slideshow | 5 comments

Banana Crunch Muffins filled with mashed banana, walnuts and crunchy granola is moist, hearty and healthy. The moist texture and the crunchy topping is a perfect combination. You can make the batter ahead of time and refrigerate it. Just before baking, mix in the mashed banana, nuts and granola. The banana is not over powering in this recipe but if you like it add one more banana to the batter. You can also mix in some semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate chips and your favorite nuts and seeds. These muffins are perfect for breakfast or an evening snack. No doubt that kids will also love it. Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 25 mins Yield: 28 muffins Ingredients: All purpose flour – 2 cups Whole wheat flour – 1 cup Baking powder – 2 tsp Baking soda – 1 tsp...

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