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

Methi Thepla

Posted by on Oct 9, 2013 in North Indian recipes | 2 comments

Methi Thepla is a popular Gujarati flat bread. It is made with a mixture of flours, mildly spiced and contains fenugreek leaves. It is very easy to make and will be good for lunch box too :). Time of Preparation : 25 minutes Resting Time : 15 minutes No of pieces : 10 Spice level : 1 Ingredients: Wheat Flour – 1 cup Chickpea Flour / Besan Flour – 1/4 cup Salt – to taste Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Curd – 3 tbsp Methi leaves – 1 cup (tightly packed) (chopped) Water – 1/4 cup (adjust accordingly) Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except curd and water. Add the curd and mix. Then add water little by little...

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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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Paneer Paratha / Cottage Cheese Stuffed Flatbread

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Indian Breads/Roti, Paneer Recipes | 1 comment

Paneer is a fresh cheese, very much common in Indian Cusine. I love to eat paneer in any form. Recently I am making different kinds of Parathas and today I tried Paneer Paratha. It came out so good and it is a easy lunch box menu. We can enjoy this Paneer Paratha just with pickle or Raitha :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Servings : 12 Parathas Ingredients: For Dough: Wheat Flour – 2 cups Salt – to taste Water – as required Oil – 2 tsp For Stuffing: Paneer – 1 3/4 cups (grated) Green Chillies – 4 to 6 (according to spice level) Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp Salt – to taste Oil – 1/4...

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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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Mint Spread for Breads

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Breakfast Menu | Comments Off on Mint Spread for Breads

I have posted Tomato Spread for Breads in my previous post and this is another simple spread made of mint. This spread is almost similar to Mint Chutney and everyone will like it. If you are searching for a quick breakfast this is the one… Time of Preparation : 15 minutes Spice level : 2 out of 5 No of Slices : 5 Ingredients: Mint leaves – 1 cup Red Chillies – 2 Urad dal – 2 tsp Coconut – 2 tbsp (grated) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Bread slices – 5 Ghee – to toast the bread slices Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the red chillies followed by the urad dal and mint leaves. When the mint leaves shrinks, add the coconut and turn off the heat. Let it cool...

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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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Pumpkin Pancakes

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Multi Cuisine | Comments Off on Pumpkin Pancakes

Happy Halloween!!   It’s Halloween and here is a delicious Pumpkin Pancake to start your day. Pumpkin in pancakes??? That was my question when I saw a few pins in Pinterest. But then I was so curious to try but wasn’t sure. But it’s Halloween and I wanted to try something pumkin. So that’s how it happened… It’s so easy to make and you can make the batter ahead and refrigerate it for the next day breakfast. It sure is a twist and refreshing from the same old boring pancakes. I added a few spices which goes well with the pumpkin. But I added in less amount since I don;t like it too spicy when it comes to these kind of food. You can serve it with maple syrup or honey or agave nectar or jelly/jam or your homemade...

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Roti/Phulka – Indian Flat Bread

Posted by on Sep 23, 2012 in Indian Breads/Roti, Slideshow, Veggie Entrees & Sides | Comments Off on Roti/Phulka – Indian Flat Bread

Phulka (Fulka) or Roti is an unleavened flat-bread from South Asia and a staple diet in many homes in India.  Rotis are made from whole wheat flour dough which is rolled and cooked on a skillet and then over direct heat where it is puffed up.  Roti is generally served with dal/pappu and with so many other curries (veg and non-veg). You can also spread some butter or ghee/clarified butter which is optional. When you cook on electric stove, a metal mesh is used since the coil is not suitable. If it is gas stove you can cook the rotis over direct heat. The metal mesh is generally available in the local Indian stores in the U.S. I do not use any oil for making rotis and it stays soft. You can roll up the remaining rotis in an aluminum foil...

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Stuffed Bread

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Breads | 3 comments

First I thought of making regular sandwich bread. Then I wanted to have something little spicy. I got the idea of making this stuffed bread with Indian touch. I gave this to all my friends for tasting and everyone loved it. You can try this recipe with Nithu’s White Bread Recipe too. Time of Preparation : 2 hours 10 minutes Spice Level : 2 Yield : 1 large loaf Ingredients: For Bread: Bread Flour – 3 cups Warm water (110 F) – 1 cup Active dry yeast – 1 1/2 tsp Salt – 1 tsp Sugar – 2 tbsp Oil – 1/4 cup For Stuffing: Potato – 1 Carrot – 1 Beans – 12 Paneer – 1/4 cup (grated) Spinach – 1/4 cup(chopped) Onion – 1/2 (finely chopped) Green chillies – 4 Garlic – 4 cloves (finely chopped) Red...

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Homemade White Bread and Dinner Rolls

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Baking, Breads | 6 comments

Homemade bread and dinner rolls are very easy to make. My bread is made from the scratch and it’s fresh without any preservatives. I have always wanted to bake bread at home and enjoy it for the breakfast and finally my dream came true. There are a lot of recipes online for homemade bread. I was so confused about which one to follow. Finally, I got a good recipe on youtube which was posted by Candra. It was easy and the result was amazing. I used the dinner rolls or pav buns for the Pav bhaji dish that I have recently shared with you all. Enjoy your breakfast with the fresh home baked bread and let me know your comments. Preparation time: 2.5 hours Cooking time: 20 to 25 minutes Yield: 12 dinner rolls and One big loaf Ingredients:...

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Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

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

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Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | 3 comments

Macaroons have always been one of my favorites. It tastes absolutely delicious. So I decided to make it at home. I had some shredded coconut sitting in my pantry so decided to make coconut macaroons this time. It came out absolutely yummy. In fact, I think I am gonna make this for the Christmas party this week. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No of pieces : 16 Ingredients: Egg whites : 2 Shredded Sweetened Coconut : 14 ounces Salt : a pinch Vanilla Extract : 2 tsp Sweetened Condensed Milk : 14 ounces Method Of Preparation : Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Combine the shredded coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whisk the egg whites and salt on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment...

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Cranberry Scones

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Baking, Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Cranberry Scones

I am such a great fan of scones! Whenever I go to our farmers market they have these freshly baked scones and I can’t resist to come without some in the cart. Plus. I have always wanted to make it at home. Finally I had some cranberries sitting in my pantry from when I made some cranberry sauce. So I decided to make some cranberry scones out of it. It came out really well and tasty. You can try this at home yourself and let me know if you like it. Preparation Time: 45 minutes No of pieces : 8 Ingredients: All purpose Flour : 2 cups Granulated sugar : 1/3 cup Baking powder : 2 1/2 tsp Salt : 1/4 tsp Unsalted Butter : 1/4 cup Dried or fresh cranberries: 1/2 cup (if you are using fresh cranberries...

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Maple Pecan Bread

Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Baking, Breads | 5 comments

I had Pecan bread at one of my friends’ place and I have been wanting to make it ever since. I had gotten the recipe from her and I have been wanting to try this recipe. I love maple syrup on pancakes and the flavor of maple. So I just twisted this recipe a little by adding maple flavor. If you want you can also try without adding maple flavor. It will turn out delicious either way. It came out very tasty and perfect. My husband and MIL loved it and they both keep saying it tasted just like the walnut cake they used to love from Adyar Bakery in Chennai. Try this recipe and let me know if you liked it. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No Of Servings : 20 Ingredients: All Purpose Flour : 21/4 cups...

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Frosted Cupcakes

Posted by on Apr 12, 2010 in Baking, Best of ST, Desserts, Featured | 20 comments

Cupcake has to be the perfect comfort food for a person of any age. Even though I’ve had Cupcakes before I kind of got hooked on to it bad, because of an ex-coworker. She used to make Cupcakes and bring in to work so often that I started craving for it all the time. This is the first time am trying Cupcake and I was a little nervous until I was done with the whole baking. If the pictures are any clue the Cupcakes turned out very well indeed. I did have a hard time with the peanut butter and chocolate frosting to look good for the pictures, but after a few tries they came out okay. Ingredients: Vanilla Cupcakes: All purpose flour : 3 cups Baking powder : 2 tsp Vanilla extract : 2 tsp Milk : 1...

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Banana Bread Recipe

Posted by on Aug 4, 2008 in Baking | 17 comments

I have a special place for banana bread because this is the first recipe that got me in to baking. Banana bread makes an excellent snack to go with evening tea or coffee or even as dessert. I have adapted this recipe from epicurious and added a little bit of my style in it. If you do try this recipe I would love to know how it turns out . This is a great beginner baking recipe if you would like to wet your feet in the wonderful world of baking. Ingredients: All purpose flour :11/2 cups Baking Powder : 1tsp Baking soda : 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon : 3/4 tsp Granulated sugar : 3/4 cup Unsalted butter (at room temperature) : 2 tbsps Egg white : 1 (large) Whole Egg : 1(large) Banana Puree : 1 cup (...

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