Egg-less Chocolate Cake

Baking has always given me pleasure. The recipe I am sharing today is again a favorite with all my nieces, nephews, students and grandchildren not to forget the adults. I realized that a lot of people did not eat cakes because of eggs. My own mother-in- law would not touch all the cakes I baked…

Cottage Cheese Cutlets

Cutlets made of mashed cottage cheese can be the new delicious serving during your next party. The cheesy taste which can tempt the taste buds of anyone is attained by freshly prepared cottage cheese(paneer). This new delicacy can be served in the form of small cheese balls as well as oval/square shaped cutlets. Ingredients: 4…

Bottle Gaurd (lauki) Vegetable

This is a very popular Bengali dish made from bottle Gourd(lauki) skin sautéed with green chillies and onion. INGREDIENTS: 1. Skin of one medium bottle gourd 2. Onion – 1 big 3. Green chilly – 2 4. Kalaunji ( kala jeera) – 1/2 Tsp 5. Turmeric powder – 1/4 Tsp 6. Red chilly powder –…

Yogurt Pudding

This pudding is amazing in taste and the recipe has calibrated itself over a period of time. A huge favorite with my kids it is equally appreciated by friends and extended family. What started with a recipe of American cheese cake in the early 1980, slowly lost all the ingredients which were fattening. I  decided…

Vegetable Kababs

This is an all- time favourite dish of my family and friends. I learnt this recipe from my Mother, who was a great cook. The kebabs are easy to make, delicious to eat with Biryani/ Parathas or sandwiched between two pieces of bread to make delightful snacks, fast and easy for kids’ tiffin boxes. VEGETARIAN…

Fresh Banana Choco-chip Cake

  Fresh Banana Choco chip Cake Ingredients 3 cups Flour (maida) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (dal chini) 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder ( sonth) ½ teaspoon allspice (garammasala) ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup butter – for a healthier option substitute with ¾ cup refined or preferably olive…

Rainy Season Snack- Arbi Leaves

    Colocasia, Taro, Eddo, or Arbi as it is  generally known in India is a popular ingredient of a rainy season snack.  In fact in western Uttar Pradesh it is known as “ghuinya”.  On a visit to Andamans I saw the plant growing abundantly along the roads we traveled.  I was surprised to see…

Homemade Mango Ice – Cream

I like cooking in phases as in most days it is a necessity to be got through. I finish my cooking by 9 in the morning, leaving the day free to paint. But wanting my family to have nutritious, balanced and healthy meals I do most of my own cooking. This enables me to be…

Vegetable Keema Pulao

VEG KEEMA PULAO This is one recipe I converted from the original non- veg one which my mother used to make. Instead of using minced mutton, I used soya granules. Easier to make and faster too! Ingredients:- 1. Basmati rice.           1.5 cups 2. Soya granules.         3/4 cup 3….

My Special Shahi Paneer

  I learnt this recipe years ago  from my neighbour and over the years added my own variations. Hence the name :- MY SPECIAL SHAHI PANEER Ingredients: 1. To be boiled together with one cup water: Red, ripe, big tomatoes      4 chopped roughly Carrot                   …

Aam Panna – Raw Mango Drink

  In India summer temperatures easily cross 45 degrees centigrade. With the hot winds blowing from the desert area the felt temperature can be much higher. To protect the body from a heat stroke we have a traditional drink made from raw mangoes. My mother would make it and we would have it every day…

Vanilla Cake

  Vanilla upside down cake is a light and a very soft cake. It is easy to make and a great favorite with children. Ingredients 2 cups flour/ maida 2 level teaspoons baking powder pinch of salt 1 cup castor sugar (ground sugar) 6 large eggs 1 teaspoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons Vanilla essence 1/2…