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…

Organic Mask Making Workshop May 2016

Duration – 10 day,  3 hours each Age of Participants 8 to 14 years Masks are fun to make and play with. They can be made with any material and you can get as creative as you want. This summer vacation we had a workshop using waste and biodegradable material to make masks.  We learnt…

Indian Miniature Painting Method

I had the pleasure of attending a five day workshop on Indian Miniature Painting by Artist Mr. Sohan Singh Billawria at Srinagar. Being a student, follower and teacher of art, different styles, their nuances, variation in execution and materials from different areas is a matter of curiosity. To watch the execution of the different stages…

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…

Cross stitch Embroidery

Using Cross stitch is the easiest method of embroidery on fabric. The entire design is made of crosses in different colours. To enable embroidery the fabric weave has small holes at equidistance and this makes counting very easy. The weave can be fine or thick and depending on the weave the designs can be simple…

Découpage

Découpage as a craft/art form is very old. I became aware of decoupage as an art form by reading about it in an encyclopedia. The article aroused my curiosity and on reading that the method is to paste cut out pictures or dried flowers and leaves on a wooden surface embedded in varnish 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…

Fabric Painting

Painting on fabric is an ancient art and has been prevalent for centuries. Ever since humans learnt to spin thread and weave fabric, decorating was the next logical step. Colour was applied either by dyeing the entire fabric or applying colour directly in patterns. Asians have a long history in this craft as the oldest…

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….