Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blackberry Smoothie

Its always a joy to slurp over a smoothie on a hot afternoon. I consider it as a fun activity during my summer while I catch up on some movie :). And unlike having too many dishes to do after a whole lot of cooking, this is pretty simple and filling too. And I love smoothie because these are the most disguised way of making some fruits or berries go into my toddler....Shhh It's a secret. I cannot let that get revealed to him.





These blackberry smoothies look so pretty and taste amazing. We have been into too much smoothie lately, as the temperature rise and drink it as is, or may be even have it with cereals or oats. They are good.





Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 cup of pitted, diced, fresh/frozen blackberries
  2. 3/4 cup of cold yogurt
  3. 2 tbsp of apricot jam
  4. 1 cup of cold milk
Method
  • In a blender, add the blackberries and blend it .
  • Then add the yogurt, jam and milk and run it untill everything gets blend nice and smooth.
  • Serve it chilled.
Tips

  1. You could use honey to sweeten up the smoothie as its a healthier option. I used apricot jam because it helps enhance the taste of smoothie.
  2. Do not use over fermented yogurt else your smoothie might taste tangy.
  3. It is always good to have the smoothies fresh. So try having it as soon as you make it rather than storing it in the refrigerator for later.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Mango Ice Cream ~ Without Ice-Cream maker

Not a single summer passes by without having ice cream. Well, I wouldn't mind having it during chilled weather too. But the flavour of fresh mangoes in ice creams can be enjoyed only in summer.









When I say homemade ice cream, it can be as creamier and rich as the store bought ones and No, you need not have an ice cream maker to make one like that. It's pretty simple . Do try it and enjoy it. You can thank me later :).

Friday, June 2, 2017

Homemade Doughnuts or Donuts

There was a time when every other week of grocery shopping would include a donut purchase too. I used to love it. My favorite was the sugar glazed donut. It never made sense to me to make it at home because, Jacob was not a big doughnut fan.







It had been a while that we had bought any doughnuts and lil one was watching something on the tv and came up to me requesting to make doughnuts. Well, I thought why not make it for teatime snack. And soon we were kneading the dough for donuts. Lil one loves to help me while I am making something that includes kneading. So we did it together in the first half of the day. I waited for him to nap before I fry them, because I would need some piece of mind while I am doing some frying and to avoid any accidents I wanted him to be away from the kitchen. After he woke up, he came running, still a little dizzy from the sleep and said, "Mama, I am done napping, Can I get doughnuts? " It was so funny. But seriously, this guy never forgot about the doughnuts, though he was included only in the first stage of kneading.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mango Ladoo

There are umpty ways to relish the mangoes. As soon as they appear in the market, we get so excited to have them. My lil one hates all fruits but mangoes and pears. So I try not to make him overloaded with mangoes in just one form, that he starts hating them too. So every time he is served with it, there is some variety. It could be some drink or dessert or salad etc. This mango ladoo was just another version.











One day, after having lil J put to nap, I returned to the kitchen, just to find Big J searching the entire pantry to find something sweet to eat. Now a sweet craving is very unusual of him. I was looking for some reason to finish off the condensed milk left in the refrigerator. I had some dry coconut powder too and mangoes are always found at home, during summer. So I quickly made this 3 ingredients ladoo, which we happily munched on and had some left over to be chilled too.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jeera Rice

There are times when you have people visiting around dinner or lunch time. And you get confused what to serve them with, when you might have prepared/decided to keep a simple dinner for your family and also have very less time to be creating something very jazzy. So in case, plain rice was on your family menu and you are not happy to be serving the same for you guests, just a simple seasoning could lift that simple rice to be a very simple yet a crowd pleasing one.








For me, my toddler has certain picky days when he would refuse the common or usual family menu items and to make it interesting for him, I convert a small portion of cooked rice into flavored rice for him to enjoy.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pazha Manga curry/ Mango Curry

When it is summer, somehow to feel better and fresh from the scorching heat that leaves you dull and drained out of energy, you start thinking about good things that summer gives and it is things like Mango, Watermelon etc. This year my mind is stuck with mangoes. Well, every year it does :). May it be in the form of drinks or icecream or even curry, I just looove them.



This curry is an absolute bliss. I had a hard time finding smaller variety of mangoes with which it is usually made. But it didn't stop me or my craving from relishing it. They just make way to a happy meal. You got to try it and I am sure you would get hooked to it.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Mango Salsa

With the weather getting better, you might be planning for a barbecue party. For any party or get together, this summer, this Mango Salsa would be just perfect to include in the menu. This is one thing that could be made in just minutes time, when you have many other things to worry about. And its least likely that anyone would not like it. At our home, at the very sight of it, everyone just digs into it.










Serve it with some tacos, chips or nachos or may be just like a salad. they make one amazing starter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Unniyappam

Holidays, while in hostel, were most looked forward to. The last few days of holidays would be spent by mummy asking what I wish to take back with me to the hostel? For me, Unniyappam would be one constant thing on the list.







The goodies taken along with us helps to bare or overcome the home sickness as well as to survive the terrible hostel food.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Indri Appam / Pesaha Appam and Paal

I might have already spoken to you about the  tradition that we followed on the Maundy Thursday as kids. It's basically visiting every house and taking part in the breaking of the bread ceremony post church. It was real fun. My brother used to be the Indriappam kothiyan and I would love vattayappam. But now I like both. I guess taste changes over the years. Jacob and Jordan both prefer vattayappam over Indriappam. So we make both Indriappam and vattayappam and hot cross buns for our Maundy Thursday celebration. And yes, Pesaha Paal is a must. And it is liked by all.






This Indriappam is from our last Pesaha. Yes, as usual I have been delaying the post and then I thought I should post it atleast before next Pesaha to share the recipe. So here it is . Have a blessed Pesaha and a very happy Easter in advance. oh ya, and you could add may be a small piece of turmeric to get hold of Judas in your group. The person who gets the piece with turmeric is called Judas. Just for fun :).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Watermelon Juice

I dislike Summer. Its hot. Its dusty. It drains away energy from me. Mangoes and watermelons are what makes me love it a bit. When you get back from a days outing, all tired, a glass of mango shake/ mango lassi or plain lassi or watermelon juice could just refresh me up and help me gain back the energy.




I used to love the way they arrange the watermelons and mangoes underneath a stall roofed with palm leaves, during summer. And its so strategically placed at the entrance of the store, that you just can't miss picking them up even though you might have forgotten to write it down on your grocery list. So we ended up buying it on every grocery shopping.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Kerala Kadala Curry

Kadala curry - one awesome side dish to go with Appam/ Idiyappam/ Puttu/ Parotta/ Chapathi or even rice. There are very rare chances of a mallu to have not had it or hate it. 






I have always loved to pair it with puttu. Every time I make it, I remember my mother making it on weekends, esp. sunday's. She would be hurriedly making it to serve it for breakfast before we head to the church. Appam, Idiappam, Puttu etc. where the speciality of the weekends unlike the weekdays when there would be school and we would hardly sit down and eat breakfast with the fear of missing the school bus. Oh and we would have the breakfast twice on sunday's. One before we head to the church and one after we are done with the mass and the catechism :). 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Aam Ki Launji / Sweet and Sour Mango Pickle

We are so found of pickle, esp. mango pickle. Now, we have a set of mango pickle that we make every mango season. So last mango season, we thought why not try different pickles out of the raw mangoes. And me and my husband put forth suggestions of pickles that we might have tasted from friends, families or restaurants and like them.






My husband is not very fond of sweets. So I was amazed when he suggested Aam ki lauji that we had at a restaurant in Pune. It was new to him. The sweet and sour pickle seemeed to make his mouth watery, which was a surprising fact for me. You know these men, you can never predict anything ... he he. Anyways, I was happy that he suggested it, because I love Aam ki Lauji and knowing the fact that someone else also is interested in it, would make me happy to try it.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Marble cake (No butter - No egg)

I have never tried eggless cakes before. When I came across this recipe, I was so glad to have found something which is butterless and eggless. I had to give it a try.



Now it being the lent season, I finally tried it. These were good and did serve well to calm down our craving to have cakes during lent. They definitely do differ from cakes that include eggs, taste wise and texture wise. But if you don't eat eggs or are on a diet, then this recipe is something that you must try. The guilt of stuffing up too much calories keeps me away from having multiple pieces of cakes at one go. But this cake being butterless too did vanish from my snack box in no time. Here is the recipe for this cake.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lemon, Ginger and Mint cooler

Summer at grandparents place, as kids has so many fond memories attached. It would include playing in the sun with cousins, climbing trees(yes, you heard it right.. I was good at that :)), feeding the cattle and what not and then rushing home every now and then to drink something cold or snack on something yummy. How I wish I could get back those days. Yes, those times included long academic years with books, exams and science projects and what not. But the thought of those 2 month long vacation was always looked forward to. 











We have a huge bunch of cousins. So every single get together would look like a ceremony with house full of people. It is super fun and blessing to have born in a family like that. Well, I think I drifted a little beyond the topic..he he. Lemon juice was one of the favorite drinks after a tiring day. And the elder ones used to get the job of squeezing out the juice from the lemon and making the juice. It was so frustrating to get the sugar dissolve by stirring. As a parent I now understand, why the request for making powdered sugar or sugar syrup was refused by the elders. It helped us learn patience :). Well, all said, this recipe of cooler includes concentrate that has sugar syrup added into it to make my life easier now every time I make the cooler.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dahi Vada or Indian Savory Donuts in Yogurt Sauce

My love for Dahi vadas get linked back to the Holi celebrations while I was a kid. Our neighbour aunty used to make these during Holi. Apart from all the sweets that she would serve for us, I used to love these. The taste still lingers around my tastebuds.






The perfect time to eat these vadas dipped in the yogurt sauce is summer. Its so refreshing and filling that you just forget to crib about the hot summer. The recipe to the amazingly yum dahi vadas is here.

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