August 11, 2015

Green tea crackers recipe

Yes, infused green tea in cookies :)

Definitely had doubts and curiosity as to how the flavour would come out. When experimented it was nice and tasted good too!

Recipe as follows

Whole wheat flour - 1 1/3 cup
butter - 1/4 cup
green tea powder - 2 tbsp ( finely crushed)
Sugar - 1- 2 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Baking powder - a pinch
Milk - as required

  • Throw in all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. 
  • Knead gently using your finger and add the milk to bring the ingredients together. 
  • Let the dough rest for at least half an hour.
  • Roll it out, cut into shapes, and place in a greased baking tray. 
  • Bake it at 150 degrees Celsius  for about 15-20 minutes or until the sides turns golden brown.
  • Remove from the tray and let it to cool. 
  • Once cooled store in airtight jars! 

Bake and enjoy and eat with less guilt with a hot cup of tea/coffee :)


Brown poha and green gram dosa recipe

Brown poha and green gram dosa

Yet another night when I have to think what to serve for breakfast the next day, this time dosa with brown poha and green gram :)


Green gram – 1 cup
Brown poha /beaten rice– 1 cup
Rice flour – ½ cup
Salt - as required

  • Soak the green gram over night or for 4-5 hours.  Soak the brown poha in just enough water for about half an hour. Grind the green gram and poha separately and mix well. Add in the rice flour, salt and mix well. Let the batter rest for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat the dosa pan/tava and make dosa as usual. Flip if you want both the sides brown.
  • Serve with sambhar, chutney or any other preferred side dish of yours.

Tips: Don’t let the dosa stay in the tawa for long as the bottom gets darkened soon.
Flip to get both the sides brown.

Spread it thin to get more crispier dosa
You can add finely chopped green chillies and coarinadr leaves in the batter to make it spicy.

August 10, 2015

Banana flower stir fry |koombu thoran/mezhukkupuratti recipe

Banana flower stir fry |koombu thoran/mezhukkupuratti recipe

This is one of my favourite dishes. In Kerala my mother used to just pluck out the flower from the back yard and make this dish and it has that mild sweetness and tastes so yum! I used to still buy this vegetable from Bangalore but mother in law stopped me from buying this, she said they inject the chemicals/pesticide to the flower.

Recently when I saw the organic banana flower I couldn’t stop my selves from buying it...Made it for a weekend lunch and we loved it!! ..Happy hearts! 

The recipe as follows


Banana flower – one
Chilli powder- ½ tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp
Salt- as reqd
Oil- 2tspn
Garlic - few

For the seasoning
Red chillies- 2-3 no.s
Curry leaves- few sprigs
Rice (uncooked)- 2 tbsp

Chop the banana flower fine and then throw in a big bowl, add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder , salt and a few spoons of oil ( we use coconut oil) and mix it well using your hands.. Use pressure while mixing.
Once it is mixed well. Keep the kadai on the stove and put this mixture and add the garlic… Close the kadai with a lid and let it cook in medium flame.
For the seasoning keep a small kadai on the stove and pour a spoon or two of oil. When the oil is medium hot add the rice, dried red chillies and curry leaves. Once the rice splutters and becomes crisp, put the seasoning over the banana flower thoran, mix well and serve.

Vertically shop the flower into half, then put lot of slits vertically on one half and then chop it horizontally, your get it finely chopped.
Mixing with hand is a technique used my husband’s grandmother; it helps in releasing and mixing of the flavours.
Measurements of the spices can be changed according to the taste of your palate and the size of the banana flower.
Also its will be good if you season this dish just before serving as I like my rice to remain crisp :)


August 6, 2015

Whole wheat Swedish almond cake recipe

Was in a mood to bake a cake and browsing through my fav recipe books. Couldn’t wait to bake this cake and indulge :)... One of such days when you really want to dig in some yummy stuff. And thankfully the kitchen had all the required stuffs and a jar of slivered almonds was sitting in my refrigerator... Woo... Didn’t wait, just baked !

The recipe follows

Eggs – 3 (I use country eggs)
Sugar – 2/3 cup
Whole wheat flour (I use organic hand pound) – 1 1/3 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Vanilla extract – 2 tsp
Milk – 4 tsp
Butter – 75 gm, melted

For the topping
Butter – 50 gm
Flaked almonds - 100 gm
Sugar – 50 gm
Flour – 2 tsp
Milk – 2 tsp.
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease the base and sides of an 8 inch cake tin with butter and dust with flour.
Whisk together the eggs and sugar until it looks pale and thick.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and pour in the vanilla extract, milk and melted butter, then fold everything in until combined.
Tip the mixture into the tin and bake for 30-35 mins or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
While this gets baked we’ll make the topping, take another bowl melt the butter and add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
After the cake has been cooking remove it from the oven and spoon the almond mixture evenly over on top. Place it back in the oven and bake for about 10-15 mins or until the topping is golden.
Leave the cake to cool for 10 mins and slowly remove it from the tin.
Please let the cake cool to cut it since when I tried cutting it as soon as it was baked, the d topping crumbled but when I cut the cake after waiting for an hour it was cut beautifully J
 The recipe is adapted from cakes by Rachel Allen with minor alterations.

Bake and enjoy

August 4, 2015

Recipe of Oats crackers with green chillis, thyme and sunflower seeds

Have always loved baking, specially baking cookies, sweet or savoury and today it’s a cracker which is a little spicy and healthy. Adults can munch on these without guilt, yes minimal amount of sugar and lots of oats and seeds, best had with a warm cup of tea :)

The recipe follows

Oats – 1 cup
Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup
Butter - 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1 tbsp.
Salt – ½ tsp.
Green chillies – 2. Finely chopped
Sunflower seeds – 2 tbsp., crushed
Thyme – 1 tbsp.
Baking powder – a pinch
Milk – ¼ cup

In a huge bowl throw in all the ingredients and knead to smooth soft dough. If you find it a little sticky, place the bowl in the refrigerator for a while.
Roll out the dough and cut into squares or if you are patient enough to any other shapes J.
Meantime preheat the oven at 150 degrees Celsius.
Place the crackers in a greased baking tray and bake for about 15-20 minutes until the sides starts turning golden brown.
Remove the tray from the oven and gently remove the crackers and place in a wire rack to cool.
Once cooled store in an airtight container.

Done and it’s as easy as this, bake and enjoy !

Tip: Roll the dough between two sheets to avoid breaking and then gently cut and place in the baking tray

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