SEMOLINA ADAI


This is one famous sweet in southern India.No butter or oil is used ,instead thick coconut

milk is used and baked like  tiny muffins.

For the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm semolina (roasted lightly)

250 gm sugar

1 egg

4-5 cups of thick coconut milk

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 tsp.rose essence

cashews,almonds ,raisins to sprinkle on top.

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Mix the semolina  coconut milk and egg. Allow to soak for 4-5 hours.

Then mix in the sugar ,and stir till sugar melts.Then add the essence and cardamon

powder.Pour into well greased moulds,and bake in a moderate oven for 15-20

minutes(180 degrees).Sprinkle nuts before baking.

 

 

 

 

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OATS BANANA BUNDT CAKE


This recipe can be made into muffins and served for breakfast too.You can make it and

store it for two days ,or store in the refridgerator for a week .When bananas tend to get

overripe ,this is one good way of consuming avoiding wastage of food.Its yummy and

nutritious too,and one bowl stir too.So for the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe bananas(mashed lightly)

75 gm melted butter /3/4 cup olive oil

1/2 cup demerara sugar

1 tblsp.treacle /maple syrup/honey

1 egg

1+1/4 cups flour

1/2 cup oats

1 tsp dry ginger powder

1/2 tsp.baking powder

METHOD

Beat the eggs and sugar together,and add the rest of the ingredients one by one and mix

well.Pour  into greased tins and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes.

You can add almonds or walnuts or any nuts of your choice on the top before

baking.Drizzle with treacle or syrup if you like

ORANGE BROWNIES


This is a recipe worth trying.When i make cakes for my home i always make a very thin

layer of icing,except for special times.You will see a thin layer in the picture .You could add

the normal amount of chocolate for the topping.I will be adding variations too in this

recipe.You could substitute 1/2 -1 cup of almond flour for a richer taste.

INGREDIENTS

200 gm of butter

2 cups flour

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1/2 cup orange juice

rind of two oranges grated

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla essence

a pinch of salt.

orange color (optional)

Melt the butter in a double boiler.Beat the eggs with the vanilla .Mix in the butter after it is

cool slightly and gradually add the rest of the ingredients one by one.Pour in to a greased

tray and bake in a preheated moderate oven (180 degrees) for 45 minutes.As this is a moist

cake,allow to cool for at least one hour before you ice or cut.

White Chocolate Glaze.

100 gm white chocolate

1/2 cup cream

few pistachios to add  topping

Heat the cream till it comes to a boil,and add the chocolate.Mix till smooth and pour over

cake.Add the pistachios.

Some variations for icing

Orange Glaze Icing

1/2 cup orange juice

2 cups icing sugar

1 tblsp.marmalade  or grated peel of orange

Combine all this in a bowl till smooth and drizzle over the cake.

Add nuts or roasted coconut if you like.

Dark Chocolate Icing

1oo gm dark chocolate chips

1/4 cup cream

1 tblsp rind or marmalade

few almonds blanched and sliced

1 tblsp any liquor(optional)

Heat cream and pour over chocolate.Mix well add the nuts and rind,and pour over cake.

 

 

 

 

 

LEMINT ALMOND MUFFINS


Lemint is lemon and mint ..(before you start to get confused).Well, i was beginning on

lemon and almond muffins,then my innovation lights turned  on ,and my attention drew

to the mint leaves in the kitchen .I love Mint coolers(lime juice with mint),and the picture

of mint leaves  in the drink ,drove me to innovate this awesome recipe.So let’s get into

the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

8 oz /2 cups coarsely ground almonds

1/2 cup flour

1 cup sugar

grated rind of 1 lemon

juice of 1 lemon

2 eggs

1/4 cup chopped mint leaves.

1 tsp.baking powder

METHOD

Add almonds.and flour in a bowl,with the rind,sugar mint and baking powder .

Beat eggs with the lemon juice and add to the flour mixture.If the mixture is too thick add

a little milk or water.Pour into muffin moulds and bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees

for 25-30 minutes).

 

 

 

 

ZUCCHINI AND CHEESE MUFFINS


Zucchini a low calorie vegetable ,which contains no saturated fats or cholesterol,rich in nutrients is good for those who are on the weight reduction process.Zucchini or courgette is to be included in the antioxidant list,having high source of potassium,thus helping in  reducing blood pressure and good for heart.To add to its benefits ,Folates which is good for pregnancy is also found in moderate amounts.The golden yellow type of zucchini  has antioxidants like carotenes,lutein…which remove harmful radicals from the body.I have only given you a dot of an explanation of the zucchini.Do find more about this vegetable and enjoy its benefits!

This is a very easy try for breakfast,one pot mix,and if you have a food processor its made at a click of a button!So now let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 yellow zucchini (100gm) (yellow ones retain color even after cooking)

1-2 eggs

1 cup milk

75-100 gm any cheese you like(even cottage cheese is fine)

1 tsp.pepper powder

1/4 tsp of thyme

1/2 capsicum chopped

3 cups flour sieved with 2tsps.baking powder

2-3 tblsp.olive oil

1/2 cup spring onions or 1 onion chopped

1 tsp.salt

METHOD

Grate the zucchini which the skin on .Beat eggs lightly and mix all the ingredients together and pour into greased muffin tins(do not use paper cups to line).Bake in a moderate oven(180 degrees) for 30-35 mins.

If using food processor,put the zucchini first and rest next and click on …Pour into muffin moulds and bake.

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TEA MUFFINS (chai muffins)


This recipe is not cake served at tea,it is made with tea.Like coffee cake it’s tea cake.!

My version of muffins with masala chai or tea,from the kerala kitchen…I love the aroma

and the taste of kerala masala tea.!Well i saw this recipe with other  variety of tea,and i

thought to do it with my twist,the kerala tea highlighted..and succeeded too.

Now for the recipe!

For the tea masala (1.5 cups tea)

3 cardamons

3 cloves

2 inch piece cinammon

1/4 tsp of fennel seeds(optional)

a small piece of dry ginger(sukku)

Grind all these together to a coarse powder and set aside.

Boil 1 cup milk and half cup water together.When it starts to boil ,add this spice powder

and 2 tsp.tea powder or 2-3 tea bags,and boil till you get a nice aroma for 2 minutes.

Strain add 2 tsp.sugar and set aside to cool.

Ingredients for the muffins

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup olive oil

1.5 cups of tea

2 tsp.baking powder

1/2 tsp.baking soda

pinch of salt

2 eggs

a few walnuts

vanilla essence 1.5 tsp

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.Add walnuts.

Beat the eggs lightly and mix in the wet ingredients,and mix till sugar is dissolved.

Pour into muffin moulds(use an ice cream scoop) and bake in a moderate oven for 30

minutes(175 degrees).

You could use chocolate ganache or cream cheese frosting to ice if you like.

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Eggless or vegan walnut brownies


Who doesn’t like brownies?No doubt all love it.There are many brownie variations that I have to share with but, today I’m giving you the recipe for vegan walnut brownies.
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Ingredients
100 gms.melted butter/olive oil/vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 cup curd or yoghurt
3/4 cup sugar( brown or white) sugar free naturo 50 gms for sugar free cakes
1 tsp.vanilla essence
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1+1/2 tsp.baking powder
1+1/2 tsp.baking soda
100 gm walnuts chopped

Method
Beat the curd and sugar till sugar melts(lightly powdering the sugar will save time). Add the rest of the ingredients one by one and blend to get a silky chocolatey texture.(keep half of the walnuts to add on top).Pour into a greased mould.Top with reserved walnuts and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes. (180 degrees).

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Banana bread


Bananas cannot be eaten when it’s overripe,but when used to make bread,muffins,cakes pancakes or fritters it turns out really good.
Today I bring you a recipe for banana bread.Easy and tasty
4-5 ripe bananas mashed
3 eggs
200 gm flour
75 gm butter
2 tblsp.yoghurt
1 tsp.baking powder
1 tsp.baking soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp.cinammon powder
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans

Beat butter and sugar till well corporated. Add eggs one at a time and beat. Next add the bananas and the rest of the ingredients except the flour and beat till well blended.Fold in the flour. pour into greased loaf tin and bake in a moderate oven for 30-40 mins (175-180 Degrees Celsius.) Slice and serve plain with cream,melted chocolate,  ice-cream or custard.

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Apricot Almond Orange Muffin


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This combination of apricot,orange and almonds is really awesome. As muffins are easy to make even as beginners it’s worth the try.If you have a food processor it’s just 5 minutes to make the mix.

For the recipe
1/2 cup apricots(dried)
1 orange(seedless)
3/4 cup olive oil /sunflower oil
1+1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
3/4 tblsp.baking powder
1/2 cup almonds
A pinch of salt.
3 eggs.

Chop the apricots,next the almonds and the peeled orange slices,coarsely. Add the test of the ingredients and blend well.Line muffin cups,use  an ice cream scoop to spoon the mix.Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees)for 30-35 minutes.
If you like to top with any icing you could use cream cheese icing,or cream,or ganache.

QUEEN CAKE


100 gm butter

100 gm sugar

100 gm flour

2 eggs

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp.vanilla essence

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup milk(optional)

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.Beat eggs.(sprinkle a tsp.of flour while adding the eggs to avoid curdling).Fold in the flour (baking powder added to it and sieved).Fold in raisins.Pour batter into a greased tin,and bake in a moderate oven for 25-30 mins.

This could be made individual cupcakes too.