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Mango Yogurt Popsicle

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THIS is the simplest recipe for a healthy popsicle to beat the heat. You just need three ingredients..Yeah Yeah! you heard me right. 😉 Only three ingredients and Tan Ta Da…It’s ready. 😀 One fine day…actually one fine HOT day this idea came to my mind that why not try making something healthy and something chilling (not some smoothies or juice or shakes) to beat the heat at least for few hours 😛  I just Looovvveee Mangoes…it’s AAM-mazing 😀 So my Froyo lover mind suggested me to make Mango flavored Frozen Yogurt. Aaaand…What? I made it 😉 You can’t say NO to ANYTHING related to food. 😀

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Fresh Mangoes= Healthy, Greek Yogurt= Healthy, Sugar= mmmm..Skip that 😛 No artificial colors or no artificial sweetener…Isn’t that great for your health and for kids too? You MUST make it now and Thank me later. 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup chopped fresh mango/ mango pulp/ frozen mango
  • 1 Cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar/ sweetener of your choice (only if required)

Learn Step By Step Recipe For Mango Yogurt Popsicle

Recipe:

Step 1- Take chopped mango, greek yogurt and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth. Or take all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and fluffy

Step 2- Pour the mixture evenly in the popsicle mold and freeze for 6-7hrs or as required.

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Keep popsicle mold in a bowl full of warm water to remove easily or keep under running water. And enjoy on a HOT day.

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Choco Chip Cookies

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Surprise your valentine with these eggless heart shaped Choco-chip cookies. Easy, quick and wonderful recipe for Valentine’s Day to share with your loved ones. If you are planning to stay at home this Valentine’s Day and looking for a quick dessert/ sweet idea then go for this Choco-chip cookies.

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Give them shape as you like. As it’s Valentine’s Day so I decided to give them

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Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Choco-chip cookies

Serves- 12-14 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp salt (skip salt if using salted butter)
  • 1/2 Cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/4 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 Tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 Cup choco-chips

Recipe:

Step 1- Take all purpose flour in a bowl and add baking soda, sieve it and keep aside

Step 2- In another bowl add sugar and butter and beat it until it becomes creamy and then add brown sugar and beat again

Step 3- Add milk and vanilla essence, whisk till it gets incorporated

Step 4- Add all the dry ingredients and beat until it gets incorporated. Dust choco-chips with 1tbsp all purpose flour and then add to the mixture and fold them in

Step 5- Assemble using your hand. Do not knead like dough. You can also chill the dough for 15-20mins in refrigerator

On a parchment paper take a ball of dough put another parchment paper on top and roll into thick roti

Step 6- Using a cookie cutter (shape as you like) cut them

Step 7- Preheat oven at 350ºF at least for 10mins and bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Remove them from oven and let them cool completely

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Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa

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In Indian household winters are incomplete without making Gajar Ka halwa multiple times or at least 2-3 times 😀 The most comforting sign of long awaited winter is Gajar Ka Halwa. Though nothing beats “Maa ke hath ka bana Gajar Ka Halwa” but after moving to USA this privilege is no longer available. The only times I used to eat Gajar Ka Hawla..1- either cooked by my mommy or 2- cooked by my maasi 🙂 They both cook delicious Gajar Ka Halwa. So for the VERY FIRST TIME I tried making this Gajar Ka Halwa which I was very much sure I cannot make gajar ka halwa anyway because of the time and patience it requires..Well that’s difficult for me 😛

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Still I tried making this for my beloved Hubby and I was VERY HAPPY when he said it’s delicious. Yeahhh…Mission Successful! 😀

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Gajar Ka Halwa

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 Litre full fat milk
  • 1/2 Kg grated gajar/ carrot
  • 1/2 Cup sugar or as required
  • 2 Tbsp roasted dry fruits
  • 2 Tbsp ghee

Recipe:

Step 1- In a heavy bottom pan bring milk to boil and let it boil until its thicken. The most important part “You just cannot make delicious Gajar Ka Halwa without adding lots of milk” 😛 Yeah..true. So let the milk simmer on low medium flame

Add grated carrot and stir gently and cook on low medium flame. Keep stirring to prevent burning at the bottom

Step 2- Add roasted dry fruits n nuts and mix well. Let the nuts get cooked properly. It gives a nice flavor to your halwa. You can nuts of your choice

keep stirring and cooking on low medium flame. The more you cook on low flame the best taste you will get 😀 Trust Me!

Step 3- When the milk evaporates add sugar. Sugar melts and halwa turns gooey once again. Stir and cook

When the moisture is half evaporated, add ghee and stir well.

Keep cooking until the halwa thickens. Then turn off the flame

Serve warm or cold as you like and enjoy this rich Gajar Ka Halwa 🙂

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Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

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When someone says you don’t eat cake in the morning. Then tell them this is COFFEE cake and you eat it in the morning with Coffee. It’s breakfast! 😀 There is absolutely nothing better than waking up in the winter morning and enjoying a slice of Cake with a hot and creamy cup of coffee.

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Crumb on the top…..because crumb part is the best! Hint of coffee and cinnamon powder makes this cake more delicious.

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So without much delay here is the recipe! Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Ingredients:

For Crumb Topping

  • 4 Tbsp butter  (slightly softened)
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp coffee
  • 1/2 Tsp nutmeg powder

For Cake

  • 1 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup wheat flour
  • 2 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp choco chips (optional)
  • 5 Tbsp butter  (softened)
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2  Cup milk  (room temperature)
  • 1 Tsp vanilla essence

Recipe:

Step 1- In a large bowl take all purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder and choco chips. Sieve well

Step 2- In another bowl cream together the sugar and butter and then add egg, milk and vanilla essence and beat them well again

Step 3- Start adding the liquid mixture to flour in part. Make sure there are no lumps formed and mix gently to combine. The batter will be thicker. Do not add water

Grease a baking pan and pour the batter. Spread evenly

Step 4- For crumb topping, In a bowl take sugar, coffee powder, cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder and mix well. Add butter and mix with a fork until the ingredients are well combined

Step 5- Spread the crumb topping on the cake batter and press lightly using a spatula.

Preheat oven at 350ºF for 10mins and then bake the cake for 25-30mins. To check insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean remove the pan from over. If not, bake for few mins more

Let the cake cools down a little and then remove on a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy this Crumb cake with your morning/ evening coffee.

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Ice Cream Sundae

Meetha Hai Khana Aaj Pehli Tareekh Hai! Happy New Year to all of you. Stay Happy and Stay Blessed Everyone. Today I am celebrating “New Year and my 100th Post Blog Entry” 😀 Double celebration. 🙂

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I’ve reached a hundred posts! Finally. I was actually going through my posts and I was like, Yeah, they’re many posts.:D But how can they reach a hundred?! Time passes… I can imagine myself doing 1000 posts one day! Haha. 😀

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To celebrate my 100th post I have made a tempting dessert which is very pleasing to eyes and palates :D. “Ice Cream Sundae“- Layers of interesting stuff ranging from nuts and fruits to ice cream, biscuits and brownies. Serve Sundae in a transparent glass so that your eyes too can enjoy this sinful dessert. 😀

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Today I will share a simple recipe which you can made with the available stuffs. You don’t have to cook anything. Just buy from a supermarket 😛 😀 Today is a NO COOK day 😛

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of chocolate ice cream/ strawberry ice cream
  • 1 Cup of vanilla ice cream (You can use any flavor)
  • 2-3 cubes of brownie (break them in pieces)
  • 2 Tbsp Cup nuts
  • 2-3 oreo biscuits (crumbled)
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 Tbsp grated chocolate
  • Chocolate Syrup

Recipe:

In a glass layer with whipped cream and add a scoop of chocolate ice cream then again layer with whipped cream

And then add some crumbled oreo biscuits

Add 1-2 pieces of brownie, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and layer with whipped cream

Pour some chocolate syrup and sprinkle grated chocolate on the top and some nuts

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Enjoy this sinful, tempting, chocolatey and savory dessert slowly 😀

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Christmas Fruit Cake/ Spiced Rum Fruit Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake

Christmas is around the corner and everybody is busy in baking cakes and cookies. As I have already prepared cookies so now is the time for my all time favorite Christmas Fruits cake/ Rum Fruit Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake”. The traditional way of preparing a Christmas cake is by soaking the dry fruits in rum for weeks/ months.

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You can skip the soaking part and make it alcohol free cake and make it instantly. This cake tastes best if baked few days ahead of eating.

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Cake- 1 Loaf and 1 Cake

Ingredients:

For soaking

  • 1 Cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 Cup black raisins
  • 1/2 Cup tutti frutti
  • 1/4 Cup chopped apricots
  • 1/2 Cup rum/ orange juice

For Caramel

  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar/ any sugar
  • 1/2 Cup water

Other ingredients

  • 2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tsp ginger powder
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 Tsp cloves powder
  • 1/2 Tsp nutmeg powderKolkata@1985
  • 1 Tsp cardamom powder

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Christmas Fruit Cake

Recipe:

Step 1- Take all the dry fruits in a bowl and add orange juice/ rum and soak. If using rum soak for 2days to 1 week or more and if using orange juice soak overnight

This is how soaked dry fruits will look like

Now add 2 tbsp of all purpose flour to it and toss well. Keep aside

Step 2- Now we will prepare caramel. Take sugar in a saucepan and heat it on medium flame. It will start to crystalize

Keep cooking until it melts properly. When you see reddish color take the pan off the flame

Add water. The syrup will crystalize and again keep heating until it melts again

Step 3- Meanwhile the syrup is melting prepare the batter. In a bowl take all purpose flour and add baking soda, baking powder and all the spices and mix well. Keep aside

Step –In a large bowl add butter, sugar and vanilla essence and using a electric beater or hand beater beat it until it is well creamed. You can separate egg yolks if you want

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Step 4- Start adding egg in steps. First add 2 eggs and beat well. Then again add the remaining 3 eggs and beat well using the beater

Meanwhile the syrup is ready and has reached its perfect color. See the color, it is perfect. Turn off the flame

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Step 5- Now add half of flour mix and mix well then add half of caramel syrup again mix. Add the remaining flour mix beat well and add rest of the caramel and beat to make a fluffy batter

Add in the dry fruits and mix without making lumps

Step 6- Grease the baking pans. I have used bread loaf pan and a cake pan. Grease the pans and pour the batter

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Preheat oven at 375ºF/180ºC and bake for 35-40mins. Remove and let it cool down completely and remove on a tray. Sprinkle some icing sugar powder

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Wrap the cake with aluminum foil and store for later use. Enjoy your christmas with this rich cake and make your family/ friends happy 😀 🙂 MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂

This entry was posted on December 22, 2016, in Desserts.

Christmas Cookies/ Tutti Frutti Cookies

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So just to come in Christmas mood I decided to bake Tutti Frutti Cookies or you can say Christmas Cookies. Not only it looks appealing but it’s a delicious cookies for your Christmas. 🙂 Save this recipe for your christmas and serve the to your family/ friends and guests. 🙂

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These cookies are very easy to make and you can store them for 15-20 days at room temperature in an air tight container. In case you don’t have tutti frutti at home then you can use any dry fruits.

Ingredients:

  • 1  Cup all purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp salted butter at room temperature (If using salted butter then skip adding salt else add 1/4 Tsp salt)
  • 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 Cup tutti frutti
  • 1 Tbsp black raisins
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk at room temperature

Learn Step By Step Recipe with Pictures for Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Christmas Cookies

Recipe:

Step 1- In a bowl whisk butter and sugar together until sugar is mixed properly and then add vanilla essence.

If you are using unsalted butter add salt and mix

Step 2- In another bowl add tutti frutti and black raisins to all purpose flour and then add butter and sugar mixture

Step 3- Mix using your finger tips. There should not be any lumps in the mixture. Add milk as required and assemble the mixture. DO NOT ADD WATER. Add more milk if required. Make a sticky soft dough. Don’t knead more

Roll the dough and make logs. Wrap in a butter paper if you have. Else wrap in a foil and freeze for 30mins

Step 4- Take the dough out and using a very sharp knife cut into cookies pieces in one go otherwise it will break. Cut all in even sizes otherwise some will be over cooked and some will be uncooked.

Preheat oven at 375ºF/ 180ºC and grease a baking tray and keep all the slices on tray and bake for 10mins. Turn the cookies and bake for another 4-5mins if required

Keep checking because the time of baking varies depending upon the size and thickness of cookies

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Turn off the oven and remove the tray. Let the cookies cool down completely  and then store them in an air tight container.

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