March 4, 2020

Authentic Thandai Masala Recipe

Thandai is a milk-based, well-balanced, refreshing summer beverage that is believed to treat ailments related to excessive body heat. It is also a summer drink as it is an instant energizer in the scorching summer heat. This drink is very flavourful and healthy. In fact, most of its ingredients are nutritious. It has a base of nuts and seeds that act as a nerve tonic. The herbs, spices and flowers used are all reportedly cooling and hydrating.   The most important […]
March 3, 2020

Thandai Mawa Muffins

Mumbaikars have nostalgia for Irani bakery mawa cakes. Centuries-old venerable relation with mawa cakes has sustained and will never retire. The soft, buttery, cardamom-infused teacakes in silver foil trays, sometimes wrapped in wax papers are heartwarming. A staple in Irani cafes and bakeries has created an eternal harmony with our taste buds.  Mawa cake has a strong presence of Indian flavours. Cardamom being one of the prominent biffs in a mawa cake, it opens more room to play around using […]
February 20, 2020

Eggless Cream Cheese Cake

The thoughts are in a quarrel in my mind, concerning the name of this recipe. Eggless cream cheese pound cake, won’t be an appropriate name, because traditionally a pound cake had a pound of each of four ingredients — flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. Pound cake, originated in Europe in the first half of the 18th century, initially weighed four pounds. We have preserved the original, simple-to-remember-ratio of this recipe and yet we have driven it to a contemporary time bringing-in a […]
February 4, 2020

Pizza Buns

These Pizza buns are a doorway to happiness. When you succeed in baking these sensational pizza buns at home, the whole family goes whoopee gaga about you. My kids and Pranav thoroughly enjoyed these buns last night for dinner. I had happy souls, who watched t.v. and ate pizza buns and icecream for dinner. You too can make these in your home kitchen. I am sharing the recipe and few do’s and don’ts of baking these buns in a home […]
January 30, 2020

Caramel Popcorn at Home

A big bowl of popcorn is of greatest joy with a movie. It’s like, euphoria when we dig the hand into a tub of popcorn while watching a movie in the theatre. The crunchy-munchy bites and the seducing aroma that tickles the nose and tastebuds, make popcorn a beloved treat for all. Movie and popcorn are married now, but you know, when movie theatres came into existence, they did not allow popcorns inside the theatres. The halls were considered of […]
January 14, 2020

Baked Amritsari Kulcha

This Amritsari Kulcha recipe is similar to the authentic kulcha and it turns out delicious. But these Kulchas are baked in the oven. Having no tandoor is a limitation for many home cooks like me. The OTG works great, and it is proven to be a saver for me many times.  Being a Punjabi, I can’t ignore the demanding tastebuds who are hungry for a good buttery, crispy outside, tender inside, aloo masala stuffed kulcha. I might have to face sulky reactions […]
January 6, 2020

History of Chocolate

Chocolate was a treasure back then, it was used as a currency. One could buy a rabbit for 30 nibs for cocoa beans. Chocolate was consumed as a drink, but mostly by the elite. The nibs from the cacao plant were ground into a paste and were consumed as a drink, unlike our chocolate bars today.    Chocolate’s 4,000-year history began in ancient Mesoamerica, present-day Mexico. It’s here that the first cacao plants were found.  The Olmecs were one of […]
January 1, 2020

All About Hot Chocolate

The classic Hot chocolate holds an affix with the winter. It’s a cosy and joyous concept, that we all cherish in the cold season.  When hands get a wintry numb, holding a cup of hot chocolate is a bliss.  I have a vivid memory with Hot chocolate that is very close to my heart. So it was our honeymoon and we were at the peak of Mount Titlis, with a white snowy ambience all around. After spending wondrous hours in […]
December 23, 2019

Christmas Energy Bites

Every year in the month of December, we fancy the zing of Christmas. Vivacious cravings for Christmasy flavours get into our world. The charm of festive spirit captivates our inner infatuation for good food, lights, those red and green tinctures around us. I am in so much Christmas seize, that I seriously desire a slice of Christmas cake right now. But, guess what, I still have not baked my Christmas cake. It’s a doleful feeling within me.    For now […]