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Coconut Macaroons

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Macaroon is a type of small circular cake, typically made form ground almonds, coconut or any other nuts with sugar and egg whites. The name of the cake comes from Italian Maccarone or maccherone meaning" paste", referring to the original almond paste which is one of the main ingredient.

Macaroons made from desiccated coconut instead of almond paste are most commonly found in UK, USA, Australia and many more. Coconut macaroons are often topped with a glace cherry or dipped in white chocolate. This recipe goes top 3rd day of BM 71 under the theme " Kids Delight- Cakes and Cookies".


Ingredients:


Shredded coconut 2 1/4 cup
Egg whites 4
Sugar 1 1/3 cup
Vanilla essence 1/2 spoon
Mini ice cream scoop


Preparation:


Mix egg whites, shredded coconut and sugar.
Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on medium flame.
Switch off flame and using mini ice cream scoop, scoop out the mixture and place them on a baking tray.
Place them 1 inch apart.
Bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees F.
Remove from oven and le…

Pistachio Almond Cookies

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It has been very difficult to feed dry fruits  to  my kids.  Eating nuts as it is , is a difficult part. So I tried adding nuts powder in cookies.  And you wont believe these  cookies vanished within no time. These rich and delicious cookies with lots of almond and pistachio powder are most popular and preferred cookies in India. As Christmas is around, its perfect time to bake these cookies.

This recipe goes to the week 4,  day 2 of BM 71, under the theme" Kids Delight-Cakes and Cookies". Here goes the recipe.....



Ingredients:

All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
Pistachio powder 1/2 cup
Almond powder 1/2 cup
Yellow custard powder 2 tbsp.
Powdered Sugar 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence 1/2 spoon
Butter 2/3 cup
Baking powder 1 spoon


Preparation:

Sieve all the dry ingredients ( all purpose flour, custard powder, baking powder) together in a mixing bowl.
Add pistachio and almond powder.
In a separate bowl add butter (which is at room temperature) and sugar.
Beat the mixture well and add vanilla essence.
Now ad…

Cake Mix Cookies

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Christmas is just around the corner and kids are all excited about the gifts they are going to get from Santa. My younger one still thinks that Santa is going to visit us in the night and drops her favorite toy near our Christmas tree. As the winter vacation is going to start, kids will be home asking for snacks every 15 minutes. Specially my older one hahahaha.......

Today we are starting with 4th week of BM 71. My theme for the week is "Kids Delight- Cakes and cookies". I saw this simple and quick cookie recipe on Facebook using cake mix. With very few ingredients was able to make some delicious cookies for my kids  Christmas Party at home.  All the kids were so excited to see and taste  the colorful cookies. So this recipe goes to Day 1 of BM 71. 




Ingredients:

Vanilla  Cake mix 1 box
Canola oil 1/2 cup
Eggs 2 
Red sugar sprinklers 


Preparation:


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Add oil and eggs to cake mix.
Mix it well.
Using mini scoop or small spoon, scoop out little batter  and giv…

Carrot Rice

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If you are looking for any quick rice recipe for  busy days for lunch or dinner or for the lunch boxes this is one of them. Quick and easy recipe if you have  cooked rice handy. As the carrots are bit sweet I have added slit green chilies and Red chili masala powder to this dish. Red chili masala powder is commonly used by South Indian in any veg or non veg curry or stir fries. I have used the store bought Masala powder here but it is very simple to make  at home too.

This red chili masala powder gives  totally a different flavor to any dish. So for day 3, week 2 of BM 71, under  the theme "One Ingredient - Different courses", am here with another dish with Carrots- Carrot Rice. Here goes the recipe.......





Ingredients:

Grated carrots 1 cup
Cooked rice 2 cups
Cashew Nuts 6
Chopped Garlic 1 spoon
Curry leaves 4
Chopped / slit  green chili 2
Kura Karam / Masala Red chili powder 2 spoons
Chana dal 1 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Salt to taste
Chopped cilantro 3 spoons
Oil 3 spoons


Preparation:


He…

Gajar Halwa ~~ Carrot Halwa

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Gajar Halwa is a traditional Punjabi dish made with carrots, sugar and milk. Its very easy to make with these 3 ingredients. For  some extra richness we add ghee and some dry fruits. It is delicious to serve cold or warm in any occasion.

For day 2 under one Ingredient - different courses for BM 71, am here with a delicious Gajar ka halwa / Carrot Halwa. Here goes the recipe.........





Ingredients:

Grated carrots 2 cups
Sugar 1 cup
Milk 1 cup
Milk powder 1/2 cup
Raisins , Raisins and almonds 1/4 cup
Butter / Ghee 3 spoons


Preparation:

In flat pan heat butter / ghee.
Add chopped cashew nuts, almonds and raisins.
Saute till raisins blow up.
Now add grated carrots and cook for 10 minutes on low to medium flame.
Now add milk and milk powder, mix well and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes on medium flame.
Now add sugar and cook further till the mixture thickens.
Remove and serve hot or cold.





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Carrot Pachadi

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Carrots are available through out the year. They have  lots of health benefits.  Carrots are also a good source of vitamin A and K. For next 3 days you will be seeing  3 recipes with carrots. Today we are starting with week 2 of BM 71. My theme for this week is " One Ingredients-Three Courses".  For day 1 am here with one of the simplest and instant Carrot Chutney / Pachadi. MAde with chopped or grated carrots. As the carrots are sweet we add lots of chilies to give some spiciness and tamarind for the extra flavor. Here goes the recipe........






Ingredients:


Carrots chopped 2 cups
Sesame seeds 2 spoons
Green chili 6-7
Garlic 4 cloves
Tamarind pulp 2 spoons
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds 1/2 spoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 spoon
Udad dal 1 spoon
Curry leaves 6
Red chili 2
Oil 5 spoons


Preparation:


Heat 3 spoons oil in a pan and add chopped carrots and chopped green chilies.
Also add garlic cloves and sesame seeds.
Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium flame.
Now add tamarind pulp and salt to taste.
Cook for another…

Vadala Pulusu ~ Masala Vada / Chana Dal Fritters in Tangy Gravy

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This recipe was on my to do list for quite some time. Whenever I make Masala Vada i think of saving some to make this delicious curry which my mom used to make quite often. This Diwali I made sure to make some extra vada  and save them for next day to prepare this tangy and sweet dish. Finally I made this curry.

For day 2 under " Cooking for one", am here to give you the recipe for Vadala Pulusu which is prepared  mostly in Andhra, Southern part of India. This dish goes well with steamed rice or Naan, roti or parata. Here goes the recipe......


Ingredients:


Masala Vada 4
Small onion 1
Small Tomato 1
Tamarind pulp 1/2 spoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Salt to taste
Chili powder 1/2 spoon
Curry leaf 3
Mustard  and Cumin seeds 1/4 spoon
Fenugreek seeds 4
Jaggery 1 spoon (grated)
Chopped cilantro 1 spoon


Preparation:


Heat oil in a sauce pan or flat pan.
Add Mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
Once the mustard seeds crackle add curry leaves, fenugreek seeds.
Saute for few seconds and add chopped onions.
Coo…

Rasawala Aloo aur Poori ~ Potato Gravy with Poori

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Today we are starting with 4th week of BM 70, and my theme for this week is " Cooking for One". You will be seeing single serving recipes for next 3 days. It was very difficult for me to find single serving recipes as most of the time I am  used to cook for 2 or more at home. There were very few situation when I was alone and hubby dear was travelling for work.  Only thing on my mind was to make maggi which was quick and easy to make in few minutes. If at all I had to make some other dish they turned out to be served for more than 2 people. Was new to cooking and didn't know how much quantity of ingredients I was supposed to take to cook for single serving. 

Now as the time changed,  tastes changed and have experience in cooking for single person to 30 people, I am here with a recipe made with Potatoes. Rasawala Aloo, Rasawala means gravy, Aloo means Potato. This delicious gravy can be served with any Indian bread. Here goes the recipe..........









Ingredients:


Potato  1 mediu…

Nutella French Toast Roll Ups

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These are quick and easy to make Nutella French Toast Roll Ups. Its a great breakfast treat or after school snack or  can be packed in a lunch box.  My kids LOVE Nutella, but they do not like french toast. This is the best way to feed picky eaters like mine with their favorite chocolate spread inside the roll ups. 

This recipe goes to  day 3 of Week 2, under the theme "Cooking on Tawa". If you like you can even chop some strawberries / raspberries / banana or any other fruit and place the fruit slices on top of nutella and then roll the bread before cooking on tawa / skillet. So that your family gets some of  those extra nutrients from fruits and eggs.  Here goes the recipe.......




Ingredients:

Bread slices 4
Egg 1
Milk 4 spoons
Sugar 4 spoons
Cinnamon powder 1 spoon
Nutella 1/2 cup
Butter 


Preparation:

Cut the edges of the bread slices and keep aside.
Using rolling pin roll each bread slices to become thinner.
Now spread nutella on each bread slice and roll it.
Break down  egg in a bowl, …

Parata Pizza

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My kids are on for Pizza anytime of the day. I have tried making pizza at home with regular pizza dough and also with bread as a quick snack. To make them eat paratha not with any sabzi / curry, I made them paratha pizza with some veggies and grated mozzarella. They loved it so much, real quick and takes very few minutes to make it. I have used store  bought Malabar paratha here as I didn't have fresh paratha made at home. You can use any left over chapati / paratha too. 

As my theme for this weeks BM 70 is "Cooking on Tawa", I have  made paratha  pizza on for day 2. Here goes the recipe....







Ingredients:


Malabar Paratha 2
Pasta / Pizza sauce 4 spoons
Grated mozzarella cheese  1/2 cup
Chopped spinach 2 spoons
Sliced onions 2 spoons
Sliced tomato 1/2 tomato


Preparation:


Heat tawa / skillet / shallow pan and cook paratha on both the sides till its half done.
Meanwhile add  tomato and onion slices in a bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, just to cook them a bit.
Remove the paratha  and p…

Hara Bhara Kabab

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Hara Bhara Kabab is one of the  healthy and  delicious Indian Vegetarian snack. It is made with peas and spinach, to give a nice binding to it I added boiled and mashed potato. Perfect for school lunch boxes and after school snack.  Great way to feed kids who are  picky eaters like mine.
Today we are starting with 2nd week of 70th edition of Blogging Marathon. For this week am here with 3 dishes which are made on Tawa / Skillet.  You might have already understood that today recipes is about Hara Bhara Kabab. A healthy and delicious snack for kids and grown ups. Here goes the recipe.........


Ingredients:

Spinach 2 cups
Frozen / fresh peas 1 cup Potatoes 2 medium Chat  Masala 1 spoon Salt to taste Green chili and ginger paste  1 1/2 spoon Oil for shallow frying Plain Bread crumbs 4 spoons

Preparation:

Blanch spinach and squeeze the excess water. Presser cook peas and potato. Drain the water and mash them together. Add chopped spinach to mashed potatoes and peas. Also add salt to taste, chat masala, br…

Coconut Persimmon Smoothie

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The Persimmon is a edible fruit which is yellow-orange color when ripe or dark red- orange depending on the species and variety. The ripe fruit has a high glucose content and has balanced protein profile. Like tomatoes, persimmons are not popularly considered as berries, but in terms of botanical morphology the fruit is in fact a berry.

For day 3 under the theme Fruit based recipes, am here with a refreshing smoothie" Coconut and Persimmon Smoothie". Here goes the recipe...








Ingredients:


Ripe Persimmons 2
Milk 1 cup
Shredded coconut 1/4 cup
Honey 1/4 cup / Sugar 4 -5 spoons
Ground Cinnamon 1/4 spoon
Ground Nutmeg just a pinch or 2
Ice 1/2 cup


Preparation:


Peel the skin of Persimmons and cut into chunks.
Add these chunks, honey, milk, shredded coconut ground nutmeg and cinnamon and ice into blender.
Blend until smooth.
Serve chilled.



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Also sending this recipe to Srivalli's Kids Delight event- Fruit based recipes, hosted by Varada

Frozen Strawberry Yogurt

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We have been to Strawberry pick last summer  where we got lots of fresh strawberries. I have freezed  a bag full of them  as I was leaving to India the very next week and couldn't finish them before we leave.Though the chilled weather started here in New Jersey, I don't mind preparing this delicious frozen yogurt for my family. It is a  healthy dessert  as we are adding honey  here instead of sugar. Can be served  after dinner or as a mid day snack for your kids and grownups. 
This recipe goes to 4th week and  2nd day of Blogging Marathon  under the theme Kids Delight- Fruit based recipes. 






Ingredients:


Frozen Strawberries 15 Honey 3 spoons / Sugar 2 spoons Greek yogurt / Regular yogurt 1 cup Lime juice 1  1/2 spoon Fresh strawberries for garnishing

Preparation:

Add frozen strawberries, honey, yogurt and lime juice in blender or food  processor. Blend everything  together till smooth. You can serve immediately with some fresh strawberries on top. Or transfer to a bowl and freeze for 2 to …

Banana & Chocolate Milkshake

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Banana and chocolate together is a great combination to create many flavorful shakes and desserts. Adding banana to a regular chocolate milkshake gives it a very rich, creamy and fruitier flavor drink. This has become my son's favorite drink recently. K, my son who did not like ripe banana's at all, suddenly started liking them in a form of milkshake. 

Today we are starting with final week of BM 69. My theme for this week is "Kids Delight- Fruit Based Recipes". This is a great drink for breakfast, mid day  or after school snack. Here goes the recipe..






Ingredients:

Ripe Banana 1
Hershey's chocolate spread 1 tbs
Milk 1 cup
Bournvita  1/2 spoon


Preparation:

Peel the ripe banana and add it to a blender
Also add chocolate spread and chilled milk.
Blend everything till its nice and creamy.
Transfer in serving glass and sprinkle some borunvita powder on top.
Serve immediately.



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Stuffed Sweet Peppers / Chilies

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Bought these colorful sweet chilies from a store and didn't know how to use them. Used half of the chilies in Hyderabad Special dish Mirchi Ka Salan and  it tasted delicious. As the gravy was spicy didn't feel like the chilies were sweeter.  
I had guests in the weekend and wanted to make some simple appetizer which doesn't take much time. Also didn't want something which is deep fried. So made a simple mashed potato curry which we usually make for masala dosa. And stuffed this curry in the chilies and baked them. They turned  out super tasty and my guests loved them. 
If you want to serve to kids you can add some grated cheese in the curry before stuffing or you can even dip these stuffed chilies in cheese instead of bread crumbs. But  remember to serve these stuffed chilies hot  as they  taste best when they are hot.
This recipe goes to Week 1, Day 3  of BM 69 under the theme " Small Bites".
Here goes the recipe.......




Ingredients:


Sweet chilies / peppers 10 Potat…