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Pistachio Basbousa ( Semolina Cake )

Basbousa is traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake.  It is make with semolina, sugar, eggs , yogurt as main ingredients along with any fruit or nut flavors. Baubosa is featured in Arab Cuisine, Turkish Cuisine, Israeli Cuisine and many more. Basbousa is a name given to this cake in Arabic, it is called Shamali in Armenian and  Revani in Persian. Basbousa is particularly popular dessert among the Egyptian Coptic Christians for fasts, such as Great Lent and the Nativity Fast, as it can be made vegan. 

I saw this recipe long time ago in a Indian  cookery show, and made it plain and simple with out any flavor. Few days ago when I choose to bake Cakes  for this month's Blogging Marathon, I wanted to try Basbousa by adding some flavors / nuts. The is a very simple and little crunchy cake that  can be made in just 30 minutes. This recipe goes to week 3, day 3 of Blogging Marathon 95 under the theme " Make them Cakes ". Here goes the recipe.......


Semolina / Sooji  1 cu…

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

An upside down cake is a cake that is baked in a single pan with topping at the bottom of the pan. Chopped or sliced fruits like apples, cherries, pineapples and peaches along with butter and sugar mixture are placed on the bottom of the pan before the batter is poured. This simple, delicious and beautiful looking  cake was on my to-do list for some years now. Finally I have made it.

Pineapple upside down cake can be a great after school snack or as a dessert for any kind of party. With the winter break approaching bake this cake along with your kids, and I promise they would love to do it. So, this recipes goes to week 3,  day 2 of Blogging Marathon 95 under the theme " Make them Cakes".


Pineapple rings 1 tin
All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Eggs 2
Baking powder 1 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Maraschino Cherries 8-10
Unsalted Butter 1 stick + 4 tablespoons for topping
Light brown sugar 1/4 cup for topping


Preheat oven to 350  degree F.
Melt light brown suga…

Eggless Chocolate Mug Cake

Its almost end of the year and Christmas is just in few days. Winter vacation is about to start, kids will be home all day expecting some warm and delicious snacks. Today's recipe is a simple, delicious and can be made in just 2 minutes and with just few ingredients. Chocolate Mug Cake, a cake without eggs is  super moist and a single serving dessert ( Unless you want to share few bites with someone 😜 ) 

Today we are starting with 3rd week of Blogging Marathon 95 and my theme for the week is " Make them Cakes ". For day one am here with a simple and delicious Chocolate Mug cake. Here are the list of ingredients followed by the procedure......


All purpose flour 1/2 cup
Granulated sugar 4 tablespoons
Unsweetened cocoa powder 3 tablespoons
Baking powder 1/2 teaspoon
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Vegetable oil 4 tablespoons
Milk 1/2 cup
Sprinkles / Nutella


In a mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients ( all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt )
Mix al…

Poha Pakoda

Poha or flattened rice pakoda is a hot and yummy pakoda made of poha , boiled potato, crushed peanuts  and some spices. Chopped onions can also be added but totally  optional. This is quick and easy dish which can be a great evening snack or after school snack for kids or a great appetizer for any kind of party.

 This recipe goes to week 1- day 3 of Blogging Marathon 95. Here goes the recipe........


Poha / Flattened rice 2 cup
Potato 1 large
Green chili paste 1 spoon
Ginger paste 1/2 spoon
Chopped cilantro 1/2 cup
Chopped curry leaves 3 spoons
Roasted and crushed peanuts 2 spoons ( optional )
Salt to taste
Crushed roasted cumin 1 teaspoon
Oil for deep frying
Corn flour 2 spoons


Wash poha and drain the water completely.
Add it to mixing bowl, also add boiled and mashed potato, green chili and ginger paste.
Also add cumin powder, chopped cilantro and curry leaves.
Add crushed peanuts, salt and combine everything well.
Heat oil for deep frying.
Make a paste out of corn flour adding…

Nimki ~~ Bengali Savory Snack

Nimki is a deep fried Bengali snack similar to Namak Para. NImki means salty snack. Made of very few and simple ingredients. Cumin seeds and kalonji ( nigella ) seeds gives this snack a very unique flavor. Nimki is specially made during Durga pooja  after immersion of goddess  Durga in holy river.

This recipes goes to the week 1 and 2nd day of Blogging Marathon 95 under the theme " Deep Fried Love".


Maida / All purpose flour 1 cup 
Kalonji / Nigella seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Butter 2 table spoons
Oil for deep frying

To be mixed into paste:

Butter 2 tablespoons
Maida / All purpose flour 2 spoons


In a mixing bowl add flour, cumin seeds, kalonji and salt to taste.
Add butter and mix it well to give it a  crumbly texture.
Add little water at a time to make semi stiff dough.
Cover and set it aside for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes knead the dough and roll it round to make it a thin circle.
Use very little dry flour if required while …

Snake Gourd Pakoda

Snake gourd also called serpent gourd is a rapid growing vine of the gourd family. It is a native to southeastern Asia, Australia and some parts of  tropical Africa. The whole fruit is eaten as a vegetable. This vegetable often reach 1.5 meters in length. Some health benefits of snake gourd are it prevents respiratory problems, relieves acidity, treats liver problems, treats diabetes and is low in calories.

So today am here with a deep fried dish Snake gourd pakoda. We are starting with 95th edition of Blogging Marathon and my theme for week 1 is " Deep fried Love". My family loves pakoda specially Mirchi Bajji ( pakoda ), onion pakoda , brinjal pakoda, Raw banana pakoda and the list goes on. For a change I have made these snake gourd pakoda's, just to try if my kids eat this vegetable in this form at least, as they do not like sabji with it. And to my surprise my kids loved these pakoda's . So here goes the list of ingredients and recipe for you to try with your fami…

Beetroot Poori

Beetroot poori is a puffed and crisp poori's made of Atta / whole wheat flour with beetroot puree  and some spices. These vibrant crimson colored poori's has many nutritional values.  Beetroot is very good for pregnant woman, it keep diabetes under control, reduces bad cholesterol and lowers the blood sugar. 

This is one simple yet delicious recipes to prepare for your family specially kids who do not like beetroot so much like mine.  So make these beautiful poori's for them today along with some mixed veg curry.  This recipes goes to day 3 of Blogging Marathon  94 under the theme " Colorful Recipes...."


Beetroot 1 medium
Wheat flour 2 cups
Semolina / Sooji 3 spoons
Fennel seeds / carom seeds 1/4 spoon
Ginger root 1 inch chopped
Salt to taste


Peel the skin of beetroot and chop into small - medium pieces.
In a blender add chopped beetroot, chopped ginger and fennel seeds.
Grind it to smooth paste ( Add 2-3 spoons of water if required )
Add salt an…

Carrot Payasam ~~ Carrot Kheer

Carrot payasam or carrot kheer is one such healthy and delicious Indian dessert combined with wonderful flavors of carrots and cardamom powder. This recipes goes tot he 2nd day of Blogging Marathon 94 for week 3 under the theme " Colorful Recipes...."


Grated carrot 1 cup Milk 1 1/2  cups Bambino / Vermicelli 3/4 cup Sugar 1 cup Elachi / cardamom powder 1/4 spoon Fresh carrot juice 1/2 cup Butter / Ghee 2 spoons Cashew nuts Raisins


In a non stick pan add butter. Add cashew nuts and raisins, saute till raisins puffs up. Remove cashews and raisins  to another bowl. Now add grated carrots into rest of the butter and cook for 4-5 minutes. Now add vermicelli and mix. Add milk and bring it to boil. Add sugar, carrot juice  and give it a stir. Cook till vermicelli is completely cooked. Add elachi powder and more milk if required. Garnish with cashew nuts, raisins ad freshly grated carrots. Serve.

Check to see what my fellow bloggers are cooking for Blogging Marathon 94.

Gongura Pulihora ~~ Sorrel Leaves / Roselle / Sour Leaf Rice

Gongura is a plant grown for its edible leaves in India. Gongura comes in 2 varieties green stemmed leaf and red stemmed leaf. The red stemmed leaves are more sour than the green ones.  It is a summer crop, the otter the place the more sour the leaf gets. Gongura is very rich source of iron, vitamins, folic acids and anti oxidants essential for human nutrition.

It is popular in states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Manipur, Tripura and Mizoram. Maharashtra it is called as Ambadi. Its called Pitwaa in Hindi, Take bhendi in Oriya, Pandi in Kannada, Sankokda in Ounjabi, Chin Baung in Burmese, Luo shen hua in Chinese. Not only in India, Gongura is also grown in tropical and subtropical regions, where it is called as Roselle or Sour Leaf.

Gongura can be used on many recipes.....popular recipes are gongura pappu ( lentils ) Gongura pachadi ( chutney ) Gongura mamsam ( meat ) Gongura Royyalu ( shrimp ). I have tried all these recipes earlier, but today I will be posting a recipe with…

Ragi Roti ~~ Finger Millet Roti

Finger millet, according to Wikipedia it  is a native to the Ethiopian and Ugandan highlands. Ragi or Finger millet is a whole grain that is gluten free and a staple food in South India. It is rich in fiber that helps with weight loss and diabetes. It is one of the most nutritious and healthy cereals. Its packed with calcium, ammino acids and Vitamin D. Ragi flour is prepared by either crushing dried grains or spouting. 

Today's recipes if a healthy and yummy roti with Finger Millet / Ragi.  This recipe goes to week 2 day 3 of Blogging Marathon 94 under the theme " Millet Recipes".


Finger Millet / Ragi Flour  1 cup
Wheat flour 1 cup
Salt to taste


In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients and mix them well.
Add little water at a time to make it a  smooth dough.
Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
Divide the dough into 8-10 portions.
Roll each dough portion using rolling pin giving it a round shape.
Heat non stick tawa and place the rolled roti on it.
Cook o…

Methi Bajra Poori ~~ Pearl millet & Fenugreek Poori

Pearl Millet is most widely grown type of Millet. Bajra or Pearl Millet has high amount of fiber and aids digestion. It also lowers your  bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol in your system. It is rich in antioxidants and can prevent the occurrence of cancer. It is rich in Vitamin B and is a gluten free.

Similar to wheat flour, bajra flour is slightly course in terms of texture. While preparing rotis or poori's it is often mixed with atta / wheat flour which makes it easier to roll out the dough.  They can be made with only bajra flour too but it requires some effort . Traditionally the dough is flattened using the palm of the hands to shape them into rotis before tossing them onto hot tawa.

Today's recipe is a yummy recipe with Bajra flour and fresh / dried fenugreek leaves.  Adding lottle wheat flour tot he recipe will make your job little easy while rolling them. Hot bajra poori's can be served with any curry or raita.  This recipe goes to the 2nd day of  Wee…

Foxtail Millet Dosa

Millets are a group of highly variable small seeded grasses widely grown around the world as cereal crops  or grains. Millets are important crops in Asia and Africa  especially in India, Mali and Nigeria.  The most widely grown millet is Pearl Millet  ( Bajra / Sajjalu ) which is important crop in India and parts of Africa.  Other important millet's are Finger millet, fox tail millet and Proso Millet.

Today we will be learning about Fox tail millet / Korralu / Kangni /Kang. It is the second most widely planted species of millet. It is the staple diet among the people in India..It is a gluten free grain, rich in protein, iron, calcium and minerals such as magnesium and phosphorous. Fox tail millets also lowers the risk of diabetes. It helps to lower the blood glucose levels and improve insulin response in the body.

Today's we are starting with 2nd week of Blogging Marathon 94. My theme for the week is "Millet Recipes". So I will be posting 3 amazing recipes with differe…

Banana Pancakes ~ 3 Ingredient Recipe

What a good way to start your day with a healthy and delicious breakfast. This is one such dish where you need only 3 ingredients to make a perfect, easy and quick dish. My kids love pancakes. I usually get a store bought pancake mix, add eggs  and milk along with some fruits or chocolate chips according to kids choice. But today's pancake dish is made without any flour. We just need 3 ingredients and can be made in just few minutes. 

For week 4, day 3 of Blogging Marathon 93, under the theme " Easy Breakfast Dishes" am here with a simple and delicious Banana Pancakes. This dish can also be served as  a  after school snack or a mid day snack. Here goes the list of ingredients and procedure......


Banana 1
Eggs 2
Cinnamon powder 1/4 spoon


Mash banana in a mixing bowl.
Add eggs and beat well.
Now cinnamon powder and combine well.
Heat non stick pan and add little butter.
Drop a ladle full of egg and banana mixture on the pan.
Cook for few seconds and flip to c…

Spanish Omelet ~~ Tortilla De Papas

Spanish omelet is a English name for a traditional dish from Spanish Cuisine called tortilla de papas. It is a omelet made with eggs and potatoes. Onions and other veggies can be added according to their taste. Click here to know more about Spanish Omelet, its history, preparation , and variations.

Today's special Spanish Omelet goes to the 4th week,  2nd day of Blogging Marathon 93 under the theme " Easy Breakfast Dishes". Here goes the recipe..........


Eggs 4
Onion chopped 1/4 cup
Potato 1 (boiled, peeled and then sliced or diced )
Chopped cilantro 3 spoons
Minced garlic 1/4 spoon
Italian Seasoning 1 spoon
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder 1/4 spoon
Butter 1 spoon


Heat on stick pan and add butter.
Also add minced garlic and saute for few seconds.
Now chopped onion and cook  for about 1.5 to 2 minutes on low to medium flame.
Now add boiled, peeled and cubed potato pieces.
Mix well and add  salt to taste, black pepper powder, Italian seasoning.
Mix thoroughly.