Showing posts from December, 2018

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…