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Baked Stuffed Potato

This is a variation of a Sanjeev Kapoor recipe for grilled potatoes. The technique is the same but I added my touch by stuffing this with veggies. Continue reading

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Healthy Spiced Ginger Cake Recipes

I have been experimenting with cake recipes using flour other than refined flour and have been successful in recreating two traditional recipes using two different main ingredients.

Semolina ginger cake is chewy and manageable in texture and goes well with cold and hot beverages. Red millet ginger cake is a crumbly cake and complements ice-cream or custard, though I served it with gur ki chai or tea that uses molasses rather than sugar. Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Almond Cake

I, however, have continued to experiment with baking and I decided that the best way to get back to blogging was share this approved recipe … Continue reading

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Chocolate glaze for the cake

Baking is addictive. Having experimenting with various cakes over the weekends, I finally decided to move on to the next stage in sinful culinary mechanisms – decorating the cake. As always the first favorite is anything to do with chocolate and I experimented with chocolate glaze this weekend. I first baked the tried and tested Coffee-Cinnamon-Vanilla Cake and then followed this recipe for the glaze …. Continue reading

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Coffee-Cinnamon-Vanilla Cake

I ensured that the eggs and milk were at room temperature. Instead of a hand-blender, I use the juicer can of my mixer to whisk together the ingredients. It was less messy and a time-saver, while also giving the required creamy texture to the cake batter. Another oft repeated baking tip that I kept in mind, was to first whisk the wet ingredients, and add the flour after the creamy mixture was ready. Pre-heating the oven is another important tip to remember. Continue reading

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The Sweet and the Savory

I now saw half a broccoli, one capsicum and three beetroots on the verge of losing their freshness. Having washed and set them aside, I logged onto the internet to gather some ideas on what I can do with these and came up with two exciting recipes on www.samai.in. I selected Grilled Broccoli and Beetroot Halwa for my experiments. Though I replicated the recipes with ease, I had to tweak some of the measurements in the Halwa and instead of grilling; I baked the Broccoli and also noted the exact baking time. So, here are exclusive pictures of my culinary adventures and the tweaked recipes. Continue reading

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Broccoli-Mushroom Steamed Rice

Alternatively, you can separately prepare steamed rice and then mix the vegetables, or can even use left-over rice. All in all- this dish is ready within 15 minutes. Experimental cooks can put in a variety of vegetables like finely chopped carrot, capsicum, cabbage, peas and can also use Manchurian or oyster sauce. Continue reading

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Spinach, Pea and Cheese Macaroni in White Sauce

Having added a new microwave to our kitchen appliances on our anniversary, I have been experimenting with cooking using the microwave. One of the latest recipes that came out well was on December 31st and it was Spinach, Pea and Cheese Macaroni in White Sauce. Hubby found that it went delightful well with Red wine because of the softly melted cheese and garlicky flavor. Here’s the recipe for the same Continue reading

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Aubergine Florentine

Cut the aubergine into 16 wedges, and microwave on full power for 2 minutes with pinch of salt, half a teaspoon oil and one teaspoon water. Continue reading

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Raja Cafe inspired Pancakes

Its a weekend and the experimenting cook strikes again. This time the experiment is inspired by the continental breakfast at Raja Cafe in Khajuraho, an establishment owned and managed by two Swiss ladies. When hubby and friends enjoyed pancakes for … Continue reading

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