Sweet Kalathappam/Kalthappam Recipe (Jaggery sweetened Rice cake)

Sweet Kalathappam/Kalthappam Recipe (Jaggery sweetened Rice cake)

Sweet Kalathappam – A traditional rice cake, all the way from North Malabar. I have already shared Unsweetened version of Kalathappam. This dish always make me feel so homely. They are perfect with your evening cup of Coffee/Tea. And if you are a sweet person for breakfast like me, they can make a perfect breakfast too.

You can prepare this exotic rice cake with very minimal ingredients and very easily. Rice and jaggery is the main ingredient of this recipe. Did you notice most of the Kerala special snacks and desserts are sweetened with jaggery?? That caramely flavor enhance the taste of our sweet dishes. Addition of shallots/pearl onion and chopped coconuts are the highlight of this cake. They give exotic flavor to our kalathappam. I love when we get coconut bites in between soft Kalathappam. Don’t avoid coconut and onion while you make this sweet kalathappam. Sweet Kalathappam/Kalthappam Recipe (Jaggery sweetened Rice cake)

This is a no fail recipe, you can always  get perfect kalathappam with those beautiful lines if you follow measurement and instruction correctly. We always used to prepare them in Pressure cooker without pressure button.

Hope you gonna try this recipe and lemme know the feedback. So lets see the recipe.

 

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Butter cake without oven (Vanilla cake recipe)

Butter cake without oven (Vanilla cake recipe)

This butter cake recipe is there in our family for ages now. My sister has been baking this cake ever since I remember and never heard of it failed. They are soo buttery rich, soft and moist and perfect with your evening cuppa.

You need very basic ingredients for this cake and can be whipped in less than 20 minutes. If you want you can use frosting, but we always have them plain with our tea.

Sometimes we add chopped nuts and dried fruits. Cashews and chopped dates are our favorite addition to this cake.  I have showed how to bake them without oven, but oven baking instructions as well given. Butter cake without oven (Vanilla cake recipe)

This butter cake is loved by our friends here in Tashkent as well, one of the thing which they always ask to bake again and again. I hope you all gonna try and lemme know the feedback. Here you go the recipe.

 

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Crunchy cranberry granola recipe with Honey

Crunchy cranberry granola recipe with Honey

Making granola at home is as easy as 1,2,3. Yes you just need to dump all the ingredients in a bowl & mix, bake them and devour. This cranberry granola is crunchy, healthy and super delicious.

I have loaded them with almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and cranberry. But you could swap them as per your preference. I will strongly recommend adding coconut to this. The smell of toasted coconut really added so much flavor to the granola. May be because I am tropical girl, coconut to anything will impress me well.

If you got bored of making and having oats as a porridge for breakfast, this granola will give an interesting twist.

It serve as a protein rich breakfast – as cereal or with some yogurt, sour cream or clotted cream. You could top them with your ice cream and simply much on as a snack as well.

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Double Chocolate oats & Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate oats & Banana Muffins

Starting with one exciting announcement!! On “Nadiskitchen” you can now get video recipes too…YAY!!! Yes we have started a Youtube Channel to give more clear demonstration of my recipes. Hope its going to be useful to you and you gonna enjoy them. Please do subscribe to my channel and lemme know your suggestions!!

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When you have extreme chocolate carving and that over ripe banana is spreading its aroma in your kitchen and saying “I am gonna expire very soon” ;-), how can you not make this incredibly moist, soft and tender double chocolate muffins?? Haa they can put together within no time as well. Just mix all the ingredients and you are good to go!!

They are sooo chocolaty since we are using cocoa powder and chocolate chunks. Roasted oats flour gives nice nutty flavor and I don’t need to tell you about the flavor ripe banana gives. All together perfect combination of all the ingredients.

This recipe caught up a good place in my favorite recipe list, we never got bored after baking these muffins 3 weeks in a raw. Chocolate banana muffins makes breakfast very interesting and make best pair with your evening cup of coffee too. This makes best after dinner/lunch dessert as well.  Double Chocolate oats & Banana Muffins

They freeze very well. You just need to reheat them in microwave and enjoy!

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Vanilla shortbread cookie (Eggless butter cookies)

Vanilla shortbread cookie (Eggless butter cookies)

Melt in your mouth eggless vanilla butter cookie is super easy to put together. Holiday season is at full swing and this is the best time to bake. Here in Tashkent as well streets and all the households are in celebration mode already.I couldn’t believe how busy market were yesterday, everyone is collecting and packing gifts. You can anytime expect guests these days right?? Stocking up your pantry with some baked goodies gives so much relaxation. Believe me this Vanilla shortbread cookie you can whip at the last minute without making much mess and you gonna get lots of praise from your friends and family.

I have been baking this cookie for years now and it never used to make me fail. We both loveeeee this shortbread cookie and it never last more than two days here. Butter cookie is perfect to gift, I made a big batch of this cookie to gift Hubby’s friend and they too loved it soo much. These cookies are eggless, utterly buttery and simply melt in your mouth. I have another butter cookie recipe with egg, check them out as well…. they are also soo good. Vanilla shortbread cookie (Eggless butter cookies)

Ending beautiful 2018 with my favorite and sweet recipe. Wishing all my lovely readers a blessed and wonderful 2019. Stay safe, be courageous, think positive. May peace and love surround us always!

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Baked Blueberry cheesecake squares with pretzel crust

Baked Blueberry cheesecake squares with pretzel crust

Blueberry and cheesecake – can you go wrong with this combo??!! Any tangy fruits very well pair with cheesecake according to me. Do you agree?? Pretzel Crunchy buttery crust as well paired very well with super smooth and luscious cheesecake layer.

Even though blueberries are summer fruit, you can use frozen berries and make this cheesecake throughout the year. Biting through tangy and sweet blueberries will burst your mouth with full of flavors. Lemon zest for sure enhanced the taste and flavor of the cheesecake.

We had this cheesecake for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well ;-). They were absolutely incredible dessert and you won’t regret making them.

Baked Blueberry cheesecake squares with pretzel crust

If you are not privileged to get berries, you could also top this cheese cake with my Lemon Curd after baking the cheesecake. They would be incredibly delicious too.

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Baked Qatayef Recipe with Nuts filling

Baked Qatayef Recipe with Nuts filling

One of the most famous ramadan treat,Middle eastern sweet snack – qatayef.  Yeast pancakes are filled with simple and delicious nuts mixture, baked/fried to perfection an d dipped in flavored sugar syrup and devoured!!!

Can you believe we are at the last 10 days of Ramadan now??!! I din’t even know how these beautiful days flied. Alhamdulillah went well so far. I delayed Ramadan posts till these days, because of blog back end work. Hope you all liked our new theme and please let me know if you face any issues.

During Ramadan one or the other Middle eastern desserts hold my Iftar table everyday. Some how those sweets call for Ramadan for me. When comes to savory snacks, no choice other than our very own Malabar snacks.

Best part of qatayef is they will freeze very well. I have added  pine, walnut and coconut mixture. You can use your choice of nuts mixture. And instead of those nuts filling, you can also fill them with cheese of your choice. Sometimes I used to fill both cheese and nuts together. Back home everyone is fan of cheese qatayef. Baked Qatayef Recipe with Nuts filling

Hope you will love this recipes as much as we did. Lemme know what filling variation you did and how you enjoyed it. Always love to hear from you.  Lets see the recipe……….

 

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Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

Vatrushka is cheese topped buns, one of the most popular breakfast item here in Tashkent. Every cafes and bakery section of super market here,you can see vatrushka. One among the snack/breakfast item they prepare using farmers cheese (tvorog). I have already shared some of the russian/uzbek recipes with farmers cheese.  Vatrushka is cheesecake in soft and fluffy buns…..aren’t that sounds interesting??!! It really taste great and it makes a filling breakfast too.

All the ingredients are very easily available and can be prepared without much hard work.My friend Nazeema (hubby’s colleague’s wife) who shared this recipe with me (a bunch of recipes she shared with me actually), very long time ago. Was keeping on postponing it because hubby is not a big fan of yeast breads.

When I saw MFB challenge this month subject as “breakfast” item, did not think much. Every month used to try to participate for the challenge, but one or other reason, I fail to  post anything on those days. I am glad that this month it’s up.

Usually cheese filling used to be plain, without any dry fruits addition. Lemme tell you, apricot very well take the cheese filling to the next level. They really complement each other. If you can’t find farmer’s cheese, cream cheese,cottage cheese or ricotta cheese can be substituted. Apricot can be substituted with raisins,dried cherries,cranberries etc.

Vatrushka Recipe (Sweet cheese and apricot filled buns)

You don’t need to wake up early morning to prepare Vatrushka. I have prepared the dough night before and refrigerated it. Only filling and assembling I did it on the next day.

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Mini Red velvet cake

Mini Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

Red and velvety, classic chocolate cake will attract anyone with its look and most delicious taste. White chocolaty, creamy and cheesy frosting pair very well with these beautiful spongy cake. Believe me, they will simply melt in your mouth!!

Even though I have a very big sweet tooth, cake is not my thing. I hardly finish one serving of cake at a time. Hubby also usually won’t go beyond a piece of cake exception to this cake😄!! So I usually wait for very special Occassion to bake something like this!All thanks to my friend Rayida, who is a hands down home baker and her cake pictures inspired me a-lot. (I didn’t get a chance to taste her cakes yet!!). When I went home last time, she pushed me to attend a one day baking workshop, it was a good demo and got more idea on the area where I was least experienced. So for new year, I thought to bake a big fat cake to share with my neighbors and friends. But I couldn’t bake due to our short trip to Delhi around new year, which was unplanned!

On the day of New year, hotel where we stayed kept a counter with alot of pastries and cakes. I told hubby I couldn’t bake as I planned….let us indulge in some sweet treat here. so we bought one red velvet cake slice. After putting first spoon in my mouth,I was like “whether to cry or laugh”….ohh god, cake was tooo dry and tasteless….. how can a prestigious hotels serve these kind of cakes??!! totally disappointed with them 🙁 ….. Coming back to Tashkent, I decided to try red velvet cake….. in a miniature form, and anything miniatures, I feel they are the cutest!!! They are so easy and convenient to serve as well ….aren’t they??? I am so happy that I did try them….. they were sooooooo delicious and he had one, two and asked for the third serving at the same go 😄!!! Me, who is not a cake person had half batch of them…. shhhh 🤫….. We had them after breakfast, lunch and dinner as well 😉…..not joking guys, we really did!!!

The cake where really soft and moist. When it sandwiched with the white chocolate cream cheese frosting, you will feel like you are having white chocolate cheesecake with cake base!!! If you are cheese lover like me, you will get hooked with this frosting!!! Mini Red velvet cake with white chocolate cream cheese frosting

Valentines day fast approaching, I thought this is the perfect time to share this scrumptious recipe here, we personally don’t celebrate this particular day though. “Happy valentine’s day” for those who are celebrating!! Make this red velvet cake for your love, you will be loved more 😉….take my words 😍!!

 

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White chocolate and Cranberry Muffins

White chocolate and cranberry muffins

Jan already half way through….can you believe it?!Days are simply flying!!!! I am so late for the first post for the year 2018 huh?!! But glad that I showed up 1st month itself. Our unexpected and unplanned short holiday trip, and its hangover took these while for me to back on track again.Hope you all had wonderful holidays!Here I am with our current favorite, white chocolate and cranberry muffins.

I was feeling to Bake more and more on these wintery days. There is nothing cozy than a hot cup of tea and some baked goodies these evenings. And the day you baked something, your home will smell amazing…..I do enjoy that a lot –  one among the sweet little happiness of the home bakers.

Tender muffins with sweet & tart cranberries and white chocolate, with hint of orange zest….mmmmm they were sooo good! I am addicted to those fragrance of citrus fruits. I am telling you, you won’t be stopping this at one. I had before, during and after clicking the photos….don’t take me wrong, it was my lunch on that day hehe…..No wonder why I am struggling to stay in shape 😉 …. some of the days my lunch used to be with these kind of stuff ;-)….I don’t really cook for myself, if there is nothing left over for lunch….

weekend lazzy breakfast can be handled peacefully if I Bake muffins/pound cakes on Fridays, and it will run through out the week to suppress your little hunger anytime of the day too. Late night hunger of him after having early dinner also will be sorted out with these. Best part of baking these muffins are, they can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. You don’t need to take out all those mixers, just a bowl and spatula will do the work. As simple as mixing dry to the wet. Since I used dry cranberries, these can be prepared throughout the year and you can get dried cranberries every where now a days. Blueberries also would be great alternative to it.

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