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.

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Refreshing Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

Refreshing Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

Cooling and refreshing cucumber lemonade is one of the best summer special drink which you can have throughout the day.They can be made with minimal ingredients within no time. All the ingredients can be found throughout the year.This is one of the family favorite recipe.During summer I use to stock my refrigerator with some kind of lemonade and cucumber lemonade is one of the favorite among them.

One of the biggest advantage of homemade lemonade is that you can sweeten them as per your liking. Store bought lemonades are always overly sweetened. I always add honey to sweeten my lemonade to make it a healthier version. I have added a small piece of ginger, I love its zesty flavour.

Refreshing Cucumber Lemonade Recipe

This lemonade recipe is not something which you need to follow the exact recipe, you can adjust the recipe as per your liking and make your own refreshing lemonades.Do definitely try this way and lemme know how you enjoyed it. These are my other summer drinks if you would like to try healthy pomegranate lemonade  and strawberry iced tea.

 

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Kannur Style Vanpayar Payasam (Red Cow Peas Payasam Recipe)

Kannur Style Vanpayar Payasam (Red Cow Peas Payasam Recipe)

This is a very traditional payasam which my grandam and mom used to make. Sooo rich and delicious Vanpayar payasam always reminds me of my childhood. On off days mom used to make this as a breakfast item. It will fill you up really well. They taste so great the next day after refrigerating.

Unlike the other normal kerala payasam, we are adding ground white rice to this payasam, which make payasam little more thicker and creamier. You could call them as a pudding payasam as well. They have more like pudding like consistency.

They are soo rich with coconut milk, sweetened with jaggery, loaded with cooked Vanpayar (Red cow peas) which makes this delicious payasam soo healthy too. I have added extra grated coconut to get the biting in between the creamy paysam. Kannur Style Vanpayar Payasam (Red Cow Peas Payasam Recipe)

This recipe is my contribution to this months’s MFB challenge, “Cook from your mom’s recipe”. You cant go wrong with your grandma’s and mom’s recipe isn’t??! and those dishes are sooo close to our heart too! I am so happily sharing my mom’s recipe here.

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Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Hammus Recipe

Hammus is a very popular middle eastern/Mediterranean dip, which is very healthy and super delicious. They are commonly made using cooked chick peas. (Here is a Video recipe to perfectly cook and store Chick pea at home).

I have flavored classic hammus with sun dried tomato.We love tangy and smokey flavor which gives to our hammus. You can simply opt them out if you dont want to use it. I have used Home made tahini which gave my hammus lot more fresh taste and healthier than store bought one.Creamy sun-dried tomato Hammus recipe with home made tahini

We love to have hammus with as a dip for our veggies. You could use them as spread on your bread for sandwiches as a healthy and vegan alternative to your mayonnaise.

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How to make Tahini at home (Home made tahini sauce)

Tahini is a middle eastern/Mediterranean staple, they use it for making lot of dips,salad dressing and even for making some sweets. Making Tahini sauce at home is super simple and it taste lot more fresh and way more healthier than your store bought one. It just require 3 simple ingredients and a blender to make them.

When I came to tashkent, to make hammus, I searched almost all grocery store for tahini. My bad luck I couldn’t find tahini any where. Because of language issue,they couldn’t understand what I was asking as well. They din’t hear the word “Tahini”. I was not aware that tahini is made with sesame seeds at that time to explain them.

As a person who find solution from google for anything and everything, I simply searched for Tahini as well!! To my surprise I found that, tahini was just sesame seeds butter. I was like…. “Really”!!

Now I could get sesame seeds butter in healthy food section in our grocery store in Tashkent. But making them at home is cheaper than store bought one here. So I often make tahini at home. And also I found that, for store bought one they use lot more oil than I use for homemade one. May be to preserve it for longer and for thinner consistency.Healthy homemade tahini recipe from scratch

You can use tahini for making your HammusSalad Dressing or making Dips

Anyways, if it is difficult for you to get tahini in your local groceries, don’t worry. You can make it at home with really simple ingredients. Here you go the recipe!!

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Healthy Pomegranate Lemonade recipe

Healthy Pomegranate Lemonade recipe

This refreshing and healthy pomegranate lemonade is a perfect thirst quencher. Addition of pomegranate to lemonade were absolutely incredible. It really turned out well, better than what I expected. It was looking soo beautiful too. Since there is no added color or were not loaded with sugar like store bought drinks,this antioxidant rich drink were satisfying my soul. A perfect drink which can be enjoyed without guilt. I moderately sweetened it with honey.

My pomegranate were sweet enough and lemon gave right amount of tartness. It was soo simple to prepare but each sip were soo refreshing and rejuvenating.

This recipe is a contribution to MFB challenge. Every month 10th day, group of food bloggers contribute a recipe based on a given subject. And this month challenge is recipe with “pomegranate” and this simple and humble recipe is my contribution.

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How to make ginger garlic paste and preserve them

How to make ginger garlic paste and preserve them

Ginger garlic paste is very essential component in Indian cooking right? We use them at least once in a day for making curries or marinating meats or veggies! Isn’t it a good idea to make them and preserve to make life easier?! I used to make only for 2 weeks or lesser. But this can be kept in the freezer for couple of months. Way better and much more cheaper than those store bought, preservative added ginger garlic paste for sure. How to make ginger garlic paste and preserve them

I used to add salt and oil as a preservative. Even if you are keeping them in freezer, it will not get hard. It will be really soft, you can just take them from freezer and use directly to the recipe.

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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!

Hope you gonna love the butter cookie…..lemme know how it turned out for you. Lets see the recipe….

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Hazelnut chocolate bar (Gluten free & refined sugar free Nutty bar)

Hazelnut chocolate bar (Gluten free & refined sugar free Nutty bar)

I get attack with chocolate carving quite often  and there is no other way, I should give something in. Rarely I used to be conscious about health with sweet treats and this recipe is one of my way to satisfy both the demands. Hazelnut and chocolate are match made in heaven without any doubt, Isn’t??A small piece of this hazelnut chocolate bar really will make all the chocolate lovers happy without much guilt. They are crunchy and melt in your mouth at the same time.

Since this chocolate bar is packed with protein, it will keep you full for longer and best to have as before or after workout snack.  Those who are following gluten free diet, this is one of the best sweet treat for you as well. There is no strict rule for making them, so you can add your favorite nuts or seeds, or use your favorite nut butters and make it in your own way!

Another good thing about this recipe is, you can roll them to balls when they are still hot and prepare it into bit size pieces.

If you are a hard core chocolate lover like me, you surely gonna make this and stock them every now and then for sure. Anyways, lets see the recipe!!

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Chocolate Banoffee pie with Mascarpone topping

Chocolate Banoffee pie with Mascarpone topping

Are you looking for easy and showstopping dessert to make on any special occasion?? Then you found the right recipe! No bake pie with buttery biscuits and nuts base, toffee, slices of banana, chocolate ganache layers and finally topped with absolutely delicious mascarpone whipped cream. I have slightly twisted classic banoffee pie here.

Eid is here again and this soo rich and delicious dessert is apt to serve on this special day. After a month long of fasting, you don’t need to feel guilty for indulging in this. As you take first bite, you will totally fall in love with this luxurious dessert.

How I love making this dessert in this summer, very simple process of layering and no baking involved too. You don’t need to be very expert to whip this up :D…..any starters can do!!!

Chocolate Banoffee pie with Mascarpone topping

Eid Mubarak in advance to all my lovely readers!!

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