Friday, 21 March 2014

Strawberry and Grape Parfait

Welcome summer with the yummy and healthy Parfait….


10-12 Grapes, chopped
8-10 Strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup Hung curd or Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Granola
Shredded coconut (optional)


In individual glasses, place a layer of granola at the bottom, then strawberries, add a layer of yogurt, and repeat same with grapes.
Sprinkle a tsp shredded coconut on top and set glasses to chill and then serve.
(Amount of ingredients and layering of fruits depends on your choice)

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Colorful Coconut Ladoos

Surprise your guests on this Holi with these Colorful ladoos prepared by giving an easy twist to a very simple recipe …


1 cup condensed milk
1 cup Desiccated coconut powder  + for rolling
Pistachios for garnishing
Colors of your choice 


  • In a pan, mix together coconut powder and condensed milk and cook on a slow flame till the mixture leaves the sides of pan (approx 5-7 minutes).
  • Separate the mixture on greased plate into equal portion according to the size of ladoos.
  • Add a drop of color to each portion and with oiled hands make ladoos.
  • Roll the ladoos in coconut powder and add pistachio flakes on each of them. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Spinach Buttermilk Pancakes with Pepper Relish

Enjoy breakfast with this healthy pancake recipe served with tangy pepper relish….


For pancakes:

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plain flour (maida)
Appox. 2 cups buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
1 cup chopped spinach
3 spring onions, chopped
1-2 green chilli, chopped
Oil for cooking

For Pepper relish:

2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp ginger, finely grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp raisins
Salt to taste


For the relish:
  • Heat oil in a pan or microwave for 30 sec at 100% power.
  • Add all the ingredients, mix well. Cover and microwave for 5-6 min (stir in between) till soft and sticky rather than too saucy. Keep aside.

 For pancakes:
  • Sift flours and salt. Mix all the other ingredients.
  • Add enough buttermilk to get a pouring consistency. Whisk well.
  • Smear oil on non stick frying pan in centre. Pour a spoonful of the batter on it.
  • Cook one side till it is light brown and then turn the side.
  • Serve hot with pepper relish.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Cornmeal Bread (No-yeast bread)

Easy-to-make and No- yeast bread recipe prepared with corns and olives …


2 cups flour (maida)
1/2 cup cornmeal or maize flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 ¼  tsp salt
1 ½  tbsp butter
4 tbsp curd
3 tbsp cream
2-3 tbsp boiled corns
1 tbsp olives, chopped
1 tsp red chilli flakes
1 tsp dried herbs
1/2 tsp black pepper powder


  • In a bowl, shift flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt.
  • Add butter and mix well to get lightly crumbly mixture.
  • In another bowl, whisk curd and cream together.
  • Add corns, olives, dried herbs, chilli flakes and pepper powder.
  • Add this mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
  • With enough water or milk (appox.1/4 cup) make a smooth dough.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough into a loaf. Place dough into greased baking tin.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg. C for 25-30 min.
  • Cut into slices and serve with some spread.

Sending this recipe to Priya's Bake Fest#29 event by Vardhini 
and Big Sweet Tooth and Vardhini's Dish It Out event - Breads from Scratch