Happy Birthday Miss Foodies- 3rd it is – Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate icing (Egg less)

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The journey from Ok to Better to Nice to Awesome, Fabulous, Marvellous and now ” 3 years of Miss Foodies”…… has been what we call ? Legend – ‘ wait for it ‘ – Dary. Legendary!!! It has been overwhelming and still continues to be……..

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So here we are foodie friends adding another memorable year to our kitty. It gives us immense pleasure to share this post today. In fact it feels so good to be just three somewhere, because in real an amazing o is just going to add up to this 😉 But that indeed is going to call out for celebrations. We just need a reason to party, dont we? Also party means more and more delicious, yummilicious food to satiate out tummy’s.

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On this special occasion we have got for you some legendary vanilla cup cakes which will leave you satiated and tempt for some more. They are easy, quick and perfect for party times. So tickle your taste buds this summer with these yummilicious vanilla cup cakes. And of course because no celebration is complete without chocolate we have got for you just the perfect icing to drool over and make these tiny cups look more attractive 😉 And let us tell you, they are as fresh as is this post.Its the birthday post almost live from our kitchen. So guys dont wait and get started:

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These mini cupcakes will surely add up to your quick recipes making your parties, lunches and dinners look more attractive. These mini devils are to die for. We had three each at one go 😉 Lets see how much can you guys resist.

Its our birthday and we are super duper excited and partying. Signing off for now.

Keep celebrating

Cheers!!!

Parul n Sakshi

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Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes

final edited feliz dia de San Valentine Hola!! Que tal ? Que pasa amigos 🙂 Hi friends. Bare with us for todays blog as Parul is glued to Spanish culture these days..lol…  She is taking some spanish lessons to get a hold of the language. You may find a bit of Spanish here and there today as we proceed 🙂 el amor está en el aire 🙂 and there she goes again. Yes friends hope you all guessed it right!!! That means Love is in the air 🙂 and we are here to share a much loved recipe these days on the perfect occasion of Valentines day. As its Valentines we both definitely have like loads to remember back and share. And so we both are writing this post together. Dont worry about the language I shall make it simpler. Parul is bowled over by spanishism 🙂 I don’t know if thats even a word but what I intend to convey is that wherever you find spanish its written by Parul and remaining by me. Dont worry I will act like a translator for you today 🙂 Rather make it simpler… will not give her enough chance to write 😉 Awww.. Sakshi.. tu muy dulce. como se puede hacer eso? Thank you Parul. I know I m sweet 😉 and I am surely going to take the key pad away from you now. 6 So foodies talking about this day of love. As you all know Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them 🙂 In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. All the girls wait for this special day (including us 😉 ), when our husbands or boyfriends will pamper us and try to make our day special 🙂 Un día tan especial se merece deliciosa receta. Receta por lo de hoy es muy muy bueno “ eeeee….. Parul ya thankyou…. Well foodies she just means that todays day is very special and so is the recipe. What we have got for you on our menu today are Eggless Red velvet cup cakes 🙂 Rings a bell. We are sure it does. These are quite a delight these days and on menu of almost every Cafe and restaurants. Honestly Parul finds them over rated but I love them. And I m sure as we start to eat them while you are going through the post Parul shall start loving them too 🙂 2 These sinful cup cakes carry quite a loved color for the V day and so became an obvious choice for the post this time 🙂 Red velvet cup cakes are with either a dark red, bright red or red-brown color. They are traditionally prepared as a layer cake topped with cream cheese or cooked roux icing. The reddish color is achieved by adding beetroot or red food coloring. Before more alkaline “Dutch processed” cocoa was widely available, the red color would have been more pronounced. Common ingredients include buttermilk, butter, cocoa, and flour for the cake, beetroot or red food coloring for the color. The term “red velvet” gets tossed around a lot these days. It is – arguably – the hottest cake flavor out there if you watch food focused TV programming where all the presenters go ga-ga over a slice of the cake. Red velvet cake usually surfaces as a buttermilk cake with a lot of red food coloring in it to give it its distinctive color. The exact origins of the cake are unknown, and there are plenty of theories out there that try to explain how the cake got to be red. The original red velvet cake is said to have had a reddish hue that was caused by the reaction between natural cocoa powder and an acidic ingredient, like buttermilk. You can observe a slight reddish tint in chocolate cupcakes made with these two ingredients. Even a small amount of cocoa powder will tint the cake more brown than red, however, so even if this classic recipe began in this way, it really is the red food coloring that makes it what it is today. The cake is usually topped off with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting, which adds even more flavor to the cake and gives it a high contrast red and white finish. Its The icing is yum but surely carries a lot of calories 😉 Its quite good once in a while but you may love enjoying them without it. The cream used in ingredients gives its enough moistness as to love these mini cake addictions. Also it gets easier to let even the older ones to enjoy more with lighter frosting or may be minimal of creme cheese. But then you may fight over to get the exact taste 🙂 Well its vicious 😉 We did some with cream cheese frosting which were consumed in no time 🙂 and most of them with the ready icing 🙂 we had quite a lot of them 🙂 so had good fun utilizing them 🙂 Red velvet cup cakes are a combination of a sweet and soft cupcake with a rich tangy cream cheese frosting.It will definately going to be on your favorite dessert and tea time menu 🙂 Have a look : Ingredients (1) IMG-20140212-WA0002 cream cheese frosting Final process final one el amor es un sentimiento guapo que no puede ser definido que gobierna el corazon y la mente a veces la profundidad de su amor y cuidado no es facil de encontrar Muy bien Parul. Ooops I mean very good. lol…. But ya that’s a good one . and friends its a sweet thought and so will like you all to search on it than translating 🙂 Leaving you on that note have a lovely valentines day. Spread love and stay blessed 🙂 Adios 🙂 Cheers!!! Sakshi n Parul

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Foodies Sakshi n I were trying to figure out the perfect header to start our post for the day. It took us long as we both were keeping busy with the festival. But I guess once again destiny played its role and now we know why it was taking us long and we were unable to post. And let me tell you this part of the post today is super fresh. As fresh as the time I might take to put my excitement into words and click on publish 🙂

Foodies Femina made my day 🙂 We both are fond of Femina and so quite follow its page 🙂 Femina is the leading womens magazine brand in the country. Its success is built on its connect with the Indian woman, in every area of her life. Femina communicates about the latest in Fashion and beauty, and also covers her other areas of interest such as stories about woman achievers, health, fitness, relationships, career, food, books, movies, etc. With its expert speak sections, the magazine also enables the woman of today to stay updated with all that is relevant to her. That’s just a bit brief about Femina but if you ask us because of its popularity it doesn’t need an introduction 🙂

Femina came up with a small event asking all sisters to share their brother’s picture along with a message. If lucky Femina may design a customized cover photo of you. Just last night when I wasn’t too sleepy I shared with them the picture and a message for my sweet brother, though I thought that may be its too late and they may have already selected but still thought of trying my luck 🙂 I was quite not expecting what happened this afternoon 🙂 When I was out with my brother this afternoon I received a message from Femina saying “Hi Parul, We have a surprise for you. Quick! Check our wall. ;)” And there it was 🙂 I shared with my brother there and then and he was touched by the surprise. Big thanks to Femina for making our Raksha Bandhan day so special and memorable indeed 🙂

And so Sakshi n I realized that why it took us long enough to decide on the header. Because the perfect one was just planned by destiny and is right here.

Foodie friends as we continue to spend our day with our brothers here’s our post for you. I just noticed that Sakshi has mentioned quite an interesting incidence as was keeping busy. But good one best buddy 🙂 You still remembered that happened. I m glad and still smiling 🙂 Over to you 🙂

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Hi Foodies. The month of festive August is keeping us quite connected 🙂 We are loving it 🙂 And we are here today to share one of our favourite festivals with our fun donuts 🙂

On this very special occasion I can recall quite an interesting experience related to Parul . I want to be the one to share this story with you because I know she will intentionally miss out on a few details.

I still remember that day when she called me up and told me that her brother would be unable to make it to home for Rakhi. She was really sad and upset and if I be honest, she was actually crying. She went on to say that it was the first time he would not be home for rakhi and that she misses him terribly. She said, “it has been four months since he went back to his hostel. Like everytime, this time also he promised to be home for rakhi. I was so excited for Rakhi thinking that I would get to meet him after four long months and now just a week  before he is telling me that due to his stupid project he is not coming home. Its going to be first rakhi when we will not be together :(. I m just not liking this 😦 “ I was listening to her calmly.The way she was crying like a two year old seemed a little funny to me 🙂 But I couldn’t really laugh. You know how sensitive we girls are and specially my sweetheart Parul 🙂 I tried to explain her that it was fine. He might be stuck and that she should send the rakhi by courier. . But she was hardly ready to listen to me. She went on saying“ That I will anyways do but its not fair ”  Let me tell you Foodies but that this was not the end it. To my surprise when we met next day to select rakhi for her brother she showed me a four pages long letter which she had written for him expressing how much she is going to miss him. Imagine my state. No matter how much I wanted to,I still couldn’t afford to laugh. Girls pact you know. At times, It is hard to tell the other person on face that they are over reacting 🙂 All you can do is to try and console them 🙂 But in reality I had sympathies for her brother who was going to get a four pages long letter. Like four long pages really!! 🙂 But yes I have to mention that he is indeed lucky to have a sister like Parul, and so am I to have a friend like her 🙂

A day before Rakhi, I had gone over to Parul’s place for some girlie time together and chilling. It was  around seven in the evening when her door bell rang. Parul went out to check. She came in and when her mom asked sweety who was it ? Parul replied” mom it was some salesman. I asked him to leave.” I said to Parul was it not an odd time for salesman to come. Anyways, let it be. Just as I finished my statement,the bell rang again like four times in a go. Parul went out in anger and without even opening the door, shouted that they dint need anything. He shouted back “Parul its me, your brother open the door stupid” LOL.. I coudnt stop laughing. We welcomed him in. He looked a little different. He had lost lot of weight and infact looked nice. Foodies I still remember the smile and joy on her face. She jumped out of joy and hugged her brother and till date I know it was her most memorable Rakhi. I joked with bro of was it her letter that dragged you here. He burst out laughing showing me the letter 🙂 Foodies it was her love indeed and I love her for her innocence but I cant still stop laughing at years old experience mentioning it to you all :).

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Foodies talking of Raksha Bandhan, (the bond of protection) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival primarily observed in India, Mauritius and Nepal, which celebrates the relationship between brothers (shaurya), cousins and sisters (shreya). It is also called Rakhi Purnima in most of India.It is also celebrated in some parts of Pakistan. In fact, the popular practice of Raksha Bandhan has its historical associations also. The Rajput queens practised the custom of sending rakhi threads to neighbouring rulers as token of brotherhood.The central ceremony involves the tying of a rakhi (sacred thread) by a sister on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. Some also believe that Raksha Bandhan grew in popularity after Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor, sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor Humayun when she required his help.

Foodies its quite a special occasion defining the bond of love and care between brothers and sisters. As the celebration of Rakhi calls for sweets, we thought of why not put in a little effort to satisfy our brothers sweet tooth 🙂 and so we came up with Donuts as they are everyone’s favourite 🙂donut 4

In fact we believe that the doughnut is a humble treat, loved by our finest, eaten at our worst 😉

A doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in bakeries, supermarkets, food stalls, and franchised specialty outlets. They are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole and often filled. Other types of batters can also be used, and various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar glazing, chocolate glazing, or maple glazing.

The two most common types are the toroidal ring doughnut and the filled doughnut—which is injected with fruit preserves, cream,custard, or other sweet fillings. A small spherical piece of dough may be cooked as a doughnut hole. Other shapes include rings, balls, and flattened spheres, as well as ear shapes, twists and other forms. Doughnut varieties are also divided into cake and risen type doughnuts.

Talking of Ring doughnuts, which we are more focussed on our menu today 🙂 are formed by joining the ends of a long, skinny piece of dough into a ring or by using a doughnut cutter, which simultaneously cuts the outside and inside shape, leaving a doughnut-shaped piece of dough and a doughnut hole from dough removed from the center. This smaller piece of dough can be cooked or added back to the batch to make more doughnuts. A disk-shaped doughnut can also be stretched and pinched into a torus until the center breaks to form a hole. Alternatively, a doughnut depositor can be used to place a circle of liquid dough (batter) directly into the fryer.

After frying, ring doughnuts are often topped. Raised doughnuts are generally covered with a glaze (icing). Cake doughnuts can also be glazed, or powdered with confectioner’s sugar, or covered with cinnamon and granulated sugar. They are also often topped with cake frosting (top-side only) and sometimes sprinkled with coconut, chopped peanuts, or sprinkles (also called jimmies).

Doughnut holes are small spheres that are made from the dough taken from the center of ring doughnuts or made to look as if they are. Actually commercially made doughnut holes are not made by cutting out the central portion of a ring doughnut, but instead by dropping a small ball of dough into hot oil from a specially shaped nozzle. This production method has allowed doughnut sellers to produce bite-sized versions of non-ring doughnuts, such as filled doughnuts, fritters and Dutchies, making the term “doughnut hole” somewhat of a misnomer for these varieties.

Doughnut sellers saw the opportunity to market “holes” as a novelty, as if they were the portions cut out to make the ring. Similar to standard doughnuts, doughnut holes may be topped with confections, such as glaze or powdered sugar. We believe in doing the same as they are too convenient to eat 🙂 Couple of them can be eaten to hearts full without feeling guilty 🙂 They are often referred by brand names as “ Munchkins “

Homemade Doughnuts (Donuts) are hard to beat. And we are talking about homemade “raised” doughnuts. The ones made from buttery rich yeast dough that are deep fried and then rolled in sugar. There is no doubt that these doughnuts are best eaten freshly made. That is when the sugary outside crust is wonderfully crisp. Yet when you bite through that crust, the inside is so soft and tender. We find it almost impossible to eat just one 🙂

We have tried so many versions of glazed doughnuts, and these are the ones finally came out perfect! Just like the ones at our favourite doughnut shop.” And we put them in a box together to give our brothers a heartful treat on this Raksha Bandhan 🙂 Isn’t that a great idea 🙂

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These delicious Homemade Doughnuts have a crisp crust yet are soft and spongy inside. These are a combination of Flour, butter and sugar rolled into warm, moist goodness that melts in your mouth 🙂 They are just amazing and foodies let your imagination flow down completely when you glaze them.

So Foodies treat your Brothers ,friends and family to donuts like the ones from your favourite shop, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

So If you are craving for donuts make your own from scratch with this recipe.

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  • Take 1 tblspn yeast,  1 tblspn sugar and 1/4 cup of warm milk in a bowl and let it sit for 5 mins till it foams up.
  • Now take milk, vanilla and melted butter or oil in a bowl and mix well.
  • Now take flour, powdered sugar, baking powder in a large mixing bowl and mix that well.
  • Pour in the yeast mixture and milk mixture in this and form into a dough.
  • Grease a large bowl with oil and transfer this dough into that. Cover that with a plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 1 hour or till it doubles in size.
  • Now punch down the dough and roll that out.
  • Now using a large cutter and a small cutter cut out the doughnuts. Take the extra dough from that and roll and cut them again.
  • Leave that to rest for 10 mins.
  • Now heat oil for deep frying on a medium heat.
  • Drop the doughnuts and fry them carefully till they turn golden on each side. This will take around 2 to 3 mins. Fry the dough holes as well.
  • Drain them in a paper towel.

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  • Now make the glaze. Take sugar in a kadai. Add in milk and mix that well. Let the sugar dissolve, now add in cocoa powder and mix well. This will form into a thick glaze. You can adjust the milk as per your need. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze till it is coated. Drain them on a wire rack

Cinnamon sugar glaze:

  • Powder cinnamon and mix it with some caster sugar. Spread this on a plate and dip the doughnut in it until it gets coated with sugar on all the sides.

Sugar icing:

  • Take few tsps of icing sugar in a bowl and add desired food color to it. Add just a few drops of water to it and mix well till it forms a paste. Fill this in a paper cone and draw desired designs on the doughnut or simply drizzle it over the doughnut..

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This recipe for delicious flour based raised Donuts will satisfy everyone’s craving for homemade donuts 🙂

Happy Raksha Bandhan

 Cheers!!!

Sakshi n Parul

Firni – Rice Pudding

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Summers along with humid and sticky wave leftover by rains is still settling in and by the looks of it , it seems that its going to stay here for a while 🙂  However the rains (or sawan) has got lot of good things too like this festive month of August. So during this period we are on a mission to prepare certain cuisines that not only taste good but also helps the body to beat the heat 🙂 One of such dessert that acts as a soothing agent after a heavy lunch is called Firni ( Rice Pudding) . It may have originated from the Middle East but now days it has become a delicacy in the South Asia particularly in India and Pakistan. The key point in preparation is that it must be refrigerated and then eaten. Hope you like this dessert as a finale at the end of a sumptuous meal.

Foodies but today there’s a special reason to share this amazing dessert with you all. In fact two very special festive reasons 🙂 The outbreak of the monsoons gets this popularly known ‘Sawan Festival’ – Teej 🙂 as well as the ‘festival of breaking of the fast’ – Eid 🙂

Teej festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion by the women in India 🙂 Festival of Teej is dedicated to the divine couple – Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

It is celebrated with extreme joy and craze at my place. It reminds me of my very own first Teej after wedding. In my family there’s a custom of celebrating  first Teej of newly wedded girls on a big scale. It takes me three years back wherein my mother in law ordered special flower ornaments for me. I got all decked up in a special ethnic wear my mom in law got me 🙂 Finding me all decked up in flowers ornaments and ethnic wear I received so many compliments. But of course the best and touching one was from my better half 🙂 Parul was over to my place to celebrate my first Teej. Seeing me all dressed up she hugged me tight whispering in my ears “ you look so beautiful, in fact as pretty as your wedding day 🙂 I wish I knew how to whistle “  🙂 We both burst out laughing.

The Teej celebrations at my house began with certain rituals and customs.  Most of the Women at my house including me observed Teej fast in which there was no scope for even a sip of water. The fast is part of the belief that the invocation of Parvati’s blessings on this day results in continued marital bliss. I had all the reasons to get my hubbys attention 🙂 Was quite pampered the whole day 🙂 Oh..what a feeling it was 🙂 Also it is considered very auspicious for married and engaged women to receive Teej gifts from their parents-in-law and to be parents-in-law. The must among all the gifts is ‘Shrinjhara’ (a gift pack) which consists of henna, lac bangles, a special laheria dress and ghewar (a sweet dish). So I was in for an amazing list for gifts I received from not only my in laws but guests too 🙂 We women so love receiving gifts, don’t we 😉

The evening was then followed by a lavish dinner which included wide variety of festive delicacies 🙂 Among other things best was my foodie Parul’s reaction looking at the big bowl of aromatic firni speckled with green and white nuts. It’s her top favourite. Mine too!!! She just wanted to skip food and dive into it right away 🙂 She looked so cute. But we waited and waited till all the ceremonies and dinner was over. Finally when we did get to have this Parul was totally floored, needless to say Firni was the star of the evening for Parul of course after me 😉 … it tasted divine. It was a perfect ending to the more than perfect eve. The day was just so beautiful 🙂

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 Foodies talking of Eid al-Fitr (“festival of breaking of the fast”), also called Feast of Breaking the Fast, the Sugar Feast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm ) It is an Arabic word for fasting which means to abstain from eating and drinking (including water) during daylight hours). The word fasting makes me sooo hungry 🙂 lol 🙂 The Eid holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month of Shawwal. The date for Eid however varies based on the observation of new moon by religious authorities.

So Foodies Eid-ul-Fitr is a festival that marks the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. This joyous day is celebrated to give thanks for the blessings of Ramadan. Everyone attends the congregational Eid prayer service which is held in the morning, wear new clothing, cook delicious food and invite friends and neighbors to celebrate with them. Fasting during Ramadan inspires sympathy for the hungry and needy, and encourages to donate generously to the poor.

 Foodies coming to what we have on our menu today. Our super delicious sweet dish – Firni ( Rice pudding) 🙂 It  is a special variation of the rice pudding. It is hugely popular in North India and Pakistan. Sometimes called kheer, it is silky in texture, it is usually served chilled in individual bowls garnished with almonds.

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So foodies looking at the weather and this festive fusion of Teej and Eid, festive Firni was our obvious choice. Also enjoying this festive mode we chose to be a bit quick in our culinary creation which was super quick and yet leaving you satiating and asking for more servings 🙂

Firni is part-and-parcel of festivities in northern India. It is traditional rice custard made with rich, creamy milk and served in earthenware, which makes it all the more pleasing to the palate. Although it takes time to make firni, it can be cooked in advance. You can also speed up the process a bit by using a broad-bottomed non-stick pan, so that the milk thickens faster.

The Consistency of Firni varies from thick- where one has to really scoop out with a spoon to creamy -where it will gently coat a spoon. Traditionally in India Firni is served Chilled in Earthenware/Clay cups called Matkas. It tastes better when the flavours are allowed to mature for 6-7 hours or even  for a day. Some versions of Firni are baked in the cups after they are cooked, then chilled & served.

This dish probably would have been an influence of the Mughal invasions to India. Along with them came the rich fragrant food and thereafter mingled & planted their roots the Indian cuisine to form a part of it. Similar kind of Rice Pudding desserts, with little variations are also a part of Turkish, Lebanese, Greece, Afghan, African & many other European & Mediterranean cuisines.

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Payasam (South Indian) with slow-boiled milk, sugar/jaggery and lots of nuts

Firni (Tajik) and (Pakistani/North Indian) with broken rice, cardamom and pistachio served cold.

When it comes to Traditional Indian desserts, nothing can beat Firni.. A thick creamy milk pudding flavoured with cardamom and saffron. Soaked and ground Basmati rice is added to the milk and cooked on low flame stirring continuously until it thickens. A pinch of saffron is used to give the wonderful flavour and colour to the dish. While the Firni was cooking, our kitchen was filled with the sweet aroma of this amazing spice.

So Foodies today’s recipe is simple Firni presented in earthenware in which it is enjoyed the most 🙂 Though it comes with a caution: “ Likely to be emptied instantly on arrival.” 🙂 Hence, Firni is to be prepared in generous quantity so that all guests and hosts alike could have to their heart’s fill. And don’t be surprised if your guests ask for refill for this sweet even before finishing half way with the apprehension that others might take away your share. So it’s the culmination of a great meal with a high.

So friends pamper your sweet tooth with this delicious dessert on the auspicious occasion of Teej and Eid Festival. Serve warm or cold. Fresh milk, rice and nuts are considered ‘sattvic’ foods in Ayurveda. Sattvic foods help balance one’s doshas (subtle energies), nourish the body, the mind and ultimately, pave the way for one’s spiritual evolution.

We are so desperate to share this yummy dessert recipe with you all…So here it comes..

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Foodies though our recipe should be enough for serving 4 to 5 but not so sure as I mentioned that this super delicious sweet dish comes with a caution: “ Likely to be emptied instantly on arrival.” 🙂  lol 🙂

This rich and delicious Firni is sure to win your hearts too like ours 🙂 So give it a try.

Happy Teej & Eid Mubarak 🙂

Cheers!!!

Parul n Sakshi

Review & Preview: Pancakes on the Rocks

Wake up Mommy’s 😉 Holidays are getting over and along with all the pending last minute homework which needs to be finished, getting up early in the morning will also need a little practice :). But in spite of all this, let us  not forget that the kids too deserve one last treat before getting back to their daily hectic schedules. And that’s the reason we have this super delicious Pancake Sundae on our menu today 🙂

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Talking of this pancake sundae takes me back in time when I was on a holiday in Sydney with my hubby. I still remember after visiting Opera house and the long walk along Darling Harbor. The walk had made us really hungry and after filtering  out a couple of nearby eating joints, we discovered this amazing place called Pancakes on the Rocks 🙂 It had a waiting for half an hour. Despite the fact that we were starving, there was something about that place which made us wait and be hooked on to it 🙂 Open 24/7 Pancakes on the rocks was a historical establishment  which was decorated quite flamboyantly, with large open spaces on two levels, cushy red booths, comfortable wooden chairs and a colourful cartoonish painting of Ned Kelly splashed across one wall. Pancakes on the Rocks  was more than just a pancake house. You could stay there for the whole day, starting with a big breakfast of buttermilk pancakes with grilled banana and pineapple on the side, enjoy gourmet pizza, salads and a wide variety of delicious food for both veggies and non 🙂 The specialised kids menu offered much more than nuggets and chips, and there was even a range of merchandise  like caps, t-shirts and gift vouchers which was up for grabs. Considering  that pancakes were their specialty, we could see a lot of kids with their families gorging on the mouth watering pancakes. It is also  known to be quite a   popular lunch destination, so If you happen to go there, be prepared to fight for your table – unless you have already made a reservation 🙂  So after we finally grabbed a table for ourselves, what we saw on the menu were huge pancake meals  🙂 This place truly stood by its name. we decided and placed the order. Once the order was on the table, we digged our spoons deeper into the pancakes  with the hot chocolate with melting ice cream on top, and finally put the spoonful in our mouths 🙂 The pancakes were to die for 🙂 Also we had ordered for an ice cream soda along with a pizza and some wedges.  Trust me, everything was just perfect. The meal was delicious enough to get us back there again at least twice in three days of stay in Sydney 🙂 Though we both loved the pizza too and had a  perfect ice cream soda after ages but the Pancakes remained the highlight 🙂 So foodies ,specially those of you who have a sweet tooth 😉 or even if you don’t, this place is worth visiting whenever you happen to visit Sydney 🙂 For all the reasons of finding this place  a little too interesting ,we clicked a pic as a  part of our memory 🙂  have a look:

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So when Sakshi suggested me of how about sharing Pancakes on the menu for kids this time, this place and probably my pic with the pancake meal inspired us to prepare it in our kitchen and name it as Pancake Sundae  🙂

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Whole wheat eggless buttermilk Pancakes- These are a very light and fluffy pancakes that require fresh buttermilk and have a soft crust. They have a light and spongy texture and their flavour only hints of the richness and the tanginess that the buttermilk offers. You begin to make these pancakes as you would prepare any regular pancake batter; by whisking together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Only instead of using milk ,you use buttermilk. The Buttermilk Pancakes taste really good with pure maple syrup, but we also like them with butter J when you make these buttermilk pancakes each ingredient has a purpose.

Flour contributes to the body structure.

Sugar is added to give pancakes a touch of sweetness, yet it also adds moisture and helps to give the pancakes their lovely golden brown colour.

Baking powder and baking soda provide leavening giving pancakes their light and airy texture.

Salt has the ability to bring out flavours of all ingredients.

Butter adds rich flavour and helps make pancakes tender.

And lastly Buttermilk which adds a thick and creamy texture with a tangy buttery flavour that makes these pancakes so tender, fluffy and soft.

They may be served at any time with a variety of toppings or fillings like  jam, fruit, syrup, fresh berries or chocolate chips. In America, they are typically considered to be a breakfast food. In Britain and the Commonwealth, they are associated with Shrove Tuesday, commonly known as Pancake Day, when perishable ingredients have to be used up before the fasting period of Lent began.

But for Foodies we believe there has to be no special occasion 🙂 these whole wheat eggless buttermilk pancakes make for an easy meal any time of day and in our kitchen they are served as Pancake sundae along with grilled bananas 🙂

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Foodies we have to tell you that photographing these buttermilk pancakes that were all stacked and steamy and waiting for us to eat them was challenging. Every second we spent focussing on making them look pretty for you, we had to control our hunger, which was difficult 🙂 So, we hope the pictures do justice because in real they were just too good! They were extremely tasteful and the texture was fluffy and perfect.  We guess we just felt cruel keeping them from you 🙂 We served these with some maple syrup of course, some butter and of course our yummy grilled bananas. They were just a wonderful meal that we will be making many times again.  They really create that warm and fuzzy fall feeling in the house 🙂 We also made some chocolate and blueberry ones on the side, but yeah those didn’t even last until we started clicking them for you. Oops! 🙂 The only among the chocolate ones that remained are in the chocolate sundae platter 🙂 covered with sinful chocolate sauce and ice-cream with bananas on the side 🙂 Oh yes!!  thanks to Sakshi for being so quick as to click one for blueberry too, I guess when I was in middle of making it 🙂 So we do have a click for you for each type we created 🙂

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So if you are tempted enough to have them yourself lets have a look at this quick and easy recipe 🙂

Ingredients Pancake

NOTES 

    • For chocolate pancakes just add 1Tbsp of cocoa powder to the above batter.
    • Increase the sugar content according to your taste.
    • For apple topping all you need is 1 Cup chopped apples, 1/4 Cup powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder.
    • Combine the apples with 1/4 Cup water in a pan and boil. Simmer  for 5-7 minutes till the apples are soft.
    • Add cinnamon powder and sugar.

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Foodies this Pancake Sundae is our kids special but I m too eager to share that our plain whole wheat egg less buttermilk pancakes are my granny’s favourite too 🙂  If that comes as a surprise,  try them and surprise your granny by serving it to her along with the kids and in return surprise  yourself  seeing how much they will love it 🙂

So make your kids come drooling over the smell and texture of this Pancake Sundae  😉 and who knows the grannies too might get impressed 🙂 So something that goes well with kids and grannies both we believe is a must try 🙂

Cheers!!!

Sakshi n Parul

Chocolate Chip Muffins (Egg-less)

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When we first started to cook, baking was what we marked the beginning of our journey with. The first thing we ever baked was Chocolate chip muffins. Being a die-hard chocolate lover, we had to start with making something which was absolutely irresistible for us and so this struck as an obvious choice.

 We have baked these muffins on many occasions for all our loved ones and family members and have lot of fond memories that make it special for us. But there is one incident which tops the list and we can still laugh for hours thinking about that one.

It was my first valentine during the courtship period. I was struggling to think of a perfect gift for my fiancé. Apart from this, I was thinking of ideas to do something that would make it all the more special for him. I called up my best buddy Sakshi and after discussing a lot of possibilities, we settled for making a muffins basket. We loved the idea of doing so, as an extra effort like this would add a special touch. All this seemed really exciting at first but the more I thought about it, the more nervous I got about how it would turn out to be. What would happen if they didn’t taste good or got burnt or hardened? What would he think…? What would I do then…? Thanks to the continuous playback of such thoughts in my head, I almost had a sleepless night. I started my preparations early in the morning. I wanted to have ample time for it so that I could do it in the best possible manner. There was a lot of work to be done. But On such occasions when you want to put in your maximum effort and make sure that everything is perfect… destiny loves to play little games with you to make that day all the more memorable. I am sure you all must have had similar experiences.

Thinking about how lovely the evening was going to be brought a smile to my face as I put the muffins in the oven and switched it on. A little sparking happened and the oven did not switch on. The colour drained off my face and panic- streaked; I started calling out loudly to my mom dad and brother. Dad tried to put me at ease saying that he will call the electrician and get it corrected in couple of hours. I started crying out loudly saying that I had put in a lot of effort and what was I going to do when I meet him in the evening. All the planning that I had done had gone for a toss. I was trying to think of something else that I could do to fix it when my brother who had been comfortably lying on the sofa and enjoying the scene, started to tease me saying “Darling are your muffins ready? Now that you have never made them for me, so you have to face the repercussions.” Under normal circumstances, I would have replied. But at that time, I gave him an angry look and then turned my gaze away from him. What happened next took me by surprise. My brother walked into the kitchen and started checking the oven trying to figure out what was wrong with it. Guys I am not exaggerating but the fact that he went into the kitchen was a big deal!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him holding a screw driver and trying to fix it. I kept quiet as it was not in my interest to argue with him that time. As I stood beside him looking after if he needed anything, my phone rang. You won’t believe who it was. My best buddy Sakshi crying over phone that due to some electricity issues at home she had already spoiled the batter that she made for the first lot of muffins. Before I could say anything she went on and said that she didn’t know what to do and was coming over to my place.

Before I could say anything, she kept down the phone saying that she will be there in an hour. I told my brother about the conversation with Sakshi. He burst out laughing and I too started laughing with him thinking about how crazy the day was. At that very moment, my brother switched on the oven and to see it working brought a smile on my face. I still owe that to him. I realized one thing that day, though we generally celebrate valentine’s day with our husbands or boyfriends, it is actually meant for all the people who love you ,care for you and who go out of the way to make you happy, just the way my brother did that day. As soon as I started baking, Sakshi reached home with all her stuff. She was in a total mess. I calmed her down and both of us started baking and creating our valentines baskets. After we were done we heaved a sigh of relief and I started telling Sakshi my side of story. We laughed at how crazy and hyper we could get at times. She left after sometime. I also got busy getting ready for my V date. My fiancé came over to pick me up and I handed the basket to him. He was touched looking at the basket.I still have the pictures of our creation.

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I still believe that destiny finds its own way of making things perfect for you. On that valentine’s I shared a bond with my brother whom I simply adore, with my best buddy Sakshi, we shared one of the best moments of our lives baking those muffins together and last but not the least, a bond of love with my fiancé who was very touched and happy with that bit of extra effort put in by me 🙂 (They rightly say the best way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach)

This incident happened a year back and I guess that it happened for another reason. When we both sat down to decide what should be the first thing on our menu to be shared with you all, we knew it had to be these legendary Chocolate chip muffins.

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Cheers!!

Parul & Sakshi