Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Boiled Egg Sandwich

Eggs are the family  favourite now... Boiled eggs omelettes, egg curry.. we seem to be eating a  lot of eggs!!!!These boiled egg sandwiches are easy to make,delicious and nutritious.

My little one s, loves eggs and bread..and these boiled egg sanwiches were the perfect snack to make as  i had some boiled eggs in the fridge and bread too. I tweaked the other ingredients and did it my way and had a quick and easy evening snack  ready.


Eggs,boiled and grated- 4
 White Bread - 8 slices
Fresh Coriander leaves- 2 tablespoons chopped
Black pepper powder - to taste
Grated processed cheese -2 tbspns
Mayonnaise- 4 tbspn


Place the grated eggs in a bowl.Add the coriander leaves , pepper powder, cheese and mayonnaise and mix well.

Arrange 4 bread slices on th ework top.Spread the egg mixture thickly on  each slice.Cover with remaining slices of bread.

Toast in a sandwich toaster and have them hot..This is also a good tiffin /lunchbox option.

 You can add in shredded lettuce leaves and chopped onions into the grated egg.
The original recipe uses parsley leaves.
Toasting it is totally optional . 
You can just cut each sandwich into fingers .

Recipe Source:Tiffins ,Sanjeev Kapoor

Boiled egg sanwiches

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Fairy Flyaway Cupcakes

Hellooooo folks... long time no see... ..well don't want to repeat the whole chain of excuses and reasons... ...

I have seen a spurt in the number of likes and i am sure google is upto some mischief.. I have not posted anything in the past 7 months and there has been more than 1000 likes in the last 3 weeks or so....Weird .. right??
Well that's not what is making me post this fairy flyaway cupcakes recipe( also known as butterfly wings cupcake).. its just that after a long time i actually baked.. no that's wrong ...actually and baked and clicked pictures too...Have to admit one thing ..the pictures are not how i would have wanted them to be but at least i clicked a few...:)

This fairyflyaway cupcake recipe is a very easy one and doesn't take much time and no  special ingredients... even if you are "once in a while baker" you will have most ingredients at home...

Recipe adapted from :1 mix , 50 cakes.

175gm Plain White flour
1Tbsp baking powder
175 gm unsalted butter( i used salted Amul butter)
175 gm sugar(recipe calls for golden caster sugar .. did not have .. so did not use)
3 eggs beaten
1tsp vanilla extract
about 1 tbsp milk
coloured sprinkles to decorate.


100 gm unsalted butter softened( i used salted here also)
200 gm icing sugar (i used powdered sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 190 C/375f/gas mark 5 .

Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the butter , sugar , eggs and vanilla ectract.Beat well until the mixture is smooth , then stir in enough of the milk to make  a soft dropping consistency.

Divide the mixture into greased cupcake pans or paper cases.Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until risen , firm and golden brown.You can insert a toothpic and check.
Cool the cupcakes.

(You can serve the cupcakes at this stage and they are absolutely yum... before i did the butterfly wings we actually gobbled up one or two).

For the buttercream,beat together the butter  ,sugar and vanilla extract till smooth.

Use a serrated knife to cut a round from th etop of each cupcake , then cut each round in half.Spread or pipe  alittle  of the buttercream on top of each cake, then press the pieces of cake into it to resemble  butterfly wings,Decorate with coloured sprinkles.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Idli Upma

Idli upma.. a very very simple recipe to make from leftover idlis...a good item to be in the lunch box .. a very easy option to satisfy that evening hunger pang..just 5 minutes and its ready..

There are other versions of this  that upma i make , but i am keeping that for later... :)

using up leftover idlis for  a simple upma


Oil or ghee- 1-2 tbspns
Mustard seeds- 1 tspn
Split white urad dal-1/2tspn
Curry leaves- 6-7
Red chilli flakes - as reqd( or 2-3 dried red chillies)
Idlis-4(cut into small pieces)
Salt- as per taste
Fresh coriander leaves- as reqd

How i made it?

Heat the oil.Put in the mustard seeds and let it splutter.Add in the urad dal and the curry leaves.If you are using dry red chillies ,put that also in.Put in the idli pieces and then add in the chilli flakes.Give a good stir . Add in the salt.When the idlis are fried well , add in the chopped coriander and take off the stove.
Serve with a  hot sup of coffee or tea.
You can make this more spicy but for  a quick snack we at home prefer it this way.

a simple way to use leftover idlis
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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sooji Halwa/Semolina Halwa

This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time!!! Sooji halwa(semolina halwa) is N's speciality and i never make it... ya never... he makes it so well  that i have never bothered to go there.. So when i need a break( a well deserved one there cos i am a stay at home mom working 24*7) this halwa is made or when N is  in a sudden mood to get into the kitchen and relax(cooking is  a mode of relaxation for him)  this a recipe where the ingredients are definitely there.

an indian sweet made with semolina
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Sooji halwa has a  special place in many indian families as i understand.The south indian counterpart is called kesari and in mahararshtra its called sheera.Its made during festivals specially during navrathri ( during the kanjak period)and served with  dry chole and puri,ganesh chathurthi and many other occasions .We used to get this and we used to eat the puri chole and then follow it with the halwa.Then later N introduced me to a new combination of mixing the three or at least mixing the chole with the halwa and having it.At first i did not like it.I could not think of mixing  a salty spicy thing with  the delicious halwa. But now i love that combination.

a dessert made from sooji/semolina

My daughter who otherwise doesn't have semolina porridge eats this one made by her  papa.We give  her very small quantity though.

So going into N's style of making the halwa

WARNING: heavily loaded with ghee.( We indulge once in a while,one can reduce the amount but let me tell you the secret behind the taste is this addition)


1 cup semolina(sooji/rawa)
3/4 cup ghee(clarified butter)
3 and 1/2 cups  hot water
1 full cup plus two tbspns sugar(adjust according to your taste)
2 crushed cardamom
Almonds for garnish

A delicious indian sweet  made using semolina,ghee, water and sugar

How N made it?

Melt the ghee.Fry the semolina in it till it  turns  golden brown and a nice aroma rises.
Mix the sugar into it  and immediately pour the water into it stirring continously.The semolina bubbles up so keep a good distance from the stove.
Keep stirring till the mixture thickens and  when it leaves the  sides of the pan your  halwa is ready.Take it off the stove.
Add the crushed cardamom.
Garnish with almonds( you can fry the almonds in ghee).You may use cashew or other nuts.
Serve hot as a stand alone dessert or try the halwa poori chole combination.

We tried making the halwa substituting half quantity of water with full cream milk but did not find any significant difference in taste.So we decided to continue with just water and no milk.You can make vegan version of this by substituting the ghee with oil.

Enjoyyyy the yumminess of the semlina fried in ghee as the halwa melts in your mouth.... sluuurrrppp.. sllluurrppp...!!!
Everyone who has tasted N's halwa has loved it, so hoping that you will too.If you try do let me know by leaving a comment here or on the blog's facebook page.

also called kesari-an indian sweet