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Mushrooms and Chicken Teriyaki

Teriyaki Mushrooms and Chicken
Stir fried mushroom and chicken with teriyaki sauce makes a quick and simple meal. This is an easy stove top chicken teriyaki. You can use the sauce to grill or bake the chicken.Grilling enhances the flavor of this savory sweet sauce by giving a caramelized coating to the chicken. The quick stir fry method also tastes delicious. I tried the home made teriyaki sauce from Swathi's blog. She made with tofu,I used chicken and mushrooms instead.
 Chicken- thin strips- 1 lb
Sliced mushrooms- 2 cup
Onion cut into cubes- 1 medium
Garlic- 2-3 cloves
pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
salt to taste

For the sauce
Soy Sauce-1/3 cup
(I used Kikkoman Soy Sauce)
1/4 cup mirin
( Japanese Rice vinegar)
 Palm Sugar-1 tbs
 Black strap molasses- 1 tbs
(or you can use dark brown sugar)
Grated ginger- 1 tbs
Minced garlic- 2 cloves
Sesame oil- 1 tbs
water/ chicken stock-2 tbs
Toasted sesame seeds- 1 tsp

Mix all the ingredients listed under sauce and simmer in low heat til…

Chinese Almond Cookies

Chinese Almond Cookies
Chinese Almond Cookies is rich, crisp tender and  buttery cookies. I first came across this recipe in Sherry Yard's Secrets of Baking . It was also part of the baking partners challenge. I could not try it then, but had saved the recipe. Since it is Christmas I decided to bake these cookies. The flavor of this cookie comes from Almond paste and almond extract. Almond paste is available in supermarkets. Amaretto, Italian liquor made of bitter almonds and apricots can also be used instead of almond extract. You can also add ½ cup of sliced toasted almonds to give the cookie more texture.

Recipe Source:The Secrets of Baking-Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts, Sherry Yard

All Purpose Flour- 2 1/2 cups
Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Butter- cold unsalted- 6 oz./ 1 1/2 stick
Sugar- 3/4 cup + 1 tbs for rolling
Almond paste- 1/2 cup
Orange zest- 1 tbs
Almond extract- 1/2 tsp
Egg- 1 large
Egg white-1
Almonds- 1/3 for garnish
Demerara Sugar - Sprinkle …

Mughlai Chicken

Mughlai Chicken
Today's dish is a Classic Indian dish and the tradition can be traced back to the Mughal period.This Chicken cooked in a creamy rich and aromatic sauce with exotic spices and nuts.The recipe is inspired from here.  It dish is time consuming,but really worth the effort. Try this you will love it!

To Marinate
Chicken- 2 lb
Ginger garlic paste-  1 1/2 tbs
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Green chilly paste- 1 tsp

For the gravy
Onion- 2 medium
Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Green chilly paste- 1 tsp
 Chilly powder- 1/3 tsp
White pepper powder- 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 3/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder- a pinch
Almonds- 1/3 cup
Cashew nuts- 8-10
Yogurt- 3/4 cup
Heavy cream- 1/3 cup
Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder- 1/3 tsp

For tempering
Ghee - 2 tbs
Black Cardamon- 2
Cinnamon stick-1 inch  peices-2
Aniseed- 2
Cloves- 3
Slivered Almonds- 2 tsp
Raisins-  2 tsp
Fried Onions and mint to garnish

 Soak almonds in warm water and remove the skin. Make a paste of al…

Bûche de Noël/Yule Log Cake~ Baking Partners Challenge

Bûche de Noël/Yule Log Cake 
Baking partners challenge for this month is Christmas Cake.When  Swathi announced Bûche de Noël/Yule Log Cake I was really excited about the challenge.This month’s recipes are suggested by Tanushree of Ma Niche.There are 5 recipes she found out for us. Four of them are Yule cake, and fifth one is Nicaraguan Christmas cake.
Every celebration is incomplete without a rich food tradition.Yule log as the name suggest is sweet roulade shaped and frosted to resemble a log. In France it is served during Christmas and Yule festival . The Yule festival is mid winter festival celebrated in Germany and the tradition extended even before the origin of Christianity. Later it become part of Christmas and the Yule log or the log cake become symbolic to ancient traditions and observance. This cake is delicious with a soft sponge roll, mocha flavor filling and a dark fudge frosting.

The recipe source is from here Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Dessert, by…

Ennai Kathikkai

Ennai Kathikkai is a delicious South Indian/Tamilian dish made with baby eggplants/ aubergines. It is a tangy and spicy gravy that can be served wit rice. Earlier I have tried the dry stuffed version. The gravy is somewhat similar to the Kerala eggplant theeyal with onions,coconut and tamarind . The baby egg plants are first fried before adding to the sauce

Recipe source- Vahchef inYoutube
Baby eggplants- 8-10
Onion -1 large
Tomatoes- 3 medium
Ginger garlic paste-  2 tsp
Grated coconut- 3/4 cup
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder-1 1/3 tsp
Fenugreek powder- a pinch
Coriander Powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind- 1 small ball (gooseberry size)
Jaggery powdered- 1 tsp
Urad dal- 1 tsp
Dry red chilly- 2
Gingerly oil- 1 tbs
Oil for frying egg plants

To make the masala- Heat 2 tbs of oil (any regular oil) and add roughly chopped onions and saute till it changes color. Next add ginger garlic paste and saute till  the raw flavor disappears. Add coconut and saute…

Pomegranate Lemonade

Pomegranate lemonade is refreshing and healthy drink. The sweet and tart sweet pomegranate goes well with tangy  lemon .I used the Meyer lemons which is sweeter than regular lemons. Adjust sugar as per your taste.

Pomegranate juice- 3/4 cup
Lemon juice- 3/4 cup
Water- 4 cup
Ice as  needed

For the simple syrup
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Water - 3/4 cup
Pinch of salt

To make the simple syrup add sugar and water  into a sauce pan and bring it to rolling boil. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Add a pinch of salt and allow to cool completely.
Squeeze lemon juice and extract juice from the pomegranates (you  can also use store brought pomegranate juice). Mix this with water and the simple syrup. Use half of the simple syrup first and check. Adjust sweetness according to taste. Serve with ice cubes and mint leaves.

Try this
Hope you all enjoy!

Strawberry Upside-down Cake

Strawberry Upside Down Cake
Strawberry upside down cake is fruity,rich and delicious dessert. I already posted a pineapple upside down cake and pear upside down cake which is more traditional. I love upside down cakes because they are simple and easy to make, yet tastes and looks exotic. Unlike pineapple upside down cake the strawberries does not retain much of its shape and become soft. But it makes the cake soft and tender and the cake absorbs the flavorful caramelized  strawberry syrup.
Ingredients Strawberries- 1 1/2 cup (cut into half) Light Brown Sugar- 1/2 cup Cake flour- 2 cups Unsalted butter- 6 tbs Vegetable oil- 3 tbs Baking powder 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda- 1 tsp Salt-1/3 tsp Granulated sugar 3/4 cup Eggs-2 Vanilla essence - 2 tsp
First step is to prepare the cake pan. Heat 1/2 of the butter ( reserve the rest for the cake). Take an eight inch cake pan and pour butter into it and spread the brown sugar evenly. Arrange strawberries cut into half all around the pan and keep …

Andhra Mango Pickle/ Aavakaya

Andhra Mango Pickle/ Aavakaya
Today's recipe is a condiment - Aavakaya/Andhra mango pickle. I spend most of my childhood in Andhra and I love Andhra food. My mom still makes Andhra food and making avankaya during mango season is still a tradition at home. This pickle is towards the spicy side with lots of chilly powder that may sound scary. But believe me, chilly powder,salt and oil is the key ingredients,it adds taste and color and also serves as preservative. If carefully made,this pickle can be preserved for over a year. It is a great accompaniment with dal curry or with simple curd rice.

Recipe source here
Mango cubes- 5 cup
Chilly powder- 1 cup
Mustard powder- 1 cup
Salt -3/4 cup
Roasted Methi/ fenugreek  powder- 1 tbs
Gingerly Oil- 1 1/2cup
Whole cloves of garlic- 5-8
Chana dal- 2 tsp (optional)

Clean and wipe dry the mangoes. The mangoes selected for pickling should be firm in touch and sour
Cut mangoes into cubes. If you have a sharp knife cut through so tha…

Carrot and Walnut Slices/ Turkish Cezeriye

Carrot and Walnut Slices/ Turkish Cezeriye
This is a traditional dessert popular in Turkey and Afghanistan. The name of the dish derives from the Arabic word,cezer,meaning carrots.In southern Turkey, cezeriye refers to all desserts prepared with carrots.This dish actually has a candy/ jelly like consistency. If you like a more jelly like texture process the carrots and walnuts using a food processor into the consistency you like. It is wonderful dessert with the taste of carrots, walnuts ( you can use nuts of your choice) and coconut. Serve it with a little whipped cream and it is a perfect dessert for any occasion.
Recipe source: The Turkish Cookbook, Nur Ilkin and Sheilah Kaufman, Interlink Books, Massachusetts.

Coarsely grated carrots- 2 1/2 cup
Sugar-3/4-1 cup
Water- 3/4 cup+ 2 tbs
Cornstarch- 1tbs
Coarsely chopped walnuts or hazelnuts- 3/4 cup
Lemon juice- 1/2 lemon
Clove powder- a pinch (optional)
Coconut- 1/4 cup
(sweetened or unsweetened)

In a heavy bottom pan,com…

Pataqueta. Valencia’ Orchard Traditional Bread~ Baking Partners challenge

Pataqueta. Valencia’ Orchard traditional Bread 

This monthsBaking partnerschallenge is a very traditional yeast bread. Since Thanks giving is coming up  Swathisuggested yet another bread. I am so excited for this months challenge and my heartfelt thanks to Marisa(Thermofan) for suggesting this beautiful traditional Spanish bread. All of us get nostalgic when it comes to special recipes passed down through generations. I really appreciate Marisa's effort to trace an authentic recipe, took time to discuss with a local baker for the exact technique of making this bread and also sharing the tradition of her country with the group. She sent us a detailed step by step instruction with pictures which proved a helpful guide. Marisa say's that this bread is from Valencia, known at least since the Seventeenth Century. The Pataqueta, as the name suggests is shaped like a crescent Moon.This is the bread the inhabitants of theValencia’s Orchard used to eat when they went to work. It was fir…

Spicy Chickpeas Snack- World Diabetes Day

Spicy Chickpeas
Today is World Diabetes Day andSwathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen has organized an event  and a group of bloggers are sharing diabetic friendly recipes. It is wonderful to be part of the group. Three members of my family are diabetic, my mom and my in laws. My in- laws today attended a camp, organized by medical center, to help diabetic patients. World Diabetes Day is observed all around the world, to bring better awareness to this  diseases, which if left undiagnosed or unregulated will lead to chronic life threatening situations like heart diseases, stroke, kidney failure and blindness. But a healthy life style,controlled diet and regular checkups has been an effective way in controlling diabetes and preventing serious situations. In recent years there is an alarming rise of diabetic patients around the globe and  researchers point out that the number of people living withdiabetes may rise to 592 million by 2035. So  it is important to know more about diabetes. Ch…

Pistachio Cookies

Pistachio Cookies
Rich and buttery cookies with the flavor and crunch of pistachios.I simply love this light green cookies which is a perfect tea time cookie.  As a variation to this you can use almond meal and a splash of Amaretto (Italian almond liqueur) to make flavorful almond cookies. Try this,you will surely love it.
All purpose flour-2 cups
Baking powder- 2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Egg- 1 egg + one egg white
Pistachio instant pudding mix- 2 tsp
(This is optional or you can add a few drops of permitted  green food color)
Powdered pistachio- 1/2 cup
( use food processor to make a course meal)
Cold Unsalted Butter- 1 stick
Chopped pistachio- 1/3 cup
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

Sift flours,baking powder, powdered pistachio,pudding mix and salt into a bowl. You can slightly toast pistachios and make a coarse powder using a food processor.
Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer cream butter and sugar till it is pale yellow, smooth and lump free. Add vanilla extract an…

Cauliflower Pepper Fry

Cauliflower Pepper Fry
Today's recipe is black pepper cauliflower fry. The sauce is flavorful with depth in flavor and the right amount of kick from the black pepper. When I tried this recipe I knew I would make this recipe again and again. It is perfect with fried rice. Try this,hope you will all enjoy!
Cauliflower- 1 head cut into bite- size florets Egg -2 Corn starch- 3 tbs flour- 1 tsp Salt- a pinch
Onion- 1 medium Green onion chopped- 1 hand full Soya sauce- 1 1/2 tsp Dark soya sauce- 1 tsp
Oyster sauce- 1/4 tsp
Black pepper- 1 tsp
sugar- 1/2 tsp Vegetable broth- 3 tbs
Cut cauliflower into bite sized florets. Microwave in high for three minutes. Make a batter with eggs, corn starch, flour and a pinch of salt. Dip each florets in the batter and deep fry till golden brown and crispy. Drain into paper towel and keep aside.
Heat two tsp of oil in a pan and saute onions till it is soft. Add the batter fried cauliflower florets. Pour the sauce, broth, sugar and the blac…

Corn Capsicum Masala

Corn Capsicum Masala
A simple and perfect side dish for chapati or naan.
Ingredient Corn kernels- 1 1/2 cup Capsicum- 1 large Onion- 1 medium Ginger garlic paste-1 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp Chilly powder- 1 tsp Coriander powder- 1 tsp Tomato puree- 1/2 cup Coconut milk- 3/4 cup Meat masala- 1 tsp Coriander leaves chopped- a little
Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onions and saute till golden. Add ginger and garlic paste and saute till the raw flavor disappears. Add tomato puree and allow it to cook for two to three minutes. When you see oil separating add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder and meat masala. Add capsicum and corn and mix well. Cover and cook for two to three minutes or till the corn and capsicum becomes soft. Finally add the coconut milk and simmer for a minute. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve with chapathi or appam.

Try this
Hope you will all enjoy!


Hamatashen is a  triangular pasty-cum- cookie which is traditional to the Jews. It is served on the Jewish festival of Purim. Purim is a joyous festival and these buttery citrus flavored cookies are exchanged as gifts. I knew about Purim and this special cookie hamantaschen when my hubby's co- worker's Jessica and Teodora sent this recipe with a detailed diagram on how to shape the cookies. They also sent a list of filling suggestions which I am sure you will find interesting (It is listed below).  So today's recipe is a shared recipe from friends. Thanks Jessica and Teodora for this beautiful foolproof cookie recipe.

This recipe will make around 24 cookies.
Sugar- 3/4 cup
Shortening- 3/4 cup
( I used half butter and half shortening)
Orange Juice- 3/4 cup
All purpose flour- 4 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 3 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp

For the filling
Dates chopped- 1/2 cup
Orange marmalade- 1/2 cup
Chopped walnuts- 1/2 cup
Honey- 3 tbs
( Mix the above ingred…

Ginger Pumpkin Bread with Maple Brown Butter Icing

Ginger Pumpkin Bread with Maple Brown Butter Icing

Baking partners challenge for this month is a pumpkin bread.  Swathi suggested  a fall theme. There were two bread recipes, an yeast bread and a quick bread. I selected the sweet non-yeast version of quick bread with maple brown butter icing. It is a moist and flavorful bread with the flavor of ginger and is a perfect treat.  Brown butter contributes a rich depth of flavor which smells so inviting. These recipes are suggested by Tamy. To check Tamy's space go to . Thanks Tamy and Swathi for this months challenge. The bread was tasty and my family enjoyed.
All purpose flour- 2 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Ground ginger- 2 tsp
Butter- 1 stick

Granulated sugar- 1/2 cup
Packed light brown sugar- 1 cup
Pumpkin puree- 1 3/4 cup/ 15 ounces Egg-3

For the glaze
Maple syrup- 3 tbs
Vanilla extract- 1/4 tsp
Unsalted butter- 1/2 stick
Powdered Sugar- 1 cup

Cajun Chicken Jambalaya

Cajun Chicken Jambalaya
Today's dish is a one pot meal, a Spanish inspired chicken and sausage Jambalaya. This is Cajun style jambalaya and is a versatile main course dish.I used Cajun sausage and spice mix which imparts a smoky flavor. You can also add shrimp to this dish. Try this,you will surely love it.

Chicken- 1 lb
Rice- 2 cup
(Use long grain rice or basmathi rice)
Onion- 1 large
Tomatoes- 2 medium
( or half can diced tomatoes)
Garlic- 2-3 cloves
Green bell pepper- 1  medium
Celery chopped- 1/3 cup
Jalapeno pepper- 1
Bay leaf-2
Tomato paste- 1 tbs
Cajun sausage- 8 ounce
Cajun spice-3/4 tsp
Cayenne pepper- 1/2 tsp
Pepper- a pinch
 salt to taste

Heat olive oil in a pan and add bay leaf. Add the chicken and stir fry for 3-4 minutes till it changes color and get slightly browned up. Add the cubes sausage and fry for another 2 minutes. Drain and keep aside. Discard excess oil from the sausage.
In the same pan saute, garlic, jalapeno peppers,onion, bell pepper, an…

Apple Honey Cake

Apple Honey Cake
Apple and honey cake is a simple no fuss cake, sweet and dense and is perfect fall dessert. You can also add nuts and raisins and serve it as a tea cake. I wanted to make it a little extra special, so I used a rich and dark chocolate ganache.

Cake flour- 3 cup
Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Honey- 1 cup
Apple sauce- 3/4 cup
Egg- 3
Vegetable oil- 1/2 cup
Cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp

For the frosting
Dark chocolate- 4 ounce
Heavy cream- 1/2 cup

Pre heat oven to 350 degree F. Prepare cake tin. Grease and dust with flour and set aside.
Mix oil and honey and apple sauce and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl beat egg for three to four minutes in high speed till it is light and fluffy and doubles in volume. Add vanilla essence and half of the dry ingredients ( flour) and fold in. Add oil and honey mixture and the rest of the flour and gently fold in. Po…

Spicy Almond Chicken

Spicy Almond Chicken
Today's recipe is a spicy almond chicken. I wanted to try a chicken dish with almond paste. But this recipe is really quick and a simple stir fry. I used sliced toasted  almonds and it gives a nutty tasty crunch to the chicken. It is a spicy chicken can be served along with rice.
Chicken- 1 lb
Garlic- 5-6 pods
Turmeric powder- 1/3 tsp
Chilly powder or Cayenne pepper- 11/3 tsp
(or according to your spice tolerance)
Almond paste- 2 tbs
Tomato paste- 2 tbs
Pepper powder- a pinch
Garam masala- 3/4 tsp
Whole red chilly- 2
Sliced almonds- 1/3 cup
Chopped coriander- a hand full
Salt according to taste
Oil- 2-3 tbs

Clean and cut chicken into small pieces (use boneless chicken). Marinate chicken for half an hour with salt,turmeric, and pepper powder.
Heat oil in a pan and toast sliced almonds till slight golden,drain  and set aside (or spread the sliced almonds on a baking and toast in the oven). In the same oil add dry red chilly and saute for a minute f…

Oatmeal Banana Quick Bread

Oatmeal Banana Bread
Oatmeal and banana loaf is healthy low fat breakfast. Oatmeal gives the bread and nice and bananas makes it moist. I tried making banana bread before but found the texture was a little sticky over moist  bread. But this time when I combined oatmeal,  got it perfect.I added a crumble topping because my kid loves this a little sweet and nutty. The recipe source is from here.Made a little alteration to the original recipe  by increasing the amount of oats and it worked. It is a filling and healthy breakfast
All purpose flour- 1 1/2 cup
Old fashioned oats- 1 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Sugar- 4 tbs
Vegetable oil- 1/3 cup
( You can also substitute it with 1/2 stick butter)
Orange zest- of one orange
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp

For the topping (optional)
Walnuts- chopped- 1/2 cup
Light brown sugar- 1/3 cup
Cinnamon- 1/2 tsp

Pre heat oven to 375 degree F and grease and prepare loaf tin.
In a bowl mix together flo…

CrouKronuts/Kronuts-Baking Partners Challenge- 15


Baking partners challenge for this month is a very interesting recipe.  Swathi suggested CrouKronut / Kronut a home made version of the newest and most popular pasty sensation. It was created by Dominique Ansel bakery owner in New York. If you want to know more about this pasty check Cronut 101 and you can see the original in all its glory. It is an innovative hybrid pastry,half croissant and half doughnut. Definitely these beauties are rich in calories as they are fried and then filled with pasty cream and glaze. But will you be tempted to try this at least once in a life time :). I do not know whether it is available hear in Ohio, so I too decided to try the home made version.

This pastry recipe is unique and trying to make it was a great learning experience for me. I have never tried making laminated dough or puff pastry. Laminated dough consists of alternative layers of dough with thin sheets of butter. There are different types of laminated dough from puff pasty to crois…
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