Sunday, July 10, 2011

Eggless Dates Cake

Hello World!
Well! Are you thinking if I am coming out of a deep slumber! Well not! Then, what explains such a long absense from this space! I am going to answer that shortly.

As I have already mentioned in some of my previous posts that I have started a new blog and it chronicles my experiences with food, books and everything I feel like writing about. So, these days I am active in that space only. I had started this blog 'The Veggie Hut' to write about my cooking experiences. But, believe me I learnt cooking in that process of blogging. So many food enthusiasts in this blogsphere to be inspired from! I loved cooking and blogging. Gradually, I realised I would like to blog about everything I am enthusiastic about and that can list a number of things starting with books. So, the idea of starting afresh took shape in my mind and Pages was born. I would like you to join me on there and join me in my journey in this blog world.

I have posted a couple of recipes there. Do have a look at them and let me know what you think of them!

Eggless Chocolate Brownies
Celebration Chocolate Cake With Fudge Frosting (Eggless)
Pineapple Chunk & Cardamom Cake (Eggless)
Cardamom Kulfi

Malai Kulfi ~ Using Condensed Milk~ A Quicker Version!
Bread Ras Malai ~ my all time favourite!
Chocolate-y trifle
Breakfast in a glass ~ Strawberry Banana Shake & Dates Mocha Shake

Mango Mania ~ Mango Lassi/ Mango Smoothie!
Lemonade With a Twist ~ Blueberry Lemonade ~ Making It From Scratch!

This probably will be my last post on this space. However, I may update it with any food related post I do on my new blog. So, for this last post, I have a Dates Cake for you. Enjoy the sweet treat!


1 cup AP Flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup pitted dates(About 18 soaked in water for 2-3 hours).
1 tsp baking powder.
3/4 tsp baking soda.
1/4 cup soft butter.
1/4 cup water used for soaking dates.
1/4 cup milk.

1. Grease a 8'' round cake tin and preheat the oven at 180C.
2. Strain the dates but keep the water it were soaked in. Churn the daytes with milk to make a smooth paste.
3. Shift flour, baking powder, soda 2-3 times together so atht it is well blended.
4. Cream in the sugar and butter till well incorporated and fluffy.
5.Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients whisking all the time.
6. Add water and whisk till the batter is smooth, around 2-3 minutes.
7. Pour into the pre greased tin and bake at 180 C for 25 mins and then lower the temperature to 160 C and bake for another 10 minutes or untila sweker comes out clean.
8. Let it rest in the tin for 5-10 mins before turning it on a wire rack to cool.
9. Cool completely and slice. Serve.

Sending it to Tamalpaku's Only Baked Event. Only Series is the brain child of Pari.

Cheers! Enjoy! See you on Pages.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Apple and Dried Cranberry Chutney

It has been a long while since I posted anything on this blog! Plain lazy I have been!

Today's recipe comes from my drafts. I had seen it in one of Nigella's show and tried out instantly. I love it. Try it to check out yourself. Pretty easy yet delicious..

Apple and Dried Cranberry Chutney.


2 granny smith apples, peeled cored and diced.
¼ cup dried sweetened cranberries.
1 tsp oil.
½ tsp nigella seeds.
1 green chilli (optional).
salt to taste.
¼ tsp turmeric powder.
½ tsp red chili powder.
½ tsp coriander powder.
½ tsp cumin powder.
1 tbsp lemon juice.(or vinegar)


1. Heat oil in a pan and add the nigella seeds and green chilli.

2. Now add the chopped apples, cranberries and all the spices and salt. Let it cook in a slow flame. The apples will cook and give out it juices as it get cooked.

3. Mash them and add lemon juice in the end. If you want it more watery add water and cook for 5 more minutes.

4. Let it cool completely before storing. Keep well for up to 7days. Have it with parathas or rotis.

Till I write again! Thanks fro stopping by! Cheers!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tried and Tested from US Masala

Tried and tested is an event, which was originally started by Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen and now is owned by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles. The february T&T is hosted by Priya for the blog US Masala.

The best thing about this event is you don't have to post the recipe. I had forgotten the deadline of this event and was being lazy in putting this post together. I love Aipi's US Masala and have tried couple of her recipes. Although, I don't have pictures of all of them, I didn't want to miss the opportunity of participating in this event. I am just hoping Priya would accept my late entries!

I have made these Stuffed Buns a couple of times and my hubby just loved them.I have tried some variation of filling as well but this is the one that comes from US Masala. Thanks Aipi for such a wonderful recipe.
Nutella Cold Coffee is something I have made many times and it reminds me of the cold coffees from CCD. I you are a fan of cold coffees you have to try this!

Enjoy! Till I write again.. Take Care!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Holi Wishes!

Wishing you all a very happy and colourful holi! Enjoy!

I have been off from this blog for over a month now and  hope to be back in a week or two. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blogging Break..

I am taking a blogging break and will be away from this space. After hosting 2 events, I think I have earned the break.:-). However, will be around to check your recipes.

Hope to be back soon.

Meanwhile do check the round ups of the events held here.

Happy Blogging! Enjoy!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Round Up Lets Celebrate Sweets - Chocolate

Fianlly I am here with the round -up of Lets Celebarte Sweets-Chocolate. I am really grateful to Nivedita for giving me the opportunity to host this event.. Without much delay I would like to present the chocolate-y round up. Hope you enjoy these visual treats.

I have summed up the entries in the order I received them, with my own entries at the end of the post. If by any chance I have missed any entry do let me know, I will include it.

Here comes the round up!

Rachana sends in her Chocolate Yoghurt

Nivedita sends in her Marie Biscuit Chocolate Balls

Kamalika sends in her Truffle Shuffle

Radhika sends in her Chocolate Halwa

Priya sendsin her Dark Chocolate Poha Pudding

Nivedita sends 2 more entries Chocolate Halwa and Chocolate Kheer

Santosh sends in her Chocolate Cream Pudding

Vatsala sends in her Chocolate Cups.

Neetu sends in her Chocolate Fruit Sandwich.

My entries:

Cheers! Have a nice weekend!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Chocolate Peda

I had been planning to post this recipe- Chocolate Peda for a long time for the event going on here Lets Celebrate Sweets-Chocolate. This event is a part of the series started by Nivedita. Thanks to my broken laptop I have not been able to be very active in blogging lately. 

Hopefully the roundup of this evnt will be up next week or so. Please bear with the delays.

This is my last minute entry for this event. Along with this I would also like to submit my Choclate Rum Truffles. 

Coming back to Chocolate Peda recipe:


1/4 cup fresh paneer.
1/4 cup milk powder.
1 /4 cup powdered sugar.
1 tsp cocoa powder.
1/2 tsp chocolate powder.

To garnish:

2 cardamom pods crushed finely
Chopped pistachios.


1. Pan fry the crumbled paneer without any ghee or oil. Let it cool down to room tempreture.

2. Mix the sugar and milk powder and mix it nicely the way we work on a dough till everything is well incorporated and the mixture is even in texture and colour. No need to add water.

3. Make 8-10 balls and shape them up like pedas. Garnish it with chopped pistachios and crushed cardamom.

4. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Chocolate Peda is ready to it!


Friday, February 4, 2011

Winter Warmers - Round Up!

Words cannot define how elated I am as I am composing the round up of my first event- Winter Warmers! Thank you all for sending me such beautiful and varied entries.

Rounding up an event is not a massive task but if your computer is broke and you have limited access to internet, it can be difficult. That's my position right now and that is why I have not been able to go around hopping on your blogs frequently. I hope things will be fine soon. So, till then please bear with me.

Also I would like to remind you about the other event hosted here, Lets Celebrate Sweets- Chocolate. Hurry in your entries!

Now, coming back to the round up, I have arranged the entries in the order I recieved them with some my entries squeezed in between and some at the end. If I have left out any entry please let me know and I will inclide it soon. Also, if you forgot to send me your entry through mail, please leave your link below the post and I will update it.

Without further delay here is the roundup of Winter Warmers!

Vidhya send in her ' Nutty Cassava Delight'
Sadhana sends in her 'Sugarfree Badam Halwa'.
Reshmi sends in her ' Hot-n-Sour Noodles Soup'.

Amarendra sends in his Thai Style Mix Veg Soup.
Rachana sends her Ginger n Chocolate Cake.
Smita sends in her Tomato Carrot and BottleGourd Soup.

Gayathri sends in her Tofu Cutlets.
Rachans sends another interesting entry- Chunna husked wheat pudding.
Nandini sends in a creamy soup- Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Satya sends this awesome pakodas- Dill Punugulu. Sameena sends her Aloo Tikki.
Kirthi sends her 'Moong Bean Curry'.

Sameena sends another entry-A very innovative and unusual soup- Okra Soup
Swetha sends in 2 entries, very comforting soups, Barley Lentil Soup and Tomato Soup

Anamika sends in her Dal Makhani.
Aipi sends her Lentil Fritters- Kachdee.
Monika sends in her Til Gajak.

Reva sends in sends in her Gobi 65.
Anamika sends in her Cheese Bread Rolls.
Megha sends her English Winter Soup.

Sonia sends in her Sarson Ka Saag & Makki-ki-Roti. .
Radhika sends in Varuthu Arucha Kozhambu.
Rajani sends in her Almonds and Dates Halwa

Reva sends another entry Betel Leaf Vadai.
Akheela sends Fenugreek Leaves Potato Curry.
Priyanka sends in her Carrot Halwa

Chitra sends in 2 heartwarming soups- Brocolli and Green Beans Soup and Beans and Peas Soup.
Kirthika sends in her Hawaiin Fried Rice.

I posted a total of 4 new entries for the event.They are C3 Soup, Carrot Halva (Microwave), Chocolate Cake with fudge icing, Corn Fussili n Basil Soup.

Priya sends her Clementine Rasam
Priyanka sends Matar Paneer Curry.
Kirthika sends Tomato Rice

Umm Mymoonah sends in her Potato Kibbeh
Kavita sends in her Cheese Onion Pastry
Harini Jaya sends in her Jowar Vegetable Stew

Heni sends in her Chourba Aadess Rouge
Chitra sends 2 more entries Warm Veggie Rainbow Salad and Tomato Soup

Bala sends in her Bolivian Peanut Soup
Priya sends in 5 entries first one being with Carrot and Celery Soup  
Her 2nd entry is Peanut and Poha Pakoda

 Other from Priya are: Batata Poha Vada, Celery Oats Soup, Bulgur Bisi Bele Bath

Swetha sends in her Carrot and Coriander Soup
 Jigyasa &Pratibha sends in their Adad Paak
Champa sends in her Vegan Tomato Soup 

Champa sends in her Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup
Usha sends in her Spinach Orange Soup
I have also sent 4 older entries first one being Sweetcorn Vegetable Soup.
 My other older entries are Tomato Soup, Tom Veg Soup and Ginger and Cardamom Tea.
Hope you enjoyed the round up as much as I did! Cheers!
Do send in your entries for the other event being hosted here Lets Celebrate Sweets- Chocolate  
Have a lovely weekend!

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