Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cauliflower Kurma



Cauliflower is one of our favorite vegetables and I love to make many different recipes with it. One of our all time favorite is the Cauliflower Manchurian. Anytime my boys see a cauliflower in the store, they ask me to make Manchurian. Owing to the richness of the Manchurian recipe, I make it only once in a while.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Kothamalli Sadam – Cilantro Rice – One Pot Coriander Leaves Rice – Lunch Box Recipe


This weekend when we were grocery shopping, I saw that cilantro bunches were on sale and was really fresh. I went really overboard and 3 large bunch of cilantro / coriander leaves. When putting the ingredients inside the refrigerator, I realized that I had bought way too much of cilantro. My husband asked me to make kothamalli thuvayal, which I would be making eventually, but tonight for dinner I wanted to make something quick and easy.

Friday, June 24, 2016

No Bake Peanut Butter Cereal Bar - Peanut Butter chocolate Cereal Bar




On school days we have snack once or maybe twice a day. On vacation days, we have snacks every hour from the time we wake up until we get back to bed. It is quite challenging to feed them with healthy snacks as we are filling our tummies mostly with snack.

When looking for ideas to make something different, I came across this recipe here and made it right away. It took me 10 minutes to make this and couple of hours to set in the refrigerator. The boys had fun measuring out the ingredients and mixing and licking as they helped me make the peanut butter bars.

This peanut butter bar is also a wonderful recipe to use up any leftover cereals in the pantry. We are big time cereal eaters and at any given time, have about 6 or 7 varieties of cereal. Some are hit and some are flop. This recipe is a great way to use up those flop cereals. I used rice krispies cereal to make this bar, but you could use any kind of cereal that you have in pantry.


Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – none
Difficulty level – Easy
Recipe adapted from – Smiling Notes


Ingredients – Makes 12 small bars
  • Cereal – 2 cups (I used Rice krispies)
  • Peanut butter – ½ cup (smooth)
  • Chocolate chips – 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp
  • Honey – 2 tbsp
  • Almonds – ½ cup (coarsely chopped)
  • Coconut flakes – for garnish
Procedure –
  • In a large bowl, combine the cereal, chopped almonds and 2 tbsp of chocolate chips.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, add the peanut butter, honey and the remaining 2 tbsp of chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring once in between until they are melted.
  • Add the peanut butter mixture to the cereal bowl and mix gently with a spatula. 
  • Transfer this to a lightly greased 8 x 4 pan and press it down firmly. Garnish with grated coconut and let it set in the refrigerator for couple of hours before slicing.
  • Cut them into bars and serve. I kept mine in the refrigerator as the weather is quite warm here. In cooler temperatures, the bars can be stored outside.


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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Lauki Burfi – Bottle Gourd Burfi


Blogging has really taken a back seat this month as our summer break is in full swing. I am trying my best to keep up with my BM buddies to finish the theme, but I am invariably running a day or two late. Dad is visiting us as well and we have been going around a bit. His vacation is very short though and the boys have already started begging him to extend his vacation.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pull Apart Sweet Buns – Bakery Style Sweet Buns


When I was getting ready to bake this Sweet bun, my thoughts kept going back, to my days of growing up in Chennai. This sweet bun is my mother’s favorite and she would ask me to pick them up every time I am going to Adyar Bakery. She would enjoy this mildly sweet, soft and fluffy bun embedded with tutti-frutti with her evening coffee.