Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vendakka Mappas/ Okra in creamy spicy coconut gravy...Kerala style.

I have been baking a lot...and maybe indirectly responsible for your bulging waistline or your high cholesterol....can't help myself...I love baking and its therapeutic for me....but all the baked goodies are for my kids and their friends....I rarely buy snacks from bakery.....I have this big aversion to store brought goodies....why buy them when you can make them at home.....a healthy economical option, but then its my own personal opinion.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Chocolatechips Cookie Bars.....step by step.

Chocolate Chips Cookie Bars, oh yes!! there are so quick and easy to make....the chocolate bits in every bite takes you to heaven and back!!

Food has the ability to make complete strangers friends and blogging has given me that, one such friend is Mitha. We exchange mails and have become from strangers to friends in a very short period of time. Surprisingly the main topic of our conversation will be food.

I admire women who balance home and work and Mitha is one such woman......she loves to bake after coming from office, not to mention the hectic office work, traffic jams, a beautiful baby at home....... Whenever I come across an easy recipe I would try it keeping in mind my two sis-in-laws who try to balance work and home.....and I always recommend those easy recipes to them.

Coming back to these bar cookies, the best thing about them is you don't have to roll each one, place two inch apart on the baking sheet....etc etc.....just spread on the baking sheet and bake easy!

These cookie bars are studded with chocolate chips and have a crunchy outer crust with a gooey center. These are so easy to make that you will stick to them forever!

I just love making these super simple cookie bars.

The mantra is make the cookie dough, spread them, bake them, slice them and oh! yeah! munch on them. If you like it to be on the crispier side...just increase 5 minutes of baking time.

Recipe Source:


Butter: 1/2 cup/1 stick.
Granulated sugar: 1/4 cup.
Brown sugar: 1/2 cup (I mix 1 tsp of jaggery to granulated white sugar to get brown sugar; if you want more darker brown sugar can add up to 2 tbsp of jaggery).
Egg: 1.
Flour: 1 Cup.
Vanilla essence: 1 tsp.
Baking powder: 1 tsp.
Salt : 1/4 tsp (omit if using salted butter)
Chocolate chips: 1 cup.


Line a baking pan.

2. Melt butter, stir in granulated sugar and brown sugar.

3. Add egg...(you don't have to take out your egg beater, just your whisk is enough to make these bars).

4. Add vanilla.

5. Dunk in flour, baking powder, and salt.

6. Stir with whisk until combined.

7. Now the best part....fold in chocolate chips. Meanwhile preheat oven to 180 degree C.

8. Give it a soft stir.

9. Pour into prepared pan.

10. Spread evenly (the dough might be a little thick).

Bake for 15 to 20 min or until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cut into your desired shape while still warm.

Serve with a glass of milk. This will keep well in an air tight container for a week (if your kids permit).

 Sharing with Full plate Thursday. Chocolate Mela


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cappuccino Muffins With Dulce de leche Topping

I had a wonderful Christmas but was down with bronchitis the very next day and though I did get better in time for New Year again it came back and was totally sick for a few more days. Nidhi and Cheriyan was having Christmas Holidays and both of them had a not-so-exciting-holidays...


Monday, January 02, 2012

Slow Roasted Beef Noodles (With Vegetables) ..........My Way!!

I hope everybody had a fabulous New Year!