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Chickpea Yogurt Salad....step by step.

This is my favorite healthy salad ... a perfect break from all the Christmas goodies. Not a bit of oil of any kind in this salad, I used plain fresh yogurt/curd... perfect meal with roti or you can have it own its own (preferably chilled) ...a true protein packed salad...perfect to free your system from all the Christmas goodies. Author: Nisa Homey How I made it: Soaked, boiled chickpea: About 1 cup. Tomato: 1, chopped. Onion: 1, chopped. Green Chilly: 1, chopped finely (add or decrease according to your tolerance level). Half cucumber chopped. About 3 to 4 tbsp of fresh yogurt. Salt to taste. Cilantro to garnish. Method: 1. Soak Chickpeas for altleast 4 hours or soak it overnight and cook in a pressure cooker with little water and salt for 10 to 15 min after the whistle. Open and check if the chickpea is cooked and evaporate the remaining water if there is any. 2. Take all these veggies.... 3. And chop them up. 4. Add  3 to 4 tbsp of fresh yogurt and m

Martha Stewart's Cupcakes....Again!!

Yes, I made my favorite moist, chocolate cupcake again. I made these as Christmas gifts for my friends......this time I added a handful of chocolate chips to the batter and sprinkled some (generous) on top....for that extra extra chocolate.....If you have not tried these cupcakes TRY IT NOW .  Click here for the recipe.

Boil And Bake Fruit Cake/Christmas Cake ......step by step.

Every year I soak dry fruits in rum or brandy by the beginning of November to make fruit cake for Christmas, this year due to some reason I was not able to do so. Christmas is always a month of cakes and cookies and kids were adamant that they want a fruit cake and I was in a dilemma, thankfully I came across   and was happy to know that you can actually boil the dry fruits with the butter and water and cool it and mix it with the dry ingredients...ta da...fruit cake is ready. I immediately tried the cake and it came out wonderful. A boiled fruit cake does not contain alcohol; yet is moist. It does not need weeks to age, just a day or two would do wonders. I brushed some brandy to the baked cake, if you can tolerate alcohol then go ahead otherwise skip it. This cake is for all those busy men, women out there who very badly want to make a fruit cake, but was not able to soak the dry fruits......Christmas is just around the corner, don't wait anymore to  b

Martha Stewart's Chocolate Cupcakes......step by step.

I am a bit wary of using oil in cakes instead of butter, but this recipe made me realize that using oil is as good as using butter. A cake for those who want to reduce butter in their baking....and for those who are still wary of using oil in cakes like I was....its past tense now! :) I have been getting queries regarding muffin tray, cupcake liners etc. Some don't have muffin tray, maybe it is not available in their part of the world or they live off city limits....the same with cupcake sis-in-law Vava though she lives in the heart of the city.... is too lazy to go the wholesale shop in Trivandrum, Chali Market (which is crowded 24/7). She has been pestering me to find ways to make muffins or cupcakes without liners and muffin I came up with this idea of using paper coffee cups.....and boy! I was glad with the result. This cake can be made as cupcakes or in round or square pans......but make sure to top with some icing or frosting as the cake its

Tuna / Fish Cutlets......step by step

These crunchy fish cutlets has been sitting untouched in my drafts for quite sometime now. With the festive season around the corner I think it's the right time to make some fish cutlets. I have posted vegetable cutlets which is my daughter, Nidhi's favorite. She just cannot stand fish.....a veggie by all means in a purely non veg family. These cutlets can be rolled in breadcrumbs and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Perfect to make beforehand  and use when needed. Just pop it in hot oil when ready to fry. Since this cutlet is made with tuna, I added a tiny weeny bit of garam masala otherwise for  fish cutlets you can omit the ever green garam masala...of course save it for meat cutlets and veg cutlets . You can also roll them in bread slices and make bread rolls...check out here . How I made them: Tuna: 1/2 kg, boiled with salt, pepper, and 1 tbsp vinegar. Potatoes: 4. Green chilly: 4 or 5, minced. Ginger: 1 inch, minced. Onion: 2 or 3, minced.

Grilled Corn On The Cob......step by step

After so much of cakes and cookies, I am sharing an easy grilled corn which you can do on the stove top. The best part is it is fat butter... and yes HEALTHY too!

Spiderman Cake for my son...

From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas brings us closer to each other. Emily Matthews The very first day of December brings so much joy in our family......10 years ago on December 1st our son was very own Christmas gift. My son wanted a Spiderman cake for his birthday, he has been wanting that for such a long time and I promised him that I will make one for him, but even when I promised him I had no idea 'how' I will make it. No idea at all. Anyways, I thought I will give it a try seeing his enthusiasm....he even proclaimed to his friends and family that "amma is going to make a spiderman cake for my birthday"....and honestly I dint have a clue on HOW TO....