Posted in evening snacks, fun foods, Product Reviews

Pillsbury Cookie Cake

Tasted the Pillsbury Cookie cake. The vanilla one is salty; I found the chocolate one laced with Choco chips better. It’s soft, chewy and decently sweet; as in somewhere between cookie and brownie. Comes in single serving packs.

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Price I feel is a little more compared to the quantity (Size of the cookie could be a little bigger). Reasonable price would make it a better option. Since I got the pack of 6 in Buy 1 Get 1 Free it sounded decent. Maybe buying each for 10 bucks is expensive.

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PS: This is not a paid review. Just my own personal opinions on the products I tried. 

Posted in evening snacks, fun foods, Product Reviews

DesiVdesi- Chikoo Chips

Got to hear about this new version of crispy but not fried or baked and I was very curious to try that.  Got the products from DesiVdesi a food brand that is using natural techniques in keeping the snacks retain the nutrition. You can know more about them here

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Tried their Chikoo Chips which are crispy, without any preservatives or added color. . Not very sweet which means no much sugar added. Makes a good option for kids who are fussy eaters. Maybe this version would tempt them to try this fruit.

It can be eaten on the go as it comes neatly packed in a zip pouch which means it stays fresh even after opening. Good for busy people as while travelling or on the go the fruit can become quite messy,as they have shelf life like a week or so,  this one comes handy. That also means it need not be finished once opened. Can be stored and the freshness retained.

Price I feel is a little on the higher side. Maybe if they do something about it, the snack would also capture the health conscious Indian market as most of us these days have known the importance of fitness and eating right.

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***********PS: Although I got the product to review, the opinions stated here are my own.************

 

 

Posted in Desserts, fun foods, No Bake Recipes

Biscuit Fudge

One of the yummiest fudge with the crunch of biscuits and nuts. If you have sudden guests or craving to eat a dessert this one comes to the rescue. Sweet, crunchy and easy to make, this one doesn’t require baking.

Here goes the recipe for the no bake biscuit fudge. Do try and you would not regret.

Biscuit Fudge

Ingredients:

Marie Biscuit: 12-15

Cooking Chocolate: 250 gms

Butter: 1 tbsp

Cream: ¼ cup

Nuts: 2 tbsp (optional)

Method:

  1. Heat and melt the chocolate using double boiler method. Add butter and mix well.
  2. Remove from heat once the chocolate melts and become glossy and add the cream and mix well.
  3. Keep aside. Allow cooling.
  4. Line a baking tin or deep bowl with butter paper. Break the biscuits into 4 pieces. Don’t make too small.
  5. Pour the chocolate in the base till the tin is covered. Add the biscuit pieces, and then pour the remaining chocolate till the biscuits cover.
  6. Garnish with nuts if adding and pour the remaining chocolate and tap gently for it to settle down.
  7. Refrigerate for a couple of hours for it to set. Alternatively, if pressed for time you can deep freeze for 30 minutes and then cut and refrigerate
  8. Remove and cut in desired size pieces.
  9. Stays good for a couple of days if left 😉

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Posted in Bakes and cakes, evening snacks, fun foods

Chocolate Choco Chip Muffin

One of the most easiest and chocolaty goey muffins. They can be made easily with handy ingredients. They are most loved ones too. I have realized that there’s nothing called too much chocolate. This one recipe is a keeper. Plus they are loved by all.

I made this for kiddo who’s school reopens, and with this I wish all the kids a happy and wonderful academic year ahead.

Do try this you won’t be disappointed

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Ingredients:

Makes 10 Muffins

Maida: 1 ½.cups

Ghee: ½ cup (You can use butter)

Milk: ½ cup

Cocoa Powder: 3 tbsp

Sugar: 1 cup

Baking powder: 1 tbsp

Baking Soda: ¾ th tsp

Vanilla essence: 1 tsp

Choco chips: as needed.

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Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  2. Sieve Maida and cocoa powder and keep aside.
  3. Take butter/ ghee and powdered sugar. Mix well then add baking powder, vanilla essence, soda and milk and mix well till incorporated but little lightly. The air shouldn’t be lost. That’s what makes the muffin light.
  4. Mix the liquids with the sieved maida and make a thick batter. Consistency should be thick, pourable but not runny.
  5. Grease the muffin pan, add baking cups, lightly butter it and then pour the mixture in each one till ¾ th . Garnish with choco chips. Don’t fill full as it will need space to rise.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-18 minutes till knife/ toothpick inserted comes clean.
  7. Serve with a glass of warm milk or pack as a snack. J

 

Posted in Bakes and cakes, fun foods

Chai Cake

I keep buying tea packs in spite of me not being an avid tea lover. I mean I love them in a cool weather occasionally but not the regular tea/ coffee drinker. So the other day when I was cleaning and found some masala tea powder, all I could think of is a tea cake. Yes, Tea cake and trust me as yummy as it sounds it tastes even better.

Today, I share the recipe. It’s a treat for tea and cake lovers as the combination works well. Do try and let me know how it turned for you.

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Ingredients:

Wheat flour n maida both 3/4 cups, each – 1 1/2 cup(see notes )

Baking soda – 3/4 tsp

Baking powder – 1 1/4 tsp

Oil/ butter – 3/4 cup

Sugar – 1 cup

Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Curd / Yogurt – 3/4 cup

 

For Chai Masala:

Chai Masala Powder – 2 tblspn

Water: ½ cup

For topping:

Tuti Fruity: a handful

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Method:

1. Take a round pan and butter it generously, dust it with flour and tap off the excess. Set it aside till use.

2.Preheat the oven to 180 Degree C / 360 Degree F.

3..Take flour, baking powder and baking soda in a sifter and sieve them. Set them aside till use.

4.Boil the tea with water and discard the masalaa. Keep the water for use.

5.Take oil, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and mix them well.

6.Add in the yogurt and mix well. Add the tea boiled and strained.

7.Now add flour mixture and fold well.

8.Pour the batter and top it with tuti fruity.

9.Bake it preheated oven for 40 to 45 mins till it is completely baked. Insert a skewer into the loaf cake till there is no wet batter on that.

10.Allow the cake to cool down for 15 mins.

Serve.

 Notes 

Only wheat flour can be used too or only maida.. I used both in equal proportion.

Posted in evening snacks, fun foods, Munchings, Party Recipes

Cheesy Fries

French Fries are a hit with the kids. Making French fries is easy too. With instant fried snacks capturing kid’s attention these snacks get sold fast. But I always feel it’s better to fry them home as we don’t reuse the oil which is not got for health. But companies like Mac Cam, Godrej etc. have solved those problems too as we get a ready to fry for chips, nuggets etc. Although all frozen things have an adverse effect on health, it’s ok to indulge in them once in a while. 😉

Today, I am sharing one such instant recipe of cheesy French fries. This one is an absolute keeper and works like a charm with kids. Can be made as a starter for parties. Cheese plus chips combination is difficult to resist even for elders. I am sharing the instant one as I am yet to try making French fries at home. J I normally buy the frozen one when needed and follow the instructions. Shall try to do from the scratch one and share the recipe soon.

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Ingredients:

French Fries: 1 packet (I used frozen Mac Cams)

Cheese Cubes: 2 (I used Amul)

Salt: as needed

Black Pepper: 1 tsp

Red Chili powder: 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Fry the Fries as per instruction given. Grate the cheese.
  2. Take the fries, salt, pepper in a bowl mix them well.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the fries, grated cheese and microwave for a minute on high.
  4. Serve hot with sauce/ ketchup.

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Note:

The more cheese added, the yummier it tastes. The spices added can be adjusted of modified according to tastes.

Add less salt as Indian cheese has salt

Posted in Easy Snacks/ Dinner, fun foods, Region specials

Thalipeeth

One of the most favorite snack in Maharashtrian household.Similar to Akki Rotis in Karnataka, I have grown up eating them. Its one of the healthiest as all the flours come together plus doesn’t require much oil and also when paired with butter or Peanut powder, its a match made in heaven.

Do try this. I am sure you would love this.

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Ingredients:

Rice flour, Besan, wheat flour, Maida, Bajra: 1 cup each

Red chilli powder: 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Ajwain: 1 tsp

Onions: 2 finely chopped.

Coriander Leaves: 1/2 cup chopped

Water as needed

Method:

  1. Mix all the flours, add salt, ajwain, chili powder, onions and coriander leaves.
  2.  Add water as required and make a smooth dough.
  3.  Rest for 20 minutes. Pinch a ball from the dough, oil the butter paper/ plastic using and place on a butter paper/plastic bag.
  4. Spread it with hands thinning the edges, as big as you can.
  5.  Reverse the butter paper on a hot tava, the paper will leave as the thalipeeth starts cooking .
  6. Pour oil on the edges and flip over and cook in a low medium heat.
  7. Serve hot with curd or ghee or powder

 

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Notes:

You can add carrots also to make this more nutritious.