Tag: Cinnamon

Chocolate Sandesh

Delicious two-layered chocolate sandesh
Delicious two-layered chocolate sandesh

The most difficult thing about being on a diet is staying away from breads, cakes, cookies and everything else that comes out of an oven! But dieticians also give you cheat dates…and I made the most of it with this Chocolate Sandesh that has more proteins than fats!

I actually made a sugar-free low-fat milk version for the husband, but a full-fat and sugared version for the girls at my workplace! This dish is turned around in less than 30 minutes, that is if you’re making  cottage cheese too, otherwise it takes less than 10 minutes!

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Mango, Oats and Almond Smoothie

A simple and healthy way to start your day
A simple and healthy way to start your day

I’ve been going crazy at work! And at home! and with my new workout schedule–which is actually just trying to figure out how to lose weight? And lost in all that mental cobwebs is the blog, which hasn’t got updated in a while. However, now that I’m back lets start with something that spruces me up every morning. It’s a breakfast smoothie, which can can easily be converted into a dessert :) or into chilled oats in a jar! Read to the end to know how.

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Christmas Special: Sugar-free Oats, Almonds, Chocolate and Cranberry Cookies

Sugar-free oats, cranberry, almond cookies: perfect for Xmas
Sugar-free oats, cranberry, almond, chocolate cookies: perfect for Xmas

All this week I have been pulling out trays after trays of gorgeous rich cookies that have been distributed all over town. Sadly apart from tasting them, my husband hasn’t really had his share of the goodies. Ours is an insulin-dependent household and this cookie recipe has been created specially for him.

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Christmas Special: Gingerbread Man Cookies

All lined up waiting for Santa to arrive: Gingerbread cookies
All lined up waiting for Santa to arrive: Gingerbread man cookies

As a child I would make sure I was taken to all the places that would host gingerbread houses. I was in awe of the magnificent structures, some made with sugar, some from candies and still others from cookies. It was a human marvel. And then came Santa, the big man with a red clothes, a flowy white beard with a bagful of lovely gifts. He charmed me off my two little pink boots. I hated growing up and losing Santa to reality. But the love for the gingerbread man only grew with time. And then I learnt to bake these wholesome warm and crisp cookies on my own. The best day of my life!

This time the first batch of cookies was baked for a niece and nephew’s Christmas party. It was a Saturday afternoon in the first week of December, when the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves emerged from the oven as the cookies started to crisp up. And then came the pleasure of  icing the gingerbread men and giving them some colour and style to meet the kiddies pleasure.

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Christmas Special: Short Crust Cookies

It's Christmas time...bring out the sugar cookies
It’s Christmas time…bring out the sugar cookies

No sooner does the month of December roll in, than the mood starts to get all festive. The clothes gets warmer and brighter, the kitchen has a brand new aroma wafting through it, rolls of cinnamon and orange peel take up kitchen space, the consumption of butter goes higher and the waistline forgets the 20s….The greens, reds, silvers and whites adorn the dining table and the cookie boxes never look dull, boring or healthy :) My life revolves around my love for cooking. And as I love to bake and grill, there’s no better time than Christmas to pop the best bakes out of my oven.

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Chocolate Walnut Cake with Chocolate Mousse and Fresh Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries dress the chocolate walnut mousse cake
Chocolate dipped strawberries dress the chocolate walnut mousse cake

I could have thought of a brilliant name but i didn’t want to lose out on any of the ingredients. I mean what’s the use of fancy names if you don’t know what’s in it. Right? Anyway so this dessert was born only because I messed up on what I was actually trying to make. :) The ingredients are all the same, it’s just the assembly that went for a toss. I tried to make chocolate bowls on balloons, not realising that the temperature in my kitchen was not conducive to that kind of assembly.

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Sugarfree Blueberry, Apple and Pear Pie

The magical pear, apple and blueberry pie
The magical pear, apple and blueberry pie

It was time for us to move home, yet again, and I was in a desperate need to clean out all the goodies in my deep fridge–there’s usually enough in there to feed a guest list of about 10 people, arriving unannounced. I had just enough short crust pastry dough to make a pie and about an hour in hand before my guests for dinner arrived. On this particular day, my brain was ticking sweet rather than savoury.

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Sugarfree Seviya Kheer with Mango

Sugar-Free Creamy Seviya Payasam

We were recently invited to a Onam Sadya where my friend had doled out close to 15entrée all by herself and fed 10 hungry mouths! My…was it a feast for the kings. My only contribution was the Sugar-free Seviya Payasam or Kheer as the rest of India likes to call it.

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Baked Kale Crisps and Apple and Cinnamon Crisps

Home made baked kale crisps
Home made baked kale crisps

I succumbed…succumbed to the need of making my food healthier. Boiled potatoes are fine, but those gorgeous soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, thrice-cooked-potato chips no way…So when I cooked up this delicious cheese stuffed chicken burger (made with chicken that has been steeped in hot water to knock of the fat, yeah yeah the things I do to keep the fat away) I just had to make homemade baked crisps to go with it. 

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Peach Banana SuperSeed Smoothie

Power packed peach and banana smoothie
Power packed peach and banana, almonds, oats smoothie

This week I plan to skip my dinner and chug smoothies and soups instead, not to tough considering I love fruits and have put on weight :(  This smoothie is power packed with 5 super seeds, to ensure my energy levels stay well above average after a hard day’s work. You can choose a combination of seeds to tickle your taste buds and needs, i like this one: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, black and white sesame seeds, flax seeds and pumpkin seeds.

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