Baked Mushroom Cutlet

  Eating healthy is like a mantra these days. Who won’t tell you to eat healthy? From your spouse to your parents to your colleagues to your friends to your neighbors to everybody you see around are all telling, “eat healthy”. What exactly is eating healthy? It is a very dicey question, the answer of which is different in everybody’s dictionary. While one side will tell you carbohydrates are a big no-no, the other side will tell you to eat your local carbs. While one side will tell you to go on a protein diet, the other side will tell you it will make you look man-like. While one side will tell you to go on a juice diet, the other side will tell you how much such a drastic diet can strip your body of essential nutrients. While one side tells you to go on a plant based diet,… 

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Carrot Pistachios Mini Cakes

  My last two posts were typed and scheduled in advance. I was somehow sure that the long weekend would leave a hangover on me and I wouldn’t want to do live posts. So the hyper blogger is me just typed it out and placed it on schedule. 😉 I wouldn’t say we had a fantastic Eid. We were mostly at home. The day of Eid was loaded with cooking, since HD decided to call in some impromptu guests and I was caught off guard. With just a couple of hours and a little more to finish the whole process, it was indeed a struggle but thankfully HD was of good help too. A big pot of Thalassery Mutton Biriyani, along with a roast chicken, and the normal sides – raita, chammanthi, onion soaked in vinegar and store bought pickle, since my trial of Kadumaanga (a Malabar raw mango pickle)… 

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Fish Potato Pie

  At times, all we need is some comfort food for lunch or dinner. Even though I am always at loggerheads whether the folks would love it, I have always get good responses from them to my utter surprise. Taking from my experience of making the potpie and seeing how much the folks enjoyed – and even requesting it several times – I wanted to try this pie as soon as I saw it in a Vanitha Pachakam magazine I picked up while coming back from home last year. There is nothing in it – very straightforward, easy to make and very filling too! With a bunch of fussy eaters at home, I hardly had any leftovers for this. Go ahead, and make this for some comfort food. This would be amazing with a fresh salad on the side, but nobody had the time to wait for the salad and… 

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Wholewheat Carrot Muffins

  Last weekend, we had the PT meeting at school along with the answer sheets for the kids’ just concluded exams. Azza being in kindergarten, has continuous assessment, so she didn’t have any exam but Rasha did have. As usual, my “overconfident” brat scored just below what she could have scored. Alhamdulillah, there was marked improvement in all subjects except Maths, where it showed a deep decline. A look into her paper and it was all careless mistakes. After seeing her class teacher, we went to see her Maths teacher. Naturally, she was disappointed. Rasha stuck to me, playing with my sheila, while the teacher lamented how well she could score considering that she is very bright in Maths. And she is, Alhamdulillah, at least I feel. I only listened to the teacher, looked to Rasha right into her eyes and smiled. Slowly she whispered to me, “Ummi, don’t smile… 

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Be My Guest – Wholewheat Carrot Cake

  So quickly the third Saturday of the month comes by! Before I finish coordinating over a guest post, drafting and scheduling it, and then breathing a sigh of relief that the one for the month is done, it is already time for the next guest post. The way time seems to be flying is quite scary… Looking at the date, we have hardly another two and a half months for 2015 to end! When did this year start anyway? 😮 As we enjoy a long weekend over here due to the Islamic New Year holiday getting clubbed along with the weekend – we are off since Thursday, I come to you with the guest of the month. Today, I have with me Hiba who blogs at Coconut Chutney. I love the name of the blog – gives a very south Indian touch to it! A casual chat with her… 

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Mix and Bake Chocolate Beetroot Cake

You never realise how versatile vegetables can be in baking till you use it. My first tryst with beetroot were in these eggless red velvet cupcakes and after that I had tried this particular cake while taking them for my cousins. That time, I ran out of cocoa powder so my cake looked more reddish than brownish. I left them with a trivia and they were not able to guess what went into that cake, till I told them that it had beetroot. Beetroot puree lends such a lovely moistness to this cake and enhances the flavor of the chocolate, giving it a nice deep color. Even the kids enjoyed it very much since there is no feeling of having a vegetable into your cake!   If you check out my posts, I have baked with vegetables before in the form of this ever favorite carrot cake as well as… 

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Healthy Carrot Zucchini Bread

Time for the Home Baker’s Challenge! After Niloufer’s Malaysian Bakes of last month, this time Priyaakka came up with some quick breads for us to bake. From the interesting list that she put up, I was stuck up between this bread and the Chocolate Banana Bread and had a tough time deciding. Though Rasha loves chocolate, she hates bananas in her bakes and somehow she catches it very fast, so I was really not sure of how acceptable it would be. Even then, I have saved up the recipe so that I can bake it sometime in the future. (Task completed and posted here! 😉 )   I replaced the all-purpose flour in this recipe to include part wholewheat flour and remaining with oats. Instead of using normal oil, I used olive oil. That is why I tagged it healthy. Seriously, I missed nothing. Since I was not able to… 

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Simple Carrot Cake

Memories are always memories, whatever said and done… When we were kids, whenever we wanted cake, umma would always make a carrot cake. That is the only cake she knew and she made till we – my sister and I – took over and starting experimenting different varieties that we used to cut out from kid magazines. She used to make this very rarely because she is not very keen on making cakes. She would rather fry us some ullivada or pinjiyappam. We used to volunteer to grate the carrots so that she would make it. Once the carrots would be grated, both of us would so enthusiastically look at how she would dump the ingredients into the mixing bowl and keep testing the sugar. That is one thing with umma – she would keep putting in till she feels that the batter is fine. And MaShaAllah, each time she… 

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