Dutch Pastry ~ Koffiebroodjes/Coffee Bun

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One of the most loved pastries of Dutch are the Koffiebroodjes. Koffiebroodjes are mildly sweet, delicious buns filled with pastry cream & raisins; glazed with jam or powdered sugar. They are also called Coffee buns and it makes a perfect accompaniment with Coffee. Continue reading

Diwali Sweets ~ Badusha

Badusha2Badusha, also called Balushahi in Nothern India & Pakistan is a popular and most common sweet for occasions like Marriages & Diwali. Though I am not a big fan of it, my mom loves it for its mild sweetness and she makes it on all festive occasions. Continue reading

Pumpkin Ginger Bread With Maple Glaze ~ Baking Partners October 2013

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Hello everyone! How are you all today? This month’s Baking Partners challenge was to bake a Pumpkin Yeast Bread or Pumpkin Ginger Bread(Non-yeast). I chose to do the pumpkin bread without yeast. Thanks to Swathi Iyer of Zesty South Indian Kitchen for this month’s fall themed challenge. Pumpkin bread is a soft and moist bread popular during October and November when fresh pumpkins are in season. Continue reading

Swedish Almond Cake/Toscatårta/ Tosca Cake

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Toscatårta is a popular authentic Swedish cake. It is soft and a dense cake with buttery almond topping. Anyone who have been to Ikea, would have tasted this delicious cake. This cake is most loved by my dear brother. I made this cake just for him on this very special day. Yes, Happy Birthday Pradeep! Continue reading

Chettinad Kavuni Arisi/Black Rice Pudding

Today, august 20 is a memorable day in my life. Yes, the day I met my beloved husband for the very first time 6 years back. I decided to do one of his most loved dessert ‘Kavuni Arisi’.

Kavuni Arisi or Black Rice Pudding is a delicacy from the prestigious Chettinad Cuisine of Southern India. It is made using soft cooked sticky Black rice (thanks to Asian stores/Chinese stores) or Karuppu arisi (Kavuni arisi) along with sugar, coconut & cardamom. A Chettinad feast is totally incomplete without serving this popular sweet. Continue reading


Puttu is a traditional dish of Kerala adored by many. It tastes good with Ripe Bananas, Ghee & Sugar or with Cherupayaru Curry or Kadala Curry. Grounded Rice flour / Readymade Rice flour is moistened with little water and steamed in a Puttu kutti (Puttu maker) along with the grated Coconut.

Rice flour 1 & 1/2 Cup
Grated Coconut 1/2 Cup
Ghee 2 tbsp (optional)
Water 1/2 Cup (according to your needs)
Salt pinch

• In a large bowl, add the Rice flour with a pinch of salt.

• Mix it slowly by sprinkling water. Make sure the Rice flour is wet. Break all the small lumps. Keep mixing it for a good 10-15 mins. When you hold the wet flour tightly in your hand. It should retain the shape. Once you break, it has to fall apart. This step is more important to get a soft puttu.
• Place Flour and Coconut alternatively in a puttu maker and steam it or you can cook it in a steamer/idly vessel covered with a cloth like me.

• Steam it for 10 mins or till the puttu mixture is cooked.
• Remove it from the steamer. Serve it along with Cherupayaru Curry.

• Once you remove it from the steamer. Add the ghee and mix it for a good flavor.