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August 2020

Macaroons are a dessert that are trending, especially if they are lusciously pastel colored. It hits the right note on Instagram even without filters. Wrapped in a small box, neatly tied up in a bow, a few macaroons would qualify for a tasteful gift. While macaroons might be popular, visually pleasing and a complete culinary experience in a bite, it is not easy to make. The process of making macaroons would turn even the most seasoned dessert chef queasy. Jalpa Barai, home baker and entrepreneur, has mastered this task of making macaroons and can bake perfect batches every time. She is a HR Journalist turned baker, who now runs her own cake studio, in the name of Cake-O Mania. She has been in the business for more than 6 years, successfully delivering orders for special occasions and teaching people the art

Goa has been on the bucket list of every college goer. The moment you land in the city, you are hit by aromas of Goan cuisine. The Goan cuisine that has made its way to popular imagination is the xacuti, pronounced sha-koo-ti. Xacutii is a complex curry that can be eaten with protein or vegetables of your choice. It is a versatile curry that every household makes and every place claims to have the authentic version of it. While we do not make claims of authenticity, we do vouch for the silky curry, the perfectly cooked chicken and the burst of flavours that still makes our mouth water. And, here’s the catch, we found this perfect curry in the city of Bangalore! Vandana Parulkar hails from Goa and is a repository of Goan cuisine and cooking. A resident of Bangalore, she

Brownies are the classic, go to bake for any baker, be it amateurs or experienced ones. They are quick, simple, decadent and you can customize them as per your liking in innumerable ways! Do you love brownies? If yes, keep reading for the perfect fudgy, eggless brownie recipe ever! We tried this a couple of times at home and fell in love with them more each time. It’s gooey, chocolatey, fudgy and our latest guilty pleasure. Here is the process to bake them at home and binge: INGREDENTS Whole Wheat Flour- 80gms (2/3 cup) Butter – 70gms (approximately 4 tbsp lesser than ½ Cup) Jaggery Powder – 100gms (2/3 Cup + 2 tbsp) Mashed Bananas – 200 gms or 3 medium sized or 2 large Cocoa Powder – 30gms (1/4 Cup) Vanilla essence- ½ tsp Sugar Free Peanut Butter – 2 tbsp Baking Powder – a pinch METHOD: Take a

We all are used to buying bread from stores and using them for our daily consumption, isn’t it? Well, that’s definitely an easy and quick option but if you want to learn how to bake your own bread at home using a healthier flour, keep reading this blog! The store bought breads are made of APF or Maida, full of preservatives and white sugar which can be avoided if you put in a little bit of effort for baking this at home! Honestly, this lockdown has been a lesson for all of us and bread baking is the new found love! We do not use Maida in our cooking or baking so baking bread with an unhealthy flour was not an option. Hence, we learnt how to make Sooji/Semolina bread, from scratch, at home. Also, these breads can be colored

Tea time snacking can be a questionable meal for many because it is right after you have made lunch and just before you might have to cook dinner. We often find it so difficult to figure out what to eat during this time of the day which is quick and healthy. Recently, we were craving for cutlets but due to the lockdown, it was not an option to order them from outside. Hence, healthy cutlets were on the way! These are super quick to make, healthy and tasty too! Let us get straight to how you can make them at home. Please note that these are pure vegetarian cutlets, if you wish to add mince chicken to this, the baking time will change. RECIPE (Makes about 8-10 medium size cutlets): 1 Cup Sprouts (we used bean and moong sprouts) ½ Cup Grated Carrot ½

This was the most adventurous experiment we did during the lockdown time for a full meal with chicken. We are big time chicken lovers, all four of us at home, and having baked chicken is a delicacy we did not want to miss! This was a recipe we tried and everyone loved the flavors. It was different than the usual chicken curry or chilli chicken made at home. It had less oil, loaded with flavors, herbs and baked to perfection for that unforgettable taste! So, let’s get started on the process of making this chicken, without further adieu. INGREDIENTS: 4 pieces of chicken thigh with leg (you can use only leg pieces or other pieces with bone as well) 1 Cup Greek Yogurt/Hung Curd/ Curd without water 1 tbsp chilli flakes 1 tbsp Parsley leaves 1 tbsp Basil leaves 1 tbsp of fresh coriander leaves Any more herbs

Cookies are quick to bake, easy to make and have a million forms that they can take! Did I just rhyme that? Maybe! So, today’s blog is all about making those homemade cookies super healthy, gluten free and relevant if you are on a Keto diet. Nevertheless, you can always try these, if you don’t want to go for the traditional chocolate chip cookies. Let’s get straight to the ingredients you will need for this bake: 2 Cups Almond Flour (Blend almonds in a mixer and you have your almond flour) ½ Cup Salted Butter (if you use unsalted butter, add ½ tbsp salt in your batter) ½ tsp Vanilla Essence ½ tbsp Sugar free Peanut butter (Optional) 3 tbsp powdered flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water (replacer of egg. If you want to use egg, you can add 1 egg here) ½ tsp baking

Waffles are the ultimate breakfast or dessert option that we love having! We would order it from outside occasionally when we craved for it but during the lockdown, this was not an option. So, what do we do? We tried making this at home, make it healthy and enjoy it too! And yes, the experiment was a success after a few trials. This is the easiest waffle recipe that you need to try at least once with or without a waffle maker! We do not buy all purpose flour or maida anymore, we avoid it completely from our daily meals as well as desserts. So, the waffles had to be whole wheat! Here is what you need to make the batter: 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1.5 Cups Jaggery Powder/Brown Sugar/Coconut Sugar (any healthy sweetner) 2.5 Cups Soya Milk/Almond Milk/Regular Milk 1 tsp Vanilla

Smoothie Bowls are a quick, healthy, filling breakfast or post workout option that one can have readily, without making too much of a fuss. We love smoothie bowls for this very reason and the fact that it tastes really good! Sharing with you our favorite smoothie bowl recipe: INGREDIENTS- 4 Frozen Medium size Bananas (Freeze for 2-3 hours) 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder ½ tsp Vanilla essence ½ tbsp Honey 1 Cup Soya Milk/Almond Milk/Regular Milk (We use Soya Milk) ½ tbsp Sugar Free Peanut Butter Chia Seeds, Blueberries, Pomegranate for garnish METHOD: 1. Blend all the ingredients, except the ones for garnish, in a blender. 2. Add a little more milk, if required, to get a good consistency. 3. Serve the smoothie in a glass or bowl and garnish with sliced bananas, honey, blueberries, dry fruits, chia seeds and ingredients of your choice. Hope you will enjoy making and having this smoothie