Thandai, Sweet & Spicy Drink for Holi

Holi is a festival of colors, celebrated all across India. The way it is celebrated varies from region to region. Regardless of region, common element is playing with colors, applying to friends and family. In many western and northern Indian states, food is also an important element in celebrating this Spring festival. Apart from array […]

Basundi ~ Creamy Milk Dessert

Basundi is a milk based sweet from western India. It is a thick sweetened milk, flavored with cardamom and saffron, garnished with pistachios and almonds. In some versions of basundi, powdered nuts are also used. Traditionally to prepare basundi, whole milk is boiled with constant stirring until it reduces to ⅔ or ½ the original […]

Microwave Roasted Almonds

I had a planned on posting a mixed nuts laddu for the last day of ‘Go Nuts’ theme. Something came up and had to go out of town. Before I left, I made this quick spicy almonds. These almonds are not very spicy but spice level can be adjust to taste. I thought of making […]

Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti are Italian almond cookies made with almond meal or almond paste. These cookies are native to Saronno, Italy and originated during the Renaissance era. Amaretti cookies are similar to French Macaroons. These make a great accompaniment to ice-cream or can be made as a sandwich with ganache or jam filling. Crumbled amaretti can be […]

Badam Halwa

I am participating in Indian Cooking Challenge after a long break. For this month, we were challenged to cook a traditional sweet, badam halwa. It is a rich halwa loaded with ghee. I used unsalted butter. Almonds or badam are soaked overnight, peeled, ground to paste, cooked in ghee, sweetened with sugar and flavored with […]

New Zealand – Anzac Biscuits

Anzac biscuits are very popular in Australia and New Zealand. These biscuits have a history and it is always interesting to know how the food got a name and the history behind it. During World War 1, soldiers wives made these biscuits and sent them to their husbands stationed abroad. Australia New Zealand army corp […]

No Bake Chocolate Biscuit Squares

Today I made no bake chocolate biscuit squares. I adapted Joy of Baking recipe and these squares are perfect to munch on anytime of the day. I made this in the evening and by the time the squares were set, it was dark and had to take the pictures in my kitchen. The picture is […]

Almond, Vanilla & White Chocolate Cookies

For the fifth day of the marathon, I am posting almond vanilla cookies from Amulya’s blog, a pastry chef from Melbourne, Australia. When planning for the marathon and making a list of chocolate recipes to post, I remembered her blog. I was meaning to cook something from her blog for the past one month and […]

Chocolate Almond Biscotti for Sweet Punch

Biscotti is an Italian biscuit, baked twice to make it crunchy. Whenever I pass by Starbucks, I am tempted to go in, not for the coffee (I don’t drink coffee) but for the biscotti… 🙂 Anyways, when I saw this month’s sweet punch, I did not want to miss the bake. As usual, I put […]

Sweet Punch: Whole Wheat Eggless Almond Cookies

I never baked with whole wheat flour and whenever I came across a bake with wheat flour, always wondered how it tastes. I was meaning to bake something with it and this month’s sweet punch bake was a perfect recipe. This month, Ria chose whole wheat eggless almond cookies from Manjula’s Kitchen. I followed the […]

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