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December 21, 2017

Kormolas Recipe – Eggless Kormolas - Goan Christmas Recipes

Kormolas recipe
Kormolas is a Goan special Christmas sweets recipe. Traditionally the Christmas goodies, called kuswar are specially prepared by the Catholics in Goa and are distributed to neighbors, friends and relatives during Christmas. It is very similar to Kulkul/ Gala Gala in ingredients and the method of preparation. But its shape is different. Authentically Kormolas is prepared with all purpose flour, sugar, egg, semolina and coconut milk. But I tried an eggless version following the recipe of Hilda’s Touch of Spice. It came out really well with a crunchy taste even without egg and tasted mildly sweet. Though I couldn’t make proper shapes, we loved its taste very much. Friends do try this easy, yummy Kormolas recipe during this Christmas. I am sure your family members would enjoy it to the core. Lets see how to make this Goan special Christmas sweet recipe – KORMOLAS with step by step pictures.
Check out my Kerala special Achappam/Rose cookies recipe and Goan KULKUL/KALKAL too.
Kormolas recipe

Kormolas Recipe - Eggless Version


Kormolas Recipe - Eggless Version How to make Goan special Christmas sweet KORMOLAS without egg
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 30 nos
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 35 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml , 1 tbsp - 15ml , 1 tsp - 5ml
  • All purpose flour/Maida - 1 cup (Levelled)
  • Sugar - 1/3 cup ( Powder the sugar)
  • Melted butter – 1.5 tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Vanilla Essence - Few drops
  • Cooking oil - to deep fry
METHOD
  • Powder the sugar and keep aside. Take a wide bowl and add maida,salt and powdered sugar.( If you powder 1/3 cup of sugar, you will get around 1/2 cup. Use all the sugar.) Mix well and check for taste.If sweetness is less,add more powdered sugar as per your taste.
Kormolas recipe
  • Melt the ghee and let it become warm. Add it to the maida mixture and make a crumbly mixture. Ghee should spread all over the maida.
Kormolas recipe

  • Now add milk little by little( I used 2 tbsp) and make a dough like a thick, non-sticky roti dough. Let it rest for 10 minutes.Keep it covered.( Suppose if you have added more water,add little maida and correct the dough)

  • Divide the dough into 2 balls. Take one ball and dust it lightly with maida. Roll it thin to a circle. Trim the edges to bring square shape. Cut into small squares. Make shapes immediately. Do not dry it for long time.
Kormolas recipe
Kormolas recipe
  • Take one square and join one of the opposite edges. Pull the other two edges in the opposite direction and join them. Make a twist at both the ends to give a bud like shape. If you don’t twist it properly, it will open up while frying. Please refer the pictures below to get the idea.
Kormolas recipe
Kormolas recipe
Kormolas recipe
  • Heat cooking oil and test it by dropping a pinch of dough.It should rise on top immediately.( If you are a beginner,make a trial by frying 1-2 before you put them in batches.Check whether it breaks in oil.If it breaks in oil,add little more maida and make the dough.)
Kormolas recipe
  • Lower the flame completely and drop a batch of kormolas at a time.Flame should be low to medium.Let them cook for few minutes till one side turns light golden brown.Flip it and cook the other side till light golden brown. Don’t wait for all the bubbles to cease because kormolas will cook even after removing from the oil. So remove it as soon as it turns golden. While you take out from the oil,it looks & tastes soft.  But when it cools down completely,it will become super crunchy and becomes dark in color too.So please wait till it cools down to enjoy its best taste.Cook the remaining kormolas in batches.Adjust the flame from low to medium whenever needed.
Kormolas recipe
Store in an air tight box after it cools down completely.It stays good for a week or two.Enjoy this crispy and yummy snack with your family !
Note
  • Suppose if you add excess milk and make the dough very sticky,add some more maida to it.
  • If you add more ghee,Kormolas will break in oil.So add the mentioned amount.
  • If the heat of oil is more,the color of kormolas turn golden brown quickly without cooking inside.So deep fry them in low to medium heat oil for uniform cooking.
  • Kormolas will absorb more oil if you fry them in low insufficient heat.So deep fry in proper heat.

Enjoy this crispy Goan special Christmas sweet at home !! Merry Christmas !
eggless Kormolas recipe
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February 7, 2017

Eggless Dates Cake Recipe With Whole Wheat Flour & Oats

Eggless dates cake
I had a pack of black dates lying in my pantry for months. I found dates cake would be the best option to finish off the leftover. So I tried it following THIS healthy, no egg, no butter date cake recipe using  whole wheat flour and instant oats.As this cake recipe is without butter, condensed milk I was doubtful about the texture of cake and flavorThinking .But to my surprise, it came out very well with an awesome flavor just like Christmas fruit cake.It tasted great and secured 100 marks in my homePartyApplause.Yeah Raksha and Sendhil loved it a lot. Unless you say, no one could find out that this cake is made with dates, whole wheat flour and oats. Its texture was very soft and spongy. As my cake had cracks on top, I have given some suggestions below to avoid it.This cake can be made in pressure cooker as well. I strongly recommend everyone to try this recipe at home to enjoy a gluten free cake.I am sure its result won’t disappoint you. You can add chopped walnuts, cashews and almonds to make it more healthy. So try this healthy, guilt free, eggless dates cake recipe at home (Indian Khajoor cake) and share your feedback with me Winking. Lets see how to make it with step by step photos.
Check out my eggless, butter less banana cake too !
Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour

Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour & oats


Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour & oats How to make eggless dates cake with whole wheat flour and quick cooking instant oats
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Cakes
Serves: 12 pieces
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 40 Minutes
Total time: 50 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Whole wheat flour - 3/4 cup ( I used Aashrivad atta)
  • Quick cooking oats - 3/4 cup ( I used Quaker )
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup ( Granulated)
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp ( levelled, weikfiled brand)
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp ( levelled, Bakers brand)
  • Black or brown Dates - 20 nos ( Deseeded, chopped & ground)
  • Boiled milk - 1.5 cups
  • Cooking oil - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
METHOD

  • Deseed, chop and grind the dates in batches. Heat 1.5 cups of milk and add the ground dates to the hot milk. Let it soak for 10 minutes. If using brown dates, soak for 30 minutes. In the mean time, mix the dry ingredients.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • Add vanilla essence and cooking oil to the soaked dates + milk.Mix well with a whisk.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • In a wide bowl, take the whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.Mix well.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture. Mix well with a whisk. Do not over beat. Just mix gently in one direction.Cake batter looks thick but pourable.See the picture below.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • Grease a baking pan ( I used loaf pan) with oil and pour the cake batter till 3/4th of the pan.Preheat oven in convection mode at 180c. Keep the baking pan inside the oven.Bake the cake for 30 - 35 minutes. Insert  a toothpick or back of a spoon in the center of cake. If the spoon comes out clean, cake is done. If not, bake for another 5 minutes.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
  • I baked for 40 minutes but cake had cracks on top and the crust was slightly roasted.So I feel 35 minutes baking time would be enough. So keep an eye after 30 minutes. Remove the baking pan and let the cake cool down completely. Do not try to remove the cake. It will break.
  • After the cake is cooled down, run a knife on the sides of cake and invert the pan on a plate. Just pat it. Cake comes off easily. Make slices and enjoy ! Cake tastes more sweet on first day. But it tasted perfect the next day. This cake stays good for 2 days. Store in an airtight box. No need to refrigerate.
    Eggless dates cake recipe with wheat flour
Its a great teatime snack ! Enjoy !!

Note

  • Add more dates and less sugar if you want natural sweetness in the cake.
  • Do not skip vanilla essence as it gives a nice smell when combined with dates.
  • Baking time depends on the heat of oven.Keep an eye after 30 minutes and check with a spoon. Do not over bake.
  • This cake is too soft and moist. It may break or crumble. Cut slices carefully!
  • If using brown dates, soak for 30 minutes in milk.
  • Do not grind all the dates in one time. It will stuck to the walls of mixer. So chop the dates and grind 4-5 in one batch.
Enjoy this super soft, moist, guilt free, eggless dates cake recipe ~!
Eggless dates cake recipe


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December 31, 2016

Eggless Vanilla Cake With Gulab Jamun Mix – Recipes With Gulab Jamun Powder

Cake recipe with gulab jamun mix
During Diwali, I shared a post on how to make Gulab jamun using store bought, Instant MTR gulab jamun mix. As I got two packets of gulab jamun powder in buy one get one offer, I had another pack of gulab jamun mix leftover in my pantry.As I had already shared a jamun kofta gravy recipe, I was looking for some other interesting recipes with gulab jamun mix and came across this eggless vanilla sponge cake recipe. I tried the recipe with small changes and the cake came out super soft, spongy and moist. Raksha loved it a lot and took it for her school Christmas & New year party. She said, all the cake pieces vanished in no time Winking and it got rave reviews from her friends. I was very happy and wanted to share this easy, foolproof  eggless vanilla cake recipe with you all. So I made this as my first ever guest post in my blogger buddy Lubna Karim’s blog “ Yummy Food”. Today I have shared the same recipe with step by step photos. Friends, If you are looking for some easy, yummy recipes using left over gulab jamun mix, this is one of the best options.Do try it for this New year celebration and enjoy ! Its a best teatime cake recipe. Ok, Lets see how to make eggless vanilla sponge cake recipe using gulab jamun mix.
With this cake recipe, I am signing off this year 2016.I thank all my readers and friends for your continuous support and encouragement Happy. With new hopes and dreams, I will catch you all in New year 2017 with a sweet recipe.
I Wish all my readers a very happy and prosperous NEW YEAR 2017 !!

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December 23, 2016

Easy, 2 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe With Condensed Milk

Chocolate fudge with condensed milk
I have never thought of making a homemade chocolate fudge is so easy until I come across THIS easy, microwave chocolate fudge recipe with just 2 ingredients. As I wanted to share some easy recipe for this Christmas & New year celebrations, I thought of posting this simple dessert recipe with you all. Basically old fashioned homemade fudge is made using cocoa powder, sugar, milk, butter and vanilla extract from scratch. But this is an easy and quick Chocolate fudge recipe with just 2 ingredients - Sweetened Condensed milk & Choco chips.It came out really well with soft, chewy texture. I have used microwave to melt the Choco chips. It can be done on stove top as well.You can make any number of variations in this recipe by adding nuts, raisins, variety of Choco chips like dark, milk Choco chips etc. Do try this easy homemade vanilla chocolate fudge recipe with condensed milk. I am sure you will love it a lot. Lets see how to make this easy chocolate fudge using 2 ingredients with step by step photos and a video !



easy chocolate fudge

Easy chocolate fudge recipe


Easy chocolate fudge recipe Easy chocolate fudge recipe with condensed milk and Choco chips - 2 ingredient fudge recipe in microwave
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dessert
Serves: 20 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 1 Minutes
Total time: 6 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200ml or 250ml
  • Choco chips - 1 cup ( Dark or milk Choco chips)
  • Sweetened condensed milk - 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp ( optional)
METHOD


  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper or thermal foil sheet.
  • In a bowl, take choco chips ( I used 1/2 cup of dark choco chips & 1/2 cup of milk choco chips) and sweetened condensed milk. Mix well
    easy chocolate fudge
  • Microwave in high power (800w) for just 1 minute. Remove the bowl and mix well with a spatula till all the Choco chips melt completely. Add Vanilla essence and mix quickly. Mixture will start to thicken.
    easy chocolate fudge
  • Immediately transfer the mixture to the baking pan. Level it with a spatula and pat it twice. Refrigerate the fudge for 1 hour.
    easy chocolate fudge
  • Invert the fudge in a plate and peel the butter paper. Cut into squares and serve ! It stays good for 2-3 days without refrigeration.
    easy chocolate fudge
Enjoy !

Note
  • I used a combination of dark & milk Choco chips in this recipe. You can use any as u wish.
  • Do not replace sweetened condensed milk with evaporated milk.It won’t work
  • Do not cook the mixture for more than 1 minute in microwave. Its enough for the Choco chips to melt. If not, keep for  just 30 seconds more.
  • For variations, you can add finely chopped nuts, raisins, pecans to the melted chocolate.Just play around.

Enjoy this easy, yummy chocolate fudge for Christmas & New year celebrations !!
The below picture is fudge after a bite Winking
2 ingredient chocolate fudge
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December 16, 2016

Eggless Snowball Cookies Recipe – Easy Christmas Recipes

Easy Snowball cookies recipe with step by step photos and  a video !
Christmas is the perfect time for me to attempt some interesting cakes and cookies recipes. Last year during this time, I posted few Christmas special recipes like Gingerbread man cookies, Tutti frutti cookies, eggless tutti frutti cake, shortbread cookies, Kulkul and some more. This year, I wanted to start my Christmas recipes with this easy, melt in mouth, most special snowball cookies recipe.Its a very simple cookie that can be made with easily available ingredients. Snowball cookies is also called as Mexican wedding cakes/cookies, Russian tea cakes. With lots of butter and nuts ( Pecan or walnuts)these cookies comes out with a melt in mouth texture and crunchy taste. Pecan nuts is widely used for the recipe. But I had used a combination of nuts which you can find in the ingredients list.These snowball cookies can be made without nuts as well. I followed the recipe from Classy cakes and watched You tube video by Jenny can cook. Even though this is my first try, I am completely happy with the result. Raksha loved it a lot and took it for her school snack box today. Do try this easy Christmas special snowball cookies recipe for your kids and enjoy the vacation Happy.Lets check out how to make eggless snowball cookies with step by step pictures and a video !
Do check out my other Christmas recipes in THIS LINK

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November 25, 2016

Eggless Honey Cake Recipe – How To Make Indian Bakery Style Honey Cake

Eggless honey cake recipe
Eggless honey cake recipe with step by step and video. Honey cake reminds our childhood days for most of us. Yes, when we were kids many of us would have tasted this cake from our local Indian bakery. The taste of this soft, juicy, moist, honey drenched sponge cake is still lingering in our tongue. Whenever I visit Iyengar bakery here in Bangalore, I never forget to buy their popular stuffs like Khara bun, Benne biscuit, Baked Nippattu etc. Recent days I started buying few pieces honey cake as well. Raksha is not a big fan of this cake due to the extra sweetness from honey and fruit jam. But myself and Sendhil enjoy & love this cake a lot. Recently many of our fellow bloggers are sharing their versions of eggless honey cake which  tempted me very badly to try at home.Yesterday morning I got determined to try this honey cake without eggs and followed THIS RECIPE which I had bookmarked already. Actually I wanted to follow my eggless, butter less tutti frutti cake recipe for the base of this cake. But then I thought of trying the sponge cake base using condensed milk and butter so that I can learn another eggless, moist sponge cake recipe. Cake came out porous, pillow soft, fluffy with spongy texture as I wished. I could really feel the taste of Iyengar bakery honey cake when I tasted a piece of this cake. I am completely happy with this recipe. Even Raksha liked it very much and taken for her snack box today. You can try this cake in pressure cooker as well. I will try to share a detailed recipe for eggless pressure cooker cake. Friends, do try this easy, delicious cake for special occasions like birthday and anniversary. I am sure you will get perfect result and enjoy with your family. Now lets see how to make Indian bakery style eggless honey cake recipe with step by step pictures and VIDEO !
If you are looking for an eggless sponge cake recipe without condensed milk and butter, do check out this recipe. For eggless orange cake recipe using cooking oil, please check this link.
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August 6, 2016

Eggless Banana Cake Recipe - No Butter, Moist, Soft

Eggless banana bread recipe
I had few over ripen banana in hand. First I thought of making banana appam for Aadi friday Neivedyam. But then I changed my mind to make an eggless, butter less, moist banana bread recipe with yogurt. I have already shared eggless banana walnut muffin and eggless vegan banana cake recipes. But still when I came across this cake recipe with yogurt and cooking oil, I got tempted to give a try. The result was a perfect, moist banana bread.The aroma of the bread while it bakes was awesome and we were badly waiting to taste it soon after bakingLaughing. As I expected, it was a very big hit with Sendhil and RakshaLove Struck. I am so happy to share an easy, interesting, bread recipe with banana. You can replace maida with wheat flour, plain sugar with brown sugar and use walnut for healthy options. Do try this cake in this weekend and enjoy your teatime with this bread recipe! I have shared a quick, short video too. Check it out..Ok, Lets see how to make eggless, butterless banana bread recipe with yogurt.
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February 5, 2016

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe – Valentine’s Day Recipes

Chocolate covered strawberries recipe
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching.Many of you might have started thinking about gifting ideas and to make some special recipes on Valentine’s day.Before 10 years,when our marriage date was fixed,2005 Valentine’s day was very special to us.He gifted me ruby stone gold stud with a chocolate boxLove Struck  and i gave him a T Shirt.From then, every year on Valentines day,he gives me some special gifts like Camera,mobile phones,dress,jewelleries,handbags etc whereas me as a wife shower all my love by making some interesting,new dishes for him as he loves to eat varieties of food.This year,when i was thinking about Valentines day recipes,my friend Shalini told me about this Chocolate covered strawberries( Strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce).I browsed for this yummy dessert recipe & found it is a traditional gift for Valentine's Day in the United States.I became double happy & tried it this morning to start off Valentines day special recipes in my blog.
For this recipe,i referred few youtube videos for tips and tricks.I won’t say i made it perfectTongue but still as a first timer,Iam happy with the outcome.Here i have showed you how to melt chocolate using microwave but i’ve discussed the other methods of melting as well.I used dark sweetened compound chocolate for melting.You can use white compund chocolate too.Even though the preparation is easy,there are few points you should keep in mind.So refer “Notes” section for tips before you start.For variations,you can make homemade chocolate covered banana and other fruits like blueberries,prune,chocolate covered almond and even chocolate covered oreos.I decorated them with sprinklers,rice crisps.Run your imagination and play with it.Lets see how to make chocolate covered strawberries at home easilyHappy.

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