These mouth watering cookies taste similar to the coffee day cookies. This is one cookie recipe which you would like to try again and again.


½ cup maida (All purpose flour)
1/3 cup butter
2 tbsp sugar
30 gms chocolate bar (Cadburys or any other)
1 tbsp rice flour
½ tsp vanilla essence
Milk( if necessary)


First grind the sugar until finely powdered. Remove on a bowl, add butter and vanilla essence and mix well. Then add rice flour and maida. Knead to form a smooth dough. (Add milk little by little if necessary. Too much milk will result in a sticky dough). Then take a chocolate bar cut it into pieces and mix well with the dough. Preheat the oven at 160 degree Celsius for 10 minutes. Meanwhile grease and slightly flour a baking tray, take small balls from the dough, flatten them and place on the baking tray. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the lower part turns slightly brown and upper part is cooked. Remove the baking tray from the oven and allow it to cool. Once cooled chocolate butter cookies are ready to be eaten.


Cakes are simply delicious and chocolate cakes are just irresistible. Cream, melted chocolate and nuts toppings makes it even more delicious. I have given below a recipe of basic low fat chocolate cake. It utilizes just a tbsp of butter and is therefore a healthier alternative to the regular chocolate cakes without compromising on the taste.



5 fish slices
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ cup water
½ tsp lemon juice
1 tsp oil
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 onion sliced


First clean the fish pieces and wash with water. Then add turmeric powder, salt and ½ cup of water and mix well. Set aside for 5 minutes. This is done to remove the smell of the fish. Then wash again and remove the excess water. Now add oil, lemon juice, garlic paste, salt and red chilli powder. Coat the fish pieces well with the masalas. Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius for 5 minutes. Place the sliced onions on top of the fish pieces (optional) and place them on the grill in the central rack of the oven. Grill for about 15 minutes with both the upper and lower rods on at the same temperature. (The timing will change depending on the oven and the size of the fish pieces. So be careful if you are making it for the first time. If you are also using a prestige otg then always place a baking tray below as the juices from the fish might fall on the rods below).

You can also bake the fish. In this case do not add the onions. Grease the baking tray with some oil and place the fish pieces on it. Place it on the lower rack and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 140 C with only the lower rods on. Then turn the fish pieces and cook for a similar time again. Garnish with onions and coriander leaves. Serve hot.


On a day when you wish to make something that is different, tasty and yet easy to make, then mint rice is your perfect bet. The taste of mint lingers in the mouth and the addition of cashewnuts further enhances its taste.

Serves : 5

2 ½ cups Basmati rice
2 ½ cups mint leaves
3 tbsp oil
1 bay leaf
2 cardamoms
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
4 to 5 peppercorns
1 onion finely chopped
½ tbsp garlic paste
½ tbsp ginger paste
2 tbsp coconut paste
5 cups of water
1 ¼ tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
3 tbsp cashew nuts chopped and roasted


First wash and soak the basmati rice in water for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile grind the mint leaves into a paste and set aside. Now heat oil in a pressure cooker or pan, and add the bay leaf, cardamoms, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and onions. Saute for about 2 minutes. When the onions turn slightly transparent, add the garlic and ginger paste and sauté for some time. Then add the drained rice, mint paste and mix so that all the ingredients are completely mixed with the rice. Then dissolve the coconut paste in 1 cup of water and add to the rice. Finally add the remaining 4 cups of water and season with red chilli powder and salt. Mix well and bring it to a boil. Then close the lid and pressur cook for 10 minutes.(Alternatively, you can cook in the open pan as it is by cooking on medium heat and stirring in between so that the rice does not stick to the bottom. Do not mix vigorously as the rice might break. When most of the water has evaporated and very few bubbles are seen, reduce the heat, close the lid and cook till all the water has evaporated). Once done add the chopped cashew nuts and serve hot with tomato sauce or any chutney of your choice.


Kheema samosa or minced meat samosa is a very delicious type of samosa commonly prepared in the North Arcot district of Tamil Nadu. Here there are several layers of dough on top of each other and the samosa is usually stuffed with minced meat (kheema) filling. As a result these samosas are crunchy on the exterior and spicy and soft in the interior.These delicious Kheema samosas are a must have during festivals and parties and no Ramadan iftar party is complete without this. Kheema samosa can also be had for breakfast or as a snack. It is so tasty as it is that you do not need a chutney or side dish to accompany it. Since it is fried it is not for the diet conscious. And yes it does take some time to prepare it. But this is one dish you will surely not want to miss!! 

This recipe makes 18 to 20 samosas.


Tandoori chicken is a very popular dish in India and abroad. In this the chicken is marinated in yogurt and a mix of spices. It is simply delicious and is often served as a starter. The low use of oil makes it a healthier option as well. Conventionally the tandoori chicken is made in a clay oven but it can also be made in a regular grill or a convection microwave oven.


250 gms boneless chicken pieces

½ cup yogurt

½ tsp lime juice

1 tsp red chilli powder

½ tsp salt

½ tbsp garlic paste

½ tbsp ginger paste

1/8 tsp turmeric powder

½ tsp chicken 65 masala

½ tsp garam masala


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep the marinade in a refrigerator for 24 hours. Preheat the oven at 250 degree Celsius for 5 minutes. (I have used a Prestige otg). Brush the skewers or grilling rods with little oil and insert the chicken pieces. Place the rods in the oven in the central shelf and grill for 25 minutes at 250 degree Celsius with both the upper and lower rods on. Keep a constant vigil over it if you are making this for the first time as smaller pieces might be cooked in about 20 minutes while larger pieces might take about 30 to 35 minutes to cook. If you are also using this type of otg always place a baking tray in the lower shelf as juices from the chicken might fall on the rods below.

If you are using the rotisserie mode then insert the chicken pieces in the rotisserie rod and cook for 40 to 45 minutes at 250 degree Celsius. This takes more time to cook than the normal grilling method. The plus point is that the chicken is cooked evenly.

Once done serve hot with onion rings, half a lemon and coriander leaves.
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