CHOCOLATE MARBLE CAKE




Chocolate marble cake is a soft and spongy cake made using a combination of chocolate and vanilla batters. The cake batters are alternately added to the cake pan and random patterns are drawn to get a marble effect. This is one cake which basically does not need a frosting as it looks good as it is and tastes delicious. 

HOW TO STITCH KAMEEZ WITH FRONT OPENING PATTERN / SEWING BASICS


 


A front opening kameez is usually worn with parallel pants or churidhars. The neck can either be a normal neck or a collar can be stitched. Generally for this type of kameez stiff materials like cotton are used. Soft and thin materials like satin and chiffon if used need a lining. A normal sized kameez requires about 2 ½ metres of cloth.

RICE AND CHEESE CUTLET




Rice and cheese cutlet is a very simple and easy to cook cutlet made using cooked rice and oats with cheese filling. The cutlet is crispy outside and soft inside. This tastes great with tomato sauce and is best served with tea as an evening snack. 

EID SPECIAL SWEET RECIPES




With the holy month of Ramadan drawing to a close and Eid soon approaching, festive spirit is in the air. As with Eid and for that matter all festivals an assortment of sweets are prepared. Today I am sharing some really delicious and easy to cook sweet and dessert recipes that you can make on festivals and special occasions. Click on the links to get the recipes, cook and enjoy... Eid Mubarak :)

NONBU GANJI (RAMADAN SPECIAL PORRIDGE)




Nonbu ganji is a nutritious rice and meat dish having porridge like consistency. It is very popular in South India and is often served at iftars during Ramadan with Ulundu vadai/ Urad dal fritters. The combination of vadai and ganji tastes delicious. The crispy vadai is usually dipped in hot Nonbu ganji and taken. The consistency of Nonbu ganji is thinner than Haleem, another meat based dish served during Ramadan.

MAC N CHEESE




Macaroni and cheese (Mac N Cheese) is a very simple and easy to cook dish made from elbow macaroni and cheese. Though it is often baked as a casserole, it can also be cooked on stove top. Most recipes use all purpose flour to prepare the white sauce, but this recipe has no all purpose flour, but yet is cheesy and delicious. The dish gets done in a span of 15 minutes which includes the time taken for cooking the macaroni. Hence this is one quick meal ideal for those wishing for a cheesy delicacy on a cold winter day.

EGG SAMOSA



Samosa is one of the most delicious and popular snacks in India. It is often stuffed with vegetables or meat and is usually triangular in shape. Today's recipe is a slightly different type of samosa. Here the samosa covering has several layers and is filled with delicious egg filling. As a result the samosa is crunchy on the exterior and soft inside. The method of making the samosa is similar to the one we used to prepare Kheema samosa, but for a change we made it rectangular. Both Kheema samosas and egg samosas are often made by my mom for iftars during Ramadan and on other times for Sunday breakfast.

This recipe makes 20 to 25 samosas. You can adjust the quantity of ingredients according to your requirements.

HOW TO MAKE HALEEM





Haleem is a delicious meat based dish which is often served at iftars during Ramadan. It is high in calories and fibre and gives instant energy to the body. The preparation of haleem generally takes several hours together where meat is cooked along with rice, dal (lentils) and spices till all the ingredients combine well and have a thick consistency. There are several variations of Haleem with the Hyderabadi Haleem being the most popular one in India. 

I am sharing with you my mother's Haleem recipe which can be cooked in less time as it uses a pressure cooker and tastes delicious.

HOW TO STITCH A HAREM PANT / SEWING BASICS




Harem pants are loose pants which come in a variety of patterns. They are a slight modification of the regular Patiala salwar. Here the salwar is gathered and stitched at the ankle and not loose as in a normal patiala. Sometimes an elastic is stitched (or inserted) to get gathers as shown in the last picture. Harem pants with different cuts and patterns are available in the market. They are often worn with short kurtis or t- shirts and are very fashionable. Knee length harem pants are also popular. Harem pants are usually stitched on printed and thin but non transparent fabrics. Check out this page for more patterns and designs of Harem pants. The construction and method of stitching a basic harem pant which resembles a patiala salwar is given below.

HAREM PANTS PATTERNS




Harem pants/ trousers are a very popular in India and abroad. They are roomy loose pants which are often worn with t-shirts or short kurtis/tops. These fashionable pants are usually stitched with thin and non transparent fabrics and come in a wide variety of patterns, shapes and sizes. A few patterns are given below. The tutorial for stitching a harem pant at home can be found here.

ULUNDU VADAI/ URAD DAL VADAI




Ulundu or Medu vadai is a popular south indian delicacy. It is often served for breakfast with idlis along with sambar(Toor dal curry) and chutney. It can also be had as a snack as it is or as sambar vadai where it is soaked in hot sambar. This delicious vadai is also served during iftars (at the time of breaking the fast during Ramadhan) along with other delicacies. There are several variations of Ulundu vadai and this is one which we often prepare at home.

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