This Trifle recipe is very special to me. This was one of the first few recipes that Nikhil had given me when we first got to know each other. I was to make a dessert to carry to a friend’s party about 3 years ago in Singapore and wanted to do something different. I didn’t cook as much at that time and usually work kept me very busy. So Nikhil suggested that I do an easy assembly type of a dessert and came up with this trifle. It’s not the usual trifle in the sense that it doesn’t have custard or jelly or even the lady fingers yet it was delicious as can be and easy so that is why I call it a Trifle with a Twist. So all I had to do was: get ready-made cakes, get ready-made whipped cream, mascarpone, fresh raspberries, strawberries & blueberries to make the compote, make the chocolate sauce and assemble the different layers of the trifle! Now since I have the time, I make all the layers from scratch. The best part of this dessert is you can make your own layers and do what you want to. It’s such a fun and yummy dessert that it is hard to go wrong.
The best Pretzels we’ve had here are at Auntie Anne’s- an American chain of pretzel bakeries. Their pretzels are so fresh and tempting that you cannot resist them if you cross one of their bakeries. I have almost never seen any of their bakeries without a long queue. Anyway, so now that you know we like pretzels you should know we (actually N more than me) like bagels too. So we decided to attempt a combination of the two. After a few attempts and tries we managed to get these right. These Pretzel Bagels have such a soft chewy texture of a pretzel inside and a nice crispy golden exterior that you are going to love ‘em. This easy home-made recipe is sure to be a hit- have it for breakfast with cream cheese or any other spreads of your choice!
So here is how we made it-
We know we’ve been away for quite a while now. And if we haven’t already told you a few times, we’ll let you know again- we’ve been moving houses which involved a lot of packing, moving and then unpacking again! Phew- we are still recovering! Now back to the yummy hummus we made. We may have mentioned in our previous posts that we usually keep soaked & cooked garbanzo beans (white chickpeas) in our refrigerator. It helps us a great deal to whip up quick meals and salads. This time we made a spicy hummus with a crazy twist- we added chipotle peppers and artichoke hearts! This obviously was N’s idea- he always looks for dips for his crunchy cravings. This is a super easy, quick & healthy dip that can be made in advance and keeps well in the refrigerator for a good 5-6 days.
Here is how N made it-
I know using tangy before lime is probably redundant but this sure was a super tangy lunch! We are in the middle of packing and moving houses so we are obviously looking for quick and easy meals. What was even better was that we had left over rice! So there we were cooking lime rice with ingredients that an “Indian” kitchen usually has! Easy, simple, quick & oh did I mention tangy? You could use limes or lemons and it would turn out equally good. We like ours very tangy which is why we use limes.
So here is how we made it-
Whoever follows our blog would know that my husband- Nikhil & I- Aditi are the “Confused Bawarchis”** in question- we both cook/ bake but (mostly) I write and post on the blog.
So yesterday morning I woke up to a notification on our blog and the only thing I probably read was “award” and my eyes widened even more…with joy.. – I already have pretty big eyes, so I am told! So when I read the notification and comment I realized that our blog had been awarded the Liebster Award by the wonderful fellow blogger Upasna from Life On My Plate- one of our very few followers who likes almost all our posts :). However, since we are sort of in the middle of moving houses it was only now that I actually sat down to understand what this was all about. Upasna, thank you for this- I cannot tell you how happy we are- it feels like the “blogging community” is accepting us! It’s also nice to know someone actually reads what we write! I know how rarely that happens, and the relatively few responses to the twenty-something posts we’ve had suggests exactly that. Blogger awards are also such a great way to learn more about your fellow bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs so we knew we had to participate. We enjoyed getting to know more about Upasna and hope our answers to Upasna’s questions help you know more about both of us!
So here we go-
For those who don’t already know (like us) the Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers and is an award that moves through bloggers to other bloggers. Liebster is a German word and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. The specific rules may vary from blogger to blogger but from the information we could gather, the following seem to be generally used and we will be using these too. So once you get this award:
- Thank your Liebster Award presenter on your blog
- Add the link of the award presenter’s blog who awarded you
- Post the award on your blog
- Answer the questions given to you by the award presenter
- Present the Liebster Award to 5 to 10 blogs that you enjoy which have less than 200 followers
- Create 10 questions for your awardees to answer
- Notify the awardees by leaving a comment on their blog
Again, we feel incredibly honored that someone thinks we deserve to be noticed by more people. THANK YOU Upasna and of course congratulations to you too!
So here are our answers to Upasna’s Q’s:
- Do you have a Bucket List? If yes, what tops the list?
Aditi: err. Not yet. But now I think I should make one.
Nikhil: A roadtrip to Ladakh on a Harley.
- If you won a trip to a destination of your choice, all expenses paid, where would you go?
Aditi: A two month Eurotrip.
- What three things would you never leave home without?
Aditi: Currently, a jacket, muffler & my gloves!
Nikhil: Phone, Wallet & Keys to the house!
- What is your most prized possession?
Aditi: My most (material) prized possession is probably my phone, it’s got so much of my life on it. Numbers, pictures, emails & the ability to stay in touch with friends all over the world.
- Who are you the closest to in your life? A parent? A friend?
Aditi & Nikhil: Both family & friends.
- What is your favourite movie and why?
Aditi: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge- I don’t think this needs an explanation as to why.
Nikhil: Shawshank Redemption.
- What is your favourite song?
Aditi: Hmm.. right now can’t think of any better than Balam Pichkari.
Nikhil: Nothing else matters- Metallica.
- What is your greatest fear?
Aditi: Closing doors and rats.
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Aditi & Nikhil: We can’t come up with a better answer than- enjoying life together & having fun!
- What is the inspiration behind your Blog’s name?
Aditi & Nikhil: The difference in our style of cooking (I am organized & planned while Nikhil is messy and chaotic in the kitchen), the different kind of food we like and the fact that Nikhil loves to cook and eat equally and I love to cook more than I like to eat.
Now drumroll please…and the award goes to:
So for those bloggers who are the proud recipients of the Liebster Award , here are your questions:
- What is your favorite post that you’ve written?
- Cake or chips?
- What is your favorite season of the year?
- If you could be stuck in a lift with one person- celebrity, politician or anyone else, who would it be?
- Which kitchen equipment/ tool do you use the most?
- How would you like it if you had no phone and the internet for a day?
- Chocolate or chili?
- What’s your favorite TV show/ movie or both?
- Pink or Black?
- What’s been your favorite food vacation until now?
Please link us back when you post! We would love to read your answers
** “Bawarchi” is Hindi for a rustic chef/ cook and Bawarchis is plural for Bawarchi. Check out the About us section to know more!
Hello all. Yes- we’ve been away for almost a week now. Why? Well, there are a variety of reasons. Without going into too many details the reasons are: 1. We were away two weekends back for a drive to see the beautiful fall colors around here and then when we got back we were trying to get over the fun trip we had. 2. Before we knew it- it was almost Diwali!
We were panicking. Why? ‘Coz we thought we’d make Nikhil’s grandmum’s famous Besan Ladoos to distribute to friends and we were already 2-3 days behind. Not that you asked but let me give you a brief summary of what we did over the Diwali weekend:
- We made a final list of people we wanted to distribute ladoos to.
- We realized we had underestimated the number of people, the number of ladoos, the amount of time and “manual labour” it would take to make ladoos.
- We made numerous trips to the Indian store to get the ingredients. One such trip was when we had already started making the first batch of ladoos and we realized we didn’t have enough ghee! Phew! We are usually more organized than this.
- We also went to a few art and craft stores to get packing material, came back and realized we could do better. We researched online and went to a few more stores and finally got what we needed. We still need to return the stuff we got from the first store.
- We made the ladoos- in two batches, celebrated Diwali, attended a fun house-party, wrapped up the ladoos, clicked pictures, finished up this blog post and finally sat down and wondered we made it! We made 130 besan ladoos- aren’t we proud of ourselves!
We’ve been busy making yummy Besan Ladoos. Will be back soon with the recipe and more…
Did you know that asparagus is a perennial garden plant belonging to the Lily family? Well, I didn’t until I came across this article that I read recently. Asparagus is considered a very healthy vegetable and we gave it our own spin with garlic, lime & butter. This recipe here is the best sautéed asparagus recipe you will ever find -there, I said it. It’s easy, healthy, flavorful & makes a great snack or even a side.
So here is how we made it-
Who doesn’t like fries? But do we really have to feel guilty every time we have them? No. Why? ‘Coz we have oven baked fries! Oven baked fries are such a great snack to munch away your stress or even to serve at your house party. Simple, crispy fries with basic ingredients which are even better when you top it off with your fav herb! So before we go away for a weekend getaway to see the beautiful fall colours here is an easy and fairly healthy recipe.
Here is how we make oven-baked dill fries-
With oranges all around these days, we take inspiration and so we made Orange Pancakes, actually orange pancake medallions. Nothing orangey has tasted orangey enough without orange zest and that is what we added to our basic pancake recipe. This recipe here is a pancake recipe from scratch and with basic ingredients that most of us almost always have- all-purpose flour, milk, egg, butter, baking powder, vanilla extract & orange zest! It does guarantee a stack of fluffy, tasty and orangey pancakes. We had this with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a slice of orange cake I made the day before. What’s more perfect than a Sunday morning pancake breakfast?
So here is how we made it-
By now we think you know we are Punjabi’s and love Punjabi food and chicken biryani- Punjabi style even more. This is my mum’s recipe and in fact also a family recipe- I think. Chicken biryani was one of the first things I learnt when I was moving to Singapore a few years back to live on my own. I actually took down the recipe on a note pad and followed it to the letter the first few times I made it. Now I can make it in my sleep.
Of course this biryani is very very different from the traditional Hyderabadi biryanis and other biryanis that you eat at Indian restaurants. In traditional biryanis the rice and the meat are cooked separately and then put together in layers and cooked together for a little while. In the biryani we cook and the way we like, we cook the meat with the spices and rice together. This gives the biryani an even and beautiful aromatic flavor in every bite. Another great thing about this recipe is that it is a one pot recipe- no mess no fuss! Also, did I mention how awesome your house smells from the aroma of the roasted whole spices??!? So here is how I made it-
Today is the ninth day of the Navratri (literally means Nine Nights) festival in India. This means that yesterday on Ashtami (the eighth day) many north Indian homes celebrated the Kanjak Puja which is the worship of Goddess Durga. We both grew up in Punjabi households and this festival has been a part of our childhood and we have many fond memories of this day- especially the yummy and delectable home-cooked feast. So, I was “whats app-ing” with my mum when she told me that she is off to make this scrumptious meal. I obviously wished I was there to enjoy it and so decided to take down the recipes from her and there we were attempting to recreate this classic meal. As usual, I am two days behind in posting this but then you don’t need a festival to cook this feast- this is comfort food for many of us and here is how we made it-
One may think that there is not much you can do with Dalia (cracked wheat) other than make porridge and serve it for breakfast. Well that’s what I thought until Nikhil introduced me to it’s delicious savory variation- something he learnt from his mum. Dalia (cracked wheat in Hindi) is basically a wheat product made from whole raw wheat kernels which are crushed or cut into smaller pieces. If you can’t find cracked wheat, bulgur wheat or couscous are great alternatives. This is a super quick, easy, healthy, tasty recipe that can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner (BLD!?!? ). So here is how Nikhil made it:
What’s better than Kachoris on a cozy, lazy, rainy-like Saturday afternoon? Nothing, absolutely nothing! It’s the first time I made these and were these good or what?!? I have almost never had home-made kachoris because I always thought it is not something that would be very easy to make (almost never ‘coz I’ve had a home-made one just about once- I think). But then after researching a fair bit and looking around for recipes I found a fairly easy and simple one at chefinyou. com. I tweaked it slightly and came up with this! So for those of our non-Indian friends reading this who don’t know what a “ Khasta Kachori” is- we’ll explain. “Khasta” means crisp and flaky & “Kachori” is an Indian snack that I would categorize as “street food” and is basically a fried puff pastry stuffed with goodness (read: filling of different kinds). Most states in India have their variation and also have different ways in which it is served. It is either served with a spicy potato curry or just different kinds of chutneys. This one here has a filling of yellow split lentil with Indian spices and we had them with home-made tamarind chutney. So here is how I made it:
There are probably thousands of chocolate cake recipes around and this is probably just another. Some people like their cakes more sweet chocolaty and others like bitter chocolate chocolaty. I like mine fudgy chocolaty and after many attempts at making variations of chocolate cakes, I found this recipe at Better Homes and Gardens which I tweaked around a bit to suit my taste. What appealed to me more than anything about this cake was the “cocoa-powder like” color of the cakes. Usually one associates chocolate cakes with a rich dark chocolate color but sometimes I want mine the color of cocoa powder (odd but true :)) and you never usually get that with most recipes. But this one will surely guarantee you that along with a fudgy chocolaty taste that will leave you wanting more! So here is how I made them:
We know it’s just Tuesday (and Wednesday in some parts of the world) and everyone is already waiting for Friday! Since we can’t make Friday come any sooner why not think about what you could make for Sunday brunch? Or maybe Saturday brunch too but somehow brunch on a Sunday makes Sunday a Sunday! Anyhow, so we made Pav Bhaaji last Sunday for brunch- yes we are always two days behind in posting our recipes but then we knew you would be too busy on a weekday to make this. No, I’m kidding. Since we are new to blogging, it takes us a wee bit longer to get everything in place and post. I am sure you’ll understand. So jokes apart, Pav Bhaaji is ultimate comfort food for us and takes us both back to our days as kids at our respective homes. Obviously ours is not even close to what our mum’s make but Nikhil’s dedication and effort to get it right has sort of come close to it. I am quite clear on this one- I don’t even try to make it.
Almost every home in India probably has their version of Pav Bhaaji. There is an “authentic” Bombay pav bhaaji, we Punjabi’s have our own Punjabi version of it and I’m sure others do too. Whichever way you make this- you can’t really go wrong. It just has to be awesome. Our version is based on what we remember having as kids and so here is how Nikhil made it-
Who wants to make a super easy and super delicious cheesecake this weekend?
I didn’t really like cheesecakes until I had the New York style cheesecake. Reason- the ones that I had until then were too salty for my liking. I like my desserts cloyingly sweet and just wouldn’t settle for a salty cheesecake. Then I had one in New York and that was it. I had the best cheesecakes ever…ever! So there I was at home trying a few recipes and I just never got them right. The texture and everything else was fine but it was always very salty thanks to the inherently salty cream cheese. So after a few tries and tweaking recipes I finally got this one right. So I made a Lime Cheese Cake with Lime Curd Topping and it was oh-so delish! So here is how I made it- Read more
As the name suggests we had a pasta night at home a couple of nights ago. We call it pasta night ‘coz we had almost 3 kinds of pasta that we made for the two of us! :p No, we weren’t bored we just weren’t able to make up our mind on which kind we wanted to have. I wanted to have a white sauce based pasta and Nikhil wanted to have a pesto based pasta- both with lots of vegetables. So there we were making both kinds of pasta and the third was just a mix of the first and the second. It may sound like a lot of work but it actually wasn’t. There were two things common with both the pastas that we made- the sautéed veggies and the boiled pasta. All we had to do was to make 2 different sauces and then just assemble them together. If you do land up trying this, then two things to note – (1) we suggest you read the whole recipe before you start making this so you know what you need and how much of it you need, and (2) remember to take a picture of the final dish and send it to us and of course tell us how it was. So here is how we made it- Read more