Basbousa – A Middle Eastern delicacy

For me a semolina cake is reminiscent of my childhood! Mom baked it often to celebrate our small  successes or on joyous occasions. What set this semolina cake apart from the flour cake was its distinctive texture as a semolina has a coarser texture than the all purpose flour. 

I wanted my daughters to have the semolina cake and decided to tweak the recipe a little bit to make it more exotic. Actually, this semolina cake is really a take on the Middle Eastern cake made with semolina called Basbousa. In fact it is found in Middle East, Balkans and North Africa under different names : in Arabic it is called as Basbousa or Basboosa or Nammoura or Hareesa, in Armenian it is Shamali, Greek and Turkish it is Revani.  Continue reading “Basbousa – A Middle Eastern delicacy”

Mango Lovers’ Delight

Some time back, I had shared an easy recipe on brownie ( Easy-Peasy Brownies) and the readers asked for more of these hassle free recipes. Hence, here I am back again with yet another cake recipe with the current seasonal fruit mango.  It is also a one bowl kind of recipe! Most ingredients used in this recipe are very easily available at home.

This mango cake is a take on the classic southern skillet cakes and is an eggless one. All you require is a lot of this fresh fruit and that is what makes this cake scrumptious. Here is how you go about making this cake : Continue reading “Mango Lovers’ Delight”

Pina Colada Macaroons

Coconut macaroons are an absolute delight for the coconut lovers ! But then the thing about coconuts is that you either love coconut or you hate it. Most Indians are fond of coconut as coconut is a native fruit.  However coconut macaroons are not indigenous. For that matter, macaroons itself are not from India. Macaroons are small cookies made from ground nuts like almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts or coconut.  Continue reading “Pina Colada Macaroons”

Hello Summer !!!

For me summer has always been about exuberance ! As a child, it was the vacation time in summer we would look forward to, it was about ice creams and pepsicolas and ice balls with those colourful syrups! All the food stuff that was forbidden during the year was allowed in summer. We travelled a lot, had one day picnics. All in all summer symbolised riot time! Things are no different now as I am still enjoying the summer through my daughter’s eyes. 

Pune is pretty hot in summer and one needs to be hydrated all the time. To beat the summer heat, my mother in law used to make a very interesting summer cooler from Kokam. It is a Goan speciality and even the diabetics can enjoy it guilt free. It has lot of medicinal benefits.  Continue reading “Hello Summer !!!”