Birthday Musings -Orange Velvet Cake

Birthday Musings- ORANGE VELVET CAKE

Orange Velvet Cake

Orange is the New Black! Red Velvet Cakes are passe..So lets bake it and make it birthday special.

Preparation Time:5 minutes, Baking Time:10 minutes, Servings -2.

All we need is


Oranges-1, (We will use them as a slice)

Orange Velvet Mixture-1 cup,

All purpose flour (Maida)- 1 cup,

Baking powder-1 tsp,

Baking Soda – 1 pinch,

Curd- 2 cup,

Condensed Milk-1 cup,

Melted Butter- 1 cup,


Step 1: In a bowl,mix orange velvet mixture,all purpose flour,curd and melted butter.Stir it well until the butter is mixed properly.


Step 2: Add baking powder,baking soda and condensed milk, mix well and now combine the stirred batter.


Step 3: Grease the bakeware with butter and pour the batter. In between add sliced oranges and then again pour the batter, put sliced oranges and finally cover with batter. You have to do it twice.



Step 4: Bake at 180*C for 20 minutes.


Step 5: Let it cool and relish.





As I am a vegetarian, I have used curd instead of eggs.




Golden Curry

Golden Curry

Preparation Time: 10 mins, Cooking Time -10 minutes. Servings-4


Baby Potatoes-8

For Saute-
Oil-1 tbsp,
Garam Masala-2 tsp,
Salt to taste

For Curry
Oil-1 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 pinch
Green chilli-1
Garam Masala-1 tsp,
Turmeric Powder-1 tsp,
Coriander powder-1 tsp,
Red Chilli powder-1 tsp

For Stuffing:
Few Makhanas,(foxnut or lotus seeds)
Few Almonds,
Few Raisins,
Small Elaichi (Cardamom)
Chopped Green Chilly – 1,
Salt to taste

Let’s first peel off potatoes skin and scoop out the inside of potatoes as well. Now pour 1 tsp oil in a pan and sauté potatoes with pinch of salt and red chilli powder. Keep stirring it for a while.
In the meantime, we will prepare the stuffing and for that we will need few cashew, raisins, makhana (fox nut),almonds and the remaining batter of potatoes.


Grind it in mixer, make a paste of it and stuff it in the sauted potatoes

Now take a pan, add 1 tsp of oil in a pan,1 bay leaf,3 cloves, cumin seeds and asafoetida (hing) -1 pinch. As soon as cumin seeds start spluttering put the paste of tomatoes, green chill,garam masala, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt which has to be grinded in a mixer . As soon as oil starts leaving from the paste, put stuffed potatoes, cardamom powder and lukewarm water. Transfer the gravy into cooker on high flame after two big whistles and turn it in slow flame after one whistle. You can turn it off now.


Garnish it with ghee and bay leaf.


Serve it with hot naan,roti or paratha.


Pongal also known as Makarsankranti and Uttarayan,the winter harvest festival is celebrated with fun and frolic throughout India. And its already weekend and winters are here. So I thought of preparing Sweet Pongal on this chilling Friday evening. Sharing this recipe with you all.

Preparation Time: 10 mins. Cooking Time: 20 minutes.

All we need is


  • ½ cup rice
  • 1/3 to ½ cup moong dal / pesara pappu
  • ½ cup powdered or grated jaggery or palm sugar (you can increase by 2 tbsp)
  • 1/8 tsp. green cardamom powder.
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. Ghee (you can reduce it to 1)
  • 1 tbsp. raisins
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. Cashews broken
  • 1 to 2 cloves (optional)





  1. Add moong dal / pesara pappu to a heavy bottom pan or pressure cooker and roast it till they turn fragrant
  2. Add rice to the same pan and wash them at least twice.
  3. Pour 2 ¼ cups of water. Cook till soft either in the pressure cooker for 2 whistles or in the pot.
  4. Pour ¼ cup water to grated jaggery. On a low flame stir and melt it. Keep this aside.
  5. When the pressure from the cooker is down, remove the lid and mash the rice.
Making sweet pongal
  1. Filter jaggery syrup to the cooked rice dal.
  2. Add green cardamom powder. Mix and cook on a medium flame till the jaggery syrup blends well with rice. It should begin to bubble up well. Off the stove.
  3. Heat a pan with ghee and add them to the rice. To the pan, add cashews, clove and fry till golden, off the stove and add raisins, Garnish sweet pongal with cashew nuts,raisins and cloves.


4.Chakkara pongal is ready.



Banana Coconut Mashup

Banana Coconut Mashup

Banana Coconut Mashup is one of my favorite dessert recipe. I came across this beauty while holidaying in Havelock Islands,Andamans,India. This was the most enjoyed delicacy I relished during my stay in Havelock Islands.

So I thought to make this dessert one fine Sunday evening and here I am with this super quick dessert recipe sharing with you all. All you need is 1 dozen bananas, 1 cup coconut powder,2 cup biscuit powder and 1 can of condensed milk.

Preparation Time: 5 minutes, Cooking Time: 10 minutes, Servin-6.



First prepare the base with biscuit powder, then prepare the first layer with finely sliced bananas in round shape,layer it with coconut powder and pour little condensed milk











Repeat the layer till your glass is not filled up. This easy recipe is ideal for kids,family get-together or friends reunion.

Do let me know about how you made this yummy dessert!

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins:

Preparation Time: 5 mins, Cooking Time: 15 minutes, Servings: 4


Bananas (Overripe)-4,

Milk-1 cup,

All purpose flour-1 cup,

Sugar-1 cup,

Baking Powder- 1 tsp,

Baking Soda-1 tsp,

Vanilla Essence-1 tsp,

Sunflower seeds-1 tsp,

Flax seeds-1 tsp,

Salt- A pinch.


Add 3-4 mashed bananas(overripped), all purpose flour, sugar, Salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda,flax seed sunflower seeds, milk & vanilla essence & pour it in a bowl.






Pour it in cupcakes shape cup. Bake it in for 15 mins at 180*C.

Instant Coffee Cookies

Instant Coffee Cookies

Preparation Time:5 mins, Cooking Time: 5 mins, Servings-4.


Biscuit Powder- 1 cup

Cocoa powder-1/2 cup,

Butter- 1/2 cup,

Coffee -1/2 tsp.


Firstly, lets melt the butter in the pan. Add biscuit powder and cocoa powder in the pan and mix it well. Now sprinkle 1/2 tsp coffee and take it out from the stove.


Let it cool and then make balls.

Chocolate Banoffee Biscuit Balls

Chocolate Banoffee Biscuit Balls

Preparation Time: 5-7 minutes, Cooking Time: 15 minutes, Serving- 4.


Biscuit Powder- 1 cup,


Cocoa Powder-2 tbsp,

White Chocolate

Honey-For garnishing.


Firstly, mash the bananas and add biscuit powder,cocoa powder in a bowl. Make a dough of it and make balls. Freeze it for 15 minutes.


In the meantime, we will melt the white chocolate  (compound) over it and put the freezed ball on the butter paper and chill until firm. Garnish it with honey.