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Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Visit to Shree Balaji Bhavan Restaurant - Scrumptious South Indian Food



“Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on Askme.com  I'm contributing mypart by relishing my favorite dishes at Shree Balaji Bhavan and sharing my views with you all! You can also upload your video review on AskMe.com and stand a chance to meet Rocky and Mayur.”



Being in Home country am enjoying eating out and trying out all the vegetarian restaurants around my place. Trust me being stayed away from home country for 4 yrs it was very difficult for us to survive being a vegetarian when we  planned a outing there. But now I am exploring all the new restaurants and also revisiting some old restaurants too. One of the restaurants which we have been many times is " Shree Balaji Bhavan" Chrompet , Chennai. There is a branch in saidapet too and we like that one too.  As saidapet is my Mom's place before marriage I have been to the restaurant  and had their Special Lunch meals , It is simply delicious and so filling. I have always tried meals there and always found it as much delicious as it was before. Now after returning back from US I have visited the chrompet branch couple of times and they have very interesting  menu there. In the Lunch time the standard meals which has Sambhar, Rasam, Kottu, Kozhambu, Poriyal, Curd, Buttermilk, ending up with Payasam. In the weekends there is a lot of rush in this restaurant for  only to get the meals Parcel as the restaurant is housefull. We have tried the Meals parcel couple of times and they are done very well, We enjoyed it happily at home. 


Review Post

Balaji Bhavan is situated near some well know shopping centers Like Saravana stores , Sekar emporium and there many more restaurants around but we prefer balaji bhavan for its customer service and also most important is, its food. We went out to dine there few time and we have tried some North Indian foods there too though the lunch meals is more delicious and we prefer South Indian  food in this restaurant. We had tried Bhatura channa, Ghee roast , cutlet chaat, pani poori, Chinese fried Idli in our recent visit and we liked them all.  Still the south Indian food will surely make you come back.
Review of Shree Balaji Bhavan

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fine Dinning Restaurants in Chennai | Best Place for Fine Dinning Experience In Chennai


You can see eateries everywhere and anywhere, in India as there is huge crowd who loves to dine out and also people encourage the road side chaat walas and pani poori walas. Chennai is one fast growing city needless to say it has grown a lot in years and am here after 4 yrs, I do see this place is so over crowded now. I see so many  restaurants in chennai almost in every street, there is no place you will not find a food stall.Though there is huge number of choices available only some serve you cost effective yet quality food. It is going to be one month and am here indoors bcoz of the heat though in the evening we get a chance to roam around near by places . We always loved the Ecr road for its vivid restaurants and entertainment so we miss it here ..

 For a fine dining if you are opting for a casual dining then Hotel sangeetha offers you a fully veg menu. After landing here in chennai our guest house was very near to thoraipakkam sangeetha restaurant , we had most of our dinners there .We loved the Starters there  we tried paneer satay , paneer baby corn fry Main course was not up to the mark still it was not bad too . We have been to Adyar anadha bhavan (A2B) we had to wait there for 1 hour which was really frustrating when your tummy is grumbling. we had idli dosa there and we liked it.  Hotel sri krishna triplicane is one of my fav too, they provide many choices for sweets and savories too.. If you are opting for elegant  dining experience The leela palace is perfect place to visit, Taj coromandal is also among the best restuarants in chennai. My husband has mentioned he likes sigree  where all the veg grilled dishes taste good. Some of the other best myraid fine dinning restaurants in the city includes Taj connemara,The Rain tree, Royal le merdian are my favs. 
Dinning out is always a pleasure and if the food is gud then we feel so worth spending isn't it. The restaurants have grown a lot and now people go to restaurants to taste some innovative dishes and not the same old dishes people have started thinking and eating some interesting food which taste best thats what we bloggers do daily , we put extra effort in innovating new recipes which tastes good and liked by all in our family . Trust me innovating is not easy it is Hit some time and it is flop some time we put so much of our gut feeling knowing we may have some flops and waste the food too. So when dining out plz appreciate the chef food when it is good and liked by you it means a lot than the money. Some restaurants have so very well maintained ambiance that you will totally enjoy the food in that environment do choose a perfect fine dining restaurant to impress your loved ones . Chennai has so many famous fine dining restaurants it is worth to visit them with some special people. So this was all about fine dinning restaurants which I liked the best hope this post was useful.

Mehndi Cookie | Henna Inspired Cookies | Indian Mehndi Cookie

Indian Mehndi Cookie recipe

When was planning for Mega marathon I just wrote down all the bakes I want to include and after I completed found that most of the cookies are easy but needs a little patience , I had no time for trail and error , so went on in swing for 2 weeks. I myself couldn't believe that I completed all my baking before hand.  Mehandi cookie where in my to do list from the day I started my blog. These are so attractive I couldn't resist making them but again I didn't have the cookie cutter so I thought why not I trace the hand but still I was not so sure about it  and one day I got these hand shaped cookie cutter online, hurray  and here am with these attractive and very festive Indian cookies. I always loved having mehandi in my hand , My cousin was a great mehandi artist and she used my hand for practicing very well and I liked it too. 

Mehandi in form of cookie was a challenge to me as am a very poor mehandi artist so pardon me if the design is not so professional. I rested the cookie for 2 days in a air tight container and then decorated it, by then all the hand shaped cookies were gone and only 3 cookies were left for me to take photograph. I took 1/2 hour to decorate these cookie it was so time consuming but my H loved the way they look and yeah I too but the only thing was I felt the designs where not too gud and started asking my H " is it gud ? really ??? " he said " wat ??? gud ???? It looks fabulous just go ahead .. plz don't stare at the cookies and give me to eat "  lol I had no other choice left now the quality check  was done and here I am with these attractive and Indianized  cookies. I made these cookies to depict My joy in doing mega marathon is not less than a festival to me . This was supposed to be my last post for marathon but though I have some more to post, am so happy that atleast the last post is on time. Now lets move on to the recipe..

mehndi hand cookie recipes

hand cookie recipe

Indian Mehndi Hand cookie

Mehndi Cookie

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Cookie
           1 day
     10 -15 mins
  Ingredients
Henna inspired cookie

  All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups
  Icing sugar - 3/4 cup
  Butter - 3/4 cup ( 1 1/4 stick)
  Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
  Baking pd - 3/4 tsp
  Salt a pinch
  For Henna
  Semi sweet chocolate chips - 1 cup

  Method 
  • In a bowl cream room temperature butter and sugar till combine.
  • Add vanilla extract , sieve all purpose flour , baking pd in the creamed butter.
  • Also add salt and Mix them well to a smooth dough.
  • Add 1 -2 tbsp Milk if the dough is too crumbly or dry.
  • Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface and using a hand cookie cutter cut the dough and do the same with all the leftover dough.
  • Place the cut cookie in a lined cookie tray and refrigerate for 1/2 - 1  hour.
  • Pre heat the oven at 350 F for 10 mins. Bake the cookies at 350 F for 10- 15 mins or Till you see very light browning in the corners.
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and let them cool on the tray for a while.
  • After they cool down a bit transfer them on a wire rack and let them cool completely.
  • I decorated My cookies after 2 days . Keep the cookies for atleast a day and decorate it the next day as the cookies firm up well.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in microwave for 30 secs , take it out mix it and again microwave it for 30 secs. Till should be smooth with no lumps of chocolate.
  • Transfer the melted chocolate in to the piping bag or a zip lock. 
  • Sip off the ends and put the mehandi design on the hand cookie as desired. 
  • They are perfect for any Indian festive holiday or celebration.

Henna Cookie recipe


Thursday, April 23, 2015

KitKat Cake |Eggless Vanilla Cake Recipe


Eggless Cake Recipes

Some cakes are so special it is difficult to forget and am sharing that one cake I made and surprised my H dear for his birthday last year. I had very less time to prepare a surprise him, I do make cake every year but i didn't do enough planning last year I just baked a simple vanilla cake and covered the cake with kitkat and M &M  and tadaaaa you can see there no much effort is needed to make this Kitkat cake but still doesn't it look gorgeous. My daughter had so much fun surprising her papa ( father) at 12 am exactly. My hubby was shocked as my daughter grabbed his hand to show him something and we both shouted " Happy birthday" .. It was one moment we treasured, coming to the cake my hubby just loved the cake a lot it was so moist and chocolate collar made my daughter very happpy as she is one bigggg chocoholic. Now lets see how to make this simple yet beautiful cake.. 


Eggless Vanilla Cake Recipe

Eggless Cake recipes


Kitkat Cake

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                         Cake Recipes
      20 mins
     30-45 mins
  Ingredients 

  All Purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cups
  Sugar - 3/4 cup
  Curd/ Yogurt - 1 cup
  Baking Pd - 1 1/2 tsp
  Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  Oil - 1/2 cup
  Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
  Any frosting I used fresh cream frosting
  KITKAT - 4 -5 sachets  ( break them to pieces)
  M & M - As required 

  Method 
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F and grease the 8 " inch cake pan.
  • In a bowl sieve all purpose flour, baking pd, baking soda .
  • In another bowl mix curd, vanilla extract, Oil and mix them well.
  • Mix the wet ingredients in the dry ingredients well .
  • Pour the batter in the greased cake pan , pat it few times to release air bubbles.
  • Bake the cake at 350 F for 30-45 mins or till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool the cake for 5 mins then invert it in a wire rack , cool the cake completely before frosting.
  • Frost the cake with whipped cream frosting
  • My cake was short so I halved the Kitkat. Arrange the kitkat pieces in the corner without leaving any gaps.
  • Fill the top with M & M and the cake is ready. To give a nice look and also to keep the kitkats in place you can roll them with a ribbon.

M&M and Kitkat cake

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stained Glass Cookie | Stained Glasses Cookies Recipe

Stained Glass cookie

I had this urge to bake some holiday cookies i know  I was going mad  but sometimes there is no need  of any reasons for a holiday or a festival to come. I had this stained glass cookies in my to do list , wanted to bake them for Christmas but marathon is not less than any festival so I had this cookies in my list too. Stained cookies are one fun baking especially when you have a kid around.  These are easily customizable  as you can see I converted them to a sunglass cookies .. Don't they look cool ?? And yeah they are also perfect for summer themed cookie too. Now moving on to the recipe...
 Cookie Recipes

Holiday cookies

Sunglasses Cookies Recipe

Glasses Cookies

Stained Glass Cookie

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Cookie
        20 mins
     10 -15 mins
Sunglasses Cookies  Ingredients 
  All purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cup
  Butter - 1 stick ( 1/2 cup at room temperature )
  Baking pd - 1 tsp
  Sugar pd - 1/2 cup
  Milk - 1 tbsp 
  Vanilla extract - Few drops 
  Hard candies ( I used Jolly rancher) - As required 
  Semi sweet Chocolate Chips - 1 cup 

  Method
  • Separate similar colors of hard candies, in a zip lock put the hard candies and crush them using a rolling pin or a hammer.
  • In a bowl cream butter and sugar pd , mix them combined.
  • Add All purpose flour, baking pd , vanilla extract and mix them well till it forms a smooth dough. 
  • Add milk if the mixture is too dry.
  • In a floured surface roll the cookie dough and using a cookie cutter.
  • Transfer the cookies in a lined cookie tray.
  • Use a smaller cookie cutter and cut the middle part of the shaped cookie.
  • Add the crushed hard candies in the hole , do not fill it too much only little to cover the hole is sufficient.
  • Bake the cookies in a preheat oven for 10 -15 mins or till you see light browning from the corners.
  • Once the cookies are done remove and let them cook comepletely on the tray.
  • For sunglasses cookies I rolled the cookies cut the earpieces , baked it for 9-10 mins then cool them. For the glass part I took the similar 2 stained cookies.
  • Melt semi sweet chocolate in a microwave and pour it in a ziplock.
  • Use this melted chocolate as glue and stick the left and right ear piece  and also two cookies.
  • Be gentle with the sunglass cookie they may break if not glued properly.

Festive cookies


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone Cupcake | Cake In a Cone Recipe


Chocolate Ice cream Cone  cupcake

I have made Ice cream Cone Cupcakes couple of times  and every time I make them my lil gets all excited and just adore the cupcakes for few minutes and then digs in to them. These are perfect way to surprise any ice cream or cake lovers , people get surprised most often seeing a cake  inside a ice cream and yeahhh some may get disappointed that there is no cream in the ice cream cone for them you just skip the frosting and  add a scoop of ice cream instead even that taste yumm..  Ice Cream cones are readily available in market now a days and these cupcakes makes a perfect way to surprise all your guests for any party.. I chose to make chocolate flavor but vanilla cake even tastes better. Now Moving on to the recipe...
Cake in Ice cream cone

Cupcake IN ice cream Cone

Chocolate Cupcake recipes

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone Cupcake

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Cake Recipes
           30 mins
     10 -15 mins
  Ingredients 

  All purpose Flour - 1 1/2 cup
Ice cream cone recipes  Cocoa pd - 1/4 cup
  Baking pd - 1 tsp
  Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  Milk - 1/2 cup
  Oil - 1/4 cup
  Sugar - 1 cup
  Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  Apple Cider Vinegar  - 2 tsp
  Ready made Mini Ice cream cones - 12 nos 
  Butter cream frosting -  2 Cups
  Sprinkle - For garnish

  Method 
  • Cover a cupcake tray fully with aluminium foil tightly. Place the ice cream cone in the center of aluminum foil gently poking the foil so that it stands well. Do the same for all the cones.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F . Mean while take a bowl sieve the all purpose flour, cocoa pd, baking pd , baking soda.
  • Then in another bowl add Milk, sugar, oil, vanilla extract and Mix them well.
  • Now slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry Ingredients  and Mix them well.
  • Add extra milk if the batter is too dry, Add apple cider vinegar at last and fold it in the batter.
  • Scope the batter and fill 3/4 of the ice cream cone with the chocolate batter and bake them for 10- 15 mins at 350 F or till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • After the cupcakes are done cool them completely and them frost them with butter cream . Garnish them with sprinklers and You are ready to dig in.

chocolate Cake recipes


Monday, April 20, 2015

Watermelon Cookie Recipe | Watermelon Slice Shaped Cookie


Watermelon shaped Recipes


I thoroughly enjoyed making all the fun cookies for this marathon and am so happy that I baked all of them which I had planned. As this is summer season I thought why not include a summer themed bake for the marathon. When I think of summer in India the first fruit comes to mind which is much awaited to enjoy is Watermelon, First I thought y not try a watermelon cupcake but then I changed my mind once this attractive cookie idea came to my mind. This is fun to make and you will surely enjoy the baking and the taste of this delectable cookie. The watermelon shaped cookie is perfect for any summer themed party or Picnic. What more can I say I just had so much fun and the outcome made every one of my friends say wowww!!! Now moving to the recipe...


Summer or Picnic Themed Cookies

Watermelon cookies

Cookies Recipes

Watermelon Cookie

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                          Cookie
        4 Hours
     10 -15 mins
Baking Marathon  Ingredients

  All purpose Flour - 2 Cups
  Butter - 1 1/2 stick
  Icing Sugar - 3/4 cup
  Baking pd - 1/4 tsp
  Vanilla Extract - Few drops
  Red and green Food color gel
  Mini chocolate chips - 1/4 cup

  Method
  • In a bowl cream room temperature butter , icing sugar till they are well combined.
  • Add baking pd , vanilla extract, and all purpose flour . Mix them to form a smooth dough.
  • Take a cup of the dough and tint them with red food color.
  • Roll the red tinted dough into a log , wrap it in a cling wrap and refrigerator for 1 to 2 hour. 
  • Divide the rest of the dough to 2 parts . Tint one part of the dough with green food color.
  • Roll the white dough in to 7 inch rectangle , place the red dough log in one corner and then roll the white dough over the red log . Then roll the green dough the same way into rectangle shape and place the log in one corner the same way and roll the log .
  • Cover the log with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Cut them to 1/4 inch thick slices, again cut them to half to form a semi circle slice.
  • Press the mini chocolate chips in the red part for the watermelon seeds. Do the same for all the slices.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F , Line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
  • Place the prepared watermelon cookie on the lined cookie tray and bake the watermelon cookies for 9-10 mins .
  • Cool the cookies well and then transfer them to the wire rack and cool them completely.
  • These are perfect for any picnic or summer themed party's . Enjoy!!

Colorful Cookies

Summer Themed Cookies and bakes