Tuesday, July 18, 2023


Halkova or palkova is a very easy and tasty sweet recipe prepared using maida, sugar and ghee and it is a popular sweet from 90's and locally called HalKova. It just melts in your mouth.  I absolutely love for its simplicity. The barfi might not have fancy ingredients but its connection with our childhood or teenage days is what makes it so special. This type of sweet is very easy to prepare. We just need three ingredients- sugar, ghee and refined flour. However roasting the maida under low-medium flame until the raw smell has gone is very important. If you do not roast it well, they might taste raw. I made it yesterday for my sons star Birthday to recreate the sweet memories of childhood by making Halkova at home.



Maida - 3 cup

Sugar –2cup

Ghee –1cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp



Keep a pan on medium heat. Add ghee to it. Let it melt once. Now add refined flour to it. Mix well to combine the two. Keep mixing to roast the mixture on a medium flame for 10-12 minutes. Once it turns into a smooth batter, turn off the flame.

Take out the batter in a large bowl and let it cool down. Now add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, to it and mix well to form a thick mixture.

Transfer the mixture to the tray and spread it properly.

Once set completely, cut into pieces and serve. Enjoy!




Monday, July 3, 2023

Corn Kebab/Corn Cutlet


Corn Cutlet or corn kebab is a delicious Indian snack made by deep frying a spicy mixture of sweet corn and potatoes. It is a crispy, deep-fried, and tasty snack recipe, easy to prepare, and with home ingredients and it’s a mouth-watering snack item and also used as an appetizer.  Other vegetables like onions, bell peppers (capsicum), carrots, peas etc. can also be added to the cutlets to increase its nutritional value.

Its pure vegetarian recipe which can be served as starters for party or even as an evening snack.. It can be served with tomato ketchup, green chutney.



Corn -1 cup + 2 tbsp corn

 Potato -2(boiled & mashed)

Onion-1 (finely chopped)

Capsicum -1/4 cup (finely chopped)

Green chilli-1 (finely chopped)

Carrot-2 tbsp finely chopped

Chickpea flour-1 tbsp

 Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

Black pepper powder-1/2 tsp

 Ginger Paste 1 tsp

 Salt - as per taste

Red chili powder - 1 tsp.

 Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp. (chopped)

Mint leaves-1tbsp (Finally chopped)

 Lemon Juice - 1 tsp

Bread Crumps-¼ cup

 Cooking Oil  - for deep fry



1.Put boiled sweet corn kernels in a grinder and coarsely grind it without using water. Reserve some boiled sweet corn kernels for later use.

2.Boil the potatoes and peel the skin. Mash with your hands and keep it aside.

3.Chop the onions, carrot finely. Keep the capsicum ready. Chop the coriander and mint leaves.

4.In a mixie pulse the the cooked corn kernels.

5.Take a deep bowl and add all the spices- Coarsely grounded sweet corns, boiled and mashed potato, grated ginger, cumin powder, garam masala, black pepper powder, salt to taste, chopped mint leaves, freshly chopped coriander leaves, reserve boiled sweet corn kernels, lemon juice and mix until well combined.

6. Lastly add bread crumbs and mix it well. If the mixture is sticky add more bread crumbs accordingly.Mix this well.


 7.Ensure the corn mixture should be firm. If not the kebab will dissolve in oil while frying.

 8. Take a small portion of the mixture and make it into oblong shape.

  9.Heat oil and deep fry the kebabs in oil till golden brown on medium flame.

Finally, serve corn kebabs hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup



Saturday, June 24, 2023

Eggless Chocolate Orange Cake


Eggless Chocolate Orange Cake

A super soft and rich chocolate sponge is layered with a tangy orange and garnished with dark chocolate and some more yummy citrusy treats like orange Zest. I use fresh orange zest and orange juice in the batter for the flavour. This adds natural sweetness and also enhances the orange aroma and chocolate chips made for a great mouth-feel and a true tasting pleasure. This orange chocolate cake is super moist, decadent and easy to make! The orange flavour pops just enough without being overwhelming and gives this chocolate cake a really fresh and yummy flavour! It’s heavenly and chocolate and orange go so well together.

  In Orange Season I used to Bake Orange cakes

Eggless Orange Mawa Cake

Eggless Orange Almond Cake !

Egg less Orange Cake With Raisins

Orange peel pachadi


All-purpose flour /Maida – 1cup

Thick curd/ yogurt-1/4 cup

Vegetable oil-1/4 cup

Sugar- ½ cup

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Oranges -2

Orange juice (I used fresh squeezed) - 3/4 cup

Orange zest-1 tbsp

Chopped chocolate-100 gm

Chocolate chips-Handful



1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Lightly grease baking pan.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl.

 3.   In another bowl add the yoghurt, sugar and oil and mix well till combined.

4. Add the orange juice, orange zest and flour and Mix gently to incorporate the dry ingredients with wet ingredients and whisk till everything is well combined but do not over-mix the batter.


5 .Add in half of the chopped chocolate chunks and the chocolate chips and fold into the batter

 6.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and tap the pan lightly on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Add the remaining chocolate chunks and chocolate chips  and orange zest on the top of the batter.

7. Bake for about 25 minutes or till the cake tests done. (To test the cake insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean then cake is done and if batter sticks to the toothpick then bake for few more minutes.)


8.. Let it remain in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire cooling rack.


9.. When the cake is completely cool Enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee!!