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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tilgul Ladoos- Quick and Easy

Tilgul Ghya Goad Bola!!!

Made these quick and easy Tilgul ladoos yesterday. No sugar syrup and no cooking!

Recipe- Makes 20 small ladoos 

1/2 cup Roasted peanuts (I used store bought)
1/3 cup Roasted sesame seeds 
1/3 cup dry coconut powder 
1/3 cup finely chopped almonds
4 tsp jaggery powder
3 tsp fine sugar
1 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

In a blender, blend together peanuts and half of toasted sesame seeds till they are powdered and everything starts to slightly stick and come together. Don’t overgrind! 
Add rest of the toasted sesame seeds and the other ingredients and knead with light hands. Roll into small ladoos. Done! 

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Years Special Dessert- Icecream Cake!

This is one of the easiest and prettiest dessert that you will ever make! My initial plan for New Years dessert was to bring some dessert shells and do some kind of berry sauce to go top of them along with ice-cream or homemade whipped cream. But as usual, no dessert shells to be found in the grocery store! But I did find 'lady fingers' (soft spongy mini cakes that are used in desserts like Tiramisu) and so came the idea of assembling a easy breezy beautiful Ice cream cake with Vanilla and Chocolate ice-cream layers and top with fresh berries. I wish I had used strawberry ice-cream instead of vanilla to give more color contrast to the cake.

What you need:
Lady Fingers- 2 packets
Vanilla ice cream (or Strawberry ice-cream will make it more colorful and prettier)
Chocolate ice cream
Fresh berries ( I used raspberries and black berries)
Loaf pan
Plastic wrap

How to assemble the cake:

1) Soften the ice-creams in the refrigerator for 1/2 to 1 hour.

2) Line the loaf pan with plastic wrap. Then line up the lady fingers on the side and bottom of the

3) Spoon the soften vanilla/strawberry ice-cream to cover the bottom and smoothen it out.Layer with few lady fingers. Then spoon in softened chocolate ice cream.


Smoothen the top of the ice-cream. With a fork make lines on the ice cream top to make criss-cross patterns. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze the pan in the freezer for 3-4 hours.

5) When ready to serve, garnish with fresh berries of your choice.

6) Slice horizontally to cut and serve with extra berries! Enjoy the ice cream cake with your loved ones :)

Wish You All a Very Happy, Healthy and Delicious New Year!

Happy New Year 2018 !!!

Wish You All a Very Happy, Healthy and Delicious New Year!!!

I am hoping to be able to find some more time to cook delicious food and blog in this new year!

-The Sizzling Pan

Monday, September 4, 2017

"Rasmalai Cake" - An Indian version of the spanish 'Tres Leches' cake

The newest trend in the world of cakes are the fusion cakes, where they combine best flavors from two or more cuisines to create one of a kind masterpiece. The one I tasted recently was the 'Gulab Jamun Cheese cake' at an popular Indian restaurant in Nashville,TN at the famous Chefs restaurant- Chauhan Ale and Masala house.Another beautiful cake was baked by a contestant at the cooking competition here for the Ganesh festival.The cake was called 'Gajar Halwa' cake- White moist cake with layers of gajar halwa and whipped cream made it delectable! She won the first prize:)

A friend had send a picture of the new popular cake in Pune- "The Rasmalai cake". Since then, I wanted to try my take on this cake and  we had the perfect occasion on this weekend that deserved a special cake! A 70th birthday party!

Here is my version of the Rasmalai Cake which is a spin of the spanish 'Tres Leches' cake.

1 eggless cake baked in a glass tray (I used Pillsbury white cake mix to bake the cake. Prepared the cake as per instructions, but substituted eggs with ¼ cup Greek yogurt)

For Malai/ basundi 3 milk soak
1.5 cups evaporated milk
0.5 cups condensed milk
0.5 cup whole milk
0.5 tsp cardamom powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
(For more sweeter taste add more sugar/condensed milk. But remember the cake itself will be sweet too!)

Saffron whipped cream:
1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
4 tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp saffron

8 Rasagullas (I used store bought)
Few drops of yellow coloring (optional)
Chopped pistachios and almonds for garnish
Saffron for garnish

1) Prepare cake as per box instructions. Use Greek yogurt to substitute the eggs. Let the cake cool completely.
2) Prepare the malai/basundi by boiling the evaporated milk, condensed milk and whole milk along with cardamom and nutmeg powder. Let it cool completely.
3) Pour the Basundi over the cooled cake.Let it soak overnight in the refrigerator.

4) Whip the cold heavy whipping cream with a electric mixer with the powdered sugar and 4 tsp milk with saffron strands.If the color is not yellow enough, add few drops of yellow food color. Beat till stiff peaks appear

5) Pipe the saffron whipped cream on the milk soaked cake in desired patterns. Garnish with half sliced rasagullas, chopped nuts and saffron.

6) Chill in the refrigerator for few hours. Serve chilled.

Enjoy the delectable moist cake with luscious whipped cream and warm and delicate Indian flavors of cardamon, nutmeg and saffron!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Chili-Garlic Chicken

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Nothing recharges you better after a hectic day, than homemade food especially when it is such super tasty and spicy...'Chili Garlic Chicken' 

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Marinate boneless chicken with salt, black pepper, red chili powder and some garam masala powder. Keep for 30 mins. 
Sauté on some oil - thinly sliced onions, green peppers, green chilies, lots of finely chopped garlic and ginger. Add the marinated chicken. Stir fry till cooked. Add some soy sauce and chopped cilantro.Serve hot with white/ brown rice. Nomm nomm nommm  

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Oatmeal-Chocolate-Almond Cookies

At home, anything made with 'Oats' is frowned upon by everyone except me ;0
But to my surprise.... these cookies are a WINNER ! They have been liking it and munching on them with a smile on their faces. Being made with oatmeal and whole wheat flour.....a sure score for me!

When I looked up few recipes of oatmeal cookies, I was under the impression that Oats cookies are usually on the softer side of the texture. But these ones turned out Crunnnchy!! How can anyone not like this Chocolaty-Nutty-Crunchy yumminess!!

I combined a bunch of recipes to get this recipe:


3.5 cups quick oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose four
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 whole eggs
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda


1) Pre heat oven to 350 F. Slightly butter 2 large cookie baking sheets.
2) With electric mixer or hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.Add the eggs, vanilla and cream some more.
3) Sift the flour,salt, baking powder, cocoa powder.Add to the creamed mixture and mix. Add the oatmeal and mix till combined.
4) Scoop the cookie batter onto baking sheets or form into flat rounds with hand and place onto cookie sheet. Press slivered almonds on top.

5) Bake at 350 F for 12-14 mins until crisp. Remove from oven and let it cool on baking sheets.

Enjoy the crispy crunchy wholesome cookie!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Spicy potato masala 'stuffed' appe

One of my most favorite appetizers is 'Appe' of various kinds. They are easy to make for parties, you can create variations, everyone loves them and they can me made in tiny bit of oil! Here,I used idli batter for the covering and stuffing of 'batata wada' as stuffing. 

Crispy outer covering with the spicy inner stuffing is just out of this world !!

How to make: 
Put a drop of oil in warm appe pan, some sesame seeds, then spoonful of idli batter (add some sooji if batter is too thin) followed by stuffing and idli batter again.

Cook on both sides till golden brown with another drop of oil.

No words to describe the awesomeness of these yummy bundles!! Enjoy!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Eggless Rava Cake

Simple Pleasures.....

Who remembers the simple eggless 'rava' cake that mom used to bake?? 
Recently, I baked one myself and loving every crumb of it 😋

So easy to make, yet so tasty and versatile... Can be a tea time snack, a kids snack or a fancy dessert when you drizzle with chocolate syrup or serve with ice-cream!! 

1 cup rava
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
Chopped nuts optional

Preheat oven to 350F. Oil a loaf pan.
Mix yogurt,oil,sugar with a whisk. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Pour into the loaf pan. Add the chopped nuts. Bake at 350F for 30-35 mins till golden brown. Cool before cutting. Enjoy 😋

Watermelon-Mint-Feta cheese Salad

Nothing says 'summer' better than a slice of cold watermelon!!!

Try this refreshing and delicious 'Watermelon- Feta-Mint' salad for a cool summer side dish.

2 cups chopped watermelon 
1 tbsp Feta cheese
Few mint leaves
Dressing- 1 tsp olive oil, 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar, salt, ground black pepper

Toss everything together and serve!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Introducing......The Slimming Pan!!!

Have you missed the news???

TheSizzlingPan has a new venture!!! It's called TheSlimmingPan!!!
It is where I will be sharing nutritious and healthy recipes and new ideas that I will be trying in order to stay 'fit'!

I hope you like the new TheSlimmingPan!!

Please visit : https://www.facebook.com/Theslimmingpan
Thank you!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

My very first...Homemade Italian Bread !!

Baking this bread... was like a dream come true!! I was intimidated by the thought of baking my own bread. I worried about the time it will consume, the hard kneading it might take, especially since I don't have a bread machine. Was worried that the texture might not come out as 'fluffy' as the chemical laden store bought breads have manipulated our tastes and perception of texture.

But finally....I made up my mind one fine day and gave it a try!!! And let me tell you...it wasn't a daunting task...nor did it need lots of kneading..and the texture was 'fluffy' but not artificial sponge like! I would say..it did take up some time...but it was mostly for the yeast to rise and the baking time.
All in all..everyone loved the Home baked... tasty... no artificial anything bread!!!


2 cups warm water
1.5 cups Whole wheat flour
1.5 cups (plus some extra) All purpose flour
1 pkg or 2.5 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Sesame seeds
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt


1) To 1 cup warm water, add sugar and yeast. Keep aside for 10 mins
2) Sieve together both flours and salt. Add to the yeast and knead gently. Add warm water as needed to form a moist and soft dough.

3) Cover with a cloth and keep in a warm place for 30 mins to rise

4) After 30 mins, with oiled hands, pat down the dough.Knead into a ball.Cover again and let it rise again for 30 mins.
Again after 30 mins pat down, knead, cover and let it rise. (So total rising time will be around 1 hour and 30 mins)

5) Pre heat oven to 375 F

6) Place wax paper on a large cookie sheet. Knead the dough gently and form into a log. Pat with sesame seeds and make diagonal marks with a knife.Brush with olive oil.

7) Place the bread in the pre heated oven and bake at 375 F for 35-40 mins. If you knock on the bread, you should hear a 'hollow' sound and the bread should have a golden brown color.

8) Let it cool  for 15-20 mins before slicing with a bread knife.

9) Enjoy the bread with your favorite soup or as toasted or as Bruschetta with your favorite topping!

Brush the sliced bread with olive oil and crushed garlic. Toast in the oven for few minutes (optional) Top with sliced cherry tomatoes, chopped onions, basil, salt and pepper and grated cheese. You can drizzle the toast with balsamic vinegar if you like! Munch crunnnch...yummm!