Delicious Green St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Browse through these St. Patrick’s Day Recipes — from chocolate and mint desserts to breads, this is a collection of over 101 recipe ideas for this Irish Holiday!

(This post was first published on Parade Magazine’s blog)

Reposting this one from last year!

On March 17th every year, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe observe St. Patrick’s Day or as many call it  St. Paddy’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green.

I’m neither Irish nor an Irish-at-heart, but I love celebrating the Holiday nevertheless. And in my quest for “something green” recipes, I found a ton of fun recipe ideas on the internet that I thought I’d share with you!  (more…)

Red Velvet Cake

A moist and soft Red Velvet Cake made without eggs!

Red Velvet Cake Recipe - Classic Eggless Cakes - Step by step pictorial - eggless Red velvet cake recipe written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

I’m not an artist. Heck, I don’t even have the patience to frost cakes elegantly. I usually follow a minimalist approach to cooking / baking. But some cakes demand your attention. And this Red Velvet Cake is one of those cakes. As you can probably already see, I didn’t do a very good job of frosting the cake. But believe me when I tell you – this has to be one of the best eggless cakes I’ve baked in a long time. I’m sure YOU will do a better job of frosting this cake than I did.

Let’s talk about the texture. Moist, soft, crumbly and chocolaty in every single bite. The subtly sweet cream cheese frosting adds a nice flavor dimension to the intensely red and chocolaty cake. I’d say this stays well in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days; but I doubt it’ll last that long. You’ll need great self-control to resist the urge to have another slice.

Do save some of the batter to bake separately in a cupcake mold. This way, you can make the “red crumbs” to use to decorate the cake without having to cut into the perfectly baked cake. If your cake butchering skills are as stinky as mine are, then you’re going to need this tip!   (more…)

Adai Kunukku (Lentil Fritters)

Kunukku is a deep-fried snack made with rice and lentils. Enjoy these spicy and crispy delights with tea.

Adai Maavu Kunukku (Kunuku) Recipe | Indian Lentil Fritters Recipe | step by step pictures |Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Kunukku may possibly be an all time favorite “tiffin” tea time snack in my household.

I have fond memories of my paternal grandma making this exquisite snack abound. I’d always watch her make kunukku after kunukku with patience that our current generation seems to lack. She’d freshly grind the dry chilli, followed by wet parboiled rice and soaked lentils. She had an innate sense of how smooth or coarse the batter should be and she’d always use the right amount of spices and salt to make the batter taste perfect. With utmost precision, she’d drop equal portions of the batter into scalding hot oil, making the perfect sized kunukku pieces.

The art of making kunukku is easy to master. It requires a little practice, for making equal sized balls with a sticky batter like this one isn’t always easy.  But with easy alternatives such as spoons or ice cream scoops, you can make your own perfect little kunukku pieces.

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Oreo Blondies

Put together these easy and delicious Oreo Blondies in no time! Oreo and butterscotch flavor run through every bite!

Oreo Blondies Recipe | Eggless Butterscotch Blondies (Cake) | Step by step pictures | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Oreo cookies are one of my favorite things to use in baking. I believe the dark chocolate cookies add a nice dimension to the end product. In this recipe for eggless oreo blondies, I combine Oreo cookies with a classic recipe for butterscotch blondies. Blondies are basically just brownies minus the cocoa powder. If you’re a fan of simple tea time cakes and cookies, this one is right up your alley.   (more…)