Homemade Brownie Mix

This is my go-to homemade brownie mix recipe. When in hurry, I always rely on this cuz it is so quick to just whip up, bake, and dig in! 🙂

Homemade Brownie Mix Recipe from scratch | Instant DIY Brownie Mixture from scratch - Recipe by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

I’m a sucker for a good slice of brownie. I like all kinds of brownies – classic, fudgy, chewy, nutty, rocky and many more.

I like having this mix ready for whenever I need or want to make brownies. It is just so handy, you know? The brownies taste as good, if not better, as the boxed brownie mix. You can keep it in your cabinet for whenever a brownie craving hits. Or if you have a foodie friend, gift a jar of this homemade brownie mix to him or her and watch them go nuts over the brownies that “they’ve” baked! 🙂 The best thing about keeping some of this homemade brownie mix on hand is to be able to dump stuff in a bowl and make a chocolaty magic happen whenever you please.

To make brownies, all you gotta do is take a cup of this mix and add some eggs or yogurt and some oil or melted butter (i.e – give moisture and binding) and you’re all set!    (more…)

Egg Substitutes 101

Egg Substitutes – 18 Super Easy Ways to Replace Eggs in Your Cooking and Baking 

Egg Substitutes | 18 Easy Ways to Replace Eggs in Cooking and Baking - Post compiled by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

(I first wrote this post for Parade Magazine’s blog. I’m re-posting this here because I think this will be incredibly useful for all of you!)

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? Are you allergic to eggs? Or do you just dislike the smell or taste of eggs? Whatever your reason for not using eggs, there is no need for you to give up on your favorite dishes just because the recipe calls for them! In my experience, one can recreate most of the recipes with a few basic egg substitutes that are common ingredients in the pantry.

I’ve compiled a list of common substitutes that we use in cooking and baking. Before you pick up one of these options and expect it to work the way an egg does, you will need to understand the purpose of using eggs in cooking or baking. Basically, eggs are added for four major reasons: –   (more…)

How to cook Dried Beans

Learn how to cook dried beans perfectly at home with this easy step by step tutorial.

How to cook Dried Beans like a pro | Step by step tutorial by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Want to learn how to cook dried beans from scratch and turn them into soft nutritional powerhouses? Follow this tutorial and cook beans at home – everyday! Get your daily source of protein from beans – a naturally healthy form!

In India, pressure cookers are a kitchen must have. You can make tons of simple, wholesome meals in them in no time! I’ve probably lost count of the number of uses of pressure cooker! From cooking rice to beans or one pot meals like pulao, we use the cooker every single day. Cooking dried beans is one of the best use of a pressure cooker. You can of course cook in a pot as well. However, IMO, pressure cookers make your life just a tad bit easier. We’ve never used the canned stuff – not because we are health conscious and prefer cooking our own beans. But because we just don’t find that kinda stuff in our supermarket. And since we cook beans and lentils and what not on an everyday basis, we just don’t find the process time consuming!   (more…)

Convection Oven | Baking 101

Learn how to use your convection oven for baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, breads and a lot more! Prevent flop recipes and burnt cake tops in a convection oven by following these simple tips!

How to Bake in a Convection Oven | Simple Baking Tips from Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com | Learn how to cook in a convection oven | Pros and Cons of a Microwave Convection

What is a Convection Oven?

Basically, a convection oven is an oven with a fan inside that helps in circulating air and keeping the temperature more steady; thus cooking the food faster. In a normal, standard oven, food is cooked through the standard convection – the warm air rising to the top and the cool air cycling toward the bottom. The problem with this is that food, especially baked goods, may tend to cook unevenly. So convection ovens are really quite simple in that aspect: They help bake or roast your food faster by using a fan to get the heat circulated more quickly and evenly.  (more…)