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

(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…)

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 | 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…)

Baking : Back to Basics

I wrote this post so long ago that I kinda wanna laugh at my writing! 😛 But.. shortage of posts in the drafts, some exams and a desperate need to keep the blog alive had me considering re-posting this post on my new blog for you readers! 🙂 So.. some tips to ensure baking is a smooth process — (some might seem really silly. But keep in mind that I wrote this back when I was a kid! :D) (more…)

Choosing an Oven

Whether you’re looking to buy a gas or electric, microwave, convection or an OTG oven, before you hit the stores, you have to make sure the oven you buy is right for you. So, here are the different options you have. Each of them differ in their cooking method, price, space-occupied etc.
(I’m only including the practical ovens in this list. There are a few like earth oven, ceramic oven, masonry oven which cannot be kept at home. If you are interested, you can read here.. :D) (more…)