Blueberry Lemonade

Made these amazing Blueberry Lemonade with Fresh Blueberry Syrup. It is so refreshing, sweet and has the tangy-ness required. It is simply a perfect day to cool down on a hot summer day.

I had a box of fresh blueberries last week and I wanted to make some amazing stuff out of it. I made Blueberry Pie Cookies out of them and wanted to make a drink or a jam too. Its getting hot these days, so I thought I should definitely try a drink. So when life gives you lemons you make Blueberry Lemonade. LOL…


P.S- This Lemonade is definitely different from the conventional Lemonade…But I just had to make these.

Its mid March now… but already getting quite hot outside.You really need a drink to beat the heat during the day. My favorites for this summer have been Tendo- Coconut Water, Salted Fresh Lime Sodas, and Buttermilk. I have been avoiding soft drinks this summer because of the high amount of sugar in them and in order to avoid those unwanted calories. Though Fresh Lime too isn’t all that great but yes at least better than Cold Drinks.


P.S- The Fresh Blueberry Syrup is the start ingredient of this recipe.

Summers scream Lemons to me. Lemons are my ultimate favorite. I love drinks with lemon and mint. This drink is just one of those experiments when i wanted to infuse lemon in my drink.With a simple and homemade blueberry syrup, this drink could not get any easier. It is wonderfully fruity and sweet from the plump juicy blueberries with just enough of a tart kick. And it is really the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.


P.S- Its a perfect Sunday Fuss Free Recipe. 

Lets get started with the recipe.


Makes- 2 servings

Prep Time- 20 mins

Making Time- 5 mins


  • Blueberries- 3/4th cup
  • Granulated Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Lemon Juice- 1/4th cup
  • Some extra blueberries and lemon for garnishing


To make the blueberry syrup. combine sugar and 1 cup water in a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium heat and cook until the sugar melts. Stir in the blueberries and cook the mixture until the blueberries have broken.

Strain the mixture to get a smooth blueberry syrup.

In a pitcher mix together blueberry syrup, lemon juice and water. Serve chilled with ice..blueberries and Lemons.

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Marshmallow Cupcakes Blogiversary Giveaway Contest

Thank you everyone for all the lovely wishes that you sent me on my 1st blog anniversary. Yesterday was a really really special day and I am extremely happy.

Moist and Light Chocolate Cupcakes topped with melted marshmallow and sprinkles. These couldn’t be better.

Hello Lovely Readers.


If you love marshmallow’s you are going to adore these cupcakes. These cupcakes are light, fluffy and topped with melted marshmallow as the frosting for the cupcakes. Could it sound better than this?? I guess not. The marshmallow frosting is extremely easy to do unlike others and just takes about 5 mins. All you have to do is pop in the marshmallow 5 mins before the cupcake is baking in the oven and this beautiful marshmallow cupcake is ready 😀


I stumbled on these by accident, a sort of kitchen experiment! I was craving to eat cupcakes and was too lazy to whip up a frosting. I had a bag full of marshmallows with me. I thought why not try these as a frosting for my cupcakes. I was so pleased with how they turned out them. I used pink marshmallows and they look absolutely gorgeous. Once cooked the marshmallows give the cupcakes a soft, molten texture. It makes a lovely contrast against the crumbly cake surrounding it. Minimal or no icing is needed as these are already quite sweet. If you wish you can add these on top of your butter cream frosting too…but for me these were enough.


P.S- These are really addictive. Make sure you make a huge batch 😛

These cupcakes are a savior when you are running out of time and want to bake something out of this world. Also, no matter how much I love cupcakes with frostings, this one is my all new favorite. If you are fond of marshmallows then this one is definitely a must try for you. Also, if you are a beginner and are not to pro in making cupcake toppings and piping them then you should definitely start with this one. If you are using mini marshmallows then you need to use 3 to 4 marshmallow per cupcake but i used a bigger one which suffices each for a cupcake.


I have made a chocolate batter for these cupcakes. You can keep it plain with just vanilla flavor or give it any flavor you like. You can also add a lot of chocolate chips to these. The choice is entirely yours.


So lets get started with the recipe now.


Makes: 8 cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 mins

Baking Time: 30 mins


For the Cupcakes:

  • All Purpose Flour-1 1/2 cup
  • Butter- 1/2 cup
  • Sugar-3/4th cup
  • Baking Powder- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda- 1 tsp
  • Buttermilk- 1 cup
  • Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder- 4 tbsp

For the Frosting

  • Large Size Marshmallows- I used Pink
  • Sprinklers


Beat the Butter and Sugar in a bowl until it is light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract, buttermilk and mix until a smooth consistency. Now in a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda,and cocoa powder.

Mix the wet ingredients in the dry one and whisk it with a spatula. Do not over mix.

Now line a cupcake tray or muffin tray with liners and pour the batter. make sure you fill only 3/4th of the tray. Bake these in a pre heated oven, for 20 mins at 180 degrees.

Once they are done, pop in one marshmallow on each cupcake and bake further for 5 mins until the marshmallows are soft…then put it in microwave mode for 3 mins. Once u put the cupcakes in microwave the marshmallows will rise really high. But don’t worry, it will come back to normal.

Now your cupcakes are ready with a frosting. Let it cool down. Add sprinklers or you can also top it with your favorite topping.


As you guys know, it was my Blog Anniversary yesterday. And I am thankful to each one of you for all your love and support. 

I am holding a GiveAway Contest on Facebook & Instagram. Please participate and you could get a chance to win amazing goodies from Propshop24.

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Now most of you send me the pictures of what you cook from the blog. Its time to get awarded for that.

Enter the contest and get a chance to win these quirky and fun baking essentials from PropShop24 (Owl cake mould, Owl Spatula, Chocolate Mould and Doughnut Diary). To Enter the Contest:

1. Follow & Like @cookingdiarybyshruti on instagram and facebook.
2. Make anything of your choice from my blog and post the picture.Tag me and also use a hashtag#CDBSturns1
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Eggless Nutella Brownies

Chewy, Fudgy, Dense, Rich, Crumbly and Chocolaty…This Nutella Brownie have been made completely from scratch and you will never make a box mix brownie again!!!

Firstly, I would like to wish all you lovely women a Very Happy International Women’s Day :*

This Women’s Day Celebrate Yourself :- Be Unstoppable


Hello all you beautiful people,

I have a really good news to share with you guys!! Guess what is around the corner??? Its my 1st Blogiversary. Yes guys its about to be a year. I really couldn’t believe it when I got a notification that its almost a year now. WOW, this journey was superbly amazing. I want to thank each one of you who made it possible. I am really really excited and thrilled. Do watch out my Instagram and Facebook page as I have huge surprise lined up for you guys 😀

Sigh.. I can go on and on about how excited I am for my blog anniversary but coming back to what you are here for is this perfect homemade nutella brownies. Is there anything better in the world that can make you happy than a rich, chocolate , fudgy Brownie? I guess No. My Nutella Brownies are a real good deal. You are going to enjoy every bit of it. Its a brownie in its purest form. There are no fancy ingredients in this one. This is my secret and ultimate favorite brownie recipe.


P.S- I just baked it like 2 hours ago and more than half of it is over. 😛

This is a plain and simple nutella brownie. I haven’t added any sort of frosting or layering to this one. I wanted to keep it as simple and pure as possible. Now, most of you must have made brownies before and you might have a secret brownie recipe too. Like everyone has a secret brownie recipe…:D

There are a lot of favorite recipes but today I am going to show you how to make chewy, fudgy, homemade brownies. When you say a brownie is chewy it means that it has a really dense structure but still a little crumbly. But a Fudgy brownie are moist with an extremely chocolaty interior. I like my brownies to be a mix of both.


Before making a perfect brownie you need to know your ingredients really well. I was only able to develop this brownie recipe after a little practice, trial and error.

Lets get started with the recipe.


Makes- 16 brownies pieces

Prep Time- 15 mins

Baking Time- 30 mins


  • All Purpose Flour- 150 gms
  • Sugar- 80 gms
  • Cocoa Powder- 60 gms
  • Baking Powder- 1 tsp
  • Baking Soda- 1 tsp
  • Vanilla- 1 tsp
  • Nutella- 4 tbsp
  • Oil- 60 ml
  • Milk- 50 ml
  • Apple Sauce- 1/2 cup ( Peel and puree 1 apple with 1 tbsp honey & 1tsp lemon)


In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda.

In a mixer, add apple sauce, milk, oil, vanilla extract,sugar, cocoa powder, and nutella. Blend until you get a smooth consistency. Make sure there are no lumps.

Now mix the wet ingredient into the dry ingredients with the help of a spatula. Do not overmix.

Pour it into a 8 by 8″ baking dish lined with parchment paper and bake it in a preheated oven for 30 mins at 200 degrees.

Do a skewer test to see if your brownies are baked nicely. If not bake for 5 more mins.

Lets your brownies cool on the wire rack for atleast 1 hour. (I know this is the most difficult time) and keep it in the fridge for 30 mins.

Cut them in to equal squares once cooled down and dust it with sugar if you wish.


Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Do you HATE oats? Eating Oats is more like a healthy option than a tasty one? What if I said, now oats are healthy and tasty too…… Try it for yourself 🙂

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I believe most of you can relate to the phenomena that OATS aren’t tasty at all. They are more like a healthy option that you are forced to eat. At least I believed in this. Initially when I switched my breakfast to a healthy and low calorie diet, I had to switch to oats. I hated the taste. I ate it like a food supplement for my body not enjoying it at all. But gradually I developed my taste for it. This is not the case for most of you. If you don’t like it, you would probably not try it again.



My Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is a perfect breakfast recipe. Power packed with a lot of nutrients this is the best option to start your day with. It keeps you full until lunch and really easy to make if you dont’t have much time to cook your breakfast.

P.S- Smoothies are healthy if you put in the right ingredients.

Smoothies are a really healthy option if you throw in the right ingredients. You need to cut on sugar and any other calorie adding ingredient like ice- cream, chocolate or cookies. Try make your smoothies healthy. There is a basic breakdown of how you can make your smoothies healthy and avoid adding calories to it.


HOW to make a healthy smoothie?

1. Choose a base: A base for a smoothie would mean what liquid are you going to add to your smoothie. Avoid using full cream milk or any other full fat base. Try using something really light and healthy for your smoothie base. You could use from a variety of options like Skimmed/Almond/Soy Milk, Fruit Juice, Coconut Water, Iced Green Tea or just plain water.

2. Add a Fruit: Fruits are a real important part of your smoothie. Choose wisely. Avoid using fruits that are too sweet. Also try using fresh fruits in comparison to the frozen ones. Combine 2 fruits to increase the health quotient.

3. Thicken Up you Smoothie: Its important to thicken up your smoothie for the right consistency /creaminess yet making it more nutritious. Again avoid using high calorie ingredients like ice cream or whipped cream to thicken up your smoothie. Choose healthy options like Nut butter, Skimmed Frozen Yogurt, Oats or Beans.

4. Flavor you Smoothie: Boost flavors of your smoothie. You could use sweetners, spices or herbs. Cinnamon is the best option as it adds a layer of sweetness plus spice, without adding extra calories. A wide variety of options that you could use are Vanilla Bean, Honey, Cinnamon, Figs, Nutmeg etc

5. Power Boost: This is the most important step. Take your smoothie to the next level by adding highly nutritive super foods. Use protein powder, vitamin powder, fish oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, ground flax seeds etc.

P.S- I hope these details help you choose wisely while making a perfect smoothie.

March is about to begin. Holi is round the corner. This post is an official start to the holi celebrations. Its is so colorful that I can’t stop looking at it. All I had in mind while presenting this and shooting this was lots and lots of colors. I hope you enjoy it.


Lets begin with the recipe now.


Makes- Single Serving

Prep Time- 5 mins

Making Time- 5 Mins


  • Skimmed Milk- 1 1/2 cup
  • Whole Oats-1 cup
  • Strawberries- 3/4th cup
  • Banana- 1/2 cup
  • Honey- 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Ground Flax Seeds- 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon- A pinch
  • Sprinklers- Optional


In a smoothie mixer, crush strawberries and banana together to make a puree.

Now add in all the other ingredients and blend until everything is combined.

Serve in a Jar. Just add some sprinklers at the jar opening to make it look more colorful and vibrant.

Your Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie is now ready.




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Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips

Bored of thinking what to make as a quick party snack or starter? Want to make something quick, easy yet impressive? Want to crunch something along with your hot winter soup? Well, if answer to all these is a Yes,

Then you surely need to try these Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips. These are a quick 15 mins starter and gets ready in a jiffy. ❤


Hello my lovely readers,

I am constantly striving to try making recipes which are ready in no time. I mean obviously there are days when you don’t want to bother yourself much or are extremely hungry that you need something amazing urgently to kill those hunger pangs. Well, the latter happens with me most of the time. So here is my another quick starter recipe which I call the Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips 🙂



The recipe that I have used to make these Pizza Strips isn’t something new, though the idea is quite innovative i feel. I don’t know how many of you can relate to this, but decades ago when people didn’t know how to make the restaurant style pizza sauce at home..all they did was to apply tomato ketchup as the base sauce for the homemade pizza and throw in some cheese and it was ready. It was much later when people started making a specific kind of pizza sauce at home. However, I still know a lot of people who just use ketchup as the base. In this recipe of pizza strips I have done something similar.

P.S- All you need to do is to add some Italian seasoning to make it taste much better.


This is totally an evening snack to munch on and doesn’t make you full. You can crunch these along with your hot bowl of soup in the evening or simply serve it as a starter along with some dip or mustard sauce. It is super easy to prepare and even if you are not much aware about cooking and baking this one is totally a hands down…..its that easy.


You can prepare the strips in advance, and just bake them when your guests arrive or you are ready to eat. You just need to mix a couple of ingredients, apply them as a base to a thin pizza base, top it up with cheese and cut them in thin half inches strips. The baking time is just 10 mins as the base that we need to use in this recipe is a thin one and it will get crunchy in no time.

P.S-Bake them just till you get the desired crunch. Do not overbake!


Makes- 10 to 12 strips

Prep Time- 5 mins

Baking Time- 10 mins


  • Thin Crust Pizza Base- 2
  • Tomato Ketchup- 2 tbsp
  • Tabasco Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Chili Garlic Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Red Onion- 1 small finely chopped
  • Bell Peppers- 1/4 finely chopped
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Roasted Red Chili Flakes- to taste
  • Mixed Herbs- to taste
  • Processed Cheese- 1/2 cup grated
  • Olive Oil- to coat


Brush some olive oil on the top side of the base and keep it aside. In a mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Apply a spoonful of mix on the base. Make sure you apply a very thin coat of the sauce is just to flavor the bread a little. Do not add excess sauce.

Sprinkle over cheese and tap it with your hands so that it sticks to the sauce. Cut the base into thin half inches strips with the help of a pizza cutter.

You may also sprinkle some chili flakes and mixed herbs on top for additional flavor.

In a greased non-stick baking tray, line these strips and bake them for 10 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

Every oven is different so make sure you first bake it for 8 mins and if they aren’t brown and crunchy,bake them for a few more minutes.

Your Crunchy Italiano Pizza Sticks is now ready.


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Gulab Jamuns

Surprising..Amazing..Delicious.. Soft… Sweet..Indian…Easy…Yummilicious…

My Gulab Jamun Recipe defines all these adjectives.


Heyy Lovely Readers,

OMG, I can’t believe its been more than 3 weeks I haven’t Blogged. I am sure most you might be wondering where have I dissappeared. Well, I know its not fair and I should have blogged more often. I was too busy this Festive Season. Firstly, I went to a Family Holiday during Dusshera and then so many preparations for my birthday..followed by Diwali.

P.S- Wishing all of you a Very Happy Diwali. May this Diwali bring prosperity and joy 🙂


This is my first Indian Sweet attempt and I cant tell you guys how thrilled I was. You will find more of sweet recipes in my blog in comparison to the savory dishes but this one is my ultimate favorite. This one was special because its my first attempt to make an Indian Dessert. I did not want to modernize this because I love the Gulab Jamun just the way it is. I was really nervous before I began this because it was specially for Diwali and I couldn’t mess it up. Honestly, I never thought i would be trying any of this at home. But I just had to do it.



Making these Gulab Jamuns at home is really easy. I would never want to purchase it from outside now. These were that good. All you have to do is keep a check on the measurements and the temperature of the oil while frying these…Rest will be taken care of on its own. You will be flooded with a zillion recipes online for Gulab Jamuns but they might be quite tricky and wouldnt be mentioning the Do’s and Dont’s of the recipe. Most of them use Milk Powder..Semolina and Alot of Maida to make it. I did not use any of these. I wanted to keep it authentic. I have used Khoa or Mawa for this Gulab Jamun Recipe along with Cottage Cheese(Paneer).



The main and the most important part of this recipe is to smoothen the  khoa and paneer together to make it as soft as possible. It should form a soft texture without any lumps. Once you have mastered this step the rest of the process is very easy. Make sure they are no cracks formed while you make the balls.

P.S- Make these Gulab Jamuns at home and enjoy them ❤


Makes About: 15-20 Medium Sized Gulab Jamuns

Preparation Time- 10 mins

Cooking Time- 15 mins


For the Sugar Syrup (Chashni):

  • Sugar- 1 1/2 Cup
  • Water- 1 Cup
  • Cardamom Power-1/2 Tsp
  • Rose Water- 1 Tsp
  • Kesar- 1 pinch

For the Gulab Jamuns:

  • Khoa or Mawa: 250 gms
  • Paneer or Cottage Cheese: 200 gms
  • All Purpose Flour or Maida: 1/4 th Cup
  • Cardamom Powder- 1/4th Tsp
  • Pure Ghee- 2 cups (for frying)
  • Pistachios- A handful for garnishing


1. In a pan add all the ingredients under the Sugar Syrup section and heat them until the sugar is dissolved and a little thickened.Make sure the sugar syrup or chasni is not too thick.

2. Cook for about 5 mins and then keep aside. While the sugar syrup is boiling… Grate the khoa and Paneer together and mash it with your hands for about 2..3 mins. Make sure there are no lumps and it is really smooth in texture.

3. Once the khoa and paneer and combined together to a smooth dough like texture, you can now add the all purpose flour and cardamom powder and combine everything together.

4. Divide the dough in equal parts and make medium sized balls. Make sure there are no cracks in them or you will need to mash it some more to form a smoother dough like mixture.

5. In a heavy bottom pan, heat pure ghee. Keep it on medium heat and once you add the balls to it reduce the temperature to really low.

6. Fry the gulab jamuns in ghee very carefully on a really low flame. It shouldn’t be high at all. Fry them until golden brown and then dip them in sugar syrup.

7. Leave aside for atleast 30 mins so that they soak in the sugar syrup before serving.

8. Top with pistachios and rose petals to serve.

Your Homemade Gulab Jamuns are now ready.


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