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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Roasted Garlic Hummus

Hello All you Lovely Readers,

Summers are almost here and I am all set for the summer recipes this season. I have quite a lot of them lined up. To begin with is the Roasted Garlic Hummus. Now, I had a lot of you requesting me for Lebanese Food. Right from pita bread to hummus to a lot more. It was quite on my mind to do pita chips also guys but today I am only doing a perfect hummus recipe at home. Although you can check out my whole wheat pita chips recipe (here) which I had done long ago.


Now for those of you who don’t know what Hummus is: Hummus is a dip which is made out of cooked and mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. It is mostly served with pita bread but you can widely use it as a salad dip and have it with cucumbers,carrots, and also chips. I prefer it that way. They are high in nutrition and are perfect to eat those raw vegetables with a lot of taste….YUMM 🙂IMG_20150312_172656_wm


I think this is the easiest thing I have made soo far. Trust me when I say this. Hummus is a proof that some of the best tasting things in life are the simplest to make. It can be rustled up with just 5 to 6 ingredients and requires no cooking at all- only a food processor. (Really *WINK*)  The hummus recipe below will give you a perfect basic hummus recipe and also a solid base from which you can work on to experiment more new flavor if you like.


As I mentioned earlier that Hummus is a chickpea based dip and a staple at any Levantine Table spread. It was mostly popular in Middle East, Turkey etc but now is famous across the world. What I love about hummus is that you can really experiment with it. You can include spices such as coriander seeds, cumin, paprika , dried chili flakes and all sorts of things. You might also come across hummus blended with red-paprika, sun dried tomatoes, and even caramelized onions.

P.S- The best part is there are no hard and fast rules with the flavoring of hummus. You can have fun and experiment with the flavors when at home. Once you have mastered the basic recipe you can flavor it with whatever takes your fancy.

I love the flavor of roasted garlic and I had to add it in these. All you have to do is remove the head of the garlic, drizzle it with some olive oil, and roast it in the oven for 15 to 20 mins at 180 degrees. Its the best thing ever. You can also fry the garlic if you don’t want to bake it.


Lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: Roasted Garlic Hummus

Makes: 1 bowl dip

Prep Time: 5 mins

Making Time: 5 mins


  • Chickpeas- 200 gms soaked ( You can also use the canned ones)
  • Yogurt- 4 Tsp ( You can use Tahini Instead of this)
  • Roasted Garlic- 2 to 3 cloves( Don’t add more than this)
  • Sea Salt- 1 tsp
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 6 Tbsp ( Some more for drizzling)
  • Lemon Juice- 3 Tbsp
  • Paprika- 1 tsp ( Some extra to drizzle on top)
  • Coriander- 2 Tbsp (Optional and extra to add on top)


Rinse the chickpeas in cold water and and tip into the food processor. Add the yogurt, roasted garlic, salt, lemon juice, coriander, paprika and olive oil. You can also add some water for a better consistency. Blend until everything is smooth and combined.

Now tip it into the serving dish and drizzle it with some extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle some paprika and finely chopped coriander and some chopped roasted garlic.


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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.


Chocolate Mousse

Chocoholics Beware!!! This delicious Chocolate Mousse has a rich Chocolate Flavor and is light and airy with a velvety smooth texture.

Its February… the Valentines Special Month ❤ ❤


A spoonful of my Eggless Chocolate Mousse and I assure you that you will be hooked to this forever 🙂 I believe mousse is what you could call a grown up chocolate pudding. Although a chocolate mousse does seem like a really complicated recipe but it is simple yet an elegant dessert. This Chocolate Mousse Recipe uses only a few ingredients, but its chocolate flavor is rich, & its texture is silky smooth, airy and almost foamy.

P.S- Foamy is the apt description for a mousse because “Mousse” in French means “FOAM”


Valentines Day is really special occasion for people in love. They like to do everything super special for their loved ones. I do not believe that it should be the only day to pour in all the love but for many of you out there it truly is a special day. I appreciate that an therefore there will be a series of easy valentines special recipes this month for all of you.



I am sure you would want to cook something spectacular for Valentines Week. Valentines week calls for really gorgeous looking desserts and recipes. But obviously you do not want to spend much time in the kitchen. Do You? The recipes have to be easy and beautiful at the same time so that they can be enjoyed with your loved ones.

P.S- So please hold yourself as there are a lot of EASY…EGG LESS…QUICK…NO BAKE recipes coming up on the blog this month.  🙂



Chocolate Mousse is everybody’s all time favorite. I mean if you love chocolate you ought to love the rich & creamy chocolate mousse. There are a lot ways to make chocolate mousse. Mostly a chocolate mousse requires the usage of eggs or egg whites to make it fluffy and creamy. When you fold in the egg whites in chocolate it really gives it a smooth and rich texture. Nonetheless..I bring to you an EGG LESS version of Chocolate Mousse and trust me there is no compromise in the texture or the flavor of this mousse.



Usually you can make the easiest mousse by folding in chocolate with a good heave whipped cream and let it set in the refrigerator for that desired texture. However in this recipe I have used a secret ingredient which makes the mousse so light and fluffy is marshmallows. heard it right. MARSHMALLOWS are the secret star ingredient of this recipe. It is entirely optional. This foamy chocolate mousse is a combination of melted chocolate, marshmallows and heavy whipped cream. The marshmallows contain gelatin and it is the gelatin that helps the mousse to set. It truly gives it the same softness and foamy texture that comes with egg whites.

Please remember that the marshmallows are a completely optional ingredient. Since, it has gelatin most of you wouldn’t want to use it. You can skip using marshmallow entirely and go ahead with the rest of the ingredients as given. Just refrigerate the mousse for at least 2 hours to give it a settled finish.

P.S- Melted Marshmallow is the Secret Star Ingredient of this recipe 🙂 (Optional)

Since there are really few ingredients in a Chocolate Mousse recipe it is really important for you to pick the best quality of chocolate. Use a good quality semi sweet or bitter sweet chocolate that you enjoy eating. My preference is semi sweet chocolate with atleast 60 % of coco content. However, to make a perfect and classy chocolate mousse..even the best quality chocolate is not enough. You need to mix together some coffee into your chocolate while melting it to really bring out the rich flavor of chocolate.



This chocolate mousse can be used to fill cakes or tarts too. But I personally prefer a scoop of these beauties in my favorite pair of glass. You can garnish it with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, raspberries or strawberries. I obviously chose strawberries. Don’t they look lovely.

You can serve them directly but would taste amazing when you serve them chilled after placing them in the refrigerator for a few hours.

P.S- So all you boys & girls..gear up..and make these choco-licious and foamy Chocolate Mousse for your loved ones this valentines day ❤



Lets get started with the recipe.


Makes: 3 to 4 glasses 

Prep Time- 10 mins

Making Time- 5 mins


  • Semi Sweet Chocolate- 200 gms
  • Marshmallows- 100 gms (Optional- You can avoid it if you don’t eat gelatin)
  • Unsalted Butter- 2 Tbsp
  • Castor Sugar- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Strong Coffee or Espresso- 2 tsp
  • Vanilla Extract- 1/2 Tsp
  • Heavy Whipped Cream- 150 gms
  • Shaved Chocolate or Strawberries- For Garnishing (Optional)


Put the marshmallows, butter, semi sweet chocolate and coffee powder mixed with 1/2 cup boiling water into a pan and let everything melt down. Keep stirring constantly. For a quick result make sure you chop the marshmallows into smaller pieces.

If you are not using marshmallows then skip it and add rest of the ingredients in a pan and move further.

Remove from heat once the chocolate mixture has melted and a smooth consistency is formed.

Meanwhile the mixture is cooling, whip the cream  with vanilla and sugar until soft peaks are formed. Make sure the cream is not too stiff. Although it should be a heavy good quality whipped cream.

Fold in the cooled down chocolate mixture into the cream. Be as gentle as you can and use a cut and fold technique to mix it.

Serve in your favorite glasses. Make sure you only fill 3/4th of the glass so that you can garnish it with your favorite topping. I garnished it with strawberries. You can use whipped cream or shaved chocolate or raspberries or blueberries. The choice is yours.

Let the mousse set in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Your easy, no bake, chocolate mousse is now ready. 🙂


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Strawberry Jello Mousse with Nutella Ganache

Looking for a dessert which is light and pretty? Easy, Guilt Free, Low-fat, Low sugar Strawberry Jello Mousse with Nutella Ganache. So yummy and so pretty, this dessert is completely party worthy. This 3 ingredient no bake dessert is absolutely the star recipe of this year on the blog.


Hello Readers,

If you have been a regular reader on the blog, you would no how much I love strawberries. I mean there would be most of you who are fond of strawberries but I love them with all my heart. I wait the entire year for these yummy babies. They are on top of my list when it comes to making desserts. I believe they are the star ingredient in a dessert.


P.S- If I had to share a little secret with all of you, I prepare a separate list of things to make with strawberries throughout the year so that i can make all of them when Strawberries are in season 🙂

This dessert is a complete win- win. I mean who doesn’t love the combination of Nutella & Strawberries. I believe its a match made in heaven. Secondly with just 3 ingredients this dessert doesn’t require any baking. It is a NO BAKE dessert and that is the best part. So all of you who want to make amazing single serve desserts without any hassle of baking, this one is just the best for you.


These shots look really beautiful but the best part about it is the making process. Its so much fun to make jellies. It truly reminded me of my childhood days. This is a really easy dessert. So even your kids or the younger ones can make it without any difficulties. If there would be a contest for the easiest dessert this one is surely going to be on boards.


All you have to do is make the jelly, the strawberry mousse and top it with nutella ganache. You only need 3 ingredients which is Nutella, Strawberry Jelly Crystals and Cream.

Lets get Started.


Makes- 5 to 6 shots

Prep Time- 15 mins

Making Time- 1 hr ( includes the chilling time)


  • Srawberry Jelly- 1 packet any brand
  • Whipped Cream- 1 cup
  • Nutella- 3 to 4 tbsp
  • Strawberry- 1/2 cup


Prepare half the jelly according to the instructions given in the pack. Set aside 1/3rd cup of the mixture and add freshly chopped strawberries to the remaining strawberry jelly mix.

Spoon this mix into shot glasses. Chill the glasses at an angle until the jelly is set for atleast 30 mins.

Meanwhile, fold in half the whipped cream into the measured 1/3 cup of strawberry jelly mix. Fold in the whipped cream lightly until a creamy texture is achieved.

Spoon in this mix in the set jelly glasses.

Mix in the remaining whipped cream with nutella until its smooth. Top this mix on top and garnish with fresh strawberries.

Enjoy the easy dessert. Serve Chilled.


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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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Pomegranate Ginger Ale

One of my Favorite Drinks I have Made so Far. I love the Color of this drink and a flavor that you will never forget. Easy, Cool, Summery, Colorful…This drink is all that you can think of!!!


I Love Drinks. I believe not any meal of mine is complete without a Drink to go along. Just a little secret to share is: I wish one day I become perfect at making amazing mocktails and serve them in the best manner possible. I have this fetish for collecting classy glasses. I just own a few right now..but yes I certainly am investing into my collection.


This drink is more like an imagination and a mix match of ingredients. To my surprise it came out extremely well. I love Pomegranate Juice and have it almost daily when I am at home. I like the Fresh Homemade Juice. I find the Packed one a bit sour. What about you? So during such a regular day, I had a few ingredients right in front of me while I was at the rim of consuming my Juice..I just mixed those ingredients for fun…. but soon I realized it was the best combination ever.


If you have a perfect blend of flavors..You can make the best mocktails at home. They are really simple and easy to put through. My pomegranate Ginger Ale is a savior on a hot summer day. Ginger Ale these days is easily available in the market and I love the flavor. You could also use Ginger Beer in this recipe. It just adds on to the amazing flavor of the drink.

P.S- You need to make this drink Fresh for your guests.. If you plan to serve 🙂

This one Unlike my Lychee Ginger Mojito cannot be prepared before hand. The mix of Pomegranate Juice and Gingerale taste Amazing when they are made Fresh. I wouldnt recommend to pre- prepare this drink. You don’t want to lose onto the flavors.. Do you? 

P.S- This drink is ready in less than 5 mins.

Screenshot_2014-09-11-17-24-42-1_wmRECIPE: POMEGRANATE GINGER ALE

Makes- 1 Pitcher

Prep Time- Less than 5 mins


  • Pomegranate Juice- Fresh ( 3 Cups)
  • Ginger Ale- 3/4 th cup
  • Soda- 2 cups
  • Lemon Juice- 1/4th Cup
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon Juliennes – 1/2 cup
  • Ginger Juliennes- 1/4th cup
  • Ice Cubes – 1 cup
  • Mint Leaves- Few (Optional)


1. In a pitcher add Ice cubes, Lemon Juliennes and Ginger Juliennes.

2. Now add lemon juice and salt

3. Mix everything together

4. Add pomegranate juice and ginger ale together. Mix well

5.Top with Soda. Pour it slowly. 

6. Garnish with a few mint leaves and ready to serve.

Your Pomegranate Ginger Ale is now Ready.

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