May 18, 2016

Orange Iced Tea | Quick Summer Beverages

That my elder one liked Iced Tea is a recent discovery. I rarely make it. Being a drinker of neither coffee nor tea, it didn’t figure in my to-do list. Apparently she was served this at her close friend’s birthday party and liked it a lot. I however loved the Pistachio topped Rose Iced Tea that the husband makes for me ocassionally...

Post that, I had bought a packet of Iced Tea premix but didn’t use it at all as it was hidden away in the pantry, and way past its expiry date (Is it just me or someone out there too who buys stuff enthusiastically and promptly forgets all about it ?)

Well, I wasn’t gonna buy that huge pack of premix again, and smaller sachets were not to be available, I set about making this the classical way.  The way that iced tea like it. 

Both the kids drink spiced masala tea as part of their weekly tea time with their dad, so they were quite ecstatic to see a variation of Iced Tea at teatime :) They relished it a lot and kept coming back for seconds. 

With the summer almost upon us, I am sure to make this frequently, considering it takes under 15 mins to make it. Chilling it for an hour is the only boring part, as the kids said. But am sure they won’t mind this once in a while in the scorching months ahead of us.

I made it with plain tea and topped with mint and Orange segments. 

How do you and your family like your Iced Tea ? Do write in…

Cook time : 5 mins, chilling / resting time : 1 hour min
Serves : 2

  • Black Assam Tea - 2 tsp (or more if serving to adults)
  • Water - 1 cup (240 ml)
  • Crushed Ice - to serve
  • Chilled water - 1 cup
  • Crushed Ginger - 1/2 tsp
  • Brown Sugar / crystalline Sugar - 4 tsp ( i used 2 tsp honey)
  • Any syrup (if using, skip the sugar) - 3 TBSP ( i used fresh Orange Fruit Juice)
  • Mint leaves - for garnish

  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil,  add tea leaves and boil for 1 min more. Let it steep for 5-10 mins. Strain and chill this for 30 mins. 
  2. If using syrup, mix now else add sugar and mix well. 
  3. Add the chilled water and mix again.
  4. Immediately serve in chilled glasses topped with crushed ice / ice cubes, crushed ginger, mint and any fruit (orange / lemon / kiwi) segments for a refreshing drink
If using the premix, just mix the required quantity in chilled water and top with ice cubes and serve. Depending whether the premix contains sugar or not, you can adjust accordingly.

Sending this to PJ who's hosting Valli's Kids Delight this edition.

May 10, 2016

Wholewheat Low fat stuffed Cinnamon Rolls | #Breadbakers | Kids food

This month on #Breadbakers, Deepti gave us a theme of baking rolls. The recipe was decided the moment I signed up for the challenge - it was gonna be fulfilling a long standing demand from the elder kid : Cinnamon Rolls ("make sure not to add too much butter and sugar, Amma (mom)", she said.

Knowing my taste for low fat bakes, I subbed the entire APF with wholewheat and used as little butter as I could, yet we enjoyed it a lot. Most were gone the moment they came out of the oven. And although the cinnamon sugar could be more pronounced, we liked the healthy treats.

So, if you are a fan of Cinnamon rolls (who doesn't !!??)), head to the kitchen and bake yourself this light yet hearty Low fat and Low Sugar Wholewheat Cinnamon Rolls. Enjoyed best warm with a cup of tea or as a light snack. Your sweet tooth and heart will thank you for this low fat / low sugar version :D

Prep time : 15 mins, rise time : 2 hours , makes : 12 medium sized rolls

For the rolls :

  • Wholewheat Flour - 2 1/4 cups
  • Instant Yeast - 7 gms (I used a sachet)
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar - 2 TBSP (powdered)
  • Warm water - 1+ 1/4 cup (or as needed)
  • Olive oil - 2 TBSP
  • Butter - 1 TBSP


  • Butter - 2 TBSP + 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon Sugar - 2 TBSP (you might need more)
  • Tutti frutti / Candied fruit - 1 TBSP (opt.)

To Drizzle:

  • Icing Sugar - 2 TBSP
  • Warm milk - 1 tsp


  1. In the bowl of the stand mixer / food processor , add the wholewheat flour, yeast and mix well. Add in the powdered sugar and cinnamon powder and whisk again. Add olive oil. mix well.
  2. Add in the 1 cup of water and let it knead to a smooth dough (about 8-10 mins), adding more water if required. Towards the end of the kneading cycle, tip in the butter and let it knead for 2-3 mins more.
  3. Cover and keep in a warm place till it doubles.
  4. Once its doubled, punch it down and roll into a 13 * 9 thickish sheet on a floured surface. Brush melted butter generously over the surface leaving a 1/2 inch gap around the edges. Now sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over the buttered layer and spread the candied fruit if using.
  5. Now start rolling the sheet along the longer edge to a tight cylinder. 
  6. With a sharp knife, cut into thickish rolls. 
  7. Place the cut rolls into a lined baking sheet, about 1/2 inch away from each other
  8. cover and let it slightly rise again.
  9. Towards the end of the second rise, preheat oven to 400F / 200 C. 
  10. Brush the risen rolls with 1  tsp butter if required, and place the tray in the oven. 
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes till they turn golden brown. Cool on wire rack
  12. Whisk the icing sugar in the milk and drizzle while still warm
  13. Enjoy immediately or freeze / micro for further use.


#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on this home page.

We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

May 2, 2016

Recap of Tamil Cuisines on the JTTC (Journey Through the cuisines)

It has been a very exciting journey all this month for the JTTC (Journey Through the Cuisines). Personally fulfilling coz I could post a lot of Tamil cuisine based dishes that we love as a family.

Its been a wonderful experience for doing this Mega Bm. Thank all my co-bloggers for their wonderful support and unstinted co-operation !!

Let me walk you through the recap of this alphabetic Mega Marathon (A-Z) , but recapped category wise:

Category - 1 : Tiffin varieties + Breakfast 

An InLinkz Link-up

Category - 2 : Sides + Gravies (Kozhambu / Sambhar / Rasam) 

An InLinkz Link-up

Category - 3 : Condiments + Chutneys + Dips

Category - 4 : Sweets + Snacks (Including Naivedyam) 

An InLinkz Link-up

Category - 5 : Main Course + Mini Meals  

An InLinkz Link-up

Stay tuned for more such events on this blog


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