Jam Cookies

I always drooled over the jam cookies filling the old-fashioned glass jars on bakery shelves. The crunch of the crisp cookies with the sharp taste and sticky texture of jam used to fascinate me. My daughter and I came across several recipes using jam on cookies, but none of them matched the traditional ones, so my daughter developed this recipe. It is absolutely delicious. This cookie is even crisper than the store-bought cookies.

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Jam Cookies

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Soft Curd Cookies

My daughter and I dislike the artificial flavour of store-bought cookies/biscuits and prefer to bake our own. In our search for cookie recipes that used ingredients commonly available in Chennai, we came across this delicious cookie recipe in The Cookie Cookbook. These are soft cookies and will be enjoyed by children as well as the elderly. The original recipe used sour cream, and we modified it to use leftover curds.

Soft Curd Cookies - Kalas Kalai

Soft Curd Cookies

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Easy Chocolate Ice Cream (No Egg)

I have adored ice cream from childhood. I have always wanted to make ice cream at home so that I can have rich and creamy ice cream whenever I wanted it. Store bought ice cream is never satisfying as it has a lot of air in it, and it isn’t the all that healthy due to the added colouring, preservatives, stabilisers, etc. I came across a recipe in Hershey’s Chocolate and Cocoa Cookbook, but it used ingredients that are not available in India. I have modified that recipe extensively to adapt it to what is easily available in Indian stores. It is a very easy and simple recipe that uses only 4 store bought ingredients and is also vegetarian.

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream - Kalas Kalai

Easy Chocolate Ice Cream – These are the only ingredients you need to buy to make this

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Surulappam (Pancake Wrap with Sweet Coconut Stuffing)

In Tamil, the term Surulappam means rolled (or curled) flat fried bread. In this case, the bread happens to be a pancake. It also has a sweet stuffing of fresh coconut, sugar, and freshly crushed cardamom, which gives it the most exquisite taste and flavour.

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Surulappam (full and sliced to show the stuffing)

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Vanilla Ice Cream

Now that the temperature in Tamil Nadu is hovering around 35° C and schools are beginning to close for summer vacation, everyone is longing for cool treats to beat the heat. This is the perfect time to make ice cream, as homemade ice cream is cheaper and healthier  than what you get in the store. Plain Vanilla Ice Cream can be served with Carrot Halwa to make it even more interesting.

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Vanilla Ice Cream (with Carrot Halwa)

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Kala’s 3 Ps Curry (Paneer, Peas, Potato)

Indian Cottage Cheese (Paneer) lends itself to a variety of curries, such as Palak Paneer. I wanted to create a high protein, high energy vegetarian side dish using paneer and potatoes.  I also added green peas, which I love and are now in season – hence the 3 Ps Curry 🙂

Kala's 3 Ps Curry - Kalas Kalai

Kala’s 3 Ps Curry

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