January 14, 2011

SwagBucks - Fun way to earn :)

About Swagbucks:

Some may have heard about Internet earning and some may not have. Well there are hundreds of sites where u can earn, get coupons, gifts, money etc. Swagbucks is a similar kind of thing. I registered some months back and in a couple of weeks I had a 5$ Amazon gift card from swagbucks. Till now, I have managed to make 100$ :) of Amazon gift cards. There is just a little you have to do. Search, play, fill some surveys, give votes, enter some swag codes etc and all this at your own pace.

I want to share this with you because I know many of you are homemakers. We bloggers are most of the time online and Swagbucks hardly takes 5-10 minutes of yours in a day. Of course this depends on how much you swag.

Register yourself and find out all the details. Click below to register:

Search & Win

You also get swagbucks by entering swag codes. You can find swag codes at some sites. Here is the one I get them from http://www.sc-s.com/

Some Tips:

  • You get 1 SB just by polling in 'Daily Polls' everyday
  • You get 1 SB just by clicking on the trusted Surveys
  • The NOSO offer : just skip all the offers in a way and complete this to get 2 SBs.
  • There are many small present in "Special Offers" tab under Earn.
  •  For searching use the keywords which appear on the main page. E.g: 2 products are displayed daily on its home page, try using the words from these product's name and description, or sometimes the main words from the Swagbucks' blog's recent blog post also work. They also have twitter updates which give some hints/swag codes. Once you get something by search, stop and then try later after some hours
  • You can make Swagbucks as your default search engine, so everytime you search somthing from your search bar the browser will by default use swagbucks search engine.
  • You can make it your homepage with some search key .
  • Don't ever do exhaustive searching, it never works that way.

Check this link for more details:

Its fun to earn even in your idle time.

January 7, 2011

Instant Uttappa (Semolina Crepes topped with veggies)

Uttappas are always very fulfilling. These instant Uttappas taste good and we can have as many toppings as we like.  Make them look attractive for children by spreading tomato ketchup and Sev.


2 Cups of Coarse Semolina (Rava)
3/4 Cup of Rice Flour
3/4 Cup of All Purpose Flour
3/4 Cup of Yogurt (Dahi)
Salt as per taste

For Topping:

Finely Chopped Onion, Capsicum, Carrot, Cabbage (whatever is liked and available in fridge :))
Garam Masala
Tomato Ketchup
Fine Sev


1. Mix all the ingredients expect the veggies. Mix 1-2 Cups of warm water. Make a thick batter the way we make it for regular uttappas.

2. Allow it to soak for 15-20 minutes.

3. Heat a nonstick pan, put some oil on its surface. Now pour some batter and spread it with the help of ladle. Put the veggies on top of it, sprinkle some Garam Masala. Put some oil along the edges. Let this side cook for a while and once done flip it over and let the other side cook.

4. Serve with tomato Ketchup or spread it over the Uttappa, Put some Sev and you will get Uttappa Pizza :).


The rice flour makes these Uttappas a little crisp.

January 4, 2011

Birthday Cake and 'Crisp n Heavenly' Shahi Tukda

Happy new year to all the foodies and friends. I hope you all had great time on 31st evening and 1st January with everyone preparing there delicacies to start the year on a sweet note. 1st Jan is always special at my home as its my hubby's Birthday and a start of the year.

This 31st we went to see the fireworks at Space Needle. It was just heavenly. The space needle looked like a spaceship with all the smoke of the fireworks in its background. If any of you visits Seattle, do visit this attraction, you sure will love it.

This time on his birthday I decided to try icing for the cake. I was searching for various egg less recipes for icing. I got many recipes of whipping cream but in the grocery store which are near to our homeI could not find a whipping cream which is heavy in fat. They say the fat content of the cream should be 35% to 40% for the icing to become creamy and thick. So I found another recipe which uses Condensed milk. This icing is easy to make but quickly hardens as it cools. So you need to be very fast in spreading and decorating your cake. Taste wise it was really good. I spent almost 5-6 hours playing with this icing. There were many new things and I learnt a great deal about them. The end product was good and all the hard work was successful..:)

Other special and the simplest sweet dish I made for this special occasion was "Shahi Tukda". Many must be aware of this dish. Its a dessert made out of bread. Some call it shahi pudding. There are various variation of this. Everyone should sure try out this dish as its going to be liked by everyone. It looks very appealing (really Shahi) and tastes very refreshing. Good one to impress guests and family.

Icing Ingredients:

Find the recipe of egg less chocolate cake here.

For Icing/Frosting:

14 oz tin of Condensed Milk
4 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence (optional)
White and Brown chocolate cubes to make curls

Icing Method:

1) Heat sauce pan on medium heat and add butter, condensed milk and sieve cocoa powder in it.

2) Continue to cook for 7 to 8 minutes stirring continuously.

3) Once it becomes thick (spreadable consistency) add vanilla essence, mix well. Frosting is ready. Quickly spread it over the cake using a spatula. If you want to decorate with the design do it real quick. If the icing hardens heat it a little again.

4) To make chocolate curls, melt the chocolate in a pan. On a flat platform spread this chocolate and cool it a little in a freeze. After a while using a cheese slicer draw a straight line down the cooled chocolate platform and get curls. If they are breaking it means the chocolate needs to be heated a little so that it molds into the curls. My curls where not perfect but with practice I will sure get them more curly :).

Shahi Tukda Ingredients:

Serves 8

4 Bread loaves
About 750 ml Milk
3-4 tbsp Custard powder
3/4 Cup Sugar (adjust as per sweet taste)
1 tsp powdered Cardamom (Elaichi)
Shvings of Pistachios and Almonds ( Badaam, Pista )

Shahi Tukda Method:

1. Make equal halves of all the bread loaves. Now to make them crisp there are two options.
Either you can deep fry them in oil  or make toasts in the oven. I made toasts and they taste exactly same as the fried one. So oil conscious people should go for toasts :).

2. Heat milk in a sauce pan and add custard powder and sugar to it. (Make the custard the way we make it for fruit custard / fruit salad). Keep stirring till the milk thickens a little. Care needs to be taken as there are chances that the milk sticks to the bottom of the pan. Hence continual stirring is important. Once done adjust the sweetness and cool it in a fridge. When in fridge you should stir it every short time intervals for some time.

3. To make almond and pistachio shavings, soak them into water for a while. Take the almonds and turn them so the widest point faces parallel to the cutting implement (knife). Cut the almonds into wafer thin slices and repeat same with pistachios.

3. Keep one piece of toast in a serving dish or a bowl is preferred. Add custard milk on top of it so that the piece of toast gets covered. Now top this with almond and pistachio shavings.  Sprinkle this with Cardamom (Elaichi) powder.
Shahi Tukda is ready....:)

I am sure everyone at home will like this. For people who do not like sweets but need to be specially treated this is the perfect dessert.


Condensed milk is sweet in taste so there is no need to add sugar in icing.
You may add some water to frosting to make it easy to work on. You may also deep spatula in cold water, this will help to spread frosting easily.

The Icing Method may not be the perfect one but it was sure a nice learning experience.