Friday, November 25, 2016

Baking Checklist for Newbies

Checklist for Newbies  

                     “We learn from failure, not from success!” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula
 When it comes to learning anything from art to science or to sports, the route to perfection or finish comes with mistakes. So, the question is what did you do wrong today to learn from it. So, just b'cos mistakes is the way the success doesn't mean that you keep making the same mistakes every time. A good practice to avoid repeating mistakes, it's said to keep a checklist or a written note. With a easy to refer note, you can recollect the steps, avoid the no-nos and focus on the end result.

Note: For those looking to perfect the art of keeping checklist, there's a book called - The Checklist Manifesto.

Have a good day!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Next on my Wish List ( Note to Xmas Father)

Good Morning friends, Have a wonderful day!!!
Few days back I went to Foodhall @ 1MG Mall to kill that evening, and check new items/products kept on display. While walking around the aisle, I went bonkers seeing the red machine on display. It's not the first time I've seen it but this time, I got carried away by the utility of this machine. With this feeling, I put KitchenAid, on my wish list. :-)
So when I got back home I went through the brochure given by them. On the manual book there was a chocolate cake recipe, then I decided to whiff it up. And, what you see below is the chocolate cake with caramel buttercream icing and chocolate ganache to top it up.
The entire cake was enjoyed by my neighbors, couldn't taste a piece of it due to my health issues.
Love to bake, bake and bake
Chocolate Cake ( Experimental Cake)

Slice of Chocolatey Delight

Monday, September 12, 2016

Restaurants serving Onam Sadya in Trivandrum -2016

Onam Sadhya in the Capital City

Onam Sadhya - Top 10 Finalists in Trivandrum
It's Onam frenzy in the state capital. The places around East Fort area in Trivandrum are packed with scores of last minute Onam shoppers. It's a sight to see the rush in shops like Ramachandra Textiles, Pothy's Super market, Civil Supplies depot in East Fort, vegetable market in Chalai market, and of course the packed gold shops. Close to these shops are the road side cloth sellers who attract sizable bargain hunters.

Apart from these stores, home appliances stores are making big bucks and attracting scores of people.

What is Onam without Onam sadhya?

It's the feast of feasts for Malayalees. Onam Sadya served on a banana leaf is a traditional feast which has over 12 to 18 items or more, depending the preparation. However, these days nobody has the time, patience or energy to prepare all these dishes in their kitchen. The trend these days is to order Onam Sadya or dine at any of the restaurants. It's not unusual to see many family members making a beeline to the popular restaurants in the locality.

Restaurants serving Onam Sadhya in Trivandrum

Call it a new trend or the lack of time, more people are used to eating out, especially during festivities, such as Onam. Due to this, each year there're new hotels serving Onam sadya, offering wider choices to suit different budget.

In Trivandrum, there're many good restaurants serving Onam sadya. Here's a list of restaurants serving Onam sadya in Trivandrum. from ( Source:

Biverah Hotel & Suits, Kumarapuram

Sept 13 till 16, 2016
Onamsadya Rs 325
Parcel Rs 349 ( Free delivery)
Onasadya & Payasam at Biverah

Onam Special Payasam at Biverah ( 1 ltr and 1/2 ltr)
Semya Rs 200 for l ltr
Elaneer ( Tender coconut) Rs 260 for 1 (L)
Dates Payasam Rs 240 for 1 (L)
Ada Payasam Rs 200 for 1 (L)
Chowaree Rs 200 for 1 (L)
Kadala payasam Rs 200 for 1(L)

Onam sadhya @ Apollo Dimora
Onam Sadya at Apollo Dimora

Date: From Sept 5 to 15
Time: 12:00 noon to 3:PM
Rate: Rs 500, plus taxes

Location: Opposite Railway Station,
Thampanoor, Trivandrum
For details or reservations, call +91 471 3060333, +91 8129114455,

Steampot at Pottakuzhi
Onam Special at Steampot

Sept 13 and 14 ( Only takeaway)
2 pax - Rs 1,200,
5 pax - Rs 1,800
Ph # 0471 2553663, mob 9142134992

Chirag Inn, M.G.Road, 

Onam Sadya Rs 279
Home delivery: 299

Till Sept 16
Location: Statue, Trivandrum - 1
Phone : 0471-2555556

Grand Master's kitchen
Jubilee Hospital Rd, Palayam
GrandMasters Sadya  The price per sadya is Rs.250

Onam Sadya at Ruby Arena, Medical College, Tvm
Onam Sadya at Ruby Arena ( Medical College)

Onam Sadya with payasam Rs 275
Rs 300 for takeaway ( Free home delivery for more than 5 pack)
September 12th to15th

Onam Payasam Mela at Ruby Arena ( Sept 12 to 15)
Payasam Mela

( Price for Payasam - 1 ltr Rs 175, 1/2 ltr Rs 90, and 1/4 ltr Rs 45)
Ada Pradhaman
Pazha Payasam
Mathanga Payasam
Chena Payasam
Semya Payasam
Gothambu Payasam
Ambalapuzha Pal Payasam
Aval Payasam

Hotel Arul Jyothi
Onam Sadhya at Rs 250
Time: 12 to 2:30
Available till Sept 15, 2016
Advised to take prior reservation, 0417 2333300

Imperial kitchen
Onam Rs 289, plus tax
30 Rs parcel charges

11:30 to 3:PM
Onam Sadya will be served till 15th
Reservation call +91471 2311 789 or +91471 2311 798

Villa Maya

Onam Sadya at Villa Maya

Rate 750, plus tax
Timing 12:AM to 3:PM
Till Sept 14

Location: 120, Airport Road,
Injakkal, West fort,
Call +91 471 25789 - 01, 02,03,04,05

Hotel Rajadhani

Rajadhani Buildings, East Fort, Thiruvananthapuram
For Reservation enquiries : Tel. No. +91 -471-2547755,
Mobile: +91 9446046450

Hotel Maurya Trivandrum

Onam Sadya only on Sept 13 and 14
498/ inclusive of tax
Timing 12:30 to 3:00

Windsor Rajadhani Hotel

Onam Sadya only on Sept 13 and 14
498/ inclusive of tax
Timing 12:30 to 3:00

Park Rajadhani at East Fort and Uloor,

Rate for Onam sadya  Rs 260, inclusive of taxes
Timing:12:30 to 3:30

Free Home delivery of Onam sadya - Rs 1,750 per kit ( Serves 5 people)

Arya Nivas

Onam Sadya@ Rs 150
Parcel rate: Rs 270 ( Collect from the hotel)

11:30 to 3:00 PM
Only on Thiru Onam day ( 14/9/16)
Phone 0471 233 0789


Onamsadhya spread @ Mothers

Location: Bakery Junction, Near Russian Culture, Palayam
Phone: 0471 401 2255
Hours: Open today · 7AM–11PM
Onam sadya - Rs 160/ (All inclusive)

Travancore Aramana restaurant

Only dining Rs 250 per head
Pls call 0471 406 4060 to confirm your reservation.
Oottukuzhy-Vanross Rd, Statue, Palayam, Tvm

The Trivandrum hotel
Onam sadya Rs 299/-
YMCA Rd, Statue, Palayam
Phone: 0471 233 4433 for orders

Pls call the respective hotels to make reservation and get all details before you visit.

Onam Sadya ( Easy Sadya Tips)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Food License for Home Bakers and Caterers

Akshaya Centre at Kumarapuram ( Apply for license here)
It's a good sign to see that many women are starting home-based baking and catering business. One trend is sure, more women are keen to do something they like doing, or follow their passion or generate a second income. However, starting a home-based baking biz is not a cake walk. In the initial stages, one has to be wear many hats - from being a cleaner, innovator, creator, marketer, delivery person, etc.

In a crowded and competitive market, how will you stand out?
Another important aspect of any biz is to find a niche and claim it. But, often in the race to get started, many people (including me) often try to be everything. It's kind of being jack of all trades. However, it's not a place to stay for a long time (Note to self :)

So, now you got an incredible idea to start a biz: So, what's next?

If you're starting any kind of catering or food related biz, ( from home based to five star), you require food license. Taking a food license may be a hassle, but it's better to on the safe side of law, than to face any kind of problem with the authorities.

What kind of food license is required?

FSSAI license is mandatory for anyone involved in home based food biz to hotels.

Where can I apply for food license?

In the recent past Govt of Kerala has created another agency called Akshya to simplify many task related to applying of govt certificates to many licenses. This agency is a big relief to the public as you don't have to wait in front of dusty corridors to gain permission or certificates. |

So, you can approach Akshya centeres located in your locality for applying the food license.

What documents are required for applying FSSAI license?

Here're the documents which should be submitted at Akshya centres for processing your application:

1) Passport size photo
2) Address proof
3) Photo ID proof
4) If own residence, then the corporation tax receipt. In case of rented building, then you can provide rental agreement

Along with the documents, you need to pay an amount of Rs 100 or Rs 500, depending on the tenure of the license.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Restaurants serving Onam Sadya in Bangalore -2016

Chingam Vanne Onam Vanne.. Ohoy..... For Malayalees, Onam is synonymous with grand vegetarian spread called Onam sadya, or the floral decoration which called as attam or the thiruvathira kali, where women perform a unique and slow dance or if you remember the younger days, it was Onam kodi ( new dress) which everyone used to wear during Onam time.

For me, Onam is a mix of all. It's about school vacation, going to my grand mother's house in Kazhakuttam, having siesta under the tree and the carefree and fun times with all the cousins. I feel all us have our share of Onam memories which might be quite different or similar to all of us

Onam Then and Now 2016 

Life in 80's or 90's is all different from the current Whatsapp era. Today, life has become more superficial like the 'likes' we get on Facebook page. Well, we know changes are inevitable, but today's fast paced change is like a science fiction movie.

For Malayalees living in Kerala or those living outside the state, life too have changed. Many of us has prospered, we're going places, we have more comforts, etc. However, there're few things which we cherish. And, one such thing is the Onam Sadhya.

Onam Sadya - at home or restaurant

So, how are Malayalees settled outside or living in cities like Bangalore or Hyderabad or even in far away cities like Dubai or London celebrating Onam?

While it's typical for people have Onam sadya at home. But, the practical difficulty of making all the side dishes, payasam, etc makes them think of the next easy option i.e to have Onam sadya outside at a restaurant or at Kerala samajam  or a club.

If you're in Bangalore, there're quite a number of hotels and restaurants which serve Onam Sadya. Apart from the hotels, Malayalee association like East Cultural Association arrange different cultural activities during Onam time and sadya.

So, for those looking for a quick and easy Onam Sadya, here're the popular places to have Onam Sadhya in Bangalore.

1) Ente Keralam
Onam Sadhya at Ente Keralam

This restaurant located near Ulsoor is a crowd puller during Onam season. For those planning to enjoy the wide onam spread, Ente Keralam brings to you authentic  Onam sadya spread to its patrons. If you're planning to visit during thiru Onam day, make sure that you've an early reservation in place.

Onam Sadhya from Sept 5 till 12, Rs 495, plus tax ( serving only for Lunch)

Onam Sadhya on thiru onam day ( Lunch & dinner) 695, plus tax

Takeaway Rs 1,225 ( Serving for two)

Location of Ente Keralam: Old No 12/1 Ulsoor Road , Near Sultan Jewellers, Ulsoor, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560008
Phone: 080 3242 1002

Get home delivery through:
Call Ph # +919353039698

2) The Paul Bangalore

Onam sadya at Vembanad at The Paul, Bangalore offers a Onam sadya in the typical onam style ( sadya on ella). The onam sadya has over 14 dishes, and payasm and it's served only on thiru onam day.

14 th Sept lunch 12 to 3:30
1,350 taxes, ( Ella sadya, 14 dishes)

Located at Near Domlur flyover, 39/28, Amar Jyoti Layout, Domlur
Bangalore 500071

Call for reservations: 080 4047 7777

3) The Gateway Hotel Bangalore 

  Karavali at The Gateway Hotel, Bangalore, located at Residency Rd,

Date: 14th ( Sadya only at lunch time)

Rs 1500 for sadya ( all inclusive)
What's in the sadya: 13 items
Timing: 12:AM to 3:PM

4) Achayans 

   Rs 300 per plate
    Ph# 9620284

 5) Coconut Groove

     Rs 850 Per head
     Timing: 12 to 3:30
     Location: Church Street
     Reservation or details, call Phone: 080 2559 6262

6)  Bon south
      Onam Special buffet 850 ( all taxes)
      Location: Koramangala

        Slots 11:30 AM
                   1:00 PM slot ( Booked fully)
                   3:00 PM

7) Rasa

Onam Feast at Rasa

Rate 650 plus tax
Location: CMH Road
Timing from 11:45AM till 3:30 PM
Call 080 41518237 to reserve your seat

8) Kumarakom Restaurant

Cost of sadya Rs 470 + tax
Location: HSR Layout
For reservation call, Ph# 08065000114

9) Radha Hometel

Opposite SAP Labs,
Whitefield, Bengaluru
12:30 PM to 3:PM

Rate 550 plus tax
Call for reservations Ph # 08066226969

10) Little Home

Dining Rs 300
Parcel 350
Family Pack Rs 1000

Contact # 080 25525950
          080 25631504

1015, 80 Feet Road, 1st Block,
Near Wipro Signal,
Koramangala 1st Block, Bangalore

Timing from 1:PM

11) Onam Sadhya at Anju's Cafe, Ranga Sankara

Onam Sadya on Sept 11 at Anju's Cafe