Eggless Gulab Jamnu Cheesecake ~ No Bake with Agar Agar

Our family being Gulab Jamun lovers, my kids just love this Eggless Gulab Jamun Mix cake and always prefer it at each family celebration. So when the time came to think about some desserts for elder one's birthday celebration, his answer obviously was "Gulab Jamun Cake". Keeping his preference in mind, I went ahead and prepared this western cheesecake dessert with a desi spin. Inspired from Sanjeev Kapoor's recipe, this cake is eggless made with agar agar. All you have to do is whip the ingredients together, pour into the springform pan, place it in the fridge and wait for couple of hours or overnight. The best thing is you don't need any oven to make this cake and still this delicious cheesecake will make you look like a baking expert! 

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DIY Stone Art- Owlsome Stones ~ Part 3

In Sanskrit there is saying which talks about 14 Vidyas (Knowledge) and Chausashta (64) Kalas (Arts). And if you check that list it feels as if lifetime is not enough to learn and master these arts.. isn't it? 

Anyway, in continuation to my DIY stone art posts, its part 3 in this series and as promised in the previous post it is ahout "OWL"some stones. I was browsing through Etsy pages looking for some inspirations after Mandala Stones and I landed on this page. Do visit Sehnaz Bac 's page. I am sure you would end up saying "Damn these are just cutie owls of this world!" I ended up spending the rest of my time admiring her gorgeous artwork and getting inspired to try my hands at the earliest. If the same happens to you do not worry you are doing it right because

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time"
Thomas Merton

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DIY Stone Art ~ Part 2

"To practice art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it." 
Kurt Vonnegut

This is exactly what I do..practice and practice different forms of art for some time and get lost in it to nurture my soul. In continuation to my previous post, this is Part 2 of DIY stone art and its about theme painting on stones. Chose any theme as per your interest/requirement and proceed with acrylic paints on these stones. In the below pic you see some scenery painting, inspirational word/quote and two owls. 

For scenic/ landscape themed painting you can check this video tutorial. You can search in youtube, type tutorials for painting stones and the search results will display n' number of videos. 

Pebbles painted with bright colored paints can be means of creative expression and joy especially for kids. So plan it as a summer/vacation/ craft activity for your kids to keep them entertained and busy. 

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DIY Mandala Stone Art ~ Dotillism ~ Part 1

Recently came across an African proverb that says "Patience can cook a stone". But who wants to cook the stone when we can paint them.. right? Painting on stones is such an awesome idea and the best part is they are therapeutic with their new look. 

Today's post is about Dotillism. Dotillism is a form  of art introduced by Elspeth McLean. This was the video which inspired me to try this art form. As I clicked her other videos, she continued to amaze me with her mesmerizing creations!! They were not just intricate designs but skillful imagination with dots and color combinations, that put patience as well as focusing skills to the ultimate test. A fun art project, I added this to my personal to do list and headed to a nearby craft shop/plant nursery. I got hold of some black pebbles and white/cream pebbles, and tried my hands at mandala stones. You can see the completed work in below pictures.

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Baba Ghanouj/ Baba Ghanoush

When we visited one of the local Arabic restaurant, I noticed mention of Mouttabal and Baba Ghanouj/ Baba Ghanoush one below the other on their menu card. The waiter couldn't help much in clearing the doubts due to language problem. He just said "different" 

I always thought these names, Mouttabal and Baba Ghanoush were used interchangeably for this popular eggplants based mezze from Middle Eastern region until I read here. This website cleared my doubts. The main ingredient and the preparation to some extent in these dishes may look similar, its the inclusion or exclusion of tahini (sesame paste) as well as yogurt which decides the final name of the dish. Baba Ghanoush excludes the use of tahini and yogurt and the texture is very much similar to our Baingan ka Bharta. This chunky dip is a perfect snacking option with some pita or crackers. A healthy appetizer with lots of smoky goodness, the dip gets its flavors from a mix of roasted egglplant, garlic, parsley, pomegranates. Lets see how we can prepare this dish at home. The below recipe is inspired from this video.

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