Cook's Hideout Recipes


Pumpkin Gelato

Creamy and delicious Pumpkin Gelato made without eggs. Takes just a few minutes to put everything together and make this decadent dessert.

Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Filling & Ganache

Rich and decadent Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Filling and ganache. All in all this is an absolutely delicious cake that is sure to be a big hit for any occasion and you would not even know that it is vegan.

Black Rice and Corn Salad

Hearty, colorful and delicious Black rice and corn salad, great to serve warm or at room temperature. Black rice is cooked with corn, cranberries, spices and herbs.

Cherry Berry Smoothie Bowl

This cherry berry smoothie bowl is creamy and delicious. It is a quick, guilt free way to start any day. This smoothie bowl has half a days worth of fiber.

Fluffy Whole Grain Pancakes

Fluffy and delicious Whole Grain Pancakes served with sweet almond butter sauce makes any morning extra special. Rolled oats and wholewheat flour makes these pancakes high in fiber and hearty.

Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes

These Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes are perfect for your loved ones on Valentine's day breakfast or brunch.These are made with powdered beets instead of artificial colors.

Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn Squash soup is creamy, flavorful, comforting and hearty. Perfect to make when the temperatures take a dip and you need to warm up inside and out.

Paneer Fried Rice

Paneer fried rice is a protein packed dish that is perfect to pack for lunch. It is quick and easy to make and is great to use up leftover rice.

100% Whole wheat Bread

100% Whole wheat bread that is moist, tender and studded with Walnuts. Easy to make and great as toast and for sandwiches.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Empanada

Here’s a vegetarian version of popular street food in many Latin And South American countries - sweet potato and black bean Empanada served with yogurt dip.

Mocha Cream Pie

This Mocha Cream pie requires no baking and is rich and decadent. This is a great make ahead dessert that both kids and adults would enjoy!!

Chickpea Quesadilla

Chickpea Quesadilla is a delicious variation to regular cheese quesadilla. It’s packed with double protein with chickpeas and cheese.

Brussel Sprouts Fried Rice

Brussels Sprouts Fried Rice is a colorful and absolutely delicious dish. It is very flavorful with the addition of sauteed herbs.

Basic Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough bread that is great to have toasted with some jam for breakfast.

Chocolate Affogato

Hot Chocolate Affogato is a great dessert/ drink to make for kids parties. Hot chocolate is poured onto vanilla ice cream scoop and served right away.

Baked Maple Donuts

Baked Maple Doughnuts to celebrate National Doughnut day. These doughnuts are baked instead of fried, which makes them little less-guilty than eating the traditional ones.

Avocado Hummus

A creamy and delicious dip made with avocado and chickpeas. It is a cross between hummus and guacamole. A nutritious snack for any time of the day.

Costa Rican Refried Rice & Beans

Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is on Monday and I wanted to post a quick and easy recipe to make on that day. I found this recipe in Viva Vegan cookbook that fits the bill perfectly. If you have cooked rice and beans, then this recipe is a breeze to make...

Jollof Brown Rice

African Tomato Rice aka Jollof rice made with brown rice. This recipe is baked in the oven instead of on the stove top.

Overnight Oats - 2 Ways

2 delicious ways to jazz up Overnight Oats - easy to make and wholesome breakfast to start any day. One Base recipe that can be customized to ones likes and preferences.

Coconut Flour Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Muffins made with coconut flour. They are very chocolaty and are so fluffy and delicious.

Motabel (Smokey Eggplant & Tahini dip)

Motabel/ Moutabel is almost like Baba ghanoush with smokey roasted eggplant as the main ingredient. Enjoy with some pita chips and crudite.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

A healthy and nutritious Cauliflower Fried rice that is colorful, filling and great to pack in the lunch box. This is a Vegan and gluten free dish.

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream

Recipe to make once of the most popular ice cream flavor -- Cookies & Cream Ice Cream. It is nothing but vanilla ice cream base swirled with crushed chocolate wafer cookies (like oreos).

Suafa'i -- Samaon Banana Tapioca pudding

This month we are going to Samoa the beautiful island country in the South Pacific ocean for #Food of the World event. I have tried these delicious fluffy and coconut milk soaked Pani popos and this super simple banana pudding, Poi from Samoa. Today&...

Gutti Vankaya Pulao

Gutti Vankaya pulao is a delicious rich dish that is special enough to make for parties but simple enough to make on a weekday.

Bread Pudding using Challah Bread

This bread pudding using challah bread is easy to make. It makes for a great brunch dish or as a delicious dessert to be served any time.

Chocolate Granola

This Chocolate Granola recipe is easy to make and takes just a few minutes to put together. It has a delightful clumpy texture and is absolutely delicious.

Thai Green Papaya Salad (Vegan Recipe)

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 4/ Day 1 Theme: 1 Cuisine -- 3 Dishes Dish: Thai Cuisine -- Thai Green Papaya Salad My theme for this week's blogging marathon is pick 1 cuisine and cook 3 dishes. Valli gave us 4 countries to choose from and I went b...

Mango Pulihora with Brown Rice

Healthy & nutritious Mango rice (Mamidikaya Pulihora) made with Brown rice. It's a filling and hearty dish that is great to pack for lunch or as a meal.

Mini Almond Biscotti

These mini almond biscotti are crispy, delicious and perfect to dunk in coffee. They are just the perfect size to pack and send for the holidays.

Ras Omlette

Ras Omelette is a delicious street food from Goa. Omelette served in a spicy tomato gravy is a hearty protein packed treat for any time of the day.

Vegan Bread Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

Vegan Bread Pudding with dried fruit and homemade butterscotch sauce. Bread soaked in non-dairy milk custard and baked off until golden and delicious.

Mexican Torta

Mexican Torta is a hearty Mexican sandwich stuffed with fillings usually seen in burritos and tacos. Here instead of using tortillas, crusty rolls called bocadillos are used. In this vegetarian version I used some roasted eggplant and zucchini instea...

Homemade Pesto Pizza

This is our first Home Bakers Challenge. Home Bakers is an enthusiastic group of baking enthusiastic bloggers and is started by Priya Suresh @ Priya's Versatile Recipes. For the first month's challenge Divya @ Divya's Culinary Journey ...

California Veggie Pizza Recipe on Whole wheat Crust

I have missed the last edition of International Food Challenge because of summer vacation and possibly poor planning on my side. Even this post is late, but I didn't want to miss the 1st Anniversary of IFC. Hearty congratulations to Saras and Sh...

Chili Parotta/ Kothu Parotta

Blogging Marathon# 36: Week 4/ Day 3 Theme: Online Bookmarked Recipes Dish: Chili Parotta The first time I tasted Chili Parotta was about 4~5 years ago in Saravana bhavan in Edison, NJ. Both my husband and I didn't really like it. It was way too...

Cuban Black Beans

Cuban style Black Beans -- a flavorful and mildly spiced dish.

Hakka Noodles

Recipe to make popular Indo-Chinese Hakka noodles with lots of vegetables and fried tofu.

Mango Almond Smoothie

Creamy & delicious Mango Almond Smoothie -- perfect summer thirst quencher.

3 Ingredient Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce made with just 3 ingredients. All this recipe needs is canned tomato, garlic cloves, basil and 15~20 minutes of cook time. It has a beautiful red color and is subtly flavored with the garlic and basil. Serve it with pasta, as pizza sau...

Vegetarian Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap)

Blogging Marathon# 37: Week 3/ Day 1 Theme: Street Food from Around the World Dish: Kimchi Fried Rice from Korea My theme for this week's Blogging marathon got me very very excited. It is Street Food from around the world. Learning about the dif...


BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days Country: H for Honduras Dish: Baleadas We are going to Central America today to Honduras. Honduras was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century and they introduced Roman Catholism and Span...

Grilled Potato Salad

Grilled Potato Salad is a delicious dish that is great to make for bbqs, picnics and bring for potlucks. Since it's mayo-less, it doesn't need to be chilled

Pidatha Kinda Pappu

This is a spicy, crunchy and very addictive snack that is widely sold on the beaches of India. It is called Pidatha Kinda Pappu in Andhra and Jhal Muri around the world.

Sesame Tofu Asparagus Stir Fry

Sesame Tofu Asparagus Stir Fry is a healthy and wholesome dish that is great to serve over brown rice or noodles. Hoisin based stir fry sauce adds flavor.

Red Velvet Cupcakes with Marshmallow fluff Frosting

Moist and fluffy red velvet cupcakes with marshallow (fluff) frosting. Cupcakes are vegan so use a vegan frosting to make a completely vegan recipe.

Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselbeck Potatoes -- fanned potatoes baked until tender with paprika flavored butter/ oil and then topped them with some crunchy and cheesy breadcrumb mixture.

Cauliflower Kofta with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Indian flavored Cauliflower kofta with Creamy Tomato Sauce -- serve them as side dish for your holiday parties and game nights.

Black Forest Cake (Eggless Recipe)

Rich, chocolaty and decadent Black Forest Cake made with eggless chocolate sponge that is topped with whipped cream and cherries.

Mofo gasy or Madagascar Yeasted Pancakes

Mofo Gasy meaning 'Malagasy bread', which is made from a batter of sweetened rice flour poured into greased circular molds and cooked over charcoal. Mofo gasy is a popular street food in Madagascar served for breakfast food and is often eat...

Creamy Strawberry and Mascarpone Granita

Light, creamy and refreshing strawberry granita with mascarpone. A delicious dessert any time of the year but especially good in summers.

Coconut Milk Kadhi

This recipe is from Indian super chef Sanjeev Kapoor's cooking show "Khana Khazana". This kadhi uses coconut milk instead of yogurt or buttermilk. Since my husband does not eat any yogurt based products, I wanted to try this for him. T...

Cuban Style Yellow Rice

Cuban Style Yellow Rice. Rice gets its yellow color from annatto seed powder and paprika. Yellow rice is a staple in the Caribbean because of its color and flavor.

Carrot Rice

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days Country: Y for Yemen Dish: Yemeni Carrot Rice Today we are going to Yemen, an Arab country in Southwest Asia. We are only a day way from our final destination tomorrow and I can't believe...

Cherry Tomato & Kale Pasta

Cherry tomatoes are cooked till they burst and then stirred with pasta and kale. It is a very simple recipe with few ingredients and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight.

Chocolate Pudding

Rich and decadent Chocolate Pudding that is much better in taste and texture than any store bought pudding cup. Great kid friendly dish that can served as dessert or as after-school snack.

Couscous Salad with Roasted Vegetables

This salad was part of my Middle-eastern themed dinner this past weekend (or 2 away. This recipe has been on my drafts for quite some time). Except for chopping the veggies, this dish needs less than 10 minutes of hands-on time and it can easily feed...

Carrot-Coconut Rice

I can't believe it's December already and in few short days we will be in a brand new year. Today we begin 23rd edition of Blogging Marathon and my theme for this week is "Cooking with Carrots". I like carrots and I add them to ri...

Rose Milk shake

Rose Milkshake -- Colorful, refreshing and perfect Summer drink.

Vegetarian Bi Bim Bap

Do you ever think of this one dish that you had years ago that was so good that you can’t forget it, but at the same time cannot figure out what it actually is. That happened to me during my China trip almost 3 years ago. My Chinese colleague Chris...

Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 2/ Day 2 Theme: Kid's Delight Event -- Pizza & Pasta Dish: Creamy Tomato Pasta Sauce Like I said in my yesterday's post, my kids love pasta and I'm always in the look out for interesting sauce recipes. T...

Lemon Posset

This has to be the most decadent and the easiest dessert that I’ve ever made. With only 3 ingredients and about 10 minutes of hands-on time, it’s hard to believe the end result could be this tasty AND the technique is almost fool-proof. When I sa...

Almond Cacao Nib Cookies

Crispy and delicious Almond Cacao Nib Cookies. This cookies dough is very easy to work with and they are great to give as holiday gifts.

Pasta Salad with Black Beans

Pasta Salad with black beans and colorful veggies -- a perfect make ahead dish for barbecues, picnics and take along lunches.

Poblano & Corn Baked Mac & Cheese

Blogging Marathon# 37: Week 4/ Day 1 Theme: Member's Choice Dish: Baked Mac & Cheese with Poblano & Corn We are starting our last week of blogging marathon for this month and I chose 'Member's Choice' as my theme. Valli co...

Lebanese Moussaka

Blogging Marathon# 47: Week 4/ Day 2 Theme: Bookmarked Recipes from A-Z International Marathon Dishes: Lebanese Moussaka For Day 2 of blogging marathon, I picked my favorite ingredient and made this delicious Lebanese eggplant dish that I bookmarked ...

Puffed Wheat, Almond & Coconut Granola Bars

Granola Bars with Puffed Wheat, Almonds, Coconut and goji berries. These granola bars are very easy to put together -- just mix dry and wet ingredients, bake until set and serve.

Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwich

Oatmeal Raisin Ice cream sandwich is a great kid friendly dessert and is a perfect Summer treat. Cookies are 100% vegan and very easy to put together.

Vegetarian Tamales with Spinach, Corn and Cheese Filling

Vegetarian recipe for the popular Tamales with Spinach, Corn and cheese filling.

Rice & Beans (Moro de Habichuelas)

BM# 44: A-Z Cooking Series -- Around the World in 30 days Country: D for Dominican Republic Dish: Rice & Beans We are back to South America today, to Dominican Republic. It is a nation on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region. Chrsitop...

Sourdough Banana Bread

This is the last of the banana recipes from my drafts. This banana bread recipe uses 2 ingredients that I always have on hand, my soudough starter and of course the bananas. My starter is now more than 3 years old and it has been through a lot alread...

Thai Iced Tea (with Black Tea bags & Star Anise)

Blogging Marathon# 48: Week 4/ Day 3 Theme: 1 Cuisine -- 3 Dishes Dish: Thai Cuisine -- Thai Iced Tea For the final day of this month's blogging marathon under 'Thai cuisine' theme, I have a cold, refreshing Thai Iced Tea. I wanted to ...

Bengali Mishti Pulao with Vegetables

Recipe to make Bengali Mishti Pulao with mixed vegetables. An easy to make rice dish that is aromatic and delicious.

Russian Tomato & Cucumber Salad

This is a very simple Russian tomato and cucumber salad that doesn't need a separate post, but I'm doing it anyway. The dressing is very very simple with just vinegar, oil, salt & pepper. Very refreshing and healthy salad. Recipe adapte...

Borscht -- Russian Beet & Vegetable Soup

When I think of Russian food, first thing that comes to mind is Borscht -- beet & vegetable soup. To be honest I'm not a bog beets fan, so this was soup was something that I was not too excited about and kept looking for other dishes. But fi...

Beer Crust Pizza

Beer adds a nice flavor and fragrance to this easy to make pizza crust. This beer crust pizza needs only 30 minutes of rising time, so pizza is ready in less than an hour.

English Muffin Bread

Blogging Marathon# 40: Week 1/ Day 3 Theme: Yeast Breads Dish: English Muffin Bread Today's bread is very simple to make and needs only 1 rise, it can be made in less than 2 hours from start to finish. A great bread for newbies, not much kneadin...

Laotian Eggplant with Tomatoes

Laotian Eggplant with tomatoes and mint is a spicy, sweet and tangy dish that takes less than 30 minutes to make. erve it with some sticky rice for an authentic Laotian meal.

Imam Biyildi (Turkish Stuffed Eggplant)

Imam Biyaldi is a delicious Turkish eggplant dish. This is a slightly lighter version and uses much less oil. Eggplant is baked until slightly tender then stuffed with softened onions and tomatoes and then cooked till very soft. It is usually served ...

Bagara Baingan (Hyderabadi Baby Eggplants in Peanut-Coconut Gravy)

Blogging Marathon# 32: Letter B Theme: A-Z Vegetarian Dishes from Andhra Pradesh Dish: B for Bagara Baingan (Baghare Baingan) Letter B stands for veggies like Beerakaya (ridgegourd), Bendakaya (lady's finger/ okra) and one of my favorite greens ...

Vegetarian Pita Pizza with Meatless Meatballs

Blogging Marathon# 28: Week 1/ Day 2 Theme: Kid's Delight - 5 Ingredient Fix Dish: Pita Pizza with Meatless Meatballs Kids LOVE cheese, kids LOVE pizza, so it's only obvious that we have a pizza post for Kid's Delight: 5 ingredient fix...

Cheese Brioche Buns

Cheese Brioche Buns are rich, buttery and cheesy. They are great as sandwich buns or as dinner rolls. Make them ASAP for this holiday season.

Nutella Swirl Bread

A very inviting and addictive Nutella Swirl Bread. The dough itself is not too sweet, sweetness comes from the sugar sprinkled on top and the nutella spread. It's great for breakfast with some fruit and milk.

Mango Fool

Blogging Marathon# 41: Week 1/ Day 2 Theme: Summer Specials Dish: Mango Fool Summer and Mangoes are like night and darkness (at least in my mind :-) I wait for summer to enjoy mangoes to its fullest. There is only one person I know who doesn't l...

Swedish Limpa (Rye Bread)

Swedish Limpa Bread has a nice soft crumb and is mildly spiced. It tastes great with some butter and pepper jelly.

Moroccan Harcha

Moroccan Harcha is a traditional Semolina bread that is buttery and delicious. They are great to fill with cheese, jam or Nutella.

Green Mango-Potato Pulao

A Simple rice dish that is mildly spiced and tastes yummy with the sour mango and potato. I ate it with some raita and some leftover dal for a filling meal.

Self Saucing Chocolate Cake

Happy Valentines Day to everyone. After posting the Mango custard yesterday, I thought I should also post something with Chocolate for Valentines day. Valentines day without chocolate is probably unthinkable for some, but history channel says that th...

Qubani Ka Meetha

Qubani ka meetha is a traditional Hyderabadi dessert made from dried apricots. It is very simple to make with just a few ingredients. Serve it with some fresh cream or vanilla ice cream.

Chopped Salad with Ginger-Honey Dressing

Chopped Salad with Ginger-Honey Dressing is a easy to make and crowd pleasing dish that is colorful and delicious. No cook recipe perfect for Holidays.

Gujarati Gathiya

For this month's Indian Cooking ChallengeValli and Vaishali wanted us to make a very famous Gujarati snack, Gathiya/ Gathia. Gujarati gathiya are very similar to janthikalu, but the texture is totally different. Gathiya are crispy and crunchy wh...

Crispy Baked Buffalo Style Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip

Crispy Baked Buffalo Style Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dip is a low calorie appetizer/ snack that is spicy and addictive.

Corn-Tomato Relish

I’m back to blogging, thanks to Valli for another edition of Blogging Marathon. This is the 8th edition and I join the 2nd group of 20 bloggers who are all set to blog for the next one week. I chose “Condiments” and “Cooking with 5 ingredient...

Moong dal Salad (Vadapappu Salad)

South Indian Style Salad made with Moong dal and lettuce greens. Easy to make and protein rich -- this is sure to be a hit.

Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream

Roasted strawberry Ice cream -- Roasting the strawberries brings out their juices and concentrates their natural flavor. Great way to use up surplus strawberries with this yummy summer treat.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

A very simple and tasty roasted cauliflower steak recipe. This is flavored with Indian spices but can be customized to ones likes and dislikes.

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