Easy Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake is served during the Christmas season. It is made with dried fruits, nuts and spices. The dried fruits and nuts are soaked in alcohol for several weeks and then used in the cake preparation. It does require some planning ahead. It tastes absolutely delicious. That is all I knew about the Christmas fruit cake. I had never baked it before but I decided to make a fruit cake in the last minute, just a day  before Christmas. I wanted to make a non-alcoholic and eggless fruit cake. I started searching for an interesting recipe that doesn’t require pre-soaked dry  fruits and nuts. I liked the boiled fruit cake recipe from ‘joyofbaking.com’ but eggs were used in the recipe. I continued my search to find if any blogger had successfully made an eggless version of the same recipe. I could finally find the recipe here. I adapted my recipe from both these recipes. I made the cake with fruits and nuts that were available at home because I was a last minute baker and all the stores were closed for Christmas. I was very happy  with the results. The cake was soft, moist and full of flavor. We loved it.

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Cranberry Tomato Rasam/ Spicy & Tangy Cranberry Soup- Instant Pot Method

Rasam is a spicy and tangy south Indian dish that can be prepared instantly. It is a staple dish in most South Indian homes.  Though the recipe is very simple, making a tasty rasam with the right balance of tangy and spicy flavors is a skillful task. In the initial days of my cooking I could never get the right flavor. It used to be too sour or too bland. I learnt to make perfect rasam with practice. Rasam is a South Indian soup traditionally prepared with tamarind pulp, tomatoes and fresh homemade rasam powder. I used cranberries for sourness as I had some cranberries lying in my refrigerator after preparing Cranberry pickle yesterday. I used store bought rasam powder in this recipe. I will share the traditional method of preparing rasam and homemade rasam powder in a separate post.

Today I am sharing a quick Cranberry Tomato Rasam recipe. It can be made in no time with very little effort and also without any baby sitting as it is made in an Instant Pot pressure cooker. This rasam can be prepared with tomatoes and tamarind paste when the cranberries are not available in the season. Please refer to the notes.

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Idli-Dosa Batter – Fermenting batter using Instant Pot

Idli or Dosa is a staple breakfast in any South Indian home. Idli-Dosa batter is a multi-purpose batter that can be found in almost every South Indian refrigerator. The list of breakfast foods/snacks that can be prepared using this batter is too long – Idli, Dosa, Uthappam, Guntha Ponganalu/Appe, and the list goes on and on.

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Rajma Masala – Instant Pot Method

Rajma Masala is a very popular Punjabi dish. Red kidney beans are soaked overnight, boiled and cooked in an onion tomato masala along with other spices. It is usually served with rice. This is a very comforting dish. I made Rajma Chawal for our weekend meal. This recipe was shared by Millie Chawla Pahwa. She shared the stove top pressure cooker version of the recipe. I tried this recipe in my Instant Pot and it turned out absolutely delicious when I tried it. I loved this recipe. I am sharing the instant pot version of the recipe.

This is what she said  ‘Rajma Chawal’ is a signature dish of all “Punjabi” weekends. Eat it with a spoon or for utter life pleasure indulge with hands, Bliss. 🙂

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Vegetable Pulao – Instant Pot Method

Vegetable Pulao is an easy one pot comfort meal made with rice(Basmati Rice), vegetables and Indian spices. I usually prepare it on weekdays and pack this rice for my kids’ school lunch box and  for my husband’s work lunch box. Sometimes, I make this delicious one pot meal on weekends for our weekend lunch(late lunch/early dinner). Last week, I made Puri and Instant Pot-Potato curry for our Sunday brunch. I drafted and published the recipe in my blog on the same day. After doing all that work, I was not in a mood to cook an elaborate meal for our lunch and I decided to make this easy one pot meal. I made this pulao in my Instant Pot pressure cooker. I took pictures while preparing this instant pot vegetable pulao to share the recipe in my blog for all the readers who bought their instant pot recently, during this year’s thanksgiving sale.

This was the first dish that I made in my instant pot, when I bought my first instant pot  last year. I posted the recipe in an instant pot group. I did not have my own blog at that time. It was tried and tested by many people and everyone who tried this recipe have shared a wonderful feedback. I learnt this recipe from my mom. I have been making vegetable pulao with this recipe for more than 25 years. When we moved to US some of my  friends(who were then newly married) learnt this recipe from me.  The recipe is very simple and it does not have any special ingredients but the taste is very comforting and special.  I am sharing a detailed step by step recipe and pictures with instant pot instructions to make it easy for the first time users of the instant pot.

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Simple Potato and Tomato Curry – Instant Pot Method

Potato and Tomato Curry is an easy to make Indian curry that is usually served with Puris(Puffed whole wheat bread) and Chapathis(whole wheat tortillas). Pooris served with this tangy and tasty curry is a favorite weekend breakfast/brunch at our home. My kids love this combo. It is a very simple, comforting and flavorful curry. I made this delicious breakfast for our weekend brunch. I prepared this curry in Instant Pot and sharing the recipe with my readers.

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Cheesy Veg Squares

Cheesy Veg Squares is a healthy, nutritious and delicious baked bread appetizer. This appetizer is not only attractive but also tastes great. Cheesy Veg Squares are healthy and perfect for a lunch box or an after school snack. This recipe is inspired from a YouTube video by Ruchi Bharani. This is something I’ve always wanted to make. I finally made it last night, after bookmarking it for so long. My kids loved it!!!!

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