April 4, 2013

Friday Chat With Bloggers - Archana From Tangy Minds

Happy Friday Friends :)

Sorry Friends!!

Confused??  Yeah, a big sorry to all my blogger friends’ coz I am not able to visit all your space regularly because of relocation… Will comment and view all your space once I get settled… Sorry again!

Now let’s meet our today’s blogger friend… Very sweet and lovely blogger, ARCHANA from Tangy Minds.. who own an aromatic baking blog. But happened to view her blog only recently and felt really bad that I missed her blog all these days. Happy to be one of her follower now. Her blog is exclusive for baking n sweet! Lots of yummy n yummy recipes hidden in her blog... And it’s so tempting too while viewing n reading her recipes….

Love to share few of her delicious and interesting recipes like Crème BruleeBasbousaSpecial dessert from central asiaeggless cauldron cake, leche flan and pavlova…. This is not all !! Lots and lots of baked goodies filled in her space. Don’t miss friends :) I just loved her blog and bookmarked few to try in future.

Ok now let’s hear from Archana….

Priya : Love to hear few words about you n your blog and who is your greatest support?

Archana : I am Archana graduated in Computer Engineering, Chennai & worked in Bharath Matrimony R & D as Software Engineer by profession. I am hearing impaired, married and having cute daughter.  I have no idea about blogging life. Before my marriage I never cooked a single thing except maggi noodles and eat along with my brother and my mom won’t allow me to cook J After my wedded life, my husband is really great cook and he has taught me everything in kitchen just like kitchen formulas J I am still a beginner in cooking and after entering the U.S. I was so much involved in baking than cooking J I was so good in baking and I feel I want to share it with my friends. My family and my friend has inspired me to do blogging that leads to my blogging life as TANGY MINDS J My blog is full of sweet tooth pastries, baked goods and treats too. I am really enjoying the life of blogging, sharing the recipes, got in contact with my dear blogger friends’ lots and lots. It was fun and loving and chatting with FB blogger friendsJ My greatest support is my dearest mom and my hubby.

Priya : Your Favorite chef, favorite cookery show and favorite cookbook.

Archana : My favorite Chef in Chennai is Dr.Chef Damodaran I used to watch jaya tv Suvaiyo Suvai J And an American Chef named Paula Deen J
My most favorite cookery show is FOOD NETWORK TV Channel in the U.S.
My most favorite cookbook is BAKING with Cake Boss. J

Priya : Can you share us about your first cooking experience and the recipe which you tried first?

Archana : My first cooking experience is Hyderabadi Veg biryani when I was in Chennai. I love veggies.I had cooked once with my trusted National Electric Rice cooker.It was so amazed and so tasty with lots of an aromatic spices and homemade masalas and my family loved it. My first baking experience is classical traditional Apple Pie and my brother loved it. It was baked at my home before my wedding J

Priya : What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Sweet “.

Archana : Sweet is my most favorite in all aspects. When I see the sweet at first I will have traditional boondi laddoo. At recent times when I see hindi film ENGLISH VINGLISH Sri devi made laddoos.It made me crazy to make it atleast one day J

Priya : What’s your family’s most favorite recipe which you cook? Pls share with the link if you had posted in blog.

Archana : My family’s most favorite recipe is An Indian Pastry called “DILPASANDS”

BAKLAVA is my hubby’s least favorite Turkish dessert

Priya : Please share some kitchen tips or secrets of yours…

Archana : For Baking Tips

Always use parchment paper in any cake pan to avoid sticky. If not having parchment paper, grease it with oil or butter and dust it with flour.
Wrap aluminium foil on the top of the cake to avoid too much browning while baking for the last 10 minutes of baking time.
Never open the oven door while it is baking.

For Cleaning tips:

 For cleaning silver articles, Add baking soda and salt with very hot water in a bowl. Add silver lamps small ones into it and let it sit for about ½ hour or till it gets cleaned up to remove the dirt.

Priya : What do you like in my blog and please share your suggestions to improve mine.

Archana : I liked your blog which has lots of authentic South Indian dishes and your new ones in which I have not heard of. I love your Oats Moong Dhal payasam I will make it for sure. Your blog is so simple, very creative, excellent pictures, well explained and new dishes of your own. I want you to add more and more baking recipes J

Guest post :

I like her blog and it is full of well explained steps and creative recipes on her own. She is so sweet and having her as my sweetest friend! She is very active in her blogging life and makes lots and lots of friends and implements new more recipes in her blog.
Here is the recipe I made it and it is very healthy one. It goes great for kids too. Ragi is very good health for everyone :)

Serves: 20 
Preparation: 10 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes.

Ingredients :
  • Ragi powder 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder 1/2 Tsp
  • Ghee 1/2 cup
  • Badam(Almonds) or Cashew nuts coarsely chopped.
Cooking Instruction:

  • Sieve ragi powder in a bowl. On medium heat, lightly roast the ragi powder into the non stick pan for few minutes till raw smell goes. Keep aside once roasted.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons of ghee to the small frying pan, while ghee is hot, put chopped cashew nuts or badam and cook till it get light brown in color. Turn off the heat and keep aside.
  •  Sieve powdered sugar in a separate bowl and put into the ragi powder mixture. Add cardamom powder to it. Mix well.
  • Put the remaining ghee in the saucepan on medium heat till it gets hot. Turn off the heat.
  • Immediately pour the hot ghee into the ragi sugar mixture. Mix well with wooden spoon. Add roasted cashewnuts or badam.
  • Apply ghee on both sides of your hand. Make it into balls while it is semi hot. If allow it to cool then it won’t make balls.
  • Serve it and store it in an airtight container.

 Tips: Make sure the powder mixture is semi hot and make it into balls.

Thank you so much Archana for participating in my event and really enjoyed your lovely chat with healthy yummy recipe. And thanks a lot for your lovely comments about my blog and I will make sure to add baking recipes soon :)

Friends, hope you all had a great time with an interesting chit chat… will meet you all next week.. Happy Weekend!


  1. welcome to hyderabad!!!yummy laddoos...

  2. Archana loved u r friday chat with priya,very healthy ladoo...

  3. Very nice guest post... happy to know more about archu akka... ladoo looks so tempting...

  4. Nice knowing more about u archana..and I know very well how good you are in baking and in dessert making...Great work Archana!
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  5. super yummy ladoos priya.... healthy sweet....ladoos....

  6. looks fabulous and healthy ladoos...lovely post

  7. Lovely dear :) it was so wonderful and had best time to spend with u :)

  8. Thanks all of u for your comments :) :)

  9. Super healthy and nutritious laddoos, Glad to know more about Archana, wonderful guest post by her.

  10. Great guest post, Nice to know more about Archana. Healthy ladoo.

  11. Sweet post priya:) liked the chit chat

  12. Great venture :) New to ur space.. U have an awesome one.. Happy to follow u :)

  13. very nice post...with yummy recipe