Paruppu Poli (Flatbread with Lentil and Jaggery based stuffing)

'Poli' is a traditional South Indian sweet dish, which is essentially a type of flatbread that encloses some kind of stuffing. The flatbread is usually roasted on a hot griddle griddle with oil, white butter, or ghee (clarified butter). They are served warm to hot, crisp on the outside, peeling away to reveal a soft … Continue reading Paruppu Poli (Flatbread with Lentil and Jaggery based stuffing)

Thai Pongal Festival – Festival Menu!

Pongal is a happy occasion, a new beginning, an occasion to rejoice and be thankful. Rice is one of the main staple grains in South India, and this is celebrated during the harvest festival of Pongal, by making two dishes - one sweet, and one savoury, using rice and lentils. The word 'Pongal' literally means … Continue reading Thai Pongal Festival – Festival Menu!

Iyengar Sakkarai/Chakkarai Pongal (Temple Style): Step by Step Recipe

Chakkarai/Sakkarai Pongal is perhaps the sweet dish that is made most often at my home. If there were ever a 'default' dessert in my house, it is this 😀 And that speaks volumes about the universal love that everyone has for its deliciousness, because people in my house especially have super picky palates. Be it … Continue reading Iyengar Sakkarai/Chakkarai Pongal (Temple Style): Step by Step Recipe

Easy Badam Kheer / Payasam

Wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year 2018! Begin your year with Badam Kheer, a really delicious dessert made with almonds, milk and sugar, with a hint of saffron. This is a lovely dish where almonds are blanched and ground to make a smooth paste, and the paste is added to boiled milk … Continue reading Easy Badam Kheer / Payasam

Christmas Special: Chocolate Fruitcake (Eggless, made with wheat flour & traditional brown sugar)

Its holiday season! We don't celebrate Christmas at my home, but I love seeing the city decked up with decorations, stars and bright lights. Bakeries start stocking up on sweets and pastries - and the quintessential Christmas Fruitcake 🙂 This recipe here is adapted and tweaked based on Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Fruitcake recipe. Needless to … Continue reading Christmas Special: Chocolate Fruitcake (Eggless, made with wheat flour & traditional brown sugar)

Malai Rose Cham Cham / Chom Chom : Step by Step

The Chom Chom, or Cham Cham, is a very popular Bengali sweet dish. Milk is curdled to and strained to make fresh cottage cheese, and that is further kneaded until soft and shaped into cylinders. These cottage cheese batons are then dropped into a flavoured sugar syrup and boiled for about 15 minutes. The cheese … Continue reading Malai Rose Cham Cham / Chom Chom : Step by Step

Quick and Easy Rose-Coconut Laddoo (With Khoya)

Love coconut? Need a quick recipe for a sweet dish that does not require any planning ahead, requires minimal ingredients, takes very little effort, but tastes amazing? Looking for a beginner's recipe that is not intimidating and is easy to make? I have just the recipe for you - Rose and Coconut Laddoos! 😀 Incredibly … Continue reading Quick and Easy Rose-Coconut Laddoo (With Khoya)

Boondhi Laddu / Laddoo: Step by Step

Like I said in my previous post, boondhis adapt well to both sweet as well as savoury flavours. This is a sweet dish - a laddoo made by immersing the fried boondhi in sugar syrup, and lightly spicing it with cardamom and cloves. For crunch, we add fried cashew nuts, sugar candy and raisins. A … Continue reading Boondhi Laddu / Laddoo: Step by Step

Kaara Boondhi / Khara Boondi

'Boondhi' is derived from the root word 'boondh' which means drops or droplets. It involves the process of dropping the chickpea flour batter from a perforated ladle, and the round droplets frying to a crisp in the hot oil. The boondi adapts well to sweet as well as savoury flavours. This recipe here is the … Continue reading Kaara Boondhi / Khara Boondi

Gulab Jamun made with Homemade Khoya/ Khova/ Mawa : Step by Step

Gulab Jamun / Gulab Jamoon is one of my most favourite sweets since childhood 🙂 In fact, one of my favourite pastimes back then was to collect all the sugar syrup after the jamuns were eaten up, and then eat it out of a bowl with a spoon! I cannot even imagine doing that now, … Continue reading Gulab Jamun made with Homemade Khoya/ Khova/ Mawa : Step by Step