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

Eggless Banana Bread Recipe- Step by Step

Hello! 🙂 This Banana Bread is something that I tried my hand at during the holiday season, when I had family visiting. I realised I had neither the baking powder nor the chocolate chips for the recipe; no nuts for any crunch, or brown sugar that generally goes best with banana-based desserts, but I had … Continue reading Eggless Banana Bread Recipe- Step by Step

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

Iyengar Style Thakkali Thayir Pachadi (Tomato Raita): Step by Step

South Indian cooking is generally seasonal, simple, and devoid of too many spices. Made with minimal ingredients, the food tends to be healthy as well as tasty. Of course South Indian cuisine also has spicy, complex dishes as well - but most everyday dishes from this cuisine are really simple to make, yet so delicious … Continue reading Iyengar Style Thakkali Thayir Pachadi (Tomato Raita): Step by Step

Fudgy Ragi Brownies with Chocolate Chunks (Eggless): Step by Step

The first time I tried this recipe, I overbaked it by a mile. I also used country brown sugar to sweeten this, which really did NOT sit well with the chocolate in this recipe. Then I substituted that with honey, got my baking time right, and OMG. BLISS. That's what this brownie is! Fudgey, soft, … Continue reading Fudgy Ragi Brownies with Chocolate Chunks (Eggless): Step by Step

Dark Chocolate & Candied Orange Peel Cookies with Ragi (Eggless): Step by Step

I'm a citrus girl. I love any kind of citrus in just about anything. Lemon, lime,  grapefruit, orange, citron - LOVE all of them. Be it perfumes, creams, shampoos, or lotions, I always pick citrus over floral scents, every single time. That said, I LOVE chocolate. So when I combined dark chocolate and orange in … Continue reading Dark Chocolate & Candied Orange Peel Cookies with Ragi (Eggless): Step by Step

Basic Vegetable Korma/Kurma (South Indian Style)- Recipe- Step by Step

Hello! Mixed Vegetable Kurma is something we make pretty often, especially for dinners alongside roti/chapati, puri, or even dosa at times- in which case the gravy is slightly more watery. We typically make two versions of this kurma- a red and a green type. The red one uses tomatoes/onions as base (with or without coconut, … Continue reading Basic Vegetable Korma/Kurma (South Indian Style)- Recipe- Step by Step

Karnataka Style Ghee Rice- Coconut Milk Pulao- Recipe- Step by Step

Ghee rice (Ghee: Clarified Butter) is a special kind of Pulao (a rice dish), generally served at special occasions, most commonly at weddings. One of the very famous dishes of South India, Ghee Rice is said to have originated from the Mughlai Cuisine. Especially in Karnataka, this dish is extremely popular and served at restaurants at … Continue reading Karnataka Style Ghee Rice- Coconut Milk Pulao- Recipe- Step by Step

Hamsa (Adyar, Chennai)- Restaurant Review

Hello! 🙂 Hamsa is a luxury style Indian Vegetarian Restaurant located in Adyar, Chennai. They serve unique, selective delicacies, from both the North as well as the South Indian cuisines. Nithya and I visited them once for lunch, and we were blown away by their oh-so-delicious food and extremely prompt service. Read on to find … Continue reading Hamsa (Adyar, Chennai)- Restaurant Review

Easy Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe (Eggless, using Wheat Flour): Step by Step

There's a little bit of a background to these cookies. STORY ALERT! I very recently bought myself an OTG 😀 This has been long overdue. All these days, because I didn't have an oven, every recipe that called for baking was tweaked to suit the pressure cooker. Although I have accomplished good results with this … Continue reading Easy Jam Thumbprint Cookies Recipe (Eggless, using Wheat Flour): Step by Step