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! ūüėÄ Incredibly … Continue reading Quick and Easy Rose-Coconut Laddoo (With Khoya)

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

Thattai Payir/Kaaramani (Cowpeas / Lobia / Black-eyed Peas) Sundal with Idly Milagai Podi

Day 7 of Navarathri - A¬†savoury and¬†tasty¬†Thattai Payir/ Kaaramani (Cowpeas/ Lobia/ Black-eyed Peas) Sundal, tossed with idly milagai podi ! Thattai pair / Kaaramani as it is commonly known here, is mostly available in the white, or red variety. This delicious sundal is flavoured with Idly milagai podi, for a fresh twist on a traditional … Continue reading Thattai Payir/Kaaramani (Cowpeas / Lobia / Black-eyed Peas) Sundal with Idly Milagai Podi

Navarathri Special: Green Peas & Sweetcorn Sundal, No Soaking Required, Step by Step

Day 6 of Navarathri - straying off the beaten path with a fresh green peas and sweetcorn sundal !¬† This sundal is not traditional in the strict sense of the term. I forgot to soak peanuts for making sundal today (second time this week, what does that say about me?), so I was looking to … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Green Peas & Sweetcorn Sundal, No Soaking Required, Step by Step

Navarathri Special: Moong Dal Halwa / Mung Dal Ka Halwa, Step by Step

Navarathri Special Day 5: An utterly delectable, crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth Moong Dal Halwa! A 'halwa' is a traditional sweet pudding, made with ghee (clarified butter), and garnished with a mixture of fried nuts. It may not may not require additional flavouring, in the form of essence, extract and juices.¬†Halwas can be made from a variety … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Moong Dal Halwa / Mung Dal Ka Halwa, Step by Step

Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Day 3 of Navarathri festival ‚Äď Vella Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal ! Dried peas¬†are produced by harvesting the pea pods when they are fully mature and then drying them. They are available throughout the year in India. Dried peas are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering dietary fiber and essential nutrients like manganese, copper, … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Navarathri Special Sundal: Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Soaking Optional)

Day 2 of Navarathri festival - a really easy, healthy and nutritious Channa Dal Sundal !¬†This is one of the easiest and tastiest sundals to make, as this legume requires considerably less soak time compared to the others. You can even make this directly without any soaking, by pressure cooking it for a little longer. … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal: Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu Sundal (Soaking Optional)

Navarathri Special Sundal Recipe: Brown Channa (Chickpeas)/Karuppu Kondakadalai Sundal

Happy Navarathri !! A while ago, I had blogged about Navarathri festivities at our home here¬†along with a basic sundal recipe. This year, we're not setting up the dolls or having any festive celebrations; however, I will blog the recipe for one type of Sundal each of the 9 days ūüôā A 'sundal' in Tamil … Continue reading Navarathri Special Sundal Recipe: Brown Channa (Chickpeas)/Karuppu Kondakadalai Sundal

Thengai Poornam Mothagam/Modak/Kozhukattai for Vinayaka Chaturthi (Steamed Rice Flour Dumplings with Coconut – Jaggery Filling)

  Modhagam / Modak / Kozhukattai is said to be the most favorite offering (naivedhyam in tamil) of the benevolent Elephant-God, Vinayaka, remover of all obstacles (according to Hindu mythology). His birth is celebrated as a popular festival, Vinayaka Chaturthi, all across India. Different states of India submit different offerings for this day, however, this … Continue reading Thengai Poornam Mothagam/Modak/Kozhukattai for Vinayaka Chaturthi (Steamed Rice Flour Dumplings with Coconut – Jaggery Filling)