Musk Melon Rasayana (Cantaloupe in Coconut Milk, Flavoured with Jaggery and Cardamom) – Step by Step Recipe

The muskmelon, or cantaloupe, is made up of 90 percent water. This is the reason why  it is one of the preferred fruits of choice for people who wish to stay optimally hydrated in summer. It is also rich in Vitamin A, potassium and beta carotene, making it very nutritious. The word 'rasayana' is derived … Continue reading Musk Melon Rasayana (Cantaloupe in Coconut Milk, Flavoured with Jaggery and Cardamom) – Step by Step Recipe

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

Jaggery-Crusted Walnuts & Almonds (Candied)

I love food. I love to cook and am always trying out new recipes. I'm constantly hungry and munching on things. But I've also learnt the hard way that I need to watch over my health and fitness. As a  result, I'm always looking for healthier, non-junk stuff to snack on. While snacking on nuts, … Continue reading Jaggery-Crusted Walnuts & Almonds (Candied)

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)

Mango Thokku (Grated Raw Mango Pickle)

Summer means mangoes. I like mangoes of all kinds, all colours and all shapes from all states 😀 Although a ripe orange-yellow mango is the most sought after, the humble raw mango is no less in terms of taste and its contribution to the repertoire of finger-licking dishes. The beaches in Chennai are filled with … Continue reading Mango Thokku (Grated Raw Mango Pickle)

Festival Recipes – Sri Rama Navami Naivedhyam – Panagam, Kosumari and Neer Mor

Hello !! After a short break due to moving cities, I've finally found some time to start blogging again  🙂 Sri Rama Navami is a popular Hindu festival - the birthday of Sri Rama, one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. This day is considered auspicious and celebrated across hindu homes in India. Typically, … Continue reading Festival Recipes – Sri Rama Navami Naivedhyam – Panagam, Kosumari and Neer Mor