Khara Biscuit (Iyengar bakery style): Step by Step

Khara biscuit (khara translates to spicy/hot in Kannada) is an extremely well-known savoury style bakery item enjoyed by people of all ages. They're flavoured with a delicious paste of of fresh coriander, green chillies and ginger - giving them their characteristic pastel green colour. I remember those times as a child when we enjoyed the … Continue reading Khara Biscuit (Iyengar bakery style): Step by Step

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)

Easy Spaghetti Arrabbiata with Black Olives, Green Peppers and Jalapeños 

Pasta all'Arrabbiata (pasta in an arrabbiata sauce), where 'Arrabbiata' literally refers to 'fiery' or 'angry' in Italian, meaning that the heat comes from the chillies used in the sauce. It is generally said to go best with Penne pasta. Today, I bring to you Spaghetti in an Arrabbiata sauce base with some capsicum, olives and jalapenos, just … Continue reading Easy Spaghetti Arrabbiata with Black Olives, Green Peppers and Jalapeños 

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)

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: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

For Day 4 of Navarathri, a very traditional dessert dish - Semiya Kesari ! A pudding style sweet dish, traditionally made in our house for festive occasions. Very quick to make (takes all of 10 mins) and tastes delicious! Hello all! 😀 It is day four of Navarathri today, and I see a lot of people … Continue reading Navarathri Special: Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari, Step-by-Step

Navarathri Special Sundal: Pattani (Dried White Peas) Sundal

Day 3 of Navarathri festival – 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)

Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Whole Almonds

Dates are one of the best naturally sweet foods that you can eat. Eating 1-2 dates each day can help give you instant energy and make a good addition to a balanced diet. Dates offer a plethora of nutritional benefits: they act as laxative and help in relieving constipation and regulating intestinal function. The significant … Continue reading Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Whole Almonds