kadalai mittai/peanut chikki

Kadalai Mittai/Peanut chikki – An Interesting Make!

Kadalai Mittai : This is one of the most difficult posts that I’ve worked on so far. To get to this final stage of presentation, I had run into many trial and error stages and in the process, I’ve learnt the techniques to get the desired sugar syrup consistency for Kadalai Mittai and the caramel decoration. One of the very popular and traditonal snack of … Continue reading Kadalai Mittai/Peanut chikki – An Interesting Make!

mysore pak traditional

Traditional Mysore Pak – Guest contribution from Sivakami!

Mysore Pak: My kid’s school is a great place for me to network with other mommies. We are a group now and with the lil time to catch up everyday, we discuss a lot of things that are common. With Diwali around the corner, Sivakami has shared with me her mysore pak preparation that has been passed on by her grandma to her mom. A … Continue reading Traditional Mysore Pak – Guest contribution from Sivakami!

sesame seed laddoo/ ellu urandai/ til ladoo

Ellu urundai/ Sesame seeds ladoo

Ellu Urundai(til/sesame seeds ladoo) – There’s lot of health benefits associated with ellu/sesame seeds. And, sesame seed oil is popular in  South Indian cuisine. Still my mom uses it in lot of tangy hot curries and as a mix for idli podi. I remember when we were child, my mom used to religiously do hair and scalp massage for us with warmed sesame seed oil … Continue reading Ellu urundai/ Sesame seeds ladoo

Unni Appam – Guest contribution from Nimisha

Unni appam/Unniyappam: Unni Appam is a traditional Kerala snack prepared mainly from rice flour. Different variations do exist while some prefer to add banana, some don’t. There also exist different names – in northern side of Kerala, its called as kaaryappam. Nimisha’s mom prepares this snack on important occasions like Vishu and Onam. Her mom does lot of social work and sometimes she prepares this … Continue reading Unni Appam – Guest contribution from Nimisha

Diwali Sweet – Coconut Barfi

Coconut Barfi: As I walked through the streets of Navi Mumbai, I saw heaps&heaps of orange, yellow and white flowers, lamps and rangoli color powders sold in every nook and corner. I felt the air filled with festive mood all around. For a second, in my mind, my kid playing with color powders and her happy face flipped through. Needless to say, this got into … Continue reading Diwali Sweet – Coconut Barfi

Paal Kozhukattai – A Refreshing Dessert

Paal kozhukkattai recipe: Its such a smooth, soft and refreshing dessert. It’s equally liked by everyone in the family. Especially my kid loves it. So I don’t wait for occasions to make it…rather I make it every other week as an evening snack. Ingredients: For dough: 1 cup rice flour 2 cup water 1 tspn ghee Pinch of salt For sweet sauce: 3/4 cup milk … Continue reading Paal Kozhukattai – A Refreshing Dessert

Semiya Kesari – Ramzan Sweet

Semiya Kesari Recipe: During my school days, one of our Muslim friends used to send us big multi layered tiffin box with Briyani, sides, curry and sweets in it, every year for Ramzan. They used to send either semiya kesari or rava payasam. I tried semiya kesari this Ramzan, bringing back the childhood memories. Ingredients: 1 cup semiya(vermicelli) 1&1/4 cup water 3 tblsn ghee 1/2 … Continue reading Semiya Kesari – Ramzan Sweet

Beetroot Halwa – Homemade Sweet

Beetroot Halwa recipe: The uncertainity of ingredients used in shops, no matter how delicious the sweets & snacks may be, have always helped me to focus on easy to make recipes at home. In addition, sweet made from vegetables require less amount of sugar and ghee as compared to flour varieties – so, should we wait for occasions?   Ingredients: 1 cup grated beetroot 2 … Continue reading Beetroot Halwa – Homemade Sweet