Festival-Dishes

Milagu Puliyodharai / Pepper Tamarind Rice

Milagu Puliyodharai / Pepper Tamarind Rice

Iyengar puliyodharai is something very special in our south Indian culture. Memories of having puliyodharai as prasadam at temples come flooding back at the mention of the dish. It is also traditionally prepared for many an Iyengar festivals. And as we celebrate Kanu tomorrow, I […]

Poli – 2 Varieties, 2 methods

Poli – 2 Varieties, 2 methods

It is a tradition in many households to prepare Poli (Obbattu/Holige) during the festival of Bogi or the previous day of Makara sankranthi.  Most of us find preparing Poli at home a tedious process but it actually is not so, or atleast, it need not […]

Pongal – Another way

Pongal – Another way

Get ready to wow your family and friends with this recipe. Whichever method of making Pongal you prefer, try this seasoning with it. You’ll be surprised how good it tastes!   Read in Tamil Ingredients: 1 bowl –cooked rice ¼ cup –Cooked Mung dal ½ […]

No Dal Vendhaya (Fenugreek) Pongal

No Dal Vendhaya (Fenugreek) Pongal

“There’s no Pongal without dal. And with dal, comes gastric troubles at absolutely no extra cost! So we’ve given up on Pongal altogether…!” If you’re one of those who feel this way, then this nutritious Fenugreek Pongal recipe is just what you need! Read in […]

Sweet Aval Pongal (No Rice, Less Ghee!)

Sweet Aval Pongal (No Rice, Less Ghee!)

If nothing else, just from the trend of posts on this blog you must be able to tell that Pongal festival is right around the corner! In that same line, here’s a recipe for Chakkarapongal made with aval. The most wonderful thing about this recipe […]

Chakkara Pongal

Chakkara Pongal

Marghazhi is just not complete if we only make Ven Pongal every day. Why don’t we see a few sweet variations to Pongal? First, in this recipe we’ll look at traditional Chakkara Pongal made with rice, dal and jaggery. Read in Tamil   Ingredients: ¾ […]

Quick Pongal

Quick Pongal

Yesterday, we saw how to make Pongal by cooking rice and dal simultaneously in a pressure cooker. But those who don’t have time for elaborate processes will like this recipe a lot. You can make Pongal with just the rice you had made for afternoon […]

Pongal

Pongal

‘Pongal’. The first thought that comes to my mind at the mention of the Tamil month Margazhi. The pleasures of waking up early and going to Perumal temple, enjoying the colorful kolams along the way and having a blessed Darshan at the temple right before […]

Mixed Flour Appam

Mixed Flour Appam

In our Indian Culture, we celebrate several festivals in a year.  Among them, there are three festivals for which making Appams is an absolute must – Avani Avittam, Sri Krishna Jayanthi and Karthigai. Making Appams is a very versatile art.  You can see a different […]

Boondi Urundai/Boondi Paniyarakka

Boondi Urundai/Boondi Paniyarakka

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Karthigai? Pori Urundai, right? But that’s very common… I thought of making something a different this year. This is a traditional recipe too. Let’s see how to make this easy thing. I have […]

Manogaram

Manogaram

There is just two more weeks for the festival of Karthigai.  I think it’s time we start the preparations! Nel Pori Urundai, Aval Pori Urundai and Manogaram are traditional sweets that are made without fail for Karthigai.  Manogaram is a sweet murukku dish made by […]

Deepavali Marundhu Podi/Deepavali Lehyam

Deepavali Marundhu Podi/Deepavali Lehyam

It’s our tradition in Tamil Nadu to prepare Deepavali Lehyam, better known as, Deepavali Marundhu. It’s considered to bring a good balance to our diet amidst all the sweets and snacks we devour during the festive season. Skip to read in Tamil To prepare Deepavali […]

Jalebi

Jalebi

Hope you had a great time making Jangiri at home from my previous post! For those who are not comfortable with grinding the Urad dal to prepare Jangiri at home, here is a sweet similar in taste and looks but can be made in fewer, […]

Kaju Kathli

Kaju Kathli

What’s a Deepavali without a rich and royal sweet to spark up the festive season! Today, I’m going to show you how to make the King of all decadent sweets – the Kaju Katli. This is a simple recipe that yields about 50 authentic and […]

Spicy Gavvalu

Spicy Gavvalu

Gavvalu (telugu) translates to Cowries in English, Sozhi in Tamil.  I used to see this snack in almost all sweet shops in Andhra, when I lived there, but I never knew what it was. One day, my friend explained to me that it was a […]

Jangiri

Jangiri

Making Jangiri is a terrorising thought to many.  Though this looks complicated, it is not so.  Jangiri needs only few, that too, easily available ingredients Urad dal, sugar, any flavoring agent (like cardamom or rose essence) and a food color to attract your eyes.  But […]

Mock Adhirasam

Mock Adhirasam

No time to prepare Adhirasams?  No worries, we can do it instantly using very few ingredients. Going purely by the looks, it’s just like Adhirasam. But taste-wise, it is like chewy Shakarpare…or sweet maida biscuits 🙂 Skip to read in Tamil     Ingredients: ½ […]

Seeni Adhirasam/Kobbari Ariselu

Seeni Adhirasam/Kobbari Ariselu

For people who can’t get their hands on Jaggery where they live or for those who do not like the flavor of Jaggery, you can simply use Sugar. The method is same as for the normal Adhirasam, only the sugar quantity differs.  I have added […]

Adhirasam/Ariselu:

Adhirasam/Ariselu:

Adhirasam is a traditional South Indian sweet made of Rice flour and Jaggery.  It is a flat disc like vadai, fried in oil and can stay on shelf for long. ‘Adhirasam’ in Tamil, is called, ‘Ariselu’ in Telugu and ‘Kajjaya’ in Kannada.  Some of the […]

Butter Murukku

Butter Murukku

Sometime last year, I came across many recipes using Idiyappam Flour to make Murukku but never tried it. And then I thought, since preparing Murukku flour at home, right from scratch is extremely tedious, why not give this method a shot! The first time I […]

Madurai Paal Bun (South Indian Donut)

Madurai Paal Bun (South Indian Donut)

This is a popular delicacy of Madurai and the regions around it.  I heard about this simple sweet through my friend Karthiga initially, who shared her recipe in a famous forum, a few years back.  But I never tried or tasted it. I also learnt […]

Sundal Pulav

Sundal Pulav

During Navarathri, preparing a variety of sundals everyday is a norm. It is possible that you would be having lot of leftovers and wouldn’t know what you could do with such huge quantities! Worry not! The leftovers can be transformed into a Pulav, which your […]

Sundal Papad Rice

Sundal Papad Rice

You: Quick! Tell me I have leftover sundal. What do I do? Me: *shouts immediately* Make Sundal Papad Rice! This makes a great Lunch Box idea that you can put together quickly. Try this once and you won’t be waiting for leftover sundal to do […]

Sundal Chaat

Sundal Chaat

This is once again a very simple recipe that you put together in a matter of minutes. This works very well for the Navrathri season, because sometimes you don’t know how many guests you will be entertaining that evening. All you need to have on […]

Sundal Fruit Salad

Sundal Fruit Salad

I had promised you guys simple and easy dishes to make using leftover sundal, so here it is! This is the perfect party appetizer if you’re entertaining a lot of guests. It takes under 10 minutes to prep this and you can easily make large portions. […]

Groundnut (Verkkadalai) Sundal

Groundnut (Verkkadalai) Sundal

You might have heard of roasted groundnuts or even boiled groundnuts. But did you know you can make sundal with groundnuts? It might not be as popular as Channa sundal or Pattani sundal but it’s a healthy choice and a unique take on sundals during […]

Puttu

Puttu

Hello lovely readers! It’s the Friday of Navrathri tomorrow and that means we need to have fluffy puttu ready at our homes. Well, here I am! Let’s get to making… Skip to read in Tamil   Ingredients: 1 cup – Rice Flour 1 cup – […]

Kadalaiparuppu Sundal

Kadalaiparuppu Sundal

A simple Sundal to prepare.  This comes handy when we forget to soak the grains needed for sundal, the previous night. Skip to read in Tamil Wash and soak a cup of Bengal Gram (Kadalaiparuppu or Split Chana Dal) in boiling water.  Keep this near […]

Tips on Sundal preparation

Tips on Sundal preparation

Lo and behold! It’s Sundal Season again. So, a very happy Navrathri to you, lovely reader! Skip to read in Tamil I’m sure the first thing that comes to our minds at the mention of Navrathri must be sundal. Some regard it with excitement and […]

Kadalai Urundai

Kadalai Urundai

This is another traditional sweet prepared during the festival, Sri Jayanthi.  Very few ingredients are needed to make Verkadalai Urundai, but the syrup consistency of Jaggery plays vital role in its success.   Skip to read in Tamil     Ingredients: 2 cups – Roasted […]

Vella Seedai

Vella Seedai

Skip to read in Tamil     Ingredients: 1 cup  – Rice Flour (Toast till golden in color and measure) 1/8 cup or 2 tbsp – Roasted Urad Dal Flour ½ cup  – Powdered Jaggery (use ¾ cup jaggery if you want it more sweet) […]

Uppu Seedai

Uppu Seedai

Uppu Seedai is the Hallmark of the festival, Sri Jayanthi.  Let us take a look on how to go about making Uppu Seedai. Skip to read in Tamil Ingredients: 3 levelled cups – Rice Flour (how to prepare Rice Flour for Uppu Seedai) 3 tbsp […]

Modakams/Kozhukattais: Hassle free ways

Preparing the outer dough and fillings for Modakams/Kozhukattais and shaping them before steaming are all time consuming processes and they require more patience, time and effort which is not possible for many of us today. Skip to read in Tamil I have some tips to […]

Modakams/Kozhukattais: FAQs

So far, we have learnt about the different methods of preparing the outer dough for Kozhukattais and the choices of Pooranams/Fillings to be kept inside the Kozhukattais. Skip to read in Tamil But still it would be inconvenient for some of you to shape the […]

Modakams/Kozhukattais: Some ideas for filling

I would like to compile all the kinds of fillings (Pooranams) we can stuff into the Kozhukattais / Modakams here. If anyone says Kozhukattai, we immediately think of the tropical tastes of the coconut filling. But, here are other delicious things you can fill your […]

Modakams/Kozhukattais: Making outer dough

As easy are kozhakattais to eat, the same can’t be said for the preparation of the outer dough. This tricky component is the fabric of nightmares for many of us! It certainly was for me. If we manage to get a lump-free dough, the shape […]

Aadi Kummayam/Kummayam Kozhukattai

Aadi Kummayam/Kummayam Kozhukattai

Kummayam is a traditional sweet halwa-like dish prepared and offered to Gods on Tuesdays and Fridays of the tamil month of Aadi. It is made with ingredients rich in iron and protein, such as urad dal, jaggery and gingelly oil. So is considered very nutritious […]