Category Festival Specials

Paal Kesari – Milk Kesari

September 21, 2017 Navaratri SpecialSweets/Desserts  One comment

Paal Kesari or Milk Kesari is a simple South Indian sweet. I made this for the 1st day of Navaratri (today). Perfect for this festive season and for sudden cravings/guests. It is very similar to the normal Rava Kesari. The addition of milk gives it a magical taste. It tasted more like a halwa! The needed ingredients are always available at home. All u need is 15-20 mins. Do check my Semiya Kesari & Aval Kesari recipes too.

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Coffee Walnut Brownies – Eggless Brownies

April 20, 2017 AwardsBaked GoodiesBars N CookiesChristmas RecipesKids Bay  13 comments

Brownies – Am just crazy about them.. I can manage to eat brownies as a whole meal !! These delicious Coffee Walnut Brownies have a slight crust on top and are super soft and gooey inside. Its a heavenly combo of chocolate, coffee and crunchy walnuts!! Who would say NO to this?? A perfect treat/dessert for any special occasion or parties.. I came across this recipe from a cookbook and changed a few ingredients to suit our taste!! Its quick and easy to make too..

20/4/17 – Post updated with video 🙂

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Holi Recipes Collection – Holi Recipes

March 9, 2017 Holi Recipes  2 comments

Wishing u all a very happy and colourful Holi festival. As far as I know Holi is all about colours, irrespective of caste, creed or status. We do have a function/event for Holi here every year and you would be surprised to know the huge number of the local population participating in it. They enjoy the food and the festival totally. Here is a simple collection of sweets, snacks and drinks for the occasion!!

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Thandai Recipe – How to make Thandai

February 24, 2017 DrinksHoli RecipesShivaratri RecipesSummer Special  5 comments

Thandai – this was totally a new term to me until I started blogging. I had no clue what it was. But this recipe would be circulating in the food blogging world during Maha Sivaratri or during Holi. Out of curiosity I found out what it was. I should say it is a very interesting and flavourful drink not only for the festival but also as a perfect summer treat. After a lot of googling, finally adapted this recipe from Tarla Dalal’s recipe. Its my turn to post Thandai recipe during Sivaratri now 

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Coconut Rice – South Indian Coconut Rice

February 9, 2017 Bachelor Friendly RecipesNavaratri SpecialRice Varieties  5 comments

Coconut Rice is a simple and yummy lunch box rice variety. It can be made in just 15 to 20 mins. Not much cooking skills are needed to make this. In the sense, it is perfect for bachelors. Am not a big fan of variety rice, but once in a while I like to have it. Puliyodharai is an exception though! Coconut Rice and potato fry is an unbeatable combo! In fact I would say it is the default combo at home 🙂 Finally not to forget that this Coconut Rice tastes very flavourful when made with freshly grated coconut.

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Masal Vadai – Paruppu Vadai – Masala Vadai

January 31, 2017 Navaratri SpecialSnacks / Starters  5 comments

Masal Vadai is a popular South Indian tea time snack. It is very commonly available in the local tea shops there. I should say it smell’s divine if u happen to be near a tea shop when they make it. It is perfect on a rainy day with a hot cup of coffee or tea. It’s also called Paruppu Vadai. Usually some people do not prefer to add fennel seeds. U can skip it if u don’t want.. The only planning u need to do is the soaking of chana dal. If that is done the rest of the process can be done in 15-20 mins.

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Paneer 65 – How to make Paneer 65

January 17, 2017 Holi RecipesPaneer DishesSnacks / Starters  8 comments

Paneer 65 is a very popular starter in any Indian restaurant menu. It is a spicy pakoda kind of snack that can be had with coffee/tea or as a starter. Paneer is an universal favourite especially for vegetarians. Chotu just loves paneer in any form. I made this Paneer 65 during the holidays and he could not resist to pick one while I was clicking the pics. U can see the result below 🙂 The only planning that u need to do is to marinate the paneer. Once that is done it is only a 15 min process.

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Lemon Rice – Rice Varieties

January 10, 2017 Navaratri SpecialPongal RecipesRice Varieties  5 comments

Lemon Rice is a very common and popular South Indian rice variety. It is an easy and quick lunch box recipe. All u need is rice, lemon juice and tempering. I pretty much told the recipe here. Actually this is not a fancy recipe to be published here, but there are many beginners/bachelors who really need this. My favourite among these rice varieties is Puliyotharai especially with home made Pulikaichal. This Lemon Rice is good to go as is or divine with any potato sabji & papad/crisps.

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Varagu Sakkarai Pongal – Millet Sweet Pongal

January 7, 2017 Navaratri SpecialPongal Recipes  7 comments

I have always wanted to try millet sakkarai pongal. The procedure to make this Varagu Sakkarai Pongal is very similar to the normal Sakkarai Pongal made with rice. This is perfect to make for Pongal festival. Actually to be honest, we did not find any difference in the taste, in the sense it tasted as good as the normal Sakkarai Pongal. When there is no compromise in taste, why not choose a much healthier option?!?  Do check my Aval Sakkarai Pongal as well.. Varagu is known as Kodo Millet in english.

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Kalakand Recipe- Quick Kalakand Recipe

January 3, 2017 Diwali SpecialGokulashtami RecipesHoli RecipesSweets/Desserts  8 comments

Wishing u all a very happy new year!! I always like to begin the new year on a sweet note. This Kalakand is an easy-peasy sweet that can be made in just 15 mins with very simple ingredients. In fact just 2 main ingredients. The traditional method to make Kalakand is quite a long process, but this a quick and shortcut method with condensed milk. I made this for a small get-together at home and it was a super hit. I adapted this recipe from nestle channel and tweaked it a bit. Can the 1st post of the year be without a video?!? Definitely not!! 🙂

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