Kothavarangai Poriyal/ Long beans stir fry

>> Friday, January 21, 2011

Another simple and yummy poriyal, great to be enjoyed with sambar, rasam or curd. For non-vegetarian version we can even try adding prawns or eggs.


Oats Almond Pear Laddus

>> Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This  is a simple soft chewy laddu, that I make for my kid for his breakfast. Its a simple and healthy dish that can be made with the fruits of our choice. The sweetness for these laddus comes from the ripe fruit puree. The same dish can also be made using apple, banana or even carrots. If we wish to add little bit more sweetness, we can try adding a Tbsp of honey or grated jaggery. My kid enjoyed these soft laddus and I was happy that he was eating something healthy... :)


Simple Kozhukattai/ Steamed rice flour dumplings

>> Thursday, January 6, 2011

Kozhukattais are very simple and elegant sweet that form a versatile part in offerings made to Lord Ganesh during Pillayar chathurthi. Apart from that kozhukattai are also made during karthigai deepam, maattu pongal and also during Sankatahara Chathurthi. 

Chathurthi is a day of importance for Lord Ganesh and is considered auspicious to initiate with any new endeavour on that day. This occurs twice every month during growing moon period and waning moon period. The Sadhurthi which falls during the growing moon period is considered as Sankatahara Chathurthi. Its a normal practise to fast on that day and perform pooja to Pillayar with some offerings and flowers. For last month's Chathurthi I have made these yummy kozhukattais and took it to temple. I was happy that they were offered to God and enjoyed by many others as part of prasadam.


Sesame Brittle

>> Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This is a very simple and yummy sweet that can be made in few minutes and will be great for munching. There is a slight difference between sesame laddu and brittle. Laddu is made by using a soft jaggery syrup whereas these brittle are made by using a thicker jaggery syrup, resulting in a crispy and crunchy brittle.


Happy New Year/ Won Manjula's Kitchen December event and 13th Mediterranean event

>> Monday, January 3, 2011

                           Wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Wealthy n Prosperous new year... :):)

At this moment I am very happy to share with u few awards I have won during the month of December.. I have won the second place in Manjula's Kitchen December contest with a 25 $ Amazon gift card. Its a great pleasure to have won this award from such an amazing and wonderful blogger. Here is my recipe for Almond poli with Walnut khoya filling posted in Manjula's blog.

Next is the Julia child's Mastering the art of French cooking book which I have won from the 13th Mediterranean cooking event from Tobias cooks blog. Tobias Cooks is a wonderful blog filled with simple and yummy Mediterranean dishes. I am loving this Julia Child book which provides a detailed step by step figures for baking and useful for a armature baker like me.

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