Thursday, November 29, 2012

Lime Rice

Lime rice, lemon rice or elumichai sadam is one of the simplest variety rices in T.N. It's undoubtedly one of the easiest to make and a very common lunch in the state. Since the meal is flavourful and tasty by itself, no accompaniments are needed and hence this serves a regular pack away meal for the school / office goers.
This had again perhaps been the first dish I learnt as a married girl from my husband's granma, who used to make the tastiest 'elumichampazha sadam' extra spiced and all soaked in 'nallennai'. The whole family loved to savour the large morsels she used to offer when each of us passed by the kitchen :)
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Pori Urundai / Sweetened Puffed Rice Balls) for Karthikai

Deepavali just got over and I can't believe the next festival is almost here!  Thiru Karthikai !
Deepavali and Karthikai have way different stories of origin according to Hindu Mythology but both the festivals are similar in two main aspects. Festivals of  lamps and light. Festivals of fresh sweets.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Diwali Greetings and a few easy to make recipes

Finally, the festival is almost here!
The festival of victory of good over evil, the festival of happiness, cheer, sharing and love!

Here are a few easy to make Diwali recipes, posted earlier, which you may find interesting.

                                                   Godhumai Jira / Instant Wheat flour Halwa 

                                                                          Kaju Katli

                                                                      Godhumai Appam


                                                             Vellai Vadai/ Jaggery Donuts

                                                                   Fried Modakams

                                                      Pasi paruppu Urundai / Moong dal Ladoos


                                                                Almond and Carrot Kheer



                               Wishing you all a fun filled and safe Diwali!

Lots of love,
Bharathy :)
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Friday, November 9, 2012

Rasmalai for Diwali

Rasmalai. The irresistible Indian sweet. I doubt if anyone would hate this divine dessert. The spongy and mildly sweet paneer balls dunked in the richness of milk, creaminess of nuts and mingled flavours of cardamom and saffron. Heaven!

I had been making rasgullas for the past few years inspired by a video recipe and when I slowly mastered the art of making  the perfect I was confident enough to go to the next step; the richer avatar of the same delicacy dunked in Rabdi. Rabdi is nothing but thick and concentrated full fat milk.This in turn is sweetened adding sugar and flavoured with cardamom or rose essence. I am still unaware of the fact that the rabdi used in rasamalai is further enriched by the powdered nuts, but anyway I did it as my family loves it this way!
Basically I refer vahchef for the recipe. Trust me, making rasagullas is not at all tough. Even a first timer can make it perfect without flaws.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pasiparuppu Urundai / Moong dal Ladoos

Diwali is round the corner. Busy streets, people carrying heavy shopping bags, buzzing happily, children laughing, crowded sweet shops and there is merriment everywhere.
I decided to start with the easiest sweet to welcome the festival. Moong dal ladoos or Pasi paruppu urundai is one among the easiest to make in the list. This healthy sweet has a good shelf life and I am reserving for my children who are turning up soon for the holiday!

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