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Milk Halwa

As a kid, the only Halwa I was aware of, were the colourful Halwas I saw in almost all bakeries in Kerala. One could find huge blocks of Halwa in various colours like Black, Orange, Yellow and Green. I somehow never really liked them. Few years back during our Kerala visit, my MIL bought some Milk Halwa from Indian Bakery near our place. On her insistence, I tasted a piece with much reluctance. To my surprise, I loved it and ended up having a couple more pieces. This Halwa was something different. The other day while talking to my SIL…

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Paan (Betel Leaf) Mousse

During our stay in Chandigarh, we had been to the Punjab Grill restaurant. After the meal, we were served Paan shots. I loved the taste of it and thought of trying my hand at it some time later. It had totally slipped off my mind, till I came across a review about Punjab Grill. I had some Homemade Gulkhand in stock. So after getting the betel leaves, I started off with my experiment. Along the way, I decided to change the track and make a mousse instead of the shots. On tasting, D was of the opinion that it required…

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Motichoor Laddoo

My experiments in cooking started when I was in Class 7. Instead of trying out the regular dal chawal, I would opt for something different. During a recent chat session with my cousin, she reminded me of the laddoo that I made. It brought back a lot of memories. I do remember vividly how complicated the process was to me at that time. Probably that stayed in my mind and hence didn’t attempt making laddoos at home. Yesterday my friend’s daughter asked me if I had the recipe of Motichoor Laddoo. She needed it for some article. That triggered an…

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Paalada Paayasam/ Paalada Pradhaman/ Palada Payasam

I have been away from this space for almost a month now. Trust me, it was not easy. My camera went for repair and the waiting was really frustrating. I was looking forward to get it back. The happiness was short lived when I realised that it was still not functional. Thankfully J understood my predicament and offered to buy me a new camera. Woo hoo !! I am back in my happy place. To celebrate the joy, I decided to make Paalada Paayasam, a traditional Kerala sweet, which holds an important place in Sadya. In the olden days, the…

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Bread Halwa

    Catching up with friends is something all of us look forward to. Last week was one such occasion. We got to host our dear friends after a long wait. It was decided that …

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Strawberry Shrikand

Shrikand is a popular Gujarati Dessert made of yoghurt. The most common flavour one can find, is made with saffron and cardamom. Gujaratis have Shrikhand with pooris as well. I had some strawberries which needed to to used up asap. The first thing that crossed my mind was Shrikhand. Decided to give

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Pineapple Unda (Sweet Balls made of Pineapple, rice flour and grated coconut)

Catching up with your old friends is indeed a stress buster. Thanks to Whatsapp, the chatting is more fun and takes you back to those old days. During a conversation with my 10th standard classmates, one of them mentioned about Pineapple Unda, that his mom prepares. This triggered the curiosity of

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Unnakkaya (Banana Rolls with sweet Filling)

Unnakkaya is a popular snack in the Northern part of Kerala. It is mostly prepared during the Ramzan period. The banana used to prepare this dish is of the Nendran cultivar, easily available in the southern states of India. In the northern states, one could find these in grocery shops that cater to

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Belagavi Kunda

Belagavi Kunda is a famous sweet of Belagavi, the erstwhile Belgaum. The sweet has an interesting story behind its discovery. Jakku Marwadi Mithaiwalacame from Rajasthan and set up a sweet shop at Shahpur area.Once, Jakku Marwadi was boiling milk in his kitchen. In a hurry, he forgot to switch the s

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Coconut Laddoos with Condensed Milk

If you have to have to whip up something sweet in a jiffy, Coconut laddoo is a very good option. All you need would be a tin of condensed milk and freshly grated or desiccated coconut in stock. If using desicatted coconut, the laddoos will last for 3-4 days, under refrigeration. Coconut Laddoos wit

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Gujiya/Karjikkai

Gujiya/Karjikkai Recipe by Mareena Jerrish

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