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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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Kadalapparippu Boli/ Poli

Boli is a sweet snack common in South India. While it is known as Boli in Kerala, it is also called Poli, Holige, Obbattu etc in various states of South India. Though I love Boli, I prepare them very rarely as my boys aren’t particularly fond of it. Last month, a journalist friend of ours contacted me to contribute a few recipes for the Ganesha Festival special edition of Just For Women (JFW) magazine. Boli was one of the dishes she wanted. You can find the article here. I follow the recipe by Mrs K.M Mathew.

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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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Sharkkara Unda (Jaggery based Rice flour balls)

After the previous post on Avalose Podi, I received quite a few queries about what could be prepared with it. The easiest thing would be to mix it up with some sugar and eat. Another option is to mix some grated coconut with grated jaggery and mix with avalosepodi. If you need something more filling

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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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Kozhukkatta (Rice Flour dumplings with Coconut and Jaggery)

Kozhukkatta is a popular snack item of Kerala. This was one of those snacks MOM made for us, when we returned from school, famished. At times she used to make Kozhukkatta using wheat flour instead of rice flour. Personally I preferred the wheat one to the rice flour.

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Milk Peda with Condensed Milk

We had plans to travel during this Diwali and hence I hadn’t made any sweets. Unfortunately , the plan got cancelled at the last minuteandwe decided to spend the Diwali here itself. It’s only today, when my neighbour sent some sweets, did I realise that I hadn’t made any. Luckily I remembered about

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Rasgulla/Rosogolla (Cottage Cheese Balls in Sugar Syrup)

Rasgulla/Rosogolla is one of the most popular Bengali sweets. I always thought that making these would be a tough task till I tried them sometime back. Though it is pretty easy to prepare, there are few things one needs to keep in mind while preparing it. This sweet dish cannot be consumed soon afte

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Aval Vilayichathu

Aval Vilayichathu is a popular sweet snack of Kerala, made with beaten rice, coconut and jaggery. This is one snack I used to enjoy as a kid. The recipe I am sharing is the one I noted down while my Mom was preparing it. Here’s the recipe. Aval Vilayichathu Source: My Mom

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Kasi Halwa (Ash Gourd/Winter melon Halwa)

Last week, we had attended a function, wherein we had tiffin meals. All the items served there was new to me as it was a typical Tamil feast. The first item served was a sweet. On enquiring with my friends, I was told that it is Kasi Halwa. I loved he taste so much that I had made up my mind to try

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Unniyappam (Without Banana)

Unniyappam is a popular snack item of Kerala. It is usually made of ground rice, jaggery, banana and coconut bits. I haven’t been a big fan of Unniyappams till I got to taste one that my MIL made. I couldn’t stop at one. One thing I noticed was that her Unniyappams didn’t have banana. As usual, she

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Ande ka Meetha/ Ande ka Halwa (Egg Halwa)

“Sweet dish made of egg” is the literal translation of Ande ka meetha. When I first heard of the name, I was intrigued and so noted down the recipe. Couple of days back, I finally got some time to try out the dish. The crux of making this dessert is continuous stirring of the mixture for almost an h

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