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Diwali Delights 2012

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | Comments Off on Diwali Delights 2012

Diwali is known as the “festival of lights”. This year Diwali falls on Tuesday, November 13. And this year we are planning to bring you recipe videos for some of the sweets and savories that we have posted so far. Here is a list of most recent recipes added to Diwali Sweets and Savories. Malai Sandwich Badam Halwa Coconut Burfi Carrot Halwa Kalkandu Chakkarapongal Nutty Kheer Oma Podi Quinoa Payasam Double Ka Meeta Mixed Nut Brittle Ashoka Halwa             Click on each picture for the corresponding recipes and find the rest at Diwali Sweets and...

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Suzhiyan (Suzhiyam) / Maida Sweet Balls

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Suzhiyan is a traditional dish which we make during Diwali. It is a very simple dish in which sweet puran in is either dipped in maida or urad dal batter and deep fried. In Tamil Nadu, we generally make with Maida flour. Here is the recipe for this simple dish. Time of Preparation : 90 minutes No of Servings : 10 Ingredients: Channa Dal – 1 cup Jaggery – 1 1/4 cup Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup Cardamom powder – a pinch For Outer Cover: Maida / All purpose flour – 1/4 cup Water – as required Salt – a pinch Method of Preparation: Soak the channa dal for 1 hour and grind it coarsely. Dry roast the grated coconut and keep it aside. Boil around 1/4 cup of water and add the crushed jaggery. When the jaggery melts...

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Malai Sandwich/Chop

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Cooking Videos, Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 7 comments

It is Diwali time and on this festive occasion we prepare a lot of sweets and savories and celebrate with our family and friends. Malai Sandwich or Malai Chop is a Bengali dessert made from Paneer/Chenna/Cottage cheese. I have also prepared khoa which serves as a patty. I have used an easy and quick method to prepare khoa. First we make flattened rasgullas, slit them into two halves and make the sandwich with khoa. Enjoy making this sweet for Diwali or any occasion. Preparation time: 2 and 1/2 hours Cooking time: 12 minutes Yield: 15 to 18 sandwiches Ingredients:  Freshly made Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 2 cups Sugar – 1 cup Water – 5 cups Cardamom pods – 4 Saffron – 5 to 6 strings Rose flavored essence – 1 tsp Food color – red and yellow For Khoa: Butter – 1 tbsp Milk – 1 cup (whole...

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Badam Halwa

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival, Slideshow | 3 comments

Badam (Almond) Halwa is one of the most popular and delicious Indian sweets and it is made with almonds, saffron, sugar and clarified butter. Diwali is coming up in a couple of weeks and if you are wondering what dessert to make, here is the richest, delicious and scrumptious Badam Halwa recipe. Try this recipe and you will definitely love it. Just as much if not more as I did. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No of servings : 6-8 Ingredients: Badam/Almonds : 1 cup Milk : 11/2cup Ghee : 3/4 cup (Clarified Butter) Sugar : 3/4 cup Saffron : 1/4 tsp Method Of Preparation: Soak Badam/Almond overnight or till the skin peel out of almonds when you press them with your fingers. Now remove the skin from almonds and grind it in blender by adding little milk to make...

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Ammini Kozhukkattai

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | Comments Off on Ammini Kozhukkattai

Ammini Kozhukkattai is made from the left over kozhukkattai dough. I am not sure why it is called so, may be because they are mini or small…:) Whenever we make Kozhukkattai we end up with some leftover dough which is what is generally used for making Ammini Kozhukkattai and Paal Kozhukkattai. I have also used leftover kara puran (ulundhu puran) in this recipe which adds more taste. You can even add some idli podi to this dish which I learnt from Jeyashri’s Kitchen. This is a healthy dish and can be made quickly. So you can even make it on a regular day as a snack. Perfect for kids and adults. Ingredients: Kozhukkattai dough – 1 cup Oil – 1 tsp Mustard seeds – 3/4 tsp Urad dal – 1 tsp 2 to 3 curry leaves A pinch of asafoetida...

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Kara Kozhukkattai for Ganesh Chaturthi

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 1 comment

Kara Kozhukkattai also known as Uppu Kozhukkattai or Ulundhu Kozhukkatai is another version of Indian rice dumpling filled with spicy puran. The filling consists of steamed and spiced urad dal along with coconut. I know!! it does sound a little different but belive me it tastes wonderful. For a long time being a sweet addict I have never touched the spicy version (kara kozhukkattai) inspite of my mom forcing me to eat. But after I started making these, I liked it so much (not as much as the sweet though…!) What a selfish act!!! Sorry mom.. Okay! Coming back to the dish… this is one of those dishes offered to Lord Ganesh on Ganesh Chaturthi or any regular day. The spicy filling is very easy to make. You can refer my Sweet Puran Kozhukkatai for making the dough. I have...

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Aval Vadai (Poha Vada)

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Appetizers, Indian Festival, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 9 comments

Vinayagar Chaturthi is coming soon and you will be already making a list for what to cook on that day. So why not try this delicious and easy aval vadai recipe. It tastes almost like paruppu vada and it’s very easy to make too in less time. Preparation Time: 30 minutes No of serving: 5-6 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Aval/Poha/Beaten Rice : 1 cup Oil : for Frying Onion : 1 (finely chopped) Green Chilies: 3-4 (according to your spice level – finely chopped) Asafoetida : a pinch Ginger : 1 tsp (grated or chopped finely) Rice flour : 2 tbsp Curry Leaves : 4-5 (chopped) Coriander Leaves : 1 tbsp (finely chopped) Grated Coconut : 2 tbsp (optional) Salt : to taste Method Of Preparation: Soak aval/poha for 10-15 minutes. After that drain the excess...

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Coconut and Rice Kheer – Thengai Arisi Payasam

Posted by on Aug 11, 2009 in Best of ST, Desserts, Featured, Indian Festival, Navratri Recipes, Onam and Vishu | 6 comments

Kheer or Payasam is an Indian dessert made for festivals and special occasions. Coconut and Rice kheer is popular in South India and I love this kheer just for the combination of rice and coconut cooked in milk. To sweeten this dish, we can add either sugar or jaggery. I prefer sugar to jaggery for this payasam. Finally enhanced with the flavor of cardamom and fried cashew nut. It is a bit time consuming but very simple procedure. Try this and let me know how it turns out. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 2 hours No. of servings: 6 t0 7 Ingredients: Basmati rice – 4 tbsp Shredded coconut – 1/2 cup Milk – 8 cups Sugar – 3/4 cup Cardamom pods – 4 Broken cashew nut – 2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Soak...

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Thiruvadirai Kali – Arudhra Darshan Festival with Kali

Posted by on Jan 10, 2009 in Desserts, Featured, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Thiruvathirai Kali (Rice Pudding) is South Indian sweet dish made on the festival of Thiruvadirai. Thiruvadhirai or Arudhra Darshan festival on the full moon day of Margazhi(Tamil calender month, between Dec 15- Jan 15) is auspicious to Lord Nataraja, the dancing Shiva. Arudhra is the largest of the stars. It is two-and-a-half crore times bigger than the sun. There will be 10 days of festival in Chidambaram (Tamil Nadu, South India) during this month which involves a grand scheme of traditional observances commencing with the hoisting of the temple flag on the first day, followed by colorful processions of the five deities (Pancha Murthys) on the first eight days on various mounts. The fifth day features Mount Kailasam, while the sixth day features the elephant mount. It is only on the ninth day when Arudhra star and new moon coincide,...

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Thattai – Rice & Peanut Savory Snack

Posted by on May 16, 2008 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes | 15 comments

  Thattai is a crunchy snack very popular in Tamilnadu and it’s a staple snack for many of the festive occasions in karnataka and Tamilnadu. The peanut and channa dal in that tastes really good .Thattai is made during festive days and makes for a great snack in evening times. I know it’s not Diwali now but this special snack has to be the trademark snack of Diwali in Tamilnadu. My Mother-in law made this for us. she has taken me back in time by making Thattai this week and it turned out so delicious. I think I am gonna be a lazy bee for the rest of the 6 months but learning a lot of dishes from her that I haven’t tried before. It’s one of my husband’s favorite snack and she made it especially for him. Thattai...

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