Milagu Vadai (Hanuman Vada)

Milagu Vadai is a deep fried snack usually prepared for Anjaneyar (Hanuman) Jayanti. We make a vada malai (necklace) with this snack!
Milagu Vadai Recipe | Hanuman Vada | Lentil & Peppercorn Fritters I’m giving you a fair warning – you need to have a good set of teeth to enjoy this snack. 🙂

If you love hard pretzels, then you surely shouldn’t have a problem with this hard fritter. A classic south Indian recipe usually prepared during Hanuman Jayanthi, this vadai is super simple to make and requires just a few ingredients. “Milagu” is a Tamil Word which means “Pepper”. We simply use pepper to spruce this fritter. The hard texture that is so typical of this snack is achieved by grinding the lentils to a very thick batter with barely any water. Without further ado, let me show you one of the easiest deep fried snacks you might have ever seen! (more…)

Multigrain Porridge

Easy & healthy multigrain porridge (kanji) made with Finger Millet & a whole lotta protein rich ingredients to give you a wholesome meal in a glass!

Multigrain Porridge Recipe | Ragi Kanji | Finger Millet Malt
Protein Power!

Are you SO busy in the mornings that you often skip breakfast or grab it on-the-go?

You shouldn’t skip breakfast. But of course, you know that. So you probably grab it on-the-go then? Well, in my experience, on-the-go breakfast are usually not healthy.

But if I were to tell you – you could gulp your breakfast down, would you be interested?

Kanji or Porridge is a humble dish that people have been consuming for ages. I believe some people also call this conjee?? Well, this version has been developed by one of my ancestors I believe! 😀 Ragi or Finger Millet is not something everybody likes. But by way of this Porridge / Drink / Smooth / Whatever-you-wanna-call-it, you can now enjoy a glass of protein-deliciousness!   (more…)

Capsicum Pakoda

Deep fried capsicum pakoda is the perfect hot snack you should be eating on a cold winter day… or whenever, really! 😀

Capsicum Pakoda Recipe | Deep fried Capsicum Chickpea Flour Fritters Did you know that there are a section of South Indians who don’t eat Onions or Garlic? People call them hardcore-conservative-Brahmins while I call them weirdos. Despite the fact that I am one, I can’t imagine living without onions or garlic! I mean, come on. Garlic makes everything taste good!

My grandma is one of “those”. She has given up on these 2 basic ingredients to pledge her faith (or whatever it is that the elderly do!) to Vaisnavisim. Now, why did I tell you this long, boring story of TamBrahms and their weird relationship with onions & garlic?

Because, they have learned to make do without either of these ingredients. They have such amazing recipes that you would not feel the need to spruce it up with a dash of garlic… This Capsicum Pakoda is one such recipe passed on from a TamBram cook to my Grandma.  (more…)

Pori Urundai

Pori Urundai is an Indian sweet made with puffed rice and jaggery.

Pori Urundai Recipe | South Indian Sweet Puffed Rice Balls

You know, when we talk about sweet treats, we think – Cakes, Cookies, Brownies, Pies, Scones etc. But have you tried considering unconventional sweets? Like this Indian sweet called Pori Urundai… Loosely translated, it means Puffed Rice Balls. It is usually made by South Indians during the Festival of Lights (“Karthikai Deepam”).

But you can of course make it at any time of the year! Made with jaggery instead of sugar and having no other added fat, this sweet is a gluten-free, healthy option for all those who wanna stay away from unhealthy treats! 🙂  (more…)