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…)

7 Cup Barfi

7 cup Barfi derives its name from the fact that we use 7 cups of ingredients to make this delicious Indian cake / fudge like sweet. Super rich & delicious – gluten free too! 🙂

7 cup Barfi Recipe | Seven Star Burfi Sweet Cake - Indian Desserts
Melt in your mouth delicious!

Today I am going to share a delicious Indian sweet with all of you.

Unlike most recipes, the name of this sweet is derived from the amount of ingredients used rather than the type of ingredients. If you look at the recipe, you’ll find that we use a total of 7 cups of ingredients. Smart, eh? 🙂

You could call this an Indian version of fudge. Rich, gluten-free, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, this 7 cup Barfi totally wins brownie points from anyone who tastes it!  (more…)

Vellai Appam

Vellai Appam is the sort of recipe that you make rarely, but when you do – you have the intense satisfaction of enjoying the deep fried delicacy.
Vellai Appam Recipe | South Indian Chettinad Uppappam *crunch* goes the Vellai Appam when you bite into it hot. Since it is deep fried, we usually make it around the Holiday time, so that all of us can enjoy a piece of it. I wouldn’t dare eat the whole batch. 😀

It is sort of like a fritter (Vadai), but the batter is fermented and has a bit of buttermilk to give a subtle sourness that is crucial to the taste and texture of this fritter.    (more…)