Aamras

Aamras – the Indian flavored Mango puree that everyone just loves!

Aamras Recipe | Indian Flavored Mango Puree | Easy Aamras with Puri

Mangoes are in season!

I’m yet to meet someone who despises mangoes. How can one really?  For someone with a sweet tooth as intense as mine, desserts are the bane of our existence! Moderation, Special occasions are words we don’t find in our dictionary. But dessert cravings can be managed. A mango is all I need to forget about that chocolate cake (wait – did I say cake? gotta make me some of that now!).

Aamras is simply mango puree flavored with cardamom or ginger. That’s it. You can probably stop reading now since that’s all there is to this recipe! But if you want, I’ll write it out for you!

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Thenkuzhal

Thenkuzhal murukku –  a classic South Indian deep-fried snack usually prepared around festivals.

Iyengar Tamilian Thenkuzhal Murukku Recipe with Step by Step pictures by foodomania.com

I have fond memories of eating the thenkuzhal dough year after year during Diwali. Yeah, I’m a dough-eater. Don’t judge, okay? Sometimes, dough tastes amazing! And so does the end dish of the dough.

We make this snack about once or twice a year during festivals (most commonly during Diwali). We would make it more often, but the lengthy process often stops us from making the extra effort more frequently. Once in a while though – I urge you to try this snack – for this is a great one to have in your culinary repertoire.  (more…)

Adai Kunukku (Lentil Fritters)

Kunukku is a deep-fried snack made with rice and lentils. Enjoy these spicy and crispy delights with tea.

Adai Maavu Kunukku (Kunuku) Recipe | Indian Lentil Fritters Recipe | step by step pictures |Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Kunukku may possibly be an all time favorite “tiffin” tea time snack in my household.

I have fond memories of my paternal grandma making this exquisite snack abound. I’d always watch her make kunukku after kunukku with patience that our current generation seems to lack. She’d freshly grind the dry chilli, followed by wet parboiled rice and soaked lentils. She had an innate sense of how smooth or coarse the batter should be and she’d always use the right amount of spices and salt to make the batter taste perfect. With utmost precision, she’d drop equal portions of the batter into scalding hot oil, making the perfect sized kunukku pieces.

The art of making kunukku is easy to master. It requires a little practice, for making equal sized balls with a sticky batter like this one isn’t always easy.  But with easy alternatives such as spoons or ice cream scoops, you can make your own perfect little kunukku pieces.

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Mullu Murukku / Manamkombu

South Indians usually make this Mullu Murukku on special occasions.

Mullu Murukku Recipe - Iyengar Manangombu / Manamkombu | Chakli recipe | South Indian Murukku - step by step pictures - Foodomania.com

I never cease to marvel at the number of unexplored traditional recipes that have been passed on from generation to generation in every cuisine. While I do appreciate modern cuisine, I find myself going back to my roots more often these days. How did my ancestors live? Were they fit? How did they get their source of protein? And most importantly – what did they eat?

To get my questions answered, I often pick my father’s brains. He grew up in a tiny village in South India with a family of around 20 people. Money was scarce and children were many. Cooking for that many people was no easy task. But his grandma did it anyway, graciously. As I’m uncovering stories from his past, I’m discovering many traditional south Indian recipes (Iyengar recipes, to be specific) that he has grown up eating.

This deep-fried snack is one such classic delicacy. A quick search on Google will reveal a few different variations of the same and even different names for the same snack. The snack derives its name from a ‘thorn’. Mullu is a Tamil word which literally translates to thorn. And because it has a thorny texture, it is called a Mullu Murukku.

To make these, you will need a Murukku Achchu or a murukku maker. It is a tool used to make the murukku. However, if you don’t make these kinds of dishes often and don’t want to buy one, I’ve also mentioned an easy alternative you can use to try this recipe. If you are a south Indian, you probably already know how delicious this snack is. And if you aren’t familiar with this – think of it like a spicy rice based crispy pakoda with an interesting texture.     (more…)