Chickpea Sundal

High protein Chickpea Sundal is a south Indian offering to the salad world – complete with “dressing” and all.

Chickpea Sundal Recipe | Indian Garbanzo Bean (Chole) Salad

 

Re-posting a very, very old post today. I had somehow missed this recipe when I started Foodomania. This reminds me of my very beginning days of blogging. This recipe still is as good as it was when I made it over 3 years ago! 🙂

Garbanzo beans (Chickpea/ Chole). Such beautiful legumes! There isn’t a single savory dish you could make with chickpeas that I’d dislike. With their natural high protein content, garbanzo beans make for a natural choice for diet-conscious vegetarians. Here is another recipe from the southern regions of India, accentuating the deliciousness of chickpeas!

Sundal – a word that could possibly mean Salad. There are various kinds of Sundal that South Indians make. Think – as many lentils & legumes there are, twice or thrice as many (known) Sundal recipes exist! The most commonly prepared and loved Sundal though is this Chickpea Sundal.

The “dressing” is made up of my mom’s concocted spice blend and some coconuts, curry leaves & mustard seeds cooked in a little splash of oil. (Before you cringe – a little fat is GOOD for your health, okay?!) If you’ve been put off by bland bean salads before, give this one a chance and you’ll be surprised to find a new favorite. 🙂 (more…)

100 Diwali Snacks Recipes

An awesome collection of over 100 Diwali Snacks Recipes! Diwali or not, these recipes from the best web-blogs will leave you drooling and craving for more!

100+ Diwali Snacks Recipes from Foodomania.com | What to make for Indian festival Deepavali - compiled by Kavitha Ramaswamy

It is 19th October, 2014. Diwali is in less than 4 days. Are you ready with the tastiest of snack dishes – waiting to celebrate the Indian festival of lights with your friends & family? Stalking food sites for traditional & modern recipes is one of my favorite pastime. And I’ve collected some of the best Diwali snacks recipes from all over the internet for you! These recipes may represent the kind of delicacies (especially deep fried ones) that are prepared across India. Some are quintessential to certain parts of the country while some are prepared by one & all. Either ways, all of these snack dishes are delicious and can be great addition to your menu.

Some have a shorter shelf life (like Medhu Vada or Bhajiya) while some last for 10-15 days (like Sev or Thattai). Most people choose to make snacks that last longer, so that sharing is easier and they can enjoy the same for a longer time.

So, without further ado, let us look at some amazing Diwali Snacks Recipes!

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60 Diwali Sweets Recipes

Browse through a vast collection of Diwali Sweets Recipes – easy to follow and screams “celebration”!

60 Diwali Sweets Recipes | What to make for Indian festival Deepavali | Sweet recipes for diwali | Foodomania.com “Diwali” or “Deepavali” – The Indian festival of lights is round the corner and everyone in the cyber world are sharing their favorite recipes for this holiday. I’ve put together a collection of Indian desserts / sweets that are commonly prepared during Diwali. Not only are they utterly delicious, but they also make for a great present for giveaways. Sharing edible gifts is common during this festival, and so is lighting lamps and bursting firecrackers. As a foodie, the classic recipes are my favorite part of the festival! 🙂 It isn’t possible to make every single one of them in one day. But these will give you an idea of how to plan your menu and what to make for Diwali.

If you have a family favorite recipe that you MUST have for the festival, I’d love to know in the comments down below. These days, a lot of fusion recipes are cropping up which goes to show how globalized our cuisines getting. You can stick to your traditional recipes fiercely or embrace the modern-yet-holding-up-the-traditional-significance recipes; I’ve got a huge collection for you! Go ahead, and make a sweet memory this Deepavali! 🙂

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Rasmalai

A step by step tutorial on making Rasmalai – a notorious, yet mouthwatering Indian dessert!

Rasmalai Recipe | Homemade Rasmalai Sweet from scratch by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Rasmalai – a dessert that is notoriously technical and time consuming, yet loved by one and all. It is nothing but soft, curdled milk cheese cooked in sugar syrup and dunked in a deliciously sweet saffron flavored milk. What’s not to love? Well, if you see the length of the recipe, you might just say – THAT.

But I think if you try it out a couple of times & get used to it, it will seem like a breeze! After all, Croissants take all day to make and we don’t say no to them, do we? 😉 This is a sweet treat prepared on special occassions and festivals. Although it is pretty easy to just buy Rasmalai from any Indian dessert store, I truly believe the homemade version is better – since we use the best products to actually make it. Another shortcut is to buy Rasgullas from the store and dunk them in the flavored milk for a Rasmalai!  (more…)