Arachuvitta Vengaya Sambar | Spicy Lentil & Tamarind Soup

For some reason, I get a lot of traffic to this page from Google for the keywords “How to say I like sambar in tamil”. 😀 I wonder why! But since I don’t want you – the searcher to return empty handed, this is how you say it in Tamil – Yenakku Saambaar Pudikkum“. 😀

Rest of the world would call this soup and relish it by itself. But not in India! 🙂 The famous Sambar (read: saam-baar) is a spicy lentil and tamarind soup that is eaten with rice or as a side to a number of South Indian snacks. It is very healthy as it has a lot of lentils! Two ingredients form the base of this dish – tamarind and pigeon peas (tuvar/toor dal) The rest of the warming spices really are a personal choice. There are a hundred ways of making this quintessential Tamil dish. And people make it to suit their taste. I wouldn’t say it is easy for a beginner. At least not the version that I’m about to share with you. It involves so many ingredients that I wouldn’t judge you for running away! 🙂 However, by doing so, you miss the opportunity of making & tasting THE BEST Sambar in the world (in my opinion!) (more…)


Cholafali (read: cho-laa-fuh-lee) is a popular Gujarati snack often prepared during the festival of Diwali. These are spicy mixed flour fingers deep fried in oil. Simple ingredients, some times on hand, and loads of patience with the dough gives you this excellent snack which can be as versatile as you can make it. Today’s recipe is basic enough for people not familiar with this. (more…)

Savory Mixture

It is always easier to just buy these snacks from a store nearby. They’re cheaper and less time consuming. But festivals bring a whole new energy and even lazy people (like me :P) love donning the chef’s hat and making goodies to share with friends and family! This savory mixture features on our “Diwali Snack list” every year. (more…)

Shankarpali | Diamond Biscuit

Shankarpali is a snack popular in Maharashtra, India. It is traditionally enjoyed as a treat on the Diwali holiday.At home, Ma makes this to mix it with other homemade savory goodies to make a delicious mixture. Healthy? Of course not. But the deep fried goodie is such a delicious snack that we make it at every opportunity. 😀 (more…)