Appam (Sweet Vella Appam)

A common preparation during festivals, this deep fried Appam is an authentic South Indian sweet! 🙂

Sweet Vella Appam Recipe

Disclaimer: I do not like Sweet Appam as much as a brownie. But I know so many people who love this South Indian sweet that I felt obligated to post this recipe – And FYI, I didn’t make this Appam – Mom did. 😀

This is made with Rice, Jaggery and a few additional ingredients and is actually really simple to make. You can deep fry (like I did) or use a special pan with grooves in it (called Appam pan or Appa-Chatti or Paniyaram pan) to just shallow fry them. (more…)

South Indian Thali

South Indian Thali | A full meal | Indian Thaali ideas & Recipes

A South Indian Thali is made up of a selection of various South Indian dishes.

There really is no “rule” as to what constitutes a Thali (read: Thaalee).

You’re just going to have to fill it up with whatever YOU think makes a complete meal! 🙂 (more…)

Sabudana Vada (Low fat version)

Sabudana Vada is my favorite Maharashtrian snack. Not only do I love Sabudana (Pearl Tapioca), but the simplicity of cooking up this snack makes the dish even better! Of course, traditionally, this is a deep fried snack. I’m trying to cut back on the oil so I went with the shallow fried version; which trust me – was beyond amazing! In fact, the absence of excess oil made the snack healthy and refreshing! (more…)

Healthy Puran Poli

Indians celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi on 19th September this year. Keeping that in mind, Team Avant Garde Cookies decided to make Lord Ganesha’s favorites for the 1st week of AGC.  Ganesha Chaturthi  is the Hindu festival celebrated on the occasion of birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees in the duration of this festival. (more…)