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…)

Paal Payasam

Smooth, creamy, delicately sweet Paal Payasam is the star of many a festival menus in India… Now you know how easy it is to make this dessert! 🙂

Paal Payasam Recipe | Rice Kheer | South Indian Risotto Pudding Sweet 4 ingredients. That’s all you need to make this dessert.

It is as easy as throwing all of them together in a pot and cooking them for 45 minutes until all the flavors come together to make a hearty bowl of paal payasam.

Which brings me to the word “paal payasam“. For all my non-south-Indian friends out there, it loosely translates to “milk sweet“. But that doesn’t really give out much information about the dessert itself because off the top of my head – I could give you 10 other sweets made with milk. (Hellllooo… remember Rabdiiiii??) But it is what it is. I don’t know much about its nomenclature. But I could tell you that making this milk & rice dessert could not be easier.  (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…)

Godhumai Halwa = Wheat Flour Fudge

For a rich Indian dessert, make this Godhumai Halwa. Made with wheat flour, saffron and tons of ghee (clarified butter), nothing screams celebration like a good Gehun ka Halva (Wheat flour fudge)!

Godhumai Halwa Recipe | Easy Pressure Cooker Gehun ka Halva

If only I were a better photographer…

If only I were a better food stylist …

If only…. Sigh!

Well, the one thing I am good in though is making delicious desserts and this fudgy thingy made with Wheat flour is definitely one that I think you should all try. Oh, and for those curious, Godhumai in Tamil means Wheat and Halva is just sort of like fudge. SO there you have it – Godhumai Halwa! 😉

P.S: This is a quick cooker version of the recipe. This won’t taste exactly like Tirunelveli Halwa, but it is delicious neverheless!   (more…)