NAN KATAI/INDIAN BISKOOT

Nan Khatai / Indian ‘Biskoot’ ‘Deepavali’ the festival of lights is a time to share home made sweets packed with a great deal of affection & days of planning ahead.Memories of the “festival chef” as they were called then, coming home days ahead to make loads of sweets & savories to be distributed to the…

SWEET PONGAL / SAKKARAI PONGAL

Sweet Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal Pongal is the harvest festival celebrated by the Tamilians in South India, where I grew up.This festival just like the sweet pongal here, brings so many sweet memories of childhood.”Pongal” literally means overflowing with abundance & prosperity and is celebrated with passion & zeal starting on January 14th of every…

DOODH PEDA/ MILK FUDGE

Deepavali Doodh Peda / Milk fudge “Deepavali” simply means a row of lights ( “Deepa”- light/lamp, “vali”- a row/line).The festival of lights starts today in my mother land,memories of childhood come flooding by.Days before the festival, the preparations would start for making savories and sweets.I remember sitting beside the “festival cooks” as they were called…

BANANA HALWA /FUDGE

BANANA HALWA/ FUDGE- Microwave method Its been snowing since two days now,the snow piling up everywhere.Staying indoors makes your creative juices flow once again.The ripe bananas on the the kitchen table are tempting me to try something new.My thoughts flow …..and then a flashback……Mangalore,a picturesque little seaside town where the Western Ghats meet the Arabian…

ONAM SADYA-PALADA PRADHAMAM

ONAM SADYA-PALADA PRADHAMAM Hostel life is something each one of us should experience,since the memories you make with friends are the ones that would remain with you for a lifetime.My first experience of this festival of Onam was during my hostel days as a student.There would be a hustle & bustle around the corridoors the…

NECTARINE KESARI / SHEERA

NECTARINE KESARI / SHEERA Red and yellow on the outside,soft and succulent on the inside……Nectarines resemble peaches without the beard.They conceal stone sized pit at their center.Nectarines and all stone fruits are in season during Summer months and reach their peak in the months of July & August.They are considered a delicacy among fruits perhaps…

DATE & FIG LADOOS

DATE & FIG LADOOS This is a season for dates,anywhere you turn you see”California Medjool Dates” out here…..sure is the earliest sign of the holy month of the lunar calendar “Ramadan” fast approaching.Dates have been significant for the Muslims,dating back to many centuries ago when it was believed that the Prophet broke his fast or”…