Today is Diwali Paadwa! The fourth day of the five day Diwali celebration! In Maharashtra, where I grew up, this is also a special day celebrating the bond between married couples. (Read the wife gets gifts 🙂 Houses are decorated with flower and mango leaf garlands called toran and Shrikhand puri is traditionally made for... Continue Reading →
Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and sharing my most popular post Paan Truffles with Gulkand Centers to add to your Diwali enjoyment.
Easy recipe for the ultimate ambrosial Indian fusion dessert…all in under 10 minutes!
Paan Truffles with Gulkand Centers
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Sun Kissed Besan Ladus- As the aroma of these ladus fills the air, you will know that Diwali is here!
Makes 21 medium or 27 small ladus
Diwali, the festival of lights, is a five day celebration that starts October 23rd this year. The word Diwali or Deepavali literally means ‘a row of lights’. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance. It is a time filled with lights and love and of course, the traditional sweet and savory snacks of Diwali!
Here in America, I have tried to keep up the Diwali traditions and my son and daughter really enjoy celebrating the festival . The family ‘faral’-a meal when the family sits together to enjoy all the traditional Diwali snacks and sweets, is an especially favorite time for them.
I start making the sweets and snacks a few days before Diwali. I decided to start today by making Besan Ladus. Besan is chana dal (split pea) flour. I use the coarse…
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I was super excited about my trip to Chennai, India and it exceeded my expectations on two major fronts- food and architecture. As you all know, I am a huge foodie and when taste, mindfulness and creativity are combined, it simply invigorates me ! And that is what happened at the Madras Pavilion at ITC’s... Continue Reading →
Autumn Glow Curry Bowl with the goodness of carnival squash, lentils and spinach in a coconut milk curry! Yum! Easy weeknight , gluten free meal.
Gluten free, vegan and protein rich sandwich that is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy inside! Do you plan your weekly meals? It is such a good habit, but the foodie in me makes me a ‘spur of the moment’ kinda cook. Ideas for the week start forming when I see the fresh... Continue Reading →
Vegetarian, gluten free, savory corn cakes- easy and scrumptious! Vegan option included in recipe. Can you believe it is the last week of summer, already? It goes by too fast, doesn’t it? I am a summer person and love to hang on to it as long as I can. But what choice do we have?... Continue Reading →
Especially for Krishna Janmashtami! Gul Pohe Vadi is easy and requires no sugar syrup making skills!
Gul is jaggery, pohe is flattened rice and vadi is burfi. Pohe being one of Lord Krishna’s favorite foods, are offered to Him for the Janmashtami festival, which celebrates His birth. I love the mythological story about Sudama’s gift of pohe for Lord Krishna. It teaches us all a valuable lesson that gifts given from the heart are far more precious than any other gifts.
Gul pohe are made with jaggery, coconut, ghee, nutmeg and cardamom mixed with flattened rice or pohe. They are not a favorite with my kids. So I decided to make a vadi/burfi with similar ingredients adding almonds and roasted dal/dalia to it too.
This is a ‘no syrup making skills required’ recipe! Many people are nervous about the right consistency of jaggery syrups, especially here in America, as we do not get a type of jaggery…
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2 ingredient, yummy rakhi that kids of all ages will enjoy making! Rakhis are special bracelets sold for Raksha bandhan. It is special day of celebrations for brothers and sisters. Rakhi symbolizes the loving and protective bond between the brothers and sisters. Generally Rakhis are made of a medallion made of beads, shiny paper, cardboard... Continue Reading →