Vellam Aval – Poha with Jaggery

20th Oct, 2015 Navarathri is in full swing and we are having lot of fun having people over and also visiting others golu. On the days when I have friends for dinner, the menu is elaborate. There are days in

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Besan Ki Pinni from Haryana – Besan Laddoo

12th Oct, 2015 What is a meal without sweet? Besan ki pinni or the laddoo made out of gram flour / besan is a very popular sweet made in Haryana. Haryana state is very rich in cattle population and hence

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Sundal Varieties for Navarathri Festival

9th Oct, 2015 Navarathri and Sundal goes hand in hand and the festival is incomplete without sundal. Every evening, after we light the lamps, any one kind of sundal is offered as neivedhiyam. There are days when I get bored

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Aloo Ka Halwa (Potato Halwa) – Uttar Pradesh Special

29th April, 2014 I have eaten this many times as a young girl during my stay in Kanpur and Lucknow. After we moved to Chennai, I have forgotten about it and never ate it again. When looking for what to

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Thengai Arisi Payasam / Rice and Coconut Kheer

12th Oct, 2013 During Navarathri, this is one of the payasam/kheer that I prepared. This is a very traditional payasam that is often prepared during festival time.  My mother had been telling me to make this payasam for a very

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Karamani Vellam Sundal/ Karamani Sweet Sundal/ Cowpeas Sweet Sundal

11th Oct, 2013 This is my most favorite sundal among all the sundal varieties. As a kid, I used to wait for the day my mother or grandmother would make this sundal for me. Last year, for Navarathri I almost

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