Millet Pongal with Chutney,  Brahmin Style Pongal

Millet Pongal with Chutney, Brahmin Style Pongal

Millet Pongal with chutney is a popular breakfast item from Southern India.Both the sweet and the savory versions of Pongal are equally famous. Traditionally, Rice and Moong Dal are the key ingredients in pongal. In this variation, proso millet has been used in place of rice.

No Cook Diwali Desserts, Easy Vegan Rainbow Platter

No Cook Diwali Desserts, Easy Vegan Rainbow Platter

For the festival season ahead, here are a few No Cook Diwali Desserts which are very easy to make and at the same time visually so appealing.

Karamani Sweet Chundal , Navratri Chundal Recipe

Karamani Sweet Chundal , Navratri Chundal Recipe

Come Navratri and you can not miss the Karamani Sweet Chundal. Chundal or Sundal is the most common Neivedyam or offering for Navratri in Tamilian households. Both the savory and sweet Chundal varieties are popular and they make not only an easy snack recipe, they are healthy and wholesome too.

Layali Lubnan, Lebanese Nights Dessert

Layali Lubnan, Lebanese Nights Dessert

If you are looking for an easy dessert for hot summer days or maybe for Ramadan, Layali Lubnan is definitely for you.

Festivals are an expressive way to celebrate glorious heritage, culture, and traditions. Food is an integral part of any celebration. Layali Lubnan is a very famous dessert made during Ramadan.

Savory Sweet Nombu Adai, Steamed Rice Dumplings, Festival Recipe

Savory Sweet Nombu Adai, Steamed Rice Dumplings, Festival Recipe

Savory and Sweet Nombu Adai is an offering or naivedyam made for the festival of Nombu.
This is a very simple preparation which requires very few ingredients. These Adais are steamed Rice Dumplings (they look more like flattened Doughnuts) perfect for snacking anytime since they are very low in calorie. Each savory Adai has only 64 calories and each sweet Adai has only 81 calories. Apart from this, they are perfect as a vegan, gluten free and oil free snack too (you need just a little oil which is also optional).

Ranga Alur Puli Pithe,  Festival Delicacy from Bengal

Ranga Alur Puli Pithe, Festival Delicacy from Bengal

Explore a No- Fry version of Ranga Alur Puli Pithe, Sweet Potato dumplings, which is a festival delicacy from Bengal. It is customary to make this dessert during the festival of Makar Sankranti which is just few days away. This delicious dessert is an offering from Bengal. Come Sankranti or Poush Sankranti, it is the customary pithe time in the eastern part of India. Every household prepares many different varieties of pithe. Ranga Alu means sweet Potato in Bangla.

Thalagam Kuzhambu, Mixed Veg in Sesame Gravy, Festival Recipe from Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu)

Thalagam Kuzhambu, Mixed Veg in Sesame Gravy, Festival Recipe from Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu)

Thalagam Kuzhambu is a Naivedyam or offering to God in Tirunelveli District on the festival of Thiruvathira. Thalagam Kuzhambu is a medley of different varieties of Root Vegetables, Gourds, and some green vegetables in a spicy coconut and sesame gravy. This spicy curry is an accompaniment to “Kali” which is a sweet porridge

Eggless,Whole Wheat,Christmas Rum Cake Kerala Style

Eggless,Whole Wheat,Christmas Rum Cake Kerala Style

Christmas delicacies can never be complete without a piece of Fruit cake or Plum Cake or Rum Cake. Here is a guilt free and healthy recipe for a Kerala Style Christmas Rum Cake which is made of Whole Wheat flour and is eggless.
Fruitcake is a rich dense cake packed with dry fruits and nuts flavoured with spices usually made during Christmas. In India, this is found everywhere during the Christmas season.

Armenian Ghapama, Vegetarian Festive Recipe

Armenian Ghapama, Vegetarian Festive Recipe

Ghapama is a traditional autumn/fall dish from Armenia. Armenians prepare this stuffed pumpkin dish between New Year and Armenian Christmas, or on other similar festive occasions, but especially during autumn and winter, when pumpkins are in season.
In Armenian, the word Ghapama means cooked in a covered pot. Recipe wise, the Armenian Ghapama involves removing the gut of Pumpkin, stuffing it with cooked rice along with dry fruits and then baking it.
Sometimes, people use locally available winter squash rather than pumpkin to make Ghapama.

Baked Thekua, Ancient Indian Cookie from Bihar

Baked Thekua, Ancient Indian Cookie from Bihar

Thekua is a revered prasad offering to god in the Chhath Puja. Also known as Khajuria, Khajoor, Thokwa, Thekari, Thekua is a quintessential Bihari item made during Chhath Puja.Traditionally Thekua is deep fried. I have presented the baked version of Thekua here.