Falafel & Hummus

Falafel is a common deep fried savory item prepared throughout the Middle East.  Falafel is made from soaked chickpeas and fava beans/ broad beans or a combination of the two. Soaked chickpeas are  grind together with various ingredients such as coriander leaves, onions and garlic.Spices such as cumin seeds and green chillies are often added…

Murukku ( Chakli)

South Indian Murukku or Chakli is a deep fried savory snack. Rice flour, black gram flour/split chickpea flour and  spices are some of  the important ingredients required to prepare murukku. There are various types of murukku  very popular in south India. Rice flour for murukku is prepared by following two basic methods. One is  the traditional…

Kesari Bhath (Sooji Halwa)

Kesari bhath or Rava kesari is a south Indian sweet prepared with semolina, sugar,ghee, saffron and nuts. In north India it is called suji halwa. Some people also add ripened banana or pineapple pieces to make this halwa. This sweet can be prepared with or without milk. Very tasty and easy sweet to prepare. Usually…

Sesame seeds Ladoo 2 (Til ke ladoo)

Sesame seeds ladoo is a traditional Indian sweet prepared especially during winter season. Sesame seeds are  good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber.Sesame seeds helps to lower cholesterol levels, because it contains phytosterols that block cholesterol production. Black sesame seeds are especially high in phytosterols. This ladoo…

Sesame seeds Ladoo 1 (Til ke ladoo)

Sesame seeds ladoo is a traditional Indian sweet prepared especially during winter season. No need to use any jaggery syrup,butter or ghee to prepare this sweet. We need only 2 ingredients and 15 to 20 minutes time to prepare this tasty,healthy and easy ladoo. Sesame seeds are  good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin…

Sweet Pongal ( Chakkara Pongal)

Sweet Pongal is a South Indian traditional sweet made with rice, split green gram/ moong dal, sugar and jaggery. Chakkara in Telugu means sugar. Ghee/ clarified butter, cardamom powder and nuts are added for additional flavor and taste. It can be prepared with or without milk. Ingredients: Rice: ½ cup Split green gram/ moong dal:…

Dahi Vada (North Indian style)

Dahi Vada is prepared with split black gram fried dumplings dipped in yogurt. North Indian dahi vada is little  different from south Indian style dahi vada. In North India fried dumplings are first soaked in water to make them soft. After some time  vadas are squeezed and dipped in yogurt and topped with tamarind chutney and…

Mirchi Bajji (Green chilli Fritter)

Mirchi bajji or Mirapakaya bajji is a Indian deep fried,crispy and spicy Green chilli Pakoda or Fritter. Large sized  green chillies are used for this pakoda as they are less spicy. In South India Cumin seeds, Sesame seeds powder,chopped onions  and salt are stuffed inside the chillies to further reduce the spice of green chilli….

Chana Dal Vada (Split Chickpeas Cutlets)

Chana dal Vada is a crispy snack prepared with soaked and coarsely grind chickpeas. Onion,ginger and green chillies and salt are added to the grind chana dal and fried in hot oil. Dal Vada is usually served along with chutney. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Makes: 30 to 32 pieces Ingredients: Chana…

Mango Shrikhand (Mango yogurt)

Shrikhand is a very popular North Indian Gujarati dessert prepared with thick yogurt, sugar,nuts, saffron and green cardamom powder.It tastes great. In mango season mango pulp is  used to prepare tasty mango shrikhand. Kesar mango pulp is best for this recipe.But any other variety of sweet mango pulp can be used. It is served along…

Sago Crispies (Sabudana Papadi)

Sago Crispies are prepared with soaked sago/Sabudana,all purpose flour/ whole wheat flour and spices. Crispies can be made in  round,diamond, square or any preferred shape. They can be  served in parties as a starters or can be a  great tea time snack. Preparation time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 Servings…

Stuffed  Wheat Bread Rolls

Stuffed crispy bread rolls in a easy and tasty evening snack usually served along with any chutney. It is also perfect to serve in party. It will remain crisp after 2 hours also. It is usually prepared with white bread and boiled potatoes.To make it healthy we can prepare rolls with whole wheat bread and…