Pathirpeni/Sugary Snow White Crisps

  Pathirpeni is a very special sweet to me and to my brother! It was and is still a speciality signature sweet of Aachi  my paternal grandmother. I do not remember having pathirpeni in any other house in the big clan that we belong to. The sole supplier to all near and dear ones was…

Ribbon Pakoda/Gram flour Fritters (ribbon shaped)

  Ribbon Pakoda gets it name from its shape I suppose! The fritters look like ribbons – so when did the name come – after the Britishers came in, then what would have been its name before? Ofcourse, there are a few tamil names to these fritters- 1. ‘Naadaa Thenkuzhal’ – fritters in the shape…

Ukkarai/Okkarai – Lentil Halwa for Diwali

    The festival of lights is back again! No need for long paragraphs saying Diwali brings in joy and happiness and teaches the traditional values to the younger generation….. Whatever said and done, not said and not done – Diwali or Deepavali in Tamil, brings in loads of sweets and tonnes of savouries –…

Paasi Paruppu Sundal/Stir fried Dehusked Green Gram Salad

  Here comes another Sundal/stir fried lentil to end the navaratri season. But sundals are not the sole speciality foods of Navaratri alone. They are very simple recipes yet highly potential protein foods providing essential nutrients to the body, both children and elders alike. As I had mentioned in earlier posts, sundals can be a…

Chinna Vengaya Thuvayal – Shallot Dip/Chutney

  Unlike most of those plans/promises I have not been able to keep up, this time I could make it. As written in the previous post – here is the chinna vengaya thuvayal, ideal for lentil dosais. Also good for basic Idli and Dosai, but I believe the garlic content in this vengaya thuvayal helps…