Pooti Aachi Vengaya Thuvayal – Great Grandmother’s Onion Chutney

     This post is a tribute to the almost nonagenarian, my 89 year old grandmother-aachi, whose kitchen I peeped into as a kid. It has been a beautiful journey of love, love and love alone – millions of life’s lessons learnt from thousands of chatting sessions. The soft yet strong hands have produced en-numerous…

Dosaikal after six years …

After almost six years of blogging, this is my first layout makeover for dosaikal.com. Hope this new makeover that I’ve tried to give Dosaikal enthuses you all as much as me. This is an attempt to make this blog more colorful and show facets of growing better. Whether I’ve been successful in the latter…. I…

The Traditional Rice Varieties of Tamilnadu

The traditional harvest festival of the Tamils –  ‘Pongal’ is almost here. It falls on the 14th of January, 2017. Wishing everyone ‘Happy Pongal’ is the easiest way to wish on any occasion with a ‘Happy’ prefixed. But Pongal is the Day of the Farmer. It is the festival to respect the Farmer and his…

Ulundhankali/Black Gram Pudding – To my daughter with Love

  Ulundhankali/Ulundhu kali/Ulundhamkali – these are different ways of spelling out a super healthy sweet. It translates as Black Gram Pudding. It is a black gram-palm jaggery sweet from Tamilnadu, made especially for young girls during those special days of the menstrual cycle. Ulundhu or Uluntham-paruppu means Black Gram Kali is the word for a…

Thirukkaarthigai and Pori Urundai/Festival of Lights and Puffed Rice Sweet Balls

  Thirukkarthigai was celebrated yesterday – 25.11.15. This is one of the ancient festivals of Tamilnadu and originally the Festival of Lights. It calls for decorating the house with lamps. A detail post on thirukkarthigai was written in 2011. Refer – dosaikal.com/thirukkaarthigai There are various sweets prepared for different festive occasions- it can be a…

Thengai Burfi/Coconut Burfi

With Diwali around the corner, it is certainly time for some sweets and snacks suitable for the festive occasion.   Thengai Burfi is one my childhood favorites. Coconut based burfi or urundai/laddu can be made in different styles – with milk and sugar, with sugary condensed milk, with milk powder and sugar, with sugar syrup…

A perfect birthday present from the past!!

Rewinding 4 years of blogging… Thank you so much for traveling with me, in my leisurely journey of cooking and more. This is confession time- of a theft… no no not something like stealing my husband’s heart many years ago ; or my little brother stealing my grandparents’ slippers and preserving in some unknown place,…

Ulundhu Vadai – The Outstanding Snack For All Occasions

  A great topic of research Vadai is a deep fried snack, generally made with soaked and blended lentil. The most common of the Vadai Varieties are – 1. Ulundhu Vadai or Ulundha Vadai made with dehusked black gram and 2. Aamai Vadai or Paruppu Vadai made with bengal gram. These two in themselves have…