‘Manoharam’ – Gram Flour Fritters (Churros) dipped in jaggery syrup

  Manoharam is a traditional Tirunelveli sweet. The gram flour fritters soaked in gorgoeus golden-caramelly cane/palm jaggery syrup is a delight in every crispy bite.  With healthy Bengal gram flour and no white flour as the base and Unrefined Jaggery and no white sugar caramel for the coating, this is a no nonsense fritter as…

Ellu Kozhukkattai/ Rice Flour Dumplings with Sesame Seed and Jaggery

  Pillayar Chathurthi, Ganesh Chathurthi or Vinayaka Chathurthi is being celebrated today. The Gods we worship have different names in different parts of India. Pillayar in Tamilnadu is also called as Ganesha or Vinayaka, followed by a list of many other names. Different names don’t interfere in the festivities on the street and inside homes. …

Vella Seedai/Jaggery Rice Ball Crispies

    Vella seedai, as the name suggests is made of vellam or cane jaggery. The sweetness of the festive delicacy comes from the traditional jaggery and the right consistency of the dough results in a crunchy melting snack. As mentioned in the Uppu Seedai recipe in the previous post, the dough stands the risk…

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…

Pottukkadalai-Nilakkadalai Urundai/Roasted Channa-Groundnut Laddu

  Happy Diwali! Any happy festival is made happier when it is made healthy too. With varied sweets and snacks to eat and greet, it is also important to include a few healthy sweets and snacks to reduce the damage already created by fatty intake of delicacies. After all the goodies have been stuffed and…

Vaazhai Pazha Appam/Banana Wheat Flour Fritters (south indian style)

  Appam is a simple sweet that can accommodate itself into any occasion… household snack or a festive sweet. Like the Vadai, this one is a comfort food for all purposes. The distinguishing quality is the simplicity involved in the making of appam. The versatility of vadai was written in the post on vadai (dosaikal.com/ulundhu…

Mundhiri Kothu – the traditional and exceptional sweet!

    I have always been fascinated by the name of this sweet. Whoever named it Mundhiri Kothu – which translates as ‘Bunch of Cashews’- has been a keen observer of the making of this sweet. This deep fried snack/sweet comes out like a bunch when taken out of oil. Mundhiri Kothu is a popular…

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 –…

Inippu/Vella-k-kozhukkattai/Jaggery Rice Dumplings – Steamed

Pillayar Chathurthi/Ganesh Chathurthi/Vinayaka Chathurthi falls on September 9 this year. It is Poorana Kozhukkattai – Stuffed rice dumplings or Modhakam the favourite of most of the households. (For Modhakam – see modhakam-pillayar-chaturthi-special.) There can be variations in the stuffing too – coconut-jaggery filling or sesame-jaggery. I hear some make kadalai paruppu/Channa Dhal – jaggery filling…