Happy Deepavali 2016 with Thiripagam – an easy variant of Badam Halwa

    pre-diwali and diwali delicacies Deepavali falls on the 29th of October, 2016 in Tamilnadu. If Deepavali means lots of happiness and loads of sweets and snacks- the festivity arrived a week earlier at home. In the earlier decades of joint families or extended families close by, or at least a few siblings to…

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…

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…

Ravai/Rava Kesari – Semolina Pudding

  kesari   When we start anything new, we always start with a sweet. Now, when ‘dosaikal’ is stepping forward into another new year, let us enter with a sweet. Birthday of any member of the family or Marriage Anniversary is celebrated with the person/couple’s favourite payasam (of course cakes for youngsters in the evening); Entry into a new house…

Sweet and Special Somasi!

    Somasi is certainly a special traditional sweet – Why special? Because it is also international in the making process. These may very easily be mistaken for puff pastries – deep-fried but just a little different in shape. Whenever I try baking ‘dutch apple flappen’ with pastry sheets – I am reminded of somasis. The filling, (of course with different ingredients)…

Poli – a different story!

Poli can be called a roti with a sweet filling inside. It is popularly called Puran poli in Maharashtra. The filling inside is called puran and in tamil, puranam. It can be made in various combinations – paasi paruppu/split green gram and white sugar stuffed poli, kadalai paruppu/Bengal gram and white sugar poli or coconut-jaggery stuffed poli…

Paasi paruppu Nei Urundai – Yellow Lentil Sweet Balls

Sorry for the long break. Just after I wrote the phrase – “peeping into grandma’s kitchen…”, I truly had an oppurtunity to peep into my granny’s kitchen. Yes.. I had been to India and literally had delicacies supervised and cooked by aachi herself and helped by amma. NEI URUNDAI We always start anything new with…