Chocolate Cake

I had posted of Facebook that I will be attempting a WFPB chocolate cake – and also posted a picture. This recipe was inspired by Jill Dalton’s Vegan Sugar & Gluten Free Chocolate Birthday Cake. My cake turned out well. There has been a lot of interest in the recipe for this cake – I…

Khubani Halwa (Patami Kesari, Apricot Dessert)

I had occasion to visit an organic fair organised by the Ministry of Women & Child Welfare, on November 3, 2018. A very well organised fair with over a 100 stalls. I was delighted find several products that I would not normally find in any local market. Some examples are a sweet version of bitter…

Cacao Kaju Katli (Munthiriparupu, Cashew Cake)

The practice of preparing sweets and savouries, at home, for festivals like Diwali is waning – or, should I say, almost non-existent? The practice is still alive in the Southern parts of the country. In the Northern parts, however, people look at you strangely if you happen to mention that you are preparing these at…

Athipazha Barfi (Anjeer Barfi, Fig Cakes)

Diwali is almost upon us (tomorrow for South Indians, the day after for the rest of the country). It is a time for celebration, joy, giving, sharing. It is especially a time for compassion – to Nature and all its creatures. As I have stated several times before, I do not have a sweet tooth….

Poorna Kozhukattai (Stuffed Dumpling Dessert)

A major festival, in celebration of the elephant-headed God, Ganesh, was celebrated last month. This is a very important festival in the Indian state of Maharashtra, where it is celebrated for 10 days. It is also celebrated in other parts of the country, albeit for a single day. In South India, it is customary to…

Pachai Payaru Madhura Sundal (Green Mung Sweet Snack)

Navarathiri is a major festival celebrated all over India – spanning 9 days, nights and the 10th. day. It is celebrated differently in various parts of the country – though most of the celebrations are in honour of Durga or Shakti (female as the source of all strength). In South India, all three major goddesses…

Aval Payasam (Flattened Rice Dessert)

Today is the first day of the month of Aashad (in Hindi), Aadi (in Tamil) and Karkadagam (in Malayalam). It is also called the Ramayana month. This month is considered very auspicious and the start of the festive season. Many temple festivals are celebrated during this month. However, it is also observed as a month…