Wingko Babat (Indonesian Grated Coconut Pancake)

I had the good fortune of finding sticky (glutinous) rice at the local organic market a few weeks ago. Since then, I have been experimenting with several recipes using this absolutely wonderful ingredient. Having spent my early childhood in Singapore, I am familiar and fond of recipes using sticky rice. This recipe is very simple…

Pulut Inti (Malaysian Sticky Rice & Coconut Cake)

I have always loved the Nyonya kueh (cakes). As a child, I used to have this delicacy occasionally in Singapore. After I moved to India, this item was always on my shopping list whenever I visited Singapore. So, I was delighted when I found sticky rice (glutinous rice) at the local organic market. And resolved…

Banana Cake

I do not have a sweet tooth. But once in a while, especially during Christmas, I enjoy a cake. A couple of years ago, I did extensive research on a WFPB banana cake. Hari baked it and it turned out perfectly. I had a small slice and reserved the rest for later consumption. A few…

Elai Adai (A Sweet Dish Steamed In Banana Leaves)

One of the very few desserts that I really enjoy is elai adai – a very simple and healthy dish. Not to mention that it is a very healthy dish too. Many cultures have the tradition of steaming dishes in banana leaves. Elai Adai is quintessentially a South Indian dish mainly prepared in Palakkad. I…

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…