Nei Appam

Kartik Purnima, the preceding and succeeding days are celebrated as Karthigai Deepam by South Indians. A version of Raksha Bandhan. Sisters light diyas (much akin to Diwali) for the well-being of their brothers. Goodies include ladoos made of puffed rice, adai (dal crepes) with a generous dose of black pepper and the very delicious ‘nei…

Badam Barfi (Almond Fudge)

I normally do not consume sweets as I don’t have a sweet tooth. The exception is during Diwali. I cannot imagine this festival without sweets. As I have mentioned many times before, South Indians normally prepare all their Diwali sweets and savouries at home. Unlike North India where these are bought from shops. The problem…

‘Vella’ Aval (Sweet Beaten Rice)

Janmashtami was on August 11th. this year. This is a major festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, one of the major Indian Gods. It is believed that Sudama, a childhood friend of Krishna, lived in abject poverty. His wife urged him to seek financial help from Krishna, who was then king of Dwaraka. But…

Cholam Madura Sundal (Sweet Corn, Makai Snack)

A few days ago, I had posted that I intend to make a sweet dish using corn. Several people have asked me for the recipe. I am giving this top priority since it is Navratri now and those interested can prepare it in the next few days. My own experiment turned out very successful. All…

Chakka Pradhaman (Ripe Jackfruit Pudding)

The sweet, pudding-like dish has several names across India, depending upon the region you hail from – payasam, payesh, kheer and many more. These are traditional preparations, often using refined sugar or jaggery. The South Indian ones tend to be watery and is often drunk from a glass. The North Indian ones are thicker and…

Apple Payasam (Apple Kheer, Apple Sweet Pudding)

I don’t often prepare dishes that require cooked fruits as an ingredient. Mainly because my vegan doctor told me that it is not the healthiest way of eating fruits. However, I presume it is alright to cheat once in a while. I love this apple payasam so much that I decided to cheat a little…

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…