Peanut & Millet laddu with dry fruit filling – Diwali sweet (no ghee/butter)
Festival Special / Sweet & Payasams

Peanut & Millet laddu with dry fruit filling – Diwali sweet (no ghee/butter)

I’m besotted with millets currently. It is the latest health fad in India – albeit one that makes really sense compared to, say, the quinoa craze. Millets have been and should be the first grain of choice for daily consumption right up there with wheat and rice (if not above them too!). They’re hardy little … Continue reading

Chocolate Lollipop Bouquet
Cakes & Cookies / Finger foods / Sweet & Payasams

Chocolate Lollipop Bouquet

I made this cute little bouquet of chocolate lollipops  for Ikshu’s first birthday party. The idea,  again, came  from  my cousin who inspired me to make the decorated tray. She’d learnt about this chocolate bouquet at a chocolate making workshop she’d attended. She’d used a proper  woven basket,  liked it with what is called ‘ brick’ … Continue reading

PAANAKAM
Sweet & Payasams

PAANAKAM

Yesterday was Sri Rama Navami, the ninth and final day of the nine-day Vasantha Navarathri festival. One typically makes dishes such as Paanakam, neer mor (thin spiced buttermilk), payasam, vadai, vada paruppu (also known as kosambari/kosamari) etc. Paanakam is a simple juice of jaggery and water infused with the flavour of cardamoms. But it takes … Continue reading

PANCHAMRITAM
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PANCHAMRITAM

  Panchamritam, the word, is a Sanskrit sandhi (fused words) of the words pancha (five) and amritam (nectar).  Panchamritam is a heavenly concoction indeed. The five most important ingredients are bananas, jaggery, honey, cardamom and ghee (clarified butter). In addition to these one normally also adds chopped pitted dates, raisins and kalkandu (sugar candy). Panchamritam … Continue reading