Diwali 2015 – Karanji

Happy Dhanteras! Tomorrow is Naraka Chaturdasi and it is one of the most important rituals of Diwali in Mangalorean homes. We perform the Abhyang Snan which is a ritual bath with oil before sunrise. We celebrate the victory of Krishna over the demon Narakasura. Once the body is massaged from head to toe with warm…

Diwali 2015 – Shankarpali / Shakkarpara

This is my personal favourite. The melt-in-your mouth mini cookies don’t last for long when I am around. It is probably the easiest to make amongst all the Diwali goodies. For a medium batch you will need the following Ingredients: All purpose flour – 500 gms Powdered Sugar – 200 gms Ghee or Unsalted Butter…

Diwali 2015 – Chaklis

There are varieties of chakli recipes, but the one I am posting today is close to my heart as it is my Dad’s recipe. Papa’s family had a farsan business for a while before he moved on completely to office life. This recipe was the one they used at the kitchen there. I have replaced…

Diwali 2015 – Chivda

Deep fry alert! Chivda is a common tea-time snack and a Diwali platter must-have. It is only when you prepare this yourself, you realise how much oil you dunk into your system with every bowl of this yumminess. Every ingredient is deep fried. But then again Diwali is one time of the year where all the…

Diwali 2015 – Besan Laddoo

Diwali prepping is one of those things that never seems to end. The biggest festival of the year for us Indians. After Dusshera, it has just been busy, busy, busy. Deep cleaning, organizing and giving away old stuff to charity. Today I finally started preparing the sweets. Last evening the electrican Bharat and I put…

Fried Modak for Ganesh Chaturti / Chauti

Ganapati or Ganesha is one of the most loved Hindu gods.  My childhood stories often involved him and his funny adventures. Stories passed down generations talk about his love for food. Chaturti or his birthday is therefore a celebration of food in all its glory. Sweets, savoury, cripsy, various kinds of culinary delights are prepared to please him and…

Roasted Masala Chickpeas

Like most women I love grazing while watching telly. Instead of chips, this time I decided to go with a homemade option for some guilt-free snacking! I have baked these a couple of times previously for parties and it is one of those budget-friendly, healthy and quick to prepare snacks you can bake and store…

Easy Desi Potatoes

This is a quick fix sabzi for which ingredients are always at hand. It goes best with hot rotis and dal. Although the southie in me finds comfort in mixing it along with some dal and plain rice. This humble dish sometimes paves it path into dinner party menus for my veggie Jij or potato lovers….