Turmeric Naan

Naan is a traditional flatbread made using the dough enriched with ghee (clarified butter) & curd (yogurt) and cooked at a high temperature inside a clay oven called tandoor. Lately, naan dough is prepared just like any other bread dough using leavening agents such as yeast, baking soda, or baking powder and baked like pizza…

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Edible Lamps

Elders in our families are unable to withstand to watch the children blowing out candles on their birthday as lighting up lamps is considered auspicious here and it symbolizes brightening up the people’s lives. Earlier traditional lamps (kuthu vilakku) were treated as supreme deities at home, but statues & pictures gradually gained the special status…

Karadaiyan Nombu Adai

Turmeric rhizomes are inextricably intertwined with our culture & traditions, all our religious rituals are performed only in the presence of turmeric powder. Even the family ties are religiously acknowledged by tying a turmeric smeared thread around the wrist or neck (for women) before the deities, priests & other elders. Women used to observe fasting…

Stuffed Capsicum in Gravy

Stuffed bell peppers laid into spicy creamy sauce is bound to be a crowd-pleaser at the family gatherings or children’s birthday parties. So we can impress our guests by serving delicious curry with colorful stuffed capsicum garnished with grated cottage cheese along with rice/ pulao, and any Indian bread like roti, naan, etc. Now I…

Savory Doughnuts

Ulundha vadai (medhu vadai) is a gluten-free South Indian savoury doughnut prepared using black lentils (urad dal). Any feast or festival in our family is incomplete without taking soft ulundha vadai with crispy golden skin. Vadai is a commonly prepared evening snacks in our family particularly during monsoon, and it is usually served with hot…

Eggless Spongy Chocolate cake

This is our family’s favorite chocolate cake for being dark, chocolaty, and spongy, and most importantly it is a guilt-free chocolate cake as I used whole wheat flour instead of plain flour (maida), vegetable oil inplace of butter, and also used home-made yogurt (curd). I have used chocolate ganache for frosting and garnished with chopped…