Ashoka Halwa

Ashoka halwa is a guilt-free protein-rich sweetmeat that I like to serve for breakfast instead of usual sooji halwa (rava kesari) for special occasions in our family. I also like to take melt-in-mouth Ashoka halwa as evening tiffin. Ashoka halwa is usually prepared using sugar; but here I have used palm jaggery but not used…

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Dal Tadka

Dal Tadka is a hearty lentil curry flavored with fried cumin seeds & red chillies. Without tadka (tempering) this dal can be devoured as a hot lentil soup on a cold winter night. Dal tadka goes well with jeera rice (or any pulao) and Indian bread. I like to serve a mildly spiced dal tadka and…

Sambar for Tiffin

Sambar is the most popular side dish for idli, or dosa (particularly masal dosa) all over India. But it is typically prepared by south Indians; others used to feel that their sambar is not as delicious as the one prepared by south Indians. So here is the recipe for simple and delicious sambar that is…