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Karadaiyan Nombu Vella Adai

Karadaiyan Nombu or Karadayan Nombu (pronounced kaar-adai-yaan nom-bu) is a major festival for the Tamil Brahmin community that is celebrated in the month of March. It’s observed by married women who pray for a long-life for their husbands by fasting until an auspicious time on that day (side note – […]

Karadaiyan Nombu Uppu Adai
Snacks

Karadaiyan Nombu Uppu Adai

Karadaiyan Nombu or Karadayan Nombu (pronounced kaar-adai-yaan nom-bu) is a major festival for the Tamil Brahmin community that is celebrated in the month of March. It’s observed by married women who pray for a long-life for their husbands by fasting until an auspicious time on that day (side note – […]

Yazdi Muffins
Desserts

Yazdi Muffins

Yazdi muffins/cakes are traditional cakes from the Persian province of Yazd, renowned for its confectioneries. These delicious treats are exquisitely flavored with cardamom, rose essence and pistachios and are not very sweet, unlike traditional muffins. Whenever we’ve had friends over, we’ve found that the flavor of these muffins have appealed […]

Shishito Chaat
Appetizers

Shishito Chaat

Shishito chaat is an Indian twist on the classic sautéed / roasted shishito peppers. Simply put, these are quick pan-fried peppers with a hint of chaat masala. This recipe is very easy and quick to make – under 15 minutes from stove to table. Shishito is a sweet variety of […]

Soups

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of mushroom soup is a delicious comfort food. It’s made with loads of mushrooms, cooked with butter and spices in vegetable stock, blended to a smooth puree and topped with cream. Mushrooms are either loved or despised – I’ve rarely seen people on the fence. Thankfully, my family falls […]

Onion Sambar
Main Course

Onion Sambar

Onion sambar is a lentil-based stew typically made with red pearl onions and split pigeon peas (toor dal). Red pearl onions make this a specialty dish due to its unique characteristics. They are crunchy and juicy with a sweet delicate flavor(less pungent flavor than full-sized onions). This dish is a […]

Sambar Powder
Spice Blends

Sambar Powder

Sambar powder / Sambar podi (in Tamil) / Sambar masala (in Hindi) is a magical spice blend in every South Indian pantry. This versatile spice blend can be used to make many South Indian dishes – sambar, rasam, vathal kuzhambu, vendhaya kuzhambu, kaara kuzhambu, kootu, roasted vegetables…the list can go […]

Besan Laddu
Desserts

Besan Laddu

Besan Laddu (or Ladoo) is a traditional Indian dessert made with chickpea flour, ghee (clarified butter), and sugar. This family favorite recipe is quick and easy to make, and is a great party pleaser especially during festive occasions. Lets dive in… WHAT YOU WILL NEED Ingredients Note: 1 cup = […]

Sweet Pongal
Desserts

Sweet Pongal

Sweet pongal is a traditional south Indian dessert made with rice and jaggery. While there are many variations of this dish, my family loves a recipe that includes coconut and milk. I am pleased to share our family recipe made for “Thai Pongal”, a harvest festival celebrated in mid-January in […]