BARLEY PUDDING- Guest post by the most enterprising Rafeeda.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to 

put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity

and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” 

DULCE DE LECHE - Learn how to make Dulce De Leche using a Condensed Milk Can- 20 min Pressure cooker recipe

Dulce de leche is a sweetened confection belonging to the Latin American origin and is believed to have been discovery of serendipity. It involves slow cooking of sweetened milk for several hours that results in a thick, sticky pudding.

HOME MADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX - DIY, Edible Gifts for the Holiday season

Its time to hear the tintinnabulations of the forthcoming Yuletide !! Christmas, aside from being an occasion of merry making, is also a time for family gatherings. Make this joyful celebration memorable by giving Homemade edible gifts to your near and dear.


Some snacks never go out of fashion. One such is the ever loved Onion Pakoda/ Pakora, anglicised as Onion fritters. It is a popular street food mainly sold by vendors with the push carts or at a tea stall / bakery. It is also sold in popular food joints but the former is more sought after.  What I have personally observed are the ones that are sold in food joints taste much better, also being less expensive.

A small portion of these crisps, a cup of hot coffee (or tea) and soothing music in the background. Oh! The best monsoon companions to add zeal to your lone time. I am certain many of us have had such an occasion to enjoy. But remember to work out after eating. :))))   Ready to drink and eat now !!

Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 15 - 20 min
Recipe Level : Easy
Recipe Category : Snacks/ Tea Time
Spice level : Medium/Spicy
Cuisine : Indian
Serves : 4
Calories : 110 cal approximate for 45 gm

  • 1 cup Gram Flour
  • 2 cups Rice Flour
  • 3 Big Onions finely chopped/ sliced thin
  • 5 -6 Green chillies
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped ginger 
  • 2 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli powder (adjust to taste)
  • 3 sprigs Curry leaves - chopped
  • Cilantro - chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Oil for frying

  • Heat oil in a Kadai and keep it simmered.
  • In a wide bowl mix together rice flour, gram flour, chilli powder, salt and sugar.
  • Grind ginger and green chillies to make a coarse paste. If using garlic, grind it along. Add it to the mix. 
  • Add curry leaves and cilantro. Finally add the chopped onions. Mix using your finger tips to get a semi dry mass.
  • Need not sprinkle water as the onions ooze out sufficient water to wet the mixture. You can check for salt and spice and adjust the mix as per taste.
  • When the oil is hot enough, pinch a little mix and start rubbing it between your fingers in circular motion over the oil to drop tiny bits.
  • Fry until it turns golden brown.
  • Use a laddle to fry it out and leave them to drain their oil off on paper towels. 
  • Serve hot with coffee (certainly is a wide choice for many) or tea.

ROSE WATER INFUSED STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM - Fresh and Easily made with just 2 ingredients - Christmas Desserts

Gearing up for Christmas Dinner? Wondering what Dessert to make? Try this Make ahead 2 ingredient Dessert that is loaded with strawberries and has a subtle flavour of rose water. This infusion works like magic and enhances the flavour of strawberries. I have used my trusted "No machine ice cream recipe" for making the ice cream base. Check out the recipe here

METHI MUTTER- NO MALAI - Two versions and some notes Iron vs Calcium

I took to a quick recipe after my return from India. While I like to keep my dishes simple and quick most of the times, I always cook nutritious food at the same time not compromising taste.This is one of the easiest, tasty and nutritious recipes that makes a tantalizing side dish as a perfect combo for Roti/Paratha/Bread. 


Paruppu Usili - a typical South Indian delicacy, mostly home-made. A mixture of soaked lentils/ spices and boiled veggies. Common veggies used for this 'usili' are Avaraikkai ( broad beans), beans and the plantain (tender banana) blossoms, called Vazhaipoo in Tamil.

The manifold use of all parts of a banana tree is widely known. Right from the leaves through to the stem and the fibre from the stem are used for cooking and in garland making. The medicinal values of the banana family have been largely appreciated for home remedies for different ailments.



Today I am presenting an Tam Brahm Iyengar special recipe : Kadambha Saadham it is. This recipe is almost close to Sambhar Saadham  and mo...