Carrot Poli (Bobbatlu/ Puran Poli with Carrot Halwa Filling)

Blogging Marathon# 45: Week 1/ Day 3 Theme: Diwal Festival Specials Dish: Carrot Poli (Bobbatlu/ Puran Poli with Carrot Halwa Filling) For today’s Diwali special, I have a recipe that I bookmarked ages ago from Harini’s blog. These carrot polis have tempted me the minute I saw them, but it took me more than 2 years to make them. But it’s better late than never — right??

Vegetable Rice for Festivals (Saakannam/ Shakannam)

Saakannam is one of the dishes that is made on the 7th of Navratri/ Dasara. Saakam (shaak) means vegetables and Annam means rice, so it is nothing but mixed vegetable rice. When making any dish on a festival day, we usually refrain from using onion, garlic, garam masala etc. Also using premade or store bought masalas is not preferred. I tried looking for an authentic rice recipe that is made for festivals, but I couldn’t find anything. I asked one of my cousins and she said she makes a simple mixed vegetable rice with ginger. I went with my instincts…

Bellam Payasam (Dairy-free Rice Pudding with Jaggery)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 2 Theme: Navarathri — Festival Special Dish: Bellam Payasam (Dairy-free Rice Pudding with Jaggery) For the second day of Festival special, I have a dairy-free rice pudding recipe made with jaggery. Bellam payasam was one of the dishes that is made during navathri. I wasn’t sure how this was different from bellam paravannam. As I was discussing this with my mom, she remembered a similar sweet preparation that was made by one of my neighbors, it was made with just jaggery and rice — no milk is added. Since my husband is milk-phobic, my…

Chillu Garelu (Minapa Vada)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 1 Theme: Navarathri — Festival Special Dish: Garelu (Vada) My theme for this week is dishes made for Navarathri. I planned on having all the dishes ready while on vacation in India, but the last week got too hectic and I couldn’t get the posts ready on time.Thanks to my mom who made 2 dishes for me, I have the pictures ready. We are back home now and slowly getting back to routine. After signing up for this theme, I called my cousin for suggestions for dishes that are typically made for Navarathri. She…

Foxtail Millet Payasam (Korrala/ Thinai Payasam)

Blogging Marathon# 42: Week 1/ Day 1 Theme: All about Millets Dish: Foxtail Millet Payasam (Korrala Payasam/ Thinai Payasam) We are getting ready for our upcoming summer vacation to India. My son’s been talking about this trip for weeks now and he definitely wants to go to McDonald’s and get his Happy Meal toy. I’m excited too to visit my family and spend time with my mom. Shopping is also on my to-do list.

Usirikaya Pulihora (Tangy Gooseberry Rice)

Pulihora is a quintessential dish that is made on any festival in most of South Indian homes. Usually tamarind and lemon pulihora are very common in my household. I’ve tried pulihora with different ingredients like, gongura, cranberries and broccoli before. I saw the recipe for Usirikaya/ gooseberry pulihora on a Telugu cooking show and thought this would be great to make for Ugadhi. I bought a bag of frozen gooseberries and used them to make this pulihora. Original recipe used grated gooseberries to make the pulihora, when I tried to grate the frozen ones, it was a little difficult. So…

Cranberry Pulihora

Blogging Marathon# 36: Week 4/ Day 1 Theme: Online Bookmarked Recipes Dish: Cranberry Pulihora For the final week of blogging marathon, I chose to do ‘Online Bookmarked Recipes’. I thought this will be a great way to try and make some of the dishes from my ever-growing bookmarked recipes. It was quite a task to decide on the 3 dishes for this week. Finally based on the ingredients in the fridge and pantry I made 3 delicious dishes. First up is this colorful Cranberry Pulihora that I bookmarked from Usha’s blog. Using cranberries to give the required tartness/ sourness to…