Ven Pongal & Gosthu

For Day 5 of BM# 10 under Winter Special theme, I have a very comforting and hearty combo, Ven Pongal & Gosthu. I’m sure these dishes are made all year round, but a hot bowl of pongal with the hearty vegetable & lentil curry just warms you up from within, making it a very special winter dish in my opinion. Recipe for Ven Pongal is adapted from Chandra Padmanabhan’s Dakshin cookbook and I made Suganya’s gosthu to go along with it. A perfect way to end a looong day of shopping.

Thai Style Split Pea Soup

Bowl of hot soup is such a comforting meal on a chilly winter day. I’m not a big fan of soup, but this split pea soup is so hearty and delicious that I went back for seconds. Original recipe is from Culinate. To make it perfect for a weeknight dinner, I pressure cooked the split peas making it a perfect one-pot meal that can be made in less than 30 minutes. I also used ready made tom-yum paste that a dear friend gave me. But I have included the recipe for spice paste at the end. Recipe adapted from Culinate:…

Mooli Paratha

For Day 2 of BM# 10, I made some good old Indian style winter comfort food — mooli paratha. These parathas are made with daikon radish which is generally available in the winter. My husband is not a big fan of mooli, so I followed Rak’s recipe to cook the mooli before stuffing in the paratha. Parathas turned out hearty and delicious, not stinky at all like my husband predicted. Serve with some achaar/ pickle or some hearty rajma (red kidney bean) curry. Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked up for Day 2 of BM#10.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

I can’t believe it’s end of November and we will be in a brand NEW year in little more than a month’s time. Time seems to fly with no worries, but here we are trying to play catch up with time. My space has been quiet for some time now due to a personal tragedy and I’m still struggling to pull myself together to do anything. But I thought Blogging marathon and hosting Kid’s Delight event will cheer me up and get me back into cooking and into the upcoming holiday mood. So here I am ready for another edition…