Deepavali snacks is never complete without mixture. This year decided to make something different instead of the regular one. Chivda is a snack that contains varieties of roasted ingredients like poha and nuts added together.
The most exciting festival “Deepavali” is round the corner and I have just started with the first round of sweets and snacks for it. From childhood, Deepavali is the most awaited festival as we get to meet friends and relatives and have fun. Mysore pak is a must have sweet on this festival for me. I still remember the the sweets and snacks that my grand mother used to make for all of us.
One of our family favourite is bitter-gourd / Pavakkai. We usually make the paavakai fries which goes well with all rice varieties. This semi gravy can be served along with any variety rice or roti. The bitterness is balanced with spice and sour flavours of red chilli powder and tamarind.
Idly Manchurian is an innovative dish that can be prepared using refrigerated idlis or left over idlis. This recipe is from the Indo-Chinese cuisine.
The idlis are deep fried and mixed with vegetables and tomato / red chilli sauces to prepare the tasteful and unique idly manchurian. Try this recipe if you are bored of normal idlis and i bet your kids will love it !!!
So who doesn’t love potatoes ??? The one vegetable that everyone loves. This is a delicious crispy pan fried baby potatoes which can be had with rice or rotis (My kids have them as such 😋)
Sundals are prepared using legumes like chickpeas, corn, peanuts, green gram etc. They are easy to cook and are very healthy. Sundals are normally prepared during festivals like Navaratri, Vinayakar Chadurthi in South India. I have prepared Pattani sundal by tempering boiled peas with onions and garnishing with mango chunks. It is very nutritious and kids love it !!!
Elaneer Payasam is a delicious dessert prepared by blending tender coconut water, flesh and milk. It is easier to prepare with very less ingredients. It is normally served chilled and acts as a coolant to the body.
Rava Kesari is a quick and easier dessert from the South Indian cuisine. Whenever we have a guest at home this is a easy and quick recipe that we can rely on. Will be ready in minutes and yet tastes delicious. On the occasion of navaratri, I have been preparing desserts that are easy and can be prepared in very less tome and this recipe can never be missed.
I have prepared Groundnut sundal by tempering boiled peanuts with chilli and curry leaves. It can be had as a snack or as an accompaniment to any variety rice. It is very nutritious and kids love it !!!
Aval ladoo is an easy and quick sweet recipe that can be prepared for any festival. Today being navaratri I wanted to prepare a dish in very less time and yes this was a perfect recipe for it ! You can use normal aval instead of red aval.
Green gram Sundal / pacha payiru Sundal is a healthy snack option and can be prepared quickly as it doesn’t require overnight soaking of the lentil. The tempering is so important and adds the taste and flavour to the Sundal. You can add onions and coconut to this recipe if you like.
Sweet Corn Halwa is a quick and delicious dessert prepared by blending steamed corn with koya. You can prepare this during any special occasion, festivals or when you crave for something sweet. This recipe is a definite hit among all age groups.
Sundal is a South Indian stir fry dish which is prepared using legumes. Sundals are prepared using legumes like chickpeas, corn, peanuts, green gram etc. They are easy to cook and are very nutritious. Sundals are normally prepared during festivals like Navaratri, Vinayakar Chadurthi in South India.
I have prepared Channal sundal using white chickpeas and coconut. It can be had as a snack or as an accompaniment to any variety rice.
Easy and tasty variety rice that can be prepared quickly. The tangy tomatoes along with spices makes the dish drool worthy and also a perfect lunch box recipe. You can have it with vegetable fry, curd or pappads too.
French fries / potato fries is my girl‘s favourite. She doesn’t like sweet potatoes as it is and I always try to include it in the diet in some form she loves to have. This sweet potato fries is one such attempt and yayy it was so good and she loved it too !!!
The garlic mayo is such a mouth watering dip that complements the flavor of the sweet potato with its tangy garlic taste.
Vadai is an all time favourite South Indian snack. Vadai can be prepared using urad dal or channa dal. I have already posted my mix veg Medhu vadai recipe using whole urad dal. This Keerai vadai / masala keerai vadai is prepared by grinding channa dal with spices along with onion, spinach and deep fried.
Masala Chai is a tea beverage made by boiling tea in milk and water mixed with aromatic herbs and spices. Evenings can’t better without chai ! Masala chai is prepared using spices and herbs mixed with tea powder and milk. I have added ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves to the tea which enhances the aroma and flavour of the tea. Masala chai helps to regulate digestive system and we always love it Super strong.
This is a usual cough / cold remedy that we follow in our home. Kashayam is a water decoction of herbs and spices that would help to alleviate the symptoms of cold and cough. Easy to prepare at home. It soothes the throat and helps during the bad cold days. You can add palm sugar / honey as you prefer as the decoction might be bitter by itself.
Pav Bhaji is a fast food from India. It consists of a vegetable gravy served with a soft bread roll. It is a delicious blend of mixed vegetables cooked in butter and spices.
Thattu vadai set is a very popular street food in Tamil Nadu. It is a sandwich made with thattu vadai / thattai along with our preferred vegetables, green chutney, tamarind chutney and red chutney. I have used carrots, onions and beetroots.
Satay refers to finely grilled marinated meat in skewers and served along with sauce. It’s very popular in Indonesia and Malaysia. I have replaced meat with paneer for a vegetarian version of the satay. The essence of this dish is in the marination.
Sweet Potato Bonda is a spicy deep fried snack made with sweet potato, chickpea flour and onions with spices.
Custard apple Kesari is prepared by using rava, sugar and custard apple and gets ready in less than 15 mins.
Simple, tasty and flavourful carrot soup prepared with carrot, ginger, onion, garlic and lemon zest to enhance the flavours and give a yummy twist to the regular carrot soup !
Ginger added to the soup balance out the sweetness of the carrot and also helps to fight the common cold, flu symptoms.
Chocobar / Chocolate popsicle is a water or milk-based frozen snack on a stick. In this recipe I have tried a different, healthy and vegan version of the chocolate popsicle / Chocobar which is prepared by blending cocoa powder, almond milk, peanut butter, maple syrup and banana.
Paruppu Thogayal is a simple and quick accompaniment that can be prepared n very less time. It can be mixed with rice or had as a side to any spicy South Indian gravy.
Milagu Kuzhambu is a traditional and tasty South Indian accompaniment that is prepared with freshly ground masala and tamarind. It is a healthy and has medicinal properties and could be had if you are down with cold.
Chickpea Sweet potato stew is a easy and flavourful gravy that goes well with plain rice / spicy rice varieties.
Maravalli kizhangu also known as Tapioca / kuchi kizhangu is the starch from cassava roots. It has high carbohydrates and when taken in moderate quantity helps in weight gain. It is also gluten free and free of common allergens.
This recipe is made by grinding the Tapioca with rice and lentils. It serves as a good and healthy option for breakfast / dinner.
The one recipe that I wanted to post for long time. My favourite dessert from the Hyderabad cuisine. Shahi Tukda is a rich, exotic and mouth watering dessert made using deep fried breads coated with sugar water and soaked in saffron and rose flavoured milk.
The pumpkin energy balls is a chewy, tasty bites that can be prepared by using pumpkin purée, rolled oats and honey/ maple syrup along with nut butter.
Chaat has many variations and I simply love everything. This chaat is prepared by mixing chickpeas, dahi, boiled potatoes, crispy sev and topped with sour and spicy green chutney and tangy dates tamarind chutney.
Payasam is a sweet / dessert from the Indian sub continent cuisine. It is made by boiling milk, sugar and rice / dal. Generally paruppu payasam will be prepared using moong dal. Here, I have used channa dal instead.
Curd rice is prepared by mixing mashed rice with curd, curd is unsweetened probiotic yogurt and is rich in calcium and helps in digestion.
Puli Inji is a traditional and exotic pickle prepared in Kerala, South India and no sadhya is complete without it. It is so tasty and is a combination of all flavours sour, sweet and spicy. The main ingredients are ginger, tamarind and green chillies which are mixed in right quantity to make a flavourful, rightly balanced dish.
I love trying Broccoli in different forms. In this recipe I have pan roasted the marinated Broccoli and added it to the tahini yogurt which enhances the taste of the dish and makes it mouth watering and luscious.
French toast is a dish made of sliced bread soaked in eggs and milk, then pan fried. Here, I have tried the egg less version.
French toast is normally served as a sweet / savory dish. In the sweet version of French toast, milk, vanilla essence, cinnamon are added before pan-frying and then topped with sugar / maple syrup / fruits. This is a quick and kids favorite breakfast option.
Bhel puri is a popular Indian street food that is made with puffed rice, potato, onion, tomato mixed with sweet, tangy and spicy chutneys and sev along with spice powders. The chutney’s are inevitable and make the dish more tasty.
It’s almost everyone’s favourite and can be made easily to have a great evening snack.
Paruppu usili is a popular and protein packed dish from Tamil Nadu, South India.
It is made by softening the dal by soaking, steaming and mixing them with the vegetables of your choice. In this recipe, I have made cluster beans / kothavarangai paruppu usili. You can prepare it with beans, vazhathai poo, cabbage too.
Smoothies are a great choice for breakfast or as a mid-day snack. This recipe for a double berry smoothie is a refreshing and healthy combination of fruit and yogurt that’s kid-approved and super easy to make !!
Rava dosa is a quick and tasty South Indian tiffin variety. It can be had for breakfast / dinner. It so crispy and light and tastes amazing. It’s made with rava, rice flour and maida along with ginger, green chillies , pepper and onion.
Palak paneer is an exotic, nutritious and delicious paneer gravy / accompaniment made with spinach and paneer along with spices. They can be had with rice / roti. They are smooth and creamy and so tempting.
Kuska is a rice dish of primarily South Asian origin made with spices, rice and ghee. I have used jeera samba rice for Kuska but you can try basmati rice as well.
The spices and condiments used are cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander and mint leaves, apart from ghee, ginger, onions. The dish is served with korma, curry, dahi chutney or Raita.
Bombay chutney is a super quick yet delicious accompaniment that you can have with Idli / Dosa / poori / Chapati. It’s made with besan flour / kadalai maavu / chick pea flour as main ingredient along with tomato onion and spices.
This coffee dates smoothie is a slightly different from the regular smoothie. You can have it for breakfast or even as mid evening snack. They are delicious, filling and healthy.
Dates when added with Banana gives your smoothie a natural sweetness and makes it even more delicious. Soaked walnuts gives your smoothie a creamy texture.
Simmely balls is an old traditional dish. It’s made with ragi, peanut, ghee and jaggery. This healthy and tasty dish is loaded with nutrients and very easy to prepare.
Ada pradhaman is a rich and delicious traditional dessert from Kerala, South India. It is prepared by cooking rice ada in coconut milk and jaggery.
Today being Onam, thought to try this tasty dessert. You can use store bought rice ada or make it at home. I have used home made rice ada in this recipe.
Mor Kuzhambu is a simple yet delicious gravy from the South Indian cuisine made from buttermilk and vegetables like ladies finger, pumpkin, ash gourd.
It can be had as an accompaniment with rice. Here, I have made vendakkai / ladies finger mor kuzhambu and we had with white rice and vegetable fry.
Hummus is one of our favourite dip. After trying the chocolate hummus, I couldn’t stop myself from trying another version of Hummus. This time decided to try something that is not too sweet, so tried this Blueberry version and it was too good.
Hummus is a dip, spread or savoury dish very popular in middle eastern cuisine. We loved the hummus and wanted to try a dessert version of it. I tried the chocolate hummus which serves as a dessert or as a dip / spread too !!
A vegetarian Buddha Bowl is served on a single bowl and has greens, vegetables, proteins, grains , healthy carbs, fats combined with spices and dressing / sauce of your choice !! The colourful Buddha bowl is so easy to prepare and amazingly healthy and delicious.
Chocolate cake is our favourite !! When we craved for some and wanted to have it immediately we tried this super quick recipe and it was so delicious and spongy !! My little S was so happy to try this recipe and loved it !!
Creamy and cheesy baked Zucchini and potatoes seasoned with parsley and thyme serves as a great appetizer. It’s wholesome and filling and is so easy to prepare too !! This recipe was prepared by my dear friend Monisha Thiyagarajan.
We always live to try different chutney varieties. I saw my friend Monisha’s video recipe (Moni’s healthy kitchen and lifestyle) of Kara chutney and it was so so tempting that I wanted to try it too !!
Nellikkai thayir pachadi / raita is a healthy and conventional South Indian recipe which can be had along with kuzhambu / sambar and rasam rice. Nellikkai / Goosberry also called as Amla is rich in vitamin C and helps to fight common cold. It also helps in building immunity and burns fat.
Tomorrow is Vinayagar Chaturthi and I thought this is the right time to post this tasty kozhukattai/ Modak recipe. This kozhukattai poornam is made with very less ingredients and was so yummy and we even had it as such !!
Dates ladoo is one of easiest and healthiest snack / sweet. It doesn’t require any extra sugar to be added and also requires just few ingredients. It takes less than 10 mins to prepare but is so delish !! Kids love this and is a easy on the go snack for your little ones and you !!
A quick and easy dessert recipe which can be made for any festival. This is a rich and mouth-watering kheer that can prepared with in very less time.
Urundai Kuzhambu is a very special and delicious kuzhambu / gravy variety of South India. It’s a traditional gravy from the Chettinaad cuisine. The tasty urundai / balls are steamed and then added in the spicy and tangy onion tomato gravy.
Paneer bhurji is scrambled paneer generally made with onion, tomatoes and spices. It’s savoury, tangy and spicy and goes well with Indian breads or a toast. We had paneer bhurji sandwich in which I have made a simple paneer bhurji recipe without tomatoes.
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