Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Spring is in Air.......


Tulips

Is there anything which can better express the happiness of Spring in Air than the flowers in the garden??


They are just in time for Athachamayam , the first day when the homes in Kerala get ready with Athappokkalam [ Floral designs ]....

And the celebrations and preparations for Onam begin with this day..

The count down starts and the main Onam [ Thiruvonam ] arrives on the 10th day 

Let us spread the message of peace and happiness on each of these festive occasions..

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Modakam / Sukhiyan

Modakam / Sukhiyan


Isn't it interesting to observe how the same dish is called by different names in different parts? ...... Today's is one such sweet snack from Kerala which is called Modakam towards  my home town and Sukhiyan towards the northern parts... 


Whatever be the name is , we love to have this healthy n tasty snack quite often for our evening tea... 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Manga Curry / Mango Pickle

mango pickle / manga curry

During my first Onam here, I was wondering whether I will have to buy store bought mango pickle for the sadya or not, as Mangoes were not something common that I found here...It should come from other states...But with the onset of Spring, [ which falls in time for Onam ] Mangoes start coming to market....The first time I saw raw mango in the shops here, was a moment of great joy...

Now that years have passed, I wait for spring to bless us with some mangoes.......
And finally they are here  this year too....

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jalebi / Jilebi.....With Whole Wheat Flour

Jalebi / jilebi


Kid's tastes keep changing every week or may be every day....My son is no different which keeps me on the roll trying new recipes daily......Today's recipe is on his favorites list for the time being....So let me try them before something new takes up the position.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why I said NO to Plain Flour / Maida / The ALL PURPOSE FLOUR ?


By now I have shared a lot of recipes without plain flour especially for baking....
And I had already mentioned about my aversion for plain flour in one of my previous posts
but not elaborated on it.....
I felt it is a personal choice and it up-to you, if you want to use it or not...

But last day I got a mail forward about Maida which made me think over and I thought it is my duty to share with you all regarding it....
After all that should be the main purpose of a Blog......Right ?

The article that I recieved was in my mother tongue Malayalam and quite a lengthy one...
I am translating here just the highlights from it for you....

So if you are ready to read and make a change in your life plz go ahead...

Yes , it is a lengthy post for today...So take my warning before you proceed...




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Poori or Puri / The fried Indian Bread

poori / puri

Ask my family what to prepare on a Sunday morning...., Without any delay they will unanimously vote for "Poori"......Though I think a bit about the frying and the oil and the calorie and stuff like that, will slowly go to their side and will agree as I too cant resist poori especially for an elaborate sunday morning breakfast.....