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Black Eyed Peas and Chayote Squash Curry – Instant Pot Method

Black Eyed Peas and Chayote Squash Curry – Instant Pot Method

My mom made this curry all the time for our family. Today, I am sharing her actual recipe. I converted the recipe to make it in an Instant Pot. I made this black-eyed peas curry in instant pot, on New Year’s day. New Year’s day […]

Mango Milkshake Recipe – Fresh Mango Shake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Mango Milkshake Recipe – Fresh Mango Shake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Memorial day is right around the corner. The true purpose of memorial day is to honor brave men and women who died while in the service of the United States military. Thank the veterans you know. Enjoy the great outdoors and feast on food. I […]

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Eggless Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake

Mother’s Day is just a few days away. I am sharing a simple, decadent eggless chocolate cake recipe. This chocolate cake is so easy to put together, moist and delicious. I never get a chance to treat my mom with my homemade baked goods because […]

Maha Shivaratri Upvaas/Fasting Thali

Maha Shivaratri Upvaas/Fasting Thali

Maha Shivaratri  is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in honor of Lord Shiva. On this auspicious day, devotees perform Abhishekam to the Shivalingam(An abstract representation of Lord Shiva). Abhishekam is a ceremony of bathing the idol of god with either water or milk or Panchamrutham(A mixture of […]

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Christmas is less than a week away. If you haven’t already started baking your homemade Christmas treats, you need to do it now. Today I am sharing with you Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread cookies recipe. These shortbread cookies are easy to make and are perfect for […]

Mung Sprouts Dosa/Sprouted Mung Bean Dosa

Mung Sprouts Dosa/Sprouted Mung Bean Dosa

Mung/Moong sprouts dosa is a protein rich, healthy and nutritious south Indian crepe that can be eaten as breakfast or snack. You can make these dosas even more nutritious by adding paneer or tofu(for vegan version), greens and seasonal vegetables like carrots, beetroots and roll […]

How to sprout beans – Instant Pot Method

How to sprout beans – Instant Pot Method

Sprouting is the process of germinating beans, seeds and nuts. Sprouting involves soaking beans for several hours. Soaking softens the skin on the beans, allowing the sprout to grow. The soaked beans are rinsed and placed  in a dark, warm place(away from the sun light) […]

Cranberry Ginger Chutney/Cranberry Ginger Thokku/Cranberry Allam Thokku – Instant Pot Method

Cranberry Ginger Chutney/Cranberry Ginger Thokku/Cranberry Allam Thokku – Instant Pot Method

Fall is cranberry harvesting season. This is the time of the year we can find bags of fresh cranberry in the grocery store aisles. Fresh cranberries have a sour-tart flavor. They work as an excellent substitute for raw mangoes, tomatoes and tamarind in many Indian […]

Rajgira Chikki/Amaranth Brittle

Rajgira Chikki/Amaranth Brittle

Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet.  Rajgira/Amaranth  is the seed of the Amaranth plant. Rajgira Chikki is a sweet bar made with popped Rajgira/Amaranth seeds and Jaggery. Though, the label on the bag of Amaranth says that it is a grain, it isn’t a grain […]

Bellam Paramannam/Rice Kheer/Rice Pudding – Instant Pot Method

Bellam Paramannam/Rice Kheer/Rice Pudding – Instant Pot Method

Hello Readers, Wishing you all a very happy Vijaya Dasami. It has been a long time since my last post.  I had mentioned in my last post that I will be taking a break from blogging.  I haven’t actively started blogging yet, but today is […]


Sesame Ladoo - Pongal Festival Recipe

Nuvvula Undalu/Til Ladoos/                 Sesame Jaggery Ladoos

Nuvvula Undalu/Til Ladoos/ Sesame Jaggery Ladoos

My first post in the year 2017 is an age-old traditional Indian recipe, ‘Nuvvula Undalu/Til Ladoos’ which are usually made for the ‘Makara Sankranthi’ festival. I learnt this recipe from my mother- in-law. With Makara Sankranthi just around the corner, I thought it is a perfect time to post the recipe of traditional Til Ladoos. They  are very yummy and have a texture similar to hard candy. However, unlike hard candy, which is loaded with artificial colors and sugars, these ladoos are very nutritious. Kids can happily indulge in these ladoos. These ladoos are made with sesame seeds and jaggery. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium, and jaggery is a source of iron. My mother-in-law makes these ladoos in a large quantity to distribute them to all our relatives. They are also made in a large size. If you can bite into them, then it is proof that you have super strong teeth.  For some reasons, if you cannot bite into them, then the ladoos can be broken into smaller pieces with the help of a hammer(Yes, they are hard as rock) and eaten. Although these ladoos may be difficult to bite into, that’s what makes eating them fun. Enjoy!!!

I am also sharing the recipe for Peanut Chikki/Peanut Brittle and Sesame Chikki/Sesame Brittle in the same post.

11/03/2017: I have updated the post with Dry Fruit Chikki/Mixed Nut Brittle Recipe.

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