Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chana Dal Burfi - SNC challenge

I am part of the South Vs North Challenge, a brain child of Divya Pramil of You too can Cook and the South Vs North Challenge is celebrating its one year anniversary this month. Very proud moment for every one who is part of the challenge. Congratulations and well done guys !! The past few months since I have been part of SNC, the beginning of every month, I eagerly await for the new challenge to be posted and then try to finish them as quickly as possible. I had great fun participating in the event so far.  For the celebratory month, Divya has let us cook from any of the previous challenges. Since I became part of SNC only from April of this year, this meant I had a vast choice available before me. I decided to choose Chana Dal Barfi / Halwa being a celebration time. Plus Diwali is near as well. 

Sweets are both mine and hubby's favorite and Halwas/Burfis are especially close to our hearts. Chana Dal Barfi/Halwa is a delicious dessert and very easy to make. Do try it out for Diwali this year :) The SNC challenge for Chana Dal Barfi/ Halwa was hosted by Kirthi on behalf of Northern Team. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Veg Kurma Hotel style

I love Veg Kurma from hotels especially the Thattukadas in Kerala :) Tastes so delicious and goes well with Appams, Idiyappams, Chappathis and even Rice. Neither my mom nor my  mom in law prepares it at home and as usual I had taken it for granted like its a dish reserved for hotels. I mean when we go to restaurants, dont you feel like eating something different from what you eat regularly at home? But my hubby dearest sometimes behaves very oddly. We go to restaurants for dinner and then he will end up ordering the same Paneer curry which I would have prepared for him the very same afternoon !! 
Recently when I visited my neighbour's home, the house smelled divine with all the lovely spices. These days, we are unable to open our windows for a long time due to cold and hence the cooking smell lingers for a very long time. My neighbour is a great cook and I couldnt control my curiosity as to what excellent dish she has snapped up this time. She told me to taste the dish and it was Veg Kurma and tasted exactly like the one we have from hotels. Immediately got the recipe from her and I tried it out and it was excellent. Both me and hubby loved the dish and decided to include the dish in our menu once in a month. Do check it out guys!! It tastes excellent :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Vijayadashmi Special - Neivedhyam, Thirumadhuram and Roasted Chana

Happy Vijayadashmi / Dussehra !! Hope every one had a good festival!! Thought of writing a blog post as to how we celebrate the festival at home and of course share the recipe of the simple  dishes that we make as Prasadam during the festival. Names are many for the festival and so are the legends. One among the various legends is celebrating the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur. Usually celebrates various forms of Goddess Durga as Goddess Shakti, Saraswathi, Parvathi and so on and lasts around 9 to 10 days. Another legend associated with Dussehra is Killing of Ravan by Rama. All in all, the popular notion behind the festival is the victory of good over the evil.  Let us celebrate the festival by eradicating evil/false thoughts from our mind and by being righteous. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dhingri Matar - A guest post by Rekha of Foodolicious Pictured

Hello every one, I am back with another guest post. I have already featured two wonderful bloggers in October. And If you missed any of those, check out the posts for Eggless Coconut Custard buns by Priya Suresh of Priya's Versatile recipes and Kappa Pudding by Rafeeda of The Big Sweet Tooth. Today I am excited to feature another talented blogger whom I met in the blogosphere - Rekha of Foodolicious Pictured. I love everything about her blog including her blog name - "Foodolicious Pictured".. What a wonderful name.. sounds quite elegant to me.. And the name suits her blog and her wonderful recipes very well.. Rekha's blog has some of the most awesome food pictures I have seen so far. When ever I visit her blog, I end up drooling over her amazing food clicks. They are so tempting, well presented and simply fabulous. Check out her guest post for Huma of Gheza-e-shirin on Food Styling and Photography. When I requested Rekha to do a guest post for my space, she agreed immediately and sent me the lovely post of Dhingri Matar. Scroll down to read more and enjoy her fabulous pics :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kappa Pudding / Tapioca Pudding - A guest Post from Rafeeda of The Big Sweet Tooth

I am back with another guest post for the week. Today's guest post is from a lovely enthusiastic blogger who is a bit new to the blogging world but established herself so quickly with her wonderful recipes. After stumbling on to her blog, I was hooked onto it immediately.. I love reading her ramblings and the recipes that she brings forth.. Her blog name and the recipes she post mostly depict her sweet tooth:) But you can find traditional Malabar recipes, Bakes, Tea Time snacks and wonderful curries as well.. I am quite astonished at the pace in which blogs. Manages a minimum of 2 or 3 in a week. And that too she blogs during her lunch break from office and finishes it off quickly. Despite the super pace at which she works, She often describes herself as lazy :) So today's guest post is from another super woman from whom I should take time management lessons :)... None other Rafeeda / Rafs or Rafee as referred by her loving friends of the blog "The Big Sweet Tooth". Though I have never seen her, when ever I see her eldest kid's photo, my instinct tells me that I am looking at little Rafee. Through the virtual world, we have connected and I feel that any one who reads the blog, gets the impression of her warm and cheerful personality.. Thank you so much dear for agreeing to do the guest post.. And she is sharing with us a very unique sweet dish.. Read on to find out :)