Sakkarai Pongal ( Chakkarai Pongal/ Festval recipe )

Sakkarai Pongal /Chakkarai pongal is an inevitable Sweet preparation as a prashad/Neivediyam to the Gods during festival times. No festival in complete without the mandatory Sakkari pongal and some vadas  , usually Paruppu vadai. ( Lentil Vadai ) During the festival of pongal Sakkari Pongal is the highlight along with the salted version called the… 

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Chole/Chana Masala ( Punjabi Chole )

Chana masala is a popular Punjabi side dish in Indian cuisine. The main ingredients used is chickpeas called Chana. Almost all northern parts of the  country have this as one of the important side dishes made with  slight variations unique to the region  and inevitably paired with poris or bhaturas. The dish is usually a… 

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Ven Pongal ( Khara Pongal Festival Recipe )

The Harvest festival of Tamilnadu called Pongal or Thai  Pongal conjures up images of colorful  pots  overflowing with milk, dal and rice and little kids and elders exclaiming ecstatically Pongalo Pongal..the ,exchange of ellu bella, ( sesame seeds and jaggery ) in Karnataka where it is called Makara Sankranthi , long lanky green sugarcane ,… 

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Plum and Tomato jam ( No pectin )

Plum and Tomato Jam?? Seriously?? Yes and it taste very good too!  It is not by accident that I made this jam. Tomato jam is something I have always had since my childhood as my mom would use up ripe tomatoes and make quick jams to last only for 2 or 3 days and used… 

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Spaghetti in a creamy sauce.

We love to have creamy spaghetti every once in a while and it taste good with some vegetables thrown in for the health factor. After some non stop rice, dal, roti, idlis and dosas, Spaghetti is welcomed heartily in my house. My quick version for a hungry school kid after school fix! Ingredients: 1 packet… 

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