Yucca Halwa / Maravalli Kizhangu Halwa – Country Style

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Maravalli Kizhangu Halwa:(Country Style) Manihot esculenta is the Botanical name of this plant. Where they have modified tap root…rich in starch. Its eaten in many parts of the world today, but traces its origin to South America. In India, it is often associated with famine food’. During depression, people mainly sustained with just few tapioca [...]

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Paantash => Panakkam => Fruit Punch – Ancient Indian Drink

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Panagam: Fruit punch has became a necessary drink at every garden parties, today! How about looking into, bit of its history? The word ‘Punch’ comes from the word ‘Panch’. In Indian language (both Sanskrit and Hindi), the word ‘panch’ means ‘five’. The original recipe had five ingredients like, spirit, spices, fruit juice, palm sugar and [...]

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Nei Appam

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Unniappam: Appam. Paniyaram. Unniappam. Nei Appam. During summer vacation, We (myself and cousins) used put our Derra’(camp) at Madras, Periamet…Grandma’s house. All day long is mostly fun filled activities…learning to drive bicycle in the narrow streets, playing cricket using rubber ball, passing comments on all the baldies from 4th floor, persuading Uncle to take us [...]

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Pazhani Panchamirthan – Temple Food – Ambrosia!

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Pazhani Panchamirtham:(Temple Food) Authentic Temple Food. Tamil Nadu Temple Prasad. South Indian Temple Food/Prasad. Palani Panchamirtham. Banana Jam. Dates and Honey Jam. Food plays an integral part of religion too! Feeding the poor/devotee is taken as a good deed, throughout world! Among many faiths, they agree ‘edible gift’ as a sign of universal brotherhood. One [...]

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Thengai Poli

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Coconut Poli: Thengai Poli, Koppara Bobatlu. Thenga obbatu. Thengai Obattu. Nariyal ka Puran Poli. Nariyal Pooran Poli. I like this ‘Adyar Ananda Bhawan’s Thengai Poli’, they make it too good. While I was studying at Chennai…myself and my friends regularly stopped there for this sweet. Much like Andhra traditional Bobatlu, but instead of ‘chana dal [...]

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Jack Fruit Jam

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Jack Fruit Jam: Chakka Varati. Pala Pazha Halwa. Palapazham Halwa/Jam. Chakka Varattiyadhu. My Mommy learnt this recipe from her friend Geetha (whose native is Palakkad). Mommy learnt bunch of Kerala specialities from her(will share with you’ll in future). Both my Mother and Geetha Auntie are excellent singers, all they do is sing and cook together. [...]

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Vilampazham Halwa

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Vilam Pazha Halwa: Vilampazham Jam. Vilampazha Halwa. Vilam Pazha Laddu. The Botanical name of this fruit is Feronia elephantum. The English common name is ‘Wood Apple’. The shell is hard and lethery…goes from pale greenish white to half white when ripe. The pulp is extremely ‘tangy’…so they always mix it with jaggery. This is kind [...]

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Mampazha Payasam

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Mango Payasam: Mampazham Payasam. Mango Pudding?!. I am glad that I visited home(India) during mango season. I haven’t had this ‘Wonder Fruit’ for a long time. Oh, gosh…I can never relate these Walmart/Kroger mangoes with that of those Selam breeds. Alphonsa (Golden Yellow), Kallalpad in Madras or simply Chakarakutti in Selam (small, very sweet with [...]

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Cashewnuts Burfi

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Jeedipappu Pakam: Kaaju Chikki. Munthiri paruppu Burfi. Jeedipappu Chikki. Hyderabad, legendary sweet shop ‘G.Pulla Reddy’s special Jeedi pappu Pakam’!!! No one would have missed it at Hyderabad!! My friend Kranthi introduced me to this sweet! Myself and my friend Balaji used to stop at this shop…before leaving home(Tamil Nadu)! I never failed to carry this [...]

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Ragi Inippu Adai

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Raagi Inippu Adai:(Country Style) Kezhvaragu Inippu Adai . Finger Millet Pancakes. Ingredients: Raagi flour 1 cup(finger millet/kezhvaragu)Ripe Bananas 2 largeJaggery grated 1 cupCoconut grated 4-6 spoonsCardamon powder 1/4 spoonGinger powder 1/4 spoonEgg whites 1-2Ghee for toasting. Method: Mix all the above said ingredients except ghee. Add limited water….bring this to dough. Make equal parts out [...]

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