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Video – How to make kaaju barfi (Vegan cashew candy squares)

Kaju barfi: Traditional Indian sweet made with cashewnuts, usually served at weddings and festivals, made using sugar candy method When Harsha was here, we did many videos together, with my son sometimes chipping in as an assistant to hold the umbrella over the light source. ūüôā One of the most popular recipes on tongueticklers is read more

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Bhuja hua kaju barfi | Roasted cashew barfi

One week-day, when I was in a hurry and time seemed to be ticking away a little faster, I knew I could not wait for the ‘cashew barfi mix’ in the wok to cook even a minute longer, and poured it onto a jelly pan a few minutes earlier than I should have. ¬†I willed, read more

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Thengai barfi | Coconut candy squares

  Tamil: Thengai barfi | Hindi: Nariyal or narial ki barfi | Marathi: Narali pak or copra pak | Gujarati: Koperapak | English translation: Coconut candy squares | A quick sweet made with just coconut scraping, sugar and cardamom powder. Till I came to Mumbai (then Bombay) I assumed coconut barfi was a South Indian read more

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Vella Payaru – Black eyed peas in a jaggery based sweet

  When we cook black-eyed-peas in a sweet roast, we call it ‘vella payaru’. It literally translates as ‘jaggery with black eyed peas’. This is the offering I made today as prasad or bhog. It is a very tasty dish, and gets done in minutes. Since I am blogging a dish every day, I am read more

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Appam – Jaggery and Rice spheres

Appam has a first name. ¬†Some people prefix ‘unni’, as in unniappam and some ‘nei’ as in ‘neiyappam’. ¬†As you move up West along the Konkan coast, appam become appe. ¬†The basic recipe remains the same but the sweetness is reduced and some lentils get added to the batter. ¬†Appam has many variations. ¬†My sister, read more

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Baked Vella cheedai – Baked rice and jaggery squares

Vella cheedai, payasam and appam form the sweets, while savouries include uppu cheedai, and thattai for Janmashtami. These offerings are made to the Lord Krishna after prayers. All the preparations are gluten-free. Vella cheedai is traditionally deep-fried and I make it every year whether or not I make anything else. The traditional deep-fried version is something read more

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Vegan Dalia (broken wheat) and Almond Porridge

When they woke up and stood next to me, Jr.H looked out and said, ‘It’s raining cats and dogs.’ “No. Hippos and rhinos!” I said. I had coined this phrase when I was Jr.P’s age. The phrase ‘cats and dogs’ did not do justice to the sight of a downpour, hence ‘hippos and rhinos’. ‘Ha’ read more

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