A sweet pudding to overcome the feeling of melancholy… Melancholy, is what I had been feeling for the last few days. I couldn’t find any specific reason for slipping into this state, hence I blamed on the rainy weather, my darling husband, my dear friends, my parents, and everything and anything that came my way. I looked around, everything seemed perfect,...

Ramadan Desserts and sweets. Here is a collection of  desserts and sweets you can make during Ramadan. Sweet Drinks Pistachio and Saffron Flavored Milk Strawberry and Yogurt Smoothie Semolina Milk drink or Thari Kanji Tender Coconut Milkshake or Karikku Milkshake Apple Dates Smoothie Chickoo Shake or Sapodilla shake Ice cream Falooda Avocado Milkshake Sweet...

Chikoo or Sapota or Sapodilla is a tropical fruit that has an amazing caramel flavor, turn them into a delicious smoothie… One of my favorite tropical fruits is chikoo or sapodilla. There is a huge chikoo tree on my parents front yard in Kerala, when I visit them I have got the joy of picking ripe chikoo right from the tree and enjoying them. The fruit by itself...

  Kerala’s very own sweet dishes… Here is a collection of Payasams that I’ve made over the years. Payasams are essentially sweetened milk cooked along with vermicelli, ripe fruits, dried fruits, nuts etc. Vermicelli or Semiya payasam is the most popular; a must have along with Kerala Sadya. I’ve also made payasams with dates, ripe mangoes,...

Creamy coconut goodness filled pies, absolutely delicious… This was the dessert I made for Thanksgiving and it was a hit. It has the right amount of creaminess and sweetness and an enormous amount of coconut deliciousness. I’d posted the recipe for making vanilla custard or pudding, the recipe for making coconut cream is similar to vanilla custard with...

Chilled Rooh Afza milk with basil seeds- refreshing summer drink… Rooh Afza is a staple drink for most people in India, Pakistan and Middle East during Ramadan and Summer. It has a nice aromatic rose flavor and cooling ingredients that make it a perfect thirst quencher for Summer. My grandfather is a huge fan of this and this was the only thing he had asked...

Mango Phirni- an incredible chilled dessert made with ripe mangoes… When mangoes are in season, you gotta make mango phirni- it’s an easy to make dessert, rich, creamy and tastes delicious. For me, any dessert that has ripe mangoes in it are delicious. Here is yet another easy mango dessert that you can try: mango pudding. This is an Indian dessert-...

Papaya and dates combined together to make a yummy and healthy smoothie… Papaya is a tropical fruit and has many health benefits. It’s abundantly found in my hometown and most houses have a few trees in their backyard. All you have to do is pick the ripe papayas right from the trees and enjoy it as it is or turn them into smoothies, puddings etc. Even...

Here is a collection of dishes that you can make for Navratri. Happy Navratri to those who celebrate it. Snacks Medu Vada Bonda or Fried Potato Balls Rice Flakes or Poha Stir fry Murukku Beetroot Murukku   Main Dishes Rice Kichadi or kichidi Sabudhana Kichadi Curd Rice Lemon Rice Lemon Chick Peas Rice Rava or Semolina Upma Easy Vegetable Upma Buckwheat...

Easiest Sponge cake recipe that can be made effortlessly… For Eid, I made Sponge cake topped with strawberry mousse, it was Yum. Making sponge cake is the easiest and can be made with basic ingredients. The main ingredient is egg, beaten till fluffy along with sugar and flour is added and folded until well incorporated. Baked to perfection, fluffy and soft...