October 27, 2011


I tried my mom's recipe of "Holige" for Diwali and it was a huge success!


All purpose flour - 2 cups
Salt - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Water - to mix the dough
Olive Oil - 3 tblsp

Bengal gram dhal - 1 cup
Brown sugar/grated jaggery - 1 1/2cup
Cardamom powder - a pinch

Rice flour - as required for rolling
Olive oil to cook the holige


1. Mix flour, salt, turmeric powder till it mixes well.
2. Add water and knead to a soft pliable dough.
3. Add 3 tblsp of olive oil on top and mix well.
4. Rest for 3 to 4 hours.
5. Pressure cook bengal gram dhal in cooker with enough water for 2 to 3 whistles.
6. Cool and drain the water and blend with the brown sugar or jaggery till smooth.
7. Cook the blend mixture till the water is evaporated.
8. Make the filling to even size balls.
9. Divide the maida dough to the equal number of the filling.
10. Place the filling in the dough and seal it.
11. Roll it with a rolling pin dusting with rice flour.
12. Cook on a anodized or non stick griddle on both sides with a few drops of olive oil.
13. Cool in and serve.

October 15, 2011


The challenge for September was "Cholafali" a Gujarati snack. I tried this Gujarati Farsan specially made for Diwali. The flavors and taste was very different and I am glad I tried this new recipe. This event is hosted by Srivalli of "Spicing Your Life" and I followed Lataji's recipe.


Gram flour - 2 cups
Urad dhal flour - 1 cup
Moong dhal flour - 1 cup
2 tablespoons ghee
Cooking soda -1/8 tsp
Salt - to taste(to be dry roasted prior to adding to the flour)
Oil for deep frying

For sprinkling on top:

Red chilly powder- 3 tsp
Black salt - 3 tsp


1. Heat the pan and roast the salt. When the salt has been roasted, add it to the flour mix.
2. Add the ghee to the flour and mix well.
3. Make a stiff dough and rest the dough for a few minutes.
4. Divide the dough in small portions and make small balls off it and roll out thin discs on a greased surface.
5. Cut out strips off the dough.
6. Deep fry the strips in hot oil till. It will puff up.
7. Fry them until they are crisp.
8. Meantime mix red chilly powder and black salt.
9. Sprinkle the chilli-salt mix on top immediately while the cholafalis are warm.

October 10, 2011

Pineapple Menaskai


Pineapple chopped - 1/2 cup
Red chillies - 2 -3
Urad dhal - 1 tsp
Methi - 1/2 tsp
Sesame - 1 tsp
Dry coconut powder - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste- 2 tsp
Jaggery/Brown Sugar - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Oil to saute - a tsp

Asafoetida - a pinch
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 string
Oil a tsp - for seasoning

1. Roast Red chillies, urad dhal, methi, dry coconut,and sesame in a tsp of oil and blend it.
2. Cook the pineapple pieces with a cup and water and add the blend mixture to it.
3. Add the tamarind and jaggery/brown sugar.
4. Add salt to taste and boil.
5. Make a seasoning of asafoetida, turmeric, mustard seeds, and curry leaves.
6. Add seasoning and serve.

Sending this recipe to F for "Fruit Curries" hosted by "Ambrosia" originally started by Charita of "Women's Era"

October 9, 2011

MEC - Tea Time Snacks Roundup

Hi Everyone!

It was a pleasure hosting the "MEC-Tea Time Snacks" event for the month of September 2011. Thanks to Srivalli of "Cooking for all Seasons" for giving me this opportunity.

Thanks to all of you for sending in your delicious entries. Here they are, enjoy!!

Nutan of "Rice N Spice" tried the "Microwave Congress" (Spicy Masala Peanuts).

Another experiment by Nutan of "Rice N Spice" is "Microwave Masala Murmura".

Don't miss the "Microwave Blue Potato Chips" by Nutan of "Rice N Spice".

I also tried this protein rich delicious snack "Microwave Hurigalu" and posted on my blog "Rice N Spice".

Srivalli of "Cooking for all Seasons" sent this yummy recipe "Microwave Fried Moong Dhal Snack".

Wow! this "5 minute Eggless Microwave Chocolate Cake" was sent by Sumana of "Sum's Cuisine".

This appetizing tea time snack "Savory Crusted Peanuts" in Microwave by Krithika of "Krithi's Kitchen" looks so delicious!.

Who could resist Pradnya's "Microwave Kaccha Pohe Chivda". She blogs here recipes in "The Pumpkin Farm".

Richa Priyanka of "Ambrosia" made these delicious "Namakparas" in the microwave.