Thavala Vadai | Mixed Lentil Fritters

Thavala Vadai – A festive special fried food prepared with mixed lentils, rice and with coconut but without any onion or garlic. Honestly, we don’t need any occasion to make this recipe. Crispy on the outside and soft inside, this vadai an anytime perfect recipe. Today I am happy to share my mom’s Thavala vadai recipe. Read further to check the detailed recipe with stepwise pictures.  Jump to Recipe 

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Nei Appam | Paniyaram Pan Nei Appam

Nei Appam

Nei Appam / Neyyappam / Unni Appam is one of the traditional sweet recipes that we prepare for Krishna Jayanthi and Karthigai Deepam. It’s a classic recipe made mainly in  Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It’s flour-based sweet fritter deep fried in ghee, but guess what, I am going to share the non-fried version of the same. Thanks to the appe pan/ paniyara chatti.  Here comes the low-cal version of the sweet delicacy Nei appam.

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Instant Pot Rice and Walnut Kheer | Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Rice and Walnut Kheer

I am wishing you all a very happy and a prosperous new year.  Today I am going to share a sweet recipe prepared in my instant pot. It is the rice and walnut kheer or the Akhrot kheer. This is a super simple recipe with just 4 ingredients that can be whipped up pretty easily. It’s is rich and decadent kheer with the goodness of walnuts. Today I am sharing the instant pot method but please check the notes to see how it can be prepared on stove top too.

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Panchamirtham | Panchamrutham | Panchamritham


Panchamrita means five amruthams or amrtas used in Hindu worship which basically consists of milk, honey, sugar, yogurt and ghee. Today I am going to the share Tamil Nadu version err precisely our family version of Panchamritham which we usually prepare during temple abhishekams. Yes, yearly once or twice we do abhishekams to our family deities in our native, and we usually prepare the Panchamrutham by ourselves. This time my MIL, wrote this recipe for me along with other family recipes.

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Kadalai Paruppu Sundal | Channa Dal Sundal

Kadalai Paruppu Sundal

As karthigai deepam is right around the corner, I thought of sharing some of the neivediyam (offering to God) or prasadam recipes. Last year I posted the Pori Urundai recipe and I explained about the festival in the same post. Today I am going to share one of the simplest neivediyam. It’s the kadalai paruppu or the channa dal or the Bengal gram dal sundal.  Sundal is nothing but legume stir fry. Sundals are not meant only for Navratri, be it any festival, sundals are one of the easiest recipes to prepare.

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Karthigai Pori Urundai


Pori Urundai – A traditional sweet prepared with jaggery and puffed paddy grains /Nel pori for karthigai deepam. And that’s what I am going to share today. This year all the festivals and my blogging marathons got mixed up, and  I posted two recipes in one day which I usually avoid. Even for combo dishes, I post them as one, and then later I segregate them or leave them as is. This week was one such week where thanksgiving, karthigai and blogging marathon all came together. But I didn’t want to bombard my space with more than two recipes on a single day. So I am posting it at my own pace. Hope you all had excellent karthigai deepam and here comes the prasadam or neivediyam that we usually prepare during Karthigai Deepam.

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