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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Javvarisi Payasam | Sago Kheer | Saggubiyyam Payasam

Kheer or Payasam is one of the quintessential recipes, in particular, on the festive days. And the South Indian Thali is incomplete without the kheer or payasam. When I was browsing through my payasam archives, I realized that I hadn’t posted the sago kheer or javvarisi payasam as we say in Tamil. Sago Kheer is my go to neivediyam recipes on most of my Thursday pooja. Sago is the tapioca pearl, and it is one of the widely used food ingredients during fasting days. With Holi festival coming up, I thought of posting it sooner than later. :-)

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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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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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Quinoa & Nectar Kheer | Quinoa Pudding with Liquid Sweetner

I am wishing a Happy Navratri / Vijaya Dasami/ Durga Puja to all my friends. Today I am presenting a low calorie healthy kheer or Payasam or pudding. I can hear you asking, how can a kheer; a sweet recipe can be healthy and low calorie? What if it’s prepared with quinoa and without any sugar? Here comes my Quinoa Kheer prepared with Truvia® Nectar

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Tri Color Tri Beans Sundal | Navratri Special

I wish a very Happy Navratri to all my readers. I cannot skip from posting a sundal recipe during Navratri time. Today I am sharing a semi-homemade sundal recipe prepared with canned beans. Here comes the tri color and tri beans (Red Kidney beans, Cannellini beans, Black beans) sundal that can be prepared in a jiffy especially during weekdays as there is no soaking and pressure cooking involved. And oh yeah, if you forget to soak the beans for sundal, this is your best bet. This is such a healthy and protein rich snack that can be prepared all year round irrespective of the festivities.

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Idly Batter Sweet Suzhiyam / Seeyam / Suyam / Suzhiyan

This recipe was sitting in my drafts for the past one week. We usually prepare this sweet for Saraswathi Poojai and wanted to post before that. Why I didn’t post then? Err. It’s because of the name. In Tamil we say சீயம் but in English when I was looking for the correct spelling, I got so confused. My Tamil Quill Pad would have cried for sure as I was trying out all the possible spelling combinations and finally gave up and decided to use all possible ones. That’s why my recipe title is like that.

It is yet another two in one recipe. All you need is half cup of idly/dosa batter and coconut jaggery pooranam for the filling and of course oil for frying. I have written a separate post about this idly dosa batter so not going to talk about that again. But coming to the filling, you can try various combinations here – Coconut filling, Ellu/sesame seeds filling, coconut and channa dhal filling. The key thing here is that these fillings should be thick/semi-hard in consistency so that you can make small balls out of it. Make sure that these balls are hard enough so that it doesn’t break while dipping them in the batter.

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Adai Batter Vadai

 I always love quick and easy recipes, of course not compromising the taste though. So does everyone right? That’s the big motivation behind the Prep Once and Serve Twice series that I did for IMC. I always think, if a recipe/dish can be used in multiple ways. Again the credit goes to my mom for this kind of thought process. I need to post couple of her trademark recipes. Stay tuned for those but today’s recipe is going to be Prep once Serve Twice concept recipe or two in one recipe. By this time you might have guessed what it is from the recipe name – Adai batter Vadai.

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Garbanzo Beans Sundal

I cannot think navratri without Sundals. These sundals brings me back the fond memories of navratris in periyakulam. I used  go invite our neighbors and friends for thamboolam and this will be my standard dialogue – “Enga veetla golu vachu eruka, vethala paaku vangika vaango” (meaning we have kept golu come over for prasadam and thamboolam) and I have couple of standard songs to sing whenever some one asks me to sing. Sri mann Narayana, Thajanmendru Kenchikirom were my standard songs and our friends and neighbors started asking me to sing different songs and they started to tell my music teacher that I am not singing any other songs except these two. Now do I have an option? Nostalgic moments. :-)  In this inviting process, I collect sundals also and by the time I reach home I would have collected at least 1/2 kg of different varieties of sundal. I wanted to post some sundal recipes and when I went through my archived posts I realized I haven’t posted kothukadadalai or garbanzo beans sundal.

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