Kaju Rava Laddu, an Indian sweet

Kaju Rava Laddu

-+*True story. In my sweet obsessed home, a laddu has always been something of a pariah. Desi, who can eat a whole carton of ice cream in one sitting, and half a box of kaju katli in another, will turn up his nose when I so much as talk about laddus. “They’re so boring,” is his explanation….

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Semiya Payasam

Semiya Payasam | Shevyachi Kheer

-+*The other day, as I puttered around the web, I ran into an old friend — the Amul girl. If you’ve ever lived in India, you don’t need an introduction to the Amul girl. You know the bright orange face that’s at once shy and pert. The blue pigtail gushing out of a huge, perfectly round…

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Zucchini Halwa

Zucchini Halwa

-+*My Zucchini Halwa is a great way to use up all those summer zucchini — or other — squashes you no doubt still have in your vegetable garden. And if you don’t have a vegetable garden, I’m willing to bet there is an abundance of them at your nearest market or supermarket. Have you heard…

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Phirni

Phirni

-+*A true testament to the richness and popularity of the cuisine of India’s Muslims is the fact that when anyone around the world thinks of the most delicious Indian foods, the first images that spring to mind are  a lavish, fragrant biryani or a puffy, flaky naan. India is home to the world’s second largest…

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Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli

-+*It’s Diwali, everyone, and hope yours is warm and fuzzy with family and friends, and filled with all the joy in the world. Diwali is the time of year when most of us transplanted Indians, so far from the motherland, long to be back at least for a day. Or two or three or five,…

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Besan Kaju Halwa

Besan Cashew Halwa

-+*In India, right now, ’tis the season to be holy. Everyone’s just winding down from a birthday bash for Ganesh the elephant-headed god, Dussehra’s already at the doorstep, and Diwali will be here before you know it. All of this festival fever is accompanied by, quite naturally, a whole lot of food. A lot of…

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Fruit Nut Barfi

Fruit and Nut Burfi, an Indian-Style Fudge

-+*Desi has a monster sweet tooth and I try as much as possible to keep it happy with homemade goodies like this Fruit and Nut Burfi. Made with no added sugar and with the wholesome goodness of dry fruits and nuts, this is a treat that’s not just delicious but also as healthy as a…

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Vegan Mung and Rice Pudding With Coconut and Saffron

-+*Here’s a kheer (an Indian pudding) that my Konkani parents make for Makar Sankranti, a celebration in their part of India that falls on the same day as Pongal. The recipe is very similar to Sakkarai Pongal, except that my parents’ version has some coconut milk, a staple of the Konkan region where coconut trees…

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Cucumber Cake

Low-Fat Cucumber Cake, Indian-Style

-+*It’s sweltering here in the northeast, and in most of the country. But a steady crop of cucumbers from the vines I planted in my backyard garden this spring are helping us keep our cool. I’ve been slicing them into pitchers of water, chopping them up into salads and raitas, and just eating them fresh…

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Saffron Shankarpali

Saffron Shankarpali

-+*Anticipating festivals can sometimes be more fun than the festivals themselves. The evidence is all around us. Take the holiday season when just about everyone you meet appears to wear a halo of enchantment and goodwill. Charity spikes, and so does courtesy. The day before Thanksgiving, for instance, you just can’t do anything to annoy…

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Pongal

Pongalo Pongal!

-+*A very happy Pongal to the south Indian readers of Holy Cow! The word Pongal literally describes an overflowing, boiling pot of rice. Figuratively, it signifies prosperity and is a time to give thanks for everything you’re blessed with– an Indian Thanksgiving, so to say. And what better way to celebrate prosperity than with delicious…

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Badam Halwa

Almond Halwa

-+*Diwali’s the time of year to go a little bit over the top, particularly with food. It is time when every Indian kitchen is overrun– but never overwhelmed– with sweets and savory snacks of every shape, taste and hue. This year’s Diwali dawned on me pretty suddenly, as it seems to do each year, actually….

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Mango Lassi

-+*I grew up in a bursting-at-the-seams apartment building in Bombay and at any time of the day we were enveloped in the delicious scents and sounds and flavors of foods from around the country. The spicy-pungent perfume of the ajwain from Mrs. Sinha’s North Indian chana masala bubbling away on the stove. The popping of…

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Chavde (Mande) for Ganesh Chaturthi

-+*I have a real weakness for crispy sweets. And at the top of my list is an exquisite, lacy, sesame-seed-and-cardamom-sprinkled delicacy that’s perhaps not very well-known outside Maharashtrian and Konkani homes: Chavde, or Mande. In my childhood home, sweet-making was a joint endeavor between my parents and I can still see them as they made…

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