AkkaraAdisil

Srilatha Dessert, South Indian Leave a Comment

Akkara adisil is the quintessential Iyengar dessert, and there are no two opinions about how it should be made – it’s basically rice and moong dal cooked in lots of milk and ghee, and a healthy dose of jaggery or unrefined sugar.
The key to this dish is to cook the rice and dal in a mix of water and milk, preferably whole milk.
Story behind the dish:
Legend goes that Andal (Gotha Devi, the lone female among the 12 Aazhvars) longed to become one with Krishna. She obsereved a nonbu (penance, fast) during the month of Margazhi and offered him neivedhyam every day. On the 27th day, she made this dish, cooked rice and dal in milk, sweetened with jaggery, and dripping with ghee, and offered as neivedhyam. She was granted her wish on this day, which is known as Koodaravalli. Yestreday, our local temple performed Andal Kalyanam, and I had taken this as prasadam.

Badam Halwa (Almond Fudgy sweet)

Srilatha Dessert, Indian Leave a Comment

A traditional rich recipe made out of almond paste (soaked almonds ground into a paste with/without milk), sugar, and clarified butter. Those are the basic ingredients. Saffron and cardomom powder are optionally added for flavor and color. Something similar in the western culture would be marzipan, a candy made out of almond paste, sugar, and sometimes eggs. Yeah. Not really similar. Just kidding.

Apple Galette

Srilatha Breakfast, Dessert, French Leave a Comment

A galette is a form of French pastry that is free form, and much less complicated than a traditional pie or a fruit tart. Basically a layer of a single fruit, spiced with aromatic herbs and spices, and layered over a flaky, buttery crust, with the edges folded over, and baked, it’s simplicity itself! Comes together fairly quickly – I made this, my first attempt at a galette, after lunch on Thanksgiving day, and it was ready for the evening tea, warm and fragrant! Heavenly with a cup of freshly brewed coffee! Try it, it’s absolutely worth every buttery flake! Work out a bit extra to melt the calories – you won’t regret it!
I followed the recipe from this site: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/salted-caramel-apple-galette/

Paal Poli (Fried Pooris in Sweet Condensed Milk)

Srilatha Dessert, South Indian 2 Comments

I always got intimidated by this dessert, but found that it was a simple recipe, if somewhat time consuming (boiling and reducing the milk). Made a very small batch of 6 pooris for deepavali, and it was gone in seconds! The traditional pooris are made with rava/sooji/cream of wheat, but I made it with maida/AP flour. Regular whole wheat pooris would also work, if you really want to reduce the guilt quotient!

Vegan Banana Flax Dog Treats

Srilatha Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks And Light meals Leave a Comment

I started making these treats for my daughter’s puppy, our grandpuppy Kashew. He is a long haired mini dachshund and the love of my life. 🙂 Once terrified of any dog, he transformed me into a dog lover. He loves to eat, and I love to feed him – a match made in doggie heaven! But I try to give him healthy snacks – mostly fresh vegetables and fruits, and these treats that are made with whole wheat flour, oats, bananas, and flaxmeal. He loves them! I found this recipe online at:
http://healthyslowcooking.com/make-banana-flax-vegan-dog-biscuits/