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Jowar Laddu-001

Jowar Laddu ~ Jonna Laddu

I did Shiridi Sai  baba parayanam last Thursday and made these laddus as prasadam .One last item left over in my pantry cleaning job is Jowar Flour, looking at it I thought how about trying Laddu with it like the way we do with rava/sooji.  I followed the same process as rava laddu by binding roasted flour and sugar with milk, they tasted great and the process is very simple.

Barley Chakkara pongali

Barley Sweet Pongal ~ Barley Chakkara Pongali

Before Diwali I was checking my pantry for grains and lentils which need to be finished before I take a long vacation to India. Barley, which I bought last year from Amazon caught my eye. I posted few recipes with this grain earlier like pesarattu, stew, adai and katte pongali. Recently I had rice chakkara pongali  at my cousins place and thought of substituting rice with a whole grain. So for Diwali naivedyam I made chakkara pongali with Barley. My guests for Diwali said it was little different in texture, but tasty and of course healthy and guilt free. You can substitute barley with any wholegrain like brown rice , quinoa, cracked wheat or oats. I will post more recipes with this wholesome grain barley.

Chocolate Peda diyas

Chocolate Peda

Happy Diwali readers. I am back with festive recipes for Diwali after a long break. The very first microwave sweet dish I learnt when I came to US is milk peda using condensed milk and milk powder which is pretty simple with 3 main ingredients. Recently when I made milk peda for Shirdi Sai Baba pooja, I got an idea that with the same recipe I can make Chocolate Peda just by adding chocolate powder and make kids crave for this dessert. So I tried this recipe for my Diwali pot luck which is an instant hit. Its pretty simple and quick sweet dish which can be made for poojas, parties, festivals or baby showers.

Ugadi Pachadi

Ugadi Pachadi

Ugadi is the first day of telugu new year. On this festival we prepare different food items like pachadi, bakshalu and pulihora. One thing which is done only on this day in every house is Ugadi Pachadi, which consists of shadruchulu – 6 tastes  Sweet ( Jaggery/ banana/ grapes/ sugar cane juice), Sour ( Tamarind), Bitter ( Neem petal), Tart  ( Mango/Jeera) , Hot ( Chillies/Black  pepper), Salty (Salt). These different tastes signifies different facets of our life in the year ahead and in a way prepares us to face all of the challenges equally. Ugadi is also supposed to be starting of Spring.

Sesame Rice ~ Nuvvula Pulagam

Sesame Rice ~ Nuvvula Pongali ~ Nuvvula pulgam

Sankranthi is a harvest festival celebrated by Hindus all over India with different names. Sankranthi festival dishes vary upon region but Sesame seeds and jaggery are the most commonly used ingredients in these dishes. In Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh most of the people celebrate just first 2 days which are Bhogi and Sankrathi. First day dishes contain Sesame rice and second day dishes contain meat. Ariselu ( jaggery, rice flour snack) and sesame-jaggery balls are other most commonly prepared snacks during this festival.