Varada

Dates – Puffed Rice Laddoo (Khajoor – Phulayil Phova Laddoo)

Wish you all a very happy Sankranti. Hope this festival brings you lots of happiness. Like every year, I am going to celebrate this festival by distributing tilgul(kante halvo) and tila laddoo to family and neighbors here. I am also going to make a small amount of sweet pongal (muga dali khichdi). How do you celebrate …

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narnga batte

Sundried Bitter Oranges (Narnga Batte / Kanchi Batte)

‘Narnga’ or ‘kanchi kaayi’ or ‘heraLe kaayi’ is a kind of bitter orange available in some(or all) parts of India. These are slightly bitter in taste, we have not seen anyone eating the ripened fruit. We always get the green ones which are used for sundried items or pickle. This is the season on Narnga …

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puffed rice laddu

Puffed Rice Laddoo (Phulayil Phova Laddu / Chirmure Laddu)

Phulayil – puffed, phovu – poha(flattened rice) is very similar to puffed rice (churmuri/chirmuro) readily available in markets here. If this is not available, it can be easily replaced by chirmure. I prepare this specially for Janmashtami. My kids loved this while growing up. It is very simple to make and the crunchy laddus make …

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