South Indian stuffed sweet turnovers, similar to Surat Ghari. Though is called Chandrakala (Crescent Moon shape) in Southern parts, its nothing but the Ghari which we get in Western parts of India. Very famous in Surat, Gujarat and hence, its also known as Surati Ghari. Each region has it own unique stuffing and decorations, but most common form is sweetened khoa with nuts and raisins. Here is my version of typical South Indian style Chandrakala.
Nan Khatai is an Indian style short bread cookie made with clarified butter, flour and chopped nuts. They are similar to butter biscuits but with added flavouring agents.
Easy and quick dessert, which can be fixed in minutes to satisfy a large crowd. This item would be an easy pick for parties and other special occasions.
Crunchy rice and lentil based savoury snack from Tamil Nadu.
Thattai – Tamil
Chekkalu – Telugu
Nippattu – Kannada
Famous sweet dish from Karnataka, made with Gram Flour (Chickpea Flour / Kadhalai Maavu / Besan) and sugar, mixed with generous amount of ghee, to make it, the most craved dessert item of South India. Quality ingredients, measures and method are very important to prepare this, every step counts, light change in any of the above might end up turning into a thick stone. Actually there are 2 different versions, the soft way (like the famous Sri Krishna Sweets Mysore Pak) and the crumb-lee version (slightly thick with crumblier texture on the top, like how, street side sweet walas make). Here, I've attempted typical home style soft version, though, not great looking, turned out with a decent taste and texture.
Mohanthal is a popular Gujarathi sweet made with Besan(Gram flour). Many call it Besan burfi, only professional La las(sweet makers) call it by that name. This burfi is made during special occasions and festivals.
Grated carrot cooked in milk and sugar makes this scrumptious halwa, a recipe passed on to me by my mom.
Very simple mutton dish from my home town.
South Indian tea time snack.
Simple and easy to make cashew sweet, one of the popular dessert item made during festivals, mainly Diwali. Here is a simplified version of it from my kitchen.