Hello and Happy New Year! Hope all of you had a good holiday season and managed to stay safe and healthy. I apologize for going off the radar. Thanks to all who wrote in to check on me. I felt jaded and over-whelmed and so I took a break from social media and bloggin to reset. The break did me good and so here I am! 🙂

I was MIA here but I continued to cook with great gusto. I picked up a fiery Gobi 65 recipe from an old magazine. A neighbor spilled the beans on an easy-peasy pasta recipe, perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. An aunt taught me how to make Pavakkai- Ellu Kari, a simple yet tasty side-dish made out of bitter gourd.

I spent a significant amount of time learning (from my mother, aunts and friends) and making a variety of traditional sweets and savories like Ribbon Pakoda, Kai Murukku, Cheedai, Therattipal, Badusha, Maa Laadu, Karthi Pori, Kajjikaya and more.

We ran out of home-made pickles and so I valiantly tried my hands at making Avakkai (South-Indian mango pickle) from off-season raw mangoes. It wasn’t nearly as good as my MIL’S but a good stand-in nevertheless until the next batch arrives.

I had to connect the dots from my 80 year old aunt’s hand written notes for a hearty Tofu- Burger that the kids loved! Yet another thing that the kids and adults alike loved was cousin Archana’s crispy and super addictive roasted broccoli. Also got the scoop on her fun and fabulous cheese platters!

My gal Architha upped my holiday spirit with her Gin and Elderflower tonic (hooked for life!) and let me in on her magic masala cubes that helps her put up tasty curries in a matter of minutes.

We luxuriated in a decadent Ashoka halwa made by an aunt that I cannot wait to make myself!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my friend Malathy’s gob-smacking vegan Walnut-Goji Berry Chocolate fudge. Pretty as a picture and oh, so irrestible! Find the recipe here – https://healthy-indian.com/recipes/vegan-walnut-goji-berry-fudge/

Last but not the least, my dear friend Anupama amongst other things treated us to an ambrosial Eggless Rose Tres Leches cake that took us straight to heaven. Mmmmm!

I hope to write at length about these dishes and more in the coming days but First Kaapi…Always!!

Have a wonderful 2021!

Pic Courtesy – culturetrip.com

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