festive food

Sweet macaroni recipe – Easy indian style pasta recipes

A few days back, a mini concert was arranged in my son’s music class. We also decided to have a potluck dinner after the programme. When we were discussing the menu for the dinner, someone suggested her friend to make sweet macaroni. I was really intrugued by the name as I had had only savoury pasta recipes till now. I have heard of pasta payasam before but this one sounded different. I was really looking forward for having it during the function. It was something really delicious and tasted very much like ada pradhaman. Infact many people thought it was…

 

Arisi thengai payasam recipe – rice coconut payasam – easy Indian dessert recipes

When I had posted the instant rice flour vadais, I had mentioned that I had made a payasam during the tamil new year. I thought of posting about it today.This kind of payasam with coconut was not made at my place as far as I remember. But I once had this at my friend place during some occasion a couple of years ago. It was simply awesome. But after that I never thought of trying it at home nor I got a chance of having it again. But I was looking for some payasam recipe which I have never tried…

 

Instant rice flour vadais – Indian deep fried snacks

I made them during the tamil new year this year.I usually dont cook a elaborate meal nowdays. But the festivals are something special and serves as an perfect excuse to serve a grand meal. However due to the lack of time in my everyday schedule, I was not prepared to cook anything elaborate. So I had not soaked lentils to make the authentic medhu vadai. But I worked really fast that day and found ample time to make some payasam ( recipe of which I will be posting later) and instant vadais. I found the recipe for the vadaishere. It…

 

Dates sago pudding recipe – easy no sugar dessert recipes

Dates has always been my favourite ingredient in my cooking. When we buy dates, my hubby will buy it with the idea of feeding the kids regularly, while I will be thinking of how I will be using it in my cooking. I have several recipes with dates in my blog. Dates cake, the eggless one is a popular one at my place. I have made it number of time for get togethers and has always been a hit.Then I learned to use it as a sweetener in beetroot halwa, the taste of which was simply divine. I had in…

 

Pineapple halwa – easy Indian sweet recipes

I have always loved pineapples and love to use them in my cooking or baking. I have made pineapple kesari with semolina a couple of times before. But I wanted to try a dessert just with pineapple. I found a number of recipes in the net. But I made a very simple one. But I have given a few different options in the notes below. I made this as prasadam during one of the days of navaratri. I made it quite late in the evening, and so the poor quality of the hurriedly taken images. I will try to update…

 

Easy Gulab Jamun recipe – Diwali sweet recipes

I had never been lucky with making gulab jamuns. I have seen my friends and relatives making the perfect jamuns and always looked and tasted their jamuns with awe I have used the readymade packets a couple of times. But either taste or texture was okay or neither of them. So once I even made jamuns with freshly made khoya in which the center remained uncooked and thus the sugar syrup had not reached the center. When I made khoya with evaporated milk this time, I was wondering how to use the khoya in a good way and began hunting…

 

Microwave mysorepak recipe – Easy sweet recipes – Diwali sweets

The mysorepak is a classic Indian dessert the preperation of which is believed to be the most difficult. I mean it takes guts and have to be made under the guidance of a expert. I have tried the traditional way of making this sweet and have posted it here. It was kind of okay when I made this for the first time, but was slightly crumbly. Then came the soft mysorepak-Krishna sweets kind of recipe which became a rage and was tried by several bloggers. I tried it too and it came out wonderfully. I made it many times and…

 

Rava appam recipe – Rava appalu – Easy indian sweet recipes for Navaratri

I had had this sweets a couple of months ago at a friends place during a prayer. She is from Andhra and this sweet is traditionally made at her place. I liked the idea of this recipe. Its very similar to the soji appam we make in Tamilnadu except that we stuff the kesari in a dough and fry it. I will post it sometime. I actually made this few days ago and decided to post it before navaratri. In Tamil nadu, we usually invite the ladies in the neighbourhood to our homes and vice versa during navaratri. In some…

 

Sweet ragi appam recipe – Ragi paniyaram – Prasadam for Ganesh chathurthi

“A very happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all the readers of Creative Saga. ” I was thinking of posting this one atleast a few days before the Ganesh Chaturthi , but other priorities kept me away from blogging. But anyway with so many festivals approaching, you can try this one sometime.I actually made them during Janmashtami. Alternatively, you can also make them for your breakfast or your evening time snack. Its quite healthy and so you can make them once in a while for your kids too as they are really delicious!! I have used just some sprouted ragi flour without…

 

Tamil new year/chithirai vishu recipes – Menu ideas for tamil new year/chitra vishu

Chithirai vishu or tamil new year is on 14th of april. I have compiled a few recipes whch you can try making on that day. Usually, at my place , also because its not a holiday, I don’t make an elaborate lunch. I usually make a rice variety with some sweet. So you can plan your menu according to the availability of time and the consumption. Simple tamil lunch idea- Click on this link for a simple lunch idea which you can make on the chitra vishu day. Also see a small description of chithirai vishu. You can also make…