Diwali Recipes

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Dates Halwa Recipe - Dates Recipes

Dates halwa is my first Diwali Sweet recipe I have prepared for this year at home. Yes, Diwali has started for us with Dates Halwa. The taste is yummy. It is a super hit in my home. Hubby, kid, mom, dad and sister loved it so much. It is getting over soon. I thought of taking pictures tomorrow once my kid goes to school. Seeing everyone's love for this Dates Halwa, I have decided to do it today itself and post it today. So, Dates Halwa is the newcomer in this blog for this year Diwali.

Dates Halwa is the second recipe of dates which I have tried having Dates as main ingredient. I used to frequently make dates milkshake whenever Dates is available more in stock. As Diwali is nearing this time, I want to make a sweet recipe with Dates.

Dates Halwa Recipe

I felt Dates halwa is very easy halwa recipe. But what really you require for making halwa is your time. You have to stand and stir once you switch on the stove. But this dates halwa takes only 20-30 minutes. So, it is not a big deal I guess. It is absolutely worth the time when you see the kids enjoying it. Okay. Now let us see how to make dates halwa at home.

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe - How to make Sweetened condensed milk at home

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk is one of the ingredients which can be eaten as such. It tastes yummy. It is definitely a quick sweet item when your kid asks for something sweet. I remember skipping many recipes since the recipe asked for condensed milk. It is not available in our nearby super market. I forget to buy even when we go to some other super markets.

One day I wanted to try a recipe for ice cream. But condensed milk was there in the ingredient list. I thought of skipping it. But I wanted to find out how to make sweetened condensed milk at home.
Finally, I found out that sweetened condensed milk recipe is quite simple and  can be made in a jiffy.

Homemade condensed Milk

Moreover, it saves your money a lot when you make at home. Hmmm.. I prepared sweetened condensed milk at home for making ice cream. But me and my kid finished it up as soon as I prepared. The taste is awesome and yummy. You cannot save it for later unless you prepare in large quantity. So, beware and prepare large quantity if you have plans to try some recipes using sweetened condensed milk.

Now, let us see how to make sweetened condensed milk at home.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Itchy Eyes Home Remedies - Home Remedies for Irritated Eyes

Home Remedies for itchy and irritated eyes shared here are easy and very effective in treating the eye problems like itching and irritating. Even swollen, tearing, painful, red and burning eyes can be treated by following these simple home remedies.

Eyes are beautiful and precious. They can speak thousands of words silently and express your feelings apparently. Instead of using chemical drops, protect your eyes with simple and easy home remedies in case of minor irritations and itchiness.

Common Causes for irritating, Red, Swollen, Burning and itchy eyes:

There could be several factors which causes eye irritation and itchiness. But the top 5 common causes are listed below.

1. Stress given to eyes due to excessive reading books, watching tv, seeing monitors of computers and mobiles for prolonged hours, and so on.
2. Common cold and fever can cause irritating and itchy eyes.
3. Mild Allergy and pollution
4. Lack of sleep
5. Overall tiredness

If the severity is high and if you think that there could be any severe medical reason behind the itchiness, please consult a doctor.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Avial Recipe - How To Make Avial - Tamil Nadu style

Avial recipe is one of the easiest recipe than we could think of. Avial is basically prepared by a mix of different vegetables. Amma always says that at least it is good to use 5 different vegetables to make avial. Sambar and Avial are prepared on the day of Pongal without fail in almost all houses. I have given Avial recipe what we follow in our region. I am sure that different recipes are followed in different regions. But the avial recipe I have given here is quite easy and can make a tasty avail for sure.

Raw Banana(Vazhakkai), Potato, Carrot are mandatory vegetables to get a tasty avial.


We make sundakkari the next day of Pongal. Amma mixes left over sambar and avial. She boils them in low flame till both of them blends nicely and reduce in quantity(sunda vanthanum. Thats why we call it as sundakkari). Hmmmm... Yummmmyyyy.. I am a very very big fan of sundakkari. It tastes heavenly with rice mixed with curd and dosa.

How to make avial

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Lemon Rice Recipe - How To Make Lemon Rice - Easy Lemon Rice Recipe

Lemon rice recipe is one of the inevitable easy recipes you must know. We call it as Lemon Satham(Lemon Sadam), Elumichai Satham in Tamil. It is called as Nimbu Rice in Hindi I believe. Even though I like to spend time to try new dishes, there are some days when I really want a break either because of laziness or tiredness. I have ready stock of puliyodharai(Tamarind rice) mix and Lemon Rice powder. But they comfortably stay for a long time in my shelf as I just keep it in case of worst case. Can the lemon rice powder mix beat lemon rice made from fresh lemon juice? Definitely not. They are helpful when you in hurry but when you have a few more seconds to spend and a piece of lemon in hand, just squeeze it and make the lemon rice from the fresh lemon juice. It is so flavorful and tasty.

My hubby does not prefer variety rices initially. Now he is not saying no and he loves it. Yes, if you cook in the right way, variety rices are tastier than normal rice and kulambu combos. The best part is the time you save. Also, variety rices are perfect for lunch boxes. They will not become like cakes how normal kulambu rice becomes in the afternoon. When we pack kulambu rice, we have to pack kulambu and rice separately. Otherwise, they become like a cake(Thats how my hubby calls) in the afternoon.

Lemon Rice

Now, let us see how to make lemon rice - Easy Lemon Rice Recipe.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

How To Remove Warts Naturally - Home Remedies For Warts

Paalunni(in Tamil) is called as Warts. I have never ever thought of researching about warts before I got them in my neck. I got two in my neck and I have ignored it as they were not painful.

I had to attend my close relative's wedding and had to wear neck pieces most of the time. One of the warts got hurt badly and started paining. I ignored it and thought I might have scratched it with nails. When I looked in the mirror, it became like a small balloon sadly :(

I was worried about it and my hubby asked me to check for natural remedies for warts removal. I asked my mom to check with old granny. She told me that it will fall off naturally in sometime. But when? That was my question since I already had pain in the wart.

Initially it was like a small black seed. It became like a small ball somehow. It was painful and I think it might be because of scratches.

My mom clearly told me that it will get spread if we scratch it or cut it. So, I did not touch it after that.

I searched for home remedies for warts removal. There are so many sources with different remedies available. I went through each and everything. I have dropped many remedies as it is out of my reach. I do not want them to give a try. Some of them are like using some acids. So, I was looking for only easy home remedies to remove warts.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Maa Laddu - Pottukadalai Laddu(Porikadalai Laddu) Recipe - Easy Diwali Sweets

Pottukadalai Laddu(Maa Laddu) is one of the easy diwali sweet recipes. Not only for diwali, it is prepared for krishna jeyanthi and other festival occasions too. People call it differently in different regions. Maa Laddu is called as Pottukadalai laddu, pottukadalai urundai, nei urundai, porikadalai laddu, nei vilanga and so on. We call it as Nei vilanga in Tirunelveli. I am sure that it will have many names even inside Tirunelveli.

I like maa laddu so much and no need to mention about kids. It is very easy to prepare and it is tasty too. This is a very popular sweet recipe which can be made in all occasions.

Pottukadalai Ladoo

Storage suggestion:

You can store pottukadalai ladoo in an air tight container and keep it for even 2 weeks. It will stay even more than 2 weeks but it will slowly lose the taste as time goes on.

Maa Laddu

Maa Laddu - Pottukadalai Laddu(Porikadalai Laddu) Recipe - Easy Diwali Sweets:

Maa Laddu - Pottukadalai Laddu(Porikadalai Laddu) Recipe

Cooking Time:  10 mins    |  Makes: 12 approx
Recipe Category : Sweets


  • Pottukadalai(Porikadalai/Fried Gram) - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup(3/4 cup for more sweetness)
  • Ghee - 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom(Elachi) - 1(optional)
  • Cashews - 6-10 split(optional)


1. Dry roast pottukadalai(Fried gram or porikadalai) in a pan till nice aroma comes. It will not take more time. Switch off immediately once you get the aroma. Take care not to burn them. Keep it aside and let it cool. Grind pottukadalai(fried gram), cardamom(elachi) and sugar in a mixie and make a fine powder. Sieve the mixture if the mixture is not ground properly to a fine powder. If you have the fine powder, you do not need to sieve it. Keep the mixture in a wide bowl or a plate and keep it ready.

Maa Laddu recipe

2. Heat a pan and add a tsp of ghee. Fry broken cashews till they turn to golden brown color and add it to the prepared mixture. Add remaining ghee in the pan and heat it. Once the ghee is completely melted and hot, add it to the bowl immediately. Mix well with a laddle. Once it is warm, start making laddus. Take your time to make firm laddus. Otherwise they will break easily.

how to make Maa Laddu

3. Maa Laddu/Pottukadalai Laddu is ready. Store the laddu in an air tight container.

Porikadalai laddu


1. You can use dalda/vansapathi and ghee in the ratio of 1:3. The more you add ghee, the taste will be more.

2. You can use moong dal powder instead of fried gram and follow the same way. It is famous in North India. Both of them are healthy options for kids.

3. Grind the dal in rice mill if you are making a large batch to make it easier.

4. Take your own time to make the balls. If you do not make the laddu properly, they will break easily.

5. Use only melted hot ghee for preparing laddus. Otherwise maa laddu will break easily.

6. If you feel that ghee is not enough, heat more ghee again and use it. Or you can heat 1/3 cup ghee and add little by little so that you do not need to worry about quantity.

7. In case ghee is so much and you cannot make laddu, grind required fried gram(pottukadalai) to fine powder and add it.
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