The most popular south indian festival sweet is Kesari bath or sooji halwa. This dessert is perfect for festival days or just to quench the sweet cravings! With the touch of cardamom and natural color and cooling effect from the saffron makes it more festive and delicious sweet.It is common to relish kesari bath with khara bath/uppittu , popularly called chow-chow bath. This combination dish can be prepared in 30 minutes( yes , both sweet and khara), good for sudden unexpected guests. You can put the kesari bath on a greased plate and spread it and cut into desired shapes, it will be semolina cake, best for the parties and get together.
Ragi rotti is one of my favorite breakfast.It is healthy millet recipe. Ragi Rotti extremely popular breakfast in Karnataka. Ragi is rich in calcium, iron and fiber. It also contains phytochemicals, which aids in slowing down the digestion process. Ragi's high levels of niacin help in increasing HDL cholesterol while lowering Triglycerides. For this you can add any vegetables like zucchini, daikon, bottle gourd, and greens like methi leaves or dill.
Poori is one of the most popular fried bread in India. Poori is made of wheat or maida/all purpose flour. Everyone irrespective of the age loves it. Now a days many of us are looking for a gluten free poori recipe, here is the interesting gluten free poori using rice flour. Along with rice flour we are adding some flavors like onion, jeera and some coconut. You can enjoy the poori with coconut chutney.
For the vegan option instead of ghee, heat the required amount of oil and add it to the flour.
10 to 13 years back we had this group called Makkala Balaga, small group of my close friends – 5 to 6 moms and our kids. The purpose of this group was to teach our kids to read and write Kannada and teach them Shlokas. We were all committed to this Friday evening meeting, kids used to eagerly wait for Friday meeting since they got to play together after the class. After the meeting, we used to sit around and drink a nice, hot cup of coffee together. Occasionally there used to be a snack to go with it. We used to chat, laugh… unforgettable days! Thanks to these meetings, my son speak, read, and write Kannada.
We used to celebrate festivals together too, preparing the food according the festival we were celebrating :) mmm.. I’m getting hungry just thinking about the yummy foods. Everyone was a great cook. I remember for one of the DeepavaLi get-together, Bharati prepared this one dish, I don’t know the name of it, but in our home kids call this Indian Pumpkin Pie. We loved it so much on that Deepavali day, it has become a regular “Pie” in our home.