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A Chef’s Recipe:Beetroot Halwa

    Bangalore, a city in southern India most popularly know as the Pub City is also host to a plethora of South India restaurants and eateries. The cuisine offered  can range from authentic Karnataka cuisine to even delicacies from Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad.A recent trip turned out to be a quite a delightful one indeed with the hubs and me partaking in the ever famous Hyderabadi Biryani at Nagarjunas,the finger-licking good Dosa’s and Wada Sambar at MTR, going down the foodie trail at the ever so vibrant Fraizer Town and of course bar hopping in the evenings.We stayed at The Gateway Hotel which is located in the older part of Bangalore and is still as charming as ever. Since most afternoons and evenings were spent exploring the streets of the city,our breakfast most often would be a choice from what was offered at the hotel buffet. Now you are probably wondering why one would give such importance to a hotel buffet? Well lets say his one was a quite an exceptional fare of a mix of Indian breakfast …

Happy Holi- A riot of colors & flavours

Holi– A colorful festival and a festival of colors indeed. A festival that marks the end of winter and ushers in Spring. Happy Holi everyone! Well it’s been ages since I played Holi. Perhaps the last time was when I was a teen.However we’ve  just been invited  to celebrate and play holi at a friend’s this year. Naturally I’m quite excited and hence was inspired to make something special as well. Any celebration is not complete without a delectable “something sweet” I decided to go with a family favorite-“Gajar ka Halwa” or a Carrot pudding. The recipe calls for grated carrots, milk and homemade mawa ( recipe included) to be cooked together. The carrots used for a halwa should be preferably the red variety most often found in the winter months. You could however use the orange ones if the red are un available. This halwa could be served hot or cold. It is even more decadent when served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream. Go ahead and indulge a little. INGREDIENTS: 6-8 medium carrots ( peeled and …

Sweet Filo Parcels-A Twist to the Traditional Modak

I have fond recollections of my childhood spent with my grandmother helping her prepare  Modak –A sweet dumpling either steamed or fried and filled with freshly  grated Coconut & Jaggery. This is made as an offering to Lord Ganesh while celebrating Ganesh Chathurthi. Ganesh Chathurthi– Is  a festival celebrated to mark the Birth of Lord Ganesh. In India this joyous occasion usually falls in the month of August or September. Fondly called as Ganapathi  or Ganapathi  Bappa,the elephant headed God is the epitome of Prosperity, Wisdom and Good luck. The celebrations last 10 days and with great devotion and fervor…And if you grew up in Mumbai like I did probably an emotional one too. As I write this post I can well imagine the preparations back home. Right from bringing home the Ganesh Idol, decorating him with flowers ,brightly lit lamps and fragrant incense sticks…an assortment of sweets made as offerings….And the quite hum of Ganesh chanting’s  in the background… ….To the final day that marks the end of this festival when the idols are immersed into water finally bidding adieu to Ganapati…un-till his …