Cardamom Rose Milk - Mirch Masala

Happy Diwali to all of Mirch Masala’s readers who celebrate this festival of lights. Diwali, as you may have read in previous posts, has a very special place in me and there are so many fond memories associated with this as with any other festivals. Here in Seattle, thousands of miles away from family, we try to recreate as much of what we can of this festival, to still feel warm and happy. We still miss our family back home very much.

I have especially been trying to make sure we do not missing out on any festivals, especially for V’s sake. I want him to grow up seeing all this as a part of his day to day life. How much of that he will take forward in his life is up to him.

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Dates and Nuts Laddoo - Diwali recipe - Mirch Masala

These probably are some of the worst pictures I have taken so far. I used to get nice shots near this window which has translucent blinds on it. But lately, a couple of pictures I have taken there have distinct weird shadows and over exposed portions to it. I am definitely missing something here and doing something terribly wrong. I need to figure out and fix it.

Ok, that rant is over.

A last laddoo post for this diwali before Diwali sets in on Thursday. Parts of the world are already celebrating Diwali on Wednesday but I fall under the category of those who are celebrating it on Thursday because I thought it was Thursday and have planned my Diwali party around it. So, there you go!

Happy Diwali for all those who celebrate this festival of lights. May the warmth surround you and protect you from all evil and guide you to your destinations. Read More

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Pumpkin Hummus | A Fall Recipe

October 19, 2014
Pumpkin Hummus - Fall Thanksgiving Recipe - Vegan, Vegetarian - Mirch Masala

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love summer too. Now that I think of it, I don’t mind winter all that much. Actually, that is not entirely true. I only love the holidays and the snow in winter. And here in Seattle, winter does not always mean snow. Spring is ok. It takes […]

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Peanut Butter, Banana and Oat Milk Smoothie | Little People Food

October 17, 2014
Peanut Butter, Banana and Oat Milk Smoothie - Little People Food - Mirch Masala - Vegan Vegetarian Gluten Free

Let us take a break from all that Diwali action that is happening there and go back to regularly scheduled everyday meals program. I have been so immersed in making all the goodies for Diwali that I have been having a mind block to cook normal regular food – dinners, breakfasts and what not. I […]

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Okkarai ~ Roasted Chana Dal with Jaggery and Coconut |A Diwali Recipe

October 16, 2014
Okkarai - Roasted Chana Dal with Jaggery and Coconut - Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

Nothing screams Diwali in a TamBrahm household like Okkarai. It is one of those things that you make only for this one holiday and that’s it. No other time of the year! Maybe, that is why it feels so special. Diwali mornings are all about getting up early, way early. Hours before the crack of […]

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Aval Laddoo / Poha Laddoo with Coconut ~ Beaten Rice and Coconut Balls

October 14, 2014
Aval Laddoo Poha Laddoo with Coconut Diwali Recipe Mirch Masala

Don’t worry if you have not heard of a laddoo / laddu made with Aval or Poha. I had not heard of it either, till I made this one. I was looking around all the South Indian cookbooks I have for any new Diwali recipes that I can try for this year and accidentally came […]

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Kara Sev – Fried Spiced Chickpea Flour Sticks | A Diwali Recipe

October 13, 2014
Kara Sev - A Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

What I like about Diwali is not just all the sweet goodies that gets made, but also the addition of savory snacks that somehow makes eating all of that sweetness a little bit more bearable. Have a couple of laddoos or burfis and switch to a handful of murukku or sev and keep switching. Rest […]

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cardamom Spiced Honey Apple Compote

October 12, 2014
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Cardamom Spiced Honey Apple Compote - Mirch Masala

This is just gonna be one of those blog posts with not much writing from my end. I make pancakes for V’s breakfast, at least a couple of times a week and once I had some applesauce that was about to near its expiry date and wanted to finish it. So, I added that and […]

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Maaladdu / Maladu / Pottukadalai Ladoo ~ Roasted Gram Dal Balls | A Diwali Recipe

October 9, 2014
Maaladdu Maladu Maa Laddo Pottukadalai Laddoo - Diwali Recipe - Mirch Masala

Maaladdu or maalaadoo or maladu or pottukadalai laddoo is one of the easiest no cook recipes for Indian sweets, out there! Growing up, this was made for any and every occasion and in spite of that it remained all our favorite laddoo ever. It still it. My paatti and her sister were known in the […]

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds

October 8, 2014
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Almonds - Thanksgiving Side - Vegetarian, Vegan -  Mirch Masala

I never knew what the big deal about Brussels Sprouts was. Not the part about it being a great vegetable, but the part about everyone hating it! I admit, I was never given this vegetable as a kid. It was not available where I grew up. So, I thought, maybe it is one of those […]

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