Murukku (Mullu Murukku)

Murukku is a famous traditional snack made in India and Sri Lanka for special occasions as well as just for evening tea.  At my home when I was a kid, Murukku is always made for the Tamil New Year along with other sweets and snacks.  There are many variety of Murukkus.  Here I made the…

Sweet and Spiced Almonds

I love almonds especially when roasted.  Instead of spending a lot of money, I thought of making my own spiced almonds.  They are expensive.  Since this is the first time, I thought of going a bit easy on the spice side.  Just cinnamon to give a nice flavor.  Since this came out so good, I…

Garlicky Mushroom Bruschetta

I have been wanting to make this dish for a while.  Finally I got the dried porcini mushroom which gives a great flavor to the bruschetta.  If you are in a hurry, this is one of those dishes that can be done within 10 minutes.  To save time, you can buy the sliced porabella mushroom….

Almond Coated Jam Cookies

Ingredients: 4 oz butter 3 oz castor sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 oz self rising flour Almond meal for coating Raspberry preserves Method: Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter and set aside In a bowl beat sugar and butter together.  Then beat in the egg and vanilla…

Coconut Crusted Bottle Gourd Strips with Chili Sauce

One of my friend gave me this vegetable from his garden and I am trying to figure out the exact name of this vegetable.  After reading online and looking at google images, I am pretty sure this one is the same as bottle gourd.  The biggest challenge for me is to carry it from my…

Sundal (Chick Peas with Onions and Coconut Pieces)

With Navarathri coming, I thought of making some of the traditional dishes for the pooja.  So I made one dish each day for the last 3 days of Saraswathi Puja.  On the first day, I made this Sundal.  I also made some Aval, Kolukattai and sweet pongal.  Normally at my home, my mother makes all…

Mixed Nuts & Herb Swirl

Ingredients: 1 17.3 oz. Package Puff Pastry sheets (2 sheets – Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets) 1 egg lightly beaten ¼ cup walnuts ¼ cup blanched/slivered almonds (almonds should not have any skin) ¼ cup Cashew nuts 4 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese ¼ teaspoon dried thyme ¼ teaspoon dried tarragon ½ teaspoon…