Nirmala August 21, 2017

1. Murukku :

Murukku savory crunchy twists made from rice and urad dal flour. Murukku is a verb in Tamil language means twisted.Manaparai Murukku – The town Manapparai in Tamil Nadu is particularly known for its tastier murukkus. Murukku is made in many varieties as a traditional treat for festivals such as Diwali and Krishna Janmashtami. Tamil nadu government applied for geographical indication tag for Manapparai Murukku along with Thanjavur veena and Madurai malli (jasmine). Kai Murukku are often served on special occasions within Iyer (Tamil Brahmin) families. Murukku is famous not only in Tamil nadu and Indian subcontinent but also in other Tamil diaspora like Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. Its Malay name is rotan gulung goreng, although even in that language it is far better known as murukku.

2. Jaggery :

Jaggery is a traditional uncentrifuged sugar consumed in Asia and Africa. It is a concentrated product of date, cane juice, or palm sap (see palm sugar) without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color. It contains up to 50% sucrose, up to 20% invert sugars, and up to 20% moisture, with the remainder made up of other insoluble matter, such as wood ash, proteins, and bagasse fibers. Jaggery is mixed with other ingredients, such as peanuts, condensed milk, coconut, and white sugar, to produce several locally marketed and consumed delicacies.

3. Ghanthia :

I like gathiya or gathia/ghatia/ghatiya whatever we might call it then normal sev or ompodi. In gathiya we use lots of pepper and carom seeds unlike in sev where red chilli powder is used. Gathia can be confused with kara sev but both differ in taste and texture. Gathiya has puffy texture, light weighted and soft to bite compare to Sev (Kara Sev). It is also mild in taste and flavor which makes it quite addictive. I actually like more of lamba gathiya or its also called pata or fafda gathia but for that we need papad khar which I dont have with me.

4. Pooda :

Hope you are having a blessed day and wish you a fantastic year ahead! This week s recipe is for Fenugreek Pancakes, Gujarati style.In Gujarat, they are also known as Methi ni Bhaaji na Pooda and they taste absolutely delicious! Methi ni bhaaji means fenugreek and pooda means pancakes. I remember eating them for as long as I have been around from my childhood days in Zambia all the way right up to the present day and they have never failed to disappoint.

5. Dhebra :

Dhebra is a Gujarati food item made of pearl millet flour.To create dhebra, sufficient water and salt is mixed in millet flour to make a dough. The resulting dough balls are then flattened on a chakla to a round shape using a belan (rolling pin). Then, both sides of the dhebra are streamed with vegetable oil on a tava, until small brown spots appear.This is a plain dhebra, made of millet flour (bajra atta). Because it is the simplest dhebra to make, it is the most commonly consumed in India. Another variety is the methi dhebra, in which methi (fenugreek) is added as flavour.

6. Khakhra :

Originating from the state of Gujarat, as part of Gujarati cuisine in India, Khakharas are thin crackers made from mat bean and wheat flour and oil. It is served usually during breakfast. khakhras are uniquely hand-made and roasted to provide a delicious, crunchy and healthy snack enjoyed with a selection of pickles and chutneys.

7. Adadiya :

Adadiya is famous Gujarati Winter special sweet. Adadiya is traditional Katchi and Kathiyawadi sweet. There are many ingredients in Adadiya which helps to keep body warm during winter.