Aval Vilayichathu

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Aval Vilayichathu is a popular sweet snack of Kerala, made with beaten rice, coconut and jaggery. This is one snack I used to enjoy as a kid. The recipe I am sharing is the one I noted down while my Mom was preparing it. Continue Reading »

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Feelgood Flapjacks


Flapjacks are sweet snack bars made with rolled oats, honey etc. I was looking for a recipe to use up the overripe bananas lying in the pantry. I was very pleased with the recipe as this was a healthier option to fulfil my craving for something sweet. After all, I am on a weight loss mission.
I got the recipe from BBC Good Food.

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Feelgood Flapjacks
Source: BBC Good food 


Butter- 50 gms plus a little extra for greasing
Smooth peanut butter- 2 tablespoons (I used Homemade Peanut Butter)
Honey or maple syrup- 3 tablespoons (you can add more if you want it more sweet)
Hot water- 100 ml
Ripe bananas- 2
Apple- 1
Rolled oats- 250 gms
Chopped apricots- 85 gms (I used chopped cashew nuts and dates)
Raisins- 100 gms
Mixed seeds- 85 gms (I used melon seeds)


Preheat oven to 160C. Grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment.
Peel and grate the apple. Mash the bananas. Keep both aside.
Heat the butter, peanut butter and honey or maple syrup in a small pan until melted. Add the mashed banana, apple and water, and mix to combine.
Take a large bowl and tip the oats, the dried fruit and the seeds into it. Pour in the combined banana and apple and stir until everything is coated by the wet mixture. Tip into the cake tin and level the surface.
Bake for 55 mins until golden. Leave to cool in the tin.
Cut into 12 pieces (while warm) to serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep for up to 3 days.


I had never heard of Watalappan till today morning. I happened to see a picture of this dessert in a food group. Intrigued by the picture, I did a bit of research and found that this coconut-custard dessert is popular in Sri Lanka but is believed to be Malay in origin. The texture is pretty much similar to that of Caramel Custard. D absolutely loved it. As I am on a diet, I helped myself with a small spoonful. I must admit, I was very much tempted to have more, but held back. Continue Reading »

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Dal Bukhara

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