My nephew is staying with us this week and is enjoying my home cooking. His mom, my sister, is an amazing cook and was influential in teaching me how to cook especially using herbs and spices. However, she is a working woman with a very active son who has something on his schedule every night of the week, so she gets home from work and has to rush off to one practice or another and doesn't have much time to spend preparing a home cooked dinner on most evening. I don't get to play mom too often and I have time during the day to prepare a meal, so I have really enjoyed making dinners for him the past few days. We've had turkey, pork chops, and enchiladas, so far, and I plan to make roasted chicken and manicotti before he goes home.
Varagu Arisi Sakkarai Pongal is a dish especially made for Pongal festival using kodo millet. Pongal is a three day long harvest festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. You can call it a thanks giving festival where people mother earth. This first day is celebrated as Bhogi festival to thank Lord Indra, Mighty Lord of rain as he helped... Read More »