Bun Halwa| Easy Bread Halwa Without Milk

My first tryst with Bun Halwa was at the iconic Gopu Iyengar’s in Madurai, a couple of years ago. It was on the ‘Specials’ list the day we visited, I was intrigued enough to order it, and I fell in love with the piping-hot dessert when it arrived. The service staff was kind enough to tell me how to go about making it, too.

I present to you today the way I prepare Bun Halwa at home, largely the way I learnt at Madurai, with a few little flourishes of my own. Let me tell you that this is one super simple dessert to make, one you can blindly trust when you have unannounced guests over and need to make a sweet treat in a jiffy. It’s a delicious, delicious way to use up those last few bakery buns or bread that have been lying around the house, threatening to go stale! 🙂

Head to my other blog to check out the recipe!

Around Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai: A Photo Story

Most everything in the town of Madurai revolves around the famous Meenakshi Amman temple.

The temple surroundings buzz with activity, frenetic with the comings and goings of locals and tourists alike. The place wears the look of a fair ground, especially so on the days of Indian festivals. Today, in my latest blog post, I present to you some sights we captured from around the famed Meenakshi Amman temple, on our camera.

Check out the post here!

Gopu Iyengar’s, Madurai: Serving Delicious For 80+ Years

While I was researching for our recent trip to Madurai, the name Gopu Iyengar’s popped up often. I read about this all-vegetarian little eatery being touted as one of the best places in Madurai for South Indian snacks, particularly the variety of dosas that they serve and their vellai appam. Of course, we had to include a visit to Gopu Iyengar’s while we were in Madurai!
 
Do check out a detailed account of our experience at this iconic eatery, just in on my photo blog.
 
 

The Other Azhagar Temple In Madurai: Koodal Azhagar Kovil 

I didn’t get a chance to visit the Azhagar Kovil, about 20 km away from Madurai, on our recent trip. I, therefore, didn’t get a chance to partake of the delicious-sounding Azhagar Kovil dosais, the prasadam

That said, we did visit the Koodal Azhagar temple, the other ‘Azhagar Kovil‘ in Madurai, and sampled the ‘dosai’ here. Check out my detailed post about the Koodal Azhagar dosai

Azhagar Kovil Dosai| Black Urad Dosa

While doing a spot of research for our recent holiday in Madurai, I came to know of these lovely-sounding black urad daal dosas being offered as prasadam at the Azhagar temple. Sadly, I didn’t get to partake of these Azhagar Kovil dosais due to paucity of time, but I did make them once I got back home! They turned out absolutely delish!

Here‘s how I made these dosas. Do check out my photo blog for the recipe! Thanks!

Travel Shot: Panneer Drakshe Aka Indian Gulabi Grapes 

Have you heard of Panneer Drakshe or the Indian Gulabi variety of grapes? My upbringing in Gujarat ensured that I had never heard of or tasted these grapes – a Tamilnadu specialty – till my mother introduced me to them, on a trip to the south. 

Our recent trips to Madurai and Kumbakonam rekindled in me my love for these grapes. 

Curious? Check out my detailed post about these gorgeous grapes, here

Thoughts After Visiting MS Subbulakshmi’s House In Madurai

In a narrow, narrow, narrow alley called Mela Anumantharaya Kovil Street in Madurai, one can find the house that the legendary South Indian singer MS Subbulakshmi once lived in. This fact isn’t known to many, not even the locals who live and work around the very house!

Thanks to a blog post by a fellow passionate travel blogger, the husband and I got to know of the house. Having grown up with the music of this legend, we were quite eager to see her house, on our recent holiday in Madurai. We did manage to visit it, too. Do check out my post about this!