Category: Sweets

Nel pori

Aval pori and Nel pori are the two main recipes that we make for Karthigai Deepam. Though I eat this every year, this is the first time I made on my own. And I found that this is one of the easiest recipes. Some make balls out of it. INGREDIENTS Nel pori – 3 glasses Jaggery – 1/2 glass Finely chopped...

Neyyappam/Unni appam

Neyyappam is the traditional sweet recipe in Kerala and Tamilnadu made of rice flour and jaggery. It is also called as rice pancakes. Neyyappam is mainly made on Aavini avittam and Karthigai Deepam. It can be stored in an air tight container for about a week. You can make it in traditional bronze appa kaaral or in non-stick. it is similar...

Badham Halwa

Badham Halwa is a rich dessert that does not require too much of ingredits. Also the method of preparing it is very easy. But a lot of patience is required to peel off the skin. Since I soaked the alomonds only for two hours, it took me an hour to peel them off. When I told my mom, she said...

Gajrela

Gajrela is a popular Punjabi dessert which is also called as Ghajar ka Halwa. It is a rich Indian dessert made with fresh carrots, milk, butter, sugar and nuts.  When I visited my sister’s place once, my brother in law made this sweet and it was mouthwatering. From then on, I wished to make this at home but I didnot....

Modhagam

Modhagam is a popular sweet made with rice flour , coconut and jaggery. It is made mainly on Vinayakar Chathurthi as a neiveydhyam to Lord Ganesha.  If the dough is left over, it can be used to make ammini kozhukkattai. If the stuffing is left over it can be eaten as it is.  There are three main steps in making...

Ellu Chiguli

‘Open Sesame’ is a famous phrase in the movie Alibaba and forty thieves. Yes!! It bursts open when it attains maturity. They are available in two colours -white and black. In Hindu mythology, the black seeds represent Lord Sani(Saturn). They are rich in iron, magnesium and has anti-cancer properties.  Adding jaggery to it makes it more rich in iron. They are...

Thengai pooranam

Thengai pooranam is a mixture of coconut with the jaggery syrup. This is the first time I made thengai pooranam. I learnt this from my paati (Dad’s mom). Amma and paati makes pooranam as a stuffing for modhagam. This is one of my favourite sweets(Of course whatever that is made out of jaggery :P). Whenever they make this, I thought...

Vella Cheedai

Vella cheedai is a snack that is prepared for Gokulashtami.   My amma and paati have told me that it is always challenging to make vella seedai. Because either it will become hard or it will dissolve in oil.  This is the first time I made this recipe and by luck I got it good. Hope you too will make this recipe...

Rava Kesari (Sooji halwa)

        Rava Kesari is one of the common sweets made in my home in regular intervals.  Mostly my mom makes this on Sunday evenings with hot pakoda and coffee.  Also this is made as a neiveydyam  when we are bored of making payasam. This is the all time favourite sweet for me and my second uncle. This...

Thatta payaru sundal

Thatta payaru sundal is made on the festival days. It is an easy and simple recipe. Especially this is made for thai poosam along with the paanagam. INGREDIENTS Thatta payaru (Cow peas)- 1 cup Jaggery – 11/4 cup Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup Cardomom powder – A pinch Ghee – 2 tbsp Soak the Cowpea in water for 6-8 hours/overnight. Drain...

Vella Aval

Vella aval is one of the common sweet that amma makes at home for aadi velli and thai velli. It is made on these days as a neiveydhyam and offered to God.  I learnt this recipe from her and found it very easy.  It is a simple, quick, easy recipe that can be made in a jiffy. INGREDIENTS Aval/Poha –...

Vanilla Pudding

China grass is the name used for Agar-agar in India. It is a gelatinous substance obtained from algae. Usually we use in labs as a medium to grow bacteria and to check their motility and mobility. Apart from this it is also used in cooking. It is a natural vegetable gelatin counterpart. they are available as white and translucent or...

Sweet Ragi Koozh (Finger millet )

Ragi is the common name for Finger – millet in South India. This is one of the most nutritious food and can easily be digested. They are rich in proteins, calcium, iron. It helps to keep the body cool.  It is not season bound and  cultivated throughout the year. The grain cannot be polished due to its teeny-weeny size.So they retain...

Pista burfi

Pista burfi is basically maida (All purpose flour) cake since it is a main ingredient for this recipe. It is an easy and quick to make sweet for the beginners. INGREDIENTS All purpose flour – 1 cup Sugar – 2 cups Water – 3/4 cup Ghee – 4 tbsp Pista syrup – 3 drops Tuti-fruti – few In a shallow...

Choco fudge

Choco fudge is an easy and simple recipe that you can make in a jiffy. i am fond of chocolates and want to try something with the choco powder. So I tried making this and it was loved by all. Chocolate lovers like me would forget themselves after they start chewing this  sweet. It is very tasty, soft and yummy!!!!...

Apple jalebi/ Apple fritters

Apple jalebi is the new version of normal jalebis. For my grany’s birthday, I want to try something new. Always I am fond of jalebis than jaangiris. So, I was about to make that. But my dad bought a lot of apples. And I said everybody that I am going to make jalebis with apple. Everyone was scared to taste...

Oats porridge

     Oat meal or oat bran are rich source of fibres. They help in reducing bad cholesterol(LDL) without reducing the good cholesterol(HDL). Oats like other grains and vegetables are rich in phytochemicals and fight against carcinogens. Daily serving of whole oats will lowers hypertension and helps in reducing weight.  Due to the presence of well balanced proteins,  they help...

Kaju balls

         Kaju balls/ Kaju katli is made from cashews, sugar, ghee.  It differs from kaju burfi in two ways. Kaju burfi contains milk powder or milk but kaju katli is made without milk. Also the shelf life of kaju katli is more than that of the burfi. My mom makes this in a different way. She soaks...

Tofu delight

        Tofu, also called bean curd, is a food made by coagulating soy milk,and then pressing the resulting curds into soft white blocks.It is also called as Soy paneer. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory...

Banana Choco Pudding

I wanted to make something new and landed up with this new recipe. I love bananas so I used them as a prime ingredient. This is an easy and simple sweet that can be made in 30 minutes. INGREDIENTS Bananas – 5 Nos Sugar – 1/2 cup Milk powder – 4 tbsp Cocoa powder – 2 tsp Cashews and Almonds...

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