Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dessert. Show all posts

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


Paruppu Kanji  is some what like the Paruppu Pradhaman but not exactly the s the pradhaman as certain rich ingredients are not included in the kanji.  During my childhood, my  grandmother used to give this kanji for breakfast.
I used to love this kanji and when I started making it, I used to add little bit of dalia i.e. cracked wheat or lapsi you can call it.  Normally, coconut milk is used as we are using jaggery.  If we use the normal milk,  sometimes, it will curdle hence the milk is added just before serving.   My grandma used to add milk  while serving, after preparing the kanji so that it cools down bit and the milk will  not curdle.

 The Paruppu Kanji along with sweet dosa i.e. vella dosa  provides the staying power of protein as well as a bit of sugar for energy for keeping up the spirited chanting of bhajans. 
It is a traditional offering for Sivarathri festival which falls during the  winter season.  After fasting the whole day, family members, friends, and neighbors gather together give support to each other for staying awake the entire night praying, singing, and chanting melodious songs and bhajans in praise of Lord Siva.  My mother used to say that we should not sleep in the night during shivrathri.  It is really fun to sit together in the thinnai (veranda ) in the gramama (village)  all together to keep oneself awake during shivrathri.

Maha Shivratri  means the Great Night of Shiva, is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the Lord Shiva.   It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers whole  night, fasting etc.  Ardent devotees keep awake all night, others visit the temple.
This year Sivarathri falls on February 24th of this month.   My friend Seetha Hariharan after going through the blog asked for the recipe.  That time only I realised that I have not posted this though en number of time I have prepared and taken photographs of it.  
Happy Shivrathri to all of you and may the lord bless us. And the recipe for my friend Seetha too.
Now let us look at the recipe :

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Fresh Green Chikpeas  or garbanzo beans or choliya or hara chana is known as in Mumbai is also called Harbara.  This juicy tender fresh green chana is also a great snack.  You can eat them raw or steam with some kala namak i.e Indian rock salt.

We can make subzi out of this, halva, poori and parathas too.  This contains Vitamin C, E, K and B Complex vitamins,folate and the minerals viz. magnesium, zinc an pantothenic acid.  They are high in dietary fibres too.  Saute some in olive oil, put some sea salt and enjoy the taste.  It can be tossed into stir fries, salads and combined with sweetcorn and green or red bell pepper also make an awesome chat.

I tried poori and paratha with it. It was awesome like any other parathas.  Since we are getting the same during the season, we can enjoy it.

Now let us look at the recipe of making the halva

Sunday, 3 April 2016


OLIYA is a pudding with rice and yoghurt with lots of dry fruits in it and is a festive dish.    If you wish, you can also put fresh fruits in it.  This dish  I tasted from my neighbour who is a Jain Marwadi.  She always share with us whatever she made and this dish was new to me. Today, they are supposed to have only cold food for which they make the same on the previous day and keep in fridge. The festival is called Shitla Satam.

We used to have Pal chadam ie. Rice with milk and sugar or sugar candy added in  curd rice.  But this I never thought would taste so good. Though we make sweet lassi, I did not even think of making this rice.

It is really tasty and you would also love this.  Once in a while, you can switch over to this dish rather than having the regular curd rice.

Let us look at the recipe now:

Saturday, 12 March 2016


Any festival or occasion is incomplete without a sweet dish.  Sweet dishes are always required for some people especially after having lunch.  I crave for some sweets after lunch if not a piece of chocolate.

Poha kesari is a sweet dish made out of poha or aval or beaten rice or rice flakes.  It is very easy to make and tasty too like other kind of kesari we make with Suji/rava/semolina.  If you add sugar to any item, you can make anything and everything and it will be tasty because it is sweet.  

Since I always want to eat something sweet after having my lunch, I keep on searching for some kind of sweets in the fridge.  If I do not find anything, I eat a piece of jaggery or bit sugar.   

Poha kesari is a simple preparation and can be made for any occasions.  If you are having unexpected guests, this is an ideal sweet to serve as dessert.

Saturday, 5 March 2016


Today is my elder brother's birthday and I would like to take some sweets for him.   First I thought, will take a cake and give him a surprise visit.  Since he goes to the temple for bhajan in the evening, I have to inform them otherwise big Godrej lock will be in front me if I go to his house.

Today, being Ekadashi and Saturday also, he will be fasting will not eat anything.   Finally, I thought of making this halva since Moongdal and lapsi are used for fasting, I thought of adding carrot into it to make halva.

Recently, I made Carrot  Moongdal payasam  and was a hit in my house as well as neighbours liked it.

This halva is also very tasty, simple one and can be had by anyone.

Let us look at the recipe now:

Saturday, 18 July 2015


Ragi is a powerhouse of health benefiting nutrients that help in reducing weight and also acts as a treatment for multiple diseases like Brittle Bones, Osteoporosis, Anaemia and Diabetes. It is a natural relaxant that helps in relieving stress and anxiety. It is one such rare cereal that doesn’t need to be polished and, therefore, can be consumed in its purest form with all its goodness intact.  Ragi is one of the best natural protein sources. It is also rich in health benefiting amino acids and mineral like Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin and Riboflavin. The high level of dietary fiber in this cereal aids in proper digestion, normal bowel movement and prevents constipation. The insoluble fibers present in Ragi assists movement of food through the intestines while the insoluble fibers retain water thereby easing the passage of waste.  Include it to your daily diet in order to protect your digestive system and avert risks of constipation and other digestive disorders.

Everyone love to eat a dessert after the meal.  Whether they are at home or in a party or a wedding or any other function, without a sweet, the function is incomplete.

Here I am presenting this recipe which I tried for my mentor Ms.Dahlia Twinkle who was keen on participating in a competition with the products of Aachi.   I do not know whether she has opted for this recipe or not, but when I tried this, I could not resist myself and prepared the same on the second day too.

Let us look at the recipe now which I made  with Ragi.   It is a simple preparation and healthy too.

Saturday, 22 November 2014



Today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary.  To mark this occasion, thought of posting a sweet dish.  

I have already posted one recipe of Orange burfi made with Mawa and orange pulp.  This is yet another recipe which I made it with Maida.  Though it does not taste like the one which I made with Mawa, you can still enjoy this flavourful dessert for a change.

Now the season of the orange is on, you can enjoy the natural fruit effect in the desserts. Orange is a rich source of vitamin C.    The fruit is low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but is rich in dietary fiber, pectin. Pectin, by its virtue as a bulk laxative, helps to protect the mucous membrane of the colon by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Pectin has also been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing its re-absorption in the colon by binding to bile acids in the colon. 

Oranges also contain very good levels of vitamin A, and other flavonoid antioxidants such as alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is essential for vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps the body to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. 

Orange fruit also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure through countering sodium actions.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


The season of  orange has started and all seasonal fruits are liked by my children and they do not miss them.  Nagpur orange is famous in Maharashtra as well as the Nagpur Orange Burfi.  

I tasted it when one of my friend came from Nagpur and brought this for us.  I was  quite happy to get the box of burfis and without even offering  anyone, started eating it. 

Ever since I tasted that burfi, it was in my mind to try but could not do so for no reason.  This year my husband brought the big fully ripe oranges, I thought, I am not going to miss the chance of making the burfi this time.

I made the burfi in two ways one with mawa and one with maida.  But the most liked one was with mawa hence I am posting the same first and shall post the recipe with maida in due course.

Now the season has started, I preferred  to try the same with the fresh oranges only and not with ready made juice or emulsion.  The result was yummy.

Monday, 19 May 2014


Sheera is liked by everyone, especially when it is made for the Satyanarayana Pooja, I loved to eat this prasadam.  Even if I am not invited for the pooja, I always get the chance to have this prasadam.  My daughter loves sheera which is made by me and in her school, the children grab the tiffin box for the sheera.

Now the mango season is on, I thought of making mango sheera which turned out very well.  It is a lovely dish to serve during feast too.   I have already posted various dishes of mangoes viz. mango lassi, mango ice cream,  mango burfi, mango jam, mango milk shake,  mango katli, mango kadhi, mango tender coconut drink etc.

Yourube: Mango sheera 1  mango sheera 2  mango sheera 3

Monday, 28 April 2014


Ice cream is favourite of every ones especially in summer.  After the mango ice cream, I prepared the musk melon (cantaloupe) ice cream which was liked by my daughter very much.  The ripe musk melon has its own sweetness and it is delicious, cooling.  Here is the simple recipe for you to relish this ice cream during this summer.

Sunday, 27 April 2014


Ice cream with the king of fruit, especially in the summer season, who will say no.  Since last year, I wanted to post this recipe, but could not do it.

I have made this ice cream without adding any chemicals to stabilize the same.  Very simple and easy method, but delicious too with little topping of chocolate sauce on it.  It was yummilicious.

Mango ice cream

other mango recipes:    Pickles,Aam ka  Panha, vadu mangai, mango milk shake, mango jam mango ice cream, Avakai pickle, Uppu mangai arachu kalaki,   mango burfi, mango burfi with vari tandul,  mango kadhi adai mangai kootan, mango chutney mango tender coconut milkthengai mangai pattani chundal, kanda kairi, mango sharbat,    mango katli,  mango lassi, mambazha rasakalan, mango lassi 

Thursday, 13 March 2014


Summer has started and everyone will be interested in drinking something cold, eating some desserts chilled.  I have already posted the tender coconut falooda, tender coconut payasam,  as a summer cooler.  Here is the favourite fruit custard of my children especially my son.

It is basically made with  milk and cut fruits are added to it to make it.  It is a healthy dessert after dinner or lunch.  one bowl ful is sufficient enough to fill your stomach if you do not wish to eat any other thing.

Fruit custard

Saturday, 15 February 2014


Rasgulla, the famous bengali sweet made out of Chenna in sugar syrup,   is really awesome, specially when you are making at home.  It is very easy to prepare and can enjoy chilled.

The rasgulla originated in Odisha, it is also known by its original name, Khira mohana.  It is a traditional Oriya dish but gained popularity in Bengal and has become one of the most sought after sweets.

It is very easy to make and heavenly in taste.

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Kesari is a sweet dish made with flavours viz. pineapple or plain.  This dish is normally seen serving for any occasions or festivals.  In Tamil Nadu, this dish is part of the feast.

Sweet items are always liked by everyone, espcially, when it is mild in sweets considering the health issues.  Kesari/Sheera is made with rava also.  Here I am preparing the kesari with semiya.  Roasted ready made sevai is available in the market hence need not take any pain to roast the same.

The preparation method is like we make other Kesari but only the main ingredient i.e. suji/rava is replaced with semolina.

Sunday, 29 December 2013


My daughter is very fond of making something sweet always.  when I had stored some tropolite whipping cream for making cakes, she took the opportunity to make the Chocolate mousse.  A very easy, simple and delicious mousse she made, I could not resist myselt eating them though the cold items does not suit me.

Saturday, 25 May 2013


Om anandaya namah:


I want to post as much as mango recipes before the mango  season gets over. hence tried today the mango burfi which i am prsenting to you all.   This mango burfi is made out of mango pulp, sugar, roasted rava, milk and milk powder.  see the post of mango katli too.


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