Chakka Varattiyathu- Jackfruit preserve recipe

Chakka Varattiyathu is a popular dessert of Kerala in India. It is made using ripe Jackfruit and is super delicious. This is a dessert which is very close to my heart. My grandmother used to make it for me whenever I visit them during my school holidays to Kerala. And it was not an easy process as it needs to be cooked for a long time if making a big batch. Don’t worry this recipe will take just 30 mins as the quantity is less 😉.

I usually have this dessert as is but you can also use it as a spread due to its jam consistency on roti/ bread. It can also be used to cook Jackfruit pradhaman or payasam with this Chakka Varattiyathu.

Traditionally it is cooked using a heavy bottomed vessel called Uruli but you can choose any vessel you desire which is suitable for continuous stirring.

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Ingredients (serves 2-3)

1. Jackfruit ripe- 400gms

2. Jaggery- 175 gms

3. Ghee- 2 tbsps

4. Cardamom powder( optional) – a pinch

5. Ginger powder (optional)- a pinch

Please watch video for the method.

Desserts, snacks

Ila Ada- rice cake with coconut and jaggery filling

Ila ada is a very tasty and delicious sweet snack of Kerala. It is made using rice flour with a sweet filling of coconut and jaggery. It is traditionally made steaming in a banana leaf. It gives its unique taste when the essence from the banana leaf is left on the sweet.

But not having a banana leaf handy should not stop you from making this delicious snack. This recipe shows you how to make the exact same thing using a baking paper and still enjoy this amazing dish.

It does become a version of vella (jaggery) kozhukattai made during festivals like Vinayaka chaturthi.

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Ingredients ( Serves 3-4)

1. Rice powder- 1 cup

2. Jaggery- 1/2 cup

3. Grated coconut- 1 cup

4. Boiling water ~ 1 cup

5. Cardamom powder- a pinch

6. Salt- a pinch

7. Baking sheet/ Banana leaf as required

Please watch video for method!

Desserts, snacks

Sugiyan- sweet dal deep fried dumplings 

Sugiyan is a very popular snack in Kerala. Whenever we visit Kerala, while buying tea or coffee from the roadside stalls, this used to be a great accompaniment. There are variations to making this dish by changing the filling or the outer coating. I have tried using both green gram dal and Channa dal, and my personal favourite is the Channa dal filling. It is protein packed and very nutritious. Hope you enjoy this recipe.
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Ingredients: makes ~ 10 Sugiyans
1. Green gram dal or Channa dal- 3/4 cup

2. Coconut grated- 60 gms

3. Powdered Jaggery- 120 gms

4. Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

5. Salt- little 

6. Plain flour- 1cup

7. Turmeric powder- a pinch 

8. Water ~1 cup 

9. Oil – for deep frying
Please watch video for the method.


Badusha- an amazing Indian sweet for Diwali 

Badusha is a very popular Indian sweet which is very tasty and delicious. Usually it is made during festive seasons especially during Diwali. For the upcoming Diwali festival, I highly recommend you try this out and win hearts.

It is a deep fried dumpling which is sugar coated. It is simple and easy to make. You will get the perfect Badusha if certain key points in the video are followed. Trust me even if you try for the first time, this will be a winner. This recipe will give you perfect layered and also soft and juicy Badushaas which will be hard to stop with just one.
Enjoy the recipe!

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For the dough:

1. Maida or Palin flour- 1 cup

2. Ghee – 80 ml

3. Water (cold) – 80 ml

4. Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

5. Salt- 1/2 tsp
For the Sugar syrup:
1. Sugar- 2 cups

2. Water – 1 cup

3. Cardamom pods broken- 4

4. Orange colour or kesari colour- few drops mixed in little water

5. Lemon juice – few drops

Important tips:

1. Add lemon juice to sugar syrup to avoid sugar crystallisation.

2. Add cold water to the flour.

3. Rest the dough as mentioned 

4. While deep frying, make sure oil is only at low to medium heat. Not medium or high. This will allow even cooking.
Please watch video for recipe.

Desserts, snacks

Rava laddu 

Rava laddu is a very simple and easy to make laddu at home using Rava or semolina. This laddu will just burst into powder in your mouth at every bite. This sweet explosion will steal your hearts. Again there are variations to this by adding coconut or milk. Enjoy the recipe!

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1. Rava or semolina – 1 cup

2. Granuated sugar – 1 cup

3. Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)

4. Ghee – 4-5 tbsp (including the ghee used to roll the balls)

5. Nuts- almonds and cashews chopped – few
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Boondi Laddu or Ladoo 

A very popular and tasty Indian sweet is the ladoo. It comes in different varieties based on the ingredients used. The Boondi ladoo is a very popular version of ladoo and made during festivals and poojas. Hope you enjoy the recipe and try it out.Do like and subscribe to my channel without fail!
Ingredients ( makes around 20 small Ladoos)

For batter:

1. Besan flour- 1 cup

2. Water- 1/2 cup + few tbsp

For syrup:

1. Sugar- 1.5 cups

2. Water – 1 cup

3. Cardamom- 2 crushed 

4. Saffron threads- few ( optional)

Other ingredients 

1. Cashews- few

2. Raisins- few

3. Edible camphor (optional)- a pinch

4. Oil- for frying

5. Yellow food colour- little
Please watch video for method:


Aval (Poha) Payasam 

Today being Krishna Jayanthi, a popular Hindu festival in India, I am sharing a very simple easy to make recipe using Poha ( also called as Aval or flattened rice). I drew inspiration from Raks kitchen for this recipe. I love to add a hint of coconut in desserts which is made using jaggery.

Hope you enjoy the recipe.

INGREDIENTS (serves ~3)

1. Milk- 2 1/4 cup

2. Poha or Aval or Flattened rice ( thick version)- 1/4 cup

3. Ghee- 2 tsp

4. Jaggery – 1/4 cup

5. Cardamom powder- a pinch

6. Cashews and sultanas- few

7. Optional: few saffron threads soaked in little coconut milk.


1. In a pan, take 1 tsp ghee and fry the cashews and sultanas a little and set it aside.

2. In the same pan, add 1 more tsp of ghee and add the Poha. Stir for a couple of minutes.

3. To this add boiling milk and cook on medium for 5 minutes.

4. Add cardamom powder, saffron soaked coconut milk, jaggery and the fried nuts and sultanas.

5. Stir well and immediately remove from heat to avoid curdling of milk due to the addition of jaggery.

6. Yummy poha or Aval Payasam is ready.

For the recipe making, please watch the video below as well. Also I am launching my new intro in this video. Hope you like it.