Desserts

Beetroot halwa- sweet dessert

Beetroot halwa is a very simple and easy to make recipe. It is similar to the carrot halwa recipe. The natural bright colour and sweetness of this vegetable adds the special touches to this dessert.

I love carrot halwa as a kid. And I remember my mom tried the beetroot halwa for the first time after reading in a magazine and made for us. I had my doubts if I would like it. But I loved it. Maybe just blame it on my sweet tooth. Nevertheless a great way to have the additional of this gorgeous vegetable in your diet.

It can be served warm or cold or even along with some vanilla ice cream would be a great combo.

Ingredients ( Serves ~ 3)

1. Beetroot- 2 medium

2. Milk- 1-1.5 cups

3. Sugar- 1/3 cup

4. Ghee- 2-3 tsps

5. Cashews ~10

6. Cardamom powder (optional)- a pinch

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Desserts

Jackfruit Rice Pudding/payasam

Jackfruit and rice to make payasam (sweet pudding) is an interesting combination I found in a cookbook.The flavour of the Jackfruit in the rice pudding elevates the taste of this dessert and makes it so delicious. This dessert requires some patience as the cooking must be done in low flame to avoid any burning of the milk.

If fresh Jackfruit is hard to get, you can also use frozen or canned ones.

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( Serves ~ 4-5)

1. Milk – 4 cups

2. Rice (used basmati)- 40 gms

3. Jackfruit- 75 gms

4. Sugar- 120 gms

5. Ghee- 2 tsp

6. Cashews- 10 nos

7. Cardamom pods- 4

8. Saffron threads- 5

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Desserts, snacks

Moist Chocolate Muffin

I always get stuck on ideas for an after school snack. It’s hard to make kids like the snacks which we are used to. As much as I love to cook Indian snacks, baked goods are always preferred when it comes to snacking. And I have got a winner recipe which both my kids love and it’s very easy to make too.

Inspired from the genius kitchen, made small tweak. And these muffins are moist and soft that it will all be gone before you know. With all the ingredients handy you could make them in less than 30 minutes including preparation. Hope you enjoy the recipe and also try it out!

Ingredients:

1. Plain Flour- 1and 3/4th cup

2. Sugar- 1 cup

3. Cocoa powder- 1/2 cup

4. Baking soda- 1/4 tsp

5. Baking powder – 2 tsp

6. Eggs- 2

7. Milk – 1 cup

8. Oil- 1/2 cup

9. Chocolate chips- 1/2 cup

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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.

https://youtu.be/VHrC2kgUAik

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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

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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
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Desserts

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.
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Ingredients:
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.