Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Rasgulla (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Nov 10, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 4 comments

Rasgulla is a very popular sweet in India made of freshly prepared cottage cheese. I love milk sweets a lot and Rasgulla is my all time favorite. Here is the step by step procedure for making this delicious sweet.. Time of Preparation : 1 1/2 hours No of Pieces : 12 Ingredients: Milk – 4 cups Lemon juice – 3 tbsp Ice cubes – 5 Sugar – 1 cup Water – 1 1/4 cup Cardamom powder – a pinch Method of Preparation: Boil milk in a thick non stick vessel. When it starts boiling, reduce the flame and add the lemon juice. Stir continuously till the milk curdles and the whey separates. Now turn off the heat and add the ice cubes. Keep it aside for 5 minutes. Now strain the curdled milk using a fine muslin cloth. Wash...

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Ashoka Halwa

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Slideshow | 12 comments

Ashoka Halwa or Asoka Halwa is a popular dessert from Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur District (South part of India). When you hear the name the first thing that anyone can think of is, why is it named as Ashoka Halwa!! Sorry, even I am on the same page with you… But I can tell you, this is by far the best tasting Halwa I have ever had. My sister lives in Thiruvaiyaru and whenever I meet her I get to taste this Halwa. She knows I am fond of this sweet and she packed me some Halwa flour to make it here. If you are fond of Halwas like me, you should definitely give this a try for this Diwali. The main ingredient of this dish is split moong dal or paasi paruppu. There are different methods of preparation for this...

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Diwali Delights 2012

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | Comments Off on Diwali Delights 2012

Diwali is known as the “festival of lights”. This year Diwali falls on Tuesday, November 13. And this year we are planning to bring you recipe videos for some of the sweets and savories that we have posted so far. Here is a list of most recent recipes added to Diwali Sweets and Savories. Malai Sandwich Badam Halwa Coconut Burfi Carrot Halwa Kalkandu Chakkarapongal Nutty Kheer Oma Podi Quinoa Payasam Double Ka Meeta Mixed Nut Brittle Ashoka Halwa             Click on each picture for the corresponding recipes and find the rest at Diwali Sweets and...

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Suzhiyan (Suzhiyam) / Maida Sweet Balls

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Suzhiyan is a traditional dish which we make during Diwali. It is a very simple dish in which sweet puran in is either dipped in maida or urad dal batter and deep fried. In Tamil Nadu, we generally make with Maida flour. Here is the recipe for this simple dish. Time of Preparation : 90 minutes No of Servings : 10 Ingredients: Channa Dal – 1 cup Jaggery – 1 1/4 cup Coconut (grated) – 1/2 cup Cardamom powder – a pinch For Outer Cover: Maida / All purpose flour – 1/4 cup Water – as required Salt – a pinch Method of Preparation: Soak the channa dal for 1 hour and grind it coarsely. Dry roast the grated coconut and keep it aside. Boil around 1/4 cup of water and add the crushed jaggery. When the jaggery melts...

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Malai Sandwich/Chop

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Cooking Videos, Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 7 comments

It is Diwali time and on this festive occasion we prepare a lot of sweets and savories and celebrate with our family and friends. Malai Sandwich or Malai Chop is a Bengali dessert made from Paneer/Chenna/Cottage cheese. I have also prepared khoa which serves as a patty. I have used an easy and quick method to prepare khoa. First we make flattened rasgullas, slit them into two halves and make the sandwich with khoa. Enjoy making this sweet for Diwali or any occasion. Preparation time: 2 and 1/2 hours Cooking time: 12 minutes Yield: 15 to 18 sandwiches Ingredients:  Freshly made Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 2 cups Sugar – 1 cup Water – 5 cups Cardamom pods – 4 Saffron – 5 to 6 strings Rose flavored essence – 1 tsp Food color – red and yellow For Khoa: Butter – 1 tbsp Milk – 1 cup (whole...

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Badam Halwa

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival, Slideshow | 3 comments

Badam (Almond) Halwa is one of the most popular and delicious Indian sweets and it is made with almonds, saffron, sugar and clarified butter. Diwali is coming up in a couple of weeks and if you are wondering what dessert to make, here is the richest, delicious and scrumptious Badam Halwa recipe. Try this recipe and you will definitely love it. Just as much if not more as I did. Preparation Time : 60 minutes No of servings : 6-8 Ingredients: Badam/Almonds : 1 cup Milk : 11/2cup Ghee : 3/4 cup (Clarified Butter) Sugar : 3/4 cup Saffron : 1/4 tsp Method Of Preparation: Soak Badam/Almond overnight or till the skin peel out of almonds when you press them with your fingers. Now remove the skin from almonds and grind it in blender by adding little milk to make...

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Nutty Kheer

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Navratri Recipes, Slideshow | 4 comments

I named it as Nutty Kheer because it contains all the essential nuts that is used in Indian cooking, almonds, pistachios, cashew nut and chironji. If you have never heard about Chironji before, they are tiny seeds or nuts from a bush called Buchanania lanzan. They are used in Indian cooking for making curries or desserts. They look like lentils but have a flavor of almonds. It is called “Sara Paruppu” in tamil. This easy and flavorful dessert kheer can be made in advance which saves a lot of time when you have a party or a get-together in your house. If you do not have condensed milk, you can double the volume of milk, reduce it to half or 3/4th and add sugar followed by the nuts. I made this for serving my guests during Navratri and it is...

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Coconut Burfi

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival, Slideshow | 3 comments

Coconut Burfi or Nariyal Burfi is a simple and yummy treat which can be made in no time. My mom makes it for Diwali (an Indian festival) ans we all love it. I have used freshly grated coconut to make this burfi. But you can substitute it with frozen coconut or dry coconut. The good thing is you can make them ahead for a party or get-together which saves a lot of time. So enjoy this little sweet treat at home and let me know how it turns out. Ingredients: Freshly grated coconut – 2 cups Sugar – 2 cups All purpose flour or maida – 3 tbsp Whole cardamom – 4 Halved cashew nut – 3 tbsp Ghee/clarified butter – 3 tsp Method of Preparation: Add sugar to a pan with a little water and bring it to...

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Kuzhi Paniyaram(Sweet)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2011 in Appetizers, Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 3 comments

Kuzhi Paniyaram is one of the most popular South Indian festival delicacies. I still remember those childhood days my mother used to make this as an evening snack for us. It’s a perfect evening snack with some hot tea. Paniyaram can be made in different types. There are two types of panityaram one is Kara kuzhi paniyaram and other one is sweet kuzhi paniyaram. If you have a  sweet tooth try this recipe you will love it. Prepration Time : 30 minutes No of servings : 7-8 Ingredients: Maida : 2 cups (You can also use rice flour instead of this) Ripe Banana : 2 (Mashed) Baking soda : 1 tsp Powdered Jaggery : 1 cup water : 11/2 cups Cashews : 7 to 8 Coconut : 1/2 cup (optional) Ghee : 2 tbsp cardamom pods : 8 nos...

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Happy Spicy and Tasty Diwali 2011

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 1 comment

  Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali. This diwali is special for us because we are celebrating it with our little one Vinay. This year I’ve made lot of savories and sweets for Diwali. Obviously I didn’t make everything by myself my mother-in-law is here visting us so she helped me a lot. And for the past couple of weeks we (arthi, nithu & shriya) were doing a marathon Diwali recipes in spicytasty. I am sure you all made some delicious sweets and snacks for Diwali too. Thank you for all your encouragement. Spicytasty is sparkling with a new look this Diwali. WE hope you like it and we look forward to your continue love ands upport. Don’t forget to check our recent Diwali recipes.  From wikipedia: Deepavali is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism, and...

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Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival, Slideshow, Snacks | 3 comments

HAPPY DIWALI to all… Karasev is simply and tasty savory. This is slightly different from other diwali snacks because we use the pepper for spice in Karasev. Definitely everyone will love this crispy savory :). Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Besan flour / Chickpea flour – 1 cup Rice flour – 1 cup Black pepper (freshly ground) – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Butter – 1 tbsp Hot oil – 1/4 cup Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Mix all the ingredients to a stiff dough. Heat oil in a pan and coat the murukku presser with oil. Fill the murukku presser (with 3 holes which we use for thenkuzhal murukku) with the dough and press directly into the oil. Fry till they become golden brown. Let it cool and store...

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Deepavali Legiyum

Posted by on Oct 26, 2011 in Diwali Recipes, Indian Festival | 2 comments

HAPPY DIWALI TO ALL OUR READERS… Deepavali Legiyum is a home made herbal medicine for indigestion. During Diwali we eat a lot of sweets and snacks and other junk food or oily food which may lead to indigestion. Deepavali Legiyam or Deepavali Marundhu helps to promote digestion with its essential components. There are different versions of this legiyum and this one is my mom’s recipe and we all love it. All the ingredients used in this legiyum will be available in any local Ayurvedic medicine store (naatu marundhu kadai) in India. Here in the U.S. you may get most of these ingredients from Whole Food Market. You can skip one or two ingredients if it is not available. Make this at home and have a wonderful and safe Diwali. Preparation time: 30 minutes Makes 1/4 cup of Legiyum Spice...

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Paal Peda – Milk Fudge (version 2)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 9 comments

Paal Peda or Doodh Peda is a popular milk sweet in India. It is semi soft and rich in milk protein. Making paneer and resting period may take a little more time. But the procedure is really simple. Kids will love it. It will be perfect for the Diwali. Have a safe and wonderful Diwali… Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of servings: 25 to 28 pieces Ingredients: Fresh paneer (made from 4 cups of milk) Milk – 1 cup Evaporated milk – 3/4 cup Milk powder – 1/2 cup Butter – 2 tbsp Sugar – 3/4 cup Cardamom pods – 2 Pistachios, cashew nut and raisins for garnishing    Method of Preparation: Prepare paneer from 4 cups of milk. Check How to make Paneer?. In a non stick pan or a heavy bottomed kadai melt butter over medium heat. Add milk,...

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Kaju Katli – Cashew nut Burfi

Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 6 comments

Kaju katli is a popular Indian sweet made of powdered cashew nut and sugar syrup, spiced with cardamom powder. It is Diwali time and I have been waiting to make this wonderful sweet dish. Getting the right consistency of sugar syrup is the key. Make this dish at home and enjoy the Diwali. Ingredients: Cashew powder – 3 cups Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp Saffron – a big pinch Method of Preparation: Preheat oven at 200° F (100° C). Spread cashew in a baking sheet or tray and oven roast it for 15 to 20 minutes. Check in between (after 10 mins). Or you can dry roast it in a pan over medium heat. Cashew should not change color. Let it cool and grind to a fine...

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Besan-Rava Laddu

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 9 comments

I think recently I am posting a lot of besan recipes. But you know what I love the flavor of besan. I had planned to make ladoos for diwali. But I wanted to cook something different so I ended up making this besan rava ladoo. It’s really easy and simple to make for lot of us when we don’t have the time or patience to make something elaborate. This will make a great festival sweet. Preparation Time: 45 mins No of Ladoos : 15-20 Ingredients: Besan/Chickpeas Flour : 1 1/2 cup Sugar : 3/4 cup Sooji/Semolina coarse : 4 tbsp Ghee/Clarified Butter : 1/2 cup Cardamom Powder : 1/4 tsp Almonds : 3 tbsp (chopped finely) Raisins: 1 tbsp Method Of Preparation: Dry roast the besan for 10 minutes in simmer flame till you smell a nice aromatic flavor(make...

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Cham Cham – Fresh Cheese Dessert

Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 5 comments

Cham Cham is a popular Bengali dessert or sweet from India. It is a pure delight and melts in your mouth. It comes in different colors such as yellow, pink or white. It is prepared from fresh paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and cooked in sugar syrup. The procedure is very simple and you can make a cham cham for Diwali or any festival. Kids will love it. Enjoy the home made fresh Cham Cham and let me know your comments. Ingredients I: Paneer(made from 8 cups of milk) Yellow food color: a pinch Sugar: 2 cups Water : 5 cups Cardamom pods: 4 Saffron: a big pinch Rose essence : 1/2 tsp Ingrediens II (for malai): Evaporated milk : 1/4 cup 2% milk: 1/2 cup Sugar: 2 tsp Saffron : 4 strands Cardamom powder : a small pinch For...

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Quick Microwave Doodh Peda (Milk Fudge)

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival | 24 comments

Doodh Peda is one of  the most popular North Indian desserts. I love all kind of milk sweets like rasagolla, Rasamalai, Gulab jamun, Basundhi and doodh peda. The main ingredients for Doodh peda are khoa, sugar and traditional flavorings, including cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts and saffron. The color varies from a creamy white to a caramel colour. The word pera is also generically used to mean a blob of any doughy substance, such as flour or (in the case of the sweet) khoa. Pedas are sometimes used as prasad in religious services. Doodh peda is made out of paal kova. Paal kova recipe is coming soon in Spicytasty. I always thought it takes lot of time to make pedas. But I recently learnt this quick microwave cooking peda from my sister. Believe me this is one of the easiest methods and it takes less than 30 minutes....

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Ribbon Pakoda – Ola Pakoda

Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Appetizers, Diwali Recipes, Featured, Indian Festival, Snacks | 6 comments

Ribbon Pakoda or Ola Pakoda is a popular savory snack in India. The main ingredients are rice flour and gram flour (besan). There may be different versions but the main ingredients remains the same. It is festive season in India, Diwali time. And in most of the houses, people would have started making Diwali sweets and snacks. I miss my family and friends there. But then I want to bring the atmosphere here in my house. And started preparing sweets and savories for the festival. And we would like to bring the festive mood in SpicyTasty as well and make you all happy. Today I am going to post the recipe for Ribbon Pakoda. This is my mom’s recipe. Follow the recipe and let me know how it turns out. Here you go… Preparation time: 45 minutes No. of...

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