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

How to make Khoya?

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 1 comment

Khoya / Khoa / Mawa is nothing but reduced dry milk. It is the key ingredient for the Gulab Jamun which makes the Gulab Jamun very rich. Believe me.. we can find a lot of difference between the ready mix Gulab Jamun and the traditional one. We have to put a little effort for preparing this Khoya but it is worth making like this. Here is the step by step method of making Khoya. In my next recipe, I will make traditional Gulab Jamuns using homemade Khoya. Time of Preparation : 1 hour 20 minutes Yield : 1 cup Ingredients: Whole fat milk – 1.5 liters Method of Preparation: Boil the milk in medium flame in a non stick pan. For first few minutes we can boil it in high but we should keep stirring continuously. When the milk...

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Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 2 comments

Wish you all a Happy and Safe Diwali!!! Badusha or Balushahi is a popular sweet dish in India. It is known as Badusha in the south and Balushahi in the north India. All purpose flour or maida is the main ingredient. Badusha is deep fried in oil and dipped in sugar syrup and served. It is easy to make this dish but perfection comes with practice. Sugar syrup and kneading the dough is the key for making this dish. Enjoy your Diwali with this tasty dish. Ingredients: All purpose flour or maida – 2 cups Baking soda – 1/2 tsp Butter or oil – 3 tbsp Yogurt (curd) – 2 tbsp Sugar – 3/4 cup Cardamom pods – 2 Grated nutmeg (jadikkai) – 1/4 tsp Oil for frying Water Method of Preparation: Sift or mix all purpose flour and...

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Badam Pista Roll / Almond Pistachio Roll

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 3 comments

These Almond Pistachio Rolls are my husband’s favorite. They are very simple to prepare and making the sugar syrup to the proper consistency is the key. Time of Preparation : 2 hours + 20 minutes No of pieces : around 30 Ingredients: Almonds – 1 cup Sugar – 3/4 cup Water a few tbsp Cardamom powder – a pinch Ghee – 3 tbsp For Inner Layer: Pistachios – 1/2 cup Sugar – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Soak the almonds and pistachios overnight or in hot water for 2 hours. Remove the skin from the both. Dry them by spreading them in a cloth. If you feel still they are wet, dry roast them in medium flame for 5 minutes. Grind the almonds to powder and grind the pistachios along with 1/4 cup of sugar. Take a nonstick vessel...

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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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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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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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Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Desserts, Ice Cream | 8 comments

Kulfi is a popular frozen Indian dessert (like frozen custard) which is made of dairy products and sugar and filled with nutty goodness and flavored with cardamom and saffron. This is a rich dessert and perfect for summer times and parties. It is simple procedure. I have used all the readily available ingredients which makes it easy. You can also make it the traditional way by churning the milk till it reduces to one third of the amount and then add sugar, cardamom and nuts. But trust me this recipe makes your life simple. The coolest thing is you do not need an ice cream maker to make this dessert. All you need is pop sickle molds or aluminum molds which is prefect for making kulfis. When I talk about Kulfi, it reminds me of my childhood days when we...

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Quinoa Payasam/Kheer

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012 in Desserts, Weight Watchers Recipe | 3 comments

Recently I’ve started eating quinoa a lot. As I said before in my Quinoa biryani recipe it doesn’t taste bad. This Gokulashtmi I wanted to make kheer and thought why not make a kheer with quinoa. My husband was little hesitant with the idea. Surprisingly it came out really delicious and tasted soo good. It tasted more like sago kheer and Karthik liked it too. It’s healthy and tastes good too. Double dhamaka in one recipe. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 3 Weight watchers Point : 6 Ingredients: Quinoa : 1/2 cup Water : 11/2 cups Milk : 2 1/2 cups Brown Sugar or Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup(adjust according to your sweet level) Cardamom : 2 nos (pressed) Cashewnuts : 6-7(roasted in ghee) Raisins: 6(roasted in ghee) Ghee : 1 tsp Saffron: a pinch...

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Marie Biscuit Chocolate Rolls

Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Desserts | 4 comments

I have tried Marie Biscuit Chocolate Sandwich before and it was a big hit :). These Marie Biscuit Chocolate Rolls are also really yummy and definitely the kids will love these. I have used coconut flakes for the but we can serve without any stuffing or we can use any nuts or cream for the stuffing. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Resting Time : 2 hours No of pieces : 15 to 20 Ingredients: For Outer Layer : Marie Biscuits – 25 ( 1 1/2 cups) Cocoa Powder – 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar – 2 tbsp Milk – 1/4 cup (as needed) For Filling: Desiccated Coconut / Sweetened Coconut Flakes – 1/2 cup Butter – 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar – 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Make a powder of the biscuits in a...

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Double Ka Meeta / Bread Sweet

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in Desserts | 1 comment

My mom used to make this bread sweet during special occasions. She used add condensed milk so that it will be more tasty. I have used evaporated milk and sugar so that it wont be too heavy. It is simple to make and my husband enjoyed it. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of Servings : 30 Ingredients: Bread – 15 Slices Ghee – 1/4 cup Sugar – 1 cup and 2 tbsp Water – 1 cup Evaporated Milk – 1 can Milk – 1 cup Saffron – a pinch Cardamom powder – a pinch Dry fruits and nuts – 3 tbsp Method of Preparation: Dry the bread slices for 2 hours. For Sugar Syrup, mix water and sugar and heat it in medium flame. When it starts to boil add the saffron and cardamom powder and remove...

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Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal – Sweet Rice Pudding

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in Desserts, Indian Festival, Vinayagar Chaturthi | Comments Off on Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal – Sweet Rice Pudding

  Chakkarai Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal is sweet rice pudding from India and is made during festival times (specially Pongal festival) and other special occasions. We can either add jaggery (unrefined whole cane or palm sugar) or sugar for preparing this dish. Today I have prepared this dish with sugar which is why it is called Kalkandu Chakkarai Pongal (crystallized Sugar Pudding). My mom makes it often since it is my dad’s favorite. She makes it in an open bronze pot (vengala paanai in tamil) which gives a unique and authentic touch to this dish. But my version is a pressure cooker and non stick pot method. Some people even prepare this dish in mud pot and it is amazing. I have always wanted to cook food in mud pots and pans. Hope I will do it some day. Okay...

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Gajar Ka halwa (Carrot Pudding)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in Desserts | 9 comments

If there is a way to make a vegetable taste heavenly this has to be it. It’s been  long overdue to publish this recipe. Everytime I make it somehow Ialways missed to take pics of it. This time my MIL made it and I finally took the pics. It was really delicious. Gajar (Carrot) Halwa is a traditional Punjabi dish made with carrots and milk.  The perfect way to eat this halwa is with some of your favorite ice cream. It taste absolutely delicious. I am already drooling here. Try this recipe and let me know how it came out for you.   Preparation Time : 45 minutes No Of servings : 4-5 Ingredients: Carrots : 2 cups ( grated and shredded) Milk : 2 cups Butter(unsalted) or Ghee : 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar : 1/4 cup Cardamom Powder...

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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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Chocolate Truffles (Version 2)

Posted by on Nov 16, 2011 in Cookies and Cakes, Desserts, Thanksgiving Recipes | 9 comments

For this Thanksgiving we are planning to visit my sister-in-law. I want to try lots of cookies and chocolates for the two sweet little kids. Today I tried making simple chocolate truffles. It took just 5 minutes for the preparation and they are really yummy. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes and 2 hours for refrigeration No of truffles : 24 Ingredients: Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1 1/2 cups Sweetened condensed milk – 1/2 can Vanilla extract – 2 tsp For coating – color sprinkles, cocoa powder, chopped nuts Method of Preparation: Take a wide pan and melt the chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Remove from heat, add the vanilla extract and stir it. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until they become firm. Take it out and roll them to 24 equal sized balls. Roll...

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Adhirasam – A Traditional Indian Sweet

Posted by on Oct 29, 2011 in Desserts, Indian Festival | 18 comments

Adhirasam is a traditional South Indian Sweet which is usually made in Diwali times. It’s very popular sweet which is almost made in every single south Indian home during diwali festival. And adhirasam is popular as an offering to God for Diwali nonmbhu (prayer) time. It’s really very tricky to make adhirasam, because you need to know the correct proportions. My mother-in-law showed me how to make this recipe. It came out really well. From wikipedia: Adhirasam  is a type of Indian sweet from Tamil cuisine. The doughnut like pastry has a long history of popularity in Tamil civilization. They are similar in shape to vadai, but are not savoury and are eaten as a dessert. Adhirasam is a popular as an offering to the gods during puja prayers, both at home and in temples in Tamil Nadu.  According...

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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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