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

Suryakala / Chandrakala (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Desserts | 2 comments

I love milk sweets and sweets using Khoya. This is yet another easy sweet we can make for Diwali. The process look little big but it is real easy to make. Here I used homemade khoya but we can use store bought khoya too which will make things more easier :). Ingredients: For Outer Covering: All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups Ghee – 2 tbsp Baking soda – a big pinch Salt – a big pinch Water – as needed For Stuffing: Sweetened Khoya – 1 cup (I have used homemade palkova) Cardamom powder – 1 tsp Fried cashews and raisins – 2 tbsp Oil – For frying Sugar – 1 cup Water – 1 cup Saffron – a pinch Method of Preparation: Mix flour, salt, baking soda and ghee and mix by adding water little by...

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Mango Cheesecake

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Cookies and Cakes, Desserts | Comments Off on Mango Cheesecake

  Are you looking for an easy cheesecake recipe then you are in the right place. Though it is a bit time consuming for the preparation, baking and cooling process, the recipe is simple. But you have to plan ahead to make this cake. It is a perfect dessert for parties and get-togethers.  It is summer time… So let’s enjoy some tropical fruit dessert. Preparation/cooking time: 2 hours (plus inactive time 8 hrs) Servings: 10 Ingredients: Cream Cheese – one 8 oz package (226 gram) Ricotta Cheese – 16 oz (454 grams) Mango pulp – one 32 oz can (850 gram) Graham crackers or digestive biscuits crumbs – 1.25 cups (8 to 10 crackers) Butter – 4 tbsp Large eggs – 3 Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Small lemon – 1 Confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar)  – 1.5 cups (sifted)...

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Semiya Kesari – Vermicelli Kesari

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Desserts, Slideshow, Navratri Recipes | 1 comment

Kesari also known as Sheera or Sooji Halwa is a delicious Indian dessert made with semolina or vermicelli and sugar. We generally make it is as an offering (prasad) to God or for special occasions. This Kesari is made with vermecelli and it will be a nice variation if you always use sooji. Kids will also love it. Since it takes only a few minutes to make this you don’t have to plan ahead. You can make it for an unexpected guest or surprise your kids when they come back from school. It reminds me of my childhood days when my mom surprises with different kind of sweets and snacks…:) Also check out our recipe for Rava Kesari. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Ingredients: Semiya (vermicelli) – 1.5 cups Water – 2 1/4 cups Sugar...

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Paneer Jalebi – Chanar Jalebi

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Desserts, Slideshow, Diwali Recipes | 5 comments

Paneer Jalebi or Chanar Jalebi is a delicious cheese dessert made with fresh cottage cheese or paneer. It will be a nice variation from the regular jalebi. It is airy, soft and juicy. My fried told me about this dish and she asked me give it a try. I am glad I did. It turned out so good and I loved it. Try this dish for any special occasions or festivals and enjoy with your family. Preparation time: 90 minutes Yield: 18 to 20 Ingredients: Fresh Paneer – 1 cup Corn flour – 1 tbsp Maida (all purpose flour) – 1 tbsp Baking powder – 1/2 tsp Milk – 2 to 3 tbsp Cardamom – 4 (powdered) Rose essence – 1 tsp Saffron – a few strands Orange food color – a pinch (dissolved in 1 tbsp of water)...

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Bread Halwa

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Desserts | 1 comment

My mom used to make this bread halwa very often. It is very simple to make unlike other halwas. We can use any kind of bread (except salty one) for bread halwa. The taste and color slightly varies according to that. Time of Preparation : 45 minutes No of Servings : 15 to 20 Ingredients: Bread – 1 loaf (any kind and I have used white bread) Milk – 6 cups Sugar – 1 1/4 cup Ghee – 4 tbsp Cahews – 4 tbsp Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Crush the bread to small pieces. Heat 3 tbsp of ghee in a pan and fry the bread till golden brown. Add the milk and sugar and stir occasionally. Stir it in medium flame and mash it so that there is no lumps. It will soon thicken...

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Kasi Halwa – Poosanikkai Halwa

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Desserts, Slideshow, Diwali Recipes | 4 comments

Kasi Halwa is a traditional South Indian dessert made with ash gourd or poosanikkai. This halwa is served in weddings and special occasions. It is one of the most delicious halwa I have eaten and definitely made it to my favorites list. You need very less ghee to make this dish and the ingredients are pretty simple. Only thing is the yield is less compared to the amount of vegetable you use. Try this delicious Halwa for this Diwali and enjoy with your family and friends.   Preparation time: 75 minutes No. of servings: 7 to 8 Ingredients:  White pumpkin or ash gourd – 4 lb (around 2 kg) Sugar – 2 1/2 cups (500 grams) Cardamom – 4 Cashew nut – 2 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tbsp Orange food color – a big pinch Method...

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Oreo Milkshake

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in Desserts | 3 comments

An easy, chocolatey milkshake recipe that can be made in 5 minutes with just 4 ingredients..Also it is a kids favorite recipe too.. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes No of Servings : 2 Ingredients: Oreo cookies – 5 Vanilla Ice cream – 3 scoops Milk – 1 cup Whip cream – 1/4 cup (optional) Method of Preparation: Blend oreo cookies, ice cream and milk in a blender and transfer them to two glasses. Top it with whip...

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Paal Payasam (Version 2) / Milk and Rice Kheer

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Desserts, Indian Festival, Diwali Recipes, Onam and Vishu | 3 comments

Rice Kheer is an Indian dessert which will be very tasty and is generally made for special occasions. For making Rice Kheer, we have to stand and near the cooking range for a long time to reduce the milk. But for this version of Rice Kheer we need not stand and wait. Only thing is the gas consumption will be more but definitely no strain :). Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 3 hours No of Servings : 4 to 5 Ingredients: Milk (Full fat or 2%) – 5 cups Basmathi rice (washed) – small handful (around 3 tbsp) Saffron – a pinch Sweetened Condensed Milk – 1/2 can (7 oz) Ghee – 1 tsp Method of Preparation: Take a pressure cooker and add a tsp of ghee. Slightly toss the Basmathi rice and add the...

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Mango Kulfi

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Ice Cream | 2 comments

Mango Kulfi is a popular Indian Dessert (Ice cream) which is made of mango pulp and dairy products. For this, we do not need an ice cream maker and we just need a hand mixer or blender. This rich and creamy dessert is so perfect for the summer or even rainy days :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Resting Time : 8 hours No of Servings : 30 (approx) Ingredients: Mango Pulp – 30 oz (I have used 1 tin of kesar mango pulp) Sweetened Condensed milk – 14 oz Heavy Whipping Cream – 16 oz (1 pint) Cool whip – 8 oz Sugar – 1 1/4 cup Full fat milk or Evaporated milk – 2 cups Saffron – a pinch Almonds – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 to 30...

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Easy Kulfi IceCream

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Desserts, Ice Cream | 5 comments

Kulfi is a delicious frozen Indian dessert made from dairy products. It is a perfect summer treat for both kids and adults. This recipe for making Kulfi takes only a few minutes to prepare and is perfect for party treats and quick dessert ideas. All you have to do is blend the ingredients and freeze it. You can use aluminum or plastic molds for making Kulfis. I bought mine from IKEA. If  you do not have Kulfi mold, you can either pour the contents into a big box or tray, cover it with a tight lid or aluminum foil and freeze it overnight. Scoop and serve. Preparation time: 20 minutes Freezing time: 6 to 8 hours Yield: 50 small Kulfis Ingredients: Evaporated milk – one 12 oz can Condensed milk – one 14 oz can Heavy whipping cream –...

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Strawberry Fudge

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 5 comments

This is one of the easiest and simple fudge I’ve ever made. I’ve made this for valentines day and finally get to post this recipe. My son love this fudge, it makes a great dessert for any parties. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of  Servings : 5-6 Ingredients: Strawberry Frosting : 16 oz White Chocolate Chips : 12 oz Method Of Preparation: Melt your chocolate chips in a microwave for about a minute or 2. Once the chips are melted stir it in your strawberry frosting evenly. Now grease 9×9 pan with a cooking spray. Now spread the mixture in your greased pan and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes to set completely. After that cut into any shapes you want and serve. You can store this fudge in an airtight container for a week or...

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Falooda

Posted by on Mar 10, 2013 in Desserts, Slideshow, Desserts | 10 comments

Falooda is a popular dessert in India, Pakistan and Middle East. It is served as a Ice Cream Sundae Float in India and it has basil seeds, falooda sev, rabdi, rose syrup and kulfi or ice cream. Basil seeds are also popularly known as chia, subja or tukmaria seeds. Ready made Falooda sev is available in stores. If you are unable to find it, I have given the recipe for it below. Falooda is a perfect summer drink or dessert. They are more like the Indian version of bubble tea where you can chew the basil seeds while enjoying the dessert. The basil seeds are said to have medicinal values and used as a coolant for body heat. This is a very easy to make dessert and a great way to impress your guests without boring them with the...

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Mango Custard with Fruits

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Slideshow, Desserts | 5 comments

This is an easy to follow recipe for making Mango Custard and definitely pleases the crowd. I have added canned fruits to the custard. You can also add freshly cut fruits or just mangoes. And instead of mango pulp you can the freshly ground ripe mangoes. Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 8 to 10 Ingredients: Milk – 500 ml Custard powder – 2 tbsp Mango pulp – 2 cups Sugar – 1/4 cup Cool whip – 4 oz (113 grams) Cocktail fruits (canned or frozen) – 1 cup (or freshly cut fruits) Method of Preparation: Reserve 1/4 cup of milk and bring the rest to a boil along with sugar. In a separate bowl mix custard powder with the reserved milk without forming any lumps. When milk starts boiling slowly mix in the custard stirring constantly. Add the mango...

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Easy Chocolate Fudge with Nuts

Posted by on Dec 23, 2012 in Slideshow, Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 5 comments

This Chocolate Fudge is easy to make and a delicious treat for your family and friends. It just takes five minutes to whip up the ingredients and then slice them up after refrigeration. I have added toasted nuts to it which adds a crunchy bite. Toasting the nuts improves the flavor and is perfect for the fudge. Try this easy fudge recipe and surprise your friends and family. It comes so handy and perfect for Christmas gift… Preparation time: 15 minutes No. of servings: 35 small fudges Ingredients: Butter – 2 tbsp Milk Chocolate chips – 1 and 1/2 cups Condensed milk – 1 cup Toasted mixed nuts – 3/4 cup (I used almonds, walnuts and pistachios) Method of Preparation: Preheat oven to 250ºF. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and let it toast for 10 minutes until...

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Easy Chocolate Marble Bark

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Christmas Recipes, Desserts | 4 comments

Chocolate Marble Barks are simple and easy to make. When you make swirls on the chocolates it gives a nice marble effect  which makes it look pretty. They are perfect as a holiday gift to your friends and family. Add this easy dish to your list of Christmas recipes and surprise your family and friends. Preparation time and setting time: 60 minutes Yield: 25 small squares Ingredients: White chocolate chips – 300 gram (11 oz) Milk or dark chocolate chips – 300 grams (11 oz) Method of Preparation: Take 3/4 th of white chocolate and milk chocolate in separate bowls. I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Any chocolate chips or squares will do. Microwave each bowl separately on high heat for 15 to 30 seconds. Remove from microwave oven and stir well. Microwave for another 15 seconds, remove and stir again. Continue...

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How to make Gulab Jamun with Khoya?

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 3 comments

Now a days making Gulab Jamuns with ready mix has become common. But we can find a huge difference in taste if we make them from the scratch. My grand mother and my aunt still make these for me if I ask for Jamuns. I got this recipe from my aunt and here goes the step by step procedure for making these delicious Khoya Jamuns. Time of Preparation : 50 minutes No of pieces : 30 Ingredients: Khoya – 1 cup (homemade or store bought) Maida / All Purpose Flour) – 1/2 cup Baking Soda – a pinch Milk – few tbsp Oil – For Frying Ghee 3 tbsp For Sugar Syrup: Sugar – 1 1/2 cup Water – 1 1/2 cup Cardamom – 4 to 5 (crushed) Method of Preparation: Sieve the maida and baking soda and mix...

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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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Badusha

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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