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

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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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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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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Mango Milkshake

Posted by on Jun 8, 2012 in Beverages & Drinks | 3 comments

I am back to ST after a short break. I went to India this summer and got a chance to taste all the summer fruits and obviously mangoes. I had really missed eating mangoes for a very long time.  Yesterday I went to Sam’s club and bought these delicious lipsmacking mangoes from there. I love milkshakes and especially mango shake is my favorite. SoI made this for a beautiful evening drink and it came out really yummy. Preparation Time : 15 minutes No of servings : 2 Ingredients: Mango Pulp : 1 cup(I’ve used 2 fresh mangoes) Fat free Milk : 1 cup Vanilla Ice cream : 2 scoops (I’ve used fat free) Sugar : 2 tbsp (optional) Method Of Preparation: Add all the ingredients in the blender or mixer and blend it well until it becomes smooth and...

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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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Chocolate Marble Cake

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Baking, Christmas Recipes, Cookies and Cakes | Comments Off on Chocolate Marble Cake

For this Christmas, I am planning to make cakes, cookies, muffins and breads. This Chocolate Marble cake is a very simple recipe. It came out good and I am planning to give it to all my friends. Here is the recipe for the yummy Cake.. Time of Preparation : 1 hr 30 minutes No of Servings : 12 Ingredients: Semi sweet chocolate chips – 1/2 cup Milk – 1/4 cup Butter – 1/2 cup (room temperature) Sugar – 1 cup Eggs – 2 (room temperature) Vanilla extract – 1 tsp Half and half – 1/4 cup Sour cream or yogurt – 1/4 cup All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup Baking powder – 2 tsp Salt – 1/4 tsp Method of Preparation: Melt the semi sweet chocolate chips in milk and keep it aside. Sift the flour, baking powder...

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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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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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Sabudana Kheer – Sago Kheer

Posted by on Apr 14, 2011 in Desserts, Featured | 17 comments

Happy Tamil New Year and Vishu to all our readers… Today is Tamil Varusha Paruppu or Tamil New Year and tomorrow is Vishu, which is the new year festival celebrated in Kerala. I made sabudana payasam which is one of my favorite dessert. I like the chewy texture of it in the kheer. It is simple and yummy. Here you go… Preparation time: 60 minutes No. of Servings: 8 Ingredients: Sabudana or javvarisi – 1/2 cup (any size) Milk – 4 and 1/2 cups (I used 2% milk) Sugar – 1/2 cup Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tsp Cashew nut – 1 tbsp Raisins – 1 tbsp Method of Preparation: Heat a tsp of ghee in a pan and fry sabudana till it puffs up. On the other side boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan....

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Paal Kozhukatai

Posted by on Sep 15, 2009 in Best of ST, Desserts, Featured, Indian Festival, Vinayagar Chaturthi | 12 comments

I  got this recipe from my sister. She used to make it for special ocassions and “Paal Kozhukatai” is one of my favorite recipes from her kitchen. As many other not so often made dishes, I’ve always thought it would be pretty tough to make it. But I finally decided to make it on Gokulashtami (an Indian festival) and it came out really awesome. And its not at all tough to make. It just took like 30-40 minutes for me to make this lovely dessert. Hope you enjoy making this recipe. Ingredients: Rice flour: 1 cup Coconut milk : 1 cup water :1 cup Milk : 1/2 cup cardamom : 5-6 (crushed) saffron : a pinch Sugar : 1/2 cup (according to your sweet level) Method Of Preparation: Take a cup of rice flour in a pan and add...

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Gokulashtami Special – Vella Seedai/Sweet marbles

Posted by on Aug 13, 2009 in Appetizers, Desserts, Slideshow | 10 comments

Today is Gokulashtami. This festival is celebrated for lord krishna and it’s his birthday.  This festival is called in different names as “krishna jayanthi”, “krishnashtami”,” sri jayanthi” and “janma ashtami”. Last year my Mother-in-Law was here with us so she made it easy for me. This year I tried out my family recipes for the festival. This is one of the most popular festival in India. Today I made “paal kozhukatai/Sweet Rice Pudding”, Vella Seedai/Sweet marbles”, “Sundal/chick Peas Fry”, “Medhu vadai”. I was planning to make two more dishes but I don’t have time to do it. Now  I am sharing the Vella seedai(Sweet marbles) recipe here. This dish is used to make especially for the Gokulashtami festival. This is pretty popular snack in South India. I got this recipe from my sister and this is the first time...

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Badam Kheer – Almond Kheer

Posted by on Feb 27, 2009 in Desserts, Featured | 8 comments

Badam Kheer/Almond Kheer is a popular drink in India. It is so simple to make but also a rich and creamy dessert. My mom and I love it. I was just thinking about her when I made this today for a get-together. My friends enjoyed it and I hope you all like it. Here you go… Ingredients: Almonds or Badam – 1/3 cup Milk – 4 cups Condensed milk – 1 can (or sugar of required amount) Cardamom – 3 count Saffron – few strands Method of Preparation: Soak almonds overnight or in hot water for 2 hours. Drain the almonds and peel the skin off and grind it to a paste along with some milk. Add milk to a thick bottomed vessel and heat it to boil. Keep on stirring the milk to avoid burning at the bottom. When...

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Basundi-Creamy Milk Pudding

Posted by on Nov 11, 2008 in Desserts, Featured | 17 comments

Basundhi is one of my and my Husband’s favorite sweets. We love  Adayar Anadha Bhavan’s Basundhi to the core. It used to be my favorite place to eat basundhi in Chennai. But luckily, after marriage I came to know that its my husband’s favorite too. But after moving to U.S we really missed it.  My elder sister used to make great basundhi, So I decided to make this at home and surprised my husband. You know what, it actually became  a sooper dooper hit and he loved it very much. A big thanks to my sister for sharing this recipe with me. Ingredients: Milk : 2 litres (I used 2% Milk) Condensed Milk: 1 can Pistachios : 4 tbsp cardamom : 1 1/2tbsp (Preseed) Sugar : 1/2 cup Method Of Preparation: Boil the milk in a thick  wide bottomed...

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