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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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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Corn flakes Mixture

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Indian Festival, Snacks, Diwali Recipes | 1 comment

This Corn flakes mixture is one of the easiest snacks which everyone will like. We can make in large quantity very easily. This sweet and spicy mixture is my all time favorite. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Corn flakes / Corn poha – 14 oz pack (approximately 5 cups) Cashew nuts (broken) – 1/2 cup Raisins – 1/3 cup Peanuts – 1/3 cup Curry leaves – 4 strings Red chilli powder – 2 tsp Salt – 1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste Sugar – 1 tsp Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a small kadai and fry the cashew nuts, peanuts, raisins and curry leaves one by one and transfer them to a tight storage box. Add the red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Fry the corn flakes (I...

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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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Crispy Cashew Pakoda / Mundhiri Pakoda (Step by Step Instructions)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Snacks | 10 comments

I am huge fan of Adayar Anandha Bhavan’s Cashew Pakoda. I got this recipe from my aunt and these came so good and they are almost as good as Anandha Bhavan’s Pakodas. It can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Cashew nuts – 3/4 cup Besan Flour – 1/2 cup Rice flour – 1/4 cup Red chilly powder – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Onions – 1/4 cup (thinly sliced) Mint leaves – 1/4 cup (chopped) Curry leaves – a few (optional) Hot oil – 1/4 cup Oil – for frying Method of Preparation: Add besan flower, rice flour, red chilli powder, salt, mint leaves, ginger, onions and...

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Chettinad Mutton Kuzhambhu

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Meat & Seafood Entrees, Mutton Dishes, Chettinad Dishes, Diwali Recipes | 10 comments

I’ve made this dish a day before Diwali and since then I wanted to post it, but couldn’t find time to do it. Finally I am posting this recipe today. This mutton curry is one of the most easiest and flavorful dish I’ve ever made. It’s an authentic chettinad recipe I’ve got from one of my friend. Chettinad dishes are most popular in southern part of India. You can find chettinad dishes on any restaurant in South India. The ground masala is key to this dish and makes it more delicious and it gives nice aroma. Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out for you. Preparation Time : 45 minutes No of servings : 4-5 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Mutton : 500 gms Onion: 1 cup Tomato : 1 cup(chopped finely)...

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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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Ashoka Halwa

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Desserts, Slideshow, Diwali Recipes | 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 Indian Festival, Diwali Recipes | 0 comments

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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Malai Sandwich/Chop

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Desserts, Cooking Videos, 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 Indian Festival, Slideshow, Desserts, Diwali Recipes | 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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