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Badam Halwa/Cake-Easy Deepavali Sweet

Ingredients:

  • Badam-100 g
  • Sugar-100 g
  • Milk-1 cup
  • Ghee-1/4 cup
  • Saffron-1 pinch

Procedure:

  1. Soak badam in warm water for 6 hr, remove the skin, and blot out water with a paper/towel.
  2. Grind into a thick coarse paste with adequate quantity of milk.
  3. Heat milk in a kadai, add sugar and stir well till it dissolves.
  4. Add badam paste and stir continually till you get the desired consistency.
  5. Reduce heat, add saffron and ghee and mix well.
  6. When done transfer it to a plate coated with ghee and flatten the badam mix.
  7. Use as halwa. Or, if hardened, cut into diamond shaped cakes.

Kolukkattai, Sukiyam

Ingredients:

  • Rice Flour – 2 cup
  • Salt half tsp
  • Oil 1 tsp
  • Water 3 cups

Procedure:

  1. Heat water in a pan with salt and oil till it starts to boil
  2. Add hot water in small quantities to the rice flour, continuously stirring with a ladle,  till it becomes a thick paste
  3. Roll into a ball, cover it with a damp cloth, cover it with a lid and allow it to stand for 5 min
  4. Make small balls and roll it into a round and thick sheet of flour- Traditionally, we place flour ball on suitably cut plantain leaves and press it with fingers or roller to get flour sheets.  Or place cut plantain leaves on the bottom side of the press and put the flour ball in the middle. Place butter paper/oiled plastic sheet over it and lightly press to get a thick sheet of flour. Remove the butter paper/plastic sheet
  5. Put a spoonful of sweet or chutney mix ( Refer to Kolukkattai Pooranam) at the center and fold into a semicircle and pinch the edges to close it to get the dumplings.
  6. Steam the dumplings on a idly cooker for 3 to 4 min.

Paal Payasam (Milk Payasam)

Ingredients:

  • Milk 1 liter (¼ gallons)
  • Raw rice 50 grams (2 ounces)
  • Cashews 6 finely sliced
  • Cardamoms 3 powdered
  • Sugar (depends on how sweetness you want)
  • Pachai Karpooram (Raw Camphor) size of a whole black pepper
  • Ghee (clarified butter) 2 tsp

Procedure:

  1. Prep:
    1. Fry the rice in 1 tsp ghee on low heat till it becomes golden brown.
    2. Let the rice cool
    3. Grind it coarsely and boil it in water and cook it
  2. Heat the milk in low heat until it reduces to half its volume
  3. Add the cooked rice and cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat
  4. While its still hot add sugar, cashews, cardamoms, pachai karpooram, and the left over ghee and stir till the sugar dissolves
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Kolukkattai Coconut Chutney Pooranam

Ingredients:

  • Coconut 1/2
  • Red chilies 5
  • Asafoetida 1 pinch
  • Mustard seeds 1 tsp
  • Urad dal 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves

Procedure:

  1. Grind the coconut, red chilies, salt, and asafoetida with minimum water into thick chutney
  2. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pan and fry mustard seeds, urad dal, and curry leaves till it splutters and then add it to the chutney and mix

Kolukkattai Channa Dal Pooranam

Ingredients:

  • Split Channa dal 2 cups
  • Cardamom 2 powdered
  • Brown sugar 1 cup

Procedure:

  1. Boil 8 cups of water and add the channa dal and cook it fully. Drain the water and allow it to cool
  2. Add the cardamoms and the cooked channa dal and grind it coarsely
  3. Heat 1/4 cup of water to a boil and add the brown sugar till it reaches a thread consistency (if you take a pinch of it and separate your fingers the syrup must stretch like a thread between the fingers)
  4. Add the ground channa dal mix to the brown sugar syrup

Kolukkattai Pooranam

Ingredients:

  • Coconut 2 cups – grated
  • Brown sugar 1 cup
  • Cardamoms 2 powdered

Procedure:

  1. Heat 1/4 cup of water to a boil and add the brown sugar till it reaches a thread consistency (if you take a pinch of it and separate your fingers the syrup must stretch like a thread between the fingers)
  2. Add the grated coconut and the powdered cardamoms
  3. Keep stirring till the mix hardens to the required consistency (consistency of bread pudding)