Festive and loaded with nuts and raisins, creamy sakkare pongal
01/08/2018 9:56:18 PM vindhyadesai
Come January, we start preparing for Makara Sankranti/Pongal. In various parts of India this is a special festival and is celebrated with much fervour all around. Traditional recipes such as this sweet version sakkare pongal and a spicy version like ven pongal are the main staples of this festival.
Sakkare pongal a.k.a sakkarai pongal, has its origins in Tamil Nadu and is a must for the festival. It has rice and mung dal cooked until soft and creamy in a jaggery syrup and milk. It is flavoured with fragrant spices like laung, cardamom and topped with ghee. ... “Sakkare Pongal | Sweet Pongal | Sankranti Recipes”
Rich and nutty, with a beautiful sunshine yellow colour, badam halwa
01/01/2018 8:08:24 PM vindhyadesai
A rich and nutty halwa is the order of the day! Welcoming the new year with a gorgeous yellow coloured traditional sweet, badam halwa. Halwas are very popular all over India. Carrot halwa, lauki halwa are amongst the most favourite and common ones.
Badam halwa is a rich and decadent halwa made purely with almonds, sugar and fragrant saffron (kesar). Indeed it is a very rich sweet but so tasty that you will want to gorge on more than one. ... “Badam Halwa | Sweet Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Luscious, decadent, laced with mild fragrance of kesar & elaichi, kesar elaichi shrikhand
10/30/2017 3:07:13 PM vindhyadesai
Some recipes like shrikhand may seem daunting to make. But with a little effort it can be very easy to prepare. This is also one of those recipes which can be made ahead of time. That is why I love sweets, they taste better as they sit. This mildly flavoured kesar elaichi shrikhand is definitely one such recipe.
I can lap up kesar elaichi shrikhand anytime and it tastes great with these puffy whole wheat puris. Making the hung curd is the most important step. Please follow the stepwise recipe to make hung curd here. Or you can also use store-bought strained yogurt to do this and the Greek yogurt is a candidate for this. ... “Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand | Sweet Recipes”
Soft raisins, golden fried cashews in traditional Karnataka style rava ladoo or rava unde
09/09/2017 10:34:35 PM vindhyadesai
Traditional sweets are always the best recipes to turn to if you are unsure of what to make. These recipes have been made by millions over the years. They are foolproof, tried, tested and of course tasted! One such sweet recipe is rava unde or rava ladoo.
These moist and soft rava unde are laden with plump raisins and golden cashews. Adding ghee takes this rava unde to another level in terms of aroma. Milk adds the necessary moisture to these wonderful sweets. Mild spicy notes in the form of cloves (laung/lavanga) and elaichi (cardamom) adds all the fragrance. ... “Rava Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Melt-in-the-mouth Karnataka style kobbri mithai, a special sweet
08/13/2017 12:30:22 PM vindhyadesai
Traditional and good old sweets are the best and easy ways to celebrate festivals. Even if you do not have experience making these sweets, you will find a lot of guidance and inspiration around you to make them. Kobbri mithai definitely belongs to that category.
Kobbri mithai is nothing but coconut/nariyal barfi (for my non-kannada friends and readers!) It uses only a few ingredients but the consistency is very very important. ... “Kobbri Mithai | Coconut Barfi | Sweet Recipes”
Creamy carrot payasa, an easy choice for festivals or when guests come over
07/09/2017 4:57:44 PM vindhyadesai
When guests are coming over or when you need to make a quick sweet which everybody would like then carrot payasa or kheer can be one your choices. It tastes best chilled or at room temperature. You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it.
It’s just a matter of slicing up some fresh carrots and cooking them through. They can be even cooked in a pressure cooker till soft. Made fragrant with elaichi, this easy to make carrot payasa is popular with kids. They will like the colour and texture. It is smooth and sweet, so you would not hear any complaints. ... “Carrot Payasa | Payasa Recipes | Festival Recipes”
Little bundles of joy, droolworthy, dreamy Dharwad peda
06/29/2017 9:40:10 PM vindhyadesai
I had no idea that I will be able to try these kind of sweets years ago when I started cooking. For me making these Dharwad Peda at home is a personal milestone in cooking. They taste so good… Do not know where to start exclaiming about this wonderful sweet.
Dharwad peda is a trademark and a well protected sweet recipe from the beautiful land of Dharwad, Karnataka. This recipe has been protected for generations by families like Mishra, Thakur from that region.
This recipe may not even be the way these Dharwad peda are prepared. But I won’t complain they taste so similar and look so similar. So no complaints. Hats off to those folks who have developed and perfected the ‘Dharwad Peda’ recipe for years. ... “Dharwad Peda | Pedha Recipes | Sweet recipes”
Traditional Karnataka style hesaru bele payasa or moong dal payasa
02/18/2017 9:43:36 PM vindhyadesai
Payasa or payasam is a traditional sweet dish made for festivals. They are usually very easy to make. For me hesaru bele payasa is a soul satisfying dish. For that matter, all payasa varieties are!
My mom makes this usually and it tastes so good. She quickly rustles this up for lunch. The main flavour comes from cooking hesaru bele or moong dal with grated coconut till smooth in consistency. Dal almost melts with coconut.
Hesaru bele payasa is quick to make as moong dal is a very soft dal and cooks quickly. You do not need a pressure cooker to cook this dal. It also takes only a few ingredients to make this delicious hesaru bele payasa.
I would say this is one of the easiest sweet dishes bachelors or beginners can make. You do not have to worry about consistency, if it dries up add little more water, if it is watery, boil for a little while and let it cool to absorb water. Tastes so good and heavenly! ... “Hesaru Bele Payasa | Moong Dal Payasa | Payasa Recipes”
Mini cut groundnut or shenga barfis – something for the sweet tooth
01/01/2017 12:08:59 PM vindhyadesai
New Year is here! Let’s us start this new year on a sweet note. A fun to make recipe, shenga barfis. Made with roasted groundnuts mixed into melted jaggery and ghee. Now, what can go bad with that 🙂
Sankranti/Pongal planning has to start soon. This year the harvest festival is on the 14th of January. Make simple sweets like shenga unde, shenga chikki along with these shenga barfis. They will make your Sankranti/Pongal celebration special.
These shenga barfis can be cut into any shape, I have cut them into small squares. Small squares are ideal to distribute amongst friends and colleagues. Everyone can just grab a little barfi and help themselves with more. ... “Shenga Barfis | Kadalebeeja Barfi | How to make groundnut barfi? | Sankranti Recipes”
Juicy moist sweet carrot halwa with cashews and raisins
10/21/2016 6:45:02 PM vindhyadesai
Carrot halwa is a famous Indian sweet made from grated sweet carrots, sugar, milk, ghee all sauteed till it turns into a sweet, soft halwa. This light orange coloured sweet is loved by children and is a good way of getting children to eat some carrots. The halwa is flavoured with elaichi and along with added cashews and raisins this halwa is fit to be laid out for a feast.
This is one of those sweets where you do not have to check whether it is set or worry about making a threaded sugar syrup. The only thing to get this halwa to a soft and moist consistency is to stop sauteing it at the right time so that it is moist enough and does not dry out. The pictures below illustrate at what stage the halwa needs to stop cooking.
This will surely be a hit with everyone and is a good sweet to prepare in large quantities. It is easily portable and is a crowd pleaser. It can be served both as a sweet or dessert. Fancy it up a bit by serving with vanilla ice cream right on top. Do try more halwa and other sweet recipes from FOI. ... “Carrot Halwa | How to make carrot halwa?”