This dish is a mix of sago and semolina and  is called ‘kesari bhath‘ in India.Well ,the

authentic dish has the inclusion of vermicelli .

Today, i made excluding the vermicelli. (Those who love vermicelli could include it.)

The taste is amazing and addictive too.The method of preparation also was done with a

twist,so do try this lovely recipe and send in your comments.

So let’s get into the recipe  now….!


1 cup roasted semolina

1 cup sago

2 cups brown sugar (or palm candy powder)

1/4 tsp.salt

1/2 tsp powdered cardamon

1 cup ghee

a pinch of  edible camphor powder(optional)

kesari color

Cashewnuts and raisins



Mix half the ghee with the roasted semolina,cover and set aside for minimum 1 hour.

Soak the sago in water for 1-2 hours.

Heat 2 cups water,and the soaked sago first and cook till done.

Add another cup of heated water to the cooking sago,as the cooked sago would have

absorbed the water .

Immediately add the semolina with the salt,and cook till the rawa swells up.

Keep stirring ,add the rest of the ingredients and cook till done.

Add a little ghee on top for enhanced taste and look.








This is a famous Sri Lankan dish,like a paniyaram mix but baked or made in

the traditional way (will be explaining below).

Well..i baked half the batter in muffin moulds and the rest of the batter as pancakes with

the inclusion of a red banana.My folks loved the banana pancakes,as it was super

awesome.(only few were available for my photo.)

For people who have ovens with the option of top or bottom grill,can use the

top grill after the bottom is cooked.

Now to explain the process,a ladle of the batter is poured in a thick bottomed kadai ,and

closed with a lid to which hot coals are placed on top of the lid to brown the top.

You could make this batter and keep in the fridge, and use whenever you need.This ,is a

good breakfast,lunch box snack for kids,and a tea snack too.Kids will surely love it.So try

and send in your comments….

For the recipe now.


500 gm flour ( wheat or white)

1 egg

650 ml coconut milk (reserve 1 cup to add after fermentation.

50 gm butter

350-400 gm sugar ( preferably brown or jaggery powder)

1/4 tsp yeast

1 tsp.baking soda

a pinch of salt

Few cashewnuts (optional)

For banana version add 1 red banana.


Reserve 1 cup coconut milk,and mix the rest of the ingredients and set aside for 8 hours .

( You can leave overnight too).

After 8 hours mix in the remaining coconut milk .Mix well till the batter is silky

smooth.Pour into moulds and bake in a hot oven 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes or untill

done.(explanation of cooking in summary.)


I’m more than excited to share this awesome recipe with you..Well ….I can guess popping

thinking clouds with question marks..Believe me,it’s simply excellent.NO taste or smell of

greens.As you all know the benefits of Vallarai or Gotukola or Brahmi ,this is worth trying.

This green having the shape of the brain is very much beneficial to the brain.I am an addict

to health related programmes,and there I extracted the idea (not the recipe) to create this recipe.

All the ingredients are full of nutrients ,no sugar only jaggery is used.

Black grapes are rich in vitamin C and K and aids in boosting Immunity.Dry black grapes are

good for constipation,good to increase level of power antioxidants preventing cancer,good for

hypertension,anaemic patients and overall health.Including this daily in your diet should be

made compulsory in any form.

So let’s get on to the healthy halwa recipe.


1cup Vallarai /Gotukola /Brahmi leaves

3/4 cup black dry grapes

1/2 cup cashewnuts

1/4 cup ghee

A pinch of salt

1 tblsp cornflour mixed with 1/4 cup water

1 – 1.5 cups jaggery syrup.(1-3/4 cup grated jaggery melted in a little water)

Few cashewnuts to top the halwa.

1/4 tsp cardamon powder(optional)


Heat a little ghee in a thick bottomed pan,and sauté the leaves,grapes,and cashewnuts till the raw smell disappears.

Grind to a coarse paste,and return the mix to the pan .Add the melted jaggery and cornflour mixture and keep stirring,adding ghee simultaneously.

Once you see the mixture leaving the sides of the pan,transfer onto a greased plate and sprinkle the cashewnuts .Allow to cool and cut into shapes.

Send in your comments and suggestions ,after you try the recipe.



This dessert has three layers,and I have made it the easiest way.The base is a pista sponge,the

centre is pista custard ,and the topping is a pista jelly.All green….it is good for a festive season .

For the flavouring I used pista milk which is freely available in all markets.

So for the recipe now….l


For the sponge

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour +1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup pista milk

A drop of green colouring (optional)


Beat the eggs and sugar till frothy.Add milk.

Fold in the flour,and mix well.

Pour into a baking tin,and bake in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes.

Ingredients for the pista custard

3 cups of milk ( you can mix pista milk and plain milk too)

Sugar according to your required sweetness as pista milk will be slightly sweet.

2 tblsp cornflour mixed in 1/4 cup water or milk


Heat the milk with sugar .Once it reaches a boil add the cornflour mixture.

It will start to thicken .Keep stirring till it is thick like custard.

Ingredients for the jelly

1 packet pista jelly mixed according to instructions in the packet.

For the assembling

Place the sponge on a dessert tray and pour the custard on top.

Keep in the fridge for minimum 20 minutes.

Pour the jelly mix slowly on top,and set till the jelly is firm.

Do send in your comments and suggestions,after you try it!

You could try making in individual bowls too.




This is a  chocolate brownie with a simple butterscotch custard topping with drizzles of

chocolate sauce.

You could make a dulce de leche sauce  for a variation.(You can find the method to

prepare this sauce if you click on this link BANOFEE WALNUT PIE)

At times  i break up the baked brownies ,mix it with rum or brandy,and press on to make

a thick crust,and then do the topping as in the recipe.A sprinkle of walnuts,or praline

will be too awesome.

Do try it and send in your comments.

Now for the recipe


100 gm butter (unsalted)

2 heaped tblsp cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp.vanilla essence

1 cup flour sieved together with 1/2 tsp baking powder

a pinch of salt


Heat the butter and cocoa powder in a double boiler till butter is melted and well

corporated with the cocoa powder.Remove from fire and set aside.

Beat eggs with sugar till frothy,and add the melted chocolate-butter mixture ,vanilla

essence gradually whilst beating.

Fold in the flour,and mix well with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Pour onto a greased tray and bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes (180 degrees)

For the butterscotch sauce

2 tblsp butter

3/4 cup sugar(preferably brown)

2 cups milk

1.5 tblsp cornflour mixed in 1/4 cup milk

Put sugar and butter in a thick bottomed saucepan,and heat on a medium flame till the

butter and sugar melts to a nice golden brown colour.(do not stir much).

Slowly add in the milk (the sugar will crystalise )and heat on a medium flame,till the

sugar crystals melt and are well blended with the mixture.

Add the cornflour mixture (it will thicken quickly).Keep stirring till the mixture is thick


Allow to cool and spread over the baked cake.

For the chocolate drizzle

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1-2 cream or milk

Heat both in a double boiler till melted.Beat slightly with a spatula,and pour over custard

creating a marble effect.

Cool ,cut and serve with praline ,or nuts .






It is the same recipe as mint marshmallow

The only change is the pink coloring,and

strawberry essence.This time I made big 

squares…good for gift packs.Try this and

do send in your comments.



The recipe called for golden syrup,and I had to get it quick within a day.Checked online shops

as no stores closer by ,had this.Hmm…it would take minimum 2 days.I thought to hit the

google search for home made golden syrup….and there it was …was too zealous to make it

right away and I succeeded.The only flaw I did was…just allowed to simmer and went away

from the kitchen trusting it will not flow over the limits…but NO..quarter of the syrup was

overflowing.So …please have a wide eye on the pot,or use a wide ,and bigger

saucepan.The only change I made was, I used cane sugar for the first boil,and regular sugar

for the next.I liked to try the cane sugar version to get a darker colour.Anyway let’s now move

to the recipe …Do try as homemade has no preservatives….and the process is easy..

INGREDIENTS (200-250 gm syrup)

100 gm cane sugar (you can use normal sugar too)

3 tblsp.water

500 gm sugar

300 ml boiling water

1/2 lemon


Heat the first set of ingredients till sugar melts.

Add boiling water gradually.

Add 500 gm sugar and mix till sugar dissolves.

Add the slice of lemon into the boiling water and cook on a low fire for 45 minutes.

The sugar syrup will not be thick at this stage.Once it starts to cool it will thicken like


Remove the lemon and strain into a glass bottle and allow to cool.

I will update the shelf life soon…

You can store in the refrigerator and use in your cakes and desserts.



This is a very easy dessert,which can be 

mixed in minutes.The steaming time only 

takes 35-40 minutes.

No egg,No sugar and it’s really yummy.In 

fact this is a famous dessert of Northern 

India, and it’s known as ‘kharvas‘.For

those who aren’t familiar with this name,I 

feel it could be titled triple milk pudding.

Why??Because milk in three forms are 

used in this dessert

Condensedmilk,milk,curd or unsweetened 

yogurt is used in this recipe..So let’s go to 

the recipe quickly…


1 cup condensed milk

1 cup thick curd or yoghurt.

1 cup milk

1.5 tblsp cornflour

a pinch of salt

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

a few strands of saffron(optional)


Mix all the ingredients together and steam 

in a pressure cooker for 35-40 minutes 

without the vent.Once done it should be 

firm at the top.Refridgerate and serve.

You could garnish with nuts.

Note:Do not use semi solid curd or yoghurt.The curd should be thick,or you could tie the curd in a muslin cloth and hang it for the water to drain out.This way you will get thick curd ready for the dessert.



Who doesn’t love marshmallows…?The fragrance of the festive season taking over with the

aroma of fruit cakes,sweets,and many more to brighten up the Christmassy spirit,I was

inspired to make marshmallows,and that too these mint marshmallows are really addictive

and awesome.Very easy to make but a little messy ,but it’s worth all the mess.Good for

gifting,and can be made into different colours and flavours.I have eaten many flavours but I

think mint….tops it all.I used liquid glucose instead of corn syrup and,believe me it was really


So do give a try …and send in your comments.

INGREDIENTS (makes 22-24)

2 egg whites

A pinch of cream of tartar

1 tsp sugar

50 ml water

250 gm sugar

1/8 cup liquid glucose (1.5 tblsp)

2 sachets gelatine (8 tsp)

1/4 cup water

1 tsp peppermint essence

1/2 cup icing sugar+1/2 cup cornflour mixed for coating


First add the gelatine to half cup water and allow to bloom .

Heat the sugar,glucose,and water in a covered saucepan till it becomes thick (soft ball stage).

Beat egg whites in a stand mixer with 1 tblsp sugar and cream of tartar till stiff.

Now add the hot syrup little by little and keep on beating on high speed.

After pouring all the syrup,heat the bloomed gelatine in the same saucepan till melted for 1


Pour the gelatine mix also into the beating mixture and beat well for few minutes.

Pour onto a greased and lined tray with parchment paper,and allow to set overnight or set in

the refrigerator for 2-3 hours.

Cut into desired shapes with a sharp knife or scissors and roll on cornflour-icing sugar

mixture,and store.

You could try the same with flavours and colors you like.

Use a greased parchment paper to press on the top if you like.I just tapped the tray ,so

it’s your option .

Suggestions:You could coat with chocolate

Chocolate and coconut with mint marshmallows

Could be used as a topping for cakes and brownies

Cut pieces could be added to ice cream and fruit salad



This is a flourless,cookie made with powdered nuts.You can make a single nut powdered

cookie.I have tried with almond and cashew .You could try with only cashewnuts,only

almonds or only pistachios or a blend of all three.So it’s up to you to make the choice.

You could decorate the top with nuts of your choice.

An important note about this cookie is that it does not have any oil,or butter in the dough.

You could use powdered candy (panagalkandu in Tamil)as a substitute for sugar.So…

let’s get into the recipe


2 cups powdered almond

2 cups powdered cashewnuts

2.5 or 2 cups sugar ..depending on your taste

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup milk mixed in a pinch of kesar or yellow color

1/2 tsp powdered cardamon

A pinch of nutmeg.


Mix all the dry ingredients together .

Add milk enough to bind .Do not knead.

Roll out into shapes you like and bake in a moderate oven (175 degrees)for 12 minutes or till

done.It will turn crisp when it is cool so don’t worry if it’s soft .Allow to cool and store.

Do try this easy recipe and send in your comments and suggestions!