JACKFRUIT PANIYARAM


I made this with left over hopper batter. I have

posted recipes made with hopper batter. This is

one more addition to the previous post.

Pancake batter also may be used.

A few health pointers on jack fruit

•Boosts energy levels

•Good for anaemic

•Good for eye health ( VitaminA content)

•Builds strength in bones

Raw jackfruit and its seeds can be made into

lovely recipes too.( will upload later)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup batter

1/2 cup ripe jackfruit ground

2 tbsp ghee

1 egg

Sugar / palm sugar

1/2 tsp elaichi powder

Few cashew nuts and raisins

Oil for frying .( preferably ghee/coconut oil)

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together .

Heat the paniyaram pan ,add a little oil in each

mould and pour spoonfuls.

Fry on medium flame.

Flip onto the other side and fry till golden

brown.

You can sprinkle powdered sugar or serve with

any syrup of your choice if you have a strong

sweet tooth.

You can make in mould like this 👇.or use your favourite pancake moulds.

Amazon link to buy mould.

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WHEAT +SWEET POTATO DOUGHNUTS + BREAD ( 2 healthy recipes)


Another sweet potato delight, from my kitchen!

The remaining breakfast of sweet potatoes and

coconut,was triggering my brains to make

something new with it and finally rested upon

making sweet potato bread. I couldn’t separate

the coconut from the potato,so gave it a nice

mash,and added to the normal bread making

process. The bread was amazingly soft ,and the

doughnuts too.Finally ,a healthy doughnut with

a vanilla butter glaze.

This amount is for a loaf of bread and 10

doughnuts

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups of mashed sweet potato

3-4 cups wheat flour

2 tsp yeast

2 tsp sugar

Lukewarm milk / milk +water

2-3 tblsp flax seed powder ( optional)

A pinch of salt

Olive oil / butter

METHOD

First mix the yeast, water and sugar in the

mixing bowl.

Add the mashed potato and the rest of the

ingredients , except the oil and knead to a soft

dough for 10 minutes. Add oil and knead again

for another five minutes.

Cover and set aside . Once you see the dough,

doubled in size ,turn over into a floured board

and make 3/4 of the dough into a loaf shape,

and transfer to a loaf tin . After it rises in the

tin, bake in a 200C oven for 20 – 30 minutes.

Make doughnut shapes from the remaining

dough ,and fry in oil till golden brown and

glaze.

For the vanilla butter glaze

1/4 cup powdered sugar

25 gm melted butter

Vanilla essence

a little milk

Mix all the ingredients to a smooth syrupy

texture .

Dip each doughnut and allow to cool.

Variation: I added salted caramel syrup to a

little portion of the dough and dipped in glaze .

It was melt in mouth doughnuts ,so do try this

healthy doughnut and comment !

(I have added only light glaze in the photo )

CARAMELISED APPLE SAGO KHEER (PAYASAM)


Apple in Kheer …Sago and vermicelli with

apple roasted in ghee and sugar .

You could use jaggery , or palm sugar.I made

this with fresh milk,you can make with coconut

milk too .

Easy and quick to make , this sago pudding can

be served any time of the day.

To the recipe now (serves 3-4)

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup sago washed

2 tblsp roasted vermicelli ( optional)

1 big Apple ( cores peeled and grated)

1 -2 tblsp sugar to caramelise

1 tblsp.ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

Sugar / jaggery to taste

Few cashews and raisins fried lightly in ghee

2-3 cups of milk

1 cup water

a pinch of nutmeg powder

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Heat water .When it is reaching boiling point

add the sago and vermicelli , with salt .

Simultaneously heat ghee,add the grated apple

and sugar ,and cook till golden brown and set

aside.

When the sago is cooked and swell ,add sugar

the milk and cooked apples,and the rest of the

ingredients . Do not allow to boil .

Can be served hot or cold .

Variations : You can use grated pumpkin and

create pumpkin kheer.

Note: Soaking sago for some time ( 10 minutes)will help you to get a better texture.

BIBIKAN TARTS


Bibikan is a recipe from the Srilankan cuisine.

It is a sweet cake made with coconut,jaggery /

treacle . The authentic recipe was made with

rice flour,but now the all purpose flour has

taken it’s place.This cake like texture sweet is

available all over Srilanka. The expert hands

are mostly from the villages of Srilanka, and on

certain occasions, you can see the ladies having

rows of stalls , with these sweet meats.If

observed,most of the sweets of Srilanka are

prepared with jaggery only.

Today’s recipe,is my innovation of this sweet

mixture into tarts and flour replaced with

semolina/rawa.Awesome taste and texture,and

I’m excited to share this recipe with you all.

Do try and post in your valued comments!

INGREDIENTS

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

2 cups jaggery / 1 cup treacle

1 cup roasted semolina

1 tsp mixed spice powder*

25 gm chopped dates

A few raisins ( I used leftover rum soaked

raisins)

25 gm pumpkin preserve

1/4 cup coarsely ground cashewnuts

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 tblsp vanilla essence

1 tblsp rose water

Grated rind of lime

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Grind half of the coconut with 1 cup water and

set aside .

Now mix in the rest of the ingredients to the

ground coconut.

Mix well and pour spoonfuls into tartlets and

bake at 180C for 30 minutes.( You will get the

aroma of a rich cake)

For the tart shells

1 cup flour

20 gm butter

1 egg

1 tbsp sugar

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

A little milk / ice water for binding

Method

Bind all ingredients to a soft dough , cover and

rest in fridge till you make the filling.

Divide into portions,roll dough and line tart

moulds.

Place filling and bake.

*Spice powder- cinnamon,cloves,cardamon,fennel seeds,nutmeg – a tsp of each powdered and stored.

SWEET POTATO BURFI


Sweet potato known for its health benefits

should be included in your diet.

The present scenario in lifestyle,is innovating

recipes with yams like this ,which were

consumed boiled with or without coconut

in early days .

As my kid’s favourites are not sweet potatoes or

any yams,I lay it on the breakfast table ,as an

option and…the result will be untouched. So, I

convert this type of food into tarts , chips , or

make it as a side dish.

Today I’m going to share with you a burfi with

this yam with lots of coconut.Yum Yam burfi!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup boiled,peeled,mashed sweet potato

3 cups grated coconut

2-3 tblsp semolina

1 tblsp gram flour

1 cup sugar

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder

1/4 cup powdered cashews

Few cashewnuts

3 tblsp ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

50-75 gm mawa / khova

METHOD

First heat half of the ghee, and roast the rawa

and gram flour for 3-4 minutes.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and keep

mixing till everything turns out to one lump.

Flatten on a greased plate and cut into desired

shapes.

I’m not a fan of condensed milk ,but as an

option you could use condensed milk.

STRAWBERRY-CHOCOLATE MALLOW MOUSSE ( EGGLESS)


There were few strawberries,and some already

whipped cream in the fridge , and my mind

was set to make a mousse.

Paused for a moment,and changed plans,to

create a fusion.Eggless marshmallow + mousse

turned out to be too awesome!

The texture and the taste was too good,so do try

this recipe and post in your valuable comments

INGREDIENTS

For strawberry layer

I sachet gelatine (3 tsp.gelatine)

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

100 ml sweetened whipped cream

1/4 cup strawberry sweetened purée

Few strawberries sliced

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Soak the gelatine till it swells.

Make sugar syrup with water and sugar till

thick .

Beat the bloomed gelatine ( preferably in a

stand mixer,as it will take time -20 minutes)

Add the hot sugar syrup little by little ,and keep

beating till you get a white and fluffy mixture.

Fold in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Pour into moulds of your choice and allow to

set.

For the chocolate layer

The same gelatine sugar syrup process ( I made

half of the strawberry quantity).

Add 1 tblsp cocoa powder,a pinch of salt to the

hot sugar syrup

before pouring to beat.( you could add good

quality chocolate too).

After the beating to a fluff,pour over set

strawberry layer .

Topping

Heat a little cream add to chocolate and pour

over , or drizzle chocolate .

It tastes better than marshmallow pudding

with egg.

So,do try this spongy awesome dessert!

MOONG-PALAK DOSAI


This is made from a mixture of iddli batter,

ground green gram,and spinach leaves.

Soft,tasty and healthy breakfast rich in protein!

To the green,green recipe now!

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups iddli batter

1/2 cup green gram soaked for 10 minutes

A handful of Palak/spinach leaves

1/2 tsp cummin seed powder

2 green chillies

A small piece ginger( optional)

Salt to taste

METHOD

Grind the soaked green gram,green chillies,ginger

Spinach to a paste ,and mix into the iddli batter.

Mix well and pour into dosas.

Serve with chutneys of your choice!

If you prefer you could add onions and make dosa

PASSION FRUIT -PINEAPPLE CREAM CAKE


This cake is made with passion fruit sponge

layered with cream and pineapple jelly.

Passion fruit juice was included in the making

of the sponge.

Pineapple stewed and mixed with light gelatine

was used for layers with cream.

The pineapple -passion fruit combination was

excellent.

So,do try this combination and post in your

comments and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS ( for the sponge)

4 eggs ( separate whites from yolks)

A pinch of cream of tartar (optional)

1 cup sugar

1.5 cups flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup passion fruit juice

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Beat egg whites stiff, with cream of tartar.

Add sugar and egg yolks and beat till creamy

and sugar is dissolved.

Add passion fruit juice.

Fold in the flour ( mixed with baking powder)

till all the ingredients are well corporated.

Pour into a greased tray .

Bake at 180 C for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven (always switch off the

oven ,and remove cake after 5-10 minutes)

Allow to cool completely and cut into layers.

Syrup to moisten the cake ( 2 options)

1.Passion fruit juice

2. 1/4 cup water sweetened with sugar

Pineapple jelly

Remove the core from the pineapple.

Make into a pulp ,add sugar to taste .

Take 2 tsp of gelatine, add a little water and

allow to bloom.

Cook the pineapple till mushy,add gelatine and

stir on a slow fire.

Allow to set in the fridge . As I have used the

pulp without straining,the jelly will not be firm.

If you need a firm jelly , strain and use the

juice +3 tsp gelatine.

For the cream

200 ml Whipping cream

2-3 tbsp. powdered Sugar

Essence

Beat stiff and use on cake.

To assemble the cake

Moisten all the cut layers of the cake.

Arrange a layer of the jelly ,cover with cream

then another layer.

Likewise,repeat for next layer .

Cover the cake with cream , and use your skills

to decorate the top.

BLACK FOREST GATEAU


I was in a quick mood to do things yesterday,

and I baked the eggless sponge without

checking the availability of cherries in my

fridge.

The mulberry preserve upheld me to another

variation, and all loved the taste.

I used brandy with the syrup to moisten the

cake ,and in the chocolate drizzle too.

Tasted excellent,so do try this recipe,for the

season of chocolate indulgence!

For the eggless dark chocolate sponge.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup all purpose flour

4-5 tblsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

a pinch of salt

3/4 cup brown sugar + white sugar mixed

1/2 cup olive oil/ oil you prefer

1/4 cup curd/ yoghurt

1/4 cup hot water

1 tsp instant coffee

1 tsp vanilla essence ( well,I added brandy)

2-3 tblsp.milk

METHOD

Mix all the dry ingredients and the wet

ingredients separately.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients

and mix .

Pour into a greased or lined mould and bake in

a moderate oven for 20-30 minutes,or till done.

(The cake should spring up when pressed lightly with a finger)

Cut layers after it is cool.

To moisten the cake

Add a little sugar and 1/4 cup warm water.

Mix well till sugar dissolves.Add a little rum

or brandy and set aside.

For the whipped cream

1 cup cream

2 tblsp powdered sugar

1/4 tsp.vanilla essence

Whip cream with sugar and essence till stiff.

For the chocolate drizzle

Heat a little cream and add to your favourite

dark chocolate and mix well till creamy . If too

thick add a little hot water to get required

consistency.

Final stage

Cut the cake into layers . Separate and moisten

with prepared syrup.

Add mulberry preserve ( you could add any preserve which will match the chocolate taste)

Top it with cream and rest the next layer on

it ,and repeat the preserve and cream .

Top the cake with cream,chocolate drizzle,and

chocolate curls.

ORANGE LASSI


Refreshing drinks are the need of the season

now in Chennai.

Fizzy drinks and bottled drinks is a big ‘No‘ in

my home.It’s always fresh fruit,vegetable,lassi,

or buttermilk.

So, I keep mixing and matching fruits and

vegetables to make juices .( at times I don’t

have time for photos, and not able to upload).

Well,for today’s absolute refreshing lassi.

Before I go any further I would like to enlighten

the word lassi for those who don’t know .

It relates to a pet name for some ,but in India

it means thick curd whipped with salt or sugar .

It is really a great refresher served with fruits

nuts or served plain with its uniqueness !

Healthy and excellent body coolant.

You could use your favourite fruit to make this!

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup curd

2 oranges

A pinch of salt

2-3 tblsp palm candy sugar (use sweetness of your choice)

METHOD

Blend the oranges ( remove seeds) with sugar

and salt.

Add the curd and whip up smooth.

Serve chilled.