GOOSEBERRY/AMLA PUDDING


This is a healthy dessert innovation,and sure treat for those who love the fruit.It is rich in vitamin C and loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.

This has the texture of a mousse and butterscotch pudding,and can be served with cream and roasted nuts.

Let’s get into the recipe right way,so do try this unique recipe and let me know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

200-250 gm gooseberry or amla

100 gm sugar

4 egg yolks

4 egg whites

1 cup cream (whipped )

3 tsp.gelatine mixed in a little water.

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METHOD

Cook the berries with sugar till soft.Deseed and grind into a fine pulp.

Beat the yolks,add cream and pulp and heat just till it’s warm.Add melted gelatine and remove from fire.

Beat egg whites to a stiff froth and fold into the amla mix and allow to set in the refrigerator.

Could be served with nuts,or chocolate drizzle.

As a variation this dessert can be used as filling for tarts too.

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TRIPLE DELIGHT


This is an awesome dessert with three layers and pleasing to the eye  with its colors.

This is one of my mother’s signature dish and it’s her recipe that i’m going to share with

you all. The bottom layer is agar agar (the green layer).The middle layer is vanilla

custard,and the top layer is strawberry jelly.You can make this pudding with milk  or

condensed milk.

Now let’s get into the recipe….

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INGREDIENTS 

For the agar agar layer

1 box agar agar (10 gm)

1/2 tin condensed milk/milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

green color (optional)

METHOD

Mix the agar agar in 100 ml water and boil till it is dissolved.

Mix condensed milk with a little water 750 ml) and adjust sweetness according to your

choice.

Add the mixed milk with the rest of the ingredients and pour into individual glasses .

Allow to set in refridgerator till you prepare the next layer.

 

For the custard layer

Ingredients

1/2 tin condensed milk or milk

2-3 tblsp custard powder

sugar to taste (if adding milk)

Method

Mix the custard powder to a paste ina little milk and set aside.

Heat milk ,when hot add the custard powder mix  and cook till thick and not runny.

Once cool add on top of the agar agar layer and again keep in the fridge till you prepare

the top layer.

 

For the top jelly layer

Ingredients

1 box strawberry/raspbery jelly crystals

Method

As each box has different ways of setting,prepare as instructed in the box with a cup of

water lesser from instructions ,to aquire a firm jelly

Note:If you like you could add thinly sliced cashewnuts all the layers

 

 

 

 

POTATO CURRY


Potato is one vegetable which could be cooked in many ways,and everybody loves

potato.This is one variety of curry which could be served with rice, stringhoppers, rotis

or even bread.You could prick the peeled potatoes whole fry it and add to the curry for

another variation apart from what I’m going to share now.

Let’s get into the recipe now

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INGREDIENTS

4-5 potatoes peeled n cut into fours

2 onions chopped fine

7-8 pips garlic

3-4 green chillies

Few Curry leaves

1/2 cup tamarind extract

1 tsp.red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/4 coconut gratings

2 tblsp.peanuts or cashewnuts

1/4 tsp cummin seeds

2 tsp sugar

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp.mustard seeds

1 tsp.fenugreek seeds

2 tblsp.coconut oil

METHOD

Heat oil add mustard seeds and curry leaves .When the mustard seeds starts to splutter

add fenugreek seeds,onions,garlic,and green chillies and cook till onions are translucent

Next add the potatoes with the masala powders and saute till the powders coat the

potato.Add a little water,salt ,sugar and cook covered till potato is tender.

Grind the coconut and peanuts,cummin seeds to a paste and set aside.

Once the potatoes are tender , add the tamarind extract and cook for 5 minutes.

Add coconut paste and cook on a low flame for 10 minutes .Remove from fire.

Note: You could add coconut milk instead of coconut paste .

SEMOLINA COCONUT BARFI


Semolina /rawa/rulang toffee is an all time favourite,and a good nibble always and after

food too.

The authentic rawa/rulang tofee is made with coconut milk or  coconut ,but this time i

thought to make with milk powder, and the result was awesome.

So..let me share this recipe with you all…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup roasted semolina

3/4 cup coconut

1 cup sugar

1 tblsp.ghee

1/2 cup milk powder

Cardamon powder

A few drops of food color (optional)

METHOD

Heat the sugar and a little water (1/4 cup) till it bubbles and you get a one string

consistency.Add color,and cardamon powder.

Meanwhile mix the rawa,milk powder and coconut together in a separate bowl.

Add this to the sugar syrup with ghee and mix on medium flame till all combine together

leaving the sides of the pan.

Transfer to a greased plate .Cool and cut into desired shapes.

 

 

NUTTY DATE ROLL


This is one healthy roll  which can be consumed at breakfast to boost your energy levels .

No sugar ,only the nature provided sweetness,so weight watchers,health watchers and

sugar watchers too could consume this sweet.

The nuts to use can be your choice .Those who love more sweet can add coconut sugar or

palm candy.If you are using medjool dates  you can use it without steaming .Normal date

have to be steamed for 15 minutes and cooled.

So..for the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups dates steamed

1 rind of orange or lime grated

1/4 cup almonds

1/4 cup walnuts

1/4 cup cashewnuts

1/4 cup pistachios

3-4 tblsps honey

3-4 tblsp flax seeds or hemp seeds

1/2 tsp cocoa powder (optional)

12 tsp.cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

METHOD

Blend all these in a food processor or blender  for just 5 minutes till it is lightly sticky.

Spread on a aluminium foil  and roll (like for swiss roll).

Allow to set in refridgerator for some time.Remove foil, slice and store

Note: The roll can be rolled on lightly roasted white khus khus seeds or sesame seeds before wrapping  to set.

 

 

PEAR CHOCOLATE PUDDING


The title should have been pear upside down chocolate pudding.As it looked too long to

fit i had to use the snip tool.

It is an eggless dessert and an awesome treat for vegans.The soft pear is one of my

favourites ,as it works wonders when used in desserts and cakes.This time i mixed it

with red wine and it was rich,moist and extremely delicious.

Do try and send in your comments !

Now for the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

For the base

3-4 soft pear sliced

1 tsp.lime juice

3/4-1 cup red wine

1/2 cup brown sugar

a piece of cinnamon

For the cake 

115 gm flour

150 gm brown sugar

40 gm cocoa powder (8 tsp)

3/4 tsp coffee powder

3/4 tsp.baking soda

45 ml coconut oil

1 tsp.vinegar

180 ml hot water

a pinch of salt

flaked almonds to sprinkle on the top after baking (toasted almonds will be fine too)

METHOD 

Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately ,and then mix together.

The water you pour should be compulsorily hot as this contributes to the rich dark color.

Grease a preferred cake tin.Mix the pear slices with the lime juice and arrange (you can

use halves of pear too without slicing)in tin.

Add wine,sugar, and cinnamon.Pour cake mix over the pear and bake in a moderate

oven (*preferably a water bath) for 35-40 mins .(180 degrees)

Cool and turn it upside down. Decorate with flaked almonds .It can be served warm with

cream,a blob of ice-cream if you like.

I like it plain …!

*A water bath – when the cake is baked in a tray of water inside the oven.

you can also a place a cup of water inside the oven if you are not able to use the bigger tray with water.

 

 

 

 

 

PANDAN ‘N’ COCONUT JELLY


Pandan known as rampe in Asian countries is an aromatic wonderful herb.

Even the dry leaves of rampe never fail to give aroma.These grow in big clumps and can

be grown in pots too.

Viewing few of the health factors -It is a painkiller when taken as tea.

Good for arthritis ,chest pains,gum pains,blood pressure and for hair loss too.

The aroma of pandan leaves aid those who have loss of appetite.

Coconut milk and agar agar  have many health benefits which many of you know,

so i will not be pointing the health benefits of the same.

Pandan leaf extract is one good combination with coconut milk ,whether it is

savoury or sweet,so do try this recipe and send in your suggestions.!

Let’s get into the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

10 gm agar agar (the box sold in indian stores is 10 gm)

3-5 medium sized pandan leaves ground with a little water

sugar to taste

100 ml water

METHOD (for pandan layer)

Prepare the pandan layer by mixing the agar agar in 100 ml water,and heating it till

dissolved.(Divide the dissolved agar agar mixture into 2 portions,one for the pandan

layer and the other for coconut milk layer)

Use half of the agar agar mixture and mix with the pandan extract  (strained) and 2 cups

of water.Add sugar to taste.

Pour into moulds and allow to set in refridgerator (normally the jelly sets at room

temperature ,so by the time you prepare the coconut layer it will set.

FOR THE COCONUT MILK LAYER

750 ml coconut milk

sugar to taste

a pinch of nutmeg

1/2 tsp.rose essence (optional)

remaining agar agar mixture

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together ,and heat for a few seconds and pour over the set

pandan layer .(pour when cool ,but take not to delay as the mixture will set quick)

Allow to  set in refridgerator for a few hours and cut into shapes you like.

Well, i flipped the pandan layer to the top,and cut shapes.You could pour into individual

moulds too.

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COCONUT POUND CAKE


After a long unavoidable pause,i’m excited to share this recipe with you all.

Was planning to make a normal butter cake,but at the snap of the moment i thought to

add coconut ,with some nuts,and believe me it was excellent in taste and texture .

Do try the recipe and send in your comments.

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INGREDIENTS

200 gm butter

200 gm brown sugar (partially powdered)

200 gm flour

4 eggs

1.5 tsp.baking powder

1/2 cup grated coconut

2 tblsp ginger preserve chopped

1/4 cup raisins soaked in rum or brandy (optional soaking)

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

For the base

1/2 cup grated or shredded coconut

Cashewnuts ,or any nuts you prefer

METHOD

Cream the butter and sugar till creamy.

Add in the coconut and beat for a few more seconds.

Add egg one by one gradually and beat well with the preserve and the soaked raisins

Sieve in the flour with the baking powder and salt ,and mix lightly into the batter till well

corporated.

Grease a cake tin  well.(loaf or square)

Spread the ingredients for base in the tin.Pour the cake batter over it .

Bake in a moderate oven (180 degrees) for 30-35 minutes or till done.

 

 

 

 

 

SOFT PEAR FRANGIPANE TART


This tart has a lovely taste coupled with the natural taste of pear.As the soft pear is

naturally soft ,you needn’t stew it beforehand.

Frangipane tart is a filling made with cream and almonds .The addition of fruit can be

your choice.Fruits like the normal pear and apple have to be stewed for 2-3 minutes and

then added to the making.Please do try ,and send in your suggestions .

Let’s move on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS (for the pastry)

1.5 cups flour

1 egg yolk

1/4 cup sugar

a pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla essence

100 gm (4 oz) butter

a little water to bind.

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients with minimal water (2-3 tblsp) to a soft dough .Cover and

refridgerate till you make the filling.

 

FILLING

INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups whole almonds ground fine

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs (use the left over white too from the pastry)

1 tsp.vanilla essence

1/4 tsp.almond essence

1 tblsp marmalade or grated lemon or orange zest.

2 tblsp jam (any yellow color based jam ,like papaw,apricot,pineapple,mango)

2 -3 sliced soft pear (do not peel ,only remove the seeds)

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together well and set aside.

Final step.

Roll the dough and put on a tart or pie dish.Prick the base with a fork and bake in a

moderate oven  for 10 minutes (180 degrees).

Remove from oven and pour the filling into the baked pastry.Lay the pear slices ,and

bake in a moderate oven for 25 minutes (180 degrees)

 

 

COFFEE MYSORE PAK


Coffee lovers are really going to love it.This is the first time i tried with coffee and that

too with filter coffee .As it was the first time i just added a tblsp.of coffee,and it was

really tasty.If you are a strong coffee lover you could add more.(1 tblsp.more).

So , do try and do let me know your comments and suggestions.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup gram flour (besan flour/chickpea flour)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup ghee

1/2 cup oil

1 tblsp.any filter coffee

1/4 tsp.cardamon powder (optional)

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METHOD

You need two vessels to make this sweet.One to heat the ghee and oil ,and the other to

make the syrup .

Heat the sugar and water and make a syrup of one string consistency only.

Add the gram flour and the coffee powder to the syrup and mix well.Simultaneously

heat the oil and ghee.

Keep mixing till the gram flour is well blended with the syrup.Now start adding spoons

of hot oil gradually to the gram flour mixture stirring well.

Keep adding till you see the color change and bubbles form .

Remove from fire and pour into a greased tray.Do not shake or level the mixture.

Let it cool .Cut into desired pieces when warm.