TENDER COCONUT PUDDING


This dessert is made with tender coconut water, tender coconut ( flesh), coconut milk and gelatine.

After the pudding sets , you could see the water set at the bottom clearly layered.

The flesh has to be ground coarse.

Note: You can use Almond milk in place of coconut milk .

Let me give you some pointers in health benefits.

*It has good source of antioxidants

*Aids in digestion

*It helps in lowering blood sugar levels

*Aids in kidney related issues

Coconut milk and the tender flesh of coconut too have many nutrients to add , but I’m not going into detail .

Let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup tender coconut water

Flesh of tender coconut ground coarsely (1-2)

2 cups thick coconut milk

3-4 tsp gelatine

Sugar to taste

1/2 tsp fine cardamon powder

Pinch of salt.

METHOD

Soak the gelatine in a little water for a few minutes.

Heat it on a low flame till the gelatine dissolves.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Mix well. Pour into moulds and allow to set in

the refrigerator.

Serve with praline, or any sauces you like .

KERALA KINATHAPAM


This dish is made with ground rice , or ground cooked rice,with generous amounts of

coconut milk, jaggery and channa dal .

Tastes like dodol , the addition of the dal seems a little different from other types of

sweets like this .

Well, I made this with ground cooked rice . The quality of rice has to be good .

I made with kichili samba left over rice. There you are now …left over rice can be

transformed into delicacies like this.

This can be made with soaked and ground rice too.

Choosing good jaggery is important.

Muscle power,time and patience is needed in the mixing, but worth the effort!

So ..moving on to the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cooked rice ground fine to a paste

2 cups jaggery

3 cups second extract of coconut milk

1 cup first extract of coconut milk

1 tsp cardamom powder

1 tblsp.rice flour mixed in water/coconut milk

2-3 tablespoons channa dal soaked( kadala parippu )

A pinch of salt

5-6 tsp. Ghee

METHOD

Mix coconut milk (second extract),jaggery, the rice paste and salt in a thick bottomed

pan/non stick kadai and heat . Keep stirring.

Once it get’s slightly thick , add the rice flour mix,and keep stirring .

Add a tsp. of ghee at intervals whilst cooking.

Add remaining ingredients and the thick coconut milk.

The correct consistency ,will be when you run the spatula  down to the bottom of the

mixture, you should  be able to see the bottom of the pan clearly .

The mixture should never stick to the pan when you transfer the mixture to a greased plate .

Allow to cool and set for 3 hours.

Cut into desired slices.

COFFEE STEAMED YOGHURT (EGGLESS)


This is my version of the dessert. The same recipe can be made with chocolate too.

It’s eggless and ‘one bowl stir’ . Easy on mixing , and a creamy dessert you could not

resist.

Made with yoghurt/ curd, milk, and cream .

Some make it with condensed milk ,but since I use unrefined sugar in my desserts , I do

not use.

Those who love to use condensed milk can replace milk for it.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cream

1 cup milk

1 cup curd / yoghurt

2-3 tsp instant coffee powder

1/4 cup custard powder/ corn flour

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients to a smooth mix . Pour into a bowl , or individual ramekins .

Cover and steam till done .

You could bake in a water bath too.

This dessert has to be served cold .

After you have baked or steamed refrigerate it and serve.

If you make it one day before, it will taste better.

You could serve with praline or any sauces you like .

EGGLESS CHOCOLATE ‘N’ RAISIN COOKIES


Who doesn’t love chocolates..? Chocolate in any recipe is divine .

This recipe took few minutes only to make .( lest you have the ingredients at hand..)

The festive spread always include cookies or biscuits. This is one good recipe to be

included.

Good tea time cookies….Create and enjoy!

So.. let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups flour

1/4 cup custard powder

1/4 cup cocoa powder

100 gm softened butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 cup chocolate chips

5-6 tblsp milk

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup fine sugar or powdered sugar

Few raisins ( you can use rum soaked raisins too)

METHOD

Beat butter and sugar together, add essence milk and beat . Fold in the rest of the

ingredients and make a dough. Allow to rest in the fridge for minimum 20 minutes.

Divide portions ( makes12-15 ) and shape into cookies by pressing onto a greased tray

lightly .(sometimes it will spread ,so keep at least 1”inch gap between each dough )

Bake in a 180C oven for 20 – 25 minutes. It will be soft to the touch. Don’t be confused it

will be crisp once it begins to cool.

If the cookie easily comes off the baking sheet it is done.

Best is to leave it in the oven to cool.( leave the oven door open slightly after baking )

DOUBLE DECKER KALAKAND


This is a sweet made with cottage cheese/paneer and thickened milk.Some use home

made paneer,but for those who have less time and want to do it instantly you can use

store bought paneer too.

This can be made without chocolate and with lot of variations. ( suggestions will be at the end of the recipe)

For my version I have added cashewnut powder .You can add milk powder or mawa

INGREDIENTS

1/2 litre full cream milk

200 gm paneer / cottage cheese mashed.

1/4 – 1/2 cup sugar(depending on individual sweet tooth)

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp elaichi powder

Sliced nuts for topping.

METHOD

Heat milk till it is reduced to half.

Add sugar and keep stirring till it is thick.

While it is semi- solid add the paneer and cook .

Next add the cashewnuts powder / mawa or milk powder,elaichi powder and mix well

till it forms a mass ,not crumbly. (If it becomes crumbly don’t worry add a little milk

and it will be fine)

Transfer  onto a greased plate and allow to set for minimum 2-3 hours.You can also keep

it in the fridge to set.

You can use silver vark and nuts for the topping.Cut into desired shapes

Now,if you are going to make chocolate layer also…method is simple .

Divide the mixture into 2 and add 1-2 tsp cocoa powder ( check and add) whilst hot .Mix

well and pour on the white layer after it is partly cool.

Variations :

1. Coconut and chocolate layer.You can add dessicated coconut to the white layer ,and top layer chocolate.

2.Add mint essence and a drop of green color to the bottom layer ,and for                         the top chocolate or basic white layer.

3.Rose petals with rose essence

4.Kesar or saffron layer

5.Rose color and rose essence or syrup with chocolate layer.

Do try your innovations too and post in your suggestions

BANANA DATE TARTLETS


These tarts are awesome in taste.The blend of the dates with banana is really good.

The filling was my try,omitting flour with semolina/ rawa.

I powdered the semolina before making the filling ,and continued to mix all in the same

blender in few minutes and ready for baking.

I didn’t blind bake the tarts,just a few pricks on the base and the filling in.That’s all!

Very easy ,to mix and bake.

I divided the pastry into 12, and used the chappathi press for rolling out each ball of

dough.

Explanation done,and now we, move on to the recipe…

INGREDIENTS

For the crust

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar (preferably muscovada)

1 egg

100 gm butter

1 tsp vanilla/ banana essence

a pinch of salt.

Beat butter sugar,egg ,essence,salt together till sugar melts ( you can powder the sugar to

save time).

Mix in flour and bind to a soft dough and refridgerate till you prepare the filling.

For the filling (eggless)

1 cup slightly powdered rawa/ semolina

1/2 cup sugar (muscovada sugar/brown sugar)

3/4 cup dates

1/4 cup curd

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup cashewnuts

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp.baking powder.

METHOD

Easiest method blend in the order of ingredients I give now.

First blend the dates ,coarsely ,next add the rest of the ingredients and blend just for a

minute .Mix well and pour into prepared moulds.

To line pastry

Divide the dough into 12 .

Use the dough press and press each between oil paper.

Grease the tartlet moulds well and press each piece of the rolled  dough.

Prick the base with a fork ,pour the filling and bake at 180 degrees for 35 minutes.

Variation : Stwed pineapple pieces can be included.

You can try with flour

Caramelise sugar if not using brown sugar for a different taste

JAGGERY PANNACOTTA


This dessert came up while I was melting jaggery to be stored.( I have a habit of having

curd with jaggery/honey as dessert mostly 😋).

This tasted like wattalapan .Can be served with praline ( caramelised nuts) or chocolate

sauce.

So … let’s get into the recipe

It’s the same recipe as any pannacotta,but jaggery and a little brown sugar is used for the

sweetness.

INGREDIENTS

1.5 cups of thick coconut milk

1 cup fresh cream

1 cup jaggery syrup ( add to your taste)

3-4 tsp gelatine

a pinch of salt

1 tsp.vanilla essence

1/4 tsp.cardamon powder/ essence

a pinch of nutmeg powder

METHOD

Soak the gelatine in a 2-3 tblsp of water.

Heat cream till slightly hot.

Add coconut milk and the soaked gelatine with the jaggery and simmer for only few

minutes.( Do not let the mixture boil)

Mix the remaining ingredients .Pour into moulds you like,and refrigerate to set for

minimum 2-3 hours.

Serve with praline if you like.

DATE ‘N’ CHOCOLATE JAGGERY CAKE


This cake was made without sugar.Even the icing was sugarless.Tasted good.

I used  powdered jaggery for the cake,and for the icing I used coconut sugar .This can be

made eggless too .I will be giving a follow up recipe below, for eggless.

This cake tastes still  better ,after 1-2 days.So, do try and send in your suggestions

So let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups seedless dates soaked overnight in 1 cup boiling water.

1 cup jaggery powder or brown sugar

1/2 cup oil (olive oil/vegetable oil)

2 cups flour

2 eggs

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp.baking powder

1 tsp allspice powder

1/2 cup baking powder

1 tblsp yoghurt/curd

few walnuts

METHOD

I  used the mixer for mixing all ingredients except flour and nuts.

First blend the dates to a coarse paste,add the chocolate powder,yoghurt,oil, allspice

powder and eggs and  blend for 5 minutes.

Mix the flour,baking powder,baking soda,together and fold into the date mixture till well

corporated.

Pour the batter into a  greased tray and bake in a moderate oven for 30 minutes or untill

done.

For the icing

100 gm chocolate

1/4 cup cream

1/2 -3/4 cup jaggery/coconut sugar.(treacle can be used too)

Melt all in a double boiler and when the mix is silky ,poke holes with a skewer on the

cake and pour over the cake.

No refridgeration required to store.

For eggless cake

The same ingredients as above.Add 1/2 cup curd or yoghurt substituting egg.

 

 

BLUEBERRY,BASIL,LEMON PANNACOTTA


Easiest dessert with different combination of basil and blueberries .

Made a trifle impression with blueberry sauce ,and few snips of basil leaves and lemon

rind gratings only for the lemon flavour.

The outcome was tooo good .Basil has become my obsession so trying out new recipes.

Simple dessert with simple ingredients!

INGREDIENTS

3 cups milk

3/4 cup fresh cream

3 tsp.gelatine

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp.vanilla essence

1/2 cup blueberries (pitted )

Few fresh basil leaves chopped

1/2 tsp.lemon peel gratings

1/2 tsp.lemon juice

METHOD

Cook the berries in 1-2 tblsp of sugar till sugar dissolves.Blend it fine.

Add lemon juice,and press through a sieve,or strainer to get a thick sauce.Set aside.

Soak the gelatine in 1/4 cup water till it blooms (2-3 minutes)

Boil the milk and cream till it reaches hot point only not boiling.

Add the gelatine and cook on a very low flame for 2-3 minutes  or untill gelatine has

corporated well and dissolved.Add the rest of the ingredients.

Pour the blueberry sauce into the prepared ramekins.

Pour the  prepared cream over the blueberry sauce slowly .

Refridgerate to set.

 

 

 

 

CARROT ‘N’COCONUT HALWA


 

This combination of coconut and carrot is really awesome! I’m not going to summarize

on this…as carrot halwa is not new to Indian homes.It’s the quickest dessert anyone

could make.Send in your comments after trying this combination.Now…right away to the

recipe.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups grated carrot

1 cup grated coconut

1 cup sugar

A pinch of salt

Handful of crushed or sliced almonds/cashewnuts

few raisins

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1 cup milk

100 gm ghee

Orange coloring ( optional)

A pinch of grated nutmeg

A pinch of edible camphor(optional)

METHOD

Heat half of the ghee,and add the grated carrots and coconut. Stir till raw smell is gone.

Next add the milk,salt and cook covered till the liquid is lightly absorbed.

Add sugar and the rest of the ingredients and cook till all is well corporated.Add the rest

of the ghee and remove from fire. Serve warm.