RAGI ‘N’ NUTS LADOO


Ragi ,Finger millet,or Kurakkan is  one nutritious flour which can be consumed in many

ways.It is widely used in porridges,desserts,baking,drink and many more breakfast

dishes.

This millet rich in fibre ,calcium ,good carbs,and Vitamin D is good for weight loss and

diabetes.Even though it has a bland taste it is highly beneficial for those with Vitamin D

deficiency and diabetes.In early times people included this daily in their diets in the

form of light porridges,and drinks.Only few homes in South India follow to consume

daily now. Lifestyle nowadays has paved the way for growing diseases,so it’s advisable to

create the habit of consuming daily this wonder millet in some form .

A light roasting before adding to recipes will enhace the taste.So today my recipe to

share is a healthy and tasty for all ages.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ragi flour

1 cup treacle or melted jaggery

1/4 cups peanuts dry roasted

1/2 cup almonds powdered coarsely

3/4 tsp.cardamon powder

4 tblsp ghee

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Roast the flour in half of the ghee till hot (not burnt).

Mix in the rest of the ingredients and form ladoos.

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PANDAN SWEET DUMPLINGS (kolakattai )


Pandan rather known Rampe or Screw pine leaves.A fragrant kind used in

culinary , has health benefits too.It is mostly used in Asian cooking.

As the pandan plant in my culinary patch was outgrowing the pot,I thought

to make something different now.My previous posts had recipes for pandan

jelly or agar agar pudding. There are many sweet recipes you can make by

using these leaves and now this recipe comes to you as  food for breakfast

or snack.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups rice flour or idiyapam flour

Extract of pandan leaves (1/2 cup)

Salt to taste

1 tsp.ghee or oil

Hot water to make dough

Filling

Coconut gratings

Jaggery gratings

Cashewnuts ( optional)

a pinch of salt

a pinch of nutmeg powder

1 tsp.cardamon powder

METHOD

Mix the ingredients for filling and set aside.

Mix the ingredients for the dough in a separate bowl,adding water

gradually to make a firm and soft dough.

Cover and set aside for few seconds. Take portions of the dough,flatten and

place filling.

Seal the edges and make shapes of your choice.Steam for 10

minutes and serve.

Good to serve for breakfast or tea.

Note :The color will be light green only

SAGO DODOL (HALWA)


This is a sweet made with few ingredients ,no milk of any sort .Tastes amazing..!

I tried this with powdered jaggery and brown sugar .You could make this with sugar too.

You have to pre- soak sago overnight or for  a minimum of 8 hours ( washed and soaked)

It is best to use the big variety of sago for easy grinding.

Well! let’s move on to the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

200 gm( any cup measurement ) soaked sago

250 gm cup powdered jaggery (nattu sarkarai)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup ghee

1/4 cup pure coconut oil

1 tsp cardamon powder

Pinch of salt.

METHOD

Grind the soaked sago to a thick paste and set aside.

Add the sugar and 3/4 cup water in a thick bottomed vessel and heat till sugar melts .

Add the ground sago with salt and mix .When the mixture starts to thicken add half of

the ghee and mix,After another 15 minutes of mixing , add coconut oil . Simultaneously

add ghee and oil like this every 15-20 minutes.

Add cardamon and cashewnuts and keep mixing till very thick and the mixture leaves

the sides of the pan.

Add a little oil or ghee and transfer to a tray.Allow to cool completely and cut into desired

shapes.

Note: You could use only coconut oil or only ghee without combining.

If you are using only sugar you could try with vanilla essence

Do try this awesome recipe and send in you comments.

MUSCOUTH HALWA


This sweet never fails to adorn festive tables.

It is made by soaking flour ,and extracting the milk from the flour.

You could use white flour or wheat flour and for the sweetness sugar or jaggery ,or sugar

and jaggery mixed together.The main ingredient which adds to the richness is the thick

coconut milk and coconut oil.

The recipe I’m going to share with you is the basic recipe with my inclusion of sago.If you

can get tapioca flour you could replace it with sago.The soaking process has to followed

compulsorily.So let’s get into the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour made into a dough

3 cups coconut milk

1/2 cup sago powdered coarsely

2.5 -3 cups sugar /jaggery

1/2 tsp.elaichi powder

1/2-1 tsp rose essence

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup ghee

1/4 tsp salt.

METHOD

Drop the prepared dough in 2 cups water (enough to immerse the dough),and allow to

soak overnight(6-8 hours).Simultaneously soak the powdered sago overnight.

Now use you hands for mixing and break the soaked dough ,squeezing it to get the milky

liquid.Strain out all the lumps.

Add the strained liquid,coconut milk and heat in a thick bottomed kadai or a big wok,as

lot of mixing and muscle power is in the process.

When the liquid is warm add the sugar ,and the soaked sago and keep mixing till

thick.Once it has started to thicken add coconut oil and mix till it absorbs the oil.Next add

color ( if using)cardamon powder, essence,cashewnuts and mix well.Add ghee gradually

till the mixture forms into a thick mass where the whole mixture sticks to the spoon ( the

mobility of the spoon will be less) At this stage transfer to a greased tray.Allow to cool

and cut into squares.Apply some ghee at the top to get a glossy top.Add extra cashewnuts

immediately after you pour into tray.

This muscouth tastes even good after a few days.Can be stored for more  than

15 days .If in refrigerator can be stored for more than a month.

For variations

Essence can be used as per your choice

Ground nut paste can be added in place of sago.(almonds,cashews,pistachios)

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.

 

 

RAGI ‘N’ BANANA DUMPLINGS


This kolakattai or sweet dumpling is another failure turned success.I was trying to make

coconut filled pancakes for breakfast.On the process  of making the jaggery syrup,i

accidentally added more water,and now the  coconut scrapings were less. As i was not in

a mood to scrape more coconut i added ragi flour,red rice flour  and steamed it .

The wait to encounter negative comments turned to be a stream of compliments.

Success has to be shared ,so here’s the recipe.Do try and send in your comments.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coconut grated

1/2 -3/4 cup jaggery melted in a little water

1 cup ragi/kurakkan flour

1/2 cup red rice flour

1 banana

1 tsp ghee

few cashewnuts

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

METHOD 

Mix all ingredients like for dumplings or kolakattai.

Grease steamer moulds or iddli moulds and steam for 5-8 minutes.(not sticky to the

touch)

Can be served with coconut gratings.Good for breakfast or snack.As ragi or kurakkan is

used diabetics can take for sugar cravings.

 

 

 

 

RAW MANGO JAGGERY HALWA


Raw Mango Halwa…click on this to connect to the old post on raw mango halwa with

sugar.

Now i will be sharing the same with jaggery  or palm candy. On the health benefit

note,jaggery and palm candy is  low on calorie and safe even with diabetic patients.

Jaggery makes your body alkaline,so having a small piece of jaggery after a meal is very

good for anyone of all ages….I always have cubes of jaggery on my dining table,to fuse

the craving for a dessert or chocolate…

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

3 cups peeled and diced mangoes (raw)

2.5 -3 cups jaggery grated

1/2 cup khova or milk powder (optional)

3 tblsp cornflour mixed with 1 cup coconut milk

1/2 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

a pinch of salt

green coloring

cashewnuts

1 tsp cardamon powder

1-2 cup ghee

METHOD

Puree the mangoes cubes in a blender (without water) and set aside.

Melt the jaggery in 1/4 cup water .Strain and set aside

Heat half the ghee in a thick bottomed vessel,and add the pureed mangoes and stir for

about 10 minutes.

Next add the jaggery and keep stirring on a medium flame for another 15 minutes.

Add the cornflour mixture and the rest of the ingredients except the remaining ghee and

keep mixing.

Add ghee little by little till you see the mixture leaves ving the sides of the pan.

When you see the whole mixture clinging onto the mixing spoon add a little ghee.

Transfer onto a greased plate.Allow to cool and cut into shapes  you like.

Note:You could mix the cornflour with water too.

 

 

SAGO ‘N’ SEMOLINA KESARI


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….!

INGREDIENTS

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

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METHOD

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.

 

 

 

 

 

SWEET ADA


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.

INGREDIENTS

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.

METHOD

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.)

BLACK RICE LADDU


This is my first post for 2018,and i thought to start with a recipe sweet and healthy..!

This is a laddu ,made with ingredients full of protein and other impressive nutrients.The

dried  palmyra tuber or the odiyal (mostly found in Srilanka) is also used in this recipe.

A quick peek into the benefits of black rice .Black rice ,though known to be in existence

thousands of years ago,and mostly consumed by the Chinese royalty ,the spark of healthy

and organic food search has now unraveled the benefits of the black rice.

To point a few benefits…full of antioxidants,good for detoxification,good for heart

diabetes ,and obesity.Not forgetting the palmyrah tuber or odiyal ,which also contains

calcium,iron ….and many nutrients.

You can make this laddu for those who do not like to have black rice…a healthy cheat

treat.So…now for the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup black rice

1/2 cup flax seeds

1 cup moong dal (green gram dal)

1 cup palmyra tuber pieces (optional)

1 -1.5 cups jaggery grated

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

3-4 tblsp.ghee

a few cashewnuts.

METHOD

Dry roast rice,flax seeds ,moong dal  separately for five minutes.Powder the roasted fine

with the palmyra.Heat ghee  and pour over mixture.Melt the jaggery in a little water,and

pour over the flour graadually and form into ladoos.This can be stored for 10-15 days.

Good for a snack and good for those who are forced to skip breakfast.Send in your

comments and suggestions

NOTE:You could add the jaggery after the flours are ground well, to the mixie jar and                    blend in with the flours.