MOONG DAL/GREEN GRAM PANIYARAM


This is a protein rich snack,which can be made and stored for some time.

This sweet is made by powdered green gram…..bound by jaggery syrup,made into tiny

individual balls , dipped in flour and fried.

This sweet is always made specially ,during South Indian and Srilankan festivals .

I have to admit that my first try was not a successful one .

This recipe turned out soft and crunchy. There’s a twist in this recipe with the

addition of dry ginger, coconut, and pepper,so do try and send in your valuable

comments!

So …let’s get into this traditional recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup whole green gram ( dry roasted till brown)

1/2 cup brown rice roasted ( you can use normal raw rice)*

1/2 cup slightly roasted coconut

2-3 cups treacle or jaggery melted thick with 2-3 tblsp sugar

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp dry ginger powder

1 tsp cardamom powder

1/4 tsp. pepper powder

oil for frying

For the coating

1 cup all purpose flour

2 tsp rice flour

1/4 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp sugar

a pinch of salt

METHOD

First ,powder the roasted gram and rice very fine.

Mix in the coconut ,and the rest of the dry ingredients .

Heat the treacle or syrup slightly, and gradually add to the mixture (enough to bind ).

Make tiny balls of the mix .Dip the prepared batter for coating ,and fry in oil till done.

Method for coating

Mix the ingredients with enough water to make a pancake consistency batter.

*When dry roasting brown rice, it should turn slightly white and start to splutter.

If you are using white rice dry roast, till golden brown.

You could  use ,slightly roasted store bought rice flour too.

 

 

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.

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.

SRI LANKAN KAVUM(PANIYARAM)


This is an easy sweet to make ,no need of any expertise like Adhirasam,no ‘set asides

required ..just 10 minutes after mixing is enough.

The oil level while frying did not decrease much like other sweets.

No need to press out the oil too.

The only hassle, is that you have to fry this one at a time,so try making in small

quantities first.

You can use treacle or caramelised sugar syrup.I made this with jaggery (achu

karupatti) made into a syrup a with1 tblsp of brown sugar.

The syrup has to be mixed into the flour, according to your taste gradually to a thick

batter free from lumps.

I added sesame seeds and dry ginger powder to the batter for my twist to the recipe.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rice flour ( store bought/ home made)

3/4 cup maida/ all purpose flour

1 bottle treacle/ pol pani/ home made treacle/ syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp dry ginger powder ( optional)

1/2 tsp. cardamon powder

1-2 tsp sesame seeds

METHOD

Mix both flours with all the ingredients except treacle.

Next add treacle gradually,mixing well to get a silky texture.

The batter should not be thin or thick.The batter should flow easily when poured from

spoon.

Heat oil ,and pour one ladle at a time in the centre of kadai only ( do not spread)

Keep tapping the edges of the kavum with a slotted spoon.

You will see it puffing up and rising up to the surface of the oil.Fry on both sides to a light

golden color.Allow to cool and store.

NOTE: Dessicated coconut ,or lightly roasted coconut will be another variation

LANKAN PANCAKES


Sri Lankan pancakes are like comfort food and very addictive.

You could snack on it anytime for breakfast/ tea…..

These pancakes are available in any bakery or boutique in Sri Lanka everyday.

This is a pancake wrap with coconut and jaggery.You could add nuts if you like.

I always add nuts to fillings like this.

There are many types of lankan dishes with coconut and jaggery,and today I will share

this simple and tasty recipe first.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

1 egg

1 tsp butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tblsp sugar/ honey (optional)

a pinch of turmeric ( for color)

2 cups milk/ 2 cups water

METHOD

Using a blender, mix all this to make a pouring consistency batter (you can add more

liquid if the batter is thick ).The batter should be free from lumps.

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

3/4 – 1 cup treacle/ or grated jaggery(depending on individual taste)

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Heat the jaggery with a little water untill it melts.Strain and heat with coconut and nuts

again for 2 minutes.

Add cardamon powder and remove from fire.

Make thin pancakes,add filling and make neat rolls

Note: Sugar can be used to replace jaggery.When using sugar it’s best to caramelise and add coconut.

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.

 

 

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.

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)