WATALAPAN TARTLETS ( COCONUT CUSTARD)


The concept of the recipe is from custard tarts.

Creation is purely mine .

The taste was awesome . Those who know

about this dessert will definitely try this .

The blend of coconut milk,jaggery,eggs with

nutmeg …. this custardy tart creates a lovely

aroma all over the house .

So do try this recipe and post in your comments

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup cream/ milk ( optional)

250 gm jaggery ( karupatti) crushed

6 eggs

A pinch of salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Few cashewnuts

1 tsp flour ( to roll the nuts and prevent sinking

down to base )

METHOD

•Heat the jaggery in a little water till melted.

•Strain and set aside.

•Beat the eggs with salt till frothy .

•Add jaggery and the rest of the ingredients,

except cashews and flour and mix well.

•Pour into prepared tarts .

•Add cashews rolled in flour and bake in a

preheated moderate oven ( 180C) for 25 -30

minutes.


For the basic tart pastry

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

1/4 tsp cardamon powder / essence

2 cups flour

a pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

2 tbsp powdered sugar

A little milk for binding

METHOD

•Mix all together to a firm dough.

•Do not knead too much

•Allow to rest for minimum 10-15 minutes

•Divide into portions .

•Roll out thin .

•Brush the base lightly with egg white and pour

the filling and bake .

•This can be made as one big tart too.

Variation : You can use sugar , or brown sugar as a substitute for jaggery

APPLE CAKE


Another lockdown cake with country sugar .

I have posted many recipes with apple , but this

one is lighter on your tummy !

I found this recipe on the internet, and made

changes as usual.

This has a frosting which has to be baked , after

baking the cake.

Apples are always well suited for desserts,and

here’s to another yummy apple dessert.

You can serve this with cream or ice cream,

with the lockdown wave,having it plain is also

excellent . Best served warm!

INGREDIENTS

2-3 apples ( Granny Smith/red)peeled cored and

cut

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup flour

2 eggs

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

A pinch of salt

2 tsp baking powder

METHOD

Mix the wet and dry ingredients,in separate

bowls.

Now mix both together, and pour into a cake

tray .

Arrange the cut apples on the top ,and bake in

a 170C oven for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from oven .

Pour the prepared frosting on the baked cake,

and return to oven for another 15 minutes.

For the frosting

1 egg

80 gm butter (melted)

100 gm sugar

Lemon zest 1 /2 tsp

Mix all ingredients together well , and pour

over cake and bake for 15 minutes.

TREACLE ‘N’BANANA MUFFIN


This is a muffin with only treacle( no sugar )

wheat flour ( no white flour) and ripe red

bananas . Lockdown has positively helped me

to unlock to innovations, due to the lack of

ingredients like sugar…..Reaching out to

ingredients, not touched for quite some time ,

are now prominently coming out one by one.

It seemed that the bananas in the fruit basket

were crying out to me . ( I never like to waste

food),and that’s how this recipe came up.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1cup wheat flour+1 tblsp cornflour

3/4 cup treacle

2 eggs

1/2 cup oil

1 big red banana ( you can use any other banana too )

1 tblsp curd / yoghurt

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

A little nutmeg powder

a pinch of salt

Tiny pieces of chocolate

Crushed walnuts

METHOD

Mash bananas, add the treacle and mix well.

Beat eggs with a little salt, and add in to the

banana mixture with the curd,oil and mix

well.

Mix the flour with the baking powder,and

soda,nutmeg powder and this to the wet mixed

ingredients.Mix well .

Add few pieces of chocolate and lightly crushed

walnuts in each muffin mould .

Spoon in the banana mixture, over the

chocolate pieces,and bake in a 180C preheated

oven for 25-30 minutes.

SWEET POTATO POLI


Poli is a sweet flat roti and a popular sweet in

India.

Made with all purpose flour,saffron or yellow

colouring,kneaded to a velvety soft dough,and

allowed to rest for a few hours.

Stuffed with gram dal,coconut and jaggery ,this

is a delicacy sold in almost any sweet shops of

South India .

Today’s recipe will be with sweet potato,jaggery

coconut combination and the dough with

wheat flour .

So now to the healthy sweet poli!

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

2 cups wheat flour

1 tblsp sugar

1 tblsp ghee

Salt to taste

2 tblsp heated ghee

Enough water to knead

METHOD

Bind all ingredients except curd to a soft dough.

Apply curd on the dough . Cover and start

making the filling .

For the filling

2-4 boiled and peeled sweet potato

1 cup coconut

1/2 cup jaggery ( or to taste)

1 tsp powdered cardamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/4 tsp salt.

Ghee/ butter

METHOD

Heat the jaggery with a little water.Once it is

melted ,add coconut,and the rest of the

ingredients,and remove from fire.

Mash it well .Allow to cool .Divide portions and

make lemon sized balls.

Now , divide the dough into portions,roll out.

Keep the filing in the centre and bring the

edges in to form like a stuffed chappathi.Roll

out lightly .

Heat a griddle ,and cook on a slow fire till done.

Add a teaspoon of ghee for each chappathi.

You can add more if you like.

SRILANKAN ALUWA (2 variations)


This is a traditional sweet of Srilanka ,one is

made with sugar,and another is made with

treacle ,jaggery syrup.

Few ingredients and can be made easily within

minutes.

Roasted rice flour is the main ingredient in this

sweet.It is difficult to give the measurements,

precise as it depends on how much the rice and

treacle / sugar syrup blend to the correct

consistency .

So to the first recipe variation with sugar.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm rice flour

150 sugar

A little water just to sink the sugar

1 tsp.cardamon powder

Cashewnuts

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Roast the rice flour till light brown.Sieve and

set aside.

Melt the sugar,till it bubbles and slightly thick.

Add cashew nuts, cardamon powder,salt and

remove from fire .

Now quickly add the rice flour, gradually to get

a consistency of a firm dough ( not dry)

Quickly transfer on to floured board (roasted

rice flour only). Sprinkle some on top and press

down with your hands, to flatten .

Cut into desired shapes . This can be stored for

some time.

Note : Always keep a little rice flour aside

for sprinkling ,before adding to the syrup

2. With Treacle

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rice flour ( roasted)

1.5 cup coconut treacle /treacle / melted jaggery

1 -2 tblsp sugar

A handful of peanuts ( roasted)

A handful of cashewnuts

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder ( optional)

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

METHOD

Method is the same as the first.

MODAKS /KOLUKATTAI


Today I’m going to share with you 2 varieties of

kolukatai.

One which I had planned to do , the other came

up when the filling was over.

As there is a saying “Necessity is the mother of

invention “-this chocolate and coconut had the

taste of biting into a bounty piece of chocolate.

Just little squares of Amul chocolate and a little

dessicated coconut did the trick .

So let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rice flour / kolukattai flour

2 -3 tblsp ghee

2-3 cups hot boiling water

Salt to taste

A little tender coconut water – ( optional)

For the filling

2 cups grated coconut

Jaggery powder/country sugar to your taste

2 tblsp gram dal flour( besan)

1 tblsp rawa ( semolina)

1 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt

2-3 tblsp ghee

METHOD

Mix ghee into the flour with salt.

Pour boiling water and bind to a soft dough.

Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes knead the dough well .

If the dough looks dry, add a little ghee and

knead to get a soft texture.

Divide into portions and keep a spoon of the

filling . Seal the edges firmly and steam for 7-10

minutes

Method for filling

Heat ghee and add the besan flour and roast

for a minute.Next add rawa , nuts. and the rest

of the ingredients, and remove from fire.

Chocolate filling method

Insert a square of chocolate with dessicated

coconut . Seal the edges and steam .

You will get a steamed chocolate lava effect

when you cut into.

My kids loved it and they said it was the best

taste in kolukattai . So do try and send in your

comments .

Note: Using moulds like this is very easy , so do

try your favourite shapes

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.

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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.

TENDER COCONUT JELLY PUDDING


I happened to come across a newly opened

health drink shop near my house.

It tasted too good , so I asked them what’s in it,

but they were not able to answer .

Fortunately I heard a voice in the crowd ,saying

it’s just tender coconut water with Jaggery.

Anyway, facts apart ,the idea of mixing tender

coconut water,created the spark to this recipe.

I have posted a recipe of tender coconut

pudding with sugar before, but this dessert is

purely made with country sugar.

First, I made the jelly with agar agar, tender

coconut water,country sugar , cardamon ,and

dropped in cubes of the jelly into the pudding.

No eggs,no sugar,so do try this dessert and post

in your valuable comments!

Note: You could try with gelatine instead of agar agar if you like,

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

For the jelly

2 cups tender coconut water

Country sugar to taste

a pinch of powdered cardamon

25 gm agar agar or 2 -3 tsp gelatine

METHOD

Prepare the agar agar as per the instructions in

its box.Mix in tender coconut water and heat 2

minutes.Add cardamon powder and sugar to

taste.

Allow to set in refrigerator till firm. Cut into

cubes and add to pudding.

You can also pour into individual bowls.The

jelly can be poured in layers ( if you have time)

or as base or topping for the pudding .

For the pudding

INGREDIENTS

1-2 flesh of tender coconut ( ground)

3 cups of milk

1/4 tsp cardamon powder

Country sugar to taste

75 gm agar agar ( I used the strips not powder)

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Prepare the agar agar as directed in the box.

Mix in milk , ground tender coconut,sugar

cardamon powder and heat till no pieces of

agar agar remain.

Pour into mould and add the pieces of jelly and

allow to set. Serve with praline.

Cashew praline with jaggery

Heat a little jaggery till thick and bubbling.

Add in cashewnuts and mix till coated.

Remove from fire and allow to cool.

Crush it and use to serve!

CHOCO-CARAMEL PUDDING


This dessert was a failure turned success!

As Ken Robinson quotes’If you are not

prepared to be wrong,you’ll never come up

with anything original’.

My idea was choco-caramel molten cake .

My baking time was correct , but I forgot to

take the cake out , and the rest you know .

The syrupy texture settled at the bottom, and

the moist texture added to the flavour.

I used country sugar ( nattu sakarai) unrefined

sugar.

The taste was excellent. You could use

muscovado sugar / soft brown sugar too.

Trust me , all loved the taste . I too loved it very

much .

(The photo shows the unmoulded pieces and one in the cup itself .)

You could serve with cream/ ice cream.

To my original recipe now…..

INGREDIENTS

75 gm butter

3/4 cup sugar

3 eggs +1 yolk

1 tblsp cocoa powder

50 gm all purpose flour

1 tblsp thick curd

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla essence ( optional)

METHOD

Melt the sugar and butter on a double boiler.

Remove from fire ,and add cocoa powder.

After it is slightly cool, add the flour and baking

powder.Add essence.

Beat eggs till frothy and mix in to the batter.

Butter the ramekins and dust with sugar ( for

easy removal)

Pour the batter into the ramekins, and bake in

a hot oven ( 200 degrees) for 12 minutes.

Remove from oven, and unmould if you like.

Do try this and send in your valued comments!