SESAME(TIL)CHIKKI/BRITTLE


Sesame seeds/Til (Hindi )Ellu (Tamil),though it

looks tiny,it has a rich source of nutrients,fibre

protein needed for the human body .

It is extensively used in,Middle Eastern dishes.

Sesame oil,is extracted from this humble seed.

Asians,also use this seed in the making of

savouries and sweets.There are countless

recipes with this seed,and this recipe that I’m

going to share now,can be seen or bought from

any store in India.

Earlier,I thought this chikki needed expert

hands to make it.After trying this,and peanut

chikki which is my favourite,I learnt it’s just so

easy to make . Henceforth, peanut brittle,and

sesame brittle will be homemade 😀.

Peanut brittle/ chikki is the same recipe .The

only difference,is that peanuts have to roasted

crisp .

Another useful and important tip is that,you

should never add the peanuts or sesame seeds,

to the syrup with the flame on.

Once the consistency ,of the syrup is right ,

switch off the flame and then toss in the nuts.

Will be posting peanut chikki soon.

To today’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sesame seeds

1 cup jaggery pieces

1/4 cup water

1 tsp liquid glucose ( optional)

1/2 tsp ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

a pinch of nutmeg powder

METHOD

• Melt the jaggery in 1/2 cup water with glucose,

and 1/2 tsp ghee,till it reaches a thick bubbling

syrup .Add spice powders.

•Add a drop in a little water.If it crystallises

and you are able to shape it in between your

fingers,remove from fire.

•Add the sesame seeds and mix well.

•Transfer to a greased board/ parchment paper.

•Flatten it with a greased rolling pin .

•Cut into shapes,when lightly cool .

• Allow to cool completely,and remove pieces.

Tip to compulsorily follow : Keep mixing the

jaggery syrup while cooking ,as it may get

burnt .

SAGO HALWA


This has only few ingredients,but the taste is

excellent!

No colour,no thickening agents,it’s just soaked,

and ground sago,sugar,ghee.

As,I wanted a slight tint,I caramelised some

sugar,and the colour seemed pleasing to the

eye.

Well,let’s get into the recipe right away!

Do try and post in your comments and

suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sago ( soaked overnight)

1.5 cups sugar (reserve 2 tbsp for caramel)

50-75 gm ghee

Handful of cashewnuts

1 tsp cardamon powder ( elaichi)

1/4 tsp rose essence ( options)

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder or grated

1/2 tsp lime juice

1/4 tsp salt

METHOD

•Grind the soaked sago to a paste,and set aside.

•Caramel 2 tbsp sugar with a little water till

golden brown.

•Add in the cashewnuts, lime juice and half cup

water and cook till sugar dissolves.

•Add in the ground sago,a little ghee and

keep stirring .

•Add the rest of the ingredients, except ghee.

•Add ghee at regular intervals, till you get a

thick mixture.(When you transfer to the tray,

the mixture should just slip out )

•Transfer to a greased tray.

•Smear with a little ghee on the top.

•Allow to cool,and cut into desired pieces.

BESAN ‘N’ COCONUT BURFI


This is an awesome sweet with besan( gram dal

flour ),coconut sugar and ghee.

It was much tastier than a Mysore pak.No need

to check for the string consistency of sugar .

Easy to make,delicious and addictive sweet !

So let’s get into the recipe now ..( My 800th post)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup besan flour (gram dal flour )

1 cup sugar

1 cup grated coconut

1+1/4 cup ghee

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

METHOD

•Heat 2 tsp ghee in a thick bottomed or non

stick pan,and add the flour and roast lightly.

(Only till it is warm).

•Add half of the ghee and coconut and cook .It

will turn liquid lightly .

•Add the rest of the ingredients and the

remaining ghee at intervals .

•When you see the mixture thickening ,transfer

to a greased tray .

•Cut into shapes when it is slightly warm.

•Allow to cool completely and remove from

tray.

DATE ‘N’ SEMOLINA BURFI


This sweet is made with semolina,nuts,coconut,

desiccated coconut,dates,mawa or milk powder

and sugar.As the addition of dates contribute to

the sweetness,sugar can be reduced.Using of

fresh grated coconut is an option.

A little sugar has to be caramelised to add to

the colour if preferred.I added 2-3 tbsp of

brown sugar for the colour .This can be made

with powdered jaggery too.

So do try this recipe and post in your feedback!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup roasted semolina ( rawa,rulang )

3/4 cup sugar+2-3 brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp butter

Few cashews,almonds

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup grated coconut tossed in a little butter ( optional)

100 gm seedless dates chopped

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

50 gm mawa or 3 tbsp milk powder

METHOD

•Boil the sugar with water and cook till it

bubbles and thickens .

•Next add dates and the rest of the ingredients.

•Add butter and cook till it forms one lump .

•Flatten on a greased tray .

•Cut desired shapes and remove once it is cool .

BESAN MAKHANA LADOO


A healthy sweet if made with care ,it’s one of

the best I would vote for .

Makhanas are lotus seeds or fox nuts highly

beneficial for people with blood pressure,

diabetics .Low on calories it is a good snack,to

munch like popcorn.This can be made into

sweet and savoury dishes .

This time I roasted the makhanas and badam

pisin ( almond gum ) powdered it,and added to

the besan ladoo . This is the third variation of

besan ladoo . Do check on the previous posts if

you are a fan of besan laddoo.

Sugar can be substituted with jaggery

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

2 cups besan flour ( gram dal flour)

3/4 -1 cup ghee

1 cup lotus seeds

1/4 cup dessicated coconut

2 tsp badam pisin ( almond gum)

3/4 -1 cup powdered sugar ( preferably the

*Tagar/ boora powdered sugar )

A pinch of salt

3/4 tsp cardamon powder

Few strands saffron

A few nuts like cashews and pistachios

METHOD

•First add 3/4th ghee and roast the flour till

golden brown and a nice aroma comes out of

it .( not burnt smell so take care to roast

correct.)

•Keep roasting till it turns a little liquidy and

semi-thick.

•Add the remaining ghee ,cashews and roast.

(check the colour in the photo ).

•Add saffron strands.

•Remove from fire and allow to cool

completely, before adding sugar . ( do not add

sugar before it has cooled.)

•Best to transfer to another bowl to cool.

•Now slightly dry roast the lotus seeds and

powder.

•Heat 1-2 ghee and add the gum .It will swell

and change colour .Powder this too and set

aside .

•Once the besan is cool, add the rest of the

ingredients ,and make ladoos.

•If it looks moist , you can keep in the fridge

and serve .

•If you have silver vark, you could dab the

paper on the sweet .


* Home made tagar or boora sugar

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

Boil the sugar and water till crystal stage ( keep stirring )

Remove from fire and mix till dry and coarse

powder form.

Powder and store . Use when required . This is

mostly used for ladoos like this .

Best to store in the fridge .

WHITE PUMPKIN WHEAT HALWA


I ordered my weekly vegetables online,and I

normally receive cut slices of white pumpkin.

This time I received one whole pumpkin.

I think the pumpkin had too many of my stares,

and thoughts of what to do,as I didn’t have the

mood to cut it through.My mind for a weekend

dessert was something else , but here came a

power cut and as my oven is not connected to

the inverter,I had no option than to cut open

this pumpkin , and got ready to make a halwa

with it . Grated the vegetable…..after I finished

the power was back 😢.Whew!

Anyway no regrets as the dessert was amazing .

I have posted halwa recipes with this vegetable,

but this time there was an addition of wheat

flour and pistachio garnish .No colour , as I

wanted the pistachios to look contrasted to the

white colour.

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

300-400 gm white pumpkin grated

3/4 cup wheat flour

1 tsp cardamon powder

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

3/4 cup ghee

1 cup sugar or to taste

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk / coconut milk

A handful of crushed pistachios

METHOD

Heat 1/4 cup ghee,and add the grated pumpkin.

Cook till it is partly dry and add the wheat flour

and mix well .

Keep mixing for 10 minutes adding 2-3 tsps of

ghee at intervals.

Add sugar and the rest of the ingredients,and

keep mixing till the mixture turns thick into

one lump.Keep adding the remaining ghee

gradually at intervals .

Transfer to a tray and top with pistachios .

Note : A question may arise why I didn’t

roast the flour first, and then add the

pumpkin.Had I roasted the flour the colour

would have changed light brown and the

taste would have been different . I wanted

the halwa to be white and the blend was

excellent!

Check link for my previous post on the same

Vegetable https://calinskitchen.com/2016/03/01/white-pumpkin-and-coconut-milk-halwa/

MILK TOFFEE WITH CHOCOLATE AND COCONUT


These little squares of milk toffee, are little

wonderful treats, to pop in your mouth after a

meal .

Made with condensed milk ,sugar and nuts,

are perfect to store too.

Today, at the final stage of transferring to the

tray, I reserved a little in another tiny tray, and

tried with rustic pieces of chocolate ,and

dessicated coconut .This turned the order of

favourites,and excelled in taste .

So,do try and send in your feedback.

The photo shows the milk toffee prominent,

so don’t get confused with the title .

( sorry as I made a few to try 🤪)

INGREDIENTS

400 gm condensed milk

350 gm sugar

1/2 cup water

50 gm butter

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1 tsp vanilla essence

Coarsely cut cashews

A little raisins ( optional)

A pinch of salt

To sprinkle

chocolate barks

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

METHOD

•Mix the coconut ,sugar,water and mix on

medium heat,till it bubbles and sugar is well

corporated.

•Add the rest of the ingredients,and keep

mixing till the mixture leaves the sides of the

pan.

•Transfer to a well buttered tray and sprinkle

the chocolate and coconut .

•While it is getting firm,and warm cut pieces.

•Allow to cool completely and remove pieces .

•This tastes better after a day or two .

CREAM CHEESE,COCONUT MALAI BARFI


When milk turns sour, no worries turn it sweet.

Well this happens in any household,and some

do not know what to do with it, hence it lands

in the bin.

So when you see the milk curdling ,at that

instant add a little vinegar or lime juice,and

boil till the cheese is well separated from

the whey water.

This drained water can be used to make any

dough ,or to make curries .

The water itself contains many nutrients.

I always store this whey water in the fridge,and

use when needed.

Now getting to today’s recipe,it’s made with

cheese/ paneer ( homemade),dessicated

coconut,rose petals (from my garden)and pista

Well,the taste is amazing like palkova or milk

peda.

Do try this simple recipe and post in your

comments !

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cream cheese/ paneer

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

1/2 -3/4 cup milk powder

1 cup full cream milk / fresh cream

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

A few strands of saffron infused in milk

A little pistachios

A few rose petals

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1 tsp ghee ( optional)

A pinch of salt

METHOD

•Heat a non stick pan and add the ghee .

•Add crumbled paneer .

•Mix for 1 minute and add all the ingredients,

except the rose petals and pistachios.

•Keep cooking stirring at intervals on medium

flame till the mixture becomes one lump .

•Flatten the mixture on a greased plate .

•Press the rose petals,pistachios on the

flattened mixture.

•Keep in the fridge for 30-40 minutes .

•Cut into desired shapes.

GRAM DAL LADOO


This is an easy ladoo anyone can make with

less effort and time . Made with soaked Bengal

gram,this ladoo tastes like a motichur ladoo.

I had this idea during the lockdown( as I didn’t

get gram flour )but was hesitant to try it at

that time . Today I tried it and it turned

awesome !

I must state that, each type of ladoo has it’s

distinct taste…

I had this recipe with semolina in an old

cookbook,( will post that later, as I never post

recipes without trying and tasting it and of

course wait for the comments of my

kids,who are my best critics too.😀.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 cups Bengal gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups sugar

1/2-1 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of edible camphor

A pinch of kesar / kesari powder

Cashews and raisins

Oil for frying

2 tbsp ghee

METHOD

•Wash the dal well and soak for 3-4 hours.

•Grind to a coarse paste without water.

•Add salt .

•Heat oil in a shallow pan.

•Drop little portions like pakoras into the oil.

•Remove from fire, when it is light golden

colour not brown

•Prepare sugar syrup with 1/2 cup water ( soft

ball stage or 2 string consistency ).

•Crush the fried pakoras in a mixer,to a coarse

mix ( don’t grind fine ).

•Mix into the thick syrup and heat for 2-3

minutes and mix well.

•Remove from fire

•Mix in the rest of the ingredients,and allow to

cool .

•Bind into ladoos and allow to cool completely

and then serve .

BANANA-COCONUT MILK HALWA


Delicious ,melt in mouth,addictive halwa.

If you check my previous post of banana halwa

and this recipe , you will know the difference

of the ingredients used in both the recipes.

Checkout https://calinskitchen.com/2016/11/12/banana-halwa/

This is of richer taste with coconut milk, and

tapioca flour.

Do try both recipes and post in your comments

and suggestions!

INGREDIENTS

5 big bananas mashed

1 cup thick coconut milk

1/4 cup tapioca flour

2-3 tbsp brown sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cardamon powder

A handful of roughly crushed almonds

1/4 tsp salt

A pinch of edible camphor ( optional)

Ghee ( approximately 3/4 cup )

1 tbsp coconut oil

METHOD

•Mash the bananas fine.

•Mix tapioca flour in a little coconut milk or

water without lumps .

•Heat a thick bottomed pan,add the brown

sugar and 1 tbsp water and stir till it bubbles.

•Add the banana mash with 2 tbsp ghee to the

bubbling sugar .

•After 5 minutes,add the rest of the sugar and

stir till sugar is dissolved .

•Next add the milk,and when it reaches boiling

point,add tapioca flour mix .

•Once you add the tapioca mix it will start to

thicken , so keep stirring on medium heat,

adding ghee at intervals .

•Next add the rest of the ingredients and keep

stirring ,adding ghee gradually .

•You have to add ghee till you see the mixture

not absorbing the ghee ,and the mixture sticks

to the spatula as one lump .

•Transfer to a greased tray .

•Cut into shapes when cool .