CARROT KESARI


From the time made the mawa red carrot cake,

I’m obsessed with red carrots.

No color added,the carrot shed it’s lovely color.

I have made carrot halwa with semolina before

(previously posted ) but this one is different in

taste and texture!

It’s my own innovation,so do try and post in

your valued comments!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup semolina/rawa

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup ghee

Few cashewnuts and raisins

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 cup milk

METHOD

First add the grated carrots,and cook for a

minute ,mix well and then add ghee ( 1-2 tblsp)

and sauté till raw smell is gone . Add the

cashewnuts and raisins with another tblsp.of

ghee and cook furthermore for another five

minutes.

Before adding rawa , have two cups hot water ready.

Add the rawa now, to the carrot mixture ,and

mix well ,and add hot water, cardamon powder

salt . Cover and slow cook for 5 minutes, till you

see the rawa swelled up. Add some ghee.

Finally add sugar and keep mixing till sugar

dissolves.Add milk.

Keep mixing till it forms a lump.Add remaining

ghee .

You can serve in dessert bowls,or flatten it on

a greased plate .Apply ghee on the top .

Cut slices and serve.

Note: Ghee is no limit for kesari, so it’s your choice.

Nuts can be fried in ghee and added separately too.

PAPAYA HALWA


This halwa has a different and unique taste.

Color is not necessary in this recipe, as the

lovely color of the fruit visibly oozes out.

Sweetness,has to be decided by the fruit you

chose to make.

Your taste buds are your leading

to the making.

So .. let’s get into the simply sweet recipe!

Ingredients

500 gm ripe papaya peeled and mashed.

1/4 cup ghee

1/2 tsp. Cardamon powder

100-200 sugar ( add to your taste)

A pinch of salt

Edible camphor a pinch

A pinch of clove powder

2 tblsp corn flour mixed in half cup water

Roasted nuts

Method

Add a little ghee in a non stick pan . Heat the

ghee and add the pulpy papaya.

Let it cook till the liquid is reduced.

Add corn flour mixture and sugar and mix

well .

Keep adding ghee at intervals.

Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well and

adding ghee at intervals .

Once you see the mixture sticking to the

spatula in one mass.

Remove from fire and transfer to a greased

plate.

Cut into pieces when cool.

Smear a little ghee on top for a glossy look.

DATE ‘N’BADAM HALWA


This halwa is made only with 1 tblsp. of brown sugar.

The sweetness to this halwa is contributed by the dates.

Both ingredients are highly nutritious, and I would title it a healthy sweet.

Now ..for the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup dates  deseeded and soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes

1/2 cup almonds soaked in hot water and skin peeled

1 tblsp. brown sugar

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp. cardamom powder

1/2 cup ghee

Few cashewnuts for topping

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

METHOD

Grind the dates and almonds to a coarse paste.

Use a non stick or thick bottomed pan and add a tblsp of ghee first.

Next ,add the paste with salt and cook ,stirring all the time for few minutes.

Add the sugar and cook for a few minutes .It will change color .

Then add 1/2 cup milk and cardamons and keep cooking till it forms a mass.

Add ghee a tsp.at a time while cooking.

Transfer to a greased plate and top it with sliced nuts .

Before adding nuts, smear some ghee on the top to get a glossy look.

Do try, this energy sourcing sweet and post in your comments and suggestions!

JANGRI


Jangri and Jilebi are two types of sweets which look alike, and the method of making

is also the same.

Both are filled with juicy syrup . The only difference is that jangri is made with

ulundhu/ urad dal ,and jilebi is made with all purpose flour.

In the process to make jangri , minimum 2 hours is enough to soak the lentils , whereas

to make jilebi you have to mix the batter overnight to ferment.

Both are fried sweets dipped in sugar syrup.

If you want the nutritious one, the pick is the jangri.

Anyway , no sin in indulging at times 😀.

Now , I think all is clear about differences of these two sweets and now I will be moving

in to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

400 gm urad dal/ ulundhu

3 tsp. rice flour

2 tsp. corn flour

a pinch of salt

a pinch of baking soda ( optional)

Kesari color

Oil for frying

 

For the syrup

500 gm sugar

1 cup water

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

A little kesari color

METHOD

Wash and grind the dal with minimum water fine like for ulundhu vada.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients.

Heat the oil in a shallow frying pan ( easy to make swirls).

Pipe directly in the oil ( medium heat)with a piping bag (make a tiny cut or prick with

a skewer).

The fried jangris should be crisp not browned. Add to syrup for 3-4 minutes .

You will see the syrup filling the jangris.

Remove and place on a plate .

You could drizzle some syrup after you prepare all the jangris .

For the syrup

Heat the sugar syrup with the ingredients to

a 1 string consistency.( not thick / thin).

Add 1/2 tsp. Lemon juice to avoid crystallisation of the sugar .

Once ,you get desired consistency add a tblsp of ghee to the syrup.

Note: The syrup should be hot when you drop in each batch of fried jangris.

You could heat the syrup only if it get’s cool.

Do try and post in your comments and suggestions .

ROSE SURYAKALA (WITH ROSE PETALS)


I’m happy and excited to share this recipe with you as, this is my own innovation!

It’s very.. yummy ( don’t mind the shape of the crinkles in the photo as it was a rush job) .

My rose plants are in full bloom these days,and the paneer pinky rose was bowing down

to it’s weight .

So this is how I got the idea from. Trust me,when I get an idea I have to do it

immediately,and I picked these flowers in the rain.

Well, all the pain up to the terrace was paid , the sweet was awesome.

So, do try this and let me know your comments and suggestions!

The sweet got it’s name SURYAKALA as it was shaped like the sun .

The outer cover is made with all purpose flour and ghee, and the filling is usually made

with Khova/ mawa with a generous amount of nuts ,fried and dipped in sugar syrup.

My version of change was the filling.

So let’s get into the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

250 gm flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

75 gm-100 gm ghee / butter

A pinch of salt

a pinch of kesari color (optional)

1/2 cup water

Oil for frying

For the filling

125 gm khova/ mawa

1 cup sugar or to your taste

1/2 tsp rose water

A handful of rose petals

Cashewnuts, walnuts, nuts of your choice chopped

A little cardamom powder

METHOD

First make a firm dough with all the ingredients listed. Cover and set aside for few

minutes.

Divide portions in a way that two circles make one sweet. The top and bottom layer.

 

For the filling

Mix all the ingredients listed together.

For the syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

A pinch of dry ginger powder

Kesari color

Heat all together to get a 1 string consistency syrup

Final combining

Roll out each portion into tiny circles.

Keep the filling on one circle , and cover with another rolled dough.

Seal the edges , and pinch to make designs.

Fry in oil till light brown and add to sugar syrup . Remove immediately and allow to dry .

Sprinkle with nuts or silver vark.

( featured image shows a sweet cut in half to view the filling )

SEMOLINA MA -LADOO


This semolina or rawa ladoo is made in another method different from the basic ladoo

recipe.

I have posted recipes of rawa ladoo  before.

Do check to know the variations.

In this recipe I have ground the roasted semolina,and mixed with roasted gramdal .

The authentic humble maavu ladoo known as maa-ladoo is made only with ground

roasted gram dal.

As I have created a fusion with 2 recipes I have titled it as Semolina maa-ladoo.

The taste was awesome.Easy to make,melt in mouth recipe .

INGREDIENTS

1 cup rawa/ semolina

1/2-3/4 cup roasted gram dal powdered (pottukadalai)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp elaichi/cardamon powder

a pinch of edible camphor ( optional)

2-3 tblsp watermelon seeds (you can use cashew nuts too)

1/2 cup ghee

METHOD

Roast the rawa in a little ghee lightly,and powder .

Mix in the roasted gram dal powder and the rest of the ingredients.

Heat the ghee and add to the mixture and make ladoos whilst hot.

If you find the mix crumbling add a little hot milk and bind.

If you are adding milk ,it is best to store in the refridgerator for longer storage.

BESAN LADOO


As the countdown begins for Diwali,the recipes of sweets will be dominant in all medias.

Today, I would like to share with you an all time favourite and an easy

sweet if done with care ,turns out to be awesome and healthy.

Besan flour known to be chick pea flour,kadala maavu,or Bengal gram dal flour is loaded with proteins .

I used kalkandu powdered instead of sugar .Kalkandu or candy sugar is unrefined

sugar ,and it is healthy to use that instead of the normal refined sugar.

There is another option of using the boora sugar ( boiled and powdered sugar)

Well,I always recommend to use sulphur free sugar when making sweets and cakes .As

technology grows,the rate of diseases do too,so we have to contribute towards

prevention of the same in all possible ways.Sulphur free sugar has the same taste in

comparison to the white refined sugar,so when the recipe calls for white sugar please

use sulphur free,or candy sugar.

Moving on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

2 cups gram dal flour

1 cup ghee

1.5 cups sugar

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

1/4 cup mixture of sliced almonds and cashewnuts

2 tblsp rawa or semolina

25 gm mawa or khoya ( optional)

1 tblsp.water

METHOD

Heat 3/4 of ghee in a thick bottomed pan.

Once heated remove from fire,and mix in the gram flour,semolina and return to heat.

Keep roasting the flour till it gives out a nice aroma on medium flame.

While roasting,add the remaining ghee and keep stirring.

Add 1 tblsp water,and mix (you will see the mixture bubbling.

Mix for another 2 minutes and remove from fire .

Allow it to cool ,mix in all other ingredients except the sugar ( otherwise it will turn liquidy).

Once it is warm ( able to touch) add in the powdered sugar and mix well.

Make ladoos and decorate with nuts like pistachios,almonds or cashews.

VARIATION: The same can be made with wheat flour,ragi flour (kurakkan flour)

ALMOND ‘N’ WHEAT FLOUR LADOO


This is a very easy healthy and addictive sweet.I have used boora sugar in this recipe.It is 

available in all leading stores and online stores too.Those who find it difficult to get can opt 

for finely powdered sugar or palm candy (panagalkandu) finely powdered.You can use 

powdered vellam too.

For the recipe 

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups ghee

5 cups wheat flour

1 cup boora sugar/powdered sugar/powdered panagalkandu/powdered vellam

1/2 tsp dry ginger powder

1 cup almonds powdered

METHOD

Heat ghee and mix in the wheat flour and roast till the raw smell is gone.Next add the ginger 

powder,and the ground almonds and mix well for a minute.Remove from fire,and transfer the 

mix onto another plate.Add the powdered sugar mix well and allow to cool till warm.(Please 

do not touch when it is hot ).Once it is warm make laddoos .Decorate with  the Nuts of your 

choice.You can add a tsp or more of ghee if the mix turns too dry.

SEMOLINA ‘N’ALMOND LADDU


This laddu is usually made with coconut ,milk powder,condensed milk  with sugar and

cashewnuts. As usual i made a twist ,with powdered  almonds and jaggery (the light yellow

one or vellam ).Try this recipe and send in your comments.

Ingredients

2 cups rawa/semolina

1/2 cup  sugar lightly powdered (organic/sulphur free)

1/2 cup almonds powdered

1/4 cup milk powder (optional)

1/2 cup vellam /jaggery powdered

3-4 cardamons powdered

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder (optional)

1 -1.5 cups ghee

few raisins lightly fried in ghee

1/4 cup cashewnuts lightly fried in ghee

a little milk  to bind and apply  on hands to make hassle free ladoos

Method

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan,add the rawa and roast till you get a nice aroma.(not

brown).

Next add the vellam,sugar ,and the rest of the ingredients and heat for just 1-2 minutes

Remove from fire and transfer to a bowl to avoid browning at the bottom.

Mix thoroughly.

Apply milk on your palms and shape into laddoos

Note: If the mixture turns dry,and not able to shape add a little milk .

 

 

 

 

KESARI (semolina sweet 3 types)


The origin of this sweet is from the south indian kitchen.This sweet can be served for any occasion. The rich south Indian breakfast is compulsorily served with this sweet.Here I want to give you the basic kesari recipe with variations like pineapple kesari, and milk fruit kesari.

KESARI
1cup rawa(semolina or sooji)
1+1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup ghee
1 tblsp. sunflower oil(not coconut oil or gingelly oil)
Yellow Coloring or kesari powder
1/4 cup cashewnuts
Few raisins.
2-3 cardamons powdered
2 cups water
A pinch of salt
Method :Heat a tblsp.of ghee and lightly roast the cashewnuts and raisins,and set aside.In the same pan roast the semolina for a few minutes. Heat the water in another vessel,and to the roasted rawa with coloring and salt. Cover and cook on a slow fire till the semolina swells up.Next add the sugar and mix well without lumps.Add the ghee and the rest of the ingredients and keep mixing till thick. Transfer to a greased tray, or banana leaf.Add a tblsp.of ghee on top to get a glossy look. You can cut into desired shapes and serve or serve in individual bowls.
PINEAPPLE KESARI
Ingredients -1 cup pineapple chopped, rest of the ingredients are the same.
Method:Same as the basic.


MILK FRUIT KESARI
Ingredients
2 cups milk or thick coconut milk
1 cup fruits(mango,pineapple,grapes,apple)
Rest of the ingredients are the same
Method:Replace water in the basic recipe with milk.
Note:Take care not to brown the semolina while roasting roasting.

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