Sweet Potato Halwa With Date Palm Jaggery Or Khajur Gur

Sweet potato or shakarkand halwa with date palm jaggery or khajur gur. Try this easy to make dessert and enjoy the delectable taste. Sweet potato and date palm jaggery or khajur gur/Patali gur mixed taste is heavenly.

If you don’t have date palm jaggery then you can use cane jaggery, sugar or brown sugar. But date palm jaggery will taste divine. Earlier shared Sweet potato dumplings or pithe now here is one more sweet potato recipe for you. Sweet potatoes are nutrient-dense root vegetables that come in a variety of colors. They’re high in fiber and antioxidants, which protect your body from free radical damage and promote a healthy gut and brain. They’re also incredibly rich in beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A to support good vision and your immune system. Source

As I mentioned above you can use any sweetener instead of date palm jaggery but flavour and taste may be different. Here are some health benefits of date palm jaggery.

• Benefits of having date palm jaggery in winters.

• Relieves common ailments like cold and cough.

• Rich in nutrients.

• Helps in weight loss.

• Boosts energy.

• Treats menstrual pain.

• Restores healthy digestion.

• Eases joint pain.

To read more about date palm jaggery click here.

Try this delectable halwa and serve warm as a dessert. Normally halwa needs lots of ghee or clarified butter but to make this halwa you need only one teaspoon ghee. So you can call it a healthy treat. Don’t skip the milk to get the exact taste. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Sweet potato – 2, boiled

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 8

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 3 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Milk – 1 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Peel and mash the sweet potatoes and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts till golden brown. Remove from oil and fry raisins in the same oil. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from oil. You can also use almond or any dry fruits of your choice.

3. Add peeled and mashed sweet potatoes and saute till sweet potatoes leaves the sides. It will take about 2-3 minutes.

4. Add milk and stir continuously. When milk about to dried up add gur or jaggery, fried cashew nuts, raisins and mix well. Cook till moisture evaporate. Stir continuously.

5. Add cardamom powder and 1 teaspoon ghee. Mix well and switch off the heat.

6. Garnish with grated jaggery and fried cashew nuts. Serve warm.

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Semolina Blueberry Custard Cupcakes


Semolina blueberry custard cupcake with malai or milk topping. A superbly delicious and soft cake with full of vanilla flavour and blueberry. You can also make a single cake following this recipe. I have made these cupcakes following my Suji malai cake recipe with some changes. You can get one more semolina cake recipe here.


As I mentioned above that this semolina cake is super soft and delicious. You don’t need any frosting. You can place one blueberry on top of every cupcake. You can use any dry fruits, tutti frutti or cranberries or any dried berries of your choice instead of blueberry. If you don’t like vanilla then use cinnamon powder, lemon zest or orange zest for flavour. And if you don’t have malai or milk topping, then you can use oil or butter.


I have made 12 cupcakes and one small cake with this batter. You can make one single cake if you like. You can also make this cake without blueberry or any berries or dry fruits. You will love the simple vanilla flavour cake.


Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Vanilla custard powder – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Dried blueberry – 1/2 cup

Malai or milk topping – 1/2 cup

Warm milk – 1/2 cup

Thick or hung curd – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon


Method

1. Grease or line cupcake or muffins moulds with cupcake liner.  

2. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

3. Chop the dried blueberry into 3-4 pieces and coat with 2 teaspoon flour. I have used whole wheat flour or atta. You can use refined flour or any flour you have.


4. In a bowl mix semolina or suji, custard powder, milk powder, baking powder and soda.

5. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, milk and curd well. Add malai or milk topping and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

6. Now add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a lump free smooth batter.

7. Fold in flour coated blueberry. Pour the batter into the moulds. Fill 3/4 of the moulds. You can place one blueberry on every cupcake.


8. Bake in preheated oven at 150° for 20-25 minutes. For OTG bake at 170°. Every oven takes different time so check with a toothpick after 20 minutes.

Let the cupcake cool down before serving. Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can use any gluten free flour instead of semolina.

2. Cranberries or any dried berries or any dry fruits ot tutti frutti can be used instead of blueberry.

3. Oil or butter can be used instead of malai or milk topping.

4. You can use cinnamon, lemon, orange or any other flavour instead of vanilla.

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Moong Dal Halwa


Moong dal halwa. Enjoy delectable warm dessert without much effort. You don’t need to grind the dal and fry for a long time. Process is very easy so make anytime and serve warm or cold. You can also make laddu or barfi following same method if you want. So here is the recipe as I remember how maa usually made it. And yes my most favourite dessert in winter.

You may like some more halwa recipes on this blog. Click on the name below to get recipes.

1. Buckwheat Waterchestnut banana halwa

2. Paneer gajar halwa

3. Sugar free gajar halwa

4. Chana dal halwa

5. Cherry pineapple kesari

6. Singhara atta or Waterchestnut laddu

And some more dessert which you can enjoy warm

1. Kheer or rice pudding

2. Nolen gurer paesh

3. Pantua

4. Baked rasgulla

5. Sugar free sheer khurma

6. Gulabjamun

7. Shakkarai pongal

8. Rasaballi

9. Paruppu payasam

As I mentioned above that recipe is very easy to make and you don’t need to grind the dal or yellow lentil and fry for a long time. I remember my mother cook the lentil and milk on simmer after lunch to serve warm in evening. And maa used to add lots of cashew nuts and raisins but my kids don’t like so I skipped. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. If you have a large vessel to cook then you don’t need to sit and stir continuously. Just stir in regular interval to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Recipe

Moong dal – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the moong dal till water runs clear. Soak dal or yellow lentil in enough water for 2 hours.

2. Heat milk in a wok or pan. Drain the water and add the moong dal in milk. When milk starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. You can add a small pinch of saffron in the milk. I don’t have while making it so I skipped. Saffron will give a lovely colour and flavour.

3. Cook on simmer till milk absorbed. Don’t forget to stir in regular interval. It will take about 1 hour to cook the dal completely on simmer.

4. When milk and dal about to dried up and dal become soft or fully cooked add sugar.

5. Sugar will release water so cook for 8 – 10 minutes more on low heat. Keep stirring. Now add ghee or clarified butter and mix well.

6. Stir continuously. Better to use nonstick pan but if you are using any other pan be careful to avoid sticking to the bottom and burning. When halwa dried up and you will get a nice aroma of fried moong dal add cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat. Garnish with shredded almond and pistachio.

7. Serve warm or room temperature. You can also make laddu or barfi with this mixture.

Notes

1. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

2. You can increase the amount of ghee and milk if you want.

Participating in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly group after a long time. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month Warm Dessert theme is suggested by Rafeeda AR who blog at Big Sweet Tooth. Rafeeda has a vast collection of wonderful recipes. I specially love her dessert recipes. I have bookmarked her Cookie cheesecake brownie bar to try soon. And this month my partner is my dear friend Preethi Prasad of Preethicuisine. I always love her authentic, healthy and innovative recipes. Among many other recipes I have to try her recently published Eggless orange cake soon. Preethi gave me ghee and moong dal and I gave her almond and cardamom to use in the recipe. I am sharing this delicious dal halwa using these ingredients.

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Eggless Fresh Fruit Cake With Black Carrot

Eggless fresh fruit cake with black carrot, strawberry, chikoo or Sapodilla organic jaggery, olive oil, whole wheat and soybean flour. Cake is super soft, moist, healthy and absolutely delicious. An aromatic cake with all the goodness of fresh fruits. Protein rich soybean flour will make your cake nutritious and soft. You can get two more jaggery cake recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Gluten free apple jaggery cake

2. Oats whole wheat Bournvita cake

And a collection of Eggless fruit cakes

You can also type cake on search to get many gluten free and healthy cakes. Not only eggless but this cake is also butter less and APF less. So you don’t need maida or refined flour, eggs or butter. If you don’t have olive oil then you can use any flavorless oil instead. We normally use fresh fruit for icing but tried this tea cake with fresh fruit and very happy with the taste and texture.

I have used black carrot, chikoo, strawberry, dried cranberries, fig and flavoured with dried ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. And with whole wheat flour used soybean flour to add some protein and to make the cake more soft. I have used organic jaggery powder to sweetened the cake. You can use brown sugar, confectionery sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice. But I recommend to try with organic jaggery powder if you are making it for kids. You all know the health benefits of all these fruits and soybean flour so I am not making the post long and coming to the recipe. If you want you can get many articles about health benefits of these ingredients on Google.

This recipe is my contribution to 282 #Foodiemonday bloghop Best Of Berries theme. This lovely theme suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam has a great collection of different types of wonderful recipes. I love her variety of thali recipes. And bookmarked her Healthy gingerbread cookies to try soon.

As I mentioned above that you can use any sweetener of your choice instead of organic jaggery powder, you can also use any flour instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour. Like any gluten free flour or even APF or maida can be used. And for flavour you can use vanilla or any essence of your choice if you don’t like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger powder. You can also add any chopped dry fruits of your choice. I have made this cake in my Samsung microwave. If you are using microwave convection or hot blast mode set the temperature 150°-160° but for OTG set the temperature at 180°.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Strawberry – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces

Chikoo or Sapodilla – 1

Dried cranberries – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Dried fig – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Black carrot – 1 cup, peeled and grated + to sprinkle

Organic jaggery powder – 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper and brush with oil.

2. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

3. Peel and chop the chikoo into small pieces. Also chop the strawberries into small pieces.

4. In a bowl mix both fruits with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon organic jaggery powder. Keep aside.

5. Stir 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in lukewarm or room temperature milk. Your buttermilk is ready to use.

6. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour or atta, soybean flour, baking powder, soda, dry ginger powder, nutmeg powder and 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder. Sieve twice.

7. Mix chopped dried cranberries and dried fig pieces in the sieved flour.

8. In a large bowl whisk organic jaggery powder and olive oil well. Add vinegar or lemon juice mixed milk and whisk again.

9. Add peeled and grated black carrot and mix. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and make a lump free smooth batter.

10. Fold in Cinnamon and jaggery mixed chopped strawberry and Chikoo in the batter.

11. Pour the batter into greased or lined baking pan. Level the top with a spoon. Sprinkle grated black carrot all over it. Cut the strawberry into 2 or 4 pieces and arrange on the top. Place the strawberry cut side down.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle to check. In Samsung microwave bake in hot blast function at 150° for 30 minutes. But check after 25 minutes. If it’s not done properly bake for a few minutes more.

13. Let the cake cool down completely. Slice and serve with milk, tea or coffee. Or serve soft moist cake as a dessert. You can also serve it with icecream. Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can use any fruit and dry fruits of your choice.

2. Any flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour.

3. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. If you don’t have organic jaggery powder then you can use brown sugar, confectionery sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice.

5. You can use any flavorless oil instead of olive oil.

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Oats Date Dry Fruits Modak / Sugar Free Modak

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May God bless you all 🙏 Celebrating 5th year blog anniversary. Thanks to all my readers for your love support and encouragement. 5 years with 500 posts, its possible because of you. Thanks a lot to everyone.

Oats date dry fruits modak. Not authentic but a super healthy sweet for health conscious people. Sugar free and low calorie delicious modak made with reduced skimmed milk, oats, dates and dry fruits. Sweetened with natural sweetener dates and raisins only. A healthy treat for kids and adults both.

You can make modak by using modak mould or shape with your hand or make barfi or fudge. I have made modak using modak mould. You can easily shape them into modak with your hands. And used my sandesh mould to shape remaining mixture.

Earlier shared three more modak recipes.

Stuffed chocolate modak

Quick dry fruit coconut modak

Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak

I have used gluten free oats to make these modak. Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. Many studies have shown that the beta-glucan fiber in oats is effective at Oats are an incredibly nutritious food packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, they’re high in fiber and protein compared to other grains. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a weight loss friendly food. At the end of the day, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat. To read more benefits of oats click here.

Earlier shared some oats recipes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

Modak sweetened with dates.

Dates boast an impressive nutrient profile but are quite sweet. Yet, they’re packed with fiber, which helps your body absorb its sugars more slowly. When eaten in moderation, they’re a safe and healthy choice for people with diabetes. Source

According to experts, diabetics can also benefit from the high fiber content of dates. It is okay to eat 2-3 dates a day for diabetics so long as they exercise caution and maintain healthy eating habits overall. Source

So diabetic people can also enjoy these modak but in moderation. You may like some more recipes with dates on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Sugar free carrot cake

2. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

3. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

4. Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding

5. Sugar free date sandesh

6. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

7. Date walnut fudge or barfi

8. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

9. Date walnut muffins

10. Vegan smoothie bowl

11. Date oats cookies

12. Watermelon date tulsi almond smoothie

Sending this post to 261 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Milky Way suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Swaty suggested to share recipes with any form of milk. I am sharing a recipe with khoya/mawa or reduced milk. Swaty has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering and healthy recipes. You will definitely love her Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes. And I also bookmarked her super healthy Oats jaggery laddu to try. Do visit her space for many more recipes.

I have used almond, cashew nuts and raisins but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also stuff the modak with chopped dry fruits. If you want your modak more sweet add 5-6 dates and 2 tablespoon more raisins. We like mild sweetness so its perfectly sweet for me. Soak the dates and raisins in hot milk or boil with milk and you have to dry roast the oats and dry fruits only. Blend or grind everything and saute the mixture for few minutes. Let it cool down and shape them into modak, laddu or use any mould of your choice. Or you can spread the mixture on a greased plate when hot, level with a spatula, let it cool down and cut into your desired shape to make barfi or fudge. I have made some modak using modak mould and used my sandesh mould to shape remaining mixture.

Recipe

Rolled Oats – 1 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted and chopped

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or reduced milk – 3/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Rose essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat 1/4 cup milk with pitted and chopped dates and raisins. When milk starts to boil switch off the heat and keep aside to cool down.

2. Dry roast the almond and cashew nuts for 2 – 3 minutes. Nuts shouldn’t be burned.

3. In a pan dry roast the oats till light brown. Transfer the roasted oats on a plate and let it cool down.

4. Take out the seeds of the cardamom. I have small sized cardamom so used 4. Add the seeds in boiled milk date raisin mixture. Don’t discard the peel. You can add these in tea for lovely flavour.

5. Grind roasted almonds and cashew nuts into a fine powder.

6. Grind roasted oats and keep aside.

7. Now blend milk soaked dates and raisins with cardamom seeds in your mixer grinder or food processor. Add khoya/mawa or reduced milk. I have used homemade khoya or mawa. Get the recipe here. Add 2-3 tablespoon milk for easy blending. Blend everything well till smooth.

8. Heat a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Add blended milk mixed date, raisins, cardamom seeds and desiccated coconut. Saute for 2 minutes. You can also grind or blend the desiccated coconut with dates, I didn’t.

9. Add ground oats, almonds and cashew nuts. Mix well. Keep stirring. Cook till mixture comes together and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

10. Mash the mixture well to make smooth. Make balls and shape them using modak moulds or shape with your hands. Or you can make laddu or use any moulds. Or spread the mixture on a greased plate when hot. Level with a spatula or spoon and cut into your desired shape when cool to make barfi or fudge. I have made some modak and shaped remaining dough with my sandesh mould.

11. Sprinkle desiccated coconut over the modak. This step is optional. Your delicious nutritious and aromatic modak is ready to serve.

Stay happy stay healthy stay safe!

Notes

1. If you want your modak more sweet use 5-6 dates and 2 tablespoon more raisins.

2. You can stuff the modak with chopped dry fruits.

3. Pistachio or any dry fruits can be used with almond, raisins and cashew nuts.

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Caramel Custard

Eggless caramel custard.

Today sharing one of my favourite dessert. Its my 500 post on the blog. Thanks to all my readers for your love, support and encouragement.

You don’t need gelatin or agar agar, eggs or bread to make this caramel pudding. Even you don’t need oven because it is steamed pudding. Very easy to make yet taste is heavenly.

This chilled caramel custard pudding can be also served as a party dessert. Have you made custard with paneer or cottage cheese yet? If no try it I am sure you will love the taste. You can make it in a cake pan or in small ramekins for individual serving. Make caramel in a cake tin or pan. Make a thick custard and pour over the caramel. Steam for 30 – 40 minutes and let it cool down. Place in refrigerator to chill. Slice and enjoy. You can get many more dessert recipes on this blog.

This caramel custard is my contribution to 260 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Meethe Pal suggested by me. This pandemic time dramatically changes our lives. Switched to only homemade healthy foods. No outings or restaurant hopping. Our only motto is to stay safe. So I thought if we can share some heavenly desserts to fill some sweetness in life. Dessert or sweets improve our mood. We can enjoy sweet in moderation or in small amount once or twice in a week. And we have to make some sweets for our kids.  And I am sure kids will love this mouth melting and yummy pudding. Let’s see what my fellow bloggers share for this theme. Check out all the recipes below.

Kesar pista shrikhand by Priya Vijaykrishnan

Badam halwa by Kalyani Sri

Khubani ka meetha by Archana

Sweet sundal by Priya Iyer

Paneer kheer by Preethi Prasad

Bellam undrallu by Aruna

Churma laddu by Poonam

Oats jaggery laddu by Swaty Malik

Chocolate modak by Mayuri Patel

Now coming to the recipe. Not only kids as I mentioned caramel pudding is my favourite. When I started cooking after marriage I usually make caramel pudding with eggs, milk, vanilla essence and bread. But this custard caramel is different but taste is equally good. So it is perfect for vegetarian people. I didn’t use gelatin in it so we have to make slightly thick custard. I have used 2 teaspoon cornflour to make the custard thick. If you don’t have cornflour use 2 teaspoon more custard powder. I love strong caramel flavour so made caramel with 3 tablespoon sugar. If you want your custard with light caramel use 2 tablespoon sugar only.

Recipe

Milk – 2 & 1/2 cup

Custard powder – 3 tablespoon

Cornflour – 2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoon

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a metal cake tin or pan heat 3 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Keep the flame low to avoid burning. I have used 3 tablespoon sugar for strong caramel flavour. If you want light caramel flavour use 2 tablespoon sugar to make caramel.

2. When sugar melts and starts to change it’s colour switch off the heat. Caramel shouldn’t be burned. With the help of a tong tilt the pan to spread the caramel evenly in all over the pan. Keep it aside.

3. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup cold milk, custard powder and cornflour. You can also add 2 tablespoon milk powder if you like.

4. Boil remaining milk in a pan. Add 1/3 cup sugar. When sugar dissolved and milk starts to boil reduce the heat.

5. Stir the cornflour and custard powder mixed milk well and add in the milk. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.

6. Cook till milk becomes thick. Keep stirring. Remove from heat. Add vanilla essence and mix. You can also add chopped dry fruits in custard.

7. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Best to use fresh paneer. Get the paneer recipe here.

8. With a hand blender or whisker blend the paneer and custard well. Mixture should be lump free and smooth.

9. Pour the mixture on caramel. I have used my rice cooker to steam the custard.

10. You can steam in pressure cooker or any pan. Pour water in the pan. Place a stand in the middle. When water starts to boil place the caramel custard pan on the stand. Cover and steam on low medium heat for 30 minutes.

11. Let it cool down completely. Keep in refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours or overnight. Run a knife gently through the sides. Place the pan upside down on plate. Demould the custard. Slice and serve chilled. Enjoy……

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Lauki Kheer Or Bottle Gourd Pudding

Lauki/dudhi or bottle gourd kheer. Simple and easy recipe but taste is divine. You don’t need much time to make this delicious kheer or pudding if you have grated and boiled bottle gourd ready. Condensed milk gives enough sweetness so you don’t need to add sugar. Don’t skip saffron. It will give a lovely colour and flavour.

You may like some more kheer or pudding recipes on this blog.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Rasgulla kheer/paesh or pudding

3. Khajur or nolen gur kheer

4. Chhena kheer or chhanar payesh

5. Rice kheer or pudding

6. Chakhao kheer or black rice pudding

This week 237 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Holi on my platter.

Recipe is very easy. Boil the milk with saffron on simmer until becomes half. Add condensed milk, boiled and squeezed grated bottle gourd, dry fruits and cardamom powder Cook till kheer becomes semi thick. Kheer will become thick when cool. You can add any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Bottle gourd or lauki – 1/4 cup, grated, boiled and squeezed

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak the raisins in water.

2. Chop the cashew nuts into 4 pieces.

3. Drain and squeeze the boiled bottle gourd well. I have measured after squeezing. It should be tightly packed 1/4 cup.

4. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add saffron. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer until milk becomes half. Stir in regular interval and scrape the sides of the pan.

5. Add boiled and squeezed bottle gourd and condensed milk. Mix well.

6. Add soaked raisins and chopped cashew nuts. Cook on simmer till kheer becomes thick. Don’t make too dry. Kheer will be more thick when cool.

7. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

8. Garnish with shredded almond and pistachio. Serve warm, chilled or room temperature. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Buckwheat Waterchestnut And Banana Halwa

Buckwheat or kuttu atta,Waterchestnut or singhara atta/flour and banana halwa.
Gluten free, delicious and healthy dessert. This hot halwa is perfect for this cold weather. And its also a tasty and filling fasting recipe.
Nutritious buckwheat flour, low calorie Waterchestnut flour, banana, jaggery and little ghee or clarified butter made this halwa super yummy. You can add 1-2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter more if you wish. I have used 1 ripe banana but you can use 2 bananas if you want.

Buckwheat is gluten-free, a good source of fiber, and rich in minerals and various plant compounds, especially rutin.
As a result, buckwheat consumption is linked to several health benefits, including improved blood sugar control and heart health.

Water chestnuts are aquatic vegetables that are nutritious and delicious.
They are a great source of antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent diseases linked with age, such as heart disease and cancer.
Water chestnuts are also highly versatile and can be added to a variety of dishes.
Try adding water chestnuts to your diet today to reap their health benefits.

Bananas are a popular fruit that happens to provide numerous health benefits.
Among other things, they may boost digestive and heart health due to their fiber and antioxidant content.
They may even aid weight loss, as they’re relatively low-calorie and nutrient-dense.
Ripe bananas are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. What’s more, both yellow and green bananas can keep you healthy and feeling full.
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Jaggery or gur has immense health benefits.
Here are 15 jaggery benefits everyone should know –

1. Prevents constipation: Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and thus helps prevent and relieve constipation.

2. Detoxes the liver: Jaggery is a natural body cleanser, further reducing the workload of the liver.

3. Treats flu-like symptoms: Fight symptoms of a cold and cough with the help of gur. All you need to do is mix it with warm water and drink up, or even add it in your tea instead of sugar to reap the benefits.

4. Blood purifier: One of the most well-known benefits of jaggery is its ability to purify the blood.

5. Boosts immunity: Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood.

6. Cleanses the body: Jaggery is one of the best natural cleansing agents for the body, hence it is advised to eat jaggery to remove unwanted particles from the body.

7. Eases menstrual pain: Jaggery, due to its richness in many essential nutrients, is an effective natural treatment for menstrual problems, especially providing relief from cramps.

8. Prevents anaemia: Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which help prevent anaemia by ensuring that a normal level of red blood cells is maintained.

9. Boosts intestinal health: Jaggery also boosts intestinal strength due to its high magnesium content.

10. Cools the stomach: Jaggery helps in maintaining normal body temperature which helps in keeping your stomach cool.

11. Controls blood pressure: Jaggery contains potassium and sodium, which play an important role in the maintenance of acid levels in the body.

13. Relieves joint pain: “If you suffer from aches and pains in your joints, eating jaggery can provide you with much-needed relief”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Sukhda Hospital.

14. Weight loss: “Jaggery is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss. This is because jaggery is a rich source of potassium, which is a mineral that helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as building muscles and boosting metabolism.

15. Good source of energy: While sugar is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed in the bloodstream instantly and gives instant energy, jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually and for a longer time.
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Ghee contains good amount of healthy fats, vitamin A, E and D. Although, many of us think that the high content of fat in ghee is bad for health but, if you don’t know this, fat is something which is one of the major nutrients that is required by our body to function properly. Ghee is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good fats and are essential for improving the brain and heart health. It also provides a lot of energy to the body. So, overall, we can say that ghee is quite nutritious and healthy.
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Monday again and this week’s 226 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Grandma’s remedies suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner.
Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. I have already bookmarked her No bake biscuit nuts cake recipe. I will try it soon.

As a remedy earlier I have shared Turmeric shot with tulsi or holy basil
And Golden smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera.
There are so many other remedies like tulsi and honey. My mom used to make it daily for my daughter. Juice of tulsi or holy basil and honey protect the kids from cold.

Eating a small piece of raw turmeric with jaggery in the morning boost immune system and prevent from seasonal diseases.

Half teaspoon juice of small leaves of harsingar or night jasmine mixed with honey is a very good remedy for kid’s stomach worms. Honey will reduce the bitterness of leaves.
Harsingar leaves also have anti-arthritic properties. Boil the leaves of harsingar or night jasmine in water and strain. This water will reduce the pain and inflammation.

List is so long. This time not like remedy but sharing a nutritious dessert. Weather is too cold and this hot halwa will give some comfort and also soothe a sore throat.

Recipe

Buckwheat flour or kuttu atta – 1/4 cup

Waterchestnut flour or singhara atta – 1/4 cup

Jaggery – 1/3 cup, grated or powdered

Ripe banana – 1

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon, sliced

Almond – 1 tablespoon sliced

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Method

1. Peel and mash the banana and keep aside. You can use 1 more banana if you like.

2. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan or nonstick pan.

3. Add buckwheat and Waterchestnut flour. Fry on low heat until flour starts to change it’s colour. It becomes light brown and you will get a lovely aroma.

4. Add sliced cashews, almonds and raisins. Fry for a minute.

5. Add mashed banana and mixed well. Saute for a minute. Keep the heat low. Flour shouldn’t be burn.

6. Now add jaggery and water. Mix well. Break the lumps with spatula. Increase the heat and keep stirring. Cook until the mixture dried up and comes together.

7. Add cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat. You can drizzle little ghee at the end. I didn’t.

8. If you want to keep it little runny add 1/4 cup water and little more jaggery powder.

9. Garnish with sliced cashews, almonds and pistachios.
Serve hot.

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Gol Papdi Or Gur Papdi/Sukhdi

Gol papdi or gur papdi or sukhdi.
A delicious, flavorful and very easy to make barfi from Gujarati cuisine. You need only 3 main ingredients. Whole wheat flour, ghee and jaggery. A perfect winter delicacy.

You have to fry the flour with ghee carefully. Flame should be low and fry till the flour becomes golden brown. It will take 12 – 15 minutes. After removing from heat mix everything and set on a greased plate to set. Easy isn’t it ☺️

Garnishing is optional, it will also taste great without garnish. But I like to sprinkle some sliced almonds for extra crunch. You can also add sliced almonds, cashews or pistachios in flour.
You may like some more barfi recipes on this blog.

1. Chocolate cardamom fudge

2. Moong dal barfi

3. Mango litchi fudge or barfi

4. Chocolate barfi or fudge

5. Coconut barfi or fudge

6. Date palm jaggery and coconut barfi

7. Date walnut fudge or barfi

8. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

9. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

Sending this post to Facebook group recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly and Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is Sandhya Ramakrishnan who blog at My cooking journey.
Do visit her space for many tempting recipes she shared.

This month we have to choose a dessert recipe from our partner’s blog. While searching for a dessert on Sandhya’s blog loved this Gol papdi recipe. Immediately decided to make this easy and delicious looking wheat barfi or gol papdi.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1/2 cup

Powdered or grated jaggery – 1/3 cup

Ghee / clarified butter – 4 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Nutmeg or jaefal powder – a pinch, optional

Almond and pistachio slices to garnish

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee and keep aside.

2. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add whole wheat flour or atta. Fry on low heat till flour becomes golden brown. Stir constantly. It will take 12-15 minutes.

3. When the flour becomes golden brown remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. You can also add sliced almonds, cashews or pistachios in the flour. I didn’t. Mix well.

4. Now add the jaggery. Use grated jaggery or fine powder.

5. Mix and immediatly pour the mixture into the greased plate. Press with a spatula and spread the mixture evenly.

6. Sprinkle almond and pistachio slices.
Cut into square or diamond shape when still warm.

7. Let it cool down. Serve immediately or store in a airtight container for later use.

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Coconut Barfi Or Fudge

Happy Diwali everyone . May happiness and prosperity fill your life. Have a joyous and bright Diwali.

I am back after a short break. Sharing a delicious and easy to make sweet to brighten your festival. Make it to serve your guests and enjoy the heavenly taste.

Barfi made with fresh coconut, thickened milk, milk powder, little sugar, milk and cardamom. You can also use rose essence or rose water if you like the flavour.

You can use khoya or mawa but this time I didn’t dried up the milk completely. Boiled the milk on simmer till milk becomes thickened but pouring consistency, just like rabdi.

Fresh coconut is best for this barfi. Grate the coconut or simply cut the peeled coconut in small pieces and grind.

You may like some more festive dessert recipes on this blog.

Collection of sweets

Recipe

Coconut – 1

Thickened milk- 3/4 cup

Milk powder- 1/2 cup

Sugar- 3 tablespoon

Milk- 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder- 1 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Ghee or clarified butter for greasing the plate.

Method

1. Peel and grate the coconut or cut into small pieces.

2. Grind the coconut with thickened milk and sugar. Add 1/4 cup milk for easy grinding. Make a smooth paste.

3. Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside.

4. Heat a pan or wok. Add the ground mixture.

5. Cook on low heat. Stir constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom.

6. When the mixture about to dried up add milk powder and mix well.

7. When the mixture leaves the sides remove from heat.

8. Add cardamom powder and mix well. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon rose essence or rose water if you like the flavour .

9. Pour the mixture on greased plate. Press with a spatula and sprinkle chopped pistachios.

10. Cut with a knife into your desired shape when still warm.

11. Keep in cool place for an hour to set.
Your barfi is ready. Enjoy the divine taste.
Have a safe and prosperous Diwali.

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