Paruppu Payasam.

Paruppu Payasam.
A vegan pudding or kheer with moong dal or yellow lentil. Coconut milk, roasted moong dal, fried cashew nuts and raisins, jaggery and cardamom made this payasam or kheer divine. This payasam is an Onam special recipe. Usually made for prasad or offering to deities in the temples of South India. It also made for special occasions.
And this pudding is sweetend with jaggery so its a healthy option to satisfy your sweet craving.

According to Wikipedia Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Its capital and largest city is Chennai (formerly known as Madras).

The cuisine of Tamil Nadu deserves special mention because of the rich taste of the culinary items. Many items of Tamil Nadu cuisine are accredited internationally and are unique in their own ways.
A typical Tamil Nadu meal consists of steamed rice, lentils, grains and vegetables. This food is taken almost by every household member. But in special occasions there are special menu that are prepared with great care and concern.
To read more about Tamil Nadu cuisine click here.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know that I am a member of Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge. And every month we share a recipe from different Indian States. This month sharing this recipe from Tamil Nadu cuisine.
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

This month my partner is very talented blogger Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at The Mad Scientist Kitchen.
Visit her space for different types of healthy and delicious recipes. Recently she posted a very interesting and mouthwatering recipe of Caramel apple and plum mini pizza.
Archana gave me ghee and cardamom as secret ingredients and I gave her pepper and cumin. Archana made a delicious rice dish with these ingredients. Check out the recipe here.

This moong dal payasam or paruppu payasam is very easy to make and taste heavenly. You can keep it in refrigerator and enjoy chilled. No sugar used so you can say it is a healthy option for dessert.

Recipe

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Ghee – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Grated fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, optional

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 2 cup + 1/4 cup

Method

1. Dry roast the moong dal or yellow lentil till aromatic.

2. Wash well and pressure cook with 1 cup water for 4 – 5 whistle or after 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.
Open the pressure cooker and mash the dal with a spoon or spatula. Add 1/2 cup water and mix well.

4. In a pan boil 1/4 cup water and jaggery till the jaggery dissolved completely. Strain the mixture if any impurity and keep aside.

5. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts in it till light brown. Remove from ghee.

6. In the same ghee add raisins. When the raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee.

7. In the same pan add the boiled dal, jaggery syrup and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and let it boil. Keep stirring.
When the mixture becomes thick, reduce the heat.

8. Add coconut milk and cook on simmer for 4 – 5 minutes. Don’t increase the heat. Cook on low heat to avoid curdling coconut milk.

9. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom.

10. Now add cardamom powder and fried cashews and raisins. Mix well and remove from heat.

11. Garnish with fried cashews and raisins.
Serve warm or room temperature or keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes

1.You can use any milk instead of coconut milk.
2. Dried sliced and fried coconut can be used instead of grated fresh coconut. Or you can use both.

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Rasaballi

Rasaballi
A delicious dessert from Odisha. Made with fried paneer or cottage patties dipped in rich creamy thickened milk. And flavoured with cardamom.

Odisha is famous for Jagannath temple of Puri and it’s kitchen.
According to Wikipedia Odisha has a culinary tradition spanning centuries. The kitchen of the Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri is reputed to be the largest in the world, with 1,000 chefs, working around 752 wood-burning clay hearths called chulas, to feed over 10,000 people each day.

The syrupy dessert Pahala rasagola made in Odisha is known throughout the world.Chhenapoda is another major Odisha sweet cuisine, which originated in Nayagarh.

Except these Pakhala is considered as traditional food of every Odia family . Chhena Jhilipi of Nimapada, Mudhi Mansa of Baripada, Aloodum Dahibara of Cuttack, various pancakes prepared during festivals are some important cuisine of the state. With this Santula and Dalmaa are some of the cuisine of the state .

You may like one more recipe from Odisha cuisine on this blog.
Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese

Rasabali is a sweet dish from Odisha, India. Rasabali is offered to Baladevjew, and originated in the Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara. It is one of the Chapana bhoga of Jagannath temple.
It consists of deep fried flattened reddish brown patties of chhena (farmer cheese) that are soaked in thickened, sweetened milk (rabri). Flattening the chhena into palm-sized patties is done in order to allow them to absorb the milk more readily. The thickened milk is also usually lightly seasoned with crushed cardamoms.
Source – Wikipedia

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Orissa cuisine.
This month my partner is Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuri’s Jikoni.
We gave each other two secret ingredients. Mayuri gave me semolina and milk. And I gave her mustard seed and ginger. Check out her space for the recipe she shared with these ingredients. She has a vast collection of different types of traditional and baked recipes.

Now coming to the recipe. To make cottage cheese or paneer/chhena patties best to use fresh soft paneer or cottage cheese. I have used homemade fresh paneer. Make thin patties. Thin patties will soak the thickened milk easily and becomes melt in mouth texture.

Recipe

Chhena/paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Refined flour or maida – 1 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil for frying

Milk – 6 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Pistachios to garnish

Method

1. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. You can add a pinch of saffron or kesar.

2. Cook on low heat till the milk becomes semi thick and change it’s colour. Stir occasionally.

3. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cook till sugar dissolved and milk thickened.

4. Add 1 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat.

5. Mash the crumbled paneer Well with your fingers and heel of your palm. Better to use fresh paneer. Get the paneer recipe here.

6. Add powered sugar, refined flour or maida, semolina or suji, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and soda. Knead well to make smooth.

7. Make small balls with it. I have made 10 balls. Flatten the balls with your palm. Make thin patties.

8. Heat sufficient oil to fry the patties. Fry the patties from both sides till golden brown. Place the fried patties on paper towel.

9. Add the paneer patties in the thickened milk. Cook on simmer for 2 minutes. Turn over the patties and cook again for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

10. Garnish with pistachio. Serve room temperature or chilled. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Or Barfi

Wishing everyone a very happy new year. Have a great year ahead.
357th post and my first post of the year.
Thanks a lot to all my readers for your  encouragement, love and support.
First day of the year so sharing a mouthwatering sweet recipe. Chocolate cardamom fudge or barfi.
One sweet with two different flavour and taste. One half is rose and cardamom and other half is full of chocolate flavour. Interesting isn’t it 😊

You may like some more fudge or barfi recipes on this blog.

Chocolate burfi or fudge

Apple coconut fudge

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

Date walnut fudge

This chocolate cardamom fudge is very easy to make and perfect for your parties or get together. Or make it to satisfy your sweet carving. Homemade is always best.
I have used homemade khoya and paneer. You can use store bought. Just grate before using.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Khoya or dried milk – 1 cup

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose essence or rose water – 2 drop

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon

Pistachios to garnish

Ghee to greasing the plate

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

2. Blend khoya and paneer in a blender. Get the khoya paneer recipe here.

3. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan and add khoya paneer mixture and sugar.

4. Mix well and cook on low medium flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. When the mixture comes together and becomes like a dough remove from heat. Don’t make it too dry.

6. Let the mixture cool down.
Mix well and Knead with hand to make smooth.

7. Make two part of the mixture.
Add cardamom powder and rose essence or rose water onto the half portion. Mix well.

8. Add Cocoa powder into the other half portion and mix well.

9. On the greased plate spread cardamom and rose essence mixed mixture. Make a layer with a spatula or your hand.

10. Now spread Cocoa powder mixed mixture over it. Press gently with a spatula or your hand.

11. Sprinkle sliced pistachio over it.
Keep the plate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

12. Cut into your desired shape and serve.
Or store in refrigerator for later use.

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Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun.

Gulab jamun is a most popular dessert of India. Its a deep fried milk solid dumpling soaked in rose, cardamom and saffron flavourd sugar syrup.

No idea about why it called gulab jamun. Perhaps for rose flavour sugar syrup. Gulab is rose and jamun is round shaped Asian fruit black plum. What’s in a name. It tastes heavenly.

According to Wikipedia Gulab jamun are a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, originating in the Indian subcontinent, notably popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Myanmar.

Making of gulab jamun is so easy. Just mix milk solid and little cottage cheese with refined flour or semolina make small balls and deep fry. Then soak in flavoured sugar syrup. Refined flour or maida and semolina is used for binding. Sometimes it can be made without cottage cheese or with milk powder.

I am sharing the recipe of my mother. She was an excellent cook and loved to make different types of sweets. I remember those days when we kids entered the kitchen at afternoon attracted by the sweet aroma. Our house smell delicious.

Here is a very simple and easy recipe of our all time favourite gulab jamun.
Our this week’s 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #filmyFoodies.
Sharing this recipe inspired by the movie ‘Gulab Jamun’.
Read a news that entire Bachchan family to star in Anurag Kashyap’s film Gulab Jamun. But Abhishek Bachchan said that they are still in early talks regarding filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming production. Let’s wait.
Till then enjoy the Marathi movie gulab jamun and this delicious gulab jamun 😀

I have shared some more fried dessert here. Click on the name below to get the recipe

Pantua

Malpua

Gokul pithe

Its very easy to make. I have used homemade khoya and paneer in it. You can use store bought. If you are using store bought, grate before mixing. But homemade is always best.

Recipe

Khoya or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Maida or refined flour – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Black Cardamom – 1

Mishri/rock sugar or pistachio – as require

Oil for deep frying

For sugar syrup

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat water and sugar. Add cardamom powder and saffron.

2. Let it boil. When sugar dissolved completely, simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Add rose water or essence. Mix and keep aside.

4. Take out the seeds of black cardamom. Keep aside.

5. Mix khoya or dried milk, paneer, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder and 2 tablespoon maida or refined flour. Mix well and make a smooth dough. If require add 1 tablespoon more refined flour.

6. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place one black cardamom seed and one mishri/rock sugar or pistachio in the middle. Bring the edges together and make a smooth ball again. There should not be any crack. Make all the balls this way.

7. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Fry the balls on low flame. Don’t overcrowd. Stir gently to fry all the sides.

8. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low flame to fry well from inside.

9. When the balls become golden brown, remove from oil and place on paper towel.

10. Heat the sugar syrup again. Add the fried balls in sugar syrup. When it starts to boil switch off the flame.

11. Keep the balls in sugar syrup for 3 – 4 hours.

12. Serve hot. Before serving boil again or microwave on high power for 1 minute.
Garnish with pistachio.

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Sugar Free Mango Coconut Laddu

Sugar free mango coconut laddu.
Another guilt free treat for you. Its sweetened with dates and mango. You will love the mixed flavors of dates, mango and coconut. Taste and flavour is heavenly so I didn’t add any flavour in it. If you like you can add little cardamom powder or any flavour of your choice.

Its mango season in India. This juicy delicious mango called king of fruits for its taste.
Not only taste mango has numerous health benefits.
1. Prevents Cancer. Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
2. Lowers Cholesterol. …
3. Clears the Skin. …
4.Improves Eye Health. …
5.Alkalizes the Whole Body. …
6.May Help with Diabetes. ..
7.Improves Digestion.
8.Helps Fight Heat Stroke
9. Boosts the Immune System
Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
Source – TheGuardian

So date, coconut and mango not only makes these laddu delicious but healthy too. Its also a perfect treat for weight watchers.
You can get some more sugar free recipes here.

Sugar free date Sandesh

Sugar free sheer khurma

Coconut raisin almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

Sugar free pineapple Sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy and simple. Make it and enjoy with your family and friends. Dates and mango gives enough sweetness so you don’t need to add any artificial sweetener. Enjoy the soft and yummy guilt free laddu.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese -3/4 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Date – 1/2 cup, chopped

Hot water – 3 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

1. Soak the dates in 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Blend the soaked dates in mixer grinder. Don’t discard the water, add it to grind easily.

3. Add chopped mango and desiccated coconut. Blend again into a smooth mixture.

4. Now add paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or dried milk. Blend again until smooth.

5. Taste the sweetness. If your mango is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

6. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add the mixture and cook on low flame till it dried up completely. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

7. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Mash it with your hand to make smooth.

8. Make small round balls.

9. In a plate spread desiccated coconut. Roll the balls over it.

10. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of guilt free delicious laddu.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. If your mongo is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

2. If you want you can add little cardamom powder.

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Watermelon Rasgulla / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Watermelon rasgulla.
Another sugar free treat for you.
Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I love to share desserts for diet conscious and diabetic people. Because every one has sweet tooth. And we have to make something to satisfy their sweet craving.
So here is a rasgulla recipe without sugar.
Already shared watermelon sandesh and muffins.
And now one more dessert with watermelon.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. It provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories.
Source

So enjoy this healthy and delicious rasgulla without any guilt.
I have made these rasgulla with watermelon juice. I am lucky that I have got the sweetest variety watermelon. If your watermelon is not so sweet and you are not on a restricted diet then you can add 1/2 cup sugar for better taste.
Get all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here.

First time tried it without adding any colour but not satisfied with the look. Taste is good but not picture perfect 😀

So made again with little colour in chhena or cottage cheese balls.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Watermelon juice – 4 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Red food colour – a pinch or 1 – 2 drop if you are using gel colour, optional

Method

1. Make cottage cheese or paneer and make balls with it. Get the method of making cottage cheese and balls here.

2. Add colour if you are using. Mix well. Make smooth balls without any crack. If you feel difficulty to bind then you can add 1 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour or semolina. I didn’t. I have made these with only cottage cheese. Please follow the method of draining the cottage cheese I have mentioned in above link of tips and tricks of rasgulla.

3. In a large and broad pan heat watermelon juice and water. You can add 1/2 cup sugar in it if you like for better taste . You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water or essence if you want. I didn’t because I have wanted to retain the natural flavour of watermelon.

4. When it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd.

5. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

6. Keep 1/2 cup hot watermelon juice handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

7. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

8. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy watermelon rasgulla chilled or warm.
Better serve it chilled with some watermelon juice of rasgulla.

Notes

1. Use cow milk to make paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your heel of the palm and fingers at least for 4-5 minutes or until you feel your palm little greasy.

3. Sweetness depends on the watermelon. You can add 1/2 cup sugar with watermelon juice if you are not on a restricted diet.

4. Don’t overcrowd the rasgulla while cooking in watermelon juice. You don’t get round shape rasgulla if overcrowded.

4. Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla before trying to get perfect rasgulla. Click here
to get the detailed method.

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Chocolate Sandesh 

Happy bhai duj to every brother and sister. May success and joy be yours every day.

Bhai Dooj / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in bihar and central india. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.
Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a tika on the brother’s forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai duj signifies the sister’s sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treat them with gifts. In return brothers bless their sisters and may treat them also with gifts.

Source – Wikipedia

Presenting a yummy sweet recipe for this auspicious occasion.

Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it. You can make it with different flavours.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

You don’t need much ingredients to make this sandesh. A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.

Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy

 

 

Recipe


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 6 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 3 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

White choco chips or pistachio to garnish

Method


Mix paneer, milk powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder on a plate.

Get the method of making paneer or cottage cheese here.

Knead with your palm until smooth.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add the paneer mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat.

Don’t overcook. It shouldn’t be too dry or crumbled.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Again knead it till smooth. I have used mixer grinder to make it smooth. Blend or knead with your palm again.

Make small balls.

Shape them with a mould and place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Or press the balls gently. Place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Serve soft delicious chocolate sandesh immediately or keep in refrigerator for later and serve chilled.

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