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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Coconut Burfi / Nariyal Ki Burfi / Easy Video Recipe

Coconut Burfi  

Today's post is one of the simplest yet classic recipe of an Indian sweet, Coconut Burfi that is prepared during special occasions and festivals like Diwali, Navratri, Holi, Krishna Jayanthi. It can be prepared quickly and my MIL is an expert in making this & it can be made with very few ingredients: grated coconut, milk, cardamom, sugar and ghee. Try this easy video recipe and enjoy the delicious Indian sweet mithai at home.

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  • Grated coconut - 2 & 1/2 cups
  • Whole milk - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Cardamom pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp


  1. Grate coconut to fine shreds.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan.
  3. Add coconut shreds and saute in low flame for 5 to 7 mins.
  4. Add warm milk, sugar and cardamom pwd.
  5. Cook with stirring in low medium flame until the mixture thickens.
  6. Turn the flame to low and saute for another 10 mins.
  7. Add melted ghee and toss.
  8. Turn off flame and transfer to ghee smeared tray.
  9. Flatten it on top and make slits slightly while its hot.
  10. Garnish with raisins.
  11. Allow to cool and refrigerated it for 2 hours.
  12. Now slice it to pieces.
  13. Healthy delicious Coconut Burfi is ready.
  14. Enjoy chilled or warm.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Ribbon Pakoda / Ola Pakoda / Diwali Snacks - Video Recipe

Ola Pakoda

Ribbon Pakoda  

Ribbon Pakoda or Ola Pakoda is a popular traditional South Indian savory snack that plays a prominent role during festivals like Diwali, Krishna Jayanthi, etc. It is also a famous tea time snack in India. This super snack recipe needs rice flour, besan flour, fried gram flour and mild spices like red chilly pwd and hing. Its absolutely quick & very easy to prepare. It not only tastes great, its also very healthy snack for kids. Check out this simple video recipe and enjoy the upcoming festive season.

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  • Raw rice flour - 1 cup
  • Besan flour ( kadalai maavu or gram flour ) - 1/4 cup
  • Fried gram flour (pottukadalai maavu) - 1/4 cup
  • Red chilly pwd - 1 & 1/2 tsp
  • Butter - 2 tbsp
  • Hing / asafetida / perungayam - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry


  1. Keep raw rice flour ready.
  2. Add fried gram (pottukadalai) to blender and grind to smooth pwd.
  3. Sieve to remove any lumps.
  4. Add rice flour in mixing bowl.
  5. To it add fried gram pwd, besan flour (kadalai maavu / gram flour), red chilly pwd, hing and salt.
  6. Combine together.
  7. Add water little by little and knead to smooth soft dough.
  8. Add butter and knead good.
  9. The consistency of the batter shouldn't be too watery or very thick. The consistency should be like as shown in the video.
  10. Clean and grease the ribbon pakoda mould with oil.
  11. Take a small portion of the dough and stuff in mould.
  12. Heat oil in frypan.
  13. Press the mould directly on hot oil in concentric circles.
  14. Keep the flame in medium heat and deep fry.
  15. Flip it once in while to ensure even cooking. 
  16. Once the ribbon pakoda turns golden and crispy on both sides, remove from oil.
  17. Drain and reserve.
  18. Crispy and healthy delicious Ribbon pakoda is ready.
  19. Store in airtight container for long shelf life.
Ola Pakoda

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Gajar Halwa / Carrot Halwa - Easy Video Recipe

Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa  

Joyous festive moments are around the corner and hope you'll have geared up to prepare homemade healthy, quick & easy sweets & crispy munchy savories. Today am sharing one of the rich Indian dessert Gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa) recipe. It is prepared with fresh carrots, ghee, milk, sugar & flavored with cardamom and nuts. Its absolutely easy to cook and tastes lipsmacking delicious with all the goodness of carrot & milk. Check out this simple video recipe to make gajar halwa at home & enjoy the creamy taste & texture.

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  • Carrot grated - 2 cups
  • Ghee - 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Milk - 3/4 cup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Cardamom pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Broken cashew & almonds - 2 tbsp


  1. Grate Carrot to fine shreds.
  2. Break cashew and almonds to small pieces & set aside.
  3. Heat ghee in frypan.
  4. Add carrot shreds and saute in ghee.
  5. Keep the flame in low and cook the carrot covered for 10 mins. (No need to add water. The moisture in the carrot is enough to get cooked in ghee)
  6. Stir once in a while to avoid sticking to bottom.
  7. Cook for another 10 mins in low flame.
  8. Now add thick warm milk.
  9. Stir to combine.
  10. Cover and cook in low flame for another 10 mins.
  11. Saute well and you can see the carrot is been cooked to smooth mixture.
  12. Add sugar and cardamom pwd.
  13. Keep the flame in medium and stir.
  14. The sugar dissolves and starts thickening.
  15. Add a tbsp of ghee and saute.
  16. Stir continously until the mixture reaches halwa consistency and starts rolling up from the pan.
  17. Turn off flame.
  18. Add broken cashew and almond pieces.
  19. Transfer to serving bowl.
  20. Lipsmacking healthy delicious carrot halwa is ready.
  21. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Carrot Halwa

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Thattai - Diwali Special Snacks / Easy Video Recipe

crispy thattai

Crispy Thattai

Thattai is a traditional healthy South Indian crispy snack prepared for many festivals like Diwali, Krishna Jayanthi. This tempting and crunchy snack is made with rice and fried gram. Its one of our family favorite snack and I used to prepare frequently as my kids prefer savory snacks for evening. My mom is an expert in preparing authentic crispy snacks and thanks to her for this easy recipe. Try this thattai recipe at home and lemme know your feedback..:)

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  • Boiled rice - 1 cup
  • Fried gram / pottukadalai - 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly - 3 to 4
  • Garlic - 4 to 5 pods
  • Toor dal - 1 tbsp
  • Moong dal - 1 tbsp
  • Crushed peanuts - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - a few
  • Hing / asafetida - a generous pinch
  • Oil to deep fry
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash boiled rice and soak in water for minimum 3 hours.
  2. Wash and soak toor dal and moongdal in 1 cup of water.
  3. Add fried gram (pottukadalai) to blender and grind to smooth pwd. Seive to remove lumps if any.
  4. Drain the rice and add to blender.
  5. Add garlic and red chilly.
  6. Grind to smooth paste by adding little water. (take care only enough water required to grinding to be added. The batter should be in thick consistency)
  7. Transfer the batter to mixing bowl.
  8. Add fried gram pwd.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Add salt, soaked and drained toor dal and moongdal.
  11. Add hing and 2 tbsp of hot oil.
  12. Combine well.
  13. Grease a plastic sheet or banana leaf with oil.
  14. Take a small ball out of the dough and place in the greased sheet.
  15. Grease your fingers with oil and pat it to thin disc.
  16. Repeat the same for the other balls and keep ready
  17. Heat oil in frypan.
  18. Drop the thattais one by one carefully.
  19. Keep the flame in medium and deep fry until the thattais turn golden brown and crispy.
  20. Drain and reserve.
  21. Traditional healthy delicious Thattai is ready.
  22. Once its cooled off, store in airtight container for longer shelf life.
  23. It combines excellent with piping hot cup of chai..:)
crispy thattai

Monday, October 10, 2016

Rava Ladoo / Semolina Ladoo - Easy Video Recipe / Diwali Sweets

Semolina Ladoo

Rava Ladoo  

Rava Ladoo is one of the great Diwali Sweet recipe that can be prepared quickly. It needs very few ingredients like rava, sugar, ghee, cardamom & nuts. This wonderful dessert is prepared almost in every household for festive season. The chewy texture of roasted rava and the rich flavor of ghee and cardamom along with the crunchiness of nuts tastes out of the world. Do try this easiest ladoo recipe and lemme know.

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  • Rava (sooji or semolina) - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup
  • Ghee - 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Cardamom pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Milk - 2 to 3 tbsp
  • Cashew - 7
  • Raisins - 10
  • Saffron strands to garnish


  1. Keep all the ingredients ready.
  2. Add sugar to blender and grind to fine pwd.
  3. Keep it aside.
  4. Heat ghee in frypan.
  5. Add cashew and raisins and roast to golden.
  6. Drain and reserve.
  7. Add rava and roast for few minutes in low flame
  8. Turn off flame and allow to cool.
  9. Add roasted rava to blender and grind to coarse pwd.
  10. Add it to mixing bowl.
  11. Add powdered sugar.
  12. Mix well.
  13. Add cardamom pwd, roasted cashewnuts.
  14. Combine well and add ghee little by little with kneading.
  15. Once it forms thick mixture, add 2 to 3 tbsp of warm milk.
  16. Mix to combine.
  17. Take a small ball out of the mixture, and roll it to ladoos by inserting a roasted raisin as shown in video.
  18. Allow to cool. On cooling the ladoos turn firm and it wont break.
  19. Repeat the same for all the ladoos.
  20. Authentic delicious Rava Ladoos are ready.
  21. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Semolina Ladoo

Friday, October 07, 2016

Rava Kesari / Sooji Halwa - Easy Video Recipe

Sooji Halwa
Rava Kesari  

Here goes yet another famous Indian dessert Rava Kesari sweet to celebrate the festival season. It is prepared with rava ( sooji or semolina) ghee, sugar and dry fruits. It is the easiest sweet recipe that can be prepared in few minutes. Also this sweet makes a quick fix dessert when you have surprise guests at home. Try this fail proof recipe and enjoy the lump free melt in your mouth Rava kesari dessert.

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  • Rava / sooji - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1 & 1/4 cup
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Cashew - 8 to 10
  • Raisins - 8
  • Cardamom pwd - a pinch
  • Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp
  • Orange food color - a pinch
  • Saffron strands & almond pieces to garnish


  1. Heat ghee in frypan.
  2. Add cashewnuts and raisins, roast to golden.
  3. Drain and reserve.
  4. Add rava / sooji.
  5. Roast in low flame for few minutes.
  6. Add hot water and allow the rava to cook.
  7. Once the rava is cooked, add sugar and combine.
  8. Wait till the kesari thickens.
  9. Now add kesari pwd (orange food color)
  10. Add cardamom pwd and stir.
  11. Add golden roasted cashew and raisins.
  12. Add vanilla essence and combine.
  13. Stir good.
  14. Once the kesari thickens & come to halwa consistency, turn off flame. ( take care the kesari thickens on cooling)
  15. Garnish with saffron strands and grated almond.
  16. Lipsmacking authentic delicious Rava Kesari is ready.
  17. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Sooji Halwa

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Paal Payasam / Rice Kheer / Milk Kheer - Easy Video Recipe

Rice Kheer

Paal Payasam

Today am sharing a very famous and delicious payasam recipe, Paal Payasam. This classic dessert is very simple to prepare and the main ingredients are milk, rice, sugar and ghee. Its rightly called as King of Payasam due to its rich, creamy sweet taste & is prepared on festivals and special occasions. Try this sweetened milk rice pudding at your home.

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  • Milk - 1 litre
  • Basmati Rice - 1/4 cup
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Cashew - 8 to 10
  • Raisins - 10
  • Sugar - 150 g ( or as needed)
  • Cardamom pwd - a generous pinch
  • Saffron - few strands


  1. Heat a frypan.
  2. Add basmati rice and dry roast for few minutes.
  3. Allow to cool and grind in blender to coarse pwd.
  4. Add it to pressure cooker and add 1/2 litre milk.
  5. Mix well and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles or until the rice is cooked soft.
  6. Once the pressure goes off, open the lid.
  7. Mash the rice by adding little water and keep aside.
  8. In a fry pan, heat ghee.
  9. Add cashew, raisins and roast to golden.
  10. Remove and keep aside.
  11. Now add the remaining 1/2 litre milk and allow to boil.
  12. When the milk is hot, add the cooked and mashed rice.
  13. Stir well to mix.
  14. Let it boil in low flame for few minutes.
  15. Add sugar and combine.
  16. Sprinkle cardamom pwd and golden roasted cashew and raisins.
  17. Turn off flame.
  18. Transfer to serving bowl.
  19. Garnish with roasted cashew, raisins and saffron strands.
  20. Lipsmacking delicious Paal Payasam is ready.
  21. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Rice Kheer

Monday, October 03, 2016

Sweet Pongal / Chakkarai Pongal / Sakkarai Pongal - Video Recipe

chakarai pongal
Sweet Pongal  

Festival Season is round the corner & its time to relish the healthy lipsmacking delicacies. Sweet pongal ( chakrai pongal or sakkarai pongal) is an auspicious dish prepared for neivedyam to Lord. Its very quick and easy to prepare sweet and it also makes a very nutritious dish for kids. Check out this easy version of this popular South Indian delicacy and enjoy the yummy taste.

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  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Moong dal (yellow) - 1/4 cup
  • Jaggery - 1 cup
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Water - 3 & 1/2 cups
  • Cashew - 8 to 10
  • Raisins - 10
  • Saffron strands to garnish


  1. Wash & soak raw rice in water for 5 mins.
  2. Drain the water and set aside.
  3. Heat ghee in frypan.
  4. Add cashew and raisins, roast to golden.
  5. Drain and set aside along with ghee.
  6. Add moongdal to frypan.
  7. Saute till golden.
  8. Add the moong dal to raw rice.
  9. Add milk and water.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Pressure cook for 5 whistles.
  12. Meanwhile heat jaggery in a pan.
  13. Add water and stir to dissolve.
  14. Once the jaggery water turns thick syrup, turn off flame.
  15. Strain to remove impurities.
  16. Keep aside.
  17. Once the pressure goes off from pressure cooker, mash the contents.
  18. Add little water and mash it to smooth mixture.
  19. Heat the jaggery syrup in pan and add the rice dal mixture.
  20. Stir to mix.
  21. Sprinkle cardamom pwd and golden roasted cashew & raisins.
  22. Add ghee and combine.
  23. Lipsmacking delicious chakarai pongal is ready.
  24. Enjoy hot with saffron garnishing.
Chakarai Pongal

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chettinad Chicken Chukka / Chicken Sukka Recipe - Easy Video Recipe

chicken chukka

Chettinad Chicken Chukka: 

Here is the special chicken recipe that is delicious, flavorful & dry dish that is packed with great flavors. In this recipe, chicken is cooked in thick spicy masala. Its very quick, easy and simple to prepare at home. Try this easy video recipe and enjoy the real treat along with roti.

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  • Chicken - 1/2 kg
  • Onion - 2
  • Tomato - 3
  • Yoghurt - 3 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 2
  • Cinnamon - 2
  • Cardamom - 1
  • Cloves - 4
  • Star anise - 1
  • Green chilly - 1
  • Turmeric pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilly pwd - 2 tsp
  • Coriander pwd - 3 tsp
  • Pepper pwd - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon pwd - 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala pwd - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh lemon juice - few drops
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste


  1. Clean and wash the chicken.
  2. Add it to mixing bowl, add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, ginger garlic paste, salt and yoghurt.
  3. Add finely sliced onion and tomato.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Transfer to pressure cooker. Add 1/2 cup water and mix.
  6. Pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles.
  7. Once the pressure goes off, mix the contents and set aside.
  8. Heat oil in a pan.
  9. Add cumin and wait to splutter.
  10. Add bayleaf, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and star anise.
  11. Allow to crackle.
  12. Add green chilly and finely sliced onions.
  13. Saute till golden.
  14. Add turmeric pwd, pepper pwd, red chilly flakes, coriander pwd, cumin pwd and cinnamon pwd.
  15. Mix well.
  16. Add the cooked chicken along with masala.
  17. Stir good.
  18. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings.
  19. Boil until the masala thickens.
  20. Once the curry is thick, turn the flame to low and roast the chicken.
  21. Stir once in a while to ensure the chicken is roasted evenly on all sides.
  22. Sprinkle garam masala pwd.
  23. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and turn off flame.
  24. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  25. Lipsmacking delicious dry chicken sukka is ready.
  26. We enjoyed it hot with veg biryani..!
  27. It makes an excellent combo with fried rice, biryani, roti, naan etc.
Chicken chukka