Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mixed Vegetable Halwa

7 cups grated Carrot
7 cups grated Beetroot
4 cups Ripen Raw Papaya
9 cups Milk
10 - 11 cups Sugar
10 - 12 Cardamom / Elachi / Elakki
1/2 cup Cashew nuts / Gerubeeja
1/4 cup Raisins / Ona Drakshi
11/4 - 1.5 cups Ghee / Thuppa
Few strands of Saffron / Kesari

Peel the skin of vegetables and grate them as shown in the picture below.

Put the grated vegetables in a pressure cooker container and cook them without adding water.(3-4 whistles). Once the pressure goes off, pour the cooked vegetables in a thick bottomed vessel. Add milk and bring them to boil.

Put broken of cashew nuts, 1-2 tsp ghee, fry them for few mins until they turn light golden in colour. Add raisins and fry them together for about 1-2 mins in low flame. Put Saffron in 3 - 4 tsp hot milk and keep it aside.

Add sugar, keep the halwa in medium flame and stir this mixture once in 2-3 mins until all the milk gets dried up.

Add half of the ghee and stir the halwa continuously in medium flame for about 10 mins.

Add saffron milk and stir the halwa in medium flame for about 10 mins. Add remaining ghee, fried cashew nuts, raisins and stir the halwa continuously in medium flame until ghee starts separating.

Add mashed cardamom and mix well.

Apply little amount of ghee to the plate, pour this halwa and spread it using one flat spoon as shown in the picture below.

Serve hot or cold.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Dal Kichdi

1.5 cups Basmati Rice
11/4 cup Yellow Lentils / Togari Bele / Toor Dal
2 tsp Bengal Gram seeds / Kadle bele
3 large Tomatoes
3 medium sized Onion
4 cloves of Garlic
1/2 inch sized Ginger
1.5 tsp Turmeric powder
1.5 tsp Kasuri Methi / Dried Fenugreek leaves
3 - 4 Green Chillies
1 - 2 broken Red Chillies
1 tsp Mustard seeds
3/4 tsp Cumin seeds
Big pinch of Asafoetida powder
3 - 4 strand of Curry leaves
6 - 8 strands of  Coriander leaves
Salt to taste
1 tsp fresh Lime Juice
1 tsp Butter (Optional)
3 - 4 tsp Ghee


Soak yellow lentils, bengal gram seeds rice in wanter for about 15- 20 mins. Wash them properly in water for about 3-4 times and put them in a pressure cooker. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, salt, around 10 cups of water and cook them well(3-4 whistles).

Chop onion, tomato, green chillies, coriander leaves into small pieces as shown in the picture below. Grate the ginger and garlic as shown in the picture below.

Put mustard seeds, cumin seeds, broken red chillies and ghee in a thick bottomed vessel/pan. Once it starts spluttering, add ginger garlic paste and fry them for about 1-2 mins. Add curry leaves, chopped green chillies, asafoetida powder, chopped onion, kasuri methi and 1 tsp of turmeric powder. Fry them for about 3-4 mins in medium flame, until onion becomes light golden in colour.

Add chopped tomato, salt and cook them well by covering the lid.

Add cooked rice and lentils, add required amount of water, salt and bring them to boil.

Add chopped coriander leaves, 1 tsp fresh lime juice, butter(optional) and mix them well.

Keep this in low flame for about 2 mins and serve hot.