Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Papaya-coconut pudding

There's something oh-so-soothing about a bowl of creamy pudding for dessert. This is a Lighter recipe for your favorite puddings, so you can feel good about indulging in pudding for dessert as i have added some healthy ingredients.If you want can add healthy ingredients, such as nuts and fresh fruit, to make these delicious pudding even better for time i will come up with more interesting pudding using some more fruits and nuts.
  • 3cups Papaya pieces
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 2tbsp Cornstarch/flour
  • 1/4 cup Jaggery
  • 1/4tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cream
  • 2tbsp icing sugar
Cooking Directions

  • Boil coconut milk,cornstarch in a pan.
  • Then add Jaggery powdered and boil till it dissolves completely and the coconut sauce becomes thick and creamy.
  • Let it cool completely,then blend it with papaya pieces and cardamom powder to smooth paste.
  • Transfer this to a pudding mould and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  • Whip cream and icing sugar till light and fluffy.
  • Demould the pudding and decorate with prepared icing and serve chilled.

Chow chow /Simebadane Halwa

Chow chow ( kannada -seemey badane,) is a delectable pleasantly coloured and easy to cook vegetable.It can be easily grown by planting a mature sprout,which can not be used for cooking.Just trail over a pendal or compound wall ( if space permits),to enjoy a basketful of harvest. in addition to using it in Sambar/curry there are other interesting ways to relish it too!

  • 8 cups Chow chow gratings
  • 1cup Full cream milk
  • 100 grams Milk powder
  • 1 cup Jaggery
  • 1/4tsp Cardamom powder
  • 10 Cashewnut ,cut into pieces
  • 10 Almonds,slivered
  • 1tbsp Raisins
  • 2 + 1 tbsp Ghee
Cooking Directions
  • Peel chow chow and grate and keep aside.
  • Take a big kadai or pan and cook the gratings in milk till soft and dry.
  • Add jaggery and cook till well blended and dry.
  • Now add milk powder and mix it well,keep stirring to avoid lumps.
  • Add little ghee and saffron and keep stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Heat 1tbsp ghee,fry cashews,almonds and raisins and pour over the mix.Add cardamom powder and mix well.
  • Serve hot
Note: As this vegetable is too tender,it does not need any water or time to cook.
Variation : Use 4-5 crushed Dudh peda or any other flavoured peda instead of milk powder.

Bread Gulab jamun

Another ugadi rolls by and tempt us with its seasonal delicacies . No matter how many times we celebrate this festival,ugadi never fails to make us happy.Perhaps it is the warm anticipation of impending hapiness,or perhaps an indications of a fresh start. what ever be it this festival brings with it a sense of joy and warmth. Today i am here with one interesting gulab jamun which is easy and quick to make.
  • 6-7 Bread slices
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 4-5 Cardamom,powdered
  • 2tsp Maida
  • 1 cup Water
  • Few almond slivers and sugar for garnishing.
Cooking Directions

  • Boil sugar and water till the sugar dissolves completely and the syrup is thick but not sticky.Add cardamom powder and keep aside.
  • Neatly cut the brown edges of the bread slices or let it remain.
  • Now dip the bread slices in the milk and mash it well.
  • Knead it into a dough . Add milk if required to make the smooth and soft dough.
  • Add little maida and knead it again. so that it wont stick to the hands while making jamuns.
  • Divide the dough into 10-12 portions.Now gently roll each balls into oblong or round shape and keep aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan.Now fry 4-5 balls at a time on low flame till dark golden brown.Once you are done frying, add all the jamuns to the warm sugar syrup.Do not touch the jamuns. Keep aside for 20-25 minutes,Let it them soak all the sugar syrup.
  • Serve topped with some sugar and can have either hot or cold choice is all yours :)