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March 3, 2021

Khus Khus Milk / KasaKasa Paal Recipe - Poppy Seeds Milk

Khus khus milk

Recent days my sleep got disturbed because of my lower back pain. I was unable to sleep continuously due to anxiety and panic attacks. Apart from meditation and other natural sleeping techniques, I was looking for some home remedies and foods to include in my diet. I came across this khus khus milk / khas khas milk (poppy seeds in English) / Kasakasa paal/ Gasagasa paal recipe in Gowri samayalarai YouTube channel. I tried it on the same day as all the ingredients were readily available with me. It came out so well with a nice flavor of poppy seeds and cardamom.

Basically poppy seeds are used in baked goods and traditional dishes worldwide. Both the seeds and their oil are said to offer various health benefits including promoting digestion, boosting skin and hair health, treating headaches, coughs to curing asthma and insomnia. As poppy seeds are derived from the opium poppy, its banned in some countries. In India, people use khus khus in their cooking regularly for grinding masala. It helps to give a thick and creamy texture to kurma and other gravies. 

To powder the poppy seeds, I dry roasted them first which was not mentioned in the original recipe. I also added some cloves for flavor. It smells and tastes so good. Everyone in my home including Raksha loved it. I am taking this milk at night 30 minutes before going to bed. My sleep quality is improved. I am planning to take this milk for another week till I go back to my normal sleep. But do not consume more. For adults, you can give 1/2 cup of milk. 

Friends, do try this khuskhus milk / Poppy seeds milk / Gasagasa paal at home for a good night’s sleep. Remember this milk alone doesn’t make wonders. You have to do meditation, try to divert your mind by listening to good music, watch movies or do your favorite activity that relaxes your mind. 

Ok, lets see how to make this easy and yummy Khas khas milk with step by step pictures.

Kasakasa paal

Khus khus milk / Kasakasa paal recipe

Khus khus milk / Gasagasa paal recipe

Poppy seeds milk - Khus khus / khas khas milk recipe for good sleep and added health benefits.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Beverage
Serves: 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup = 250ml
  • Poppy seeds / Khus khus - 1/2 cup
  • Nutmeg / jathikai - 1 small piece ( I used 1/4 th of one nutmeg)
  • Cardamom - 5
  • Pepper corns - 10
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cloves - 2
  1. Heat a kadai and dry roast the poppy seeds in low flame for few minutes.
  2. Add cardamom, cloves, nutmeg and roast it for a minute.
  3. Switch off the flame and allow to cool down completely.
  4. Now add pepper corns and turmeric powder.
  5. Grind everything to a smooth powder. Remove and store in a box.
  6. To make khus khus milk : Boil 1/2 liter milk. Add 1 tbsp of this powder.
  7. Mix well and boil for few minutes till it changes color. Strain the milk and serve hot or warm !
  • Heat a kadai and dry roast the poppy seeds in low to medium flame for few minutes. Make sure you don’t burn it.

  • Add cloves, nutmeg and cardamom and roast it along with poppy seeds for a minute. This helps to powder easily. Switch off the flame.

  • Allow to cool down completely. Add them to mixie jar and add in pepper corns, turmeric powder.
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  • Grind to a fine powder. Do not run the mixie continuously for long time. Poppy seeds releases oil and looks like paste. So grind it carefully. Mix in regular intervals and check if it becomes a powder.
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  • Now transfer the powder to an air tight box. You can store up to a week at room temperature.

  • To make khus khus milk : Boil 500 ml milk in a bowl. Add 1 to 1.5 tbsp of this poppy seeds powder. Boil for few minutes till it changes color. Strain the milk using a metal filter. Serve the milk hot or warm. Enjoy !Kasakasa paal recipe


  • Dry roasting poppy seeds is optional but it helps to powder it well.
  • If you want to wash the poppy seeds, wash it and spread them in a cotton cloth. Let it dry completely. Then you can roast it.

Try this healthy khus khus milk at home and enjoy its health benefits.

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March 29, 2018

Oreo Milkshake Recipe Without Ice cream

Oreo milkshake without ice cream

 Summer vacation is started for Raksha. She requested me to make some yummy milkshakes and ice cream recipes for her. To begin with, I prepared this easy and simple Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream. As I din’t have ice cream in hand, I added some ice cubes and chilled milk in my blender to thicken the Oreo shake. It came out well with a frothy texture. Raksha liked it very much. The flavor of Oreo cookie and cream along with chocolate syrup, vanilla extract adds a great taste to the milkshake.  But to enjoy the best taste of milkshake, you must add ice cream. Soon I will try with ice cream to make it more creamy and rich and make a post here. Ok, lets see how to make Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream.

Do check out my Oreo microwave cake and Oreo microwave brownie.

Oreo milkshake recipe

Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream

Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream How to make oreo milkshake without ice cream and chocolate syrup
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Milkshake
Serves: 1
Prep time: 2 Minutes
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 4 Minutes


1 cup = 240ml
  • Oreo cookies - 4 nos
  • Chilled milk - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tbsp
  • Ice cubes - 2 nos
  • Chocolate syrup - 1 tbsp ( Optional, I used Hershey’s syrup)
  • Vanilla ice cream - 1 scoop (Optional)


  1. Break the Oreo cookies into pieces and take in a blender / mixer jar.
  2. Add sugar, milk, vanilla extract, choc syrup (if using) and ice cubes.
  3. Run the mixie for a minute. Thick, frothy oreo milkhake is ready.
  4. Pour in a glass. Garnish with a piece of Oreo and serve immediately.


  • In a mixie jar/blender, break the Oreo into small pieces. Add boiled , chilled full fat milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, ice cubes.
    Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
  • Grind for a minute till it becomes frothy. Transfer to a serving glass. Garnish with chopped cookies. Serve immediately.
    Oreo milkshake recipe without ice cream
  • Enjoy !


  • For variations, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream while blending.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste.

Try this easy, yummy, Kids friendly Oreo milkshake and enjoy !
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October 13, 2016

Gulab Jamun Recipe With Milk Powder

Last year I shared Gulab jamun recipe with khoya. As it came out very well, I got the confidence to try Gulab jamun with other options. Khoya is not easily available in many places. So Milk powder is the best replacement for khoya to prepare Gulab jamun. 

Recently my reader friend Harini asked me to share milk powder gulab jamun recipe and Gulab jamun with Instant store bought mix as well. As I had bookmarked this recipe already, I tried it yesterday. Milk powder, Fine semolina ( Chiroti rava), maida, milk are the major ingredients used in this recipe. Its easy to make too. It came out really well in my first attempt itself. 

The author of this recipe had given the instructions very clearly which helped me a lot to make perfect Gulab jamun. Thank you so much Savita for the great recipe. I was very happy to see my soft, crack free, well soaked Gulab jamun in sugar syrup. I don’t say it doubled in size but it did puff up. I have shared step by step photos, tips for trouble shooting and a cooking video for beginners understanding. Hope you will try it for this Diwali and share your feedback with me. Lets see how to make yummy Gulab jamun recipe with milk powder & semolina.

Check out my Gulab Jamun with khoya and Jamun Kofta gravy recipes too !

Gulab Jamun With Milk Powder

Gulab Jamun With Milk Powder How to make gulab jamun with milk powder & semolina
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 20 - 25 nos
Prep time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes

For Gulab jamun dough : 1 cup - 250 ml
  • Milk Powder - 1 cup ( I used Everyday brand)
  • All Purpose flour - 1 tbsp
  • Fine Semolina / Chiroti Rava - 1 tbsp ( Must use fine rava)
  • Baking Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Unmelted Ghee - 1 tbsp ( thick ghee)
  • Cooking oil - 1/2 tbsp ( Use flavorless oil)
  • Milk - As needed ( I used 1 tbsp)
  • Water - 1.5 tbsp ( To soak semolina)
  • Cooking oil – To deep fry
For Sugar syrup
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Saffron threads - few
  • Crushed Cardamom seeds - 2 nos Or Rose essence - few drops

  • Take the fine semolina ( Chiroti rava) in a small bowl and add 1.5 tbsp water to cover it. Let it soak well for 10 minutes. No problem if there is excess water slightly. Mix well and keep it aside. In a wide bowl, take the milk powder.Add ghee and cooking oil. Mix well with your fingers. Make sure fat is well distributed with the milk powder.

  • To this mixture, add baking powder, maida and soaked semolina. Mix well with your fingers. Do not give too much pressure. Just mix gently. Now the mixture will resemble Pea sized granules. Then add boiled, room temperature milk little by little and try to gather the mixture to resemble a dough. Do not use your palm and knead it. Use your fingers alone(  I added 1 tbsp milk). Dough would be very sticky at this stage. Do not panic. Just cover the dough with a cloth ( Dry cloth, not wet ones) and rest it for 10 minutes.

  • In a mean time, lets prepare the sugar syrup.In a deep bowl or kadai, mix sugar + water. Mix well in high flame till sugar melts completely. Then reduce the flame to medium and let the syrup roll boil for 5 minutes. Add cardamom powder or rose essence and saffron thread in the middle. Sugar syrup will become sticky to touch and resembles oil in consistency. Switch off the flame and keep aside. It will become warm.

  • Now take the gulab jamun dough. It would be non-sticky to touch. Make small pinches roughly to make balls. Then shape the balls smoothly without cracks( This point is more important to get crack free gulab jamuns) Cover it with a cloth till use.
  • If you think, dough sticks much to your hand, grease your palm with ghee OR wash your hands in water, wipe it dry and roll it. It will come out well. Just make sure there are no cracks. Do not roll it tightly. Do it gently. If you roll it too tight, jamuns may become hard.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and keep the flame low to medium. When it gets heated, drop a pinch of dough, it should rise slowly and come to top without browning in a count of 5 ( I followed Savita’s instructions and counted up to 5. If the heat of oil is too less, gulab jamun will disperse in oil. If the temperature is high, its color would change quickly but it remains uncooked inside.So please be careful) Now stir the oil once and add the jamun balls. ( If you are a beginner, do a small test. i.e Heat little oil in a mini tadka pan and drop a small peanut sized dough ball. Check whether it disperses in oil, comes out hard etc. Deep fry it, open and check it is properly cooked. After doing this test, proceed for further deep frying) .Do not disturb the jamun for 10 seconds. Then stir the oil without breaking the jamun. Keep stirring the oil  and toss the gulab jamun so that it will get cooked evenly with a nice golden color. Keep the flame low to medium. It should be soft after frying and not too hard. Please refer the video for better understanding.
  • Remove the cooked gulab jamun in a tissue paper and drop it in the syrup. Syrup should be warm not too cold. Let it soak for 2-3 hours to enjoy its best taste ! It looks shiny and soft after soaking well. This Gulab jamun stays good for 2 days without refrigeration. Enjoy !

  • Gulab jamun will disperse in oil if the oil temperature is too low.
  • Gulab Jamun will become chewy if you add less baking powder.
  • No need to add soda for this recipe.
  • Fine semolina is a must. Do not use coarse ones.
  • Beginners try with half the quantity of ingredients mentioned to avoid wastage.
  • I have not used lemon juice in the sugar syrup as I have added more water. It won’t crystallize.
  • If  you have leftover fried gulab jamun, try this Jamun Kofta gravy
Try this easy, yummy Gulab jamun at home for special occasions and enjoy !
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May 23, 2012

Fruits And Vegetable Milkshake

Nowadays i see lots of posts like milkshakes, icecreams ,juices, lassi etc etc as summer specials. So i too tried a milkshake after watching a cookery show.Its a tasty , delicious , rich n healthy milkshake with the combination of fruits & vegetables. This is the first time i tried milkshake and we loved its taste.The next day i tried the same with mango alone for my guests. They too loved it..Do try it. I am sure u’ll like it a lot.
1 cup - 200ml
  • Ripe mango – 1 no (medium sized)
  • Carrots – 2 nos (Small)
  • Papaya – 1/4 cup ( I dint use it)
  • Dates – 2 nos
  • Sugar- 3-4 tsp
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/2 – 1 cup
  • Condensed milk – 1 tbsp
  • Milk powder – 1 tsp
  • Elachi powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Crushed ice cubes – few

  • Slice the mangoes and remove the skin. Cut into pieces.
  • Cook the carrots in a pressure cooker for 1 whistle.
  • Cut the papaya into pieces removing the skin..
  • Take the blender and add all the fruits & veg pieces along with dates and grind with little water to make a pulp.
  • Next add the condensed milk, sugar and milk powder.
  • Run it twice. Finally add the milk and blend well.
  • Check for sweetness and add more sugar if necessary.
  • Refrigerate  & Serve it chilled Or u can add some ice cubes and serve immediately.

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March 26, 2012

Mint Lemon Juice | Pudina Juice Recipe

pudhina lemon juice
My husband told me to prepare mint lemon juice after having this in a juice corner. I googled the recipe and found it very simple. I tried immediately and we loved it. Its a refreshing , coolant for summer. Do try this,u’ll like it.


1 cup - 200ml
Name Quantity
Mint leaves 1/4 cup
Lime juice 1 tbsp ( adjust)
Water 1 cup
Salt As needed
Sugar A pinch
Pepper powder 1/4 tsp (optional)


Remove the mint leaves from the stem and wash it well. Now grind it along with lime juice to make a smooth paste by adding required water. Drain the juice and add more water. Add the required salt.Sprinkle pepper powder on top and serve chill!!


  • If u wish to make a sweet juice, add a tsp of sugar for the above mentioned recipe.
  • U can add more mint leaves if u want a strong flavor of mint in the juice.Also adjust the lime juice accordingly.
  • I’ve used pepper powder but its purely optional. It doesn’t blend with the juice . It just floats on top but it doesn’t spoil the taste.So its ur choice of adding it.
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