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Showing posts with label HOLI RECIPES. Show all posts

March 21, 2016

Gujiya Recipe With Mawa, Suji - How To Make Gujiya With Step by Step Pictures, Video

Gujiya recipe
Holi festival is around the corner.When I was looking for Holi special recipes, I found Gujiya is a must to do recipe for this festival. When I browsed for the recipe, I found it was very similar to Sweet samosa/Karanji , Chandrakala and Suryakala sweet recipes. Of course there are some slight variations between each of them. So this time I tried an Authentic North Indian style Gujiya recipe using mawa and suji by following the recipe shared by Sandhya Soni, a member of Facebook’s Chef at large group. Here is the link. It came out very well. I was very happy & satisfied with the result. Sendhil & Raksha loved it too. So I thought of sharing this wonderful recipe as my contribution to Holi festival recipes. I used khoya/mawa for gujiya filling as mentioned in the original recipe. If you wish to try without khoya, you can replace it with dessicated coconut and powdered nuts. Please refer my Sweet samosa recipe to know its procedure. Try it and share with your friends and relatives on HOLI day !! Have a colorful celebration.Lets see how to make Gujiya recipe with mawa and sooji stuffing with step by step pictures and video.
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November 4, 2015

Gulab Jamun Recipe With Khoya - Diwali Sweets Recipes

gulab jamun recipe
Diwali celebration would not be fulfilled without Gulab Jamun for Indians.Not just for Diwali,we make this delicious sweet recipe for celebrations like Birthday,anniversary to make it more special.It’s one of the most popular dessert recipes that tastes the best with Vanilla ice creamHappy. Even beginners who are new in making sweets never fail to try jamun at least with store bought gulab jamun mix like MTR,Aachi,Gits during Diwali. Long back,I had tried gulab jamun with homemade khova and posted here too.Then due to my laziness, I started making jamun using instant mix every yearTongue. But this year for Diwali,I was determined to try gulab jamun with khoya or milk powder. I used store bought khoya here.To make this sweet, I watched many youtube video recipes like Samayal Samayal with Venkatesh Bhat , Vahchef , Sanjeev kapoor & went through many recipes for the ratio of ingredients and tips to make perfect jamun.I came across few recipes with khoya and paneer too.As its my first attempt with store bought khoya,I chose the gulab jamun recipe with khoya alone and tried it. After so many trial & errors,I made a perfect gulab jamun following Chitra Viswanathan Mam’s recipe with slight changes. I was very happy to see my golden colored,soft and juicy gulab jamunLove Struck. I made them like mini jamuns in very small size to suit my serving bowls.It did double & well soaked too.I have given the recipe for lesser quantity. If you are attempting jamun with khoya for the first time, go ahead with the recipe.Once you get it perfect you can double this recipe and make in large quantity.Beginners,do follow the tips I have shared in this post. I am sure u will get the same results like me. Lets see how to make Gulab jamun using store bought khoya !
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October 26, 2015

Easy Atta Ladoo Recipe - Wheat Flour Laddu

Atta ladoo
Atta laddu/Whole Wheat flour ladoo is one of the easy to make Indian dessert recipes just like Rava laddu , Moong dal ladoo , coconut laddu and Poha ladoo. Whenever I plan for Diwali sweets menu, I usually include few ladoo varieties too. Last year I tried Malai Laddu/Paneer laddu & coconut ladoo and shared here. For Diwali 2015,I wanted to try motichoor & this atta laddu. I will share the recipe for motichoo laddu next week.Atta ladoo/ Wheat flour laddu can be prepared in many ways.Some recipes call for cooking atta in ghee.Some recipe uses jaggery instead of sugar.In North India especially in Gujarat & Rajasthan people make wheat flour ladoo adding jaggery which is popularly known as Churma Laddu. Today I have made this laddu in a very simple way adding powdered sugar. It was very tasty and all the laddus vanished within no timeWinking.If you are looking for an easy & healthy laddu recipe,bookmark this ladoo in your try list for this Diwali.I am sure everybody would enjoy this sweet !
wheat flour laddu

Wheat flour ladoo / atta laddu recipe

Wheat flour ladoo / atta laddu recipe Wheat flour ladoo / atta laddu recipe - Easy diwali sweets recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweets
Serves: 8-10 nos
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup = 200 ml
  • Atta / Wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1/2 cup
  • Cardamom - 2 nos
  • Melted ghee - 1/3 cup
  • Salt – a small pinch
  • Cashews & nuts - as needed
  • Dry roast wheat flour in a wide kadai till it changes to light golden brown in color.Stay nearby & do it in low to medium flame. It takes 4-5 minutes.Take care the flour should not be burnt.Remove in a bowl and let it become warm.
Atta ladoo recipe

  • In the mean time,powder the sugar adding cardamom seeds.You will 1-2 tbsp more sugar than 1/2 cup .But its fine.Add it as such.
Atta ladoo recipe
  • Add the powdered sugar , melted ghee,roasted chopped nuts ( If using) and a pinch of salt to the wheat flour.Mix well and make a crumbly mixture. Do not add all the ghee. Add it little by little and mix well.Stop adding ghee if you are able to shape the ladoo.
Atta ladoo recipe

  • Make balls and arrange in a plate.I roasted few dry grapes in ghee and studded over the ladoo. You can stud roasted cashews or dip a small portion of ladoo in ghee & coat with nuts powder. Decorate it as per your wish.
  • Store them in an air tight box and use it for a week.
Atta ladoo recipe
    Enjoy !
  • You should roast the flour well else laddu will have a raw smell.
  • Do not burn the flour.Roast in low to medium flame only.
  • You can add finely chopped nuts to the laddu mixture before shaping them.I din’t add it.
  • The quantity of ghee may vary from 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup.
Try this easy,healthy ladoo during this Diwali & enjoy with your family !
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October 7, 2015

Butter Badusha Recipe / Balushahi With Video - Diwali Sweets Recipes

Badusha recipe
Badusha/Balushahi recipe is one of the must try sweets recipes during Diwali or any occasions.Most of the people in India make badusha for Diwali.So I thought of starting my diwali recipes with this most popular sweet recipe.Basically I am not a big fan of sweets.But there are very few sweets for which I don’t say NO.Badusha is one among them.I love it for its flaky,layered texture with mild sweetness.Every year during Diwali,my MIL makes Maida burfi and Badusha without fail.She is my inspiration to try sweets on my own.She usually adds Dalda/Vanaspati or butter to make badusha.Based on my MIL’s recipe and after few trial & errors,I am making badusha successfully for the past two years.I have shared some tips,do’s & don’ts below for beginners.I took a complete video for badusha preparation and shared the same below.I love the traditional donut shaped badusha more than the swirled ones.But still swirled badusha looks more attractive like suryakala.So in this post,I have just shared a small video of how to make badusha swirls for beginners to learn.Hope it is easily understandable. Lets see how to make the most popular Indian sweet balushahi aka badhusha in detail with a video.

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March 5, 2015

Easy Paneer Kheer|Paneer Payasam Recipe-Holi Recipes

Paneer kheer
Wish u all a very happy HOLIDancing
On this holi day,i have come up with an easy peasy kheer recipe which can be made under 15 minutes.This paneer ki kheer/cottage cheese pudding also known as Chenna kheer is an awesome bengali dessert recipe which they usually make it for festivals like dussehra,Durga pooja,Diwali and Navratri.Actually i had planned to share paneer burfi or Balushahi/Badusha recipe today as my Holi special dish.But unfortunately,all the pics gots deleted from my SD card by mistakeSad.I struggled to retrieve it but i couldn’tNot talking.I became very much disappointed but still i don’t want to give up making a sweet post on this festival day.Suddenly I remembered about this Paneer kheer recipe which i had tried for my last year’s Holi lunch menu.It was a super hit recipe in my house.So i prepared the same and refrigerated it to serve chill for my daughter and husband this evening.I am sure they will love it.Friends,if u have not planned anything for today’s celebration and if u wish to make something special and rich,this paneer kheer is a wise choice.You can make it in the next 15 minutes if u have store bought paneer ready in hand.Of course,freshly made chenna/Paneer tastes the best but still store bought paneer works fine.Its one of the best ways to make our kid consume paneer and as u all know,its a protein rich, healthy recipe for them.Try this easy paneer payasam for this festival of colors & have a fun filled,colorful celebration Party!!
Lets see how to make this paneer ki kheer..
Paneer kheer recipe

Easy paneer kheer recipe

Easy paneer kheer recipe Paneer kheer/Paneer payasam recipe-Easy n delicious dessert recipe for celebrations.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 3
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes


  • Fresh paneer block - 100 gms/Grated paneer - 3/4 cup
  • Milk - 2.5 cups ( 500ml)
  • Sugar – 4-5 tbsp
  • Corn flour or rice flour - 1.5 tsp ( dissolve in 2 tbsp of water)
  • Condensed milk - 1 tbsp ( optional)
  • Cardamom seeds - 2 no ( crushed )
  • Chopped nuts - a fistful
  • Rose essence - few drops
  • Saffron threads - few ( optional)

  • Wash and grate the paneer using a small holed grater.Set aside.Boil the milk in a pan and when it comes to boil,add sugar and corn flour water.
Paneer kheer
  • Allow it to roll boil for 5 minutes.In the mean time,chop the nuts and keep it ready.Add the cardamom powder and condensed milk.Lastly add the grated paneer and give a boil for 2 minutes.U will find the kheer becomes thick.Switch off the stove and add few drops of rose essence.Refrigerate for an hour and serve chilled OR enjoy it warm by sprinkling the chopped nuts and few saffron threads!
Paneer kheer
Looks rich and colorful,tastes rich and delicious!!

This kheer tends to thicken as it cools down.So dilute it by adding more milk & sugar if u wish.


  • You can add freshly made chenna/paneer too.It tastes even more delicious and gives melt in mouth texture.
  • When u use store bought paneer,make sure u use the fresh ones.Else u may get a tangy taste.
  • Never boil the kheer for longer time after adding paneer because paneer may turn chewy.
  • Adding cardamom seeds & rose essence gives a nice flavor to the kheer.So do not skip it.
  • I used saffron threads only for photos.I did not add it in the actual recipe.

Paneer kheer

Enjoy this creamy paneer kheer with your loved ones.Tastes even more delicious !! Happy Holi Happy

Paneer payasam recipe

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March 3, 2015

Easy Caramel Kheer/Payasam Recipe

Caramel Kheer recipe

My MIL shared this recipe with me after watching in a TV show hosted by Revathi Shankaran.Last week i made this payasam within 10 minutes for my Friday Pooja.This kheer recipe is only for Caramel lovers.It tastes very similar to “Lacto King” chocolate with a mild orange color & an awesome smell of caramelWinking.Let me tell u what is caramel for beginners sake.Caramel is nothing but the sugar syrup heated until it turns brown.It is used as a flavouring or colouring for food or drink.But if you are a beginner,u should be very careful in making it.Over burning of sugar makes the caramel dark and bitter but if u do it patiently in low flame,u can achieve it right.When i browsed for this caramel payasam recipe after my MIL told about it,i found most of the recipes were with  basmati rice,aval/rice flakes and rice flour.But i tried a simple and easy version with milk & nuts as suggested by my MIL.So its like our usual Paal payasam/Milk kheer with caramel flavor.You can make this payasam instantly for your surprise guests.Moreover Holi festival is nearing our door steps.So u can plan and make it on Holi day ! I will try to share some more interesting recipes for HOLI.Stay tuned !
Check out my 15 payasam recipes if interested !
NB: The color & flavor of this kheer may slightly vary based on the color of caramel.The color of payasam in first pic & second pic looks slightly different due to the lighting.I clicked the same bowl under different settings.Pls don’t get confused.

Caramel kheer recipe

Caramel Payasam/Kheer recipe

Caramel Payasam/Kheer recipe Milk payasam/Kheer recipe adding caramelized sugar & nuts !
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 15 Minutes

1 cup = 200 ml
  • Thick boiled milk - 1 cup ( Full fat milk)
  • Sugar - 2 tbsp ( to caramelize) + 1 tbsp
  • Condensed milk – little (optional)
  • Mixed nuts - few tbsp(chopped & roasted in ghee)
  • Ghee - 1 tsp ( to roast nuts)

  • Boil milk and add 1 tbsp sugar to it.Chop nuts finely and set aside.(You can also add a tbsp of condensed milk instead of sugar.It will make this kheer richer & thicker)
Caramel kheer recipe
  • Take 2 tbsp of sugar in a kadai and mix in medium flame.It will start to melt as shown in the picture. Keep mixing in low flame.
Caramel kheer recipe
  • Now sugar would be melted completely.Keep the flame very low and keep stirring.Then it will turn golden brown like jaggery syrup.This is called Caramel.Keep the boiled milk ready in one hand.Add the milk as soon as the sugar is caramelized. Make sure flame is low throughout the process.
Caramel kheer recipe
  • As u add milk,it will raise and becomes frothy.Switch off the flame & mix well.Milk would turn slightly orange in color.
Caramel payasam
  • Now roast the nuts in ghee and add to the payasam.Mix well and serve hot or refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve.It tastes delicious.
Caramel payasam recipe
NB: The color & flavor of this kheer may slightly vary based on the color of caramel.


  • Please adjust the quantity of sugar based on your taste buds. I found 1 tbsp is just right for us.U can add 2tbsp to the maximum.
  • Be careful while caramelizing the sugar because if u miss the correct stage,payasam will taste bitter.
  • If u are a beginner,keep the flame completely low while making caramel. The total process takes around 4-5 minutes in very low flame.
  • You can also add a tbsp of condensed milk instead of sugar.It will make this kheer richer & thicker.

Check out my 15 payasam recipes if interested !

Try this easy n quick payasam recipe for festivals or any special days.Tastes yum !

Caramel kheer

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October 12, 2014


easy diwali sweets
In this post, I have shared the collection of simple and easy South Indian and North Indian diwali sweets / deepavali sweets for beginners under one page for quick reference. For making these sweets, you don’t need expertise knowledge or worry about the consistency of sugar syrup or jaggery syrup. All these recipes are just mix n cook kind. I have shared few burfi recipes, halwa recipes, some ladoo recipes and few sweets using condensed milk. Hope you find it useful. Try these easy sweets for this Diwali 2020 (14th November, Saturday in Tamil nadu) and have a fun-filled celebration. I am sure these sweets would be loved by everyone including children/kids.

 I am yet to update few of my old easy sweets posts. So I have not included them here. I will add them once I update it. Next week, I will try to share some authentic sweets and savory recipes for Diwali & then I will make a post with good collection of Diwali recipes with our Celebration pictures. Ok, Lets see the list of easy Indian diwali sweets below.

HERE is my full collection of Diwali Recipes with celebration procedures !

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Easy Diwali sweets

Diwali sweets recipes collection 25 easy diwali sweets

cuisine: Indian
category: sweets
serves: serves 2-3
prep time: 10 min
cook time: 20 min
total time: 30 min

Corn flour halwa/Karachi HalwaDates & Nuts Roll

Easy rasmalai under 15 minutes Badam burfi recipe Maa ladoo recipe
Easy bread halwa recipe Tirunelveli halwa with wheat flour Kasi halwa recipe

Easy kalakand with condensed milk Instant wheat flour halwa Dates and nuts ladoo 

 Instant malpua Mawa ladoo Easy beetroot halwa

Carrot halwa in pressure cooker Wheat flour shakkarpara Dry jamun with instant gulab jamun mix

Click HERE to view my full collection of Diwali Recipes with celebration procedures!   

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