September 5, 2014

Parippu Pradhaman

       It is that time your sad and homesick. I terribly miss the sadhya and festivities during Onam in Kerala. I havent felt like Onam in US, even if we the onam at malayali association and onam potluck. Onam brings a lot of fond memmories and onakodies. This year who is getting me Onakodi.. :(

 Parippu Pradahaman

 Split mung dal /  skinless split green gram /cherrupayar parippu – 3/4 cup
Jaggery – 1 – 1.5 cup or to taste
Medium-thick coconut milk – 1/2 can mixed with enough water or 1.5 – 2 cups
Thick coconut milk – 1/2 cup 
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts – 10 – 15
Coconut bits (thenga kothu) -2 – 3 tbsp
 Ghee – 1 tbsp
1. Heat  ghee in a pressure cooker. Throw in some cashews and fry them until golden brown. Drain  on to a paper towel. Then add the coconut bits and fry until brown. Drain on to a paper towel. Now add the split mung dal and fry for 2-3 minutes until they turn a little golden brown. Now add 2.5 cups of water and pressure cook for one whistle.
2. Meanwhile melt the jaggery in 1 cup water in an uruli or any heavy-bottomed pan, at medium heat. Stir until it reaches a light syrupy consistency. It would not take more than 10 – 15 mts. Open the pressure cooker when the pressure releases.  Mash the mung dal really well with the back of a spoon and add it to the jaggery syrup in the uruli.  Cook for a few minutes at medium heat. Add 1.5 – 2 cups of coconut milk. Mix well and cook at medium-low heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens. Do not boil the coconut milk, boiling will result in separated coconut milk.
3. Add the thick coconut milk. Cook for a minute at low heat. Switch off. Now add cumin powder, dry ginger powder and cardamom powder. Mix well. Finally add the fried cashews, coconut bits and 1/2 tsp ghee (optional). This payasam tends to thicken over time. Serve warm or cold.


1)  I added chaokah (canned) coconut milk. Fresh coconut milk will taste best. For fresh coconut milk – Add around 1/4 – 1/2 cup warm water to grated coconut and squeeze to extract thick coconut milk(first extraction). Now add more water to the already squeezed coconut and squeeze again to get the second extraction or thin coconut milk. Finally strain the extractions through a fine sieve. You can make this process easier using a mixer. Grind the grated coconut with little warm water in a mixer. Then use a meshed strainer and press down on the coconut for the first extraction. Repeat the same for the second extraction.

August 3, 2014

Pineapple Pudding Cake

Pineapple Pudding Cake

Fresh pineapple - 2 cups
Butter - 3 Tbsp
Sugar - 1/2 +1/4 cup
Flour - 1/3 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Eggs - 3 cup

powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease six 6-oz ramekins.

Chop the pineapple into bite-sized pieces and place in a pan with the butter.   Saute over medium heat for about 5 - 7 minutes or until the fruit begins to caramelize.  Distribute the pineapple equally among the six ramekins.

Whisk all but 2 tablespoons of sugar with the flour and salt.

In another bowl, whisk the milk, coconut, lemon juice, zest and egg yolks until thoroughly combined.  Blend in the melted butter.  Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth.  The batter will be very thin and may look slightly curdled.

Beat the egg whites with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until stiff glossy peaks form.  Gently fold the egg whites into the coconut lemon mixture one-third at a time.  Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins and place them in a large roasting pan or two smaller roasting pans.  Pour in enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Bake the pudding cakes for about 25 minutes or until they are puffed up but firm to the touch and slightly golden on top.  Carefully remove from oven and transfer ramekins to a wire rack.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm or at room temperature

July 26, 2014

Royal Falooda...

Falooda... the name itself brings a lot of memories. I tasted first when my aunt made I kept wondering about the basil seed underneath . I had the best Falooda from Mumbai.I used to try all types falooda available there pista, badami,royal to name a few.
Falooda is Persian brought to India by Mughals. Emperor Akbar was said to be an avid addict to frozen dessert.At that time they bring ice from Himalayas to freeze Ice cream.

  • Falooda sev / Rice  Vermicelli – 1/4 cup
  • Boiled Milk – 1 cup
  • Basil seeds / sabza / takmania seeds – 3 tbsp
  • Roohafsa / Rose syrup - 3 tbsp (cheak the bottom for the recipe)
  • Strawberry jelly – 4 tbsp
  • Vanilla Ice cream  - 2 scoops
  • Chopped nuts – 1 tbsp (optional)
  1. Soak the basil seed in water to minimum of 30 min.
  2. Make the jelly as per the instruction in the packet.refrigerate it
  3. Boil the water  and add rice vermicelli cook for 2-3 min or until cooked.
  4. Stain the rice vermicelli and basil seeds.
  5. Once the jelly is ready cut that into small cubes.
  1.  In a tall glass add the cubed jelly,over that add the vermicilli and basil seed.
  2. Add the 2-3 tbsp of rose syrup. and milk and give it a good stir.
  3.  Now top it with a scoop of vanilla icecream.
  4. Garnish it chopped nut and serve immediately.

Recipe for rose syrup
Sugar - 2 cups
Rose essence- 1-2 drops
Water - 1 cup
Red food colour -3 drops(optional)
Boil water and sugar until becomes bit syrupy.then add rose essence and colour and remove from fire and bottle it once cooled.