Oct 312014

I usually make curry using pumpkin and never tried halwa with this.Last week  we had a visit to pumpkin patch and bought some yellow  pumpkins.This is easy to make and looks like carrot halwa.It tasted great and a must try healthy dessert  for kids.As jaggery is rich in iron,I added jaggery instead of sugar.

Pumpkin Halwa (1)


  1. Yellow Pumpkin(ripe,cut into small cubes) – 2 cup
  2. Milk – 1/2 cup
  3. Jaggery syrup – 1/2 cup
  4. Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
  5. Cashew nuts – 6
  6. Raisins – 8
  7. Ghee – 1/4 cup


Pumpkin Halwa (2)


pumpkin Halwa



  1. Pressure cook pumpkin with milk for 1 whistle.In the meantime, make jaggery syrup and keep aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a wide bottomed pan on medium flame.Transfer the pumpkin mix to it.stir well constantly  till all water is evaporated.Take care not to get the mix stick to the pan.
  3. Add the jaggery syrup to it and mix well.The halwa will be watery, but keep on stirring adding 1 tbsp ghee at  regular intervals and remove from fire once it starts to leave the sides of the pan.This will take about 20 minutes.
  4. Heat ghee in a pan. fry raisins and cashews.Add it to the halwa mix.Add cardamom powder and mix well .
  5. You can add more jaggery depending on the sweetness you like.
  6. Serve warm or cold.
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Oct 222014

This tea time snack is easy to make with less ingredients.It is prepared using coconut and rice flour and deep fried in oil.

Thenga vada (3)


  1. Rice flour (fine powder) – 3 cups
  2. Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  3. sesame seeds/Ellu –1/2 tsp
  4. cumin seeds/jeerakam – 1/2 tsp
  5. Butter –4 tbsp
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
  7. salt
  8. oil

Thenga vada (4)






Thenga vada (1)



  1. Boil water and add rice flour into it and make a smooth dough like idyappam dough.
  2. Add ingredients 2 to 7 listed above and mix well using hand.
  3. Make medium balls out of the mix and flatten it between the palms to make vada shape.
  4. Heat oil in  a kadai and fry the vadas till golden brown.
  5. Serve as a tea time snack.
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Oct 102014

Lotus stem is quite popular in Asian cuisine. I got this recipe from NDTV good times show called “world kitchen” and this dish is prepared using lotus stem fried and sauteed in  honey and chilli sauce. lotus stem has lot of health benefits and it  is rich in iron, calcium and fiber.it  tastes like plantain and it is available in Asian grocery stores.

crispy Lotus stem (3)



  1. Lotus stem(cut  into thin slices) – 200 gms
  2. Corn flour – 2 tsp
  3. Dry Red chilly –2
  4. garlic(chopped) – 1/2 tsp
  5. Chilly Paste- 1 tsp
  6. Honey –1 tsp
  7. Tomato Ketchup –2 tsp
  8. Soy Sauce-1/4 tsp
  9. Salt –1/4 tsp
  10. water –3 tbsp
  11. Oil
  12. Spring onion-to garnish
  13. sesame seeds – to garnish









crispy Lotus stem (2)

crispy Lotus stem (1)


  1. peel off the skin of lotus stem. cut into thin slices and soak them in a bowl of water for 20 minutes  to remove mud .wash and clean it thoroughly.
  2. In a bowl,add corn flour and lotus stem pieces. mix well to get coated with corn flour.
  3. Deep fry in oil till golden brown in color on medium flame.
  4. Heat oil in another pan.Add red chilly,chopped garlic and saute well.
  5. Add chilly paste,honey,tomato ketch up,soy sauce and salt.
  6. Add water to it and stir well.
  7. Add fried lotus stem to it and mix well.
  8. Remove from fire.
  9. I garnished with spring onions only as sesame seeds was not there in my pantryWinking smile.
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