Sweet : Papaya Halwa


Sorry for so little food in the pic above. In sweet averse family of mine, its a reason to celebrate if the remaining is only so much !;;)

Vihana was getting her ears pierced for the first time and i wanted to make some sweet for the celebration. After searching a while – i made this, inspiredby the recipe at veg recipes of india.

Brief procedure :

1. Grate papaya.
2. Add 2 table spoon ghee, add papaya. Cook in sim until watercomes out.
3. Add 1 spoon sugar and 2 spoons almond powder. Cook for another 5 mins.
4. Add cashews if needed.

Total time : 45 mins from papaya in ur hand to halwa 🙂

Taste : there is very little of everything else, so its going to taste very much like flavored papaya.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Couple of New Recipes

As I stay at Chennai and saanvi keeps roaming around me, I have no other way except to try new recipes to spend some time. These are some recipes I’ve tried and they turned out really well. As I havent taken any pics, I will not write my own intro, rather share the link directly here –

a) Green Peas Soup –

Find the recipe here. It takes exactly 15 minutes to prepare the soup, and it is extremely yummy. Try it with fresh peas if possible.

b) Apple & Banana Ice Cubes

Find the recipe here. This was done by Saanvi, but I ended up eating as she did not  like the taste 😛

c) Sprouts Cutlet

This is a fantastic recipe from here. Takes around 45 mins to prepare, but will vanish in 5 minutes 🙂

d) Sweet corn and paneer pakoda

Lifted from here,  this. is a very good way of adding sweet corn and paneer to kid’s diet. Saanvi did like it very much and we too :d

e) Pista Payasam

From here, Very tasty and healthy, saanvi did like this one too – only for the first few spoons though 😦 I ended up drinking the rest. Takes around 20 mins to cook. Serve cold.

Happy Cooking!!



Recipe : cashew halwa


Vinod is  back home after couple of months and it definitely deserves a celebration. Although things were good so far, now they will be great just  because he will be around.

A dessert to celebrate vinod’s coming back : cashew halwa

Cashew 200 gms
Natu ravva 50 gms
Ghee 5 tbsp
Milk 100 ml
Sugar 100 ml
Elaichi 10

1.  Grind cashews to a coarse powder
2. Take a pan, add some ghee and add natu ravva. Fry until it turns red.
3. Add cashew powder and fry for 2 mts.
4. Add sugar and milk.
5. Let the halwa come close.
6. Add elaichi powder and mix well.

My family eats a lot less sweet, so feel free to adjust the sugar accordingly. The taste is heavenly, and you can easily eat a bowlful without feeling heavy.

Do give a try and let me know how it turned out.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Sweet : Roasted channa dal Laddoo

While sitting in doctor’s office with Saanvi every other week for her cough and cold, I make it a point not to indulge her with home made sweets. She manages to fill in with lots of choclates, which I really have a hard time avoiding. Topic for another blog post.

The other day, I had the mommy guilt of not cooking her sweets and thought of making her a really simple sweet and see how she responds. Couple of laddoos in one sitting – goal accomplished with worry accumulated! 🙂

don’t go by my photo – the taste is quite good.



Total Preparation time : 15 minutes


Roasted channa dal – 2 cups

Sugar – 1 cup

Ghee – 5-6 tbsp , as per requirement

Cashew nuts – around 10,  chopped


1. Grind Roasted channa dal finely and then sieve to get the finest powder.

2. Grind sugar.

3. Fry the Roasted channa dal until raw smell is gone, in ghee.

4.  Mix well with sugar powder. 

5.  when warm, apply some ghee on hands and make laddoos.

The weird color in the photo is because I used milk while making laddoos, afraid of adding more ghee in the recipe.  They turned out super good and you could do the same too!

Have a great day and keep rocking!

Sweets : Nutty Naughty Kheer

Nutty Naughty Kheer
Ok my dear readers, you all know by know who my regular guest recipe contributor is : My sweet Sister in law! 🙂 Here is another gem from her wonderfully cooked recipes.  We all just love this recipe. A bit time talking but totally worth it! **Drool**
Moong dal(boiled and mashed) – 3 Tb spoons
Saabudaana(soaked in water for 1 hour) – 4 Tb spoons
Carrot grated – 1
Coconut grated – 2 Tb spoons
Vermicelli(dry roasted) – 1 cup
Sugar – 1 1/4 cup
kaju , pista, badam(powdered coarsely) – 3 Tb spoons
Ground nut(powdered coarsely) – 1 Tb spoon
Ghee – 1 Tb spoon
Milk (boiled and thickened atleast by 30%) – 5 cups
In the kadhai add ghee. Add grated carrot and let it cook until the raw smell is gone. Then add grated coconut and fry it for 1 minute. Now add some water, let it boil and add saabudana, vermicelli. Once they are cooked add sugar. Once the sugar melts add moongdal paste, mixture of kaju, pista, badam, ground nut powders. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Now add milk and let the kheer cook on simmer for 5 minutes. Tasty and nutritious Nutty naughty kheer is ready.
Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Sweets : Rava Laddoo


Easy to make, Yummy to eat 🙂 After 3 weeks of difference between idea and implementation, I finally got it done today.

Total time take : 15 minutes


Suji : 1 cup

Sugar : 1 cup

Cardamom : 8-10

Cashewnuts :10, break down by hand into small pieces

Milk: Enough to make balls

Ghee: 2- 3 Tbsp


Grind sugar and cardamom into fine powder.

Add 1 tsp ghee and fry the cashews until golden brown.

Add some more ghee and keep frying suji until it changes its color from white.

Once suji is a bit warm, add the sugar powder. Keep adding milk and see if it is of the laddoo consistency.

Store in an air tight container. The above measurements will make 9 laddoos.

Notes:  Don’t overestimate the amount of milk needed. Just add 2 tbsp and keep mixing. I added a bit more and the shape of the laddoo got ruined.

Have a good day and keep rocking!!

Ragi – Dry fruit Laddoo

In looking for more ways to incorporate healthy things into my diet – I’ve got finger millet/ragi flour from the indian store nearby. But then, I saw ragi idli, dosa, pakora and what not. With family a bit skeptical to new varieties – I took a safe call and settled for this wonderful recipe from Madhuram’s Veg Corner.


The only difference I did was to add walnut, almonds and cashew nuts instead of just walnuts as the recipe calls.

The laddoos came out great, and the best part – did not need a lot of ghee to form the laddoos. Impressed. My mother-in-law – my biggest critic was coming for a second serving!! 🙂

I so desperately wanted to feed these to my daughter. However,as her previous encounters with ragi have been disastrous and holding on for a while until she gets bigger.

Stay tuned, I’ll blog more of finger millet recipes as I’ve 1 kg of flour to finish!:)

Have a good day, and keep rocking!!