Sunday, May 31, 2009

Kaju Katli

Kaju katli is my kid's favorite sweet.

I actually learnt to make this sweet dish only after I came to US.

When we were in India,we always pay a visit frequently to the one and only Adyar Anand Bhavan.They make the best kaju katlis.Their sweets and savouries are drool -worthy!!

I really miss them.

So when i was searching for kaju katli recipe,I stumbled upon Chitvish's recipes in Indusladies.

Her recipe is so simple.Here it goes


Cashews - 1 cup

Sugar - 3/4 cup(If u like it to be sweeter the you can add 1 cup)

Ghee - 1 tbsp

water - 1/4 cup


Microwave the cashews for 1 minute.Powder it in a mixie.Use the pulser.

Smear a little bit of ghee on the back of a plate and the flat side of a katori/cup.

In a heavy bottomed vessel add 1/4 cup of water.Then add the sugar and allow it to boil.

Test the consistency of the sugar syrup.It can be done by a putting a spoon of sugar syrup in a glass of water.If you can roll the sugar syrup into a ball then it has reached the right consistency.

Switch off the stove and add the cashew powder.Keep on stirring until it becomes a thick mass.

Empty it into the greased plate and with the back side of the cup spread and flatten it as thin as possible.

Cut into diamond shapes.

Iam sending this to Sweet Time Event hosted by Shanthi

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Milagu Kuzhambu/Pepper Gravy

I prepare this milagu kuzhambu once in a week(mostly on Saturdays) because pepper is believed to have medicinal value.It prevents gas formation and aids digestion.

So,after a week full of stuffing the stomach with all kinds of food,this is definitely a welcome change.


Milagu/Black pepper corns - 1 Tbsp

Jeera/Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp

Toor dal - 1 tsp

Channa dal - 1 tsp

Coriander seeds - 1 tsp

Dry red chillies - 2

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp

Tamarind - size of a lemon

Salt to taste

Oil - 2Tbsp


Soak tamarind in warm water.

In a pan heat 1 tbsp of oil.Add the toor dal,channa dal,asafoetida,chillies,pepper corn and dhaniya and roast till they become slightly brown.

Grind them to a powder.

Extract 2 cups of tamarind water.

In a pan add the tamarind extract.Add salt and turmeric powder to this.

Then add the ground spice powder.Heat the pan and stir in regular intervals.Once its starts boiling,simmer the stove.

Once the kuzhambu reaches a thick consistency switch off the stove.

For tempering heat 1 tsp of oil and add the mustard seeds.When they splutter add the curry leaves.

Add the tempered ingredients to the kuzhambu.

Serve with rice in which a tsp of ghee is added.

Masala pori/Masaledar murmure/Masala Puffed rice

Whenever I feel like munching something which is very easy to make,I resort to this snack.

This is very easy to prepare and lower in calories too..So are u ready to try this guilt-free snack???


Pori/Puffed Rice - 4 cups

Crushed garlic pods - 3

A few sprig of curry leaves

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Pottu kadalai/Dahlia - 3 tsp

Peanuts - a handful(optional)
chillipowder - according to your spice level
salt - to taste
oil - 2 tbsp
Heat oil in a heavy bottmed pan,prefaerably a pressure pan/kadai.Add the crushed garlic.
When it is slightly brown,add the dahlia and allow it to become slightly brown.
Keep the heat in medium.Add the curry leaves,turmeric powder,chillipowder and salt to taste.
Finally add the puffed rice.Keep on stirring in low heat till the pori becomes crisp.