Thursday, June 13, 2019


Sooji or semolina halwa is a very popular sweet of India. Each region has its own style of making with a slight variation. Whenever we want to make a quick sweet halwa is the one that comes to our minds as it takes just 5-7 minutes to prepare it.
There are many varieties of halwa..... with semolina, with flour, with besan or a combination of these. You can use sugar or jaggery for sweetening. Some like to add milk instead of water. You can go ahead and make any way you prefer. In winters mostly jaggery is preferred.
Today's recipe is with fine semolina and jaggery.

Semolina ...... 1/2 cup
Organic jaggery .. 5 tbsps
Salt ...................... 1 pinch
Green cardamoms .. 4 (crushed lightly)
Cashew nuts .......... few (split into halves)
Pistachios .............. few (sliced )
Ghee / clarified butter .. 2 tbsps
Water or milk ...... 1/2 cup


1. Heat ghee in a pan.

2. Fry the cashew nuts to golden brown colour. Remove them and set aside.

3. Add the crushed cardamoms into the same pan.

4. When they give out a nice aroma tip in the semolina.

5. Saute for 3-4 minutes on medium flame until the colour changes.

6. Now add water or milk  and stir immediately to avoid lump formation.

7. Next add the organic jaggery and a pinch of salt to balance the sweetness.

8. Stir until the jaggery melts and it is absorbed by the semolina.

9. Stir in the fried cashew nuts and mix. Garnish with pistachio slices while serving.

Serves - 2-3

Note: If you are using a thicker variety of semolina add little more water. If you don't have organic jaggery then cook the normal jaggery in water first to remove the impurities. Then add the strained  jaggery water to the halwa. Organic jaggery can be added directly as it is pure and free of dirt particles.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019


Amlas or Indian Goose Berries are known as Usirikaya in Telugu. Amlas are well known for their health benefits and are supposed to be immune boosters. We should try to include them in our diets during the season they are available. You can make pickles, chutneys, dals, rasam, pulao or even add grated amlas to the paratha dough, juices, pakora batter etc etc.....
Here is an easy recipe of rice made with amlas in Andhra style.

Cooked rice ...... 2 cups
Grated amlas .... 1/2 cup (you can also grind them in a chopper)
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp
Green chillies .. 1-2
Salt ................... to taste
Coriander leaves ... handful
Ginger paste ........ 1 tsp

For Tempering:
Mustard seeds .... 1tsp
Methi seeds ....... 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves ..... few
Dry red chillies .. 1-2
Asafoetida ...... 1 pinch
Chana dal ....... 1 tsp
Urad dal ......... 1 tsp
Peanuts ......... 1 tbsp
Oil ................ 3 tbsps


Heat oil in a pan and add the tempering ingredients.

When they crackle add the ginger and green chillies.

Mix them and tip in the grated amlas.

Stir and add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.

Saute for a minute.

Now add the cooked rice.

Stir to mix everything well.

Add the coriander leaves.

Serve with fried appalams / papds.

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