Category Archives: Sweet dish
Mysore pak is a traditional sweet dish of Karnataka made for festive occasions like Diwali. It is made up of gram flour (besan), sugar and ghee. Legend says that Mysore pak was first created in the kitchens of Mysore Palace by a palace cook named Kakasura Madappa. Mysore pak is one of the most popular and delicious sweet from South India.
Rice kheer is made with milk, basmati rice and jaggery and garnished with raisins and cashewnuts. Jaggery is a good substitute for sugar for those who are health conscious. Rice kheer with jaggery is a good variation since jaggery is added instead of sugar and it tastes divine when served either warm or chilled. Jaggery is full of iron and other minerals and hence also has got lot of health benefits.
Sago vermicelli kheer or payasa is a very traditional dessert which is prepared on festivals and special occasions. Sabudana vermicelli is a popular combination for making kheer. This kheer is prepared with vermicelli and sago and garnished with roasted cashew nuts and raisins. It is very easy to make and delicious too.
Sabudana or sago or tapioca pearl kheer is a delicious kheer made with sago, sugar and milk and garnished with nuts. Sago is full of carbohydrates and very filling in nature. Hence this kheer is a generally had by people who are on fast on festival days.
Wheat ladoo or atta ladoo is a popular Indian sweet made of whole wheat flour, jaggery and ghee and mixed with nuts and dry fruits and it can be served on all festive occasions.It is also called as godi hittu unde in Karnataka. It is one of the simplest recipes and takes less time and effort to prepare. Wheat flour ladoo is more healthy than any other ladoo as whole wheat flour is a good source of carbohydrates and efficient source of energy to human body. Adding cashew nuts, almonds makes it even more nutritious as almonds are a good source of proteins.
Chana dal halwa is an Indian sweet dish prepared from bengalgram/chana dal, jaggery, ghee and cardamom powder and garnished with chopped nuts. It is a delicious dessert which can be relished on special occasions.
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is a hindu festival and is celebrated as birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is the Lord of power and wisdom.
The festival lasts for 10 days ending on Ananta Chaturdashi. Devotees install idols in their homes and the idol is bathed with panchamrut, a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey and jaggery.
Ganesh Chaturthi is by all means a tribute to Lord Ganesha who bestows success upon worthy people.
Devotees make offering of coconuts, flowers and Ganesha’s favourite sweet modaka which is made up of rice flour,grated coconut and jaggery. Another popular dish is the sweet karanji or fried modak which I have already posted under festival dishes
So lets celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with this traditional recipe.
Fried modak is a sweet deep fried dumpling stuffed with jaggery and coconut filling. Karida kadubu or fried modak is also called as karanji in Maharashtra. It is very popular and common in Karnataka and Maharashtra during Ganesh Chaturthi. The outer cover is made with all purpose flour and semolina and the inner filling is made with a mixture of grated coconut and jaggery.
Rava kesari is also called as kesari bhath in Karnataka or Sheera or sooji halwa in North India. In Karnataka, it is served along with khara bhath or uppittu. Both kesari bhath and khara bhath are served in one plate which is popularly called as ‘chow chow bhath’ in Karnataka. Rava kesari is a very delicious sweet dish prepared from semolina/rava, ghee, sugar, cashew nuts and raisins.
Coconut burfi is a very simple sweet dish made from fresh coconut, sugar and cardamom powder. Coconut burfi is made on special occasions or on festival days like Diwali or Janmashtami.