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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Maida Burfi |Cake!

Maida Burfi/Maida cake is very simple and easy sweet. I prepared this for this Deepavali, it was delicious. I just referred the video from Chitra on my instafeed. On 12th November, I did a cooking demo here in Pasir Ris East CC checkout the post here and here for what I prepared for a group of lovely ladies. Thanks to my kids and hubby for their support always.

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Thank you all for your support.


.    Maida/all purpose flour - 1 cup
.    Sugar 1.5 cups (I used brown sugar)

.    Ghee - 2-3tablespoon
.    Elachi powder – 1 tspn
.    Food colour (optional)

.    vanilla or almond Essence optional


Preparation Method

·        Heat a pan add ghee, once its melts add maida and sauté well for 5-8 mins till it   combines and you will notice slight colour change. It will look like crumble.
·         Keep aside
·         In another kadai or pan add sugar n water make 1 string consistency n off the stove.
·         Add elachi powder food colour and mix well.
·         Add maida ghee mix n mix fully to get a mass.
·         Transfer to greased plate and spread neatly.
·         Cut when warm to desired shape. Allow to cool completely and store in air tight container.

This one I prepared for our cooking demo and it was really tasty. Liked by all ladies. checkout more pictures here 
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PC - Vidya

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Homemade Kaju Katli using brown sugar | Deepavali/Diwali recipes!

Kaju Katli was there in my list from long time. My sister in law does very well in India. Was asking her once she had told over phone the recipe. I was thinking it will be difficult one to do, but it was quiet easy.

Since my kids love this and when I tried yesterday they were asking did you make it ma, its very tasty. But still they wanted silver vark on the sweets.

Cashews - 1 cup (levelled)
Brown Sugar - 1 cup( You can use normal sugar 3/4 cup)
Ghee - 1 -2 tpns
Parchment paper

Preparation Method
Grind cashews with small mixie pulse mode or only twice to fine powder. Please do not do continuously or oil will ooze out.
Heat a kadai add sugar and little water.
Stir continously upto 1 string consistency.
Add 1 tspn ghee.
Add cashew powder and start mixing in low flame until it forms soft dough mass.
Grease a plate or parchment paper, transfer and start kneading it and spread roll with rolling pin .
Cut into desired shape when warm.
let it cool for sometime.

Remove and store in air tight container.

Mine was polished off next day.

Kaju Katli is ready, you can prepare for deepavali/diwali.

Notes -
Since it was a first try and I was not using non stick kadai, you need to be careful while removing. Need to be fast to pour on tray or it will become dry and burfi type. But no change in taste. It was yummy.

So just before quick and keep some ghee nearby by to knead the dough.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from ( take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you for your encouragement.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Homemade Mixture | Diwali Savoury Recipe !

Mixture is a very tempting snack, I prepared this for diwali. I have already posted Aval Pori Masala Mix here. This is very tasty and crunchy.

Omapodi - 1 cup (click here for recipe)
Ribbon Pakoda - 1/2 cup (click here for recipe)
Mullu Murukku - 2nos crushed (click here for recipe)
Karaboondi - 1 cup(click here for recipe)
Thatai - 2nos crushed

To Deep Fry
Roasted or Fried Groundnuts - 1 tablespoon
Potukadalai/Fried gram - 1 tablespoon
Aval - 2 cups thin
Curry leaves - few
Copra - 1 tablespoon(chopped thinly)
Mochai - 1 tspn
Cashews/Almonds /Walnuts- few
Cornflakes/Chivda - 1/2 cup(Optional)

Powdered Sugar - 1/2 tspn
Turmeric - a pinch(optional)
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn 
Hing -1/4 tspn
Raisins - few
Potato sticks  1 cup(Optional)
Oil for deep frying and a metal seive with handle.

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai with oil. When oil is hot, deep fry ingredients above separately. Take this on a tissue paper to remove excess oil and then transfer to a wide vessel, sprinkle salt, hing, turmeric, red chilli powder and mix well. Add rest of the ingredients and mix.

Finally add powdered sugar and mix. I love this with potato sticks.

Store it in a airtight container for later use.

Homemade Mixture is ready.

Enjoy with Hot Coffee/Tea or with sambar rice or rasam rice.

Notes - You can also deep fry potato sticks and add.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Rose Sandesh | Bengali Sweet for this Diwali!

I had posted how to make Sandesh previously. I used the same method and prepared Rose Sandesh.

Check out How to make  Fresh Homemade Chena/Paneer


Chena/Fresh Paneer- 2 to 3 cups(It should be definetly homemade and fresh) Click here for recipe
Sugar - 1 cup
Rose Essence  1 tspn
Rose Syrup  1 tspn
Milk - 1/2 tablespoon

Do checkout a detailed post on Sandesh here.

Off the stove at this consistency. Allow it to cool.

Add milk, rose essence, rose syrup and knead. Make small balls or desired shapes.

Preparation Method
Powder sugar in mixie. Add the fresh chena to it and grind to smooth paste.
Heat a kadai, add the ground mixture. Keep stirring until its thick and slight colour change. Off the stove.
Allow it to cool.
Once its cool add 1 tblspn milk, rose essence, rose syrup and kneed to smooth dough.
Slowly take small portions and make small balls or into any shape you need. Store in air tight container.
Let it sit for an hour in fridge before your serving.

I could make around 15 nos of medium size.

I also prepared a combo is plain with rose sandesh and it was delicious.

Take small ball of plain sandesh and cover it with rose sandesh.

Shelf life - This will stay for about a week if refrigerated.

Rose Sandesh is ready to serve.

Serve it chilled.

Deepavali Sweets & Savory Recipes at one click!

List of Deepavali Recipes

Choose your dish and click on it. Do try this Deepavali/Diwali and let us know. 

Sorakkai Rava Ladoo
Dumroot/Pumpkin Halwa
Gulab Jamun
Mini Jangiri
Badam Puri
Maida Burfi

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from ( a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.

Thank you. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mysore Pak | Melt in Mouth | Diwali Sweet Recipe!

Hope all are geared for the Diwali celebrations, heres my first sweet recipe after the savouries posted here, you can choose from Omapodi/Sev, Ribbon/Thattu Pakoda, Kara Boondi and Mullu Murukku.(click on the name for recipe). Yes, Diwali spree has started in my place a week back. This is my father in laws recipe and hes the mentor to me today to prepare this with perfection. Thanks Dad for teaching me:-)

Wish you and your family a very Happy and Safe Diwali. With gleam of Diyas, and the Echo of the Chants ; May Happiness & Contentment fill your life,Let's celebrate the auspicious day of Diwali with fun and frolic ; May this bright day bring Bountiful Bliss and Joy in your life…………

Kadalai Maav/Besan/Chickpea Flour - 1 cup
Sugar - 2 and 1/2 cups
Ghee - 2 and 1/2 cups (Melted and warm)
Water just to cover sugar

Preparation Method
Heat a kadai and dry fry kadalai maav till you get good aroma and raw smell is gone. Do not burn it. 
In a double boiler, melt ghee and keep in low flame to keep ghee hot and warm.
Grease a tray or plate with ghee.
In a heavy bottom kadai, add sugar and water. Let it dissolve and keep stirring till it forms 1 string. Slowly keep checking by your fingers. Reduce flame to low.
Add the kadalai maav slowly and stir by whisk and without forming lumps.
Now increase the flame, it will start to become frothy and bubbling.
(you cannot move your eyes and hand anywhere, keep stirring slowly)
When it becomes thick, add 1/2 cup melted ghee and keep mixing.
Keep stirring well then after few minutes again add 1/2 cup ghee and mix well.
When it becomes thick, frothy and doesnot stick to kadai, add last 1/2 cup ghee. Stir once. Pour in the greased tray. Press lightly by a cup evenly.
Allow it to cool for sometime, then take a greased sharp knife and cut to desired shape.
Let it cool completely, again take knife and cut on the same prints firmly.
Slowly remove the peices and store in airtight container.

Mysore Pak melt in mouth is ready.

My upcoming posts will be Thattai, Mixture, Krishna Sweets Mysore Pak..stay tuned here @ Sara's Corner.
Again wishing all my Sara's Corner readers a Happy and Safe Deepavali!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Ribbon | Thattu Pakoda | Diwali Savoury Recipe!!!

Ribbon|Thattu Pakoda is another savoury, popular down South India. This is very easy and tasty snack. Perfect for the festive season.

These flower candles were gifted by my dear friend Rekha. Thank you.

Kadalai Maav/ Besan - 4 cups
Arasi Maav/ Rice flour - 1 tspn
Milagai Podi /Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn(As per your taste)
Peringayam/Hing - 1/4 tspn
Vennai/Butter - 2 tspns (at room temperature)
Water as required

Preparation Method
In wide vessel, add kadalai maavu, arasi maavu salt, hing and mix dry.
Take butter and mix in the flour by hand, then sprinkle water and make a soft dough.
Leave it for 10mins by that time heat oil in kadai for deep frying in low flame.
Make equal portions of the dough, take one small portion and put in the murukku nazhi/press. Use double rectangle plate.(It will be like pasta fettuchini)
Press slowly in the hot oil in circle. Be careful.
Slow cook on the both sides till brown.
Repeat the same process with rest of the dough.
Allow it to cool, then crush into small pieces and then store in air tight container.

Ribbon Pakoda is ready to serve. This crunchy savoury can be served with Hot Coffee.

This recipe is going to My Diwali my way by Kushi and Diwali Festival of Lights by Anu.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Instant Mullu Murukku | Diwali Savory Recipe!

Mullu Murukku is prepared on festivals, weddings and other ocasions. Here I have prepared using Ready Murukku Mix and found it quiet easy at times. This is the first time I used the mix. Usually I bring the mix milled from India done by my mom:-) When in chennai, I love those crispy and tempting ones from Grand Sweets.

Will post my traditional recipe also soon. This mix is handy when you find difficult to prepare the traditional murukku maav/flour.

Murukku Mix - 1 kg(I used Babas)
Hot Oil - 3/4 cup
Omam/Ajwain/Bishop weed - 1 tblspn(As per your taste)(see notes below)
Hing -  1/2tspn
Water as required
Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method
In wide vessel, add murukku mix, salt, hing, omam and mix dry.
Make a dent/like well in the flour.
Heat 3/4 cup oil and it should be hot but not smoky.
Slowly pour in the dent, wait for few minutes. It will be very hot(Caution)
Mix slowly the oil in the flour by hand, then add sprinkle water and make a soft dough.
Leave it for 10mins by that time heat oil in kadai for deep frying in low flame.
Make equal portions in the dough, take one small portion and put in the murukku nazhi/press. I used single star one plate.
Take newspaper or parchment paper, cut into small rectangles and keep.
Press slowly upto 4 lines and keep about 5 to 6 ready.
When oil is hot slowly put them and deep fry till brown on both sides.
Repeat the same process with rest of the dough.
Allow it to cool and then store in air tight container.

Instant Mullu Murukku is ready to serve.

Enjoy the crunchy murukku with Hot coffee/tea, sambar rice or rasam rice.

Notes - You can use Jeera/Cumin seeds or Ellu/White Sesame Seeds instead of Omam.

I will soon post the step by step photos.

This B & W photo is going to B&W Wednesday by Susan. This recipe is going to My Diwali my way by Kushi and Diwali Festival of Lights by Anu.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Homemade Oma Podi /Sev | Step-by-Step Diwali Recipe!!!

Oma Podi / Sev is a simple and tasty fried savory. It tastes great as it is and widely used in chaats and mixture. Its aromatic with Omam/Ajwain/Bishop weed. This is popular in all sweet and savory shops in India. This is my kids and in-laws favourite as its not spicy.

This recipe is taught by my in-laws.

Step-by-Step Photos

Testing the flow

Kadalai Maavu/Besan/Chickpea Flour - 4 cups
Rice flour - 1 tablespoon
Omam/Ajwain/Bishop Weed - 2 tspns
Salt as required
Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method
Soak Omam in water for 1 hour and then boil it with water to get Omam water. Allow it to cool. This is for mixing the dough.
Then filter the water and keep.
In a wide vessel, put kadalai maavu, salt and mix with omam water as required to a soft dough. Make equal portions of the dough.(1tablespoon rice flour to get crispy)
Heat oil in a kadai/wok, take a small portion of the dough, put in murukku/omapodi nazhi/hand press gadget.
Press in the hot oil fully in a circle wide.
Let it cook, turn around and deep fry.
Take it on a tissue paper and just press by hand and make small pieces.

Homemade Oma Podi is ready. I love this with sambar rice and rasam rice.

Notes :
- Do not put the whole omam as it will block the holes of the murukku nazhi/ gadget.
- Use the fine and small hole sevva nazhi.
- Adding Rice flour(optional), it will be crispy.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mini Jangiri

Since Long time this is pending in my drafts, me and my dad tried this when my parents were here. It was pretty good for the first time and really liked a lot. The taste was good so I thought of posting it.

I didnt take the photos well...:-) Will update again when I make it.

Whole Urad Dal - 1 cup

Sugar Syrup
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/4 cup(just little)
Orange Food colour - a pinch

Preparation Method
Soak Urad Dal for 1-2 hrs and grind to smooth paste without adding much water.
Now prepare sugar syrup, heat a vessel with sugar, water and food colour. Let it boil for 5-10 minutes. Off the stove.
Heat oil in a kadai.
Fill the batter in a ziplock bag and cut very little at the edge.
I directly started pressing to draw 3-4 lines without giving any design and so could not get proper shape. Start doing in low flame and cook the Jangiri well and its crispy. Slowly remove them in tikka stick.
Remove and transfer it in sugar syrup, leave for 2-3 minutes and remove it.

Mini Jangiri is ready to serve.

Enjoy this Deepavali. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Kara Boondi

Kara Boondi is a very famous deep fried snack and savoury. Its good to eat at tea/coffee time. This can also be prepared for Deepavali. Its available in most of the shops in India. I just love it in Adyar Anandha Bhavan in Chennai and Bangalore.

I sometimes make from leftover Bajji Maav/Batter.

Kadalai Maav/Besan/Chickpea flour - 2 cup
Chola Maav/Corn Flour - 1 tspn
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tspn( As per your taste)
Cashews - 1 tspn(Chopped)
Groundnuts - 1 tspn
Asafotida/Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves - few
Oil for deep frying

Preparation Method

Mix Kadalai Maav, Chola Maav, salt, red chilli powder with little water to form a batter.
Heat oil for deep frying, reduce flame take Jara/Jarni/Ladle with holes and pour the batter in this.
Then deep fry those till brown and keep it in a bowl. Do the same with the balance batter.
After completion of the batter, deep fry cashews, groundnuts and curry leaves. Add these on the Boondi.

Kara Boondi is ready to eat. This can be served with any sweets or as it is. Its tasty for rasam rice and top it for Bisibelebath Rice.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Aval Pori Masala Mix

Aval Pori Masala Mix is very tasty savoury. This is very simple and easy to prepare.
This recipe is very different from normal recipes.

Aval (Thick Rice Flakes) - 2 cups
Curry leaves - Few
Groundnuts - 2 tspns
Oil for deep frying - 2 cups
Asafotida(Hing) - 1 pinch
Pottukadalai(Fried gram) - 2 tspns
Manjal(Turmeric powder) - a pinch
Dry Red chilli or chilli powder - 2 nos (as per your taste)
Copra(Dry coconut) - Few pieces finely sliced
Salt to taste
Preparation Method
Heat a Kadai with oil. You can use a metal seive dip in oil and slowly deep fry Aval little by little. Put in a wide bowl. Sprinkle salt and mix well.
In a sauce pan, heat little oil, put hing, ground nuts, Red chilli, Fried gram, dry coconut, cashews, turmeric powder, curry leaves and fry till brown .
Now add to Aval mixture and mix well.

Aval Pori masala mix is ready to serve. This can be served with tea or coffee or with any sweets.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Kalkal name sounds different, but trust me its a very tasty snack similar to chips. No one can eat just one feel like munching.......A good snack liked by my family members.

Maida(All purpose flour) - 2 cups
Vanaspati/dalda - 3 tspns or hot oil - 4 tspns (I used vanaspati)
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Peringayam(Asafotida) - 1/4 tspn
Salt - 1 tspn
Oil for deep frying
(Omam(ajwain) or jeera(cumin) - optional I have not added.
Preparation method
In a wide bowl, add maida, vansapati and mix well
Now add red chilli powder, asafotida and salt.
Sprinkle water and mix well like chapathi dough. close a lid and leave it for 5mins.
Make small balls and spread like chapathi.
Take a knife and cut into thin strips both vertically and horizontally.
Take out the pieces and drop in hot oil.
Cook both sides and remove when golden brown.
Fluffy chips is ready is eat. It can be served as it is or with tomato ketchup or any dip.
Notes- Can be stored in air tight container.


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