Category Archives: Sweet Dish

Antina Unde (Edible Gum and Jaggery Roundels)

IMG_2850 copyI am bringing yet another authentic and good old sweet dish for you. This is a traditional Indian dish which is very much nutritious and tasty as well. Antu is a kannada word used for edible gum and unde is a Kannada word used for roundels Or ladoo in Hindi. The main ingredient of this recipe is edible gum. It is very helpful in gaining the strength of the body and strengthening the immune system as well. It also helps in increasing the body ability. It has got wonderful medicinal values and health benefits. It contains anti ageing property and large quantity of proteins. Apart from edible gum, we are using other ingredients which are very nutritious and healthy. This dish is offered to Lord Krishna on the occasion of “Sri Krishna Janmastami”. In North Karnataka region, in earlier days, this dish was the most important diet given as post delivery diet to mothers (at least for a month) and I think, even now, this diet is given as post delivery diet cum tonic. I learnt it from my mother and modified it a little bit for beginners. You can try it once without hesitancy because it won’t get spoiled in any condition. You can include it in your kid’s daily diet which helps them grow stronger and healthy. If you have all the ingredients in your kitchen, then it will take very less time to prepare it. Let’s see the preparation of Antina Unde. Continue reading →

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Yellu – Bella (Sesame Seeds Jaggery Trail Mix)

img_20180114_113915_2_3.jpgMakara Sankranti (Sankramana) festival is celebrated on 14th or 15th of January every year in India. Makara Sankranti festival is celebrated as the beginning of the harvest season. Yellu Bella recipe is an integral part of this festival. This is basically a mix of sesame seeds, groundnuts, jaggery, sugar crystals, dry coconut and puffed bengal gram. Yellu bella is prepared for this auspicious day and offered it to God. Afterwards, it is distributed amongst friends and family along with a small gift. “Yellu-bella thindu olle maathadi” is the famous saying in Kannada (Karnataka) while distributing yellu bella which basically means “eat sweet and speak sweet like jaggery”. This recipe is the most simple recipe I have ever written. Let’s see the preparation.   Continue reading →

Shenga Holige ( Peanut Sweet Flat Bread )

IMG_20180114_111203_6_7Makara Sankramana, festival of harvest, is approaching. It is time to prepare some special dishes for celebrating this festival. Shenga Holige is one of the most important sweet dishes prepared for this festival in North Karnataka region. Shenga is a kannada (Karnataka) word used for Groundnut or Peanut and Holige is used for stuffed sweet flat bread. This dish is most popular and most liked sweet dish in North Karnataka (India). This dish is very tasty and crunchy. Peanut ( groundnut ) is most commonly grown crop in North Karnataka and we use peanuts maximum in our regular diet. Peanuts add a nutty taste and a delicate crunchy taste to the dish. You can feel very well that crunchy peanut taste in every bite of Shenga Holige. Let me make it easy for you of preparing Shenga Holige. Let’s see the preparation of tasty and crunchy Shenga Holige.   Continue reading →

Hasi Khobbari Halwa ( Fresh Coconut Dessert )

IMG_2620Winter has arrived here in India, this is the right time to start preparing some new sweet dishes along with evening snacks or for dinner. I am going to tell you about preparation of Hasi khobbari halwa (fresh coconut dessert). Basically, inside portion of fresh coconut is called Hasi Khobbari in Kannada in North Karnataka region (Karnataka, India). We prepare a wide range of sweet dishes from fresh coconut. This is one of those. Using fresh coconut in regular diet is very good for health as it has got plenty of health benefits. This dish is very easy to prepare and it requires very less number of ingredients as well. I tried this at home using very less quantity of sugar and believe me, it was very delicious. Let’s see the preparation of Hasi Khobbari Halwa (fresh coconut dessert).  Continue reading →

Kumbala Kayi Halwa (Pumpkin Dessert)

kumbalakaiHere comes one more authentic and healthy sweet dish. Kumbala kayi halwa (Pumpkin dessert) is one of the most healthy and tasty sweet dish. Pumpkin is generally a healthy food with no negative effects if eaten in proper way,  Pumpkin is an incredibly nutritious food. Pumpkins are loaded with lots of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and relatively few calories as well. There are many ways that pumpkin can be included in your regular diet. You can make dessert, soup, veggie, salad, raita (a type of salad with curds), sambar and fryums (Sandige in Kannada) and many more. Choosing of Pumpkin for halwa (dessert) is very important. You have to keep one thing in mind that you have to choose the right one. Choose a field Pumpkin that is reddish yellow from inside. It is little bit sweetish in taste that is why I am using very less sugar to prepare this dish. That is the reason these Pumpkins are called “Sihi Kumbala kayi” in Kannada (Karnataka, India).  Let’s see how to prepare Kumbala kayi halwa. Continue reading →

Chiroti (Layered Sweet Pastry)

img_2293Here comes crispy and crunchy deepavali sweet dish. Deepavali, festival of light, celebrated all over India with full of enthusiasm. We, Indians, prepare lots and lots of sweets and distribute amongst people who are near and dear. This dish is one of the most authentic delicacy of Karnataka (India). Over the time, it has been modified accordingly. Basically, chiroti is a fried pastry which has got several layers and is either sprinkled with powdered sugar or dipped in sugar syrup. This dish is made from fine semolina (Sooji) which is called chiroti rava in Kannada (Karnataka, India). Earlier this dish is served as special dish on special occasions such as weddings and festivals. I made it little bit simple and easy. You can try this dish for this deepavali. Believe me everybody will love it. Let’s see how to prepare crispy and crunchy Chiroti.   Continue reading →

Wheat Flour Burfi

Deepavali festival is right here. This is time to prepare new, fresh and delicious sweet dishes. I am going to prepare some three – four dishes which I am going to share with you. This dish is one of them. Whenever I think of preparing sweet dishes, I always think of health and budget as well. All ingredients are normally available in everybody’s kitchen. Recently, I tried this dish, I prepared a small quantity and believe me it came out very tasty and delicious. It will take little bit more time than other dishes. If you try this once, you will love do it again and again. Let’s see the preparation of Wheat flour buffi.   Continue reading →

Dry Coconut Ladoo (Desiccated Coconut Roundels)

IMG_2276Festive season has already begun. You might be thinking of preparing varieties of sweet dishes for upcoming festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi – festival of Lord Ganesha is approaching. You can offer these delicious ladoos to Lord Ganesha as Naivedyam. These ladoos are very tasty and delicious. I am using desiccated coconut for this dish. Desiccated coconut is a grated, dried and unsweetened kernel of a matured coconut. Often dried coconut is very much less appreciated when compared to other dried fruits. It has got exceptionally high nutritional value and health benefits which make it a valuable addition to many meals. It has got rich natural oil in it which is far better than the processed one. The important fact that dried coconut itself is very delicious and dishes made from dried coconut are certainly delicious. There are many wonderful recipes which include dried coconut as main ingredient. If you want to enjoy delicious exotic meals, you should have some dried coconut in your kitchen. I always keep dry coconut available in my kitchen and I use it in my daily cooking as supporting ingredient. I am using very less number of ingredients to prepare this dish. It requires very less time as compared to other sweet dishes or rather I can say ladoos. I hope you will enjoy preparing this dish. Let’s see how to prepare Dry Coconut Ladoo.   Continue reading →

Ugadi Special Bevu Bella (Neem and Jaggery Mix)

IMG_2227Today is Ugadi Festival, we the South Indians celebrate it as New Year’s day. We, the Kannadigas (people of Karnataka) consider Ugadi as an auspicious day for commencing new ventures. This is the time when New Year’s Day is celebrated in other states of India as well. The term “Ugadi” is basically originated from Sanskrit word “Yugadi” which means beginning of a new yuga or period. Apart from sweet dishes, we prepare a very special dish called “Bevu-Bella” on this auspicious day and offer it to God along with other festive dishes. Neem is called Bevu in Kannada (language of Karnataka) and jaggery is called Bella. This dish has got its own significance. My grandma used to tell me about the significance of this dish. Life is the mixture of joys and sorrows and we should accept both as and when they appear in our life, in the right spirit. Neem indicates bitterness or sorrow of life and jaggery indicates sweetness or joy of life. I am telling you the very simple and authentic way of preparing “Bevu Bella” which I learnt from my mom. Let’s see the preparation of tasty and delicious Bevu Bella.   Continue reading →

Hasi Khobbari Holige (Kayi Holige/Fresh Coconut Sweet Flat Bread)

IMG_2225Season of festival has already begun, this is the time to prepare varieties of sweet dishes. This dish is served as main course in festival days. This dish is very delicious and tasty which is liked by everyone. Fresh coconut is called by different names in different regions in India. We, Kannadigas (people of Karnataka), call coconut as Tengina kayi. The grated part of fresh coconut is called “Hasi khobbari or kayi turi”. A wide range of sweet dishes can be prepared from fresh coconut. Coconut is a very versatile and indispensable food item in coastal belt of Karnataka, Chennai and Kerala. It is a complete food which is very rich in calories, vitamins and minerals and it is also a very good source of B-Complex. Normally, there is a misconception that consumption of coconut increases weight, on the contrary it helps to reduce weight if it is used in proper manner. We can prepare lot of sweets like Halwa, Burfi, laadu, Holige and so many… from fresh coconut. Normally, this dish is prepared from fresh coconut and sugar, since I am little bit health and weight conscious I tried fresh coconut with jaggery (Bella/Gud). It came out very tasty and crunchy. I made the procedure simple and easy, if you are preparing it for the first time, do it for a very less quantity say…2 or 3 holige. Once you do it successfully, you can prepare it as many as you like. Let’s see the preparation of Hasi Khobbari Holige.   Continue reading →