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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 →


Gasagase Payasa (Khas Khas Kheer/Poppy Seed Dessert)

poppyYet another Indian sweet dish for you! This is a traditional and authentic sweet dish of Karnataka (India). Main ingredient of this dish is poppy seed which is known as gasagase in Kannada (Karnataka, India), khas khas in hindi. Payasa is a kannada word used for kheer or dessert. Poppy is used in cooking either in the form of whole seeds, ground or paste (thin or thick). Poppy seeds are nutritious oil seeds used in cooking to give a special flovour and texture to food because of its unique nutty aromatic flavour. The seeds are having excellent source of   B complex. Their flavour is somewhat enhanced by roasing them on low heat. Gentle frying release special aromatic essential oils in the seeds. This is a very simple and easy recipe and consumes very less time as well. You try it once, you will love to cook it again and again. Let’s see the preparation of delicious and tasty gasagase payasa.   Continue reading →