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Dhal holige / Paruppu Boli

Boli or Upputtu or Holige as it is called in different parts of India is one of the traditional recipes made on the festival days. In my home, we make it for Bhogi. My amma and Patti use banana leaf to make the boli. Amma and paati makes this in a different style like the one we get in the famous Venkateshwara Boli stall, Chennai. They make a thick palm size Boli with cococnut stuffing or dhal stuffing in it. I have made this in Karnataka style thin crepes. It is called as holige in Karnataka and whenever I go the Holige stall, after placing an order I keenly observe the way they make this. Sometimes I even ask some queries like what is the sheet they are using, what are the different types of stuffing, etc., Yes! you can use any stuffing of your choice to make holige. Here I have given the recipe for Dhal holige / Paruppu Boli.

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

Maida / All purpose flour – 1/2 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4

Salt – A pinch

Oil – 2 tbsp + for soaking

Water – As required

For the stuffing

Channa dhal – 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Ghee – 2 tsp

Water – To cook the dhal

Dough

  • Take the maida and add in a bowl. Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Add oil and mix it with the dry ingredients.
  • Then add water little by little and knead it to a elastic dough.
  • Soak the dough in the oil and leave it aside for 20 minutes.

Stuffing

  • Take channa dhal, wash and half cook the dhal.
  • Allow the dhal to cool down, add it in a mixie jar.
  • Add jaggery and grind them to a fine paste.
  • In a pan add this mixture and saute them well to get rid of moisture.
  • Add cardamom powder and ghee while sauting.
  • Once they are non sticky, turn off the stove and make balls out of it.
  • the stuffing for the recipe is ready.

Method

  • You can use a banana leaf or holige sheet to make Boli/Holige.
  • Take a portion of dough and flatten it.
  • Place the stuffing on the flattened dough and close it from all the sides in the same way you make paratha.
  • Remove the extra dough and make a baal keeping it in between your hands.
  • Now you can dust it with flour and gently flatten it with yoour hands.
  • Late  use the rolling pin to roll it out like a chappathi.
  • Heat the skillet and cook the boli/holige on both the sides with oil and ghee.
  • Serve the holige/boli with a dollop of ghee.

 

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Chakkai Varatti / Jackfruit Jam

Chakka varatti is one of the famous kerala recipes with which we can make a lot of dishes. It is actually a jackfruit preserve made with jackfruit, jaggery and ghee and can be stored for an year or one and a half years. I love this a lot and my parents  make sure, this is made every year, especially my appa(dad). Yes, when the season comes, he always keep an eye to get a good jackfruit and make sure he gets it for me and my younger brother. My brother doesnt like the preserve so he chop the fleshy part and mix it with honey and give it to him. And for me it is chakkai varatti. We make this in uruli, traditional vessel used in Kerala to make kheer. Also I love the jackfruit chips and 4 cut banana chips and my dad gets it whenever I want. Also he makes sure to get it whenever he goes to Kerala. Who else other than our parents know what we want.

This time I decided to make this when I got the fruit from my neighbour. Usually I call my amma to ask for a recipe and to clear all my doubts regarding it. Though she is a working lady, she never fails to clear my doubts in cooking. But this time, I didnt call my amma(mom) to get the recipe. I called my appa(dad) instead and was asking for every single step. Starting from chopping the fruit till I completed it, I was calling him again and again and patiently he taught me clearly and small small nuances also. Finally the outcome was awesome. Waiting to give my family the chakka varatti to taste it or in turn the Chakka varatti is waiting for them.

Pheww!!! Very long post after a long time. I am sure my husband will enjoy reading this. Because he always ask me to write a story for every single recipe.

INGREDIENTS

Jackfruit – 4 cups

Jaggery – 3 cups

Ghee – 3 tbsp

  • Cut the jackfruit into half.  Apply coconut oil on your hands and knife and cut the jackfruit.
  • Expose the flesh part and remove it.
  • Remove the seeds from each pulp and the thick skin.
  • Chop the fleshy part into small pieces.
  • Pressure cook the jackfruit adding water two inches below the jackfruit level.
  • Mash the pressure cooked jackfruit well.
  • In a heavy bottomed vessel, add the jaggery and little water.
  • Allow the jaggery to dissolve completely.
  • When the jaggery syrup starts to boil, add the mashed jackfruit.
  • Cover your hand with a cotton cloth or wear a gloves while stirring.
  • Mix the jaagery syrup and jackfruit well.
  • Keep stirring continuously until this mixture thickens and leave from the sides.
  • When the bubbles come, add 2 tbsp of ghee. Then keep stirring again and add a tbsp of ghee at the end.
  • Store it in an air-tight container in refrigerator. The shelf life of this will be between 1 and 1 1/2 yrs.
  • You can use this to make Chakka pradhaman, elai adai, etc.,

 

 

 

Atta halwa / Wheat halwa

Atta halwa / Wheat halwa is one of the easiest halwa recipes that can be made with very few ingredients. I have seen my mom and grandmom making this during my childhood days. You can make this sweet in ten minutes if you are making it in less quantity.

INGREDIENTS

Wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup

Ghee – 1/4 cup

Cashews – few

Raisins – few

  • Add water in a vessel and boil.
  • Once they started to boil, add sugar. Stir continuously until they dissolve. Keep it aside.
  • In a pan, add ghee and roast cashews and raisins.
  • Once they turn golden brown in colour, add the wheat flour and roast well.
  • The wheat flour changes in colour and you can feel nice aroma.
  • At this stage, add the sugar syrup slowly.
  • Stir continuously and make sure there are no lumps.
  • The halwa thickens and the ghee will start oozing out.
  • Serve hot.

 

 

Sweet rice

Sweet rice is the mixture of rice with jaggery syrup and grated coconut with elaichi flavour. The taste and flavour differs from sweet pongal(Chakkarai pongal), and nei payasam. It has its unique taste. This is my grandma’s(mother’s mom) recipe. I learnt this from my mom.  This is the first time we made this recipe n the absence of my grandma and it is dedicated to her. Love you mannima ❤ ❤ <3.

INGREDIENTS

Jaggery – 1 1/2 cups

Water – To dissolve the jaggery

Rice – 1 1/2 cups

Grated coconut – 3/4

Elaichi powder – 1 tsp

Ghee – 2 tbsp

  • Measure the jaggery and put it in a vessel.
  • Add some water to disslve the jaggery.
  • Place it in a stove and stir slowly.
  • Once the jaggery dissolves, turn off the stove and filter it to remove the impurities.
  • Again place the filtered jaggery syrup in the stove and check for one string consistency.(But I didnot allow it to form string. i just stirred it for sometime and added the rice the stage before it formed string).
  • To check the string, first dip your thumb and forefinger in water and then take the syrup and see whether it can form a single thread between two fingers.
  • Once you are ok with this, add  elaichi powder and cooked rice into it and mix well.
  • Add ghee and grated coconut and keep it in simmer for two minutes.
  • Switch off the stove and serve.

Sakkarai Pongal

Sakkarai pongal is an auspicious neivedhyam made in many perumal(Lord Venkateshwara) temples. It is the main recipe made on the occasion of Thai Pongal. However it is also made at home during many occasions. We can make this recipe with or without adding milk into it. Here I have posted the recipe without adding milk into it.

INGREDIENTS

Raw rice – 1/2 cup

Moong dhal – 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 1 cup

Cardamom powder –  A pinch

Cashews – Few

Raisins – Few

Ghee – 1 tbsp

Water – 3 cups

  • Pressure cook the rice and moong dhal together. Mash it well.
  • Dissolve the jaggery and strain it. Allow it to boil.
  • Add the cooked rice and moong dhal into it.
  • Add cardamom powder, ghee and mix well.
  • In a separate kadai add ghee and fry the cashews.. When it turns golden brown, add the raisins.
  • Add the nuts and raisins into sakkarai pongal.
  • Yummy and delicious sakkarai pongal is ready to serve.

Puffed rice balls

         The idea of making puffed rice balls came from the aval pori and nel pori that we make for thirukarthigai. We buy muttai pori(puffed rice) regulary at home and kaara pori is the most commonly made snack in the evening. I remember an aunty making muttai pori urundai and she packs it for her son’s snack. Then popped up the idea of making this. I made it as balls as well as pieces.

INGREDIENTS

Puffed rice – 4 cups

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Water – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

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  • Weigh the jaggery and disslove it in water.
  • Once the jaggery is dissolved, strain it to remove the dirt.
  • Now add the strained jaggery syrup in  kadai or another vessel.
  • Stir it continuously until  you get the ball like consistency.
  • When you drop a tsp of jaggery syrup in a cup of water, it should not dissolve. You should be able to make ball out of it.
  • At this stage add the puffed rice and mix well.
  • Turn off the stove and either make balls or cut pieces.
  • To make pieces, spread the puffed rice on a greased plate and cut it with the knife.
  • Make balls when the puffed rice mixture is hot.  Else it will crumble.
  • If you are not able to make balls, then lightly heat it and make the balls.

Semiya Kesari

Semiya kesari is one recipe which I want to make for a long time. For the first time I saw the photo of this recipe when my husband’s athai(Aunty) made this. From that time I am waiting to taste this sweet. Finally I made this sweet when my blog got 3000 plus followers. Thank you Vasantha Athai for introducing me to this recipe.20150401_205206

INGREDIENTS

Semolina – 1 cup

Sugar- 3/4 to 1 cup

Water – 1 1/2 cups

Ghee – 2 tbsp

Cashews – few

Raisins – few

Cardomom powder – A pinch

Food colour – A pinch

  • Measure and roast the Semolina in the pan and keep it aside.
  • Measure the required quantity of water and allow it to boil. Once they start to boil, turn off the stove, add the food colour, cardomom powder, roasted semolina and close the lid for ten minutes.
  • When you open the lid you can see the semolina cooked. Drain the excess water.
  • In a pan, add ghee and fry the cashews. When they start to turn golden brown add the raisins. They start bulging.
  • At this stage add the sugar and mix well.
  • Now the semiya would have cooked. Add the semiya into the pan.
  • Since we have added the sugar, it will become watery. But continuous stirring with thicken the consistency of the kesari.
  • When the ghee separates, turn off the stove.
  • Serve hot or cold.

Note:  Roast the semiya well. If you have bought roasted semiya you can skip that step.

Cook the vermicelli properly. Else it will become hard when blend with the sugar.

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