Category Archives: Sweet dishes

Avalakki halwa/Poha halwa

Avalakki/Poha – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1 1/4 cup
Water – 1 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Raisins and cashews – as required

1. Dry roast the poha for 5-6 minutes and allow it to cool.
2. Coarsely grind the poha in a mixer.
3. Roast the poha powder again for 2 minutes.
4. Boil milk and keep it aside. Boil water and pour it to the poha along with one glass of boiling water and cook it for 5-7 mins until the poha is well cooked.
5. Add sugar and cardamom powder and keep stirring. Adding of sugar will loosen the mixture and it will become watery.
6. Keep stirring by adding ghee until the mixture starts sticking out of the kadai and becomes solid.
7. The kesari can be decorated with fried raisins and cashews.

The above halwa serves 3 people easily!

– artificial colour can be added to improve the look of the halwa.
– If you dont prefer sugar, this can be tried with jaggery as well.

Sakkarai Pongal

Sakkarai pongal is a sweet dish prepared during pongal festival along with VenPongal.
Below is the directions to prepare sweet pongal

1. Raw rice – 3/4 cup
2. Moong dal – 1/4 cup
3. Jaggery – 1/4 cup(powdered)
4. Cardamom – 4 pods or 1 teaspoon(powdered)
5. Raisins – 1 teaspoon
6. Cashew nuts – 8-10
7. Ghee – 1 tablespoon

1. Dry roast moong dal for 2-3 mins and keep it aside.
2. Wash the rice thoroughly and pressure cook rice and moong dal together by adding 4-5 cups of water. Allow around 6 whistles in the pressure cooker.
3. Take a pan and add 1/4 cup of water. Add powdered jaggery to it and allow it to boil for 5 mins.
4. Add mashed rice and dal mixture to it and mix it.
5. Allow the mixture to cook for 5 mins, add ghee and cardamom powder to it.
6. In a separate pan, add a teaspoon ghee and fry raisins and cashew one after another and add it to the rice and dal mixture.

– When jaggery melts in water, filter the mixture to take out any impurities in jaggery, then boil it.