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Sweets, which are considered as desserts in most cultures, are served at the beginning of a South Indian
meal! Be it Chakra Pongal or Paal Payasam, Mysore Pak or Rava Laddoo, South Indian cuisine has a wide range of unique sweets, which can broadly be classified as those made with jaggery and those made with sugar.
Every household has its favourites, and its unique style of preparing these sweets. Apart from being made to celebrate special occasions and to serve at weddings, many households also have the practice of regularly making sweets and kheers (payasam) to offer to God on Fridays and other auspicious days. No doubt, this section has a lot of exciting treats in store for your sweet tooth.
Paal Payasam is a must-serve item during south Indian festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions. Made of rice cooked in full-fat milk and sweetened with sugar, this kheer has a very rich flavour and creamy texture, which are boosted further by spices like cardamom and saffron. This South Indian Rice Kheer is something that kids and adults look forward to enjoying on special occasions.
20 Aug 13
Almond Payasam by Tarla Dalal
Any dish made using almonds is unfailingly rich, quite befitting royalty! keep the spices such as cardamom to a minimum in this recipe, so as to highlight the creamy, soothing texture and flavour of almonds. Authentic ‘badam kheer’ made the south indian way omits cardamoms and nutmeg and uses a pinc ....
20 Aug 13
20 Aug 13
Carrot and Cashew Payassam by Tarla Dalal
Perhaps the healthiest of payasam recipes, this is an interesting way to give your family a vitamin a rich health boost!
20 Aug 13
Chakra Pongal, Sweet Pongal by Tarla Dalal
This is a sweet dish that is made during most festivals in South India. During Sankrant
, it is especially significant as it is made with freshly harvested rice.
Remember to top it with oodles of ghee as it is the ghee that charact ....
04 Nov 15
Churna by Tarla Dalal
Coconut and jaggery, perked up with cardamom, is an all-time favourite in Konkan cuisine, especially as an accompaniment for Neer Dosa.
Not only that, this popular combination known by different names like Churna, Pooran, Poornam, and so on, is popular all over south India and the western coas ....
07 Mar 16
Imarti, How To Make Imarti by Tarla Dalal
Imarti, known in some places as Amriti, is an amazing mithai from Uttar Pradesh. A smooth batter of urad is piped out of a cloth bag to make nice, ring-shaped tubes, which are cooked in ghee till crisp and then dipped in sugar syrup.
It takes a bit of practice to pipe the batter directly into ....
16 May 11
Kaju Mysore Pak by Tarla Dalal
Delicate honeycombs of cashewnuts, a true delicacy that simply melts in the mouth. Making this requires your full attention.
22 Feb 00
Kopra Pak No.1 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional coconut meat sweet.
22 Feb 00
Kopra Pak No.2 by Tarla Dalal
A simpler version of this traditional sweet.
20 Jan 16
Moong Dal Payasam, Pasi Paruppu Payasam by Tarla Dalal
festival menus are just not complete without Moong Dal Payasam. Considered as one of the most auspicious offerings to God, it is made during most pujas, and is served as the first item on the plantain leaf during a traditional meal.
16 May 11
Mysore Pak by Tarla Dalal
This delicious fudge from South India has a granular texture. Do not be alarmed by the amount of ghee mentioned in the recipe as most of it is drained out at the end of the cooking process.
18 Mar 16
Paal Payasam, South Indian Rice Kheer by Tarla Dalal
Paal Payasam is a must-serve item during south Indian festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions. Made of rice cooked in full-fat milk and sweetened with sugar, this kheer has a very rich flavour and creamy texture, which are boosted further by spices like cardamom and saffron. This South In ....
19 Jan 16
Semiyan Payasam, Seviya Kheer, Vermicelli Kheer by Tarla Dalal
Roasted vermicelli, cooked in a pot of sweetened milk, laced with cardamom and garnished with dry fruits is a delightful addition to any menu, especially a traditional South Indian
It is funny to hear some elders still referring to the Semiya Pay ....
18 Jan 16
Sweet Idli, How To Make Sweet Idli by Tarla Dalal
Here’s an innovative twist to one of South India’s most traditional recipes! In this unique Sweet Idli recipe, the idli batter is layered with a pooran of moong dal, coconut and jaggery flavoured mildly with cardamom powder.
Once steamed, this gives rise to soft, fluffy idlis with a pleasantly ....
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