Sesame Seed Balls

Ingredients: ¼ cup white sesame seeds ¼ cup black sesame seeds ¼ cup dark brown sugar 1 teaspoon hot water Method Roast sesame seeds lightly Grind the seeds coarsely and transfer to a dish Add brown sugar and mix well with your hand Add 1 teaspoon hot water and mix well continuously.  This will allow…

Purple Yam Sweet Dish

Purple yam is called “Rasavalli kilangu” in Tamil and “Ratalu” in Hindi.  This yam is also called “water yam” or “winged yam”.  In Sri Lanka it’s available in the months of January.  This dish can be consumed for breakfast as a warm dish or it can be served as a sweet.  Sometimes I add a…

Coconut Rock with Semolina

Ingredients 12 oz Sugar ½ cup water Few drops of any food coloring 1 tablespoon butter 8 oz Semolina 8 oz sweetened coconut flakes 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon powdered cardamom 2 oz cashew nuts broken into pieces Method Lightly roast semolina, about 3 minutes and keep aside Put sugar and water into a pan…

Dhalia (Pottu Kadalai) Laddu

Ingredients ½ cup pottu kadalai (dahlia) ½ cup white sugar ½ teaspoon cardamom powder ¼ cup broken cashew nuts + raisins 1  tablespoon + ½ teaspoon ghee (clarified butter) 1 tablespoon boiling water Method Dry roast dahlia for a minute or so Grind dahlia and sugar into a coarse powder In a skillet add ½…

Kesari

Ingredients ¾ cup semolina (cream of wheat) ¼ cup vermicelli ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup ghee 3 cups hot water ½ teaspoon cardamom powder ¼ cup raisins + chopped cashew nuts Method Lightly roast semolina and vermicelli separately (do not roast too long since semolina and vermicelli will turn brown quickly) Add a little ghee…