Moong Dal Kheer/Cheru Payar Parippu Payasam

It's been quite sometime since I have made payasams or kheer at home. The last I made was an Ada Pradhaman for last year's Onam. Suddenly I had an urge to make a payasam yesterday. I looked for the available ingredients and found a packet of cheru payar parippu/split moong dal in my pantry. I googled for moong dal payasam/kheer and found many. Finally, I zeroed in the recipe from Spicy Treats, since it was quite easy to make.

Recipe Source: Spicy Treats

Moong dal - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1-2 cups, grated
Milk - 2 cups
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Cashew nuts - 8-10
Raisins - 8-10
Ghee - 2tsp + 1 tbsp

  • Cook moong dal with 3 cups of water in a wide vesssel.
  • When the moong dal is 90 % cooked, add the grated jaggery.
  • Stir well till the jaggery gets completely dissolved and the raw smell leaves.
  • Add cardamom powder and stir well.
  • Add 1 -2 tsp ghee and stir well.
  • Then add warm milk to the dal syrup and stir gently.
  • Leave for 2 mins and switch off the stove.
  • In another pan, heat ghee and fry the cashews and raisins until they turn golden brown.
  • Pour the browned cashews and raisins into the payasam and serve.

Submitting the recipe to the event "My Legume Love Affair" (MLLA) hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, which was started by Susan of Well-Seasoned Cook and carried forward by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen.


Choco-Banana Milkshake

Milkshakes have proven to be the best hunger supressing food in my home. They are always ready by the time my son comes home from school. Lately, I have been trying out various combinations and most of them are quite fruitful!! One such is this Choco-Banana Milkshake. 

Source: My very own

Banana, large variety - 1
Bournvita - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Chocolate sauce - 1 tbsp
Milk, chilled - 1 cup

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Transfer to a serving glass and serve with love *winks*.


Serradura/Sawdust Pudding

Serradura or Sawdust Pudding is a Portuguese dessert made up of sweetened, vanilla whipped cream and crushed biscuits.

Serradura, one of the easiest pudding I have made to this day. And taste-wise, it was just delicious! 

Recipe Source: Kurryleaves

Marie biscuits - 20-25
Whipping cream - 1 cup
Condensed milk - 5 tbsps
Vanilla - 1/2 tsp

  • Powder the biscuits in a blender until superfine and keep aside.
  • In a bowl, whip the cream until thick.
  • Add condensed milk and vanilla extract, and whip to form firm peaks.
  • Place the powdered biscuit into a bowl. Add a layer of the whipped cream.
  • Repeat the process, finishing off with cream. Sprinkle powdered biscuit on the top.
  • Serve chilled.


Chocolate Banana Bread

Finally, one of my bookmarked recipe sees the limelight. I had jotted this recipe from Swapna's Cuisine few months back, but had completely forgot about it. Few days back, I had a few over-ripened bananas (a usual thing in my home) and when I was wondering as to what to do with those, I remembered about this recipe. When I checked out the ingredients in the recipe, I found I had everything, and viola the Chocolate Banana Bread got baked.....

Recipe Source: Swapna's Cuisine

All purpose flour - 230 gm
Cocoa powder - 30 gm
Granulated white sugar - 200 gm
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Chocolate chips - 1 cup 
Egg - 1
Yoghurt - 2 tbsp
Unsalted butter - 1/4 cup
Bananas - 3 ripe
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

  • Preheat oven to 180 C. Butter and flour the bottom and sides of a loaf tin.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the mashed bananas, egg, yoghurt, melted butter and vanilla.
  • With a spatula, lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients in the large bowl until just combined and batter is thick and crunchy,
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the top of the batter with brown sugar, which is purely optional.
  • Bake for 55-60 mins, until the bread had risen and baked properly or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Place it on a wire rack to cool and remove from the tin.

Well, I seriously don't understand why this is called a bread when it has the texture and taste of a cake!!! *smiles*


Double Chocolate Cake

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” 
― Washington Irving

I made this love-shaped or heart-loved (whatever!) cake last week for my mom's birthday, but somehow got delayed in posting it...Anyways, "Better late than never"....

Recipe Source: Newspaper (Sadly, I don't remember which one!)

All purpose flour - 1 2/3 cups
Brown sugar/Granulated sugar - 1 cup
Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Vegetable oil - 1/3 cup
Vinegar - 1 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
White chocolate chips - 1/4 cup
Dark chocolate chips - 1/4 cup

  • Preheat oven to 180 C.
  • Mix flour, brown sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt with fork in an ungreased bowl.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips.
  • Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the batter.
  • Pour into a greased baking pan and bake for 35-40 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool and remove from the pan and serve.

 "Happy Birthday to my Super Mommy....Love u always and here is a heart cake with full of love from us :-)"

By the way mummy, the cake was yummy..... so sad you missed it...*winks*