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Ashgourd Dumrot / kashi halva

After a previous failure of getting sweet dumrot kashi halva into a bitter one close to a decade ago, we tried another time this time. Did not expect anything specific outcome, except wanted to give another try since we had a lot of ashgourd (white pumpkin) available. I mean a lot, we bought a whole big ashgourd a week ago. We used it for regular curries, but how much, so turned this into a sweet yummy halwa.

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Grated Ashgourd (white pumpkin)  : about 3 cups
Sugar : about 1.5cups
Milk : 3 tbsp
Elaichi (cardamom) : about 5
Cashew nuts : about 10
Saffron : a few strands
Ghee : 1/5 cup


Grate white pumpkin, squeeze and drain out the water. Oh! no, you don’t need to throw and waste this pumpkin water. It can used to drink as-is with added salt/pepper, or use in other curries, rasam, etc. Add saffron to 3 tbsps of milk and let it soak for about 10 mins.

Keep a skillet on the stove. Oh please! turn the stove ON too! Add 3 tablespoons of ghee and heat it. Add cashews and fry till they turn light brown and keep the mixture aside.

Keep a thick bottom vessel on the stove. Heat 3-4 tablespoons of ghee. Add grated pumpkin. Fry/boil it for about 10 minutes while stirring, until all the remaining water content from the vessel evaporates. Keep adding ghee while stirring. You should get the aroma of ghee while frying. raw smell of white pumpkin should go away.  Add saffron / milk mix and keep stirring the contents. Add sugar, 5 tblspoons of ghee and stir again for another 10 minutes until the entire contents become one big lump.  While adding milk content, if you choose to, you can add a cup khova (milk cream), though optional, this would add some fat/taste and increase quantity.  🙂  Did I say, ensure to turn the stove Off all this done?

Add fried cashews to the mixture and keep it aside.

Either Serve it hot or cold a little later.



November 5, 2017 Posted by | Sweets | Leave a comment


Came across a basic recipe somewhere and added some other ingredients to my likes. We have tried this out for about 4 times. The taste and its stay-abouts have been improved ever since.  It was a little raw the first time and turned out much better yesterday. It is a Persian delicacy originally, and I customized it further with other ingredients. Best part is , the house keeps the aroma for a few days after making this delicacy, just like baking bread or a pizza.


  • Rice flour   – 3cups
  • Sugar – 1.5 cups
  • Rose water or/and fresh rose petals – 1 cup
  • Saffron – about 20 strands
  • Elaichi (cardamoms)  – 3 elaichis powdered
  • Dry fruits – crushed almonds and cashews
  • Butter – 1.5 cups
  • Oil – half a cup
  • Water – 1.5 cups


  • Vessel for sugar syrup.
  • A thick bottom larger vessel for flour.
  • Wooden scoop


Preparation steps:

  1. Make a sugar syrup – Pour water, sugar, rose water and saffron in bowl and boil till sugar melts
  2. On another stove, Place a thicker vessel to melt butter, pour oil and let it heat up.
  3. When the oil/butter is hot and melted, pour one half of crushed nuts, stir a bit, pour the rice flour and keep stirring for about 10-15 minutes till it turns into a thick paste. (“keep stirring”)
  4. Now the interesting part – be careful and don’t hurt yourself at this step – “pour the hot sugar syrup into the flour and keep stirring. Pouring hot sugar syrup over flour makes the mix steam up. Just be careful and stay away from the steam as much as possible, and still keep stirring.
  5. Keep stirring the mix for another 15-20 minutes while it turns from lighter color tending towards darker yellow or a brown tinge. (Color also depends on the color of the sugar as well, so watch out for lighter to darker color trend)
  6. Prepare a plate with a layer of ghee or butter.
  7. Pour the hot mix to this plate,tap flatten the content on the plate. Design/decorate with spoon as you desire. sprinkle the remaining crushed nuts over.
  8. Let it cool down to the room temperature and serve.

It feels sooo good to take a bite and that melts into the throat. you will feel this to be tempting to keep eating it until you empty out the plate. Trust me, Try it out.


December 26, 2016 Posted by | Foods and Recipes, Sweets | Leave a comment

Quick fresh breakfast – Apple n’ Oats

i was recommended not to eat Apple as it increases Vaatha / Pittha (as in ayurvedic) combination. In my recent visit to the doctor, i asked if i can eat apple. He said, if I am so much to eat apple, eat it cooked. Well, i have heard of apple pie, cakes, etc… but i don’t enough time to make those. He recommended an easy one, and I customized it further to my taste 🙂

A quick bite in the morning – perhaps thats the amount of time most of us be able to find on busy days. Instead of hitting those restaurants to grab some junk Chips and high calorie burgers… and even compared to Oily Dosa or curries, though in the name of Vegetables we take lots of oily calories, and most nutrients would have evaporated in FULLY  cooked vegetable curries anyway…

I prepared it this morning and pretty much ate that for my brunch today. It was delicious, yummy and filling too… Here is how it goes


Apple #1 (medium to large sized)
almonds – about 6 to 10 (literally, a handful)
rolled oats – 4 to 5 tbl spoons
Honey – 2 tbl spoons
Jaggery – 1 tbl spoon (if available)
Banana – 1
Cardamom – 1 (for added flavor)


Cut the Apple into pieces (cubes?) –really, doesn’t matter but cut into smaller pieces and lay them on a ceramic plate. If you choose, you may prepare in a microwave oven bowl too, i just chose a plate.
spread the oats on top of the apple pieces.
cut the banana into pieces as well and spread the cut banana on top of oats.
Now, pour / spread Honey and / or Jaggery.
and sprinkle powdered cardamom for additional flavor

Place it in the Microwave oven or a conventional oven at 250 deg. I used a microwave oven and kept it for about 4 to 6 minutes with occasional check and stir for each 2 minute interval. Just look for Oats being mixed / cooked well. Oats absorbs the moisture from Apples at the bottom and the banana at the top, and hence becomes softer.

Apple becomes so soft, and I have heard, heated apples would reduce the vaatha  in your body. Banana would have completely melted and mixed into the powdered/rolled oats.

now take out the plate from the oven, and add more almonds or any kind of nuts you like, it gives a cruncy feeling when you eat.

Relish when it is warm. It tastes  better when it is warm of course.



Oats, Apples and Banana: they all add Fiber to your body
These are not cooked and the nutrients stay.
as fresh fruits do not add required calories, perhaps Almonds would cover that.
Honey replaces the artificial Sugar, and hence less calories. Although do watch out for the amount of Honey, use less.


You’ve got to try it out… 🙂

Actually, it turned out awesome.. much much better than the McDonalds Apple Pie. 🙂

December 13, 2010 Posted by | Breakfast, Foods and Recipes, Sweets | , , , | Leave a comment

Dumrot or Bitter-rot?

(cross posted from my other wordpress blog)

We tried a boodh-kumbalakaayi (white pumpkin / ash gourd) dumrot  this evening. I vaguely remember the recipe that my dad makes. He makes the best kumbalakaayi halwa that I have tased so far. I had seen his recipe about 10 years ago, and tried to recall it to some extent and tried it today. garnished it a bit with almonds and ghee. I offered a cup of halwa to my wife. Kumbalakaayi halwa became her favorite when she ate few years ago that my dad prepared. I thought she was going to love it. Apparently, a small bite she took and returned the cup. I was surprised. I tried a bite. It somehow tasted BITTER. hmm… how could a sweet dumrot turn into bitter – remained a mystery.

Kumbalakaayi (white grated Pumpkin): 1 measure (cup?)
Sugar: 1 measure (cup?) (more the better according to your taste)
Ghee: 3 to 4 tbl spoons
Milk: 0.5 measure (cup?)
cardamom: 1 teaspoon
almond slices: 1 tbl spoon
Cashew: 1 tbl spoon

To Make:
Grate pumpkin. Squeeze out all the water. put the grated pumpkin and milk in a bowl and keep stirring on low-medium flame until the pumpkin and milk turn into a paste. You may add a bit saffron if you want. Now, add sugar and ghee and bring it to boil and stir it well. Garnish with almond slices and ghee fried cashews and serve hot.

well, I think i need to check with my parents if I have missed anything here to get this turned into bitter. )

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December 1, 2008 Posted by | Foods and Recipes, Sweets | 1 Comment