Dessert recipes

Ada pradhaman/payasam recipe

Ada pradhaman / payasam

Ada payasam is one of the most popular and classic dessert of Kerala often prepared on auspicious days like Onam.

Beetroot chocolate cake / chocolate beetroot cake with chocolate ganache

Beetroot chocolate cake

Beetroot chocolate cake is a super moist chocolate cake with the goodness of beetroot pulp inside and topped with chocolate ganache and chocolate whipped cream frosting.

Chocolate rice pudding / chocolate kheer recipe700

Chocolate rice pudding / chocolate kheer

Chocolate rice pudding is a creamy and velvety delight made with rice, milk, chocolate, cinnamon and condensed milk and the

coconut burfi recipe
Coconut burfi

Coconut burfi or coconut peda is an Indian style sweet recipe in which coconut, Khoa or mawa (in my case ricotta cheese), condensed milk comes together to form a yummy dessert which is perfect for any auspicious occasion .

Chocolate chip candy cane cookies
Chocolate chip candy cane cookies

These chocolate chip candy cane cookies are crunchy cookies which are loaded with semi-sweet chocolate chips and crushed candy cane. 

Carrot bread pudding recipe
Carrot bread pudding

Carrot bread pudding is a slight variation of typical bread pudding in which bread is soaked in egg, milk and carrot mixture and baked until the custard is set.

Cranberry muffins with streusel topping

Cranberry muffins with streusel topping

Cranberry muffins with streusel topping is a moist, sweet and tangy muffins with cranberry goodness and a crispy crumbs topping. 

Whole wheat almond biscotti
Whole wheat almond biscotti

Whole wheat almond biscotti is a healthy recipe made with whole wheat flour, almonds, eggs, sugar and vanilla, perfect for dunking in your coffee or tea.

Butternut squash cheesecake / lowfat pumpkin cheesecake

Butternut squash cheesecake

Butternut squash cheesecake is a special cheesecake in which cream cheese is mixed with pureed butternut squash and poured over the crust made up of a chocolate flavor cookies and walnuts. 

butternut squash halwa
Butternut squash / pumpkin halwa

Grated butternut cooked slowly in milk with almond and condensed milk. If you have sweet tooth, then you will simply fall in love with this creamy delight.

Badam kheer / almond pudding
Badam kheer / Almond pudding

Badam kheer is a luscious, rich and creamy almond based pudding in which blanched and ground almonds are cooked in milk then sweetened up with jaggery and flavored with saffron.

beet red velvet whoopie pies

Beet red velvet whoopie pies 

Beet red velvet whoopie pies are all natural red velvet whoopie pies made with beetroot puree with a creamy ricotta and white chocolate filling.

Cornmeal thyme cookies

Cornmeal thyme cookies

Cornmeal thyme cookies are the special cookies in which equal amount of cornmeal, white and whole wheat flour is combined with butter, sugar and tons of fresh thyme leaves.

cream cheese brownie recipe
Cream cheese marbled brownie

Here the two popular desserts combine to form a super delicious and beautiful treat. Decadent brownie topped with cream cheese cake. Its truely two in one dessert.

cashew cookies recipe
Cashew cookies

These cookies are special as it reminds me of the cashew cookies which we used to have back in India. Coarsely chopped cashews, pistachios and little rice flour makes it a sweet delight.

chocolate walnut fudge recipe/easy lonavala style chocolate fudge recipe

Chocolate walnut fudge recipe

Chocolate walnut fudge is an ultimate chocolate and walnut combo for any chocolate lover. Cocoa powder, condensed milk, butter and walnuts combined together to form gooey, chocolaty and nutty fudge.

figs dates burfi with almonds walnuts
Figs apricot burfi with almonds and walnuts

Fig apricot burfi with almonds and walnuts are soft, sticky and grainy bars which are healthy and tasty at the same time

Gulab jamun recipe
Gulab jamun

Soft deep fried milk balls swimming in the pool of rose and cardamom flavoured sugar syrup. Normally gulab jamuns are made from khoya(solidified milk) but as it isvery hard to make or find, I used milk powder instead.

Grapefruit quick bread / healthy grapefruit cake
Grapefruit quick bread 

Grapefruit quick bread is a healthy recipe in which oats, whole wheat and white flour are mixed with grapefruit pulp creating a fragrant citrusy cake. 

Double chocolate cookies eggless

Double chocolate cookies eggless

These eggless version of double chocolate cookies are plump, soft and very chocolaty.

crispy oatmeal cookies recipe
Crispy oatmeal cookies

Crispy oatmeal cookies are not like typical oats cookies which are normally on the chewier side . This one hangs to the crispy title in which cranberry adds a little tartness .

monkey bread from scratch

Monkey bread from scratch

Monkey bread is a sweet, sticky and spiced pull-apart bread recipe from the scratch especially prepared in holiday season like Christmas.

Lime cake with lime curd recipe

Lime cake with lime curd

If you love citrus fruits, then you gonna love this lime cake for sure. Lime cake is a very moist cake fully loaded with the lime flavor.

Healthy peanut butter brownies

Healthy peanut butter brownies

Healthy peanut butter brownies are protein rich chocolaty brownie in which peanut butter, yogurt, chia seeds, oats flour makes an awesome healthy fudgy combination.

Gajar khajoor halwa recipe

Gajar khajoor halwa / carrot halwa

Gajar khajoor halwa is a lighter and healthier version of traditional gajar halwa. In this grated carrots is cooked in milk with dates.

Raspberry and orange roll cake / Swiss roll

Raspberry and orange cake roll

Raspberry and orange cake roll is an orange flavored sponge cake filled with a raspberry whipped cream, fruits and rolled into a shape of a log.

Meyer lemon olive oil cake / eggless lemon olive oil cake
Meyer lemon olive oil cake

Meyer lemon olive oil cake is an eggless and low fat cake in which meyer lemons, olive oil and yogurt are used to create a flavorful and spongy cake.

Moongdal payasam
Moong dal kheer/Parippu payasam

Moongdal payasam is a very popular Kerala dessert but this is a different version of payasam in which roasted moongdal is cooked in a evaporated milk and thick coconut milk .

Melon balls with mint
Melon balls with mint

Melon ball with mint is a beautiful, sweet and cold bowl filled with three diffrerent types of melons with agave and mint dressing.

Orange cake recipe
Orange cake with orange glaze

This cake will make your house smell like an orange. This yummy cake is flavoured with orange zest and glazed with the orange syrup.

Paal payasam / Ambalapuzha pal payasam

Paal payasam

Red rice, milk and sugar are cooked together to form this luscious and creamy sweet delight. Paal payasam needs only few ingredients and is very easy to make.

Sweet potato halwa

Sweet potato halwa

Sweet potato halwa is a beautiful orange Indian style pudding in which pureed sweet potato is cooked with roasted semolina, milk and sugar syrup and dusted with roasted coconut and cashews.

oats and moong kheer
Oats and moong kheer

Oats and lentils kheer is a healthier version of kheer in which steel cuts oats and lentils are cooked in milk and melted jaggery is added to provide perfect sweetness.

Orange pudding recipe
Orange pudding

This orange pudding has a texture of cake on the top but inside it has soft, custard like filling. If you wanna go for a light dessert option then try this.

Pistachio biscotti
Pistachio biscotti

Biscotti is a crispy Italian cookie which is perfect for dunking. What makes it different from other cookies is that it is baked twice and it does not call for any oil or butter. Pistachio and cherries adds extra flavour to this cookies.

Peda/Peda with paneer or ricotta
Peda/Peda with paneer or ricotta

A very popular Indian milk dessert easily made with paneer or ricotta cheese and milk powder. It's a cute and little sweet treat perfect as a prasad(offering to god) on any auspicious days.

Parippu payasam / moong dal payasam

Parippu payasam

Parippu payasam is an authentic Kerala's dessert which is widely cooked and served in festivals and many auspicious occasion. 

peach frozen yogurt
Peach frozen yogurt

Peach frozen yogurt is a super simpe, super easy and super addictive frozen delight combining peaches, yogurt, agave nectar and cardamom.

rasgulla recipe

Another very popular Bengali dessert which is adored by many people all over India. The recipe essentially needs only four basic ingredients which are readily available in any kitchen.

Ras Malai
Ras malai

Ras Malai is a deliciously divine bengali dessert made by combining two popular indian desserts: rasgulla and rabdi. Ras Malai is a true labour of love! Totally worth the efforts!

 Sharkara payasam with brown rice and banana
Sharkara payasam with brown rice and bananas

Sharkara payasam is a brown rice and banana pudding made with brown rice, jaggery, bananans, coconut, ghee, cardamom and ginger powder. 

Strawberry mini cheese cake with oreo crust
Strawberry mini cheese cake

Cheese cake with strawberry jam over oreo cookie crust. Sweet and tangy, simple but delicious mini dessert for everyone.

Til/Sesame ladoo
Sesame ladoo/Tilgud ladoo

Sesame seeds are well roasted and ground together with jaggery and coconut. It's one easy and tasty dessert.


Sevai semiya kheer
Sevai kheer is one of the most easy and quick Indian dessert which is particularly convenient when there are guest arriving and you have very little time to cook.

Triple Chocolate gelato
Triple chocolate gelato

This triple chocolate gelato is a smooth and creamy eggless gelato recipe with super rich dark chocolate flavor and taste.

strawberry crisp / how to make strawberry crisp

Strawberry crisp

In strawberry crisp, cut up strawberries are mixed with orange juice, sugar and lemon zest and then layered with a mixture of oats, flour, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and baked to a crispy delight.

orange muffin
Orange muffins

These moist and soft muffins are eggless and flavoured with orange zest. Apple sauce does wonder in this recipe .



Left over rotis!! No problem... Make delicious and healthy ladoos out of it. Roti churma ladoo needs only few ingredients like ground roti, jaggery, almonds and ghee. These roti ladoos can be quickly prepared in no time. 

Eggless lemon cake
Eggless lemon cake with lemon whipped cream

Another eggless cake recipe flavoured with lemon zest and juice, with the lemon whipped cream frosting on the top. Its tasty and lemony.

pistachio phirni
Pista phirni/kheer

A very popular and delicious punjabi style kheer in which crushed rice is cooked in creamy milk with pistachio and flavoured with rose water.

Eggless brownie
Eggless brownie

This is a brownie for vegetarians. It's sweet, chocolatey and chewy.

Whole grain banana coconut bread
Whole grain banana and coconut bread

Whole grain banana and coconut bread is a sweet, nutty bread wih goodness of whole grain flour, almonds, banana, coconut and dark chocolate.

Whole wheat banana muffins
Whole wheat banana muffins

A healthy alternative for a regular banana muffins. Here all purpose flour is replaced by whole wheat flour but the muffins are still so flavorful and moist.

Whole wheat ginger cookies / chewy ginger cookies Whole wheat ginger cookies

Whole wheat ginger cookies are fiber-rich cookies in which all-purpose flour is replaced with whole wheat flour, it is a healthier take on general ginger cookies. 

Eggless chocolate cake
Eggless chocolate cake with raspberry cream cheese frosting

Eggless version of classic chocolate cake. A chocolate cake with raspberry cream cheese frosting makes this cake memorable.

Healthy banana bread

This flavourful and moist banana bread is made up with healthy ingredients like whole wheat flour, bananas, wheat germ, dates, flaxseed and walnuts. Its good!


<h1>Sharkara payasam with brown rice and bananas</h1> <p><img src="/images/gfs-images/Sharkara-payasam-with-brown-rice-and-banana-min.jpg" alt="Sharkara payasam with brown rice and banana" itemprop="photo" /></p> <h2>Being brought up as a Malayali girl, me and my family used to visit Aiyappa's temple on special auspicious occasions. In any Kerala temple, one item which you will always find was sharkara payasam along with other prasads (religious offerings). Sharkara payasam is a very sweet rice pudding normally made with red rice, jaggery, coconut, ghee, cardamom and ginger powder.&nbsp;<br />I have put my own spin on the recipe making it more healthy by adding few more ingredients. Red rice is not easily available ouside Kerala, so I have used brown rice. I have added ripe bananas and chia seeds in the pudding. By adding ripe bananas, I am not only adding a great flavor but also it decreases the use of sugar or jaggery. Normally in sharkara payasam we add lots of ghee but I have added just about a Tbsp of ghee. The reason I have added ghee at last is because it add lots of flavor without being used too much.&nbsp;<br />This recipe came to me when I saw i have too many ripe bananas which nobody wants to eat. Though the first thing which comes to anybody is baking banana bread but this time i thought why not add it into payasam. And my husband was happy i tried this recipe.<br /> I think in every house we always have ripe bananas either laying around in fruit basket or frozen sometimes, so this time instead of making usual banana bread or muffins, try this payasam and let me know what you think.</h2> <h3>Ingredients of sharkara payasam:-</h3> <ul> <li>3/4 cup of brown rice, raw</li> <li>4 large ripe bananas, mashed</li> <li>8 oz of jaggery (unrefined cane sugar)</li> <li>12-15 cashews, cut into pieces</li> <li>2 Tbsp of chia seeds (optional)</li> <li>1/4 cup of coconut pieces</li> <li>1/2 tsp of cardamom powder</li> <li>1 tsp of ginger powder</li> <li>1 Tbsp of ghee (clarified butter)</li> </ul> <h3>Method of sharkara payasam:-</h3> <ol> <li>Boil 4 cups of water. When the water becomes hot, add rice and let it cook uncovered for 30-40 minutes.</li> <li>When the rice is cooked, drain the water.&nbsp;</li> <li>In a another pan, melt jaggery in 1 cup of water. When the jaggery melts, strain the water to remove impurities.</li> <li>Pour the jaggery water over the cooked rice and cook further for 5 minutes.</li> <li>Add the mashed bananas and mix well and cook for another 10 minutes.</li> <li>Add cashews, chia seeds, coconut and mix well. Cook until the payasam becomes thick. Add ghee and mix well.</li> <li>Switch off the heat and mix well cardamom and ginger powder.&nbsp;</li> <li>Let it cool down a bit and sharkara payasam with brown rice and bananas is ready.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <h4>Serve payasam warm or cold. Most people like it warm but I like it cold.<br /><br /><br /></h4> <p></p>

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