3 Easy To Make South Indian Sweets for Your Kids
|   Oct 16, 2014
3 Easy To Make South Indian Sweets for Your Kids

Diwali is the festival of lights - but with the wafting aromas of sweet delicacies, the dessert laden thalis and the friendly banter as we exchange sweets, it can also be called the festival of sweets.

This Diwali you can include your kids in creating traditional sweet delicacies as we bring you three South Indian sweets that are easy to whip up. Cooking with kids requires time, patience, and some extra clean-up, especially when the children are younger, but parents, grandparents, and youngsters cooking together in the kitchen, sharing family recipes and secrets passed from one generation to the next, is a lost art in many households. Not only will cooking these sweets with your kids get them more excited about the festival, but it is also a way to create a new festive tradition in your household.

1. Ragi Manni

                                                                        Image courtesy: mychowbhath.com 

Ragi Manni is a traditional south Indian sweet made out of ragi, jaggery and coconut milk


   •     1 cup of ragi
   •     1 cup thin coconut milk
   •     3/4 cup of jaggery
   •     A pinch of cardamom powder


  • Soak the ragi for a few hours until it doubles. Then grind it to a smooth paste with a cup of water.
  • Sieve this batter with a muslin cloth to get fine ragi milk. To this add the coconut milk, the jaggery and the cardamom powder.
  • Boil this mixture till it thickens and pour it over a greased plate. Once it cools, cut into desired shapes
  • To make this more interesting for your kids, use a cookie cutter to get a few interesting shapes.

2. Pasi Paruppu Payasam

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Payasam is a Tamil word for pudding. In almost every south Indian household, no festival is complete without the ever popular payasam. Pasi Paruppu Payasam  is a type of moong dal kheer that is made from moong dal, jaggery, milk, ghee and nuts making it a delicious and healthy sweet.


   •     Quarter cup of split/skinned moong dal
   •     1/2 cup whole milk
   •     1/2 cup of jaggery ( however this depends on your taste)
   •     A pinch of cardamom powder
   •     Ghee
   •     Fried cashew nuts


  • Roast the moong dal with a teaspoon of ghee till aromatic
  • Pressure cook this roasted dal for 10 minutes till it can be mashed with a spoon.
  • Dissolve the jaggery (quantity depending on taste) in some hot water.
  • Combine this jaggery water with the mashed dal and mix till the flavours combine.
  • Add the milk, cardamom powder, fried cashew nuts and mix well once again.
  • Remember the more you cool it, the more the flavours combine and the tastier the payasam will be.

3. Palkova

                                                                     Image courtesy: 7aumsuvai.com

Palkova is a traditional milk sweet loved by kids and adults alike. However making his delectable dessert is a time consuming process. However using condensed milk and the magic of the microwave you and your kids can make this sweet in few minutes.


   •     1 can condensed milk
   •     Ghee
   •     2 tablespoon fresh curd


  • Roast the moong dal with a teaspoon of ghee till aromatic
  • Grease a microwave bowl and add the condensed milk and cook it for 10 minutes.
  • Ensure that you take it out every few minutes to stir it so the bottom does not burn.
  • Once it gets the thick and grainy consistency of palkova you can take it out of the.
  • Microwave and serve when cool.

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