Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Some More Diwali Treats:)

Boorelu- A traditional Andhra Delicacy made during festivals.

I wanted to make boorelu ever since I saw it in Sailu's blog. I tried it for this Diwali , Thanks to Sailu for the wonderful masterpiece recipe. It came out very well.


For batter:
1/2 cup black gram dal/urad dal
1 cup rice salt to taste

For Filling:
1 cup bengal gram dal/channa dal
1 cup sugar or 1 cup grated jaggery
1/4 cup fresh grated coconut
3/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp Ghee (clarified butter)
oil for frying


Soak rice and black gram dal for about 4 hours. Drain the water from the black gram dal and rice. Grind into a thick dosa batter like consistency adding very little water. Add little salt and mix well. Set it aside.

Cook bengal gram with just enough water to cover the dal. The dal should be cooked and should hold its shape. Drain any left over water from the dal after its cooked. Add jaggery or sugar to the dal and blend them together till it folds well.In a heavy-bottomed pan add ghee, the dal paste and cook till the extra water from the sugar dries off. Stir continuously as the dal tends to stick to the pan. Turn off heat. Add grated coconut, cardamom powder to the paste and fold. Make small balls as shown in the picture.

Heat oil in a wide heavy bottomed vessel for deep frying the balls. Dip each ball in the batter to coat evenly. Deep fry till golden brown. The shelflife for boorelu is 2-3 days but it disappeared in my house within hours .

Badam /Almond Halwa

This Halwa is one of my own experiments which turned out to be a success.


1 cup Almonds (Soaked for an hour and peeled)
1/2 cup condensed milk
3 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
1/3 tsp cardamom powder
pinch of saffron strands for garnish
raisins for garinsh


Grind the soaked and peeled almonds into thick paste adding very little water or milk. In a heavy bottomed pan melt ghee and add this paste.The heat should be in medium. To this add condensed milk and fold.Keep stirring until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.You can see the ghee and the oil coming out of the halwa .The mixture will completely stop sticking to the pan. Add cardamom and transfer the halwa to a ghee coated plate. Garnish with raisins and saffron strands.

This recipe is quite easy and simple to make with very limited ingredients.Once the halwa cools down you can cut them into squares and store it in fridge.

I am contributing this to All That Glitters-Sugar High Friday hosted by my dear friend Susan and created by Jennifer of The Domestic Goddess.

Chocolate Burfis

This burfi is my mom's trademark . I used to tease her when ever festivals were nearing and she used to shop for Khoya/mawa. Now that she lives away from me, I miss her and try out her recipes:). It is a quite simple recipe and can be made in minutes.


1 cup Fresh grated coconut
1/2 cup chocolate powder
1/2 cup condensed milk or Khoya or both
3-4 tbsp ghee
1/3 tsp cardamom powder
Nuts for garnish


In a heavy bottomed pan add ghee, grated coconut, condensed milk, khoya and fold well.

If you don't find khoya you can do with condensed milk alone but the burfis will be little soft so you have to set them in fridge. With Khoya, burfis get some good square shape.

Well after stirring the mixture for a while, you can see that they leave the sides of the pan.The mixture should be transfered into a ghee coated plate and spread evenly. After it cools down, cut them into squares, garnish and serve. This also can be stored in fridge.

All this goes to JFI- Festival treats hosted by Srivalli.

I am sending the boorelu to Ruth's Kitchen Experiments .
All these Festive sweets go to Ivy's World food day event. I want to thank God for what ever he has blessed me with.

I am sending all these to Aparna's diverse Kitchen celebrating her Blog Anniversary too.


Finla said...

Wo all those sweets, my favourite is the badam halwa

Kitchen Chronicles said...

yummy tongue-tickling sweets. so many at a time.

Unknown said...

I can get only a visual treat! Wish I had all of these rite now!

TNL said...

What a sweet way to celebrate Diwali!
It all looks delicious!

Deepthi Shankar said...

badam halwa looks delish with those saffron strands

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

First time here, am shocked to think how I missed you all these days... So much for Diwali mmm great tempting Borelu... And indeed Halwa, I will keep lookin for more recipes from you...

Aparna Balasubramanian said...

Thanks for celebrating with me in a grand manner, with all 3 sweets.:)
Its difficult to choose but I think the chocolate burfi would be my favourite. We call the first one Sughiyan and yes, it never lasts the day out.

SMN said...

Sharmi great spread there hope u had a great time

Kitchen Chronicles said...

Dear Sharmi,
The RM : Is a Recipe Marathon being run by 24 of us right now. That is you have to post a recipe everyday on a particular theme each week for a month. The Marathon is being hosted by DK of Culinary Bazaar. It is nice and exciting being a part of it. If you wish to join it pl. send a request to DK at http://culinarybazaar.blogspot.com/2008/11/south-indian-onion-chutney-rm2.html
and she will be happy to take you in too. Hope to see you soon there.
More details about this you can find at

Padma said...

NIce to see u back in action!

Yasmeen said...

Spectacular diyas.Looks like you a had a super sweet diwali. Love all the spread of sweet delicacies.

Suganya said...

Great to see u back with ur wonderful recipes. Missed u for so long....

Lovely diwali sweets.... Looks so good. Loved that Almond Halwa so much. Nice presentation. YUM!

Bharathy said...


I am here after a very long time and just now came to know abt your little princess!..
So Glad to know!..
You surprise all of us with all your treats here even with those extra responsibilities!!..

You really rock girl!..:)

Bharathy :)

Sagari said...

delecioussss treats

Kalai said...

Wow! What a delicious spread! We call boorelu as suzhiyan. Everything looks perfect! :)

Raks said...

Sweets looks really nice and hope you had a memorable time!

Cynthia said...

Sharmi dearest, how are you?

Will catch up soon by email.

Warm hugs always.

Laavanya said...

What tempting treats Sharmi.. everything looks so good. The boorelu is similar to a suhiyan that my mom makes.. :)

Sig said...

Hi Sharmi, hope you are doing well! Looks like you had a really sweet Diwali! :) Take care!

Pallavi said...

Hi Sharmi, Sorry for the mix up. I fixed it now.

Awesome pictures.. yummy sweets.. !

Ivy said...

Hi Sharmi. Thanks for your participation in the WFD Event with all these yummy recipes. They all look delicious.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I have something for you at http://memoryarchieved.blogspot.com/2008/11/in-past-month-my-other-blogger-friends.html

Rathna said...

Hi Sharmi,

First time here :-)

You have a wonderful blog with wonderful recipes. I've bookmarked your blog and will now be visiting very often.

Best Wishes,

Ruth Strong said...

You've been busy in the kitchen making all these!

Thanks for sending them into bookmarked recipes

Usha said...

All the sweets look fantastic...

Usha said...

All the sweets look fantastic...

Susan said...

I want to sink my teeth in that halwa patty so very slowly, lest I loose one quiver of its beautiful richness.

Thanks, Sharmi dear, for sharing with SHF!

Unknown said...

i tried out your badam halwa today and it came out too good..thanks for the recipe.

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