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Mukkani Payasam / Tri-Fruit Kheer

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Payasam is a must in all tamil festival offerings and meals, may be a festival, family function. Usually I used to prepare a Tamil Vegetarian meals that I serve in Banana leaf for Tamil New Year, but this year thought of curating a special dish for Tamil New Year.

Here came the concept “Mukkani” in my mind, Mukkani means Tri-Fruit. In Tamil literature, Mukkani / Tri-Fruit refers to Mangoes, Jack fruit and Bananas. As these fruits are seasonal and available all together at this summer, thought of preparing a dessert with these fruits which resulted in my MUKKANI PAYASAM / TRI-FRUIT KHEER.

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #167 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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Mukkani Payasam is a rich, delicious, flavorful and heavenly dish that can be served as a dessert in meals or as an offering to God. Give a try, as these fruits will available only in this summer, don’t miss it…

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Mukkani Payasam / Tri-Fruit Kheer

Ingredients:

  • Mango – ½ no
  • Jack Fruit – 3 nos
  • Banana – 1 no (big)
  • Milk – ½ litre (full fat milk)
  • Raw rice – 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Sugar – 3 tbsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 5 nos

Making of Mukkani Payasam / Tri-Fruit Kheer –

Preparation:

  • Peel and roughly chop half the quantity of mango and banana, de-seed the jack fruit and grind these all together to a fine paste with a tbsp of milk.
  • Finely chop the leftover mangoes, banana and jack fruit (lengthwise) and keep it aside.
  • Grind the rice to a coarse powder and keep it aside.
  • Boil the milk in heavy bottomed vessel, add the cardamom powder once the milk got boiled.
  • Add the coarsely ground rice to the milk and let it boil.
  • Cook in low flame until the rice boils completely and milk reduces to half the quantity.
  • Meanwhile heat a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter in a small kadai, roast the cashew nuts and raisins until they turn golden brown in color.
  • Remove it to a bowl.
  • Pour the leftover ghee/clarified butter to the same kadai, roast the finely chopped fruits (banana, jack fruit and mangoes) until they turn golden brown.
  • Once the rice is boiled, add sugar followed by the roasted cashew nuts and raisins along with the ghee/clarified butter, give a stir and cook in low flame for 2 mins.
  • Turn of the flame, add the roasted fruits, give a stir.
  • Transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot or bring it to room temperature, refrigerate and serve chilled. Garnish with roasted fruits before you serve.

Dates Halwa

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Dates is one among the delicious and healthy halwa, but takes almost an hour to prepare. Compared to the health benefits, I would say its worth in making. Since the dates are sweet by nature, I have added less quantity of sugar but please be generous in Ghee/Clarified butter. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Dates (seedless) – ¼ kg
  • Sugar – 4 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 10 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ cups (1 cup = 160 ml)
  • Cardamom Powder –  ½ tsp

Making of Dates Halwa / Perichampala Halwa –

Preparation:

  • Use seedless dates, else remove the seeds off the dates. Break the cashew nuts into small pieces, blanch and chop the almonds/badams to small pieces.
  • Soak the dates in a cup hot water for almost 30 mins, it would become soft, if not once heat the water with dates and let it rest for 20 mins or until it becomes soft.
  • Grind the dates along with the water to a fine paste.
  • Grease a tray with ghee/clarified butter and keep it aside.
  • Heat a tbsp of ghee in a small vessel, add the chopped cashew nuts and almonds/badam and cook until they start turning golden brown in color.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel or a non-stick vessel, pour the ground dates mixture.
  • Add the sugar, stir well until the sugar gets dissolved.
  • Keep on stirring until the dates sugar mixture becomes little thick. Cook in medium flame.
  • When it starts getting thicken, start drizzling ghee/clarified butter (two tsps. at a time) all over the corners.
  • Keep on stirring, don’t leave stirring may be you can stir slowly.
  • Meanwhile pour the roasted nuts along with ghee followed by cardamom powder and stir well.
  • Keep on drizzling ghee/clarified butter at regular intervals, whenever the dates paste absorb the ghee/clarified butter.
  • At one stage the dates would start oozing out the ghee/clarified butter, it means the Dates Halwa is ready.
  • Transfer the halwa to the greased tray, wait until it reaches room temperature, and cut them to your desired shape.

Serve. Dates Halwa stays fresh for a week in room temperature, when stored in an air-tight container.