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Coconut Boli, Karupatti Halwa, Kachayam ( Sweet Panniyaram ) & Tulasi Vadai - Authentic Sweet & Snack recipes of Tamil Nadu for

Posted Sep 25 2009 10:11pm

Coconut Boli ( ThengaBoli )


For the dough:

2 cups maida or finely ground wheat flour
A pinch salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup or as required
1 ladle gingerly oil

For the stuffing:

1 - 1 1/2 cups grated coconut
1 1/2 cups finely grated jaggery
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
Ghee as required

To roll:

8 - inch x 8 - inch or larger banana leaf


For the dough:

Take the flour in a basin and add salt, turmeric powder and sugar.

Add enough water to make a loose dough.

Add gingerly oil and mix well. Keep aside for at least half an hour.

For the stuffing:

Boil jaggery in water till it dissolves, and strain the syrup.

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix the jaggery syrup and grated coconut. Place on the stove and stir till the mixture attains semi - solid consistency.

Roll into lemon - sized balls. Keep aside.

Final preparation of coconut boli:

Take the banana leaf and grease it with gingerly oil.

On it spread a lemon sized portion of maida dough. Flatten it, and place the stuffing mixture in the middle. Close it and spread it with finger into round bolis.

Heat a tawa on medium heat. Place the boli with the banana leaf on the top. After a minute, remove the leaf.

After one side of the boli is cooked to a golden brown, turn and cook the other side.

Sprinkle some ghee on both sides after removing from the heat. Serve hot.

Recipe Credit - Mrs.SaraswathiRamaswami& The Hindu

( Made with palm jaggery, this mouth watering halwa has the strong flavor of traditional Tamil food )


500 g karupatti ( palm jaggey )
500 ml - 750 ml water
1 - 1 1/2 cups ghee
150 g rice flour
1/2 cup to 1 cup water
250 g sugar
10 g almonds ( badam ), chopped
10 g cashew nuts, split


Mix karupatti with water to make a syrup. strain the mixture to filter out impurities.

Heat the syrup on a low heat. Add sugar and stir continuously. Keep heating to reduce the syrup.

Mix rice flour with water and add this to the syrup. Stir the mixture till it gets thickened.

Gradually add ghee to the mixture. Let cook on a low heat.

Add ghee at regular intervals and keep stirring. Cook for 4-5 minutes and remove from the heat.

Garnish with chopped almonds and cashew nuts.

Kachayam( SweetPanniyaram)
( This snack is easy to make and can be stored for a long time )


1 cup rice flour
1 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 cup jaggery syrup
1/4 teaspoon dry ginger powder
Ghee for frying kachayam ( sweet panniyaram )


Mix rice flour, wheat flour, cardamom powder and jaggery syrup in a basin / bowl.

Add water to make batter of idli / dosa consistency.

Heat kuzhipanniyaramkadai and add ghee. Pour batter in each mould ( 3/4 th of the mould ) and add ghee again on the top. Fry till golden brown. Take out kachayams and strain excess ghee. Serve hot .

( Tulasi ( Holi Basil ) is used in many of our poojas and has been used in Ayurveda for hundreds of years for it’s medicinal value. The TulasiVadai uses this ingredients, which gives it a great aroma and a festive flavor )


100 g Bengal gram dal
1/4 cup Tulasi
1 green chilli, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped ginger
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 spring curry leaves
30 g onion, chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for frying


Soak Bengal gram dal in water for one hour.

Grind the soaked Bengal gram dal to a coarse paste ( sprinkle water while grinding ).

Mix with all the ingredients. Shape the dough into balls and flatten these balls between the palms of your hand.

Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry on a medium heat till golden color. Remove from the heat and strain the oil. Serve with coconut chutney.

Recipe & Photo Credit -SriKrishna Sweets & Deccan Chronicle , Chennai
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