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World Palate Recipes: Mango Rava Kesari ( Mango semolina pudding)


Come summer, most Indians young and old look forward to the mango season. To the young, the fruit brings loads of nutrition and necessary sugars to beat the heat, to the street children it brings fun and naughtiness to pelt stones at the big branches and try catch that hanging raw mango only to munch on its sour, sweet taste! To me, it brings back memories of my own childhood at my maternal uncle’s home. They had 3 mango trees. Yes, THREE mango trees! That’s what the summer holidays were all about. We cousins used to climb the sturdy branches to pluck off fruit…or rather be bitten by flurry of red ants! Often, my maternal uncle used to complain to my mother about my naughtiness:).

But that proximity with nature, the nests on the tree, the smell of the intoxicating blooms and hugging the branches, scratching our arms while climbing, seeing the red dry Earth from above and stretching our small hands…just for a grab at the green fruit! It brings a smile to my wrinkling face now.

Mango tree and fruit. Photo courtesy: Tropical plant-flowers-decor

The arrival of spring is heralded by the Indian koel bird, the cuckoo who sits on the mango flora, calling out in loud cresending tones for a mate. Rabindranath Tagore, Wordsworth and Maithili, Sanskrit poet Vidyapathi Tripathi have penned many a poem on cuckoo bird.

Tagore writes: (taken from the monk)

From a great distance, comes with the wind, the sweet tune of the flute.

There is no one left in town, all residents have gone to the pleasure-grove to celebrate the festival of flowers.

Seeing the city totally deserted, silently smiles, the full moon of night.
In the lonely road under the light of the stars, the monk is the lone passer-by

Overhead there is the avenue of trees.

The cuckoo is cooing again and again At long last, has the night’s love-tryst eventually arrived for him?……….

There are so many varieties of mangoes, depending on the soil, sun heat and manuring/ watering process. Each state has its own jewel mango! But, I love to taste all the different varieties of seasonal mangoes be it King Alphonso, Niloufer, Dusseri, Mulgoa, Langda, Baganapalli, Sindoori, Badami or whatever a friend brings from their farm.

Visit here for the different types


Today I made a simple twist to the rava kesari prasadam / semolina pudding offering.

Instead of banana I added mango pulp. The colour and taste were Divine! After offering to the Lord, I shared it with neighbours and fed spoonfuls to the children playing around. Such joy, lip smacking fun, boredom relief from the lockdown.


1 cup roasted rava / semolina (fine variety)

¾ cup ghee /clarified butter

1 cup water

¼ cup milk

8-10 broken bits of cashew nuts

1 cup (bright coloured sweet) mango pulp

¾ cup sugar

2-3 tsps. Grated fresh coconut

Tulsi leaves for garnish


Roast the rava /semolina in a big kadhai or heavy bottom pan. The roasting should be on medium flame, else rava will burn, and the delicate aroma wafting will give a burnt smell. Keep stirring while roasting. Set aside on plate once golden brown.

Heat the ghee in the pan, fry the cashew nuts, add the roasted rava. Stir. Add sugar, milk. Add water slowly, to bring out the consistency. Add mango pulp. Cover, cook on slow flame. Check after 3-5 mins, add water if necessary, cook further for 3-5 mins. The Kesari will get a beautiful orange colour and the kitchen smells wonderful with the aroma. It will slightly harden once cooked. Switch off and remove into container.

Before serving, add an extra spoon of ghee, garnish with coconut flakes and some Tulsi leaves.

Its ready for offereing at the altar. Or just on the table to serve family and friends. Don’t forget to feed little children, they need all the sugar, ghee protein and flavour of sweet fruit!

Would you like to share a mango infused recipe? Please contact me at seethepalliv@gmail.com, especially if you have an eggless pudding or cake recipe..yummm!

World Palate Recipes – French Crepes


World Palate Recipes – French Crepes with Fruit fillings

The first time I had a French crepe was on a trip to Paris, many years ago. We visited Montmartre a historic and quaint area on the hill, outskirts of Paris. Officially dubbed as artist’s enclave it boasts of many art galleries and fine restaurants. We awaited our dessert.

A paper-thin, curly, crepe.

Filled with orange butter sauce and drizzled with chocolate flakes it looked stunning and divine! Orange and chocolate made for contrast flavours.


French crepe with fruit and chocolate sauce

French crepe with fruit and chocolate sauce Photo courtesy:http://cupcakepedia.com/2013/11/16/homemade-french-crep

Crepe is the French version of a light and versatile pancake, it is made as both sweet and savoury snack. It reminded me of ghavan, an Indian pancake, that my mother often made as a quick after-school snack. Fill the crepe with fresh strawberries and cream or just spread Nutella or chocolate sauce – Voila! a dessert crepe is ready. Else. like the French stuff in some sautéed asparagus, garlic pod and pine nuts – a savoury snack in a jiffy!

Here are some interesting names of pancakes around the world: Mexican tortillas, Russian blini, German pfannkuchen, Korean jeon, Malaysia apam balik, Indian cheele or dosa, ghavan, adai, British pancake and …….maybe you can tell me some more.

Crepes can be made with 4 basic ingredients, easily found in any kitchen: flour, milk, butter, eggs.

Here is an interesting French tradition: It is customary to hold a coin in one hand. With the other touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while turning the crepe. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/flipping-mad-ten-surprising-pancake-691954#ixzz34u01HqdU )

Not being a very crepe fan, I tried making a recipe from http://www.bbc.food.com. I tweaked it a bit by adding 1 table spoon of semolina to the batter to give a nutritious and crunchy texture. I used only 1 egg, instead of 2. Make some caramel sauce to drizzle over, if you wish.

Dessert crepes with fruit and nuts

Dessert crepes with fruit and nuts


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon semolina (optional)
 1 teaspoon white sugar
pinch of teaspoon salt
1 egg
 2 cups milk (add slowly to desired consistency) 
2 tablespoons butter, melted
For filling
8-10 pine nuts or sliced toasted almonds
1 banana sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
caramel sauce or Hershey’s chocolate sauce
my tropical version: mango slices and mango ice cream
strawberries and fresh cream

making caramel

making caramel

  1. Sift together flour, sugar, semolina and salt; set aside in one bowl. In another large bowl, beat egg and milk together with an electric mixer. Beat in flour mixture until smooth. stir in melted butter.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop 1 ladle of the batter onto the griddle. Tip and rotate pan to spread batter as thinly as possible. When one side is brown, toss over to other side and cook. Remove and keep aside. Make all crepes and stock on each other.
  3. Fill each crepe with sliced banana ( strawberry, orange butter sauce). Fold over into quarter. Dust with cinnamon powder and icing sugar.
  4. Scatter some pine nuts or toasted almonds. Put a dollop of fresh cream and decorate with strawberry. Serve hot or cold.

A tropical twist to the traditional French strawberry and cream: Add a dollop of mango ice cream and decorate with fresh mango pieces.  Be creative, be kitchen friendly. Crepe fillings are so versatile.

Banana crepe and mango ice cream crepe.

Banana crepe and mango ice cream crepe

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