Microwave Mango Fudge


India trip after a long time with  things piled around  I couldn’t not sit and work on my .com page. Thinking to do after I settle there.  In the mean time thought will post some recipes from my draft.

I know I am lazy but post like this proves me time and time:-) Last july I prepared this and drafted the recipe but due to certain reason it was not posted and finally time has come to post it:-)

For me summer and mango are inseperatable. Last year when the mangoes was about to get over I prepared this.  My Mom use to prepare a Mango sweet with milk and corn starch, on stove top. Though it tastes divine, lazy me thinks it is time consuming. So I tried a simplified version of a Mango Sweet using just a Microwave oven, which I call Mango Fudge. Tasty Mango fudge was ready in 15 minutes!

Check out my other mango based recipes,

Mango Ice Cream

Mango Halwa

Mango Cake

Mango Kulfi

Microwave Mango Fudge:

Preparation Time: 5 min | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Dessert


Ripe Mangoes – 2 (To make 1 cup pulp)

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Butter/Ghee – 1/2 tsp

Mixed nuts – to Garnish (I chopped walnuts, almonds and pistachios in a blender)


  • Peel the mangoes and grind the mango slices to make fresh mango puree
  • Grease a cake pan or hallow plate with ghee/butter
  • In a microwave safe bowl, add mango pulp, condensed milk and cardamom powder. Mix well and keep in the microwave for 2 minutes

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  • Take the bowl out and mix once. Continue the same process and cook for 12- 15 minutes, taking it out every 3 minutes. Cook till the mixture becomes non sticky

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  • Add ghee and give  a good stir, and microwave for 30 seconds
  • Spread on the greased plate/cake pan, sprinkle nuts and let it cool. I kept in the fridge for 1 hour to set. Take it out, cut into pieces and enjoy the mango dessert

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My Notes:

  • If fresh mango is not available, tinned mango pulp/mango slices can be used
  • The mango  I used was sweet so I didn’t add sugar

Paruppu Payasam


My first  lengthy post after an year:-)

Time is moving is fast. It looks like I have just started my blogging journey but its an year now:-) After taking a break from IT industry for one year I always wanted to do something during my free time but kept passing my time with food network, browsing, chatting, cooking and of course eating. Things changed after my son was born. Though I became busy with him, I missed doing something for myself and that’s when hubby suggested to do blogging. My blogging journey started when my son was 6 months old. Being a lazy person, initially when I started writing I thought it won’t continue for a longtime, but continuous support from my close ones kept me motivated:-)

I am not a great cook, nor a great photographer, nor a great writer but my lovely reader and dear blog friends taught me those are not absolutely essential.

Thank u all for visiting, reading and commenting in my space.

Its traditionallymodernfood.com from now on 🙂 changing to .com was a big discussion for quiet sometime in our home. Ever since I started blogging hubby was insisting to change it but I kept postponing. At one stage he convinced me and I discussed about this with some of my good friends but somehow I felt will do it later. Today I got a pleasant blog Anniversary SPL gift from my Hubby 🙂 . Evening my hubby pinged me my blog URL in WhatsApp I was surprised to see .com instead of .wordpress.com. Have to work on importing the contents. May be when I do my next post it should be ready 🙂

Paruppu Payasam

Paruppu payasam is one of the most common payasam prepared during many festivals. The blend of protein rich lentils with jaggery (iron) and calcium (milk) is perfect for kids and Adults.

For the past couple of days I was in a dilemma thinking what to post for my blog anniversary. When I was browsing my pictures though Muffin, cake, cookie, creame brulee, burfi and laddu, this pulled my attention, I chose Paruppu Payasam as this my special favorite even before I tried/tasted any other desserts and sweet

Checkout my other payasam,


Moong dal – 1/3 cup

Channa dal  – 2 tbsp

Milk – 2  cup

Water- 1 cup +3/4 cup

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Turmeric Powder – pinch

Salt -pinch

Butter/ Ghee – 1 tsp

Cashew & Raisin –  2 tsp each



  • Soak jaggery in  1 cup of luke warm water for 20 minutes (Time depends on the size of the cut jaggery). Strain to remove impurities
  • Soak both the dals in luke warm water for 20 minutes
  • Heat a tsp of ghee and saute cashew nuts till they are golden brown; switch off and add raisins. In the same pan dry roast both the soaked dals separately for a minute
  • Pressure cook the dal with 3/4 cup of water for 2-3 whistles. Once the pressure subsides, open the cooker and mix the dal once


  • In  heavy bottomed pan add the jaggery syrup and cardamom powder and bring it boil. Add the cooked dal and continue cooking for 3-5minutes
  • Add grated coconut and boiled milk. Cook for 2 minutes and switch off. Garnish with cashew and raisin,serve hot/ cold



My Notes:

  • Turmeric powder is optional,I added to give yellow color to the Payasam
  • Adjust milk according to the desired consistency
  • Dal can be sauted for 2-3 minutes and cooked
  • Edible camphor and saffron can be added for extra flavour

Banana Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai


Kozhukkatai is a traditional south Indian delicacy prepared in both sweet and savory versions. There was a stage when my son started preferring foods which he can hold and eat. Paniyaram was my instant saver on many days. One day I prepared Savory pidi Kozhukattai for us and he liked.

Knowing the fact he loves sweets and  to include banana into his diet, generally I prepare sweet pidi Kozhukattai with jaggery and banana.

Check out my other Kozhukattai recipes,

Cracked Wheat Kozhukattai

Sweet Kozhukattai

Aval Kozhukattai

Ammini Kozhukattai


Rice Flour – 1 cup

Banana – 1 cup puree from two  banana

Jaggery – 1/4 cup

Water –   1 cup 

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – pinch

Oil/ Ghee – to grease



  • Soak jaggery in  luke warm water for 20 minutes (Time depends on the size of the cut jaggery). Strain to remove impurities
  • In  heavy bottomed pan add the jaggery syrup and cardamom powder and bring it boil. Add the banana puree and cook for 2 minutes

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  • Add rice flour and salt to the jaggery syrup – banana puree and mix well to avoid lumps. Cook til the dough separates from the pan and forms a mass

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  •  Keep it aside till you can handle the dough. Cover it with a damp cloth


  • Grease the hand with little water, take a small portion of Kozhukattai and make it into cylindrical shape
  • Grease the idli mould with little oil. Steam kozhukattai in idli stand or pressure cooker for 8 to 10 minutes. banana sweet kozhukattai2

My Notes:

  • I used store brought rice flour, instead homemade rice flour can also be used
  • The water quantity depends on the rice flour so adjust accordingly


Perugu Pachadi (Tomato Pachadi)


I first heard about perugu pachadi from my friend, during our phone conversation. I asked what she cooked for lunch, and she said perugu pachadi, and as I was not familiar with that term I asked her what it is. She explained the preparation, and I told her its tomato raita and I know it. My friend told its different from raita, as sauted tomato gives different taste to it. When we met she cooked this pachadi, eggplant curry and pappu. Ever since that day I started cooking it regularly in home. My hubby calls it “Easy Moar Kuzhambu”.

Recently my blog friend Aruna –  Aaharam suggested me some other variations with eggplant, coconut, ladies finger. I should try it soon


Tomatoes – 2, chopped

Curd – 1 cup + 1/3 cup, beaten well

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

salt – as needed

To Temper:

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Green chilli – 1/2, slit and de-seeded

Dry  Red chilli – 1 , de-seeded and teared (optional)

Asofetida – pinch

Oil – 1 tsp


  •  Add oil to the pan, when the oil becomes hot add the items under to temper and let mustard seeds splutter
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 6 – 8 minutes till the tomatoes become slightly mushy and fully cooked.  Switch off
  • Add the cooked tomato mixture to  the beaten curd. Add salt; mix well and  Serve with rice/rotis

My Notes:

  • I prefer my food to be less spicy so I reduced the chilli my friend old also desseded



Microwave Ladies Finger Fry

IMG_4402My hubby loves ladies finger, even If I cook It daily he will be happy. For me more than cooking ladies finger pre work is the one which demands a lot of time – Washing and patting well with a dry cloth or dry in a paper towel for a longtime. These days with my little one running around my legs I find it difficult to do the steps my mother usually does to avoid mushy ladies finger. As I mentioned in my Bhindi Masala, microwave helps me to skip those steps. One  day when I had microwaved ladies finger, I thought of giving a try with cooking the entire curry in microwave and it worked.


Chopped Ladies Finger – 2 cups

Sambar powder/ chilli powder – 1 tsp  ( I used Sambar powder)

Coriander Powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/8 tsp

Rice flour – 1/8 tsp

Asofetida – generous pinch

Curd – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Oil – 1/2 tbsp



  • In a small bowl combine sambar powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, rice flour, asofetida and salt
  • Cut the washed ladies finger into small pieces and place them in a paper towel. In a bowl add oil and ladies finger; mix well


  • Microwave them for 3 minutes, take out and add curd. mix well. Microwave for another 3 – 4 minutes till the mushy texture changes
  • Add the spice powder mix and combine well


  • Microwave for 6 – 8 minutes or till the bhindi cooks well with spice powders flavors well incorporated. Serve it with rice/roti


My Notes:

  • Can do tempering separately and add it to the curry but I skipped it
  • Curd is optional. Add it of you thinks Okra is very sticky than usual
  • Can bake ladies finger instead of using microwave method. Bake it for 375 degree Fahrenheit 20 to 25 minutes if its cut like this. If  cut pieces are lengthy baking time changes
  • Can add coconut for extra taste during the last minute
  • Can cut ladies finger into big pieces, slit and stuff the spice powder
  • Can add garam masala, chat masala or any other spice powder of choice

Macaroni Payasam (Kheer)


Both my husband and I love pasta, and now a days even my little one started liking Mac & Cheese. Every time I open a pasta packet I wouldn’t finish it and have some leftover. To finish the remaining uncooked pasta, I end up buying same variety of pasta again.  Other day I felt like having payasam and searched for semiya, suddenly pasta pulled my attention and tried payasam with pasta. It was a big hit at home.


Macaroni – 1/3 cup

Milk – 3 cups

Condensed milk  – 3 tbsp

Sugar –  3 tbsp (adjust according to your sweetness)

Saffron  – A pinch

Cardamom powder –  pinch

Butter/ Ghee-  1 tsp

Salt – a pinch



  • Add ghee and macaroni to the pan; saute for a minute. Add 3 cups of warm milk and cook till the macaroni are fork tender


  • Add saffron, condensed milk,  sugar, cardamom powder and salt, continue cooking for 4 – 6 minutes and switch off. Can  serve immediately or chill this overnight and serve it next day.



My Notes:

  • Adding condensed milk gives rich creamy texture adjust the sugar accordingly
  • Payasam tends to thicken more when cool down
  • Usually I add cashew and raisin for payasam but other day missed to add while taking picture so I didn’t write in my recipe!
  • I have used whole wheat pasta instead maida pasta can also be done
  • If you are using penne, rotini, fettuccine, bow or any other pasta, cut the cooked pasta with ladle according to your taste

Greek Yogurt Banana Muffins

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Day 7 of my guest post series and today we have Beula from The EatersSpot. I know Beula for quiet sometime and my first guest post Mushroom Masala was for Beula’s page.  Beula has a great collection of recipes. I approached her for toddler friendly recipes and seeing Greek Yogurt Banana Muffin, I was happy as I always find ways to include fruits in my son’s diet, and these muffins with eggs, banana and yogurt sounds like a great option. I have a version of banana muffins which is coming soon but right now its time to check the moist and yummy muffins from Beula:-)
Over to Beula,
Hello to the amazing foodies at Traditionally Modern Food. I feel quite honored that Vidya asked me for a guest post. I have been blogging for over five years at THE EATERSPOT, a very multi-cultural blog with recipes for everyone!

My husband had bought way too many bananas thinking our 3 year old who usually loves them in her smoothies or oatmeal would eat them, but that one week, she was totally off bananas so I was left with 3 very over ripe bananas by the end of the week. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to make these muffins for her. My hubby and I ate a couple of them too (they are perfect with a cup of coffee or chai for the adults!) – They are just delicious … Hope you enjoy them

3 Bananas, mashed
2 Eggs
1 cup plain greek yogurt
2 1/4 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 cup Brown sugar
1 cup     Chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
4 tbsp     Butter


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line the muffin tins with cupcake wrappers.

In a bowl I first mixed the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl, first cream together the sugar and butter. To it add the mashed bananas, eggs,vanilla and the yogurt and mix together.

Slowly add the flour mixture to this and mix until combined. If you are adding chocolate chips, you can add it now, but its totally optional.

I poured about 1/4 cup worth of battter into each muffin cup, and then baked  for around 20 minutes. Allow it to cool before taking them out of the tin.

Store the leftovers in an airtight container. I like them lightly warmed, maybe for around 20 seconds in the microwave and then spread a little butter … yum! yum!

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