Brunch Thali

The brunch thali featured for Day 4 of BM #15 consists of Puri, Mango Rava Kesari, Chole/Chana Masala, Sweetened Mango Pulp/Shrikarni, Puris and banana in milk.

I remember a few summers back, this kind of a platter was served to our extended family who used to drop by every other week. My mom would prepare the kesari and Chole well ahead and I remember she would be on the job for more than a couple hours dishing out about 100-150 puris. I was involved mostly in serving the guests and looking into the logistics and my mom used to fry the puris. 

The accompaniment to puris was either Chole or Alu Sagu. And my mom would cater to individual preferences like one of my uncles prefers crispy puris, some prefer the puffed up soft puris, some like the crispy puris broken to bits and dipped in milk and bananas and some like puris dipped in Shrikarni (Sweetened Mango Pulp). And Summers in India without Mangoes is/was totally unimaginable. :)

I also know some North Indian families who love this classic combination of Halwa, Puri and Chole. 

Ingredients - 

Rava / Sooji / Semolina 1 cup
Water 2 cups
Sugar 1/2 cup (I used brown sugar)
Mango Pulp 1 cup (I used store bought Kesar Mango sweetened pulp)
Cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp
*Ghee / Clarified Butter 3 Tbsp (divided use)
Chopped Cashews and Almonds as needed

* More the ghee, the better the taste but this proportion is the norm at our place. So go by your conventions if you so please.

Mango Rava Kesari

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated non stick pan, add 1/2 tsp of ghee and fry the cashews and almonds until they are golden brown. Keep them aside.

In the same pan, add 1 tablespoon of ghee and roast the rava/sooji until rava gets a golden hue. Set aside.

Again in the same pan, boil 2 cups of water, slowly add the roasted rava and the remaining ghee and stir so there are no lumps formed.

After a couple of minutes, add sugar, cardamom powder and stir continuously until it comes together as a single mass.

Now gently pour the mango pulp and stir well until well incorporated. Keep stirring when the mixture is glossy and comes together well.

Remove from fire and add the fried nuts and mix well.

Serve warm for a delightful 'mangoey' dessert!!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#15. 
Also sending it to Valli's Thali Mela.

Preparation Time 15-17 min
Makes 2 cups 


  1. Akila Says:
  2. Wow that Simply amazing

  3. Srivalli Says:
  4. Wow Harini, what a wonderful spread ..lovely colour to the kesari..

  5. divyagcp Says:
  6. Weekends it is mostly brunch.. This is a wonderful brunch spread.. Love the mango kesari.
    Divya's Culinary Journey
    Showcase- Whats in your Lunch Box?
    Lets Party-Breakfast

  7. colors really pop in this thali and kesari looks yummy!!

  8. Pari Vasisht Says:
  9. I'm enjoying going through your platters. And I agree more the ghee the better it is.
    'Only' Snacks & Starters + Giveaway

  10. i carefully read each and every step as I remember having gone grossly wrong on mango sheera very early in life..i know what i missed...i add the pulp along with the rava..or something..i cant wait to try

  11. Shobha Says:
  12. Mango kesari looks so delicious..would love to try it out.

  13. Usha Says:
  14. Beautiful thali.. and a beautiful click. Can clearly see the texture of all the dishes on the thali. Chana masala is standing out of all teh dishes and love the color of the mango rava kesari

  15. Jayanthi Says:
  16. Super spread of mouth-watering dishes in your it. Nice one.

  17. Harini you are right about the chole puri and halwa combo...this is normally served on Ashtami..7 girls are called ...their feet are washed and then fed with this platter.then a token is given.
    must say all the dishes are tempting! cholas anytime and the mango ras is ...mouthwatering!!

  18. Wonderful thali...shd try this mango sheera before the season ends...

  19. Priya Suresh Says:
  20. Wonderful spread again, wat a super tempting kesari..loving it.

  21. Yum and delicious mango kesari

  22. Lovely combo with poori

  23. Suma Gandlur Says:
  24. Love the colorful platter.

  25. Rasi Says:
  26. superb platter harini :).. loved the color & the idea of mango in kesari!

    Ongoing Event : WTML

  27. love this one very much and a must do in mango season

  28. Nupur Says:
  29. Awww... wonderful Halwa, I must say .. never sued Mango with Suji Halwa.. divine.. !!

  30. vidhas Says:
  31. Nice spread Harini. Love the combo puri , chole. Yummy mango kesari too.

  32. Sumi Says:
  33. quite a lovely spread

  34. Padmajha Says:
  35. Awesome Thali Harini.Great combo of dishes. I love puri with mango pulp

  36. rajani Says:
  37. 100 -150 puris? Good god! You should listen to the way I crib for making 8 chapatis for dinner :)).

    Lovely platter and the kesari is totally new for me.

  38. preeti garg Says:
  39. look perfect and colorful

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Search Tamalapaku

Follow me

Follow Me on Pinterest

Tamalapaku on Facebook

Subscribe via Email

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

On Our Menu



Member Of

All recipes are on Petitchef
Top Food Blogs
Blog Directory