Chibud Harshale/ Mash melon Rasayana:

Chibud is a variety of Melon which is oblong and larger in size, normally found in various parts of India. Known by many names like chibbada, Chiber, Mash melon, Cucumis melo.

It belongs to the melon family; outer skin is like coloured cucumber and taste is bland and fleshy. Normally used in a raw uncooked form by making juice, lassi, salad or coconut milk or plain milk laden Rasayana as well as Poha added Rasayana. which is a snack by itself and considered as a Vrat/ fasting Food.

Just few days back, when I was returning from Karkal, found this fruit after a long time and picked up and relished with family by making Poha added Chilled Rasayana in this summer Heat.

If you want to try this recipe, you can use over ripe musk melons or Banana and proceed.


Chibud melon – 1

Grated jaggery – as required

Coconut milk / plain milk – 1 to 2 cups

Cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Poha – little


-Chop Chibud melon into small chunks by removing outer skin as well as centre core.

-Mix in jaggery powder, cardamom powder and mix nicely.

-After mixing jaggery, it melts a little. If you are serving it chilled, refrigerate it.

-While serving, mix in coconut milk or plain milk according to your choice.

-Add little poha and serve as a cool snack.

Nolen Gur Payesh / Rice kheer with date palm jaggery:

Rice kheer or Paramanna is an integral part of any festivities in many parts of India. Every region has its own method or style. Usage of ingredients would differ according to the region. Such as the addition of plain milk or coconut milk. Usage of Jaggery or sugar. So, in west Bengal, they use date palm jaggery, which is known as Nolen Gur, which is available only during the wintertime; they make a lot of delicacies by using this special jaggery. It ranges from Nolen Gur Payesh, Nolen Gur Rasgulla, Nolen Gur Sandesh are the few.  I wanted to try this out in my cooking and bought it online.

They usually use plain tiny grain rice or dried rice-shaped vermicelli, which is known as Chushi pithe. Chushi pithe is nothing but handmade Rice vermicelli. In Mangalore, we make rice noodles known as Halittu or Paradi and use them in a Payasa/ kheer, and we usually use coconut milk. So, I tried my regional method and proceeded. It tasted divine!! Usage of coconut milk and taste of the palm jaggery was the best decision, and it was very rustic and flavourful in taste.


Chushi Pithe/handmade rice vermicelli – 200 grams (you can use small grain rice as well)

Almond or Cashew – ½ cup (slivered)

Nolen gur – 300 grams (used Patali gur)

Coconut milk – 200 grams

Cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Ghee – 1 tsp (vegans can skip this)


-Take one thick bottomed vessel, add ghee and fry almond and rice vermicelli (Chushi pithe) or if you are using plain rice.

-Add around one litre of water and cook until rice cooks perfectly. Whenever it’s needed, add extra water little by little and cook.

-Now, add jaggery of your choice, boil until it smells divine and the aroma spreads. Here, the raw smell of the jaggery should vanish.

-Lastly, add one tetra pack of coconut milk, give one boil. Garnish with cardamom powder and mix.


-If you are using fresh homemade coconut milk, extract three times, preserve thick (1st extract) and add at the end.

-thin coconut milk of 2nd and 3rd extracts can be added while boiling or cooking rice vermicelli.