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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Dilkush | Bread with Sweet Coconut flakes & Tutty Fruity filling ~ Nostalgic Memories of Kerala (Step by Step Pics)

When you are away from your home,you actually miss a lot of people,things and edibles too.Though we try and recreate the same ambience wherever we stay but at times that doesn't fulfill some things.Similarly,one day I felt having a piece of dilkush from our near by bakery.An impossible affair out here unless you bake yourself ,right?When I thought of preparing dilkush and thought to google the recipe,I was taken aback.There was no single recipe to this particular bread other than one prepared with puff pastry sheet.I didn't want that and so recreated this recipe.It was another true experimentation and I was apprehensive about the outcome too.However when I opened my oven I was surprised to see the perfect one.

I really don't know how this was named 'dilkush' but the literal hindi meaning of dilkush is to make our hearts happy and its very much true when I say this after making & having Dilkush.Many of you might miss this little piece with stuffing out here in US,if you are craving for Dilkush then the answer is right here in front of you in pictures.I recommend every one to try this out to see the smiling faces of your loved ones !!


for bread

(Though initially I made 2 dilkush,now I have mentioned the recipe for 1 dilkush) 
all purpose flour 2 cups
active dry yeast 1.5 tsp
sugar 1/3 cup
warm milk 1/2 cup
oil 1 tbsp
leukwarm water 1 tbsp
eggs 1 beaten (reserve a little egg white for glaze)
salt to taste

for filling
coconut 1/2 cup shredded (I use the sweetened coconut flakes or dry dessicated coconut)
beaten rice/aval 1/4 cup
raisins 2 tbsp
tutty fruity 3 tbsp
cashew nuts  2 tbsp
sugar 1-2 tbsp(increase or decrease as per sweet tooth
cardamom powder 3/4tsp


  • Add the yeast in water,add a tsp of sugar and mix well.Wait for 10 minutes till its frothy.Add the warm milk and stir in the remaining  sugar to dissolve. 
  • Sift the dough with salt and make a well.Add the yeast mixture.Beat the egg (reserve egg white for glaze) well with a fork.Mix together to knead in a sticky dough for 5 minutes.
  • Apply the oil on top and in the bowl,mix well.Cover it with a plastic wrap and keep aside for 1 hour.

  • In the meantime,prepare the filling by mixing coconut,sugar,tutty fruity,raisins,cashews and cardamom powder.Add few drops of water to get the beaten rice(don't add to much as we need to retain the crunch of beaten rice) and sugar mixed well.(If you are using fresh grated coconut,skip the drops of water as fresh grated coconut has moisture in it to bind.)
  • After one hour,the dough will be nicely puffed up.Punch down the air in the dough and knead.Divide the dough in 2 balls such that one ball is slightly larger than the first.Roll each with a rolling pin by dipping in flour lightly.Roll the smaller one in a circle of diameter 8''  and 1/4" thickness.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and keep a tray lined with parchment paper ready.
  • Transfer the 8 1/2 " circle on to the tray.Spread the filling into the circle leaving 1/2-3/4 "space at the outer border and keep aside.
  • Roll out the other ball in the same way of diameter 9''and 1/2'' thickness.Cover it on top of the filling one and tuck the sides under the first one such that it properly covers the sides.Apply water to seal the tucked edges and brush the reserved egg white on top & sides generously.Leave aside for second rise for 20-30 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes,if you still have reserved egg white,give a second coat or skip it.Make vents in the center for the steam to escape.
  • Place in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes.The bread will puff well and presents with a soft golden brown color.Remove from oven brush with butter on top to keep the crust soft.Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes and cut in  wedges,serve with tea!!

Servings ~1 dilkush bread

*You can store this bread for 4-5 days in air tight container.
*Seal the bread properly with a touch of water otherwise the filling may seep out.
* The first time I made this bread,I haven't used beaten rice.This is the third time I have repeated this recipe,all came out pretty good always.
* If you don't get good color,the reason is in applying egg white on top.Be generous to apply.

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Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen event hosted by Kaveri @ Palakkad Chamayal

Also,sending  this to Valentine's Day Special event hosted by Anzz @ Anzz Cafe 

Sending this to Something Sweet event hosted by  Kavi @ Edible Entertainment


Asha said... Best Blogger Tips

I was dying to try this for a long time... but the taste was forgotten long back and was just unable to recollect...Of course you poked on my nostalgia!!!

Elpiniki said... Best Blogger Tips

Just amazing! Want it all!

Sangeetha M said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...this looks so delicious, and also similar to the store bought coconut buns, loved it julie!
you have done a amazing work,keep it up!!
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Balvinder said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect name for this bread. nicely baked with such a good shine on top. you made me happy in the morning.

Square Meals said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks delicious :-)

chitraj.hegde said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..that's amazing clicks..and the bread looks so so yummy..mouth watering...thanks a ton for the info...i will follow the same method..

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

done it so perfectly...look so soft

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Umm....delicious looking dilkush...wanna grab a slice...

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

Mind blowing yaar!!!

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Should make it for my dil who khush ho jayega. Our local bakery makes these but by the time we go they are over.

Shobha said... Best Blogger Tips

The bread looks perfect...aptly named DILKUSH.
Happy to follow ur blog...will go thru all the recipes soon.

Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...this looks perfect! We call it as "Thenga bun"!! You don't get these things outside Tamilnadu n Kerala I guess!

Looks tempting Julie! :P

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious bread. My mom used to buy this kind of coconut stuffed bread from bakery here during my school days.We all usually enjoy them with evening tea. Lovely recipe reminding me of my childhood.

easyfoodsmith said... Best Blogger Tips

The bread looks so good and the filling is very delicious. Well done!

Anzz said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks super delicious and very yummy.. Aapne tho DIL Kush kar diya..!

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Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I never had this bread before, but all the info and the pics are tempting me to try some now.
Love Ash.

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Truly a superbly done sweet coconut bread. A must-try recipe. Yummy!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy to see this recipe ............ will try it soon ..........

@lekshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

superb...superb.....superb........amazing job!!!!!!!!!!

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Truly nostalgic Julie..EVen i have memories with Dilkush..Hey,you have baked it perfect !

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

wow....i used to have this quite often when we were at hyderabad,after coming upnorth,it remained forgotten..till now!thank you so very much..this is total dil-khush

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmmm...Love this...Have had it umpteen number of times during college days..
Thanks for linking it to the event dear.

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely filling. Looks so soft n yum

Binys Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

i love this....have made it but did not know its called by this name....i used to have it wenevr i go to kerala.....i think they add aval or beaten rice as well and some orange colour......i think i will try to make it today

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

It turned out beautiful with perfect texture, superb!

Priya Suresh said... Best Blogger Tips

Omg, wat a super tempting stuffed bread,feel like having a slice rite now.

Shoutforfood said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, will for sure have to try these.

What's Baking?? said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know or tasted this bread but this looks perfect to me and you just made me wonder where can I taste this in my country.

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect dilkush...takes me back to school days

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx guys:-)
@Biny :I don't remember the addition of beaten rice in the filling,anyways I shall edit the notes and add.Thanx for the info.

Manju said... Best Blogger Tips

reminds me of my school days!! i love this!!!

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

mmmm.... My fav. Bookmarked this..

Az said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Julie,
The bread looks great and delicious! Thank you for following my blog...
I am glad to follow you as well!

Pari Vasisht said... Best Blogger Tips

Never heard of it but now I do want to try it out. Thanks fr sharing dear.



Sobha Shyam said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, great that u tried it home, have come out perfect n looks husband's fav :)

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

perfect dilkush julie

Sushma Mallya said... Best Blogger Tips

This was my absolute fav during the school days...even I have tried this recipe but I prepared it with puff pastry ...would love to try this way looks v spongy!

Zoe said... Best Blogger Tips

The sweet fillings for this bread looks very delicious. What a great way to bake and enjoy this delicious sweet bread.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I totally remember these coconut and raisin buns - Looks like a perfect bake, Julie :)

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips

that is one gorgeous bread.. and i love the filling.. reminds me of fruit buns from when we were kids! said... Best Blogger Tips

from a long time iam searching 4 this..thanx 4 posting.i just love it 4m my school days.......

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

So soft n yummy buns,looks so inviting n love the presentation too...

Ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

Ayoo that really makes me nostalgic:-) I am soo going to try this

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! You are a Foodie artist; this looks wonderful!

Deep Krishna Dubai said... Best Blogger Tips

I was thinking about this snack,the other day..!Wow..u have done it grt,Juls..!

cindyrina said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! that bread look wonderful... salute!!!! you are good cook!!!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all n do try this at home,you will surely love it!!!
@ Rita :It was so sweet of you ..Foodie artist,flying high!!

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for reminding me of this. i will eat it when I go to India next time

Smita said... Best Blogger Tips

Ur Dilkhush version is really nice...My version was a pastry crust based on what I remembered eating...thanks for visiting TasteBuds..

Priya dharshini said... Best Blogger Tips

I luv this dilkush....Wonderfully baked..

Princy Vinoth said... Best Blogger Tips

looks perfect julie!

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said... Best Blogger Tips

yes!! very much nostalgic ...always loved it while was a kid. still does...nice one, Julie.


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Rose from Magpies Recipes said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh this is so fabulous! It looks so tempting with that shiny brown glaze! Want a big bite right now and yes Kerala bakery snacks are the best!

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, this looks too good dear, have all the ingredients in hand, going to try out soon..

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx all:-)
@ Hema: Good trying,dear..Do let me know the outcome soon!!

Nayana Shetti said... Best Blogger Tips

Waow!!! Dilkush!! you took me back to my school days where i used to have it from a nearby bakery,,!! thanks for this:)

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

My husband bought this from a bakery here and he asked me to bake something like that. I'd heard the name dilkhush but had no clue that this was it. I am gonna try this out soon... :)

Deepa Krishnan said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,
My husband loves this and I made it today. It was awesome. Thanks for the recipe. I have added it to my blog @

Nandita Pai said... Best Blogger Tips

This is called Dilpasand in Bangalore and its my Husband's all time fav, would love to try this from your blog :) Do you have an eggless version of this Julie?

Chef Mireille said... Best Blogger Tips

looks so good!!!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I was looking for this and please watch my space I have made this and it has come out so well.

Thank you so much.

Malini said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this recipe. It brings back such fond memories. I appreciate that you spent your time to photo blog this recipe. You have brought happiness into my life.
Thanks Much,

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanx Malini,for the sweet comments :)

meena said... Best Blogger Tips

You wont believe how many days since I have been thinking of dilkush.I bought some cherries my herd simply finished for me, some sweetened desiccated coconut went into ladoos just 2 days back. Hope by this year end atleast I will be able to try.The pics are simply superb Julie think of me when u have that last piece. :))

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

@Meena Kumar Meena,u should definitely give it a sure u will love it.I already had the last piece dear,will think of u when I bake again for sure ;)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

thank you so much for the dilkush recipe! missing dilkush so much!