RAGI ‘N’ NUTS LADOO


Ragi ,Finger millet,or Kurakkan is  one nutritious flour which can be consumed in many

ways.It is widely used in porridges,desserts,baking,drink and many more breakfast

dishes.

This millet rich in fibre ,calcium ,good carbs,and Vitamin D is good for weight loss and

diabetes.Even though it has a bland taste it is highly beneficial for those with Vitamin D

deficiency and diabetes.In early times people included this daily in their diets in the

form of light porridges,and drinks.Only few homes in South India follow to consume

daily now. Lifestyle nowadays has paved the way for growing diseases,so it’s advisable to

create the habit of consuming daily this wonder millet in some form .

A light roasting before adding to recipes will enhace the taste.So today my recipe to

share is a healthy and tasty for all ages.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ragi flour

1 cup treacle or melted jaggery

1/4 cups peanuts dry roasted

1/2 cup almonds powdered coarsely

3/4 tsp.cardamon powder

4 tblsp ghee

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Roast the flour in half of the ghee till hot (not burnt).

Mix in the rest of the ingredients and form ladoos.

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STEAMED BUNS


Steamed buns originated from the Chinese cuisine is one good food for breakfast and take away.

This can be made sweet or savoury.The sweet buns are the traditional red kidney beans stuffing ,and the savoury ones i think it can be your choice of vegan,or non vegan.

I got this from an old chinese recipe book,and wished to share with you.

I will be giving the dough recipe and some suggestions for the filling.Do try and let me

know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm flour

2 tsp yeast

3 cups  milk (lukewarm)

1/4 cup oil

3 tblsp.sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt.

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METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and knead  to a soft dough.

Proofing  of dough  is required  twice (untill double ).

Make portions and steam for 10 miutes.

For red bean filling (Sweet)

Soak the beans overnight and cook till soft.Drain out the water and mash coarsely

Add sugar or jaggery to taste .Add a blob of butter or coconut which is optional and cook

for few minutes and use as filling .

Savoury filling have many options to choose from,and i will be giving a few.

1.Curried paneer and spinach 

2.Potato and beans or peas curried

3.Butter tossed vegetables like carrot,beans,cabbage,bokchoy…….with a little pepper.

4.Minced meat filling

5.Sea food filling

TIP: You can add ground spinach for green steamed buns…..

Do try your innovations too,and post in your ideas .!

PUMPKIN COTTAGE CHEESE CAKE


This is a very easy ,and one mix cheesecake.If the pumpkin mash is pre-cooked or

prebaked it will be an easy go..

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 packet (200 gm)paneer or cottage cheese at room temperature

2-3 eggs

1 cup pumpkin mash

1/2 cup sour cream or yoghurt

1 cup brown sugar

2 tsp.cornflour

1/2 tsp nutmeg powder

3/4 tsp ginger powder

1/2 tsp.cinammon powder

a pinch of salt

For the crust (2 options)

1. 10-12 ginger biscuits,2 tblsp butter -blended together

2. 1 cup walnuts-1/4 cup honey,1 tblsp butter -blended together

METHOD

Prepare the crust first.Press on the pie dish or springform pan and set aside .

Put all the ingredients and blend in a mixer or processor till fine.

Pour over prepared crust and bake in a slow oven (160-170 degrees) for 45 minutes or 1

hour till it is set.You could add pumpkin seeds,water melon seeds,or walnuts while it is

baking,or add any topping of your choice like, chocolate ganache,caramelised nuts or

serve plain.You can serve it warm or cold.

To make the Pumpkin Mash

Peel and cut the pumpkin into cubes .Add 2-3 tblsp of brown sugar  with a stick of

cinammon and cook with 1/2 cup water till dry and cooked .You could cook in the

pressure cooker without water on a low flame for 2 whistles.Mash it and use in recipes.

 

 

WHEAT FLOUR BADUSHA


Today my sweet recipe is with wheat flour.

I have posted recipes of badusha before with white flour,and in addition to that I’m

posting  now with wheat flour.

Badusha/Balushahi(oriental doughnut)-click on for the related badusha post

Now for the recipe..

INGREDIENTS (Makes 10)

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

1 heaped cup wheat flour

1 tblsp.curd

a pinch of salt

1 tsp.sugar

6 tblsp butter+ ghee

For the syrup

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

a dash of lemon juice

1 tsp ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

few nuts for decoration (cashew,almond slivers,pistas )

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients for the dough except the flour.

Beat till creamy.

Mix in the flour now, and lightly  make a dough (Do not knead )

Cover and set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Make flattened balls (cookie shaped).

Make an impression with your thumb in the centre on each .

Fry on a low flame till golden  on both sides.

Remove and set aside.

FOR THE SYRUP

Heat the sugar and water till you get a light soft ball stage.(Put a drop of sugar syrup

on a plate,and if it stands firm without flowing it is the correct stage ).

Next add lime juice and cardamon powder and remove from fire.

Add a tsp.of ghee into the sugar syrup,mix  and add the fried badushas.

Swirl the pan to coat all the sides of the sweet.(2-3 minutes is enough)

Remove one by one carefully and decorate with nuts.

Allow to dry and  store.

Variation : You could coat with powdered sugar too.

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BADAM RASMALAI


This is another sweet which can be made within minutes.

Those who love badam or almond milk,will definitely love this.

I made this with candy sugar.You can use sugar if you like,but please do with sulphur

free sugar.

So, let’s move onto the recipe ..

INGREDIENTS

1 cup milk powder

1 egg

2 tblsp oil

1/8 tsp baking powder

1 tsp flour/ almond flour

10-12 almonds blanched and ground to a paste.

Few saffron strands ( optional)

2 cups of milk.

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of dry ginger powder

Sugar to taste.

METHOD

Mix the bold listed together and lightly bind to a dough.Do not knead.

Heat one cup water in a shallow pan.Once the water starts to boil ,lower the flame .

Make tiny balls out of the dough and drop into the boiling water.

The dropped balls will swell,turn over onto the other side to cook for a minute .Remove

the cooked rasmalai and place on a plate carefully .

Now add the milk,sugar, cardamon powder,almond paste,saffron strands and boil .Once

it has reached a boil add the cooked rasmalai carefully into the thickened almond

milk.Sprinkle ginger powder if using.

Allow to cool and leave in the refrigerator for a few hours and serve with a few nuts if

you like.

This can be served warm too.

MILLET ‘N’ RAWA LADOO


This ladoo is made with prosomillet( Pani varagu in Tamil). Millet and millet flour is

more sought after nowadays ,due to its health benefits,and I thought to mix it with

the basic rawa ladoo mix. This time I ground the rawa too, after powdering the millet

and coconut.

So let me take you to the recipe right away!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup semolina

1 cup proso millet

1/2 cup coconut grated

1 cup sugar ( I used candy/Kalkandu powdered)

1/2 cup ghee

Half teaspoon cardamom powder

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

1/4 cup khova or milk powder( optional)

METHOD

Heat 2 tblsp ghee and roast the millet first.

When the millet turns light golden, remove from fire and set aside.

Add another spoon of ghee and lightly roast the semolina and coconut.

If you are adding khoya or mawa you can add when adding coconut.If using milk powder

you can add after removing from fire.

Powder the millet first,next add the semolina and coconut mixture and again pulse for 1

-2 seconds .Add the sugar and mix well .Heat the rest of the ghee and lightly fry

cashewnuts and raisins in it and pour over the mixture .Mix well and make ladoos.

If you find the mixture dry to bind ,add a little milk .

This ladoo is a good source of nutrients and energy,so… for those who have no time for breakfast ,can pop 1-2 as a substitute for breakfast.

HONEY WALNUT BROWNIE


This is a no sugar brownie,and made

with only honey.

The taste and texture is nothing less

than the ones made with sugar.

So weight watchers,and health

watchers do try and let me know your

comments.

INGREDIENTS

100 gm butter

2 tblsp cocoa powder

1 cup honey

2 eggs

100 gm (1 heaped cup )flour

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tblsp.curd/yoghurt

Handful of walnuts

METHOD

Melt butter and cocoa powder on a

very low flame till butter melts

lightly .Remove from fire and mix

well and set aside.

Separate the whites from the yolks.

Beat the whites till stiff and set

aside.

Add the yolks to the cocoa mixture

and beat well with curd and essence.

Sift flour and baking powder together

and fold into the cocoa mixture with

stiffly beaten egg whites.

Pour the honey finally and mix in till

well corporated with walnuts.

Transfer to a lined or greased panand

bake for 15 minutes for 180 degrees.

Lower the flame to 170 and bake for

another 15 minutes or till done.

You could drizzle with chocolate if

you like.

ALOE VERA JUICE


Today I chose to share with you this simple recipe which few,can make without the bitter taste setting in.

Aloe vera known for health and cosmetic benefits should be included at least once a week in the form of juice .

It is good for diabetes, constipation and skin related diseases.

It is a good juice to alkalise your body.I happened to glimpse an article which said that,radiation from mobile phones,gadgets and Wi-Fi can be neutralised with juices like this.

Those taking drugs please check for side effects before consuming this juice.

Why I had to share this recipe was, as some,including juice centres

serve the bitter aloe vera juice.

So let’s get into the easy recipe now.

First of all,the tip to eliminate the bitterness is, to cut into pieces with skin on and soak in water for minimum 1-2 hours.

Then wash well and preserve in refrigerator ,and use whenever needed.

To remove the gel/fleshy part-Cut the thorny sides ,and cut off all the green parts,and use only the flesh/gel .

You have to wash the fleshy part again 2-3 times before making the juice.

INGREDIENTS (1 serving)

3-4 pieces of aloe-vera

1 small piece ginger

1/2 a lime or lemon

Jaggery or sugar to taste

Few mint leaves (optional)

METHOD

Use the small jar and first, grind to a paste.( You have to add lime juice during the grind as aloe vera will not break without acid).Add 3/4 -1 cup water.

Serve chilled if you like.

Another healthy way of consuming aloe vera in the morning.

1.Wash and clean as directed above and cut into bite sizes.Coat the pieces with jaggery powder ,with 1-2 tsp castor oil .Cover and keep in the fridge.You can consume these pieces in the morning .

2.Washed pieces can be soaked in honey and consumed in the morning for health benefits.

PASSION FRUIT BUTTER CAKE


This recipe is the same as butter cake,but with an addition of passion fruit pulp and a

little yoghurt.

The yellow pulp of the passion fruit gives out that lovely light yellow color.In fact,the

aroma it creates while baking activates your taste buds no doubt…..Commenting on

taste,it is super awesome !So,do try and let me know your comments.

Moving on to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

200 gm butter

200 gm sugar

200 gm flour

4 eggs

Pulp of 3-4 passion fruits ( with seeds)

2 tsp.vanilla essence

1 tblsp curd or yoghurt

1.5 tsp baking powder

METHOD

Cream the butter and sugar till creamy.Add eggs one at a time beating well after each

addition.

Add the fruit pulp, curd, and vanilla essence. Beat for 2- minutes.(don’t worry if it looks

curdled )

Fold in the flour with baking powder and mix well.

Pour into a greased tin and bake in a moderate oven( 180 degrees) for 35- 40 minutes or

till done.( Skewer inserted should come out clean).

PASSION FRUIT CAKE


Passion fruit is my favourite,and the juice made with the yellow pulp is awesome….

There are two types of pulp in passion fruit,one is colorless ,and the other is the luscious

yellow.The fruit covering is also of many colors,like yellow,pink,orange purple…This time I got

the yellow pulp with the pink covering.The sweetness of the pulp was too good ,that

turned out to be this yummy passion fruit cake . Vanilla sponge cake sandwiched with

passion fruit curd ( like lemon curd),Topped with butter icing,and passion fruit coulis (

with the seeds).To coat the sides I used toasted coconut.

Never to miss recipe,so do try this recipe and send in your comments.

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INGREDIENTS (Sponge cake)

4 eggs (whites separated from yolk)

150 gm flour

1/2 tsp.baking powder

100 gm sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

Method

Beat the separated egg whites to a stiff froth.Add in the sugar egg yolks, essence and

gradually beat till sugar dissolves and is creamy.

Fold in the flour,baking powder and mix well.

Pour into a greased mould and bake in a moderate oven for 30-35 minutes or till

done.Remove and allow to cool.

For the passion fruit curd

4 egg yolks

1/4 cup passion fruit juice

3-4 tblsp sugar ( or to taste)

1 tblsp.butter( unsalted)

Mix all the ingredients together except the butter,and cook on a bain-marie till thick.Add

butter ,mix and allow to cool .

Note: The quantity for the curd is for one layer.If you are making two layers double the quantity

For the passion fruit butter icing

150 gm butter

300 gm icing sugar (you can add more if you like a thicker icing)

2-3 tblsp fresh thick passion fruit juice

Beat all together till creamy and set aside.

For the coulis

2-3 passion fruit pulp ( with seeds)

1 tsp cornflour

Sugar to suit your taste.

Cook on a low flame till slightly thick.

Toasted coconut

Grated coconut toasted( no oil) till light brown .

To Assemble

Cut horizontally into half and spread the prepared lemon curd on the bottom layer.Place

the top layer and crumb coat with some icing .Keep in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Next coat or pipe the borders with remaining icing.

Pour the prepared coulis in the centre.

Coat the sides with toasted coconut .

Toppings and side coating can be made with chocolate ,almonds ,passion fruit jelly.