BOONDHI LADDU


This is the basic laddu recipe ,with a fusion of my kind.

Yes..I have included powdered cashewnuts,with a little mawa while binding.

Mawa can be substituted with milk powder.You can also opt out mawa,only

powdered cashewnuts may be used.

Sugar can be substituted for panagalkandu powder or kalkandu powder,(unrefined sugar)

Unrefined sugar is more healthier than normal sugar or sulphurless sugar.

If using powdered sugar,use a little less.

In the basic making, some use crushed kalkandu ,and some roll in sugar,or

sprinkle sugar while binding the laddus.

Options are yours,so do try and let me know your suggestions.

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup besanflour (kadala maavu,gram dal flour)

1+1/2 or little less sugar

1/4 cup water (for syrup)

3 cardamons+1clove powdered

Few cashewnuts and raisins lightly fried in oil

1/4 cup powdered cashewnuts

1-2 tblsp mawa or powdered milk

a pinch of salt.

few drops of yellow food coloring or kesari powder

a pinch of edible camphor (optional)

enough oil or ghee / oil+ghee mixed to fry boondhi

METHOD

Mix the gram dal flour with water to a pancake batter  consistency.

Make 1 string consistency syrup with the sugar and water.Add coloring,salt

cardamon powder,camphor and set aside.

Heat oil,use two slotted spoons ,one to pour the flour through into the oil,and

the other to remove the fried.

Now pour a ladle of the batter through the spoon (hold above the oil).patting

lightly on the spoon.When the boondhis are light golden brown remove and

set aside till you finish frying all.

Next add all to the syrup (should be warm)and cover for 5 minutes till the

syrup has absorbed .Mix well .

Take 3/4th of the laddu mix ,and blend in a mixer lightly with the

cashewnuts.(just 1 pulse in the mixer will be fine ).

Now mix in the ground mix along with the rest of the ingredients ,and make ladoos.

Can be stored for a week .

You can use water melon seeds while binding to get the extra crunch.

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SAGO CUTLET


When it comes to sago  cutlet,you might have queries of ‘will it stick between your

teeth,or will it be chewy ???.

No doubts it tastes very good.In fact i had no idea of this dish.

I had a taste of this during a visit to Hyderabad .

I have made and posted the recipe of Sago uppuma before , but this is the first time I

tried sago cutlet my way and it tastes really good ..so do try and send in your comments .

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sago soaked overnight

4-5 potatoes boiled

Leeks or spring onions chopped ( 1/2 cup)

1 tsp.ginger garlic paste

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1-2 tsp chilli flakes or 3-4 green chillies sliced

Salt to taste.

Juice of half a lime

1 tsp garam masala powder

2 eggs ( 1 to use before coating )

Breadcrumbs

Oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the soaked sago twice and drain the water.Cook for a minute in the moisture left and set aside.

Mash the potatoes lightly and mix in the rest of the ingredients,with one egg and a handful of breadcrumbs.

Divide into portions,dip in the leftover beaten egg,coat in breadcrumbs and fry to a

golden color.You can deep fry or flatten it and shallow fry ( like I did today).

Good vegetarian cutlet for any occasion.Can be served with mint chutney.

 

LEMON CURD STAWBERRY TARTS


This tart combination of lemon curd and strawberry is really delicious.

Lemon curd can be used as toppings for any type of desserts, Having lemon curd always in

your fridge will never make you run out of desserts.You can serve with cake ,fruits scones ,eclairs ,biscuits ,cheesecake …..

The tart shells can be made beforehand and stored in the fridge .

This tart can be used with any filling you like .

Now for the recipe…

INGREDIENTS FOR THE TART

175 flour

1 egg

75 gm icing sugar or powdered sugar

75 gm butter

a pinvh of salt

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together to make a into portions of your choice.

Roll out on a floured board and bake the tarts at 180 C.for 20-25 minutes or till done.

(prick the base with a fork before baking to avoid puffing .

INGREDIENTS FOR THE LEMON CURD

3 eggs

1 cup (100 gm)sugar

50 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tblsp.butter

2 tsp.grated lemon zest

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients except the butter in a double boiler ,untill thick.

Remove from fire and add butter and mix well to get the velvetty look.

Tip:1. (For those who have the fear of curdling use 2 tsp cornflour when cooking.If it becomes too thick you can add a little fresh cream to adjust the consistency you require.)

2.For eggless lemon curd ,2 tblsp.cornflour and cream may be used

Pour into already baked tart shells and top with slices of strawberry or any fruit of your choice.

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.

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.