BEETROOT JUICE HALWA


It was a long time,since i had this on my mind,brought into action only yesterday.Unlike

carrots beetroot is not loved by many.I have posted a recipe of beetroot halwa before

Beetroot halwa.(the link to it),but it was grated beetroot halwa.This time it is made with

only the juice.Whew!the time taken was more than the grated one,but worth the try.Kids

who have an aversion to this healthy and nutrient vegetable,will surely love it.

Let’s get into the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

4-5 medium sized beetroots

3/4 -1 cup sugar

1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp.salt.

3/4 -1 cup ghee

3-4 tblsp.of cornflour

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

few nuts (pistachios,cashewnuts,melon seeds)

METHOD

Extract 3 cups of juice from the beetroots  using a blender or juice extractor.

Heat a thick bottomed vessel or a non stick pan.Add the beetroot juice with half of the

ghee and cook for 10-15 minutes (the raw smell has to be out)

Mix the cornflour without lumps in a little water,and add to the beetroot mixture .Keep

mixing ,and you will see the mixture thicken..Do not allow the bottom to get burnt ,so

keep stirring.Next add the sugar and the spices.After you see the sugar blended well,add

the ghee gradually untill the mixture leaves the sides of the pan .Add the nuts and

transfer to a greased tray..Apply a tsp of ghee on top.Cut into shapes you like.

 

 

 

SEMOLINA CAKE (PANTHOL)


This is an age old traditional recipe from  the South of Tamil Nadu.They bake these  in

old age firewood ovens those days.Well ,i have cherished memories when i was a kid

and had the opportunity to see it baking in the firewood  ovens.The process of baking

,the aroma and the produce was more than awesome.In fact,when i made, i did not get

that exotic taste,which i still remember.Anyway ,let me share this traditional  recipe with

you.This can be stored for some time ,and no doubt it tastes good.

INGREDIENTS

300 gms semolina

5 eggs

300 gm powdered sugar

150-175 gm ghee

1 tsp.cardamon essence or 1 tsp cardamon powder

1 tsp.baking powder

a pinch of salt

1/4 tsp.powdered nutmeg.

1/2 cup cashewnut ground coarse and a few to add on the top (not in the recipe ,i wanted

to add to the taste)

METHOD

Melt the ghee lightly,add  to the semolina (with the baking powder) and set aside.Beat the

eggs well and add to the semolina mix,and set aside for 5-6 hours.

Sugar should be added only after the semolina is well soaked.

Now add the sugar ,and the rest of the ingredients.Mix well and pour into a greased and

lined baking tray.Bake in a slow oven for 120-130 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

BESAN AND CASHEW LADOO


The besan ladoo is a traditional sweet of Northern India.This time i thought to give it a

change in my way ,by mixing in cashewnut powder,and the taste was too good.The blend

of cashewnut powder,and besan powder was awesome.The roasting of the besan flour in

ghee is too important,it should not get burnt or have the raw taste and smell.So first you

could slightly roast the besan flour without the ghee for few minutes,remove from fire

and then mix the ghee,and then again roast till you get a nice smell.(do not touch the

flour when it is hot as it will burn your fingers).

INGREDIENTS

2 cups gramflour (besan flour)

1 cup fine powdered sugar or boora sugar (these are sold in indian supermarkets)

1/2 cup pure ghee

1/2 cup powdered cashewnut

few broken cashews

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

a pinch of salt

METHOD

Dry roast the besan flour for a few minutes .Remove from fire,and mix in the ghee.Keep

on fire again and roast on medium flame till it is nice and golden,and you get a good

aroma(not burnt aroma).Transfer to another tray and allow to cool slightly.Add the

powdered sugar  and the rest of the ingredients and make ladoos.This can be stored for

more than a week.If you are using boora you can store for a month .(provided it lasts to

store…..)A very tasty and healthy sweet.!

JAK FRUIT BOMBAY HALWA


In Chennai it is difficult to get raw jackfruit kernels,in fruit shops.You have to go to a

wholesale market to get.So whenever i see the ripe luscious variety i buy many trays.

We had a very good jak fruit tree in my paternal home,which had fruit always.My

cherished memories with my brother in my childhood days,was when we both used to

go down to the garden ,grab the closest fruit ,sit there ,enjoy the fruit under the tree

itself .It is really lovely to sit there and eat…priveleged people will know ….

This is the first time,i have tried this recipe, (small quantity)and it turned awesome..My

kids are the best food critics.There comments will be very clear,hope you

understand….They said it was awesome.So you could try your hand at it .

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ripe ,sweet jak fruit kernels

1/2 cup sugar

2 tblsp cornflour+half cup water mixed without lumps

4-6 tblsp.ghee (you could add more if you like)

pinch of salt

edible camphor a pinch

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

saffron stands a few /or yellow coloring(optional)

any type of nuts you like(cashewnuts/almonds/raisins/melon seeds)

METHOD

Remove the seeds from the kernels,and make a pulp using a blender(small bits and

pieces remaining also will be good).Heat 1 tblsp.ghee in a thick bottomed pan ,and add

the ground jak kernels,and cook till it changes to a golden color.Add sugar and mix well

till sugar dissolves.Next add the cornflour mixture,(take care at this stage  the mixture

will thicken quick).Add the rest of the ingredients and keep stirring till the mixture

leaves the sides of the pan.Transfer onto a greased tray.Apply a little ghee on top.Allow to

cool,and cut into shapes.

Note:Please do not mind the thin slices in the photo.I tried only 1 cup quantity and that gave only 6 slices.

 

CASHEW ‘N’ PISTA MARBLE BURFI


Frankly speaking this was a failure turned success.Sharing success is fine,likewise sharing flop

shows reverted to something better also ,should be shared,as many people will be facing issues

like this.My idea was to make cashew pistachios roll.But as the cashew mixture was a little dry

i couldn’t roll it fine.A minute of desperation took me over.Caught a glimpse of the mawa

packet in the fridge,within minutes all changed.All was crumbled and made into this marbled

burfi.Within minutes the tray also was seen empty….

So let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cashewnuts

1/4 cup pistachios (reserve half and chop it)

1/4 cup almonds

100 gm sugar

2 tblsp ghee

50 gm mawa/khova.

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

few melon seeds

a pinch of green food color (optional)

2-3 tblsp.milk.

METHOD

Preparation of pista filling

Powder the almonds,pistachios,milk and 2 tblsp.sugar (from the sugar quantity),and color if

you are using and bind together.

Preparation of cashew

Add the remaining sugar and 4-5 tblsp water,ghee,Once the sugar is melted add the cashewnut

powder and mix on a slow fire for few minutes (have a small bowl of water by the side.

When you drop a small blob of the mixture in the water,it should be able, to be rolled between

yours finger without sticking).Transfer the mixture into a bowl and keep mixing till it becomes

cool.

Blend the mawa in a mixie,add these two mixtures and just pulse for a second or two.

Transfer the mix into a greased tin ,Sprinkle melon seeds,and pistachios and press on with a

cup for a smooth surface.Cut into shapes you like.

GREEN GRAM ,URAD DAL LADOO


Today i would like to share with you a high protein ladoo with whole green gram and urad

dal or ulundu(white lentil).These two pulses are the best source of proteins and

minerals.Good for boosting energing levels,rich in fibres ,helps to reduce cholesterol

levels ,improves cardiovascular health. Urad dal is also good for women as it has iron, folic

acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse.

For the recipe now.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup urad dal (ulundu or white lentil)

1 cup whole green gram

1/4 cup ghee

1.5 cups jaggery /vellam (you can make with sugar too,and the sweetness can be adjusted to your taste.)

a pinch of salt.

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

1/4 cup  whole peanuts (raw or roasted)

METHOD

Heat 2 tblsp.ghee and roast the green gram ,and urad dal till you get a nice brown color.

Roast the peanuts if you are using the raw ones in a little ghee and set aside.

Now powder the green gram and the urad dal fine.Add the jaggery and pulse for a minute.

Next add the peanuts and pulse for another minute.Add cardamon powder and salt.

Make ladoos whist warm.Add  ghee enough to form the shape only.No need to add more.

This can be stored for more than a week

 

 

 

FUSION FRUIT RASMALAI


The fruit here is the soft pear ,stewed in the milk with ginger chips  added to the flavor.

The recipes in the fusion are pear in ginger syrup,and the basic rasmalai recipe.

The soft golden pear is the small category of the pear and is less crunchy ,and blends well

with this recipe.You could make a variation with stewed pineapple,and ripe mango too.

Let’s get into the recipe  now.

For the Rasmalai

1 heaped cup milk powder

1 egg

2 tblsp.ghee or oil

1/4 tsp.baking powder

Method

Bind all these together .Set aside for 5 minutes.Make into shapes you like and drop into

the pear milk  mixture.

For the pear stew.

3-4 soft pears

1/8 cup ginger chips

500 ml.milk

few strands of saffron/yellow color

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder.

3-4 tblsp.sugar

Method for stew

Boil the milk with the peeled and cored pears,sugar,and the rest of the ingredients.

When the pear is tender and soft, remove the pear pieces in a different bowl,lower the

flame ,and drop the prepared rasmalai ,into the boiling milk mixture.

Once you see the rasmalai balls floating remove and arrange with the stewed pears.After

you finish with all the rasmalai making,heat the milk till its lightly thick .Pour over the

pear and rasmalai .After it is cool ,keep in the refridgerator and serve cold.

It’s a quick and easy dessert to make within minutes.You can add slivered almonds,

cashewnuts,or pistachios.

Note:Do excuse the blur in the photo.

 

 

 

 

 

RAW MANGO’N’SAGO HALWA


I have posted an excellent recipe of raw mango halwa before.Heres the link to it Raw

Mango Halwa.This time as it’s the dawn of the mango season i tried with sago and coconut

milk,and this too tasted awesome.The raw mangoes should not be sour,so always check on

the taste and make.So let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 big mango or two medium sized raw mangoes ,peeled and ground to a paste

1/2 cup sago washed ,ground coarsely ,and soaked the day before you make the halwa

2 cups sugar

2 cups coconut milk

1/4 -1/2 cup ghee

1/2 tsp.cardamon powder

1/4 tsp.nutmeg powder

a pinch of green color

a pinch of salt

2 tblsp cornflour mixed in a little water

few cashewnuts fried in ghee

METHOD

Heat a thick bottomed pan ,add 2 tblsp of ghee first,and cook the ground mango well for

about 10 minutes.

Add coconut milk ,and the sago and cook til thick.

Next add sugar and the rest of the ingredients except ghee and cook well stirring all the

time.

When it thickens add ghee little by little till it leaves the sides of the pan and does

not stick to the pan.

Pour on to a greased plate garnish with nuts.Allow to cool and cut into shapes you like

Variation:The same could be made with ripe mangoes too.

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MAKHAN PEDA


This is an awesome sweet from the Indian Culinary.Most of you will be very much familiar

with the sweet Gulab jamun .This too has the same taste,but this has nuts when you bite

into it.In the normal process of making,only white sugar is used,and the color will be

different.This time i made it with brown sugar,and the taste was so good that my

household thought i bought it from the sweet shop.That too is a compliment ….Anyway

let’s get into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup plain flour(maida)

100 gms khova/mawa (unsweetened)

1/4 cup curd/yoghurt

2 tblsp.ghee

a pinch of salt

1/2 tsp.soda bicarbonate

oil for frying

FOR THE SYRUP

2-2.5 cups brown sugar

2.5-3 cups water.

FOR THE FILLING

Few mixed nuts(pistachios,cashewnuts,melon seeds or any of your choice)

METHOD

Add the yoghurt and the soda into a wide bowl ,and beat these two ingredients well for 5

minutes.Next add the khova and beat for another 10 minutes.Add the rest of the

ingredients and bind to a soft dough,and set aside, till you prepare the syrup.

Put the sugar and water and boil till sugar melts.Heat oil in a deep frying pan.

Divide the dough into sizes  you like.Flatten each portion in your palm .fill a  little portion

of mixed nuts,seal and make balls.Deep fry till golden brown in medium heat.If the oil gets

heated,reduce the flame to simmering mode or switch off,and resume,otherwise the

centre will not be cooked.Drop the fried pedhas into the syrup,and soak for  minimum  2

hours.

 

 

SEMOLINA ADAI


This is one famous sweet in southern India.No butter or oil is used ,instead thick coconut

milk is used and baked like  tiny muffins.

For the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

250 gm semolina (roasted lightly)

250 gm sugar

1 egg

4-5 cups of thick coconut milk

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 tsp.rose essence

cashews,almonds ,raisins to sprinkle on top.

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Mix the semolina  coconut milk and egg. Allow to soak for 4-5 hours.

Then mix in the sugar ,and stir till sugar melts.Then add the essence and cardamon

powder.Pour into well greased moulds,and bake in a moderate oven for 15-20

minutes(180 degrees).Sprinkle nuts before baking.