Friday, October 29, 2021

WHOLE DRY FRUIT LADDOOS / DIWALI SPECIAL

 

Here is an easy recipe of making whole dry fruit laddoos. You can make them on any festive occasion and enjoy with your family and friends. This is a perfect sweet to distribute to your friends and relatives during Diwali festival. You can pack them in a beautiful box. 



Ingredients:
Assorted dry fruits (unsalted)  ......... 1 cup  (Almonds, cashews & Pistachios)
Sugar .............................. 1 cup
Poppy seeds .................... 1 tbsp
Saffron ..................... 2-3 pinches
Crushed cardamom seeds .. 1/2 tbsp
Wheat flour ...................... 2 tbsps
Dried rose petals .............. 1 tbsp
Ghee / clarified butter ......  2 tbsps
Milk or water ................... 1/4 cup
Silver varq ................... for garnishing (optional)

Method:
1. Dry roast the poppy seeds lightly and set aside.
2. Fry the wheat flour with 1 tbsp of ghee until it gives out a nice aroma. Set aside.
3. Roast the dry fruits until they get a crispy texture. 
4. In a thick bottomed pan melt the sugar adjusting the flame.
5. Half way through add 1 tbsps of ghee, saffron and crushed cardamom seeds. 
6. Continue stirring until the sugar is melted and there are no lumps.
7. Now add the poppy seeds, rose petals and dry fruits.
8. Finally add the fried wheat flour and mix well. 
9. Now add the milk or water and continue stirring until the mixture gathers and leaves the sides.
10. Cool it a bit and when you are able to handle it make the laddoos or balls of the desired size.
11. Garnish them with dried rose petals and silver varq if you like.



About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was Diwali 
This month I am paired with Poonam Bachhav who selected "cardamom powder" and "ghee" as my secret ingredients and I made these dry fruit laddoos. I chose "ajwain" and "oil" as the secret ingredients for her as she opted out for a savoury dish. She made tasty and irresistible Instant Rice Chaklis. 



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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

TANGERINE RAITA / SANTRE KA RAITA


 Fruit raitas are really cool and refreshing in summer. Here is a simple and delicious raita made with tangerine. Sometimes the fruits we buy are not very sweet. This is a nice option to make use of such fruits in raitas and also salads. This raita can also be relished during fasting days. Serve it at room temperature or chilled. If having it on normal days other than fasting you may use any ingrdients of your coice for flavouring them.

Ingredients:
Tangerines ............ 2 or as needed
Yogurt .................. 1 cup
Salt .................... to taste
Honey ............... 1 tbsp
Crushed black pepper ... 1/8 tsp
Roasted and crushed cumin seeds ... 1/8 tsp
Mint powder ............................. 1/8 tsp (you may use fresh mint leaves instead)

Method:
1. Peel the tangerines, remove the fleshy part of the segments after peeling the skin. Discard the seeds carefully keeping the fleshy part intact.
2. Cut them into smaller pieces if desired.
3. Whisk the yogurt in a larger bowl.
4. Add salt, honey, cumin powder, pepper powder and dried mint powder or fresh mint as per your preference. Give a nice mix.
5. Add the peeled tangerine pieces and stir gently.
6. Serve it chilled or at room temperature as you prefer.

Note:
You can also replace the cumin, pepper and mint powder with chaat masala. Add salt very carefully if using this as the masala already contains little salt.
You may also use fresh mint leaves instead of dry mint powder. Chop them finely or crush them in a pestle and mortar.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

SAMAK KE DAHI CHAWAL / FARALI DAHI CHAWAL / FARALI CURD RICE WITH BARNYARD MILLETS

 

Here is a light and cooling recipe of Farali Curd Rice made with Barnyard Millets. They are known as Samak /Samo/ Sama ke chawal in Hindi. This is a nice change from the usual heavy fried dishes like sabudana vadas, puris and halwas we make during the fasting period. You can add some grated carrots or cucumber to this. Even some fruits like small grapes and pomegranate seeds can be added.
You can enjoy this with some farali fried raw banana and sabudana fryums.



Ingredients:
Yogurt / dahi ............... 1 & 1/2 to 2 cups or as required.
Barnyard millets / samak rice .......... 3/4 cup
Senda namak / rock salt ................ to taste
Sugar ..................................... 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds .......................... 1/2 tsp
Cashewnuts ......................... few
Crushed black pepper ........... 1/2 tsp
Oil ........................................ 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves .................. handful
Grated carrots ..................... 1/4 cup

Method:
1. Soak the samak rice for minimum 1 hour
2. Pressure cook the rice for 3 whistles adding double quantity of water and little salt.
3. Open after the pressure is released and let it cool.
4. In a mixing bowl whisk the yogurt adding salt, sugar and crushed pepper.
5. Add the coriander and grated carrot. Mix well.
6. Now add the cooked samak rice and little water adjusting the consistency to your preference.
7. Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the cashew halves and cumin seeds. Let them crackle.
8. Mix this tempering into the prpared curd rice saving few cashews for garnishing.
9. Serve it at room temperature or chilled.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We hace completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is D and I chose Dahi as my ingredient. 




Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)


A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes (Cardamom Flavoured Cup Cakes )

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