Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Maida halwa / Bombay halwa / Easy diwali sweet

Today, I am sharing yet another easy to make recipe - maida halwa / bombay halwa.  The name bombay halwa has always attracted me.  I often prepare it as it is very easy to make and kids love it. As Diwali is nearing, I thought of sharing this wonderful sweet with you all.  Halwa is one of my favorite sweet and my kids also love it.  After sharing, oats ribbon pakoda, maida burfi, rava ladoo, ari murukku, I thought of sharing this wonderful sweet for this Diwali.  Now to the recipe.. 
  


Ingredients required

maida / all purpose flour1 cup
Sugar1 1/2 cup
ghee1 1/2 cup
cardamom powder1/2 teaspoon
food color1/8 teaspoon
salta pinch
corn flour1 tablespoon
cashew and almondsfew



Method

1.  In a bowl, add maida, cornflour, salt and food color.  Mix it.  Now add 2 1/2  cups of water to it and mix well without any lumps.  Strain it using a strainer and keep it aside.




2.  In a heavy bottomed pan, add sugar and 1/2 cup of water.  Let the sugar dissolve in water, boil it and bring it to one string consistency.



3.  Once sugar syrup reaches one string consistency, add in maida mixture and stir nicely and vigorously.



4.  Now add ghee in intervals and stir continuously until mixture leaves the sides.  Add cardamom powder and roasted cashew and almonds.  Mix well


5.  Transfer the contents to a greased tray.  Wait till it cools and then cut into desired shapes.



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Monday, 20 October 2014

Oats ribbon pakoda / Oats ola pakoda / Easy diwali recipe



Oats ribbon pakoda is an easy to make pakoda variety.  During last diwali, I shared the recipe for normal ribbon pakoda and ragi ribbon pakoda.    This time I thought of making something different and made ribbon pakoda with oats.  This ribbon pakoda is an easy to make snacks for any occassion.  The method of preparation of pakoda is just the same as normal pakoda except that I have fried oats nicely, powdered it and then added to the dough. 
Ribbon pakoda / murukku is a savory snack item made with rice flour and chickpea flour.  My mom makes ribbon pakoda everytime she comes to our place.  Here I have added oats flour while preparing the dough to make it more healthy.  The addition of oats didnot make any change in taste of the pakodas.  It tasted great as normal pakodas and was finished wihin hours.  Now to the recipe..



Ingredients required


instant oats2 cups
rice flour1/2 cup
gram flour1 cup
cumin seeds1 teaspoon
sesame seeds1 tablespoon
butter1 tablespoon
asafoetida powder1/4 teaspoon
saltto taste



Method

1.  In a pan, add oats and dry roast nicely.  Be careful while roasting oats as it gets burnt easily.  Allow it to cool and grind it into fine powder.




2.  In a wide bowl, add rice flour, gram flour, oats flour, salt, asafoetida powder, sesame seeds, cumin seeds and melted butter.  Combine all the ingredients together to form a soft and firm dough by adding water.




2.  Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying.  Add a portion of dough in murukku press .  (Here you have to make use of pakoda achu)



 3.  Press the dough starting from the edge to the centre in a circular motion in the preheated oil .  Do not add more layers to ensure even cooking.  Turn it to the other side and cook till the bubble ceases.

 


4.  Drain it in an absorbent paper.  Let it cool completely and store it in an airtight container. 


Check here for other oats recipe:

2.  oats vada

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Kuska biryani - Plain biryani without any vegetables

Today, I am sharing a rice recipe which is very easy to make - Kuska biryani. Kuska biryani is an easy to make biryani made without vegetables.  Kuska biryani is nothing but plain biryani cooked with masala and spices.  No vegetable is made use of in this biryani.  I usually make this biryani when I am very busy and cannot prepare an elaborate lunch or when there is no vegetable left at home.  

Initially, I didn't know what this kuska biryani meant.  I was talking to my husband and he told me about this biryani.  He told me that they used to have it during their college days and he likes it a lot. This is a rice dish which is made in Tamilnadu where rice is cooked with spices and few masalas without any vegetables.  I have already shared methi peas pulao with coconut milk.  The method of preparation of Kuska biryani is very simple.  Here I have used water + coconut milk, but you can also make use of water + milk for the preparation.This can be served with any raita of your choice.   Now to the recipe.. 



Ingredients required


basmati rice 1 cup
water+coconut milk2 cups
bay leaf1
cloves2
cinnamon1 small piece
star anise1
cardamom2
ginger garlic paste1 teaspoon
green chillies3 - 4
red chilli powder1/2 teaspoon
coriander powder1 1/2 teaspoon
mint leaves 15 - 20
coriander leavesfew
curd1 teaspoon
onion1 (sliced)
tomato 1/2
fennel seeds1/2 teaspoon 
oil2 tablespoon
saltto taste

Method

1.  Wash rice nicely twice or thrice,  Soak rice in water for 20 minutes.  Drain the water and keep it aside.

2.  In a pressure cooker heat oil, add the whole spices and roast it for a few seconds.  Next add fennel seeds.  Then add sliced onion and saute till it turns transparent.  Now add ginger garlic paste, green chillies and saute till the raw smell goes off.



3.  Add tomato pieces and saute till it turns mushy.  Now add red chilli powder, coriander powder and saute for a few seconds.

4.  Next add handful of chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves, saute them well.  Next add curd, soaked rice and the rice and coconut milk mixture.





5.  Add salt and mix well.

6.  Cover the pressure cooker, keep in low flame and pressure cook till 1 whistle, or cook for 10 minutes.

7.  After the stem releases, fluff it up with a fork and serve hot with raita.


Check here for other rice varieties:

1.     lemon rice
2.    curd rice
3.    Tamarind rice / Puliogare
4.    sprouts biriyani
5     mushroom pulav
6     ghee rice
7.    kabuli channa pulao
8.    vegetable fried rice (chinese style)
9.    jeera rice
10.  methi peas pulao (with coconut milk)
11.  arisi parippu sadam
12.  coconut rice
13.  Tomato pulao
14.  mushroom pulao
15.  carrot rice
16.  Tawa pulao / mumbai street food

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Maida burfi / Maida cake / Easy diwali sweet

Maida burfi is another tasty and easy to make sweet which I made today on account of Diwali.  Diwali is nearing and I know all of you are busy preparing sweets and snacks.  Yesterday, I shared with you all the recipe of easy rava ladoo using condensed milk.  Today, yet again I am back with another easy sweet recipe which makes use of all purpose flour / maida, sugar, and ghee as the main ingredients.  

The method of preparation of maida burfi is very simple.  Roast maida in ghee,  Make sugar syrup and mix both together.  Doesn't it look easy?

Yes, it is very easy if you take care of few things.  First while adding maida to ghee, take care that the ghee is hot enough.  The second one is, roast maida till you get a smooth mixture.  Keep on stirring in low flame.  There is one more step which should be taken care while making maida burfi.  While mixing sugar syrup and maida mixture, stir fast and vigorously.  This will give you soft and smooth burfi which will melt as soon you put in your mouth.  Now to the recipe..




Ingredients required


maida / all purpose flour1/2 cup
ghee1/4 cup
sugar3/4 - 1 cup (depending on how sweet you want)
food colorone pinch
cardamom powder1/4 teaspoon
water1/2 cup



Method

1.  Grease a plate and keep it aside.

2.  In a pan, heat ghee add cashews 1 - 2 (for garnishing) and roast till it changes color. Transfer it to a plate, keep it aside.




3. In the same pan, add maida, and roast nicely in low flame.  (Before adding maida, check whether the oil is hot enough.  Add a pinch of maida to ghee, you will find it getting fried immediately.  Keep stirring for some time in low flame.  Turn off the flame and keep it aside. (Roast it nicely on low flame till it becomes very smooth.)



4.  In another pan, add sugar, and water.  Heat sugar, and boil it until you get one string consistency. Add cardamom powder and food color.  Turn off the stove.




5.  Keep both the pans on counter top.  Slowly, add the maida mix to the sugar syrup, keep stirring continuously, until it becomes thick and starts moving together as a lump. '




6.  Transfer to a greased plate, and level it with the help of your measuring cup.



7.  Once it is still warm, but slightly cooled down, cut desired shape with a knife.  Allow it to cool completely, invert it to another plate and tap it lightly.  The burfis will come out.



For other ladoo recipes, check here:

1.  kambu ladoo
2.  besan ladoo
3.  oats peanut ladoo
4.  Moong dal laddu
5.  pori unda
6.  atta ladoo
7.  dates ladoo
8.  rava ladoo
9.  rava ladoo (with condensed milk)

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Rava ladoo (with condensed milk) / Semolina ladoo / Easy diwali recipes

Rava ladoo / semolina ladoo is a very tasty, easy to make and popular sweet dish.  Diwali is nearing and it is perfect sweet to make when time is short and you still want to make a special dessert.  I have already posted a recipe of rava ladoo with milk and coconut which is my mother's method of rava ladoo.  Today, I am posting another version where I have made use of condensed milk.  This ladoo uses very few ingredients, semolina, cashews, ghee and condensed milk.  I learned this method of making rava ladoo after I started blogging.  I have seen many of my blogger friends sharing recipes of rava ladoo with condensed milk and after seeing those wonderful ladoos, I had made up my mind to make it on my own. With Diwali round the corner, I made this today and thought of sharing it with you all.

Though the preparation of these rava ladoos seem easy, there are few things which gives the ladoo its flavor and taste.  First of all, rava has to roasted nicely in  medium flame till it attains golden color. This is to remove the raw smell of semolina.  The second one is ghee.  Always homemade ghee gives the ladoos a special taste and flavor.  Now to the recipe..



Ingredients required


rava / semolina1 1/2 cup
ghee 1/2 cup
fresh grated coconut / desiccated coconut1/2 cup
condensed milk1 1/4 cup
cardamom pods (crushed)2- 3
Milk1 tablespoon
cashew nuts10 - 15


Method

1.  If you are using fresh coconut, add a teaspoon of ghee in another pan, and roast coconut till it becomes light brown in color. Keep it aside.  If you are using desiccated coconut, then you can add it as such.

2.  Heat ghee in a pan, add cashews and fry till it starts changing color.  Transfer it to a plate.  (If you are adding raisins, you can add it now and wait till it puffs up and transfer it to another plate. )


3.  Next add rava / semolina and roast nicely on medium flame till it becomes light golden color.

4.  Next add coconut and fry for a few seconds.

5.  Next add the roasted nuts and cardamom powder and mix well.

6.  Now add condensed milk and 1 tablespoon of milk, mix it well and turn off the stove.

7.  Leave it aside for some time.  When it is warm enough to handle, take small portions of it and make balls.



8.  Rava ladoo is ready.


For other ladoo recipes, check here:

1.  kambu ladoo
2.  besan ladoo
3.  oats peanut ladoo
4.  Moong dal laddu
5.  pori unda
6.  atta ladoo
7.  dates ladoo
8.  rava ladoo

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