26
Sep 19

Badam katli (Almond sweets)

Most notable the special occasion of Deepawali is at our door step and we are in dilemma what to prepare? Now a days due to adulteration, ready made sweets are not safe; the home made ‘Badam katli’ is easy to prepare and delicious too.

You may prepare on regular days for your kids and put it into lunch box or give it with evening or morning snacks with milk, they will be very happy to eat and you will feel very relieved and happy that kids have nutritious food.

Almond is excellent source of protein, especially for vegetarian, good for children. It is comes under super food; gives huge benefits for our health, improves our skin beauty and provide age related benefits.

Ingredients:

  • Almond (Badam): 250 gm.
  • Sugar: 150-200 gm.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Milk: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: ¼ cup.
  • Ghee: 20 gm.
  • Chandi ka varak: as per requirement.
  • Butter paper: 2 sheets.

Preparation:

  1. Soak almond for about 3-4 hours, peel off the skin, grind soaked and peeled almond to fine paste with help of mixer grinder. Keep aside.
  2. Take one small bowl with a tablespoon of warm milk, add saffron. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan or heavy bottom pan; add sugar and water; stir continuously on the lower flame to makes sugar syrup, allow boiling till sugar syrup gets thread. When threading starts; means this is the right consistency of syrup.
  2. Add ground almond in it; continue to stir the mixture on medium low heat. Add ghee and saffron milk after couple of minutes. Continue stirring till mixture starts coming together and you get rolling consistency on your finger as shown in photo (It will take 10-12 minutes), don’t overcook the mixture.
  3. Take out the mixture on butter paper: knead the mixture with greased finger till it becomes smooth dough (rolling consistency) as shown in the photo. Put another butter paper over it and roll the mixture gently and evenly until ¼” thickness. Spread chandi ka varak and allow it to cool; cut into diamond shape. I used here saffron milk to decorate the sweets.
  4. Mouth melting ‘Badam katli’ is ready to eat, enjoy …
  5. Happy Deepawali…
Badam katli (Almond sweets)
Ingredients
Soaked almond
grind soaked and peeled almond
fine paste
Add ground almond
stir the mixture on medium low heat
Add ghee
Add ghee
Continue stirring till mixture starts coming together
get rolling consistency
get rolling consistency
Take out the mixture on butter paper
roll the mixture
Badam katli (Almond sweets)
Badam katli (Almond sweets)

08
Sep 19

Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)

On the eve of Navratri fasting days People prepare this ‘Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe) recipe, it is very popular in northern India. It is really delightful with a glass of orange juice and some seasonal fruits.

I prepare this recipe sometimes as a breakfast and add grated cheese and chili powder, the cheese goes very well with potatoes. You will be overwhelmed as all of us love cheese and potato.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes: 300 gm.
  • Cheese: 50 gm. (optional)
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Red chili powder: (optional)
  • Cooking oil/butter: for roasting

Preparation:

  1. Wash and clean potatoes and boil them, about 90 % cooked: peel off and grate, add salt keep aside.
  2. Grate cheese and keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan; apply one spoon of butter, grease all on it. Spread the grated potatoes mixture, press them with spatula and set the edges properly, so that it gets smooth texture at the edge, as shown in photo.  
  2. Let it cook about 5-6 minutes on low flame with lid on: when it gets slightly golden in color, flip it upside down with the help of plate (put plate on the cheela and reverse the fry pan, so that chila come out on the plate again put the cheela upside down on fry pan, shown in the photo, if size of the cheela is small, flipping upside down can be done by spatula also).
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese and chili powder on the top, cover and cook another side until cheese melt and get golden color (about 5-6 minutes).
  4. Transfer into serving plate, serve hot ‘Aaloo ka cheela’ may be served along with pumpkin sabji, chopped fruits and fresh juices for fasting days and serve with  chutney or tomato ketchup on normal days.
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Ingredients
grate, add salt
Spread the grated potatoes mixture
press them with spatula
flip it upside down with the help of plate
reverse the fry pan
cheela upside down on fry pan
cheela upside down on fry pan
Sprinkle grated cheese and chili powder
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)

06
Sep 19

Banana chips (Nendran banana chips)

Banana chips, the regional dish of Kerala (south India) is very popular and loved by all, not only in India but in Japan too. It is must in Kerala to serve banana chips at festival and even day today routine too.

Nendran banana is good for preparing chips; I found the banana at Hanamasa departmental store in Tokyo and prepared it. We need a few common ingredients for such a delicious and healthy snack; it goes very well with tea, can be stored in an airtight container for weeks together.

Quick and easy to prepare, here I use olive oil for frying and it comes out awesome in taste, but authentically they use coconut oil. Try the recipe and write me how you paired with…

Ingredients:

  • Raw banana: 4 no.
  • Salt: 2 teaspoon
  • Water: ¼ cup
  • Olive oil/coconut oil: for deep frying
  • Chips slicer:

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the of salt and water solution, keep aside.
  2. Trim the both end of banana and carefully make a long slits in the skin only with pointed knife: slightly twist the banana so that banana skin gets loose and it is easy to peel off the skin.
  3. Peel off the skin with hands and immediately put into bowl filled with normal water. Peel off all the bananas and keep aside in the water for 10-12 minutes.

Method:

  1. Take a woke/fry pan put oil for frying: let the oil hot enough to start smoke, and then slice the banana chips directly on the hot oil with the help of slicer (take care, the quantity of the slice should be such that it can be easily accommodated in the woke), lower the heat to medium flame.
  2. Add one teaspoon salt and water solution on the frying chips, fry the chips till golden color appears, this way the frying chips absorb the salt.
  3. Take out the chips and put on kitchen towel, so that extra oil is absorbed. Repeat with the entire banana.
  4. You may season with black pepper or Chat masala. Banana chips (Nendran banana chips) are ready for serving.
Banana chips (Nendran banana chips)
Ingredients
Trim the both end of banana
put into bowl filled with normal water
slice the banana
slice the banana
lower the heat to medium flame
Add one teaspoon salt and water solution
Banana chips (Nendran banana chips)
Banana chips (Nendran banana chips)
Banana chips (Nendran banana chips)

12
Jun 19

Mung/ Moong dal (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers

In my opinion this is my most favorite sweets for growing children, when my sons were kid, I gave them one laddu to eat as quick small breakfast every morning along with a glass of milk before I was busy with my daily routine. Kids just loved it. This protein packed sweets made with ghee provides good fat and calcium, sugar give carbohydrates, which is necessary for kids to provide energy to play whole day.

I really miss that wonderful time: today I prepare this laddu for my grand-daughter, who is very far away from me in India. My princess we miss you, I may not play every day with you, but I think of you and love you every moment. God bless you my angel…

It is difficult task, what recipe to upload Today for blog; thanks to my daughter-in-law called up to ask me to share this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Mung dal (split green gram): 1 cup (200gm)
  • Sooji/rava: 2 teaspoon
  • Sugar: ¾ cup (150 gm)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): ¼ cup (50 gm)
  • Green cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Cashew nut: 8-10 no.
  • Almond: 12-15 no.
  • Milk: ½ cup (if needed during adding sugar)

preparation:

  1. Soak Mung dal at least 2 hours or overnight; grind with mixer grinder to fine paste, keep side.
  2. Powder sugar, keep aside.
  3. Roughly grind almond and cashew nut. Keep aside
  4. Prepare cardamom powder. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoon of ghee in a fry pan/ non stick fry pan; add two teaspoon sooji/rava( to avoid sticking dal paste into bottom of the fry pan), fry for a minute add dal paste; stir fry on medium low flame till it gets light golden in color, add ghee one spoon at a time whenever you need during frying (do not add all ghee at a time).
  2. Add dry fruits powder and fry for a minute, add powdered sugar, stir well on low flame (sugar going to be melt and it will turn into halwa consistency, at this time you may add milk if needed). continue to cook until binding consistency appears. Add cardamom powder.
  3. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in laddu by using your hand shown in the photo.
  4. Depending upon size of laddu 12-15 laddu will be ready. Decorate with saffron thread.
  5. Delicious laddu is ready to serve for everyone; the nice aroma of cardamom makes the taste awesome.
  6. You may store this airtight container for a week.
  7. Note: you may use more ghee and dry fruits.
Mung/ Moong dal (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers
Ingredients
Ingredients
grind with mixer grinder to fine paste
add two teaspoon sooji/rava
add dal paste
stir fry on medium low flame
add ghee one
stir fry on medium low flame
Add dry fruits powder
add powdered sugar
add milk if needed
continue to cook
Add cardamom powder
Take one handful mix
shape the mixture in laddu
shape the mixture in laddu
shape the mixture in laddu
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal

15
Mar 19

Aata (wheat flour) ka halwa

Daunting challenges like examination of your kids, headache complains, weakness, feeling tired due to study or physical activity; you will definitely go with mouthwatering delicacy and authentic Indian cuisine.

 Aata ka halwa (pudding) have rich amount of protein, iron and carbohydrates for instant energy. Your child becomes sharper, when you start their day with this at least two weeks regularly. This is the Dadi ma ka nuskha…

Ingredients:

  • Aata: one and half cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Ghee: ½ cup
  • Green cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Raisin: 1 tablespoon
  • Cashew nut: 8-10 no.
  • Almond:6-8 no.
  • Water: one and half cup

Preparation:

  1. Discard the skin of cardamom, crush the seeds. Keep aside
  2. Slice the cashew nut. Keep aside.
  3. Boil water along with sugar, and make sugar syrup. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a fry pan, add Aata.
  2. Roast Aata on medium low flame till it gets golden brown in color.
  3. Add cashew nut and raisin in it and fry for a minute.
  4. Add sugar syrup, stir to mix well.
  5. Let it cook for 5- 8 minutes on medium low flame.
  6. Stir it, lower the flame continue to cook till the halwa consistency come.
  7. Add cardamom powder, stir to mix well.
  8. Add one tablespoon of ghee to finish off.
  9. Transfer it to serving bowl and Garnish with dry fruits or as per your choice.
  10. Aata ka halwa (pudding) is ready to serve.
Aata (wheat flour) ka halwa
Ingredients
add Aata
Roast Aata on medium low flame
Add sugar syrup
Aata (wheat flour) ka halwa