24
Jan 20

Phirni/Firni (Classic Rice pudding)

Phirni/Firni is a rice pudding originated during the Mugal Empire in India, popular in many countries too as UK, Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh Iran etc; never goes out of… perfect royal dessert for cool party or professional gathering… it is loved by all as it is soul satisfying. Traditionally it is served chilled in earthen bowl/ clay pot, which is called sakore; cooking this is  not a tedious task and the appearance is so inviting…

Ingredients:

  • Rice: 50 gm (basmati)
  • Milk: 1 liter
  • Sugar: 50 gm
  • Green cardamom: 3-4 no.
  • Almond: 15-17 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Condensed milk: 200 gm (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash rice. Soak the rice for minimum 1 hour, Keep aside.
  2. After an hour; dry on kitchen towel for 20-30 minutes, grind coarsely, and keep aside. (You may prepare in advance and store for2-3 days at normal temperature or in the refrigerator for a week.
  3. Slice almond, peel off and grind green cardamom, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the milk till becomes half; add grounded powder into the milk. Stir it continuously, add saffron and dry fruits.
  2. Continue to cook 10-15 minutes on lower flame, keep stirring at interval, when rice is done and become soft, add sugar, green cardamom powder, and keep stirring.
  3. Note: if you are going to use condensed milk, need not to add sugar.
  4. Add condensed milk and boil it, stir it continuously. Put off the flame.
  5. Transfer this into small earthen pot/small bowl; decorate it with sliced dry fruit and saffron.
  6. Transfer it to serving bowl, allow it to cool to room temperature, transfer it to refrigerator.
  7. Keep in refrigerator for an hour or two, serve it chilled.
Phirni/Firni (Classic Rice pudding)
Ingredients
add grounded powder
add saffron
add saffron
add dry fruits
keep stirring at interval
rice is done
add sugar
Add condensed milk
add green cardamom powder
add green cardamom powder
Put off the flame
Phirni/Firni (Classic Rice pudding)

05
Dec 19

Dalia(Broken wheat)Halwa (Lapsi)

Lapsi (Dalia Halwa) is a Rajasthani authentic recipe; considered an auspicious preparation made on the festive and ceremonial occasion to offer the family God.

I prepared this recipe first time at one of my family friend Son’s wedding function, family members and guests appreciated the recipe. They said best Lapsi ever they had!

Cook delicious Lapsi with jeggery…

Ingredients:

  • Dalia (Broken wheat): 100 gm.
  • Jeggery: 100 gm.
  • Ghee: 75-100 gm.
  • Green cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Dry coconut: 20 gm.
  • Raisin: 1 tablespoon
  • Almond: 20-25 no.
  • Water: 300 ml

Preparation:

  1. Discard the skin of cardamom, crush the seeds. Keep aside
  2. Slice the Almond and dry coconut. Keep aside.
  3. Boil jeggery along with ½ cup of water, and make jeggery syrup, strain. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan and add Dalia; roast on medium flame till it gets golden brown in color.
  2. Add sliced almond continue to fry for couple of minutes on medium low flame; add sliced coconut continue to fry for few seconds, add water let it cook on medium low flame until it is done(about 10-15minutes) with cover on.
  3. Add jeggery syrup stir it, lower the flame continue to cook till the Halwa consistency come.
  4. Add cardamom powder; stir to mix well, add one tablespoon of ghee to finish off. Transfer it to serving bowl and Garnish with dry fruits or as per your choice.
  5. ‘Dalia Halwa (Lapsi)’ is ready to offer family Deity.
Dalia Halwa (Lapsi)
Ingredients
add Dalia
Boil jeggery along with ½ cup of water
Add sliced almond
add sliced coconut
add water
cook on medium low flame
Add jeggery syrup
continue to cook
Halwa consistency
Add cardamom powder
stir to mix well
add one tablespoon of ghee
Dalia Halwa (Lapsi)
Dalia Halwa (Lapsi)
Dalia Halwa (Lapsi)
Dalia Halwa (Lapsi)

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)

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

11
Mar 19

Milk powder Malpua

The colorful Indian festival is around the corner; so I aimed to upload today ‘Milk powder Malpua’ the recipe which is integral part of Holi fest. Khoa is not really available in Tokyo and preparing khoa is going to be slightly elaborated process, so I made the recipe with milk powder. It is equally tasty as khoya malpua.

Enjoy the recipe… you may pick topping for your choice, either decorate with chopped dry fruits or drizzle with condensed milk and chopped dry fruits, it is totally up to you …

Ingredients:

  • Milk powder: 100 gm
  • Maida (refined flour):100 gm
  • Sooji (semolina): 1 tablespoon
  • Milk: 200-250 ml
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon

Ingredients: for making sugar syrup:

  • Water:  one cup (200 ml)
  • Sugar: 250 gm.
  • Green cardamom: 4-5 no.
  • Ghee: for deep frying
  • Rose essence: optional

Preparation:

  1. Prepare cardamom powder, keep aside.
  2. Put Maida, milk powder, Sooji, together in  a big mixing bowl and make smooth batter by adding milk slowly (to avoid the lumps in the batter). Requirement is free flowing batter not very thick not very thin; add cardamom powder and fennel seeds in the batter. Keep aside, batter to be used after an hour or two.
  3. Make one string of sugar syrup (sugar and water bring it to boil and let it cook for 3-5 minutes). Add green cardamom powder and essence. Let it come to room temperature and it is ready.

Method:

  1. Take a flat bottom fry pan. Pour sufficient ghee in it.
  2. Heat the Ghee on medium flame, after five to six minutes when it is hot pour a drop of batter. The batter should come up after few seconds, if does not; means temperature is low, allow further heating and check proper temperature by putting a drop of batter.
  3. Pour a ladle full of batter to form about 3”diameter “pua”. Cook on slows to medium heat, when it starts to change color, turn-over.  Cook till golden brown (both sides). Remove from pan by pressing with two spoons to squeeze out extra ghee.
  4. Put directly into sugar syrup, immerse into sugar syrup. Remove after 2-3 minutes and drain on wire sieve. Garnish with dry fruits. Special ‘Milk powder malpua’ is ready to serve.
Milk powder Malpua
Ingredients
batter & sugar syrup
Pour a ladle full of batter to form about 3”diameter “pua”
turn-over
Put directly into sugar syrup
immerse into sugar syrup
Remove after 2-3 minutes
Milk powder Malpua
Milk powder Malpua