Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mohanthal (Gram Flour Fudge)

Welcome everybody.Its more than 2 years i have been away from blogging. I can't believe that i was away this long. I am happy to be back and post a lot of recipes which i have been cooking lately.
I hope all of my fellow bloggers are doing well. You all have been in my thoughts.
I missed reading your blogs. I will strive to update my blog regularly and keep you all posted with my endeavors in cooking.

Lately i made a traditional Gujarati sweet delicacy called Mohanthal. The basic ingredient is Gram flour (Besan/Kadalai Maavu) and is quite easy to make. It was a little time consuming but the final outcome of the sweet was awesome. Everybody in my house relished it. My sister-in-law's kids loved the sweet a lot.

I followed the recipe from Bhavana's Kitchen with little modifications.

Here goes the recipe,
Time taken: 45 minutes

2 1/2 cups Gram Flour/Besan/Kadalai Maavu
3/4 cup Ghee
1 1/4 cup Mawa/Khoya
1/4 cup Milk
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
Saffron as per your need
1 table spoon Cardamom powder
Almonds and Pistachios for Garnishing

Method to make Mawa/Khoya:
3 tea spoon Ghee
1/4 cup Milk
2 cups Instant Milk powder

In a pan combine the milk and ghee and warm until the ghee melts and switch off the stove.
Add the combined mixture to the Milk powder and mix well with a spoon until it forms a crumble texture. let it rest for 5 minutes.

Method to make the sweet:
Grease a 8*8 inch pan with ghee and set it aside.
In a bowl add the 1/4 cup milk and 1/4 cup ghee and warm till the ghee melts.
In a large bowl combine the mixture of ghee and milk to the Gram Flour and mix well.
Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Combine the mixture well with both the palms until it turns into coarse and crumbly texture.
(Alternatively you can also sieve the mixture to bring the coarse texture).
Heat the remaining ghee in a pan and add the Gram flour mixture , Mawa and saute until it turns golden brown in color. (Stir continuously in medium flame until a nice roasted aroma comes).
This will take about 8-10 minutes.
Add the cardamom powder and little nuts and mix well. Switch off the stove.

For the Sugar Syrup,
In a pan add the sugar, water and saffron and boil well until it thickens and forms double string consistency. Switch off the stove.
(To check- After the sugar syrup thickens, Pour a drop in a plate and rub the syrup with your hands and check if more than two strings are formed)

Final step,
Remove the sugar syrup and the gram flour mixture from the stove.
Mix the sugar syrup with the Gram flour mixture and mix nicely till it combines well.
Spread the mixture in a greased 8*8 pan and garnish the nuts on top and let it rest for 1 hour.
After one hour, Cut into desired shape. Serve them.

You can store it in a air tight container for 2-3 weeks. Keep them refrigerated.
Alternatively you can use Ladoo Besan also which is available here in the Indian stores.
Amount of sugar can be altered based on your needs
Any type of nuts can be used (Almonds, Pistachio, cashew).

I will add more pictures step by step next time when i make and will update the blog to get better picture.
Enjoy and please add your valuable comments. Please try and let and let me know how it turned out!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Easy Microwave version Potato chips |BM#18

We had variety rice for dinner and did not have any chips in hand to eat with it.
I then thought of making potato chips in Microwave and see how it turns out. They were cooked with in minutes and turned out amazing. The chips was really crisp and tasted really nice.
It is one of the most simplest dish i have ever done i think. But it is  really worth a try.
1 Potato
Little salt to sprinkle
1 tea spoon oil

Thinly slice the potato. Sprinkle some salt and spray the oil on top or just spread the oil over the potato.
Cook in a microwave plate on high for about 4-5 minutes until they are crisp and light brown in color.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Masala Groundnuts|BM #18

Today i wanted to try Masala Groundnuts in Microwave oven instead of frying in oil. You can also try to broil in the oven or bake in the oven. These Masala Groundnuts was a great hit in our house. They are really easy and quick to make.
Here are the ingredients to make
Groundnuts 2 cup
Besan (Kadalai maav) 1/2 cup
Rice flour 3 tea spoon
Red Chilli powder 1 tea spoon
Salt to taste
Oil 3 tea spoon
Turmeric powder 1 tea spoon

Sprinkle some water over the groundnuts.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients with the groundnuts.
Spread some oil over the mixture and mix well.
Microwave on high for approx 10 minutes.
[The timing might vary based on each microwave. Basically, Microwave on high until the groundnuts are crisp].

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Baked Methi Muthia|BM #18

After a long break, I am back to Srivalli's Blogging Marathon.
For this week i am doing baked or steamed snacks instead of frying. I tried baking these Muthias and they turned out really crisp and nice. This is very easy and quick to make also very healthy.
We all of us loved it at home.
3 table spoon Besan (kadalai maav)
3 table spoon Whole wheat flour/All purpose flour
1 table spoon kasoori methi leaves
1 tea spoon chilli powder
1 tea spoon turmeric powder
salt to taste
1 tea spoon jeera (cumin seeds)
1 table spoon oil (i used sesame oil)
water to knead the dough

In a vessel add all the ingredients except water and mix well.
Add water slowly to form a thick dough.
Take small portions from the dough and flatten with your palm and place on the baking sheet.
Preheat oven to 400F
Once pre-heated,place it in the oven and bake it for 10-12 minutes until light brown and crispy.
Crispy muthias are ready to eat.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

One pot meal for Babies and Toddlers

We always think a lot of what to make for babies and toddlers. They always need or ask for variety. This is one such dish which contains all the necessary nutrients containing dhal (lentils), Rice, Veggies and mild spices. My son is now going to be 18 Months. I almost started giving this dish from his 9-10 Months of age.
This can be given to babies who have started eating solid food. It is very fast and easy to cook. We can also make variations with the couple of mix and match in combinations.

2 Table spoon Moong Dhal (split Green gram dhal without the skin)
1 cup Rice (I used Sona Masoori, any kind of rice can be used)
1 table spoon Olive oil or Ghee
2 1/2 cups Water (you can measure yourself based on what texture you want)
1/2 Tomato
1 table spoon cup peas
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1 tea spoon chopped onion
1/2 tea spoon Cilantro leaves
5-6 Raisins
1 table spoon yellow bell pepper (optional)
Chopped sweet potatoes (optional)
Pinch of Cumin powder
Pinch of Aamchur powder (Dry Mango Powder) or freshly squeezed lime
Pinch of Coriander powder
Pinch of Ginger powder or paste (optional)
Pinch of Garam masala (Kids above 10-11 Months at least)
salt to taste

  • In a pressure cooker or frying pan add Ghee and Onions and saute for few a minute.
  • Then add all the vegetables, spices and saute for a minute.
  • Add washed rice,moong dhal and salt.
  • Finally add required amount of water (I added 2 1/2 cups)and let it cook for up to 2-3 whistles.
  • (If you are not using pressure cooker, then add water in the pan and cover the lid for couple for minutes until the lentils and rice are well cooked and should be mushy.)
  • After the pressure is released from the pressure cooker, take a masher and mash well based on how mushy you want to serve for your child. (if you want you can add more ghee)
  • If your child has not started eating little chunky veggies. This can be pureed to a smooth paste.

You can choose veggies based on what your child likes and have started eating.
Spices can be avoided or added very mild. Even just a tiny bit of salt will taste good without any spices.[Kind of a variation]
Moong dhal is added  for easier digestion for the babies and kids. Usually Toor dhal is introduced later, since it is little slow in digestion.
We can make this dish by avoiding the dhal also. Just with plain rice and veggies.[This is another kind of variation]

This is one of the most nutritious food given to the babies or kids.

This is called 'One pot meal' because we add all the ingredients in pressure cooker. Once the pressure is released the dish is ready to eat.

This goes to Roma Sarma's 'My baby's Favorite Food'
and Healthy Morsels Baby and Toddler Food

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sarson Ka saag |Gravy with Mustard greens

I had been to the Farmers market on Sunday and bought these lovely greens. They were looking so fresh and crisp. I wanted to buy them right away and had no second thoughts. Though this is the first time i am cooking with these leaves. I was browsing for dishes made with these leaves. And, finally made my own version of saag without any cream. All of in my house, including my son loved it. I have decided to make this often from now on.
'Sarson da saag' is a famous punjabi dish cooked with mustard greens and spinach. Those leaves are huge big  has thick stalks.  These look very similar to kale leaves. Just the color is a bit lighter than kale.
Mustard greens is very good for health and has a whole bunch of nutrition and vitamins in it.
More health benefits about Mustard greens can be found in the following link, WhFoods

 Here goes the recipe,
1 huge bunch of Mustard greens
1 1/2 cup Spinach 
1 chopped onion
1 chopped  tomato
1 tea spoon garam Masala
1 tea spoon coriander powder
1 tea spoon chilli powder
2 tea spoon ghee
1 tea spoon cumin seeds 
salt to taste
  • In a pressure cooker add ghee,cumin seeds and allow to splutter. Add the onion and fry for a minute then add the tomato and saute for few minutes. 
  • Then add mustard greens,spinach , little water and salt and allow to cook up-to one whistle and switch off the stove.
  • Once the pressure releases, just churn once the mixture or mash well. Again, switch on the stove and add garam masala,coriander powder and chilli powder. Allow to simmer at least for 15-20 minutes. Once the gravy thickens add paneer if you want and serve hot with Roti's. There was a unique taste of this mustard green.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dry Fruit Ladoo| Kids Delight|BM #15

Last day of BM #15 and here goes the recipe for Dry Fruit Ladoo. This is simple and quick to make.
5 Figs/Dates (I used figs)
1/2 cup chopped dry fruit and nuts (Almonds, pistachio, Cashews, Walnuts, Raisins)
2 table spoon powdered sugar
2 table spoon water
1 table spoon ghee

Grind the figs/dates coarsely. In another pan add 1 table spoon ghee, roast the other fruit and nuts and keep aside.
In a pan add the figs and little water and keep stirring until it starts to melt  a little bit and becomes gooey texture. Then add sugar and continue stirring for 2 minutes and then add the roasted fruit and nuts and mix well. switch off the stove and roll them balls when they are warm.

This ladoo is very healthy and can be done any dry fruits of your choice.
Condensed milk can also be added instead of sugar. It will give a richer taste.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Eggless Jam Biscuits| Kids Delight| BM #15

Today for the Blogging Marathon, i decided to do eggless peach jam cookies. I had bookmarked Rak's kitchen recipe for a long time. I wanted to give it a try. The recipe looks simple and easy to make.

All purpose flour- 3/4 cup
Vanilla custard powder- 3/4 cup
Corn flour- 4 table spoon
Butter 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar- 1/2 cup
Curd- 3 table spoon
Vannila essence- 1 tea spoon
I used peach jam- 2 table spoon

1. Soften the butter. Add vanilla essence and sugar and beat it until frothy.
2.Add flour and curd and form a dough.
3.Spread it in the surface and cut it in your desried shapes. This biscuits won't rise much. So you can decide on what thickness you want.
4.Place the cookies in a baking tray and press the center and form a dent.
5. Fill little jam over the biscuits inside the dent.
6.preheat oven at 350 F and bake the biscuits for 10-15 minutes.
7. Store them in a air tight container.

Just remember that these biscuits harden little more after taking out from the oven.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Banana in Almond Milk|Kids Delight| BM #15

Who will not like Banana with milk? This is usually called 'Paal um Pazhamum' in tamil. It is very common one given to the bride and the groom by the elders during the marriage rituals. It used to taste yumm.
But, that is made just with plain milk and banana. This is also a perfect food for babies. My son just loves it.
For a twist, instead of plain milk. I made with homemade almond milk. This version, not only my son liked it. My husband and me also loved it.
 For Almond milk,
1/4 cup Almonds (Badam)
2 Cups cold milk
Little honey
1 tea spoon sugar (optional)
2 Bananas

Soak the almonds in water for 10-15 minutes. I used the sliced almonds with the skin.
Later grind the almonds, honey and sugar to a smooth paste with a little milk. Mix in the remaining milk along with this.
Slice the bananas into small pieces and add into the almond milk. Serve cold.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Berry Lassi|Berry Yogurt Smoothie|Summer Coolers|Kids Delight|BM #15

Another summer coolers with yogurt and berries today. I had lot of yogurt in my house and had to consume it fast. I thought this was the right time to this Lassi/Smoothie because it will fit the topic for the Blogging Marathon week (Kids Delight- Fruit).
I used Blueberry and Strawberry to make this Lassi. It is very simple to make it. All of us in our home loved it. My son is also a yogurt and blueberry lover. So just thought of making it today.
1/2 cup Blueberry (frozen, fresh or dried)
1/2 cup Strawberry
1/2 cup Honey (I used Clover Honey)
2 cups Yogurt (cold)

In a blender add all the items and blend it until smooth. Either serve it immediately or refrigerate for sometime and serve it cold.

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