Festive

Apple Rabdi

Yesterday it’s my hubby Birthday, he loved the homemade sweet dish and during weekdays we all avoid sweet items and only eat homecooked healthy food, salad, and fruits but he didn’t want to eat especially an Apple.so I thought what special I can prepare which will be healthy and yummy too.So I got an idea to prepare Apple Rabdi which he simply loved it.

It is simply awesome dessert which is healthy yet delicious. Traditionally rabdi is made up by drying up milk in a heavy bottomed pan by heating for several hours. It is very time taking procedure.To lessen the effort it can be made very easily with condensed milk and several other ingredients.

Ingredients

Milk 1 liter

Condensed  Milk 1/2 tin or to taste

Apple 3-4 (grated)

Cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Assorted Dry Fruits 1 tbsp

Few Saffron strands(soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified Butter 1 Tbsp

Sugar 2 Tsp 

Method
In a heavy bottomed pan boil milk & saffron to reduce till 1/4th.meanwhile, take a pan add clarified butter & saute grated apple & adding 2 tsp sugar until apples get cooked. It will take around 5-7 min and juice dried up cooked apples, they become mushy and little bit transparent. Turn off flame and keep aside the pan.

Once milk reduces add grated apple & milkmaid and cook till you get desired consistency.add cardamom powder and assorted nuts turn off flame.keep in a refrigerator to chill.Serving cold or hot is an individual choice but I prefer chilled one.

Tips:- It’s very important to Cook grated apples(peeling is optional) before adding in milk else milk will curdle and you may end up in mess.

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Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and Kesari means saffron, It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar, Clarified butter.It is made during the festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

On eve of Vasant Panchmi, prepared this sweet dish at my native place we do Puja of Goddess Saraswati There is a tradition of eating different varieties of sweets are offered to Goddess which includes yellow colored sweet as well.

Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and Rava Kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked.

Ingredients

Semolina 1 cup

Saffron 20-30 strands

Water 1.5 cup

Clarified Butter(Ghee) 1/4 cup +1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon(optional)

Method

Heat a pan add 1 tbsp clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add Rava and sautéed it continuously stirring often and roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic and Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar, water, and saffron bring to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly.Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the Sauteed Rava to sugar syrup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1/4 cup ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Add green cardamom powder & Switch off the flame
Serve Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

Til Mawa Ladoo

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy includes Flattened rice (Chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (Gur) or Sugar &accompaniment with sweets made of til papdi (sesame seeds brittle) and peanut chikki Veg curry like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.  

This year for Makar Sankranti I am making Til mawa ladoos for my family, It’s a yummy combination of sesame seeds, mawa(milk solids) and Powdered Sugar. Celebrate the warmth of festivals with these sesame seeds ladoos.

Ingredients

White Sesame seeds – 1 cup

Powdered sugar– 1 cup

Mawa – 1 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds until they become light brown. Later, transfer them to a plate and grind them coarsely in mixer grinder when they cool down slightly. Now roast the mawa until the color changes a bit.

Following, turn off the flame and let the mawa cool down a little. Then add the powdered sugar in the mawa followed by sesame seeds coarse powder and mix everything really well. Bind the firm ladoos from the warm mixture and place them on a plate. Til mawa ladoo are ready.

Sheer Khurma 

Sheer Khurma literally means”milk with dates” in Persian, in this festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr. It is a traditional Muslim festive dessert, for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

The main ingredients used in Sheer Khurma are vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, and dates.In my version of Sheer khurma to enhance flavor, I have added cardamom powder, cashew nuts pistachios, almonds,  saffron & raisins.

ingredients

5 cups full cream milk

1/2 cup or 60 gm vermicelli

1 tbsp Ghee

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1tsp green cardamom powder

2 Tbsp chopped dates

10-12 raisins

1/4 cup almonds-Pistachios blanched and cut into pieces

10-12 Cashew nuts

Saffron strands soaked in milk (optional)

Method

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add chopped nuts & Raisins fry till starts giving nutty aroma remove from pan & drain on paper towel and keep aside, using the same pan add the vermicelli and cook till it turns golden brown.Add the sugar and milk and cook until cook until the sugar dissolves.Add the fried dry fruits and keep few for garnishing, mix well and allow it to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.Add the fresh dates,  cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.Remove from the flame and serve hot or cold.

 

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Milk Rava Kesari

Milk Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and kesari means saffron,It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar ,Clarified butter ,Saffron & Milk.It is made during festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

Milk Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and milk rava kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked in milk.

Ingredients

Semolina 1/2 cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Milk 1.5 cup

Saffron 15-20 thread (soaked in 1 tbsp. warm milk)

Clarified Butter(Ghee)  3 tbsp

Assorted Nuts for garnishing

Method

Heat a pan add 2tbsp. clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add rava and sautéed  it continuously stirring often to prevent it should be light golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar ,milk and soaked saffron bring  to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly .Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the rava to the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of pan. Switch off the flame
Serve Milk Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Chikki

Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet made from nuts, jaggery or sugar.there are variations of chikkis made out of cashew nuts, almonds, and pistachios.

I am sharing one more Makar Sankranti recipe, using Peanut & sugar.it’s easy to make at home following instruction carefully.

Ingredients
Peanut 1  cup
Sugar 1 cup
Unsalted Butter/ghee- 1 tbsp

Method
Grease back of plate or chopping board & rolling pin.for flattening chikki mix
Roast Peanut on med heat.in a pan and stir continuously to prevent burning approx 4-5 minutes.remove in a plate cooled down a bit, remove skin of peanut when it’s warm only as skin comes out easily & break into halves or one can use deskinned unsalted & roasted peanuts are available in grocery store.

Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted peanuts and  Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin.when its warm only cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the chikki with the help of a knife.Peanut Chikki is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

 

 

Til Papdi(Sesame Brittle)

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

Til Papdi or Caramelised sesame seeds is an Indian sweet prepared for the winter festivals Called Makar Sankranti/Lohri etc.At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy include Flattened rice (chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (gur) or Sugar & accompaniment with sweets made of til (sesame seeds) and seasonal vegetables like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.

Ingredients

White Sesame (til) 1 1/3cup

Sugar 1 1/3 cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tbsp (for greasing)

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame till they are light golden in colour. Remove them from the pan and keep aside in a plate to cool.Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted sesame seeds, Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin. Try to make it as thin as possible.Cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the square papdi with the help of a knife.Til Papdi is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

2)Pour on greased plate or board.flatten with help of greased rolling pin.and cut it into  desired shape..when Sesame mixture is hot only.using sharf knife.once it will cool down u can break only.

 

 

Mawa Gujiya

Gujiya is a sweet dumpling made of all purpose flour and stuffed with roasted semolina or Milk solid khoya or Sweetened Coconut fillings.The outer layer is crispy & flaky while stuffing is rich & sweet.

Every part of India it’s called by different name. like Ghugra in Gujrat,Karanji @ Maharashtra, & Andhra Pradesh call Kajikayalu.

At my native in Bihar Gujiyas are called Pedakiya.It’s very popular in Bihar during a festival. There are two types of Gujiya made in Bihar: one with Roasted semolina (sooji) in which  added dry nuts cardamom powder sugar & raisins  and then deep fried in a cooking oil or ghee.another one made with filling milk Solid ,cardamom powder ,sugar & dry nuts.

My Family favourite is Mawa Gujiya which I am sharing here.

Ingredients for outer cover

All Purpose Flour – 2 cup

Milk or Yoghurt- 1/4 cup

Ghee – 4 tbsp

Cold water to make dough as required

filling ingredients

Mawa (khoya) – 1  cup

Powdered Sugar -1/4 cup or to taste

Cashew Nuts – 10-20

Raisin – 2 tbsp

Green  Cardamom Powder- 1 tsp 

Oil for frying

Method

In a bowl, add the flour & 2 tbsp of ghee and rub with your palm and fingers such that the dough appears like bread crumbs. Add  enough water to make a dough which can be rolled yet Firm dough. Divide the dough and shape into small balls. Keep aside covered for half an hour.

Meanwhile, heat a pan, add half tbsp of  ghee,add the nuts and roast till golden. Remove and cool. Once cool, make a coarse powder and set aside.In the same pan, drizzle 1/2 tbsp of ghee and add the khoya/mawa and roast for 5-6 minutes. Remove, keep aside to cool.add powdered sugar and roasted nuts into  mawa. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.keep side the prepared filling.

Now, roll each ball with the rolling pin into a thin puri Spread a tablespoon of the filling on one-half of the rolled out dough. Wet your finger and run it along the edges of the spread out dough with water and fold over to the opposite end, enclosing the stuffing to form a semi-circle shaped gujiya. Press the ends firmly so that the filling doesn’t come out during the deep frying process and use a fork to seal the edges. Alternately you can twist the edges around the gujiya.

Heat enough oil in a wide vessel to deep fry the stuffed gujiya Slowly drop 3-4 gujiyas into the oil and deep fry them on medium flame till golden brown. Turn them carefully to cook the other side as well. Drain the gujiya  with a ladle and remove to a plate.Cool and store in airtight containers. Gujiya will be  fresh for at least a week and can be stored utpo 2-3 weeks.

Seviyan kheer

Yesterday on eve of my birthday prepared this yummy Indian dessert. Seviyan or vermicelli kheer, is a traditional popular dessert. In India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, vermicelli is known by various local names such as seviyan or semiyan in Hindi. it is used to prepare different flavor  of dishes including a variation of kheer, a sweet dessert similar to Kheer (rice pudding)Vermicelli are also used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called  Vermicelli Upma it’s a savoury  dish.

Seviyan is a delicious and an easy recipe to make.It is made with milk,sugar, and then flavored with green cardamom powder. Garnish with Nuts as my daughter didn’t like I always add for me & my husband at a time of serving.

Ingredients

Vermicelli 2 cup

Whole Milk 8 Cup

Ghee or Unsalted Butter 4 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1 cup or to taste

Green Cardamom powder  1 /2 tsp

Method

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add assorted nuts and saute till nuts are brown. Remove from heat, drain on absorbent paper and set aside.In the same pan, add vermicelli and saute till light golden. Remove from heat and set aside.Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan. Add fried vermicelli, mix well and cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes.Add sugar then mix well and cook on low heat for five minutes.Remove from heat and add cardamom powder & assorted Nuts. Mix well and serve hot or chilled .My family preferred chilled desserts.

Tips

1 )Use a nonstick or heavy bottom utensil to make a seviyan kheer. Add the seviyan and roast them for about two minutes on medium low heat or one can buy Roasted sevaiyan from Indian Grocery store.if using pre-roasted then no need to use ghee or unsalted butter.

2)Sauteed nuts in a ghee or unsalted butter is an individual choice one can add plain nuts or skip nuts completely.

3)when cooled the seviyan kheer tends to be thick. so if you don’t like thick seviyan kheer then don’t thicken the milk.check a consistency of milk as per own taste buds.

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Boondi Kheer

Boondi Kheer is a delicious Indian dessert.Prepared using Boondi laddoo,milk ,for flavouring, added Cardamom powder, Saffron & Garnish with Dry fruits & rose water.Most of a time when laddoos are leftover i prepared this dessert & everyone liked it .So sharing my Boondi kheer recipe.

Ingredients

Milk 1 litre
Boondi laddoos 3-4
Cardamom powder a pinch
Saffron (soaked)few strands
Dry fruits chopped
Sugar as per taste buds(if required)
Rose water few drops (Optional)

Method
Boil milk adding saffron in a heavy bottomed pan.reduce it till become 3/4th in quantity.
Break boondi laddoos( using hand or fork.if laddoos kept in fridge.then keep it outside to come @room temp.otherwise it will become mushy).Add boondi in milk.stir for 1-2 min.check sweetness as laddoo is already sweet.if u wish u can add extra sugar or Turn off heat & add cardamom powder.once it cools down add chopped dry fruits & add rose water.Serve chilled or one can serve @ room temp.

Kheer

Kheer is a rice pudding from the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent, made by boiling rice, with milk and sugar on a slow fire ; it is flavoured with cardamom & nut.Served Hot or Chilled

Ingredients

1/4th Cup or 100 g Basmati rice
1 can condensed milk  or sugar to taste
1-liter fresh milk
Cardamom powder, to taste
Dry fruits for garnish
Method
Boil fresh milk in a heavy bottomed pan.Add rice to the milk and mix.Cook on low flame till the rice grains turn soft and begin to break.Now add cardamom powder to the rice-milk mixture and stir well.If you are using condensed milk, Keeping on a slow flame, mix in the sweetened condensed milk into this pan and stir thoroughly.
Simmer for another  4-7 minute . Remove from fire and pour kheer into a serving bowl.Garnish with dry fruits.Your delicious kheer recipe is ready to be served hot/cold

Cashewnut laddu

Cashewnut powder cooked in sugar syrup to make a ball.its like a fudge.

ingredient
Cashewnut powder :-200 grams
Sugar:- 3 &1/2 tablespoons
Lukewarm milk:-3 teaspoon
Ghee:-1/4 cup + for greasing
Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoons
method
Heat sugar and 50 ml water in a non-stick pan. Cook till one-string consistency is reached. Add cashew nut powder to sugar syrup. Mix well and switch off heat. keep checking there are no lumps.Add 3 teaspoons milk and mix well. Switch on heat, add ghee and cardamom powder. Mix well and make sure that there are no lumps.Cook till the ghee melts and switch off heat. Set aside for 20 minutes or cool to room temperature. Grease your hands with ghee. Divide mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos or any shape as u desired.decorate with any dryfruits(optional)

Coconut Laddoo

Laddoo is an Indian sweet that is often prepared to celebrate festivals or special occasions.It’s easy to make with few ingredients easily available at home.Desiccated coconut mixed with condensed milk to make a ball.one can use fresh grated coconut to make this ladoo.various type of laddoo one can check on my blog Cashewnut laddu Boondi Laddoo Besan Laddu

Ingredients

1 tin  condensed milk

3 ½ cup-4 cups Desiccated coconut powder

Cardamom powder a pinch

Ghee or unsalted butter 1/2 tsp to apply on palm

Method:

Keep aside 1/4th cup coconut powder.Heat a non-stick pan Add remaining coconut powder and  condensed milk and cook on a slow fire till the mixture leaves the sides of pan (approx 5 minutes).add cardamom powder.Cool and roll into small laddoos with buttered (oiled) hands. Roll in coconut powder and serve.

Thandai

Milk blended with nuts & whole spices.Serve Chilled

Ingredients
Milk 1.5 tr
Saffron strands (soak in milk)
Sugar powdered 1/4 cup or to taste
To make a paste
Almond soaked & peeled 1/4 cup
Cashewnut soaked 10-12
Pistachio 10-12 soaked
Black peppercorns 10-12
Cardamom 5-6
Fennel seeds 2 tbsp
For garnish
Rose water 1 tsp (optional)
Saffron strands
Method
Add ingredients in a grinder .make a fine paste.add mixture in a bowl then add milk & sugar.mix properly keep in a refrigerator.
Pour in a glass serve chilled ..garnish with saffron strands & add rose water.

Boondi Laddoo

Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup.

ingredients
Gram flour (Besan) 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Melon seeds-1 tbsp
Raisins 10-12
cardamom powder -1 tsp
crushed saffron strands few
Kewra water few drops(optional)
Unsalted Butter(melted)/ ghee 1/2 tbsp
Oil/ghee for frying
Method
1) make Batter for Boondi
take besan in a bowl ,add little water first & stir properly .now add desired water to make a smooth Batter.
just to check boondi consistency
( we wil fry few Boondi . once u pour with a spoon drop should become round .if it become round it means pouring consistency is absolutely correct)
2) make Sugar syrup
Take a Pan add sugar and water & saffron strands stir once it dissolve let it Boil once it boil put flame on a low
cook the sugar syrup, till it becomes one thread consistency. switch off the flame. keep the sugar solution aside.
(one thread consistency one can check when we Put syrup between index finger & thumb .when we stretch it will be like thread)
the sugar syrup should be hot when we add the boondis.
3)2) heat oil/ghee in a pan ,using perforated ladle drop boondi batter & fry .take it out & drop in hot syrup.
4)add a melon seeds (magaz), cardamom,few drop of kewra water(optional) & ghee/unsalted butter.mix everything properly.
5) apply ghee /Butter make round shape of laddo .
tips
don’t drop batter from height otherwise boondi will not be in round shape
every batch clean ladle using cloth or paper towel from both sides.
make laddoo when its bit hot .u can dip hand in water too.once boondi cools down ,its not easy to make Ladoo

Kesar Burfi

Kesar Burfi or Saffron Milk Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (Barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.Burfi made with saffron, milk powder & Pistachios.

ingredients

Milk powder(Non-fat) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee – 4 tbsp

Milk – 4 tbsp

Saffron strands(soaked)

Green cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

blanched & chopped pistachios (for garnishing)

Method
heat a big heavy bottomed pan add butter.once butter melt .add milk powder, sugar and cook on low flame. Stir continuously so that mixture should be smooth & lump free.
while cooking slowly mixture gets thick in consistency, turn off the flame and pour this mixture over greased plate.smooth top either with a spatula or greased parchment sheet.
sprinkle pistachio on top.keep burfi aside & cool down .cut it in a  desired shape.

Fruity & Nutty Kheer

Delicious Kheer made up of Lotus seeds  & dry fruits .Apple gives a Crunchy taste.

Ingredients

Milk -1 Liter
Apple(Grated) -2
Lotus Seeds- 1 cup
Assorted Nuts(chopped)-1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup +1 tsp or to taste
Green Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tsp
For Garnishing
Saffron Strands -few
Assorted Nuts(chopped)
Rose water few drops
Method
add 1 tsp butter/ghee in a heavy Bottomed pan add grated apple,1 tsp sugar & saute till water evaporates.take it out Keep aside.Roast Lotus seeds using a pan add 1 tsp butter/gheeAdd Milk in a pan once boil adding lotus seed & cook on med heat
then add saute Apple,Green cardamom powder & nuts
cook till lotus seeds become soft & get desired consistency
Serve hot/chilled
tips:-.garnish above mentioned ingredients

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer is a delicious festive dessert made with sabudana (tapioca pearls) flavored with cardamom and saffron.

Ingredients

Sabudana 1 cup
Milk 4 cup
Sugar 3/4 cup or to taste
Assorted nuts 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Saffron soaked few strands
Water 1/4 cup

Method
Wash & soak Sabudana at least 30 minutes or become double in size.
In a pan add water then add milk.once it gives a boil add Sabudana & cook on med-hi flame till pearls become translucent.add sugar & stir continuously.
cook till desired consistency.add saffron & cardamom powder.turn off heat.
garnish with nuts.serve Hot/cold
Tip: crush saffron & soaked in warm milk.
if one doesn’t like saffron/Nuts omit both & make plain kheer