Showing posts with label Almonds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Almonds. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Bottle Gourd - Almond Kheer

Bottle Gourd - Almond Kheer is a sweet dish and it is one of the quick and delicious dish.
One of the yummy desert to serve after food.


 This way you can make kids eat some veggies. Bottle gourd is full of fiber, rich source of vitamins and minerals. Jaggery and almonds provide energy and boost your health.
We South Canara People have sweet tooth, and do eat lots of Payasa/kheer. Many vegetables are used in preparing Payasa/Kheer.
I have used jaggery, bottle gourd, almonds, coconut milk, poppy seeds and Seasoned with cashews, and raisins. Added cardamom to give inviting aroma.
We had some guest some time last week and I prepared this delicious Bottle gourd - Almond kheer.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed : 

Bottle Gourd Gratings : 1 Bowl
Jaggery : 1 Cup
Coconut : 1 Cup
Almonds : 6 to 8
Poppy Seeds : 1 Tablespoon
Cardamom : 3 to 4 Pods

Method :

1. Wash bottle gourd and take out the outer layer and grate bottle gourd.
2. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Soak almonds in hot water and remove its skin.
3. Clean poppy seeds and soak in plain water for 5 minutes.
4. Keep a pan and add 1 cup of water. Heat it. Add jaggery and let it melt completely.
5. Sieve jaggery liquid and keep it aside.
6. Now keep a pan on the fire and put jaggery liquid to the pan.
7. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Add bottle gourd grating and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Grind, coconut, almonds, poppy seeds and cardamom with little water.
9. Grind it nicely. It should turn into fine paste consistency.
10. Add this ground coconut mixture to boiling bottle gourd mixture.
11. Let it boil for 5 minutes. Let it cook on low flame. Stir in between Shift the Kheer to a serving dish.
12. Add ghee fried cashews and raisins to the kheer and serve.

Note 

Adding more almonds makes the kheer thick. It is just enough to add 5 to e almonds to get the aroma and good health. You can add more jaggery. But I like mild taste. Adding ghee fried cashews and raisins is optional. You can add them with out frying .
Time : 20 Minutes. 
Serves : 4 to 5 .

Friday, April 19, 2019

Almonds - Corn flakes Laddu

Laddu/ Laadu / Unde is one of the healthy sweet done and stored for munching at any time of the day.
Here are some laddu which I prepared for distributing it for our relatives with Kashi Tirtha. We had been to Kashi/Varanashi , Gaya, Ayodhya and Prayag Rajya. It was beautiful trip with our friends and always cherish the memory. 


Visiting Kashi Vishwanatha temple is one such moment and taking dip in Ganga River and other holy rivers really an awesome feeling. Ok it is left to people with believers and non believers any ways. One has to enjoy his or her feelings and cherish the moment that he or she gone through.
Coming back to Laddu, I have prepared this type of laddu using corn flakes and ground nuts, for Our Kashi tour and distributed among us in the bus while travelling to Gaya from Varanashi. 
I have done that laddu on Facebook live too. It is an easy, healthy, quick and simple to prepare and you can enjoy it any time of the day. Here I used almonds instead of groundnuts. 
The ingredients I used are mainly Corn flakes, almonds, jaggery. Thats it.Minimum ingredients and healthy laddu to be munched. It stays for a week or little more days and it and no coconut used here.
Lets see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Corn flakes  : 500 Grams
Almonds : 250 Grams 
Jaggery : 250 Grams 
Ghee : 3 To 4 Tablespoons

Method :

1. Dry Grind Kelloggs corn flakes. ( No needs to roast )
2. Dry Grind almonds /badami in to rava consistency and shift it to a bowl.
3. Mix both the powdered almonds and corn flakes and keep it aside.


4. Take a big pan and keep it on a fire. Add powdered jaggery and 1/4 Cup of water.
5. Let it dissolve completely. Sieve it and  keep it aside.
6. Now take cleaned jaggery and put it to a pan. Keep it on the fire and let it boil.


7. Stir in between and let it get one string consistency. Let it be on low flame. (Whole procedure).
8. Add powdered almonds - cornflakes mix and mix it well. 


9. Take away the pan from fire and keep it down.
10. Put 3 to 4 tablespoons of ghee and mix it nicely. 
11. Take a small portion from it and prepare laddu. 


12. If you find the laddu mixture dry add 2 tablespoons of hot milk and mix it well. 
13. You can easily prepare laddu. Prepare laddu with remaining mixture.


14. Let it completely cool. Store in air tight box or bottle.

Note :

Check with one string consistency. Do not add more water. It takes long time to get thick.
Do it on low flame. Adding ghee more /less is optional. Adding more ghee taste better. You can add ghee instead of hot milk if the mixture turns dry. Heat the ghee and then use it. It is always better to clean jaggery and then use it.
Time : 30 Minutes
25 to 30 Laddus can be prepared. (The size must be small).
Watch to Know more about making Almonds - Corn flakes Laddu 



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Almond Mysore Pak

Mysore pak - Yes Most of the sweet lovers love to have Mysore Pak.  It is delicious sweet, no doubt it has its fame and name. Preparing Mysore Pak one has to do it very slow and with lots of patience.
I do prepare yum yum yummy Mysore Pak and all my friends and relatives pour loads of love and appreciation, sweet words after eating Mysore Pak.
Here I have prepared Almonds Mysore Pak 


 Here I have tried " Almond Mysore Pak " and its super good I can say. You try and taste and You do agree my words.
Let us see what all I used and how did I do this Yummy, delicious Sweet " Almond Mysore Pak".
All I used is Almonds, besan/channa flour, ghee, sugar and little cardamom.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Ingredients :

Besan / Channa flour : 2 Cups
Sugar : 1 3/4 or 2 Cups
Ghee : 1 Cup
Cardamom : 5 to 6 Pods
Almonds : 1 Cup
Water : 1/2 Cup

Method :

1. Dry roast besan till the raw smell disappear.



2. Powder almonds and keep it aside.

3. Remove the seeds from cardamom pods and powder.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and put sugar and half cup of water.


5. Let sugar dissolve in water completely. Add a tsp spoon of ghee.
6. It starts to bubble. Let it boil for 2 minutes. See that it gets one string consistency.

7. Add roasted besan /channa flour and powdered almonds. ( Let the flame be very low)..


8. Stir nicely and see that there are no lumps. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of ghee and stir.
9. The ghee you pour mixes well with besan and sugar mixture. Continue stirring and adding ghee in between. 5 to 6 minutes or little more.


10. Slowly the colour changes  in to slight golden brown.  Leave the mixture for 10 seconds and stir again slowly but do not allow the mixture  to burn at the bottom.
11. Let the mixture slowly come up slightly. Stir again. Do this process at least 4 to 5 times. ( Strictly on low flame ). Add powdered cardamom and mix it again. It starts to leave the edges.


12. Allow the mixture to slowly come up again and pour this mixture to a ghee spread tray or plate.


13. Spread it nicely and leave it to cool.  Cut Almond Mysore Pak once it is completely cooled.


14. Serve or enjoy eating these delicious Almond Mysore Pak pieces. Store it in a airtight box.


Note :
The sugar should melt completely before it gets in to syrup consistency. One should prepare this Almond Mysore Pak on low flame. Adding more ghee is optional. Almond Mysore Pak should be cut in to pieces only when it cools completely.
Time : 30 Minutes.
25 to 30 pieces can be made : According to size and shape.





Watch the process : 


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Dates and poppy seeds Burfi

Dates and Poppy seeds burfi is a healthy burfi, that I have tried during this Deepavali. No sugar or jaggery is added to this bar and is nice to chew the healthy, yummy and easy  Dates and poppy seeds.


I have used Dates, almonds, cashews, raisins, figs and poppy seeds.
It is an easy and healthy burfi that all age group can enjoy and more of it it is diabetic friendly. Sweet teeth people can munch this burfi at any time of the day. Good to carry for travelling and good snack for the kids snack box. It is energetic and loaded with good minerals and vitamins.
I prepared this Dates burfi during Deepavali and packed it as one of the sweet to our relations.
Dates and Poppy Seeds Burfi Has NO Sugar, NO Ghee or any fat and No Coconut.
Preferably use ripe and soft Dates to prepare this burfi.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients 

Dates : 400 Grams
Raisins : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Almonds : 20 to 25
Cashews : 10 to 15
Figs : 5 to 6
Poppy Seeds : 3 to 4 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Remove the seeds from Dates and put it in a big bowl.
2. Cut cashew nuts and figs into small pieces.


3. Dry grind almonds into powder consistency.
4. Put all the dry fruits into a big bowl. Kneed them well and let it mix well. ( Dates, raisins, cut cashews, figs and powdered almonds).
5. Spread a tablespoon of poppy seeds in a tray or plate.
6. Put dry fruits dough in the tray and press it evenly. Use chapati roller to even it in equal level.


7. Spread remaining poppy seeds on the top of the burfi and just press it slightly.

8. Leave it for a while. Cut it according to your desired shape.

9. Remove from the tray and store in a box.

10.  Serve or munch at any time of the day.

Note :

The dates you use should be soft. You need to kneed the mixture nicely so that it mixes well and sets well as burfi. Dates proportion should be more, so that it adds to the sweet taste. The sweet taste is natural and good for all age group and the diabetic people.
Time : 30 Minutes. 
Serves : 20 Pieces. ( According to size and shape ).

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Energy Laddu

Energy Laddu /Laadu /Unde is an easy dish and it helps to keep you full and provides energy. These energy laddu is prepared using dry coconut, jaggery, poppy seeds, oats, almonds, raisins and little ghee.

These laddu/laadu/unde is full of nutritious and healthy. Eating a laadu keeps you full for a long time. These Energy Laadu can be taken for travelling, kids snack box, kids parties and ladies kitty party.
These Energy Laddu is diabetic friendly and it has oats.

Lets see some benefits of eating poppy seeds in our diet.
Poppy seeds are filled with medicinal values. They helps to keep our mind and body cool. They are filled with anti-oxidants and a mono saturated fatty acid called Oleic acid. It helps in lowering the bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol level in blood. Poppy seeds have good source of dietary fiber.It is good for people who suffer from constipation. Poppy seeds are filled with B -complex vitamins. They contain good amounts of minerals like, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper helps in the production of red blood cells. Potassium helps in regulating heart rate and blood pressure. It is good for soothing nervous irritability and act as pain killers. Poppy seeds are used in many traditional medicines and in the preparation of cough mixture.
Let is see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Oats : 400 Grams
Almonds : 1 Small cup / 15 to 20 pods
Jaggery : 1 big cup 150 to 200 grams
Raisins : 1 Small cup
Ghee : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Dry coconut : 1 ( Small one )
Cardamom : 5 to 6 Pods
Poppy Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Home made Rose Gulkand : 2 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Dry roast oats for 5 minutes till the raw smell goes off. Dry grind once it is cooled.


2. Cut dry coconut into small pieces.

3. Dry grind almonds, dry coconut and oats like powder consistency.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and put jaggery and 1/4 cup of plain water. Let jaggery melt completely.
5. Let it boil and get one thread consistency. Stir in between and let it boil for another 2 to 3 minutes on low and medium flame. Add home made gulkand at this point. Mix it well. ( Optional ).


6. Put off the fire and keep the jaggery melted pan down. Add powdered oats, almonds, coconut, raisins and 2 tablespoons of ghee.

7. Mix all the ingredients nicely and take a small amount of the mixture and make laddu/laadu/unde.


8. Prepare more laddus and arrange it in a big bowl or tray.
9. Sprinkle poppy seeds on them and slowly turn the bowl, roll laddu and make the unde to get proper puppy seeds on each laddu.

10 Let all the laddus cool a bit. Now you can put them in a box and serve when ever you want.
11. 40 Laddus can be prepared.

12. Put them in a steel box and store. This Laddu can be kept for a week.

Note :

It is a must to use completely dry coconut.
I have used organic jaggery from Udupi. So did not filter the jaggery water. Used it directly.
Use of more ghee is optional. Use of gulkand is optional. Gulkand adds to the taste and aroma.
Add more ghee on the top of the mixture and prepare laddu quickly or add little warm milk and prepare laddu.
Time : 30 to 40 Minutes.
Serves : 40 Small Laddu can be prepared.
Purely Indian Sweet/Desert/ Energy Laddu.

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