Showing posts with label Deepavali. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Deepavali. Show all posts

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Soft Mysorepak

Mysore Pak is one of the yummy sweet that most of us like it. 


Celebrating this sweet with festival is a divine thought too. 

Let us celebrate this Deepavali 2018 with Soft MysorePak.
There is a story about this Mysorepak How it has got its name Mysore pak.
The story goes like this.  This Sweet Mysore pak was first time prepared during Shri Krishna Raja Wadiyar Rule in Mysore. 
Shree Krishna Raj Wadiyar was ruling Mysore that time. He was fond of sweets they say. He asked his palace cook Mr. Kakasura Madappa to prepare some thing nice, tasty and delicious. Madappa just prepared the mixture of sugar, ghee and gram flour/channa flour/besan flour. The sweet turned so nice as golden colour. King Krishna Raja Wadiyar ate this sweet,  which melted so easily and it was delicious. He was curious to know the name of this sweet. When he asked Madappa, he did not know what to say/ because he never thought of the name for this sweet. He suddenly uttered Mysore pak. It is done in Mysore first time and the pak means pakam /cooking. The name Mysore pak got its name in this way.
Let us see the recipe Now :


Things Needed :

Channa flour /besan /gram flour : 1 Cup
Sugar : 2 Cups
Ghee : 2 1/2 Cups
Cardamom : 3 to 4 pods.


Method : 

1. Dry roast channa flour till the raw smell disappear. 
2. Remove the pods from cardamom and powder it.
3. Melt the ghee into liquid form and keep it aside.
4. Apply ghee to plate /tray and keep it aside.
5. Now put sugar in a big bowl and keep it on the fire. Add 1/3 of water and melt it completely.
6. Stir in between and mix it well. Sugar liquid starts to bubble. 
7. Check for 1 string consistency. Le the flame be very low.
8. Slowly add roasted besan and stir. Add ghee in between and should stir continuously. 
9. Keep on adding ghee and stirring. It slowly change its colour. Stir and put each time a tablespoon of ghee and stir.
10. Leave the stirring for few seconds and stir again. You can see the content turning golden colour.
11. Leave it for few seconds and stir again. It starts to come up. Stir and let it come up again. Add cardamom powder. 
12. Again leave it for 2 seconds and shift the Mysore pak content to a ghee spread tray /plate.
13. Cut it according to your wish when it is hot. But do not try to remove it when it is hot. 
14. Let it cool down. Now remove the pieces slowly and put it in a air tight box.
15. Soft Mysore pak is ready to serve.


Note :

Do not allow the content to get hard. The proportion should be the same as mentioned above. You can remove the ghee which oozed out from Mysore Pak while shifting it to a plate. Do not go on stir till it hardens. Just stir twice or trice after it changes its colour 
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 12 to 14 Pieces. ( According to size ).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oats - Corn flakes - Walnuts Laddu

Happy Deepavali to One and all. Let us celebrate together and enjoy the festival of lights. 
Deepaavali is one of the National Festival of India and people do celebrate all over the world where ever they live. This Deepaavali I have prepared Oats - Corn flakes - Walnuts Laddu/laadu/Unde.
This Oats - Corn flakes - Walnuts Laddu is good for health and you can munch on any time of the day.



This Year  Deepavali starts from 6 - 11 - 18. The preparation of sweets and savouries is already started. I was just thinking of some thing healthy, easy and energetic laddu/ laadu/ Unde to prepare. So tried laddu with cornflakes, oats, walnuts and dates.

This laadu can be kept for many days and You can distribute to your friends, neighbours and take it for travelling too.
Let us see the recipe Now : 

Things Needed :

Oats : 400 Gr pack 
Corn Flakes : 1 Big Bowl 
Walnuts : 1 Small Cup
Raisins : 1 Cup 
Jaggery   250 Gr or little more 
Ghee : 1 Cup
Roasted Chenna /Huri Kadale /Putani : 1 Cup
Dry Coconut /Kopra / Kobbari : 1 small one 
Cardamom : 8 to 10

Method :

1. Dry roast oats on low flame for 5 to 6 minutes. Dry roast corn flakes for 3 to 4 minutes. Let it get cool.  Dry grind oats and corn flakes into powder.


2. Dry grind copra and cardamom pods. Dry grind roasted chenna in to coarse powder. ( Just give a churn). Do not turn them as powder.  Remove from the mixi jar and keep it aside.


3. Dry roast corn flakes and dry grind it with walnuts.

4. Keep a big pan on the fire and heat. Add jaggey and put some water. (1/4 cup).
5. Let jaggery melt completely. Sieve jaggery with a siever. Keep the clean jaggery mixture aside.
6. Keep a pan on the fire and put jaggery mixture and stir continuously.
7. Let it get into one string consistency. Add dry ground coconut.


8. Now add all the powdered ingredients one by one. Dry ground oats, corn flakes.

9. Mix all the ingredients nicely and put off the fire. Now add coarse powdered chenna and mix it.


10. Put the pan down ,add ghee and raisins. Mix it nicely.

11. Take a handful of Oats - Corn flakes -  walnuts and coconut mixture and press it tightly, closing your hand. Try to give a round shape and prepare laddu.


12. Prepare the rest of laddu and keep it in a big bowl. Let it be there for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
13. Put them in a air tight boxes and  cover the lid. Store and serve these Corn flakes - Oats and Walnut laddu. 

14. Serve these Laddus in the evening or any time of the day. Store it in air tight box.

Note :

You need to roast it nicely so that the raw smell disappear and it taste so good.
Adding raisins more /less is optional.
Adding a cup of ghee adds taste to Laddu. Adding more /less ghee is optional.
Add little more ghee / little fresh boiled milk if you are not able to give a ball shape abd then prepare Laddu. Frying raisins in a tablespoon of ghee is optional. ( I have used it as it is ).
Time : 30 Minutes.
30 Laddus can be prepared. ( According to size ).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oats - Baragu/Prosso Millet Laadu/Laddu

Happy Deepavali to Each and Every One. 

Oats - Prosso Millet Laadu is one of the sweet dish that you can prepare and keep it ready for celebrating Deepavali. Deepavali is full of lights and sweets. Loads of sweets are prepared and distributed among friends, neighbours and relatives.


Here are some Laadu/laddu/Unde which are prepared using Oats, Prosso Millet/Baragu, Coconut and jaggery. Nuts are added to make the laddu little rich and taste.
 Prosso Millet is known as Barri in Hindi, Panivaragu in Tamil, Varigulu in Telugu and Baragu in Kannada. 
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients : 

Oats : 3 Cups
Prosso Millet/Baragu : 2 Cups
Jaggery : 2 Cups
Ghee : 1/2 Cup and little more ( 2 Tablespoons)
Dry Nuts : Cashews and Raisins : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.

Method :

1. Dry roast Baragu, Oats nicely till the raw smell disappear. (Separately). Let it cool.



2. Grate coconut and dry grind it.

3. Dry grind dry roasted and cooled baragu and oats. (Powder it).

4. Now keep a pan on the fire and put jaggery and 1/4 cup of water. Mix the content nicely.
5. Let it melt completely and turn as liquid. It starts to boil and bubbles up.
6. Stir for another 2 to 3 minutes and check for one string consistency. ( On low flame).
7. Put dry ground oats, coconut and baragu. Mix it well and put off the fire.


8. Keep a small pan on the fire and put 1/2 cup of ghee. Add cashews and fry.
9. Add  raisins and fry till raisins double its size. Put this fried nuts and ghee to baragu mixture.

10. Mix it nicely and prepare laddu.  (Take a handful of the laddu mixture and press it in between your palm and finger. Give a ball shape).
11. If you find it hard to prepare laddu ( If it turns powder again), divide the laddu mixture and add a table spoon of ghee and mix it well. It helps you to form laadu.


12. Arrange them in a tray or plate and serve whenever you want. ( As you wish).


Note : 

If you are using shop bought jaggery use a filtering method and clean the jaggery and then use it. I have used organic jaggery bought from Sagar/Shivamogga. Use of more or less ghee is optional. Les ghee turns the laadu very hard. Use of more jaggery is optional. Use of more dry nuts optional. Use of coconut is also optional. (You can prepare laadu without coconut also).
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 25 to 30 Laadu can be prepared. (According to shape and size).

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Spicy Maida Diamond Cuts

Deepavali ..Deepavali...Festival of lights and loads of yummy food to go with the festival.
Time to share and care, spread happiness around you. That should be the message this Deepavali.
I have prepared some diamond cuts, shank  pole the spicy ones. I do not know why it got this name. Diamond cuts are ok because of its shape. but shank pole, I am still thinking. Anyways these diamond cuts are very easy to prepare and goes well with coffee or tea or juice what ever it is, it is a yummy munch.
I have used Maida, chilly powder, salt, jeera and oil.
Lets see the recipe Now : As I said it is an easy and yummy crunchy snack.

Things Needed :

Maida (All Purpose flour) : 2 Cups
Chilly Powder : 2 Teaspoons
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Salt : As required
Water : Required water
Oil : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Put maida in a big bowl. Add salt, chilly powder, jeera and mix it well.
2. Keep a small pan on the fire and heat. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and heat for 2 minutes.
3. Put the hot oil on the dry flour and let it cool. Mix it nicely and add little water and prepare the dough.

4. Divide the dough into small portion. Take a small portion and kneed it well.
5. Now roll the small portion dough as thin chapati. Take a knife and prick on the rolled chapati.

6. Cut that like a diamond shape. (big/small). Remove the pieces and put it on a plate/tray.
7. Keep a frying pan on the fire. Heat and put oil to fry. Let it get hot.
8. Put cut diamond cuts in hot oil and fry them on low and medium flame.


9. Fry on both sides till they turn slightly brown and remove them from oil and put them on the kitchen tissue. So that extra oil will be absorbed by the tissue.

10.Repeat the same with remaining dough and prepare crispy diamond cuts.

Note :

Do not add much water, the dough might turn watery, very soft and absorbs more oil. Do not add more hot oil for the flour. Diamond cuts might curdle in oil. (turns powder and spoils the whole oil).
A butter can be added instead of hot oil. (just 1 tablespoon). Adding jeera/ any spice is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : As you serve or use.

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