Basant Panchmi Special- Rava Kesari Sheera/Kesari Halwa

Hello Foodies!!

Bringing in Basant Panchmi on a sweeter note and what a better way to prepare Kesari Sheera/Kesari Halwa.

All we need is,

Ingredients-

  • 2 tbsp  cup ghee
  • 10 cashews / kaju, halves
  • 1 tbsp raisins / kishmish
  • ½ cup rava / sooji / semolina, fine
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp saffron water / kesari
  • ¼ tsp cardamom power / elachi powder

Method-

Firstly, heat 2 tbsp ghee / clarified butter and roast 10 cashews, 1 tbsp raisins on low flame.

Once the cashews turn golden brown, keep aside.Now in the same ghee roast ½ cup semolina/sooji.

Roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic. keep aside

In a large kadai boil 1 cup water.keeping the flame on low, add in ½ cup roasted semolina/sooji.

Stir continuously till the rava absorbs water and no lumps are formed.
further add ¾ cup sugar (add ½-1 cup depending on sweetness you prefer).
keeping the flame on low, stir well till the sugar dissolves.

Add 2 tbsp saffron water or kesari food color.(Soak few treads of saffron in warm water for 15 minutes). Here, I have used edible orange food color.

Make sure the mixture is combined well and no lumps are present.
cover and simmer for 2 minutes or till rava gets cooked well completely.

Additionally add roasted cashews, raisins and ¼ tsp cardamom power.
mix well till the rava kesari separates from pan.

Kesari Sheera/Kesari Halwa is ready to be served.

Do let me know when you try this irresistible bowl of kesari halwa in the comments section.

Happy Basant Panchmi!!

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Fasting Recipe- Makhane ki Kheer/ Lotus-seed Kheer/Foxnut Pudding

Day Four!😇

Tired of having roasted Makhana/Foxnut on fasting days?? I wanted to have something sweet to satisfy my taste buds so thought of making Makhana kheer/ foxnuts pudding and here I am sharing recipe with you all .

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time- 30 minutes

Serving -2

Ingredients-

Milk-3 cups,

Ghee-2 tablespoons ,

Sugar- 5 tablespoons ,

Cardamom powder(elaichi)- 1/4 tsp,

Crushed almonds – 5-6 pieces,

Raisins(kishmish)- 8-10 pcs,

Makhana/Lotus Seeds/Foxnuts -1 cup roasted and crushed,

Mace powder-(Javitri) – 1 pinch

Method-

1. Place a fry pan on low heat. Add ghee in it.

2. Now add the chopped makhane to the pan, sauté for 2-3 minutes. Remove the makhane and keep them aside. Crush the fried makhanas with a rolling pin.

3.Now, take a deep bottom pan add milk and give it a boil.

4. Then, add cardamom powder, mace powder, roasted and crushed Makhane, almond and raisins. Give it a stir.

5. Reduce heat and cook on low flame for another 20-25 minutes, stirring constantly till the milk attains a thicker consistency or reduces to ¾.

6. During this period, keep on stirring every 2 minutes so that it does not stick to the sides, bottom and burn.

7. Add sugar as per your taste. Stir continuously.

8. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.

9. Garnish it with pistachios.

10. Serve hot and enjoy.

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Modak Poli!!

Yes Ganesh Chaturthi is here!! The festival of Lord Ganesha which is celebrated throughout India with fun and frolic!🎊

 

To celebrate this auspicious period of 10 days, I decided to make Modak Poli! Yes you heard it right! Modak Poli is a dish with a twist of Modak filling inside Poli dough!!

So let me share the recipe with you all guys!! Make your Ganesh Chaturthi special with Modak Poli!

 

Preparation Time: 10 minutes,

Cooking Time : 20 minutes,

Servings :6

 

Ingredients:

 

For Filling-

 

Coconut Powder – 1 cup,

Jaggery-1 cup

Crushed Dry Fruits- 1/2 cup

Elaichi Powder – 2 tbsp

 

For Dough-

Maida – 1 cup,

Rice Flour – 1 cup

Lukewarm Water- According to texture( softness of the dough)

Ghee- To roast

 

 

Method:

 

  1. Firstly, we will prepare the filling for that we will take coconut powder, jaggery and crushed dry fruits and mix well.
  2. Heat the pan, add ghee and roast the mixture well until brown.
  3. Now when it’s has been stirred well until brown turn off the flame and let it cool.

 

 

For Dough –

  1. In a bowl, add maida, rice flour and knead it with lukewarm water until soft.
  2. Cover the dough with wet cloth for 30 minutes.
  3. Now make balls from the dough and fill it with filling.
  4. Roll it with hands without the help of rolling pin.
  5. Roast it on the pan with ghee until brown on both sides.

 

 

Your Modak Poli is ready!! Relish it with your family and friends.

 

Do let me know how you made it.😊

 

Until than

 

Ganpati Bappa Maurya!!🙏🏻🎊

Lagan Nu Custard- Navroz Special!

Lagan Nu Custard- Navroz Special!

Happy Navroz !!

Lagan Nu Custard – An Iconic Parsi Dessert!

Preparation Time – 5 minutes, Cooking Time- 1 hour, Servings- 4

Ingredients:

1.5 litres milk,

1 cup all purpose flour,
1/3 tin condensed milk,
300 gm sugar,
1/2 teaspoon cardamom and nutmeg,
1 tsp vanilla essence,
Handful of sliced almonds,cashews and raisins.

Method:

Step 1- Bring the milk to a boil in a large non-stick pan.

Step 2- Once the milk has boiled, remove from the heat and stir in the condensed milk & sugar. Cook over a slow fire. Now it is the time to taste the milk. If you feel you need more sugar, add some in. Keep stirring this for a good 15 minutes until sugar is melted, the milk sticky and ivory in colour. Remove from the gas and cool.

Step 3- In the meantime, in a steel bowl mix maida, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom until frothy.

Step 4- Stir this mixture into the cooled milk. Once it’s all mixed, grease a large baking dish and pour the mixture in.

Step 5 -Put the dish in a pre-heated oven and bake until golden (atleast an hour on about 220 degrees celcius). Garnish with the nuts and put it back in the switched off oven.

Step 6 -Chill and serve – it tastes best the next day once the custard is set.

You can relish it in an individual glass or cups!!

 

Oats Muffins

Oats Muffins!! Let’s get started!!

Preparation Time: 5 mins, Cooking Time-5-7 minutes, Servings-2.

Ingredients:

Leftover Oats-3 cups,

Semolina/Rava – 1 cup,

Honey-1 tsp,

Chopped Dryfruits- 1/2 cup,

Apple -1 (chopped) or any fruits of your choice,

Cheese – Shredded or Stripes (Optional)

Method:

Step 1- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Grease it with butter/ghee and pour it in muffin tray.

Step 2- Bake at 180*C for 7 minutes.

Your oats muffins are ready. They are ideal and healthy for kids. Ideal for late night munching with hot cup of coffee.

 

Birthday Treat-Orange Velvet Cupcakes

Orange Velvet Cupcakes.

WARNING You may get addicted after reading this recipe!

Orange Velvet..!!?? Yes you heard it right. I tried these cupcakes on my birthday and trust me it came out spongy and delicious. My day just does not pass by baking or trying new recipes to satisfy my never ending weakness for sweets, cakes, cupcakes and chocolates. I have made these cupcakes without cream(upper layer).

So lets get started on this roller-coaster cupcake ride and put on your gloves and apron.

Preparation Time:5 minutes, Baking Time:10 minutes, Servings -2.

All we need is

Ingredients

Orange Velvet Mixture-1 cup,

All purpose flour (Maida)- 1 cup,

Baking powder-1 tsp,

Baking Soda – 1 pinch,

Curd- 2 cup,

Condensed Milk-1 cup,

Melted Butter- 1 cup,

Method:

Step 1: In a bowl,mix orange velvet mixture,all purpose flour,curd and melted butter.Stir it well until the butter is mixed properly.

Step 2: Add baking powder,baking soda and condensed milk, mix well and now combine the stirred batter.

Step 3: Grease the cupcake mould with ghee/butter,place your desired cupcake cover and pour the batter in the cupcake.

Step 4: Now bake the cupcakes at 180*C for 10 minutes.

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Step 5: Remove these beauties from the oven,let them cool and you can top it with desired fruits. I have topped it with strawberries!

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Signing off..! Let me know how you made it and will be happy to see your side of version too about Orange Velvet Cupcakes.

 

Birthday Musings -Orange Velvet Cake

Birthday Musings- ORANGE VELVET CAKE

Orange Velvet Cake

Orange is the New Black! Red Velvet Cakes are passe..So lets bake it and make it birthday special.

Preparation Time:5 minutes, Baking Time:10 minutes, Servings -2.

All we need is

Ingredients

Oranges-1, (We will use them as a slice)

Orange Velvet Mixture-1 cup,

All purpose flour (Maida)- 1 cup,

Baking powder-1 tsp,

Baking Soda – 1 pinch,

Curd- 2 cup,

Condensed Milk-1 cup,

Melted Butter- 1 cup,

Method:

Step 1: In a bowl,mix orange velvet mixture,all purpose flour,curd and melted butter.Stir it well until the butter is mixed properly.

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Step 2: Add baking powder,baking soda and condensed milk, mix well and now combine the stirred batter.

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Step 3: Grease the bakeware with butter and pour the batter. In between add sliced oranges and then again pour the batter, put sliced oranges and finally cover with batter. You have to do it twice.

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Step 4: Bake at 180*C for 20 minutes.

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Step 5: Let it cool and relish.

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Note:

As I am a vegetarian, I have used curd instead of eggs.