Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Murmure ke Ladoo


BM # 72
Week 3, Day 2
Theme: Festival Recipes

For the second day under Festival Recipes I have Murmure ke Ladoo. Few years back every Lohri my neighbor friend used to send me all Lohri goodies, but since we both have shifted to different apartments, it is rather difficult to catch on these occasions. I remember the Murmure ke Ladoo that she used to make, they were awesome. I never thought of making. For a couple of years we got readymade ones, but this year I decided to make and from now on it is going to be Home made ones.

The Murmura Ladoos are one of the simplest ladoos that can be made. The art and taste lies in melting the jaggery . It should be always done on slow fire with constant stirring.The jaggery should be Amber colored , and a wonderful aroma should release before you add the Murmuras. Add a pinch of Cardamon powder to enhance the taste.

The ladoos should be binded quickly otherwise one lands up with a collected mass. One can either wet hands to bind else grease hands with ghee and bind. However you could heat the mix for a couple of mins again and then bind the rest.


Murmure ke Ladoo

Ingredients
11/2 cups kurmura
1/2 cup jaggery
1/4 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp Cardamon powder

Method
Dry roast the kurmura till crisp. Keep aside.
Break the jaggery into smaller pieces and put it in a non stick pan to melt.
Once melted let it turn golden.
Remove from fire.
Add the kurmure and mix well.
Wet your hands and pinch out about 2 tbsp of the mix.
Make it into a round ball.
Similarly make all ladoos.
The process of making ladoos should be quick as the jaggery stars drying.



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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gur ka Halwa


BM # 72
Week 3, Day 1
Theme: Festival Recipes

It is always interesting to cook specially for festivals. Actually we hardly celebrate any festivals but since I picked the Theme Festival Recipes for this week I decided to cook a whole platter for the Punjabi festival of Lohri. I shall talk more on that next month when I shall be posting this Thali , for the coming three days it's just going to be some Lohri recipes.

For the first day it is Gud Ka Halwa. This is a recipe by Marut Sikka a Punjabi celebrity chef. The Halwa is made of semolina but here the semolina is soaked first. I liked the recipe and found it quite interesting. I ran out of my brown organic gud so I used white gud, which is very popular here in Gujarat. My Halwa turned out white but it had that special taste of gud.

Preparations made with Gud are significant on Lohri , the harvesting festival. More on that later, as of now you enjoy the halwa.



Gud ka Halwa

Ingredients
1/2 Tbsp ghee
1/2 cup semolina
25 gms jaggery soaked in 1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp Cardamon powder
2 tbsp brown sugar( I used boora khand, which is light colored powdered sugar )
Nuts
Pinch saffron

Method
Soak the semolina in water for 20 minutes.
Soak the jaggery in water and keep aside.
Heat ghee and add the drained sooji.
Roast the sooji very well, and keep stirring it. This soaked sooji has the tendency to stick.
( I used a non stick pan )
After the sooji has roasted well add the jaggery water and stir continuously, till all water has been absorbed.
Add the brown sugar and nuts and give it a good stir.
The halwa is ready.







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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Custard with Gulab Jamun



BM # 72
Week 1, Day 3
Theme; Milk based Desserts

For the last day under Milk based Desserts I have a simple custard. This is a nostalgic recipe. My BM buddies who attended the BM 50 meet would remember this sweet that was served by Kamallika. I had loved the dessert and decided to replicate it.

I make custard very often and prefer to make some change in it. Fortunately I had gulab jamun in the frig. Kamallika had used peanut brittle but I had a some Sindhi Vado which is just like a dry fruit brittle. It gives a nice crunch to the dessert, but make sure you sprinkle it just before serving it.



Custard with Gulab Jamun

Ingredients
Custard
Gulab Jamun
Praline
Nuts

Custard
Ingrdients
500 ml milk
3 tbsp custard powder
Sugar to taste
1/4 tsp cardamon powder

Method
Dissolve custard powder in 3 tbsp cold milk.
Boil the rest of the milk.
Add sugar and cardamon powder.
Gradually add dissolved custard to the boiling milk.
Stir continuously, you shall see the custard becoming thick.
Remove from fire and pour in individual bowls.
Chill the custard.
Just before serving add hot gulab jamuns and sprinkle praline.





The combination of chilled custard and hot gulab jamuns is amazing, the crunchy praline takes it to another level.




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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

China Grass


BM # 72
Week 1, Day 2
Theme; Milk based Desserts

For the second day under Milk based Desserts, I have a dessert which is always in my frig. I make 5 bowls of these as my hubby wants it every day. Now why 5 bowls and why not 7 ? Well at times I serve him ice cream or some other dessert.

Agar agar is a natural sea weed and is supposed to be really healthy. It is very popular in Asian countries and is used in different kinds of desserts. It is a wonderful substitute for gelatine. I have made pannacottas with this agar agar ,salads too but my hubby likes it in this simple form. I would love to make more bowls but unfortunately no one in the house wants to eat it..now aren't you wondering why ? Well hubby does not want any sugar or sugar substitute in the dessert. Secondly since this is always in the frig everyone finds it boring. The day I feel like eating I add sugar to my bowl or make a caramel pudding from it. It is delicious and healthy if made with the given recipe , please add sugar ;)


China Grass

Ingredients
500 ml milk
4 gms agar agar strands
Sugar to taste
1/4 tsp Cardamon powder
Nuts and rose petals for garnish

Method
Put the milk to boil.
Wash the agar agar strands and put them in. The milk.
Let the milk boil till agar agar dissolves.
Add Cardamon powder and sugar.
Pour individual bowls.
Garnish with nuts and rose petals.





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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dhan ki Kheer from Sikkim



BM # 72
Week 1, Day 1
Theme; Milk based Desserts

We begin with week 2 and this week I have chosen to cook Milk based Desserts. For the very first day I have a Kheer. I am very fond of Kheers and love to try different varieties of it. The traditional Kheer is a rice pudding, but broken wheat, vermecilli , sago also can be used to prepare these kheers. Thinking on different levels, fruits or Indian sweets too could be incorporated in these kheers. Nuts , raisins, cardamons are an important part of these.

Today I have made Dhan Ki Kheer. This Kheer is from Sikkim.while we were there on our holiday, the hotel chef gave me some unique recipes. After getting back I made a complete spread and this Kheer is a part of that spread.

Dhan is the local rice of this state. This rice is short grained and slightly plump. ( somehow I missed out on clicking the pic ). The rice is boiled in the milk and then cooked. At the time of boiling cardamon should be added to enhance the flavor. Sugar is added as per taste and towards the end. Nuts and raisins are optional.

Dhan ki Kheer

Ingredients
500 ml milk
2 tbsp Dhan
Sugar to taste
1/4tsp cardamon powder
Nuts and raisins

Method
Place milk to boil.
Wash the Dhan just a few times to remove the impurities.
Add to the milk and let cook.
Cook till the rice is done.
Add cardamon powder and sugar.
This rice might get a little tough to cook, in that case just add more milk and adjust the consistency.
Serve garnished with nuts.
The Kheer can be served hot or cold.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing this BM#72





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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Roasted Bell Pepper Spread


BM # 72
Week 1, Day 1
Theme : Dips, Chutneys and Spreads

Yesterday I posted Black Bean Hummus , today it is Roasted Bell Pepper Spread. With multiple posts we are not able to post all recipes at the same time , so some end up as drafts. This is a spread which is from Middle East. The spread is extremely flavorful and you could use it as spreads or even as dips with some crunchy bites.

I made this as a spread for Bread sticks for the Mega Marathon where I made just sandwiches throughout the month.
Here goes the recipe

Roasted Bell Pepper Spread

Ingredients
2 red bell peppers
1 medium onion, chopped roughly
2 cloves garlic
1 dried red chilly, soaked for a couple of hours
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp vinegar
Salt to taste

Method
Roast the bell peppers in a oven or on gas.
When charred remove from fire .
Remove the charred skin and wipe gently with a kitchen towel
Heat oil, add onions and garlic, toss till onions are transparent.
Remove from fire.
Let cool.
Now put the onions, garlic, peppers,red chilly, salt and vinegar in a blender and make a smooth paste.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds.
Serve as a spread or a dip.





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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Black Bean Hummus



BM # 71
Week 1, Day 2
Theme : Dips, Chutneys and Spreads

With the Mega marathon we tend to learn many new dishes and while I took Sandwiches as my sub theme for Cooking Carnival I made this Black Bean Hummus as a spread for my bread sticks. The hummus tastes excellent and is a wonderful substitute to the original chickpea hummus.

The bean hummus is my Day 2 post under Dips, Chutneys and Spreads as my theme for the first week.

Black Bean Hummus

Ingredients
1 cup black beans , cooked or tinned 
4-6 cloves garlic 
2 tbsp olive oil 
2 tbsp vinegar 
1 tsp cumin seeds 
2 tbsp tahini 
Sea salt to taste 

Method
Blend all ingredients to a smooth paste. 
Remove in a bowl. 
Sprinkle red chilly powder. 
Drizzle olive oil lavishly.







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