Besan ladoo/chickpea flour ladoo – Happy Ugadi

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Happy Ugadi to everyone. Ugadi is celebrated in Karnataka  and Andra Pradesh it the new year for us according to the lunar calendar.Usually during Ugadi abbatu or stuffed sweet lentil mixture pancakes are made and that’s the main dish or at least that is in my amma’s home.In-laws celebrate the new year according to solar calendar, so there is another New Year festival in few days.

Ok coming back to the recipe instead of making obbatu and sweating I decided to make something simple and easy. last year I made just 8 or 10 obbatu  and by the time I could finish the fire alarm went off, because of the smoke ,sigh.So anyways I wanted to try vegan version of besan ladoo but something went wrong and I had to dump it one of my biggest kitchen disaster after a long time, so maybe that’s next time, so I decided to make the ladoo with ghee hmmm. You can try the other sweets from    here. so let’s start making Besan ladoo.

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Basic Information:
Preparation Time:5 minutes.
Idle Time: 30
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves:  10 to 12

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Besan flour/chickpea flour – 1 cup

Sugar powdered – 3/4th cup

Cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Badam /Almond chopped – 1 tbsp

Ghee/ clarified butter – ½ cup

HOW TO MAKE

In a pan roast the besan flour for 15 to 20 minutes or until the raw smell of the flour is gone.

Once the besan is roasted add the sugar, cardamom and mix well for 2 to 5 minutes.Then add the almond and mix well.

Now add the ghee and mix well, once mixed well let it cool, and when your able to  handle the  heat, make lemon sized ball, granish it with badam  and its ready to serve.

NOTES

Ghee can be used lesser maybe 1/4th cup or 3/4th according your taste.

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Navane/Foxtail millet Sweet pongal

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Happy Sankrathi to all, I try to make healthy food most of the time like everyone, even during festival. I made this millet pongal, it was tastier than the rice pongal, and so it was a hit in both ways, tasty and healthy too. Nowadays I try to add millets in my daily routine. I have also made broken wheat pongal. Ok let’s start making millet pongal.

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HAPPY SANKRANTHI

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: nil
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves : 4 to 6 people

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 cup moong dal

1 cup millets

3/4th cup jaggery + ½ cup water

5 to 6 cloves

1 cup grated coconut

1 tsp eliche

1 tbsp mixed dry fruits (dry grapes, cashew and Badam)

1 tbsp ghee

HOW TO MAKE

In a pan dry roast the millet and moong dal separately, keep aside.

In another pan add ghee once heated add cloves and cashew. Keep aside.

Now add the roasted moong dal and millets in a pan mix well now add the grated jaggery, mix well, keep on sim flame let it cook slowly.

In another pan add jaggery, water, eliche and let the jaggery melt fully.

Once the jaggery is fully melted, add it to moong dal, millets, coconut mixture and mix well and let it cook, let it cook for 20 minutes or until done.

Once done add the remaining dry fruits and cloves and cashew roasted in ghee and then it’s done.

NOTES

I have added finely powdered badam.

You can make pongal with rice, broken wheat and any millet.

I have added badam powder and dry grapes without roasting , you can roast and then add it to pongal.

Badam if are sliced I do roast , but never dry grapes, because I feel it changes in its texture and taste.

Ps:I have not taken the cloves and cashew roasted in ghee.

 

Sajjappa and Happy Gowri & Ganesha habba

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I wanted to make sajjappa from a very long time. I eat this first time during my wedding, I had never had this before my wedding, once I was married into this Iyengar family did I eat this sweet, I liked it instantly. Since it being a typical Iyengar sweet I asked my MIL how to make, she did give me her recipe, but I made sigh changes according to my taste speaking to amma about this recipe sigh, so this recipe has inputs, by MIL, Amma and me. It’s a very easy recipe, I thought it will take long time and it might be tough but it’s very simple, but it might take time obviously if the quantity is more, so let’s start making.

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Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 to 20 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 20 mins
makes: 10

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Outer covering

½ cup – Chiroti rava/fine rava/ fine semolina

¼ cup – Maida

½ tsp – salt

½ cup – water

2 tsp – oil + some extra will rolling the sajjappa

Stuffing

1tbsp – poppy seeds

½ cup – Jaggery (see notes)

1 cup –  grated dry coconut

½ tsp – elichi/ cardamom powder

1 tsp – water

Oil for frying

HOW TO MAKE

First make the dough using the ingredients under outer covering. The dough consistency should be like chapatti dough, not too soft not too hard. Keep the dough covered for 20 minutes or more.

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Now for the filling, in a pan roast the poppy seeds. Let it roast for 2 to 3 minutes. Once the poppy seeds are roasted add the jaggery, coconut, elichi and roast it for 5 minutes.

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The jaggery will start meting a bit , since I have used powdered jaggery I added one tsp water, so the stuffing  will hold shape and easy to handle.

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Once the stuffing is ready keep it aside. Take the dough divide the dough into 10 parts. Take the dived dough  roll it into small poori size or 2 inch diameter using some oil  , Place the  stuffing  in the centre and gather all the sides  and fatten it into a  2inch diameter  circle and deep fry  in the heated oil and then the sajjappa’s are ready.

Notes

I used powdered jaggery, so I added one tsp water, if you’re using normal or blocks jaggery. First slightly powder the jaggery add  1 tbsp water and let it melt and become watery , then add the jaggery , elichi and  coconut and cook until the water is evaporated.

I have used dry coconut you can use fresh coconut too.

While flattening or pressing the sajjappa be careful or the filling might come out.

Only Maida dough can be made, but it won’t be that crispy.

The more you keep the dough for resting; more better, it will be easy to handle.