RIBBON PAKODA

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Ribbon pakoda is one of festival snack to us which we mostly prepares in our homes during diwali . It is a perfect snack for tea time to munch as iam not a snack favour i wont like to prepare but my kids insisted me to prepare ribbon pakoda  for this diwali , i learnt this savoury item from my MIL, as she prepares well .My little one likes this snack very well and she packs to school also.

INGREDIENTS:

Rice flour                         :     2 cups

Besan                                  :     1 cup

Red chilli powder          :      2 tsp

salt                                       :    as per needed

hing                                     :  pinch

white sesame seeds       : 2 tbsp

butter                                 :  2 tbsp

oil                                         : for frying

METHOD:

  • Take a wide bowl and add rice flour, besan ,white sesame seeds, salt ,chilli powder and butter .Mix well all and add butter and stir with a spatula and little water and make a dough.
  • The dough should be a smooth constiency and let set it for a while .
  • Now heat oil in a wok and take the ribbon pakoda plate and insert in murukku mould  and take the dough in to the mould and press the dough into circular way into oil .
  • Take from oil when it gets cooked and place in a tissue paper so that it gets absorbs all oil.
  • Repeat all dough in same manner , then store this pakoda in a  airtight container.
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Motichoor ladoo

 

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Diwali is one of the main festival to our indians  and diwali is incomplete with sweets and savouries, as it is my favourite festival and we start our festival celebrations from two , three days before only . My kids enjoys firing crackers and playing during this festival, i decor my home with full of lights , and diyas. Motichoor ladoo is main sweet which we prepares for diwali  and this is an easy one to prepare  and we offer as prashad to god lakshmi during festival. The main ingredient for this ladoo is besan and this is same equal as normal ladoo .

INGREDIENTS:

BESAN                      : 1 AND 1/2 CUP

SOOJI                       : 1 1/2 TSP

BAKING SODA      : A PINCH

SUGAR                     : 1 1/2 CUP

ORANGE FOOD COLOUR   :  A PINCH

CARDAMOM POWDER        :  A PINCH

METHOD:

  • Take besan flour , sooji ,baking soda and a little bit of food colour and mix all together in a bowl , i used my whisk to stir comlpetely .DSC01987DSC01988DSC01989
  • Add slowly water to make a thick paste  not so thick but it should be in dropping constistency , stir slowly and no lumps should be form in batter.
  • Meanwhile take sugar and water in a pan and heat completely , add cardamom powder to sugar ,let it boil for few minutes.Check after few minutes  whether one string constiency  is formed. To check sugar syrup take one drop of suagr syrup and touch it with  index finger , if it forms like a string to finger then syrup is ready now off the flame.
  • Heat oil in a wok and pour the batter to ladder and spread the batter in laddle  so that it drops like round balls in oil .
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  • Take boondis and drop them in sugar syrup ,repeat this process till all batter completes and stir them in sugar syrup.
  • Now take this boondi mixture into food processor  and blend them completely.
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  • Now take this mixture from processor and apply little bit of ghee to your palm and make round balls . Now motichoor ladoo is ready u can add chopped nuts as per choice , as i just added chopped cashews  to my mixture and i made ladoos.
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DATE SQUARES

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Dates squares , when i browsed online for to bake different  i just came across this recipe.. basically iam very  fond of dates and oats this is must have to try so just get thought to make this squares , when i observed this recipe it made me drool because the entire recipe is with full of healthy ingredients and readily available . My kids liked this squares , and i got compliments as well , this is very healthy as we using oats in this recipe, nowadays my family have been addicted to this oats as per health it is to be used for to control cholestrol  in our body . Dates are absolutely rich in iron and i just packed this squares to my kids as snacks.As in original recipe it has  muscovado sugar but i just replaced it with light brown sugar.

INGREDIENTS:

Date filling

Dates{deseeded}   :         1 1/2 cups

water                          :        1/2 cup

vanilla extract        :     1/2 teaspoon

OATMEAL CRUST:

Rolled oats             : 1 cup

All purpose flour  :  1/2 cup

Light brown sugar  :  1/3 cup

Baking soda              : 1/4 tsp

Cold butter               : 1/2 cup

White  sesame seeds  : 2 tablespoons

METHOD:

  • Place dates in a heavy bottom sauce pan  and add water to it. Keep on low flame and let it boil.Add vanilla extract and let it boil and it doesnt stick to pan . Boil dates untill it gets mushy and all water gets evaporate and then grind in a jar to get fine paste.
  • Take a 8 inch square pan butter and line it with parchment paper.Pre heat oven at 180c.
  •   Now take oats , flour , sugar, baking soda into food processer and pulse  it for few minutes.Add cold butter and pulse again it for few minutes.
  • Now take the dough and make it into smooth dough and roll it soft.
  • Now divide this dough into three portions and spread first two portions  to the pan completely.
  • Spread the dates mixture to the above dough mixture and spread it evenly  so that it covers completely to pan .
  • Now take remaining one portion of dough and spread lightly so that completely spreads all over .Sprinkle sesame seeds allover in pan .Keep this pan in pre-heated  oven for 25 minutes. Now check the pan if the upper layer gets brown then it done , otherwise keep again for five minutes , this depends upon oven using ..
  • Let it cool completely and then place it  in refrigerator untill cold and firm, when its completly gets cooled then take from pan and cut into squares and serve it . These squares are good when they serve chill ..
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Paneer butter masala

My family always like to eat paneer dishes in any form whether it may be tikkas or in curries, as iam big fan of this curry i like to prepare , the unique flavour of tomato and onion paste gives nice aroma to the curry.This time i tried this curry with homemade paneer and i will post how to make homemade paneer also .While coming to this curry, it  goes  well with rotis ,pulka and with fried rice also.My kids like to have it with pulkas and with fried rice .. The high protein content of paneer  gives alot of calcium and proteins to our body..Its quite easy to prepare with simple ingredients.

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INGREDIENTS:

paneer                 : 200 gms

onions                 : 2 large size

tomato                : 3 to 4

butter                   : 2 tablespoons

dhania powder : 1 teaspoon

kasoori methi    : 1 teaspoon

redchilli powder : 1 tsp

 

METHOD:

  1.     Take paneer and cut into cubes and drop them in boiled water and fry paneer pieces for untill brown.
  2. Mean while grind onions , and set aside.
  3. Grind tomato into puree .
  4. Now heat pan and add butter then add bay leaves for temper.
  5. Now add onion paste and stir for a while untill the raw smell of onion disappear, add ginger garlic paste and tomato paste stir
  6. When tomato puree gets cooked   add dhania powder and red chilli powder and  kasuri methi and dhania powder and stir for few minutes.
  7. Now  add paneer cubes to the curry and saute well now add little water so that paneer gets cook in gravy when it comes to near   switch off flame and garnish with coriander.
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BESAN LADOO

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Besan ladoo  is one of the popular sweet in indian sweets as it is prepared during festivals and now as ganesh navratri festival is celebrating every where we offer as prasad to god . It is quite easy to prepare with simple ingredients and my kids likes sweets so much.

INGREDIENTS:

Besan flour              :  2 cups

ghee                             :1/2 cup

powdered sugar       : 1 cup

raisins                          : 1 tbsp

cardamom powder        : a pinch

 

METHOD:

  1. Roast besan in a wok on small flame for fifteen minutes.
  2. stir continuosly  the besan flour so that it doesnot get burned  and raw smell doesnot comes.
  3. Melt ghee and add melted ghee to the besan mixture and stir continously upto for a while and ghee fragrance comes from this mixture.
  4. Switch off the flame when ghee touches to the sides of wok.
  5. Now add powdered sugar and cardamom powder and stir sugar dissolves completely, add rasins and stir so that no lumps are formed.
  6. Make into balls and now u can garnish it with nuts.DSC01827

 

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NUTELLA BRIOCHE

As iam posting this recipe after one month i think , as i had tried this recipe last week and i delayed to post on my blog…while coming to this recipe iam member of group fond bites which i have described earlier… last week session is to prepare this wonderful bread which resembles like sunflower…as i have seen these task and then i watched video and then i prepared this simple bread …

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INGREDIENTS:

All purpose flour  : 500 gms

salt                     : 1/2 teaspoon

Instant yeast       : 2 tea spoons

granulated white sugar : 2 tablespoons

eggs               : 2

butter          : 60 gms

milk              :  200 ml

nutella            : 1 cup

To brush:

Milk          :1 tablespoons

cooking oil  : 2 tablespoon

METHOD:

  • Take lukewarm milk and add sugar and yeast into milk and mix well…. stay it upto five minutes not to disturbed.
  • Beat eggs into another bowl and set aside.
  • Add flour and salt in a big bowl.mix well, make a well in the centre and add melted butter, beaten eggs and yeast milk mixture..
  • Mix it well with hands untill flour is combined well and makes a smooth ball . Take the dough to counter and knead well upto ten minutes untill it streches well.
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  • Cover the dough with wet cloth and remain side upto one and half an hour untill it increases its size.
  • Now take dough and divide the dough upto four portions . Take the dough of one portion and make a circle upto 2mm thick
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  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and take this circle and lay it on baking tray.
  • Now add nutella upto 1/4 cup to the circle and spread evenly with back of spoon, now make another circle and mark it with a plate so that it doesnot exceed to another layer and spread nutella to this circle also.
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  • Now make another layer and this is third layer and spread nutella to this layer also.
  • Make final circle and now place this circle upon third  circle and dont spread nutella to this layer.
  • Now place a glass in centre and cut lines in opposite directions like in a clock and then cut in middle  and then another direction.
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  • Now fold these layers in opposite direction and fold them into middle repeat all sides in this way and now it appears like sunflower shape.
  • Cover it with cling wrap and let it prove for another half an hour so that it increases in size ..now take carefully it to baking tray and bake it in preheated oven upto 20 minutes. place it in cooling rack and brush it with oil and let it cool..
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NO KNEAD CINNAMON ROLLS{egg less version}

 

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Cinnamon rolls , which is my to-do list from so many days as i have seen in web with using eggs so i just searched once for eggless version then i came across pioneer woman website, in her website she posted cinnamon rolls using eggless and its not necessary to  knead  the dough .Coming to the recipe it is very easy to prepare for people who are new to yeast baking people , these days iam doing alot of experiments with yeast baking , the main part while doing these rolls you just have to make the dough and have to kept aside minimum four to five hours.I just filled these rolls with cinnamon powder and brown sugar, otherwise u can add chocolate chunks or may fill with nutella also…

INGREDIENTS:

Milk                          : 1 cup

Sugar                       : 1/4 cup

Oil                              : 1/4 cup

Instant yeast          : 1 1/2 tsp { active dry yeast}

Flour                         :2 cups

Baking powder       : 1/4 tsp

Baking soda             :1/4 tsp{ scant}

salt                              : 3/4 tsp

FOR THE FILLING:

Melted butter              : 1/4 cup

Brown sugar                : 1/4 cup{ can use white sugar also}

Cinnamon powder    : 1 tbsp

For the glaze:

Icing sugar                 : 1/2 cup

Milk                                : 3 tbsp

Vanilla                          :1/4 tsp

METHOD:

  1. Take milk, sugar and oil in a pan and mix together.Bring the milk mixture to get boil and then off he flame.
  2. Le it cool for a while so tha it comes to luke warm stage, if it gets cool then again heat for few minutes untill i come so luke warm stage.
  3. Add yeast and 2cups of flour and mix well with laddle untill it mix well.
  4. Cover it with a cloth and keep in a warm place and let it doubles in size.
  5. When the dough gets double in size{ it gets nearly one hour to increase in size} then add flour {1/4 cup}, baking powder and baking soda and salt and mix well.
  6. Now you can refiregerate the dough for an hour or maybe overnight also.
  7. Then take the flour and dust the surface with flour and press he dough with flour.
  8. Roll the dough and make it in rectangular shape and enlarge as thin  as u can .
  9. Brush the dough with melted butter i used my pastry brush for this , then add brown sugar and cinnamon powder and spread overall.
  10. Roll the dough from another side and make rounds, and add little bit of flour and cut into slices and place these rolls closely in pan .
  11. Set aside for half-an hour so that the rolls gets double in size .
  12. Pre-heat the oven 180 c and bake the rolls in oven upto half an hour {it depends upon our oven, mine took nearly twenty five minutes}.
  13. While baking prepare for the glaze , mix the ingredients mentioned for glaze and pour it over rolls while they are in pan.
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