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Showing posts with label fast and easy desserts. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Modaka!!

One Beautiful sunny morning I was beaming with pride when I realized I have mastered the art of riding two wheeler, the joy knew no bounds...Every horn I heard seemed magical and musical to my ears.. All passer-by on the  road looked Familiar and Friendlier....The turns and twists I took looked smoother and Nicer....There wasn't a better day than this, when once this heavy bulldozer now feels like a lighter and flakier cute vehicle. All the meticulous traffic rules, hand signals and gestures now seems like a 'Cake walk'....

Now I can say I know the meaning of ' Why should Boys have all the Fun'.. I sincerely thanked and sent salutations to those who helped me in this venture. Gliding and Riding went on for some time Until I heard a familiar sound in the back ground and a well know voice said 'Can you dismiss your alarm"? 'Its been buzzing since long time'.. I raised the accelerator but in vain and realized it was a  'Dream'....

I applaud myself for at least  trying and conquering fears to some extent... I Beseech Lord  Vinayaka to ward off any obstacle and hence bless me in this new venture ..... 'Hope is life' hence I never lose hope on me and continue to chase my Dream... I treated myself with good food for this Nobel thought.....Hence my today's post is dedicated to the people like me who Refuse to Give Up.....

Ganesh Chaturthi Special Modaka:
These are sweet dumplings prepared exclusively on Ganesha Festival.. Lord Ganesha is extremely fond of sweets hence he is also called as 'Modaka Priya'.... This Traditional recipe calls for Maida and sweet filling....Since we are in this Health Conscious Era I decided to Offer Lord the Healthy Version Of Modaka, that is the whole wheat Modaka...




Ingredients to make outer layer of Modaka
1)2cups whole wheat flour
2)2Tbsp semolina
3)salt as per the taste
4)water to make a dough
5)1 Tbsp ghee

Ingredients to Make sweet filling
1)1 cup freshly grated coconut
2)1 cup jaggery
3)1tsp cardamom powder
4)1 Tbsp Ghee
5)2 Tbsp roasted poppy seeds

Method to make dough(outer layer)
1)Mix wheat flour, salt, ghee, semolina into tight dough using little water
2)The consistency of the dough should be of poori dough
3)rest the dough for some time

Method to make sweet filling:
1)Add 1 spoon ghee in a pan, roast coconut for about 2 minutes
2)Add jaggery and keep mixing until you get a halwa consistency
3)Add remaining ghee, cardamom powder and roasted poppy seeds

Method to make Modaka
1)Take oil in kadai for deep frying
2)Make small balls(half the lemon size)
3)Roll out these balls (like poori) and place the sweet mixture in the middle. Bring all the sides together to give a Modaka shape..
4)Deep fry these Modakas until it turns into golden brown in colour.
5)cut the flame to off and store in an air tight box


Crispy Modaka is ready to serve...It can be stored for 2 to 3 days after that the outer layer seems to get harder..






Friday, August 8, 2014

Banana Guiwa(banana Gooey halwa)

Today is an auspicious day for all the Hindus,it is the lakshmi pooja...

We believe that on this day the goddess of wealth visits all her devotees and bestows gifts and blessings upon each one of us...To welcome the goddess we clean our house and decorate the house with finery and lights and prepare sweet treats and delicacies to offer it to the mother of wealth.The devotees believe that the happier she is with the visit the more she blesses the family with the health and wealth.....

In spite of me being an ardent theist some questions about life are left unanswered...If a simple prayer invokes god then why there is a huge disparity between the rich and the poor? where is god when the innocents are being brutally hurt? Why a parent loves only his/her offspring unconditionally?Why this Partiality? Aren't every human being a creation of god? Why every relationships comes with a tag line"conditions apply"?........These questions were my worst nightmare until one day I found the answer which Quenches all Spiritual,Ethical,Practical and mainly Scientific Minds....

The Simple Truth 'The Law Of Karma' Says it all....It means we reap what we sow,We cannot expect Apples when we have sown the seed of Cactus...Science proved long back that "Every action has equal and opposite Reaction"....This Revelation is a New Hope to the Hopelessness and an Ascend  to the Descended  Life and a chance to Right all the Wrong's.... Let along with the rituals also take care of our Karmic Accounts.....

With this belief in my mind I am offering a sweet treat to the goddess Lakshmi...

Banana Guiwa!!



My today's post is Banana Guiwa (Banana Gooey Halwa)
Halwa is an Indian Dessert which is quite popular because of the simplicity and the delicious taste....Halwa can be made from any flours,nuts,vegetables and fruits... This Traditional recipe calls for very few ingredients which are readily available in our pantry.Some over ripe bananas,sugar,nuts and ghee...The banana halwa is very tasty and gooey...Hence the name Banana Guiwa(Name courtesy goes to my Husband)

Ingredients:
1)4 over ripe bananas
2)1 cup sugar
3)Nuts
4)2 Tbsp Ghee
5)2 to 3 Cardamom pods

Method:
1)Take a  heavy bottom pan,add sugar and a few ladles of water..Bring to boil.
2)When the sugar gets dissolved add mashed (blended) banana
3)Add cardamom pods(or powder) and keep stirring until we reach the halwa consistency...
4)Add nuts and a table spoon of ghee and keep stirring.
5)Turn the flame to off when the halwa is done.Pour the mixture to the greased pan.
6)Cut into desired pieces once it is completely dried..




Delicious Banana Guiwa is ready to relish....




Friday, March 8, 2013

Gooseberry Jam

Many Nights ago the Magnificent dark,night sky Compelled me to Gaze at the White Radiant Moon which was Blazing with the Divine Aura.. Moon the Ultimate Resplendent Beauty which became the spotlight for personifying the most charming piece of work.... This made me Admire and Worship the Creator for his Artistry....
In order to the Gratify the Nature I believe each one of us  should take a moment in viewing this spectacular phenomenon which is  just a glance away..
But lately we are kind of  taking a Detour from the nature and its products.The aftermath of this is showing its ill-effects on our health...

It is interesting to know that Nature provides us with all the necessary requirements to keep our body fit and healthy in the form of 'Fruits and Vegetables',which are power packed with all the essential nutrients...

Amla Jam(Nellikayi Jam)

My today's post is  dedicated to my Father-in-law..Both my In-laws are Great Cooks. My father-in-law holds the Honor of being the  'Master Chef'.... Reason being Simple and Straight,he has an Ability to 'visualize'  the flavor combinations and can also Anticipate the Outcome of the dish..If  I let my father-in-law in the kitchen then I am sure he will come out with a New Recipe with the Flavors Perfectly Infused...Amla Jam is one of his Best Recipes.... Thanks Mava for the Wonderful Recipe.....

Before posting this recipe I did a lot research on the Health benefits of Amla...One very Important and Interesting thing I found was that the Vitamin 'C ' present in the amla is of Heat Stable Form hence it doesn't get lost during the processing....This is one of the main reasons it is an essential ingredient in the preparation of the very popular Ayurvedic  Medicine  Chyavanaprasha......



Ingredients:
1)1 cup freshly grated Amla along with the skin (Indian Gooseberry)
2)3/4th cup sugar(Jaggery)
3)Pinch of cardamom and salt

Method:
1)Pressure cook the grated Amla using little water(for about 2 whistles)
2)Make a Sugar Syrup,the consistency of the syrup should be of one thread.
3)Saute the cooked Amla for about a minute or two(to remove the water content)
4)Add the sauteed Amla(already grated and cooked) to the sugar syrup and mix continuously until you get a Jam like Consistency.
5)Add freshly powdered cardamom and a pinch of salt(salt helps in balancing the flavors and also as a preservative)
6)Cut the flame to off,store it in an air tight container(Preferably refrigerate for the longevity)



Amla Jam is ready,enjoy with the varieties of foods like Dosa,Roti,Rotti,Chapathi or Phulka....



Health Benifits of Amla or Indian GooseBerry:

Amla or Nellikayi is a potent gift of Mother Nature to a Mankind.Enough has been said and written about it..The benefits are so much that it is advisable to include this small wonder in the daily diet.
1)High in vitamin C,helpful in many skin diseases,it promotes glow on skin and also delays wrinkles and loosining of skin.
2)Good food absorption,helps in getting a better eye sight,regulates blood sugar,increases hemoglobin and so on.......

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kulfi or Qulfi

Each One of us crawl through the week to keep alive the spirit of Joy and Happiness which the weekends Bring...These Weekend Jubilation's are something which Facilitates us through our Frantic week...No Celebration is ever Complete without some Delicious Food,if it is accompanied with mouthwatering dessert then its a 'cherry on the cake'....

Pista Kesar and Badam Kulfi




Kulfi is a well known Indian frozen dairy dessert,it is similar to Ice cream in  appearance and taste but  is denser and creamier.....It comes in Enormous flavors but Pistachio and Badam are the most traditional and yearned Flavors..




My maiden attempt to make these Heavenly delicious Recipe was a big hit because of Premascookbook.com...Prema is a fellow blogger who has created an wonderful space with many Lip-smacking recipes....

(Recipe source:
http://www.premascook.com/2013/02/matka-kulfi-qulfi-recipe-kulfi-ice.html)

Though the traditional recipes demands for Heavy Cream and Condensed milk this recipe Happens to be my Favorite because of its Lightness...

My Husband who was little Hesitant in tasting this kulfi initially ,after he took his first  bite,in a blink of an eye the whole kulfi made its way to his stomach:))



Ingredients:

1)2 1/2 cup milk
2)3 to 4 Tsp sugar(tune according to your taste)
3)3 to 4 cardamom pods
4)10 to 12 pistachio and Badam(keep few of them aside for grinding)
5)few strands of Kesar
6)2 slices of white Bread(separate the sides)
7)1/2 tsp corn starch
8)Kulfi moulds 

Method:

1)Boil 2 cups of milk in a heavy bottom pan on a medium heat
2)Blend 1/2 cup mik,corn starch,cardamom,bread slices and an handful of Badam and Pista into a coarse paste
3)Add sugar,blended paste,few peices of badam and Pista to the boiling milk and stir continuously
4)It starts to get thicker and thicker beacuse of the corn starch...Switch of the flame and allow it cool..
5)Pour this into a kulfi mold  or any desired shape molds and refrigerate for at least 6 to 8 hours... 


Pista Kesar and Badam Kulfi is ready to serve.


Friday, January 25, 2013

Egg Less Chocolate Brownie

A Year was ceased in laughter and Fun....Few Hopes Bloomed and Few Dreams came true.....Some Crawling and Chasing....Running and Falling.....Whispering and Shouting...Since my little one has arrived my cooking ledger may not have Cataloged many mouth watering and lip-smacking recipes but the little one has surely Imprinted our lives with Enormous Love and Affection.... 
It only Feels Great when You realize,Every day a Tiny Heart Beats Just for you...... 

 Here I take a Moment to Wish all my Dear Bloggers A Very Happy And a Prosperous New Year!!!!!Now lets Focus on my Today's recipe.... 

                   Egg Less Chocolate Brownie



 A Brownie is a Dessert consisting of Nuts,coco powder and Butter...Its a flat cake or bar whose texture is in between a cake and a cookie...There are enormous ways to prepare this recipe...My recipe is very simple and demands a very few ingredients which are easily available in our pantry...This Delicious and Droolworthy recipe was Endowed to me by my cousin Meera.....My Heartfelt Thanks To Her...... 

 Ingredients:
1)1 cup Maida or All purpose flour
2)1 cup sugar
3)1/4th cup coco powder
4)3/4 Milk powder
5)1 cup Milk
6)1 tsp vanilla Essence
7)1 cup Nuts(According to one's preference)
8)1 tsp Baking Powder
9)2 pinch soda
10)1 to 2 Tbsp Butter

Method:
1)Mix all the dry ingredients one after the other and give a nice whisk(make sure there are no lumps)
2)Add milk,whisk gently until it forms like a Idli batter.
3)Add butter,vanilla essence and give a final whisk.
4)Grease any microwave safe bowl and heat the mixture for about 5 minutes (Time may vary)..Keep checking in the middle.
5)Insert a fork and if it comes out clean then the brownie is ready.
6)Cut it into desired shape once it gets cooled..


chocolate Brownie is ready,Enjoy with chocolate syrup and a piping hot coffee...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mango Halwa

Once a Very Long Time Ago,On One Scorching Summer day, When the Days are Longer and the Nights are shorter I fell in love With the 'King.................Of Fruits'!!!
I thought it was just a Fling which would vanish in the wink of an Eye,but My desire Grew deeper when I saw those Exotic Fruits Rolled into the Market with Variant Colors, sizes and Tastes.....

Yes It is the 'Mangoes' which is in full swing right now and Waiting to be Allured with Bright Yellow color with a Tinge of orange and Green...Starting with the Salads to the Curries these Fruits can be Savored  with anything Under the Sun ...

My Today's Pick is Mango Halwa or Mango Burfi


Ingredients:
1)1 cup wheat flour
2)Pulp of two ripe mangoes
3)5 to 6 Tbsp sugar(depending upon the sweetness required)
4)4 to Tbsp  Ghee or vegetable oil
5)Pinch of Cardamom
6)Roasted cashews
7)1 cup milk or water(or enough liquid to form a batter like mixture)

Method:
1)Roast the wheat flour until an aroma oozes and the flour turns to light brown color, using 2 Tbsp ghee.
2)Add a cup of milk or water and mix the wheat flour to form a batter like mixture without lumps.
3)Take a kadai,add wheat flour batter,sugar,mango pulp and stir continuously until all the mixture comes together..
4)Add cardamom powder and ghee and keep stirring until all the water evaporates and forms a dough like mixture..Halwa is done when ghee starts leaving the kadai.Cut the flame to off
5)Spread it on a greased  plate and cut into desired shape when it comes to room temperature..

Mango Halwa or Mango Burfi is Ready to serve.



Tip:
1)Mango pulp can be replaced with pineapple,sapota or papaya...It gives a very splendid taste according to the individual fruits flavor...


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sweet Paddu or Sihi Guliappa

Time was  when Time was on My Side and I thought Blogging was Just a Matter Of Time...Now Time has Veered So much that the Thought of Blogging Seems like a  Million Miles Away,coz  My Little One takes up Waaaaay too much of my time ....

So Time is the Thing that all of us Strive to Find and No body gets their "Mee-Time" so easily...You gotta dig your own Time in order to Pursuit your Dream Hobby...

Until Sometimes The image of my  Baby slumbering on the clouds seemed so unreal ...
Believe me folks not Blogging was not easy for me, Immobility was killing me, but my Journey of wading through all the  sleepless chaos and the huzzle  for this tiny little precious thing was so worth it......

Now lets focus on Today's Recipe...Sihi Paddu or Sweet Guliappa



Paddu or Guliappa is a very popular Staple  South Indian Breakfast... Whenever you Crib about having 'Dosa Again' you can make Dosa in a Different Shape with a different Taste and Texture...... It comes in many Flavors - Sweet,Spicy,Masala or the Regular one which is prepared using the Dosa Batter......It is Cooked in a Special Vessel Which has a Depression to pour the Batter in.....Paddu are best Savored hot and crisp  right out of the pan with some Spicy Chutney...A Whole Bunch of Thanks to My  Mother-In-Law for Imparting such a Tasty Recipe  to me.......



Ingredients:
1)3 cups white rice soaked atleast for 4 to 5 hours
2)1 cup poha soaked along with rice
3)1 cup grated coconut
4)2 Tbsp Fenugreek/Menthi  Seeds soaked along with rice
5)1 1/2 cup Jaggery(Adjust according to your preference)
6)Salt as per the taste
7)Pinch of Cardamom powder
8)2 Tbsp Ghee or Vegetable oil

Method:
1)Blend all the above Ingredients into a fine paste(batter should not be too thin) and keep aside at least for 3 to 4 hours..Consistency of the batter should be of dosa batter.
2)keep paddu tava on a medium flame and grease the well shaped tava with some ghee or vegetable oil..Pour the batter until 3/4 th of the well and cover the lid..Flip it on the other side and add little ghee or oil all over it...Cook until it becomes Crisp and Brown...


     Serve immediately with ghee and chutney powder or Chutney

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Strawberry Milkshake

Nature is the Best Gift God has Bestowed on us..Though Nature Parades all four seasons with the same pride,Autumn takes the lead with its Serene Galvanic Beauty..Autumn is the season in between Summer and Winter where the Mother Nature is at its Best..You could just hop in your car and take a long drive to the Green Paradise or the Hill Top to Adore and Appreciate the free Asset which we have...

Fruits and Vegetables are the next best creation of Nature which are a natural source of Energy which gives the body many Nutrients to keep us going..

To take  further pleasure of the season I decided to Relish  the  Strawberry Milkshake ...


Strawberry is a fruit widely applauded for its characteristic Aroma , Bright Red Color,Juicy Texture and Sweetness and of course  loaded with lots and lots of Antioxidants,Magnesium,a good source of Vitamin C...It also helps in keeping Eyes and Bones Healthy..

Strawberry Milkshake 

Ingredients:
1)1cup fresh strawberry
2)2 to 3 Tbsp Sugar(adjust according to your taste bud) or can be replaced with 2 to 3 Tbsp Honey
3)1/2 to 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup water
4)Ice cubes
5)Few chunks of strawberry 

Method:
1)Blend all the above ingredients except strawberry chunks into a fine puree
2)Finally add the strawberry chunks to the blended puree.


Tips:
1)Few scoops of vanilla Ice cream can be added to enhance its richness
2)Replace milk and water with curds or yoghurt and refreshing strawberry lassi is ready in a minute.





Enjoy this Cool Refreshing Strawberry Milkshake

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Carrot Kheer


I woke up today feeling like I haven't slept the whole night...Some thoughts kept shoving in my head and kept me out of the sleep.....I stared at my Personal diary,not knowing what to look for,wishing to find what's keeping me awake? Finally after some Juggling came to a conclusion that I have missed wishing some one who is very near and dear to me...My personal dairy didn't cheer me much,nothing seemed impending...When I was about to Cease, I saw some thing Scribbled on the last page,the closer view startled me.

It was a collection of recipes,which indeed prompted  me to have a look at my blog..Now things fell into place...All these chaos was because I forgot to celebrate 'My First Blog Anniversary'.

Better late than ever,it was a Day of Celebration.What started off as an Hobby now blogging has become a passion.Credit to Blogosphere  and Applause to all who helped me nurture my passion..

This delicious Carrot Kheer with its Vivacious Deep Orange color  added more sparkle to my Joy..

Ingredients:
1)3 to 4 big sized carrots.
2)10 to 12 un roasted and un salted cashews  
3)Pinch of Cardamom
4)1 cup thick milk
5)2 cups water
6)1tsp ghee(optional)
7)5 Tbsp sugar

Method:
1)Pressure cook the carrot by adding little water and a tsp of ghee until it becomes soft(skin should be peeled)
2)Blend cooked carrots,cashews,milk,pinch of cardamom,sugar into a fine paste.
3) Adjust the consistency by adding required amount of water.


                                Delicious Carrot Kheer is Ready to serve



Note:
1)Carrot Kheer should be refrigerated in order to preserve it.
2)Carrot Kheer tastes well when chilled.
3)Because of all the nutritional elements present in the carrot,the Kheer is not only delicious but very healthy as well.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Arsina Ele Kadubu /Authentic Kerala Style Ade

If I think of any Exotic Destinations backed with some Finger licking Flavor full Food then my train of thoughts has to make an Halt  in kerala.

As My Mind Immersed deeply with the Serene Beauty of Kerala,suddenly  a cool thought Nudged and insisted me  on trying some Kerala Delicacy.My strong Southern Background helped  me to attempt an Authentic  Kerala Recipe..

This Classic Recipe is  very popular and it is even served as a Breakfast in many Restaurants in Kerala.
I Really liked The Flavor,Taste and the Simplicity of it.Applause to my parents specially my Father who helped me in making  this Fabulous Recipe....
                                      
 (Arsina Ele)Turmeric leaf:                                                       

Turmeric is the root of a Tropical Plant related to the Ginger Family.Although most usage of the Turmeric is in the root powders,in some regions the leaves of turmeric are used to 
wrap and cook food,specially in making  Desserts...
Turmeric are widely used in India,mainly among the coastal regions where every backyard will have a patch of Turmeric growing in it....This Excellent Aromatic Herb Enhances the Flavor and The Taste of a Dessert.

Ingredients:
1)12 to 15 Turmeric leaves
2) 2 cups freshly grated coconut
3)1 1/2 cup jaggery or Brown sugar
4)pinch of cardamom 
5)2 cups Rice Flour
6)Salt as per the taste
7)2 Tbsp Ghee
8)Water to make the batter

Method: 
 1)Boil some water in a pan,after it boils add turmeric leaves(keep it for 10 to 15 sec)  and switch of the flame.(By doing this turmeric leaves become strong and does not  tear)
2)Prepare a batter by adding little water and salt  to the rice flour(The consistency  should be like a Dosa batter).Make sure there is no formation of lumps in the batter.

3)On a medium flame mix jaggery,coconut,little salt and cardamom until the jaggery melts and blends nicely with coconut...Add little ghee and keep aside.

4)Keep water to boil on an Idli cooker (or any vessel where there is a provision for steam)
5)wash the turmeric leaves thoroughly and apply some ghee after  wiping it gently.
6)Take a small amount of batter and spread it across the turmeric leaf.
 Place some amount of jaggery and coconut mixture on the batter..

 
7)Apply the same procedure to all the turmeric leaves and Fold the leaf carefully....
 Steam it for about 15 to 20 minutes(until the rice flour batter is cooked)
8)Kerala style Ade is ready,serve it hot with generous amount(optional) of ghee on top.(Before serving separate the Ade from the leaf)


9)Same dish can be prepared using Banana Leaf..


Health Benefits of  Turmeric Leaves:
In Ayurveda Turmeric has many medicinal properties.
1)It helps in curing many stomach problems
2)A good Antiseptic for cuts,burns and bruises.
3) Also used as Anti-Inflammatory agent. 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Jack Fruit Payasam

Ever Since I remember, I was always Endowed with this Jack Fruit dessert on all my Birthday's..Luckily My Birthday falls on the Jack Fruit Season...I cannot think of any other fruit when this is on the table.. Its like Gala for me..I think All Mangaloreans will vouch for this.....

This Fruit is the  most Common Sight through out Asia and more predominantly Popular in western Ghats of karnataka.I think this is probably the largest Edible Tree-Grown Fruit and Utilized to its fullest starting with the leaves to the Seeds.

Among many delicious recipes today I am Eying on the very pleasing,tasteful Jack Fruit Payasam.

Halasina Hannina Payasa


Ingredients:
1)1 cup fully riped jack fruit

2)1 cup Jaggery/Brown sugar
3)1 cup freshly grated coconut
4)2 to 3 cardamom pods
5)1 Tbsp rice soaked in water
6)Pinch of salt

Method:
1)Take Jack Fruit(it must cut into small a pieces),Jaggery in a vessel.Add a cup of water and boil it on a medium flame(for about 10 to 12 minutes)
2)Blend freshly grated coconut,cardamom pods,soaked rice along with water(add little more water if required) in to a fine paste
3)When the jack fruit is cooked and becomes tender add this blended coconut paste and boil until the raw smell from the coconut vanishes
4)Add a pinch of salt and switch of the flame
5)Can be chilled before serving or can be served hot.

Tips:
1)Adding a small amount of rice while blending helps in getting the right and  thick consistency.
2)Adding very small amount of salt to any dessert helps in bringing out the sweetness from the fruit or from the dessert.
3)After the Jack Fruit is cut,latex(glue like) is collected on the knife,to remove this hold the knife on a medium flame until the latex starts to melt..Wash it after it cools down.





                 Jack Fruit Payasa is ready to serve

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mango Kesar Lassi

Mango The King Of Fruits Offers more than one reason to Adore them..From Sweet to Spicy there is a Mango to Please every palate..Mango Being a seasonal Fruit,I remember as a child waiting eagerly for the season to Crank Up..Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins they also possess an enzyme which acts as a digestive aid...


 As I could sense some snow melting I decided to welcome the new season which is just around the corner  with a cool and  a creamy drink.. 


Mango Lassi is a drink made from yogurt,mangoes,sugar and crushed Ice,I added some cardamom and Kesar to make it more flavorful...


I Owe a Sincere thanks to my Husband as he took all the trouble in making this Exotic Drink.


Ingredients:
1)2 fully riped mango or Store brought mango Pulp
2)1 cup thick yogurt
3)1/2 cup water
4)2 Tbsp sugar/Brown sugar(depending upon the sweetness of the mango)
5)Pinch of Cardamom 
6)Few Kesar Strands
7)Ice cubes
8) A pinch of salt(If the mangoes are sour)


Method:
1) Squeeze out the mango pulp in to the blender by discarding the skin.
2)Add yogurt,water,cardamom, Kesar,Ice cubes, a pinch of salt and sugar and blend into a  fine smoothie(It should not be too thin nor too thick)  
3)Pour this into a glass and serve chill with some ice and Kesar on top..








Tip:
1)Instead of yogurt milk can be used which makes equally Cool  and Refreshing Mango Milkshake.
2)If it is blended in to a thick paste(rasayana) then it makes good combo with Dosa/Neeru Dosa as well with Plain Rice Noodles(Akki Shavige) /Poori 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shrikhand

I Just got back from the Vacation & still have the Hang-Over of Joyness which I had  with a Wonderful Company In a Mesmerizing City ...I believe in Freezing the Chilliest Moments   of Vegas & wanted to Carry-On the same Spirit,hence Started my Day on a Sweeter-Note.....To add more to my positive Mood,I decided to Attempt a Sweet Recipe Called Shrikhand!!!    


Shrikhand is a Classic Dessert hailing from Western India..The Authentic and a Traditional Shade has made it so Enticing for those having a Sweet-Tooth...This Recipe being my Husband's Favorite Pick,I wanted to give a Delightful Surprise for his Palate.. I tried the Simpler Version of Shrikhand by  taking a Detour from  'The Original Authentic Recipe', Off Course by referring  One of my Folks Blog (http://naarya.blogspot.com/2009/12/ksutra-12-easiest-shrikhand-you-will.html)

It is Basically a Sweetened Yogurt,Aptly Flavored with Herbs or Spices Like Cardamom....Puri-Shrikhand,or Chapathi/Phulka-Shrikhand is said to be an Ultimate-Combo, Which gives a Finishing Touch to any Great Fiesta.. 


Ingredients:
1)2 Cups sour cream ( This is generally available in US Markets; for traditional preparation refer to my Tip1 below)
2)3/4  Cup  dry fruits(Figs,Almond,Raisins,Walnut,Cashews)
3)3 to 4 cardamom pods(whole cardamom)
4)1 cup sugar(measurement can vary)
5)2  to 3Tbsp Milk( not required for traditional preparation)
6)2 Tbsp Curds
7)Saffron/Kesar Strands


Method:
1)Make a fine powder of Sugar and Cardamom
2)Soak the Saffron in a luke warm milk(about 2 to 3 Tbsp)
3)Add sour cream in a bowl,lighten it by adding milk and curds to get a desired consistency
4)Add powdered & Flavored sugar,dry fruits,saffron milk
5)Give it a nice mix & sprinkle some more Cardamom for extra flavor 
6)Chill it and Serve with Roti, Phulka, or Poori 
                                        Shrikhand is ready to serve
Tip:1)Traditional Recipe Calls for Curds/Yogurt which is stored in a tightened Cotton Fabric & kept Overnight to remove the water content from the curds....This process enhances the richness and creaminess of the curds. 
2)Add a thick puree/pulp of your Favorite fruit like Mango,Strawberry,to turn into a  flavored Shrikhand.