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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RAW PAPAYA THOKKU (MICROWAVE VERSION)


INGREDIENTS:

Grated raw papaya - 2 cups
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Hing- 1/4 tsp.
Salt - to taste
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Oil - 1 ladle
Lemon - half

METHOD:

Peel the skin and grate raw papaya. Transfer it to a micro-proof container. Micro-high for 4 minutes. Take out, add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, a spoon of oil and mix well. Again micro-high for 4 minutes. Take out and mix well.

Temper mustard seeds and hing in  the remaining oil and pour over it. Squeeze the juice of half-a-lemon. Mix well and micro- high for 1 minute.

When cool, store in a clean, dry jar.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OMAPODI / OMAPODI RECIPE

How-to-make-oma-podi

This can  be made with chilli powder and without chilli powder. I like the WITHOUT CHILLI POWDER version. 

INGREDIENTS: 

Gram flour - 2 cups
Rice flour - 1 cup
Ghee - 2 tablespoons OR Hot oil - 2 ladles
Red chilli powder - 2 tsp. (optional)
Hing - a generous pinch
Ajwain (Omam) - 2 tablespoons - 1/2 cup 
Salt  - to taste
Oil - To deep fry

METHOD:

Soak omum in water for an hour, grind and filter. Combine all the ingredients,mix well, add the filtered  liquid, pour half a ladle of hot oil and knead to form a medium soft dough. Add little water if necessary.

Heat oil in a kadai. Make balls out of the dough, place it in a omapodi achu and press  firmly in a circular motion, directly into the oil. Flip gently on both sides and take out when golden brown. Ensure medium heat of oil. Proceed with the remaining mixture.
Flavourful Omappodi is ready for Diwali.

Friday, October 17, 2014

ALMOND BALLS / ALMOND BUTTER BALLS


INGREDIENTS:

Almond (Badam) (powdered) - 1  cup
Milk powder - 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar - 3/4  cup
Milk (boiled) - 3 tablespoons
Cardamom powdered - 1/4 tsp.
Butter - 2 tablespoons

METHOD:

Bring  butter to room temperature. Dry roast almonds just until hot and blend it with skin to a fine powder.

Heat a heavy-bottomed OR non-stick pan.  Combine all ingredients and saute in medium flame for 2 minutes. When  it rolls like a mass, transfer to a greased surface. When warm, knead well and shape to balls. Almond balls are ready.

Microwave version :
Combine all ingredients. Microwave high for 2 minutes. Take out, stir well and MW high for 11/2 more minutes. Take out, stir well and MW high again for 1  minute. Remove and keep mixing for a minute. When warm, shape to small balls.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DRY FRUITS AND NUTS LADOO



THIS IS A SUGAR  FREE SWEET. Very easy to make and healthy ladoo.

INGREDIENTS:

Seedless dates - 25 no.
Badam  -  1/2 cup
Cashew  - 1/2 cup
Walnut  - 1/4 cup
Pista - 1/4  cup
Melted butter - 2 tablespoons
Honey - 3 tablespoons
Cardamom - 4 (powdered)


METHOD:

Chop the dates and  microwave high  for 1 minute OR saute in a kadai until soft.

Dry roast the nuts separately one by one. Blend them one by one separately to a coarse powder. Give a quick  blend to the dates also.

Combine all, alongwith cardamom powder and mix well with your hand. Add melted butter, honey, mix well and microwave again for 1 minute.  Mix well again. Shape to balls / ladoos.

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