Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Malpua is a pancake served as a dessert or a snack. Malpuas are made in festivals. So as Holi is around the corner so I thought of sharing this delicious recipe.

Instant Malpua Recipe
Instant Malpua Recipe

 
These are instant malpuas as these are made from milk powder instead of rabid, so here the time is save is saved. Secondly, these malpuas do not require fermemtation time as by the time the sugar syrup is ready the malpua batter would be set.

Instant Malpua Recipe


There are some points to be remembered while making malpuas which I have mentioned in the tips section after the method.


Lets begin with the recipe starting with the ingredients

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Ingredients: (Makes 6 Malpuas)

½ cup All purpose Flour (Maida)

½ cup Milk powder

2 tbsp Semolina (rava / suji)

1 tbsp Fennel seeds (saunf)

1 cup Milk

1 cup Sugar

1cup Water

½ tsp Cardamom powder

Chopped Pistachios and almonds for garnishing

Ghee for frying

Method:

Take a mixing bowl.

Put in all purpose flour, milk powder, fennel seeds, semolina and mix well.

Instant Malpua Recipe
all purpose flour, milk powder, fennel seeds, semolina

 
Instant Malpua Recipe
mix well
Now in parts add in 1 cup of milk. Mix well to form a lump free batter.

Instant Malpua Recipe
add milk and form lump free batter


Let it rest for 20 minutes. By the time we will make the sugar syrup.

In a pan take 1 cup sugar and same amount of water. Bring it to boil till the sugar dissolves. Now lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. We need a syrup that is slightly sticky. It should be like that of gulab jamun.

Instant Malpua Recipe
add sugar and water and bring to boil

Instant Malpua Recipe
simmer for 5 minutes


Turn off the heat and keep it aside.

Instant Malpua Recipe
turn off heat
In another pan heat ghee. To check whether the ghee is hot enough put in a drop of batter. If the batter comes up quickly means the ghee is perfectly hot. If it turns brown immediately then the ghee is very hot, lower the heat. If it does not come up then the ghee is not hot enough so u need to heat it more.

Instant Malpua Recipe
check ghee by adding a drop of batter


After checking now its time to fry the malpuas.

Take a ladle full of batter and put in the centre of the pan at low heat. Fry it at low heat.

Instant Malpua Recipe
put a ladle full of batter in ghee

Instant Malpua Recipe
low heat


When one side turns golden, flip and fry the other side. The malpua should be cooked evenly from both sides and inside out.

Instant Malpua Recipe
flip and fry
Instant Malpua Recipe
perfectly fried


When fried transfer to the kitchen tissue to remove the excess ghee.

Instant Malpua Recipe
place on kitchen tissue


Likewise fry all the malpuas.

Heat the sugar syrup. Do not bring it to boil, just heat. Then put in all the fries malpuas.

Instant Malpua Recipe
put malpuas in sugar syrup

Let them be in the sugar syrup for 15 minutes so that the malpuas soak the sugar syrup.

After 15 minutes place the malpuas on a plate and garnish with chopped pistachios and almonds.

Instant Malpua Recipe
garnish


Malpuas are ready.

Instant Malpua Recipe
Instant Malpua Recipe


Tips:

Use milk powder and not dairy whitener.

Fry the malpuas on low heat.

Use nuts of your choice and taste for garnishing.

Could be served with rabri.



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Friday, February 23, 2018


Moong dal halwa / how to make moong dal halwa with step by step images and recipe video.

Moong dal halwa


It is a rich yet delightful sweet from the state of Rajasthan. The perfect method how to make Moong Dal Halwa, The Rich and delicious moong dal halwa takes some time to get ready but the end result is well worth all the effort. A favorite Indian sweet made with yellow lentils, ghee, sugar and nuts.
Moong dal halwa
Moong dal halwa 

It is excellent yummy, just melts-in-your-mouth, heavenly flavor, and every bite that you take in, leaves you longing for more.

It is a easy recipe but yes it is time consuming so one needs to have patience. It takes time in cooking the moong dal, that is to turn it from yellow to brown. The main ingredients used are of the same quantity like the amount of ghee, moong dal, sugar and water is the same.

Also its procedure is very interesting. Firstly the moong dal along with the ghee would give you a paste look then it would form a lump, further breakdowns and looks crumbly. The whole procedure takes around 30 to 40 minutes.

The other points to be considered are mentioned in the tips section after the method.

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Ingredients:

1 cup Split Green gram lentils (moong dal)

1 cup Ghee

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Water

1 tsp Cardamom powder

10 Pistachios

10 Almonds

Method:

Take moong dal in a bowl. Wash yellow Moong Dal until the water runs clear.

Moong dal halwa
take dal


Soak it for 3 to 4 hours.

Moong dal halwa
soaked dal


Drain the water. The dal (lentils) when pressed should be broken easily.

Moong dal halwa
breaks easily


Grind it to a coarse paste without adding water. Do not grind it smooth. When rubbed in between fingers it should feel coarse and not smooth.


Moong dal halwa
grind to coarse paste

Heat ghee in a nonstick pan. Non stick is to be used as the dal would stick to the other pan and would make the cooking very tough.


Put in 1 tbsp Semolina (rava) and sauté it till golden brown. It gives a nice texture to the halwa.

Moong dal halwa
heat ghee and add semolina


Add dal and start sauteing. We have to cook this moong dal till the raw aroma goes away.

Moong dal halwa
add dal


Soon the dal with get mixed up with the ghee and form a paste.

Moong dal halwa
forms paste


Keep stirring on low to medium heat. Then this paste would form a lump.

Moong dal halwa
forms lump


Do not stop stirring. Keep on doing it. Soon the lump would break down and would become crumbly.

Moong dal halwa
breaks down


Now it would resemble the sooji (semolina) halwa. Keep on stirring.

Further it would start releasing ghee and turn light brown. Now the raw aroma is also gone. The moong dal is perfectly browned.

Moong dal halwa
releases ghee

Moong dal halwa
turns brown


Now its time to add in water. So put in 1 cup water and mix well.
Moong dal halwa
add water


Once the water is mixed well add in 1 cup sugar.

Moong dal halwa
add sugar


Again mix in the sugar well. Always remember to add sugar after adding the water. As if we put in before water the moong dal halwa would become chewy and hard.


Now further to enhance the flavor  include in 1 tsp cardamom powder and also put in some chopped pista and almond.

Moong dal halwa
add cardamom powder and nuts

 
Now let it thicken. Keep stirring on low to medium heat.Once the halwa is thickened it is ready to be served.

Moong dal halwa
perfectly cooked


Transfer it to a bowl and garnish with some chopped pistachios.

Moong dal halwa
top with sliced pista


Serve hot.

Moong dal halwa
Moong dal halwa


Tips:

 Adding semolina gives a nice texture to the moong dal halwa.

Cook on low to medium heat throughout.

The raw smell of moong dal should not remain.

Add nuts of your choice.

Instead of water, milk can also be added.



Do try this food-a-licious, excellent yummy, heavenly flavored mong dal halwa, and you would realise every bite that you take in, leaves you longing for more.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Thandai recipe/ how to make perfect thandai with step by step images and a recipe video


Thandai Recipe
Thandai Recipe

A very refreshing drink made specially during Holi with dry fruits and flavored with some Indian spices. A very easy and perfect recipe to make thandai at home.

All you need is just to soak the ingredients overnight grind it into a very smooth paste, add it in milk and chill. That is it. Just the right ingredients and your perfect thandai is all set.

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Ingredients: (Makes 4 glasses)

10 Almonds

10 Pistachios (Pista)

1 tsp Poppy seeds (khus khus)

¼ cup Melon seeds

4 Black Peppercons

1 tbsp Rose petal spread (Gulkand)

1 tbsp Fennel seeds (Saunf)

3 to 4 Green Cardamom (seeds)

½ tsp cinnamon powder

½ tsp Nutmeg powder

4 glasses Milk

Method:

Take a bowl.



Add in 10 Almonds, 10 Pistachios (Pista), 1 tsp Poppy seeds (khus khus), ¼ cup Melon seeds, 4 Black Peppercons,
1 tbsp Fennel seeds (Saunf), 3 to 4 Green Cardamom (seeds)


Thandai Recipe
In a bowl take the mentioned ingredients


Put in enough water and soak it overnight. If you have to make it the same day then soak the ingredients in lukewarm water for 3 to 4 hours.


Thandai Recipe
add water

Thandai Recipe
soak overnight



After soaking overnight grind it into a smooth paste. There should be no granules of the ingredients left. Now add in ½ tsp of cinnamon powder and ½ tsp of nutmeg powder and mix.


Thandai Recipe
grind to smooth paste

Thandai Recipe
add cinnamon and nutmeg powder
Thandai Recipe
mix well




Then take 2 glasses of milk in a pan and then add 2 tbsp Sugar to it. I wanted to make only 2 glasses so I added two and so would be adding only half of the paste. If you are making 4 glasses then use 4 glasses of milk and add the whole paste further.


Thandai Recipe
take milk

Thandai Recipe
add sugar


Bring it to boil, by then the sugar would also get dissolved.


Thandai Recipe
boil


Then add in half of the thandai paste and mix well.


Thandai Recipe
add thandai paste

Thandai Recipe
mix well


Further put in 1 tbsp of Gulkand and again give a nice stir


Thandai Recipe
add gulkand

Thandai Recipe
mix well

Let it simmer for 2 minutes on low heat so that all the flavors would be absorbed in the milk.

Thandai Recipe
simmer


Turn off the heat

Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until chilled.

Pour it in a glass and garnish with chopped pistachios.


Thandai Recipe
pour in glass and garnish


Serve chilled.


Thandai Recipe
serve chilled
Thandai Recipe
Thandai Recipe


Tips:

If you have to make it the same day then soak the ingredients in lukewarm water for 3 to 4 hours.

Instead of Gulkand, dried rose petals or rose water can also be used.

Store the thandai in air tight container and refrigerate.




Try out this food-a-licious thandai this holi and you wont ever prefer the store bought ones ever again. Do share your experience with us via comments.