Aug 27, 2020 1 comment:

Kaju Katli ~ CashewNut Burfi ~ Burfi Recipes

Kaju Burfi or Kaju Katli is popular in our house with the name as 'Diamond Sweet' given my kids. Both of my kids are in love with this sweet, when ever we go to India or anyone coming from India, brining this sweet for kids has became a regime. As I am not a sweet lover, usually i don't make any effort into making sweets or desserts on my own unless and until it is festive time or an occasion where sweet is must. Though my kids love this sweet, i never motivated to explore to make this recipe at home, always thought this must be a milk based or kova type recipe that is complicated to make. But for one Rakshabandhan festival when i couldn't go out and buy sweets, i was bound to make some sweet at home for this festival, where sisters have to feed sweets to their brothers. And as per the famous saying, "Necessity is mother of Invention", that situation made me venture into this recipe, and I was thrilled how super easy this recipe was with less effort. Since then once in a while this recipe happens in my kitchen when kids are craving for some sweet. Another funny thing is my son who fishes out all the nuts from his food esp Cashew Nuts, is fond of this sweet, Go Figure! So I will be indulging nuts into his diet with this sweet recipe :-), And after all I don't need to go to India to get this sweet for kids anymore Ha Ha! Here is the Recipe, Njoy!


Ingredients:

Adapted from: Rak's Kitchen

Cashew Nuts - 1 cup

Sugar - 1/2 cup

Water - 1/4 cup

Rose Water - 1 tsp ( Optional)

Ghee - 1 Tbsp (Optional, just for greasing, For Vegan version, any Vegetable Oil or Almond Oil is okay to use)

*yields - 10 to 12 Burfi (medium size)

Method:

  1. First grind cashew nuts into dry powder in the mixie jar. Make sure the powder won't become wet while grinding. You have to use pulse setting and grind and keep mixing it so that the nuts at the bottom of mixie jar won't become wet powder. This is very critical and key step for the success of this recipe. so be patient.
  2. Once the cashew nut powder is ready, swift through a colander to remove any excess nut particles. You should have fine cashew nut powder for this recipe.
  3. Heat non-stick pan, add 1/4 cup water, once water boils, add sugar and mix it well by stirring. If you are using Rose Water add now to the sugar syrup. You need to boil it until sugar completely dissolves into water and forms into syrup with slight string consistency. 
  4. Now add cashew nut powder to the pan and mix with sugar syrup and keep stirring it so that the mixture won't stick to the bottom of pan. 
  5. As the mixture comes together, that is the indication it is done (in about 2 to 3 min). Then switch off the stove, transfer the mixture to wide plate and let it cool for just 1 to 2 min. 
  6. Then while the mixture is slightly hot, you have knead it to make like a smooth and soft dough. Here you can apply ghee to your hands while kneading the dough. For Vegan version, you can use Vegetable oil or almond oil in place of Ghee.
  7. Once the dough is ready spread it on butter or parchment paper and roll it evenly. Cut into diamond shapes.
  8. That's it, Diamond Sweet aka Kaju Katli is ready, store in air tight container, it stores well at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.


Notes:

  • Whole Cashew nuts are preferred for this recipe. Cashew nuts need to be dry for this recipe to yield the fine powder. Before grinding keep the cashew nuts under sun for 10 to 15 minutes to remove any excess hidden moisture in nuts. 
  • While grinding always make sure nuts not sticking at the bottom of jar that makes the nuts release fat and makes your powder wet.
  • When I make this for home, i prefer to make smaller batches that lasts for 2 to 3 days, so that it can be made fresh when in need. In case you need to make larger batch for parties or gathering, then you can increase the ratio of these ingredients to make larger yield. Always remember the Ratio as (C:S:W) = 4:2:1
  • Rose water gives nice slight rose essence to this sweet,  this is totally optional and you can skip it, if you don't have that handy or you don't like that smell
  • Kneading the dough while it is hot is the most critical and tough step, be careful while you are dealing with hot dough. You have to knead fast for the dough to be smooth, otherwise it becomes hard or brittle. 

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-Mythreyi


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Aug 24, 2020 No comments:

Bellam Kudumulu and Undrallu ~ Vinayaka Chavithi Recipes

 Kudumulu and Undrallu are the must festive dish that one need to make for Vinayaka Chavithi festival as Lord Ganesh is fond of these dishes! We make these for this festival and offer to Lord Ganesha as Naivedyam. As kids will take lot of participation in this festival, we let kids offer Undrallu to Ganesha on this festival day. I remember that from my childhood days and follow that with my kids in this generation as well.  There are several variations when it comes to Undrallu, based on the region in Andhra it self. Whenever I talk to my friends, It is always to fun to share recipes with each other on these festive recipes, but every dish is made with same ingredients Rice Flour, Jaggery and Ghee as base but the variety of dishes you can make with this combo is limitless and mesmerizes me the most. That is one of the many reasons I love Food and My love for cooking and sharing. So today I am sharing this simple recipe to make Kudumulu and Undrallu that my mom shared recently that you can make with just 3 ingredients. I am writing this post to keep it reference for myself in future, hope it helps you too! Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Kudumulu Undrallu

Kudumulu Undrallu ~ Chavithi Recipes

Ingredients:

Jaggery - 1/2 cup

Rice Flour - 1 cup

Water - 2 cups

Ghee - 1 Tbsp (Optional)

Salt - a pinch (Optional)

Method:

  1. Take a Medium pot and add 2 cups water to it and let it boil
  2. Once it is boiling add crushed or powdered Jaggery to boiling water. If you are using add salt in this step.
  3. Once Jaggery dissolves into water, water becomes thick and changes color to golden, then add Rice Flour in small portions and keep mixing it quickly. (this is critical step)
  4. Add remaining flour and keep on mixing until the Rice Flour gets mixed in with Jaggery water and becomes like a dough. Add half of Ghee and mix well, as it helps for the dough to not to stick to the bottom of the pan. 
  5. Switch off the stove, let it cool for couple of min, add remaining ghee and make the dough into a soft and smooth ball. 
  6. Now make few small rounds (lemon size) and press them in your palm, these are Kudumulu. And make few small grape size balls, these will be Undrallu. 
  7. Now we have to steam these in pressure cooker for 5 to 7 min to cook them.
  8. Put them in Idli Pan and Pressure Cool like how you make Idli (with out needing to keep weight or whistles). 
  9. Once pressure releases, remove the Idli plates, transfer Kudumulu and Undrallu to a plate.
  10. First Offer to Lord Ganesh, then you enjoy this Chavithi Special Prasadam! 

Before they go in Pressure CookerAfter Pressure cooking done


Notes:

  • For large portions you can vary this recipe by increasing the proportion as long as you follow the same ratio, if i could remember mathematically this how it will be be J:R:W = 1:2:4! :-)
Once you master Undrallu making then you can upgrade to Undralla Payasam Recipe!

Here is our Ganesha made with Wheat Flour, total Environment Friendly, we have been following this from the past 5 years! Kids take pride in making Ganesha with their own hands and worship! :-)






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-Mythreyi


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Jul 26, 2020 No comments:

Simple & Stunning Vanilla Pound Cake ~ Video Recipe

The credit of recipe goes to my daughter, She has been into baking lately, but during covid times that has became her activity to keep herself amused. Well that's a win-win, family gets baked goodie and her baking cravings gets satisfied. She is baking a new cake every week and this particular one has won everyone's heart due to it's simplicity and amazing taste. Every time it does come perfect with shape, texture and taste with out any fail, this has been become a go to recipe. Due to it's popularity, we had to make a family video recipe to publish at hub's workplace as well.  Here is the recipe, Enjoy!



Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour - 3 cups
Baking Powder -  1 Tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup
Butter - 1 cup ( 2 sticks)
Eggs - 4
Milk -  1 1/4 cup
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp

Tools you need:
Large and Medium glass bowls
Baking Pan (we are using Bundt Pan)
Hand Mixer

Preparatory Steps:
  • Keep butter at room temperature for at least 30 min (it should be in soften state)
  • Spray PAM or oil in the Baking Pan (we are using bundt pan) around the outer walls and inner walls. Use a Baking brush and spread oil all over esp around corners. This is critical step as this helps for the cake to turn over perfectly with out messing the shape once it is baked.
Method:
  1. Pre-heat Oven to 350 F.
  2. First Mix dry ingredients Flour, Salt and Baking Powder in a medium bowl
  3. In a large bowl add softened butter and sugar and whisk together until it becomes fluffy. To the same bowl add eggs (1 egg at a time) and beat until everything is incorporated well. Add Vanilla Extract and mix well. 
  4. To this bowl add flour mixture and milk in parts one after another and mix until the batter is formed and it should be fluffy. 
  5. Now transfer the batter to prepared baking pan and spoon it even, tap the pan gently so that any air bubbles will be out. 
  6. Keep the pan in Oven for 55 min. (Keep watching from 52 min for it not to over burnt, as based on the oven the temps might vary)
  7. Once the tooth pick comes out clean, remove the pan from the oven and let it cool for 5 to 10 min
  8. After that invert over and cut into pieces and enjoy. See told ya, it is as simple as that! :-)
Note:
  • You can serve this with berry fruits it make it look fancy or with chocolate ice cream to contemplate. 
  • Actually I have tried this cake slice with Coffee, it tasted amazing. Always experiment with new combination, you will never know you can end up with new best and unique taste. 

Simple Vanilla Pound Cake - Video Recipe:





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Apr 21, 2020 No comments:

Pineapple Praline Loaf Cake

Call it a Bread or Loaf or Coffee Cake, when i saw picture of this Pineapple Praline Bread in my FB news feed during quarantine times, it won my heart and My daughter fell for it as it is made with "Pineapple" ( her favorite fruit). We have lot of Pineapples handy at home at the edge of getting ripen, so we took this recipe as a perfect opportunity to put those pineapple and lockdown time to good use. And in this recipe there is no butter or oil used, all the greatness of taste comes purley from the fresh crushed pineapple. This recipe is so simple and you can find all the ingredients in your pantry and preparation is also as easy as dump everything, mix it and bake it to perfection, hence it is so apt to make it with your kids or let them experiment on their own if you have tweens/teenagers at home. Here is the recipe, Njoy


Pineapple Praline Loaf Cake





Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour - 2 cups
Baking Soda - 1 tsp
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Eggs - 2
Sugar - 1 cup
Crushed Pineapple - 1 can (15oz) ( I have used fresh pineapple)
Pecans - 1 cup ( chopped and divided) (Optional)

For Praline Sauce:
Unsalted Butter - 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar - 1/2 cup

Adapted from: Manila Spoon


Method:

  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 F.  Grease Loaf pan with butter or PAM spray
  2. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl (APF, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt)
  3. Combine Eggs, Sugar and crushed pineapple in another bowl.
  4. Pour wet mixture to dry ingredients and fold well until everything is incorporated. (Don't beat or overdo mixing)
  5. Add 1/2 of Pecan Chopped Nuts into batter and fold gently.
  6. Pour this mixture into loaf pan, top with remaining chopped pecans and bake until 40 - 50 min until toothpick comes out clean
  7. Cool the Loaf cake in pan for 10 min once it is out of the oven, slice it up and serve with Coffee.
Praline Sauce Topping:
  1. Combine unsalted butter and brown sugar in a sauce pan and bring to boil (1 to 2 min on stove top). Pour this sauce on top of bread, once it is out of oven.
  2. Alternatively you can spoon over this sauce on batter before baking, top with pecans and bake as instructed also. (called out from original recipe, I haven't tried yet).
  3. Honestly if you skip this entire Praline sauce is also Okay, because the loaf cake tasted so good as it is, it is so dense and moist. (and it is Healthy too, when we skip butter in cake recipe, why to add on top again, right! )

Before Praline Sauce Topping
With Praline Sauce Topping


I will let you choose which topping you prefer. It's your call! If you have nut allergies, you can totally skip nuts also. 

Pineapple Praline Loaf Cake

My hubby who is not so much Pineapple lover, munched on this until it is done, Go figure! Hands down to this recipe, I will be going to make this quite often, knowing how simple it is plus chance to infuse more fruit to my sweet tooth family! Shhhhh....!

This bite is so moist and Delicious...! Nom..Nom.. Nom..!


Other Baking Recipes with Fruit you may enjoy:


Will be back with another simple baking recipe
Stay tuned until we meet here next time.
Keep Smiling and Spread the Joy!
-Mythreyi





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Apr 20, 2020 No comments:

Kandi Pachadi ~ Toordal Chutney

I got introduced to Kandi Chutney in my inter college days, they used to serve this in my college hostel in Nellore. Mom always makes chutneys with vegetables but never made with lentils. So i never got a chance to explore this. Usually this chutney comes handy when you don't have any vegetables (not even Onion, Tomato) at hand but need to make chutney. So this COVID quarantine is the perfect time that enforced me to try this chutney as I am out of vegetables. The recipe is very simple it was on hot seat on the menu today. It won everybody's heart, try this for yourself, it goes well with Idli, Dosa or White Rice. Here is the recipe, Njoy!

Kandi Pachadi

Ingredients:

Toor Dal ( Kandi Pappu) - 1/3 cup
Red Chili - 5 to 6
Coriander Seeds - 2 Tbsp
Garlic - 3 cloves (optional)
Tamarind - 1 Tbsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Water - 2 to 3 Tbsp (as required)

Tempering Ingredients:
Oil - 1 Tbsp
Red Chilli - 1
Chana Dal - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -  6 to 10

Method:
  1. First dry roast Red Chili and Coriander Seeds for 2 min and keep them aside in a plate.
  2. Dry roast Toor Dal for 2 min and keep them aside in a plate
  3. First grind Red Chili, Coriander Seeds, Garlic in the mixie jar. Add roasted tour dal and grind until it becomes fine powder. Add Tamarind and grind one more time with little water. Add salt and grind again (it becomes like paste now). Taste and adjust the salt.
  4. Transfer to a bowl. Make tempering and add tempering to the chutney in bowl and serve with hot white rice and some ghee. 
Tempering:
Heat Oil in the non-stick pan, once oil is hot, add red chili, followed by Chana dal, Urad Dal, Cumin Seeds, Mustard Seeds and saute for 2 min until mustard splutter. Then add curry leaves, switch off the stove and add tempering to the chutney.

Tour Dal Chutney



Will be back with another quick and traditional recipe
Take care until we meet again!
Keep Smiling and Spread the Joy!
-Mythreyi 

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