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Makkan Peda

#Nawabisweet #Arcotdelicacy #Indiansweet #Festivesweet

Makkan Peda / Stuffed Gulab Jamun is a rich & sumptuous Arcot delicacy that is soft, juicy in texture and heavenly in taste!

How to make Makkan Peda?

The Arcot Makkan Peda has a close resemblance to Gulab Jamun but the dry fruit stuffing gives an edge to this Nawabi regal sweet. Ghee / butter
is added in the dough to get soft, melt-in-the-mouth, buttery texture. And that’s why the name ‘Makkan Peda’, I believe. The jamuns are slightly flattened to give the peda effect. In the original Arcot Makkan Peda, ghee is added in the sugar syrup also, to enhance the richness of the sweet. But in my version, I have skipped adding that.

Ingredients

  • Maida – 150 gm
  • Khoya / Mawa – 100 gm, unsweetened
  • Desi Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Baking Soda – a pinch
  • Thick Curd – 1 tbsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Water – 3/4 cup
  • Elaichi powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Food colour – 2 or 3 drops (yellow or orange)
  • Dry Fruits – 1/4 cup (equal amount of cashew, badam, raisin,
    melon seeds)
  • Oil for deep frying

Method 

  • Chop dry fruits into fine pieces. Crumble or grate the khoya to remove lumps if any.
  • Mix maida, khoya, desi ghee, baking soda, curd into a soft dough.
  • Roll a small amount of dough to check, if it cracks then add little
    amount of milk and give a knead. Keep it covered for 10 mins.
  • In a pan, add sugar and water. Boil till the sugar gets dissolved. Add a spoon of milk to the syrup.
  • The dirt scum gets collected at the sides. Remove the dirt using the spoon.
  • Add elaichi powder and food colour. Boil the syrup for 5-8 mins in low flame. Switch off the flame.
  • When we add the jamun pedas, the syrup has to be hot but not boiling.
  • Grease your hands, take small lemon sized dough.
  • Roll it into smooth round, stuff it with a tsp of chopped dry fruits.
  • Flatten the jamuns slightly. Keep it covered in a plate.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Keep the flame to medium-low.
  • Start frying jamuns 5 or 6 at a time till it is golden in colour.
  • Soak it at once in the hot sugar syrup. Repeat the same for the rest of the dough. 
  • Transfer the jamun pedas with the syrup to a flat-bottomed bowl in a single tier so that it gets soaked properly.
  • After 5-6 hrs of soaking, serve hot or chilled.

Notes

  • If the oil is very hot, inner layer of the jamun will remain uncooked. If the heat is low, jamuns would crack and the stuffing would come out. So, the right temperature of the oil should be maintained throughout while deep frying.

For more traditional Indian Sweets, plz checkout  Wheat HalwaBadam HalwaMalai KulfiOats Semiya Payasam, Mysore Pak.

Happy Cooking!

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Oats Semiya Payasam | Kheer

#Festivalrecipe #Vratrecipe #SouthIndianCuisine

Payasam plays an important role in South Indian Cuisine and any feast is incomplete without them.  The rich, creamy payasams with delectable taste makes our celebrations remarkable. Here, ‘Oats Semiya Payasam / Kheer‘ is an interesting variation of the traditional South Indian ‘Paal Payasam’ made using oats and vermicelli.

How to make Oats Semiya Payasam | Kheer?

Just like Paal Payasam, the core ingredient is milk in this recipe. Instead of rice, I have used rolled oats and roasted Semiya, that are slowly cooked in milk with sugar to get a thick creamy texture with subtle caramelized taste in the Oats Semiya kheer. It tastes good without any garnishing too. But I have added roasted dry fruits and elaichi powder for flavour. A great option for bhog or neivedhyam during poojas or festivals like Navratri, Janmashtami and more.

Ingredients

  • Full Cream Milk – 2 ltrs
  • Semiya – 1/4 cup, roasted
  • Oats – 1/4 cup
  • Sugar -1/2 cup (or as per taste)
  • Cashew – 5 or 6, broken into pieces
  • Raisins – 10 to 15
  • Elaichi Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp

Method

  • Roast semiya, oats, cashews, raisins in ghee separately. Keep them aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed kadai or vessel, boil and condense milk to half the quantity.
  • Add roasted semiya, oats and simmer for few mins for it to get cooked well.
  • Add sugar and mix well. Keep scraping the sides of the vessel to mix
    the malai collected on the sides with the kheer. At this point, the kheer gets even more condensed.
  • Add cashews, raisins, elaichi powder and mix well.
  • Remove from flame and serve either hot or cold.

For similar Indian Sweets, plz check Wheat HalwaMysore PakMakkan PedaMalai KulfiBadam Halwa.

Happy Cooking!

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Brinjal Bajji | Vankaya Bajji

#Monsoonsnack #Pakora #Fakkura #Pakoda #Bajji

‘Monsoons’ and ‘deep-fried snacks’ always go hand in hand. During rains when we have sudden craving for a quick munch, bajji is my go-to option. Now, this delectable snack has got several names across India… pakora, pakoda, bhajjia, fakkura, ponako, fritters etc… and in down South it’s fondly known as ‘Bajji’

How to make Brinjal Bajji | Vankaya Bajji?

Bajjis can be made using various veggies and fruits like onions, raw banana, potato, carrot, capsicum, unripe green apple and more. Here, I have used the India’s King of Vegetables, ‘Brinjal’ for making bajjis (we call Vankaya in Telugu). These brinjal bajjis are light, crunchy…so gorgeous to look at and of course totally irresistible in taste.

You can choose any variety of brinjal to make bajji but it’s always good to use less seeded one. Preparation is very easy…thin slices of brinjals are coated evenly with spiced chickpea flour batter and deep-fried till golden in colour. You can also air fry this if want to avoid deep frying.

Ingredients

  1. Brinjal – 2 or 3, large in size, preferably less seeded variety
  2. Chickpea Flour / Besan – 1 cup
  3. Rice flour – 1/4 cup
  4. Haldi / Turmeric Powder – a pinch
  5. Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp (or as per taste)
  6. Pepper Powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  8. Hing / Asafoetida – a generous pinch
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Cooking Soda – a pinch (optional)
  11. Oil for deep frying

Method

  1. Wash and slice brinjals into thin circles. Immerse them
    in water to avoid any decolourization of brinjal until we use.
  2. Sieve besan and remove the lumps if any. Mix besan, rice flour, red chilly powder, salt, pepper powder, jeera, haldi, hing and cooking soda in a bowl.
  3. Heat oil for deep frying. Strain the brinjal slices from the water and keep it ready.
  4. When the oil is hot, take a tablespoon of hot oil and pour it over the besan mixture. This will make the bajjis crispy.
  5. Add required amount of water and mix it well to form a fine paste of dosa-batter consistency.
  6. Keep the flame in medium-hot mode. Gently dip the brinjal slices into the batter. The slices should be evenly coated with the batter.
  7. Deep fry till golden in colour.
  8. Drain the bajjis in kitchen tissue to remove excess oil.
  9. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

For similar snacks recipe, plz checkout Pinwheel SamosaThenga Manga Pattani Sundal.

Happy Cooking!

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Almond Chia Seeds Laddu

#Healthy…#Quickrecipe…#NoSugar #NoButter #NoGhee…

In this a no-fuss laddu recipe, I have used Organic Raw Chia Seeds from Lvya that are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber with antioxidant properties.

I have roasted the almonds to enhance their flavour and crunchiness. Dates and raisins are used for sweetening the dessert. They also add to the health quotient of the recipe and act as a good binding agent while shaping laddus. Chia seeds can be used raw and gets powdered well along with badams.

Ingredients 

  1. Almonds/Badams – 1/4 cup
  2. LYVA’s Organic Chia Seeds – 1/4 cup
  3. Raisins/Kishmish – 1/8 cup, finely chopped
  4. Dates – 4 nos deseeded, finely chopped
  5. Elaichi Powder – a pinch

Method 

  • Dry roast badams in medium flame and keep tossing them to avoid burning. Roast till they emit nice aroma and are light golden in colour. You can also blanch and peel badams before roasting as per your preferences. 
  • In a mixer jar, add badams and chia seeds together and pulse them into a coarse powder. 
  • Add finely chopped dates, raisins and elaichi powder. Pulse till the ingredients get mixed well and form a dough-like consistency. 
  • Divide the dough into equal parts and shape them into laddus. 
  • These badam chia seeds laddus stays good for about 10 days at room temperature.

P.S – Product Review of Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds for www.goindiaorganic.com

My feedback for Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds

1. Lyva’s Organic Raw Chia Seeds, a plant-based superfood is rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber. This naturally gluten-free chia seeds has antioxidant properties also.

2. Colour and Texture: Lyva’s Chia Seeds are tiny in size, similar to basil seeds. When soaked in wet ingredients, it swells up and has a gel-like texture. It looks black and white in colour.

3. Taste and flavour: Chia seeds are well-known for their versatility that makes us to incorporate them in our daily food easily. It tastes dry, crunchy and nutty just like poppy or sesame seeds. When soaked in liquid, it tastes soft and sweet. It has a subtle nutty flavour that makes the dish more interesting.

4. Packaging and Shelf Life: These high-quality Chia seeds are pesticides-free and dirt-free. They are neatly packed in a zip lock pack that retains the freshness of the product intact. The nutrition information and suggestions for use mentioned on the pack helps the users to know its benefits well. As per the expiry date mentioned on the pack, it has a shelf life of 2 years. So, the product can be refrigerated and used as and when required.

5. Health benefits: It is highly recommended to include Chia seeds in our daily food as it helps to boost energy, reduce weight, reduce inflammation and high cholesterol etc.

6. Culinary Uses: Lyva Organic Raw Chia Seeds can be used in raw or soaked or grounded form in the dishes. They can be included in salads, soups, smoothies, juices, curries, chutneys, cakes or desserts and more.

7. Daily consumption of about a tablespoon of Lyva Organic Raw Chia Seeds in our food helps us to lead a healthy life.

Click the following links for recipes using BRAGG’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ and Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds..

Click the following links for recipes using BRAGG’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ and Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds..

Black Chick Peas and Corn Salad with ACV Dressing

Chia Seeds Idly powder/ Milagai Podi

Chia Seeds Chutney

Minty Apple Cider Cooler

Cold Cucumber Mint Soup with Chia Seeds

Mixed Fruit Salad with Chia Seeds

Eggless Basil Mayonnaise using Apple Cider

Happy Cooking!