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October 30, 2009

DIWALI SWEETS & SAVOURIES

In  my chilly idly post , i got a comment from a fellow blogger asking for the recipes of sweets & onion murukku i prepared for diwali.So I am posting this for her & for my future reference. For kaju katli , i referred some blogs  , got some ideas and then followed Mrs .Mallika Badrinath’s method .For Wheat flour ladoo , i took the recipe from Vah chef’s site. Home made Gulab Jamun , Khus Khus Halwa & Onion murukku recipes from my friend Shalini.I tried everything for the first time and I was satisfied with the outcome. Though i made some small mistakes , i learnt the technique  of  making perfect sugar syrup for different sweets and i got the confidence of making all these sweets perfect in future Smile Everything comes by practice ,especially sweets isn’t it ?

diwali sweets


WHEAT FLOUR LADOO 

I prepared this sweet within 15 mins.. Very easy and ideal to prepare for surprise guests..
Ingredients :
  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Besan flour – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1/2 cup (slightly less )
  • Sugar – 1/2 - 3/4 cup  ( i used 1/2 cup only.. increase based on ur taste buds)
  • Cashew nuts – a few
  • Cardamom seeds – 3 nos
Method :
  • Powder sugar along with cardamom in a mixie
  • Melt ghee, add gram flour.Roast until color changes and leaves a nice aroma.
  • Add the wheat flour and roast on a low flame till aroma spreads and it becomes a bit lumpy .Add the roasted cashew pieces and mix well.
  • Remove from flame, cool it.
  • Mix powdered sugar.
  • Make ladoos by taking small portions of this mixture in your hands..
  • Enjoy !!
Note :
If u r not able to shape the balls, add more melted ghee , mix well and then shape it..

 wheat flour ladoo

KHUS KHUS HALWA 

Please try this  halwa only if u like the smell of khus khus. Some people hate the flavor of poppy seeds. Actually my frnd told me no need to add nutmeg  but i added just to enhance the flavor of halwa.

Ingredients:
  • Khus Khus / Poppy seeds – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1.25 cups
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – Little to grind poppy seeds
  • Powdered Nutmeg & cardamom – Little.
Method :
  • Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 4 hours.
  • Drain the excess water and grind to a smooth paste using little milk.
  • Take the paste in a vessel and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
  • Add sugar to the  cooked paste and heat it in a heavy bottomed kadai stirring constantly.
  • When it sticks to the bottom, add the ghee little by little.
  • When complete moisture is absorbed and halwa gets a shine , add the rest of ghee , cardamom& nutmeg powders and remove from fire.


KAJU KATLI 
Ingredients :
  • Cashewnuts – 100 gms ( 1/2 cup)
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup
  • Rose essence - a few drops (optional)
  • Water – just to cover the sugar.
  • Ghee - a tsp ( to grease)
Method :
  • Dry roast the cashews in a hot kadai without changing the color.Switch off the flame and leave the cashews in the kadai for 10 – 15 mins to make it crispy.
  • Dry grind it in the mixie to make a fine powder . Run the mixie continuously till it becomes a nice powder.Transfer it to a wide bowl .
  • Take the sugar in a bowl and add the water just to cover the sugar.
  • Heat till it reaches **one string consistency.Add the essence to it.mix it well.
  • Add the cashew powder and mix well until it forms a thick mass like chapathi dough ( should be slightly sticky and test it by making small balls).Takes 4-5 minutes..
  • Apply ghee on 2 thick sheets ( butter paper ) and transfer the dough to the sheet.It will harden in few minutes.Cover it with another sheet and roll out like a thin chapathi.(If the dough is too hard , add little milk , knead well and the roll it.)
  • Peel off the top sheet and decorate with silver warq.
Enjoy with ur dear ones :)

TIPS:

  • One more method suggested by mallika badrinath is , instead of adding the cashew powder in the sugar syrup, add sugar syrup to the powder. ie , after the single string is reached , remove the syrup from fire and add the cashew powder little by little like how u knead chapathi dough.It may not need all the syrup.Make a soft , smooth , non-sticky dough , roll and make shape. I've tried this method too. It will come out well..

kaju katli


GULAB JAMUN 
Ingredients 
  • Sugarless khova– 3/4 cup
  • Maida – 1/3 cup
  • Milk powder – 2 tbsp
  • Cooking soda - A big pinch
  • Water - As needed
For syrup
  • Sugar – 1 cup ( 250 gms)
  • Rose essence – a few drops Or cardamom powder - 4 pods (crushed)
  • Kesar color – a pinch (optional)

Method :
  • Mix all the ingredients given above and bring it to a soft , pliable dough.Add the required water.Keep it aside for 15 minutes..Do not knead the dough much..
  • Make small balls without cracks and deep fry them in a low flame till it becomes soft.(plz dont fry till crispy and the ball should be evenly cooked) .Keep it aside.
  • In  a broad vessel make take the sugar and add equal amount of water.Allow it to dissolve completely by constant stirring in a low flame.Make sure the sugar syrup does not start to boil before it dissolves completely.
  • Once it is dissolved , raise the flame and allow it to boil for  5- 7  mins.Add the kesar color when it boils.Add a few drops of lime juice to retain the consistency.
  • Finally add the rose essence and switch off the flame.Add the jamuns when the syrup is hot.
  • Leave it for an hour and serve !!
SAVOURIES 
ONION MURUKKU 
Ingredients :
  • Par boiled rice / Idly rice –1 cup
  • Gram flour / pottukadalai maavu – 1/2 cup
  • Besan flour – 1/2 cup
  • Shallots / sambhar onions – 1/2 cup
  • Red chilly – 6 nos
  • Salt & water – As needed.
  • Oil – to deep fry & 1 tbsp
Method :
  • Soak the rice in water for 2 hrs.
  • Drain the water and grind it along with shallots and red chilly , salt  to make a smooth batter .Add little water to grind.
  • The batter should be thick & smooth.
  • Then add the flours to it and mix well.Knead to make a chapathi dough.
  • Put this in the murukku press with star mould in it.
  • Press it in hot oil to make murukkus.
Note :
  • If u feel the batter is watery, add little roasted gram flour / Pottukadalai maavu  to bring it to dough consistency.
onion murukku


TRIED & TASTED 

VEG BRIYANI FROM JEYSHRI’S BLOG

A very tasty , flavorful briyani . Thanks jeyshri.We relished it Smile
veg briyani from jeyshri


AWARDS :

Uma and A2Z veg cuisine have showered me with these honorable awards.Thanks a ton dearies.I feel elated Banana
award

31 comments:

  1. Wow,all are absolutely looking delicious! Gorgeous pictures !

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  2. Loved all ur recipes.gulab jamun u made without using the instant mix?wow great.
    Thanks a lot for trying my biryani recipe. good to know u all liked it

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  3. thanks for the quick comments :)

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  4. Fantastic treats chitra :)
    loved each of the items :)
    The biryani looks great.
    Have a great weekend!
    TC

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  5. Loved all the sweets..looks very delicious...

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  6. khus khus halwa sounds new to me..yummy sweets..

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  7. Yummy goodies dear....loved everythiing..

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  8. Woww delicious spread, khuskhus halwa and onion murukku are really very new to me..Drooling over those pretty kaju katli..congrats on ur awards dear!

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  9. poppy seeds halwa and onion murukku is new to me. The whole platter is delicious.

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  10. lovely diwali spread....do check this link : http://easy2cookrecipes.blogspot.com/2009/08/200-th-post-and-award-celebration-with.html

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  11. all recipes are very nice&congrats on ur awaerds!!

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  12. What a sweet treat for Deepavali chit..all looks so tempting and delicious..wish I was ur neighbor..eventhough there wasn't deepavali for us tis yr..i would be gald to tastes these delights :D

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  13. Kaju katli recipe is the one I have been looking for. Yours is so clear and easy. Thanks dear. Gulab jamun, murukku, ladoo and the whole presentation looks so divine.

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  14. Good Lord! all recipes in one breath! Amazing Chitra. Onion murukku panni paarthu solraen, think it is yummy!

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  15. Kuskus halwa quiet interesting! Looks all perfect :)

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  16. wonderful recipes.. onion murukku and kus kus halwa are new to me

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  17. Mouth watering recipe......congrats on ur award

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  18. All the dishes are so good. Congrats on your awards.

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  19. tempting pics, dear...yummy n delicious!

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  20. Thanks Chitra for dropping by . You have lovely blog.I'll be visiting often.

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  21. Great recipes in a single post..awesome!

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  22. mouth watering recipes ... and great clicks

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  23. oh..that gulab jamun look so awesome..also murukku..yumm..:)

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  24. Nice recipes. And all the items look good

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  25. Pics were good.... you've posted the recipe to only a few... But I must say, they are yummmmmmmmm... I admire everything about u...

    Please collect your awards from my blog...

    Ash....
    (http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

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  26. Nice Diwali dishes Chitra and the recipes too look great and will book mark khus khus halwa to try out sometime and congrats on all your well deserved awards dear :)

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  27. oh...all the sweets are very yummy and tempting..Great job..

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  28. superb...congrats for the awards..

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  29. Lovely spread of sweets and savories. Looks so good. YUM!

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  30. Holy Molly!!!! What a wide assortment of sweets and savories!

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