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September 15, 2020

Rabri Recipe - How To Make Rabdi Without Condensed Milk

Making traditional rabdi/ rabri at home without condensed milk and khoya was in my long time pending list. Rabdi is basically a North Indian special dessert recipe prepared by boiling and reducing the milk till thick by collecting the malai(skin of milk). Its also known as lachha rabdi in Hindi.

Last year, when I prepared instant Malpua, I tried instant rabdi recipe with condensed milk in microwave. It was so quick and easy. After that, I prepared this traditional method of making rabdi for Krishna jayanthi to post under North Indian Krishna Janmashtami special recipes. Though this traditional rabdi is a time consuming process, the end result makes you forget the pain.

I have always thought rabdi and South Indian special dessert basundi are the same. But after preparing this rabri from scratch, I found there are some differences between rabdi and basundi in consistency, taste and method of preparation. Rabri is thicker than basundi. You can enjoy it warm or serve it chilled. You can enjoy eating as such or with malpua, jalebi, shahi tukda or even with gulab jamun. Tastes so good !

Ok friends, lets see how to make rabdi / rabri at home with step by step pictures.

Rabdi Recipe - How to make Rabri for malpua


Rabdi Recipe - How to make Rabri for malpua

Rabdi Recipe - How to make Rabri for malpua at home


Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 250ml
  • Full cream Milk - 1/2 liter ( 2 cups)
  • Sugar – 1.5 to 2 tbsp (adjust)
  • Chopped cashews, almond, pista - a handful
  • Saffron threads - few
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Rose water - few drops
HOW TO MAKE RABDI / TRADITIONAL RABRI RECIPE
  1. Pour the full cream milk in a kadai.
  2. While the milk boils, keep collecting the malai/ cream/skin that forms on top.
  3. Bring the cream to the sides of kadai and collect it.
  4. Add sugar, saffron and cardamom powder once the milk is reduced to 1/3rd.
  5. Boil for few more minutes till its reduced to 1/4th of its quantity. Switch off the flame.
  6. Scrape the malai from sides of kadai and mix with the milk.
  7. Remove and add rose water, garnish with chopped nuts.
  8. Serve warm or chilled with Malpua, Gulab jamun, Shahi tukda, Jalebi !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Pour the thick, full fat milk in a wide based kadai. Boil well. When the milk starts to rise, lower the flame and let it boil. Keep a wooden ladle over the kadai diagonally. It helps to prevent spilling of milk when it boils in medium flame. While it boils, cream/skin forms on top of milk which is called as malai in Hindi / paalaadai in Tamil . Keep the flame low to medium.

  • Use a ladle or spoon and move the cream to the sides of kadai. Repeat the same and collect it in the sides of kadai. Do not stir the milk continuously because malai won’t form on top. So boil the milk patiently in low to medium flame such that malai keeps forming on top. But don’t forget to stir the milk occasionally till the bottom of kadai because there are chances of milk getting burnt in the bottom.
    rabdi recipe
  • Collect the malai and deposit in the side of kadai. Milk boils and reduce in quantity. In the mean time, you can chop the nuts and set aside. Once it is reduced to 1/3rd of its quantity, add sugar, saffron threads, cardamom powder.
    rabdi recipe
  • Mix well and boil till the sugar melts. Milk turns slightly yellow in color. When the milk is reduced to 1/4th of its quantity, switch off the flame. Scrape the malai from the sides of kadai and add to the milk. Mix well and serve. Rabri thickens as it cools down. So switch off at the right stage. Make sure its not thick.
    rabdi recipe
  • Lastly add few drops of rose water and chopped nuts.(I din't blanch the badam. I used it with skin). Mix well and serve warm or chilled by refrigerating it for an hour. You can serve and consume as such or serve with rabri with malpua, gulab jamun, jalebi, Imarti or with shahi tukda. Enjoy !

Note

  • Do not stir the milk continuously or often because it prevents the formation of cream on top of milk.
  • Don’t forget to stir the milk occasionally otherwise milk gets burnt in the bottom of pan.
  • Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste buds.
  • Do not skip rose water or use kewra essence for a nice and unique flavor to rabdi.
  • Do not make it too thick because rabri thickens as it cools down. So switch off the flame when its slightly thin in consistency. Adding malai makes it thick.
  • I din't blanch / peel the skin of almonds/ badam. If you wish, you can do it by soaking in hot water for 30 minutes.

Try this traditional Rabdi recipe at home and enjoy !










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September 1, 2020

Beans Mezhukkupuratti - Kerala Style Beans Stir Fry Recipe

Beans mezhukkupuratti
Beans mezhukupuratti is one of the easy and yummy Kerala style side dish for rice. Its a stir fry recipe without coconut. I have tried many side dish recipes for every Onam sadya menu. But I love this one as the onion garlic masala adds a nice flavor and taste to this mezhukupuratti. I have been following this recipe for the past few years. I have also tried with red chilli ans chilli powder. Both comes out well. But mezhukkupuratti with chilli powder is my personal favorite. You can follow the same recipe and use raw banana, potato or long beans instead of green beans. Friends, do try this yummy Kerala style beans mezhukupuratti / beans stir fry recipe following the step by step pictures and share your feedback.

Check out my other Kerala recipes too.

Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe

Kerala style beans stir fry - Beans mezhukkupuratti


Kerala style beans stir fry - Beans mezhukkupuratti

Kerala special stir fry for rice - Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe


Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Side dish
Serves: 2
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
  • French Beans - 2 cups (cut into 1cm length)
  • Salt and water - as needed
To grind to coarse paste
  • Small onions- 8 
  • Garlic cloves – 5 
  • Chilli powder or red chilli – 1 tsp or 2
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
To temper
  • Coconut oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - few
HOW TO MAKE BEANS MEZHUKUPURATTI
  1. Wash and chop beans to 1 inch length. Cook till soft and firm. Set aside.
  2. Grind onion, garlic, chilli powder and turmeric powder to a coarse paste without adding water.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, curry leaves.
  4. Add the ground masala and saute for few minutes. Add cooked beans and mix gently.
  5. Cook till it raw smell vanish, beans look dry and shiny.
  6. Switch off the flame and serve with rice.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and chop the beans to 1 inch length. Pressure cook in high flame for 2 whistles adding less water or cook in a pot till its soft but firm in shape. Drain the excess water and set aside.
  • In the mean time, grind onion, garlic cloves , red chilli powder or red chilli to a coarse paste without adding water. Wipe the sides of  mixie and grind again till you make a coarse paste. Set aside.
    Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe
  • Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.
  • Add the ground masala, cooked beans and saute for few minutes. If its sticking to the pan and looks too dry, sprinkle few drops of oil or water.
    Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe
  • Add required salt, turmeric powder and mix well in low flame. Sprinkle little water if needed and cook till raw smell of onion garlic masala vanish.
    Beans mezhukkupuratti recipe
  • Saute till beans looks dry and shiny. It gives a nice smell too. Now switch off the flame. Rest for sometime and then serve with rice, sambar. Enjoy !

Note

  • For variations, you can use raw banana, potato, long beans and follow the same procedure.
  • You can use red chilli powder or red chilli while grinding.
Easy, yummy Kerala style beans stir fry is ready to enjoy with rice.
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August 26, 2020

Cabbage Thoran - Kerala Style Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe

cabbage thoran recipe
Kerala style cabbage stir fry / cabbage thoran with coconut is our family favorite side dish for rice. This sadya style cabbage thoran is a very easy recipe that is prepared with simple ingredients like coconut, cumin, ginger, small onion and green chilli ground to a coarse paste, mixed to the finely shredded cabbage and stir fried to cook it. It tastes so good and tastes much better than my regular cabbage poriyal. Even cabbage haters would love this  Kerala thoran recipe.

Usually cabbage thoran can be prepared without onion too. But some people use onion, carrot for variations. Some also make it without coconut. I will try to post that version too. Here is the most popular, Onam sadya style cabbage thoran recipe with step by step pictures.

Cabbage Thoran Recipe


Cabbage Thoran Recipe Kerala Onam Sadya style cabbage thoran recipe / Cabbage stir fry for rice.

Cuisine: Kerala
Category: Onam recipes
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml
  • Shredded or finely chopped cabbage - 3 cups (I used half of medium sized cabbage)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - Few tbsp ( optional, use only if needed)
To Grind
  • Grated coconut - 1 /2 cup
  • Green chilli - 2 to 3
  • Small onion - 6 or big onion - 1
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
To Temper
  • Coconut oil - 1.5 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli - 1
  • Curry leaves - Few
HOW TO MAKE CABBAGE THORAN RECIPE
  1. Wash and shred/ chop the cabbage finely or slice it thinly.
  2. Grind coconut, green chilli, ginger and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding water.
  3. Take the chopped cabbage, ground coconut paste, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Heat coconut oil in a kadai. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves.
  5. Add the cabbage mixture and saute in low to medium flame.
  6. Cover and cook in low flame till cabbage turns soft. Remove and serve hot with rice.
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Wash and remove the thick white, central part of cabbage. Shred / finely chop the cabbage or chop into thin slices by cutting in the corners.  Collect in a big plate or bowl.
  • cabbage thoran recipe

  • Grind coconut, green chilli, ginger and cumin seeds to a coarse paste without adding water.
  • cabbage thoran recipe

  • Add this coarse paste to the finely chopped cabbage, turmeric powder and required salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • cabbage thoran recipe

  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, red chilli and curry leaves. Add the cabbage mixture and saute in medium flame for few minutes. Cover it with a lid and cook in low flame till its soft and well cooked. (If necessary you can sprinkle little water and cover cook it).
    cabbage thoran recipe  cabbage thoran recipe
  • Switch off the flame and serve with rice, sambar. Enjoy !

Note

  • For variations, you can crush onion, cumin seeds and green chilli and add to cabbage. In that case, you can add grated coconut at the end and mix it.
  • You can also try sauting onion, green chilli and then add shredded cabbage to make this thoran.
  • To make it more colorful, you can add some finely chopped carrot along with cabbage.

Try this easy, yummy Kerala style cabbage thoran recipe and share your feedback with me.
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July 30, 2020

Senaga Guggillu Recipe – Brown Chana Sundal / Kala Chana Sundal

Senaga guggillu
Every year during Varalakshmi Vratham, I post some Andhra special recipes. So today’s post is an Andhra style sundal recipe which is called as guggillu in Telugu. Here I have used brown chana / black chana ( Sengalau in Telugu, Chickpeas in English) to make this sundal for varalakshmi pooja vrat and neivedyam. You can use white chickpeas / kabuli chana to prepare this dish. It is also prepared in most of the temples and served as prasadam. In Telugu, chana sundal recipe is called as Senaga Guggillu. Its not only a healthy and simple recipe but tastes delicious. In Tamilnadu, we call this as karuppu konda kadalai sundal. Both the recipes are almost similar in preparation with slight variations in ingredients. Friends, do check out the Senaga guggillu recipe with step by step pictures and prepare this for Varalakshmi Vratham festival tomorrow.

Check out my other Sundal varieties too !

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Senaga guggillu recipe

Black chana sundal / Senaga Gugillu Recipe


Black chana sundal / Senaga Gugillu Recipe

Brown chana / Black chana / Kala Chana sundal / Senaga Guggillu in Telugu for Varalakshmi pooja prasadam. Its an Andhra style recipe.


Cuisine: Andhra
Category: Snack
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Hours
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 10H 20 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 240ml
  • Black chana / Brown chana / Senagalu / Konda kadalai - 1 cup
  • Water - to soak chana
  • Salt - as needed
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Chana dal - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Ginger - 1 tsp (finely chopped)
  • Red chilli - 1 (Pinched into two)
  • Green chilli - 1 (Slit into two)
  • Asafetida/ Hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
To Garnish
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/3 cup

HOW TO MAKE SENAGA GUGGILLU / BROWN CHANA SUNDAL


  1. Wash and soak chana/ chickpeas overnight or for minimum 6 hours.
  2. In a pressure cooker, cook the chana adding required water.
  3. Cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker, drain the excess water.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, red chilli, green chilli, curry leaves and hing.
  5. Add cooked chana, turmeric powder, required salt and mix well. Boil for few minutes.
  6. Lastly add the grated coconut, chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  7. Cook for a minute and remove in a plate. Offer to God and serve as prasadam.

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash and soak brown chana/chickpeas in water overnight or for minimum 6 hours. TIP : If you want to make soft sundal, add a pinch of baking soda while soaking the chana. Drain the water before cooking. Add fresh water, wash it once and then pressure cook it.
  • Take a pressure cooker, add the soaked chana. Add required water to cover it. Close the cooker and keep in high flame till steam / vapour starts to come out. Lower the flame immediately. Cook for 2 whistles in low flame. Switch off the flame.

  • Open the cooker and drain the excess water. Reserve the cooked chana in a plate.

  • Heat oil in a kadai and when it gets heated, splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, hing, curry leaves, red chilli, green chilli, chopped ginger. Saute till dal turns golden in color. 
  • Add the cooked chana/ senagalu, turmeric powder and required salt along with little water. Mix well and boil till all the water is evaporated.
  • Lastly add the grated coconut, finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and offer as prasadam/ naivedaym to God. Later you can serve everyone. Enjoy !

Note

  • For variations, you can skip green chilli and use more red chillies.
  • Don’t skip hing / asafetida as it helps to prevent gas trouble from boiled chana.
  • You can also use white chana instead of brown ones.
  • If you like, you can sprinkle lemon juice at the end to get a mild tangy taste. 
Andhra style brown chana sundal recipe is ready to relish !
 

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July 22, 2020

Lettuce Dal Recipe - Indian Lettuce Recipes

lettuce dal recipe

Last week I bought a big bunch of iceberg lettuce leaves for my burger. After making burger, I had some lettuce leaves leftover in hand. When I was thinking about what can I make with lots of lettuce, I browsed for some Indian vegetarian lettuce recipes. I came across this lettuce dal recipe and lettuce stir fry /thoran in Kerala style. Though I was a bit hesitant about its raw smell, I din’t want to waste the leaves. So I made up my mind and tried this lettuce dal recipe for the first time. To my surprise, it came out very well. It was tasting more like cabbage dal, Infact better than that. I couldn’t find any raw smell at all. I was so happy with the result. Even Raksha and Sendhil liked it a lot. Friends, don’t worry if you have more lettuce leaves in hand. You can make this yummy and delicious, healthy Indian style Iceberg lettuce dal recipe. I am sure you will love it.

Lettuce Dal Recipe


Lettuce Dal Recipe

Indian style dal recipe using Iceberg lettuce leaves.


Cuisine: North Indian
Category: Side dish
Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS

1 cup = 240ml
  • Toor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Moong dal - 1/4 cup
  • Iceberg lettuce leaves - 1 bunch (2 cups tightly packed)
  • Big onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Tomato - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking oil – Few drops
  • Salt - as needed
  • Water - 2 cups
To Temper
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish

HOW TO MAKE LETTUCE DAL RECIPE

  1. Wash the lettuce leaves and chop it roughly.
  2. In a pressure cooker base, take toor dal, lettuce leaves, onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste.
  3. Add required water, drops of oil, salt, turmeric powder and hing.
  4. Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Mash it well.
  5. Temper cumin seeds in ghee. Lower the flame and add red chilli powder, dhania powder, garam masala powder and add to the dal.
  6. Mix well and boil for few minutes till thick. Garnish with coriander leaves.
  7. Enjoy with plain rice, papad and some curry !

METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES

  • Wash the lettuce leaves. Chop it roughly. Wash and chop onion, tomato. Set aside. lettuce dal recipe
  • In a pressure cooker base, take the toor dal, moong dal, chopped lettuce leaves, onion, tomato, ginger garlic paste along with 2 cups of water, few drops of oil, turmeric powder and hing.
    lettuce dal recipe
  • Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mash it well.
  • Heat ghee in a kadai. Lower the flame completely.  Splutter the cumin seeds. Add red chilli powder, dhania powder and garam masala powder.
  • Add to dal. Mix well and roll boil for few minutes. Add little more water if needed and boil till it reaches desired consistency. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. lettuce dal recipe
  • Mix with plain rice and enjoy !!

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of chilli powder, dhania powder and garam masala powder based on your taste.
  • You can skip garam masala powder for variations.
  • You can also add a tsp of crushed kasoori methi for more flavor.
Friends, do try this Indian style lettuce dal recipe and share your feedback with me !
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July 10, 2020

Karnataka Gojjavalakki Mix – Instant Huli Avalakki Mix Recipe / Poha Puliogare Mix

instant gojjavalakki mix
Recently I started making homemade, instant mix recipes inspired by my fellow blogger friends. I have tried rava upma mix, poha upma mix, ven pongal mix, bajji bonda mix recipes successfully. Following that, I tried this easy and yummy Karnataka style gojjvalakki mix recipe. Gojjavalakki is nothing but tamarind flavored poha upma which we call as puli aval in Tamil, Huli avalakki / kuttu avalakki recipe in Kannada. People also call this as poha puliyogare. This is one of the popular breakfast recipes in Karnataka.

  When I tried the authentic gojjavalakki recipe to share in my blog, Raksha and Sendhil loved it very much. Raksha told me to make it often and that’s when I came across this instant gojjavalakki mix. As Raksha’s online school starts early in the morning, I am trying to make easy and instant breakfast recipes. This gojjavalakki mix is so handy. All we have to do is to add hot water to this pre made mix and soak it. Your breakfast would be ready in minutes. Just garnish with grated coconut , drizzle with gingely oil and serve. Tastes so good and flavorful. For this recipe, I referred many blogs and YouTube videos. Though its my first attempt, it came out so well.

 Usually people use thick poha for making gojjavalakki but I used thin avalakki which is called as paper aval / thin poha. This gojjavalakki mix takes very less time to prepare. Once you prepare in bulk and store in a box, you can make breakfast, dinner or for evening snacks instantly. It stays good for a month without refrigeration. Bachelors, working women and people who plan for a trip or travel abroad officially or for studies can make this instant mix and keep it. It would be really helpful to whip up a quick food. Ok friends, lets see how to make Karnataka style gojjavalakki mix recipe with step by step pictures.

instant gojjavalakki using gojjavalakki mix


Homemade, Instant Gojjavalakki Mix Recipe


Homemade, Instant Gojjavalakki Mix Recipe

Easy, instant gojjavalakki mix recipe



Cuisine: Karnataka
Category: Main course
Serves: 1 kg
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml
  • Thin or thick poha /avalakki /Aval – 4 cups
  • Karnataka style Rasam powder – 1.5 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Tamarind – lemon size, oil – 2 tsp (roast n powder)
  • Salt – 1.5 tsp
  • Jaggery – 1 to 2 tbsp ( I used nattu sakkarai powder)
  • Cooking oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1.5 tbsp
  • Chana dal – 2 tbsp
  • Roasted Peanuts – 1/4 cup
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Hing – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – to soak ( 1 cm above poha), around 2 cups
  • Poha mix – 1.5 cups ( for 3 people)
  • Grated coconut – to garnish
HOW TO MAKE INSTANT GOJJAVALAKKI MIX
  1. Grind the poha in batches to a coarse rava texture. Set aside
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil and roast the tamarind pieces. Switch off the flame, let it cool.
  3. Grind to a fine powder. Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, roasted peanuts, curry leaves, hing, red chilli.
  4. Roast till dals turn golden in color. Switch off the flame. Cool down.
  5. Add powdered poha, tamarind powder, rasam powder, jaggery and salt.
  6. Mix everything nicely. Store in a box. No need to refrigerate.
  7. Stays good for 2 to 3 weeks.
  8. To make gojjavalakki for 3 persons using this mix : Take 1.5 cups gojjavalakki mix in a bowl.
  9. Add hot water till its 1 cm above the mix. Using a ladle mix it thoroughly.
  10. Cover and rest it for 10 minutes. Garnish with grated coconut and serve !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Grind the poha in a mixie in batches. Grind it like rava / semolina. Do not make it too coarse or powdery. I used 1 cup per batch. Collect in a plate. 
  • instant gojjavalakki mix recipe
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai. Pinch lemon sized tamarind into small pieces. Roast in oil patiently till it turns crispy.
  • Switch off the flame and transfer to a plate. Let it cool down completely. Grind to a fine powder. 
  • instant gojjavalakki mix recipeinstant gojjavalakki mix
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Temper mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, red chilli, hing and curry leaves. Switch off the flame and cool down.
  • instant gojjavalakki mix
  • Add the powdered poha, Karnataka style rasam powder, salt, powdered tamarind, jaggery and mix well. Check for taste and add salt, rasam powder if required. Store in a box after it cools down. Use a clean spoon whenever you use. Instant gojjavalakki mix is ready. You can keep it for 2 weeks to 3 weeks without refrigeration. 
  • instant gojjavalakki mix instant gojjavalakki mix
  • To make gojjavalakki for 3 people : Take 1.5 cups of instant gojjavalakki mix in a bowl. Boil 2 to 2.5 cups of water till it bubbles. Add this hot water to the mix. Water level should be 1cm above the poha mix. Mix well to coat the poha with water. If it looks dry, you can add little more hot water. Cover the poha mix with a lid and rest for 10 minutes. Open the lid and fluff it gently. Add grated coconut . I drizzle a tsp of gingely oil and serve with curd, sev or chutney !instant gojjavalakki mix instant gojjavalakki mix recipe

  • Enjoy !

Note

  • Adjust the quantity of tamarind based on the rasam powder's spice level.
  • Sauting tamarind in oil helps to roast it evenly and makes it crispy once it cools down.
  • Alternately you can dry roast the tamarind too.
  • Do not store the mix before it cools down completely.
  • You can also cook the poha mix in low flame in a kadai adding plain water.
  • Actual recipe called for using dried coconut powder/ kobbari powder.  But I din't add coconut in the gojjavalakki mix to increase its shelf life.
  • Use store bought or homemade Karnataka style rasam powder for best taste. 
Try this easy, yummy, Instant gojjavalakki mix and enjoy a quick breakfast / dinner !

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May 25, 2020

Besan Ka Halwa Recipe / Kadalai maavu Halwa

besan ka halwa
Besan ka halwa in Hindi( Kadalai maavu halwa in Tamil) is a rich and delicious Indian dessert recipe. It is prepared with besan flour, sugar, ghee, milk, water flavored with cardamom powder and garnished with nuts. Though its a very simple recipe, it needs some patience and continuous attention to make it perfect. Roasting besan flour patiently is the key to make a flavorful halwa else halwa tastes and smells raw.

This halwa can be prepared adding water or milk. Color of halwa varies as per the use. I used water here. For variations, you can use jaggery instead of sugar. Do not reduce the quantity of ghee and sugar mentioned. It will affect the taste and texture of this besan halwa. For making this halwa, I used pure cow's ghee from Ghee store. It came so well !!

Recently I got a pack of pure desi cow ghee and wood pressed sesame oil and ground nut oil from Ghee store for my review. Ghee store is an online shop where they sell organic pure desi cow ghee, buffalo ghee, brown ghee, cold pressed and wood pressed oils and organic honey. All their products are traditionally prepared without machines. They use wood fire for preparation and is done 100% manually. So they give assurance to the flavor, taste and purity.

As they promised, I found the ghee, sesame oil and groundnut oils are so good, fresh and flavorful. We all just loved it. Price is also reasonable when compared to some other brands who sells A2 ghee at a very high price. I am sure I will buy their products regularly in future. I would recommend this brand for my friends and family too.

Friends, do check out their website gheestore.in  and place your orders. You can try their sample pack at a minimal price and then go for bulk orders if you are satisfied. Here is their Instagram , Facebook and twitter page links. Check it out friends. You can also click on the below image to view their website. You can also find some useful informations regarding the health benefits of pure cow ghee, buffalo ghee and cold pressed oils in their blog page.

Ok, lets see how to make besan ka halwa using pure cow ghee with step by step pictures.

 Ghee store


Besan ka halwa


Besan Ka Halwa / Besan Halwa Recipe


Besan Ka Halwa / Besan Halwa Recipe

Besan Ka Halwa / Besan Halwa Recipe - Rich and delicious halwa recipe



Cuisine: Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes



INGREDIENTS
1 cup = 240ml
  • Besan flour / Kadalai maavu - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 3/4 cup ( Add 1 cup for more sweetness)
  • Melted ghee - 1/2 cup ( 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp)
  • Water - 1.5 cups
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts - few (to garnish)
HOW TO MAKE BESAN KA HALWA
  1. Heat 1/3 cup of ghee in a heavy bottomed kadai.
  2. Add besan flour and roast in low to medium flame till golden in color with a nice smell.
  3. Add water and mix till besan turns thick. Add sugar and mix in low flame.
  4. Halwa becomes thick, non sticky and leaves the pan.
  5. When it becomes a whole mass, add the remaining ghee, chopped cashews and cardamom powder.
  6. Mix well and switch off the flame. Remove in a plate. Serve warm and enjoy !
METHOD - STEP BY STEP PICTURES
  • Add 1/3 cup of melted ghee in a heavy bottomed kadai. I used my thick non-stick kadai.

  • Heat ghee and add the besan flour. Keep the flame low to medium and roast the besan flour for 8 to 10 minutes till besan flour turns golden in color with a nice smell.
  • besan ka halwa recipe

  • Lower the flame completely and add water at room temperature. You can also add boiled milk at room temperature instead of water.  I used water. Mix quickly to break the lumps.

  • Keep mixing till all the water / milk is absorbed by the besan flour. When it becomes thick, add sugar. 
  • besan ka halwa recipe  

  • Mix well till all the sugar is dissolved in halwa. Keep the flame medium and mix for few minutes. Halwa thickens and starts to leave the sides of pan.
  • besan ka halwa recipe
  • Keep mixing till halwa leaves the pan completely and becomes a whole mass. Add cardamom powder, remaining ghee and chopped cashew nuts. Mix well. Switch off the flame. Transfer to a plate and serve warm or hot ! Enjoy.!
  • besan ka halwa recipe
  • besan ka halwa recipe

Note

  • You can add milk instead of water. Color of halwa differs if you add milk.
  • Add 1 cup of sugar for more sweetness.
  • Do not reduce the quantity of ghee.
  • You can use wheat flour instead of besan and make this halwa.
  • For variations, add 2 tbsp of suji / rava / semolina to 1 cup of besan flour while roasting. It gives a coarse texture to the halwa.

Do try this easy, yummy besan ka halwa and share your feedback !
besan ka halwa recipe
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