Deepawali

Deepawali recipes

Ajwain Methi Puris

Its hard to resist anything fried till golden, crisp and tempting!!! Moreover it is the season to indulge!!! Festive celebrations are just round the corner. The weather is turning cold and wintry with rains making their appearance every now and then. 

Taking in the cool air and winter shades of nature during our drive to office is enough to charge one to gear up for the long celebrations next week. 

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One more time…

 

…with crunchy masala pori a.k.a khara murmura

 

It started off as a mission to get rid of stuffs, stuffs collected over the years. Throw away all the junk I could see lying about. The drawers and cupboards were filled with it all. Piles of papers, most of them yellow-ed as time passed by. Pulling them out let out dust which reminded me of a genie coming out of a bottle. How I wished then it was true so that I could wish for all the clutter to be rid off with just a snap of fingers.

 

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Festive Pulao

 
 
 
Everyone wants to make and serve some unique and exotic dishes during festivals or family gatherings. But at the same time the dishes need to be easy to make too so that you do not miss out on the celebration.
 
 
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Shakkarpara or Tukudi

 

Shakkarpara, a popular farsaan in South India, can be either a sweet version or a savoury one. Savory ones are not too spicy but of course you could increase the spice level as per your taste. But I would suggest you go easy on the spice and salt as I found they taste better when both these are added in moderate quantities..

 

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Rava Laddoo

 

…..and foods to cherish

 

It is fun to experiment with recipes from store bought books. Drooling at the photographs and following instructions and measurements to the ‘T’. And then there are borrowed recipes – borrowed from families, friends, aunts, uncles, heirloom recipes.

 

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Kaju Burfi

 
An easy to make Cashew Fudge…

 
These are not similar to another popular cashew delicacy which is the kaju katli. This cashew burfi is different in the final texture and method of preparation compared to the katli. But no doubt that these are equally satisfying and easier to make..
 
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Kaju Burfi
Delicious cashew fudge
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Ingredients
  1. Cashew powdered - 1 cup
  2. Maida/ All-purpose flour - 2 tbsp
  3. Regular sugar - 1 cup
  4. Water – for sugar syrup
  5. Ghee/ clarified butter - maximum 2 tbsp plus 1-2 tsp to grease the thali
Instructions
  1. Take whole cashews which are at room temperature. Powder them to get 1 cup cashew powder..
  2. Add the maida to the powdered cashew and set aside while you make the sugar syrup.
  3. In a heavy bottomed pan put sugar and just enough water to cover it. Make syrup of single string consistency and not more.
  4. Now add the cashew-maida powder, little ghee and stir constantly till it leaves sides of the pan and a bit thick.
  5. Transfer to greased thali/ plate,cool the burfi a bit and then cut into diamonds. Store in airtight container once cooled.
Notes
  1. The mixture may seem a bit watery when ready and starts to leave sides. But it will thicken more on cooling.
  2. Make sure that the cashew before you powder is of room temperature to get the right consistency burfi where the rich flavour of cashew comes through well.
  3. It is important to make sure the sugar syrup is of the right consistency before adding the cashew-maida mix.
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Ribbons of crispiness – Ribbon Pakoda!

 
A South Indian savory snack – ribbon pakodas are quite a favorite during diwali…
 
Its hard to have just a single helping of this mildly spiced and crispy snack. Its hard to resist taking a bite of these crisp ribbons, followed by another bite and then another….
 
The sesame seeds jewelled into them give a nice flavor as you bite into them with a cup of hot tea or with mocktails. 
 
One can go on eating and enjoying them and eventually, easily lose track of time. So it happened to me, many a times. Even before I started writing this post. Hence you see today the focus is more on the visuals than me doing the talking. Which is quicker to post before the day is over than me hunting for words and also gets the message across just as well…
 
 
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Simple Indian cookies – Nankatai

 
 
Nankatai, the all-time favorite Indian Cookies, said to have originated in Surat, are perfect at tea time!
 
Now you don`t have to shy away on the mention of cookies assuming they are time consuming or call for complicated techniques. This buttery cookie is a breeze to make and bake. Its a recipe you can always fall back on each time you crave for cookies. They are that easy to make. And they call for basic ingredients always stocked in your pantry – flour, sugar and of course desi ghee. There is no substitute for desi ghee (clarified butter) for this recipe. So please do not hunt for one, even if you are thinking of your diet chart and implications of ghee on it!! Some recipe are made with butter. But I personally feel it is ghee that brings out the Indian-ness of this cookie  and makes it different from all other cookies.
 
I therefore recommend, ghee and only ghee for nan khatais. Certain pleasure in life are to be had just the way they are, no shortcuts or substitutes!
 
 
 
 
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Crispy Capsicum Vadas

 
This crispy vada is our family favorite. Vadas are nothing but South Indian style fritters. They are mostly made of different varieties of dal. This particular vada recipe has a unique taste coming from the fresh green bell peppers & peanuts. The combination of both these with gram dal might seem odd, but believe me, they taste too good (even if this requires just a handful of ingredients) ! So here goes…
 
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Crispy Capsicum Vadas

 
This crispy vada is our family favorite. Vadas are nothing but South Indian style fritters. They are mostly made of different varieties of dal. This particular vada recipe has a unique taste coming from the fresh green bell peppers & peanuts. The combination of both these with gram dal might seem odd, but believe me, they taste too good (even if this requires just a handful of ingredients) ! So here goes…
 
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