Monday, October 18, 2010

mixed fruit pickle

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
This  pickle was my favorite when I was kid. But, it was rarely made because it has nuts in it and buying nuts was not much affordable.

Whenever we got the chance to eat it, we used to hide it in our hands to eat it later, slowly and enjoying it fully.
Now, my kids do not like it at all! I feel so bad for them!! They do not like anything sweet. All the sweet things are for me! They do not know the real happiness which is hiding in it!! hehe!!! going mad about this pickle. Now, I make it for myself and enjoy it whenever I want. But that joy will never come back!!

Very easy to make and can store it in a refrigerator for months.
Coming to the recipe :
Lemons - 12 to 15
Cashew nuts - 1 cup
Almonds - 1 cup, cut into pieces
Dry dates - 1 cup

Oil - 1/8 cup
Mustard seeds - 1 tbsp
Hing - a pinch
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder  to taste 
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Jaggery - 1/4 cup

Wash the lemons,  cut into 4 pieces. Remove the seeds.
Clean the dry dates, remove the seeds.
Keep both lemon and dry dates in a separate vessel and cook in a cooker for 6 to eight whistles.
Allow it to cold.
Till that,
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and allow to splutter. Add hing and remove from the heat. Allow it to cool. Once cold, add red chilly powder, turmeric powder, Jaggery. Cook it again for few minutes. Cool it.
Take the lemon, dry dates, cashew nuts and almonds in a bowl. Add the ready masala and salt to it. Mix well.
Store in a glass jar. Use after 2 days.
Sending it to my event 

Going on a short vacation and will not be able to check your entries. But please forward your entries till 19th.
I will post the round up only after 25th October. I hope its fine for all of you.
Keep Smiling, 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Quick Vermicelli Kheer in M/W

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All, 
Wishing everyone a very happy Dasara. Nine days are over so early and this time I enjoyed the Navarathri very much. The reason is Dandiya. I love dancing and this was the best occasion to dance and make myself happy. Yes, I attended Dandiya program all the five nights! Yesterday was the last day and I danced for 4 hours with only 15 minutes break. But still feeling like dancing!
Usually, we prepare Sajjaka holige(Semolina halwa poli) on this occasion. But as I got busy with some other work, I went for a quick Vermicelli payasam. I have already posted the normal way of making this kheer.
Now giving you the quickest way to make delicious Seviyan kheer.
This is actually for Smitha's event, I thought of making it in M/W. Even for me it was a first time. We all loved it. As my DH is also here, and its his favorite sweet, I was happy to make it and was happy also for the outcome.

Roasted thin vermicelli - 1 cup(I got these packets from UAE)
Sugar - 1/8 cup
Condensed milk - small can or 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1/4th tsp
Ghee - 2 tbsp
Dry fruits(almond, cashew nuts, raisins)- 1/4 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup

Keep the water in a M/W Safe vessel and keep on HIGH for 2 minutes. Add the roasted vermicelli and keep on HIGH again for 60 to 90 seconds. Remove it, add sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well. Keep on HIGH again for 1 minute. Open, add condensed milk and keep it aside.

Take another small vessel and add ghee in to it. Keep on HIGH for 1 minute. Add dry fruits and keep on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes or till the dry fruits are fried.
Remove and add it to the vermicelli mix. 
Keep on HIGH for 30 seconds. Allow for 2 minutes.
Open and serve hot. Or keep in the fridge after its cold to have chilled kheer.
Sending it to many events:
First is: Smitha's My First Event Anouncement - "MEC - Festive Dishes... which is started by  Srivalli of Cooking 4 all Seasons
(started by Sharmi with this announcement)

(which is  Pair's brain child).
And to Umm of Taste of Pearl City's ongoing event which is started by me ;

Keep Smiling,

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