Thursday, August 4, 2011

Til Ladoo(Sesame Seeds ladoo)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
As I said in earlier post, many recipes are common in whole India. Ladoo is one more recipe which is prepared everywhere. This til ladoo is the must food to make during Nagapanchami in North Karnataka. 
Gujarat menu also has til ladoo in sweet section so here is my recipe for the same.

Til or Sesame seeds - 500 gm
Roast the sesame seeds on a low heat. Allow it cool and keep aside.

To make jaggery syrup, we need
Jaggery - same as Til(Measure  in a cup, and take the same amount of jaggery)
Salt  - a pinch
Water -1/4 cup or less
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Click Here to make the Jaggery syrup. But boil the syrup for few more minutes to make the syrup more thick.

Other ingredients:
Dalia powder - 1/4 cup
Dry coconut - 1/4 cup, grated
Nutmeg and cardamom powder 1 tsp
Take the sesame seeds  in a big and wide plate. 
Add  dry coconut, Nut Meg  powder and dalia powder to it. Mix it well and keep it ready.

Now you should be quick:
Put this syrup to the Sesame seeds plate. Spread it slowly so that the the sesame seeds gets the syrup evenly. 
Now take a small quantity and make balls by mildly pressing with both the palms to give proper ball shape.
This will make around 30 ladoos.
Keep it to cool for sometime. Store it in a jar or box.
Sending these to

Announcing the Celebrate Sweets Event 

focusing on "Gujarati Sweets"

                                                             (Which is started by ME)

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Sweet Potato Puran Poli

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
The Shravan Month has started and the sweets are here:-), I love sweets.. 
One more delicious sweet from Gujarat. As per my knowledge, puranpoli is very common in all the parts of India. But when I was browsing for Gujarati sweets, I saw this sweet in all the sites I visited. Then I thought of making the puran poli with sweet potatoes. And they were yumm.
Here is the recipe.

For Stuffing
Sweet potatoes - 3 to 4
Jaggery - as per the quantity you get from mashed potatoes
Salt a pinch
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
For the cover or poli
Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Maida or APF - 1/4 cup
Oil  - 1 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Water to make the dough
Oil to shallow fry the poli.
Take the flours, oil and salt in a plate or a bowl. Add water to make soft dough. Keep it aside for half an hour.
Boil the sweet potatoes and allow to cool.
Grate the jaggery and keep.
Mash the boiled potatoes. Add the jaggery, salt and cardamom powder. Mix well. Divide into equal small size balls.
Take the ready dough, divide it into tiny balls.(half the size of normal small lemon)
Take dough ball and roll into a small puri.
Take the potato ball and keep in the middle. Cover it and make the stuffed ball ready.
Use oil to roll into small puran poli.
Heat tawa and roast the poli on both the sides till golden color.
Serve hot with ghee, pickle and fried dry stuffed chillies...

sending it to..

Announcing the Celebrate Sweets Event 

focusing on "Gujarati Sweets"

                                                             (Which is started by ME)

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Being a South Indian, trying new recipes from other part of India is always a fun. But I have always seen that most of the recipes are very similar with a little alteration and a different name. 
The sweet I am posting today also comes in the same category. We South Indians( mainly North Karnataka) people make this sweet often for the puja or on new moon day. I have already posted the recipe with the name Broken wheat(or thick rava) and jaggery Halwa.
But again thought of making it the Gujarati way and post it here.
After browsing many sites, I have taken the recipe from here which is easy to make.
Please click the link for the recipe.
A very quick, easy and tasty and healthy (too) sweet for everyone. This is very good for kids.
Sending this to two events:


Announcing the Celebrate Sweets Event 

focusing on "Gujarati Sweets"

                                                             (Which is started by ME)

Keep Smiling,

Monday, August 1, 2011

Microwave 2 minute wonder cake with oats and nuts

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I am really sorry for not posting since many days. I got stuck with many things and was not in position to write for a blog.
Coming to the recipe,
This 2 minute wonder cake is a real wonder cake which is ready in exactly 2 minutes(plus 5 minutes for ingredients) and perfect for the evening snack for kids with a glass of milk. 

First time I tried this Microwave Chocolate Cake and it was just superb.
This time (promoted from Beginner to middle lever baker!!!) I thought of adding something else to this and try.
Here is the recipe

APF OR MAIDA- 1 tbsp
 Wheat flour - 2 tbsp
Oats - - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 4 tbsp
Unsweetened Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Egg - 1
Milk - 3 tbsp
Oil - 3 tbsp 
Baking Powder - 1 pinch
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp
Chopped nuts - 1 tbsp(I used almonds and walnuts)
Choco chips- 1 tbsp

Sieve the APF, Cocoa powder and baking powder in a plate. 
Mix egg, milk, oil, Essence and sugar in a bowl. 
Add the sieved flour and mix well till everything gets mixed and you will get one flow batter.
Add the nuts. 

It takes 2 to 3 minutes.

(Mix well with egg beater or with a fork.(don't use blender))
Grease a mug or any Microwave safe bowl and dust it with APF. Pour the batter into it.
I used the rectangle box.
Microwave on full(I have 800 power) for ONE minute.
Take it out and add the chopped chips without touching or disturbing the cake.
Microwave exactly for ONE MORE MINUTE.
Let it stand in the M/W for few minutes
your yummy, healthy cake is ready to serve.
This is my last minute entry to

which is a brain child of Pari and this time guest hosted by Harini

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Caramel Custard (Microwave)(Food Remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
There are days where you crave for some particular sweet, that happens with me many times. And some days are unlucky as I don't get the ingredients to make what I want to eat. 3 days back I really really wanted to make a cheese cake and have it too. I browsed many blogs for an easy way to make cheese cake. But the problem was to get the ready cream cheese in my place :-(. I got the ideas to make cream cheese at home by my few FB friends. Thanks Ria Mary MathewSaritha Ap and Veena Aravind. But that needed a time to make. Planned to make the next day. While searching for the Cheese cake recipe, suddenly I saw this recipe and that was it, I wanted to make it then only.I always loved Caramel custard. We used to get the small long  ready made cups in UAE. And my daughter loved it that time. Thought of giving her surprise I entered the kitchen. 
But as my mom always says me" Even after you are born after full 9 months and 9 days also, why are you always in a hurry to make the things?" Thats what happened. Being little careless, I used wrong vessel to bake and my custard broke in the middle. 
But the taste was so good that I could not control to finish my portion in the night at 11 :-)

I always love to watch Vicky Ratnani's shows on TV and my favorite is "Do It Sweet".. 

I followed his recipe Caramel Custard and its awesome. Easy and quick.
for Caramel
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cold water - 1/4 cup
For the custard
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Eggs -4
Milk - 2 Cups
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder - a pinch, grated

to make Caramel,
Keep the sugar in a M/W Safe bowl with water.(the vessel in which you are going to set the custard)
Boil it on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minute(depends on the power of your M/W)
Open and stir so that the sugar dissolves fully.
Keep in the M/W back again and boil on HIGH for 3 to 5 minutes, keep on checking. Other wise the caramel will burn off. Wait till it become light golden color. 
Remove and keep it aside.
For Custard:
Beat the eggs and the sugar together. 
Add Vanilla and milk. mix well. 
Don't allow the bubbles to come up or while transferring discard the bubbles OR ELSE  you will not get the even surface)
Transfer this on the cool caramel bowl.
Keep in the M/W and cook for 10 to 12 minutes on HIGH(KEEP WATCHING)
Once done, remove, cool and unmould.
Refrigerate before serving.
Now my daughter is grown big, she won't like it anymore:-(, its ok, I liked it, now she has ordered me to make Chocolate custard without egg... 
I did not take the whole picture of my custard as because of my mistake, it broke in the middle. Want to see that photo, it looks very dirty( its like a brain kept open in a plate :-), I don't want to show the ugly part.) Sorry..
I want to send this to the event
which is a brain child of Pari and this time guest hosted by Harini

Keep Smiling,

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Falafel Sandwich (Indianised)(Re posted)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
"Sandwich" I love the word itself. Any type of sandwich is accepted by my body :-) I prefer having brown bread sandwich than white bread, as it leaves me guilt free.
Other than breads, Chapati sandwiches are my favorite too. Falafel Sandwich and Shawarma sandwich were my favorite when I was in UAE and it was very regular for us to have once a week. I used to enjoy both the sandwiches at a time :-)
Falafel sandwiches are vegetarial and Shawarma sandwiches are prepared using roasted chicken..
I miss UAE very much for these two. I have tried making Falafel sandwiches many times, but to get Shawarma sandwiches is not possible.( here in India too, we have Shawarma centers, but not that unique, juicy, salady (?) taste is possible here)

Coming to my own Falafel sandwich recipe, you must read the whole recipe. I am re posting it for the event.
Click Falafel Sandwich (Indianised) for original post:
This sandwich is prepared with the ingredients which are all replaced for original recipe :-) Read to check it.

The things I DID NOT HAD were,
1. Garlic paste
2. Olive oil
3. Tahina or sesame paste
4. Pita Bread
5. Salad leaves
6. and the ready vegetable pickles!!!!!
I am giving here my version:


1. GARLIC PASTE : I did not had garlic paste, and my daughter does not like Mayonnaise,  So I went for HUNG CURD. I took a teaspoon of Garlic Juice and mixed with hung curd. 

3. TAHINA : My husband had brought it from UAE, but the expiry date was done, I did not had any option. Then I thought of soaking the sesame seeds(2 tbsp) in hot water for half an hour and grind it into paste with one green chilly and little oil. My Tahina was ready.
4.PITA BREAD : I prepared normal Maida chapatis, you can use wheat chapati also.
5. SALAD LEAVES : We do not get salad leaves here. So I settled down with CABBAGE LEAVES, SHREDDED FINELY.
Now is the time for Falafel :
Boil the soaked chickpeas with a pinch of salt. Drain the water.
FRESH CORIANDER - HANDFUL OR PARSLEY(I do not get Parsley here  )
Keep in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Take it out and make big lime size balls and press it. (if you are lucky to have falafel maker!! then its great) 
Keep all the the falafel ready.
Heat the OIL, fry in batches. 
Now coming to the sandwich part, we need

If you have peta bread, open half in the middle. 
Mix the hung curd and sesame seed paste and spread it on one side.
Wrap it with Kitchen tissue.
It tasted 99% the same as original falafel sandwich minus the salad leaves.

Sending this to 
Announcing Sandwich Mela which is currently ON in Valli's blog.

Keep Smiling,

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sukhdi(Food Remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Gujarat is famous for its clothes, diamonds and sweets. I love Gujju food. And the sweets plays major role in their food. 
Here, I have taken the recipe for Sukhdi from my closest friend Jagruti. She describes it as Sukh means Happiness. She has prepared it many times without any much preparation or planning.
When I prepared this, even I realized that its the easiest, quickest sweet to enjoy(Weight Watchers!Sorry, its not for you)
Coming to the recipe, (Click  Sinful Sukhdi (Jaggary Fudge) for original recipe)

Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Jaggery - 1/2 cup(Grated)
Ghee - 3/4 cup
Cashew nuts - few(Finely chopped)
Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp(Jagruti has not used)
Method :

  • In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee. 
  • Keep on low heat and add flour.  
  • Roast on a low heat till golden brown, do not allow it to burn.
  • When the mixture comes together add the grated Jaggery and Cardamom and mix very well.  
  • Take off from the heat and spread the mixture evenly in a greased tray.  Sprinkle some cashew nuts and Roll it to make even surface.
  • Cut in to a diamond shape while it's warm. 
  • Allow it to cool and serve(otherwise, you will burn your tongue :-)

My younger daughter never likes sweets, but she had half the quantity of what I made:-), even the elder one loved it very much, planning to make again, but afraid of the quantity of ghee in it :-)
My daughters did not allow me to click the proper photos
This is my first entry to the event which is ON in Minaji's blog:

Announcing the Celebrate Sweets Event 

focusing on "Gujarati Sweets"

                                               (Which is started by ME)

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Banana & Carrot Eggless Cake in Cooker (Food Remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
My last entry to the event.. When I did not had oven, I always wondered how to bake a cake.. I knew my mom used to bake the cake in the cooker before she got her oven. But many people told not to bake in the cooker as we use sand in it and it spoils the cooker. I was scared and was not ready to loose a cooker :-))))
Then I got the recipe to bake a cake in a cooker(after I got my two ovens in the kitchen, life is like that always, Bhagwan deta hai toh chappar phadke deta hai :-))))))
Here sanjeeta kk  has used the water and separator as the base and aluminium to cover the cake, She has mentioned it as bread, but personally when I tasted, it was soft and spongy like cake. So I thought of labeling it as Cake. I hope she won't mind.
The carrot and banana combination is a hit here.
click Banana & Carrot Eggless Bread    for detailed recipe. I am not giving the whole recipe here as Its a last minute entry to the event and I can not trust my internet connection.  

Sending it to the ongoing event 
Which is started by ME.

Celebrate Sweets - Cakes

Thanks everyone for visiting this week to enjoy the cakes in my place. 

Keep Smiling,

Cakes(Re Mixed and Re posting)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
These are few cakes from my archived posts..

Black forest cake in Microwave: My daughters and me had a very good time with these mini cakes :-)

Microwave Chocolate Cake :This became regular in my menu after I learnt to bake it.. Its amazing, super fast cake for any occasion

Microwave Egg Less Coffee Cake:-my first ever bake cake:-)))))))), I loved each bite of this and again when I tried this with coffee powder it was just yumm...

Forgot to add one more cake which is my daughter's favorite again and I had prepared this cake for my younger daughter's birthday to give in her school.

Eggless Chocolate Cake (Food Remake)

Sending it to the ongoing event 
Which is started by ME.

Celebrate Sweets - Cakes

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