Kanna laddu thinna aasaiya?!?!

Laddu is one of my favorite sweet and my DD loves it too. Almost everyone in my family loves it.I recently tried making some for my DD’s birthday. It certainly didn’t turn out like my mom’s but i was proud that it was certainly good for the first timer. LOL.

Lemme take you directly to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Besan flour (Chickpea flour/Gram flour) – 2 cups
Sugar – 2 cups
Cashew
Raisin
Cardamom
Cloves (Optional)
Oil – 1/2 litre

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Method:

1. First make batter out of besan flour. It must be little watery than dosa batter/pancake batter.Make sure you don’t have any lumps.

2.Make sugar syrup.Take a stainless steel pan and add sugar. Add little water till the sugar completely immerses in it.

3.Boil the sugar syrup. Now and then take few drops of syrup and test it in cold water. If the syrup dissolves away keep boiling for some more time. You should switch off the stove when the sugar syrup forms a ball when rolled in a cold water. (This part is more important)

4. Heat oil in a wide pan. Using a small holed strainer add the besan batter so that it drops to form small balls like dippin’ dots(called Boondhi). Remove when it is cooked and add immediately to the sugar syrup. (Don’t let it brown.)

5. Keep mixing boondhi once in a while in sugar syrup so that all absorbs the sugar syrup completely in.
Fry some cashews, raisins and cloves in little ghee and add to boondhi.

6. Finally when all the besan batter is done, it is time to roll the laddus. Make balls out of boondhi absorbed in sugar syrup right away when it is warm. (In pic we have molded laddu using my daughter’s cereal scoop)

Yummy laddu is ready!!

P.S : If Β the syrup turns crystallized by the end, try adding some warm milk before rolling.

Mr.Dronkey and Mariappa’s Mangalore Bun

This week my crochet project was to do some finger puppets.I kept searching and finally found a cute dragon finger puppet.By afternoon, the face looked more like donkey than dragon. LOL . Evening when my hubby came he asked “Didn’t you get any other pattern than donkey for finger puppet?”, but I didn’t want to agree with the fact that it looked like donkey.In the end we came to a conclusion and named him Dronkey. Here is Mr.Dronkey.Tell me frens does it really look like a donkey?!?!?! πŸ™‚

And recipe for this post is “Mangalore bun” , it is also called sweet bun.This dish used to be our breakfast dish when i used to stay in a working woman’s hostel in Bangalore.Our master chef Mr.Mariappa was an awesome cook.;) I used like this sweet bun and bread jamoon amongst his recipes.And i still remember few other from the menu which i didn’t dare to try. πŸ™‚ So let us walk through this recipe of Mangalore bun.

Ingredients:

Banana – 1 small (ripe)

Yogurt – 1 tbs

All purpose flour/Maida – 1 cup (approx)

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Sugar – 2 tbs

Salt – 1/2 tsp

Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

Method:

1) Mash the banana and mix this well with yogurt. Add cumin seeds, sugar , salt and baking soda.We do this because yogurt gives out some water,so add flour in the end.

2) Add required amount of all purpose flour/maida to bring the dough to chapati dough consistency.Cover the dough and let this rest for 3-5 hrs.

3) Press like poori(use oil to avoid sticking to the surface) and deep fry in oil. Yummy Mangalore bun is ready!!

Usually Mariappa gives coconut chutney to go along with this.Try it out.

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My mom makes this crispy sweet and i had always loved it.This is my first attempt since the day she gave me this recipe. I suppose it had come out really yummy!!

Ingredients:

Maida – 1 cup
Rava/Sooji – 1/4 cup
Coconut milk
Salt – a pinch
Sugar – 1/2 tsp

For Stuffing:
Coconut – 1 cup
Cashews – 5 (fried in ghee)
cardamom powder – 1 pinch
food color (optional)
Sugar – 3-4 tbs

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Method:

1. Mix maida,rava,salt and sugar together.Add enough amount of coconut milk and make it into a thick dough.You can use water/milk instead of coconut milk.That was my mom’s way to use coconut milk.Keep this dough aside for few minutes.

2. Now lets start the preparation of our stuffing.In a dry pan fry the grated coconut or desiccated coconut.Turn off the heat and add sugar, fried cashews,cardamom powder and food color.Mix the ingredients well.

3. Press the dough into small circles , place the coconut filling on the one side and cover with the other half. Fold the edges so that the filling doesn’t come out.

4. Once all the half moon sweets are made, fry them in oil at low heat till they turn golden brown.

Tasty tasty somas thayaar!!

Pancake & Strawberry syrup – Breakfast

This is strawberry season and i had never tried anything apart from strawberry milkshake. When you find fresh strawberries at Walmart you really can’t resist buying them.But what do you do other than eating raw? So why not try some syrup or jam to have with Waffle or Pancake.Last Saturday we had this typical English breakfast of pancake and strawberry syrup.

For Pancake:

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 1& 1/2 cup
Baking powder – 3 teaspoon
Salt – a pinch
Sugar – 1 or 2 tablespoon
Egg – 1
Milk – 1 & 1/4 cup
Butter – 3 tablespoon (melted)

Method:

1) Sift flour,baking powder, salt and sugar together.

2) Melt butter in a pan and add milk when it is still warm.

3) Add the above mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.In the end add the egg.

4) Beat the batter well without any lumps.

5) Pour a ladle of batter to oil applied heated pan and turn when it turns golden brown.For non-stick pans you may use less oil.

Yummy pancake is ready!!

Pancake & strawberry syrup

For Strawberry Syrup:

Ingredients:

Strawberries –Β  1 lb (1/4 inch sliced)
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Orange Juice – 1/4 cup
Orange zest – 1 teaspoon

Method:

1) In a saucepan combine sugar, orange juice and orange zest.Bring it to boil.

2) Once sugar gets dissolved and the mixture is bubbling add the sliced strawberries.

3) Mix the strawberries well.Allow few more minutes till the strawberries get smashed along with other ingredients before turning off the heat.

You can serve this hot or cold.You may try this with pancake,waffle or on the side of the ice cream.

Roasted Chana dal laddu with milk solids

Ingredients:

Milk solids from Clarified butter/Ghee – 2 tbs

(This is the brown color residue that you get while preparing ghee…sorry.. forgot to get a photo of this)

Roasted split chana dal / Pottu kadalai – 1/2 cup (Coarsely ground)

Brown sugar – 2 tbs

Laddu

Method:

Can u imagine something sooo simple… πŸ™‚

Mix all the above ingredients and roll it into small balls. Home made Ferrero Rocher is ready πŸ˜‰