SOREKAI HALWA-BOTTLE GOURD HALWA

Sorekai Halwa

Sorekai Halwa

Ingredients:                                                                                                                      

Grated Sorekai/Bottle gourd                            2 ½ cup

Thick Milk                                                                 1 ½ cup

Sugar                                                                          1 ½ cup

Cashew & Raisins                                                   8-10

Elaichi/cardamom powder                               ¼ tsp

Saffron strands                                                       7-8

Ghee                                                                           1 cup

Method :

Melt ghee in a pan and fry cashew and raisins till golden brown.

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Remove them in a separate bowl and keep aside.

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Remove excess water from sorekai.

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In the same pan along with ghee, fry grated sorekai till water in it dries. You can also cook in a pressure cooker and start frying.

 

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When sorekai or bottleguard is reduced to three fourth the quantity, add milk and keep stirring.

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When you see milk is getting evoparated, add sugar and keep frying in low medium flame.

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When you add sugar halwa become watery.

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Keep frying to avoid burning at the bottom.

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When it starts forming one single lump, switch off the flame.

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Add cardamom powder, fried cashew raisins and mix. Add saffron strands and serve hot.

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Sorekai Halwa is ready to use.

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Enjoy preparing Halwa when you have guests or in any festivals.

 

Tips :

Use thick bottom pan or nonstick pan to avoid burning.  If you want additional taste you can add khova to it. I do not prefer khova as already milk is added to it. You can also add food colour to look more attractive.  I avoid artificial colours to make it natural.

 

 

RAVA HALWA-SOJI HALWA

Ingredients :

Rava/sooji                                       1 ½ cup

Sugar                                                  ¾ cup

Water                                                 3 cups

Milk                                                    ½ cup

Cashew & Raisins                           8-10

Ghee                                                   ½ cup

Elaichi/cardamom powder      ½ tsp

 

Method :

Heat a pan on a medium flame and add the 2-3 tsp ghee.

Fry cashew and raisins till golden brown.

Remove them in a separate bowl and keep aside.

In the same pan, along with the ghee add rava and mix well.

Roast rava till it begins to turn a very light golden color and give off a faint aroma. When roasted it will have a grainy consistency of wet sand.

Meanwhile, in a separate vessel and on medium heat, bring a mixture of the milk, water and sugar to a boil.

Now on a low flame, gently add rava to the water and milk mixture, keep on stirring to prevent lumps from forming. (If any lumps are formed, you can break them with the back of the stirring spoon)

Cook the mixture till it is thick and begins to come away from the sides of the pan.

Add more ghee and cardamom powder to it and mix well.

Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool to a warm temperature.

 

Tips :

KASHI HALWA-ASHGOURD HALWA-DUMROT-KUMBALAKAI HALWA

Kashi Halwa

Kashi Halwa

Ingredients :                                                                                                                      

Grated Ash gourd/Boodakumbala kai         2 ½ cup

Sugar                                                                          1 ½ cup

Cashew & Raisins                                                  8-10

Elaichi/cardamom powder                              ¼ tsp

Saffron strands                                                       7-8

Ghee                                                                           4 tsp

 

Method :

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Melt ghee in a pan.

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Fry cashew till half golden brown.

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Add raisins and fry till golden brown.

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Remove them in a separate bowl and keep aside.

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Remove excess water from ash gourd.

In the same pan along with ghee, fry grated ash gourd till water in it dries. You can also cook in a pressure cooker and start frying.

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When it is reduced to three fourth the quantity add sugar and keep sauting.

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When it starts forming one single lump, switch off the flame.

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Add cardamom powder, fried cashew raisins and mix. Add saffron strands and serve hot.

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Tips :

Use thick bottom pan or nonstick pan to avoid burning.  As ashgourd contains more water, it may take little more time for halwa to be done.

 

 

GODHI HALWA-WHEAT FLOUR HALWA

 

Godhi Halwa is one of the easy, quick and tasty sweet recipe. As name itself represents, it is prepared from Godhi Hittu/wheat flour. It is also nutritious and easy digestible.

You can make Godhi Halwa in a few minutes and give surprise to the family members. Halwa can be prepared on all casual days, festivals, parties etc.,

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CARROT HALWA-GAJAR KA HALWA

Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa is a very famous dessert found throughout India. It can be prepared all through the year for any occasion, festivals, party etc.,

Carrot is a taproot vegetable very rich in nutrients and very good for eyes. It contains Vitamin A abundantly also Vitamin K, B6. Carrots are used both raw and cooked. It is used raw in salads and cooked carrots in almost all Indian dishes.

Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa is prepared in different methods. Traditional method, quick recipe by using condensed milk, adding khova/mawa and also using microwave. Out of which, following is one of its kind which is very tasty.

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APPLE HALWA-SEBU HALWA

Ingredients:                                                                                                                      

Apple                                                                        6-7

Sugar                                                                         ½ cup

Badam & Pista                                                        8-10

Cinnamon powder                                                1 tsp

Vanilla extract (optional)                                 1 tsp

Ghee                                                                          2 tsp

Water                                                                        1 tbsp

 

Method :

Wash the apples, peel it, cut into small pieces.

Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cut apples to it.

Fry the apples for 4-5 minutes and keep on stirring often till they soften.

When they have become soft, add 1 tbsp water. Lower the heat and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes.

When the apples start to thicken and merge, mash the cooked apples and keep on stirring so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Now add the sugar. Sugar also depends upon the sweetness of the apples. You can add more sugar if necessary.

Add cinnamon powder to the halwa.

Continue to stir and cook the halwa till it becomes one lump and starts to pull away from the bottom of the pan.

Add vanilla to it.

Lower the flame to medium and keep on stirring.

When the mixture becomes thick and translucent, remove the pan from fire.

Now add chopped nuts and raisins and continue to cook for 2 minutes more.

Transfer the apple halwa into 1 inch thick layer on a greased plate. When halwa is little cool cut to the desired shapes.

Decorate with chopped almonds and pistas.

It can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

 

Tips :

Apples and cinnamon are made for each other.  Vanilla extract is optional if you do not like, you can avoid it.

GODHI LAADU-WHEAT FLOUR LADDU

 

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GODHI LAADU

Ingredients :

Godhi hittu / Wheat Flour         4 cups

Sugar                                                  3 cups

Ghee                                                   3-4 cups

Grated dry coconut                     1 cup (optional)

Elaichi/cardamom                       2 tsp

Cashew & Raisins                           1 cup (cut cashew)

Method :

Take 1 cup ghee in a pan. When it is little hot put cashew and fry till it is golden brown.

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Now put raisins and fry till it is swelled.

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Remove fried cashew and raisins in a plate and keep aside.

In the same pan, with remaining ghee, fry wheat flour till it is golden brown.

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Add 1 cup ghee and continue frying for 2 mins or till you get a nice aroma  or texture looks like wet sand. or texture looks like wet sand.

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Remove from the flame and allow to cool.

In a mixie jar make sugar powder.

When wheat flour is little warm, add sugar powder, elaichi, grated dry coconut (optional) and fried cashew raisins and mix well.

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Add 1 cup melted ghee and mix well. For better results mix the mixture with hands rubbing briskly.

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Now make small balls or unde with the help of your hand.

You can add more ghee to make balls or unde.

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Now wheat laddu is ready to serve.

You can have this any time and suitable for all age group.

You can prepare wheat laddu for festivals also.

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Tips : To avoid burning at the bottom you can use nonstick pan. You can adjust sugar more or less as per your taste. While adding sugar wheat flour should be luke warm if it is too hot it becomes too watery and laddu will not come properly.

AKKI-MENTHYA SOPPU ROTTI

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AKKI MENTHYA SOPPU ROTTI

 

Ingredients :

Rice powder                                                2 cups

Menthya soppu / methi leaves           2 cups chopped

Jeera                                                              1 tbsp

Green chillies                                             7-8

Ginger                                                           1 inch

Curry leaves                                               one fist full

Coriander leaves                                      one fist full

Mustard seeds                                            1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil as required

 

Method :

Wash methi leaves and finely chop and keep aside.

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Take a mixie jar. Grind ginger, green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves into coarse powder.

In a small pan, temper mustard seeds with 2 tsp oil

In a mixing bowl put rice powder, finely chopped methi leaves, jeera, salt, grounded mixture and tempered mustard and mix well.

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Prepare the dough with warm water. Do not put water all at a time. Sprinkle water as and when required to make a clean dough.

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Close the lid and keep for about 10-20 mts.
Divide the dough into equal parts of ball size.

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Take a kadai or pan, put 1 tsp oil all around.

Take one part of the dough and spread with wet hands into thin layer in the kadai.

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Put 1tsp oil around the rotti, close the lid and cook on medium flame.

Turn the kadai on all sides to help cook well. Nice aroma comes when methi rotti is cooked.

When rotti is done. Switch off the flame. Take a spoon, slowly remove rotti from the kadai.

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Serve hot with coconut chutney and ghee.

Repeat the procedure with remaining dough. But always cool the kadai and prepare the next one otherwise you cannot spread rotti.

 

Tips :

For better results make rotti in iron kadai.

Also keep in mind kadai should be cooled before making next rotti.

You can roast as per your requirement. If you do not want roasted rotti remove as soon as it is done.

Do not make the dough too thin. Rotti will not come properly.

RASAM POWDER/SAARU PUDI

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Ingredients :

Byadagi Red Chillies                      10-12

Guntur Red Chillies                        10-12

Dhaniya (coriander)                      ¼ cup

Jeera                                                    1 tbsp

Pepper                                                1 tsp

Mustard seeds                                 1 tsp

Fenugreek seeds (methi)            1 tsp

Hing (asafoetida)                           one pinch

Curry leaves                                    15-20

 

 

Method :

Roast red chillies till it is crispy.

Roast jeera, pepper, mustard and methi seeds one by one separately in medium flame till it is golden brown or you hear crack sound and nice aroma is smelled.

Roast asafoetida till it is golden brown.

Wash curry leaves and pat dry with a cloth and roast till it is crispy.

Mix all the roasted ingredients well. Allow it to cool.

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Grind the mixture into a fine powder.

Rasam powder is ready for use.

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Rasam powder is used not only for preparing rasam or saaru.

It is said to be basic masala for many preparations.

Tips :

Don’t let any ingredient to burn.  I have used two types of red chillies so that your rasam powder will have a nice colour and taste. You can use any Red chillies in total, of your choice.

If you want to prepare rasam powder in large quantity and store in an air-tight container for longer use, here are the ingredients.

Byadagi Red Chillies          125 gms

Guntur Red Chillies            125 gms

Coriander seeds(dhaniya)  250 gms

Jeera                                       100 gms

Pepper                                   75 gms

Mustard seeds                      50 gms

Fenugreek seeds (methi)    50 gms

Hing (asafoetida)                 10 gms

Curry Leaves                        one bunch

 

CHUTNEY POWDER_CHUTNEY PUDI

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Ingredients :

Byadagi Red Chillies          8-10

Guntur Red Chillies            8-10

Chana Dal                              ½ cup

Urad Dhal                              ¼ cup

Hing (asafoetida)                 ½ tbsp

Curry Leaves                        15-20

Tamarind                               one lemon size

Sugar                                      1 tbsp

Grated dry coconut (kopra) ½ cup

Salt to taste

Method :

Roast red chillies till it is crispy.

Roast chana dal, urad dal and asafoetida till it is golden brown.

Wash curry leaves and pat dry with a cloth and roast till it is crispy.

Clean tamarind and make into small pieces.

Mix all the roasted ingredients well. Put tamarind pieces in it to soften it for grinding.

Allow it to cool.

Add sugar, dry coconut, salt to taste and mix well.

Grind the mixture into a medium coarse powder.

Chutney Powder is ready to use.

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You can have chutney powder with hot rice and ghee, dosa, idli, chapathi, curd rice.

Tips :

Don’t let any ingredient to burn.  I have used two types of red chillies so that your chutney powder will have a nice colour and taste.  You can use any Red chillies in total of your choice.  If you want more spicy you can add more chillies.