Badam Kesar Kulfi

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Badam Kesar Kulfi

Origin of kulfi

The world ‘Kulfi’ derived from Hindi language and is said to be a synonym for the word ‘ice’, coined by the residents of the Himalayan region. The word is spelled as ‘qulfi’ in Persian, meaning ‘covered cup’.

Hi Friends! one of the greatest Indian desserts is Kulfi. Kulfi is a traditional ice-cream made with boiled milk, sugar, Saffron, almonds and is available in many flavors. Summers can never be fun without kulfis and ice creams. Here is a summer bonanza for you all! Absolutely yummy, easy to make at home Kulfi !!!

Kulfi is a frozen, milk based dessert, colloquially known as the Indian ice cream. The kulfi is not churned, and the texture is to be dense and thick.

Prep Time : 10 minutes

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dessert

Cook time : 2 hours

Serve : 6

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Ingredients :

  • liter Milk, full cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1/2 Cup ground Almonds
  • 1/4 tsp Saffron/kesar powdered
  • 1/2 cup sugar/ or as per taste increase

Method:

Step 1.

In a heavy bottom pan heat the milk. When the milk begins to boil, reduce the heat and stirring intermittently simmer, till the milk is reduced by half.

Step 2.

Take 1/2 cup cold milk and add corn flour to it. Mix well into a lump free mixture.

Step 3.

Add the corn flour-milk mixture, to the boiling milk, mix well (step.1).

Step 4.

Add sugar, saffron, almond powder to the above mixture. Cook for two to three minutes, stirring continuously. Switch off the stove and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Step 5.

Pour the mixture into individual kulfi moulds and place them in the freezer to set.

Step6.

In Approximately three hours, when well set, take the kulfi out of the mould and serve immediately.

 Health Benefits of Almonds:

  1. They reduce heart attack risk.
  2. They lower “bad” cholesterol. Almonds added to the diet have a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels.
  3. They protects artery walls from damage.It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
  4. Almonds help build strong bones and teeth.The phosphorus in almonds helps make this possible.
  5. They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss.
  6. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
  7. They help provide good brain function.Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity and may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  8. They nourish the nervous system.According to Ayurveda, almonds help increase high intellectual level and longevity.
  9. They alkalize the body. Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.

Ref.http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-almonds-king-of-nuts.html

Health Benefits of Saffron:

Healing Benefits of Saffron

The benefits and medicinal properties of this highly priced spice, make it a valuable culinary ingredient worldwide. Modern research suggests that saffron can be used as an aphrodisiac, diaphoretic [to cause sweating], carminative [ to prevent gas] and to bring on mensuration. Some other benefits are mentioned hereunder:

1. Protects against cancer: Saffron contains a dark orange, water soluble carotene called crocin, which is responsible for much of saffron’s golden color. Crocin has been found to trigger apoptosis [ programmed cell death] in a number of different types of human cancer cells, leukemia, ovarian carcinoma, colon adenocarcinoma, and soft tissue sarcoma.
2. Promotes learning and memory retention: Recent studies have also demonstrated that saffron extract, specifically its crocin, is useful in the treatment of age related mental impairment. In Japan, saffron is encapsulated and used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, memory loss and inflammation.

3. In patchy baldness: Saffron mixed in liquorice and milk makes an effective topical application to induce hair growth in alopecia.

4. Protection against cold: Saffron is a stimulant tonic and very effective to treat cold and fever; saffron mixed in milk and applied over the forehead quickly relieves cold.
5. Food Additives: Saffron is an excellent replacement for synthetic food additives- for eg: instead of FD and C yellow no 5: a synthetic food coloring agent that is a very common allergy trigger, Saffron’s glorious yellow could be an acceptable hypoallergenic choice.

Ref. http://food.ndtv.com/health/7-health-benefits-of-saffron-the-priceless-spice-1263525

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Bottle Gourd curry

 Bottle gourd Ghiya delicious

Bottle gourd  curry

 Some other names of Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya

Hi friends! Bottle gourd-lauki/Doodhi/ghiya is one of the well known vegetables in the market which has wonderful taste. Along with its tastes, it also has variety of health benefits.  Please add this new simple yet delectable curry to your menu.

Ingredients

  • 400 gms Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 6 pods of garlic, mashed
  • 3 tbsp Popy seeds/Khuskhus/posta
  • 1 /2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal/ husked black gram lentil
  • 1/4 tsp Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds, powdered
  •  1/2 tsp Turmeric powder /Haldi
  • 3 green chilies, remove seeds, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/2 cup Milk , low fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoon Cooking oil
  • 1level tsp Salt / or to taste
  • 3tbsps Cilantro/ Coriander leaves/Dhania, finely chopped

Method :

Step 1.

Wash peel and cut the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi into small cubes. In a pressure cooker put the cut Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and add 1/4 cup of water, close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame. As soon as the full pressure is formed switch off the stove.

Step 2.

Let the pressure cooker cool to room temperature, take the steamed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 3.

In a non-stick pan heat oil , add the cumin seeds, cumin seeds. As soon as it crackles, add onions and mashed garlic, urad dal. Sauté for few minutes till onions are translucent/ light golden brown in colour add salt, Nigella/Kalonji/onion seeds , fenugreek powder, cut green chilies and turmeric powder.

Step 4.

Cook the spices  it for about 1-2 minutes more and then add  cubed Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi and mix it well. Make sure that the Bottle gourd /lauki/Doodhi cubes get coated with the masala , add  powdered poppy seeds/khuskhus/posta to the pan. Now cover the pan and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6.

After 1-2 minutes,  add the milk to the pan and cook it for more 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove. Take out the vegetable in a serving bowl , garnish it with finely chopped coriander. Serve hot with chapatti  or boiled white rice for a appetizing meal.

Health Benefits of Bottle gourd/ Lauki/Doodhi:

Bottle Gourd has multiple health benefits, few of them are:

  1. Bottle gourd is rich in dietary fiber, both, soluble and insoluble. Hence, it helps in curing constipation, flatulence and even piles. It is also easy to digest.
  2. It promotes weight loss. The vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre in lauki keep the body well-nourished and curb unnecessary appetite, especially if you drink its juice in the morning on an empty stomach.
  3. Its fat and cholesterol content is extremely low.
  4. It consists of approximately 96% of water and is therefore a great thirst quencher. It also prevents fatigue and keeps the body cool and refreshed during summers.
  5. Apart from the iron content it is also rich in vitamin B and C, and helps in anti-oxidative actions.
  6. It also contains sodium, potassium, essential minerals and trace elements, which regulate blood pressure and prevent the risk of heart ailments.
  7. High in sodium and potassium, bottle gourd is also an excellent vegetable for people with hypertension.
  8. It is a suitable vegetable for light, low-calorie diets as well as for children, people with digestive problems, diabetics and those recovering from an illness or injury.
  9. Bottle gourd is recommended by Ayurveda physicians for balancing the liver function, when the liver is inflamed and unable to process food efficiently for nutrition and assimilation.

Ref. https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/16-reasons-why-lauki-is-healthy-3556/post

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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

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Stuffed Cauliflower/Bharwan Gobhi

Hi Friends! Cauliflower is often considered one of the healthiest foods on earth- and there is good reason why. With its rich supply of health-promoting nutrients, it seems there isn’t much cauliflower can’t do. Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable (or Brassicaceae) family- along with broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts and some other less common varieties. Here is a delicious never to leave your special dinners menu, very easy to make recipe .

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Main

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Prep Time : 20 minutes

Cook time : 11-15 minutes

Serve : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size Cauliflower, whole trimmed
  • 1 cup Fresh green peas, shelled
  • 150 gms fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 4 tbsp grated fresh Coconut
  • 3 green chilies
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt/ or to taste
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour/ maida
  •  1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup tomato Ketchup
  • 1 tsp Red chili powder

Method :

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker take the shelled peas add 1/4 cup water close the lid and place the pressure cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to the room temperature. Open the lid and remove the peas in a bowl. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a deep pan take 6 glasses of water add 1 tbsp salt. When water starts boiling add Stem-side down, place the whole head of cauliflower in the boiling liquid and cover with the lid. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is easily pierced with a fork. Remove the cauliflower from the pot and place gently in a shallow bowl stem side up. Keep it warm.

Step 3.

Grind to paste cilantro/coriander leaves, grated coconut, green chilies, salt, sugar and lemon juice. kep aside.

Step 4.

Stuff the warm Cauliflower with the cilantro/coriander sauce carefully. Turn it stem down and  Keep aside .

Step 5.

In a non stick pan put butter and all purpose flour/ maida. Mix well, on low flame cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomato ketchup and half cup of water, chili powder salt and prepare a medium consistency sauce.

Step 6.

Just before serving, pour this hot sauce on the cauliflower. Garnish it with boiled peas and serve this delicious low calorie dish hot with Lachcha paratha, Garlic Nan etc.Slice the cauliflower into wedges (like a slice of cake) using a sharp knife and spoon a little bit of the sauce over each portion.

Health Benefits of Cauliflower:

1. Reduces Cancer Risk

Numerous studies have shown that there is a strong tie between someone’s diet and their risk for developing cancer. Studies demonstrate that cauliflower is especially useful for preventing breast cancer in addition to colon, liver, lung, and stomach cancers.

2. Fights Inflammation

Inflammation is at the heart of nearly all chronic diseases that we are faced with so commonly today. Cauliflower is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which lower oxidative stress and the presence of free-radicals in our body.

3. Decreases Risk for Heart Disease & Brain Disorders:

Researchers now know that high levels of inflammation are correlated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

4. Provides High Levels of Vitamins and Minerals (especially important Vitamin C and Vitamin K)

In addition to Vitamin C and other antioxidants, cauliflower is also a good source of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin, meaning it is absorbed in the intestines along with fat, so this is one reason why eating cauliflower along with a source of healthy fat (like coconut oil for example) is important.

5. Improves Digestion and Detoxification

Certain compounds found in cauliflower- sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin, and gluconasturtiian- are very useful for helping the body to detox due to how they support liver function.

6. Aids in Weight Loss

Cauliflower is extremely low in calories (only 29 calories per cup), has virtually zero grams of fat, very low levels of carbs and sugar, and yet is high in volume and filling fiber. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight, since you can consume large amounts of cauliflower and fill up, without over-consuming calories, fat, sugar, or carbs.

7. Helps Balance Hormones

Consuming a diet rich in whole foods and antioxidant-filled vegetables like cauliflower has been shown to help balance hormones partially by reducing unhealthy levels of estrogen. High estrogen foods can be harmful to health when they begin destroying the vulnerable hormonal balance that many people struggle to maintain.

8. Preserves Eye Health

The sulforaphane found in cauliflower has been shown to protect the vulnerable tissues of the retinal area from oxidative stress that can result in blindness, cataracts, macular degeneration, and more.

Ref. https://draxe.com/cauliflower/

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Ajwain Poori

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Ajwain Poori/fried Indian bread

Hi friends! Puri (also spelled poori) is an unleavened deep-fried Indian bread, commonly consumed on the Indian subcontinent. It is eaten for breakfast or as a snack or light meal. It is usually served with a curry or bhaji, as in Puri bhaji. Puris are perhaps one of the most well-known and delicious breads of Indian cuisine.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Cuisine: Indian

Category: Bread, fried Indian bread

Course: Breakfast

Makes 15 -20 puris

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms whole wheat flour / atta
  • 2 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/ carom seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • oil for deep-frying

Method :

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix together whole wheat flour, cooking oil, Ajwain/ carom seeds   and salt, using fingers, till it resembles bread crumbs.

 Step 2.

Slowly add about a cup of water, just enough to form a firm/ stiff dough and knead till smooth. keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 3.

Divide the dough into small lemon size equal portions, and roll out into 3″ rounds on an oiled board.

Step 4.

 Heat the oil for deep frying, in a wok or kadhai, fry the puri one at a time, holding them under the oil on the first side until they puff. Turn and deep-fry the puris till they turn light golden brown in colour from both the sides.

Step 5.

Drain on absorbent paper kitchen towel lined plate, so that puris are dry without excessive oil.

Step 6.

Serve hot and crisp puris with a hot side-dish or just Raitas and pickle; it’ll be a winner all the way!

Note:

Add a little salt to the oil to keep it from smoking.Always add the puri to the oil as soon as they’re made. Rolled and kept puris, tend to become a little dry and sometimes do not puff up properly.

It can be served as a snack or a meal depending on the accompanying items. However, it is important to know the right way of making puris, so that they come out nice and fluffy and without too much oil.

Health benefits of Ajwain:

  • Ajwain seeds contain health benefiting essential oils such as thymol, a monopterone derivative class of chemical compound which gives aromatic fragrances to seeds. Besides, they also compose of small amounts of other phytochemicals such as pinene, cymene, limonene, and terpinene.
  • The active principles in the ajwain may help increase the digestive function of the intestinal tract through facilitating the release of gut juices (gastro-intestinal secretions).
  • Thymol, the essential oil obtained from ajwain has local anesthetic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.
  • Likewise in caraway, ajowan seeds too are rich source of fiber, minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants

Ref.http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/ajwain.html

Selection and storage:

Ajwain is readily available in the spice stores specializing in Indian or Middle-Eastern spice ingredients. In general, whole ajwain seeds displayed for sale alongside with other spices such as dill, cumin, coriander, caraway, etc. Buy fresh, wholesome, compact seeds emanating pleasant thyme-like flavor when rubbed between fingers.

Once at home, store the seeds in an airtight container and place in a cool dark place away from sunlight and humidity. Ajowan seeds should be used as early as possible since they lose flavor rather quickly, largely because of evaporation of essential oils.

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Bhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

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Hi friends! Here is and easy to prepare crispy Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi recipe.Available year round, lady finger (Aka Okra) better known  as bhindi- can be consumed for its many health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi
  • 1/2 cup Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbs spoons rice flour
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder/ Amchur
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin roasted and powdered
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi very well .  Trim the ends and halve each Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi vertically first and then slice each half into thin strips.

Step 2.

In a deep bowl take the thin stripes of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi add Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan, rice flour , salt, cumin powder, red chili powder and Dry mango powder/ Amchur and dry mix well.

Step 3.

Drop handful of quoted slices into the hot oil and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent kitchen towel.

Step 4.

Serve hot with Vegetable biryani and pulaos.

Health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi :

This green, longitudinal gooey-gooey vegetable is used in multiple ways such as, to thicken soups, it can also be eaten sautéed, cooked in typical southern gravy, or even in pickled form. Lady finger is known as a nutritional power and has myriad health benefits because of the plethora of nutrients it contains including minerals, vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates. Check out some of the amazing health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi

1.Helps you Lose WeightBhindi is low in calorie and is suitable for weight loss purpose. 2. Alleviates Symptoms of Asthma Okra is also rich in Vitamin C, known to alleviate symptoms of asthma.

3.Improves Digestion and Lowers Cholesterol Rich in fiber, bhindi helps with two very common problems faced by people worldwide. One of them is Indigestion. Fiber helps increase bulk of stool by dissolving in water present in the gut. This helps with constipation and straining and makes excretion easy. Second problem that fiber can help with is High Cholesterol. Soluble fiber in gut absorbs cholesterol from food, prevents its absorption and eliminates it from the body.

4.Improves Immunity Bhindi also contains antioxidants along with vitamin C. These constituents of bhindi act as immune boosters against harmful free radicals and also support the immune system.

Ref.http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/surprising-health-benefits-lady-finger-bhindi

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Onion Patty/Onion Kachori

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Hi friends! Happy holi to all of you. Here is an easy recipe of lip smacking, onion filled Spicy Snack for HOLI! These crisp, deep-fried Kachoris stuffed with an onion filling are so irresistible.

Preperation time:10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Snacks

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 3 tea cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 potatoes, boiled, peeled and coarsely mashed
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt/ or to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/heeng
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 2 tbsp chick pea flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp amchoor /dried mango powder
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 3green chilies, remove the seeds, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Cooking oil to deep fry

For the dough:

  • 2 tea cups All purpose flour /maida
  • 1/4 tea cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt /or to taste

 Method:

To make the dough:

Step 1.

In a deep bowl take all purpose flour/ maida, add 4 tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt and knead into a firm dough using water gradually.

Step 2.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.

For the filling:

Step1.

In a heavy bottom pan/ wok heat 2 tbsp oil in a broad pan. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, , and coarsely ground coriander seeds.

Step 2.

Sauté for half a minute when cumin starts crackling, add finely chopped onions, salt and continue to sauté.

Step 3.

When onions are lightly golden browned, add ginger, garlic, green chilies, red chili powder, and dried mango powder. Mix well and sauté for a few second more,.

Step 4.

Add boiled and coarsely mashed potatoes, and gram flour and finely chopped coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves . Mix well, cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Remove the onion feeling in a bowl and let it cool to room temperature

Step 6.

Divide the dough in twelve equal portions. Roll out each portion of the dough into a 2½ diameter circle. Place 2-3 tbsp of the onion filling in the centre.

Step 7.

Bring the edges and press gently to close. Pat with hands to flatten the kachori, keeping the sides thin. Prick with a fork.

Step 8.

Repeat the same process with remaining portions of the dough.

Step 9.

Heat oil in a deep heavy bottom pan/ wok deep-fry the kachoris on high heat till golden. Drain on an absorbent kitchen napkin and serve hot with coriander/ sweet & sour tamarind chutney .

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Urad Dal Pinni

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Urad Dal Pinnies

Different names of Urad Dal
 Black Gram- English
Urad dhuli, Urad chilka, Urad sabut , Urad saboot,Kali dal -Hindi
Ulundu Paruppu – Tamil
Minappappu – Telugu
Uzhunnu Parrippu – Malayalam

Hi Friends! Urad Dal Pinnies are winter treats. Urad dal, also known as white lentil or black lentil is a kind of bean from Indian dals and mostly used in Southern part of Asia. Urad dal is used as a major ingredient in Indian cuisine for preparing a healthy diet. Urad dal has protein, fat, and carbohydrates which is required by the body. This dal is one of the richest sources of proteins and Vitamin B.

Cuisine: India, North Indian

Prep time:  15 minutes

Cook time:  45 minutes

Makes: 20 pinnies

Ingredients:

  • 1 tea cup Urad dal / black gram husked
  • 50 gms. Semolina
  • 1 1/4 tea cup Sugar
  • 200 gms Khoa/Mawa
  • 1 Tea cup clarified butter/Ghee
  • 6 Cardamom s, powder ed
  • 2 tbsp Tragacanth gum or Gond katira
  • 15 Cashew nuts, slivered
  • 15 Almonds , slivered

Method:

Step 1.

Clean and wash the Urad dal / black gram husked well. Soak the dal /lentil in water over night or at least 3-4 hours.

Step 2.         

 In a blender take the soaked dal ,with very little water grind it into a fine paste. Remove the ground dal to a bowl.

Step 3.

In a bowl cut the cashews, almonds into tiny pieces. Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a pan heat some clarified butter /ghee, add semolina and fry it for a minute. Add ground urad dal to the pan and fry the mixture, stirring constantly on medium flame until it gets golden brown in color, clarified butter /ghee starts separating from it. Remove the fried Dal mix in a bowl.

Step 5.

using a grater , grate the khoya / mawa.  Take a pan and on medium flame, stirring constantly cook it till it gets light golden brown in color. Remove into a bowl and keep aside.

Step 6.

In a pan heat two table spoons clarified butter/ ghee and when the ghee is hot, add the Tragacanth gum or Gond katira into it and fry on low flame stirring constantly. Fry until Tragacanth gum or Gond katira, puffs up and gets little brown in color. Take out the fried Tragacanth gum or Gond katira in a bowl. Allow it to cool to room temperature and powder it coarsely in a mortar. Keep aside.

Step 7.

Now fry the cut cashew and almonds in rest of the ghee until they get little golden brown in color. Allow it to cool and keep aside.

Step 8.

In a pan take sugar and add 2/3 cup of water , cook sugar will dissolve. Cook  the syrup to a thick consistency for 3-4 minutes. To check if syrup is ready, take a drop of syrup in a bowl, take it between your thumb and finger and stretch apart. It should 1 long thread and is thick in texture. The syrup is ready. Switch off the stove, sugar syrup is ready.

 Step 9.

 When the syrup is slightly cool, add fried dal , roasted cashews, almonds and Tragacanth gum or Gond katira podered and then fried khoa/ mawa, powdered cardamom and mix all the ingredients well.

 Step 10.

When he mixture cools down a little, or when it can be handle with hands, for making pinnies . Take a small portion of the mixture, and roll into round shape one by one and  start placing  the pinnies on a tray prepare pinnies from rest of the mixture. Now press these ladoos in a rectangular or any other desired shape. Garnish each pinnie with slivered almonds .Serve this delicious urad dal pinni this winter after dinner!

Note:

Cool and store pinnies in an airtight container for up to a month.

Health Benefits of Urad Dal:

1.Energy Booster
Black gram is a healthy pulse as it is rich in iron content. This helps boost the energy levels in the body and keeps you active.
 2.Protein rich
 Urad Dal is good source of protein in vegetarian diet. This makes these beans an inexpensive, economical and tasty protein source. 3.Anti inflammatory properties
 Urad dal  has anti inflammatory properties. Usually a hot poultice of black gram is used in inflammation of joints and muscle pain.
4.Anti-Aging
 Urad dal also has various beauty benefits. Applying urad dal face packs is good for the skin as it prevents the formation of fine lines. Moreover, black gram also helps get a fair and flawless skin.
5.Improves Digestion
 The best benefit of ingesting urad dal is that it enhances digestion because of its rich fiber content. Urad dal benefits the health as it has both soluble and insoluble fiber which is good for digestion and also prevents constipation.
6.Boosts Heart Health
Aside from reducing cholesterol, black lentils also boost health. This advantage is linked to the rich magnesium and folate levels that prevent damage to the arterial walls. In addition, magnesium boosts cardiovascular health through increasing blood circulation.

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