Malpua /Semolina Pancake

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Prep Time:10 min

Cook Time : 10-12 min

Serves : 6

Hi friends!Semolina Malpua – A delicious and simple semolina sweet. Sweet semolina mixture is just  fried to make this delicious sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup Semolina
  • 1/4 cup All purpose flour / Maida
  • 100 gms / 1 cup khoya grated
  • 6 Green cardamom seeds, finely powdered
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp Saffron
  • 6 tbsp pure ghee or / Oil to fry

Method:

Step 1.

For the malpua batter:

In a mixing bowl take the semolina / suji, all purpose flour, grated khoya, powdered cardamom, baking soda and salt. Add hot water slowly, mix it to form a smooth thick batter.

Step 2.

Leave the batter for some time ( 10 -15 minutes).

Step 3.
For making the malpua:

Melt 1/2 a tsp ghee in a non stick pan on low heat for a few seconds. Take the batter one ladle at a time, with the back of the ladle spread the batter a little(2″-3″) in circular motion in the center of the non stick pan. Drizzle some ghee round the malpua / pancake.

Step 4.

Turnover/ flip the malpuas/ pancakes and cook the other side. Cook for a while till the malpuas’s/ pancake’s edges starts getting red. Remove the malpua from the non stick pan and dip the malpua/ pancake in sugar syrup.

Step 5.

For Sugar Syrup:

Boil sugar, water, and saffron. Keep stirring occasionally and remove from fire when thick.
Step 6.
After a minute or so take out the malpua from the sugar syrup and Place on a plate. Make all the malpuas/ pancakes this way and serve layered in a plate garnished with pistachios and slivered almonds.

Note: Traditionally Malpuas / pancakes are served with rice pudding / chawal ki kheer.

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Carrot Barfi

Carrot barfiCarrot / Gajar Barfi

Barfi or burfi is a sweet confectionery from the Indian Subcontinent. The name originates from the Persian word Barf which means snow. The confection is served in India, all year round, it has many varieties. Main ingredients of plain barfis include condensed milk and sugar. The ingredients are cooked in a vessel until the mixture solidifies.

Hi friends!Make this yummy barfi very easy to make and very delicious.

Preparation Time : 5-10 minutes

Cooking time : 20-25 minutes

Servings : 6-8

Cuisine: Indian

Course: Indian Desserts

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Carrots, grated
  • 150 gms Khoya/mawa, grated
  • 500 ml Milk
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, powdered
  • 2 tbsp Almonds , slivered
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee for greasing
  • 6 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method :

Step 1.

Wash, peel and grate the Carrots.

Step 2.

In a wok / kadahi/ heavy bottom pan take milk and add grated carrots, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the carrots cook on low flame till 90 % milk is absorbed.

Step 3.

Add grated khoya, cardamom powder and sugar. Mix well and cook for five to ten minutes or till mixture thickens. Add powdered almonds to the mix.

Step 4.

Grease an aluminum tray with ghee or take a non stick tray. Switch off the stove, pour the carrot mix into the tray and spread evenly.

Step 5.

You can even keep it in the refrigerator to set. Decorate chopped nuts and set aside for cooling.

Step 6.

Cut into squares and decorate each square with a slivered almond and serve.

 Possible health benefits of Carrots:

Prevention of Heart Disease: High cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels, it is a good idea to consume a healthy dose of carrots, in order to prevent heart-related problems.

Blood Pressure: Carrots are rich sources of potassium, which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood flow and circulation, boosting organ function throughout the body and reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system.

Immune Booster:  Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that make it ideal for boosting the immune system. Not only that, carrots are a rich source of vitamin C, which stimulates the activity of white blood cells and is one of the most important elements in the human immune system.

Digestion: Carrots, like most vegetables, have significant amounts of dietary fiber in those orange roots, and fiber is one of the most important elements in maintaining good digestive health.

Prevents Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer.

Improves Eyesight: Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, it is good for improving eyesight and preventing conditions like night blindness from developing as we age.

Oral Health: The organic compounds in carrots all by themselves are good for mineral antioxidants, but carrots also stimulate the gums and induce excess saliva. Saliva is an alkaline substance and combats the bacteria and foreign bodies that can often result in cavities, halitosis, and other oral health risks.

Stroke: Eating a carrot every day reduces the risk of stroke by 68%. Many studies have strengthened the belief in the “carrot effect” on the brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of beta-carotene had the highest survival rate.

Diabetes: Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in this delicious vegetable. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetic patients live a normal, healthy life. They also regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body, providing a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html

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  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition, Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
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Carrot Pudding/Gaajar ka Halwa

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Hi friends! Carrots the world’s healthiest food ! Carrots are perhaps best known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient that was actually named for them: beta-carotene. However, these delicious root vegetables are the source not only of beta-carotene, but also of a wide variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients.Carrot pudding / Gajjar ka halwa is a delicious,  halwa /pudding rich with nuts and dried fruits is very popular all over the world. It is winter season dessert in India.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg  carrots, fresh and grated
  • 1 liter milk full cream
  • 1 tin (400 gms ) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sugar or as per taste
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 100 gms khoya /dry thickened milk
  • 1/4 cup almonds, soaked over night and slivered
  • 2 tbsp kuskhus / Poppy seeds
  • 12 Green cardamoms, powdered

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the carrots very well, peel and grate and keep aside., soak the Khaskhas / poppy seeds in one cup water for an hour or so.

Step 2.

In a deep heavy bottom pan take carrots, milk and cook on a high flame till milk starts to boil. reduce to medium flame till all the milk thickens and reduces and blends with carrots. Add sugar and mix well.

Step 3.

Add khaskhas / poppy seeds and ghee to the carrot-milk mix and fry on slow / medium flame till the carrots are well fried and turn darker in color, add cardamom powder, mix well.

Step 4.

Add the slivered dry fruit, mix well and turn off the stove. Serve hot in bowls garnished with grated khoya.

Possible health benefits of Carrots:

Prevention of Heart Disease: High cholesterol is a major factor for heart disease. Since regular consumption of carrots reduces cholesterol levels, it is a good idea to consume a healthy dose of carrots, in order to prevent heart-related problems.

Blood Pressure: Carrots are rich sources of potassium, which is a vasodilator and can relax the tension in your blood vessels and arteries, thereby increasing blood flow and circulation, boosting organ function throughout the body and reducing the stress on the cardiovascular system.

Immune Booster:  Carrots contain a number of antiseptic and antibacterial abilities that make it ideal for boosting the immune system. Not only that, carrots are a rich source of vitamin C, which stimulates the activity of white blood cells and is one of the most important elements in the human immune system.

Digestion: Carrots, like most vegetables, have significant amounts of dietary fiber in those orange roots, and fiber is one of the most important elements in maintaining good digestive health.

Prevents Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer.

Improves Eyesight: Deficiency of vitamin A can cause some difficulty seeing in dim light. Since carrots are rich in vitamin A, it is good for improving eyesight and preventing conditions like night blindness from developing as we age.

Oral Health: The organic compounds in carrots all by themselves are good for mineral antioxidants, but carrots also stimulate the gums and induce excess saliva. Saliva is an alkaline substance and combats the bacteria and foreign bodies that can often result in cavities, halitosis, and other oral health risks.

Stroke: Eating a carrot every day reduces the risk of stroke by 68%. Many studies have strengthened the belief in the “carrot effect” on the brain. Studies conducted on stroke patients revealed that those with highest levels of beta-carotene had the highest survival rate.

Diabetes: Carrots are good for blood sugar regulation due to the presence of carotenoids in this delicious vegetable. Carotenoids inversely affect insulin resistance and thus lower blood sugar, thereby helping diabetic patients live a normal, healthy life. They also regulate the amount of insulin and glucose that is being used and metabolized by the body, providing a more even and healthy fluctuation for diabetic patients.

Ref. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/carrots.html

Nick’s kitchen medical Disclaimer:

  • Nick’s kitchen is for Vegetarians. It sometimes provides education and support to individuals who want to become vegetarian, or move toward a more vegetarian diet.
  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
  • Any changes that you make to your diet, and the results of those changes, are your decision and your responsibility.

 

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