Shakar-para

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Home made Shakar-paras  a treat, Yummy!

Hi  friends ! Here is an easy  recipe to make delicious Shakar-paras today. Taste is medium sweet, crispy yet melt in your mouth! Traditionally served as a snack to guests during janmashtami Diwali but excellent snack to be had throughout the year . Shakar-paras are prepared in two ways.  In one recipe sugar or jaggery is kneaded in the dough of  shakar-paras and in the second recipe shakar-paras are sugar or jaggery coated later. In my this recipe I have made Shakar-paras with sugar kneaded in the dough. As you will see it is very easy to make sweet.

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Time for frying: 20 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka

Course: snacks

Serves : 6

Ingredients :

  • 2 1/2 cups All purpose Flour /Maida
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup Chick pea flour / Besan
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 3 tbsp fresh Cream / Malai from boiled and cooled milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds / Til
  • Oil – for frying

Method:

Step 1.

Sift flours, powder the sugar finely in a grinder, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take all purpose Flour /Maida , Grind sugar finely, rice flour, Chick pea flour / bengal gram flour /besan, mix well and add ghee, fresh Cream / Malai from boiled and cooled milk and powdered sugar ,cream mix and rub in very well.

Step 3.

Add sesame seeds / Til Knead a soft firm dough by adding milk very slowly as required . Cover and keep aside the dough for 30 minutes.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into four equal portions. Roll out each portion into a 1/4 ” thick flat round circle.

Step 5.

Cut the rolled dough circles into diamond shaped Shakarparas with a knife . keep in a greased tray for frying.

Step 6.

Heat oil in kadahi /wok or a deep heavy bottom pan, put cut diamond shaped Shakar-paras in hot oil. After putting the shaker-paras in hot oil reduce the heat to medium low flame. Fry till they turn light golden brown, turning regularly.

Step 7.

Remove the fried Shakar-paras on a tray lined with paper kitchen towel to drain excessive oil.

Step 8.

When all the Shakar-paras are fried, cool and store them in an air tight container.

Note:

Very hot oil while frying will cook the shakar-para from outside but will not be cooked properly inside.

It is rich in carbohydrates, making it an instant source of energy.

Shelf life: It has a long shelf-life. Once it cools completely, store in airtight container , will stay good for weeks.

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Butter murukkus

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Hi friends! We are a big fans of butter murukkus. The murukkus available in stores are very different from the home made ones. The texture and taste of the murukkus changes with the proportion of ingredients used in making the murukkus. While making this snack, the ratio of rice flour and the other flour will give different look and taste to the snack.

Recipe Cuisine: Indian, South Indian

Recipe Category: Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 2 tbsp Bengal gram flour/ Besan
  • 2 tbsp roasted gram dal flour/ Chutney dal flour
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp Cumin seed/ Jeera
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds / Til
  • 1/2 tsp Asafetida / heeng
  • 1 tsp salt / or as per taste
  • Oil For deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Powder roasted gram dal flour/ Chutney dal flour in a grinder. Keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take rice flour, roasted gram dal flour/ Chutney dal flour, Bengal gram flour/ Besan, salt, pepper, asafetida , sesame seeds, cumin seed and butter. Rub in the melted butter well with your finger tips.

Step 3.           

Slowly add water to make a smooth soft dough easy enough to press.

Reason is we want the butter murukku in strips, not long, broken strips, bite sized. So if its but dry, it breaks by itself as we squeeze. But its not a must, you can either squeeze little and use ur hands to break or squeeze long strips and break later, or even make murukku shape. 3-rub

Step 4.

Heat oil in a wok / kadahi/ pan on the medium flame. Fill in the prepared soft dough in the murukku press with the three star plate at the base in the press. Squeeze the dough pressing the handle, and give it a little shake for the dough to break and fall into the oil. Fry these two to three inches long murukku pieces in to the hot oil. Cook on medium flame stirring in between and flipping the murukkus until cooked from all sides.

Step 5.

Drain the fried murukkus in a paper kitchen towel lined tray. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Notes:

If you hold the press at an angle while squeezing the dough above the hot oil the murukku pieces break easily into the oil.

You can either press the dough down directly in the hot oil or make random lengths on a tray and gradually fry in batches.

Do not over crowd the wok / kadahi/ pan while frying the murukkus as murukkus absorb more oil.

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Kesar Phirni

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Kesar Phirni /Rice Pudding

 Rice pudding is a dish made from rice mixed with water or milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins. Different variants are used for either desserts or dinners. When used as a dessert, it is commonly combined with a sweetener such as sugar. Such desserts are found on many continents, especially Asia where rice is a staple.

The following ingredients are usually found in rice puddings:

  • rice; white rice (usually short grain, but can also be long grain, basmati, or jasmine rice), brown rice, black rice
  • milk; (whole milk, coconut milk, cream or evaporated)
  • spices; (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger etc.)
  • flavorings; (vanilla, orange, lemon, pistachio, rose water etc.)
  • sweetener; (sugar, brown sugar, honey, sweetened condensed milk, fruit or syrups)
  • eggs

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_pudding

Hi friends! A delicious and fragrant milk and rice based Indian dessert served cold. Milk thickened with rice flour and flavored with cardamom, and saffron.This recipe is contributed by an avid blog user Mrs. Usha Mehta

Cook time : 15 minutes

Cuisine : North Indian, Punjabi

Course : Dessert, Indian Dessert

Serves: 3-4                    

Ingredients:

  • 40 gms Rice flour
  • 500 ml Milk, Low fat
  • 1/2 cup milk, for mixing rice flour
  • 3 green cardamoms, powdered
  • A pinch saffron / Kesar strands
  • 60 gms sugar
  • 1 tbsp Almonds, slivered

Method:

Step 1.
In a mixing bowl mix rice powder and 1/2 cup milk together to a smooth lump free paste.

Step 2.

In a sauce pan take 500 ml milk, bring it to boil reduce the heat and add the rice paste stirring continuously .

Step 3.

Add cardamom powder, saffron, and sugar. Keep stirring till thick and lump free.

Step 4.

Once thickened switch off the stove, pour the phirni mixture into serving dish.

Step 5.

Top it with slivered almonds and some Chirongi.

Step 6.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve chill.

Note: Serving and Eating of Phirni

Phirni is served as a dessert after meals. The way of serving this dish is quite distinctive. Traditionally, the rice and milk mixture is poured in separate earthen bowls. While serving, each bowl is served separately. Garnishing plays an important role in serving of this popular sweet dish. It can be done with chopped dry-fruits and raisins. Silver paper also known as ‘chandi wark’ is placed on top of the rice and milk mixture. It is usually eaten with dessert spoon or traditionally with wooden spoon.

Nutritional Facts Related to Phirni/ Rice pudding :

Being a milk based dish, phirni is quite healthful. Rice also adds to the nutritional value of the dish. Even nuts and raisins are full of vitamins, proteins and minerals. The only thing that let the consumers to avoid it is the use of sugar. It is a sweet dish, hence not recommended for obese and diabetic patients.

 Ref. http://ifood.tv/indian/phirni/about

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Nei Appams/Sweet Appams

 

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Neyyappam Appams / Sweet

Appams/Unniyappam 2nd Recipe (  with Variation)

Hi friends!Unniyappam-Neyyappam is the traditional recipe and popular snack of keralites. Both Neyyappam and Unni appam is often used as a ritual offering in temples in Kerala ,South India.Unni in malayalam means small, Ney means ghee/clarified butter and Appam means small rice cake.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Makes: 15

Recipe Cuisine: South Indian/ Kerala delicacies

Recipe Category: Snacks

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp of Baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Jaggery, grated
  • 4 tbsp Fresh grated coconut, Optional
  • 4 Cardamoms, powdered
  • 1 banana, Ripe and mashed
  • 1 /4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pure Ghee/clarified butter

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl take wheat flour, mashed bananas,rice flour, cardamom powder, grated coconut, baking soda and mix well .

Step 2.

In a pan heat water add jaggery, heat till all the jaggery dissolves.

Step 3.

Mix the jaggery syrup to the flour gradually, stirring and mixing all the ingredients well.

Step 4.

Add slowly milk to  the mix  to have a thick batter.

Step 5.

Keep the batter aside for half an hour.

Step 6.

Heat the appam pan and put a drop of oil into each indent of the mould . Now add the required amount of batter into the mould indents to make them 2/3 full.

Step 7.

Cook for 4-5 minutes on low flame .When it gets cooked (golden brown) on one side, using a skewer or a knife flip over gently  (each appam )and let the other side also cook for 2-3 minutes.Make sure appams are fully cooked. Serve hot.

Note:

Add jaggery according to your sweet taste. Add little amount of more to the batter and mix well.

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Maddur Vade

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Maddur Vade

Hi friends! Maddur Vade is a very popular snack of the state of karnataka, in India. Maddur Vade got its name from a little town called ‘Maddur’ which is situated in between Bangalore and Mysore. These delicious vade are a good for breakfast or evening snack and can be served with or without coconut chutney . Vade are easy and quick to make and have a crispy crust and soft from inside.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Resting Time :
10 minutes
Cooking Time :
1 to 2 minutes for frying each batch
Serves:
15 vade

  • 2 cups Rice flour
  • 1 cup fine Sooji/Semolina
  • 1/4 cup Maida/ all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium size Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chilies , finely chopped
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp oil, heated
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Take all purpose flour, sooji, rice flour, salt in a bowl mix all the ingredients well . Sprinkle three table spoon of oil and rub the mixture with your hands so that it resembles bread crumbs and oil is fully absorbed.
Step 2.

Now add onions, chilies, curry leaves to the mixture, adding water slowly make a firm dough.

Step 3.

Cover and leave the dough for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into equal lemon size balls.Pat and flatten the dough balls between your palms and set aside.

Step 5.

Take the patted dough and slide it carefully into hot oil for deep frying. Fry these vade on low to medium flame.

Step 6.

Fry the vade until they turns golden brown.Remove vade from the oil and drain them on a paper kitchen towel , keep them aside. Fry three to four vade at a time . Serve these hot vade just like that or with coconut chutney.

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Crispy Chiplets

Crisy sticks

Crispy Chiplets

Hi friends! Crispy Chiplets/Namak  paras are a traditional Indian savory all time snack. They are tasty and crunchy  snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup maida/ All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds/ Ajwain
  • 1/2 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix all purpose flour and rice flour, oil and salt, carom seeds. Rub in the mix well, till it resembles bread crumbs.

Step 2.

Add water slowly and mix until you get a smooth, soft dough. Divide the dough into equal portions – roughly the size of a big marble. Dust your work space with enough flour and roll out a circle.

Step 3.

Cut the circle in to thin strips.Once all the strips are ready, heat about two cups of oil in a wok or deep bottomed pan and fry them in batches of six to eight strips, until golden on both sides.

 Note:

Crispy sticks are India’s popular snack item at tea time.

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