Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Microwave Besan Ladoo

Besan flour: 1 cup
Sugar: 3/4 cup
Ghee: 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder: a pinch
Nuts: cashew/almonds/raisins (optional)

Mix Besan with 2 tablespoons of ghee in a microwave safe bowl.

Microwave this for 4 minutes in high
Take the bowl out for every minute and give it a stir

The time taken might be + or - 1 minute.The besan should turn reddish brown and a nice aroma should come out.The besan should not become brittle. So watch out after 3 minutes

Add the remaining ghee, cardamom powder and sugar and mix well. Microwave for 10 seconds

Allow it to cool and make round laddoos.

If you are not able to get the shape heat little more ghee and add and try to shape them.

Sending this to Srivalli's Microwave Easy Cooking @ Priya's Versatile Recipes

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bisibela bath

This recipe comes from my sister. She learnt this recipe while she was residing at bangalore from her friend.Though technically any vegetable can be used for this recipe I always stick to the ones listed by her.This recipe has a mild flavour of masala which suits our family taste and I have been following this recipe for more than a decade

Raw rice: 1/2 cup
Toor dhal: 1/2 cup
Potato: 2 (medium sized)
Carrot: 3
Frozen peas: 1/4 cup
Frozen beans: 1/4 cup
Brinjal: 1
Hing: a pinch
Turmeric powder: a pinch
Salt: 1.5 tsp
Tamarind: a lemon sized
Oil: 2 tablespoon
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves: a sprig
Red chillies: 1 or 2 (optional)
Ghee: 1 tsp
Cashews: 10

For masala powder:
Channa dhal (Kadala parupu): 1 tablespoon
Coriander seeds: 1.5 tablespoon
Red chillies: 4
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp
Pepper corn: 1/4 tsp
Fenugreek: 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon stick: a very small piece
Raw rice: 1 tsp
Coconut powder/Grated coconut: 3 tablespoon

Pressure cook toor dhal and rice together with enough water (approx 3.5 cups of water)

Soak the tamarind in warm water

Chop the vegetables as little large pieces.

Dry roast the ingredients listed under masala powder other than coconut powder.Once the ingredients turn slight brown add the coconut powder and fry for a minute.Allow this to cool down and grind it to a coarse powder

Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a large pan and add mustard seeds.Once it starts spluttering add curry leaves and red chillies

Add the diced vegetables and fry for 5 minutes

Extract the tamarind in 2 cups of water and add it to the vegetables.Add turmeric powder and hing and bring it to a boil and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes until the vegetables are cooked

Now add the freshly ground masala powder and bring it to a boil and add salt

Mash the cooked rice and toor dhal and add it to the vegetable gravy. Add some more water if required.Mix it well

Garnish with cashews fried in  ghee