Dry Fruits Laddu

It’s been really long I wrote a post here. I so missed it. But I was so held up in some other activities that I would not have any energy left at the end of the day to sit in front of the screen and write.

Finally I could make up some time for myself and here I am. This time I am here with a healthy and delicious laddu recipe which is good for all age groups.

Read on further for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Deseeded dates – 500 grams
  2. Raisins – 40 grams
  3. Cashews – 50 grams
  4. Almonds – 50 grams
  5. Pistachios – 50 grams
  6. Walnuts – 30 grams
  7. Poppy seeds – 3 tsp
  8. Flax seeds – 20 grams
  9. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 2 tsp
  10. Dry ginger powder – 2 tsp
  11. Ghee – 1 tbsp
  12. (Optional) Almond oil – 1 tbsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Put the deseeded dates in a blender and blend to a coarse paste.
  2. Dry roast almonds, pistachios, walnuts and cashews. Let these cool down and pound to chunks.
  3. Dry roast poppy seeds and flax seeds separately and keep aside. Grind the flax seed to a coarse powder once those cool down.
  4. Now heat a non-stick pan and add ghee to it. Then add the ground date paste to it.
  5. Mix well and let the date paste become tender. Then add raisins and mix well.
  6. Then add all other dry fruits, poppy seeds, flax seeds powder, cocoa powder and dry ginger powder. Mix everything well.
  7. Switch off the flame and take out a mixture in a bowl. WaterMark_2018-02-24-00-16-53.jpg
  8. Let it cool down little bit and add almond oil to it.
  9. Now take small portions of the mixture and give shape of small roundels with the help of palms.
  10. Grease your palm with almond oil if required and repeat step 9 to make all laddus.
  11. Enjoy the healthy laddus with your dear ones.

Aloo Paratha – Guest Post

I really do feel blessed and honored when some talented friends and family offer to write through my blog. So, here is another blog from my sweet cousin Rimun who generously offered to write for my page. She is here with the recipe of all time appetizing famous Indian Aloo Paratha. Here is how she explains in her own words…

Parathas… Well, these need no introduction. We Indians go crazy for these any time. Be it on chilly winter mornings or rainy afternoons or for mini celebrations or for bigger ones. Be in sickness or be in health, in hostel rooms with roomies or at home from Mom’s kitechen, in tiffin boxes for kids or lunch boxes for Dad. Be it the plain ones with some gravy masala curry or the stuffed ones with some thick yogurt. The love is same all over.. be it for the ‘Parantha’ in Delhi or ‘Porota’ in West Bengal or ‘Parata’ in Odisha.

I enjoy having parathas any day and any time. For me, it’s not just a dish, it’s a ‘feeling’. Being such a big fan of parathas, I make it with different types of stuffing. Still the basic one with potato filling is beyond comparison. In my recipe, I add a good amount of chat masala so that I don’t even need a chutney/yogurt to enjoy those. So, here comes my version of aloo paratha. You will definitely love it. WaterMark_2018-02-12-17-39-07.jpg

Ingredients:

For Stuffing:

  1. Large Potatoes – 3 (boiled, peeled and mashed)
  2. Garlic (finely chopped) – 1 tsp
  3. Ginger (grated) – 1 tsp
  4. Green chilies (finely chopped) – 2 tsp
  5. Coriander leaves (finely chopped) – 1 tbsp
  6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  7. Chili powder – 1 tsp
  8. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  9. Chat Masala – 2 tsp
  10. Dry mango powder – 1 tsp
  11. Garam masala – 1 tsp
  12. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  13. Carom seeds – 1/2 tsp
  14. Oil – 2 tsp
  15. Salt – to taste

For Dough:

  1. Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
  2. Oil/Ghee – 2 tsp
  3. Kalonji or Onion seeds – 1 tsp
  4. Kasuri methi – 2 tsp
  5. Salt – to taste
  6. Water – for kneading

For Roasting Paratha:

  1. Ghee or Oil – as per requirement

Method of Preparation:

For Stuffing:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot enough, add cumin seeds and let those crackle.
  2. Then add chopped ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute for half minute.
  3. Add mashed boiled potato and then turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, chat masala, dry mango powder and salt to taste. Mix everything well. If required, sprinkle few drops of water.
  4. Add in garam masala and chopped fresh coriander leaves.
  5. Finally add carom seeds and turn off the heat. Keep aside to cool down.

For Making Dough:

  1. In a mixing bowl, take whole wheat flour. To it, add kasuri methi, onion seeds, oil an salt. Mix everything well.
  2. Add little water at a time and knead to form a soft dough.

For Paratha:

  1. Take a medium sized dough ball and roll it for about 4-5 inches in diameter while keeping the center portion thick and edges thin.
  2. Make a lemon sized ball out of the stuffing prepared and place it at the center of the rolled dough.
  3. Take the edge from all sides and start pleating by bringing edge portions to center and pressing together to make a ball of dough having the stuffing inside. Flatten it little using fingers.
  4. Dust with loose flour and roll gently to make a chapati sized paratha.
  5. For roasting, place the paratha on hot tawa. Cook for few seconds from both sides.
  6. Do not be in a hurry to add ghee or oil. Let it cook for few seconds. Now add ghee/oil and press lightly with the help of spatula.
  7. Roast from both the sides by flipping the paratha. Similarly proceed for the rest of the dough and stuffing.
  8. Enjoy the parathas hot with and chutney or yogurt or raita.