Nankhatai

Nankhatai are soft delicious cookies prepared in almost all homes in India. The aroma of ghee fills in as they are baked.

One does not need an occasion to bake these melt in the mouth desi Indian treat.

We don’t need an oven to make them. They can be baked over a thick bottomed pan and come out as good as the baked one.

Do try them as this is a simple and quick recipe.

Ingredients:

Wheat flour – 1 cup

Ghee – 1/2 cup

Semolina – 1/4 cup

Chick pea flour (Besan) – 1/2 cup

Powdered Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup

Slivered nuts – 1 table spoon(almond, pista and cashews)

Powdered Cardamom 1/4 spoon


Baking soda -1/4 spoon

Method:

In a deep bowl over a strainer add in the Besan, wheat flour and baking soda and strain them into the bowl.

Now add the powdered sugar, semolina, cardamom and the powdered sugar and mix well.

Finally add the ghee (liquid) and mix lightly with the fingers to make a soft dough.

Now divide the dough into even sized balls and flatter each ball lightly with the help of one’s palms and garnish each cookie with the bits of the slivered nuts and press lightly.

Preheat the oven for ten minutes at 150 degrees.

Once the oven is ready place the Nankhatai leaving enough space between them so that they rise and do not stick to each other while they are baked.

Now bake them for 10 to 15 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius.

Do check them after 10 minutes as sometimes depending on your oven settings it can be ready after 10 minutes.

Once done allow to cool and the cookies are ready to be enjoyed😋

Horse-gram Idlies

Horse gram is a legume which is rich in protein and fibre. It’s mostly a native of South East Asia.

In India its mostly used in curries and also as a side dish. It’s rich in antioxidants and when sprouted is very healthy as it reduces the physic acid when it’s soaked overnight and allowed to sprout.

In the coastal region of Karnataka we prepare idlies which are nutritious and healthy too.

Ingredients:

Urad dal – 3/4 cup

Horse gram – 3/4 cup (Sprouted)

Semolina – 1.5 cups

Salt as per taste

Method:


Soak urad dal and horse gram separately for 5-6 hours and grind together to a smooth batter adding very little water.


Wash idli rava and add to the batter and mix well.


Add salt on the top.

Let it ferment overnight.


Next day mix the batter and pour the batter into the greased idli moulds and steam them for about 15 minutes.

Allow them to cool and remould them and enjoy hot steamed idlies with chutney or sambhar.

Fig & Beaten Rice Halwa

Today I tried out a new halwa which has no added sugar. It came out very yummy.unique combination but relished by my family.

Ingredients :

Dry figs – 10 to 12 pieces.

Beaten rice – 1/2 cup.

Almond bits -1 table spoon

Ghee – 3 table spoons

Milk – 1 cup.

Cardamom powder – 1/4 spoon.

Method:

In a pan add a table spoon of ghee and roast the Poha until it turns golden brown. Transfer it to a mixer jar and dry grind it to coarse powder.

Now in the same pan add a table spoon of ghee and add in sliced fig bits.

Now add the roasted Poha and milk and mix well. Add the remaining ghee amd on closed lid and cook for another two minutes.

Put off the flame and garnish with almond bits.The halwa is ready.

Mint Raita

The combination of curd and mint is awesome and cooling. I often use mint in my cooking as it’s cooling and refreshing. Aids digestion too.It’s always there in my kitchen garden.

Ingredients:

Mint – 1 handful

Green chillies – 2

Hung curd – 1 small bowl

Cumin powder – 1/4 spoon coarsely ground

Black salt – as per taste

Mint leaves for garnishing

Method:

In a mixer jar or preferably a salad chopper add in the green chilli bits and handful of mint leaves and just Whiz it for 10 seconds.

Transfer this to a bowl.

Now add the cumin powder. Black salt and give a proper mix.

Garnish with a tender mint sprig and enjoy it refrigerated.

Kalakand

Kalakand is a milk based sweet which is normally prepared on festive occasions.

It used to be a long process where milk is cooked until it thickens and then the rest of the ingredients get added into it.

The paneer (cottage cheese) too would be home made.

I still prefer to prepare the paneer the previous night. Although generally we put some weight on it to extract all the moisture, when preparing this dish, I avoid doing so to retain the moisture as the end result is a perfect grainy textured Kalakand.

I prefer using milk powder instead of khoya as it saves time and tastes the same while cutting the entire process much shorter as making khoya from scratch is a long process.

You may increase the amount of sugar as per your preference.

Ingredients:

Paneer/cottage cheese – 1 cup grated

Milk Powder – 1 cup

Ghee – 2 table spoons

Brown Sugar – 5 table spoons

Almond slivers – 1 table spoon

Pistachio flakes – 1 table spoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 1 cup

Method:

In a heavy bottomed pan, preferably a non stick or ceramic pan, add milk and boil it – stirring occasionally until it thickens and reduces in quantity. This may take about 10-15 minutes.

Add in the grated Paneer and milk powder, mix well so that any lumps that may form disintegrate. Keep sautéing until you get a grainy texture.

Now add ghee followed by the brown sugar and cardamom until the mixture begins to form a ball leaving the sides of the pan.

Grease a small baking dish with some butter and transfer the mixture into the dish.

This may take about 12 – 15 minutes.

Garnish with pistachios and almond slivers

Pat it with the back of a ladle or a turner to smoothen the top and allow it to cool.

Once warm (no longer hot), cut them into square bits and enjoy.

Peach 🍑 Crisp

Fresh Peaches when in season tempt you to try out a variety of desserts. Most of the ingredients are similar to Peach cobbler. The only variation is that in a cobbler the peaches are at the bottom and in the crisp the peach slices are spooned on the top of the crisp layer of l rusty base.

One can use fresh or canned peaches. I have used one big sized peach and since they were sweet I have reduced the sugar slightly.

This

Ingredients:

Oats – 1/4 cup

Brown Sugar -1 + 4 table spoons

Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/4 spoon

Fresh Peach – 1 big one

Wheat crackers -2

Nutmeg powder – less than 1/4 spoon.

Lemon juice – 1 spoon

Butter – 2 table spoons

Pecans – 4 cut into bits

Method:

Preheat the oven for about ten minutes at 180° Celsius.

Now add a table spoon of brown sugar granules to the sliced peach and keep aside .

Take a deep bowl and add 4 table spoons of brown sugar, butter and with the help of your fingers lightly mix it.

Add in the whole meal flour and the oats and oats and lightly run in with your fingers.

Add the nutmeg powder and the crushed wheat crackers and mix well.

Now coat the baking pan with a little butter and spoon in the mixture into the pan and pat them evenly.

Now pour the peach slices to which brown sugar and vanilla was added, into the baking pan.

Spread it evenly.

Add the pecan bits on the top.

Bake the Peach Crisp for about 25 to 30 mins.

Enjoy hot with some Vanilla ice cream.