Rajgira(Amaranth)Laddoo

Rajgira also known as Amaranth can be consumed in our daily diet in different forms.

The flour can be used to make roti, puri, porridge or talipeet.

It’s normally used during fasting.

Puffed rajgira is used to make laddoos or chikki which is a delicacy made using jaggery or sugar.

It’s a super food having enormous benefits and also gluten free which makes it suitable to all.

It’s rich in protein,iron, vitamin C ,

calcium,magnesium, phosphate and phosphorous.

It’s fibre content aids weight loss as it keeps one satiated for a long time.

The Festival of Lights, Deepavali has just begun and I prepared some delectable and wholesome laddoos for the occasion.

Ingredients:

Rajgira flour – 1.5 cups

Jaggery powder -3/4 cup

Ghee(liquid) – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 spoon

Milk – 3-4 table spoons

Slivered Almonds. – 1 spoon

Slivered Pistachio – 1 spoon

Cashew nut bits – 1 spoon

Raisins – 10-12

Take a deep pan and heat the ghee.

Method:

Add in the rajgira flour and keep roasting the flour for about twelve to fifteen minutes on low flame till you get an aroma.

Now take a tablespoon of milk and sprinkle it over the mixture.

This procedure is helpful to make the flour grainy in texture and makes it more tasty.

Mix well and repeat this process thrice.

Now add in the cardamom powder, nuts and raisins to the mixture.

Allow the mixture to cool.

Now mix the powdered sugar into the mixture and mix well.

Allow to rest for a few minutes.

Bind them into laddoos and garnish them with few nuts and lightly press them.

Makes eighteen to twenty medium sized laddoos. Enjoy these delicious laddoos.

Gram Flour Laddoos.

Today tried Besan ladoos with ghee and coarsely milled Besan flour.

Replaced sugar with Jaggery.

The colour was a bit darker as I had replaced sugar with jaggery.

The taste was awesome and the home made ghee made it even more delicious and special.

Ingredients:

Coarse Besan flour – 1 cup

melted liquid Ghee- 1/2 cup

Milk – 2 table spoons

Jaggery powder- 3/4 cup.

Cardamom powder – 1/4 spoon

Pistachio sliced – 1 spoon

Almonds – 4 crushed

Raisins – 1 spoon.

Method:

In a deep pan melt the butter and then add in the Besan and sauté it on low flame for about ten to twelve minutes until you get an aroma.

As you are sautéing just sprinkle a spoonful of milk and keep mixing it.

This process is very important as this gives the laddoos a grainy texture and they do not stick to the palette when you are having them.

Repeat this process twice.

Put off the flame and allow the mixture to come to normal temperature.

Now mix the powdered jaggery along with the cardamom, pistachios,almonds and raisins.

Smear a little ghee on your hands and make laddoos.

Garnish them with pistachios and enjoy the ladoos.

Wild Jackfruit gojju(Chutney)

The wild jackfruit also known as Paach panas (in Konkani)is a fruit available in the forests mostly in southern parts of India. It’s a sweet sour tasting fruit which has segments like the jackfruit but with smaller segments and seeds which are found in a cluster.inside the poky skin.

The fruit is delicious as is.

The raw fruits are plucked before they ripen and the thorny skin is scraped off and then they are brined in salt water for few months until they soften and are ready to be used to make a variety of chutneys, pickle and other dishes.

It’s nutritious as well as appetising.

Ingredients:

Wild Jackfruit – 1/2 piece of the fruit.

Red chilli – 4-5

Tamarind – pea sized

Garlic – 2 cloves.

Desiccated coconut – 2 table spoons.

Method:

Apply a little oil to the chillies and roast them over the gas flame.

Keep it aside.

Roast the garlic cloves along with the peels.

Now steam the piece of wild jackfruit for about 10 minutes until it is done.

Allow it to come to room temperature.

Now grind the wild jackfruit along with the coconut, tamarind, chillies and garlic cloves to a smooth paste.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and enjoy it with roti or rice.

I love this Chutney with curd and steamed rice and also with porridge.

You may add salt if required as the wild jackfruit is brined.

Crispy Bhindi, lady finger or Okra

Bhindi is one versatile veggie loved by all. When cooked in the right manner it tastes awesome.

Today I made some crispy Bhindi on a iron pan.

Ingredients:

Bhindi -10-12 Small ones

Turmeric powder-1/4 spoon

Cumin powder-1 t spoon

Coriander powder- 1 t spoon

Saunf or fennel powder – 1/2

t spoon.

Red chilli powder -3/4 spoon

Asafoetida – 3-4 pinches

Cornflour -1.5 table spoon.

Black salt – 2-3 pinches

Amchur or

dry Mango powder -1/4 spoon.

Oil or liquid ghee-2 table spoons.

Lemon juice -1/2 spoon

Coriander leaves -2 sprigs.

Salt as per taste

Method:

Clean and then wipe the Bhindi till they are dry.

Remove the top and the bottoms ends and then make a slit on one side of each Bhindi.

In a bowl add all the above except Bhindi, coriander leaves and lemon juice.

Mix well and keep aside.

Now fill a little of the above mixture into each Bhindi and keep them aside.

Heat a heavy pan preferably iron pan and add a tablespoon of the oil or ghee and spread it with a silicone brush all over the pan.

Place the stuffed Bhindi’s neatly over the pan and on low flame cook them for about 3 to 5 minsNo slowly turn them or flip them and add the remaining ghee and cook for another 4-5 minuts until they turn crisp.

Sweet Appos(Sweet Paniyarams)

Ghee – 1/2 cup

Wheat flour -1 cup

Laayi -1/2 cup

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Grated coconut – 3/4 cup

Ellakki bananas – 3 finely sliced.

Water- 1 cup.

2 to 3 Pinches of salt.

Method:

In a saucepan heat half a cup of water and add in the jaggery and make a syrup (neither too thick nor watery)

Mix a cup of grated coconut to it and allow it to cool.

Once it is warm add the puffed rice and sliced bananas and mix well.

Then add the wheat flour and salt and mix well.

If the mixture is too thick add a little water.

The consistency of the batter should be thicker than idli batter.Allow it to rest for about five minutes and then the batter is ready to make Appos or paniyarams.

Heat the tava and once hot add ghee liberally into the appo slots and then with the help of a spoon put the mixture in it and lower the flame.

Allow two to three minutes to cook and then with help of a knife flip it over to cook till golden.

Adding ghee allows it to come out crisp and golden brown.

Enjoy it hot.

Stir fried Okra/Lady Fingers

Our family loves Okras in any form be it stir fry, Raita , dry dish or with gravy.

A versatile veggie with lots of health benefits.

Ingredients

Okras – long ones about 15( sliced thinly and slant)

Lemon juice -1 table spoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 spoon

Pepper – 1 spoon (coarsely ground)

Cumin powder – 1 spoon

Method:

Heat a pan and add some oil and then then add in the turmeric , cumin powder and sauté for about a minute.

Now rub in some salt and the lemon juice to the okras and keep aside.

Add the sliced tomatoes and sauté for about 3 minutes until the tomatoes are cooked.

Now add in the okras to which salt and lemon juice has been added.

Add the coarsely ground pepper and keep sautéing until the okras are cooked which takes a few minutes.

Garnish with chopped coriander and enjoy hot.