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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

KESAR PEDA

HOW TO MAKE KESAR PEDA, KESAR PEDA

INGREDIENTS:

Milk powder  - 1 3/4 cup
Condensed milk  - 1 can
Ghee or  butter - 3 tablespoon
Kismis / Dry grapes - few OR any nuts of your choice
Cardamom powdered - 1/2 tsp.
Saffron  - a generous pinch
Kesari powder - a pinch
Rose water - 1 tsp.





METHOD:

Soak saffron and kesari powder in a tablespoon of warm milk. Keep aside.

Combine milk powder and condensed milk and mix well without any lumps.

In a low flame, stir this mixture, add ghee and stir continuously. Add soaked saffron/kesari powder, mix well. Add cardamom powder, rose water and keep stirring until the mixture leaves the sides and turns out to a soft ball. Switch off the stove. (Do not cook until hard, it should be soft and will thicken when cool.)

When slightly cool and warm, knead it well and shape into even-sized balls. Slightly press in the centre and decorate with kismis.

Alternatively,  you can also roll the dough to a circle with a greased rolling pin, to the desired thickness and cut  into small pedas using a cookie cutter or a small bottle cap.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

BADAM BURFI / MICROWAVE BADAM BURFI


HOW TO MAKE  BADAM BURFI, ALMOND BURFI

INGREDIENTS:

Badam - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1 cup
Sugar - 11/4 cup
Ghee - 4 tsp.
Saffron - a generous pinch


METHOD:

Soak badam in hot water  for 30 minutes, peel the skin, and grind with milk to a smooth paste.

Soak saffron in a tablespoon of warm milk.

Grease a plate with ghee and keep ready.

Pour this paste in a micro-proof bowl, add sugar and saffron. Cook this in microwave high for 15 minutes. Once in every two minutes, remove the bowl, mix well and  microwave again. After 10 minutes, remove the bowl, add ghee and cook again. Now, once in a minute, remove the bowl , mix well and  microwave again ( i.e., for 5 minutes, 5 times). When the mixture becomes like a soft dough, pour the mixture on the greased plate and spread evenly. Cut to desired shapes while warm.

Adapted from: Sailaja kitchen

NOTE: The time depends upon the heat of your MW oven from 13 minutes to 17 minutes.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CHIKOO MILK SHAKE / SAPOTA MILK SHAKE / CHIKOO DELITE

CHIKOO MILK SHAKE , SAPOTA MILK SHAKE

INGREDIENTS:

Ripe chikoo (Sapota) - 3
Milk(chilled) - 2 cups
Vanilla essence - 2 drops (optional)
Honey - 2 tablespoons
Ice cubes - few

METHOD:

Wash, peel, de-seed and chop chikoo roughly. Blend alongwith milk and honey until smooth. Serve chilled with ice cubes.


VARIATION:  A scoop of vanilla ice cream or fresh cream can be added.
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