Wednesday, December 31, 2008



I wanted to make some sweet for the new year and thought of Besan Laddu.  This recipe has been adapted from Manjula's Kitchen with one variation..
Ingredients :
1 1/2 cup - Besan ( I used coarse besan available in Indian stores as Ladu Besan)
2 tbsp - Sooji ( The original recipe calls for 4 tbsp of sooji but I used 2 due to coarse besan )
1/2 cup - Melted Ghee
3/4 cup - Sugar
4 tbsp - Sliced Almonds
1 tsp - Elaichi
1 tbsp - Sliced Pista

1. Mix Ghee, Sooji and Besan in a kadai.
2.  Keep striing the mixture continuosly in medium heat till we get a brown color.
3. Empty the besan mixture in a bowl and let it cool down a bit. Not completely cool but a little warm.
4. Add the almonds, Elaichi and sugar and mix nicely.
5. Take a fistful of the mixture and make round laddu.
6. Besan Laddu is ready to be served.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Masala Chawal


Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium sized , diced into small pcs
Jalapeno - 1 diced into small pcs
Frozen Green Peas - 1 cup
Peanuts - 1/2 cup 
Tomato - 1 Diced to small pcs
Green Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
Curry Leaves - 3
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Rai - 1tsp
Hing - A pinch
Garam Masala - 1tsp
Haldi - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method :

1.  Cook the Bastmati Rice with salt, drain and spread on a plate.
2. Heat Ghee in a pan. Add Rai, Jeera and Hing.
3. When the Rai crackles, add onion and jalapeno.
4. When the onion becomes transparent add peanuts , peas and curry leaves.
5. Now add the garam masala , haldi and salt
6. Add the cooked rice and tomato.
7. Mix gently, close lid of the pan and switch off the gas.
8. Serve hot garnished with Green coriander leaves.