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Kaju Katli (Cashew Fudge)

Kaju Katli or cashew burfi is a hot favorite with everyone alike.

Before trying making it at home, I had never imagined it was so simple to make. We would always buy it from a local sweet shop, since all of us are so fond of it.

Here is a simple badam katli or badam burfi recipe for you.

Remember, almonds benefit health in more ways than one, unlike cashews that raise bad cholesterol and fats.








Kaju Katli Recipe:
Cashew -1 cup
Sugar -1/2 cup
Water -1/4 cup
1/2 tsp-Ghee for greasing plate/aluminum foil


Preparation

Grind cashew & make a fine powder. Make sure it does not become a paste. It should remain coarse. You can grind half cashew first and then the next lot.Simultaneously, make sugar syrup, with water and sugar. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil on low flame. When it starts boiling & bubbling up, keep stirring.Switch off the flame once the syrup reaches one string consistency. 


Immediately, add powdered cashew. Make sure the flame is off when you add cashew to the syrup.Mix well…

Chana Dal Halwa Burfi

Lightweight Chana Dal Halwa Burfi. This delicacy is for those counting their calories and watching their sugar intake.Try the recipe if you want a light-weight burfi, smile emoticon
which tastes more like chana dal halwa. For more richness, you would need to add triple the amount of ghee and load it with condensed milk or khoya and eliminate water from the recipe . 
Recipe

1 cup - chana dal 
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup milk
sugar as per taste 
1 Tsp-Green cardamom, 1 tbsp roasted til (sesame seeds)
Ghee (clarified butter)- 2 tbsp
A Nonstick pan




Procedure
Soak chana dal overnight or for 6-7 hours and then grind it.
Take a nonstick pan.
Add ghee.
Then add ground dal and roasted sesame seeds. Keep on low flame and keep roasting. It will take a lot of effort. 
Simultaneously keep water, sugar, cardamom, and milk in a pan for boiling.
Once the dal is fried well, add the boiled milk-water-elaichi-sugar combination.
Keep stirring until the dal collects in the center and forms a mass.

Grease an aluminum foil. Pour t…

Growing Up in School - Chapter 2 I Am Malala

"MY MOTHER STARTED school when she was six and stopped the same term. She was unusual in the village as she had a father and brothers who encouraged her to go to school. She was the only girl in a class of boys. She carried her bag of books proudly into school and claims she was brighter than the boys. But every day she would leave behind her girl cousins playing at home and she envied them. There seemed no point in going to school just to end up cooking, cleaning and bringing up children, so one day she sold her books for nine annas, spent the money on boiled sweets and never went back. Her father said nothing. She says he didn’t even notice, as he would set off early every morning after a breakfast of cornbread and cream, his German pistol strapped under his arm, and spend his days busy with local politics or resolving feuds. Besides he had seven other children to think about.............

Malala tells that her father's dream was to open his own school. But financial hardsh…

How to Make Kadhai Masala at Home

Masals traditionally prepared by your grandmothers have no match. Learned this aromatic kadahi masala recipe from my multi-talented mother-in-law, who lives in a rustic atmosphere in a village of Odisha. She shares many masala recipes with me. I would love to share all such aromatic recipes with you. Keep watching this space.


Indian Kadhai Masala Recipe

1 tsp- coriander seeds
1/2 tsp- cumin seeds
1/2 inch - cinnamon
2- green cardamom
2- cloves
3-dry red chillies
1 tsp- kasuri methi
4-5 black peppercorns
8- cahews/almonds (optional)
1/4 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, dry red chillies, and black peppercorns. Let them cool and grind without water.

Do try no butter kadahi paneer, click here.





Add kasuri methi to the powder. When you are making any kadhai recipe, just grind cashews or almonds (I use almonds) and mix with the masala and make a paste with water.

Kadahi masala Lauki recipe:
Take a pan, add oil.
Add garlic-ging…

Yeast-Free Whole Meal Bread On Stove Top (No Oven)

Has anyone tried making yeast-free whole wheat bread at home? I experimented with it and the result was good. Of course, it does not rise as much as the yeast loaf, but still good for those days when you want a yeast-free alternative.  

Since I made it with just 1 cup of wheat flour, the shape doesn't relate to bread. Moreover, I had decided to make pizza base, but owing to scarcity of time, I kept the dough unused for 7-8 hours and then instead of throwing it decided to experiment, that too without oven/microwave. Made this on a steel plate on tawa (iron skillet). The result made me happy.

Why Say No to Maida?
I do not use maida/all-purpose flour/white flour or refined flour, since it is nothing but empty calories. The extraction of maida or refined flour removes all the minerals, B-vitamins, fiber content from the grains, leaving it with nothing but empty calories.

Additionally, there are many other refined flour disadvantages:
It raises the risk of


obesitycardiovascular diseasesdiabe…

OPOS Dalma in 10 Minutes: A Unique Vegetable Lentil Curry From Odisha

Dalma -a heavenly blend of lentils and green vegetables. The first time I heard of it, I was surprised that dal could be used in this form too. Thus far we had been sampling lentils as simple lentil curry or as dal makhni, which is widely popular in Punjab.

But dalma is different. It was never thought of in my mom's home in Punjab, but now dalma curry has become a regular there. After having tried out dalma the tradition way, it was high time I OPOSed the curry from Odisha. The courage I have got from OPOS recipes tried and tested by me several times was instrumental in helping me unlock the dalma recipe the OPOS way. Voila! I made it once and it was loved by Odiya hubby - which gave me the confidence to try it out again and again. Have I ever looked back at making dalma other than OPOSing it. Na, not even thought of doing so!

My Dalma ConnectionWhen I got married to an Odiya, I got to taste this unique blend of vegetables and lentils. I fell in love with the simple recipe, which is…

Baati Recipe: Wheat Pockets

Wheat pockets following baati recipe. You may call it stuffed baati, but it's open like a basket. Just stuffed the wheat basket with potato filling. Worth a try for occasional oil-free treats! Made on gas stove.


Recipe:

1 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp oil
salt as per taste
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
Little water to make dough - should not be too soft nor too hard

Mix everything and make a dough. Keep aside for 20-30 minutes.

Potato Filling:

2 boiled potatoes (mashed)
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp coarse coriander powder (I used home made)
Salt as per taste, 1/4 tsp oil, 1 tsp ginger- chilly paste
Sambar powder- 1 tsp (optional) (I used home made)  Here's the sambar powder recipe.

Take a pan, heat oil.
Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds. Stir
Add coriander powder. Mix and add ginger-chilly paste.
Add salt
Add mashed potatoes.
Mix everything well. Add sambar powder. Switch off the flame.

Let's prepare the baatis.
Roll out small balls from the dough. Tak…

Healthy Oatmeal Biscuits With Olive Oil: No Sugar Nankhatai Recipe

I am a healthy cookie lover. I accept. Now my friends have started to call me "cookie queen." 

Na, there is still a long way to go before I can accept that title. 

I am still learning, and in baking, you aren't perfect at any time. The learning curve is very very long.

But I am not one to give up though!

In my pursuit to bake another healthy cookie batch, I experimented with olive oil and oatmeal. This does make an awesome combination - both for taste and health.

This is one batch of cookies for weight loss that you would want to try even if you are on a diet.

Wondering how?


See, oatmeal is a wonder food. If I say it is a super food, it won;t be wrong.


Tried olive oil cookies on tawa, with the addition of oats. I am starting to love these cookies more than those available in the confectionery. The best thing about making these cookies is that you do not need a MW/Oven and can bake these on a skillet. I have tried a number of cookies - almond, coconut, simple wheat flour - and lo…
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