Vermicelli Kheer – Savaiya 


Thanks to technology , we get to know everything. I saw Eid greetings everywhere so thought of making Savaiya which is one of my favorite dessert. If you have never tried before, would highly recommend. It’s so yummy. I made  very basic but you can make it very rich too. Here’s the simple version.

  • Boil milk (use full fat)and then add roasted vermicelli. Stir in between and boil depending on how thick you want.
  • Add sugar and boil some again.
  • Garnish with chopped almonds and cardamom powder.
  • Serve cold or hot depending on weather. I like it hot in winter with Kapil Sharma comedy show . A fun combo. 

Eid Mubarak !!!

Enjoy !

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Basbousa – Middle Eastern Cake

   
 How is everyone doing? What is life teaching you and are you learning it or resisting it? To me, as you can see it’s middle eastern food now a days. I love to make rava cakes since they are simple, everyone always gets surprised and it gives different texture. Basbousa is middle eastern rava cake and very very simple to make. Here’s the link to recipe I followed:

Basbousa (Coconut Yogurt Semolina Cake)

I was just trying it out so made with 1 cup rava and baked at 375 F for 30 mins in toaster oven and i thought I burned it but it was fine. I might bake at 350 next time and keep an eye. Also when you make sugar syrup, do boil until it’s kind of sticky. Other than that I followed recipe. I loved the cake and couldn’t stop eating it.  

If you like to bake or want to learn baking, try it. 

Enjoy !

Dudheli – Sugercane Juice Delicacy 

Dudheli – Sugercane Juice Delicacy 

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When you go with the flow, you never know what it brings you. Dudheli is something I have heard from family members that my grandma made it best. I never had an opportunity to taste it and no one knew how to make it. I had googled for recipe many times but nothing was available. On my recent trip to india, my cousin’s neighbor mentioned it and I jumped onto the opportunity. I told neighbor aunty to make it for me and that I want to see how it’s done. She agreed happily and one day we made it. I am gonna try to give rough idea to recipe. Measurements are rough ideas since in india, they go with experience and hard to measure things.

  • Take around 4 cups of fresh sugarcane juice. When you buy juice, tell vendor to clean machine since they use lemon in juice. So important that machine was cleaned. Keep 1 cup of juice aside and boil rest of the juice in thick vessel. Once it starts boiling, remove foam that forms on top.
  • In other vessel, take 1 cup of juice, around 1 cup or little less milk and half cup of rice flour. Mix it well and there shouldn’t be any lump into it.
  • Add this milk mixture into boiling sugarcane juice. Keep stirring continuously.
  • Take thali and grease it with some ghee and keep it ready.
  • When boiling mixture is ready? That’s the trick. Take a small sample and spread in thali. If it comes out without sticking and not sticking to your finger, it’s ready. It took around an hr. for us. But depending on stove, time will vary. Resulting mixture is not so thick as you can see in picture.
  • Spread on thali and sprinkle some clove, cinnamon powder on it.
  • Let it cool down and you will be able to cut it into pieces.
  • There’s no need to add extra sugar but if you end up adding too much milk, rice flour then you will have to add sugar and taste will change.
  • Here you will have nice sugarcane flavor.
  • Cousin’s wife and neighbor aunty in the picture who made dudheli and finally my wish fulfilled.
  • Have you heard phrase “Vasudev kutumbakam” ? Meaning whole world is 1 big family. In india, you experience that where neighbours become family and neighbour’s relatives also become family. People I met for the first time and even if for only sometime, they treated me with all kind of delicacies, love and care. Invited me to their homes, came specially just to meet me. Isn’t that awesome? After all, we all are connected. There’s only one consciousness.
  • Enjoy !

 

Mango Rava Cake

    

  • Thanks to technology and social groups like fb , we can meet our school, college friends. Isn’t that wonderful?  Had little school reunion recently and made this mango bread and everyone loved it. 
  • Since it’s made with Rava, it taste just like Sooji, Rava halwa with mango flavor. And i don’t make extra sweet, skipped icing keeping everyone ‘s health in mind. 
  • Recipe here: http://redchillies.us/2009/04/14/eggless-mango-cake/
  • It’s pretty simple and I sometimes make using mix of all purpose and Rava , add some yogurt and chocolate chips.
  • 1 cup Rava,  1 cup fresh mango purée, 1/2 cup sugar(depending on mango), 1 tsp baking powder, cardamom powder, 1/2 cup unsalted butter. I try to use less.
  • Mix dry ingredients and then add rest.
  • Bake at 375F for 30-35 mins. 
  • If you are new to baking, stick to the recipe.
  • I wrote on cake using Greek vanilla yogurt.
  • You can serve warm with vanilla ice cream or with some chopped mango on top or as it is.
  • You can do some chocolate icing . Mango and chocolate is a wonderful combination. 
  • If you like mango, you will enjoy this simple cake and can impress ppl too.
  • Also if you are not sure abt reunions, give it a shot. We had way too much fun.
  • Enjoy summer with mangoes !

Fig Laddus, Mind And Diwali

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  • Is everyone making snacks, sweets for Diwali and sharing with friends, family?
  • There are lots of Diwali recipes for everything online which are very helpful and thanks to all wonderful cooks who are sharing their recipes.
  • I saw this wonderful burfi recipe here: http://litebite.in/recipe-gulkand-nuts-burfi-fudge/
  • As you all know my fig story, when i saw recipe using figs i wanted to try. But then i hardly make sweets so wasn’t sure how successful i will be.
  • And that’s when mind started playing it’s what i call games.
  • Mind: You know how much everyone is loving figs, you should give to ppl instead of experimenting and wasting them.
  • Me: Almost convinced, then wait a min… I will not experiment right now and when i won’t have tree, i will regret not trying out recipes using fresh figs. I have been wanting to make sweet using figs for a while. Phew…  Decided, m gonna experiment.
  • Don’t we all go thro’ this kinda scenarios now and then? Anytime we want to try something new, we find a reason not to do it.  Just to regret later….If we are AWARE, then we know when it’s mind playing games or there’s a genuine reason not to do something.
  • Back to recipe:  Blend fresh figs first, soak dates in it for 30 mins. If needed, add little milk. Blend everything again. I had more figs so added more figs but fig, date ratio is flexible.
  • Heat ghee (add more, less depends on you) or unsalted butter,  add fig-date mixture and cook until it becomes thick. Use nonstick pan. Now add sugar.
  • Add cardamom powder, chopped nuts of your choice.
  • First i spread on thali and thought will cut squares but then it’s was little soft. So i ended up making laddus and covered with dry coconut powder.
  • My friends liked them very much and asked to put it on blog hence they made it here. 
  • Happy Diwali Everyone ! May you all light your own lamp !