Wednesday, August 24

Besan Ke Laddoo!! (Gram Flour Laddoo)

Besan Ke Laddoo (Gram Flour Laddoo) is made mostly in Maharashtra.. There are many version are there to these laddoo, but this recipe is very basic and easy to make. Me and my hubby happen to be a big fan of laddoo's, They are very useful when you are hungry and you need something soon and you don't have to juggle in the kitchen.. That's why I make very few of them so that it get over soon. Making a less quantity gives me a chance to try different laddoo's too... You can make in a big batches and store them in a airtight container and keep serving for a 2 to 3 weeks.. Do try this recipe and let me know.

2 cup besan (gram flour)
1 cup ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp green cardamom powder
1/2 cup chopped dry fruits (almonds, cashew, raisin and pistachio).

Cooking Method.
In a deep non-stick kadai. dry roast all the dry fruits and set it aside. In a same kadai add ghee, besan and cardamom powder and roast on a low flame till it gives a nice aroma and become golden brown. by stiring continuously.
Then take the besan out in a large plate and allow it to cool a bit. Now add the powdered sugar and dry fruits and make a even size laddoo's while the mixture is still warm. If you feel the mixture is little dry, feel free to add a little milk to make a smooth laddoo's.
Store them in a airtight container and Serve when ever you want.

Monday, August 22

NaanKhatai!! (Indian Eggless Shortbread)

NaanKhatai!! (Indian Shortbread) is the very famous cookies in India. This is the easiest and best cookies to be made in no time and with minimum ingredients. These cookies can be made with gram flour and rawa or even only with maida. Even this naankhatai can be made on cook-top  for that recipe may be you have to wait for my next post.. This is a beginner recipe with only few basic ingredients which I believe every house will have it. This cookies can be stored in a airtight container for a week and you enjoy with hot cup tea... Naankhatai can be a great idea for gifting during Diwali or Holi..Do try this recipe and let me know.

3/4 cup maida(all purpose flour)
1/4 cup gram flour(besan)
1/2 ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cardamom powder.

Baking Method.
Pre-heat oven at 180c for 10 minutes.
In a mixing bowl add maida, besan, sugar, baking powder and cardamom powder and mixing them well. Then by adding little by little ghee, knead a cookie dough. Then divide a dough into 18 equal sized portion. Take a each ball and press in between your palm to give a cookie shape.
Now place the cookies on to greased baking tray and bake them for 12 to 15 minutes at 180c.
Then cool them on to a wire rack and once completely cooled. Store them into a airtight container.
Serve with hot cup tea or warm milk..

Wednesday, June 22

Cinnamon Rolls.

Cinnamon Rolls is sweet bread rolls, which is usually served for breakfast and even dessert. This makes a quick breakfast if made one night before and served with hot cup a coffee. This is a very easy recipe because every house has this basic ingredients at home. When all the basic ingredients are added together they make a very spongy and delicious rolls. Do try this recipe and let me know!!!

1+1/4tsp yeast
1/4cup Sugar
1/4cup warm water (115 degrees)
3/4cup whole milk
1/4tsp vanilla extract
1 Egg
1/4cup butter (melted)
4 cups of All Purpose Flour
1/4cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking.

For the Filling.
1/3cup butter, at room temperature
3/4cup brown sugar
1/4cup sugar
1+ 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon.

For the Glaze,
1+ 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2tsp vanilla extract
3 to 4 tbsp warm milk.

Baking Method.
In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1tsp sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.
In the bowl mix the egg, milk, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour and the water and mix. then add vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until its all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Knead the dough for 5 to 7 minutes or until you have a smooth dough. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.
In a mean time. Take a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon for the filling, set aside.

When the dough is doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a 15x9” rectangle. Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Staring from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Cut into 10 to 12 slices and place them cut side down in a well buttered square baking pan. Cover with plastic wrap and put them back into a warm spot to rise for another 1 hours.

Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once risen, brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients of the glaze, and make a runny glaze consistency. Immediately pour the glaze over the cinnamon rolls and enjoy!

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