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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"Mahim /Bombay Ice Halwa" like Halwa

I call it "Mahim/Bombay Ice Halwa" Like  Halwa.....because The texture wasn't quite the same...as I couldn't get it to roll thin enough.....but Taste wise...it was Ffffabulous!!
Every now and then....I want to try my hands at the traditional Indian sweets.Not only are they delicious...but involves quite some craftsmanship and talent. I have tried and semi-failed numerous times...mostly in terms of texture....haven't yet gotten the sugar consistency judgement under my belt.
I had read this recipe on the forum I subscribe to....with some modifications...here is my version...

Ingredients: This makes a LOttt of Halwa. 4-5 Chapati Size rolls
1 heaped cup All purpose flour
1 cup water ( or 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk)
2.5 cups sugar
3/4 th cup Ghee
2 tsp Rose essence
1tsp Cardamon powder
1tbsp Chopped Pistachios and Almonds.

1) In microwave safe glass bowl, mix all ingredients except the chopped nuts with a hand mixer..till smooth
2) Microwave for 18 mins.After every 5 mins, take out and mix.Mixture will get thicker.

3) Let it cool for 2 mins.
4) Place a large spoonful on buttered surface.Roll out with buttered Rolling pin.Press the chopped nuts and roll again.

5) Cut into desired shape.

6)Store in airtight container.

Red Quinoa Tikkis

It was the first time I had bought this 'Red' variety of Quinoa and wanted to try something with it...that the kids would enjoy too. Lately, they have been fans of  'Sabudana Tikkis' and I have to keep a frozen pack handy, as the demand strikes almost anytime:)
So...I thought...May be if I make Red quinoa tikkis with crushed peanuts, cumin etc ..similar to Sabudana tikkis...they would probably eat it...And THEY DID!!

1 Cup Red Quinoa
2 Cups water
1/2 Cup Crushed roasted peanuts
1-2 green chilies finely chopped
1tbsp Chopped cilantro
1/2tsp Cumin
some sugar
Oil to shallow fry

1) Wash the Quinoa and pressure cook it with water and little salt.Let it cool down.

2) Add the Crushed peanuts, green chilies, chopped cilantro, salt,cumin, sugar and knead.
3) Form into tikkis.
4) Shallow fry on a nonstick pan with little oil.
5) Serve with Ketchup/ Chutney/Yogurt.