June 19, 2018

Rava | Sooji Halwa (Indian Semolina Pudding)

As said in my earlier post on Pineapple Halwa, halwa is a sweet which is typically made of grain-flour (Suji-semolina) typically, Ghee, and Sugar. There are many variations available to it. The most common halwa in every Indian household is the Rava or the Sooji (Semolina) halwa. It is generally made on all puja's and special occasion's. As a child I use to love this halwa made by my mom. She just make this simple halwa a lipsmacking and an irresistible dessert. It was a must in our Navratra's ashtami puja which is twice a year and I use to simply enjoy this halwa with puri and chana. I now make this halwa many a times as my family loves it. I also make this halwa as an easy replacement for cakes, when I am not making a cake and when it's someone's birthday. I remember when I was a child, we use to have this halwa alteast once a month on sunday's and we use to flatten it first in the plate, then singing birthday song and cutting it pretending as our birthday. hehe. 

Ok enough of my childhood talks :-), the key to this halwa is that the rava has to be nicely roasted in ghee and the amount of ghee should not be less or too much. I add everything in equal quantities and I do add milk instead of water. One can even add a mix of water or milk or only water. One can add nuts of their choice but I prefer almonds to this. I added some saffron strands for the first time as somehow my halwa did not acquire the typical brown colour, even though the rava was roasted. I love the colour saffron imparted to my halwa. So this will be a new addition to my original Halwa recipe.

I am sharing this recipe, with our Blogging Marathon group where we blogger's select a minimum of 2 theme for a month and blog for 3 days in a week on a particular theme. This is my third week  and I have chosen to Make one Type of Indian Sweets. The earlier two themes chosen by me were Condiments on the side and Kids Delight - Drinks. So you would be seeing 3 different halwa recipes from me. This is the third post on this event, the first two post was Moong Dal Halwa and Pineapple HalwaSo straight to the recipe:

Just one last thing to blogger's, don't fret if you do not have a DSLR, I do not have one and My photos are taken from my mobile and I think they are good. 

Rava | Sooji Halwa (Indian Semolina Pudding)



Rava | Sooji Halwa (Indian Semolina Pudding)


Rava | Sooji Halwa (Indian Semolina Pudding)



Ingredients 

Makes 4 big Cups
  • 1/2 Cup Rawa(Semolina)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 - 1/2 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter) (I used a bit more, one can use only 1/4 if desired) 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Almonds finely chopped (Nuts as per choice for additions as well as Garnishing)
  • Few Strands of Saffron (Optional)

Preparation 

  1. Roast the Rava(Semolina) in Ghee on slow to medium heat.
  2. While the rava is roasting, heat the milk (Lukewarm is fine).
  3. You will know that the Rava is roasted when it starts leaving a beautiful aroma or when it starts changing color, or once it starts leaving ghee on the sides, its done.
  4. Once the Rava is done, add the warm milk mixture stirring continuously.
  5. Be careful as the mixture is hot and is bound to splatter. Do this on minimum heat.


  6. Rava | Sooji Halwa (Indian Semolina Pudding)


  7. Keep it stirring until it starts to thicken. 
  8. Add the sugar and cook stirring continuously. It will be watery again.
  9. Add few strands of Saffron.  (This is an optional step)
  10. Once all the sugar is mixed switch off the flame and add cardamom powder and chopped nuts.
  11. Give it a quick mix and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  12. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.


Want to try some Halwa(Dessert/Pudding) with vegetables, check out the recipes here:
Dudhi Halwa (Lauki/Bottle Gourd Dessert)
Zucchini Halwa 





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June 18, 2018

Pineapple Halwa

Halwa is a sweet which is typically made of grain-flour (Suji-semolina) typically, Ghee, and Sugar. There are many variations available to it. I had never made halwa with a fruit, just once before when I made pineapple halwa it did not turn out well, plus the thing that fruit in a halwa use to always deter me as was not sure how it will taste. In my last trial I must accept I really did not give it my 100 percent and the results were there. This time after seeing many post on halwa with fruits I was determined to try it with full determination.

I did not disclose it to my family till they tasted it, as I was sure of their reactions and then the dish suffers :-). But the end result was one perfect sweet dish which we are simply enjoying after dinner for the last 3 days. Yum yum.

This halwa is best served warm or hot and even cold if one prefers, but I would say warm will win the hearts. Many recipe calls for pineapple chunks but my gut feeling was like no, so I coarsely pureed it as I did not wanted the chunks to end up in your mouth and also I wanted the flavor of pineapple to be enhanced. Just about half a cup of rava makes around 4-5 medium size cups, so increase the quantity only if you want more servings. I have added almonds to it to give the crunch, one can add cashews too. 

I am sharing this recipe, with our Blogging Marathon group where we blogger's select a minimum of 2 theme for a month and blog for 3 days in a week on a particular theme. This is my third week  and I have chosen to Make one Type of Indian Sweets. The earlier two themes chosen by me were Condiments on the side and Kids Delight - Drinks. So you would be seeing 3 different halwa recipes from me. This is the second post on this event, the first post was Moong Dal Halwa. Keep watching this space for the third recipe on Halwa.




Pineapple Halwa


Pineapple Halwa





Pineapple Halwa






So here goes the recipe:

Ingredients 

Makes 4 big Cups
  • 1/2 Cup Rawa(Semolina)
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1.5 Cups Water
  • 1/2 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter) (I used a bit more, one can reduce it to half) 
  • 1 Cup Coarsely grinded Pineapple
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder
  • Yellow food color (a drop) (Optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Almonds finely chopped (Nuts as per choice for additions as well as Garnishing)
  • Few Strands of Saffron

Preparation 

  1. Roast the Rava(Semolina) in Ghee on slow to medium heat.
  2. While the rava is roasting, warm the water and milk.
  3. You will know that the Rava is roasted when it starts leaving a beautiful aroma or when it starts changing colour, or once it starts leaving ghee on the sides, its done.
  4. Once the Rava is done, add the water and milk mixture stirring continuously.
  5. Be careful as the water is hot the mixture is bound to splatter. Do this on minimum heat.


  6. Once mixed, add the pineapple puree and let it cook on slow for 4-5 minutes, or until when it has thickened.
  7. Add the sugar and cook stirring continuously. It will be watery again.
  8. Add few strands of Saffron and a drop of yellow food colour. 
  9. Once all the sugar is mixed switch off the flame and add cardamom powder and chopped nuts.
  10. Give it a quick mix and let it sit for at least half an hour.
  11. After half an hour or so the halwa will thicken more.
  12. Serve it hot with a garnish of nuts. 



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    June 17, 2018

    Moong Dal Halwa

    First I need to apologize, this is a long pending request from one of the readers of my blog. She had requested me for this using my FB page. Sorry dear I missed it due to other commitments but better late than never. Hope you make this recipe and let me know how it turned out.

    Coming to Moong Dal Halwa, there are different ways of cooking this halwa. Using milk and mawa , using milk and condensed milk etc. I don't get mawa here and to make mawa takes times. I know there is a replacement of ricotta cheese, need to try yet. Currently I am overloaded with work with my new move in, my small children and office and I do not have a liberty of maid here. So thought to reduce the time by using condensed milk instead of making mawa, rhough have made it a couple of times, If you want to check my recipe here on how to make the mawa at home. Mung Dal halwa usually takes time to make as the mung has to be cooked or roasted nicely in ghee so that it gets cooked.  This halwa takes time but the end result is worth it. 

    My son has off lately being found of halwa. The moment he hears halwa, he says I want it, so thought of making this as a treat for him plus without him realizing that he is eating Dal. Dal's are a good source of protein and Moong Dal has minimum calories and a rich source of iron and potassium. It is good for the heart and is light on the tummy. Dal is a common food in India , Did you check my different dal recipes 

    Bedai (Dal Puri's)
    Brocolli Toor/Arhar Dal
    Char Dal (Mixed Dal)
    Left Over Dal Pancake
    Masoor Dal/Brown Lentils/Kali Masoor ki Dal
    Oats & Green Dal Toast
    Oats and Green Dal Chila (Pan Cake)
    Pearl Barley and Mung Dal Khichdi

    or a compilation of 27 different Dazzling Dals, by me and my blogger friends. 

    So there are different ways of incorporating Dal in one's diet and today I am using dal to make this halwa. I am also sharing this with our Blogging Marathon group where we blogger's select a minimum of 2 theme for a month and blog for 3 days in a week on a particular theme. This is my third week  and I have chosen to Make one Type of Indian Sweets. The earlier two themes chosen by me were Condiments on the side and Kids Delight - Drinks. So you would be seeing 3 different halwa recipes from me. I have referred the recipe here.



    Moong Dal Halwa


    Moong Dal Halwa



    Moong Dal Halwa



    Moong Dal Halwa



    So here goes the recipe:

    Ingredients 


    Makes 4 big Cups
    • 1.5 Cups Milk
    • 1/2 Tin Sweetened Condensed milk
    • 3/4 Cup Ghee (Clarified Butter)
    • 1/2 Cup Moong Dal
    • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom (Elaichi) Powder
    • Finely chopped Nuts as per choice for additions as well as Garnishing

    Preparation 

    1. Wash and soak the Moong dal atleast for an hour.
    2. Drain and Coarsely grind it. We do not want a smooth paste.
    3. Add Ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. 
    4. Fry the dal in the ghee on medium heat until golden brown stirring frequently. This step takes time depending on the quantity. For the said quantity can take anywhere around 15-20 minutes.
    5. Once the dal is golden brown and you smell a beautiful aroma, add the milk and let it cook on slow, stirring continuously till the milk dries.
    6. Then add the condensed milk. The mixture will be watery again. Keep on stirring it and let it cook on slow until the milk has almost dried up. Do not dry it completely as it will thicken later too.
    7. Switch off the heat and add cardamom powder and nuts.
    8. Serve it hot with a nice garnish of nuts.





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    June 12, 2018

    Mix Fruit Juice (Plum | Orange | Kiwi)

    Phew last few months have been crazy with a lot of things going on at home and kids and office and me also adding more to the work by trying to put blogs consistently, but I love to do this, so no complaints. Unfortunately I am not finding any time to restart my cakes. Hopefully soon. 

    I thought was really going to skip posting this one, but once I promise I need to fulfill it. So I am posting this recipe for our Blogging Marathon where we a group of bloggers decide a particular theme and blog on the same theme for 3 days in a week. This week I have chosen Kid's Delight - Drinks an this is my third recipe for this theme. The earlier two were, Chocolate Oreo Milkshake and 2 Ingredients Strawberry Milkshake.

    Juices at my home are less as I prefer to give fruits or is generally made just to indulge or enjoyed as a mid morning snack or if sometimes some fruit is not finishing. I was really thinking as what I can make as it has to be kid friendly and hence I did not wanted to add any unhealthy stuff like soda or more sugar. So, I had this 2 oranges and kiwi which were not getting finished, some times it happens that you do not feel like eating. So thought of mixing this all and making a simple juice, nothing fancy. And you all know how difficult it is at times to feed kiwi and plum to children I just added a tablespoon of sunflower seeds and Chia seeds for the crunch, health and texture of the juice. I do not filter my juices anytime as it removes the fibrous contents of the fruit and there is no point in drinking the juice, specially all the nutrients are lost, so just add the fruits puree it and yummy juice is ready. I have added some orange juice to the mix, instead of plain water, one can add water or coconut water if you have in hand. I added sugar to it as the last step as I add Sugar only if required, so added it as it tasted a bit tangy and children will not drink it. Add sugar only if needed.


    The juice was creamy and fibrous and I was craving for more, do I need to say more, Straight to the recipe:









    Do ignore my pictures, as I know I have not done full justice to it. First I do take it from my mobile always was in a bit of a hurry. 

    So here goes the recipe:

    Ingredients 


    Makes 2 glasses
    • 2 Small Oranges
    • 2 Small Kiwi
    • 2 Small Plum
    • 2 teaspoon Sugar (Optional - add only if needed)
    • 1 tablespoon Sunflower Seeds (Optional or can be replaced as per your liking.)
    • 1/2 tablespoon Chia Seeds
    • Orange Juice / Water / Coconut Water (1-2 cups as per desired consistency)

    Preparation 

    1. Peel the orange's and seperate the segments and remove the seeds.
    2. Peel the kiwi and chop them to 4 peices.
    3. Wash and cut the plum into 4 pieces discarding the seed.
    4. Take all the above in a juicer or a blender, add the Sunflower seeds and Chia seeds and mix.
    5. Blend it to a smooth consistency, adding Orange Juice or water or Coconut water as desired.

    6. That's it serve it immediately.


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      June 11, 2018

      2 Ingredients Strawberry Milkshake

      Making this milkshake after a long time, as now strawberries are generally finished before I make a milkshake as my 2 kiddo's love strawberries. I just sneaked in some to make this Strawberry milkshake for our monthly Blogging marathon in which I have chosen kid's Delight drinks. In Blogging Marathon we a group of bloggers pick a minimum of 2 themes and blog each week for 3 days continuously. My earlier week was about Condiments, this one is about Kids-Delight, Drinks, so you will see 3 new Kid friendly Drinks. The first drink I prepared was Chocolate Oreo Milkshake.

      Berries are loaded with loads and loads of nutrients. I have already mentioned about some health benefits of berries in my earlier post on 5 min Healthy Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls, so not going to add more to it. I like to keep my milkshake simple as I try to make it as healthier as possible and easy to make instead of some lengthy process. 

      This milkshake is a favorite of my family and is very simple to make. If you have loads of strawberries and do not know what to make, just puree them and store it in a jar in refrigerator or in cubes in freezer. Whenever needed just defrost it and use. Even defrosting is not needed as you can blend the strawberry cubes in a blender along with milk to get chilled milkshake. 

      Now comes do we need to add sugar or no. It's a personal choice and also depends on the sweetness of the strawberries. I have not added any sugar in this one and actually at times I do not even realize I have not added sugar as the sweetness comes from the fruit. Natural sugars are better than the processed ones. I generally take it as is, but sometimes add like half a teaspoon per glass for my family. 




      Strawberry Milkshake




      Strawberry Milkshake




      Strawberry Milkshake






      So here goes the recipe:

      Ingredients 


      Makes 3 glasses
      • 2 Cups Cold Milk
      • 1 Cup of Strawberries. 
      Preparation 

      1. Wash the Strawberries nicely in clean water.
      2. Remove the green stem and roughly chop the strawberries. Chopping is optional if you have a good blender.
      3. First blend the strawberries with 1/4 cup of milk. If using sugar do add it at this step.
      4. Decorate the side's of glass with some puree.
      5. Then add the remaining milk and give it a quick mix. One can add some Ice cubes if required.
      6. That's it, Strawberry milkshake is ready.
      7. Enjoy.


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      June 10, 2018

      Chocolate Oreo Milkshake

      Children are fond of chocolate, off course not all but majority of them. For that matter even adults... at least I am. My son does not take juices but he is fond of them if presented in a different form. Specially in restaurants when we go he wants to have them, but they are so cold and loaded with ice that he cannot have it.So I  thought why not make something similar at home.

      I actually wanted to make a cold coffee this time, but since I am writing this for our monthly Blogging marathon in which I have chosen Kid's Delight drinks, I thought of making this chocolate milkshake which is healthier version than Coffee. In Blogging Marathon we a group of bloggers pick a minimum of 2 themes and blog each week for 3 days continuously. My earlier week was about Condiments, this one is about Kids-Delight, Drinks, so you will see 3 new Kid friendly Summer Drinks

      In this milkshake, have added chocolate milk powder instead of plain chocolate or cocoa powder, so no extra sugar is needed as it already contains some. To make it more exciting I added some crushed Oreos and decorated it with some fresh cream. My son was pretty excited to gobble the milk minus the cream as he does not like that. One can replace the cream with ice-cream to get a more thicker texture.

      So here goes the recipe:










      Ingredients 


      Makes 3 glasses


      • 2 Cups Cold Milk
      • 2 Tablespoon Chocolate Milk Powder
      • 1-2 Tablespoon melted Chocolate for garnish
      • 3-4 Oreo's Crushed
      • 1 Cup Fresh Whipped Cream
      • 1/2 Tablespoon Chocolate Milk Powder for Garnish


      Preparation 

      1. Whisk the Cold milk with a hand blender or a Juicer, just to whip it a bit and incorporate air in it. 
      2. I have used cold milk here, but one can add Ice if required and then blend it in the blender
      3. Add Chocolate Milk Powder and again blend it.
      4. Add the crushed Oreo and give it a quick mix. Do not over mix or else the Oreo's will crumble completely and mix into it.
      5. Fill a zip lock bag or a piping bag with melted chocolate.
      6. Decorate a glass jar as required.
      7. Pour the Chocolate Oreo milk mix in it.

      8. Decorate the top with Fresh Whipped Cream. One can use any nozzle or just a simple piping bag with a 1/2 cm cut on the top.
      9. Garnish it with some melted chocolate swirls and drizzle some cocoa powder on it.
      10. Enjoy.


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      June 6, 2018

      Beet Root and Oats Cookies

      If you have been reading my blog since some time, you might be thinking I have gone crazy with all the Beet Root recipes, I have though not posted some :-), should come soon. This time I am writing this recipe for our group Recipe swap challenge group conceptualized by Jolly Makkar. where we are paired with each other and then we need to select one of the recipe from the other person's blog. This is my first swap for the group and I was delighted to the be paired with Poonam Bachav who blogs at Annapurna, and has a wonderful collection of recipes. Her recipes are from different cuisines but I think she specializes on traditional Maharashtrian food. Do check out her blog for many more such recipes.



      Beet Root and Oats Cookies


      I had shortlisted a few recipes from her blog and really it was difficult for me to just choose one. I still have some more bookmarked which I will make as and when time permits or when I want to make them. So for this challenge, I selected this healthy Eggless Butterless Beetroot Oats cookies. What I loved in this recipe is it is without butter, no processed sugar, is eggless and does not contains All purpose flour. Sugar is replaced by Jaggery which is healthy has good amount of minerals, aids in digestion and cleanse of your body. I always finds ways where I can replace sugar with this Jaggery. example I no longer make Sonth (Imli Chutney) with sugar, it is replaced by Jaggery. Find the recipe here. Secondly my love for the colour of BeetRoot and the health benefits it imparts. After my Healthy BeetRoot & Dates Energy Bites, when my son saw this cookies, he was like mumma you made something again with BeetRoot. So he was already delighted to see another interesting cookie with it. Not mentioning the benefits of BeetRoot or Oats, they can be found on net or if you want to check my recipes about BeetRoot & Oats recipes here...

      BeetRoot Puri
      BeetRoot Paratha
      BeetRoot Idli/Uttapam
      BeetRoot & Dates Energy Bites
      No-Bake Chocolate Ball (Chokladball)
      Oats & Green Dal Toast
      Oats and Dalia (Broken Wheat/Cracked Wheat) Idli
      Oats and Green Dal Chila (PanCake)
      Oats Ice Cream using honey (no sugar)
      Oats Paratha
      Oats Vegetable Chila (Pan Cake)


      This are not typical cookies as it does not contain all purpose flour or whole wheat flour and hence will not be as crunchy as normal cookies, but they are tasty, have a cake like texture and soft. You will definitely want to eat more after you have one. So enjoy it guilt free.



      Beet Root and Oats Cookies

      Beet Root and Oats Cookies





      So here goes the recipe:

      Ingredients

      • 1 cup Oats (I used simple porridge oats)
      • 1/4 cup Jaggery (I grated it)
      • 1 medium Beetroot
      • 3 tablespoon Chocolate chips (This went a bit more, Next time I will add 2 tablespoon)
      • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Cocoa Powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder (Dal chini)
      • 1 teaspoon Vanilla essence
      • 2 tablespoon oil (I used Vegetable, any flavourless oil should work)
      • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
      • 1/4 teaspoon Salt



      Preparation 


      1. Dry roast the Oats in a pan. Let it cool. Once cooled grind it into powder using your grinder.
      2. Wash, Peel and cut the beet into roughly size pieces. Cook beet in pressure cooker or in a boiler on in a microwave. Once cooled puree it into a blender.
      3. Grate the Jaggery and add it to the BeetRoot Puree. 
      4. Give it a nice mix. Jaggery should be melted and the mixture should resemble one big BeetRoot lump.
      5. Now add the Oil and vanilla essence to it.
      6. In another bowl Sift the cocoa powder. (It is always better to sift as cocoa powder has a tendency to form lumps.)
      7. Add the Cinnamon powder, baking powder and salt to it.
      8. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. I simply used my hand to this. you can use a spatula.
      9. Once done cover it with cling film and refrigerate it for atleast 30 minutes.
      10. After 30 minutes, add the chocolate chips and give it a quick mix.
      11. Divide it into equal portion and roll it into ball shape.
      12. Flatten it slightly. I flattened it a bit less as there were more chocolate chips, one can flatten it more.
      13. Beet Root and Oats Cookies

      14. Bake it in a preheated oven at 180 Deg Celsius for 25-30 minutes.
      15. The cookies are done when they are firm on the edges but a still soft.
      16. Remove it and let it cool completely.
      17. Enjoy it as is or with a cup of milk or coffee


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