Besan Ladoo

Wishing all my readers ‘Happy Ganesh Chathurthi 2017’.

Lord Ganesha’s Birthday is celebrated as Ganesh Chathurthi all over India. It is believed that Lord Ganesha loves to eat Ladoos and Modak. Festivals mean sweets comes in our mind.

Generally during festive season ladoos are made and served as prasadham for God. Besan Ladoo is one of the popular and rich dessert can be offered to God. It is one of the best traditonal Indian sweets for any occasion. Let us see how to make the Besan Ladoo easily at home.

Ingredients:

  • Besan/Gram Flour – 150 gm
  • Ghee – 150 gm
  • Powdered Brown sugar – 150 gm
  • Cardamom – 5
  • Cashewnuts for garnish

Preparation:

  • Heat the ghee in a pan, add gram flour and mix well.
  • Stir the mixture with a spoon or spatula continuously for 10 minutes.
  • Keep the stove in low flame otherwise it would get burnt.
  • Once we get an aromatic smell and the besan colour changes switch off the stove.

  • Allow the mixture to cool down completely.
  • In a blender add the brown sugar, cardamom and and grind into fine powder.
  • Once the mixture completely cools down ,add the powdered sugar. Do not add sugar when the mixture is too hot.
  • Mix well and make a dough as shown in pic.

  • Take a small portion of dough and make round Ladoos.

Garnish with Cashews and store it in an air tight container.

How to grow Mint at home

Mint/Pudhina is a vesatile herb that can easily grows in our home. It is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener. Mint can be grown by taking a cutting from a pre existing mint plant.

No need to worry about the space for this herb to grow. We can grow it in a pot or in grow bags. Mint is a fast-spreading plant and is perfect for garden beginners.

I bought a bunch of Mint for making Biriyani. Then I selected a thick fresh stem.
I planted it in a big pot and our Mint grows well and we have 3 pots of mint at the moment.

Some of the tips to plant:

  • Use a 12-to-16-inch wide pot for one plant.
  • If you are buying a plant from nursery, buy Spearmint variety which is useful for cooking.
  • Fill the pot with potting mix/good soil. I use our own organic compost for all the plants which was prepared at our home.
  • Wet the soil by spraying water.
  • Plant the stem just below the soil. If planting more stems, plant them 6 inches apart.
  • Mint needs adequate sunlight. So if you keep your pot indoors make sure it gets enough sunlight.
  • Water it frequently and do not make the pot to dry.

Happy Growing!!!!

Kambu Adai

Kambu is Called Pearl Millet in English and Bajra in Hindi.It is a nutritious millet used to reduce body weight. Our ancestors cooked these millets in the form of Dosa ,Koozh (Porridge) and rice.

As Kambu acts as a cooling agent we can take this during summer time. Kambu Koozh mixed with sour youghurt and salt would be delicious when we eat with raw small onion.In Tamil month Aadi, Koozh is prepared in larger quantities and served in temples for devotees.

Can a Diabetic eat Kambu? yes ofcourse Pearl Millet is one of the  best millet for diabetic patients. Kambu Dosa is different from Kambu Adai.Kambu Adai can be prepared instantly.No need to ferment the batter. Lets jump to the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Kambu/Pearl Millet – 1 cup
  • Idli Rice/Raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • Urad Dhal – 1/2 cup
  • Red Chillies – 3
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • finely chopped onion – 1
  • Curry Leaves chopped – few

Preparation:

  • Wash and soak Kambu, rice and dhal together in water overnight.
  • Drain the water and add red chillies and cumin seeds along with it.
  • Grind the mixture in wet grinder or mixie coarsely by adding required water.
  • Transfer the batter to a vessel. Now add finely chopped onion and curry leaves.
  • Add salt and mix well. Heat a Tawa and pour a ladle of batter and make dosa in circle shape.
  • Drizzle oil to the dosa.
  • Once it is cooked on one side, flip on the other side.
  • Cook and take out from the pan.

Serve hot with coconut chutney and pickle.

 

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