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Oct 24, 2014

Rockmelon Sago pudding recipe - Singapore dessert recipes

          Hope you all had a great Diwali festival. After all the efforts put in making of the diwali snacks and sweets and also tasting them, all I want is some rest and some simple food. So yesterday I had a good nap in the afternoon after a long time and felt good. The climate has been really hot with occasional showers now and then. But we really crave for something chilled or  juicy fruits in the afternoon instead of a hot cup of tea. So a couple of days ago , I had made this dessert. You will find a wide range of desserts in the local food courts of singapore. Whenever I visit the food court in search of vegetarian food there, I often stop by the dessert stall and have a look at the desserts available though I have hardly ever tasted them. I often think of having them, but am always worried about how it would taste and the ingredients used. But the desserts here are quite healthy often with less or no sugar. Sugar is often replaced with palm jaggery. They have something called mung bean dessert which I will be trying soon. I have tasted icekachang which is something similar to our Indian 'gola' but is accompanied with many healthy beans along with it. A lot of red beans and other bean varieties is used in the local dessert preperation.
       The dessert I am posting today is also a local delight usually made with honeydew melon or sometimes even mango. But I decided to make it with the rock melon I had bought with my own few additions. Hope you try this and let me know.
local desserts of singapore
 Ingredient- (Makes 3-4 cups)
Rockmelon - 2 cups(chopped)
Sago/sabudana - 1/4 cup
Milk- 1 cup
Water- 1 cup
Sugar - 1tsp(optional)
Cardamom powder- 1/2tsp
Saffron strands/kesar - few(optional)

Method-
Chop the honey dew into tiny pieces.
Wash the sago and boil in water till it turns soft and transparent.
Drain the excess water and keep aside.
 Combine the rockmelon , milk and water in the blender and blend it to a smooth puree.
Reserve around 1/2 cup of the honey dew pieces.
Now empty the contents of the blender into your serving bowl.
Add the reserves honey dew pieces into it. Add sugar if using and mix well.
Add the cooked sago and mix well.
Sprinkle cardamom powder and saffron and mix.
Chill in a refrigerator for an hour.
Serve chilled in dessert cups.
honey dew melon  sago dessert
Notes-
1. You can avoid sugar completely.
2. Add a tsp of honey or maple syrup if you want.
3. Use honeydew melon, cantaloupes or muskmelon instead of rockmelon.
4. Make small balls of the melon with a icecream pieces and put in the dessert instead of pieces.

Oct 20, 2014

South indian mixture recipe - Diwali snack / savoury recipes

          Last year , I had posted a chiwda/mixture recipe which is mostly made in Maharashtra. I find it easier to make that and have been making that almost every year during diwali. This time I asked my grandmother for diwali snacks and sweets suggestions. Among the sweets , she suggested boondi ladoo as she had taught me last year to make them. But I still dont feel confident about making them. She then asked me to try badusha. I have never made that , so I decided to make a small amount of it as it sounded a little simple when compared to ladoo. Badusha turned out okay, but not that great to make it into this blog for now. But surely will do so in a few more months. For the snacks, she asked me to make the popular diwali snack mixture. So after a lot of hesitations and apprehensions , I finally made it today.
         It came out really good. It was quite hectic and time consuming, but easy to make. My son was like "oh, I never knew this could be made at home". Infact I was also surprised that I could make this well as I am usually fond of easy and less time consuming recipes. And this blog contains the same.
I feel I should try more such snacks as kids really enjoy it and at the same time , it is fun to learn these traditional recipes too. I own a very old omapodi press and I really have to get a new one next time as it was quite difficult to work with a old one. Thats all for now. Please do try this for diwali. I have done it, you can too!!
More diwali savoury snack list - Click here.

diwali snack recipes
Ingredients-
Maida bicuits - 1 cup
Omapodi - 2-3 cups
Kara boondi  - 2 cups
Peanuts- 1/2 cup
Roasted gram - 1/2 cup
Curry leaves - 8-10 leaves
Red chilly powder- Around 1tsp
Salt - Around 1tsp

Oil for deep frying

Ingredients for maida biscuits
Maida- 1cup
Ghee- 1tbsp
Salt - 1tsp
Baking soda- a pinch
Water - Around 1/4th cup

Method for making maida biscuits-
Combine Maida,baking soda and salt.
Add ghee and mix till the flour resembles crumbs.
Now add water slowly and knead to form a dough.
Dough should be smooth and firm.
Divide the dough into two equal portions.
Take one portion and roll the dough to a circle of thickness of a parathas(1/2 inch)
With a knife, cut into small squares or diamonds.
Fry in a low flame till it turns into a golden brown.
Keep aside till use.
maida biscuits
Ingredients for omapodi
Besan/kadalaimaavu- 3 cups
Rice flour- 1 cup
Hot oil- 1tbsp
Hing/perungayam- a pinch
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/2tsp
Salt - 1tsp
Water- 1/4th cup

Method for making omapodi-
Combine the flours.
Add red chilly powder,turmeric powder, perungayam and salt.
Add the hot oil and mix till it resembles crumbs.
Pour water slowly and knead to form a smooth, firm and slightly sticky dough.
Now you have to use a murukku press with a plate with lot of small holes in it.
Insert a small amount of dough into the press.
Heat the oil for deep frying.
Add a small ball of dough in oil to see if it comes and floats on the top.
Now press the dough directly into oil in a circular fashion.
Fry in a low to medium flame and then turn on the other side.
Cook till the bubbling of the oil stops.
Remove from oil in a perforated metal bowl.
Repeat the same for rest of the dough.
Keep aside till further use.
Ingredients for karaboondi
Besan - 2 cups
Rice flour-1/4 cup
Hot oil- 1tbsp
Red chilly powder-1tsp
Salt - 1tsp
Turmeric powder- 1tsp

Method to make karaboondi-
Combine the besan,rice flour, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and salt.
Add hot oil and mix to form crumbs.
Now add water to form a thick paste.
Slowly add water to form a idli batter like consistency.
Now you require a special ladle for making boondi.
Since I did not have, I used a bowl which had holes in it.
Heat the oil for deep frying.
Add a drop to check if the oil is sufficiently hot.
Using a ladle, pour the besan batter on the perforated boondi ladle.
Hold it above the hot oil.
Use a spoon to the rub the batter so that small drops of batter/boondhi fall into the oil.
Fry till the bubbling of the oil stops.
Keep turning to ensure it cooks evenly.
Remove from oil into a plate.
The boondi should be crunchy in texture.
Now fry the peanuts , roasted gram and curry leaves seperately till done.
Remove from oil into a big bowl.
Add the required amount of red chilly powder and salt(remember maida biscuits ,omapodi and boondi already contains salt)
Add the maida biscuits,omapodi and boondi.
Mix everything well with a spoon.
Store in a air tight container.
south indian mixture
Notes-
Fry everything in a low flame for a longer time so that the crunchiness and crispiness is maintained.
You can even make chips with potatoes or raw bananans and add it to the mixture.
You can even fry aval/poha and add it to the mixture, but it absorbs huge quantity of oil. So I generally avoid it.
You can make the omapodi or maida biscuits or karaboondi the previous day itself  if you want.

Oct 17, 2014

Besan Burfi - Instant mohanthal recipe- easy diwali sweet recipes

            We usually have a small get together with prayers on Thursday. So yesterday I decided to make this sweet for the prasad. As diwali is approaching next week, I thought a burfi/fudge would be apt for the occasion. This one is really easy to make and  does not take a long time too. So you can make this during this festival especially if you are short of time.
  Here is a list of sweet recipes you can make during this diwali.
And if you are really in a hurry, then I can suggest you some easy and less time consuming sweet recipes. For example, you can try this microwave mysorepak or microwave badam peda.
   7 cup cake or kaju besan burfi or kalakand is always easy to make. You can also try maida burfi or its versions.
And if you are ready to put in some efforts, this mysorepak recipe is good to give a go. It is actually very easy to make.
mohanthal recipe
     

Oct 16, 2014

Pineapple halwa - easy Indian sweet recipes

         I have always loved pineapples and love to use them in my cooking or baking. I have made pineapple kesari  with semolina a couple of times before. But I wanted to try a dessert just with pineapple. I found a number of recipes in the net. But I made a very simple one. But I have given a few different options in the notes below.
        I made this as prasadam during one of the days of navaratri. I made it quite late in the evening, and so the poor quality of the hurriedly taken images. I will try to update it sometime.
        I and my hubby loved this one as we both have a sweet tooth and enjoy most of sweets and dessert. We loved the slightly tangy flavour along with the sweetness. But my kids did not have much of this dessert.
       But if you love both pineapple and desserts, then you might love to try this one!! Do try this for a change.
pineapple halwa

Oct 14, 2014

Baklava rolls recipe - Easy Sweet recipes you can try for diwali

         This may not be the authentic recipe for the middle eastern delicacy Baklava. I have never tasted one or I have very faint memories of having a small piece at a friend's place. But I really dont remember the texture and taste. But I have been seeing it in a couple of blogs  for a couple of years, I have always wanted to try this. I could imagine the taste of nuts wrapped in a layer of flaky pastry sheets soaked in sugar syrup infused with lot of yummy unimaginable flavours. So I finally made it yesterday. It tasted delicious . My hubby had a couple of pieces in a go though my kids did not enjoy this delicacy. The friends with whom I shared this also liked it.
baklava recipe
     

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