Category: Glutenfree Recipes

Rajgira Halwa / Amaranth Fudge / Glutenfree Fudge/ Navratri Vrat Recipe / Fasting Menu for Navratri Festival

Navratri is just around the corner….and I am excited! It’s going to be so colourful…and bright! This is just the beginning of festive season!! Besides, I will be sharing a few recipes here meant for fasting. They will be delicious and easy to make….the kind I specialise in mostly!! Courtesy my mom most of the times to be honest😝 

In the past too I have shared some easy & yummy recipes for Navratri fasting/ vrat….like Sabudana wada in Appe Pan or you can try Sabudane ka Wada aur Phalhari Chutney…it’s so lip-smacking!! You could also go with the evergreen Sabudane ki Khichadi….very healthy and filling options.

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Eating healthy is very important when you are fasting….but it’s obvious that we crave something sweet too..and sweets are very important for the ‘bhog’ for ‘mataji‘(auspicious offering to the Goddess). So you can try the Anjeer Burfi or Kaju Katli.…and the extremely delicious Mawa Burfi 😬 Don’t they all sound delicious!!

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So, this time around…Navratri means I get to post a few delicious recipes for you guys! I looked in my pantry …and I had Amaranth flour (rajgira atta). So Halwa (fudge) was the first thing I thought of…because my hubby absolutely adores Halwa…be it Sooji (semolina) or wheat flour (atta) Halwa. I knew my mom would know the recipe…it happens to be the same as she follows for Sooji Halwa..but what she was doubtful about was the proportion of ghee with the flour. So I checked out this easy video on YouTube….and it cleared my doubt..although I followed my mom’s recipe😊..trust me..it turned out so yummy and totally melt in the mouth types…pretty good for my first trial 👏💃Hubby was totally impressed with the flavour…he said that this was pretty close to the one we have had earlier at Maharaja Bhog…our favourite place for authentic Marwadi Thali👌👌☺️ I was like Yayyyy!!! Anyhow..lets get going with the recipe…

Yield: 2 persons

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok/ non-stick pan, a slotted spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup Amaranth flour (rajgira atta)

8-9 tbsp ghee (at room temperature)

1/2 cup sugar (approx. you can easily add more or less)

1/2 cup milk (at room temperature)

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

4-5 strands of saffron (kesar, to be soaked in the milk)

some slivered almonds and pistachios to garnish

Method:

Sieve the flour once and set it aside (my mom’s tip). Remember to soak the saffron strands in the 1/2 cup of milk that we have kept at room temperature.

Heat ghee in the wok on low flame. Once it’s hot enough, add the sieved flour and roast at low to medium flame for about 8-10 mins. Keep stirring around while its roasting to ensure even colouring on the flour…a light brown shade and the aroma should be earthy. Next you add in the cardamom pwd and mix well. Sauté for a minute more.

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(The pic on the left, above, shows the colour of the flour after roasting it for 10 mins. The pic on the right shows the consistency of the halwa after adding the water, milk, sugar and cooking it. Also note, saffron will give a great aroma, not any colour in this recipe)

Then add the the milk which has the saffron strands soaking in it and the water. Give it a mix, add the sugar next and stir continuously to melt the sugar and let the water & milk evaporate. But the halwa should should be moist…so incase you think it will turn dry..add a few tbsp of milk and some a tsp of ghee too. Cook the Halwa for another few mins. That’s it..Halwa is ready.Garnish it with some dry fruits and serve warm! It keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat when serving it.

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Doesn’t this look absolutely inviting and delicious 😇😄 Hope you guys will try this soon!

Love,

Shreya💖

Dahi Wadas on a Skewer!

I have to have Dahi Wadas for Holi! Not having them is simply not an option 😀 My mom makes the yummiest Dahi Wadas ever!!! And I simply follow her recipe to the ‘T’ 😘

But deep fried Wadas can become a bit too heavy for us…specially when My hubby is perpetually on a diet!😰 I always have to be careful about calories and stuff like that whenever I’m cooking… Not too easy to do but i have that covered in my own sneaky way…😉

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Every dieters’ dream..the indispensable ‘appe pan’../ aebelskiver pan. I am sure almost everyone of you out there has one… Small or large..cast iron or non-stick! They all work wonders. I’ve been using it for over a year now and don’t think I would be able to function without one. All my Wadas today are made my magic pan 😉 with very little to no oil at all. Seriously good and no worry of they being oily & greasy.

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The Wadas were light, fluffy & so soft just like the ones we deep fry.

And to make it bit more special and colourful, I infused the curd with saffron strands …and presented them on Skewers!!!! 👌😋 😎 Now, who doesn’t like food on a stick! I mean we gorge on kebabs & tikkas all the time.. That’s where I got the idea from! And My dear hubby was indeed impressed 💖

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You can present them in the traditional style or put them on skewer sticks…whatever works for you! 😊 Here comes the recipe..

Yield: 21 small or 12-14 large Wadas

Equipment: Appe pan / Aebelskiver pan, skewer sticks, a blender, a large mixing bowl, 2-3 bowls, spice mixer, 2-3 spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, a small saucepan, 2 glass jars

Ingredients for the Wadas:

1 cup skinless white urad dal (black lentil) soaked for 6-7 hrs

10-12 nos black peppercorns

2″ pc ginger

3 nos green chilly

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

oil as required (optional)

Method for the Wadas:

Grind together all the ingredients mentioned above to make a smooth paste using little water. The paste should not be runny. It’s supposed to be thick and sticky. Let this batter / paste sit for 30mins. Whisk the batter vigorously using a spoon for at least 4-5 mins. This will make the batter very light and airy and will ensure that the Wadas are soft.

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Now heat the appe pan, add a drop of oil if needed in every section. Now drop about a 1.5 – 2 tbs of the batter in every section and cook for 2 mins on the first side, then using another spoon flip them over to the other side and cook for another 1-2 mins. Repeat this for the entire batch of the batter. And set aside the Wadas to cool a bit. Then dip them in some warm for 10 mins then drain the water. Squeeze out the extra water. This is done to just soften the wada a little more. Set them aside.

Ingredients for the tamarind chutney:

1 cup tamarind pulp

3 tbsp pwd jaggery (use more if you like)

1/2 tsp each of red chilly pwd & roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp crushed saunf Dana (fennel seeds)

1/4 tsp salt

Method for the tamarind chutney:

Heat the saucepan, add the pulp along with the jaggery pwd and stir till the jaggery dissolves completely and the concoction simmers slightly..then season with the above mentioned ingredients. Cook for another 5-7mins. The concoction will thicken slightly. Turn off the gas and let the chutney cool down completely before you store it in a clean, dry glass jar. Set that aside for now.

Ingredients for the green chutney:

1/2 cup coriander leaves washed, dried & roughly chopped

1 no raw mango peeled & cubed

salt to taste

1 tbsp tamarind chutney

1-2 nos green chillies

6-7 nos cloves of garlic

Method for the green chutney:

Put all in the ingredients mentioned above in a blender with a little water and pulse for a couple of mins. The chutney will have a smooth texture. Store the chutney in a clean & dry glass jar.

Ingredients for the saffron infused curd dip:

1 cup thick curd

2 tbsp warm water

15-20 strands of saffron

Himalayan pink salt to taste

Method for the curd dip:

Dilute the saffron with the warm water for 20 mins or until it releases a rich yellow /ocher colour. Mix this yellow saffron water with the curd & the salt. Beat everything well and set aside I refrigerator to cool for 15-20 mins before using it.

For the plating & garnish you will need:

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1tsp red chilli pwd

Few pomegranate seeds

2 tsp coriander leaves chopped finely

Plating:

Put 2-4 Wadas on a single skewer stick, drizzle some of the curd dip, tamarind chutney, green chutney. Sprinkle some roasted cumin and red chilli pwd. Add a few pomegranate seeds /jewels. And a final flourish of coriander leaves! Voilà! Do the rest in a similar way & serve right away.

Or just serve in platters like we usually do! ☺️

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Hope you will make these soon and enjoy them as much as I did!

Love,

Shreya 😊

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