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Roasted Masala Makhane | Roasted Foxnuts

You’d love to chomp on something healthy for a change, wouldn’t you! I know I would…..and I do☺️ These peppery, spicy, very crunchy & absolutely addictive Roasted Masala Makhane (Foxnuts)are our go to snack on most days!  

I can’t seem to get enough of these, I remember grabbing them by the handful when my Mom would make these on the days she’d be fasting..(vrat)….she’d use sendha namak and ever since then I have been a huge fan 😉 Obviously, when you are not fasting, use regular salt or sea salt.

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They are also supposed be very healthy and filling too…besides being yummy and so easy to make!

Yield: depends on how much you wish to make! I suggest, make a large batch because they taste better than your favourite ‘butter popcorn’ 😜

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons

Ingredients:

2 cups makhane

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

3-4 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

any other masalas (spices) you wish to add.

Method:

Cut the makhane into halves and see if they are clean and dry within (see pics below).

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Heat ghee in a wok, add the makhane. If you need to, then add more ghee. I did add about 1 tsp more. The more ghee you add, the crisper they get. The makhane absorb a lot of ghee anyway, so you’d literally not see the ghee in the pan.

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Season with salt & pepper. Add any more spices as per your taste. Let the makhane crisp up on medium flame for another 4-5 mins but keep tossing them around constantly so that they don’t colour up too much.

That’s about it, have it piping hot! They stay crunchy for almost an hour, but that depends on how much ghee you have added while roasting them.

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You got to try these to know how good it actually tastes!

Love,

Shreya💗

Navratri Recipes 1

Happy Navratri everyone! May Maa Durga bless each of you and your loved ones. Many of us are fasting for the next 9 days and I bring to you a collection of easy and delicious recipes to enjoy! 

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Chikki – With the goodness of sesame, peanuts & jaggery. Best source of instant energy and keeps you full for a longer time. 😊 

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Phalhari Kadhai Paneer – contains no onion, no garlic and gets ready in a jiffy to go with some Sama ke Chawal or Kuttu Pooris!

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Ashtami Bhog ki Thali – Mata ka Prashad for Kanya Pooja. Puffed Pooris, delicious Sookhe Kale chane aur Sooji Ka Halwa.

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Rasgulla – soft, spongy & absolutely perfect!

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Anjeer ki Burfi – very easy to put together and full of nutrients that are much needed during fasting.

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Rajgira ka Halwa – almost like our Sooji Halwa but the taste is very different! This too is a quick recipe.

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Rajgira ki Nankhatai – make your tea times fun!

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Sabudane ka Wada – it’s tastes just fantastic and happens to be my absolute favourite accompanied by Phalhari Vrat Ki Chutney.

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Sabudane ki Khichadi – a must for every fast!

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Kaju Katli – everyone’s favorite sweet, just takes 20-25 mins to put together.

To get the recipes, please  click on the blue hyperlink under every picture.

Do try out these yummy and easy recipes, you will enjoy them☺️

Love,

Shreya💗

Til aur Moongfali ki Chikki

The Kite Flying Season is here! The Harvest Festival or Makar Sankranti as known in most parts of India…or Lodhi in Punjab! It brings us such joy to celebrate this festival…😊 And it marks the beginning of Spring in India! 

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Eating Sesame (til), Peanuts (Moongfali) & Jaggery (Gur) is a tradition on this day…and making Chikki (brittle) or Laddoos (fudges) with these ingredients are very common is every household. My Mom would make these too and we enjoyed them for weeks as she’d make them in large batches😁

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A lot of people make these Chikkis with sugar too…and my Mom shared her recipe with me a few years ago…as I wanted to make another variety of these…along with the usual jaggery ones. The ones made with sugar are more crispy! Let’s get started…

Yield: 4 large quarters or 8-10 smaller pieces

Equipment: a non stick pan, a plate/ tray, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds (white/ black)

1/2 cup roasted & husked peanuts (unsalted)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

1 tsp ghee + extra to grease the tray

Method:

Grease the tray and keep it ready. Heat ghee in the pan and the sugar. Let the sugar melt on low flame until it dissolves completely. Then add the cardamom pwd, sesame seeds & peanuts.

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Keep the flame low and mix everything very well. Turn of the flame immediately. Now pour this mixture on the greased tray quickly and spread it out a bit. Take a knife and make lines on the mixture if you want to have evenly shaped pieces later. 

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Wait for the mixture to cool down..it will take about 15-20 mins. Then break it into pieces and store in an airtight container. It remains fresh for upto 2 weeks.

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Happy Sankranti Everyone!

Love,

Shreya💕

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Navratri fasting comes to an end on Ashtami (eighth day). This day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm all over the country. Food and offerings are made to ‘Maa Durga’ (Goddess Durga). 

Many Hindus worship little girls ‘devi’ to symbolise them as the ‘Goddess‘ herself. This Pooja is either done on Ashtami or in some families, Navmi (ninth day). This is usually known as Kanya Pooja or Kanjak Pooja. The ritual is to wash the feet of these little girls and then offer them beautiful ‘chunnari‘ (colourful scarves) along with bangles, toys among other attractive gifts! They are then offered delicious food too….that’s when Sookhe Kaale Chane is served along with Poori and Sooji/ Rawa/ Semolina Halwa or Pudding . And trust me..it’s a divine combination.

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I remember when I was a little girl, I used to go visit a few places as my Mother’s friends would invite me over for the Kanya  Pooja! It was so much fun…and then later I would have my friends and some other girls over at my place for the same Kanya Pooja 😀🙏🙏 and we would all tuck into this delicious meal.

I would actually wait for it for days!! My Mom, she makes such delicious Sookhe Kale Chane, Pooris and Halwa😋😋…I just can’t resist when she has all these things lined up in front of me! 😂 Her recipes are so simple and yet very flavoursome

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Although, all over Northern India, the recipe for these Chane and Halwa remains pretty much the same…just an ingredient here or there might be different. 

Lets go on with my Mother’s recipes…

Yield: serves 3-4

Sookhe Kaale Chane 

Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

3 cups boiled Kaale Chane (soak them overnight and boil them for 2-3 whistles in a pressure cooker) (Bengal Gram)

salt to taste (we use regular salt for this)

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida, optional)

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1+1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1+1/2 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd, optional)

chopped coriander to garnish

Method:

Once the chane have been boiled, drain all the water and set them aside. Now, heat the wok, once it’s hot enough, add the oil. Now, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let them splutter a bit. Next, add the boiled chane and season with salt.

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Mix well and add the other dry spice mentioned above. Mix them well. Cover with a lid and let it all cook for 4-5 mins. As the chane are boiled, we don’t need to wait too long for them to cook. Once done, turn off the gas and garnish with chopped coriander. 😬 that’s it, it’s ready!

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Poori:

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a wok, a slotted spatula, rolling pin, rolling board.

2 cups wholewheat flour

salt to taste

3 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)

water as needed to knead the dough

oil for frying

Method:

Take the flour in the the mixing bowl, add salt and carom seeds to it. Give it a good mix. Make a well in the centre, and add the ghee in the well and mix again. Now add water little by little into the flour and make a firm dough (kadak). Cover it and let it rest for about 30 mins.

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Next, make equal sized balls of the dough, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough. The diameter can be 3″-4″ or even more. But do not roll them too thin. The thickness should be about 3mm or so. Do the same for all the dough balls and keep on a plate. Heat oil for frying in the wok. Once it’s hot, fry one or two Pooris at a time, be careful not to splash any oil. About 30 seconds on the first side and 15 seconds or less on the other side will give perfect and fluffy Pooris. Do the same for the entire batch and set them aside. They are ready 👏👏

Sooji Ka Halwa:

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup Sooji (semolina)

7-8 tbsp sugar (adjust as per your taste)

4-5 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

some chopped dry fruits to garnish

Method:

Heat ghee in the wok, then, add sooji and roast it on medium flame until it turns slightly golden. Now add the milk and water in the roasted sooji.

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Give everything a stir. Add the sugar and cardamom pwd next. Keep stirring (it will look very diluted at this point, but slowly the sooji will absorb the milk and water & the sugar will melt too). Once it’s dry enough to a consistency of your liking , turn off the flame and garnish with some chopped pistachios and almond slivers or fried cashews too 😀 that’s it! Serve it piping hot with Pooris & Sookhe Kale Chane!  💕

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(Note: Adding milk will give a very rich flavour. Skip it if you wouldn’t like that, simply add an extra 1/2 cup of water to replace it. You will notice that I add the sugar directly to the sooji instead of making a sugar syrup, that’s because this method is sure shot. You will never face any issues of the sugar burning or not melting. My Mom has been doing this for the last 45+ years. It always works!) 

Happy Cooking!

Love,

Shreya💖

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Rajgira Ki Nankhatai/ Rajgira Cookies/ Amaranth Cookies/ Glutenfree Cookies/ Navratri Recipes/ Fasting Menu for Navratri Festival

I had shared the recipe for Rajgira Halwa recently with you guys for Navratri Fasting menu. That was very healthy and delicious too 😊 

Today, I bring to you a very crunchy and delicious Rajgira Nankhatai! Perfect for dipping in your evening tea while you fast…or for those hunger pangs in the middle of the day! They are good for kids too😁. Since I had some Amaranth flour left-over after making the halwa … I started looking for easy recipes. This recipe fits the bill perfectly…it was instantly approved by hubby😘 with two thumbs up!! 💃 I am very happy that it worked so well on the very first attempt! Now I will make it even when I don’t fast 😄

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Since this recipe uses Glutenfree flour, you will have to work very carefully while making the dough and keep an eye on it while baking too. Let’s get started with the recipe.

Yield: 18-20 Nankhatai depending on the size.

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, blender, a knife, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, aluminium foil, a cooling stand.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour)

1/2 cup powdered sugar

5 tbsp powdered almonds

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

6 tbsp desi ghee

a pinch of sendha namak (rock salt, use regular salt if you are not fasting)

less than 1/4 cup water (approximately)

chopped pistachio for garnishing (optional)

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar, ghee and cardamom pwd. Mix it all well. Then add the almond powder too and mix again. Next, add the Rajgira atta and slowly also pour some water. Mix well with your hands. It won’t be a tight dough. So bring everything together carefully and cover the bowl. Keep the covered bowl in the refrigerator for 15 mins.

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Pre-heat the oven for 10mins @ 170’c. (Pls note that every oven works differently, so you will have to adjust the temperature and baking duration according to your oven). Line the baking tray with aluminium foil.

Then after 15 mins, remove the dough from the refrigerator and make small, equal sized balls. Make a cross over each ball with a sharp knife (this helps in releasing any steam within). Bake them at 170’c for 15 mins. If at all you feel they haven’t baked completely, you can let them bake for another 5-8 mins. But please keep an eye on them. Once it’s done, bring them out of the oven and cool the tray on a wire stand for 15 mins. The Nankhatai will crisp up and will be easy to handle. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios and serve 😊

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Enjoy these Nankhatai with tea or simply munch away☺️

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from The Times Of India.

Anjeer ki Burfi

Anjeer /Figs….I adore them in any form..fresh or dried…cooked or just as they come! ☺️ so making a Anjeer Burfi post was just a matter of time!! Sweet and slightly fudgy…they’ll leave you wanting more 👌 

And what’s more is that figs /anjeer are so healthy…I hardly added any sugar to make these beauties. Being a super-food, it’s full of vitamins, magnesium, potassium , calcium…iron to name a few of its infinite benefits 😊 diabetic friendly too…and cures issues such and indigestion, etc. (Note: pls consult your doctor before including these in your diet if you are suffering from an ailment which expects you to follow a strict diet)

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I make these during Sravan /Sawan/ Navratri fasting /vrat /upwas every year. They are delicious and disappear really quickly too 😁…and they can easily make an appearance on any other day too..like Diwali or raksha-bandhan. They were ready in about 45 mins!! Perfect for when you have guests around and want to serve something traditional and easy!

This recipe is a mix of inputs from my mom and some tips from the internet.

Just 5 ingredients is all you need for these burfis..lets see how.

️Yield: 9 burfis

Equipment: a non stick pan, a spatula, a knife, a plate /tray, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender, a grater.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup grated mawa /khoya / milk solids (if you are using frozen, then thaw it for 30 mins before you start)

1/2 cup dried anjeer /figs (approx 8-9 pieces of dried figs)

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp ghee

1 tbsp almond slivers

1 tbsp pistachio slivers (optional ingredient for garnishing)

Method:

Take a small bowl with some hot water and soak the dried anjeer /figs in it for 10 mins. After 10 mins, they’ll be soft. Discard the water, pat dry the figs/ anjeer and use the blender to grind them coarsely. Set it aside. Grate the mawa/ khoya/ milk solids and set aside. Grease a tray /plate with some ghee and keep it ready to set the burfi.

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Now, heat a nonstick pan, add the ground anjeer /figs and the sugar. Add 1 tsp of water and cook on medium flame for 3-4 mins. Next you have to add the grated khoya / mawa / milk solids, slivered almonds and ghee. Give it a good mix and keep cooking for 5-7 mins on low flame.

Once this mixture leaves the sides of the pan and makes a smooth ball on its own, turn off the flame. Put this mixture on the greased tray/ plate and flatten it out a bit. Try to shape it as a square so that you get square burfis when you cut them out. You can garnish with some pistachio slivers and press them down a bit.

Refrigerate this tray/ plate with the mixture for 20 min or so and then you can cut it into burfis and serve. 😀 that simple!

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Go impress your loved ones…😇

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Tarla Dalal 

Also, you can have a look at a similar recipe on Indian Khana

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