Tilkut/ Til ke Laddu


Tilkut or Til ke laddu/laddoo is Indian traditional sweet which is prepared on the hindu’s auspicious occasion of Makar sankranti and sakat chaturthi.

To prepare traditional tilkut, main required ingredients are jaggery and Til/sesame seeds only. But to make them more delicious and healthy, you can add your favourite nuts and dry fruits in it.

These are most healthy alternative of sweets during winter. Make these tempting traditional sweet at your home, the taste and fragrance of this recipe will make your festival like most special.

Ingredients
200 gram sesame seeds(white)
200 gram jaggery (crushed)
1 table spoon clarified butter

Instructions

1. To make tilkut, heat a thick bottomed pan on a low flame and add the sesame seeds in it.

2. Roast sesame seeds until they become light brown in color.(stir continuously)

3. Now turn off the flame and grind them coarsely with the help of grinder mixture, then keep aside.

4. Now again heat a heavy bottomed pan and add clarified butter and crushed jaggery together and melt this mixture on low flame.

5. When it melts, add sesame seeds mixture in it, then mix well.

6. Now laddu/ ladoo mixture is ready so turn off the flame.

7. Now apply some pure ghee on your palms and take spoonful mixture and make smooth laddu..likewise prepare all laddu.

Now Tilkut or Til laddu are ready to be served.

Note- To make them more attractive you can coat them with whole sesame seeds and with nuts as your choice.

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Christmas Bundt Cake


Christmas Bundt Cake*
#Eggless

Fruit cake is one of the key element which is always enriching Christmas celebration. It is in demand throughout the year but fruit cake is traditionally served during the Christmas and that is how more important than normal period of the year. It is full of dry fruits and nuts.

Traditional version contain rum soaked fruits but today I will share quicker and easier version of Christmas cake. This bundt Christmas cake does not contain alcohol and eggs and yet its texture is filled with moist and taste will be as equal good as having egg in it.

In this recipe, I am using all the necessary fruit cake ingredients, like dried plum, tutti fruity, cherries, dried fruits, dates and some spices to make it more flavourful. So lets begin to prepare this rich and delicious cake on Christmas celebration.

Ingredients

1.5 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup luke warm milk
100 gram unsalted butter (room temperature)
Pinch of salt
1/4 tea spoon nutmeg powder
Pinch of cinnamon powder
1/2 tea spoon green cardmom powder
1 table spoon vanilla essence
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/2 tea spoon baking soda
1/2 tea spoon orange zest
1/2 tea spoon lemon zest
50 gram dried plum (seedless & chopped)
50 gram tutti fruity
100 gram walnuts (chopped)
100 gram almonds (chopped)
100 gram chashew nuts (chopped)
70 gram raisins
50 gram dates (seedless and chopped)
50 gram pineapple chunks
7 to 8 cherries (chopped)
1/2 tea spoon butter for greasing the cake tin or pan

Instructions

(Preheat the oven to 350 degree F or 180โ„ƒ for at least 10 minutes. And grease the cake tin with butter and set aside)

1. To prepare this rich bundt cake, first you need to take a big bowl, now add plain flour, baking powder and baking soda in it.

2. Now mix this mixture with spoon and then sieve this flour two times and set aside.

3. Now again take a big bowl and add butter, brown sugar, condensed milk in it and beat them together until mixture become fluffy.

4. Now add cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder, cardmom powder and vanilla essence in it and mix well.

5. Now add flour mixture into wet mixture and mix well. Remember do not overmix it.

6. Add orange zest, lemon zest, all nuts and fruits in it, and add milk as needed for the right consistency, then mix well.

7. Pour this batter into prepared cake pan or tin. Lightly tap it on the countertop. So batter will spread out evenly and if there are any air bubbles, will be removed as well.

8. Bake into preheat oven for 35 minutes.

9. Check the cake by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean that means cake is ready.

Garnish as your choice and serve hot… or cold as your taste.. Merry Christmas!

Note..
Before adding mixed nuts in the batter, sprinkle some plain flour over them and spread it well .(Dusting the dried fruits with some flour before incorporating them in the batter helps in even distribution preventing them from sinking at the bottom of the cake).

Kashmiri Dum Aloo


There are various ways to prepare dum aloo and this recipe is inspired by traditional one.

In North India, Dum aloo is a very popular dish, and traditionally it belongs to kashmir. In this recipes, baby potatoes simmered in rich gravy of onion, tomatoes and some spices as well. Dum aloo is a perfect option for lunch or dinner or routine party.

Ingredients

10 to 12 baby potatoes (boiled and peeled)

1/2 cup yogurt (whishked)

2 medium onion (chopped)

1/2 cup tomato puree

1 table spoon fennel powder

1 inch ginger (chopped)

15 cashew nut

1/2 tea spoon cumin seeds

1 tea spoon kashmiri red chilli powder.

1/2 inch cinamon stick

2 bay leaves

1/2 tea spoon mace/javitri

4 cloves

2 or 3 green cardamom

1 black cardamom

1 tea spoon tumeric

1/2 tea spoon coriander powder

1/3 tea spoon mixed spice/garam masala

2 tea spoon kasoori methi

1/4 tea spoon cumin powder

3 table spoon cooking oil

Salt to taste

Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Instructions

1. To prepare Dum aloo, first, prick all the boiled potatoes with help of fork or tooth pick and then keep aside.

2. Now heat 1.5 table spoon of oil in a pan, and then add all whole spices, cashew nuts in it and saute for about 10 seconds.

3. Now add chopped onion in it and saute them until they turns light pink in color.

4. Now, remove the pan from the heat and let this mixture cool.

5. Meanwhile we will prepare our baby potatoes, and for this, heat a non-stick pan on medium flame and add 2 tea spoons of oil in it.

6. Now add pinch of cumin powder, 1/4 tea spoon of turmeric, 1/2 tea spoon kasmiri red chilli, 1/3 tea spoon salt together and mix well. Then add potatoes in this mixture and saute them for about 3 to 4 minutes (stir constantly)

And then keep aside.

7. Now with the help of blending jar, blend this onion mixture into thick smooth paste.

8. Again heat the remaining oil in a pan then add cumin seeds in it and let it crakel.

9. Now add onion paste and all spices in it and saute for about 2 to 3 minutes or until you have visibility of separate oil from this mixture.

10. Now mix the tomato puree and cook it for about 3 to 4 minutes.

11. Now turn the heat on low and add yogurt in this mixture and mix well. After it boils, add 1 glass of water in it and boil for 1 minute.

Then Add kasuri methi and salt and mix well.

12. Now add prepared potatoes in this gravy, mix them and cover the pan with lid and simmer it for about 5 to 6 minutes.

After that garnish it with fresh coriander leaves and serve with naan, poori, pratha, rice or roti or as your choice.

Note:- To adjust the taste of gravy, you can use water according to your choice to make gravy thick or thin..

-Use only kashmiri red chilli powder in this recipe.

-You can use spices as per your taste as well.

Bottle Gourd Treat


Best for kids and diabetic patients.

Bottle Gourd Treat is a wonderful nutritious breakfast Recipe and in fact recipe got a lot to add in life. Lauki or bottle gourd is a very common Indian vegetable and healthy too.

As we know that most of the people not like to eat lauki and especially kids, that why i make this recipe and this is the solution of your lauki phobia. In this recipe i served lauki appam with lauki rayta, and trust me this is too yummy in taste, and you must try to evaluate. This recipe is also good for diabetic patient and perfect idea for kids tiffin.

Ingredients

350 gram bottle gourd
1 cup oats
1 table spoon semolina
2 table spoon yogurt (fatfree)
1 small onion (finely chopped)
50 gram fresh coriander (chopped)
2 green chillies (finely chopped)
Salt to taste
Red pepper powder as to taste
1/4 tea spoon roasted cumin powder
1/2 tea spoon chat masala
Pinch of asafoetida
1/3 tea spoon baking powder
1 table spoon lemon juice
1 table spoon canola oil
Water as needed

1. To prepare this dish firstly, peel and grate lauki, and then steam it for about 10 to 12 minutes.

2. Now grind the oats and convert into powder.

3. Take a big bowl add oats powder in it, and then add semolina, yogurt, onion, green chillies, coriander, chat masala, salt, red pepper, asafotida, steamed bottle gourd in it and mix this mixture well.

4. Now add water and remember the consistency of this batter should be similar to idly batter. Cover and set aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

5. After 20 minutes, add baking powder and lemon juice in it and mix well. Then heat a non-stick appam pan and apply little bit oil on it.

6. Pour spoonful of the batter in 3/4 of the appam cavity.

7. Allow to cook this batter for 2 to 3 minutes on medium flame.

8. These appams are very soft so flipping must be accurate and proper. Turn each appam with the help of a wooden skewer.

9. Cook them until they turns golden from both sides.

Now bottle gourd appams are ready, serve them with bottle gourd rayta and enjoy this healthy treat with your family.

Mamool/Maamoul


Mamool is a traditional Middle Eastern cookies recipe.

They are semolina based cookies that have three traditional fillings including pistachio, walnut and most demanding dates filling. Traditionally Mamool is formed in a specific design mold but you can also make them with your hands as well.


Likewise other cookies, Mamool is also a baked recipe, after baking, you need to make them cool and coat them with powdered sugar.

Although it is a festive recipe, especially in arab countries people eat them at night during Ramadan and eid, and easter sunday but you can prepare it at home anytime when your sweet tooth craving to have some sweets.

Ingredients

For cookies dough

300 gram semolina
100 gram powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk powder
80 gram all purpose flour
80 gram butter or ghee
1 table spoon cooking oil
1 tea spoon vanilla essence
1 table spoon rose water
1/3 tea spoon nutmeg powder
1/3 tea spoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
Luke warm milk as needed

For Fillings

200 gram dates
80 gram of minced pistachios
80 gram of minced walnut
1 tea spoon green cardamom powder
4 table spoon sugar
2 table spoon water

For yeast mixture

1/2 tea spoon yeast

1/2 tea spoon sugar
3 table spoon water

Instructions

1. To prepare Mamool, first of all we need to take a big bowl and add semolina in it.

2. Now add the melted butter or ghee and oil in it and softly rub the butter and oil into the semolina mixture.

3. Now cover this mixture with cling wrap and leave it for couple of hours.

4. Now add dry ingredients in this mixture like milk powder, powdered sugar, salt, baking powder, nutmeg powder, all purpose flour and mix them well together.

5. Now prepare yeast mixture, take bowl add 3 table spoon water, yeast and sugar in it and set aside until the surface of this mixture becomes foamy.

6. Its time to add wet ingredients into dry ingredients, add rose water, yeast mixture, vanilla essense in to the semolina mixture and with the help of milk knead a soft dough.

7. Cover this mixture atleast for 1 hour.

8. We will use this gap to prepare filling,

For dates filling, firstly remove seed from all dates and grind them until they turn into a paste. You can use this paste as it is, but to make it more flavourful, add some mix nuts in it.

9. For pistachios filling take a bowl add minced pistachios in it and then add cardamom powder, 1.5 table spoon water and sugar in it and mix well together.

10. For walnut filling

Take a bowl add minced walnut in it and then sugar, 1.5 table spoon water then mix them all well together.

11. To make the mamool we use a plastic mold, traditionally there is different kinds of molds for each filling. But you can also prepare them without using any mold or anything.

12. Now take a lemon size ball from the dough and give it to the smooth round shape. Put it in the center of your palm and press slightly.

13. Now add the 1 tea spoon of filling in the center of this flat dough ball. And then fold it up again to give it a ball shape again.(meanwhile preheat the oven )

14. Now put the stuffed ball in the proper mold and press slightly to give it the shape.(like wise prepare all Mamool with all three fillings).

15. Put the prepared Mamool in the cooking tray and bake them on 230โ„ƒ until they get colored or for about 15 minutes.

After you bake them, coat them with powder sugar and serve with Kahwa or tea or coffee as your choice..

Note- if you are not having Mamool mold, to give it proper shape, no need to worry, you can decorate the stuffed ball with fork or knife or anything, because it is just a creativity.

Gulkand Or Rose Petals Jam


The most famous flower, Rose can be used in various ways.

Although Roses have always been known as ornamental flowers but its health benefits are also amazing.

As we know rose petals are used to make sharbat/cold drinks, sweets or many more things, in the same way,

Gulkand is very well known product which is made from rose petals.

Gulkand is an ayurvedic preparation made out of selected rose petals and then sugar or honey is added to it.

It is used to treat many diseases like excess heat in the body, provides relief from acidity as it has cool properties. So you can treat this jam like a medicine as well.

Even gulkand can be used as a mouth freshener as well because it is also good for our digestion system, so lets prepare this aromatic, multipurpose jam today.

You need few ingredients, less effrorts, and 5 minutes only to prepare this useful recipe๐Ÿ˜Š

Ingredients
250 gram fresh rose petals
100 gram sugar
2 table spoon fennel seeds(coarsely grinded)
2 table spoon honey

Instructions

1. To prepare gulkand first we need to wash the rose petals, thoroughly wash them with water and then dry them on kitchen towel.

2. Now take a big bowl and add the rose petals in it.

3. Now add sugar in this bowl and crush the rose petals in sugar with your hands.

4. Heat a pan on medium flame and add this mixture into it.

5. Now stir it continuously, and add fennel seeds and honey as well.

6. Cook this mixture untill sugar get dissolved completely.

Now Gulkand is ready. Once it get cold completely serve as your choice and refrigerate the remaining mixture in an airtight container and you can use it up to 4 months.

Spinach And Sprouts Dhokla


Spinach and Sprouts both are nutritious and the healthiest food for our body.

Always healthy diet plans are incomplete without them because they contains fewer calories compared to other sancks or meal and keep us energetic full of day.

And my todays recipe related to both of them, it is very healthy snacks recipe. You can have this dish as a morning breakfast or as a evening snack, this is perfect for both. So lets get started to make this yummiest and healthiest dish today.

Ingredients

200 gram fresh palak leaves
300 gram sprouted whole green gram /moong daal
2 green chillies (chopped)
2 table spoon chickpea flour
2 tea spoon oil
1 tea spoon sesame seeds
5 to 6 curry leaves
1/2 tea spoon baking soda
1/3 tea spoon asafoetida
Salt to taste

Instructions

1. To prepare dhokla firslty we need to grind the spinach, sprouts, green chillies and water together until it becomes smooth.

2. Now take a big bowl and add this mixture into it. (Meanwhile prepare steamer for steaming the dhokla)

3. Now add chickpea flour, salt, asafoetida and mix well. Make it a smooth better add water if needed.

4. Now grease the tin and if steamer is ready that moment add baking soda in the better and mix well.

5. Now tranfer this mixture into greased tin and set this tin into steamer.

6. Cook this better into steamer for about 12 to 15 minutes.

7. When dhokla is ready heat oil in tadka pan, add sesame seeds and curry leaves in it and saute for a second.

8. Pour this tempering over the dhokla and now cut it into your desire shape.

Now the healthy spinach and sprouts dhokla is ready to be served.

Enjoy this yummiest dhokla with your favorite chatni…Enjoy!๐Ÿ˜Š