Thursday

Easy peasy Rava Ladoo


Hello Sweeties!!!! Shravan has started and with it has started the number of festivities that it brings with it. This is a very auspicious month in the Hindu calendar as it brings with it a  fair number of festivals starting with Nag Panchami, Rakhi/narali pournima and janmashtami. Mondays and Fridays in this month are special for fasting and so on.

On the auspicious day of Rakhi I made these rava ladoos.  I had to make something fast and with coconut. Rava Ladoos are usually made with the sugar syrup; one string pak as we call it in Marathi. Its extremely tricky to get the syrup right and am yet to master it, so I kind of don't trend that path now. This recipe is the easy way out in making the rava ladoo and is equally tasty.

Makes 18-19 medium ladoos
Time Taken- 30 mins
You will need;
1 Cups Fine Rava/Sooji/Semolina
1 Cup Fresh shredded Coconut
3/4th  cup Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
 1/2 Cup Ghee
1/2 Cup Raisins
 1tsp Elaichi/ Green Cardamom powder

In a pan, heat the ghee and add the Sooji/Rava. Roast well till the sooji turn pinkish in color. Then add in the fresh coconut.. and roast for 5 more mins. Mix Sugar with sooji mixture, Add milk and elaichi powder, raisins and let cool for about 20 mins. When the mixture cools, grease your palms with some ghee and  roll into ladoos. These were gone in less time it took me to make them.

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Monday

Warli Art- DIY Sharpie Mugs

Warli Art- DIY Sharpie Mugs

Warli Art- DIY Sharpie Mugs

Warli Art- DIY Sharpie Mugs

Hello Dearies!!! This is my latest obsession with a sharpie marker and white mug. This craft does not need a lot of time, time you may take to design the mug and bake for 30 minutes. 
However simple it may sound, there are a few pointers to keep in mind before you  bake these beauties. 
1. Sharpie markers come in different colors, tips and bases. Take  an oil based  marker. The regular marker fade away and even a slight harder scrub while washing will result in the design coming off.
2. Draw a thicker design, the thicker the lines the better they will look and stay longer.
3. Bake hot. Most people who do this craft will tell you to bake at 300-350 degree F for 15 mins, but baking at 400F up for 30 minutes did the trick for me. Each oven varies, so use your judgment as you know your oven well.
4. Hand wash only, Although the oil based marker is permanent after baking, why take chances. Handmade is so precious so skip the dishwasher and hand wash only for longer shelf life.
I am making these in multiples now, they are  sudden hit with all my friends and family. They do make awesome and quick gifts.

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