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Rava Ladoo

Anr Sweet for your palate

You will need
4 Cups Fine Rava/Sooji/Semolina
4 cups Sugar Syrup--One thread syrup
1 Cup Fresh shredded Coconut
1 Cup Ghee
Kesar and elaichi powder

IN a wok, heat the ghee and add the Sooji/Rava.. roast well till the sooji turn pinkish in colour... then add in teh fresh coconut.. and roast for 5 more mins.. Simultaneously make the sugar syrup( Mix sugar and water in equal proportions and reduce over medium heat till one thread syrup is formed ), once the syrup is ready mix with sooji mixture, kesar and elaichi powder and let cool for abt 2 hrs.. once cooled roll into ladoos....and njoiiiiiiiiiiii

Besan Ladoo

Some thing sweet for the tongue... MY Son loves Besan ladoo.... he can smell the Roasted besan from any corner of my house...........
You will need
4 Cups Besan
2 Cups Ghee
2.5 Cups Conf Sugar
Raisins and Elaichi Powder

In a pan heat some Ghee.. then ad dthe Besan.. Roast well till the color changes to light brown...your nose will tell you when the besan is roasted well... Remove from heat. once cooled add in the sugar, elaichi powder and sugar.. and roll into medium size ladoo's....I could make about 28-30 from these proportions.


I love  love and love Shev.. Make it spicy by adding Red chilli powder or garlic or just about anything... and njoii it with chivda....

I am making Plain this time of the year as Festivals time, I refrain from using a lott of garlic in my food.

You will need
4 cups Besan or Gram flour
2 tbspn Rice Flour
4 tspns Red chili Powder
4 tspns Ajwain
salt and sugar to taste
Water to mix the batter into a thick paste
Oil for frying

In a bowl mix the flour with the red chili powder, ajwain, salt and little water.. make a thick paste..
 the batter should be thicker than what we make for bhajji or bonda...and when you mix it with  a spoon it should require some muscle......Heat the oil required for frying in a wok or kadhai..Take a smuch oil as the shev wil immerse completely, around 2-3 inche soil should be good. When the oil is sufficiently hot, take 3 tbspn oil from that and add it to the batter... this will result in the crisper and lighter shev...use the Chakli machine with the shev disk....and directly pour the shev into the hot oil.... fry till reddish colour, on both sides and drain on a paper towel.

Shev is a idela snack as it cna be mixed into some chivda, or enjoyed as is.. add garlic to the batter, or even dry potato flakes, and njoiiiiiiiiii.

Love Ash.

Pohe or Thin Rice flakes Chivda

Second on my fav list is Thin Rice Flakes Chivda

You will need,

3 lbs Thin Rice Flakes
1 cup Peanuts Roasted
1/2 cup Cashews
1cup Raisins
1 Cup Daliya
1/2 Almonds roasted
Green Chilies-- 10-15
Curry leaves about a handful
Salt Sugar, Corriander and Jeera powder
2 tbspns Chivda Masala- Optional but highly recommended

Regular tadka stuff,--Mustard seeds, Jeera, Hing Turmeric

IN  a wok, dry roast the rice flakes till they get roasted .. meaning if you crush a few flakes, they should form powder... this is a good sign that they are roasted well..
Now remove these roasted flakes in a tray.. let it cool...
in the same wok, heat the oil, add the mustard seeds, jeera, choppedgreen chillies, curry leaves, peanuts, daliya, almonds and cashews.. fry for two mins then add raisins, salt and sugar... again fry for one minute.. lastly add the Roasted thin flakes, chivda masala and stir well.... lastly add the coriander and Cumin powder, Stir well.....
Njoiii this Chivda with onions and tomatoes...or as is.

Bhajani Chakli

NO Diwali Celebration is complete with FARAL. Faral means Snacks.. in short no one eats lunch or diner during diwali.. as we munch on these snacks all day long.....I will start this label with Chakli.. a all time FAV in my home.....

Store brought bahjani Flour- 1 Lb--( You Get it in any Indian Store now..I am in NJ. I have seen Suma Foods Brand in Patel Cash And Carry)
2 cup water boiling
2 tsp Red chili powder
1 tbspn- Sesame seeds
1 Tbspn Butter
1 Tbspn Ajwain
1 tsp Jeera
Salt and sugar to taste
Oil for frying

In a pan, keep the water for boiling, when it comes to a rapid boil, add the chili powder, sesame seeds, jeera, Ajwain, Butter, salt and sugar.. mix well, then add the flour, stir well, cover with a lid and keep aside for 15 mins,
Once cool, knead the flour mix into a soft dough.. and us ethe Chakli making machine to form nice circle of abt 2 inches...
Heat oil in awok, and fry these circles on medium heat. Note that the Oil should be hot not smoking...

Njoii these chakli's...I am sending these to Khushis's Diwali event.
Have a safe and sound Diwali.
Love Ash.

Fat Free Cake

In this cake, I substituted the proportion of Butter with APPLESAUCE.. and The result was much much better. The Icing is whipped Cream icing. THe link to the rec. of whipped cream icing is;

The rec for the cake is;

Instead of cupcakes, I baked a cake instead....
Many More cakes to come.. so keep watching this spot.. as Next two mnths are Birthday months.....