Saturday, October 20, 2012

Boondi Ladoo

Boondi Ladoo
Boondi Laddu is a delicious Indian sweet make for special occasions and for festivals. Rich in name and taste as well this is surely a treat for your taste. Yesterday I made these Boondi ladoos as prasad!


Besan or gram flour – 200gms
Sugar – 300gms
cooking soda-small pinch
Water for syrup - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 4 nos
Lavang (Krambu) - 8nos
Cashew - 10 nos
Dry grapes - 10 nos
Sugar candy(kalkandu )- handful
Ghee -1tbsp
Oil for deep frying
Saffron colour - 1 pinch


1.Take thick bottomed vessel.  Put sugar and add 1/4 cup of water.  Heat it and make sugar syrup.  (the syrup should be like a single string consistency) 
2.Add the cardamom powder and 1/2 pinch saffron powder to the syrup and mix well.
3.Sieve besan and take it into a bowl.  Add water and make a smooth batter.  The batter should be like dosa batter consistency
 4. Heat oil in a pan on a high flame and the oil should be very hot.
5.To test the temperature of oil just drops a pinch of batter. If it rises immediately the oil is ready for making the boondis.
6.Take a skimmer, Place it above the pan.  Pour a ladle full of batter and spread as you would spread dosa.
7.Slowly drop the boondis into the oil. Immediately reduce the flame to low.
8.Fry boondi for few sec. Remember that it should not become crispy.  It should be cooked but soft.
9.Remove the boondi from the oil, drain and drop the boondi in the sugar syrup.  Mix well.  Repeat the procedure until the batter is over.
1o Heat 2 table spoons of ghee in a pan.  Fry cashew nuts, dry grapes and lavang in ghee and add to the and add them to the laddu mixture.  Allow the mixture cool for some time and big lemon size laddus. 
11Mix well and leave to cool for 10 minutes.Now you can start making balls out of the soaked boondhis.
12.Towards end if you find it difficult, just heat on a low flame for 2 minutes stirring well. 
13.Allow the Laddus to cool completely and store them in a air tight box. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Maida Kozhukattai /Fried Modak

Maida Kozhukattai
On the third day of Navarathri I made fried modak / Maida Kozhukattai for prasadam using all purpose flour (Maida). The method of this kozhukattai  is making a stiff dough filling it with the same coconut jaggary fillings. It taste  divine is not just enough to explain the taste. Fried modaks/ Kozhukattai are easy to make and tasty to relish.
For Outer Covering:
All purpose flour-1 cup
A pinch Salt
Water-as needed
Oil for deep frying
For Filling:
Grated jaggery-1/2 cup
Grated coconut-1cup
Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp
Ghee- 1 tsp
1.Grate only the soft white portion of the coconut. Put the jaggery in a heavy bottomed vessel and add ½ cup water and keep on low flame.
2.When the jaggery completely melted, strain it and put it in a heavy bottomed vessel and allow to boil .
3.Add coconut gratings and Cook till the mixture just starts leaving the sides of the vessel and become solid.
4.Add cardamom powder and & ghee mix well & remove from the heat.
5.Knead Maida into a soft, stretchy dough with water and oil. (knead it into dough just as you do for making chapathis).
6.Take Maida flour dough and make small balls out of it and Press it in your palm and flatten it.
7. Make small ball out of the puran that we had prepared.Place puran in dough and close it in a pyramid shape.
8.While stuffing the puran, Roll the dough into uniform balls,  seal it completely.
9.Deep fry the modaks balls in oil till they turn brown and serve warm.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rava Laddoo


Navarathri Golu is one of my favorite Indian festivals where we get to see lots and lots of beautiful dolls. This year I got some help from my children cleaning up the dolls, setting kolu padi, giving manjal kumkumam to friends etc. Yesterday for Neivedyam I prepared Rava laddoo. It is a traditional Indian sweet made from semolina/rava  and sugar and bound together with ghee to form small balls.Everyone make this ladoo in different version. I prepared this laddoo in different way and it just melts in your mouth. Here is my version of this recipe!
 Glad to share here my Navarathri Golu photo:)

Rava – 1 cup
Powdered Sugar –1 cup (increase as per your sweet buds)
Cardamom Powder–1 tsp
Ghee – 1/4 cup
Cashews – 10 nos
 Raisins – 10 nos
1.Dry roast the rava in a wide pan  till nice aroma arises. Make sure the color of rava doesn’t change.
2.Let it become warm and then grind it to a fine powder in your mixer Make sure there are no granules and sieve it.
3.Mix powdered sugar, rava and cardamom powder.
4.Break cashew into small pieces and fry in a tsp of ghee until golden brown.
5.Add the Melted  ghee little by little at a time and start mixing and cashew nut, raisins  to the ground rava powder and mix well.Stop the ghee when u are able to make a ball.
6.Take a small amount of mixture in your palm, Make small lemon size balls out of it and store in an air tight container.
7.Rava Ladoo is ready to eat.Enjoy this yummy Rava Ladoo.