Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rava Besan Ladoo

Rava Besan ladoo is an indian sweet made during Diwali. Rava and besan together adds crunchiness and softness to the delicacy. Cashews and raisins add  richness to the sweet. It’s really easy and simple to make. Everyone at our home likes these simple ladoos.

Besan/Chickpeas Flour - 1 1/2 cup
 Sugar-3/4 cup
Sooji/Rava- ¾ cup 
 Ghee - 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1/4 tsp
Almonds - 3 tbsp (chopped finely)
Raisins- 1 tbsp

1.Warm the ghee on low heat. Chop the almonds coarsely. Set aside.
2.In a bowl, sift the chickpea/besan flour. Dry roast the besan for 10 minutes in simmer flame till you smell a nice aromatic flavor
3.Add the semolina/Rava and the ghee. Mix well until well combined and roast rava for 5 minutes.
4.And just fry the raisins and almonds in a tbsp of ghee separately.
5.Remove besan mixture from heat and set aside in a bowl to cool. add the Raisins, cardamom and half the almonds to this mixture.
6.Now In another pot, add the sugar and water. Start boiling on medium heat. Keep boiling it for 5 mins.  After 5 mins of rapid boiling and it form in single thread  consistency.
7.Pour this sugar syrup into the dry mixture. Mix well with a spoon. Make sure there are no lumps. 8.Cover it and let this mixture rest till it cools down, absorbs all the syrup and thickens enough to form a ball.
9.Shape the mixture into small ladoos. Garnish with remaining almonds.

Chocolate Pistachio Fudge

Chocolate Pistachio Fudge (Originally published by Nigella Lawson)
This recipe I have taken from nigella.com.. The fudge looks absolutely stunning.I have no words to decribe how tempting it looks.The chocolate and pistachio combination is my favorite. The pistachios looked so beautiful against the chocolate fudge. This fudge is worth making...for its ease, express speed & taste.

350gms - dark chocolate / roughly broken up
Condensed Milk - 1 can
Butter -2 tbsps
Salt - 1 pinch
Shelled pistachios - 1 cup (can substitute it with some other nut of your choice,)

1. Melt the chopped chocolate, condensed milk, butter, and salt in a heavy based pan on a low heat.
2. Put the nuts into a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin, until broken up into both big and little pieces.
3. Add the nuts to the melted chocolate and condensed milk and stir well to mix.
4. Pour this mixture into a 9-inch square foil tray, smoothing the top.
5. Let the fudge cool and then refrigerate until set. Cut the fudge into small pieces with a sharp, buttered knife. You may need to wipe the knife clean after each cut.