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>> October 22, 2015

Mohantal is a Gujarati besan burfi. This is easy to prepare. The preparation for this has a slight difference in technique than other burfi's like besan burfi. I would say within 20-30 mins we can prepare this sweet dish.

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Prep Time : 15 Mins
Cook Time : 10 Mins

  • Besan / Gram flour - 1 cup  
  • Milk - 2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 2 cups 
  • Kesar / Saffron strands - few
  • Ghee (desi ghee, clarified butter) - 1&1/2 cups
  • Nuts - Pistachios & Almond (soaked and chopped)
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  1. In a bowl mix besan  , milk and 2 tbsp of ghee and keep aside for few mins
  2. In a medium pan add sugar and water bring to boil stir occasionally bring into 2 string consistency
  3. In a blender add besan blend pulse for 2 times
  4. In a nonstick pan add ghee in a medium flame then add besan mixture stir well so that besan mix well into a ghee stir for 5 mins 
  5. Then add sugar syrup, saffron & cardamom powder mix well keep stirring till the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan. 
  6. Turn off flame and transfer the Mohanthal mixture into the greased pan
  7. Cut the Mohanthal into squares and allow it to cool on the tray for more than a couple of hours to set. Once cooled completely, separate the precutpieces and serve.
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Katori / Tokri Chaat

>> September 23, 2015

Potato baskets chaat is a popular chaat in North.

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Prep Time : 20 Mins
Cook Time / Bake Time  : 15 Mins

Ingredients for Katori / Tokri
  • Potato 6 - Peel & Grated 
  • Salt a pinch
  • Corn flour or Rice flour - 2 tbsp (mixed with 1 tsp of water  )
Ingredients for Chaat
  1. Peel and grate the potatoes using hand grater or food processor
  2. Sprinkle corn flour paste and salt. Grease the oil in a muffin tray and fill the potatoes
  3. Pre heat the oven place the potato cups tray bake for 15 mins on 350F.
  4. Take out all the potato basket and let it cool completely
  5. In a plate place Potato basket fill ragada, onions, tomatoes, chutneys , dahi, salt , chilli powder , sev and coriander serve immediately
  6. Repeat the rest of the baskets

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>> September 14, 2015

Modak is a Marathi word. It is a sweet dumpling made out of Jaggery / Gud. In Karnataka we call it as kadabu. In Tamil, Kolkattai. All the regions recipe & method are almost one and the same. It sometimes differs only in shape. Also made out of steamed version  or fried version. This Modak used for moulds to fold the perfect shape. In my preparation I have not used any mould as i don't have it. This sweet is offered on the day of GaneshChathurthi.

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Prep Time : 15 Mins
Cook Time : 15 Mins

Ingredients for Sweet filling
  • Jaggery - 1 cup
  • Fresh Coconut grated - 1 cup
  • Poppy seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Take a non sticky pan add jaggery on a low flame stir jaggery completely melt then add coconut stir continuously 4-5 mins or till mixture thickens 
  • Add poppy seeds and caradom powder mix well and switch off the flame let it cool completely

Ingredients for dough
  • Rice  flour - 1 cup
  • Boiling water - 2/3 cup
  1. In a bowl add rice flour and add water slowly and stir and then make a stiff dough and close and keep aside for 5-10 mins 
  2. Prepare the dough first then prepare for sweet filling
  1. Take a small portion of dough , grease oil in your palm or plastic sheet
  2. Flatten them into small round shape add a spoon full of sweet mixture and close the all the edges slowly using oil. 
  3. Repeat the rest of the dough 
  4. In a pressure cooker add enough water on a medium flame 
  5. Take a lager flat bowl place muslin cloth or banana leaf  then place all the modaks slowly cover the cloth and keep it in the pressure cooker (do not put weight) steam for 10 mins
  6. Cool and place them in a plate.
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