Festival Recipes

Malai Bhog-Ganesh Chaturthi Special

Malai bhog is a dessert made from ricotta cheese and fresh cream. I made these as an offering to Lord Ganesha during Ganpati Celebrations this year.

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Being a mumbaite, Ganesh Utsav has been always close to heart. The festive season begins from Ganesh Chaturthi. It’s the celebration of Lord Ganesha’s birth. Ganesh mandapas (pandals) in every locality, the sound of dhols and arti, all types of sweets, installation of the Ganesh statues in colorfully decorated homes, friends and relatives visiting, etc there are so many things which I miss about Ganesh Chaturthi. But no worries.. place doesn’t matter…even though I am in US, it doesn’t stop me from celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with same zeal, belief and enthusiasm:)

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Fat Free Dahi Vada ( Microwave Recipe)

Non-fried vadas dunked in yoghurt and topped with tangy imli chutney and cumin powder. This recipe is devised for people on a diet or for those who have to cut down on fat. Nevertheless, it is extremely good.

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Adapted from Tarla Dalal.com

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For The Vadas

1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)

1 to 2 green chillies

1/2 tsp unflavoured fruit salt

2 cups salted buttermilk/or water for soaking vadas

salt to taste

oil for greasing

For The Curds

2 cups curds (dahi)

2 tbsp milk

salt to taste

For The Garnish

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp roasted cumin seeds (jeera) powder

2 tbsp khajur imli ki chutney

2 tbsp Green Chutney

2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)

Method

For the vadas

Soak the dal in warm water for at least 1 hour.

Drain out most of the water and grind it to a smooth paste in a blender along with the chillies and salt. Try to keep the texture  a bit grainy

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Add the fruit salt and mix well.

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Pour 1 tablespoons of the batter into 8 small greased microwave safe bowls (2″ diameter).

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Microwave 4 at a time each batch for 1 minute and 15 seconds.

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Remove and allow it to cool completely unmould.

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Soak them in buttermilk or water for few minutes, till they are soft.

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Drain and squeeze out any excess water.

Place on a serving plate.

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How to proceed

Whisk the curds with the milk and salt and pour over the soaked vadas.

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Garnish with the chilli powder, cumin powder, khajur imli ki chutney and chopped coriander. Eat it instantly. Do not let it soak for a longer time or overnight. Won’t taste that good the next day.

 

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Double ka Meetha\Shahi Tukda Recipe

Double ka meetha is a bread pudding dessert of fried bread slices soaked in hot milk with spices, including saffron and cardamom. Double ka meetha is a dessert of Hyderabad. It is popular in Hyderabadi cuisine, served at weddings and parties. Double ka meetha refers to the milk bread, called “Double Roti” in the local Indian dialects because it swells up to almost double its original size after baking.

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Coconut Rava Ladoo Recipe-Diwali Delicacy

Coconut Rava Ladoo is a traditional maharashtrian sweet made during Diwali festival. It’s extremely rich as the main ingredients are semolina, ghee, raisins and coconut.

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Ingredients                              IMG 0459 Coconut Rava Ladoo Recipe Diwali Delicacy

1 cup thin semolina/rava

½ cup grated coconut

½ cup sugar

1 tsp cardamom powder

1/3 cup milk

Raisins and cashewnuts

4 tbsp ghee

Method

Dry roast the rava and keep it aside

In pan heat ghee, add cashewnuts and raisins.

After 2 mins add grated coconut and cardamom.

Now add roasted rava and mix well. Keep on stirring for 5 mins. Now add sugar and mix well.

Once the rava turns brown in color,  add milk to it. Continue to mix till the mixture comes together.

Remove from heat and make small ladoos out of it.

Store them in an air tight container and consume within 4 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Modak Pedha Recipe

Modak Pedha made from ricotta cheese and condensed milk is the easiest and delicious sweet which can be offered to Lord Ganesha during Ganpati Festival.
This recipe has only 3 ingredients and is amazingly delicious and soft. I would like to mention special thanks to Uttara who generously offered me to use her Modak mould without which I would have not been able to get the modak shape for the pedha.

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