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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Less-fuss gulkand modak


The 10 day Ganesh Chaturthi festival has begun from August 23rd and modak is the favourite offering for our God. We invited Ganesh this time with less-fuss Gulkand modak this year. Now it is less fuss because the filling is so easy to make.

Ingredients:

For filling
1/4 cup walnut
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup dry coconut flakes
1/4 cup gulkand
2 small elaichi(cardamom)
sugar as per sweetness(5-6 tsp approx.)
raisins(optional, as per taste)

Just grind all the ingredients together except gulkand. Mix in the gulkand and raisins with this mixture.

For covering

1 cup wheat flour
1 tsp oil
1 pinch salt
1 tsp rava/suji

Oil for frying.

Knead all the ingredients together in a comparatively tighter dough than chapati dough.Keep the dough covered for few minutes. Knead it again before rolling.

Take a very small ball of dough and roll it in chapati. The chapati should be quite small. Place a small tsp of filling in the middle and fold all the edges of chapati over the filling to completely cover it and bring the pinch up in the middle to form the peak. Make all the modaks in the same fashion and fry them together to golden brown at medium heat.

The flavour is refreshing........Try it!

hummus platter


Light snacks are welcome from time-to-time in the early evenings. There is nothing better to enjoy light snacks in the bright, breezy evening with the family and I do not want to spend time in the kitchen to let go this time. I just cut the veggies like celery, carrots, cucumber. Saute some chicken sausage and toast some multigrain bread and serve it with hummus. Hummus takes very few ingredients, a minute to be ready and the hummus platter is ready!!

Ingredients:

1 can chickpeas
1/2 lime juice
few fresh parsley/cilantro
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp sesame seeds
salt as per taste
sun-dried tomatoes(optional)
1 tbsp olive oil

Just grind all the ingredients together in a food-processor to a smooth paste. Hummus is ready!!What can be easier than this.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Grilled figs with honey

This is the simplest dessert one can ever imagine. Fresh figs are one of my father's favourite fruit. Now when I eat it here, I remember him at each bite. This is for you Papa.....

Ingredients

Fresh brown turkey figs
brown sugar(optional)
honey
Icecream/ricotta cheese(optional)

Heat the grill plate. Cut the figs in half. If using brown sugar, sprinkle on figs.Keep the cut side on the grill, the grilling mark should appear in a minute.
Grill all the figs and drizzle them with honey. Some vanilla icecream can be used for topping or for low fat, whip up some vanilla and ricotta cheese and top the grilled figs. Walnuts or almond slices can be sprinkled as well.I like mine without any toppings. Oh it is so so yummy.......