Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Instant Khaman Dhokala

Khaman Dhokala is one of the Gujarati famous farsan which is enjoyed by all. So today I share this easy and sure to come well recipe.
This happens to be the last recipe of year 2014!!
Wish all my readers Happy New Year..Enjoy the food and keep healthy
Till I write next time in the new year, don't forget to share your comments!!

 

Ingredients:
- Two cups besan (gram flour)
- 2 tpsp rava (suji)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Salt as per test
- One sachet of Eno Fruit salt (Use lemon flavour or without any flavour one only)
- freshly chopped coriander

For tampering:
- 1 tbsp rai (mustard seeds)
- 1 tpsp oil
- 3-4 tbsp water
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- few curry leaves

Preparation:
1. In a bowl mix besan, rava, 2 tbsp oil, 1tbsp sugar and salt 
2. Add water slowly while continuously mixing so that lumps are not formed. Make a batter of pouring consistency
3. Grease a deep plate with oil and keep ready. In cooker keep sufficient water for heating. 
4. Add Eno Fruit salt to above batter and mix gently
5. Quickly pour the Dhokala mix in the greases plate
6. Now keep the Dhokala plate inside cooker on a base ring or some bowl which will keep the Dhokala plate away from the water in cooker
7. Close the lid, remove the cooker weight and steam for 10-12 minutes
8. Open and carefully check by inserting a knife, it should come out clean. If so the Dhokala is cooked
9. Take out the Dhokala plate and let it rest. After initial steam is evaporated, cut Dhokala impressions with knife
10. Now prepare the tampering. Heat 2 tbsp oil and add rai and as it crackles add curry leaves
12. Spread half tampering on the Dhokala directly and add the renaming to 3-4 tbsp water and 1/2 tbsp sugar mix (yes add the tampering to water!!)
13. Now spread this water mix on Dhokala and let it get soaked for 2-3 minutes
14. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander. Your Dhokala is ready!!

Kitchen-Gyan
1. Adding oil to Dhokala batter makes Dhokala soft and while eating it does not stick/choke

2. Adding tampering water mix later makes Dhokala soft and delicate (this is called "pani pajane" literally translating to make Dhokala drink water :P )

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

#BlogToFeedAChild

    So far I been writing about what I cook, what I love to cook and what I or my family like to eat..But today this post is for a very special cause..
   
        I am going to #BlogToFeedAChild with Akshaya Patra and BlogAdda.

    I am very happy to be associated with Blogadda and Akshay Patra through this post which talks about eliminating classroom hunger through "Blog to Feed a Child"

      The best part of this campaign is  for every blog post BlogAdda will sponsor meals for an Akshaya Patra beneficiary for entire year.       
     So I hope to eliminate classroom hunger for atleast one child through this post!

      I spent most of childhood in a small town and I have seen many children around me and in fact some of my friends who used to miss classes or stop coming to  school as they would help their parents in earning for their daily meals and support their family. Some would go selling vegetables, some would go working in farms and some would go working as domestic helps..Though at my age then I did not understand the meaning of child labor or anything of that sort, I would feel bad when my friends not turn to class :-(
As I grew and started to understand the real reasoning behind this I always had this at back of my mind that how will be possible ever to make that every child around us to get access to a wholesome meal and not be forced to compromise the education for a meal!

     When I learned about Akshaya Patra I was amazed at their reach..Last time when I visited Iskon temple in Bangalore, I briefly saw the Akshaya Patra kitchen from a distance and kept observing their vehicles getting loaded with the meal ready to be distributed to various schools..And today I am so happy to associate myself with a noble cause through my blog!!
I know this is just a drop in ocean and there are many more children out there who still do not have access to it..but after all the drops eventually form the ocean!!
       I wish one day every child will have access to whole some meal like this


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Pineapple murabba - sweet pineapple side dish

I won't have come across this tasty murabba otherwise as like many household for us too murabba is traditionally prepared with raw mangoes only. But I had a big box full of pineapple pieces leftover with me after the last fruits sticks recipe.
So I decided to try out this..As I mentioned this is not the traditional recipe that is usually make at my home, I had to take help from internet..I found many variants and so decided to try my own :-) 
The murabba turned out to be too good in the end and so I thought of sharing it with you all




Ingredients:
1. 1 big size pineapple, cleaned and cut into small pieces
2. Sugar in equal potion to pineapple pieces (If one bowl pineapple pieces are there, measure equal amount of sugar with same bowl)
3. Few cinnamon sticks 
(Or optionally you can add cardamom powder..But I feel cinnamon flavor goes well with pineapples and apples)

Preparation:
1. Mix pineapple pieces and sugar and keep aside for 1 hr
2. Now transfer the mix in a pan and keep it for cooking on medium flame
3. Keep steering continuously. Pineapple pieces will start appearing translucent as they get cooked. Add the cinnamon sticks at this stage
4. Keep  steering  and keep checking the sugar consistency. It should become sticky but not hard (when you check a drop of sugar syrup by taking in thumb and index finger, it should form singe string - usually referred as "ektari paak")
5. Turn of the heat and let the murabba cool to room temperature
6. Transfer the murabba in sterilized glass jar. 
(I store t in fridge for precaution, but can be stored outside for limited time)

Enjoy your pineapple murabba with hot parathas or simple pop in one piece just to satisfy you sweet tooth after a meal

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Fruit sticks - Simple starter with great appeal

Little A's birthday was a big affair for me on last weekend ..and as I try hard to attract him towards fruit these yummy looking fruit sticks was my one of choice for his birthday starters :)
This is a easy to make preparation and looks yum in any way you present it..
I presented in a carved watermelon which was also filled with cut fruit pieces..



So here you need minimal things to prepare the fruit sticks.
I used watermelon, apple, banana, pineapple and grapes. Well the trick is to use sweet and citrus/sour fruits alternatively so that while eating the fruit sticks not taste too sweet or too sour..I sequenced watermelon, then banana, next apple, pineapple and last grapes..
Also for sticks I used bamboo skewers which are easily available in shops that sell party supplies

Try out this simple assembly even if you are not hosting a party or as starters in your next party be it for kids or grown ups and drop by to share the compliments you get!!

Till I come back with a new recipe happy cooking!!
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