Friday, 19 September 2014

Drumstick Leaves / Murungai Keerai Sambar - Healthy Green Leaf Recipes

Drumstick Leaves / Murungai Keerai Sambar - Healthy Green Leaf Recipes
Drumstick Leaves / Murunga Keerai Sambar - Healthy Green Leaf Recipes

Murungai Keerai Sambar / Drumstick Leaves Curry, a healthy South-Indian style curry made from toor dal & drumstick leaves. As we know Drumstick Leaves is healthy and has got all the nutritional benefits like rich in vitamins, calcium, iron, protein and so on.. It is totally mandatory at my home to include this green leaf at-least once a week. And our family doctor always pushes us to include this in our daily diet. 
Usually i prepare only Thoran with this leaf, but later my mom suggested to try Sambar. You can store this leaf in refrigerator for 5-6 days and prepare Thoran, Sambar, Soup or Masala Baath. Or try this healthy Ragi Roti with Drumstick Leaves. Lets move on to the recipe,

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Mohanthal Recipe / Gram Flour Fudge - A Traditional Gujrati Sweet


Mohanthal Recipe / Gram Flour Fudge - A Traditional Gujrati Sweet
Mohanthal Recipe / Gram Flour Fudge - A Traditional Gujrati Sweet

Mohanthal / Besan Burfi / Kadalai Maavu Barfi,  a traditional Gujrati sweet made from gram flour, milk, ghee and sugar. Adding Mawa / Milk Solids is optional. You can even replace it with condensed milk. I wanted to try this traditional sweet for a long while. I have referred Nisha Madhulika's site for cooking procedure and got the measurements from a regional language cookbook.
Initially i was hesitant to try this as the whole procedure seemed bit complicated. But after referring her YouTube video, made up my mind to try immediately. I made Mawa at home and used half of the quantity to prepare this burfi. And with remaining half, prepared Baked Mawa Gujia

For last year's Diwali, i tried Mysore Pak and for this year, its Mohanthal :) Still one more month to go for Diwali, but i couldn't wait more to try this delicious sweet. For south Indians, Mysore Pak is like a delicacy which is prepared with the same ingredients with which we prepare Mohanthal except for few.

For instant version, try it with condensed milk. Those who doesn't want to use sugar can try adding jaggery. Though i have not yet tried with jaggery, but it is in my to do list and will share the recipe later. Lets check the recipe,

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Baked Wheat & Millet Flour Somaas / Healthy Mawa Gujia Recipe

Baked Wheat & Millet Flour Somaas / Healthy Mawa Gujia Recipe
Baked Wheat & Millet Flour Somaas / Healthy Mawa Gujia Recipe

Baked Wheat & Millet Flour Somaas / Healthy Mawa Gujia Recipe,  a perfectly baked gujia / karanji with crispy outer layer and aromatic filling of rava, mawa, dessicated coconut and palm jaggery. These are guilt free and low in calories, so enjoy your favorite festival Diwali with traditional sweet with a healthy twist and also without compromising on calories. For me, this is the best baked Traditional Indian Sweet :)

Who doesn't like these sweet Indian pastries which are filled with various combination of ingredients. You can either use fruits, lentils like moong dal, channa dal or dry fruits and many more for the filling. Usually the outer most layer is made with maida flour (all purpose flour), but for healthy option, I have used the combination of wheat and millet flour. Or you can even skip millet flour and try it with whole wheat flour.

For vegan version, skip mawa and try with other ingredients. I have used palm jaggery for the filling, but you can also use normal sugar. I have used Homemade Mawa / Khoya (milk solids), you can check the recipe here. For the fried version of traditional Gujia, check here.
Since we are baking these pastries, you need not worry if the edges or not properly sealed. The filling will not come out. Just set the baking temp and time correctly, and you will be amazed with the results. Lets check the recipe,