Sunday, 19 October 2014

Til ki Barfi

Diwali is approaching fast and you can make this til ki barfi for your near and dear ones. This barfi is easy to prepare and doesn't take too much prep time. You can also garnish this barfi with chopped, unsalted pistachios. The choice is totally your's.
Recipe of til ki barfi
1 cup til
1 cup khoya (mawa) - grated
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp elaichi (cardamom powder)
Few cashew nuts- chopped
1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
How to make til ki barfi
1. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) and roast cashew pieces in it till reddish brown. Drain and take out from kadhai.
2. In the same kadhai, add til and roast on medium-low heat stirring continuously. Roast till til begin to splutter and attain slightly brownish colour. Take til out of kadhai.
3. In the same kadhai, add grated khoya and roast on medium-low heat till khoya turns a little brownish. Take out from kadhai.
4. In a big bowl or any big utensil, mix khoya, til, powdered sugar and cashews.
5. Grease a big plate with few drops of ghee (clarified butter) and spread the til-khoya mixture evenly. Level with a big spoon.
6. Allow it to cool down for 15-20 minutes. Then cut it into squares or diamonds.
7. Let it harden for 2 hours.

8. Remove til ki barfi from plate with the help of a knife. You can eat it right away or store in the fridge for later use.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Makhane ki Kheer (Lotus Seeds Pudding)

This recipe of makhane ki kheer comes from my mom's kitchen. She makes it on the occasion of Janmashtami. This is a very delicious kheer, tastier than rice kheer. Makhane ki kheer can be made in fasts like 'Ekadashi' , Navratri'  and 'Janmashtami' as it is a falahari food.
Recipe of makhane ki kheer
1 liter full fat milk
1 cup makhane (lotus seeds)
2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
2-3 pods elaichi (green cardamom) - crushed
Few chopped nuts like cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios and raisins
3 tbsp sugar
1. Heat ghee in a kadhai or a pan and add makhane. Roast makhane on a medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Roast till makhane turn a little pinkish. Turn off the heat and take makhane out of kadhai.
2. Put them in the jar of food processor or a mixie and crush them to small pieces by spinning the jar to 2-3 rounds. Remember makhane should not turn to powder.
3. Put the milk in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) and let it come to boil.
4. Add makhane and turn the heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally. Milk gets thickened and looks pinkish.
5. Add sugar, elaichi and chopped nuts. Cook for 5 more minutes till sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and take out makhane ki kheer in a bowl. Serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold.