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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Chandrakala / Suryakala Sweet Recipe | Indian Festival Sweet


Holi is round the corner, just like any Indian festival, Holi without  sweets is unimaginable. So how about making homemade Suryakala or Chandrakala for this Holi? Since this is a North Indian sweet so the availability of this sweet in Chennai is a rare dream. So why not by putting little effort floor your guests and family by serving Chashni (sugar syrup) dipped Chandrakala which looks beautiful with spiral border.

Suryakala is round where as Chandrakala is half moon shaped sweet. The filling is same in both, only difference is Suryakala is sun shaped sweet and Chandrakala is half round. So serve this delightful sweet along with other Holi special dishes like Mawa Burfi, Lady Kenny, Kucho Nimki, Kalakand Sweet, Thandai, Gujiya to name a few. So see you again friends till then Happy Holi to all the readers who celebrate the festival of colours.

Ingredients:

For the filling we need :
1/2 cup Mawa (Dried Milk), room temperature
1/2 cup Khopra/ Desiccated Coconut, 
1/3 cup Bhura / Powdered sugar
1/4 cup Suji / Semolina
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
1/2 cup dry fruits like broken cashews, walnuts, raisins, pistachio and 2 tbsp Chironji
Few Kesar strands
2 tbsp Ghee

To prepare the dough for Chandrakala we need
2 cups of Maida / All purpose flour
2 tbsp Ghee
Water to knead the dough

To decorate you need Chandi varak, rose petals and some broken pistachio

Method:
In a bowl take all purpose flour and make a well in the center. Pour ghee in the well and combine well. Start mixing with your hand and add water little by little to make a soft, non sticky pilable dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.


Mawa is missing here as I forgot to place it in the tray.

Take a pan and add 1 tbsp ghee, fry all the dry fruits in it till you get nice aroma. Spread it on a plate to cool down and later roughly blend it {Keep the nuts slight coarse to have good crunch in the filling}. 

Fry Mawa in a heavy bottom kadai till it turns brown. Take it out and keep aside. In the same Kadai add remaining ghee and fry suji till it turns light pink (do not let it turn brown or roast more). Add desiccated coconut and stir for a minute. 

Add sugar, fried mawa, coarse dry fruit, cardamom powder, kesar strands and mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Filling is ready to make Suryakala.

Divide the dough into 10 lemon sized balls, keep them covered with a wet muslin cloth to avoid the dryness of dough. Take two balls and roll them into equal size pooris {diameter of the pooris should be 2-3 inches and should be rolled in a way that the corners little thick}, place stuffing on one poori, wet the edge of the poori with water or milk for binding, now place the second poori on top of it and seal the edges. 

Twist the border to make spirals. Arrange them on a plate and keep them covered with a wet muslin cloth. When 3-4 Suryakalas are ready, heat ghee or oil in a frying pan and start frying the suryakala on low heat until golden color from both the sides.

In another burner prepare sugar syrup for suryakala, it should be of one string consistency. This will take 5-6 minutes then turn of the burner. Now a blog reader friend suggesting me sometime back that if you put few drops of lemon in the chashni then it will stop the crystallization of the sugar syrup. And now I practice it regularly !
Put the fried Suryakala in the sugar syrup and coat the syrup on both the sides. Fepeat the same till you are done with all the suryakalas. Garnish the Suryakalas with chopped pistachios and silver varak.



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Monday, March 14, 2016

How To Make Fruit Salsa | Salsa Recipe



Summer and Fruit Salsa are the best combination. Ahha music to my ears. Donning many roles it can be served as an appetizer, dessert or even snack party item ! Depending on the availability of fruits it can have riot of colours on your serving bowl. Each fruit has a different color and texture which makes it pleasing for eyes. Fruit salsa can be sweet, tangy or a combination of both. I love adding fresh mint leaves in my fruit salsa but remember not to go overboard with it !

Serve this fruit salsa with tortilla chips for your next snacks party and believe me your guests will come back for second serving. Just pick and choose fruits of your choice and here you go...

Ingredients:
(Feel free to choose your fav fruits )
8-10 Strawberries
2 Kiwi, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup Pomegranate seeds
1 orange 
1/2 cup diced Muskmelon
Few grapes ( I used green and black) 
2 tsp Muskmelon seeds
1 tbsp fresh Lemon juice
Fresh mint

How to Make Fruit Salsa:
Well hardly much effort to make this light, lemony and minty flavour fruit salsa. Peel the kiwi and remove the stems of strawberries. In a bowl whisk together all fruits and add lemon juice. Place a cling film over the serving bowl and put it in the fridge to chill before serving. Serve with tortilla chips and sprinkle some mint leaves. Enjoy !

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Musk Melon Juice | Kharbuja Juice | Easy Juice Recipes


How To Make Musk Melon Juice: Well it's not rocket science to make fresh juice of musk melon when market is flooded with abundance of them in our part of nation. A very refreshing juice which has lot of water content which is ideal for hot and humid weather. Cantaloupe which is also known as Musk Melon or Kharbuja (specially in India) is mainly found in India as soon as the summer hits the region. According to Wikipedia: Muskmelon is a species of Melon that has been developed into many cultivated varieties. There are many varieties such as Honeydew, Crenshaw and Casaba. Just like it's earthy appearance it is very sweet in taste and loaded with lots of minerals and vitamins. Because of its higher water content it helps to stay hydrated during hot and humid season. Did you know that Musk melons are very low in calories (100 g has only 34 calories !). Not to mention another benefit of this aromatic fruit which is an excellent source of vitamin A. ,So let us learn today how to make fresh juice out of it. You can also check more Summer special juice posts just by clicking on these links : Fresh Kiwi Juice, Shikanji, Strawberry Milkshake, Black Grape Juice, Plum and Sweet Lime Juice  

Ingredients:
1 Muskmelon, ripen
2-3 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 tsp Black salt
Water as needed
Ice cubes, to serve (optional)

Method:
Wash and cut the musk melon into two halves, remove the seeds and you can keep these for later use ( you can add them to your soups and salads). Remove the outer layer by using a sharp knife. Cut into pieces and put it in the blender along with water, sugar and black salt. Blend well and check the consistency, if you find it very thick then add ice cubes and blend for one more time. Add lemon juice and stir it nicely. Now I do not strain it as it locks the nutrients of the fruit. If you wish to strain pour it into 2 serving glasses. Enjoy !

Notes:

  • You can replace sugar with jaggery to make it more healthier.
  • Do buy ripe musk melons for making juices.
  • Add water depending on the consistency of the juice you wish to.




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