Mega Diwali Collection

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Diwali is one of the important festivals that we celebrate. It is a festival which everyone looks forward to, four days of relaxation, festive atmosphere, array of sweets and savoury, pooja and celebrations with near and dear ones and not to miss the bursting of crackers! This year Diwali starts on October 17.

I thought of making  a mega collection of sweets and savoury for Diwali. I approached my blogger friends on facebook and all were enthusiastic about it. Thankyou dear friends for your wonderful posts. This post would not have happened without your contribution. The collection consists of sweets for festive cooking, burfis and pedas to store in the box, cakes for the diwali party along with a few savoury dishes. I do know what to cook for the festive season.

 

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Basundi by Jayashree

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basundi

 

Moong Dal Halwa by Meera Giridhar

 

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Moong Dal Halwa

Instant Rabri by Aanchal Arora 

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rabri

Rasmalai by Aruna Panangipally

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rasmalai

Bamboo rice payasam by Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

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bamboo rice payasam

Gurwale Chawal by Maria Nasir

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gurwale chawal

Munganey by Sandhya Nadkarni

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munganey

Peach Phirni by Poonam Bachav

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peach phirni

Rabri Malpua by Trupti Bhatt

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rabri malpua

Meethe Chawal by Jolly Makkar

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meethe chawal

Pista Gulkand Ladoo by Piyali

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pista gulkand ladoo

 

Mysore Pak by Avin S Kohli

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Mysore pak

 

Gujiya Bites by The Belly Rules the Mind

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Gujiya bites

 

Kesar Malai Peda by Jagruti Danecha

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Kesar malai peda

Seven Cup Fudge by Jayashree

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seven cup burfi

Malai Cake by Sonia

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malai cake

Chocolate Cupcake by Sarika Seth Gunjal

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Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cake by Sonia Gupta

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triple chocolate cake

Dharwad Peda by Parulz

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dharwad peda

Little millet and walnut ladoo by Nalini Somayaji

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millet walnut ladoo

Chocolate Nankhatai by Poonam Bachhav

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chocolate nankhatai

Mango Almond Burfi by Sapna

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mango almond burfi

Nippattu by Jayashree

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nippattu

Lauki Kofta Curry by Aanchal Gupta

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no onion garlic lauki kofta curry

Vanilla, caramel and chocolate burfi by Jagruti Danecha

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Vanilla, caramel and chocolate burfi

No cook coconut gulkand modak by Sandhya

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Coconut gulkand modak

Urad dal kachori by Swati

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Kachori

Cherry chocolate kunafa tart by Afroz

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Chocolate Kunafa

Amrit by Rajani

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Amrit by Rajani

Chiwda by Jayashree

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chiwda

Wishing one and all a Happy Diwali ! May the year ahead be filled with peace and joy ! If you have liked this post, do share it further.

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Masala Mathri/ making of tasty mathri

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Mathri is a popular Rajasthani snack, that is usually had with a cup or tea or with pickle. It is crispy, flaky, mild spicy and tasty. It’s been one of the favourite at home. Masala mathri is a slightly modified version to the regular one.

Mathri is usually made with all purpose flour. But it can be made healthier by mixing equal quantity of wheat flour along with it, for now I am enjoying this version.

Other dry snacks on the blog Kodbole, Chakli

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masala mathri

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 teaspoon soda
  • salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chat masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • water for kneading
  • oil for frying

Method:

  1. Sieve wheat flour, all purpose flour and soda together.
  2. Add cumin, carom seeds, peeper powder, chat masala, garam masala and salt. Mix it.
  3. Put ghee and rub it well in the flour.
  4. Add water and knead to a dough of hard consistency.
  5. Cover it with a thin muslin cloth and keep it aside for ten minutes.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough and roll it into 3 to 4 inches in  diameter. It should be slightly thick.
  7. Roll a few more mathris.
  8. Heat oil in a pan.
  9. Take the rolled mathri and prick them with a fork.
  10. Put a couple of them in oil and fry on medium heat until golden in colour.
  11. Remove them on a tissue paper.
  12. Store them in an airtight container.

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flour

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basic spices

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other spices

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ghee

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rub it well

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dough

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cover it

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small discs

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pricked

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deep fry

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masala mathri

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Facebook Live Event from Food Panache

This post is not a food post, but something related with cooking. How about watching some live cooking show, from the comforts of our home, isn’t that fun? Facebook Live is a new feature that has gained immense popularity.

Food Panache is a popular  food group on Facebook.  It has more than 3,500 active members. They are hosting a Live Event on July 5 by Home Chef Rohini at 12p.m. Do keep yourself free during this hour.

Did you take my e-book, “30 Tasty Dal Recipes“? It’s free until July 5 (Pacific time).

Or you can click the link below

 

Jeera rice one pot recipe

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Jeera Rice is a versatile rice dish. It  can be served for lunch, brunch or dinner. It pairs well  with a dal, gravy, any kind of  raita (yoghurt based salad) or  simply with papads and pickle. It is a comfort food that one can enjoy anytime.

Unlike pulav, this is less spicy and aromatic. I am wondering why I have not put this recipe on my blog until now! (more…)

Healthy bites with UTMT honey

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Honey, the golden hued gelatenous liquid is sweet as sugar but good for health. It is packed with nutrients, flavonoids and anti-oxidants. It’s passed  through generations, as old as history can tell. It was used by the Munis and rishis to perform yajnas and as offerings to the Lord and used even today.

Honey is a sugary food substance produced and stored by certain social hymenopteran insects.It is produced from the sugary secretions of plants or insects such as floral nectar or aphid honey-dew through enzymatic activity and evaporation. The variety of honey produced by  honey bee is popular world-wide and consumed by humans.

Honey has many wonderful benefits. It prevents cancer and heart disease. It has antiseptic and antipyretic properties that helps to heal wounds and rashes. It reduces ulcer and gastrointestinal properties. It helps in reducing weight. It reduces cough and throat irritation.

Honey has many medicinal uses. It helps to balance the five elements of the body. Ayurveda suggests the use of honey with many of its medicines.

Today many kinds of honey are available. Raw honey is considered to be the best as it contains vitamins, minerals and  good enzymes.

UTMT is organic pure brand of honey.  UTMT stands for “Under The Mango Tree”  It is a hybrid social enterprise that promotes beekeeping to increase the agricultural productivity and improve the lives of marginal labourers. It has impacted more than 15000 lives so far.

UTMT honey is pure and organic. It is from single origin and  has no added sugar or flavours. It is direct supply from beekeepers. They have various flavours of honey. You can know more about them here

 

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UTMT Honey

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UTMT Honey

I have received the sample of honey and it is really good. I substituted the sugar in my tea with honey. Honey can be used in many things. It can be used in salads. It can be used as a energy drink in the mornings. A glass of lime juice with honey helps to reduce weight. It can be used in sweets. It can be used as topping to enhance the taste.


Here is an easy to make Healthy Bite  using honey.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon pistachois
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 table peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon  UTMT honey

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Method:

Blend oats, pistachois and flax seeds together. Put it in a bowl. Add peanut butter and honey to it. Mix all of them together. Make balls and keep them in the refrigerator for half an hour. Healthy bites are ready to eat.

Take a tip: You can substitute flax seeds with cantaloupe seeds, which is easily available.

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healthy bites

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Healthy Bites

A healthy snack to begin the day.

Course Snack
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 balls
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon pistachois
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Blend oats, pistachois and flax seeds together.

  2. Put it in a bowl. Add peanut butter and honey to it. Mix it well with hands.

  3. Make balls. Keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour

Recipe Notes

You can replace flax seeds with cantaloupe seeds which is easily available.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written in colloboration with  UTMT, but the views are all my own.

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Tasty pickles online

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Pickles need no introduction. It is commonly used along with meals as an accompaniment. It is stacked in earthen jars for annual consumption in most households. They are  side dishes which makes the food appealing, bring liveliness to the platter and gives a sense of contentment.  (more…)

Sankranti Ellu

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Makar Sankranti is one of the important festivals celebrated in India. It is called  by different names in different parts of the country. Pongal and Lohri are the other names. It marks the transition of the sun into the sign of Makara. It marks the beginning of Uttarayana kal, a pious period  for the next six months. It usually occurs on January 14th every year. It is also  one of the periods which marks longer days and harvesting period for the farmers.  (more…)