Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Rava Naral Ladoo/रवा-नारळ लाडु

Ladoo is a popular dessert snack in India. Ladoo's are made from variety of flours like besan, whole wheat, semolina, coconut etc. Rava naral ladoo as the name suggests is made from rava+naral. These ladoo's tastes oh so delicious, they are soft and just melts in your mouth, plus fresh coconut give these ladoo's just the right texture. 

Ingredients
2 1/4 Cup fine rava/semolina
3 tbs ghee/तुप 
1 cup fresh grated coconut
1 1/2 Cup sugar+Water to make syrup or पाक as called in marathi
1/4 tsp cardamom powder

Method
Melt ghee in a kadhai, add rava to it and over medium flame roast until you get a nice aroma and rava turns slightly pink in color. Add grated coconut and roast for some more time and shut off the gas. In another pan mix sugar and just enough water to cover the sugar.
Bring this mixture to boil on a medium heat. You will need ektaari paak for these ladoo's. Now the question is how do we know if paak is done? The syrup should be little bit sticky. I am uploading the picture to give you the idea about how to check the syrup between your fingers to know it's done. It will roughly take about 5-7 minutes.
                                                                            
Once syrup is done add rava and coconut mixture to it, add cardamom powder and stir. Now keep this mixture aside for 3-4 hours. Rava and grated coconut mixture will soak all the syrup and we will get soft and moist ladoo's. Keep on mixing the mixture every now and then and see to it that it doesn't dry up. After 3-4 hours form ladoo's from the prepared mixture.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Stuffed Mushrooms

This is my first post after coming from a long and relaxing vacation in India. Any vacation just rejuvenates you and makes it easy to get back into your daily routine. I learned new recipes and got new ideas for recipes after eating variety of food in India. I would like to share stuffed mushrooms recipe which I learned from my sister in law. Personally I don't like mushrooms much but these stuffed mushrooms tastes  delicious and mouthwatering. Makes a good appetizer for parties, and they go pretty fast so make sure to make a big lot if you are going to make it for a party.

Ingredients

1 package white mushrooms, stemmed(mine had 15 mushrooms in 1 package) Clean mushroom using wet kitchen napkin or paper towel and remove all the dirt. Make sure to wash paper towel/napkin in between cleaning process so that you always have cleaner napkin.
1 tsp canola oil
1 medium size red onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 cup bread crumbs(more or less as needed)
1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
Couple of pinches crushed red pepper flakes(for a little spice)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle
Salt and pepper as per taste
Non-stick cooking spray or oil to drizzle on baking sheet

Method

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Meanwhile chop mushroom stems, take a spoon and clear the hole in mushroom and keep aside alongside chopped stems to get a nice open cavity in mushroom.



Heat oil in a pan, saute onion and garlic until onion turns translucent about couple of minutes. Add chopped mushroom stems and stuff that we removed from the cavity and saute until all the water evaporates. Let the mixture cool completely. 
Now add breadcrumbs, both cheeses, basil, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and mix. If mixture is too wet add more breadcrumbs. 



Cover the baking sheet with aluminium foil and spray the sheet with non-stick cooking spray or drizzle some oil. Spoon the mushroom cavity with the prepared mixture and transfer mushrooms on baking sheet cavity side up. Drizzle olive oil on all the mushrooms. 



Bake in a preheated oven until mushrooms are tender and the filling is nice golden brown in color, takes about 15-20 minutes. Keep an eye on them as you don't want mushrooms to turn dark brown. Serve them on a nice platter and they will go like hot cakes!!