Some moments captured on the camera..while we prepared some Indianized Macaroni 🙂 Might prove to be a visual recipe for some..and for other..simple tasty fun 🙂
Some moments captured on the camera..while we prepared some mix-veg Pakodas – awesome Indian fried snack !!
Was fun making these..and even greater fun to eat these awesome laddoos 🙂 Am trying to scribble a quick recipe below:
- 1kg aatta
- 800gm powdered sugar
- 750gm (or around 1lt.) ghee/refined oil for frying dry fruits and roasting the aatta (aataa bhoon-ne ke liye)
- 400gm safed til
- 150gm magaj (kharbooje/ tarbooje ke beej)
- almonds, cashew nuts – 150gm each
- 200gm kishmish
- 100gm makhana
Quick meanings of Hindi names used above:
Aataa = wheat fluor
Ghee = commonly used Indian clarified butter;
Safed Til = white sesame seeds
Magaj = dried seeds of melon and water-melon
Kishmish = raisins
Makhana = Euryale ferox (foxnut)
- in a dry frying pan, roast the safed til.
- grind (dardara/mota) around 300gm of the roasted til in a mixer/grinder to make a paste with coarse granules (not a fine smooth paste). Keep aside around 100gm of the roasted til for adding to the mixture later.
- heat refined oil/ghee for frying the almonds and cashew-nuts.
- crush the fried almonds and cashew-nuts after they cool down a bit.
- also fry the magaj in heated oil
- roast (not deep fry) the makhana using very small amount of oil.
- crush the roasted makhana
- heat 200gm ghee and 300gm refined oil. (The ghee helps in binding the mixture for making laddoos)
- add the aatta in the heated ghee/oil. Cook on a medium flame constantly mixing the contents well thoroughly..till the color of the mix deepens and a mild fragrance of the cooked mix rises. (Medium flame pe aataa achhe se bhunein. Jab sondhi khushbu aane lage aur aate ka rang badal jaae to aata ready hai.)
- once the aataa cools down a bit, properly mix with it all the other ingredients (kishmish, crushed dry fruits, crushed makhana, safed til (crushed as well as whole), fried magaj, powdered sugar). Sugar can be added as per taste.
- make small laddoos picking small portions of the mix in your palms
Enjoy… MERRY CHRISTMAS 🙂 Here’s a special Christmas Greeting from our musical kitchen 🙂 Cheers!
Thekua/Khajoor – sort of deep fried cookies esp prepared in the Bihar-UP zones..and an integral part of the “Chhat Pooja’ prasaad. What you see in the pic more closely resembles a ‘khajoor’. “Thekua” is a close cousin..and has various design-patterns (engraved) on its surface! You can find the recipe here. Best wishes! 🙂