Breakfast

Six Breakfast Sandwiches to kickstart your day


Six Breakfast Sandwiches to kickstart your day!

Quick and Easy with minimum preparation!

Make a meal of these sandwiches, for brunch, lunch, dinner or simply as a quick snack to satiate you.  If you wish to cut down on the carbs, have them as “open sandwiches”, using only one slice of bread. Enjoy these crisp, crunchy sandwiches with various fillings with fresh ingredients that can be adapted to suit your taste. Instead of tomatoes, use cucumbers, jalapenos or gerkins. I am partial to fresh basil and like to use it in everything if I have it on hand. You can substitute basil with parsley or fresh coriander. Feel free to use your preferred sauces like, tomato, mayo, mustard, etc. to suit your taste.

  1. Tapenade and Feta Cheese Sandwich with Zaatar (Wild Thyne or Oregano)

Ingredients – Per Sandwich

2 Slices bread

2 tomato slices

2 tbsp. crumbled Feta cheese

2 to 3 tbsp. Black Olive Tapenade

1 tsp. Zaatar

2 tsp. olive oil

Lettuce, fresh basil and cherry tomatoes for serving

Method

Apply Tapenade to the bread slices.  Put one tbsp. olive oil on a hot pan and place the bread slice tapenade side up.  Spread the crumble feta cheese, sprinkle the zaatar, drizzle some olive oil and top with the tomato slices.  Place the second slice of bread on top of the tomato slices tapenade side down.  Apply olive oil to the top of the bread.  By now the underside of the sandwich should be brown.  Turn over and toast both sides.  Serve crisp olive tapenade and feta cheese sandwich with soft succulent centre, with some iceberg lettuce and fresh basil.

2. Grilled Pepperoni Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients – Per sandwich

2 Slices Bread, of your choice

2 slices cheese

8 slices pepperoni

Butter to coat the bread

Dijon Mustard

Method

Butter one side of the bread and place on a skillet or pan, buttered side down.  Place 1 slice of cheese and 8 slices of pepperoni on the top of the bread.  (You may broil the pepperoni for ½ to 1 minute in the microwave if you wish).  Top the pepperoni with a slice of cheese.  Cover the open-faced sandwich with a lid.  Spread some Dijon mustard on the second slice of bread.  When the underside of the open-faced sandwich is brown, top the sandwich with the other slice of bread, mustard side down.  Butter the upper side of the bread and turn to brown the other side.  The cheese should be melted by now.  Remove and serve immediately when brown and crisp on both sides.

3. Grilled Halloumi Tapenade Sandwich

Ingredients – per sandwich

2 slices Bread

3 slices Halloumi Cheese

2 to 3 slices tomato

Iceberg lettuce (or any lettuce you have at hand)

Some fresh basil

2 tbsp. tapenade

Olive oil to brush the bread

Method

Grill the halloumi slices on a hot pan till brown on both sides. Brush the bread slices with olive oil and spread tapenade on the other side of the bread.  Place the olive oil side on a hot pan with the tapenade facing up.  Top it with the tomato slices, lettuce, basil and halloumi and cover with the second slice of bread, olive oil side facing up.  When brown on the underside, flip the sandwich over and toast till brown.  Serve immediately, crisp and warm on the outside and crunchy, salty and tangy on the inside!

P.S.:  I am partial to fresh basil and use it in everything if I have it at home.  Feel free to use any fresh herbs of your choice.

4. Tuna Melts

Ingredients – for one sandwich

1 small tin Canned Tuna (in sunflower oil)

1 small Onion, finely chopped

2 tbsp. Mayonnaise, or as required

1 green chilli, finely chopped (optional)

1 tsp. Sweet relish (optional)

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard (optional)

2 slices of tomato

Fresh Basil

1 slice cheese

Method

Put the tuna alongwith the oil in a bowl, add the chopped onion and green chilli and mash to a paste.  Mix with mayonnaise and the sweet relish and mustard, if using.  The tuna would taste as good though, without the relish and mustard.  But if you love their complex flavors, you would enjoy these additional flavors.   Butter one side of the bread and place on a heated griddle, buttered side down.  Top with the tuna mayo paste, tomato slices and cheese slice.  Add the fresh basil and cover with the second slice of bread, buttered side up.  Flip the sandwich over when the underside is brown and toasted.  Brown both sides and serve hot and crunchy with the soft juicy delicious tuna filling.  Serve with some crisps or potato chips.

For variation: Add gherkins or jalapenos instead of tomatoes

5. Grilled Egg & Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients – for one sandwich

2 slices bread

2 eggs

Salt and pepper for the eggs

2 tomato slices

Butter to spread on the bread

Method

N.B: You need to use a large skillet for this recipe so you get enough of the egg omlete to fold over the sandwich.

Grease the skillet with a little butter and add the beaten eggs seasoned with salt and pepper and spread evenly over the pan.  Place one slice of bread buttered side up in the centre of the egg omlete.  When the egg browns lightly and sets completely, flip over so that the buttered side of the bread is now touching the pan . Fold the egg over the four sides of the bread. Top with tomato slices and fresh basil (or lettuce or baby spinach) and a slice of cheese. Place the second slice buttered side up on top of the cheese slice and turn the sandwich over the brown both sides.  Serve hot and crisp with some green salad or sprouts salad if you wish to serve it as an express lunch or dinner!

6. Halloumi Lettuce Wrap

Ingredients – for one wrap

1 tortilla wrap

Mayonnaise or mayo Sriracha, etc as desired to spread over the wrap

3 to 4 Tomato slices, grilled

3 to 4 Grilled Halloumi

Lettuce, fresh basil, (or coriander leaves or mint)

Method

Place the tortilla on a warm pan on low heat.  Drizzle mayonnaise as required and place on one end of the tortilla, grilled halloumi slices, tomato slices, lettuce and basil. Fold into half and serve immediately.

Millets Dosa


Millets Dosa

Millets Dosa

(Jowar – Bajra Dosa) (Sorghum – Pearl Millet Dosa)

Ingredients

Makes 8 to 10 Dosas

½ cup Bajra flour (Pearl Millet flour)

½ cup Jowar flour (Sorghum flour)

½ cup Rice flour

¼ cup flaxseeds powder (optional)

1.5 cups thin butter milk (Chaas)

Water as required to make a thin batter

1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp. green chilli paste

½” pc ginger finely chopped

½ tsp. pepper powder

1 tsp. Salt or to taste

Ghee as required

Mix the flours and combine well, add salt, cumin, green chilli paste, ginger, pepper and mix with butter milk to a pouring think consistency.  Add additional water if required and adjust consistency.  Cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

Heat a dosa pan to very hot.  Pour a ladle and a half of the batter and cook till brown.  Drizzle ghee in the centre and all around.  After a minute, flip and fry on the underside for a minute.  Remove and serve while crisp and hot with Idli Podi (Gun Powder) or any chutney of your choice. Continue frying the remaining dosas ensuring the batter is thoroughly stirred and mixed before each dosa is put on the pan, as the flours tend to settle to the bottom of the dish.  Leftover batter can be stored in the refrigerator and later or the next day.

P.S.:  To ensure the bajra and jowar flour remains fresh, store in the freezer.

Quick Breakfast Tortilla Wrap


Quick Breakfast Tortilla Wrap

This easy and quick breakfast is ready in minutes! Enjoy as a snack or for dinner or supper.

For variation, use chapatis or phulkas instead of tortillas.

Quick Breakfast Tortilla Wrap

Ingredients

To make one wrap – per person

  • 1 Tortilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices cheese
  • A handful fresh baby spinach
  • 2 or more slices of cold cuts (beef, pork, chicken ham, smoked turkey, mortadella, etc.)
  • A pinch Salt & pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. butter

Method

  1. Break the eggs into a bowl, season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Heat a pan, add butter and pour the beaten eggs into the pan. 
  3. Immediately place the tortilla over the egg and quickly turn the tortilla over (must use your fingers for this) so it is coated with the egg on both sides.
  4. Now fry for a minute till egg on the underside is light brown. 
  5. Flip the tortilla over and place 2 slices of cheese side by side at the end nearer to you. 
  6. When cheese melts slightly, top with spinach and 2 or more slices of cold cuts, as per your taste. 
  7. Carefully transfer the tortilla to a board and form into a compact roll, beginning from the side with the filling. 
  8. Cut diagonally into two halves and serve immediately. 
  9. Ketchup, mayonnaise or mustard sauce may be added as per taste. 
  10. I prefer it plain.

Cabbage Paneer Parathas


Cabbage Paneer Parathas

Healthy, nutritious, cabbage and paneer stuffed parathas. Enjoy them hot for breakfast or brunch or as a quick meal. Satisfy those hunger pangs and have as a snack!! Try the Aloo Parathas too…

CABBAGE PANEER PARATHAS

Ingredients

  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. melted ghee or oil
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • ½ to 1 tsp. Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • 2 cups cabbage, shredded fine
  • 1 cup paneer, crumbled
  • ½ cup coriander, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped fine

Method

  1. Wash, drain and sprinkle salt over the cabbage and keep aside for 10 minutes. 
  2. Sieve flour with salt. 
  3. Add the melted ghee/oil and mix well.
  4. Add water and knead well to a soft dough.
  5. Cover with wet cloth and set aside.
  6. Squeeze out the water from the cabbage and add the paneer, coriander, green chillies, salt (if required) and mix well.
  7. Keep aside.
  8. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.
  9. Roll out each portion into circle of about 4” diameter.
  10. Spread 2 heaped tbsp. stuffing over the entire circle and cover with another circle.
  11. Roll the paratha lightly to compact it and seal the edges.
  12. Heat a tawa and fry till done on both sides. 
  13. Spread little ghee and remove. 
  14. Serve hot with yogurt and pickle or with butter.

Easy Rice Khandvi


Easy Rice Khandvi

Easy Rice Khandvi

Instant Khandvi with Rice flour and Rawa

Quick and easy to prepare, no need to have practice or learn the art of making khandvi!

Very simple and easy method.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • ½ cup rawa
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds (optional)
  • 2 cups water

  • Tempering
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • To Garnish Fresh coconut & Fresh coriander leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Grind the green chilies, ginger alongwith the rice flour, rawa, yogurt adding 2 cups water and one tsp. salt till smooth.
  2. Remove to a bowl and add 1 tsp. cumin seed (optional).
  3. Stir to mix.
  4. Batter should be of pouring consistency and slightly thin.
  5. Set a steamer with water on heat.
  6. Grease a plate with oil and pour one ladle of batter to form a thin layer.
  7. Place the plate in the steamer and steam 10 minutes.
  8. You can place multiple plates stacked one over the other.
  9. To make sure they don’t slip into each other, place the smaller plates below the larger plates.
  10. The plates should rest over each other.
  11. Alternately use a metal stand to stack the plates and place the stand in the steamer or cooker or a large vessel.
  12. After 10 mintues remove and cut with a knife into 2” strips and roll each strip tightly into a roll.
  13. Set aside.
  14. To colour, add ¼ tsp turmeric to the half the batter and mix well, this would tinge the rice khandvi rolls yellow.
  15. Prepare tempering.
  16. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add the chillie flakes.
  17. Saute for ½ a minute and pour over the Khandvi.
  18. Garnish with fresh coconut and coriander leaves.
  19. Serve as and instant healthy breakfast or as a snack, starter or appetizer.

Surnali


Surnali or Surnoli

Surnali (Surnoli)

Buttermilk Dosa, Sponge Dosa, Sweet Dosa, Konkani Pancake, Mangalorean Surnoli, Udupi Surnali, Sweet Surnoli, Plain Surnoli

A Soft and fluffy mangalorean pancake you can make in two ways – Sweet & Plain (Savory) which can be enjoyed for breakfast, as a snack or as an accompaniment with your favorite curry for lunch and dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Idli or basmati Rice
  • 2 cups Buttermilk
  • 1 cup poha
  • ¼ tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. Soda bicarb

For sweet version

  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ cup jaggery powdered (for half the above quantity of batter)

Method

  1. Wash the rice and fenugreek seeds and soak in buttermilk for atleast 4 hours. 
  2. Soak the poha in water for 15 minutes. 
  3. Grind the rice, poha, coconut to a thick paste. 
  4. As far as possible do not add more water when grinding. 
  5. Add salt to the batter and divide into two. 
  6. To one half, add turmeric powder and jaggery and mix well till jaggery is dissolved.
  7. Leave both the batters to ferment 8 hours or overnight. 
  8. Before frying you may add a pinch or ¼ tsp. soda bicarb to the batter (If the batter has not fermented well) and mix.  This is optional.
  9. You may thin down the batter slightly, if required by adding little water if batter is too thick.
  10. To fry, heat a dosa pan very hot, smear with oil using an onion, put two ladles of batter (3/4 cup), do not spread. 
  11. Cover and cook till it is covered with holes, becomes opaque and light brown on the edges.  (Suruli for holes in Konkani).
  12. Remove and serve the sweet Surnalis with butter
  13. And the plain or savory ones with chutney.
  14. Also enjoy them with your favorite curry for lunch or dinner.

Sweet beaten rice Godd Fov


Sweet beaten rice (flat sweet poha) / Godd Fov

No cook breakfast or teatime snack.  Comes together in minutes (if you have all ingredients to hand).  Delicious, satisfying and healthy.   My mother made this often as a teatime snack, when we returned from school.  When was the last time you had Godd Fov?

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 cups thin (beaten/flattened) rice (Fov)
  • 1 cup grated jaggery
  • 1 cup grated coconut
  • ½ tsp. cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp. milk/water/coconut water

Method

  1. Clean the flattened rice (fov/poha) for any dirt, etc.  Do not wash.  Pick any husk or impurities, if any. Usually the packaged beaten rice (good brands) will be quite clean.
  2. Add the jaggery, coconut, cardamom powder and mix all ingredients. 
  3. Add the milk or water to moisten the mixture a little bit and mix well with fingers. 
  4. Leave aside for 10 minutes. 
  5. Serve with tea or coffee for breakfast or a teatime evening snack.

Pancakes


What is Pancake Tuesday?

From Wikipedia

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In others, especially those where it is called Mardi Gras or some translation thereof, this is a carnival day, and also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.

This moveable feast is determined by Easter. The expression “Shrove Tuesday” comes from the word shrive, meaning “absolve.[1] Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including AnglicansLutheransMethodistsand Roman Catholics,[2] who “make a special point of self-examination, of considering what wrongs they need to repent, and what amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth they especially need to ask God’s help in dealing with.”[3]

As this is the last day of the liturgical season historically known as Shrovetide, before the penitential season of Lent, related popular practices, such as indulging in food that one gives up for the upcoming forty days, are associated with Shrove Tuesday celebrations. The term Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

PANCAKES    (Mais Recipes)          

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • ½ cup boiled rice (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups fresh coconut, grated
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated (or as per taste)
  • 6 cardamoms, powdered
  • Or 1 tsp. vanilla essence

Method

  1. Wash and soak rice for 4 to 6 hours. 
  2. Grind to a fine paste. 
  3. Add salt and reserve. 
  4. Mix the coconut and jaggery and cook till blended. 
  5. Add cardamom or vanilla essence and let it cool. 
  6. Heat a griddle and smear with oil. 
  7. Spread two ladles of batter and rotate the griddle to spread the batter evenly and cover. 
  8. When the pancake is cooked, turn the pan on a flat plate. 
  9. Place a tablespoon of the coconut/jaggery mixture at one end of the pancake, fold in the sides and roll.

To prepare instant pancakes with all purpose flour

  • 1 cup flour (maida)
  • 1 egg, Salt to taste
  • Sieve the maida.
  • Make a well in the centre and add the egg, salt and enough water to form a thin batter.
  • Beat till smooth and no lumps remain.
  • Set aside for ½ an hour.
  • Heat a frying pan, brush with oil and spread 1/3 cup batter to coat the pan evenly.
  • Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • When the pancake is cooked, turn the pan onto a flat plate.
  • Repeat as above with the coconut/Jaggery filling

Kesari Baath


Kesari Baath

It has taken me a lot of courage to make Kesari Baath due to the amount of ghee and sugar used (equal to quantity of rava), but trust me it was truly satisfying and didn’t feel weighed down after consuming this delicious dish!  It is a must try!!

My other rava or sooji halwa recipes have half the quantity of ghee/sugar, but this recipe turns out truly melt in your mouth.  This is usually served as prasad at temples and at pooja ceremonies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rava (Sooji, Semolina, Farina)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts, broken
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • ½ tsp. Saffron (Kesar)
  • ½ tsp. cardamom powder (optional)

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. ghee (from the one cup) in a kadai, fry the cashewnuts and raisins to golden brown. 
  2. Remove and set aside. 
  3. In the same ghee, roast the rava on low heat till aromatic, 10 to 15 minutes on low flame.  Remove. 
  4. Add three cups water to the kadai, 1 tbsp. oil and half the remaining ghee, and the sugar and bring to a boil. 
  5. Add the kesar and cook till sugar dissolves. 
  6. Reduce flame to low and add rava and stir making sure no lumps are formed. 
  7. Stir cook for 2 minutes. 
  8. Cover and cook till all the water is absorbed, mix well till rava is well cooked. 
  9. Add the remaining ghee and stir cooking till the ghee is incorporated and the rava begins leaving the sides of the kadai and ghee begins to separate.
  10. Add the cardamon powder and mix well.
  11. Add the nuts and mix.  
  12. Serve hot.

Mooli Rotis


Mooli Ki roti

These are not the usual Mooli Parathas but more like theplas, usually served at mealtimes but can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a teatime snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated raddish
  • 4 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. ajwain
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Ghee for smearing the rotis

Method

  1. Peel, clean and wash the mooli (raddish).
  2. Mix all the above and and knead to a soft dough. 
  3. Divide into equal portions (about 15 to 18) and roll into a circle as thin as possible dusting some flour to prevent it sticking.
  4. Cook the roti to a golden brown on a hot griddle (tava) on both sides applying some ghee on both sides. 
  5. Serve hot with lunch or dinner or for breakfast with yogurt, pickle.

Eggless Banana Pancakes


What do you do when you feel like pancakes and have run out of eggs…. You make eggless pancakes! What do you do when you have some overripe bananas in the kitchen and don’t wish to discard them you add them to the eggless pancake batter and make ‘Eggless Banana Pancakes’. True deliciousness!! The best eggless pancakes ever…..

Eggless Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup All Purpose flour or wheat flour
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs. oil
  • 1 tbs. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted

Method

  1. Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. In a separate bowl add milk, oil, water, vanilla, mix and add to the dry ingredients and mix lightly, its okay for lumps to remain.
  3. Mash two ripe bananas and add to the batter and mix. 
  4. Melt the butter in a heated pan and add immediately to the batter and combine. 
  5. To the same pan, on heat, put  ¾ cup of the batter, spread into circle, cover and cook till the wet look disappears and bubbles appear on top. 
  6. Flip and cook on other side for a minute or two till brown. 
  7. Serve hot with honey, maple syrup, butter or just enjoy them plain.

Check out my other pancake recipes on the blog:-

  1. Pancakes

2. Ragi Banana pancakes,

3. whole wheat & Blueberry pancakes

Cooking with drumstick leaves


Enjoy healthy and nutritious drumstick leaves, popularly known as ‘Moringa leaves’ which are a powerhouse of nutrition. There are several ways to cook drumstick leaves some of which are herebelow. We used to have plenty of the drumstick trees around our houses and don’t think our mothers ever had to purchase drumsticks or the leaves for cooking.

As they are currently available in the market decided to make a few dishes and post recipes.

  1. Drumstick Leaves Adai
Drumstick Leaves Adai

2. Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

3. Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Ponsa Muddo


These cakes are usually steamed in teak leaves, which impart a unique fragrance and reddish color to the cake. In the absence of teak leaves here, I have used banana leaves but would surely use teak leaves whenever I can get some and re-post the pictures. Canned jackfruit has been used in this recipe.

Ponsache Patoleo – Jackfruit cakes steamed in banana leaves (Pelakai da ghatti in Tulu)

Ponsa Muddo

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Average
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  • 2 cups Jackfruit, chopped
  • 2 cups  white rice (or rice rava)
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • Jaggery 1/4 cup, or as required (may be omitted if jackfruit is extra sweet)
  • Salt to taste.
  • 8 Teak leaves (or 5 to 6 banana leaves cut into  medium sized pieces)
  1. Wash and soak rice for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Grind along with jackfruit, coconut and jaggery to a very thick paste using very little water. Add salt.
  3. If using rice rava, soak for 15 minutes. Grind the jackfruit, coconut, jaggery to a paste and mix  with the rava.
  4. Place 2 ladles (or more depending on the size of the leaf) and fold into  a packet and place in steamer, seam side down and steam for 30 minutes.  Cooking time would vary according to size and thickness of the jackfruit cake.
  5. Remove and cut into pieces, if cakes are large.
  6. Serve for breakfast or as tea-time snack.  Also goes well with curries on festival menus.

Bread Pudding


Bread Pudding

A delicious and satisfying dessert or teatime-snack!

Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 tbsp. sugar, or to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. raisins/sultanas (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence (or nutmeg or cardamom powder)
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • ¼ cup (or 2 tbsp.) sugar, for caramel
  • (Place sugar in a pan on low flame and heat till the sugar melts and turns golden brown)

 Method

  1. Place milk on heat, add the sugar, stir to dissolve and bring to a boil. Switch off.
  2. Break the bread into small pieces, add to the hot milk.
  3. When cool add the eggs and beat the mixture well or transfer to a blender and blend till smooth.  Add vanilla essence and raisins.
  4. Take a medium cake tin and coat with caramel.  Add the bread mixture and steam or bake on medium low heat till done, approx.. one hour.
  5. To test if the pudding is done, insert a knife in the center and if it comes out clean the pudding is ready.
  6. If baking, add water to a tray and place the pudding dish in the water bath and bake on low for an hour or so

Sheera


Sheera – Sooji Halwa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rawa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Few drops yellow color
  • 1/4 cup Almonds and pistas (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Raisins
  • 1/4 tsp.Cardamom powder (optional)
  1. Slice the almonds and pistas. Clean the raisins, removing stems if any.
  2. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the raisins till they swell.  Remove and set aside. Fry the cashewnuts lightly and remove.
  3. Add the rawa to the kadai and fry on medium low flame till it turns light brown and you get a nice aroma. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You can fry it longer if you prefer it nice and brown. Do not fry on high flame or the rawa will get burnt ruining the sheera.
  4. Add the hot water and stir quickly to avoid lumps being formed.
  5. Add the saffron and stir and mix well. When the rawa thickens add the sugar and mix till dissolved.
  6. Then add the nuts and raisins. Keep stirring till it begins to leave the sides of the kadai and forms a ball.
  7. Put into bowls and press lightly and turn out onto a serving plate. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
  8. Avoided saffron (kesar), but intend to make kesari baath soon, going all out with the ghee and sugar in equal quantities to the rava!!

And the Kesari Baath is now published do check it out!

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