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July 28, 2010

Moong Dal halwa

One best occasion to buy all our favourite things is the birthday.  Yes, last week I celebrated my birthday with lotz of surprise gifts from pravin & wishes all around.  I was totally thrilled & amazed this time.  I made this simple & tasty moong dal halwa for the dessert for the celebration.  It was absolutely divine, very rich & creamy.  Pravin was totally surprised "It's a home made"...  Awesome sweet.

Ingredients :

  1. Moong dal - 3/4 cup
  2. Sugar - 1 cup
  3. Ghee - 1/2 cup
  4. Milk - 1/2 cup
  5. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Saffron strands - few
  7. Milk kova - 2 tbsp (optional)
  8. Cashews & raisins (roasted in ghee) for garnishing 

Method :

1.   Dry roast the lentil (moong dal) slightly till light golden brown & soak in the water for 8 hrs preferably overnight.

2.   Grind the soaked dal to a paste. 

3.   Heat 1/4 cup of ghee in the non-stick pan, add the dal paste.  Stir continuously on low flame, not allowing lumps to form.  

4.   When the dal becomes thick add the remaining ghee & keep stirring.

5.   Meanwhile, boil the milk & sugar in a separate pan.  Add cardamom powder & saffron to it.  

6.   When the ghee starts oozing out the dal, add the milk slowly.  Keep stirring, not allowing lumps to form again.

8.   Finally, add the milk kova & cook until the halwa don't stick in the pan (till creamy texture).

8.   Garnish with the roasted nuts.

Serve warm.

July 22, 2010

Tiramisu swiss roll

I started baking cakes listed in my personal cake list. And this is one of those. A little variation from the regular tiramisu yet easy to make. Very happy to see my cake turned out good & each of us enjoyed until the last bite. It's delicious :)

Ingredients :

For the cake :
  1. Eggs - 4 nos
  2. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  3. Castor sugar - 100 gms
  4. Flour - 100 gms
  5. Melted butter - 60 gms
  6. Cocoa powder / grated chocolate for topping
For the Icing :
  1. Eggs 5 Nos
  2. Sugar 1/2 cup
  3. Mascarpone cheese - 500 gms
  4. Heavy whipping cream - 1 cup (230 cc)
For the espresso syrup :
  1. Espresso coffee - 2 cups
  2. 2 tsp sugar
  3. 2 tsp Marsala wine (optional)

Method :

For the cake :

1. Preheat the oven at 200 C. Line the baking tray with baking paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy, gradually add in sugar & beat until fluffy.
3. Fold in flour, melted butter & vanilla essence, mix until just combined.
4. Pour the batter into baking tray and bake for 10 mins. Cool on rack.

For the filling :

1. Beat the cream & egg whites seperately till stiff. Keep it aside.
2. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and marsala wine in a large glass bowl until blended. Set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, but do not allow the bottom of the bowl to touch the water. Whisk the egg mixture over the simmering water until it is thick
and creamy, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat.
3. Mash the mascarpone cheese until creamy. Add the egg yolk mixture into the mascarpone cheese and beat to mix very well.
4. Finally fold the cream & egg whites gently into the mascarpone cheese mixture.

For the espresso syrup :

1. Prepare a strong espresso coffee using coffeefilter. Dissolve 2 tsp sugar & 2 tbsp marasala wine in it.

Assembling :

1. Spread the baked sponge roll & brush the espresso syrup over the cake (one side only).
2. Now spread the filling & roll the cake gently.
3. Sprinkle the cocoa powder / grated chocolate on the top & refrigerate for atleast 2 hrs before serving.

Happy baking :)

July 18, 2010

Minced mutton (keema) vadai

Here we dont get minced mutton in small quantities. We have to buy minimum of 1 kg & I divide them into 4 quarters & prepare different dishes whole week. Keema vadai is my DH favourite & I like to serve it as starter/ snack / side dish. Best way is to serve it with tomato ketchup. Rich & heavy would be perfect for kids.

Ingredients :
  1. Minced meat (mutton or beaf) - 500 gms
  2. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  3. Green chillies - 2 nos
  4. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Onion - 1 medium sized
  7. Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  8. Chilly powder - 1 tsp (optional)
  9. Gram flour (or split roasted gram dal) - 1/4 cup
  10. Corriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  11. Egg - 1 no
  12. Oil for frying

Method :

1. Heat 1 tsp of oil in the frying pan, add finely chopped onions, green chillies, ginger garlic paste & turmeric powder. Saute till tender.

2. Add the minced meat, chilly powder & salt to taste. Cook till done.

3. Finally, add the garam masala & finely chopped corriander leaves. Switch off the flame.

4. Transfer the cooked meat in a bowl & add gram flour and egg. Mix well.

5. Meanwhile heat oil in the deep frying pan. Take a dollop of vadai mixture & make a round shape & drop them in the oil. Deep fry them on medium flame till golden brown on either side.

Serve warm.
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