Welcoming 2011 with Kaju Katli!

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The Ever Pleasing Kaju (Cashew) Katli- Super Quick to Make, Divine to Eat!

Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli

And here I am all set to welcome 2011 with Kaju Barfi- something that everyone around me loves- Kaju Barfi! Mom taught it and it took not more than twenty minutes to prepare it- awesome! And my little baby loves it!

Ingredients-

Cashew nuts (kaju) – 2 cups
Sugar – 1 Cup (Half the amount of Cashews)
Ghee
Silver sheets for decoration

Method-

Take 2 Bowls Cashews and dry grind them- you can sieve them too (to avoid any big pieces). Don’t add any water while grinding- just dry grind them.
Spread a plastic sheet and apply slight ghee/oil over it- a thin film covering it. Keep aside.
Take One Bowl Sugar in a sauce pan and put equal amount of water in it- heat it to make sugar syrup (two thread consistency) Check for consistency upon boiling- this would roughly take 6-8 minutes. Lower the heat, add the cashew powder and stir continuously to avoid any lumps. Stir well for two minutes and immediately take it out on the plastic sheet.
Spread the cashew syrup mixture on the plastic sheet and since it is hot wrap it lightly with the plastic sheet and knead it like we knead the flour.
Now transfer this to a greased flat surface (we took and aluminum tray) spread it evenly with a rolling pin to about 1/8” inch of thickness. Let it cool and apply the silver foil. After half an hour, cut it diagonally in diamond shape pieces.

Eat on and Welcome the New Year with a smile! Here is wishing you all a very Happy New Year, Cheers!

Spring Rolls- Time to Snack!

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Arnav Enjoying Spring Rolls!

Arnav Enjoying Spring Rolls!

Yummilicious Spring Rolls!

 

And what are we being treated to at Mom’s place- it is time for Dum Alu, Kachoris, Moong Daal Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Pudding…and a lot of gifts and pampering by all! And of course the endless conversations with Mom over tea! I love it all and am going to miss them the next week.
A refreshing change between all the dishes was the simple and quick to make spring rolls. They make great appetizers- in addition to that you can change the stuffing from a variety of vegetables to tofu, to green peas…you can just experiment with the stuff available at home. And yes kids love them too!
Mom used the spring roll wrappers and that made it super quick and easy and of course a delight to eat. We just went with the veggies we had at home….she does not use garlic for cooking- but I though a tinge of garlic paste could have added as well to the flavor…suit yourself. Ma found the spring roll sheets a little too thin so she used two for each roll and that was perfect (Moms are always Perfect ;-))

Spring Rolls Served Hot!

Spring Rolls Served Hot!

 

Ingredients (8 Spring Rolls)-

1 Pack Spring Roll Wrappers/Sheets
2 medium sized onions chopped long and fine
¼ Cabbage chopped long and fine
1 Carrot grated or thinly sliced
1 Capsicum thinly sliced
Some Cilantro chopped
Oil
Salt & Pepper as per taste (Soy Sauce has salt in it so salt can be on the lesser side.
Soy Sauce- 1 to 2 tsp

Method

Heat one Tsp oil in a saucepan. Now add the onions and fry them until transparent. Now add the rest of the vegetable and the sauce and stir fry until dry- this will take 2-5 minutes. Keep aside for cooling.
Now place one wrap on top of another and take some filling and place it diagonally on the sheet- leave the corners. Make a roll just and fold the corners in so that the stuffing does not come out upon frying.

You can either deep fry/shallow fry/bake the spring rolls. We are on a vacation and needless to add we deep fried them.
Serve hot with Coriander chutney, Ketchup or any other sauce of your liking. Enjoy!
And I wish to thank a friend who asked me if I was blogging or not…..’Because this sure is one thing I enjoy- and yes I was missing it! Thank You for bring me back!

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