Delicious Aate ka Halwa

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Aate ka Halwa

The quickest Halwa to make and I will add delicious too ;-)  This was the first sweet I made after marriage and everybody liked it. This one never fails! You will almost always have the ingredients handy and it hardly takes any time to prepare!

My Mom as always makes it the best and here at my husband’s place I am told his Grandma made the most heavenly Aate ka Halwa

Aate Ka Halwa

Aate Ka Halwa

Here is how it goes-

Ingredients (Serves 3-4)-

½ cup Wheat Flour

½ Cup Sugar

Almost Half Cup Ghee (clarified butter)

1 Cup water

Sliced Cashewnuts, almonds, raisins.

  • Keep the ingredients ready as this one is a “quick steps” dish!

Method

Take the Ghee in sauce pan and let it get warm on medium flame. Now add the wheat flour to the ghee, and stir. Keep stirring till the flour turns brown. Now add the sugar and immediately the water and stir continuously or lumps will form. Add the nuts and stir for 3-4 minutes.

The Halwa is ready. Serve it hot.

That Cuppa tea with Alu Bondas!

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Tangy & Tempting Alu Bondas

Alu Bondas

Alu Bondas

How about surprising your hubby with some hot Alu bondas with a cuppa tea after a refreshing Saturday afternoon siesta! Sounds awesome! Doesn’t it?

Alu bondas don’t take much time to make and are enjoyed by all. Add Dry mango powder for that tangy flavor.

Here is how the recipe goes-

Ingredients for Batter

1 cup gram flour/chickpea flour/besan

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Just a pinch of red chili powder- optional

Vegetable/Sunflower Oil for deep frying

Salt to taste

Ingredients for Stuffing

2 cups potatoes boiled and mashed.

1-2 chopped green chilies

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp mustard seeds

A pinch of asafetida (we love the hing flavor)

Chopped coriander leaves

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

2 tsp Dry Mango Powder/Amchoor

Salt to taste

Method

Batter

Mix all ingredients of batter to form a dip thick enough to thickly coat back of a spoon. This batter should be of medium consistency. Keep it aside.

Stuffing

Boil the potatoes and mash properly.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Add asafetida, mustard seeds, green chilies, ginger and garlic paste. Sauté for just a couple of minutes. Add turmeric powder; then add the mashed potatoes, mint leaves & Amchoor and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add salt, mix properly. Once the potato mixture cools down, divide the mixture into 6-8 portions, of round balls and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan for deep frying

Dip each of the potato balls in the gram flour batter and gradually let it into the oil and deep fry until golden brown in color.

Place it on a tissue paper- and now serve hot with Coriander Chutney or Ketchup. Nobody will mind a cuppa tea with this! Enjoy your weekend!

Bake a Cake!

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Baking a cake is a pleasure….as the aroma spreads, you know you are making something sugary, soft……..that everyone will love… and love you for!

My Mom makes the most mouth-watering egg less cakes. Growing up, I and Bro, feasted on these cakes. And, we had somebody else who shared the joy with us…Cheeku our little pet. He’d the first one to fall for the aroma of the cake being baked and then he’d just sit in the kitchen….waiting for his share.

Some of my most treasured memories as a kid are dipping my fingers into the melted chocolate icing or the cake batter and tasting the smooth batter;  Not to forget, collecting the leftover batter on to a spoon and relishing it ;-).

Last week saw couple of Arnav’s best friends celebrating their birthdays and a friend of mine also celebrated his birthday his birthday cake was one of the best cakes I have seen and eaten.

Coming to Arnav, he just needed a reason to cut a cake….he turned exactly 6.5 years on 28 January! And this was a reason enough for me to bake a simple & quick cake for my little sweetheart….who waited patiently as I prepared it. I usually make an eggless cake this time tried with eggs and it turned out super! Sure it wasn’t as nice as Mom’s but everybody still wanted a slice!

Now, the recipe

Bake a Cake

Bake a Cake

Ingredients-

1 + 1/2 cup (170 g) all-purpose flour (Maida)

1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (dutched/dark)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup (220 g) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

3/4 cup milk

3/4 cup (170 g) melted butter

2 eggs

Method-

Preheat oven to 350 deg F (180 deg C). Grease a 9 inch (23 cm) cake tin with ghee/oil or melted butter. Sprinkle some flour on to this.

Now Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl. Melt the butter at low heat and add to the dry ingredients. Also add milk and eggs.

Mix everything together until smooth, either by hand if you have the energy or by using an electric mixer at slow speed.

Transfer most of this to the baking tin. Leave a small part. Add the cocoa powder to it. Spread this over rest of the mixture in the baking tin in a pattern you desire. Now bake at 350 degrees until a wooden pick/or a cake knife inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Wait for the cake to cool for at least ten minutes, before you gently invert it on to another plate/container. The cake is very soft when it is hot…avoid excessive handling.

And now, slice the cake, serve it to everyone, get yourself a cup of tea and enjoy your creation ;-)!

Cake for Arnavi!

Cake for Arnavi!

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