9799692b348 Nivedhanam: 2012-10-14

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fruits and Nuts Urundai / Fudge

Fruits and Nuts Urundai / Fudge is an interesting, quick, tasty and healthy sweet. You can use any choice of nuts. With lot of festivals lined, we can do this sweet which will be quick and easy but a crowd pleaser.. Another interesting point about this sweet is there are no processed ingredients making it so much healthier. I got this recipe from here and it is a huge hit with my family.
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Almonds – ½ cup
Cashews – ½ cup
Pistachio – ½ cup
Quick Cooking Oats – 1 ½ cups
Raisins – ½ cup
Dates – 1 ½ cups (22 – 24)
Ghee – 1 tea spoon + to grease
Cardamom Powder – ½ tea spoon
Nutmeg Powder – ¼ tea spoon
Salt – A pinch

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Dry roast oats for 2 to 3 minutes and grind it to a powder when cool and set aside
Dry roast the nuts separately and grind it to a powder when cool and set aside
Grind the raisins to a fine paste and set aside.
Grind the dates to a fine paste and set aside. You can add the nuts powder or the oats powder to make grinding easier
In a mixing bowl, add the oats powder, nuts powder, ground dates and raisins and mix well
Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and ghee and mix them all very well until they resemble wet bread crumbs
Consistency we are looking is – if this mixture binds and holds together when you can make a fist
Grease a plate with ghee and also your hands with ghee
Make golf sized or little smaller than golf size balls from the mixture
Fruits and Nuts Fudge / Urundai is ready to be served!!!

Points to note – about Dates (from Wikipedia) - Dates have a high tannin content and are used in traditional medicine as a detersive (having cleansing power) and astringent in intestinal troubles.[citation needed] One traditional belief is that it can counteract alcohol intoxication. The seed powder is also used in some traditional medicines.
from http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/dates.html - The fruit is rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. Additionally, the fiber works as a bulk laxative. It, thus, helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Dates are an excellent source of iron, contains 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI). Iron, being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. Further, they are very good in potassium. 100 g contains 696 mg or 16% of daily-recommended levels of this electrolyte. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure. They, thus, offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. They are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth. Further, the fruit has adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of pyridoxine(vitamin B-6), niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rava Laddo (ரவா லாடு)

Rava Laddo is a simple and quick sweet very popular in India done during festivals. The Ingredients are in almost all pantries and this can be done in less than 30 minutes. The main ingredient are ravai and sugar. This sweet has one of the longest shelf life and it will last for a very long time. Add ¼ cup of ghee first and if balls are not formed, then add a table spoon more. This recipe will make around 24 laddos. I love this laddu my mom makes and it tastes so yummy!!!
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Ravai  / Sooji - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Ghee – 5 table spoons
Cardamom – 4
Cashew / Almond – 10

Grind the sugar and keep it separate
Roast the ravai till it is well done (golden color and very aromatic)
Grind the ravai once cooled and keep aside
Mix the ravai and sugar powder well
Add cardamom powder and ghee
Now mix it well so that it can be rounded.
Make round balls with cashew / almond and serve

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Milk Cake

Milk Cake is a very tasty sweet made with just a few ingredients. I got this recipe from here and it was very tasty. With lot of festivals lined up, this is an interesting and new sweet to make. You do not need any special ingredient, most of it is in the pantry. Do not throw away the whey water. It has lot of health benefits. Add it to roti / chapathi while making dough.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Roundup of Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids–Combo Meals

Hi All,
I am so happy to have received so many entries - 119 lovely entries for my guest host event “Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids – Combo Meals”. Thanks all for your lovely entries and thanks to Nithu for giving me this opportunity. Here is a yummy roundup. So many combinations and varieties and I am grouping them by blogger. I hope I have included everybody, please let me know if I have missed anyone!! One of our friend blogger has contributed the maximum number of recipes and she wins the “Winner of the Month” which comes with a badge that you can be proudly put up on the blog!!! For details – please see below!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Eggless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

For this month's baking partners, the challenge was to do the Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Muffins from the joy of baking. I made this recipe into vegan by substituting eggs and butter. It was a very soft and super moist muffin and went perfect with coffee. It was also moist the next day. I halved the original recipe and got 6 regular sized muffins.
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All Purpose Flour - 3/4 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tea spoon
Ground Cinnamon - 1/2 tea spoon
Ground Cloves - 1/8 tea spoon
Ground Ginger - 1/4 tea spoon
Freshly Ground Nutmeg - 1/8 tea spoon
Salt - 1/4 tea spoon
Vegetable Oil - 4 table spoons
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Egg Replacer - 1 1/2 tea spoons
Warm Water - 3 table spoons
Vanilla Extract - 1/2 tea spoon
Pumpkin Puree - 6 table spoons
Semisweet Chocolate Chips - 1/2 cup

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line 6 cup cake liners on the muffin trays and lightly spray cooking oil spray. Set aside
Sift together flour, baking soda, ground spices and salt.
In a small bowl, mix together egg replacer and warm water and beat well until gooey and set aside.
In another bowl, mix together oil, pumpkin puree and sugar and beat well until the sugar is well dissolved and the mixture is shiny
Add the egg replacer and vanilla and mix until combined
Now add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold it gently. Once the dry is all incorporated, add the chocolate chips and fold it well
Scoop them evenly onto the muffin cups and tap them gently to release any air bubbles
Bake in the oven for around 18 - 22 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Make sure that you do not prick a chocolate chip as that will be gooey. The toothpick should not have any batter attached to it.
Allow it to cool on the cooling rack for 30 minutes and enjoy!!!
Be careful when handling the muffins, they are too soft and delicate!!

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