Tomato Saar

Tomato saar.
Delicious spicy curry with ripe tomatoes from Maharashtra cuisine.

According to Wikipedia Maharashtra is the name of a state of India and its language is Marathi. In area it is the third-biggest state of India. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. Pune is the cultural and educational capital.
The food of Maharashtra is different in each place. The people in the Konkan region eat more rice and the ones near the ocean eat a lot of fish. In eastern Maharashtra, most people eat a lot of wheat, jowar, and bajra. Other important things people eat in Maharashtra are lentils, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, chilies, garlic, ginger, and aamras. Many people also eat chicken and mutton.

Tomato is known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum, the tomato is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family, native to South America. Despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable.

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Maharashtra cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Priya Mahesh. Who blog at Www.at200deg.com
Priya gave me two easy to use ingredients hing or asafoetida and jeera or cumin. And I gave her turmeric and ginger. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

You may like some more tomato recipes here

Marinara sauce

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Tomato cilantro egg drop soup

Bitter gourd with tomato

This tomato saar goes well with hot steamed rice. I have added kokum in it. I love the mild tangy taste of kokum. But if you don’t have kokum, use tamarind paste or you can skip it if you don’t like tangy taste.

Recipe

Tomato – 4 medium

Water – 2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut – 1/2 cup, finely chopped or grated

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 12

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Jaggery powder or sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kokum – 2 – 3 pieces, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped + to garnish

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut.

2. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 6 – 8 minutes or until the skin starts to separate. Don’t discard the water we will use it.

3. Let the tomatoes cool down. Discard the stem. Peel and grind into a smooth paste.

4. Grind the coconut, green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

5. Add cumin powder and keep aside. If you are using whole cumin add it with coconut, chilli and ginger and grind.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

7. When the seeds start to splutter add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add dry red chilli. Now add hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

9. Add coconut, chilli, ginger, cumin paste and turmeric powder. Mix well.

10. Saute till the mixture dried up.

11. Add ground tomatoes, salt, kokum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well.

12. Add the water we have used to boil tomatoes. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

13. Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.
2. If you don’t have kokum then you can use 1 teaspoon tamarind paste or if you don’t like tangy taste skip it.
3. Use fully ripe red tomatoes to make tomato saar.

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Spinach Curry With Corn soya chunks, Coconut And Almond

Spinach curry with sweet corn, soya chunks, coconut and almond.
A delicious creamy thick curry. You can serve it with any bread. Easy to make and perfect side dish for your lunch or dinner.

In my earlier posts we have discussed about the health benefits of spinach, corn and soya chunks. So this time talking about only taste. This lip-smacking curry is lightly flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Almonds made the curry thick and creamy. You can use cashew nuts instead.
You may like some more spinach recipes here.

1. Dal palak

2. Palak raita

3. Green gram carrot spinach soup

4. Spinach carrot bean beet and almond soup

5. Dairy free green smoothie

6. Zan

Our this week’s 171 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #saagsaga. Kriti suggested this beautiful theme. We have to share any leafy green or saag recipe. My contribution is this delicious spinach curry with corn, soya chunks, coconut and almond.

Lip-smacking spinach curry with all the goodness of sweet corn, soya, coconut and almond.

Recipe

Spinach or palak – 200 gram

Sweet corn – 1 cup, boiled

Soya chunks – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Coconut – 3 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Almond – 13 – 14

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and wash the spinach. Discard the stem. Take the leaves only.

2. Heat 3 cup water with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a pan.
When it starts to rolling boil add spinach leaves in it.

3. Boil for 2 – 3 minutes. Switch off the heat and immediately drain the water.

4. Keep ice cold water ready. Dip the spinach in ice cold water immediately to retain the green colour.

5. Grind the spinach into a smooth paste. Add very little water if require.

6. Soak almonds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with little water.

7. Let it cool down. Peel and keep aside.

8. Boil the soya chunks with 2 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil for 1 – 2 minutes.

9. When it cool down drain the water, squeeze and wash with fresh water.
Squeeze well and keep aside.

10. Grind peeled almonds, tomato, green chilli, garlic, coconut, green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Make a smooth paste.

11. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use butter or half oil half butter.

12. Add finely chopped onion. Fry the onion till onion becomes light brown.

13. Now add almond, coconut, ginger, garlic, chilli, tomato, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste.

14. Saute and add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves oil.

15. Add squeezed soya chunks and mix well. Saute for 1 minute more and add boiled sweet corn.

16. Mix well and add spinach puree.
Add 1 cup water and mix well.

17. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 6 – 7 minutes. Stir occasionally.

18. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add 1/4 cup water if the gravy is too thick but don’t add more.

19. If you are adding water boil for few seconds on high heat.

20. Remove from heat. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you want. I didn’t.

21. Your spinach curry with corn, soya chunks and coconut is ready. Garnish with boiled sweet corn, tomato and onion slices.

22. Serve hot with pulao, jeera rice, steamed rice, roti, paratha, puri, naan, tandoori roti, crisp toasted bread or any bread.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. Add chilli according to your taste. Add 1 green chilli or skip the chilli if you are making it for kids. Or add more green chilli if you want your curry more spicy.
2. You can use cashew nuts instead of almonds.
3. You can also add paneer or cottage cheese pieces in the curry.
4. You can use butter instead of oil, add little oil with butter to avoid burning.
5. If you like you can add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves at the end.

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Goan Dal Curry With Coconut And Kokum

Dal curry with coconut and kokum.
A delicious and flavourful dal from Goan cuisine.

Beautiful state Goa known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”. The state famous for it’s beaches.
Goan cuisine consists of regional foods popular in Goa, an Indian state located along India’s west coast on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork and local spices are some of the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavors are intense. Use of kokum is another distinct feature. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. It is similar to Malvani or Konkani cuisine.
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Among all the food this dal curry is my all time favourite.
You can get some more dal recipes here

1. Dal kanda or dry chana dal fry

2. Beetroot dal

3. Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

4. Dal palak

5. Assamese massor dal boror tenga

6. Sprouts sundal

7. Egg dal tadka

We don’t get kokum in local market. Earlier used tamarind paste instead of kokum. But this time my daughter gave me a packet of kokum from Pune.
If you don’t have kokum then you can use 2 teaspoon tamarind paste instead.
I didn’t use onion in the dal. If you want you can fry 1 sliced onion before adding coconut and tomato paste. Or you can grind 1 onion with coconut, chilli, ginger, garlic and tomato.

You can make it with any dal or lentil like moong or green gram, Masoor dal

or chana dal or Bengal gram.
Recipe is very simple and easy yet lip-smacking. Best accompany with your steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Toor dal or pigeon peas – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup + 1 cup

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Fresh coconut – 1/2 cup, chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Curry leaves – 12 – 15

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2, torn into 2 pieces

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Method

1. Clean and wash the toor dal or pigeon peas. Soak in water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grind coconut pieces, green chilli, tomatoes, ginger and garlic. Make a smooth paste. You can add 1 onion if you want.

3. Boil the soaked dal with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 3 – 4 whistle or till the dal becomes soft.

4. When the pressure cooker cool down, open the lid.
Add kokum pieces and 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix and keep aside.

5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan.
Add the ground paste and cumin powder.

6. Saute till the mixture dried up and smell of raw garlic goes away, add it to the dal.

7. Mix well. Add 1 cup water.
When it starts to rolling boil simmer the heat.

8. Cook on low heat for 5 – 6 minutes.
Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.

9. Taste and adjust salt if require. You can add little more water if require. But don’t make the dal runny. It should be thick.

10.Switch off the heat.

11. Now heat 1 tablespoon oil or ghee in a small pan.

12. Add mustard seeds. Let them splutter now add cumin seeds.

13. When the seeds starts to splutter add dry red chilli and curry leaves.
Add hing or asafoetida and mix.

14. Add this tempering in the dal.
Mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

15. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, puri, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use moong, masoor, chana or any dal instead of toor dal.

2. If you don’t have kokum use 1 – 2 teaspoon tamarind paste instead.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Khajur Or Fried Biscuits

Khajur or khajuria from Bihar.

A quick and easy to make delicious sweet deep fried cookie type snack. You can serve it with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.

This post is going to be a part of 169 #Foodiemonday bloghop #beginnersrecipe theme.

In this theme we have to share our first recipe we cooked. Thanks Amrita for the suggestion. This theme reminds me of my childhood days. A little girl of class 5th as I remember who didn’t know anything about cooking her naughty younger brother Maa Baba. Missing badly those days. Maa baba brother all left me. Its so painful but your memories are a treasure for me.

In school I remember there was a test of cooking. Every student got some ingredients and a dish name to cook. Everyone had to make different dishes. Teacher asked me to make khajur. And I was shocked, my reaction was ‘what’s that’? That time in my knowledge khajur is a Hindi or Urdu word for date. So how could I cook it? One of my friend came to rescue. She said “don’t worry let me make my dish then I will make your too”. And she made both our dishes. Don’t know where is she now. God bless her. That day I learned my first dish and after returning home made it under my mother’s supervision. And I still remember their surprised faces after tasting it. This week our bloghop group made me really nostalgic.

Now coming to the recipe. You need very few ingredients and quick process to make this delicious crispy sweet snack. Just mix everything and Knead a dough. Shape them and fry. Isn’t easy? 😊

I have used refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tablespoon, melted

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/3 cup or as require to make a stiff dough

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour, semolina or suji, sugar, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut and melted ghee or clarified butter.

2. Mix everything well with your palm and finger tips.

3. Add milk slowly and Knead a stiff dough. Don’t add much or the dough will be sticky. But in case your dough becomes sticky, you can add little more flour and semolina.

4. Make small balls. Shape them with your hands or mould. I have used my sandesh mould. Or you can roll with a rolling pin and cut with your favourite cookie cutter.

5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. When heated lower the flame.

6. Slide 4 – 5 khajur in the hot oil. Don’t over crowded. Fry the khajur on low heat till golden brown.

7. Flip and fry the other side too. Keep the flame low.

8. Remove from oil and let them cool down completely. After cooling khajur becomes crisp.

9. Keep the khajur in airtight container. You can keep them in room temperature for 10 – 12 days.

10. Serve with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can fry the khajur in ghee or clarified butter if you want.

2. If you like less sugar add 3/4 cup powdered sugar.

4. You can add powdered almond or cashew in the dough if you like.

5. You can use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour.

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Kadala Curry Or Black Chickpea Curry

Kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine.
A very flavourful and spicy curry. Freshly ground Kerala garam masala and coconut made the curry lip-smacking.
Beautiful state Kerala known as ‘God’s own Country’ or land of spices.
According to Wikipedia The cuisine of Kerala, a state in the south of India, is linked to its history, geography, demography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, coconut, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind, and asafoetida are all frequently used.

Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.

I have shared two more black chickpea recipes here.

Black chickpea kabab

Paneer kala chana kofta curry

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Kerala cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Sujitha Ruban who blog at

http://sujithaeasycooking.com.
Sujitha Ruban gave me two flavourful ingredients Mace and fennel seeds and I gave her banana and ginger powder. Check out her blog for the recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I made this kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine with those aromatic ingredients.
Black chickpeas, also known as Bengal grams, Garbanzo beans or ‘kala chana’ belong to the ‘desi’ variety and have a much higher fiber content and lower glycemic index. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nut like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, black chickpeas can indeed be a healthy addition to your diet. Two to three tablespoons of these legumes are equivalent to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of black chickpeas are as follows.

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Now coming to the recipe. You will love this flavourful curry. And all the flavour comes from aromatic Kerala garam masala. If you have Kerala garam masala ready in your pantry then you can use 1 teaspoon of it. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder to bring some colour in the curry.

Recipe

Kala chana or black chickpeas – 1 cup

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Onion – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Curry leaves – 12 – 13

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 small

Coconut – 1/2 cup heaped, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coconut oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon

Mace – 2 blades

Cloves – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Star anise – a small piece

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Nutmeg – a pinch

Method

1. Wash and soak the kala chana or black chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 7 – 8 whistle or till chickpeas becomes soft.

3. Lightly dry roast fennel seeds or sounf, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Roast lightly till fragrant. Don’t overdo.

4. Let the spices cool down. And grind into fine powder.

5. Grind the coconut. Add water as require to make a smooth paste.

6. Grind tomato and ginger. You can use chopped tomato and grated ginger. But I like smooth paste so ground altogether.

7. Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds or rai and let them splutter.

8. Now add curry leaves, chopped onion and green chilli.

9. Fry till onions becomes light brown.
Add tomato and ginger paste or grated ginger and chopped tomato.
Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

10. Add coconut paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, black pepper powder and dry roasted and ground fennel seeds, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg.

11. Saute till everything dried up.
Add boiled black chickpea or kala chana and salt. Mix well. Saute for a minute.

12. Add 1 cup water. Or you can add 1/2 cup more water if you want more gravy.

13. Let it boil. Now cook on simmer for 12 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

14. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

15. Take out 3 – 4 tablespoon chickpeas and mash well with a spoon and add in the gravy if you want your gravy thick.

16. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.

Note

If you want you can also add garlic to the curry. Grind garlic cloves with tomato and ginger.

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Gluten Free Lemon Cherry Loaf Cake / Eggless Cake

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade or make lemon cake 😊

 

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Gluten free lemon cherry loaf cake with Soyabean flour and oats.
A delicious eggless cake with the mixed flavour of lemon, cherry and coconut. Cake is super soft and moist.
Not only delicious but you will love it’s colourful look when slicing.

Planning to make this cake with Soyabean flour. My Pineapple cupcakes with Soyabean flour was a super hit among my family and friends. Loved the texture of Soyabean flour cake. It was super soft and delicious.
When our bloghop member Sasmita suggested this week’s 162 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme #lemonAffair, I immediately made this cake and very happy with the taste.

I have mentioned all the health benefits of Soyabean flour in pineapple cupcake post. So no more health, today I am talking only about taste. Yes no doubt Soyabean is protein rich and nutritious. It will make your cake more delicious, soft and moist than any other flour.

You will also love the taste of cherries in this cake.
There is something about cherries that makes us want to associate it with all things sweet and decadent. When they are not sitting pretty on top of cakes, they are one of the main ingredients in desserts. Sweet, tarty and ever-so delightful, cherries enjoy a massive following across the globe. But did you know that if consumed in the right way, cherries could also prove to be a treasure trove of health benefits? Montmorency cherries, a variety of sour cherry produced in France and Canada, are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds. This bright red variant of cherry is said to be ten times more effective in healing pain than popular pain relievers available in market. The yellow and red ones (particularly sour in taste) are loaded with vitamin C. Cherries also contain significant amounts of melatonin, a unique chemical that can promote sound sleep. Cherries are also extremely high in heart-healthy potassium that regulates heart rate and blood pressure . Not just that, the ruby red delight has anti diabetic properties too. Yes, you heard us! This dessert staple, packs in antioxidants and compounds that could help manage blood sugar levels too.
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So try it and enjoy the lip-smacking taste of this cake. You will love the mixed flavour and taste of lemon, cherry and coconut.
I have used lemon glaze and sprinkle desiccated coconut over it. But its optional. You can serve it as a tea cake without any topping.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Cherry juice – 1/2 cup or as require

Cherry – 1 cup, pitted and chopped

For lemon glaze

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut to sprinkle

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a baking pan with olive oil and dust with soyabean flour.

3. In a bowl sift Soyabean flour, oats powder, cornflour, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl mix condensed milk, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla essence and 1/4 cup cherry juice. If you are using canned cherry use the syrup.

5. Whisk everything well.

6. Now add the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well.

7. Add remaining cherry juice and make a lump free smooth batter. Don’t overeat.

8. Pour the batter in greased and flour dusted cake tin.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

10. Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean your cake is ready.

11. Let it cool down completely.

12. For glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

13. Spread lemon glaze over the cake and sprinkle desiccated coconut.

14. Slice and serve.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. You can also make this cake with refined flour or whole wheat flour.

2. I have used canned cherry but if you have fresh cherry, you can use it.

3. I made it in a loaf pan, you can make it in round or any other cake pan.

4. Lemon glaze is optional. You can make it without glaze and enjoy as a tea cake.

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Hayagriva Or Hayagreeva Maddi Or Chana Dal Halwa

Hayagriva or Hayagreeva maddi or chana dal/Bengal gram halwa.
A very easy to make and delicious traditional sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine. No sugar added, its made of jaggery . Its usually made to offer to God as naivedya and served as prasad.

This delicious sweet dish from Karnataka cuisine is made of chana dal or Bengal gram, jaggery, ghee or clarified butter and dry fruits.

 

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Karnataka is a tapestry of colours, cultures, flavours, landscapes, timelessness and heart stopping beauty. It’s a place where vibrant worlds seamlessly meld into one another every few hundred kilometers. Sedate plains suddenly rise to dizzying mist covered hilly heights, and then plunge with careless abandon in a white-watered freefall to become languid rivers that flow past cities where time has stopped altogether. And cities where time rushes a relentless rush to keep up with the world; cities that sometimes escape into the deep quietude of thick forests and sometimes, stretches their arms wide open to embrace the sea. Host to some of India’s largest and most powerful dynasties, the state has across the centuries, carried a legacy of art and culture.

Karnataka is a gracious host and offers a spread that appeals to every palate. Traditional Kannadiga cuisine is typically South Indian with a little bit of sweetness for added measure. But that doesn’t begin to sum it all. The feast of the land includes Udupi, Mangalorean, Kodava and yes, Kannadiga, which again is a journey in itself – it varies with the geographical features. Even cereals vary and consumed in every imaginable and unimaginable form. To the uninitiated, some of the preparations might come across as bewildering, but no less delicious. Add to this, a highly evolved sweet tooth, and you get the deliriously wonderful concoctions, which are like nothing else in the world. With Karnataka, the pudding is the proof itself, and you see where the state gets its signature gusto from.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Karnataka cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Anu Kollon Who blog at http://entethattukada.blogspot.com
Anu gave me two interesting ingredients chana dal or Bengal gram and jaggery. And I gave her rice and coconut. Check out her Vegetable palav recipe she shared with these ingredients.

We loved its taste and now its a regular sweet dish for us. Usually it shouldn’t be dried up. But sometimes I have made laddu with leftover chana dal halwa and its also taste great. If you have some leftover you can try this. Make laddu and keep in refrigerator for later use.

Recipe

Chana dal – 1 cup

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Ghee – 2 – 4 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash and cook the chana dal or Bengal gram for 4 – 5 whistle or till dal becomes soft. Check by pressing between your two fingers.

2. Let the dal cool down. Drain the water and mash roughly with a spoon or masher.

3. Heat 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Fry cashew nuts till light brown and transfer them on a plate.

4. Then fry the the raisins. When raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee and place on a plate.

5. Now fry the sliced almond, keep stirring and fry until light brown. Place the almonds with cashew and raisins.

6. In the same pan add jaggery powder and 4 tablespoon water.
Stir occasionally to melt the jaggery.

7. Add mashed dal and desiccated coconut.
Mix well.

8. Cook on low flame till the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Don’t let it dried up completely.

9. Add cardamom powder and fried dry fruits and 2 tablespoon ghee.

10. Mix well and remove from heat. Adding ghee is optional but it will enhance the taste and flavour.

11. Garnish with fried dry fruits and serve hot or cold.

Notes

1. You can use more ghee if you like. Ghee enhance the taste and flavour.

2. You can add very little clove and nutmeg powder in it for flavour.

3. Dal must be cooked properly.

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