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Somas recipe / Sweet Somas recipe / Karanji recipe

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Sweet somas or Karanji is a most famous during Vinayakar Chaturthi and Diwali festival among all Indian families. Somas is a deep fried sweet snack with filling, filling can be made with different types. I have used roasted gram, coconut and cardamom for filling.

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Sweet Somas recipe / somas recipe / Karanji Recipe

It is also known as somasi in Tamil and Kajjikayali in Telugu and Karanji in Maharashtra because of the filling. Let me share the recipe…

Making of Somas / Karanji –

Ingredients:

  • Maida / All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
  • Rava / Semolina / Sooji – ¼ cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 1 ½ tsp
  • Roasted gram / Pottukadalai / Porikadalai – ½ cup
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Cashew nuts (broken into smalle pieces)  – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1 cup (for deep frying)

Preparation:

  • Take a bowl, add maida/all-purpose flour, rava/semolina, salt, mix it well. Pour water little by little and start kneading the dough to stiff consistency.
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil over the kneaded dough, knead for few seconds and cover it with a damp cloth.
  • Meanwhile, dry roast the roasted gram, remove from fire and spread it over a plate.
  • Add ¼ tsp of ghee and roast the grated coconut, until they turn brown in color, spread it along with roasted gram.
  • Add the leftover ghee and roast the cashew nuts until they turn golden brown in color. Remove it from fire and transfer it to a bowl.
  • Grind the sugar to fine powder, transfer it to a bowl
  • Grind roasted gram, roasted coconut to a fine powder and add it to the sugar.
  • Also add cardamom powder and roasted cashew nuts along with ghee to the mixture and mix it well.
  • Take a small portion of the dough and flattened it to a circle shape, keep a tea spoon full of filling in the center of the flattened dough.
  • Dip your finger in water, apply it along the edges of the dough, now fold it to a half circle, then give a gentle press with fork along the sides.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, gently add them one by one and fry until they turn golden brown on both sides.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire.
  • Serve once it reaches room temperature.

Store in an air-tight container once it reaches room temperature, so that it stays fresh for a week .

Ellu Urundai Recipe / Sesame Balls Recipe / Easy and Healthy recipe / Healthy snacks recipe

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Ellu urundai / Sesame Balls is one among the must to prepare during Vinayagar Chaturthi in all south Indian families. Already I have shared a version of Ellu Urundai or sesame balls – which as soft and melt in mouth version and now the other version which is crunchy and chewy. Also, do check out our video – which has both versions of Ellu Urundai together as a special of Vinayagar Chaturthi. Also it is known as Chimli urundai.

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Taking this to Fiesta Friday#185 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Ellu urundai or Sesame laddo is the combination of both ellu /sesame and jaggery. Ellu urundai / Sesame balls has more health benefits as they lower cholesterol level, protect heart health, improves blood pressure, balances hormones, burns fat and so on. And so, they can be consumed anytime as it takes just 5 mins to prepare. Also, this can be prepared in bulks and store in an air-tight container, as it stays fresh for a week. Let me share the recipe…

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Ellu Urundai / Sesame Balls / Crunchy Ellu Urundai recipe

Ingredients:

  • Ellu / Black Sesame / Til seeds – 1 cup
  • Jaggery – ½ cup
  • Water – ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Making of Ellu urundai / Sesame Balls –

Preparation:

  • Dry roast sesame / ellu in a heavy bottomed vessel for 2 mins or until it crackles. Roast only in medium flame else the sesame will be burnt and you give a slight bitter taste.
  • Remove it from flame and transfer it to a plate, spread it and let it rest until it reaches the room temperature.
  • Add jaggery and pour water, bring it boil, make sure it reaches the syrup consistency (once you let a drop of syrup to a bowl of water, it should not dissolve) Check out the consistency in the video as the consistency is very important here.
  • Add the sesame seeds to the jaggery syrup, remove it from fire, keep on stirring once in a while for 2 mins or until it thickens and comes to a rolling consistency.
  • Now take a small portion of sesame/ellu and roll it to a ball, let it rest for mins or until it reaches room temperature.
  • Store it in an air-tight container, and it stays fresh for a week.

 

Instant Rava Dhokla recipe / Instant Semolina (Sooji) Dhokla recipe – Tricolour Dhokla / Independence Day Special

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Wishing everyone a Happy Independence Day from Madraasi

India and we Indians celebrating our 70 th Independence Day, today is being a great pride for each and everyone of us. Like I shared last year Why India is Unique from all the other countries – It’s one and only “Unity In Diversity”, how many of us agree that still we keep up the unity in diversity in mind – few of us right. Wish everyone one of us to respect, follow and to share thoughts more and more about unity in diversity among us.

Instant Rava Dhokla recipe / Instant Dhokla recipe / Tricolor Dhokla recipe – Independence Day Special

As a food blogger, last year it was Tricolor Kesari and two years back it was Tricolor Sandwich and this year 2017 sharing a Tricolor Instant Rava Dhokla, give a try…

Dhokla topped with sweet water tempering – Instant Rava Dhokla recipe / Instant Dhokla recipe / Tricolor Dhokla recipe – Independence Day Special

Preparation Time – 10 mins

Cooking Time – 20 mins

Serves – 4 nos

Ingredients:

  • Rava / Semolina / Sooji – 1 cup
  • Sour Curd – 1 cup
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  • Eno (original flavor) / Cooking soda – 1 tsp
  • Cooking oil – 1 tsp + 1 ½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Green chilli – 1 no
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Salt – ¾ tsp (as per your taste)
  • Sugar – 2 tsp
  • Food color (orange and green) – ¼ tsp each
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Preparation:

  • Take rava/semolina/sooji, Eno, sour curd, salt all together in a bowl, mix them well by pouring water little by little and make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Let it rest for few mins, meanwhile boil water in a steamer or idli vessel.
  • Divide the dhokla batter to three equal portions, add orange food color to one portion and green food color to the other portion. Mix it well.
  • Grease the dhokla mould with oil, pour the batter, first orange, then white and later green as the three portions.
  • Place the mould in the stand and steam it in the steamer for 15 mins or until the dhokla is cooked (spoon inserted in the middle of the dhokla should come out clean).
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 ½ tbsp of oil in a pan, add mustard, cumin seeds and curry leaves, wait until they crackle, add the slit green chili and cook for a min.
  • Add sugar and pour water and a tsp of lemon juice, bring it to boil for 3 mins and remove it from fire.
  • Remove the dhokla gently to a plate, pour the tempered sweet water over the dhokla.

Serve hot.