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Sugar free Modak Recipe / Nutty Modakam recipe / How to make moadagam with nuts – Vinayagar chaturthi recipes

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As vinayagar Chaturthi is on the way, thought of preparing something unique and healthy – mostly no sugar Modak and here evolved my Nutty Modak flavored with Honey and nuts. Let me share the recipe…

Want to know about Vinayagar Chaturthi – CLICK HERE and for Kolukattai recipes – CLICK HERE.

Taking it to Fiesta Friday #135 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Ingredients:

  • Nuts (Cashew nuts, Almonds, Pistachios and Walnuts) – each 8 nos
  • Rice flour (store bought) – 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Honey – 1 ½ tbsp.

Preparation:

  • Take all the nuts together in a blender and coarsely blend them.
  • Transfer it to bowl, pour in the honey and mix it well.
  • Take the rice flour in a bowl, pour in boiling water and mix it well with a spoon.
  • Knead the dough with your hands to ball.
  • Take a small portion of the dough, grease the modak mould, stuff the mould with the dough and make a hole with your index finger.
  • Stuff the filling in the hole and close the hole with dough.
  • Open the mould, gently take the modak.
  • Steam them, until they are cooked.

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Making of Nutty Modak –

Baklava with Cherry & Honey

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Already I have shared that I have been to the MASTER CHEF CLASS to PERSIAN Cooking with Chef Abhijit Saha hosted by Foodhall, 1 MG Road, Bangalore. We were taught 4 dishes, and my daughter went to help Chef for the 4th recipe – BAKLAVA with FIG & HONEY. Also every one of us had a baklava for taste, it was delicious and so we wanted to make it at home. My daughter prepared Baklava and I helped her. When most of us hear the name Baklava, we feel it would be very difficult to prepare, but Chef taught us as easy even a beginner could prepare it.

Thanks Food hall for hosting the event.

Baklava was delicious with the nuts as stuffing, honey drizzled over it and with crispy layers, and we all liked it to the core. I have tried this with Cherries as I was not able to get figs by the time we decided to prepare. Give a try, very simple, easy recipe…

Do check out my other Dessert recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/desserts/

Taking this to Fiesta Fiday #114 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Baklava with Cherry & Honey

Baklava with Cherry & Honey

Ingredients:

  • Filo sheets – 4 nos
  • Unsalted butter – 2 tbsp
  • For syrup:
    • Water – 50 ml
    • Caster sugar – 50 gm
    • Honey – 50 gm
  • For filling:
    • Rose water – ½ tsp
    • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
    • Pistachios – roasted 60 gm
    • Almonds/Badam – toasted 60 gm
    • Cashew nuts – toasted 60 gm
  • To serve:
    • Cherries – 5 nos
    • Pistachios – 4 nos (minced)

Preparation:

  • For Syrup: Make syrup by boiling water, sugar and honey together. Remove from fire, when it comes to syrup consistency and keep it aside.
  • For Filling: Crush the nuts coarsely in a food processor and transfer it to a mixing bowl. Add in the cardamom powder and rose water. Pour in the required quantity of syrup, and mix all these together. Keep it aside.
  • Take a filo sheet, cut into halves (lengthwise), cover the filo sheets with damp cloth, else it would be dry and break into pieces.
  • Take a filo sheet, rub with melted butter, fold it and then again rub it with melted butter.
  • Divide the filling into 4 equal balls, roll it.
  • Now keep the rolled filling in the filo sheet and roll them gently. Refrigerate it for 30 mins.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree C.
  • Bake at 180 degree C for 5 to 6 mins or until you use golden brown spots on the Baklava
  • Serving: Place the Baklava on the serving plate, pour in the leftover syrup, and sprinkle pistachios with some cherries and a mint sprig.

Stay tuned for other recipes also…

Note: You can also bake without refrigerating, but sometimes it would become shapeless by unrolling itself while baking.

 

Badam (Almond) Halwa

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Badam Halwa is a rich, delicious Indian dessert prepared with the pureed almonds, ghee, sugar and saffron. Whenever my hubby goes to Chennai, he use to get this Badam Halw and my kids love this a lot. As it’s purely made of badam/almonds and ghee, it would be in small quantity but very expensive and so thought of preparing it at home for this Diwali.

Badam/Almond Halwa takes about 30 mins, and yummy, delicious and the aroma is unbeatable. So hereafter I would say no to outside Badam Halwa. Let me share the recipe of Badam Halwa…

Do check out my other Diwali/Deepavali recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/2015/11/03/deepavali-diwali-sweets-and-savories/ and do check out my other halwa recipes in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/desserts/.

I am taking this to Fiesta Friday #94 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

Badam (Almond) Halwa

Badam (Almond) Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Badam/Almonds – 2 cups (levelled)
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Clarified butter/Ghee – 1 ½ cups
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Saffron – few strands
  • Yellow food colour – a pinch

Making of Badam Halwa –

 

Preparation:

  • Soak almonds for 2 hrs or soak almonds/badam in boiling water for 15 mins.
  • Soak saffron in a tbsp of hot milk for 10 mins.
  • Drain the water and peel off the skin of the almonds/badam, grind it in the mixer with a cup of milk to a coarse or fine paste (as you prefer, I grounded to coarse paste).
  • Grease a tray with a tsp of ghee/clarified butter.
  • In a non-stick vessel, add in sugar and pour the water, let it boil, stir well so that the sugar dissolves well and let it reduces to ¾ of the quantity.
  • Now pour in the ground almond/badam mixture to the kadai, and start stirring it continuously.
  • Add a pinch of yellow food colour to the soaked saffron milk, give a sir and pour it to the badam.
  • Stir well and when it starts thickening, pour in the ghee/clarified butter little by little along the sides of the badam mixture and start stirring it.
  • Badam/almonds keeps on absorbing the ghee/clarified butter as you pour, but at one stage it starts releasing the ghee/clarified butter along the sides and comes to a glassy and rolling consistency.
  • Transfer the badam/almond halwa to the greased tray and level it with a spoon.
  • Sprinkle few strands of saffron and finely chopped almonds/badam over it.

Note: cook on medium flame or low flame once the badam/almond is added to the sugar syrup. Keep on stirring continuously else the halwa will be burnt. Do not reduce the quantity of ghee/clarified butter, else it would become sticky and would be chewy.