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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.

 

Garhwali Food Festival, Fairfield Marriott, Bangalore

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Got an invite for Garhwali food festival at Kava, Fairfield Marriott, Rajaji Nagar, Bangalore. The name sounds very different and new to me, later came to know that it was based on the individual community Garhwali who lives in and around districts of Uttarakhand, India. Much excited for the review, as the cuisine was new to me.

This Garhwali food festival at Kava, Fairfield Marriott, Bangalore happened only for a week from (11th Aug – 20th Aug). The restaurant was well decorated, and two ladies were dressed in Garhwali attire, which gives us the feeling of Uttarakhand. Not only with the ambiance but every time Marriott would bring their authentic regional Chef of the particular region and this time it’s Chef Kripal Adhikari, who came from Uttarakhand for this food festival. Along with him, Head Chef Aniket Das, prepared this delicious feast and all the dishes tastes yum.

Also the most impressing one was the menu was written out in a leaf plate and then the food was served in a thali. Being a non-vegetarian, First Comes the chutney – had 4 different chutneys – Bhang ki chutney (name sounds different and good right? Must to try over there), Bhatt ki chutney, Amla chutney, Batuwe ka raita and Amchuri.

Thali holds – Jakhiya Paneer, Akrot Kebab, Phannu (I have come across this dish through my fellow food bloggers from north but the very first time got to try it, it was awesome – made of mixed lentils), Pahari Rajma, Kafuli (made spinach and fenugreek leaves ) – the color of this dish was more inviting and so it tastes (yum), Chakhor Kebab, Pahari Murgi Tamatar Jhol (curry), Ghanuo Jhol (Lamb Shank), Teetar Biryani, Jinnu ki roti, Pahari Lal Chawal, Mandua (Finger millet) kit Rotti – It was yum, when I tried it with Ghanuo Jhol (must to have), Gahat Ke paratha and Makki ki Rotti.

Coming to Desserts, Kheer (prepared with rice), Coconut Barfi and Bal Mithai (Barfi made of sweetened khoya and coated with sugar balls) – must to try.
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The Dinner Buffet is priced at INR 949 + Tax. Wishing everyone a Happy weekend, do not miss the food festival, give a try and enjoy the food festival.

For reservations, contact 080 49470020