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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.

CLICK HERE for more Vinayagar Chaturthi recipes and CLICK HERE for more Diwali/Deepavali recipes.

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.
Kava - Fairfield by Marriott Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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

 

 

Kitchen Safari at Vivanta By Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore

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Being an ardent fan of the Food Safari program, the very first time when I got an invite for the “Kitchen Safari” at Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore. I was very excited to see what is going to happen and what all the secret recipes of Taj is getting revealed. It was on last Saturday around 3 p.m, took time to travel for almost 1 hour 30 mins, but the safari was damn good, and informative.

Kitchen Safari – Kitchen Safari at Vivanta by Taj is the brain child of Chef. Agnimitra Sharma (Executive Chef of Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur). Kitchen Safari means the safari through their kitchens, as they had 4 restaurants, we bloggers were allowed to explore all their restaurants kitchen, also they demonstrated few recipes and we all had a chance to try over there. The beautiful and the memorable part over here is my son (6 yrs), made a ravioli following the chef’s instruction was totally cherishable moment for me.

Restaurants and about our Kitchen Safari – Our Kitchen safari was Culinary journery, from the rustic essence of Punjab, to the Mediterrean simplicity of Italy, through their 4 restaurants – Shimmer, Paranda, Azure and Caramel with their Executive chef, Chef Agnimitra Sharma and his team.

Our journey started from SHIMMER, where we were served with Pera allo zafferano grigliata can insalata di mascarpone, it was saffron grilled pear served with mascarpone cheese, candied walnut and honey rosemary dressing.

Next, we led to PARANDA, here starts our kitchen safari – We were served with a welcome drink – Masala Chaas and then started our journey towards their kitchen and bloggers were allowed to prepare the food with the instructions of the chef. There were two dishes prepared at the kitchen – Karare Chatpate Khumb (deep fried mushroom filled with bell pepper, cheese and black pepper) and Murgh Chapli Kebab (crushed black pepper, coriander, cumin and minced chicken escalape – shallow fried). After the preparation, we got to taste the dish prepared by us with few more – Hare pyaz ka bharwan paneer tikka (spring onion stuffed marinated cottage cheese, cooked in tandoor), Lahsooni Jheenga (garlic, yogurt, cream marinated tiger prawns cooked in tandoor) and Kesarwali Lassi (Yogurt shakes flavored with sugar and saffron).

Thirdly, we led to AZURE, once we entered the kitchen we found the dough ready for pizza, there Chef revealed us the secrets of making ravioli, tortellini and Pizza, which are awaiting officially launch on August 4th with their new menu, give a try guys. Azure made my day more memorable, that I could cherish all over my lifetime. My son prepared a ravioli at their kitchen, already I knew his passion towards food and this time it was awesome, also he was longing to prepare pizza. Also, here the chef revealed us the secret of spreading the pizza dough, also the pizza, ravioli we made were yum. Later we had to taste the pizza – Pizza Ortaianoa (grilled vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella), foccassia bread, double wafer pizza (minced chicken, basil pesto, olive), Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (potato dumpling tossed with tomato, fresh mozzarella and parmesan), Tortellini di pollo (filled with smoked chicken, pest cream, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts).

Last but not least, as this will be everyone’s love – Dessert session at CARAMAL. There were such a beautiful collection of desserts from macaroons, pastries, chocolates to tiramisu, baklava. Had to taste the Éclair with red velvet, white chocolate and definitely the Tiramisu.

On whole Kitchen Safari was a lovely, fantastic, wonderful and an informative safari. Thanks, Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore for this wonderful opportunity and informative session.