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Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe

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Custard Powder Halwa is my recent try for this Diwali 2017, it is very simple, quick to prepare also it tastes delicious. Also, custard powder halwa needs just 4 ingredients to be prepared and also these are commonly available in all out kitchen, so no any fancy ingredient used here. Moreover, the quantity of ghee/clarified butter used is very little compared to other Halwa.

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Also do check out Banana Halwa, Badam / Almond Halwa, Lauki Halwa, Wheat Halwa, Carrot Halwa, Corn flour Halwa, Dates Halwa, Tri-fruits Halwa, Pumpkin Halwa, Banana Sheera, Beetroot Halwa and Walnut sheera.

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Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe

This Halwa can be prepared perfectly even by beginners. Give a try for this Diwali…

Ingredients:

  • Custard powder – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cups
  • Cashew nuts – 7 nos
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Saffron strands – few strands
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 3 tbsp

Making of Custard Powder Halwa / Custard Powder Halwa Video recipe –

Preparation:

  • Break the cashew nuts into small pieces, keep it aside.
  • Soak saffron strands in a tbsp of water and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add custard powder, sugar and mix it well.
  • Pour water, mix it well until it the dissolves. Make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, pour ghee/clarified butter, add cashew nuts and roast until it starts turning golden brown in color.
  • Pour in the custard powder, sugar mixture followed by the saffron water, cook only in low flame.
  • Keep on mixing it, until it gets thicken.
  • Once it starts thickening, start beating the halwa, until it rolls out.
  • Keep on beating the halwa, until the ghee oozes out from the sides of the halwa.
  • Meanwhile grease a tray with ghee/clarified butter, transfer the halwa to the tray.
  • Level it with a ladle, let it sit until it reaches room temperature.
  • Slice the halwa into pieces.

Serve it. Store it in an air-tight container, so that it stays fresh for a week time. Also, slightly heat, before serving.

 

 

 

 

Note: This Halwa is prepared in 20 mins, but the important thing in this Halwa, since we custard powder thickens earlier, it’s a must to prepare this Halwa in low flame. Preparing low flame helps custard powder to get cooked completely and then thicken, else it would taste raw. Also, it doesn’t mean the once the halwa is thickened it is done, make sure that it doesn’t stick to the ladle and has a glassy appearance.

 

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White Chicken Gravy recipe / Chicken in white gravy / Chicken gravy recipe

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Chicken gravy is one such familiar dish that is prepared by most of us. Also, there are more varieties and flavor in the chicken gravy, this time I have tried a mildly spiced and flavored chicken gravy which goes out well with chapathi, roti, paratha, parotta, pulao’s and biryani.

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White Chicken Gravy recipe / Chicken in White gravy / Easy Chicken Gravy recipe

White Chicken Gravy tastes delicious, also the butter and cashew nut paste in it gives a rich texture to the gravy, green chillies add mild spicy taste along with few spices. I have accompanied this white chicken gravy along with parotta and chicken 65. Let me share the recipe…

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White Chicken Gravy recipe / Chicken in White gravy / Easy Chicken Gravy recipe

Ingredients:

  • Chicken – ½ kg
  • Onions – 2 nos (medium size)
  • Butter – 2 tbsp or Coconut oil – 2 ½ tbsp
  • Coconut – 10 gms
  • Green chillies – 1 ½ nos
  • Poppy seeds – 1 ½ tsp
  • Fennel / Sombu – 1 ½ tsp
  • Cashew nuts – 15 nos
  • Garlic – 6 cloves
  • Ginger (1” inch stick) – 2 nos
  • Kasoori Methi / Dried Fenugreek leaves (காய்ந்த வெந்தயக்கீரை) – 2 tsp
  • Black or White pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1 ½ tsp

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions into pieces.
  • Take coconut, ginger, garlic, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, green chillies all together and grind it to a fine paste by adding little water.
  • Soak cashew nuts in water for 15 mins and grind it to a fine paste along with the water.
  • Heat butter in a kadai or heavy bottomed vessel, add the onions and cook until the onions turn golden brown in color.
  • Pour the ground masala and cook until the raw smell goes off or the oil starts floating on the top.
  • Add the chicken pieces, followed by salt and cook for 2 mins.
  • Pour a cup of water, cover and cook until the chicken in cooked.
  • Pour in the ground cashew nut paste, mix it well and cook in low flame for a min.
  • Crush the dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi within your palms, and sprinkle it over the gravy.
  • Sprinkle pepper powder, mix it gently.
  • Transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot along with any Indian flat breads.

Nei Kadalai recipe / Roasted Channa Dal / How to make nei kadalai

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Nei Kadalai is a crunchy and spicy snack popular among south Indians, this can be prepared in bulks and stored in an air-tight container once it reaches room temperature. It stays fresh for a week time. Not only as a snack, this goes out well with a cup of coffee or tea and also a perfect side dish for curd rice and lemon rice.

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Nei Kadalai / How to make Nei kadalai / Roasted Channa dal – Indian snack

Nei Kadalai is prepared by soaking split chick pea or kadalai paruppu in water for few hrs, later deep fried in oil and mixed with spice powders. You can adjust the level of spice powder as per your taste. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Split Chick peas / Kadala Paruppu / Channa dal – 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Asafoetida – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Oil – 2 cups (for deep frying)

Making of Nei Kadalai recipe –

Preparation:

  • Soak channa dal / kadala paruppu / split chick pea in a bowl of water, for almost 6 hrs.
  • Drain the water completely, pat it well with a cloth, spread it over a cloth and let it dry for 30 mins.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, add in a spoonful of channa dal / kadala paruppu to it, fry them until the turn golden brown or ooze sound goes off.
  • Drain the oil and remove it from fire. Let it rest for 5 mins.
  • Meanwhile deep fry the curry leaves in the oil, drain the oil, remove it from fire.
  • Add it to the roasted channa dal, wait until it reaches room temperature (else if the masala powders are added, it would become soggy)
  • Sprinkle chilli powder, turmeric powder, asafetida, salt and Mix it well, only when it reaches room temperature.
  • Store it in an air-tight container, it stays fresh for a week.

Note: Fry the soaked channa dal, once when the whole water is drained, else it would splatter when it’s getting fried in oil. Cook in medium flame, otherwise it would get burnt easily.