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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.

 

Aval Kesari recipe / Poha Kesari recipe / How to make Aval Kesari at home – Krishna Jayanthi recipes

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Aval Kesari is one of my long time wait dish, yesterday was planning to try out kesari and so thought to try it with aval. This was my first attempt with Aval Kesari, it was delicious and was finished in minutes, as kids on vacation. Usually Kesari is my favorite, as my grandma prepares it for my birthday as it would be the first food on my mouth. The texture was lovely, it melts in the mouth and was too attractive not only of the color but the glassy appearance made the dish look rich compared to Rava/Semolina or Semiya/Vermicelli.

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A perfect dish for Navratri, as an offering and later served for friends and family. Not only for Navratri, but also an easy and can be made in minutes for guests. Let us move on to the recipe…

Do check out my other Kesari recipe in this link: https://madraasi.com/recipes/breakfast-dinner/.

Ingredients:

  • Aval / Poha / Beaten Rice – 1 ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Clarified butter / Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 8 nos
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Food Color (Orange) – ¼ tsp

Preparation:

  • Dry roast aval/poha/beaten rice in a kadai with a tsp of ghee/clarified butter.
  • Heat 3 cups of water in a kadai, bring it to boil.
  • Meanwhile, grind the roasted aval/poha/beaten rice to a fine powder.
  • Add the powdered aval/poha/beaten rice to the boiling water along with the food color, keep in low flame and keep on stirring else lumps will be formed.
  • Keep on stirring for few min, until the poha is cooked and thickens, drizzle a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter along the sides of the thickening poha.
  • Add in the sugar and continue stirring, until it the poha starts leaving the sides of the kadai.
  • Heat the leftover ghee/clarified butter in a kadhai, add in the cashew nuts, and roast until starts turning golden brown.
  • Add in the raisins and roast until it doubles in size.
  • Stir it well and keep on stirring until the kesari comes to the rolling consistency.
  • Transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot. This goes well for breakfast, tea-time snack and also as a festive recipe.

Note: Bring the kadai to low flame, when you start adding the powdered poha/aval/beaten rice and keep on stirring else it would be formed as lumps.

 

 

Carrot Halwa

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Carrot Halwa is my daughter’s all time favorite. I got an invite for guest post from MahasLovelyHome by Mrs. UshaRani, I shared my carrot halwa recipe along with few chit chat about me and her blog. Do check out my guest post in this link: Guest post for MahasLovelyHome. Thanks a lot for this opportunity Mrs. Usha.

Carrot Halwa is one among the most familiar desserts. Carrot Halwa is my daughter’s most favorite, I prepare commonly at home, but wonder just got the time to share.

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

Carrot Halwa is very easy, simple and consumes less time compared to other Halwas. Carrot Halwa can be served hot, room temperature, chilled or usually served along with a scoop of Ice-cream and vanilla flavor would be the best. Let us move on to the recipe…

Carrot Halwa

Carrot Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Carrots – ½ kg
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Sugar – 6 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Raisins – 10 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified Butter – 5 tbsp

Making of Carrot Halwa –

Preparation:

  • Peel and finely grate the carrots.
  • Pressure-cook the grated carrots along with a tbsp of ghee/clarified butter, 3 cups of milk and ½ cup of water.
  • Pressure-cook for 2 whistles (carrots should not be mashed, but should be in mashing consistency).
  • Remove the lid, when the pressure subsides.
  • Transfer the cooked carrots along with the milk to a non-stick kadhai, keep in medium flame and cook until the carrot getting dry.
  • Add in the sugar, give a stir and cook in medium flame by stirring every now, until it thickens.
  • Heat leftover ghee/clarified butter in a kadhai, add in the cashew nuts and raisins, and wait until they turn golden brown.
  • Pour it to the carrots, continue stirring, until it gets thickens and comes to the halwa consistency.
  • Remove from fire and transfer to a bowl.