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Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Rajgira is nothing but Amaranth seeds / முலக்கீரை விதை, usually payasam/kheer is prepared with this in North India for Navratri. Commonly it is prepared during Vrat time, as its highly nutritious and very rich in protein.

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Rajgira Kheer Recipe / Amaranth Seeds Recipe / Mulakeerai Vithai Payasam recipe

Very first time tried this Rajgira Kheer using products from Ekgaon, an online platform that connects farmers all over India. I have been using Ekgaon products for few months long and the products are high quality and I am very happy with the result. Give a try to both the recipe and the products from Ekgaon…

Making of Rajgira Kheer / Amaranth seeds payasam recipe –

Rajgira kheer / Payasam is a perfect dish during the time of vrat or Navratri, because of the health benefits in the Amaranth seeds / Rajgira. Also, I have substituted sugar with Dates Palm Sugar / Panangarkandu in tamil, which helps in relieving cold and sore throat. Give a try…

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Ingredients:

  • Rajgira / Amaranth seeds / Mulakeerai vithai – 1 cup
  • Palm Dates Sugar / Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Milk – ½ litre
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Badam / Almonds – 10 nos
  • Saffron strands / Kungumapoo – few strands

Preparation:

  • Take the rajgira / amaranth seeds in a strainer and rinse it well in running water.
  • Drain the water completely, transfer it to pressure cooker, for 1 cup of rajgira, pour 1 ½ cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles in medium flame.
  • Meanwhile boil the milk in a pan, crush the cardamom, add cardamom once the milk is boiled and cook in low flame, until the milk reduces to half the quantity.
  • Remove the lid from the pressure cooker, once the pressure is completely released.
  • Pour the pressure-cooked rajgira to the boiling milk, mix it well and cook for few mins.
  • Once it starts thickening, thinly slice the cashew nuts and almonds, add it to the kheer, mix it well and cook for a min.
  • Add the Palm dates sugar / panangarkandu to the kheer, mix it well, cook for a min or until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Sprinkle the saffron strands, remove it from fire.

Serve hot or chillied. You serve it along with poori for breakfast or serve it as dessert in meals.

 

 

Somas recipe / Sweet Somas recipe / Karanji recipe

Somas recipe / Sweet Somas recipe / Karanji recipe

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

Ellu Urundai Recipe / Sesame Balls Recipe / Easy and Healthy recipe / Healthy snacks recipe

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.