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Labongo Latika - Bengali Sweet

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2 Cups All Purpose Flour / Self Raising Flour (maida)2 tbsp Sugar (preferably powdered)1/4 tsp SaltPinch of Baking PowderPinch of Saffron, Soaked In 2 tbsp Warm Water3 tbspgheeLittle Warm Water To Knead The Dough1 Cup Oil for Deep Frying20 Cloves
200 gm  Khoya3-4 tbsp Sugar1/8 tsp Nutmeg Powder1/3 Cup Warm Water
1 Cup Sugar1/2 Cup Water1 tsp Rose Essence 

METHOD:In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, 2 tbsp sugar, saffron water, ghee  and salt. Mix well. Add water little by little. Knead it to make a smooth dough. Cover it with a wet cloth and rest for 20 minutes.Divide the dough into 20 portions, by which make 20 equal flat balls and set those aside.In a pan, crush mawa or khoya. Add ½ Cup warm water, nutmeg powder, Sugar in it. Heat the pan  and keep stirring continuously for about 6-7 minutes or till the mixture thicken. Switched off the flame once done. Add raisins to the mixture and mix.. Keep…

Biscuit Sablés/Eggless French Shortbread Biscuits

Sablés are a very famous French Shortbread Biscuits. And according to wiki. it originates from Caen, in the province of Lower Normandy. The french word Sablé means "Sand" related to soft, delicate, crumbly texture and their golden color.Simple and tasty biscuits which melts in mouth due to the addition of butter. Actual Sablés are round shaped ones but I made little twist in shapes for my kid who loves car, airplane, train....... 

Ingredients :
2+1/2 cups All purpose flour100 gms Softened Butter1/2 cup Powdered sugar1/2 tsp Vanilla extract3 Tbsp Milk or water

Method : Beat Sugar and Butter together until they turn light and fluffy.Add vanilla essence and water or Milk.Beat for few more minutes and add the flour.Mix well and form into a smooth dough.Roll the dough using rolling pin and cut into desired shape using cookie cutter.Arrange the unbaked cookies in a baking tray lined with baking sheet.Bake it for 18- 20 mins in a pre-heated oven at 180 degree C.Remove and cool the cook…

Ven Pongal / Kara Pongal & Pongal Wishes !

Happy Pongal to all my Dear Friends!

Ven pongal is my family's most favorite breakfast recipe. Piping hot pongal with a tsp of ghee on top of it reminds me of my childhood days and chennai mylapore karpagambal mess. Roasting moong dal gives yummy aroma and it enhances the flavor of pongal. 

Ingredients : 1 Cup Raw Rice1/2 Cup Moog Dal4 - 5 Cups WaterSalt to taste1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder10 - 15 Cashews1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds1 Tbsp Peppercorns1 Tsp Crushed Peppercorns1 inch Ginger piece, chopped and crushed5 Tbsp Ghee

Method : Dry roast moong dal and keep aside.Mix both rice and dal, wash and add the measured water and cook it for 5-6 whistles by adding salt and turmeric powder.Once the pressure subsides, open and mash the rice.Heat ghee in a small pan or kadai and add cumin seeds followed by peppercorns, cashews, crushed ginger, curry leaves and crushed pepper corns.Add the seasoning to the mashed rice and mix well.Adjust salt and add extra ghee for the flavor.Serve hot. 

Serving Option…

Baked Apple Chips

I am very happy to be part of "Love2bake" group hosted by one of our lovely blogger, sangee from spicy treats. This is a weekly event, which happens on every monday and all members will be posting baking related stuffs like recipes, tips and tricks, etc. The Event starts today and I feel very glad to post my recipe. Thanks sangee for this lovely opportunity and am sure that lots of baking related stuffs can be learnt from this group. All the best !
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Baked Apples with the mild sugar dusted on top gives yummy and tangy flavor. Absolutely healthy and crispy chips, especially perfect to munch when we are in diet ;).

Ingredients :

3 Apples, peeled and thinly sliced1 Tbsp Sugar ( I used powder sugar )1 Tsp Cinnamon ( Optional )

Method :

Wash and Slice the apples.Arrange in a tray and Sprinkle sugar on top of it.Bake it for 45 minutes in a Pre-heated oven at 180 degree C.Flip the other side and bake it for another 30-40 mins or until cris…

Ekadesi Kali

Happy Ekadesi Friends!

Vaikunta Ekadesi  is celebrated every year in the month of December or January and particularly on the 11th waxing moon that falls in the Margazhi month. Early morning of this day “the gate to Lord Vishnu 's inner Sanctum” is opened and in tamil we used to call it as “sorga vassal”. And according to our family culture, we used to fast on this  particular day by taking only tiffin items ( No rice allowed). Along with that, Kali is made as offering for god. And the next day of ekadesi is called as Dhuvadesi, on which fast is broken with the preparation of rice and curry with 21 vegetables. My mom prepares karakuzhambu with 21 veggies and according to my in laws place we prepare sambhar with 21 veggies. 
Ekadesi Kali….

Ingredients : ½ Cup Rice2 Cups Water¼ Cup Jaggery grated2 Elachi2 Tbsp Coconut grated or Chopped2 Tsp Ghee

Method :
Wash rice and dry roast in a pan till it turns crispy.Remove, cool it for 10 minutes and grind it little coarsely.Meanwhile, Add 2 tbsp …

Peas and Chickpeas Kurma & New Year Wishes

Hello Friends,

I know it's late but let me start with a Lovely New Year Wishes. Hope you all had a great start with yummy recipes. I wish you all a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Peas and Chickpeas Kurma :

By now everyone must be familiar with the Famous event happening every month in Viji's Virundhu unna vaanga space, "SYS-W Show Me Your Styles To World". Every month two ingredients has been selected by us in an interesting way. This month I got Peas and Chickpeas as my main ingredients so tried this Nutritious and flavorful Kurma.  

Ingredients :

1/2 Cup Dried peas1/2 Cup Dried Chickpeas3 Big onions, finely chopped2 Tbsp Oil1 Bay leaf2 Star Anise1 Elachi1 inch Cinnamon1 tsp Saunf1 Tsp Chilli powder1/2 Tsp Turmeric powder1 Tsp Garam masalaSalt to tasteFew chopped Coriander leaves for Garnishing

To paste:

1/4 Cup coconut grated1 Tbsp Roasted gram

To paste :

2 Tomatoes, chopped3- 4 Green chillies, chopped1/2 inch ginger8 Garlic cloves, peeled


Soak peas and chickpeas ov…