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Dates and Dry fruits Roll / Burfi

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Ingredients :

Badam : 20 Nos
Cashew : 20 Nos
Pista : 20 Nos
Dry Grapes / Raisins : 10-15 Nos.
Dates : 20 Nos (honey soaked ones not dry)
Poppy Seeds : 1 TBSP
Butter / Ghee :1 TBSP
Dry coconut : 2 to 3 TBSP
Salt : one piinch
Wallnuts / Any other dry fruits of your choice can be added
Nutmeg : one dash grated

 Method of Preparation :

  • Cut the nuts into small pieces and dry roast them for 2to 3 minuts and keep it aside
  • Add Ghee / Butter in a pan along with Poppy seeds and fry a little. 
  • Now add the Dates thats cut into small pieces along with Dry Grapes and stir for 2 min. 
  • Now add the fried dry fruits and mix well along with a dash of salt. 

  • Once it comes to a temperate where you can handle it with you hands knead it to make a roll which looks like hot dog.
  • Wrap it in an Aluminum foil and keep it in the fride for atleast 2 hours. 
  • Remove from the foil and cut them into pieces. 
  • Ready to eat and can be stored in an air tight container. 
This would taste like Chikki or Ground Nut Burfi but would be softer.
Great way to make kids eat the dry fruits.
 No added sugar as the Dates has all the sugar thats needed.

Note : Just a pinch of Salt, not more. Do not fry the dates for too long.

Also Known as : Dry Fruits Bar, Dates Roll, Dates and nuts sweet.
 Variations : You can make this into any shape and also be make into rounds like a ladoo.

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Light Quick Sambar / Rasam

This is something that I did to be a mixture of Rasam / Sambar which is not too heavy on the tummy and good for digestion which can be accompanied by any Veggi sabi or fry.  I had Asparagus fry to go with it along with Rice.

Required to pressure cook :
Toor Dhal : 4 tbsp
Tomato  : 1 big or 2 medium
Onion : 1/4th or skip
Tamarind : 1 inch piece or very little
A lot of water

Tempering :
Mustard Seeds
Cumin Seeds
Urad Dhal
Asafotida / Hing
Dry red chilles : 2 Nos.
Curry Leaves
Coriander Leaves

Pressure cook those items listed above just like you might cook dhal for making sambar. Once its cooled down, do the tempering by adding ingredients one by one and add it to the cooked dhal.

Serve with Rice. It will have taste of rasam but will have dhal in it too and quick to make.

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Butter Cookies / Benne Biscuit

Benne Biscuite  as known in Karnataka which is a popular snack from the bakery. I never attempted to even guess what the ingredients in this would be way back when I  was in India. Lately was quite longing for something sweet but not too sweet and home made, I chose to make Benne Biscuit, Benne as in Butter in Kannada, however for preparing this I didnt use butter but oil.
Benne Biscuit / Butter Cookies

Ingredients :
  • Maida : 2 cups (All purpose flour)
  • Powdered Sugar : 1 and qtr cup (or a little more as per your taste)
  • Cooking Oil : 3/4th cup (or a table spoon more)
  • Baking powder : 1/4th tsp
  • Salt : 2 pinches

Methods of preparation : 
  1. Mix Maida, Powered Sugar, Baking powder and Salt in a bowl well.
  2. Add oil little by little to the above and mix.
  3. The consistancy should be more of coarse mix and not like chappati dough.
  4. Check with a small amount of mixture if it holds together, if so then you are good to go.
  5. Make small rounds and place on a greased tray.
  6. Preheat the oven and bake the above at 375°F or 175°c.
  7. Bake for 12 to 15 min, check if the lower side has darkened just a little and you see some cracks on the top.
  8. Allow it to cool and enjoy.

Note : Use oil sparingly, just enough for the flour to bind, excess oil in dough would harden the cookies.
          Atleast 12 to 15 min baking time is required, else the dough in the center would not be baked.
          Place the tray in the center of the oven.
          If you dont have confectioners' sugar or icing sugar then just grind the usual sugar in a mixer.
Also Known as : Venne Biscuit, Butter biscuit
Variations : Indian Bakeries use vanaspati / dalda instead of oil
                  You can use unsalted, colourless butter instead of oil.
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Creamy Veg Soup

Various vegetables are cooked together and All purpose starch is added to make it thick and spiced with pepper and salt. Its a great dish for toddlers and kids
Creamy Veg Soup

Ingredients :
  • Potato : 1 No
  • Zuccini : 1/4 or 4 to 5 slizes
  • Broccoli : 4 to 5 florets
  • Cauliflower : 4-5 florets
  • Carrots : 1 No
  • All purpose flour : 1 tsp
  • Olive oil : 1 tsp
  • Bread : 2 slices 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Method of preparation :
  • Pressure cook all the vegetables with enough water till it gets soft. 
  • Stain the water and blend the veggies to a fine paste in a blender / juicer. (preserve the water).
  • Heat oil in a sauce pan and add all purpose flour and fry for less than a minute.
  • Add the blended veggie paste and strained water, slat and get it to boil.
  • Add additional water if its too thick. Add pepper at-last,remove from flame and serve with bread crumbs. 
  • Optionally season with dried/fresh spring onions while serving. 
  • To make the bread crumbs : Put the bread into the toaster in high and once done, cut into cubes. 

Note : You can add any combination of vegetables, make sure to add potato to get the thickness.
Also Known as : Vegetable Soup, Mix Veg Soup, Potato vegetable soup, Healthy Vegetable soup, Veg soup for kids
Variations : You can make bread crumbs by frying in oil also.
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