Gune (jaggery based)

Gune (jaggery based)

Gune (pronounced – Gu, as in Guru, plus Nay: gu + nay) is a traditional sweet snack which is prepared during the festival of Gangaur in a few states of North India and is the primary sweet which is offered to Goddess Parvati during Gangaur pooja (prayer). These can be prepared with white flour and white sugar, but I have always liked wheat flour and jaggery based Gune since my childhood. And as the whole family used to like this snack so much, my mother always prepared a lot for our munching.

Gune(jaggery based)

Basically, Gune is similar to Shakkarpara (first version)  Shakkarpara (second version.)  We just change the shape and the same snack is called Gune.

Oh, I missed blogging so much and I feel so good to be back here. While typing this post I can feel as if I am already talking to all my dear blogger friends!  Little bit here and there, ups and downs, but overall things are normal at my front. The main reason for not being active here was that I got busy with my home baking entrepreneurship. It is on a small scale but the most satisfying part is that customers are happy with my cookies, cupcakes and cakes. Many of them are coming back, again and again! What else one can ask for!

This year summer is really hot in Bangalore. Many a times I wanted to try a few variety of chips and papad for the blog. But honestly speaking, there was no strength left after finishing orders, experimenting on new healthy recipes, cooking three meals and other household chores. Now virus is back with a bang, and we have cases in our apartment so we have to restrict outsiders for a few days. Again there is fear in the air so no orders for some time. I got some time to relax (somehow you have to keep positive frame of mind) and decided to revive my blog.

Try these jaggery based Gune at home and don’t worry about the shape if you feel that it is a time consuming work.  You can prepare them as thin stripes or cut them like round thinners with a cookie cutter. I am sure you will love munching this crispy wheat flour and jaggery based snack…

Gune ( jaggery based)

Ingredients:

Wheat flour 2 cups

Jaggery 160 grams

Warm water 1/4 +1 tbsp

Oil 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp

extra oil for frying

Process

There are two ways to use jaggery in this recipe. You can soak jaggery in warm water, let jaggery get dissolved completely and use this sweet water to knead the dough…

Or, grate jaggery in a big pan and follow the rest of the procedure…

Add oil, cardamom powder and start kneading the dough by slowly adding warm water. Remember, we have to knead tight dough like we prepare for poori – not soft chapati dough. With soft dough, gune will not be crisp.

Because of jaggery, dough would be sticky. So sprinkle some dry wheat flour on your palm and this will be helpful in scrubbing the sticky tits-bits of dough. Now sprinkle some half a tsp oil in the pan and collect everything along with the dough and it will be smooth.

Dough for jaggery based Gune is ready

Divide this dough in two parts.

Again, there are two ways to roll this dough…

You can use a parchment or butter paper to roll the dough evenly from all the sides and then cut the stripes horizontally and vertically. Take one strip around your finger and seal it by pressing at the end of the edges.

The other way to do is that you sprinkle dry wheat flour on dry kitchen counter and roll the dough. If dough is sticking while rolling, again use dry flour. (Don’t roll the dough too thick. Because of jaggery, Gune get fried very quickly.Thick Gune will turn soft after frying. Thin ones will remain crisp for many days or till you finish them!) Cut the rolled disk horizontally with the help of a knife. Take one long strip and from one edge roll it around your finger, break it and seal the edges by pressing both the ends together. Use the same strip in the same manner until it gets over.

Roll the stripe around your finger to give shape of Gune

Jaggery based gune are ready to be fried

Heat oil in a wok and when oil is hot, reduce the heat to sim and fry Gune on sim heat. Be very gentle while frying. Jaggery makes them very delicate – so be careful while turning so that they don’t break. After frying all let them cool down completely. Later, fill them in an air tight container and enjoy  jaggery and wheat flour based Gune.

After cooling down completely, Gune become crisp.

Gune (jaggery based)

 
Ilaichi aur kesar roll

Ilaichi aur Kesar Roll

Ilaichi aur kesar roll (cardamom and saffron roll) is prepared with khoya/mawa. If you remember, I had recently posted the process of preparing instant khoya (Milk powder-based Mawa (Khoya)). I used the same mawa to prepare these irresistible, pretty ilaichi aur kesar roll. 

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

The best part about this sweet dish is that it is a no-cook sweet dish. Isn’t that wonderful!!

ilaichi aur kesar roll

The other good part about this recipe is that you can change the flavours according to your own choice. If you like pista more than kesar (saffron) or your preference is rose flavour instead of cardamom, then go for it! This recipe is very flexible – go according to your taste buds.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

One more reason to like this recipe is that if you are more of a burfi loving person instead of rolls, then just cut khoya in square shapes instead of rolling it. Double flavoured burfi is ready. Anything for you!!

And the last reason for loving this recipe is very simple – the end result is so beautiful and tastes extremely delicious!! Am I exaggerating a lot? Probably, but all of my family and friends loved these Ilaichi and kesar rolls.  So, I insist you try this sweet dish at home as khoya preparation is also very easy and you can prepare mawa one or two days in advance ( Milk powder based Mawa (Khoya))

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

There are a few more posts in the blog related to Indian sweets, you can take a look at them also: Indian Traditional Sweets

Ingredients:

400 gm khoya
80 gms powder sugar (divide it equally in two parts)
Saffron, a few strands
Milk 1 tsp
Saffron food colour
Cardamom powder 1 tsp

A few points to remember :

  1. Khoya should be really stiff. The rolls will not set properly if they have moisture.
  2. Mash khoya nicely till it is smooth before adding powdered sugar. After adding sugar, khoya will be slightly sticky and it will be difficult to mash khoya to smoothen it out.
  3. When we add powdered sugar in khoya, it becomes slightly soft. Then, when we add saffron milk on top of it, it turns even softer. So, reduce a little bit of sugar quantity in kesar khoya part. Don’t worry, it will not affect the final taste.
  4. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have food colour, as it doesn’t affect the taste. Saffron is enough to give a wonderful flavor.
  5. You have to keep the roll in the fridge to make it firm. If we will be heating khoya and sugar to make it firm, then keeping it in the fridge will not be necessary. But as this is a no-cook recipe, keeping the rolls in the fridge itself will do the job. Firm khoya will be easy to roll initially and later on to get neatly sliced ilaichi aur kesar rolls.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

Process:

Soak kesar in hot milk and keep it aside.

Crumble khoya on the clean kitchen counter or in a broad vessel. Rub khoya nicely with your palms till it is smooth and divide it into two equal parts.

Take one part of khoya and again crumble it and add 40 gms sieved powdered sugar(can reduce sugar quantity a little) . By now, kesar milk would be ready and cooled down. Sieve milk also and add in khoya. Don’t throw away kesar strands – keep them in the fridge. We will use them later to garnish rolls.

If you want more saffron colour, add a pinch of kesar food colour. Mix everything nicely and keep this kesar khoya portion separate.

In the same way, prepare another portion of khoya by adding ilaichi powder (cardamom powder) and sieved powdered sugar.

Take butter paper or parchment paper and prepare two separate rolls of khoya. It will be easy to shape khoya in rolls with butter paper/parchment paper . Wrap up both the rolls separately in parchment paper and keep them in the fridge for two hours.

After two hours take out both the rolls from the fridge and spread these rolls on butter paper/parchment paper in a rectangle shape with the help of a rolling pin. If you will fold the parchment paper in a rectangular shape (like a book fold) and then spread khoya with a rolling pin, it will be very easy to get the same sized rectangle shape for both the rolls.

Now open the top portion of parchment paper of both ilaichi and kesar khoya and very carefully flip kesar khoya portion over the ilaichi portion.

Roll it with a rolling pin so that both stick well together.

Remove the parchment paper from the top and with the help of the bottom parchment paper, start rolling it in the shape of a log/roll.

Make a tight log/roll, wrap it in parchment paper/butter paper, and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 hours so that it becomes firm.

When the roll/log is firm, take it out from the fridge, unwrap it, and with a sharp knife slice it into small rolls.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

Aren’t they beautiful!! While slicing them, the wonderful flavor of kesar and ilaichi will make you gulp one immediately. No one is looking 😉, and don’t worry if you find your family standing right behind you. You deserve that first roll after all the preparation process you did all by yourself!!!

If you can save some pieces, garnish ilaichi aur kesar roll with kesar strands.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

 
Gajar matar gobhi ki sabzi

Gaajar matar gobhi ki sabzi

Gaajar matar gobhi ki sabzi (carrots, peas and cauliflower) is a wonderful combo of three winter vegetables. All vegetable vendors bring fresh red carrots, peas and cauliflower in abundance during winter. Though these three vegetables can be cooked separately, ( Aaloo  Gobhi ki sabzi  ) as a combo, gaajar, matar aur gobhi creates a delicious vegetable dish. The sweet taste of carrots and peas is balanced by adding ginger, green chilies and garam masala. Kids also love this vegetable as they find their favourite peas here.

Gajar matar gobhi ki sabzi

Sometimes the taste of gaajar matar gobhi ki sabzi is ruined if peas are not of good quality. They remain hard until carrots and cauliflower are completely cooked. To avoid this issue, I prefer buying very soft peas. But in case you have hard peas, then before cooking them, boil them in a pressure cooker for just one pressure. Now peas will be completely cooked along with carrots and cauliflower. Be careful, don’t boil peas for more than one whistle, otherwise, they will become mushy by the time all the vegetables are cooked.

Gajar matar gobhi ki sabzi

You can check out more recipes in the blog for different vegetables:

Vegetables (Curries)

Ingredients:

Carrot 250 gms
Cauliflower 250 gms
Peas 100 gms
Grated ginger 1/4 tsp
Green chillies chopped 3-4
Oil 5 /6 tbsp
Salt as per your taste
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Tomatoes 2 / lemon juice 1+1/2 tsp /amchur powder 1 tsp
Green coriander leaves for garnishing
Water 3-4 tbsp if required

Process:

Peel, wash and chop carrots. Cut cauliflower in small florets and shell out peas and wash them.

In a wok heat oil and crackle rai, hing, jeera (small mustard seeds, asafoetida and cumin seeds).

Add carrots, cauliflower and peas followed by chopped green chilies and grated ginger.

Add coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix it well with veggies.

(If all the water is drained out from the vegetables after washing and sieving them, add 3-4 tbsp of water after mixing spices. If still some water remains while adding veggies in the wok, then there is no need to add water unless spices start sticking to the bottom of the wok).

Cover the wok and let vegetables cook on sim heat. In between, stir them two or three times until they become soft.

gajar matar gobhi is ready

Now add garam masala and chopped tomatoes/lemon juice/amchoor powder. Mix it properly and let the veggies cook for two-three more minutes. Gaajar matar gobhi ki sabzi taiyaar hai. 

Transfer it to a serving bowl and sprinkle finely chopped green coriander leaves. Enjoy this winter special vegetables treat with roti, paratha, poori or rice.

Gajar matar gobhi ki sabzi

 
Mawa/Khoya from milk powder

Milk powder based Mawa (Khoya)

Milk powder based Mawa (Khoya) is very popular for preparing sweets at home. As this mawa gets ready within 15 minutes, it is also known as instant mawa. Though my first choice is always to prepare through the traditional method by boiling the milk (Khoya/Mawa), it is a time-consuming process. So this recipe of milk powder-based mawa is very helpful if you are planning to prepare Gaajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) or any mawa based sweets this winter season. Try this easy recipe of only three ingredients-based instant mawa/khoya and I am sure you will avoid buying khoya from the market. Moreover, New year celebrations are about to start – so plan some homemade sweet dish based on mawa or khoya!

Mawa/Khoya from milk powder

Ingredients:

Milk powder 2 cups

Milk 1 cup

Desi ghee (clarified butter) or unsalted butter 4 tbsp

Process:

Take two cups of milk powder in a bowl.

Milk powder for mawa

Measure one cup of milk and pour half milk into the bowl of milk powder. Mix it nicely to avoid lumps. It will take the form of a paste.

Add milk in milk powder

Now pour the rest of the milk and mix again.

In a heavy-bottomed pan take four tbsp desi ghee and melt it on medium heat.

Once ghee melts, reduce the heat to sim, pour the milk powder and milk mixture in the pan and keep stirring it – otherwise, it will stick to the bottom of the pan immediately.

Add milk powder and milk mix in melted desi ghee

Keep the heat on sim and continue stirring. Slowly, the liquid will start thickening.

Mawa/khoya has started becoming thick

Keep stirring till it becomes thick and starts leaving the sides of the pan. Switch off the heat and shift mawa/khoya in another bowl to use it in any of your sweet preparation or mawa based gravy dishes.

Khoya from milk powder

If you want to use it the next day then let mawa cool down completely and keep it in the fridge in a covered box. If you have leftover mawa and no plan of using it in a few days, you can freeze it for around 2 months in an airtight box after wrapping it in 3 to 4 layers of cling film.

 
Mohanthaal

Mohanthaal

Mohanthaal is a traditional Rajasthani and Gujarati sweet dish prepared with (besan) gram flour and clarified butter (ghee). It is a kind of besan ki barfi but mohanthaal has very fine granules of roasted gram flour. If you love gram flour sweets then definitely you should try this recipe. When you just gulp one piece of fine granules of besan roasted in desi ghee along with cardamom flavour settled down with sugar syrup, I bet you can’t stop with one piece only!!

My love for mohanthaal goes back to my childhood. This is one consistent mithai my mother used to prepare every year for Holi and Deepawali festivals. It is a sugar syrup based sweet dish and some people find difficult to prepare the right consistency of syrup. So my mom used to be in high demand during festival time in the neighborhood to help with the last step of mohanthaal when sugar syrup is getting ready! I was amused when my mom told that this year also during Deepawali that was called by next-door house aunt saying that mohanthaal has not come well, please do something…

Don’t worry, it is not really that difficult to prepare. Actually, mohanthaal is prepared in two different ways. One method is lengthier than other. My mom follows the first method, and I, being my mother’s daughter, am also used to the slightly longer process. I will post the short method too sometime in future.

A few points to remember :

  1. While frying besan mathri, keep the heat somewhere between sim and medium as besan gets fried faster . Don’t worry much if Mathris remain slightly raw from inside. While roasting, we will take care of this.
  2. Oil can be used in the whole process, but ghee gives wonderful taste. So decide as per your preference. I have used oil only for frying mathris .
  3. Two thread sugar syrup (do taar ki chashni) is the right consistency for this sweet dish. But if you add roasted gram flour slightly early in sugar syrup and mohanthaal is not set firmly even after a few hours, don’t worry. Once again, add the gram flour in kadhai, stir it for 5-7 minutes on medium heat till the batter is thick and that will make it set nicely.
  4. Mohanthaal will be very dry and brittle if sugar syrup becomes thicker than two-thread consistency. Again, don’t panic, collect dry mohanthaal, grind it in coarse powder, heat 1/2 or 1 cup milk in a wok/ kadhai and add powdered besan. Stir the batter continuously till it becomes thick and leaves the sides of wok/kadhai and then set it.
  5. Reduce or increase sugar quantity as per your taste.
  6. Ready gram-flour batter will be very hot when we shift to the greased plate for it to settle down. Because of heat, while cooling down, mohanthaal will change its colour and become bit more dark. But this will not affect the wonderful taste!
  7. If gram flour is roasted nicely, you don’t need to keep mohanthaal in the fridge for a week.
  8. Sweets of besan are usually very delicious and pure ghee will make mohanthaal irresistible. So, be aware of calories! Do some exercise and relish this homemade traditional Indian sweet to satisfy your sweet cravings this winter.

Mohanthaal

I have a few more posts on Indian sweets in the blog. If interested, you can take a look…

Seven Cups Burfi

Rasgulla

Rasmalai

Naariyal ki burfi (coconut burfi)

Naariyal Ke Laddoo

Rabdi / Rabri

Ingredients :

For muthiya/mathri

Gram flour (besan) 250 grams
Ghee/oil 6 tbsp
Water 1/4 cup
oil for frying
35 to 40 gms muthiya 10

For roasting

Ghee/oil (melted)1/3 cup

For sugar syrup

Sugar 300 grams
Water 1 +1/2 cups
Milk 2 tbsp

Cardamom powder and some chopped dry nuts of your choice
Ghee to grease the plate

Process :

Thoroughly grease a plate having edges with desi ghee and keep it separate.

In a broad vessel, mix besan and desi ghee together. Then slowly add water and prepare tight dough.

Divide this dough in equal parts and prepare these flat rolls as shown in the picture. We call these flat rolls Mathri or Muthiya.

In a wok/kadhai heat oil or ghee and fry these mathris.

When mathris are fried break them into pieces and grind them till you get coarse powder. Sieve this powder in a slightly medium-sized-holed sieve.

Add ghee and coarsely grinded powdered besan in a wok/kadhai. Roast it on medium heat till you get a nice aroma of gram flour. Shift this roasted gram flour to a separate vessel.

Heat water and sugar in the wok/kadhai to prepare sugar syrup .

Add milk the moment sugar gets dissolved completely. All the impurities of sugar will float on sides of the wok. Discard them with the help of a spatula. Let the syrup boil on high to medium heat till it reaches two-thread consistency. Add powdered cardamom in sugar syrup.

The moment syrup is ready, add roasted gram flour. Be quick here…mix it thoroughly in sugar syrup and shift this batter to the greased plate and spread it evenly. Sprinkle cardamom powder.

Spread finely chopped nuts and press them slightly with the back of a spoon so that the nuts settle down.

Mohanthaal

After one hour, when mohanthaal is still little warm, cut it in desired shape and size. Let it cool and settle down completely.

Very difficult to hold our temptations, right!! Till then satisfy your craving with the scrapes of mohanthaal from wok/ kadhai😋

Mohanthaal

Because of hot batter, besan gets roasted even while cooling down and turns slightly darker in colour and this enhances the taste a lot 😋😋😋

Mohanthaal

 
Mathri with kasuri methi flavor

Mathri (kasuri methi flavor)

Mathri with kasuri methi flavor is a wonderful savoury munching snack with tea/coffee. But do you know that many people enjoy mathri along with the masala of mango pickle too? In Indian households, mango pickle is commonly available throughout the year. So if you have not tasted this combo of mathri and pickle till now, give it a try!!

During festivals, we sure prepare a variety of snacks and sweets. Though shops are full of endless varieties of sweets and snacks, till we don’t get the wonderful aroma of home-made fried snacks, festivities are incomplete. During Holi and Deepawali I always prepare Namakpara /Nimki, Layerd papdi or Murrukku. But this year I decided to prepare Mathri also – not the plain ones but with kasuri methi flavour. Did I like the taste of kasuri methi in mathri? I loved it a lot and so did my husband and daughter. So if you have never tried this flavor before in mathri, you can give it a try now. Winter season is here and savoury snack is always welcome with a hot cup of tea/coffee!

Mathri with kasuri methi flavour

Mathri is fried on very low flame so that it gets fried from inside too, making it evenly crisp. If you will lose your patience while frying and increase the heat, mathri will be crisp from the outside but will remain soft from the inside and that wouldn’t taste good. Perfectly fried mathri can be stored in an airtight container for a month, making it a great home-made savoury snack while traveling too!!

Mathri with kasuri methi flavor

Ingredients :

White flour (maida) 250 gms
Samolina (rava/sooji) 2 tbsp
Salt 1 +1/4 tsp
Dry fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi, crushed) 1/2 tbsp
Carom seeds (ajwain) 1 tsp
Crushed pepper corns (kuti hui kali mirch) 1 tsp
Water 1/3 cup +1 tbsp
Oil/ghee 6 tbsp
Oil for frying

A few tips:

  1. Mathri can be prepared with half wheat flour and half white flour or completely with wheat flour also. Adding rava is optional though it adds on nice crunch.
  2. Fry mathri on sim flame so that they can get fried completely from inside.
  3. I have used homemade kasuri methi, so 1/2 tbsp gave perfect flavour. If  you are using market-bought kasuri methi, increase the quantity a bit more as homemade one has a stronger flavor than market-bought ones.
  4. If kasuri methi doesn’t go well with your taste buds, then omit it – use any other flavoured dry leaves, spices, carom or cumin seeds, or just simple plain mathri with salt.

Process:

Collect all dry ingredients in a broad pan.

keep dry ingredients in a vessel

Add oil and mix well with dry ingredients. Oil helps in mathri becoming crisp. Mix it all nicely and take a little mixture in your palm and hold it tight. If the mix binds well instead of crumbling, the oil quantity is perfect. If the mixture crumbles, add some more oil.

check for right consistency

Slowly start adding water to it and knead it in a tight dough. Apply some oil on the ready dough (so that it doesn’t dry) and keep it covered for half an hour.

dough for mathri is ready

let it rest for some time

Knead the dough a bit after half an hour. As we don’t want smooth dough, don’t knead till it is smooth. We want little rough looking dough. Divide the dough into 20 grams small balls. Flatten this dough ball a little bit between your palms without worrying about the correct shape or smoothing the edges.

Prepare mathri with 20 grams of dough

Make some cut marks with the help of a knife or fork on this flattened dough on both sides. Prepare the rest of the dough balls in the similar manner.

do some impressions with knife or fork

prepare all mathris dough in the same manner

Heat oil and then reduce the flame to sim and fry mathris till they are crisp.

fry mathri till they are crisp

take out kasuri methi mathri from the oil

Let them cool down and crisp mathri with kasuri methi flavor is ready for you and your family, friends, neighbors and visitors!!

Mathri with kasuri methi flavor