Naariyal ke Laddoo

Naariyal Ke Laddoo

Even though I usually prefer to follow traditional method for any sweet dish, Naariyal ke Laddoo with condensed milk is a very quick way to prepare these traditional laddoos. However, this time condensed milk was also Homemade Condensed Milk/Milkmade during Janamashtmi festival, so I decided to go ahead with this no-fail quick-fix recipe for preparing Naariyal ke laddoo.

Janmashtmi celebration

Naariyal ke Laddoo

While celebrating Janmashtmi, we keep fast (vrat) for whole day. This  fasting is different than our usual fasting days as this day we don’t use grains and white salt to prepare prasad and food. Everything is prepared with milk or milk based products, dry fruits, fresh fruits and fruit based flours. So I prepared these laddoos for prasad.

This best part about this recipe is that there are no difficult steps to follow. We can make our kids also join-in in the preparation. Just prepare condensed milk one day in advance and next day delicious Naariyal ke laddoo will be ready within 30 to 40 minutes! We can add Khoya/Mawa also to enhance the taste.

Just like Naariyal ki burfi (coconut burfi), I used desiccated coconut powder in laddoos too. But if you want, you can use fresh coconut also. If so, remember that as fresh coconut has a lot of moisture, you will need more quantity of fresh coconut powder than written in the recipe.

Ingredients :

Condensed Milk 250 gms

Desiccated coconut powder 250 gms

1/4th cup extra coconut powder to roll out laddoos

Process :

Pour condensed milk in a big broad pan so that mixing is easy. Add coconut powder in condensed milk and mix it well. Mixture should be thick enough to roll it as firm round balls. If required, add some more coconut powder to get the right consistency.

coconut powder and condensed milk

thick mixture of coconut powder and condensed milk

Now take a little amount of mixture and give it a round shape of laddoo with your palms.

laddoo is ready

Roll this laddoo in dry coconut powder and repeat the process for all laddoos. And job done!

roll laddoo in coconut powder

Naariyal ke Laddoo

Isn’t this the fastest way to prepare delicious naariyal ke laddoo!! For longer shelf life keep these laddoos in the fridge.

Naariyal ke Laddoo

 
Rasmalai

Rasmalai

Rasmalai is that one sweet dish which my father-in-law loves the most. Now because of his health issues he is staying with us in Bangalore. But until two years back whenever we used to go visit him in Jaipur, he would always buy and keep one pack of rasmalai in the fridge. If some guest is coming home for lunch or dinner… dessert was always rasmalai!!

Rasmalai

So when I learned to prepare rasgulla, I decided to try rasmalai also.

Like rasgulla, rasmalai is also prepared with paneer but here additional ingredient is milk, making it different from rasgulla.

If you can prepare rasgulla, then trust me…. 90% work is done here!

So, again I am posting the recipe of Rasgulla here (just in case if anyone has missed it) as it is the main ingredient in rasmalai. Next, we will turn these rasgullas into rasmalai.

Ingredients

Rasgulla :
1 kg full fat milk
1 lemon juice (can be replaced with 1 tbsp vinegar)
2 cups sugar (granulated)
4-1/2 cups water
2 to 3 whole cardamom seeds (optional)
Keep ready one tray of ice cubes

Rasmalai:
1 litre low fat milk
Sugar, as per your taste
Few saffron strands (optional)
Cardamom powder
Mixed dry fruits (chopped)

Method

Squeeze out lemon juice, sieve it, add equal amount of water to the lemon juice and keep this mixture separately.

Boil milk and pour lemon juice into it. The moment milk starts curdling (milk is so hot that it will curdle quickly), switch off gas.

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When whole milk is curdled nicely, pour that immediately in a strainer covered with muslin cloth and add ice cubes to it.

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Let this chhena remain in muslin cloth and wash it nicely in running water so that no taste of lemon or vinegar remains. Squeeze out all water from chhena. Finally, hang this chhena in the muslin cloth for 10-15 minutes so that the rest of the water drains out. If you feel that chhena is too wet, squeeze it with your hands.

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Mash chhena properly. Rub it nicely with your hands so that all the grains of chhena become soft and you can collect it like a dough.

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Prepare small balls of this whole chhena dough. There should not be any cracks in the balls. If you are still gettings cracks, rub the chhena ball between your palms and again make the ball.

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Actually, for rasmalai we can gently press the ball of chhena to look like patties. Now, in a big sized vessel or cooker add water, sugar, and cardamom seeds. Switch on gas on high flame. Keep stirring water till whole sugar is dissolved. The moment the water starts boiling, add all your chhena balls into this syrup.

If you are using cooker, let it boil till first whistle and then sim the flame for next 5-7 minutes.

If you are using a vessel, keep the flame high for the first five minutes and then reduce it to sim for the next 5-7 minutes. Keep some weight on the cover.

Don’t let the rasgullas boil for more than the required time, else they will turn chewy instead of spongy.

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Let the steam cool down and then open the lid of the cooker. You will see that your small balls of chhena have doubled in size.

Your spongy rasgullas are ready or we can say that the first step of rasmalai preparation is over.

Shift them to another bowl along with sugar syrup. Let them cool down completely and later keep them in the fridge for 2-3 hours so that rasgullas becomes slightly firm.

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Rasmalai:

Boil low fat milk kept for rasmalai. Once milk starts boiling, keep the heat on sim. Keep the milk stirring so as to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the vessel. Boil it till the volume of the milk is reduced to half of the original. Add sugar and stir till sugar dissolves completely and switch the off gas. Milk consistency will be thin now. If interested, add cardamom powder and saffron strands for flavor and let the milk cool down completely.

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After 2-3 hours take rasgullas out from the fridge. Squeeze each one by one gently between your palms to take the syrup out from them and keep them on a strainer so that rest of the syrup drains out.

Remember not to squeeze hard, otherwise rasgulla will break.

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Add these rasgullas in ready milk and keep them in the fridge for 3-4 hours so that rasgullas will absorb the milk. Add finely chopped mixed dry fruits.

Rasmalai

In half of the milk I added some strands of saffron and left the other half as it. That is why you can see the difference in color in both the bowls below.

Rasmalai

rasmalai

 

 

 Serve chilled, creamy, delicious rasmalai to your and dear friends and enjoy the showers of appreciation.. 💃💃💃💃

Rasmalai

 
Seven cups burfi

Seven Cups Burfi

IMG_20161029_184306318.jpgSeven cups burfi, this name sounds very different for a mithai. Even I thought the same when first time I read Seven cups burfi post at my favourite blogger Gayathri Kumar’s blog Cookspot. After reading the whole recipe also, I was hesitant to try because didn’t know how it would taste. Though Gayathri’s recipes are no fail and I have tried a lot of them. Maybe I was hesitant because to prepare this sweet raw besan (gram flour) was used, and my experience till now was that if  besan is raw, it wouldn’t taste nice and it will stick in the mouth while eating.

Few weeks before I had gone to Vandana’s house (dear friend in the apartment) and she offered me the same seven cups burfi and packed some for my husband and daughter also.

And did I like the taste?

I loved it!!! and so did my husband and daughter. Now I was determined to give it a try……….

The traditional recipe has total seven ingredients, but I reduced  the amount of sugar, because three cups seemed a bit lot, so now with my version it is 6 cups Burfi.

Ingredients:

Besan (gram flour)          1 cup

Granulated sugar           2 cups

Pure Ghee                      1 cup

Grated coconut             1 cup (fresh or dry)

Milk                                 1 cup

Procedure :

Grease one big plate and the back portion of a spatula, and keep them separate.

In a vessel mix sugar and coconut and keep them aside.

Sieve besan to avoid lumps. Take a heavy bottom pan or kadai and from one cup ghee take 1 tbsp and pour in the pan. Switch on gas and add besan in the pan. On medium heat roast it only for 4 to 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes add the mixture of coconut and sugar. Keep the heat on sim till we finish adding all ingredients to avoid it burning from the bottom. IMG_20170312_125937735_BURST000_COVER_TOP

Mix them properly and add ghee.

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Now increase the heat to medium and continuously keep on stirring it.  Sugar will start melting and whole mix will be thin in the beginning, but slowly it will start becoming thick.IMG_20170312_131709627

Keep on stirring, as mixture will be turning more thick and leaving the sides of the pan. This is the indication that mixture is ready to set in the greased plate. IMG_20170312_132502991.jpg

Pour the mixture in greased plate and  spread it evenly with the help of greased spatula. The benefit to pat it with a greased spatula is that the burfi mixture wouldn’t stick to it. IMG_20170312_133048022.jpg

When this mixture is half cooled, cut it vertically and horizontally. Now let it cool down completely. seven cups burfi

Take out all the pieces carefully and enjoy this delicious south Indian sweet with your family and friends!

For a few more festive sweets you can check the given links in the blog…

Naariyal Ke Laddoo

Naariyal ki burfi (coconut burf

Mohanthaal

Rasgulla

Rasmalai

Rabdi / Rabri

Seven cups burfi