Friday, 25 July 2014

Rice Halwa [ an easy and healthy dessert ]

This is specially dedicated to my lovable Bua'. This I learnt from her. It's a healthy-easy-quick yummy dessert which made up of rice, sugar, coconut and milk...Any one can replace sugar by using jaggery. Anyone can  take it in any Vrat or fasting.
Ingredients :-
Rice flour - 1/2 cup [Or you can soak raw rice for at least 1-2 hr and grind it with litlle water]
Sugar - 1/2 cup (as your choice of sweetness)
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Coconut slices - 1/2 cup
Cashew nuts n raisins - 2-3 tsp
Bay leaf - 1 pc
A pinch of Salt
Boiled Milk - 2 cups
Ghee - 1 tsp
Water if you required (Its optional. you can use only milk or add 1 cup water with milk)
Chocolate Rice grains (for garnishing n enhance the flavour more) 

Method :-

  • Boil the milk with sugar. Add a pinch of salt, crushed bay leaf . Add 1/2 cup water to the rice flour and mix it and make it liquid form batter. When sugar get melt completely, add the rice batter slowly slowly and stir it continuously.
  • Cook it in low-medium flame. Make sure that there should no lumps. Add the coconut chunks and cashews. Cook about 8-10 mins, when it comes to halwa consistency add 1 tsp ghee and mix well. Switch off the flame.
  • Sprinkle cardamom powder and mix it. Transfer this halwa into a serving plate and let it cool at room temperature. Keep it in freeze for at least 1-2 hours and serve chilled. I've spread some chocolate rice grains while serving. Serve n Enjoy it !!!  

Janhi Muga Dalma (Ridge Gourd with Split Green Gram)

Ingredients :-
Muga dali (roasted moong dal) - 2 cups
Janhi - 2 nos (Ridge gourd) (cut into large chunks)
Aloo - 1 nos. (Potato) ( large cubes)
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Bay leaf -1 no.
Coconut grated - 1/4 cup

Roasted [cumin seed (1 tsp)+Fennel seed (1/2 tsp)+whole black pepper (3-4 nos)+dry red chilly (1-2 nos)] powder (lightly roast it n make a fine powder)

For Tempering:- Ghee (1-2 tsp), Jeera (Cumin seeds) (2 tsp), dry red chilly, pinch of hing (asafoetida).

Method :-
Clean n wash the moong dal, boil the dal in a wide pan (dekchi), add haldi, salt n bay leaf. When it start to boil add the potato cubes n let it boil about 10 mins.when the dal is half cooked (80%), add the janhi n again boil untill it properly cooked. Add the grated coconut on it. Switch off the flame.
Now for tempering, heat ghee in a small frying pan, add dry red chilly, cumin seeds n hing and pour it into the boiled dalma. Sprinkle the roasted cumin+fennel+chilly powder n Serve with roti or poori..!!!

Lau Soya chunks Dalma (Bottle gourd n Soya nuggets With Lentil)

Ingredients :- 
1 cup Harad dali (toor dal/Split Pigeon pea)
1/4 cup Buta dali (Chana dal/Split Bengal gram)
Lau (Lauki/Bottle guard) - 1cup large chunks
Aloo (Potato) - 1 no.
Soya chunks - 1/2 cup
Teja patra (Bay leaf) - 1 pc.
Haldi (Turmeric powder) - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering: 
Oil (1 tsp), Panch phutan (1 tsp), dry red chilly (1-2 nos.), hing ( asafoetida), onion (1 no), ginger-garlic paste (1/2 tsp), tomato (1 no), Ruchi dalma powder (1-2 tsp), green chilly, chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.

Method :-
Clean and wash the dal (lentils). Boil both the dal (harad n buta) with lau (lauki), aloo n with little salt n haldi in a pressure cooker about 1-2 whistles. 
 Boil soya chunks in hot water for 2 mins. Drain n squeeze water from it. Take 1 tsp oil in a pan n fry it till light golden colour, sprinkle little salt.
 Now for tempering, take 1 tsp oil in a kadhai/pan. Add panch phutan, red chilly, hing, when it start to crackle, add the chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste n fry. Add the chopped tomato n saute for a while. Add the soya chunks and Ruchi dalma powder, mix well n pour the boiled dal to it. Let it cook in simmer for 2 mins n switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves n serve with roti, rice or poori..Enjoy it !!!