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Cracking mithai

CELEBRATE DIWALI with these traditional sweets!

Rava Laddu

Ingredients

Rava - 2 cups Ghee- 4 tblsp Raisins - 1 tblsp Cashew nuts (chopped) - 2 tblsp Sugar- 1� cup Cardamom seeds- 1 tblsp Hot milk- � cup

Method

Fry cashew nuts and raisins in ghee and keep aside. Fry rava in the same ghee. Add sugar, and cardamom seeds and remove from fire. Add milk to it and mix well. Grease your hands and shape it into round balls. Set aside to turn hard. Store it in a airtight tin.

Boondi Laddu

Ingredients

Besan- 250 gm Sugar- 400 gm Cardamom seeds- 1 tblsp Milk- 1 dsp Yellow colour- a pinch Sugar candy- 50 gm Cashew nuts- � gm Raisins- � gm Cloves- 4 Ghee- 2 dsp Refined Oil (for frying)

Method

Blend together sugar and 1-cup water to form syrup of one-third consistency. Remove from the fire. Add cardamom seeds, cloves and colour mixed with milk and keep it warm. Make a thick batter of besan with enough water. Beat the batter till it turns very smooth and free of all lumps. Heat enough oil for deep-frying, lower the heat and then take a sieve, hold it over the smoking oil and rub a little batter at a time through the sieve. Tap the sieve on the inside edges to make the mixture fall through the holes into the oil. Fry the boondi to a golden colour. Don't let it become brown. Drain thoroughly and put it into the syrup. Mix thoroughly and keep it tightly packed. Fry the nuts and raisins in ghee. Mix the fried things and ghee (2-tblsp) with the boondi. Add broken candy sugar and mix thoroughly. While hot, form balls with oily hands. Set aside to let it turn hard and then store in an airtight tin.

Mysore Pak

Ingredients

Besan flour- 250 gm Sugar- 250 gm Cardamom powder- 1 tsp Ghee- 500 gm Saffron essence- � tsp Milk- 1 tsp Yellow colour- a pinch Baking Soda- a pinch

Method

Fry besan flour in 100 gm of ghee stirring continuously till a nice aroma comes. Remove from the fire and sift. Keep the ghee in a hot pan. Put 1-cup water in sugar and prepare syrup of one-thread consistency. Put the flour into the sugar syrup. Keep on fire and keep stirring continuously. Add cardamom powder and a little yellow colour mixed in milk. When it thickens add boiling ghee, a spoon at a time. Put the ghee gradually into the pack stirring all the time. When the mixture is well bended and the ghee begins to appear on the surface, mix the essence and baking soda. Remove from the fire and put in a greased dish. Cut into squares while still warm and leave to set till hard.

Badsha

Ingredients

Maida- 1 cup Dalda- � cup Baking powder- � tsp Sugar- 1 cup Milk- � cup Oil (for frying) Water- � cup

Method

Sieve flour with baking powder. Mix with dalda and make soft dough using hot milk. Divide the dough into equal portions and make balls and slightly press on the top of the balls and fry it in the oil. Make sugar syrup and add the fried balls into it. Separate the balls before cooling.

LILY BABU JOSE

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