Lavang Latika

Lavang Latika

From   Mummy Ka Magic

Prep: 40 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Mithai

Type: North Indian

A crisp sweet, typically North Indian – you cannot stop at eating one only

Ingredients

  • For cover
  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup
  • Ghee 3 tbsps + for deep-frying
  • Cloves 12
  • For syrup
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Milk 2 tsps
  • For stuffing
  • Khoya/mawa, crumbled 3 tbsps
  • Dry fruits (cashewnuts, almonds), chopped 2 tbsps
  • Powdered sugar 1 tbsp
  • Green cardamom powder ¼ tsp
  • Saffron a few strands

Methods

  • To make cover, take the flour in a mixing bowl and rub in 3 tbsps ghee. Add sufficient water and knead into a stiff dough.  Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for a while.
  • To make syrup, cook the sugar with ½ cup water in a non-stick pan, stirring till the sugar dissolves.  Add milk and when the scum rises to the top, collect it with a ladle and discard.  Further cook the syrup till it reaches one string consistency. Remove from heat and keep warm.
  • To make stuffing, Take khoya, dry fruits, powdered sugar, green cardamom powder and saffron in another bowl and mix well.  Divide into 12 equal portions.
  • Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.  Roll out each portion into a 5-inch diameter puri.
  • Place one portion of the stuffing in the centre of the puri, fold in the sides to overlap each other and seal the ends with a little water. Secure with a clove.
  • Heat sufficient ghee in a kadai and deep-fry till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • Soak the lavang latikas in the warm sugar syrup for 3-4 minutes.  Drain, arrange on a serving platter and serve warm.
Gajar ka Halwa

Gajar ka Halwa

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Mithai

Type: North Indian

Key Ingredients:

  • Carrots
  • Honey

The winter special mithai – gajar halwa made this way can be had even by diet conscious people

Ingredients

  • Carrots, grated 3 cups
  • Walnut oil 1 tbsp
  • Toned milk 500 ml
  • Honey 3 tbsps
  • Pistachios, chopped 2 tsps
  • Walnuts, chopped 2 tsps
  • Raisins 2 tsps

Methods

  • Heat walnut oil in a non-stick pan, add carrots and milk and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add honey and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add pistachios, walnuts and raisins, mix well and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm or cold.
Cherupayar Payasam

Cherupayar Payasam

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Mithai

Type: North Indian

Key Ingredients:

  • Split skinless green gram (dhuli moong dal)
  • Coconut milk
  • Jaggery

A must in the Onam menu, this is a dal payasam which the locals of Kerala love

Ingredients

  • Split skinless green grams (dhuli moong dal) 1 cup
  • Coconut milk 1 cup
  • Jaggery (gur), grated 3 tbsps
  • Ghee 2 tbsps
  • Green cardamom powder ½ tsp
  • Dried ginger powder (soonth) ½ tsp
  • Dried coconut, grated 1 tbsp
  • Cashewnuts 8
  • Coconut cream to drizzle

Methods

  • Melt jaggery in a non-stick pan with little bit of water.
  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee in a cooker and add split green gram and saute till it becomes golden brown.
  • Add 2 cups water, cover the cooker and cook under pressure till 3 whistles are given out.
  • Open the lid when the pressure reduces completely. Add jaggery syrup, cardamom powder and dried ginger powder and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and mix. Cook till it just comes to a boil. Switch off the heat.
  • Heat remaining ghee in a small non-stick pan, add dried coconut and cashewnuts and saute till they are golden. Put half of this mixture into the cooker and mix and cook till the payasam is semi-thick.
  • Transfer it into a serving bowl and garnish with sautéed coconut and cashewnuts and drizzle coconut cream.
Jaipuri Mewa Pulao

Jaipuri Mewa Pulao

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Mithai

Type: North Indian

Key Ingredients:

  • Rice
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Chironji

Sweet rice preparation enriched with saffron and dried fruits

Ingredients

  • Almonds 4 to 5
  • Pistachios 4 to 5
  • Chironji/charoli 1 tbsp
  • Rice, cooked ½ cup
  • Ghee 1 tbsp
  • Milk 200 ml
  • Sugar ½ cup
  • Saffron, mixed with milk a few strands
  • Fresh cream 3 tbsps
  • Silver warq for garnishing
  • Nutmeg powder to sprinkle
  • Green cardamom powder to sprinkle

Methods

  • Heat ghee in a deep non-stick pan, add rice to it and saute.
  • Add milk, sugar and saffron mixed with milk and mix well.
  • Keep aside a few almonds, pistachios and charoli for garnish and add the rest to the rice and mix.
  • Cover and cook till all the milk is absorbed. Don’t stir too much as it may break the rice grains.
  • Add cream and mix well.
  • Transfer onto a serving plate and garnish with silver warq. Sprinkle nutmeg powder, green cardamom powder and reserve dried fruits and serve hot.
Parsi Seviyan

Parsi Seviyan

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Mithai

Type: North Indian

Key Ingredients:

  • Vermicelli

Parsis love their desserts and this is one of their favourite

Ingredients

  • Vermicelli 200 gms
  • Ghee 3 tbsps
  • Pistachios, chopped 12 to 15
  • Almonds, chopped 12 to 15
  • Raisins (kishmish) 1 tbsp
  • Sugar syrup 3 tbsps

Methods

  • Melt ghee in a deep non-stick pan. Break the vermicelli and add and saute till golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper.
  • Add almonds, pistachios and raisins to the ghee remaining in the pan and saute till light golden. Drain into a bowl.
  • Add the vermicelli back in the pan, add sugar syrup and mix well. Add half the sautéed dried fruits and mix again. Transfer into a serving plate.
  • Garnish with the reserved dried fruits and serve.
Mahrashtrian Gujiya

Mahrashtrian Gujiya

By Hi Tea

Prep: 35 minutes

Cook: 35 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Mithai

Type: North Indian

Key Ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Semolina
  • Fresh coconut
  • Jaggery

Gujiyas stuffed with fresh coconut filling are so very tasty that they get consumed in no time

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour (maida) 2 cups + 1 tbsp
  • Semolina (suji / rawa) ¾ cup
  • Ghee 6 tbsps
  • Sesame seeds (til) 3½ tbsps
  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus) 4 tbsps
  • Fresh coconut, scraped 1 cup
  • Jaggery, grated 2 cups
  • Green cardamom powder 2 tsps
  • Salt to tasgte
  • Oil to deep-fry

Methods

  • To make the dough take all-purpose flour in a bowl, add ¼ cup semolina and 3 tbsps ghee and mix well. Add sufficient water and knead into a semi soft dough.
  • To make the filling, heat the remaining ghee in a non-stick pan, add sesame seeds, poppy seeds and remaining semolina and saute till golden brown.
  • Add coconut and mix well. Saute for 2-3 minutes and remove it from heat.
  • Add jaggery, cardamom powder and salt and mix well. Set aside to cool.
  • Divide the dough into small equal balls and roll them into small puris. Place some stuffing mixture in the centre of each puri and fold it in half and press the edges to seal.
  • Twist the edges with your fingers to make gujiyas.
  • Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Gently slide in the gujiyas, a few at a time, and deep-fry till light golden.
  • Drain on absorbent paper. Cool and serve or store in airtight container.