Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oats and Dry Fruits Laddoo 2

I made dry fruits laddoo for last year Diwali with Jaggery which is crispier. This is a different one, more juicy. My kids like the juicy one while we like the crispy ones also. Oats and dry fruits laddoo is a healthier sweet again with very less Ghee and no additional sugar. Dates and Fig have sugar but they are good ones. So guilt free enjoyment for this Deepavali.

What you need?

Rolled Oats-1 cup
Almonds-1 cup
Pecans-1 cup
walnuts-1 cup
Dates-1 cup
Fig-1 cup
Raisins-1 cup
Milk or just water-1/2 cup

Ghee-1 Tbsp
Cardomom powder-1/4 tsp

Prep work:

1. Coarsely blend all the dry fruits(almonds, pecans and walnuts) seperately

How to make?

1. Heat Ghee in kadai and fry oats. Set aside
2. Boil milk or water and add dates and fig till they becomes mushy.
3. Add the oats, coarsely ground dry fruits, raisins, cardomom powder into the mushy mixture. Mix throughly and shape them into balls or into semi circles as you like.

My kids love to help me in shaping this sweet. It will be a good job to just give them a measuring spoon and press into it. Like my idea?

Tip: You can add any other nuts of your choice too here.

Almond Chikki! (Squares)

I used lot of almonds this Deepavali! I like this nut. Good fat and it can blend with anything. We are fond of kadala urundai which is made with peanuts and jaggery. I thought of making them with Almonds for a change. This sweet requires no ghee.

What you need?

whole Almonds-7.5 cups
Jaggery-2.5 cups
(Ratio for Almonds to Jaggery is 3:1)
dry ginger powder-1/2 tsp (optional)
Cardomom powder-1/4 tsp
salt-1 pinch

How to make?

Prep work:
Coarsely grind almonds (it must be half), you will get different sizes and some powder too but that is fine.


1.Boil Jaggery in half cup water till it dissolves completely . Filter dirt.
2. In a clean kadai, add the filtered jaggery and boil it till it becomes thick. Consistency should be if you pour the jaggery with a laddle, it should form two strings.
3. Add the coarse almonds into the jaggery and mix them. Add dry ginger powder if using and cardomom powder. Mix well.
4. I poured into the thin baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press that with a flat laddle all over, let it rest for a while(2 hrs). Cut them into desired shapes.


If the jaggery becomes too thick while boiling, add water and boil it again till the right consistency.

Rava Almond Laddoo

Rava laddoo has become a tradition into our Diwali sweets. I love this sweet but it has lot of sugar and ghee too. I made this with white sugar since i did not want to disturb the look too much.

Usually Rava laddoo takes lot of ghee and this one was better with half good fat from almonds and still the taste of rava comes out nicely.

Fine Sooji or Rava - 1/2 cup
Ground almonds-1/2cup
Fine sugar-1/2 cup
Cashews, sliced almonds-2 Tbsp
Cardomom powder-1/4 tsp
Ghee-2 Tbsp + 1Tbsp

How to make?

Prep work:

Ground whole almonds or blanced ones and transfer to a plate. Be careful while grinding, it has to be powdered and not clumby. Almonds have lot of oil too. I used whipper and just on 1 and 2 speed in mixie. You can do it with blender too. Do not over grind.


1. Heat ghee(2Tbsp) in kadai and fry nuts and tranfer to the plate

2. Add elachi powder, powdered sugar to the plate and mix well.

2. Fry Sooji in the same kadai till nice aroma comes and transfer it to the plate. Add 1 Tbsp ghee over the hot sooji and mix well. It will be hot, so mix it with laddle.

3. In 2-3 mins, start forming the balls or just take the mixture and press it into the measuring spoons like me to get semi circles which is easy to make and eat too.

You could add a tsp of warm milk if you are unable to press it into shapes. This tasted very good.

Tip: You should form the balls when the sooji is still hot, otherwise, you cant shape them.

Fig and Nuts Cake

Happy Deepavali! It is time for sweets, snacks, fire crackers and lights(Diyas). We make variety of sweetes and snacks atleast once in a year and enjoy without any guilt. I make careful sweet choices with less white sugar and less Ghee. I made most of my sweets this year with just 2-3Tbsp of Ghee and Dates, Fig and jaggery as sweeteners. One of the sweet was Fig Almond Cake. It can be made as Halwa too but that requires lot more ghee.

Dried Figs-2 cups
whole Almond-1 cup
Ghee-2 Tbsp
Nuts of your choice-1 cup coarsely cut (almond/cashews/pistachiaos) - variety looks good
Milk-2 cups
cardomom/elachi powder-1/4 tsp

How to make?

Prep work:

1. Soak fig in hot milk for an hour and almonds in hot water for an hour
2. Blanch almonds to remove skin
3. Grind soaked fig with milk and almonds together in a blender or mixie.

1. Heat Ghee in kadai and fry the nuts of your choice and transfer the nuts alone to the plate
2. Add the ground mixture to the ghee and cook in low flame occasionally stirring it for about 30 mins.
3. Add one Tbsp of Ghee and the nuts. Mix well.
4. Add cardomom or elachi powder if using, mix well and transfer to a round or square dish. Let it cool completely. Pack them nicely in the plate. After cooling, you should be able to cut them into squares or just enjoy it as such.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Rocket Berry Popsicle

I am not a regular blogger. I cook in the morning and spend my time in the evening with kids and working full time! I would love to do a decent blogging with nice pictures and lot more healthy recipes. But it is just not my cup of tea. But I do add recipes whenever I could just as a repository with the main motto that atleast my kids can refer to when they need to know. I appreciate that they understand whenever I attempt to explain them what are color additives, sugars, preservatives and all the additional stuff that store bought food has!

Kids love popsicles and since last 2 summers, I have been making differnt kind of popsicles at home and they love it. I feel very proud when they go and tell their friends and even their parents that 'My mom makes home made popsicles and they love it'. What else do I need?

This recipe is coming up now since I just saw a picture taken a while ago to put this recipe in the blog. But I never got there until now. You can save it for next sunny day or perhaps next summer.

Here is the recipe,

Fruits! (you can use any berries here)

Strawberries (frozen or raw)-1 cup
blue berries or berry mix - 1 cup
Banana - 1 or 2 as per your wish
avocado - optional
water - 2 cups

Dates(fresh) - 15 (unpitted)
cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
salt-a pinch

Flax meal - 1 -2 Tbsp (optional)
chia seeds - 1 Tbsp (optional)

You can use hand blender or juicer. I use hand blender.
Blend all berries first for 4-5 mins until they are smooth. Add banana and other fruits if using, dates, cinnamon, pinch of salt and enough water. Blend it. At the end add, flax meal and give a swirl. Check if everything is combined. Add chia seeds and mix well.

Add honey or br sugar if you feel the sweetness is less.

Pour this in the popsicle molds or small cups and freeze it. If using small cups, insert the wooden stick in the middle.

How can a popsicle be more healthy!!

We slurp it as weekend breakfast since it gives so much of energy. Just one note, do not eat any high protein food before or after the berries since it hinders the vital nutrition absorption into the body.