Flaky Multilayered Lachha Pheni Paratha

Ingredients: (for 3 parathas)
Whole wheat flour (1/2 cup/ 80 g) + 1 1/2 tbsp
All purpose flour (1 cup/ 120 g)
Salt (1 tsp)
Sugar (2 tsp)
Lukewarm water (as required)
Desi Ghee (3 tbsp) + for frying
Oil (as required)

Method:
1. Mix together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt and sugar.
2. Knead a dough, not very soft and not very hard either.
3. Refrigerate the dough in air-tight container for 30 minutes.
4. Knead again and divide the dough in 3 equal sized balls. Make a paste of 3 tbsp whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 tbsp desi ghee.
5. On a flat, clean, scratch proof surface, roll out a ball of dough (first with hands, and then with rolling pin), in to a big thin sheet.
6. Smear 1/3 of the paste on to the sheet.
7. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the sheet along the length in to very thin strips.
8. Roll the strips one over the other, with the help of a spatula.
9. Now roll this long log of strips into a loosely packed ball (the way traditional lachha paratha is rolled)
10. Roll out this ball into a thick disc.
11. Transfer this disc on to a hot tawa, cook from both sides and fry in desi ghee.
Enjoy pheni/sevaiyan lachha paratha with spiced yogurt, or curry of your choice, or just by itself with a cup of tea/coffee!

 

Malai Kulfi (Ultra quick recipe)

Ingredients

Milk (1/2 cup)

Milk Powder (1/2 cup)

Cardamom Powder (1 tsp)

Condensed Milk (7 oz/200 gm)

Heavy whipping Cream/ Fresh Cream (1/2 pint, approximately 250 ml)

Assorted dry fruits (chopped)

Method:

  1. In a bowl, mix together milk and milk powder.
  2. Add cardamom powder, condensed milk and whipping cream.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add assorted nuts. Save a few for garnishing.
  5. Transfer a few chopped nuts at the bottom of moulds in which kulfi is being set.
  6. Transfer kulfi mix. (Do not fill to the top)
  7. Freeze for 8-10 hours or until set well.

De-mould kulfi and enjoy!!

*Add more condensed milk for extra sweetness.

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Mango and coconut burfi/ 10 मिनट में बनायें आम और नारियल की नरम, रसीली बर्फी

Ingredients:

Clarified butter/ Desi ghee ( 1 tsp)

Coconut Powder or fresh/frozen shredded coconut (1 cup)

Milk ( 1 cup / 250 ml)

Milk Powder ( 2/3 cup)(substitute with 2 cup milk)

Almonds ( blended and separated into almond meal and small pieces by straining )( ½ cup)

Mango Pulp ( ½ cup)

Sugar ( 3 tbsp or as per taste)

Note: DO NOT use coconut flour!

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Method:

  1. Set a wide non-stick shallow pan at low-medium heat.
  2. Warm clarified butter in the pan.
  3. Add coconut powder and mix with the ghee. Roast for 30-40 seconds while mixing continuously.
  4. Add milk and stir occasionally till the milk dries up.
  5. Sprinkle milk powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add almond meal and 1/3 of the almond pieces. Mix well.
  7. Roast this mix for a few minutes till it becomes dry.
  8. Add mango pulp. Keep stirring and roast at high heat.
  9. Add sugar and keep roasting till all the moisture is dried up.
  10. The mix lumps together. Switch off the heat.
  11. Let the mix cool for a minute and then transfer to a greased plate/tray.
  12. Using a table knife/spatula/ hands shape the mix into a square.
  13. Mark cuts for the burfi pieces in the mix. Cover the plate with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Enjoy homemade mango coconut burfi!

 

Makes excellent gift!

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Moong Dal halwa (Tips for grainy texture in less ghee)

 

Ingredients:

Moong dal, washed and split (1/2 cup) (100gm)

Ghee (70 gm)

Sugar (80 gm)

Cardamom Powder ( 1 tsp)

Saffron threads (few)

Golden Raisins (kishmish) ( a handful)

Almonds  (few)

Milk (1 ½ cup)

Method:

  1. Soak dal for 2 hours in warm water.
  2. Strain to remove all excess water.
  3. Coarsely grind dal, preferably without any water. If required, add as little water as possible.
  4. Set a big non-stick pan to heat at medium.
  5. Add ¾ quantity of ghee. Allow it to melt.
  6. Once melted, switch off the heat.
  7. Mix dal paste with ghee.
  8. Switch heat on medium.
  9. Start frying the mix. Keep tossing, keep stirring.
  10. In 15-20 minutes, mix will change consistency from paste to lumpy to grainy.
  11. Once grainy, add milk in instalments. Keep stirring.
  12. Reduce heat to between low and medium.
  13. The mix starts to thicken. Add sugar. Mix.
  14. Add raisins and slivered almonds. Mix.
  15. Keep stirring and frying, till desired consistency is reached.

Moong dal halwa is ready. Garnish with slivered almonds, raisins, and serve hot.

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