Posts Tagged ‘Holi’

I can’t stop myself from writing about Wednesday’s win and really excited to watch the finals. India really did great and played wonderfully well.I know every Indian is crazy about World Cup Final, I hope they do the same what they did on wed’s match and wins the WORLD CUP. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!…GO INDIA GO….

Coming back to the dish of the day…

Dahi Vada is served as an appetizer usually at the time of festivals like holi, diwali and so on. Dahi is hindi word for yogurt and vada is like a dumpling or fritters made out of urad dal without skin/polished urad dal.

This appetizer has to be served chilled, chilling the dish brings more flavors and deliciousness to the dish. This is also served with tamarind-date chutney which really makes the difference in the dish. The soft, soaked vada with a spoonful of dahi mixed with chutney, ahh..sounds complete bliss to me!

 

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Ingredients:

For Vada

  • 1 cup urad dal without skin
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Oil for frying the vadas
  • salt to taste

For Dahi batter

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Tamarind-date chutney
  • 1/2 cup sev for garnishing
Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Method:

  • Soak urad dal in about 2 cups of water for overnight.
  • Drain the water and grind the soaked urad dal with very little water just enough to keep the motor running to make smooth batter.
  • Add grated ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, red chilli powder to the batter.
  • Beat this batter well in order to avoid any lumps and also for a fluffy vadas.
  • Heat oil in a flat frying pan, do not use more than 1/2 inch oil or else your vada will absorb most of the oil and it will be soggy.
  • Once the oil is heated enough, check by dropping a little of batter in oil and if it comes on the surface expanding, your oil is ready for frying the vadas.
  • With the help of a spoon, drop the batter in form of vada in the oil.
  • Fry the vada on both the sides until golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat to complete the rest of the batter, fry in batches.
  • Now dip this fried vadas in luke warm water for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze out excess water from vadas and keep them aside.
  • Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 1/2 cup water, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste. Keep aside.
  • In a deep dish, layer the fried vadas and pour the above yogurt mixture over them to cover completely.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chill in the refrigerator for few hours before serving.
  • To serve, take 2 or 3 vadas in a plate with some yogurt, sprinkle with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, tamarind-date chutney and sprinkle some sev on top…Enjoy!
Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Besan Ladoo

Posted: March 19, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Dessert, Indian Food, Sweets/Mithai
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HAPPY HOLI !!!

Holi is one of the most popular festival in india. This festival is celebrated at the end of winter season and on the last day of lunar month which usually falls in the later part of February or March. Also, known as Vasant Utsav which literally means Spring festival and we welcome spring here onwards.

This is celebrated by throwing coloured powder and coloured water on each other. Every festival in india is associated with sweets and savory delicacies. I remember mom used to plan days ahead, she will make dishes which she can store and serve on the holi day..she will get up early morning to prepare dishes which will be enjoyed  throughout the day. As soon as, she is done with cooking and clearing up, the guests will start coming to wish happy holi. And the house will be filled with colours, noise, chatting up which I really miss out here.

It used to be fun watching and throwing up water balloons on everyone who goes under our building. On this day nobody can scold you or can stop you doing this, you can get away by saying HOLI HAI!!!. In between doing this fun activities, we pile up ourselves with food every now  and then. In my opinion these festivals are only a way to bring people closer and enjoy their companies. In fact it is also said that if you have enemies this is the best day to patch of things together and move forward.

Apart of so many other delicacies, Ladoo is the most important sweet to be prepared on festivals. Ladoo or Laddu is sweet, rich dessert which is part of south asian cuisine.  It is normally prepared on festivals or given as prasad  at temples. It is usually made with flour and sugar which is binded together to form small golf sized balls. There are lots of varieties of ladoo like besan ladoo(made from gram flour), suji ladoo (made from semolina), bundi ladoo, motichor ladoo and so on.

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup gram flour(besan)
  • 2 tablespoon semolina flour(sooji)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom seeds
  • chopped pistachios for garnish
  •  

Preparation:

  • Mix gram flour, sooji and melted butter in a large skillet.
  • Roast the above mixture on medium heat until light golden brown in color or until you smell the roasted flour. Keep stirring the mixture so that it does not burn.This will take about 7-10 minutes depending upon the heat.
  • Remove the skillet from the stove and let the mixture cool down a bit but still warm to touch.
  • To this warm mixture, add sugar, chopped almonds and cardamom seeds.
  • To make ladoos, take a spoonful of mixture in your hand about the size of a lemon and roll in between your palms to form a smooth and round balls.
  • Keep the ladoos on a plate and garnish with pistachios on top which will stick to ladoos.
  • Cool the ladoo to serve. This can also be stored in air-tight container for 2-3 weeks.

 

Besan Ladoo

Besan Ladoo

 

Wish you all a very Happy Holi…Enjoy!