Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Mohanthal | A Traditional Kathiawari Sweet.

Ingredients
Gram flour - 2 cup,
Ghee(clarified butter) - 1 cup,
Cashew & almond (roughly crushed) - 1/4 cup,
Slivered pistachio - 1 tbsp.
Milk - 1/4 cup,
Ghee (clarified butter) - 2 tbsp.

For sugar syrup
Sugar - 1 1/4 cup,
Saffron - 1/4 tsp,
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp,
Water - 1/2 cup.



Method
In a small pan, heat milk along with 2 tbsp of ghee till it gets warm.


Add gram flour into a mixing bowl and add prepared milk &ghee mixture.


Combine well with both hands till it gets crumbly texture. Now cover with lid and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

Sieve flour mixture from medium holes colander.


This process gives grainy texture to the flour, as per image given below.


Heat ghee in a pan on low flame. Add prepared grainy flour and roast over low flame.


Roast and stir constantly to cook evenly. Roast till flour change its color to light golden brown.


Now switch off the flame and add chopped cashew & almond. Mix well and let it cool down completely.


In a sauce pan, dissolve sugar with water. Switch on the flame and prepared one and half string consistency sugar syrup. To check consistency, take a bowl filled with water and drop a drop of sugar syrup.  Drop should not dissolve in water but set as it is, then its ready. Add saffron and cardamom powder. Mix well.


Now fold in prepared sugar syrup into flour mixture.


 Stir constantly till it starts to thicken up.


Transfer the mixture into a greased tray. Sprinkle slivered pistachio on top.


Let it cool down to room temperature. Cut into pieces once set.

Notes
Store into an airtight container up to 15-20 days.
Adjust amount of sugar and ghee as per taste.








Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nuttela Stuffed Cookies

Ingredients
All purpose flour - 1 cup,
Butter ( room temperature ) - 1/2 cup,
Powdered sugar - 1/4 cup,
Light Brown sugar - 1/4 cup,
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp,
Hazelnut - 1/4 cup,
Nuttela - 1/3 cup.





Method
Take Nuttela and divide into 4 equal parts using ice tray. Let it set into freezer till well set.


Roughly crush hazelnut using chopper.


In a mixing bowl, add room temperatured butter followed by light brown sugar and powdered sugar.


Beat well till it gets light and airy.


Now in the same bowl, add flour along with baking powder and half of the crushed hazelnut.


Mix well using spatula. Now divide dough into 15 - 16 equal parts.


Now take out frozen Nuttela and cut each cube into 4 parts as per given below image.


Now flatten dough little and stuff Nuttela piece as per given below image.


Roll out in round shape.

Roll top of the ball with remaining chopped hazelnut.


Place rolled ball in baking tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat the process with remaining dough.


Now bake prepared balls in preheated oven at 350 F for 15 - 18 minutes.


Take out from oven and let it cool down to room temperature. Store into an airtight container.

Notes
Hazelnut can be replaced with cashew.
Adjust amount of Nuttela in stuffing.
Temperature may vary oven to oven so keep an eye on it while baking.