Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Caramelized makhana | jaggery makhana | ગોળવાળા મખાના | Gud makhana | Sweet makhana | Crunchy caramel makhana

Fox nuts - 2 cup,
Jaggery - 1/4 cup,
Clarified butter - 2 tsp + 1/4 tsp, For homemade organic clarified butter recipe click here.
Vanilla extract - 1/4 tsp.

Heat a pan over medium low flame. Add 2 tsp clarified butter followed with fox nuts.

Keep roasting for 6 to 8 minutes till it becomes crispy.

Remove roasted fox nuts into a bowl and set aside.

In same pan, add jaggery along with 1/4 tsp clarified butter. 

On low to medium flame allow jaggery to melt completely. Stir constantly to prevent jaggery from burning. Check the consistency of jaggery by dropping couple of jaggery drops into cold water. Remove jaggery drop from water and check, it should be crunchy to break. If drop is not crunchy but chewy, then cook further to get right consistency.

Add vanilla extract and mix well.

Now add roasted fox nuts. Mix well till each fox nut gets well coated with jaggery.

Now transfer onto the greased baking mat. With the help

of fork, loosen prepared fox nuts, as per given below image.

Baking mat can be replaced with greased working surface or greased tray.
Jaggery can be replaced with brown sugar or sugar.
Add or omit any nut of your choice.
Adjust amount of jaggery and nut as per your taste.
Vanilla extract can be replaced with cardamom powder.

For video recipe - 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Katlu pak | કાટલું - બત્રીસું પાક | શિયાળા સ્પેશ્યિલ વસાણું | Gujarati traditional winter special katlu pak or batrisu pak

Wheat flour - 1 cup,
Clarified butter - 1 cup + 2 tbsp, For homemade organic clarified butter recipe click here.
Jaggery - 2/3 cup,
Cashew(finely chopped) - 1/4 cup,
Almond(finely chopped) - 1/4 cup,
Walnut(finely chopped) - 1/4 cup,
Shredded dry coconut - 1/2 cup,
Chironji(charoli) - 1 tbsp,
Melon seeds - 1 tbsp,
Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp,
Dill seeds - 1 tbsp,
Carom seeds - 1 tsp,
Edible gum - 1/4 cup,
Garden cress seeds - 1 tbsp,
Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp,
Dry ginger powder - 1 tsp,
Katlu \ Batrisu masala powder - 3 - 4 tbsp,
Saffron - 1/4 tsp,
Slivered almond - 1 tbsp,
Slivered pistachio - 1 tbsp.

Grease a tray with some oil and keep aside.

In a pan, heat ghee over medium flame.

Fry 1/4 cup edible gum in batches till it gets well puffed up. Take out in a bowl and keep aside.

Now lower the flame to medium low. Add wheat flour.

Keep stirring and roasting continuously till it gets light golden brown color. Through out the roasting process, flame should be on medium low.

Now add, finely chopped almond, cashew, walnut, poppy seeds, chironji, melon seeds, garden crest deeds, dill seeds, carom seeds and shredded dry coconut. Mix well. Keep roasting and stirring for 2 - 3 minutes over medium low flame..

Now turn off the flame and remove pan from the heat. Add fried edible gum, cardamom powder, saffron, dry ginger powder, cardamom powder and saffron. Reserve some fried edible gum to sprinkle on top. Mix well. Now add jaggery and mix well till it gets well combined.

Transfer mixture into a greased tray. Level it up using spatula.

Sprinkle with slivered almond,  pistachio and reserved fried edible gum.

Let it set for over night or 8 to 10 hours. After it gets well set, cut into desired size pieces. 

Adjust amount of ingredients as per taste.
Use desi jaggery for better taste.
Adjust amount of clarified butter and jaggery as per taste.
Grate jaggery, if it comes in block. So that it can be mixed easily with flour.

For video recipe -