Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Rajgira ladoo & chikki | રાજિગરાના લાડુ અને ચીક્કી | Amaranth seeds sweet | Ramdana or cholai ladoo | How to make rajgira ladoo from scratch

Ingredients
Amaranth seeds - 1/4 cup,
Jaggery - 1/4 cup,
Clarified butter - 1 tsp For homemade organic clarified butter recipe click here.




Method
How to puff amaranth
Preheat pan over medium high heat. Add 1 - 2 teaspoon amaranth seeds. 


Keep roasting and stirring till all seeds start popping. 


Now transfer into a sieve. Repeat the process with remaining seeds.Pop up all seeds in batches. Pan should be hot but not too hot else, seeds will burn. Sieve prepared seeds to remove seeds which are not popped up.



For ladoo & chikki
In a pan, add jaggery along with 1/2 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 popped amaranth seeds and mix well.



For  Ladoo
Apply little water on your palm.Take small portion and form into a round shape ball. Be quick with process when mixture is still warm. If mixture turns cool, reheat mixture for a few seconds.


For Chikki
Transfer mixture into a greased tray. Level it using spatula.


Make cuts while mixture is still warm to get even pieces.


Let it cool down completely. Remove from the plate.



Notes
Add finely chopped almond or cashew for better taste.
Add cardamom powder to make it more flavorful.
1/4 cup amaranth seeds makes 1 1/2 cup of popped amaranth. 


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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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

Ingredients
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.




Method
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.




Notes
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 -