Healthy Oil/Butter Free Broken Wheat Muffins(Goan Panke)...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,



Muffins or cupcakes are  always considered as tasty and healthy snacks.This broken wheat  muffins are very healthy and tasty too.They do not contain even one drop of oil.These are one of the traditional Goan baked items and they are called as "Panke" here...They are made in homes as well as sold in Goan bakeries from past many years.They are one of the traditional breakfast item in Goa.In this muffins jaggery is used to sweeten instead of sugar and also ginger is added which gives it a very nice taste and flavour.This muffins are soft inside and top crust is hard and crispy with sesame seeds taste.Do try this healthy and tasty muffins and i am sure you all will like them.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1  cup broken wheat(dalia)
  • 1/2 cup grated jaggery
  • 3 tea spoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 table spoon fine grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
  • 1/4 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup cashew nut pieces
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • 1/4 tea spoon baking soda
  • salt
METHOD:


Wash the broken wheat properly and soak it in water for 6-7 hours.Water should be little more then it.After soaking time is complete broken wheat will absorb all the water and become soft and double in size.


Now heat a small kadai with 1 table spoon of water.Then add the grated jaggery to it and let it melt fully.Then add this melted jaggery to soaked broken wheat and mix it well with it. Now add roasted sesame seeds,salt,grated ginger,wheat flour, cashew nut pieces, grated coconut and mix well.Be careful while mixing, mix it in only one direction.


Lastly add baking powder and baking soda.Mix it well.When the dough is stirred and it shows thread formation in between then the dough is said to be fully ready to bake.


Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 190 degrees. Take muffins cups and put paper muffin cup liners and put the mixture in it.Fill each muffin cup 3/4 and sprinkle remaining sesame seeds on top.Bake them immediately at 190 degrees for 25-30 mins or till the muffins rise and crust becomes crispy and brown.


NOTE: They remain good without refrigeration for 4-5 days.

Mango Saffron Modaks(Kesari Ambe Modak)...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

A VERY HAPPY BELATED GANESH CHATURTHI to all my Blogger friends...I was little busy so was not able to post during initial days of ganesh chaturthi, but its still its going on in some places so no worries:-))We celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi as every year this year .We had it for 1 n 1/2 day and we had lot of fun celebrating it.I have put few pics of the ganesh at my place.So today i am back with a Ganesh chaturthi special modak recipe. Modak is said to be favourite sweet of lord Ganesh so its the most common prasad offered to him.Its  nice to offer home made pure modaks to him then the readymade ones which sometimes contain flour and other adulterations, so i am posting "Mango Kesar Modak" which i had made for this chaturthi. They are very easy to prepare but you need to have little patience to make them.






INGREDIENTS:

  • 500 grams fresh khoya(mawa or khava)
  • 21/2 cusp mango pulp( i used canned sweetened mango pulp)
  • 300 grams sugar
  • few strands of saffron
  • 1 cup fine cashew nut powder
  • 1 tea spoon fresh cardamom powder





METHOD:


Heat a non stick pan and add the khoya to it.Keep on stirring it and cook on very low flame for 25-30 mins till all the moisture in it dries up.Keep stirring continuously and carefully so that the khoya does not get burned.


Mix saffron strands with mango pulp.When the khoya dries up add sugar and mango pulp in it.Add sugar according to your taste.Mix well and cook with stirring continuously on medium flame.The mixture will turn into liquid as the sugar will melt.After some time add cashewnut powder in it and mix it well.


Cook it on medium to low flame with stirring  continuously till the mixture starts drying up.It will take more 25-30 mins.Add cardomom powder and countinue cooking.Stir till the all mixture dries up and forms a ball.Remove this mixture on a plate and let it cool for 10 mins.


Take a modak mould and grease it with ghee.Put this mixture little by little in it and shape into modaks.If you do not have modak mould you can shape them in hands or even give them the shape of pedas.




Offer them as prasad to lord Ganesh.This mixture yields 25-30 medium size modaks.They remain fresh for 2-3 days without refrigeration.


Preparation Time: 1 hour


NOTE: if you do not get khoya, you can prepare it by reducing milk.Heat whole milk in a wide thick bottomed pan and then keep stirring till it reduces to almost 1/4 and thickens up.This is khoya, you can refrigerate it for almost 20 days and use it for any sweets later.

Nan Katayi(Indian Style Cookies)...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,


Recently i was  again in mood of baking something and made this Indian style Cookies called as "Nan Katayi", as i had not made them recently ...This are one of the most famous and simple Indian cookies...They do not require any special ingredients also,they can be made in no time and are eggless to. If steps are followed properly then they turn out crispy, tasty and melt in the mouth cookies.


INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour(maida)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup ghee(or vanaspati butter)
  • sliced almonds and cashewnuts
  • 1 tea spoon baking soda
  • 1 tea spoon fresh cardomom powder(or vanilla essence)

METHOD:


Sieve baking soda and flour for 2-3 times and keep it aside.Heat the ghee till it melts and add it to the flour and also add all the other ingredients except dryfruits and mix it well. Kned it well without using any water.While kneding press it well so that no air gap remains in it.


Form a ball of it and keep it aside for 4-5 hours.After the standing time is over grease a baking tray with ghee and preheat the oven for 180 degrees. You can even baking them after 30 mins if you do not have time, but keeping the dough longer yields better results.


Make small lemon size balls of the dough and press them a little, put dry fruits in the center hole.You can keep them plain also.While making dough balls and pressing them be careful as they can break soon as dough is not that sticky. You can grease your hands with ghee to make handling of the dough easier.


Arrange this balls in the greased tray and leave 2 inches gap between them.Bake them at 170 degrees for 25-30 mins or till they get slight cracks on top.


Cool them and keep in air-tight container.They remain fresh for 15-20 days.


Preparation Time: 40 mins

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