Monday, February 13, 2012

Papaya Halwa

Papaya is a fruit which is rich in Vit-A. Its a good source of fiber and is really good for your eyes and even intestine. Its believed to reduce digestive problem and even increase the appitite. It helps in weight reduction. All in totally is a very healthy yet a yummy option. Papaya is a fruit which is edible even when its raw.

Semi- ripe papaya- 2-2.5 cups[ app 1large papaya]
Sugar - 1.5 cups
Saffron - 2 pinches
Cardamom - 2-3 pods[freshly powdered]
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Water - 2 tbsp

1. Grate the papaya and keep aside. I have used semi ripe papaya.
2. In a non-stick pan add the sugar and water and put on the heat. Just wait until the sugar melts.

3. Now add the grated papaya and mix properly.

4. Keep stirring until most of the liquid content evaporates and all the content form a single mass and leaves the bottom from the edges.

5. Add the saffron in about a tbsp of warm water and stir and keep aside for about 2 mins.
6. Now add the saffron with the water to the halwa mixture and stir properly.

7. Add the ghee to the mixture.
8. Now add freshly powdered cardamom to the mixture and stir and put off the heat. Enjoy hot or at room temperature.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Kesar badammilk drink/safron almound drink mix

Almond is a nut which is very beneficial for growing kids.It helps in brain development in both young kids and adults.It is a nut which is a rich source of fibers . We people in India try to use this nuts in many sweet dishes ,drink powder or even add it to the cereal powder used in small infants.Its believed that if a pregnant womem consumes these almonds through out her pregnancy right from 4th month to 9th month then her child will be born very healthy and will be very intelligent. Her baby will also have thick hair all over the scalp and the baby will be of fair complextion.This has proven to be a healthy drink for nursing moms and even tired adults.

Raw Almonds - 2 cups
sugar - 1 cup[as desired]
kesar - 1/2 tsp
cardamom - 1/4 tsp

Method :-
1.Take almonds, sugar, saffron ,cardamom in a blender and make a dry fine powder .
2.Store it in an air tight box.This will last for months together.

To prepare badam milk:-
Add about a spoon full of the above powder,add very hot milk and pour it to another cup and keep mixing by pouring it to the same cup back and forth. Enjoy......