Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Groundnut Jaggery Laddoo / Shendanyache Ladu


The series finale as they say or the last laddoo on the list is Peanut & Jaggery Laddoo or as we say in Marathi Shendanyache Ladu 

This was super hectic and great fun because I was cooking and clicking and posting on same day.

Benefits of Peanut & Jaggery :
  1. Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium.
  2. Jaggery provides resistance against infections. 
  3. Jaggery helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood
  4. Peanuts are rich source of protein and vital vitamins
  5. It is excellent especially during fasting

   Groundnut Jaggery Laddoo / Shendanyache Ladu

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup crushed groundnut powder or paste
  • 1/2 cup grated jaggery
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon homemade ghee for binding as necessary
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder (optional)

Method : 
  1. Dry roast the peanuts on hot gridle or tawa or kadhai.
  2. Allow them to cool & remove the skins
  3. Grind them to finely coarse paste
  4. Grate jaggery to fine paste like consistency
  5. Mix 1 cup peanut powder & 1/2 cup grated jaggery together and make sure that there are no lumps
  6. Add ghee as necessary for binding them together
  7. Jaggery is natural binder so ghee is minimally required
  8. Add 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg powder & mix well
  9. Shape the laddoos in round shape & they are ready to eat
  10. They can be eaten during fast
  11. Alternatively roasted and peeled groundnuts can be mixed together with jaggery in a blender

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Rice Flour Laddoo (Tandulyache Ladu)


Wishing everyone A Very Happy Gudi Padwa & Ugadi & Chetti Chand.
Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra is the beginning of New Year and is considered as one of the 3.5 shubh muhurats for any kind of purchase or for any new beginnings.

I feel that my blog revival is also a new beginning for the blog & what better way and day to do so than on Gudi Padwa..

My today's post is on making Rice Flour Laddoo or Chawal ke laddu or as we call in Marathi Tandulyache Ladu

Rice flour too has its set of benefits :
  1. High in beneficial fiber
  2. Excellent gluten free option
  3. High in protein
More than the benefits, the reason I particularly choose this dish is because of my childhood memories associated with it.
I have fond and welcome memories of summers spend at my Maternal Uncle (Mama) place during holidays. My maternal grandmother (Aaji) was an excellent cook and like all Aajis extremely enthusiastic about cooking especially for grand kids.. She would excel in making different types of ladus and vadis as we call them in Marathi. Aaji would especially make this tandulyacha ladu whenever we were visiting as it was my personal favorite. She would also send homemade tandulyachi pithi (rice flour) with us so that my mother who was working would quickly make them for us.
Back then she would make the rice flour at home the traditional way by cleaning, washing rice & drying it in sun and roasting it & then making flour by grinding it to a particular consistency. 
Nowadays readymade rice flour is easily available in markets but as purists would say the taste differs...
I always lament on not noting down Aaji's traditional recipes and also not been trained by her due to my lack of interest in cooking back then.
This is my first attempt at making the ladus and I would like all of you to bear with me for the uneven shapes of the laddoos.

            Rice Flour Laddoo (Tandulyache Ladu)

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Rice flour (tandulyache pith)
  • 1/2 cup homemade ghee
  • 1/2 cup sugar (proportions may vary as per individual taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg powder (Jalphal)

Method : 
  1. Heat 1/2 cup ghee in flat bottom pan or kadhai on stove top.
  2. Add rice flour and roast well until you smell the aroma.
  3. Ensure that rice flour is properly roasted as less roasting would result in laddoo sticking in throat and over roasting will burn the flour and give burnt taste so properly roasting is key element of this dish.
  4. Some people use less ghee to begin with and as they roast rice flour if needed add additional ghee.
  5. Once it is properly roasted, switch off the heat & wait for it to cool down.
  6. Add 1/2 cup sugar to the rice flour and mix well.
  7. Add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (Jalphal) powder and mix well.
  8. Make round shaped laddoos.

Ragi Laddoo (Nachani Ladu)

Today's post is how to make Ragi Laddoo or as we call them in Marathi Nachaniche Ladu

Ragi or Nachani or Red millet or Finger millet has great health benefits like :
  1. It is extremely rich source of fiber 
  2. It helps lower cholesterol levels. 
  3. It helps weight control, diabetes and also cools the body
  4. It is cost effective and easily available.

The Theme for this Week is" Is everything round a laddu? " 

So extremely healthly and easy to make recipe that I am going to share is Ragi Laddoo or in Marathi Nachaniche Ladu

                  Ragi Laddoo (Nachaniche Ladu)

Ingredients :

1 cup Ragi Flour 
1/2 cup Homemade ghee
1/2 cup powdered sugar (depends on individual taste)
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg / Jalphal 

Method : 
  1.  Heat 1/2 cup ghee in flat bottom pan or kadhai on gas.
  2. Add 1 cup Ragi plain flour (do not use Ragi satva) in it and roast it well until it comes together and you can smell the aroma. 
  3. Roasting the flour in ghee is the most critical aspect of making the laddoo as if it is less roasted, it would stick in the throat and would taste uncooked; whereas over roasting would burn the flour and leave bad aftertaste.
  4. When the ghee starts to separate, switch off the gas and let it cool down
  5. When the mixture is slightly cooled, add powdered sugar and mix well and ensure that there are no lumps.
  6. Add 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg and mix well, taking care that there are no lumps.
  7. Prepare round shape laddoos of the mixture.
  8. Do not wait for mixture to cool down completely otherwise it would be difficult to mix well.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Finding Your Own Rainbow

In my series of optimistic and thought  provoking blogs, the next one talks about finding your own bit of Rainbow even when the clouds are dark and grey (the weather has been acting strange lately and we are experiencing all seasons in a single day here in India)
Have you ever wondered why the sight of rainbows make us happy?
It's just a thought that things are happy and good in the world and we have something to look forward to..
similarly we need to find that rainbow within us..That particular happy spot within whenever we are feeling low or faced with any obstacles or challenges in life, personally or professionally and we don't see any ray of hope.. dig deep within and you shall seek your own happy spot your own rainbow from where you can draw strength and courage to face and overcome the odds and obstacles in your life...

Always remember that every dark cloud has silver lining and there is daybreak after every dark night...

So channelize within your inner self and draw out your Rainbow or happy place and let it give you Hope and Strength to face and overcome

Sending positive vibes your way ...
Picture credit to my Best Friend Devayani who is like a Rainbow to me 😃

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Power of Optimism and Positivity

I know that in today's highly stressful and difficult times and with the kind of lifestyles we lead, we all do need moral support and some boost to overcome any crisis or obstacles that we may face..

So generally, whenever we are faced with some crisis or at any odds in our personal or professional lives, we tend to give in to our basic instinct which is,mostly for many if not for all of us, self doubt and negativity.....because we are humans at the end of the day and we may feel weak or vulnerable at times and pressure does tend to get to us....

I say not all because there are some  of us who face obstacles and difficult times positively...with tenacity and will power and we wonder how do they do that...is it because they are stronger than us or what?

I think the secret is that those people have channelized their inner strength and positivity and we need to do the same..
The most important point to be remembered is that Each and everyone of us is strong within but it is we who need to find that inner strength to overcome the obstacles...
We need to channelize the inner positivity and optimism inside us and tap it out for it to shine through because remember You are your best support and only You are capable of pulling yourself through in dark times...isn't it true?

We must always remember that Faith, Belief and Hope are true fundamentals in our life...

We must have faith and belief in the God Almighty, our spiritual Gurus, our family and friends, our close ones who envelope us with their love, blessings and prayers and act as our shield against difficult situations....

Remember it's always important to be surrounded by positive thinking people..they will boost you in your difficult times whereas if you are surrounded by negative people they will pull you down even further so be careful whom you choose to keep company..but that shall be for another post 😁

Our own Will power and self confidence will overcome all odds and obstacles is something that each one of us must believe it and then see the difference it does.. obstacles will come and go but we must not lose our Faith, Belief and Hope

It's something that each one of us has within us so we don't need to worry..
It's just the matter of discovering it and channelizing it for good use...

So on this optimism and positive note, let us be happy and thankful for what we have and pray for Happiness and Good Health in all our lives....Pray to channelize the power within...

The optimism works wonders...

Try it to experience it and write back if you would like to share any of your personal experiences..I will be happy to hear them

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

From wanting to write biweekly or at least weekly to not writing for over 3 years.. Its been long and uneventful absence from the blog sphere.. I have been inconspicuous and how... But now I am back into my world (pun intended) and for good..

I realized that the best motivation to write regularly came from within and no amount of New Year resolutions and  push from well meaning friends and family was going to do the trick :)

I got inspired by my favorite blogger Preeti Shenoy  who has been doing blog marathons for a month every year since 2010 regularly.. Hats off to her dedication....

Her first post blog Push your boundaries is a challenge to push ourselves beyond the conformity and challenge ourselves so that we can test ourselves...

I have been miserably inactive in blogspace and have been just finding excuses to not blog..

Hence, on spur of the month, I decided to challenge myself and start blogging again though not  quite sure if I can run the entire marathon with her...

To all my readers out here... I would need your support and encouragement for blogging more regularly :)

My blog post is Wordless Wednesday : A picture from my recent family trip to Goa...

Have a great day guys and see you soon..

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Doon Special : Marathi Play : Indeed Very Special

From my resolution of wanting to write biweekly or at least weekly blogs regularly to actually not writing for over 3 years.. Its been long and uneventful absence from the blog sphere.. I have been inconspicuous and how... But now I am back into my world (pun intended) and for good..

I realized that the best motivation to write regularly came from within and no amount of New Year resolutions and  push from well meaning friends and family was going to do the trick :)

Instead of waiting for a special occasion or perfect day to write again I choose to write today & coincidentally as Face Book memories reminded me that it is Siblings Day.. Happy Siblings Day it is...

So this post is dedicated to all my siblings...

The Festival of Colors ascended upon us in all its colorful splendor.. though the celebrations were low key this time due to the water problems faced in Maharashtra....

Thursday being holiday on account of Holi and me having recently recovered from foot fracture due to freaky rick accident, I decided to step out and watch a Marathi play with family.. after a gap of four long months....

We decided to watch Marathi play "Doon Special" due to rave reviews and the long list of awards that the play had won in MIFTA , Zee Natya Gaurav and MaTa recently...

The play based on H.M.Marathe " News Story" is produced by Atharav Theatre and Mishri Theatre & is  written and directed by debutante Kshitij Patwardhan, music by Anmol Bhave & sets by Pradeep Mule
The star cast includes superbly brillant Jitendra Joshi and lovely & beautiful Girija Oak Godbole

The play has lot of firsts... It is first production of Jitendra Joshi who returns to Marathi theatre after long gap and director Kshitij Patwardhan's first play and also marks debut of Girija Oak Godbole in Marathi theatre

The list of awards won by the play in all departments like music, sets , best actor, best actress, supporting actor, best director and best play were announced in the beginning of the play setting our expectations even higher...

The play, set in 1989, is a chronicle of events which occur in the life of Milind Bhagwat (Jitendra Joshi) who is Chief sub editor working in night shift in a newspaper office in Pune.. The incidents unfold with Bhagwat coming face to face with his ex love (Girija) after 10 years and occur during the night between 9:30 P.M. and midnight to be precise..

The tagline of the play that it would transcend the audience from the laptop era to the typewriter era in a special way holds true..From the film posters in the background to the advertisements on DD and radio the play takes you back to 1989 and gives you nostalgic feeling of seeing the era gone by....the typewriters. the loud ringing phones... the sets all are an integral part of the play and can be considered as a individual character which is an integral part of the play and one of the important contributors in the the play's success

The trump card of the play is superb acting by the lead actors, the immensely talented Jitendra Joshi and the effortless natural Girija Oak Godbole.. They are ably supported by Rohit Haldikar...

The crisp and fast paced story line and the natural and effortless acting by the cast make this play a winner on all fronts...

My recommendation for indeed Very Special play which should not be missed.. "Doon Special "
this play takes place in a newspaper office in Pune between 9.30 pm to midnig - See more at: http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/marathi/don-special-marathi-play-preview.asp#sthash.vuZtkQ0K.dpuf