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Parupu poli (Dal Boli)

>> October 28, 2014


Poli is one of my favourite sweet.  I like to have this for my breakfast along with the warm milk.  We can make this sweet in two different variation using coconut or dal as a filling.   We can store the poli on room temperature in a air tight container.  

Ingredients :

  1. Channa dal - 1 cup
  2. Jaggery - 1 1/2 cup (or to taste)
  3. Roasted coconut powder - 1 tbsp
  4. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  5. Ghee
For Dough :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 cup
  2. Rice flour - t tsp
  3. Rava - 1 tsp
  4. Salt - 1/4 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  6. Oil - 1/4 cup
  7. Water for kneading

Method :

For the dough :

1.   Mix and knead together flour, rice flour, rava (Semolina), salt, turmeric powder, oil and enough water for a soft dough.  Keep it aside for 4 hrs.

For the stuffing :

2.   Pressure cook the channa dal till done.  Drain the water & grind the dal into fine powder or smash it to smooth paste.

3.   Meanwhile dissolve the jaggery in little water and filter it.  Heat little ghee in the pan, add the jaggery water, roasted coconut powder and  grounded channa dal.  Cook the mixture.  Turn off the heat and add cardamom powder.  

4.   Divide the dough into equal parts.  Roll the dough & stuff the dal mixture.  Close and roll the dough into a disk either on zip lock covers or banana leaf.  Apply ghee while rolling.

5.   Cook the poli on the low flame till golden brown in colour.


Enjoy the poli with warm milk.

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Kalakand / Milk cake ( Microwave version)

>> October 10, 2014


Kalakand is a popular sweet made out of solidified, sweetened milk called khoya and paneer.       On contrary,  this microwave recipe requires ricotta cheese and condensed milk as the main ingredients.  Kalakand / Milk cake is a recipe that is simple and easy and yet has the look that you've probably  slaved over the dish for hours.  If you are looking for a hassle free and shortcut version of kalakand, this microwave recipe is perfect. 

Ingredients:
  1. Ricotta Cheese – 15 oz
  2. Condensed Milk – 14 oz
  3. Rose Water – 1/4 tsp 
  4. Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
  5. Chopped almonds (I used cashew nuts this time) – 1/2 tbsp
Method:

1.  In a microwave safe bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese and condensed milk.  There should be no lumps.
2.  Cook in the microwave for 5 mins uncovered.  Mix well and microwave it for further 3 mins.
3.   Mix well and microwave for 5 mins, covered.
4. Mix well and microwave for another 6 mins(or until done), uncovered.  Stirring occasionally.
5.   Once done, add the cardamom powder, rose water and chopped almonds.  Refrigerate it and cut into desired shape. 
Serve. 

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