Paan Laddoo | Betel Leaves And Coconut Fudge

After all the Diwali sweets and snacks preparations, I was trying hard not to make more sweets and snacks for Diwali. But this Paan Laddoo was on my To Do List since a VERY LONG time. 😀 And Finally today I decided to make it. I went to the grocery store and before the Paan leaves went out of stock I managed to get some. 😀 Yeah, it’s hard to get Paan leaves here but luckily I got few of them. 😉 Last Diwali I saw this Pann Laddoo recipe flooding all over the internet and since then I was planning to make it. Out of all the sweets and snacks, I have prepared for this Diwali, this one is my MOST favorite. ❤

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Paan Laddoo! Sounds AMAZING…Isn’t it? 😀 Well, that tastes AH-Mazing too. 😉 A pure delight for Paan lovers. Eating Paan after a meal helps in digestion and also act as a mouth freshener. I have tried Meetha Paan, Chocolate Paan, and Frozen Paan. All tastes good but trust me this Paan Laddoo is THE BEST. ❤

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Laddoos are one of the sweets that can be made very easily and with few of the ingredients. And this Paan Laddoo is one of those simple, hassle-free, and easy recipes.  This is the same like coconut laddoo recipe, the only difference is we have added paan leaves here for flavor and stuffed with gulkand. These laddoos can be made instantly. So surprise your guests this Diwali with these Paan Laddoos. 😉 To know how awesome this laddoo tastes, make some. 😉

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Serves 13-14 Laddoos

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups coconut powder + 4tbsp coconut powder (or desiccated coconut grind to a coarse powder)
  • 1 Cup condensed milk
  • 8 Paan leaves
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • Few drops of green food color (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup gulkand

Learn Step By Step Recipe For Paan Laddoo | Betel Leaves And Coconut Fudge 

Recipe:

Step 1- Add chopped paan leaves and condensed milk to a food processor and grind till they are combined well

Step 2- In a pan heat ghee and saute coconut powder for 2-3mins on medium-low heat then add the condensed milk-paan mixture and stir well. Add few drops of green food color to give a nice green color to your laddoos. Cook for few more minutes and then remove in a bowl. Let the mixture cool down a little

Step 3- In a plate take few tablespoons of coconut powder to roll the laddoos. Grease your palm with little oil and take a small portion of the mixture and flatten it. Place a teaspoon of gulkand in the center and roll to make a laddoo. Roll the laddoo in coconut powder and follow the same process for remaining laddoos

Khaike Paan Banaras Wala…Khul Jaye Band Akal Ka Tala… 😀

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Poha Chiwda | Namkeen Chiwda

Diwali vacations are the best time to meet family, friends, and relatives and spend some good time with them. And when friends and family meet, there is always some good food with the tale of stories. 😀 Spend this Diwali with them rather than spending all the time in the kitchen. 😛 Keep the snacks ready to serve to your guests. 🙂 This Diwali LIGHT UP your home with some savory snacks and sweets. 😀

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This is one of the most common snacks made by many families during Diwali festival. This snack has a really long shelf life so you can store this in an airtight container and enjoy for days. 🙂  In my family, this is the most popular snack for evening tea-time. My Daddy is very fond of this snack. Sometimes, he uses to prepare this for us with tea. He likes this namkeen chiwda with some chopped onion, green chilies, coriander leaves. 😀

A healthy and filling snack for your tea-time, movie time at home, chit-chat time, study time, party time, or ANYTIME. 😀 Enjoy this snack any time of the day.

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Try this crunchy, healthy, and addictive snack soon and do let me know how many compliments you received or how many jars you emptied of this yummy snack. 😀

Serves 3 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cup thin poha
  • 1/2 Cup peanuts
  • 1/4 Cup cashew nuts
  • 5-6 Curry leaves
  • 1 Tbsp chana dal
  • 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder + pinch of turmeric powder
  •  Salt as required
  • 1/2 Tsp chat masala
  • 1/2 Tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp oil + 1/2 Tsp oil for frying

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Poha Chiwda | Namkeen Chiwda

Recipe:

Step 1- Heat 1/2tsp oil in a kadhai/pan on low flame. Roast peanuts and cashew nuts with a pinch of turmeric powder and desired salt until they get crispy. Remove on a plate

Step 2- In the same kadhai/pan add 1tbsp oil, 1/2tsp turmeric and saute chala dal and curry leaves till the chana dal become crisp and then add poha and roast on a medium flame for 2-3mins until they get crispy.Add required salt and remove on a plate and let it cool

Step 3- In a mixing bowl take roasted peanuts, cashew nuts, and poha. Add kashmiri red chili powder and chat masala. Toss well and store in an airtight container and enjoy for days

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Diwali Snacks And Sweets | Festive Food

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Diwali special sweets and snacks. The festival of FOOD is here and yes yes…The festival of LIGHTS and HAPPINESS. 🙂 Treat your family and friends with these sweets and snacks. Click to view the full recipe-

1- Khasta Aloo Matar Kachori 

2- Bhakarwadi | Maharashtrian Bhakarwadi Recipe

3- Gulab-Jamun | Gulab Jamun With Milk Recipe

4- Mango Custard 

5- Peda Recipe | Instant Peda Recipe

6- Aloo Kachori

7- Sooji Kachori

8- Dry Fruits Laddoo

9- Papdi

10- Papdi Chat

10- Gajar Ka Halwa

11- Urad Dal Kachori

12- Katori Chat

13- Orange-Pineapple Kheer

14- Punjabi Samosa

Sattu Paratha | Sattu Ka Paratha Recipe

A popular staple food of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand- Sattu Paratha. I am not sure how many of you know what Sattu is, Well…if you want to know then you can ask any of your friend from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, or Jharkhand and ask them to bring you either Sattu Paratha or Litti. 😀  Well…it’s nothing but a kind of flour made of roasted bengal gram/ chana dal. Yes, it is THAT simple. But what makes it different, is the way of making this flour. Traditionally, bengal gram was roasted using sand in an iron vessel and then ground to a flour consistency. That’s enough knowledge about preparing Sattu. 😀

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After moving to the USA, one thing about which I was really concerned about was where to get Sattu from. 😀 But thanks to the Indian grocery stores here, they literally have each and everything which is sometimes hard to find even in India. 😛 I have always been a die-hard fan of Sattu Paratha or Litti cooked by my mom. Actually, there is no difference is Litti and Sattu Paratha except the size and thickness, but I love Sattu Paratha more than Litti. ❤ I can have Sattu Paratha or Litti for Breakfast-Brunch-Lunch-Snack-Dinner-Breakfast-Brunch-Lunch-Snack-dinner and repeat. 😛 Yes, Seriously! As sattu has cooling effects, so it is also used to make Sattu Namkeen Sharbat in summers.

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Though there is no recipe which our Google Baba cannot tell. But still, there are some tips and tricks which only your mom can tell. And this recipe is my mom’s recipe. 🙂 I cannot replicate the same but I tried. 🙂

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

For Dough

  • 3 Cup wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp carom seeds/ ajwain
  • 1 Tsp black caraway seeds (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • Salt as required
  • Lukewarm water, for kneading

For Stuffing

  • 2 Cup sattu
  • 1 Small onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2-inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp masala of mango pickle ( preferably homemade)
  • 1 Tbsp carom seeds/ ajwain
  • 2 Tbsp mustard oil
  • Salt as required

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Sattu Paratha | Sattu Ka Paratha Recipe

Recipe:

Step 1- Add carom seeds, black caraway seeds, oil, and salt to wheat flour and knead into a soft dough using lukewarm water. Cover the dough with wet cloth and keep aside

Step 2- In a mixing bowl take sattu and add carom seeds, pickle masala, chopped onion, chopped green chilies, chopped ginger-garlic, mustard oil, lemon juice, and salt. Mix well using your hand

Step 3- Divide the dough into medium balls. Take a dough ball, roll and flatten it a bit.  Put 2tbsp of the sattu mixture in the center and start making pleats by closing the edges and bring them to the center. Again make it into a ball and roll like a chapati

Step 4- Heat a pan on a high flame and place the rolled paratha on the hot pan and when the base is slightly cooked, flip the paratha. Flip again and spread some ghee/ oil all over the paratha. Spread some ghee/ oil on the other side too. Press the paratha slightly on the edges to cook the edges well. When the paratha is cooked properly from both the sides and remove on a paper napkin

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Serve Sattu Paratha with baingan ka bharta/ aloo ka chokha/ chutney or with leftover chicken curry. 🙂

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Paneer Kathi Roll

What is the most famous main ingredient used in North India cooking? No doubt, it’s Paneer! 😀 Sometimes my mom used to make paneer at home and I have watched the whole process of Paneer making but never tried myself. Hopefully, someday I will try. 😛 So…other than the Paneer Curries and Paneer Starters, “Paneer Kathi” Roll is a popular classic snack which you will get in the streets of North India. If you are a Paneer Roll lover then this recipe will not disappoint you even one bit. 😉 Paneer rolls are one of the easiest and quick meal/ snack you can prepare with different variations of paneer fillings without compromising the taste. 🙂

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To be very honest, when I don’t feel like cooking the proper “roti-sabji” meal, then I prepare Paneer Roll. Which is way too easy than the elaborated meal. 😛 And when you are running short of time, you can swap the homemade tortillas with store-bought tortillas. This time I used store-bought all-purpose tortillas. Though preparing these tortillas is super easy, you just need to knead well. 😀 You can use a half-half portion of all-purpose flour and wheat flour to make the rolls. But, to make it healthier you can use whole wheat flour only.

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Serves 4 Roll

Ingredients:

For Paneer Marination

  • 200 Gms Paneer (cut in cubes)
  • 6 Tbsp thick curd/ greek yogurt
  • 1 Tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/4 Tsp carom seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 Tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 Tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 Tsp amchur powder
  • 1/4 Tsp chaat masala
  • 1 Tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • Black salt as required

For Veggie Topping

  • 1/3 Cup cabbage, finely chopped/ shredded
  • 1/3 Cup carrot, grated
  • 1/3 Cup capsicum, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 Cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tsp chaat masala
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • Salt as required

Other Ingredients

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Paneer Kathi Roll

Recipe:

Step 1- Take all the marination ingredients in a bowl, except paneer, and mix them well. Then add the paneer cubes and gently mix them. Refrigerate this for 1hr or more and let them marinade well with the masala

Step 2- Take all the veggies in a bowl, add kashmiri red chili powder, chaat masala, lemon juice, and salt. Mix very well and keep aside the topping

Step 3- Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan and fry the paneer cubes until golden brown on all the sides on medium flame. Keep stirring in between to avoid burn and fry them till they become soft. Remove them on a paper napkin. Do not overcook the paneer cubes otherwise, they will become dense

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Step 4- Heat a tawa and cook tortillas from both the sides and remove them on a plate

Step 5- Take a tortilla and spread some mint-coriander chutney over it and top with some veggies. Now place the paneer tikka cubes in line and pour some tomato ketchup over it.

Roll both the sides of the tortilla and make a wrap. Wrap the half portion of the roll in aluminium foil or butter paper and TADA…Your yummy Paneer Kathi roll is ready to eat.

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Strawberry Lemon Detox | Strawberry Lemon Drink

Diwali is ONLY 10days away. Excited…? Yeah! I am sure everybody is busy in Diwali cleaning and preparing sweets and snacks for their family, friends, relatives, and guests. How about we prepare our body too for Diwali? Let’s detox the toxins and shed some weight before we just dig into Diwali sweets and snacks. 😀  Let’s cleanse our body too, this Diwali.

The best thing about detox drinks are they are unbelievably easy to prepare, just a few ingredients in water and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour, and you’re good to go. Just sip the drink whole day and remove the toxins from your body. And who doesn’t love flawless, glowing and healthy skin? We all do…Right? 😀 These detox drinks act as a  natural cleanser too, so once a week make detox water and drink during the whole day.

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As the strawberries are in season and it’s VERY very tough not to pick the basket of fresh strawberries from the store. 😀 These little beauties are filled with vitamins, nutrients, the best antioxidant, and work as a natural cleanser. AND guess what…? They help in losing weight too. 😉 There are endless ways to use strawberries and if you are trying to shed some extra pound or looking for natural antioxidants then try this strawberry lemon drink. This strawberry drink is something you can enjoy without comprising the taste and what’s better than munching on fresh strawberries that drops in your glass while pouring this drink. 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 Lemon, sliced
  • Few mint leaves (Optional)
  • 2 Litre water

Recipe:

Take all the ingredients in a jar and fill with water. Keep in fridge for 2hrs and then drink the whole day to detox your body. This strawberry lemon infused water will help you feel refreshed and it will naturally cleanse your body.

While serving put few ice-cubes and enjoy the healthy drink. Cut down on other sugar-based drinks and replace those with this healthy detox water.

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Bhakarwadi Recipe | Maharashtrian Bhakarwadi Recipe

Diwali is just a few days away and I have not yet started the “Safai Abhiyaan” at my home. 😀 Reason??? I am too lazy to start any work but once I start then I will not take rest until n unless I finish it. Well, in short, I am waiting for the weekend so that I can ask my husband to help me in this. 😛

So, as I was saying Diwali is almost here and I don’t want to feel I am away from home :(, At least not in terms of Diwali snacks and food. 😛 During childhood apart from making rangoli, lighting diyas & Candles, my most favorite part was checking ALL THE BOXES of sweets/ snacks received from guests and then eating gulab-jamun & peda from every box and obviously the salty and spicy snacks. And as a true lover of snacks, I will make sure no tasty snack was left in the box. 😛

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What comes to your mind when you think of Diwali snack? Ahhh..I know the list is too long. Same happened to me when I was thinking from where to start. I have already prepared Peda and  Gulab-Jamun. So I decided to make some salty and spicy snack. And then came my favorite Maharashtrian snack- Bhakarwadi! Sweet, salty and spicy snack. Best tea time snack too. It’s very easy to make but while rolling this you really need to master the art of rolling the dough so that the masala doesn’t come out while frying. I was finally able to do so after few attempts. 😀 All the best to you too. 🙂

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Serves 18-20

Ingredients:

For Stuffing

  • 1/2 Cup desiccated coconut/ dry
  • 1 Tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tsp poppy seeds
  • 3/4 Tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp amchur
  • 1/2 Tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 Tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 Tsp garam masala
  • Salt as required

For Dough

  • 1/2 Cup gram flour
  • 1/2 Cup wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp hot oil
  • 1/4 Tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • Salt as required
  • 1 Tsp oil for greasing
  • Water for kneading dough

Other Ingredients

  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 Tsp Chat masala

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Bhakarwadi Recipe | Maharashtrian Bhakarwadi Recipe

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Recipe:

Step 1- Take all the stuffing ingredients in a grinder jar and grind the masala to a coarse powder

Step 2- In a mixing bowl take gram flour and wheat flour. Add in the spices, oil, and salt, knead to a stiff dough and grease with oil. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and leave aside for 15mins

Step 3- Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and roll to a thick chapati and grease with oil. Further, spread the masala on the rolled dough

Step 4- leave the sides and spread the masala all over the rolled dough. Roll them very tightly and close from the sides. Cut them into equal portions

Step 5- Flatten them slightly so that the masala does not spill out while frying. Heat oil in medium flame and deep fry the rolls till they turn golden brown. Stir in between to avoid burn. Remove on a paper towel to drain the excess oil

Let the roll cool down, sprinkle some chat masala and store them in an airtight container. Serve them with tea and enjoy. 🙂

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