Rave Unde or Rava ladoo

Post pregnancy period. That’s what I’m going through now. In my postpartum period, I’m getting to spend a lot of time with my dearest granny. This seems like the best time to learn from her, to cook her way… the yummy way. There is going to be quite a few recipes that I want to learn and share here. Since it is beginning of my learning my granny’s style, let’s start with something sweet. Here it is… Rave Unde.

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Ingredients

1 cup Rava, the fine variety or chiroti rava
1 cup Sugar ( Reduce it slightly if you don’t like it too sweet)
1/4 tsp elachi or cardamom powder
2 tbsp grated dry coconut
cashews and raisins as much as you want
and of course! GHEE.

Let’s get started

Take one cup of sugar in a bowl and add water to it so it just covers the sugar.
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Now, heat a kadai. Add 1/2 tsp of ghee. As it melts, add the cashews and roast them. When cashews are almost done, add the raisins. Then add the dry coconut, roast till they turn light brown and take it off the heat. Move it to a separate bowl. Add the elachi powder on it.
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Put the same kadai back on heat, now add generous amount of ghee, say about 3 tsp. As it melts, add the rava and fry it till light brown in color. Remove it off heat and move it to a plate. Don’t spread it, just dump it. Put the dry fruits and elachi powder on the rava.
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Now, put Mr. Kadai back on the heat. To the kadai, add the sugar-water that we had placed in a bowl. Keep it on a low heat and keep stirring till you get a sugar syrup with thin thread consistency. To check thin thread consistency, just dip the ladle in the syrup and remove it to your face level. If you notice a thin thread formation when the syrup drops down, bingo! you got it.
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Once you get the required consistency, remove it off the heat but continue stirring. You need to continue stirring so that sugar syrup does not thicken too much. Keep checking the consistency, once it cools slightly, you will get a thicker consistency than the one you had when you removed it off the heat.
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At this point, add the rava to the sugar syrup and mix well. Then spread mixture on a plate. At this point, the mixture might seems watery. It is fine, just go ahead. Grease your hand with ghee or milk, make small balls. You need to make the balls while the mixture is still warm.
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Let the dumplings or balls cool for 10-15 mins. As it cools, the unde or ladoo hardens. Now, sit back and enjoy the goodness in form of rava unde!
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Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread

I’m back after a break. I have been busy for past few weeks. Reasons… are many. Your friends don’t need it, your enemies are not gonna believe it :). So, let’s keep the reasons aside. Good thing is I kept clicking all that I cooked and its all gonna be on the blog shortly!!

To make up for my absence from blog, I bring a little treat for you. Honey Walnut Pumpkin Bread, a bread which is moist inside and crunchy outside. This recipe was adapted from here. I had this really fresh farm grown pumpkin at home. Generally we make palya or sambhar with pumpkins. This time I wanted to try something new with pumpkin and this bread seemed to be just what I wanted. I have slightly changed the recipe to get this yummy tasting bread!

Ingredients

1/2   a large pumpkin or  1 and 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp dry ginger powder or 1 tbsp of grated ginger
1/3 cup Oil
1/3 cup Honey
1/3 cup Milk
1/4 cup Water (Substitute for Egg)
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp cloves powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 cup Wheat flour
 

How to go about…

Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.

Remove the skin and seeds of the pumpkin and chop them. Heat a heavy-bottomed pan. Add in the pumpkin pieces.
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Cook them closed. It took about 10 mins to cook for me.
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Once the pumpkins are cooked, let them cool. After they are cooled, grind them into smooth paste along with grated ginger(Add ginger only if you are not using the dry ginger powder).
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I got a heaped cup of pumpkin puree. You can ignore the above steps if you are using canned puree.
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In a large bowl, add in the wet ingredients, i.e oil, milk, honey, water, vanilla extract, pumpkin puree. To this add the sugar as well and mix well.
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To this add the spices, baking soda, baking powder, salt. Mix well.
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Add in the flour and stir.Add the walnuts and stir again.
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Grease a bread pan. Pour the batter in the pan.
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Bake the bread in the oven for about 50-60 mins till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool it on wire rack for 15 mins before removing it from the pan.
Slice it. And Enjoy!!

Half the bread vanished in seconds before I could get my hand on the camera. Here’s what remained for the pic!
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