Wishing you all a very Happy Marathi New Year! Gudi Padwa is a day where the family gets together in Maharashtra, and celebrates the beginning of the traditional new year.

On this day in most maharashtrian households a traditional marathi thali along with something traditionally sweet such as kheer, til gud or puran poli is prepared.

Sheera is savoury yet sweet and it can be served as dessert or a tea time snack.

  • Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 3-4

INGREDIENTS:

  • Ghee / Clarified Butter: 1 Tbsp
  • Rawa: 1 cup
  • Assorted Dry Fruits: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar: 2 Tbsp
  • Green Cardamom seed, powder: 1 tsp
  • Milk: 150 ml
  • Water: 150 ml

METHOD:

In a saucepan, heat a tablespoon of ghee / clarified butter and add rawa.

Roast the rawa to a golden colour on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.

Add sugar and the assorted dry fruits to the saucepan and mix well before adding the cardamom powder.

To this add the milk and stir well, until the milk is absorbed by the rawa.

Furthermore, add water and stir well, cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

Cool to room temperature before serving.


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Enjoy it best with a plate full of hot/ crispy fried Moong Dal Vadas on this Holi, these are the perfect finger food to be served up hot for your guests, especially when they are rejoicing and participating in the festival.

These golden balls are best served with mint chutney, accompanied by a cool refreshing drink on the side.

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour or Overnight
  • Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
  • Serves: 4-5

INGREDIENTS:

  • Moong Dal/Green lentils, Soaked and Grounded: 2 Cups
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 Cup
  • Green Chillies, finely chopped: As per taste
  • Ginger-garlic paste: 1and1/2 Tsp
  • Curry Leaves: 12-13 Leaves
  • Ajwain Seeds: 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped: 2 – 3 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Jeera/ Cumin Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: As needed

METHOD:

Soak two cups of moong dal for one hour or preferably overnight.

Grind dal to form a textured/coarse/grainy paste. *If the dal doesn’t grind properly in your mixer/ blender add a little bit of water during the process.

Add all the ingredients to your grounded dal batter and mix well.

Heat oil on a low flame.

Make soft balls of the prepared batter and directly dunk them in the hot oil.

Deep fry till the vada/ moong dal balls are golden-brown and completely cooked.

Serve with fried green chillies and mint chutney.

This finger food is best enjoyed when served hot.


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Indians call them french fries, but named whatever; these golden beauties are identified as the most popular munchies all around the world.

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 6
  • Calories: 1600 (These are the Approximate Calories Per Person)

The cooking method you follow here will give you the perfect fries – crunchy, salty and golden yellow!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Oil: 100ml
  • Potatoes: Cut into 1/4 inch sticks (200g)
  • Salt to taste

METHOD:

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat until the oil temperature reaches 325°F or 162.7°C. 
  • Fry the potatoes in small batches for 1-2 minutes so they don’t stick to each other while deep frying.
  • Remove the potatoes with a stainless steel strainer and drain on paper towels. Do this for all the cut potatoes sticks. 
  • Raise the temperature of the oil to 350°F or 176.6°C and fry the potatoes again. Fry for at least 5 mins or until the colour turns to a perfect golden yellow. Remove and drain excess oil on paper towels.
  • Season with salt to taste and serve with ketchup or mayonnaise.

For the perfect fresh fry, we suggest investing in a food thermometer. Also for the perfect golden colour you will have to fry the chips twice at different temperatures. This is the industry standard but you can do it as per your own convenience.

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This is a spiciness rating. Salt is the only seasoning added to this recipe. To up this recipe to your liking you can add a good sprinkling of pepper, herbs, red chilli flakes or other assorted condiments.


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Lick this directly off the bowl or prepare it as a dip / chutney to accompany your tea-time snacks and finger foods. Personally we love to load our green smoothies with mint chutney to transform its texture and taste. Rich in fiber and probiotics it’s a snack as is.

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes 
  • Cooking Time: 5 minutes 
  • Difficulty level: Beginner 

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chopped Coriander Leaves: 1/2 Cup 
  • Mint Leaves: 1/2 Cup
  • Green Chilli: 1 Whole
  • Yoghurt: 1/2 Cup
  • Salt: As per taste

METHOD:

A healthy accompaniments for finger foods and snacks
  • Add chopped coriander leaves, mint leaves and a green chilli to a blender to make a smooth paste.
  • Mix this green blend with yoghurt. Add salt as required.
  • Serve with hot fritters, kebabs and sandwiches. Stores well in the refrigerator for a week in an airtight container.

Quick Tip: Use this preparation as a quick marinade for chicken / paneer or tofu.


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