Manoharam

Manoharam is a sweet snack prepared in kerala during special festivities. This is my mom in laws recipe and always a big hit. This crispy crunchy snack will be loved by kids and elders too. I still remember my dad getting a big packet from “Rava Store” in palakkad (my native place). It used to taste awesome. I never thought it would be so easy to make these at home at almost half of the price. So I hope you would give it a try.

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Ingredients:-

  • 4 Cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup roasted urad dal powder
  • 6 tbsps roasted fried gram dal powder
  • Hot water as needed to make soft dough
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups jaggery
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger powder
  • Few peices of coconut and cashews
  • 1 tsp ghee/clarified butter
  • Oil for Deep frying

Method:-

Make a soft dough by adding enough hot water to rice flour, roastedurad dal powder and roasted fried gram powder. After kneading add butter and knead again to form a soft dough.

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Now heat oil and using a sev maker machine squeeze the dough in hot oil.

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Fry till golden brown.

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Now lightly crush them.

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Fry coconut and cashews in ghee/clarified butter.

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Now in a thick bottomed pan melt jaggery and powder sugar.

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Cook this till it teacher soft ball consistancy.

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Switches of the gas and add fried coconut, cashews and dry ginger powder.

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Now add crushed fried sev.

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Mix till it’s well coated.

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Store in air tight container and serve as and when required.IMG_20170427_154339396_HDR

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Gulkand(Rose Petal Jam)

I love to make pickles and jams and this gulkand or rose petal jam is very special to me because it happens to be my 101st post and my second bloganniversary post. I would like to thank my fellow bloggers and everyone who liked and encouraged me to post more.

Moving on to the recipe in Persian language gul means flower and kand means sugar.Its made from fresh organic flowers and sugar. Gulkand is very good for health and is used in many ayurvedic medicines as it as cool effect on the body. In india this jam is filled inside betel leaves and served after food.I hope you will like it and will give it a try.

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Ingredients

1/2 kg organic roses/desi gulab

1 cup sugar

2 cardamoms

1 tbsp honey

1/2 tbsp fennel seeds

1 tbsp melon seeds

1 tbsp raisins

Method

Separate petals from stems and remove impure petals if any.IMG_20170417_130023902_HDR

Wash the petals thrice and dry it sung light till all the moisture is gone.IMG_20170417_134955822_HDR

Take a look at all the ingredients once.

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Now lightly pulse the petals in processor.

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Now will fill powdered sugar ,cardamom powder,crushed flower, melon seeds and fennel seeds in alternate layers in a sterilized bottle till it reaches to the top. Add honey in the last layer.

Now place this bottle sunlight for 14 days till water oozes out of the rose petals and the petals turn dark brown.

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