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Monday, November 23, 2015

Apple Jilebi

Last week after seeing so many mouth watering pics of Diwali sweets in many blogs and  FB posts, I was like, I have to make something to satisfy my sweet tooth and so here I am, with an amazing post. First, I was not sure of what I wanted to prepare, but when I was scrolling through my fb post, I saw Pavithra of “dishes from my kitchen” uploading a pic of this lovely dish. As soon as I saw it, I decided that this will be my next post and here it is.


A perfect festive dish. Apple jilebis are fritters soaked in sugar syrup. The sweetness from outside and soft apple inside is a lovely combination. The consistency of the sugar syrup is that of gulab jamun. If you want you can add little bit of red colour to the syrup. Not only almonds, pistachios or saffron can also be sprinkled on top of these jilebis. Just try this out.



Ingredients:
  1. Apple- 2nos
  2. Maida- 1 cup+2 tbsp
  3. Cinnamon Powder- 2tsp
  4. Curd- ¼ cup
  5. Water- as required
For Sugar Syrup:
  1. Water- 1 ½ Cups
  2. Sugar- 1 Cup
  3. Cardamom Powder- 1 tsp
For Decoration:
  • Almonds (sliced)- few
Method:
For Sugar syrup:
  • Mix water,sugar and cardamom powder and keep this on medium flame. Stir well till all the sugar gets dissolved and when it becomes ½ thread consistency switch off the flame.

  1. Peel the skin of apples and scoop out the seeds using a sharp ended knife. Slice the apple into perfect rounds and keep this aside.
  2. Mix 2 tbsp of maida along with cinnamon powder and dust the sliced round pieces of apple.
  3. In a bowl mix together remaining maida, curd and required amount of water. Make sure that the batter should not be watery. It should be little thick.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying. Dip each dusted apple slices in the maida batter and slip slowly in hot oil. When they turn golden brown in colour, remove and dip them slowly into the prepared sugar syrup.
  5. When the pieces are completely coated in sugar syrup remove and enjoy these hot apple jilebis as it is or with rabdi or ice cream.




Sunday, November 8, 2015

Baklava- Celebrating 5 years of blogging…..


Hello friends… This month, my little space is turning 5. Time is flying.. Feels like it was a few days back that I decided to start blogging my experiments with food. It is all your love and support that got me here. A million thanks to all who took time to visit my blog, FB page, like it and comment on my recipes. And many more thanks to all my blogger friends who has been my inspiration and many of them who helped me by inviting to blogger’s meet, workshops, doing guest posts and so on.



I am also thankful to my husband and daughter for letting me spend time on these things and also for being the first critics of whatever I prepare.

I feel quite accomplished to have added so many recipes in the blog, especially because I did not know anything about cooking back in 2005 when I got married. All my cooking process was done over the phone with my mom and m-i-l and used to get a fat bill from BSNL and Airtel :-)

In these 5 yrs, lots of things happened in my life. Working as a kindergarten teacher, a much awaited trip to Europe, the birth of my cute bubbly son, a bunch of new friends etc etc …



To celebrate this amazing occasion, I thought I should be making an exotic sweet and zeroed in on Baklava, a Turkish sweet which is liked by all in my family. Baklava is Turkish dessert in which the layers of phyllo dough are stacked which are separated by butter, over which a walnut sugar mixture is spread and again layered with phyllo sheets that are baked to perfection, ending up with sugar syrup. After pouring the sugar syrup, this must be kept for few hours or overnight, so that the layers can absorb the sugar syrup. Just a bite into this amazingly delicious dessert and you will end up eating 4 to 5 pieces at a time though it is rich in calories.



When I was in Bangalore, I wanted to make this, but it was hard to find phyllo sheets and was not confident enough to prepare them at home. After I came to US, I searched around in the supermarkets and finally found it. First, I prepared these baklavas for my cutie pie’s birthday and they were super hit. So I prepared again for my blog’s birthday and I got some pics this time. Actually blog’s birthday is just an excuse for eating this calorie filled dessert. I can have these anytime of the day. Try these and let me know…

Ingredients:
  • Phyllo Pastry Sheet- 30 nos
For the filling:
  1. Walnuts- 2 cups
  2. Cinnamon Powder- ¼ tsp
  3. Powdered sugar- 4 tbsps
For sugar syrup:
  1. Sugar- 1 cup
  2. Water- 1 cup
  3. Vanilla extract/ Cinnamon Powder- 1 tsp
  4. Melted Butter- ¾ cup
Method:

  1. Coarsely grind the walnuts in a mixer. In a bowl, mix together the powdered walnuts, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar. Keep this aside.
  2. Meanwhile add sugar, water and vanilla extract in a bowl. Boil this till the sugar is well dissolved.
  3. Unwrap the pastry sheets. Brush 10 sheets with butter on both sides and lay them one on the other inside a buttered rectangular baking tray.
  4. Spread the walnut mixture evenly on the buttered sheets.
  5. Over these layer 10 more buttered phyllo sheets one after the other and then spread the walnut mixture over this.
  6. At last layer the remaining 10 sheet with butter on both the sides. Cut this into diamond shape with a sharp knife.
  7. Bake this in pre heated oven of 170 degrees C for about 45- 50 minutes. Check in between, when it turns light golden brown and crisp, take it out of the oven.
  8. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and pour the prepared sugar syrup completely on the prepared baklavas. Make sure that the sugar syrup is poured evenly in all the corners.
  9. Do not cover this and let it sit untouched for about an hour and so before digging into the yummiest dessert ever.







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