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1. Gujiya Also Read - Rubina Dilaik-Abhinav Shukla's Steamy Kissing Picture on Holi Makes Fans Amp up Their Love Game

Ingredients:

  • For the filling
  • Khoya/mawa: 500 gm
  • Sugarfree natura diet sugar: Six tablespoons
  • Desiccated coconut: 3¼ tsps
  • Cashewnuts (blanched and chopped): 15 nos
  • Almonds (blanched and chopped): 15 nos
  • Raisins: 20 nos
  • Green cardamom or nutmeg powder: ½ tsp
  • For the outer covering
  • Refined flour (maida): Four cups
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Ghee: Five tbsps + to deep fry
  • Gujiya mould

Method

* Mash the khoya and roast it in a deep pan on medium heat till pink. Take off the heat and let it cool.

* Add all the other filling ingredients to the khoya and keep aside.

* To prepare the covering, sieve flour and salt and rub in five tablespoons of ghee.

* Add enough water and knead into a firm dough. Cover it with a moist cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.

* Divide the dough into small balls and roll each ball into a small puri of four inches diameter.

* Spread a puri on a greased gujiya mould and fill a tablespoon of the filling mixture on one side.

* Moisten the edges of the puri and fold one side of the mould over the other. Press the edges and remove the excess dough and reuse.

* Prepare all the gujiyas and spread on a damp cloth.

* Heat sufficient ghee in a deep pan and deep-fry the gujiyas, in batches on medium heat, till golden brown.

* Drain on to an absorbent paper. Cool and store in an airtight tin.

2. Kesari Malai Peda

Ingredients:

  • Four cups of milk
  • A few strands of saffron
  • A pinch of citric acid
  • Two teaspoons of cornflour, dissolved in two tablespoons of milk
  • ¼ tsp green cardamom powder
  • 10 teaspoons Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar
  • Eight almonds, chopped

Method:

* Bring milk to a boil in a deep pan and simmer till it reduces to half its original quantity. Add saffron and mix well.

* Mix citric acid in two teaspoons of water and add to the thickened milk.

* Add dissolved cornflour and stir continuously till the mixture thickens.

* Add green cardamom powder and mix well.

* Take pan off the heat and stir in Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar and set aside to cool.

* Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and shape them into round pedas.

* Sprinkle almonds over the pedas and serve.

3.Mathhi


Ingredients:

  • Two cups of refined flour
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp carom seeds
  • One tbsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • Five tbsp Nutralite Table Spread
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

* Place the flour in a bowl and add the salt, carom seeds and dried fenugreek leaves and mix well.

* Add five tablespoons of Nutralite Table Spread and mix well. Add sufficient cold water and knead into hard dough. Cover and rest the dough for 15 minutes.

* Divide the dough into 24 equal balls and flatten them slightly. Roll each ball thinly into small puri and fold in half and then fold again to make a triangle. Stick a clove at one corner making it appear like a paan.

* Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Slide in the mathhis, a few at a time, and deep fry on medium heat till golden and crisp.

* You can also make these in round shapes. Lightly prick them with a fork so that the mathhis do not rise like puris.

* Drain on absorbent paper. Cool completely. Store in airtight tins.

4. Thandai


Ingredients:

  • Full cream milk: 1½ litres
  • A few strands of saffron
  • Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar: Five tbsp
  • Almonds, blanched and peeled: 25 nos
  • Cashewnuts, soaked: 20 nos
  • Pistachios, blanched and peeled: 30 nos
  • Melon seeds (magaz), soaked: Three tbsp
  • Poppy seeds (khuskhus), soaked: Three tbsp
  • Green cardamoms: 8 to 10 nos
  • Rose petals, dried: 20-25 nos
  • Cinnamon: 1-inch stick
  • Peppercorns: 8-10 nos

Method:

* Bring milk to a boil in a pan. Add saffron and simmer.

* Grind together almonds, cashewnuts, pistachios, melon seeds and poppy seeds with a little milk to a fine paste.

* Add this paste to the milk and mix well. Simmer for three to four minutes.

* Grind green cardamoms, dried rose petals, cinnamon and peppercorns to a fine powder.

* Add this to the milk and mix well. Add sugarfree natura Diet Sugar and mix.

* Chill the milk and serve.