Monday, April 4, 2016

DISHES FOR FAST

Whether for religious and spiritual reasons, or as a means to good health, fasting has been a part of all traditions through the ages.
Here are a few dishes you can try out during fasting.
 

PEANUT CURRY
Ingredients: -
:- 1-2 cups finely ground, roasted peanuts
:- 2 green chilies
:- tamarind or kokum to taste
:- ghee (clarified butter)
:- 3-4 cups water
For paste:-
:- cumin seeds
:- coriander
:- 2 sticks of cinnamon
:- 3-4 cloves
:- jaggery
:- salt to taste
Method: -
*Boil water, add ground peanuts and ground paste of cumin seeds, green chilies, cloves, cinnamon, salt and jaggery.
*Add kokum or tamarind pulp to it according to taste.
*After the curry is well cooked, garnish with coriander leaves.
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STUFFED BANANAS
Ingredients: -
:- 6 ripe, peeled bananas
:- 1/2 cup sugar
:- 1/2 cup fresh coconut
:- green cardamom
:- ghee (butter) for frying
Method: -
*Cut banana into 3-inch pieces.
*Cook sugar and coconut with cardamom seeds on slow fire, until sugar melts and the mixture thickens.
*Slit each banana piece, and fill in coconut mixture.
*Hold together with a toothpick.
*Fry in ghee over medium flame till golden brown

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SABUDANA KI KHICHDI


Ingredients: -
:- 2 cups sabudana
:- 1 cup roasted, coarsely pounded peanuts
:- 1 tsp. cumin seeds
:- 6 green chilies
:- 4 tbs. ghee
:- 1/2 lemon finely chopped
:- fresh coriander for garnishing
:- 1/2 cup freshly scraped coconut
Method:
*Wash sago, drain and set aside for one hour.
*Heat ghee. Add cumin seeds. Then add green chilies, letting it fry briefly.
*Mix in sago, peanuts, salt and sugar to taste.
*Keep covered and cook on slow flame for 5-10 minutes.
*You can add small cubes of boiled or fried potatoes.
*Garnish with leaves Serve hot.

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SWEET POTATOES KHEER

Ingredients: -
:- 2 grated sweet potatoes (Shakarkand)
:- 1/4 cup sugar
:- 5 cardamoms, ground
:- !/2 litre full cream milk
Method:
*Wash, peel and grate sweet potatoes.
*Cook in milk till it turns soft and the mixture thickens.
*Then add sugar, cardamom powder and coconut and cook for a few minutes.
*Serve hot or cold. It tastes excellent.
Sweet Potato has high Iron content

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SWEET POTATOES
Ingredients: -
:- 1 kg sweet potatoes
:- 250 gm sugar
:- ghee for frying
:- cardamom powder
Method:
*Wash and remove skin of sweet potatoes.
*Cut into round thin slices and fry in ghee.
*Take sugar (1/4 in equivalent volume of the slices) and make sugar syrup of one thread consistency. Add cardamom powder to it.
*Place fried sweet potato slices in syrup and stir lightly.
*Keep for some time and then remove.
*They will turn crisp
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 VARAI KHICHDI
Ingredients: -
:- 2 cups varai
:- 1 cup roasted, coarsely pounded peanuts
:- 4 green chilies
:- 1 tsp. cumin seeds
:- 2 cloves and 2 pieces cinnamon, powdered finely
:- chopped fresh coriander leaves
:- 1/2 cup fresh coconut
:- 2 tbs. ghee
:- salt to taste
Method:
*Heat ghee. Add cumin seeds and green chilies.
*Then add varai and roast for a while.
*Put 4 cups of hot water in the varai along with salt.
*When almost cooked, add ground peanuts and clove-cinnamon powder.
*Add a little ghee over it and cover and cook a little more.
*Garnish with coriander.
*Just before serving, squeeze lemon juice over it.
You can also add potatoes to the dish for variation.