Thursday, December 29, 2011

Regu Vada/ Ber Vada

Jujube or Ber or Regu pandlu is a seasonal fruit available in South India. In my childhood these fruits are sold by vendors near the schools. We use to eat these along with chilli powder and salt.The ripe fruits are used for making tangy and spicy vadas. Its a very simple snack that can be made at home. Here comes the recipe for these seasonal goodies...........................

1cup jujube fruits should be washed and dried in the shade. Add these fruits into rolu(stone motor ) pound them to a mushy mixture with a berry sized tamarind, 4-5 green chillies, salt to taste and 2tsp. jaggery, make small vadas out of this ground mixture and dry them in the sun for a day or two (turn in between), once dried well, these can be stored for about 3- 6months.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Double ka Meeta

Double Ka Meetha aka Bread halwa, is one of the classic Nizami Dessert, that hails form the city of Hyderabad,India. This dessert is referred as "king of Bread Puddings".

12 Milk Bread Slices
Oil+Ghee – to deep fry (I used 3/4 of oil and 1/4ghee, if not only oil also can be used)
Cashew nuts-halved(1fist full)
2cups Milk
1/4 cup Khova/khoa
6no. Cardamom(Powdered)
2cups Sugar

Sugar Syrup:

In a pan add sugar and water(just add 1/2 cup of water). Stir to dissolve and let the water boil on high for 10-12 minutes or until you get a sticky consistency.


Remove the bread form the pack and spread the slices on plate, let them air dry for 10-15mins.

Cut off the corner of the bread slices and slice them into triangles and dry roast them on tava till they are little stiff, remove from the heat and keep them aside.

Now heat the oil and ghee ( the ghee and oil should not be over heated).Roast the cashews till they get golden color and keep them aside. Deep fry the roasted bread slices on both sides till they are dark brown but should not burnt( take care while deep frying as bread gets burnt easily). Remove the fried crisp bread slices and keep them aside.

In a pan boil milk, once it starts to boil add khova/khoa and let it cook till it has reduced to half its original quantity, add cardamom powder and keep aside.

In a wide pan add the fried bread slices, fried cashews. Pour the prepared warm sugar syrup and the warm reduced milk into all over the fried bread slices in the pan. Cook on medium heat until the liquid has been evaporated, stir gently in between. Most of the people like to have this dessert warm, and some like it chilled. This warm dessert tastes heavenly when served with ice cream.

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