Yay! Raksha Bandhan is just around the corner! My lovely sister will…Oops wait..I don’t have a sister.
*Sits back and sighs*
*Lost in thoughts*
Alright, alright! This is no time for sad sentiments or upside down curves. Because the time has come, just like it does every year, for you girls to pour out your warm love for your brothers.
And guess what the catch is? This year it’s only going to get better! Here are 5 super recipes that are all set to strengthen the bond between you and your brother.
1. Coconut Burfi:
Oh my! My mouth is already watering. I so wish I had a sister!
Coconut burfi is one of the most popular dishes that is prepared during special occasions. One important thing to be kept in mind during the preparation is to use freshly grated coconut.
– 2 cups freshly grated coconut
– 2 cups sugar
– 1/4 cup water
– 1/4 cup milk
– 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
The first thing you need to do is prepare the sugar syrup. Stir the sugar and water in a medium size sauce pan and turn on the heat to medium. Continue to boil the sugar mixture till the entire liquid reaches a two string consistency.
The right consistency can be found out by the cold water candy test. Fill a cup with a few tablespoons of water and add a drop of sugar syrup to it. If the drop remains intact without dissolving in the liquid, then it is the right consistency.
To the sugar syrup, add the grated coconut, cardamom powder and milk. Continue stirring so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the pan.
In about fifteen minutes, the mixture will thicken and tend to flow out of the pan. Stop stirring at this stage and turn off the heat. In 10 to 15 minutes, the mixture will thicken and will tend to come out from the sides of the pan. The sugar gets crystallized and what remains is a solidified burfi.
Transfer the entire dish into a tray and grease it with ghee. Cut the burfi into cubes and set the tray aside for a couple of hours for the entire mixture to cool.
Once cooled, serve it with all love and affection! I bet your brother would give you a warm hug and feed you with some of it!
2. Gujarati Mohanthal:
This famed Gujarati sweet highlights one’s love and affection for their fellow beings. Right from the colours this dish wears, to the ingredients it contains, all radiate warmth and an overwhelming desire to taste it!
– 4 cups gram flour
– ¼ cup milk
– 1 tablespoon cardamom powder
– 2 ¼ cups ghee
– ½ cup chopped almonds and pistachios
Apply ghee liberally to the surface of a pan and set it aside.
Take a large bowl with gram flour in it. Add ½ cup of ghee to it and mix well. After that, add milk to the same and stir the mixture.
Prepare the sugar syrup as directed in the first recipe.
Take another sauce pan and heat the leftover ghee over it. To this, add the above flour mixture and stir for about 8 to 10 minutes; till the dish turns golden brown and you get a roasted aroma.
Now add the nuts and cardamom and mix well.
Keep adding the sugar syrup gradually to the mixture. Continue to stir the mixture till it thickens.
Turn off the heat and transfer the sweet into the greased pan (on which you had applied ghee). Level the entire sweet using a knife or a spoon.
Cut the sweet into equal sized squares and keep it aside for a couple of hours to cool.
Serve the sweet to your brother for a memorable Raksha Bandhan!
3. Low Calorie Moong Dal Halwa:
Festivals are one kind of occasion when we have too many calories around and also too much of craving to eat them. But then, we also have this guilt feeling of feeding ourselves too much.
This is where the low calorie Moong Dal Halwa comes into play! And guess what? It is so simple to prepare!
– 150 grams or 1 cup of yellow moong dal
– 25 grams rava or fine semolina
– 200 ml canola oil or rice bran oil
– Finely chopped almonds or cashewnuts for garnish
– Cardamom powder for sugar syrup
Take sufficient water and soak the moong dal overnight. Drain the water and grind the moong dal till you get a coarse paste.
Prepare sugar syrup as directed before and add cardamom powder to it.
Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan to a medium level. Now add the rava to the heated oil till it turns light brown. Once done, add the moong dal batter. Stir and cook the batter on low heat until it thickens. Continue to stir till it turns dark golden brown. Now add the sugar syrup to this moong dal mixture.
Keep stirring continuously till all the water is absorbed. Stir a little more till the moong dal halwa is completely cooked. Transfer the moong dal halwa into a serving bowl. Garnish the dish with chopped almonds or cashews.
And make sure this Raksha Bandhan, you don’t just take care of your brother’s taste buds, but of his health too!
4. Makhane Ki Phirni:
If a single dish alone can take us to the brinks of heaven, then what can a combination of two do to us? That is precisely what Makhane Ki Phirni will do to us.
– 1 litre full cream milk
– 1 cup makhana (lotus seeds)
– 1 cup sugar
– 1 tablespoon ghee
– 3-5 organic rose petals and 1 tablespoon dry fruit mix for garnishing
These ingredients are required for flavouring the dish :
– 2 tablespoons unsalted pistachios
– 2 tablespoons almonds
– 5-6 green powdered cardamoms
– 2 tablespoons cashew nuts
– 1 tablespoon saffron strands
– 1 mace (Javitri)
– 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg powder
Heat the ghee in a frying pan and roast the markhana for about 5 minutes. Blend the markhana till it is reduced to a coarse powder. Keep this mixture aside.
Take all the ingredients required for flavouring and mix them. Crush this mixture under a rolling a pin or in a blender; and set this mixture too aside in a bowl.
Take a heavy bottomed pan and pour in milk, the flavouring mixture and sugar. Boil all of them on low flame for ten minutes. Make sure you stir the mixture continuously to avoid the formation of any lumps.
To the mixture simmering on low flame, add the crushed markhana you had kept aside in the beginning. Let it boil on low flame for another 10 minutes and keep stirring occasionally. Once done, turn off the gas and keep aside the phirni to let it cool.
When the phirni has finally cooled down, pour it in serving bowls and garnish it with rose petals and mixed dry fruit powder. Cover each bowl with a thin plastic film and refrigerate it for 2-3 hours.
The mouth-watering savoury is now ready! No wonder your brother’s heart would melt!
5. Vanilla Seviyan Kheer:
Though this is primarily popular in South India, its delectable magnificence can make anyone wanting more and more. And more!
– ¾ cup Seviyan, dry roasted (dry roasted vermicelli)
– ½ liter milk
– ½ cup vanilla ice-cream
– 2 to 3 drops of vanilla essence
– ¼ cup sugar
– 6 to 8 cashew nuts, cut into two
– 6 to 8 raisins
– 1 ½ tbsp charoli seeds
– 2 tbsp ghee (Clarified butter)
Take a heavy bottomed sauce pan and heat the ghee in it. Roast the cashew nuts till they turn light gold. Add Seviyan and continue to roast for about a minute. After that, pour milk into it and let the contents boil. Add sugar, vanilla essence, raisins and charoli to the boiling milk.
Make sure you stir constantly to avoid the milk from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It might take ten minutes for the Seviyan to get completely cooked and become soft.
To this add vanilla ice cream, which brings some richness and also makes the Kheer thicker. Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, and then serve hot!
So why the delay? Hurry up and make this Raksha Bandhan the most memorable one; both for you and your brother!