Besan Laddu

Besan laddus are my MIL’s speciality. She makes the best laddus I have every eaten. She makes the besan at home by dry roasting chana dal and grinding it to a powder once cooled. The powder should not be as fine as the store brought besan – a little course (close to fine powder). Making these laddus need a lot of patience and strength to fry the besan. You need to keep stiring and breaking the lumps to avoid burning the besan. So if you are making it for the first time then start with a very little amount of besan.

 Ingredients-

4 cups besan (chick pea flour) (preferably home made),

1 cup ghee,

1.5 cup sugar,

 ¼ cup dink (coarsely powered),

 1 tsp cardamom powder,

¼ cup cashew,

A few raisins,

Method –

Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan and fry cashews and keep aside.

Now fry raisins and keep aside. In the same ghee fry the dink till it gets puffed up. Remove excess ghee from the dink and crush it to a fine powder. You can do this with your fingers also.

In the remaining ghee, fry besan for approx 20 minutes to half and hour.  (Till a lumpy mixture is formed and the color of the besan should change to light brown)

Allow the besan to cool completely.

Once cooled, add sugar, cardamom powder, dink, dry fruits and knead thoroughly. Make small balls and decorate with a piece of cashew.

 

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Cake Custard

This is a dessert innovated by Milo. We usually make this when guests are expected. It’s very simple to make, does not take much time, does not call for many ingredients but the outcome is too good….

Here’s the recipe …

Ingredients-

1 ltr tonned milk.

3 to 4 tbsp custard powder (Here we have used Strawberry flavour)

9 inch sponge cake (Strawberry flavour)

For Garnish – Apple pieces, dry fruits.

Method-

Slice the sponge cake horizontally to make 3 slices. You can make more slices if your cake height is more. Take care not to break them.

Prepare custard as per packet instruction.

Take a big bowl and keep one slice of cake in it and pour the custard to cover the slice. (Do not let the custard to becoem very cold, it should not become firm, should be of pourable consistency).

Sprinkle some dryfruits.

Keep another cake slice on top of the previous layer and pour custard. Sprinkle some dryfruits.

Repeat the steps for all the cake slices. Once this is done, set it in the fridge for 4 to 5 hrs.

Serve it with apple pieces and a slice of Icecream of your choice.

Happy eating!!!