Twenty years ago I never thought in my wildest dreams that one could 'chat' with someone else placed distantly across the globe. Neither did I think that it was ever possible to make new friends 'virtually' - without having met those people even once. Hallucination? Yes, Reality? No chance! Cut to 2011, all the things mentioned above are possible and are happening on a daily basis. The Internet has truly made this world a smaller place. I am sure many of the career women turned homemakers turned bloggers will agree with me what a big boon blogging has been. Not only are we able to learn new things to make, but are also making new friends along the way. So what if we don't meet in reality? It's still wonderful to stay connected via the webworld.
I met one such blogger after some random browsing and found her collection of recipes totally 'wow worthy'. Not only does she have a huge collection of tried & tested Indian (mainly South Indian) recipes of all types, her trademark recipes are those which are the outcome of putting an assortment of ingredients together. Unusual ingredients are married off to create a unique dish. And what more, the measurements are perfect, so after trying three recipes, I know I can close my eyes and get the dish right! What adds to the charm of her recipes is that they are all made up of healthy ingredients, inspiring me to stock up on things like Barley and Bajra. If you are a mommy of a little child who tests your patience during meal times and are ready to flee because you cant think of anything 'new' to feed your child, then, this is the blog
For now, its this interesting combo of ingredients in a Laddoo - my most favourite Indian sweet. My sweet tooth craved for more, but I had just made half a batch to curb my temptation of hogging more than two laddoos, I really wish I had made more. Since I ran out of Oats (had just abt 2 tsp) I substituted it with Oat bran which I bought to make the Whole Wheat & Oat Muffins
earlier this week, so in a way, I attempted at putting some more health back into ladoos containing sugar - so that kind of offset it (at least in my mind). Now I am on the hunt for more Oat bran recipes so that I can put it to use (you know how it is when you buy an ingredient just for the sake of a recipe & then it sits forever in your pantry!). This recipe was a lifesaver! Hubbykins & babydoll loved them too. Its a jat-pat fata-fat kind of a sweet to be put together when you have guests on short notice. It barely takes 15minutes to make this and less than 5 seconds to gobble them up :-) Thank you Priya!
Priya's Vermicelli & Oats Laddoos
Yield: 12 lime size laddoos
Preparation time: 10-15mins
- 1/2 cup Vermicelli (Sevai)
- 1/2 cup Oats (I used 1/4 cup of oats & 1/4 cup oat bran as I ran out of oats)
- 1/2 cup Sugar (increase it to 1 cup if you like sweeter laddoos)
- 3 pods of cardamom
- about 10 broken cashewnuts
- milk as required (about 2 tbsp)
1. Heat a non stick pan & roast the vermicelli & oats separately on a slow flame. Do not burn, but slightly roast till you get a nice aroma. Remove and allow to cool. In the same pan, toast the broken cashewnut pieces slightly.
2. Grind the roasted ingredients with sugar & cardamom in a dry grinder to a fine powder.
3. In a wide bowl put the ground powder and the cashewnut pieces and sprinkle milk little by little and mix the everything to a crumb consistency. You will notice that the mixture will turn sticky and help you to form into balls, use more milk only if required.
4. Take a little mixture and compress between the fingers to make it compact and then roll into balls.
5. Store in an airtight container. It will keep well for 2-3 days provided they last that long :-)
Labels: 30mins or less, Cooking With Oats, Indian Sweets, Ladoos, Sweet Delights, Vermicelli