Thursday, April 11, 2013

boondi laddu

Welcome new year with boondi laddu!!!

Ingredients :

senagapindi  / Gram flour - 2cups
 sugar - 2 cups + 2tbs
 water - 4 cups (2+2)
salt - pinch
 cardamom seeds - 1 tsp
edible  camphor -  pinch(optional)
 cashew nuts - 2 tbsp
 raisins - 2 tbsp
Ghee /clarified butter - 2 tbsp 
oil for deep frying

make smooth batter by mixing 2 cups of senagapindi with 2 cups water , salt (it should look like dosa batter or honey consistency) and leave it a side of 10 minutes .
Mean while take a wide pan to  prepare sugar syrup by  adding 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water . bring it to boil and on high heat . once it start to boil , reduce the flame to medium low and simmer it until syrup gets to 1 string consistency. check for the sugar consistency as shown in the pic .
Now  heat oil in a heavy bottom  pan on medium heat, once the oil is hot ... place the boondi ladle on top of the frying pan(little hight)  ladle should not touch the oil ,with  a small cup and pour batter slowly in to the boondi  ladle so that the batter drips in the hot oil by forming tiny little rounds(boondi).
stir them so that wont stick to each other fry them until  boondi gets  golden color .
 once they are done , take them to a clean and dry  bowl .

 repeat the same process by taking 1 small  cup of batter at a time for the rest of the batter.
now take all the 2tbs of sugar , add cardamom seeds , edible camphor and ground it to fine powder .
take another  small pan and add the ghee to it and fry cashew nuts and raisins and they turn golden brown color .

Now add this sugar powder to the the sugar syrup and mix it well . check if the syrup if hot , if not reheat it until syrup gets hot(boodi absorbs syrup very well when syrup is hot).

now add fried boondi , fried cashew nuts and raisins to the syrup and mix it well and take it off from the heat and  cool by stirring once in a while so syrup is absorbed by boondi evenly .

once the mixture is worm enough to touch , start making laddu by taking fist full of soaked boondi and press it between 2 hands by making it in round shape(almost ).should be little quick here...if the mixture gets cool , syrup from crystals and can't make laddu with it .
Once they are cooled store them in a clean airtight container , they will be good for up to 2 weeks(if they last!!)

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