Sunday, April 17, 2011
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Corn Starch - 2 tsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking soda - a pinch
Salt - a pinch
Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
Butter - 1 stick
Cardamom powder - as desired.
Pre-heat oven to 200 deg.F. Combine the flour, corn starch,baking powder, baking soda, cardamom powder and salt and keep aside. Mix butter and sugar till the batter is light and fluffy.
To the batter, add the dry mix and combine well till it forms soft lump-like texture. Make into small balls and flatten it a little. Grease the baking tray and arrange them with enough gaps between them as they expand while baking. Bake for 15 minutes and allow it to cool completely.
You can add nuts and dry fruits according to ur taste. Yummy nankattais which would disappear as fast as it is baked is guaranteed.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We are ardent devotees of Lord Anjaneya, in fact literally talk to Him about our problems and believe it or not, either the worries are totally dissolved or there arises a solution instantly. We, as human beings are flooded with worries and dissatisfaction. We would like to have a smooth life sans problems, hurdles and disappointments. But, this is not possible and hence we look up to the Supreme for solutions. Such is the belief in Lord Anjaneya and have experienced many a miracles in our lives.
In Chennai, the Anjaneyar temple in the Alwarpet Co-operative bank is very popular. A daily visit to take the blessings of the Lord is a must, just to admire the 'Alangaaram' done by the priests with great love. Some days it used to be just butter and red cherries on it whereas other days Lord is adorned with fruits and we can keep gazing at Him without time limit. I always wanted to make the special vadais and make the Maalai myself, so decided to go on with the preparation. After browsing the web for a good procedure, I found Shanthi Krishnakumar's recipe very simple. . So, decided to go on with the same and finally made this vada maalai with great love to my Lord. A big thanks to her for publishing this recipe. The result was amazing. Here, goes the recipe. Vadai in stages
For about 108 + vadais, I used Urad dal - 2 lbs (To be soaked for only 20 min and ground coarsely. I used my dosa maavu grinder.)
Urad dal (raw) - 1/2 cup
Pepper corns - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves Salt
- Soak urad dal for 20 min and grind it coarsely with salt and pepper in a grinder with very little water. Water should be added constantly in very small measure to keep the grinder moving. I ground the mix for around 20 minutes.
- Add curry leaves and raw urad dal to the mix.
- Grease a plastic sheet and make small flat vadais with a hold in the centre.
- Deep fry the vadais in medium heat till it turns golden brown.
More than making the vadai, I enjoyed making the garland with those vadais and a divine moment when Lord Anjaneya of Livermore temple was adorned with it.