Friday, October 19, 2007

Peanut ladoos for navratri, contribute for Feed-a-hungry-child and a meme

These ladoos are so easy and are great for kids to learn and make.
But first I want to put in a plea to keep contributing to ‘feed a hungry child’ as there are still a few days left for the fund raising drive. Even though the fund-drive goal of raising 3, 360 dollars has been crossed, we can contribute more to feed more mouths.

(FHC): feedahungrychild.org is a not-for-profit charitable organization formed in a collaborative effort of the like-minded people from all around the world. It aims to replace the empty plates of the underprivileged children and replace them with ones of food. While FAHC addresses the holistic needs of each children it supports, it believes illiteracy, malnutrition, and other concerns can only be addressed when hunger is appeased.
Join the fight against global poverty…. Help feed children one by one…

Please chip-in and contribute here, or here or go to the FHC website...

And now onto the easy-peasy laddoo recipe:

What you need:

- 350 gm peanut butter (crunchy – if you want bits of nut, smooth – if you want a smooth texture)
- 250 gm khoya (make a semi-hard dough with full cream milk powder and milk and microwave it for 10 minutes on low, cool and grate finely)
- 200gm brown icing sugar (can use normal icing sugar too, and reduce the amount if you find it too sweet)
- 1 tsp elaichi (cardamom) powder
(This amount made 50 ladoos of 2.5 cm diameter (average size for a ladoo) )

What you need to do:
1.) Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl thoroughly. Shape into round ladoos.

Tips:
-Use splashes of milk to moisten a dry mixture, that is becoming to difficult to combine.
- If the mixture is too wet and gooey (which it will hardly be), you can use dry dessicated coconut to make the mixture pliable.

Verdict: These ladoos look and taste exactly like besan (gram flour) laddoos in texture and 90% in taste, so they are great for when fasting from grains. You just get a peanutty taste instead. Also, there is no ‘extra’ ghee I added this time and they tasted great; the only fat comes from the peanut butter. Plus, I looooved making them because of how easy they were to make. They are really good for kids to make too.

See how I made them last year for Navratri, the recipe is pretty much the same, except I didn’t put ghee this time.

This is going to Vee of Past Present and Me for the wonderful event JFI special series: The festive series...
This is also going to Viji of Vcuisine for the wonderful event RCI Tamil Festive Series...

Now for my first meme that Sweet Sig tagged me for:

4 Places I’ve lived:

- Kisumu, Kenya
- New Delhi, India
- Selebi- Phikwe, Botswana
- Gaborone, Botswana

4 Jobs I’ve had / (wish I could have)

- Computer Technician Attachee / Interior Decorator
- Systems Analyst Junior / Coolest restaurant-in-town owner and chef
- Assistant Computer Lecturer (in parallel with 2) / Flower Bouquet Designer(I’m gonna do this when I’m old and grey anyway)
- Computer Engineer / Pencil, Pastel and Oil Painter

4 Favorite places I’ve holidayed:

1. Venice – I was in awe of all the canals dotted with the beautiful houses, the islands and the awesome Italian food. And people, Venice is sinking… hope the engineers can save it in the nick of time.
2. Vienna – Oh this city is truly musical, the opera we went to was to-die-for… and they played all the famous classical numbers especially my fav ..Mozart… there was even a Pavarotti look a like with a ballerina…sigh….
3. Cape Town – was amazing… with all the history and unique flora and fauna, vineyards and wine….Robin island where Mandela spent 26 (?) years.
4. Pongundam near Kottayam – This is a huge rubber plantation… my sin-in-law’s in-law’s place. It was breath-taking and beautiful. And my SIL’s MIL made such yummy food for us…

4 Favorite foods

1. Homemade corn pizza (with bits of paneer)
2. Pasta Recco – at our fav Italian restaurant, I don’t even bother looking at their menu…
3. Chilli Gobhi Dry - Also at out fav south Indian restaurant…. I’m trying really hard (with the help of my mum) to recreate this dish at home… and when I told this to a fellow blogger friend, she loved it too… will post it soon
4. Tie between Appam-stew and Onam sadya(incl parip payasam) – Coz after consuming both relishes, it induces a zombie reaction in the body, where we drift towards the next closest place to lie down and drift into slumber land.

4 Places I’d rather be

- On a looooong drive with M (hubby) where we talk and talk and talk.
- Playing with my son, and going to see the bho-bhos (dogs)
- Touring the world
- Doing something creatively fun (painting, cooking, crafty things).

4 bloggers I like to tag

Wanted to tag Musy, and Lakshmi(Yum), but they’ve already done this meme…


Please take it up only if you wish to...

31 comments:

Happy cook said...

Lovely Meme.
And the Ladoos. That is what i call a delicious amount of Ladoos. If you have left over, i doubt you will have any as they look so good, but still send me some :-)

sra said...

Hi Rachna, lovely pix, lovely laddoos and interesting meme.

Dhivya Karthik said...

OMG! i wud not be exagerrating if i said i was drooling all over the comp screen! they luk absolute heaven!

musical said...

Khoa laddoos :). Yummy! and such a sweet meme, from a sweet girl :).

Khoa laddoos are always great, be it with peanuts or til or anything else! Prefect!!

Hun thode idhar vi bhejo :)

bee said...

hey, yo like parippu payasam? i i adore it - esp the pradhaman. i don't know too many people who like it. why do you tag lazy people like moi, rach? okay, i'll temporarily suspend my laziness for you. :-)

those laddus are going to be super yummy, i know. i don't have full fat milk powder, but i wanna make them.

Richa said...

hey, tussi vi meme post kitta e', same pinch sweetie :)
only bits of paneer, howz that? i thot u were a paneer-o-holic ;)
those laddoos are tempting me a lot, only if i could pick it right off the screen :)

Asha said...

Rachna, good to see your post after a long time.
In Southern US, we make Peanut butter fudge like these ,only cut into squares. Kids love it. Looks so delicious. Great entry too. Enjoy Navaratri!:))

TBC said...

Super easy recipe.
And your pics are beautiful, Rachna!

Puspha said...

Laddoos look delicious. Thanx for sharing.

Suganya said...

Laddu recipe is mind blowing. I am gonna have to try this!

Sig said...

oh yum... peannut laddoos look delicious... and delightful meme darling... I love those places you have holidayed at! And Onam sadya... and appam and stew, drooling here :)

KayKat said...

Yum! These look incredibly tasty :)

Roopa said...

wow the laddoos are lookinf awesome and so simple to make :) thks for sharing.
lovely meme enjoyed reading it :)

Mishmash ! said...

those ladoos look so tantalizing....I will give you appam & stew and for onasadya I will make parippu payasam too, provided you give me some of those :)

Shn

Vcuisine said...

Rachna beautiful ladoos with a neat recipe. If possible send it RCI Tamil festival event also. The meme - right now hooked up with RCI EVent. Will do if time permits. It was interesting. Viji

Cynthia said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your MEME.

Happy Navratri!

Vee said...

Wow, the peanut ladoos look great and easy,too!

Warm Navrathri/Dassera greetings to you and yours! Thanks for participating!

Sharmi said...

Rachna, LAddus looks so nice! Wish you happy navratri! nice meme:)

lakshmi said...

I love peanuts - and those laddoos seem so delightfully simple to make. you seem to use milk powder very efficiently for your sweets :)

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Rachna.....The laddoos look perfect......look so tempting....Drool..... :-)

Sia said...

wonderful meme rachna. so u want be a florist then? :)
never had peanut laddos. if they taste anything close to the way they look them i am all in :)

Richa said...

thuannu karva chauth di vadhaiyan' & best wishes :)

Hima said...

It was fun reading your MEME and the ladoos are looking so yummy. My husband loves peanuts, I am sure he will be happy if I make these for him.

Madhuram said...

Hi Rachna, I prepared these ladoos today for my friend's daughter's birthday. It was so easy to prepare and tasted too good. I tried it with both peanut butter and almond butter, both were very good. First I was confused about the method because in this post you have asked to just combine all the ingredients, but in the previous post you have asked to keep it on heat. But I went this method of combining it simply, and it came out good. Thank you very much for such an easy, healthy and kid friendly recipe.

Madhuram said...

I have posted this today in my blog for this month's MBP event Rachna. Thank you once again for such a simple yet delicious recipe.

DesiDirectory said...

Dear,Friend
`Nav` means `nine` and `ratri` means `night`, thus, `Navratri` means `nine

nights`. Thereare many legends attached to the conception of Navratri like all Indian

festivals but all of them are related to Goddess Shakti (Hindu Mother Goddess) and

her various forms. Though it is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu

calendar, it holds special significance for Gujratis and Bengalis and one can see it in

the zeal and fervor of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of

the season.
navratri

DesiDirectory said...

Dear,Friend
`Nav` means `nine` and `ratri` means `night`, thus, `Navratri` means `nine

nights`. Thereare many legends attached to the conception of Navratri like all Indian

festivals but all of them are related to Goddess Shakti (Hindu Mother Goddess) and

her various forms. Though it is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu

calendar, it holds special significance for Gujratis and Bengalis and one can see it in

the zeal and fervor of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of

the season.
navratri

DesiDirectory said...

Dear,Friend
`Nav` means `nine` and `ratri` means `night`, thus, `Navratri` means `nine

nights`. Thereare many legends attached to the conception of Navratri like all Indian

festivals but all of them are related to Goddess Shakti (Hindu Mother Goddess) and

her various forms. Though it is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu

calendar, it holds special significance for Gujratis and Bengalis and one can see it in

the zeal and fervor of the people with which they indulge in the festive activities of

the season.
navratri

aquaneel said...

Hi Rachna
The ladoo s look yummy..
Just wanted to know how do u make the khoa in microwave ..could u pls post the recipe ..

aquaneel said...

Hi Rachna
The ladoo s look yummy..
Just wanted to know how do u make the khoa in microwave ..could u pls post the recipe ..

aquaneel said...

Hi Rachna
The ladoo s look yummy..
Just wanted to know how do u make the khoa in microwave ..could u pls post the recipe ..