Wednesday, December 30, 2009


I made Litti for my son after a long long time.

The filling in a Litti is from Sattu flour. Sattu is roasted channa flour. Besan on the other hand, is unroasted channa flour. Sattu is very flavorful and ready to eat flour. When used as a filling, it is seasoned with chilli powder, chopped garlic, chopped cilantro, chopped onion, chopped green chilly - little bit of all of these with some water for it to gel together, not more.

The cover is made from dough of wheat flour. Take a scoop of the dough, flatten it with your fingers and cup it in the palm of your hand. It needs to be  thick. Spoon in a scoop of Sattu mixture and close the dough into a ball.

Bake the Litti in wood or coal fire. Since it cold and snowing outside, I cant use any open campfire like that. I used the regular over for baking these.

Serve Litti with Aaloo Choka (mashed potatoes) and/or Baigan ka Bharta (brinjal/eggplant). Green mint chutney is very refreshing.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jirvani - Nutrition for New Mother

Jirvani - an ideal homemade nutition supplement for new mother, after delivery, for quick and sound health. Enriched with all kinds of vitamin. As per our ancient culture of preparation. To be used after delivery. When the modern medicines were not developed. Prepared with complete spices and dry fruits.

100 gm Cummin (Jeera)
50 gm Ajwain
100 gm Ginger
5 Cloves (Lawang)
5 Cardamom (Elaici)
1 inch Dalchini
50 gm Sauf
100 gm Dates
200 gm Dry Dates (Chuhara)
100 gm Coconut
100 gm Cashew (Kaju)
100 gm Rasin (Kismis)

Soak the above overnight.Next morning, blend them all in mixer.

200 gm Jaggery (Gud)
200 gm Sugar
200 gm Ghee
1 tsp Cummin (Jeera)

Add ghee in a pan. When it heats up, season with Jeera.
Saute the blended paste on slow flame with continous stirring, till it starts leaving the sides of the pan.
After that, add sugar and jaggery. Do not add these before this point.
Stir again for sometime, till they dissolve.
Stop at that point and remove from heat, else all of it will toughen like stone.

Store carefully in clean place. Can be used for a week or 10 days.