Friday, 6 November 2015

Motichoor Ladoos

Ingredients :

Oil for Deep frying
Badam / Almonds - 5 to 6 badam chopped
Cashews - 15 chopped
melon seeds - 1/2 tblspn chopped
Boiling Water - 2 to 4 tblspn
Ghee - 2 to 4 tblspn ( to fry the nuts )
Gram Flour/Besan Flour – 1 cup
Sooji / Rawa – 1 tblspn ( put it in a blender and make into a fine powder )
Water - 1/2 cup or adjust
Orange Food Colouring - 1/2 tsp

For Sugar syrup :

Sugar - 1 cup heaped ( use the same cup which u used to measure gram flour )
Water - 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup.
Saffron strands - a pinch
Cardamom Powder - 1 tsp

Method :

Step 1: Make the batter
Take gram flour and sooji in a sifter and sieve it in a mixing bowl. Add in water and mix well to form a smooth batter. The batter should be a little thinner than dosa batter. Don't make it too thin, else the boondi will fall flat. If it is too thick then the boondi wont fall off the ladle. Add in food colouring and mix well Set this aside till you finish making the syrup.

Step 2: Make the sugar syrup
Now take sugar and water in a pan. Mix well so the sugar gets disolved in the water. Bring this to a boil. Simmer for 8 to 10 mins till it forms one string consistency. Add the saffron to the sugar syrup once it is done, give it a stir and leave it aside..

Step 3: Fry the boodis
Heat oil for deep frying. Dont get it too hot. Now take a boondi ladle / perforated spoon .Now take the batter and pour it over the ladle. Using a spoon tap off the ladle, so the boondi will fall through the holes. Fry this on a medium high heat for couple of mins. It shouldn't get crispy, it should be little on the softer side. Drain the boondi onto a bowl and set aside. Repeat till you finish the batter.

Step 4:  Making ladoos
Now Add all the nuts to the boondi and pour the warm syrup over it. Mix well so it gets combined. Now take this in a mixer or food processor. Add 2-4 tblspn of  boiling water to this and pulse for few times so it gets crushed and becomes one mass. Dont grind it too much or it will get completely mashed up. Transfer it to a bowl.  At this stage heat 4 tblspn ghee in a tempering pan.. add the chopped nuts (badam , cashew and melon seeds ).. slightly temper it and pour this into the boondi mixture and also mix some cardamom powder as per your taste .
 Dip your hands in ghee and take a small portion from it. Shape into balls and arrange them on a plate. Decorate with a slice of almonds or cashews if you like and enjoy.

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