Samosa with Gram Flour Filling

In every family, there are some traditional snacks and savory items that are certain to be made on festive occasions. It’s like these delicacies are must and rest is as per your wish.

In my family, on Diwali dry gram-flour-filled samosa is a kind of compulsory snack and it has to be made. It’s spicy, crunchy and goes very well with other festive food preparations. While I love potatoes and peas filled spicy samosa, this dry samosa is my husband’s favorite.

Dry gram flour filled samosa

If you compare this dry samosa with the ready-made store one, there is big difference in taste. Store ones have less filling with thick outer crust of refined flour. Moreover filling is loaded with too much of spices with not much taste of gram flour. However, if you ever make these samosas at home, I’m very sure you will forget the taste of store ones.

So, here is the easy step-by-step process for samosas with dry gram-flour filling.

Ingredients for samosa dough (for outer crust)

  • Wheat flour: 1 cup
  • All-purpose flour: 1 cup + ½ tbsp
  • Oil: ¼ cup
  • Salt: 1tbsp

Ingredients for filling

  • Gram flour (besan): 2 cup
  • Oil: ¼ cup
  • Salt: 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Black salt: ½ tbsp.
  • Amchur (dry mango powder): 2 tbsp
  • Heeng (asafoetida): 1 pinch
  • Roasted cumin seed (jeera) powder: 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder: 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Black pepper: ¼ tbsp
  • Garam masala: ½ tbsp

Procedure for samosa dough

  • Sieve together both the flours (leaving aside ½ tbsp) and salt.
  • Add oil and fix well with fingers.
  • Add water in small amount and knead the dough. Texture of dough will be firmer than chapatti dough.
  • Cover the dough with damp muslin cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Procedure for gram-flour filling

  • Heat oil in heavy bottom skillet.
  • On low flame, roast gram flour in it. It will take approximately 15 minutes for the mentioned quantity. Pleasant fragrance of roasted gram flour will indicate that it’s time to take it off the flame.
  • Add salt and other spices and mix well. Filling is ready. You can taste the filling and adjust its taste according to your choice.

Samosa dry gram flour filling

Procedure for filling and folding samosa

  • In a bowl take ½ tbsp of remaining flour and add 2 tbsp of water to make a thick paste. This paste will be used to seal the edges of samosa.
Dry samosa folding process
Samosa filling and folding process
  • Divide the dough into roughly 15 small balls of equal sizes. Roll each dough ball into oval shape chapatti and then cut it along the center (image 1).
  • With help of finger apply paste on edges (straight as well as curved) and join the edges to make a cone. Add spoon full of filling in cone and gently press the edges to seal the samosa (image 2, 3 & 4).
  • Now make two more folding on corner edges to give a proper firm shape (image 5).
  • Repeat the same filling process for each samosa.

Procedure for frying

  • Heat oil in heavy bottom skillet and deep fry samosa on medium heat till they turn golden.
  • Drain them on an absorbent paper and samosas are ready to be served.

Dry gram flour filled samosa

You can serve them with green mint chutney and tamarind jaggery chutney. These samosas taste wonderful with garlic chutney as well. Store in an air-tight container, and you can easily enjoy these delicious samosas for 15-20 days.

Moong dal tikki and chana dal pakora are also good tea time accompaniments. These snacks are easy to make and taste wonderful.

I know reading the whole process may sound little time-consuming and tedious snack. But trust me, once you make these samosas you will look forward to making them again. You can have this wonderful snack option with tea or coffee as well.

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Instant Moong Daal Halwa

Diwali is the busiest time for us ladies. So much work – shopping, decoration, gifts to be packed, food preparations etc. However, when it comes to food preparations for Diwali, I look forward more to desserts.

In this busy festival time, I try for dessert that’s easy to make and gets ready quickly, as there are other delicacies to be made as well.

I have grown up having moong-dal halwa on Diwali. My family Diwali celebration is incomplete without desserts like sweet boondi, gulab-jamun, chandrakala and of course this lip-smacking halwa.

Instant moong-dal halwa

So, below I have explained the process of making quick version of traditional moong-daal halwa.

Ingredients for moong dal halwa

  • Moong dal (green gram spilt): 1 cup
  • Mawa/khoa: ¾ cup
  • Sugar: ¾ cup
  • Ghee: ¼ cup
  • Milk: ¼ cup
  • Cardamom powder: 1 tbsp
  • Almond flakes: 1 tbsp
  • Pistachio flakes: 1 tbsp

Process

In the usual version, moong dal is soaked for few hours and then ground to fine paste. However, this paste being sticky, takes longer time to cook which is a tiring process.

Here, in this easy version I have used dry moong dal. No soaking of dal is required, just grind dry moong dal to coarse powder.

Moong-dal powder for halwa

  • Heat ghee in heavy bottom vessel and roast moong dal powder in it till it turns slight golden and you start getting roasted dal fragrance. It will take roughly 15 minutes on medium heat to get dal roasted.
  • Add mawa and mix it properly to break any lumps if any.
  • Add sugar, milk, cardamom powder and stir continuously. Mix for another 2-3 minutes and tasty moong daal halwa is ready.
  • If you don’t want mawa, you can replace it with 2 1/2 cups of milk.
  • Garnish with almond and pistachio flakes before serving.

Easy moong-dal halwa

If you are fond of dal preparations, you may also like moong dal tikki and farra (healthy meal prepared out of chana dal (bengal gram spilt).

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How to Create a Madhubani Painting Tree Planter?

Festive season is around the corner and everyone of us are look for ideas to decorate our homes. So, what could be better choice than using simple ideas to create functional decorative pieces.

Here I’m sharing an easy process using which you can create a folk art inspired planter all by yourself. Its  eco-friendly and cost effective too. You can use any waste jar to create this beautiful tree-planter.

DIY tree planter

In this pot, I have incorporated popular motifs of Madhubani art. Madhubani painting is a popular Indian folk art and anyone can learn it. You can read my post on How to do Madhubani painting in six easy steps to learn more about techniques of this art.

Materials required to transform a plastic jar to plant pot

  • Plastic jar
  • Ceramic powder
  • Fevicol (adhesive)
  • Old piece of cotton cloth of container size
  • Painting brushes: 1 flat and one fine tip round brush
  • Acrylic colors: white, brown
  • Clear varnish
  • Water

Process

First I will explain how I have created the base for this pot from an old plastic container.

  • Clean and dry the container before proceeding with further work. Measure and cut cloth as per the size of the container.

DIY tree planter - materials

  • In a bowl take ceramic powder and Fevicol in 3:1 ratio and mix it. Add small amount of water to make a thick paste.
  • Dip the cloth in this paste and evenly spread it on container. Make sure that cloth is spread smoothly all around or else you will find it difficult to paint.

diy-tree-planter-step3

  • Let it dry for few hours.

Coloring work

  • Now with the flat brush, apply base brown color all over. Again let it dry for 3-4 hours.

DIY tree planter - step4

  • Using fine tip round brush, we will now paint foreground motifs with white color. You can see more of madhubani motifs here and paint free hand as per your liking. You can even paint mandalas here if you enjoy creating mandalas. You may like to read post on how to draw mandala in six easy steps.
  • Apply 3-4 coats of clear varnish once the paint dries.

DIY tree planter

Note – Before planting any plant of your choice, do create a hole (approx 1 cm diameter) at the bottom of planter to allow water drainage.

I truly enjoy creating such small personalized home decor and gifts. You can also check how I created this personalized door nameplate and key-holder.

Adding such homemade pieces makes house our home and creates homely feeling. I hope you enjoy creating this easy planter.

Ask me if you have any doubt while creating this pot or while practicing Madhubani art. I will be most happy to help. Thanks for reading and hope to see you here again.

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Sugarless Healthy Peanut Laddoo

I wanted to make a healthy prasad on Navaratri, so was thinking what to make. I had already made healthy ramadana (Amaranth laddoos) and easy-to-make coconut laddoos. Peanut chikki was also made as prasad, so this time I wanted to make something with no added sugar (only natural sweetener) in it.

Few days back my daughter’s pediatric had suggested to give her peanut and jaggery laddoos as these are healthy and good for growing kids. So, it was in back of my mind to try peanut laddoos.

Therefore, the idea of making peanut laddoos popped up. However, I wanted to try this recipe without sugar and jaggery with only natural sweetness of dates (khajur). However if you want you can add some jaggery for additional sweetness.

Sugarless healthy peanut ladoos

The combination worked really well and laddoos turned out to be super yummy. This Navaratri week itself I have made them thrice. Due to its brown color, my daughter also enjoyed it assuming it to be some kind of homemade chocolate balls. 🙂

These laddoos are nutritious bite-size snack option. Being full of protein and instant source of energy, you can easily call them power-pack laddoos.

These laddoos can be made with just five minutes of cooking with only four ingredients required. So, here is the list of ingredients for these yummy laddoos:

Ingredients

  • Roasted Peanut: 1 cup
  • Dates puree: ½ cup
  • Desiccated coconut: 2 tbsp
  • Milk: ¼ cup

Procedure

  • Soak seedless dates in milk for 2 hours. Grind (in mixer) to make its puree. If you have dates with seeds, just remove seeds before grinding and make paste of it. If dates are dry you can soak them overnight in water or soak them in milk and keep them in refrigerator.
  • After roasting peanuts, remove their skin by rubbing between hands. Grind them and make a coarse powder. It’s perfectly fine if there are some small peanut pieces left in the powder.
  • In a heavy bottom skillet, bring together peanut powder and dates puree. Keep mixing on low heat. In 10 minutes you will notice mixture leaving sides of skillet and is ready to shape.
  • Bring it off the flame and let it slightly cool down (it’s too hot to shape laddoos). Apply small amount of ghee on your palms as it will prevent your skin from burning. With help of spoon divide mixture into equal parts.
  • Now by placing each individual portion between your palms, shape them into balls.
  • Spread desiccated coconut on plate and roll each ball on it. Dry coconut gives these laddoos a nice texture.
  • After making all laddoos, transfer them to a container and keep them refrigerated. They stay good for 15 days.

Sugarless healthy peanut laddoos

Since I made these laddoos as Prasad, I have put few holy basil (tulsi) leaves before offering to God. According to Hindu practice, while offering prasad to God we add few holy basil leaves as well.

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