Friday, November 4, 2011

Shahi Panjiri with just Nuts & Dry fruits - A Festival Dessert !!!!

Mum = Fun. Isn't it ????

Mum makes a huge variety of dishes and desserts for family, is it a rewarding experience???

As a child I always used to think that mom's job is bit monotonous cooking varied dishes to satiate the palate of all family members, making some sweet, some spicy  and some nutty flavors all at once and day after day. Once I tried to step in to the shoes of my mom and the very thought of it made me virtually much to cook and bake with perfection and a smile on face. Oh my gosh, i will never ever be able to do it down the line. But somehow you get the patience, techniques and tips of cooking from your moms simply by virtually observing them and now retrospecting, guessing the right recipes.

 Today after being a mom, I realized the intrinsic satisfaction you get from cooking for your near ones and this Panjiri or dry fruit mix is ideal to be savored during fasts, especially Navratras.

Today, I'm going to share another family recipe of "Nuts & Dry Fruits Panjiri".

It is easy to make, nutritious & simply put loads of "Beauty in a Bowl"....!!!

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Beauty in a Bowl, aint it !!!

Almonds: 1cup
Cashews: 1 cup (sliced into halves)
Golden Raisins: 1/2 cup
Pistachio: 1/4 cup
Shredded Coconut: 1 cup
Green Cardamom: 1 tsp (freshly crushed)
Makhana: handful, optional
Pecans, walnuts: 1/4 cup
Melon Seeds : 2-3 tsp
Sugar: 1 cup
Ghee: 1/4 cup (add as required to quantity)

Traditionally all the nuts are fried in the ghee one by one.
Alternatively take roasted nuts or make them at home in the oven or microwave.
To do this in a conventional oven, spread the nuts in a shallow tray and drizzle warm ghee over it.
Now bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees F, till they become crunchy and brownish in color.
Gently pound half of the nuts and mix these with sugar, coconut and cardamom powder.
Mix rest of the nuts (not pounded portion) with this mixture and toss thoroughly.
And yess, we are ready !!!!!

Top Shot, makes it look ever Yummier !!!

Lovely Recipe & Gorgeous Pots !!!

Easy wasn't it ???

Serve with warm Chai or a glass of warm Milk.

Store the Panjiri Mix in an air tight container and it will last for many weeks.

Two variations can be done-

One to eat this panjiri on any fast like Navratras or Purnima fast, can add roasted Amaranth/Rajgira atta to this dryfruit mix.

To make Whole wheat flour Panjiri,  take multigrain atta, roast some whole wheat flour in a shallow pan with ghee and add to this mix. You can also make some instant Halwa, by simply adding some hot water to this mix (my mom's tried and tested tip).

For more details, check out Shimmering Muligrain Shahi kesari Panjiri

This recipe served as a great treat at our festivals in our home last month.

I am sure this recipe will add flavor to your table for all Seasons and Reasons !!!
Love, Sonia.

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