Monday, January 1, 2018

Shimmering Multigrain Shahi Kesari Panjiri With Goodness of Jaggery & Nuts !!!

Shimmering Multigrain Shahi Kesari Panjiri with Goodness of Jaggery and Nuts

#MultigrainLadoos #SizzlingMultigrainInstantHalwa

May your life be always Shimmering with Lights & Happiness, in the New Year !!!

Celebrating Life.......with sweets, sweet ones' and cherishing the sweet memories of being together with family and friends!

In this beautiful festive season of lights and new hopes, I am going to share the secret signature recipe of my mom! Yes, there are many but the best one I guess is making tons & tons of panjiri, and myriad variety of ladoos and halwa. Moms remind me of the best food in the world. Or should I say Mom = Food? Today after being a mom, I realized the intrinsic satisfaction you get from cooking for your loved ones. I improvised the recipe to make it low cal and high on energy and protein.

 Ingredients for Multigrain Shahi Kesari Panjiri 

Multigrain Flour: 4 cups ( all flours dry roasted)
Chickpea flour: 1 cup
Semolina: 1 cup
Oats: 1/2 cup (dry roasted and grounded)
Makhanas: 2 cup (dry-roasted and grounded, keep handful makhanas, whole for garnish)
Edible sugar, Goondh: 1/2 cup( roasted in ghee and grounded)
Jaggery: 11/2 cup (add to taste, can also add sugar, coconut sugar).
 Ghee: 1cup (add as required, can also add extra-virgin coconut oil)

Saffron: few strands

Almonds: 1cup ( half grounded and some for garnish)
Cashews: 1 cup (sliced into halves)
Golden Raisins: 1/2 cup
Pistachio: 1/2 cup
Coconut powder: 1/4 cup
Pecans, walnuts: 1/4 cup
Honey Roasted Peanuts: 1/4 cup
Charmagaz Seeds: 1/4 cup
Pumpkin Seeds: 2 Tsp 
Green Cardamom: 2 tsp (freshly crushed preferred)
Saunf: 2 tsp ( all spices are slightly dry roasted and grounded).
Roasted Jeera: 2 Tsp
Ajwain: 2 Tsp
Methi Powder: 2 Tsp
Saunth or Ginger powder: 2 Tsp
Haldi: 1-2 Tsp
Flaxseed and chia seeds: 2 Tsp
Mishri: 2 Tsp
Sesame seeds & Poppy seeds: 2 tsp (Roasted)
Dry Rose Petals/ Gulukand: 1-2 tsp, Optional
Dry Thandai Mix: 1-2 tsp, Optional

Traditionally all the flours nuts are fried in the ghee one by one and then mixed together to make panjiri.

Stage 1: Dry-roasting flours and Nuts

To make this panjiri, low cal, and guilt-free, dry roast all the flours one by one.
Dry roast the nuts, in the end, add one small tsp of ghee to coat the nuts and enhance the flavors.
Grind half the makhanas and goondh and half dry-fruits, keeping some for garnish.

Stage 2: Mixing Flours and Nuts

Now heat pure desi ghee (homemade)  in a thick bottomed pan/kadai.  
Gradually add multigrain flours, besan, semolina, oats.
Keep stirring continuously on low heat for few minutes as it is already roasted until it becomes slightly golden brown and gives aroma.
Heat 2 tsp ghee and add spices - jeera, ajwain, saunf, methi, haldi and add to the flours.
Let it cool for a while. 
Mix jaggery thoroughly in the mixed flours.
Add roasted nuts (both pounded and full) - makhanas, goondh (edible gum), almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, coconut, charmagaz, pumpkin seeds, and raisins.

Stage 3: Garnish

Now time for flavors - mix freshly crushed cardamom powder in mortar and pestle.
 Finally add flax seeds and chia seeds blend, mishri, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, roasted sliced nuts plus the crushed saffron strands, dry rose petals, dry Thandai mix.
(saffron can be added to few tsp of milk and added in the end or dry roasted and crushed and add it in the garnish).
Mix everything well and voila, Multigrain Shahi Kesari Panjiri is ready!!!
Time to add shimmer to Panjiri - Sprinkle few Golden and Silver  Sugar Pearls just before serving!
 It's Done!!!! Soooo GOOD!!!! So Delish!!!!!!!!!

Panjiri Ladoos:

To make a nice bowl of Panjiri ladoos, simply take a handful of the mixture while it is still warm and roll it with both the palms to make a ladoo. Can add some warm ghee if the mixture is dry.

Decorate the ladoos with sliced cashews, fixed with warm ghee on the top of the ladoos !
Enjoy it with Chai or a glass of Golden Turmeric Latte.

Store the Panjiri Mix and ladoos in an airtight container (steel or glass container preferred) and it will last for many weeks/months.

Sizzling Kesari Halwa with Poppy seeds:

In a pan, bring 1 cup of water to boiling point.
Now gradually add about one cup of Panjiri mix and keep stirring, till it thickens.
Add 1 tsp of ghee and garnish with nuts and poppy seeds and sugar pearls.

Enjoy Sizzling Kesari  Multigrain Halwa with the goodness of spices, nuts and loads of love!

Enjoy the winters and snow in a cozy comforter with Panjiri, Ladoos, halwa, Royal lentil and Almond FudgeRed Velvet halwa with Carrots & RosesShahi Gulabjamun!!!!!

Lets continue to Celebrate the spirit of life with loads of fun, food and music !

I wish warm and a very happy New Year for all my readers and friends!

Stay tuned to for Simple Vegetarian Dishes for all Seasons and Reasons !!!

Umpteen Best Wishes and Love,

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