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Indian Sweets, Snacks

Besan Laddoos – Life – The Supreme Gift


If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools

IF Rudyard Kipling

Life, the supreme gift is so precious and delicate, but do we realize this? Like a spider’s web, thin but strong, simple yet complex, it traverses criss-cross and makes patterns, with its queer twists & turns. It thrives in the unconditional love of parents and discovers the ever-changing scenery of the attitudes of people, environment & circumstances. It makes mistakes and learns from it, interacts & contributes to society.  In the end, it goes back to where it came from.

We act as if life is eternal… knowing fully well that the true nature of life is to love, to be compassionate… and that we are but visitors here.

The sweeter moments of life are the ones we relish most. So too with food. Here is a simple one for those with a sweet tooth.

Besan Laddoo

Preparation time- 8 minutes        Cooking time- 6 minutes

Ingredients

  1. Puffed Bengal Gram  / Pottu Kadala – 1 cup
  2. Sugar – 3/4 cup  – powdered
  3. Cardamom – 2 pods  – elaichi
  4. Ghee – 1/3 cup

Preparation

  • In a thick bottomed kadai, roast the puffed gram for about 3 minutes or till an aroma wafts through the air.
  • Powder it well with the cardamom seeds.
  • Add ground sugar to the powdered gram and mix it well in the kadai.
  • Cool, melt ghee, pour into gram mixture, stir it well and shape into laddus when it has cooled down enough to be able to handle. Makes approx. 10 laddoos.
  • Bengal gram flour can also be used instead of puffed bengal gram.

Quick Tip: Store cereals, pulses and spices in transparent jars to easily find them.

Quick Snack: Instead of sweating over a hot stove to roast peanuts, you can microwave them.

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About Paddy

When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’ The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day. Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. I had a cook from Kerala, but the cold weather did not suit her and in a month’s time, she went back. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients. To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too. I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life. I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.

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