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Monday, April 16, 2012

Peanut - Roasted Chickpeas Powder & Carrot - Raisin - Dates Halwa


I am back again with another edition of BM after a relaxed hibernation. I had to take a forced break due to unforeseen reasons after last BM and hence there have been no updates since then. There is going to be some action, at least for the next two weeks because of the marathon. :)
My theme for this week is going to be accompaniments where chutneys, spice powders and dry sautes are allowed. The first one in the series is going to be this simple, versatile and flavorful powder prepared using toasted peanuts and roasted chickpeas / dalia.  These are some of the ways how this delicious podi is used in my kitchen.
1. Sprinkle some ghee and eat it with rice or breakfast dishes such as upma.
2. Adding to vegetable sautes at the final stages of cooking. Or can be used as stuffing for eggplants or other stuffed vegetable preparations.
3. Adding to puffed rice upma at the final stages of cooking for extra flavor.
4. One more idea is to add water to the powder to bring it to chutney consistency and add some mustard seeds - curry leaves tadka. This instant chutney works as a great substitute for the regular version chutney during power cuts.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup dalia / roasted chickpeas
1/2 cup grated, dry coconut
12 red, dried chillies
Salt to taste

Method:
Toast the peanuts on low flame, until they turn golden brown. Add red chillies and fry for a minute. Turn off the stove and let cool the peanuts. Skin the peanuts (and this step is optional).
Grind all the ingredients together finely / coarsely and store it in an airtight container.

Check what other marathoners are cooking during BM#15.

Microwave Carrot - Raisin - Dates Halwa:


This microwave version, sugar free yummy halwa is my entry for this month's Magic Mingle with "Carrot and Raisins" theme.

Ingredients:
2 cups grated carrot
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup milk or as needed to grind the dry fruits
A pinch of cardamom powder
Nuts to garnish

Method:
Grind dates and raisins to a fine puree adding milk.
Combine carrot and ground puree in a microwave safe bowl. Cook in the microwave, stirring in between until it comes together, about 12 -1 5 minutes. Add cardamom at the final stage of cooking and mix well.
Garnish with nuts before serving.



Comments

32 comments:

ANU said...

very nice recipes....both are nice and unique!

Nirmala's kitchen said...

Looks yummy!!!!!!!!

Srivalli said...

That's awesome looking Suma..do send the mw to MEC this month too..

Usha said...

This is a versatile powder. I like podis with rice but hardly make them as I am the only one who relishes it at home.

Kalyani said...

lovely recipe Suma :) I shall surely make this at home ...

Btw, the halwa is soo delicious, thanks for linking it to MM too !


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Jayashree said...

I am a huge fan of ready mix podis. This one sounds delicious and will be tried out by me soon.

The Pumpkin Farm said...

dalia to the peanut powder..sounds delicious and healthy

Rasi said...

this powder is new to me .. had never tried the combo of peanuts & roasted gram.. should try this.. both the pics look fab!

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Anonymous said...

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I'll love to read your next post too.

Minu said...

Lovely recipes.
Both!

Preeti Garg said...

looking awesome.....color attract me...

Gayathri Kumar said...

Both the spice powder and halwa look nice. Never added chole in spice powders. Looks like a great idea...

Prathibha said...

Delicious halwa in MW...looks yumm

Priya said...

Wat a handy and super flavourful powder, loving it..

Btw halwa makes me drool..

Shobha said...

I love the podis with idli, rice, dosas.
The dessert looks awesome too !

Chef Mireille said...

what a tasty spice powder..must try
Mireille

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Love the podi. I also stock it as a pantry staple :)
The sugar-free halwa is such a good idea.

Kanan said...

looks yum,

Archana Vivek said...

Delicious Suma. Love your photography

vidhas said...

Peanut powder sounds intresting. Carro raisin halwa looks tempting. Awesome clicks.

Srimathi said...

I will try the podia because, I love peanuts and my friends mother-in-law used to make it for us. Forgot to get her recipe.

The carrot halwa looks good. 3 sweet things must have added natural sugar to the recipe.

Jayanthi said...

Instant chutney powder? What an excellent idea ....and love that this powder can be used in so many other dishes for variation ....nice one Suma!!!

R said...

both the recipes r so healthy and delicious!

Anonymous said...

Love spicy powders in almost every type of south indian breakfast or rice. As always pics are superb and halwa looks so delicious.

Rajani S said...

I like the podis we have with rice. Haven't come across a peanut based one, looks very nice.

PJ said...

Very versatile powder indeed. I like the fact that it can be used to make instant chutney!
The halwa looks very tempting Suma :)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

peanut chutney powder looks awesome, im sure it wud go so well with hot rice & ghee

Jayasri Ravi said...

Adding dates is very interesting, lovely clicks, will try it out next tome, I make Dhalia powder, but never thought of adding peanuts will give it a go next time

Unknown said...

Hi Suma,
Been following your blog for a while now and enjoy your recipes.
Had a doubt. Isn't dalia, cracked wheat? Are you adding dalia or the roasted chickpeas? Or both?
How do you get roasted chickpeas?

Thanks and regards,

Suma Gandlur said...

Unknown, roasted chickpeas and cracked wheat are Dalia and daliya according to the Indian grocers. :)
Roasted chickpeas are the regular chutney dal used to prepare chutney in South India.

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