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Wondering What to Serve Your Guests This Diwali? Try These Easy Snacks Recipes By Sanjeev Kapoor

Sanjeev Kapoor's recipes are not just easy to make, but also come handy to treat all your guests to the best food ever!

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With Diwali right around the corner, are you planning to experiment with some new recipes? Pixabay

New Delhi, October 11, 2017 : Traditional sweets and snacks are of the essence when it comes to Diwali and the celebrations are simply incomplete without home-cooked food. This time celebrate the festival by indulging in some sweet as well as tangy treats.

If you have even the slightest interest in culinary arts, you would have heard the name of India’s culinary expert, chef Sanjeev Kapoor! His recipes are not just easy to make, but also come handy to treat all your guests to the best food ever!

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India’s culinary expert Sanjeev Kapoor. IANS

Here are some easy snacks recipes by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.

1. Bhajanee chakli

Ingredients :

  • 2 tablespoons Nutralite
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Bhajanee flour
  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 cup skinless split black gram (urad dal)

How to make Bhajanee chakli :

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Chakli. Wikimedia
  • For the bhajanee flour, dry-roast the rice and black gram separately. Cool completely and grind separately to a powder. Sift both the flours and mix.
  • Put bhajanee flour in a bowl. Add Nutralite, salt, cumin powder and chilli powder, and mix well. Divide the mixture in half. Take one half and knead into a soft dough with ½ cup water. When the dough is used up, make a dough of the remaining flour.
  • Put small portions of the mixture into a chakli mould and press out several chakli onto a plastic sheet. Heat sufficient oil in a non-stick kadai till moderately hot.
  • Deep-fry the chakli till light golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper and set aside to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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2. Methi mathri

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups refined flour (maida)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi)
  • 5 tablespoons Nutralite
  • Oil for deep-frying
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Mathri infused with kasoori methi. Wikimedia

How to make methi mathri :

  • Take flour in a bowl, add salt, carom seeds and dried fenugreek leaves and mix well.
  • Add Nutralite and mix well. Add sufficient chilled water and knead into a hard dough. Cover and rest the dough for 15 minutes.
  • Divide into 24 equal balls and flatten them slightly. Roll them out thinly into small puris and fold in half and then fold again to make a triangle. Stick a clove at one corner making it appear like a paan. Lightly prick them with a fork so that the mathris do not rise like puris.
  • Heat sufficient oil in a kadai.
  • Slide in the mathris and deep-fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper and cool completely. Serve or store in air tight tins.
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Treat your guests to a combination of Indian sweets and snacks. Pixabay

3. Chocolate and nut karanji

Ingredients 

  • 1½ cups refined flour (maida)
  • 3 tablespoons pure ghee
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Stuffing
  • ½ cup grated dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup grated mawa/khoya
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar Free
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Karanji filled with chocolate and nuts. Wikimedia commons

Method of preparation:

  • Put the flour in a deep bowl. Add ghee and add 2-3 tablespoons of chilled water or chilled milk. Knead into a medium-soft dough, adding more chilled water or milk as you go along. Divide into small balls and let them rest, covered with a damp cloth.
  • To make the stuffing, mix the khoya/mawa, Sugar Free, walnuts, almonds and chocolate in a bowl. Chill it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Roll out the dough balls into small round puri. Place a puri on the worktop; moisten its edges.
  • Place some stuffing in the centre and fold one side of the puri over the other. Press the edges to seal and further twist the edges with your finger tips in a decorative manner. Or cut the edges with a serrated cutter. You can also make the karanji using a mould.
  • Keep the karanji in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
  • Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Deep-fry the karanjis, a few at a time, till light brown. Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot or allow them to cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container.

4. Banana halwa burfi

Ingredients: 

  • cup chopped ripe Nendrabale bananas
  • 1 cup grated khoya/mawa
  • ½ cup Sugar Free
  • ½ cup coarsely ground cashew nuts
  • Ghee for greasing
  • ¼ cup milk

Method of preparation:

  • Grease a straight-sided shallow tray with a little ghee. Heat a non-stick pan, add bananas and khoya/mawa and cook on medium heat, stirring at regular intervals to prevent the mixture from scorching.
  • Cook till the ghee begins to ooze from the mixture. Add the Sugar Free and cashew nut powder, and mix. Continue to cook, stirring continuously, till the mixture turns a rich brown.
  • Add milk and cook till it starts leaving the sides of the pan. Pour the mixture into the greased tray, level the surface and set aside to cool.
  • Cut into desired shapes and serve.
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Lip-smacking banana barfi. Wikimedia

In case you liked these recipes, dont forget to share your views with us. We would also like to hear how you modified these recipes to make something unique. Share your own recipes with us! (IANS)

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Fireworks Might Extinguish the Flame of Laxmi Puja

We can have various kind of festival enjoyments on Festivals but without ever causing problem to others and the environment

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There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. Pixabay

BY SALIL GEWALI

If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong. There is no mention in any corners of the voluminous scriptures of Fireworks blasting during a PUJAS that “upset” the harmony of peace and tranquility of others. To disturb others’ tranquility falls under the heading of vices. Preserving the sanctity of the environment, and more importantly, inner purity of mind and heart is the “prime doctrine” of SANATAN DHARMA which is popularly known as Hinduism. This Hindu culture now seemingly run the risk of having been defined by other communities with what is not very pleasant to hear.

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It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment without Using Fireworks.

I’ve overheard many toxic comments against this blatant desecration of auspicious “puja celebrations”. During Holi festival, many people fear to move out of their homes, particularly in certain the plane areas in India. You might be blasted with a bucketful of dirty water by pranksters from the 5th floor of the building. Is this sadism the part of the puja and holi celebration? One is afraid, with each passing year, this festival of color of joy, though having strong spiritual significance, has only painted the very face of Hindu culture with vulgarity and depravity.

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If one wants to connect Hindu culture with the senseless bursting of crackers, Fireworks and boisterous fun then he is absolutely wrong.

Matter of fact, peace in one’s life and his efforts to help bring peace in others’ lives is essentially the fundamental basis of Hindu culture and festivals. Practically speaking, there is no devotion to God without “peace”.  Therefore, “Shanti” (peace) is one of the most paramount peace mantras in Sanskrit, not “Ashanti” which, of late, is the hallmark of such Hindu puja celebrations. The profound objective behind this peace mantra, as propounded in Upanishads, inspired even one of the greatest poets of the 20th Century – TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land. That poem finally ends with the same peace mantra — Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

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TS Eliot who underlined it with the purpose of life which he brought out in his epic poem – The Waste Land.

It should not be misunderstood ever that Hinduism disapproves of all kinds of fun and frolic. No, it is never so.  We can have various kind of festival enjoyments but without ever causing problem to others and the environment. There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna LilaRam Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”. Ancient sages in their meditation conceived and authored a number of treatises in which we find the elaborate approaches and procedures to evolve oneself spiritually through fun-filled dances and music. There are “ragas and layas” (musical modes and rhythm), which are meant to “recharge” the mind for the meditative concentrationThe objective behind being to climb up the ladders of realization of oneness and universal uniformity.

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There are sufficient mentions of fun and frolic, merrymaking even in the spiritual activities — like Krishna Lila, Ram Lila…; and there exist endless nritya shashtras for healthy recreation and not Fireworks. But they all are within the “purview of Dharma”.

However, there is absolutely no scope or prescription for deriving pleasure or fun by causing pain and anxieties to others? How come bursting high decibel fireworks at 2 AM or 3 AM or 4 AM is puja? In fact, it is called “adharma” or irreligion leading to self-degeneration.

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Therefore, it is DIYA, as per Vedas, which symbolizes the LIGHT to dispel the darkness of ignorance, the darkness of vices, and bring forth the light of knowledge to awake the “inherent” divinity. Goddess Laxmi is the “flame” of feminine ENERGY in the infinite cosmic creation. So, indulging in earsplitting fireworks and causing continuous problem to HER creatures, and HER environment, is totally against the fundamental principle of the devotion in Hinduism. Very sadly, with the blasting of the fireworks in the name of Goddess Laxmi we have invariably set off the tank of vices alone.

Salil Gewali is a well-Known Writer and Author of ‘Great Minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali