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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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OPPO Reno 2: A Perfect Flagship to Gift This Diwali

Conclusion: The Reno 2 is among the best options in the Rs 30,000 and above price segment, dominated by OnePlus 7. In terms of novelty, Reno 2 takes over OnePlus 7. A perfect buy to gift your near and dear ones this Diwali

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Thanks to companies like Qualcomm, Huawei, OnePlus and Oppo, plugging in smartphones and having them charged (even if not completely) is a matter of minutes now. Pixabay

By Md Waquar Haider

After the initial success to Reno 10x Zoom, Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO has launched Reno 2 series — Reno 2 (20x digital zoom), Reno 2Z and Reno 2F — before Diwali in India that pack quad rear cameras, pop-up selfie camera and attractive designs.

The flagship Reno 2 (8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage) is priced at Rs 36,990. The device would go on sale, starting September 20.

After spending more than a week with Reno 2, here is what we think of the device.

The USP of the device is 48MP quad camera setup. The camera system includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor that supports optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS), 13MP telephoto lens, an 8MP wide-angle camera and 2MP macro lens.

The Reno 2 comes with 5x hybrid zoom support and 20x digital zoom.

In terms of low-light photography, there is an ultra-dark mode. The rear camera performed really well in various lighting conditions. Simply, the camera being the major highlight did impress with the neat images.

If you love photography but do not have the budget to invest on a premium smartphone, Reno 2 is the best option right now with 20X zoom.

The device also houses a shark-fin selfie camera with 16MP resolution that pops out at an angle. The front camera too worked fine during the testing. It captured good-quality images with ample detailing and near accurate colours.

In terms of design, the smartphone manages to stand out in the crowd. The phone retains the same design elements as the original Reno.

The top of the device houses selfie camera while the bottom sports 3.5mm headphone jack, Type-C port and a speaker grille.

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Oppo launched its Oppo Reno2 series of smartphones in August. Wikimedia Commons

The quad camera setup at the back is vertically placed under the glass with the OPPO logo and “Designed for Reno” — protected by “O-Dot” ceramic bead that aims to prevent the camera from getting scratches.

The volume rockers are on the left and power button on the right, both quite easy to operate.

The Reno 2 comes with a 6.55-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. The phone offers FHD+ (2400×1080) resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1. The front of the device is completely all display with no notch and very slim bezels. It also houses an in-display Fingerprint Unlock 3.0 scanner.

The display was bright indoors as well as outdoors. If you love watching videos, you would definitely like the display. Netflix streaming was an amazing experience.

The Reno 2 is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 730G processor that is based on a 8nm process and comes equipped with an Adreno 618 GPU. The phone runs Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1 on top.

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For those who love online gaming, the phone is near perfect.

Apart from the above combination of hardware and software, the huge screen also helped make games more immersive.

Oppo Reno 2 packs 4,000mAh battery with USB Type-C port. The battery lasted almost an entire day on a single charge. The in-house VOOC fast-charging technology quickly charged the device in less than an hour.

Conclusion: The Reno 2 is among the best options in the Rs 30,000 and above price segment, dominated by OnePlus 7. In terms of novelty, Reno 2 takes over OnePlus 7. A perfect buy to gift your near and dear ones this Diwali. (IANS)