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Basundi using Coconut Sugar

Homemade Basundi/Rich sweetened with Coconut sugar , flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg and garnished with dryfruits. INGREDIENTS: Organic Milk 2 cups Coconut Sugar 1 cup Cardamom powder 1-2 tsp Nutmeg a pinch Sliced almonds for garnishing  INSTRUCTION: 1.Boil organic milk for a good 45 minutes to make it thick and collect the cream . 2. Add coconut sugar, cardomom powder and nutmeg powder  3.Garnish with sliced almonds..Tastes delicious when chilled.

Tambittu -North Karnataka style roasted gram laddoo

. North Karnataka special...Tambittu is one of the most popular laddoos /sweet balls made for Nagara Panchami. It is a festival of praying and offering milk to Nag devata (Snake God) who is worshipped in the form of stone, clay idol, or silver idol.

In this recipe, Roasted gram (puthani) is powdered and then mixed with jaggery and other items to make laddoos. These are offered as Naivedyam to Nag devata and then eaten by all in the family.

One of the most traditional sweets that have come down from generations...which is not only refined sugar-free...but so nutritious and healthy since Roasted gram provides with a good amount of fiber and protein.
These are also gluten-free. This is my Mother's recipe which she makes every year for this Festival.

Time to treasure all such age-old healthy recipes and pass it on to our future generations. So let's dive into the recipe.

Roasted gram /Puthani 2 cups
Grated/crushed Jaggery 1 cup
Ghee 3/4 cup
Grated dry coconut 1tbsp

1. Firstly, dry roast the roasted gram for a minute or two in low flame and keep aside. Similarly, dry roast sesame seeds and grated dry coconut separately and keep aside.

2. Now grind the roasted gram in a blender/mixer into a fine powder. Keep aside.

3. In a thick bottom pan, add jaggery and Ghee, stir jaggery with ghee on low flame till the jaggery melts and combines well with ghee.

4. Once the jaggery melts, add in the roasted gram, sesame seeds, and greated dry coconut. Mix well and off the flame.

5. Now place the pan on a secure place where you can sit and make laddoos.

6. Without wasting much time, apply ghee on hands before and take a small portion of the hard to give it a round shape and then with your thumb, middle finger and ring the top and bottom part of that laddoo to make a cylinder shape. That is the traditional way of making these laddoos. These are further topped with jaggery-sesame mixture shaped in the cone before offering Naivedyam.

7. Of course, you will feel the heat...but a little pain will result in yummy perfect laddos that you can savor later.

8. Continue making laddoos with the remaining mixture. Once done you can store them in an airtight container for 1week.

Relish these yummy sweet treats by making them at home. Do tag me on Instagram with @archansvegfoodchronicles if you try my recipe. Do comment on your feedback, share with friends, follow and subscribe for yummy recipes.

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