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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.

Lauki ke pakode / Bottlegourd Fritters

"Lauki Ke Pakode: A Delicious Twist on Traditional Fritters



Tea time definitely demands some or the other snack and so made these pakodes with bottle gourd for the first time and these came out so perfect and crispy that they were gone in no time😅 

Fritters, or "pakode" in Hindi, are a beloved snack in Indian cuisine. While classics like potato and onion pakoras are popular, there's a hidden gem that often goes unnoticed - Lauki Ke Pakode, or Bottle Gourd Fritters. This dish combines the goodness of bottle gourd with the crunch of a perfectly fried fritter, creating a unique and flavorful snack.


**Why Lauki Ke Pakode?**
- **Health Benefits:** Lauki, or bottle gourd, is a highly nutritious vegetable known for its numerous health benefits. It is low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals, and aids in digestion.
- **Innovative Twist:** While traditional pakoras are delicious, Lauki Ke Pakode offer a unique and healthier alternative. The subtle flavor of bottle gourd complements the spices and chickpea flour, creating a delightful combination.
- **Easy to Prepare:** This dish is simple to make and requires minimal ingredients. It's a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet in a tasty way.

Getting crispy pakodas is not that easy for me every time but this recipe was bang on..and my husband was the happiest to get these along with his tea.



 

Ingredients :

Bottlegourd 1/2 big grated

Besan 1 cup

Rice flour 1 cup

Sooji Rava 2 tbsp

Chilli powder 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Carom seeds/Ajwain 1 tsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Coriander seeds powder 1 tsp


Oil for frying


Instruction:

1.Heat Oil in a pan on low flame.

2.In a bowl, add all the ingredients mentioned above.     Add 2-3 tbsp hot oil over the ingredients and add 2 tbsp water very little by little.Keep mixing with a spoon till everything combines and you get a thick batter.(the batter should not be runny)

3.Now take smaller portions of the dough and fry them in hot oil both the sides until they turn golden.

4. Drain on a paper towel and serve hot with tea.



In conclusion, Lauki Ke Pakode are a must-try for anyone looking to explore the diverse world of Indian snacks. Whether you're a fan of traditional pakoras or seeking a healthier alternative, these fritters are sure to impress your taste buds. So, why not give this recipe a try and savor the deliciousness of Lauki Ke Pakode at your next gathering or as a satisfying evening snack?"

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