Besan Ladoo

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Laddus or Laddoos as they are called are one of the most famous and liked Indian sweets. They are usually prepared during festivals like diwali, functions, auspicious occasions like marriages etc. There are different types of Laddos depending on what they are made up of and named that way.  They could be made of flours or sesame or coconut, sooji/semolina etc and rolled into balls. I have already posted different types of Laddos like the ‘Nariyal ka Ladoo, ‘Atta Laddos, ‘Til Ka Ladoo and now I am posting Besan ke Laduu. 

The Besan Ladoos are made up of gram flour or Besan. This is my mom’s recipe and I do have to admit it that these delicious ladoos were prepared by her as well. They were sent a long time ago from India along with other goodies like Atta Laddos, Sesame Laddos, Menthe Hittu, Chaklis etc. I had taken pictures of these ladoos way back then, but doing a post of it only now. Now that I have a tasted, proven and approved recipe that I can refer to I hope I will prepare these on my own on apt occasions without excuses. :-) 

Even though this is a simple recipe, with few steps the tough part is the stirring of the besan in the ghee continuously until it gets an even brown color and a nutty flavor. Also this recipe uses a liberal amount of ghee (clarified butter) without which or any type of substitute the laddu will not taste the same. But since it is made of special occasions, the effort is all worth it.

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

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Hope you all had a good weekend. We had a good one that included our usual weekend chores; cleaning, laundry, grocery and along with that we threw in a mix of Blueberry picking fare. We had been planning for the blueberry picking for a long time now, but it materialized only last week.

We went there with another friend of ours and it was fun time both for kids and adults as well. Fresh, luscious blueberries hand picked right off of the farm; close to the nature as we could get and it was a wonderful experience. In the two and half hours that we had been there, we managed to get close to a galloon of blueberries, all for a decent price.

The only complaint we had was the scorching summer heat. Well it was the end of June and in the state of Texas what else could we expect?  The less said about the heat the better. It was a payback time for all the good time that we had there. End of it all, we were craving for ice cold water and fresh juices, to quench that never ending thirst.

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Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

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I usually make either Karate Kismuri/ BitterGourd Onion Coconut Mix or Bitter Gourd Crisps/ Bittergourd Rings (Microwave) with bitter melons at home. Both are quick, easy and make wonderful side dishes with their bitterness hardly noticible. 

But on occasions when I have the time and energy I make this Biiter Gourd Stir Fry which is slightly elaborate. In this stir fry, bitter gourds are cooked along with onions and flavored with masala powder. If the Masala powder is made in advance then it reduces a lot of steps and all that is left is chopping and cooking.

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