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Editor’s Note: Guest blogger Uma of TrendyRelish.com shares two Indian recipes.

Here are two Indian recipes (one sweet and one snack) that are too easy to prepare and taste so delicious.

First, I will go with a traditional sweet recipe that is usually prepared in our house on certain festivals.

Coconut Halwa (Coconut Fudge)

Ingredients:halva

  • 2 cups grated coconut, fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup Rice, uncooked
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • 1 or 2 tsp Ghee (Clarified Butter)

For Garnish:

  • Cashews and Raisins, sautéed in some ghee

Preparation:

  1. Soak rice in enough water for 2 to 3 hours or until rice becomes soft.
  2. Grind the soaked rice and grated coconut into a very fine paste by adding some water. But don’t make it too watery. It should be like a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  3. In a non-stick pan pour sugar and add some water just enough to immerse the sugar (approx. ½ cup). Bring the sugar solution to a boil and wait till one string consistency is acquired.
  4. Then immediately add the ground coconut – rice paste and keep stirring until it becomes thick and leaves the sides of the pan. Just before turning off the flame, add ghee and mix well.

Here are some serving ideas for this yummy halwa. But don’t forget to garnish it with fried cashews and raisins for added flavor.

You can either:

  • Grease a plate, spread halwa flat and cut into desired shapes when it becomes cool.
  • Make into ball shapes and serve.
  • Make different shapes using Cookie Cutters.
  • Just simply serve in a bowl!!

Next recipe is another traditional snack item which is so easy to prepare and taste equally delicious.

Savory Rice Balls

Ingredients:rice balls

  • 1 cup Rice Flour
  • ¼ cup desiccated Coconut
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp red Chili Powder (Optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of Soda
  • Oil to deep fry

Preparation:

  1. Mix all the ingredients (except oil) to form soft dough with a little water.
  2. Then make small balls out of the dough. If you have patience and time you can make even smaller balls. Keep them ready on a plate.
  3. Heat oil in a deep skillet and drop these balls one in batches carefully. Sometimes there is a chance that some of them might pop up due to air in them. So be careful!
  4. Fry them for some time until they turn golden brown. The balls will be a little soft and a little crunchy at this stage. If you want the balls crunchier, fry them for some more time. They can be eaten hot or cold. We can store them up to 10 days in an airtight container.

Recipes Courtesy of Uma of TrendyRelish.com

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