Bharathy, of the funny comments in purely colloquial tamizh fame, sent along a box of stuff I love to munch on most as a part of the Arusuvai Friendship Chain – dry fruits. :)
Arusuvai is a chain where one passes on a surprise ingredient to friends who need to cook something with the ingredient and continue the chain by passing on “surprise ingredients” to more friends. Read the whole story here.
I love dry fruits – I can declare my undying love for them at any place, any time. Each day has to either start or end with a small helping of nuts or I feel like there’s a screw missing. So you can my reaction when I opened the package Bharathy sent along to see this.
I took the liberty of assuming that only Almonds and Raisins were the “surprise ingredients” (The rest were eaten straight out of the box) and prepared Badam Halwa.
My Mama and Manni had gifted me a set of two beautiful Corelware bowls which I inaugurated with two of my favourite desserts – Badam Halwa and Fudgy Brownie.
Fudgy Brownie Cake
- Badam/ Almonds – 1 cup
- Cashew – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup *
- Cardamom – 4 nos
- Ghee – 1 tablespoon
- Dry grapes – 1 tablespoon
- Soak the Badam/ Almonds and Cashew in hot water. Peel the skin of Badam. After 1/2 an hour grind to a fine paste.
- Take the ground paste in a MW safe bowl, add sugar, cardamom powder and 2 teaspoon ghee.
- Mix well and MW high for 6 to 8 minute, stirring twice in between.
- Fry the dry grapes in 1 teaspoon ghee and decorate the halwa.
*You can increase the quantity of sugar as per your taste.
I am passing on surprise ingredients to Nags at For the cook in me and Raaga at The Singing Chef.
Asha has tagged me to display my fridge. A few points before we an look at the much awaited exhibit:
- I din’t clean it before the snap. Period. This is how it looks on a regular day.
- I don’t think its “very clean” or organized – its an average regular fridge that I am very happy with.
- I thank god that there’s only a “Show me your fridge” meme, and not a “Show me your wardrobe” or “Show me the table near your wardrobe” meme. I might need to pay a to and fro ticket for a certain somebody from Bangalore if I ever needed to display my wardrobe.
- I never ever thought I’d combine two posts in one like this :O . I blame this squarely on the Asha effect.
My Freezer with Coconuts that are yet to be grated. In a bout of laziness I just put them in boxes. Chill tray with Milk.
Main Racks – Top – Leftovers, Middle – Milk, Pickles, Preserves and hidden blocks of Chocolate, Bottom – The indispensable store of Curds, Roti Dough, Badam Halwa. Usually Dosa Batter or other wet batters also occupy this shelf.
Vegetable Rack. Tomatoes and Coriander are always stored separately. Supply of Avakkai from Bangalore
Side Racks – Syrups, Pickles, Ghee, Honey, Flavourings, Yeast (hopefully still alive), Cheese, Ginger, Green Chilly
And now I tag:
Siri of Siri’s Corner
Bharathy of Spicy Chilly
Srivalli of Cooking for all seasons
…to display their fridge
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