Saturday, August 26, 2006
Cashew Pista Ladoo
There are a group of food bloggers that I got to know from Indra's Site. They host an event called Jhiva for Ingredients - one food ingredient is choosen, and people are asked to send in recipes using that ingredient. The current event is hosted by Vineela, and the ingredient is Milk. Mine is not exactly a recipe based entirely on Milk, but uses milk to a small extent. It is a recipe told to me by mom. I am very amateur cook and it did not turn out to be exactly as amma said it should be (Jaana tha Japan pahunch gaye cheen samjhe na?), but nevertheless with encouragement and tips provided by hubby dear, we turned it into something tasty :). Thought I would send the recipe to Vineela, I am not sure she would post it in her fest, but nobody got flogged for trying right ? :)
What you need?
1 Cup cashewnuts
1/4 cup pistachios
Milk - enough to soak the above 2 nuts(around 1 1/2 cups for the above measure)
Ghee- 2-3 tablespoons
How to make it?
Soak the cashew and Pista nuts in milk for about 2-3 hours. Blend this in a mixer and make a fine paste. For each measure of this paste , take one and half measures of sugar in a thick bottomed vessel.Add a little water and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring occasionally till it forms a thick syrup of string consistency (called kambi padam in tamil). Now add the cashew-pista to the sugar syrup and keep stirring it on medium flame till the entire mixture starts getting together as a single paste. When you scoop it out, it should easily leave the sides of the vessel.
Take it off the flame and spread it out on a greased (with ghee) plate. After it cools down, roll it out into small laddoos. And voila! your cashew pista laddoos are ready!