Monday, March 1, 2010

Yummies from Blogosphere: A sweet start to a new series!

As I mentioned in my post last week to my readers, here is my new series: Yummies from Blogosphere - where I am delighted to showcase beautiful recipes from Bloggerworld which I have tried and relished with my family and friends. I feel that this is the best way that I could show appreciation for all the inspiration that I get from my fellow bloggers.

I have bookmarked wonderful food creations from almost every food blog I read regularly...so, naturally I had a humongous variety of dishes to choose from, to try out last weekend...I did not know which one to choose because they are all foods to die for!  I wanted to start this new series with something sweet... I could not believe that I had bookmarked so many recipes!

I just could not fix on one recipe to try out. Finally, I ended up making a serially numbered list of favorite sweet recipes (one from each of the blogs that I regularly read) and had my daughter give me a random number and tried out the recipe corresponding to that number. It just goes to show what amazing talent we have in Blogosphere, I think.

Without further ado, let me go on to the recipe that I tried last weekend...

It was a wonderfully sweet recipe for Microwave Cashewnut (Kaju)Peda originally posted by Priya of  Priya's Easy n Tasty Recipes. I will provide a link to the original recipe below. It was posted almost a year back by Priya. She has provided some great info on cashewnuts - their nutritional benefits and method of storage and so on...what attracted me to this recipe was the fact that it is probably one of the quickest and fastest sweet/dessert recipes that I have made in a while, not to mention the fact that is also extremely healthy... I started making it with 10 minutes to spare for dinner time and it was still ready, well in time to have as a tasty, bite-size dessert. The pedas were easy to shape into round discs(actually my 9 year old daughter helped me with this step...it was easy enough to shape for her!)

NOTES AND POSSIBLE VARIATIONS:  I followed the original recipe as much as possible. The only change I made to the original recipe is that, I ended up using 4 tbsp of water in place of the original recipe (which required 2 tsp water) That was mainly because I used totally non-fat milk powder which was very crumbly and needed some extra water for the cashew and milk powder mixture to come together. I also used some raisins as well as pistachios for the garnish. Plus, I was thinking it might be good to use some saffron strands the next time I make this for an extra touch of flavor...talk about icing on an already beautiful cake!

The taste of course, was unbelievable inspite of the fact that it is almost totally devoid of butter/oil. Needless to say, my family loved it  - even my toddler!


Thanks, Priya for this fabulous recipe!
 I so love this series...I(and of course, my family!!!) cant wait to try the next Yummy from Blogosphere!


Recipe for Microwave Kaju Peda(as posted on Priya's Easy n Tasty Recipes):
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1cup Cashew powder
1/2cup Milk powder
2tsp Water
3/4cup Sugar
Few pistachios (garnishing)


Take a wide microwave bowl...add the cashew powder, milk powder, water and sugar together and mix with a spatula, microwave for 2 minutes in high, stir in between..Keep aside and let it cool..


Now it will look like soft chappathi dough, roll or shape them as u desire..Garnish the pistachio..

25 comments:

  1. yummy peda and beautifully presented it as well..loved your idea too..

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  2. Wow Meena, u made my day, watelse i need from u yaar, thanks for choosing n making out this kaju peda, glad u guys enjoyed and am really happy..keep rocking..

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  3. Good attempt Meena, and looking forward to more of ur recipes.

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  4. Well tried and the outcome is superb. Looking forward for more recipes.

    Chitchat
    http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

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  5. Even I have decided that i ll make my sunday dinner with any one of blogger freind's recipe.Great to see that even you are doing same.The dish has turned very good.

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  6. Hey Meena

    what a start..hai..with peda I can gobble up now..looooooks so tempting!!

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  7. Meena! I want some pedas pls...:) Awesome! great effort!

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  8. Yep Priya has lots of recipes to be tried..like this peda has come out so very well...nice click too Meena..

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  9. Hey Meena,,Well tried..pedas looks so yummy yummy...

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  10. thats look really gr8! nice job..good luck with ur series!

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  11. Kaju pedas looks perfect and very tempting to me:) Happy Holi, dear.

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  12. super cute..Love this simple and yumm recipe

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  13. Nice attempt and comeout so nice..Good going Meena..

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  14. They look so delicious Meena...good one :)

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  15. Pedas look delicious and beautiful presentation.

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  16. Meena its interesting that you numbered and asked your daughter to pick a number... I do that many a times ask someone to pick a number and do that ;) The pedas are looking very yummy and tempting!!!

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  17. First of all..this is a very sweet event..loved your additional tips for the dish..nice work done by your daughter with the deco ;)

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  18. pedas turned out perfect for you..

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  19. WOW meena peda looks divine, yummmm :))

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  20. nice peda meena...lovely idea...pedas r tempting n quick 2 make 2

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  21. Thank you all for the encouragement on this new series!

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