It is the season of harvest and celebrating regional new year for different parts of the country. Even in a lockdown, the spirit of festivities is hard to resist. Baisakhi, one of the most popular festivals celebrated in Punjab and some other states, marks the beginning of the Sikh new year. This year, it will be celebrated on April 13 as a way of gratitude for bountiful harvests. The celebrations are often marked with special recipes amid family get-togethers. If you have been missing the festive spirit in the gloom of the lockdown, here are some easy to try recipes with a dash of health that can instantly cheer you up. If you are big fan of nuts, here’s what you should try this Baisakhi!
2g – Custard apple pulp
1g – Double cream (fat)
30g – Caster sugar
30g – Almonds
*Toast the almonds at 1 degree celsius for one minute in the oven.
*Grind toasted almonds to a coarse powder and chop the remaining.
*Mix custard apple pulp, double cream, and sugar together, add the ground almonds and mix.
*Chill in the refrigerator and garnish with chopped almonds before serving.
1/2 cup – Blanched Almonds
2 cups – Seviyan (Vermicelli)
3tbsp – Ghee
1 cup – Water
1 cup – Sugar syrup
1/2tsp – Cardamom powder
A pinch – Saffron
1/4 cup – Khoya
3tbsp – Roasted almond slivers
*Remove the skin of the blanched almonds and slice them finely.
*Heat ghee in a pan; roast the seviyan in ghee till it gets a golden hue.
*Remove the seviyan from the pan and remove the ghee as well. Pour the water in the pan and bring it to a boil.
*Add sugar syrup to the water.
*Add the roasted seviyan to the water and cook till they become soft. Add the cardamom powder and saffron at this stage.
*Grate the khoya and add it to the pan. And keep on stirring it.
*When the water is absorbed. Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the seviyan to a serving dish.
*Garnish with roasted almond slivers.
Serves: 2 – 3 people
1/2 cup – Barley washed and drained
1/2 cup – Brown rice, washed and drained
1/2 cup – Pearl millet, washed and drained
2tsp – Ghee
1tsp – Garlic, chopped
1tbsp – Ginger, chopped
1tsp – Green chilli, chopped
1/2 cup – Baby carrots, diced
1/4 cup – Onion red, sliced
1/2tsp – Black pepper, crushed
Salt to taste
7 cups – Vegetable stock
1tsp – Cumin seeds
1 1/2tsp – Chopped coriander
1 1/2tsp – Chopped spring onion
1/4 cup – Almonds
Heat ghee in a large dutch oven/pot over medium heat. Add cumin seeds & bay leaf. As it crackles add onion, green chilli, garlic & ginger; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add carrots. Raise heat to medium-high, and cook, until carrots are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in all of the grains and cook for 12 minutes. Stir in stock; bring to a boil.
• Add almonds. Cover the pot, and put in oven. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 180 degree celsius (check after 30 minutes; remove lid and cook a little longer if grains need to be softer). Fold in chopped herbs. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Which one would you like to try?