Wednesday, June 25, 2008

NANKHATAI - Arusuvai 2

The second surprise ingredient i received from Madhuram was her homemade toasted rice powder.The powder has such a nice aroma of the rice that can make any dish flavorful.When i smelled it i knew exactly what to make with it. Thank u so much for the powder Madhu.She has posted the powder recipe in her blog.Please refer her site.


I participated in the Open Sesame contest 2 .I chose box 4 and here is the riddle i received from Siri.These riddles were written by the very talented and spontaneous Dhivya of culinary Bazaar



I am a flower but adorn a bouquet,
I do notI have an inbuilt perfume in my being
So strong and so intense that my oil will make your insides 'hot'
My medical impact all over the world seen.



My 'Yorubas' infusion is the 'savior' of star wars
I have been used as a barter by the fellow 'sadiqi's' during trades
One does not have to fight tooth or 'nail' for me
I am usually pink but mostly available browned in shades



I may be dry , I may overpower your tongue
But add a little for that midas touch
Come now, start thinking of that spice
Whose bite make your 'teeth' say Ouch!



I thought at first the answer was saffron but i was wrong and siri sent me the 1st hint.Only after that i could guess the right answer as Cloves.Thank u so much siri , i had so much fun guessing it .


Here I have combined Arusuvai and OS 2 and prepared some delicious crunchy Nankhatai's. For my Arusuvai 1 post click on the hyperlink.

Nankhatai are Indian biscuits that are great to have during tea time.My mom used to make it for us and we used to have so much fun baking it.Miss those days of cooking with mom.


Usually nankhatai's are made with all purpose flour but here i have used a combination of madhu's rice flour and all purpose flour.I have also added some ground cloves in addition to cardamam powder which gives a distinct flavor.Its really delicious.One must really try it.

INGREDIENTS


Madhu's rice pdr - 1/2 cup

All purpose flour - 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup

baking soda - 1/2 tsp

cloves - 10 ,grounded

cardamam pdr - 1 tsp

ghee/butter - 3 1/2 tbsp , melted

milk - 1-2 tbsp

METHOD

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.Add the melted ghee/butter and mix it well until its evenly coated on the flour.Then add milk little by little,just enough to make a soft smooth dough.Keep it in a tight container for 1-2 hrs.

Preheat oven to 350 deg F..Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.Make small balls and slightly flatten it to form a disc.Place it on the baking sheet.Bake it for 10-12 mins or until golden brown.Remove from oven and let it rest for some time b4 serving.

25 comments:

Cham said...

Lovely for OS2 event and arusuvai secret ingre has been perfectly used... I can smell the aroma of cloves here Dear.... Came out without any crack ur nankathai

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

oh wow! ranji! the nankhatais look absolutely delicious!! :-) and great guessing for OS-2. The recipe sounds supereasy! I gotta try this sometime soon. (In kerala bakeries they are smaller and whiter, arent they..or am i thinking abt something else!?)

Suma Rajesh said...

wooo...ranji this arusuvai is really fun....i was unknown...ur nankatai is just superb and has come out perfectly round shape....hope my house was near by urs....

Asha said...

I love the smell of cloves in sweets, great looking Nankhatai. Rice pd gives it crunchiness!:))

Arundathi said...

that looks delicious, ranji!

ranji said...

cham Thank u so much ..cloves makes it even more tastier..even i love the smell.

JZ..thank u so much..i dont know i havent bought any from shops..amma used to bake it at home....maybe they are..the one i prepared is crunchier than the usual nankhatai's..rice pdr addition makes it distinct.

Suma....how many times i have wished that too..Thank u so much :))

Asha...i love it too...yes rice powder gives a nice crunch and a distinct flavor...must try..:))

Srivalli said...

Ranji that looks great!

kamala said...

Great use of the arusuvai rice powder.Love Nankhatais..Comes out perfect Ranji

Madhuram said...

That's really an interesting and innovative use of the powder Ranji. Great job! The cookies have come out perfect. Thank you very much for doing this. Also submit this recipe in the eggless recipe submit form in my blog, I'll update it in the eggless cookies list.

ranji said...

Thank u so much anu,sri and kamala :)

Madhu..i am glad u liked it..i have submitted the form..thank u so much..i really enjoyed cooking with ur surprise ingredients :)..hugs to u.

meeso said...

These sounds really good, I bet the cloves were a nice addition :)

Divya Vikram said...

Ranji looks too too good..I have a similar cookie recipe in my blog..CLove in cookies..2 birds in one stone..:)

Kalai said...

Beautiful cookies! The aroma must have been amazing! :)

Rajitha said...

like the way you have added a twist to a favorite...will be tried for sure!

sowmya said...

those nankhatais are perfect..nice use of the cloves..great entry

Madhavi said...

WOW lovely nankhatais, looks awesome, delicious!!!!Keep rocking gal :))

Divya said...

Ranji,nankhatais look yum!!adding cloves to it is something new to me.it has been on my to do list for a long long time now..you have given me the push at the right time..hehe.and great guessing with OS2.even i thought it was saffron when i read it first.i chose box1,will be posting my entry soon.

Uma said...

wow, the nankhatais have turned out so well, ranji! nice use of surprise ingredient and good riddle you got. Good job.

My sis lives in Maryland. Do you live near? Thanks for your wishes dear!

Fearless Kitchen said...

These look delicious! I love cloves, and am always looking for new ways to use them.

Devi Priya said...

Perfect snack to go with tea and for kids with milk!

Hetal said...

these Nankhatai looks awesome..nice use of the secret ingredient..

Pearlsofeast said...

Ranji these cookies look awesome I love the idea of adding cloves and with less butter sounds tempting.

Ranji,I am excited to know that u liked the Mango bars and please go ahead and post on ur blog and I am eagerly waiting to have a look.Thanks for trying my recipe.It a a great honour.

Maya said...

Wow, mouth watering Nankhatais Ranji!! As it is I love them and with addition of clove powder, its just too good. Yummy ...

Meera said...

Such an interesting recipe. Thanks for sharing. delectable!!

VEGETABLE PLATTER said...

nankhatai looks awesome .. one of my favourites ..