Hi Friends "Happy Women's Day" to you all. From today, guest post is going to feature now and then in this blog. I have plans for making it as a regular feature soon. Just starting it with my family. Today, we have my sister Bharati with us. She is a Gold Medalist in MBA from one of the Universities of Tamil Nadu. She is interested in cooking, painting and poetry. Her few poems were featured in Thinnai, a non-profit e-magazine. Now, let us hear from her...
Nithu's Kitchen: Tell us something about you.
Bharati: A home maker and a mom to a cute little angel. Also, I'm in to my husband's construction business, share trading and an ABO in Amway.
Nithu's Kitchen: Guess, you should be busy throughout the day then. How do you relax yourself?
Bharati : I'm a great lover of art and poetry. My only way to get my self relaxed is painting or writing some poems.
Nithu's Kitchen: Apart from those, What are your other interests?
Bharati : Crossword, Sudoku and word games.
Nithus' Kitchen: When exactly did you start to cook and who is your role model in cooking?
Bharati : I don't remember the age but I started to cook during my school days. My mom is my role model, who is such a great cook. My sister and I learnt lot of things from her.
Nithu's Kitchen: Which dish is your family's favourite?
Bharati : We eat any vegetarian dish that is less spicy but I can tell you few which are most loved by my family. My whole family love Paneer Butter Masala , Butter Naan and Fried Rice.
Nithu's Kitchen: What is your daughter's favourite dish?
Bharati : She loves "Fruit Halwa". This is prepared by combination of many fruits.
Nithu's Kitchen: What recipe do have today to share with us?
Bharati: Fruit Halwa.
Nithu's Kitchen: Why did you select this? any speciality?
Bharati : As I told earlier, this is my daughter's favourite. Moreover today is women's Day, so sharing a sweet dish would be apt. Apart from that, this is highly nutritious as most of the fruits are included which are rich in vitamins and minerals.
1. Banana - 1 (cut into small pieces)
2. Pineapple - 4 Round Pieces (cut into fine pieces)
3. Apple - 1 (cut into fine pieces)
4. Orange - 1 (peeled & deseeded)
5. Pomegranate - ½ cup
6. Plums - 4
7. Dates - 4
8. Cashewnuts- 8
9. Almonds - 8 ( blanched & peeled)
10. Raisins – 10
11. Sugar- 1 cup ( Adjust to your taste)
12. Ghee - 1 cup
13. Honey - 1 tsp
1. Fry Half of the Cashews, Grated Almonds and raisins in small quantity of ghee. Keep aside.
2. Take half of the quantity in all the fruits and remaining cashew, almond and raisin. Grind them all to a smooth paste.
3. Heat a non-stick pan and pour the ground fruit mixer into it.
4. Add the remaining cut fresh fruits to the pan and then add sugar.
5. Keep stirring for 2 minutes.Now, add half of the ghee and continue stirring.
6. When, ghee starts to separate and the halwa get thickens, add honey to it.
7. Remove the Halwa from heat. Garnish with fried cashews, almonds & raisins.
8. Serve hot /cold.
Note: You can make pieces by pouring the hot halwa in a ghee greased dish and spreading evenly with a greased knife. Once cooled, cut them in to your desired shape.
Hope you all loved reading about our guest and her sweet recipe. I would love to invite you all for the guest post in my blog. Interested people, please do mail me at email@example.com. Only with your help, I can make this as a regular feature. Catch you all soon with one interesting recipe.