For this week of Blogging Marathon #36,I will be sharing Travel food recipes and today's recipe is a evergreen snack kadala Urundai and Pottukadalai Urundai.This snack doesn't need of any introduction and its a favorite for both adults and kids.
Growing up we used to travel a lot with relatives and friends.As my father loves to travel a lot, he organised at least 2 or 3 trips for couple of days in a year.
The first day food used to be the homemade one along with a variety of homemade snacks such as karasev,murukku, spicy mixture and store bought kadalamittai(peanut chikki).
But after coming to U.S,the peanut brittle which is available in Indian stores are not tasted as good as the one we get it in our place.So I tried to make at home and it was a flop all the time,once the jaggery syrup spilled on my hand and had a severe burn.Then stopped experimenting at home,but after seeing this one in a T.V show in a microwave oven I immediately wanted to try.The result was a great success,since then I make it with microwave oven.
The procedure for both the kadalurundai and pottukadalai urundai is same and the amount of adding pottukadalai is little more than peanuts.The hardest part is making balls,that needs to be when the mixture is hot.Here goes the recipe.....................................
Preparation Time ~ 5 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Makes ~ 12-13 balls
Take a microwave safe plate and spread the peanuts and keep it in a microwave high for 3-5 minutes or till it becomes roasted.In between take it and check its roasted properly or not.Once it becomes warm,crush the peanuts between the palms and remove the skin.
In a glass bowl(preferably glass) add the jaggery and water and keep it in the microwave for 2 minutes till it melts.Pass it through the strainer and transfer it to the glass bowl and keep it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
Take it out and check the consistency and keep it for a minute.Check the consistency now and then till it reaches a soft ball consistency.To check the consistency,take water in a bowl and pour a drop of syrup,if a solid ball is formed then its the correct consistency.Now drop the peanuts to the syrup and mix it well and keep it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds.
Remove the bowl and let it cool down slightly.Now grease the palm with ghee and make ball out of it.
Arrange it on a plate.
Store it in an air tight container after cooling
- While making the ball if its too hot,then you can wet the hands in water and make it.
- Make a rough ball when its hot and make a smooth shape after it reaches the bearable temperature.
- When the sugar syrup is above to reach the consistency check it every 30 seconds otherwise you cannot achieve the consistency.
- For the pottukadalai urundai use 11/4 cups of roasted gram dhal for the 1/2 cup of jaggery.
- Cardamom powder can be added for extra flavor.
- Use a slightly bigger glass bowl for the jaggery syrup as chances are there to spill while cooking.
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This recipe is off to Cook Book Challenge #4 January week 4.