Feels so nice to get back to blogging after a break.. Had been to Austria and Germany for 10 days.. Was real fun to experience the adventure of camping :D Unplanned trips are great fun sometimes. ;) Saw "The Simpsons Movie" first day evening show as well.. a good way to get down your frustration level if your laptop is not working when you really need it after a long break!
Getting back to the important thing- food.. "Ekadashi.. duppat khashi" - a saying in Marathi meaning "eating double on day of the ekadashi fast".. So true... Yesterday was "Ashadi Ekadashi"- a big fast for Maharashtrians according to Hindu Calendar.. I call it big fast bcoz its full day upwaas, and ends the other day with proper full meal! When I am the only one fasting at home, its usually fruits and juices for me.. Also eating fasting food(sabudana khichadi, varyache tandul, potato etc.) go against the actual motives of fasting.. But I decided to please myself and made yummy sheera/halwa using sweet potato yesterday.. a typical maharashtrian dessert called Ratalyacha Sheera, it becomes Yam Halwa when it goes for Nupur's "Y of Indian Vegetables" :)
What you need:
2 big Sweet Potato/Yam/Ratale (~400 gm)
2 tbsp Ghee
4-5 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1/2 cup Milk
2-3 tsp chopped nuts(optional)
How to proceed:
1) Boil sweet potato in cooker till soft (~ 3 whistles)
2) When cold, remove the skin and mash the sweet potatoes
3) Heat ghee in a pan and add mashed sweet potatoes to it.
4) Cook till ghee starts separating corners of the pan
5) Now add cardamom powder and sugar. Cook for another 5 mins
6) Now add milk and nuts. Stir continuously and cook for another 5-10 mins
7) Serve hot or cold.
* Remove the hairy part of sweet potato if possible. Dunno exactly what you call them! :D