Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dance Drama and GFCF Cooking.

It has beeen quite some time since I posted something on GFCF cooking. Most visitors coming to my blog are looking at Ragi (finger millet) as a GFCF substitutue.So for the raagi lovers, here it is Raagi halwa.
                                 Just hold on, as I would also like to add that on the therapy side there was a follow up to the dance drama workshop mentioned in my earlier post. Sumathi Ramjee conducted the workshop at Rotary auditorium at Malleswaram.The next session is at ASHA School at 3. 15 pm on the 20th.It is open to all autistic children and a nominal amount of 100 is charged that goes to the corpus for stationary….The invite says ALL ARE WELCOME.
Ragi halwa can be made in two ways and I tried the first option as it is for one easier and the other calls for better planning.I got both these recipes online.

1 cup ragi flour
1/2 cup GFCF flour
3 cups water
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder
Roasted nuts and raisins
2 tbsp ghee
Heat ghee and roast the ragi flour for 3-4 minutes. Add the all purpose flour and roast for another 2 minutes. Add 3 cups of hot water to it and mix well without lumps. Add sugar, cardamom powder and keep stirring till it becomes a big lump. Add the roasted nuts and raisins and mix well. Transfer to greased plate. Cool and cut into pieces.
The second receipe is as follows

Whole Ragi - 1 cup
Jaggery - 3/4 cup
Elaichi / cardamom - 3
Dry ginger - 1/4 tsp
Wash and soak ragi whole night in water. Prepare jaggery milk. Bring little water to boil add crushed jaggery and boil till it completely dissolves. Grind ragi with little water. Seive it and get milk using thin muslin cloth. Keep milk on gas and add some water, it requires lot of water and keep stiring till it starts to boil. It will become thick when it starts to boil. Allow it to boil for 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between. Pour jaggery milk and keep stirring on medium flame for another 15 minutes. At last put elaichi and dry ginger powder. Again boil for another 5 minutes and the consistence should not be too thick. Switch of the gas. Mean while grease some vessels with ghee and pour ragi halwa into each vessel and allow it to settle for about 5 to 6 hours. . Cut ragi halwa into squares and enjoy with some ghee on the top. Both the receipes have used jaggery . I was also told stevia that I available in Reliance wellness is an absolute safe substitute to sugar.  So there I sign off with the lingering sweetness of Raagi halwa in my mouth.

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