Wishing you all a happy auspicious Maha Shivaratri.
  i prepared both moong dal payasam and whole wheat (atta) laddoo for Maha Shivaratri. Shiva ji is workshipped on this day .The dishes can be  prepared in a jiffy and comes out very delicious.Now heading to the recipe...

Ingredients for Moong Dal Payasam
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Moong Dal -->1/2 cup
Water --> 2  cups 
Whole Milk --> 1 cup
Jaggery --> 1/4 cup
Sugar --> 1 Tbsp
Turmeric --> a pinch
Salt --> little to taste
Cashew nuts --> few nos.
Raisins --> few nos.
Ghee(clarified butter) --> 2 Tbsp
Cardamom powder(elaichi) --> 1tsp

Method:
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  1. Roast the moong dal in a kadia/wok with 1 Tbsp of ghee on medium heat until it releases a nice aroma & the dal color changes to slightly pinkish but take care not burn it. It may take around 3 mins.
  2. Cook the roasted moong dal in 2 cups water in a big mouthed open vessel until they reach the fall apart stage & become soft but not mushy.
  3. Once cooked add jaggery & sugar and allow it to boil till the jaggery melts completely and then add the milk and boil for some time say about 5 mins.
  4. In the mean time take another small pan & toast the  raisins first until they puff and then fry the cashews  in  1 tbsp of ghee and keep aside.
  5. Add the fried cashews and raisins into the payasam.Lastly add the cardamom powder and simmer for few seconds.
  6. Serve warm or chilled any way it tastes great.

Ingredients for Atta Laddoos
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Whole wheat flour ( atta ) --> 1/2 cup 
Ghee (Clarified butter ) --> 3 Tbsp
Powdered Jaggery --> 5 Tbsp ( or as per taste)
Milk --> 4 Tbsp
Cashew & raisins --> few no.

Method:
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  1. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan & add the atta(wheat flour) to it. Fry this mixture for about 10 mins on a low flame. Stir this continuously till you get a nice aroma.
  2. Now add the powdered jaggery  and milk and fry it for another 1- 2 mins.
  3. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for sometime .
  4. Now when the mixture is still warm  roll them into small balls along with fried cashews or raisins.
  5. Once cooled completely store them in air tight containers.
Note:
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  • can add more ghee if you are not able to make balls out of the mixture.


























   

21 comments

  1. Swathi // March 02, 2011  

    Happy shivaratri to you too. moong dal payasam and atta laddoos looks awesome.

  2. divya // March 02, 2011  

    Happy shivatatri to you too...payasam and ladooos looks delicious and fabulous...

  3. Sensible Vegetarian // March 02, 2011  

    Happy Shivaratri to you too, Payasam & Laddoo looks so delicious.

  4. Reshmi Mahesh // March 02, 2011  

    Happy Shivaratri...Lovely recipes..

    FunWidFud

  5. Priya // March 02, 2011  

    Happy shivaratri to u and ur family..

  6. Preety // March 02, 2011  

    Happy shivaratri to you too..payasam and ladoo looks great..but love to have these anytime

  7. aipi // March 02, 2011  

    Wish you the same dear..wonderful treats..I personally love atta ladoo very much :)

    US Masala

  8. Treat and Trick // March 02, 2011  

    Happy Shivaratri to you and family...

  9. Anonymous // March 05, 2011  

    Happy Shivaratri to you and your family.
    The dishes look mouth watering. Any chance of getting the receipies ?

    Tinker
    tshifrin@yahoo.com

  10. Ms.Chitchat // March 08, 2011  

    You have a nice space with mouth watering recipes and glad to follow u :):)

    Chitchat

  11. Plateful // March 10, 2011  

    Hope you had a happy shivaratri! I have a weakness for sweets especially payasams and laddus. I've never done laddus at home, your recipe is tempting me to make this easy version :)

  12. Nithu // March 11, 2011  

    Yummy payasam and ladoos.

  13. Zareena // March 12, 2011  

    Lovely laddus. Bookmarked them.
    There is an award for u in my blog come and grab it.

  14. Ambreen // March 18, 2011  

    The pictures are lovely! Both look delicious!

  15. Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) // March 20, 2011  

    wow..looks good...yummmmmmm..
    first time here....u hv a lovely space with awesome recipes....visit mine as time permits
    sanyukta
    http://creativesanyukta.blogspot.com/

  16. Hari Chandana // March 25, 2011  

    Wowwww... Wonderful and delicious recipes.. Looks perfect.. First time here.. Lovely blog with amazing recipes.. Thanks for sharing.. Keep rocking !!

    Indian Cuisine

  17. Ambreen // March 28, 2011  

    There is an award for you. Please accept it.

  18. Sharmilee! :) // April 05, 2011  

    Yummy it looks....first time here nice blog u have!

  19. Eat Hearty // April 16, 2011  

    Happy Shivaratri dear! Payasam & Laddoo looks yummy!!
    You have some awards awaiting in my blog. Pls collect them. :)

    Ankita
    http://eat-hearty.blogspot.com

  20. Raksha // April 25, 2011  

    just happened to visit ur blog for the 1st time.

    following u as u have a wonderful space.

    http://rakshaskitchen.blogspot.com

  21. Chitra // May 10, 2011  

    hai nice deserts... atta laddos is a new recipe...

    www.sharemyrecipe.blogspot.com is my blog
    drop by when u get time
    thanks in advance

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