Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sugar Diamonds ~ And some sweet gestures!

I had the most wonderful feeling when I finally came up with a new logo for Microwave event. Next month marks the first anniversary of this wonderful event. When I had thought of the event, it was all spur of the moment and I didn't' have time to even think of something for the logo. And its been a year now, and I finally thought I should spend some time on this and get a new one out!

This took just about 5 minutes to complete but a year to come into existence. So do check out the new logo for Microwave Easy Cooking and please use this going forward. I hope this month's theme is simmering in all your minds with soups and stews!

Ok while all of you get your simmering soups out, let me talk about this simple snack that can be every kid's favorite one. It was mine and it is my daughter! When we thought what to make for the pooja in a jiffy, this is what came out. When you have the dough ready, it takes about 15 mins to get everything in place. Konda was really happy seeing this and wanted it for the snacks next day. I made about a medium tiffin box full, by time I completed making all the batch, it was half empty! Remember the salt version? Both have been my favorites during my childhood.

I can only look forward eagerly to the time when my twins grow up to ask for these. Actually I did give them some to eat, but didn't want to overdo their first intake.

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Ghee - 2 tsp
Water to knead
Flour for dusting

For Syrup

Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 cup

Oil for frying

Method to prepare:

Take the flour, salt in a bowl. Knead to a stiff dough. Let it rest for 10 mins.

Then divide into equal balls. Take a ball and flatten on the rolling board using a rolling pin. The dough has to be of thickness of 1 inch. Then using a knife cut them into strips of 2 inchs sizes and do a cross cut. Each one will be like a diamond.

Meanwhile, take the sugar in a pan filled with water. And cook over sim flame for the sugar to melt. Remove any scum if any. Then keep on stirring it to get a cystylation of 1 thread consistency.

Heat a kadai with oil. Once the dough is cut as small diamonds, gently drop them into hot oil. Cook on both sides.

When its cooked on both sides, drop these into the sugar syrup. let it coat on all sides. And remove.

If you find sugar is not enough, you can add more and make more syrup.

Store them in air tight container. These can stay crispy for couple of days, provided they are left behind.

Hope you enjoyed these small treats from my childhood.

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Now coming to the part I had been meaning to post, since I came upon them. Blogging has brought about many pleasant things into life, one of the most important being the many friends. Its been my pleasure to know and interact with some, more closely than others. I have enjoyed the email conversations and chats. One such wonderful person is Kamala. When she had hesitantly mailed me, some many many months ago, were the beginning of a wonderful friendship. She is very sweet and too kind! I have enjoyed her mails and innocent approach to things. I was happy when she finally started her own blog, for she has many unique and excellent ones, blogged at her place.

And she was so sweet enough to send this beautiful gift for Konda. I came to know that these were her sister's own piece of work. I was speechless at the beauty. Its been a real pleasure receiving these gifts. And to pamper more, two really huge chocolate bars came along, which I have resisted much to avoid. If you want to know more about Kamala's sister's varied talents, drop in her place and check out. Those creations really left me at awe!

Kamala, please do convey my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to your family for this lovely gesture and my daughter was very happy getting these gifts.

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21 comments :

Priti said...

We call it sakar para...so nice..we just don't add colour to it otherwise its same...yummy festive snacks :) and the jewel set is so nice...handmade one's make it more nicer..

homecooked said...

This looks really good! And the necklace is beautiful! Lucky you :)

notyet100 said...

sugar diamonds look yummy,..nice neckalce ,..i am sure ur daughter must be really happy,..

sra said...

Congrats on the upcoming anniversary. And how sweet of Kamala to send you the gifts - they are beautiful!

sunita said...

We have a this too, but without the sugar coating...nice sweet version :-)

jayasree said...

Those diamonds were my childhood favorite too. Nice logo for MW.
Those handmade set is very beatiful.

Purva Desai said...

Sri,
as priti said we call it sakar para. There are spicy sakar para as well. They are easy to make, thanks for sharing. We usually make it during Diwali. You have given low cab version of sakar para. I dont have to fry them :)

Alka said...

Hey it's raining sweets on almost all blogs ..anything spl??
Anyways these shakar padas looks lovely,but as by now almost whole world know that i m not a "sweets" lover,i make these spicy with salt and black pepper and few pinches of ajwain...and yes i fry it...thats why i dont make it regualrly(to cut off calories in diet ofcourse)But my son is facinated with these DIAMOND BISCUITS as he calls these....

kamala said...

Amma too makes this often before..I like all sweets..Thank you valli for ur kind words...How is chinnu doing now?

Shreya said...

hi, really simple recipe, and very sweet diamonds there:-) The jewelery is so beautiful...

Roma said...

Pretty necklace and ear rings. Really nice gesture!

Rajitha said...

omg!! valli..i love bothe the salted and sweet ones..actually i mix them both in a huge bowl and eat..mmmm...salty and sweet. and that necklace is lovely..i am sure ur kiddo would have loved it!!

bee said...

nice logo. and gorgeous jewellery.

Cham said...

Love the Logo, Beautiful gift,how sweet she is...
The diamond looks very shiny! I like it

srikars kitchen said...

Really fantastic...loooks greattttt....

Sig said...

Congrats on the 1 year anniversary of MEC Srivalli... Love those diamonds... And the jewellery is beautiful, lucky Konda to have such a popular mom... :)

meeso said...

The Sugar Diamonds sound really good! And your daughter must love the jewelry, It's so pretty!

karuna said...

ya my mom use to make these for diwali. i had actually forgotten all about them. thanxs for bringing back allthe memories. i like the set too. love the green colour

Rachel said...

Neat logo! Congrats on the upcoming anniversary!

We call these diamond cuts at home...and I love the sweet version!!

bhags said...

Its 'Chiroti' we call in marathi.....they surely are enjoyable.......nice logo for the MW event. Konda must be all happy with her gift

Divya said...

Yummy sugar diamonds Sri..!!We call it goDsaNi RoNti in Konkani and the savoury ones are tiksaNi RoNti.We used to have those special RoNti cutters and used to happily cut away the chapathis to diamond shapes.Amma used powdered sugar to make the sweet ones..shall make/post it some day..yours look simply delicious!!

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