Sankashti dates for the year 2015

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Let me wish my dear blog readers a Happy New Year. I would like to start this year with a “Sankashti dates for 2015”. This is a series I have been maintaining since 2008, so here it comes 8th year in succession.

Date Day of week Moon rise
January 8 Thursday 9:00PM
February 7 Saturday 9:14PM
March 9 Monday 9:34PM
April 8 Wednesday 10:03PM
May 7 Thursday 9:48PM
June 5 Friday 9:34PM
July 5 Sunday 10:03PM
August 3 Monday 9:32PM
September 1 Tuesday 8:56PM (Angarika Sankashti)
October 1 Thursday 9:14PM
October 30 Friday 8:45PM
November 29 Sunday 9:24PM
December 28 Monday 9:02PM

Sankashti dates for 2014

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Let me wish my dear blog readers a Happy New Year. I would like to start this year with a “Sankashti dates for 2014”. This is a series I have been maintaining since 2008, so here it comes 7th year in succession.

This year there are 2 Angarika Sankashtis – one each in February and July.

Date Day of week Moon rise
January 19 Sunday 9:00PM
February 18 Tuesday 9:21PM
March 20 Thursday 9:53PM
April 18 Friday 9:45PM
May 17 Saturday 9:33PM
June 16 Monday 10:13PM
July 15 Tuesday 9:49PM
August 13 Wednesday 9:10PM
September 12 Friday 9:21PM
October 11 Saturday 8:27PM
November 10 Monday 9:04PM
December 10 Wednesday 9:31PM

Sankashti dates for 2013

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Let me wish all the viewers of this blog a happy “Angarika sankashti” this coming Tuesday along with a Happy New Year 2013.

I take this opportunity to put up the dates for “Sankashti” for 2013 – the 6th year in succession !

Date Day of week Moon rise
1/01/2013  Tuesday(Angarika)  9:39 PM
30/01/2013  Wednesday  9:18 PM
1/03/2013  Friday  9:53 PM
30/03/2013  Saturday  9:41 PM
28/04/2013  Sunday  9:32 PM
28/05/2013  Tuesday(Angarika)  10:21 PM
26/06/2013  Wednesday  9:54 PM
25/07/2013  Thursday  9:05 PM
24/08/2013  Saturday  9:20 PM
22/09/2013  Sunday  8:36 PM
22/10/2013  Tuesday(Angarika)  8:45 PM
21/11/2013 Thursday  9:05 PM
21/12/2013 Saturday  9:30 PM

Jalebi (Diwali Special – 1)

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How long it takes : 30 minutes

Number of servings: 25-30 of the above size

Jalebi is a crispy, colourful and a very popular sweet among all generations. In my young days in Bangalore, there was a Gujarati stall that made fresh sweets, and my dadwould bring bring hot jalebi from there. I fondly remember how our entire family enjoyed it with immense relish. Indeed I can never forget those days that especially came around Diwali and other festive seasons.   I tried this a couple of times at home and thought of sharing it with my fellow bloggers for this Diwali. People have different versions for Jalebi and this is my version.  Here it is:

What you need to have:

1. All purpose flour – 1/2 Cup

2. Gram Flour (Chick peas atta) – 1 Teaspoon

3. Dry yeast – 1/3 Teaspoon

4. Sugar – 1/2 Teaspoon

5. Cooking oil – 1/2 Teaspoon

6. Zip lock cover – 1

7. Water – A little less than 1/2 cup (Luke warm)

Ingredients of Jalebi

What you do with what you have:

1. Sieve both gram flour and all purpose flour in the atta sieve and keep aside.

Sieved mix of all-purpose flour and chick peas atta

2. Heat the water to a lukewarm temperature and keep it aside.  Dissolve 1/3 Teaspoon dry yeast in a bowl and keep aside for about 5 minutes.  Add the atta mix from step 1 to it.  Also add sugar, oil and luke warm water and stir in such a way that there are no lumps.

Jalebi batter mix

3. Allow it to ferment for about an hour and is as shown in the image below.

Fermented Jalebi batter

Ingredients of sugar syrup:

1. Sugar – 1 Cup

2. Water – 1/2 Cup

3. Saffron – A few strings

4. Cardamom powder – 1/2 Teaspoon

5. Lemon juice – 1 Teaspoon

How to make sugar syrup:

4. Mix sugar, water, Saffron strings in a wide bowl  and keep it aside.

 Ingredients of sugar syrup

5. Place a skillet which is around 4″ height and a little wide with cooking oil in it on medium flame.  Fill in the fermented Jalebi batter in  in a Ziplock cover with a 3 mm hole in its corner and squeeze it till you get the required size of the Jalebi.

Jalebi batter being squeezed to make Jalebi

6. Fry it on both the sides till brown and crispy.

Jalebi being fried

7. Heat the sugar syrup from step-4 on medium flame. When it starts boiling, switch it off and add cardamom powder.

Sugar syrup being boiled

8. Dip the crispy fried Jalebi from step-6 into it for a few seconds and since both Jalebi and sugar syrup are hot, the syrup will be absorbed fast.  Repeat the process for the remaining fried Jalebi.

Fried Jalebi being dipped in sugar syrup

8. Enjoy hot crispy Jalebi .  Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm  Remaining may be refrigerated.

Ready to serve Crispy Jalebi

A closer view of Jalebi

How long it takes : 30 minutes

Number of servings: 25-30 of the above size

Good to remember: 

1. Use fresh maida, chick peas atta for the dish.

2. Adding lemon juice makes the syrup ideal.

3. Use fresh dry yeast, else the batter will not ferment.

4. While frying Jalebi check oil. If it is over heated, switch off and fry after it cools a bit.

5. Adding of colour to Jalebi is one’s choice.  I have not added colour at all as I prefer to avoid colouring agents.

Diwali 2009

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Let me wish all the readers of this blog a very happy Diwali and a prosperous New year to follow.

Here below is one picture all the Diwali recipes I have put up on this blog. Clockwise from top left : Corn Mixture, ShankarpoliMilk Burfi and Ribbon Pakoda

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Diwali sweet & snacks with God’s wishes

Here, just in case you have not seen before, are my Diwali 2008 recipes.

I am very close to completing 2 years of blogging. I am really happy with the response so far to nearly 250 recipes and I hope you all continue to respond favorably with your feedback, not just on the recipe as presented on the blog but also your specific experiences with preparation and taste !

While I put up Diwali 2009 recipes…

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Update: Diwali 2009 recipes are here !

Thanks for your requests for Diwali special recipes. While I am in the process of putting them together in a day or two, please take a look (if you haven’t already) at the recipes I posted for Diwali 2008.

Seven Cup Burfi

Maida Sujee Burfi

Wheat Atta Namkin

Maida Chakli

And more generally, please refer to an entire list of festival foods and sweets

Diwali Greetings

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At the very outset, Diwali Greetings to all my readers and hearty wishes for Happy New Year ahead ! As a Diwali special, I have put up 4 recipes today – 2 sweet items (Burfis) and 2 fried items ! I am probably a little late  (yet again !) but you must prepare it anyway and let me know how they turned out !

Recipe Index and Recipe Request feature

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Recipe Index: I have put together a recipe index – a list of all recipes on this blog so far – a list that is convenient to view and will be continuously updated.

Request a recipe: One place for you to request recipes

Both the above links will permanently appear on the right hand top corner of this page.


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