Varo – Indian Praline with Mixed Dry fruits | Diwali Sweets-Indian Cooking Challenge

One more special sweet I made for this diwali was Varo(Dry Fruit Chikki) for Indian cooking Challenge-October by Srivalli
I have chosen the Sindhi Version from Simply Sindhi Recipe

Mixed Nuts:1 cup (Cashew,Almonds,Pistachio-chopped)
Sliced Dry Coconut -2 Tbsp (optional,I didn't use them)
Poppy Seeds- 2 tbsp
Cardamoms - 4 -5 no(add some sugar and powder the cardamoms)
Sugar - 1 Cup
Ghee - 1 tbsp

1.Take a heavy bottomed pan,add ghee,when it melts add a cup of sugar and let it melt on low flame,stir occasionally,after the sugar melts completely then it will start caramelizing,at this stage add all the chopped mixed nuts,Poppy seeds,cardamom powder,sliced dry coconut and mix them well to coat the nuts evenly with the caramelized sugar.
2.Grease a plate with ghee and pour the done dry fruit mixture into the plate flatten it using a rolling pin/backside of a cup,this has to be done very soon else the mixture starts hardening when removed from flame.
3.Let this mixture sit and set for some time and then break into pieces.
4.Store them in a air tight container.

Grilled Eggplant Pram Lasagna

Italian is our favorite cuisine,we make frequent visits to the Italian Restaurants and I love making that kind of food at home.Yesterday we went to a grocery store,I asked my hubby if he wants to have an eggplant dipping,but he said no I wanted me to make Eggplant Lasagna in the same way which I made for a potluck party few days back. He simply loves eggplant Lasagna,but he could not find it in any any restaurant so I made it for him today,my hubby is very health conscious,he always see the fat contents,sugars n etc on the back of the product before he picks one,so made this dish with fat free mozzarella and fat free Ricotta cheese.But its ur call of choosing the kind of cheese u like.

I saw this recipe on Rachel Ray's show where she just uses grilled eggplant slices in the layers but I made it using both the Lasagna sheets and eggplant slices.Here is my version.

American Eggplants:2 no(thinly sliced,length wise)
Marinara Sauce:10 oz bottle(I used Ragu Chunky Pasta Sauce)
Ricotta Cheese:15 oz can
Lasagna Pasta:1 box(I used pasta which can be baked directly with out cooking them,no boil pasta)
Eggs:2 no
Salt n Pepper:To Taste
Parmesan Cheese:3/4 cup
Mozzarella Cheese:3/4 cup
Fresh Parsely:2 spn(finely chopped)
Fresh Basil:2 spns(Finely chopped)


1.Heat a grill pan on medium heat,place the sliced eggplants and grill them till soft on both sides,drizzle some oil all over the eggplant to avoid burning.Repeat the same with all the eggplant slices and put aside.
2.In a bowl add ricotta cheese,Parmesan Cheese and Mozzarella Cheese
and mix well,add salt and pepper to taste,now beat 2 eggs into the cheese mixture,beat the eggs so that are evenly incorporated with the cheese,now add the fresh parsely n basil leaves,mix well and put aside.
3.Pre-heat the oven at 375 F.

Assembling Lasagna:

1.Take an oven safe dish or casserole,spread marinara sauce evenly on the dish and layer the Lasagna sheets as the 1st layer,now spread the ricotta cheese mixture on the sheets,this will be the second layer,now layer the grilled eggplant slices as the third layer and the final layer is going to be the marinara sauce,spread evenly and sprinkle little mozzarella cheese,small pinch of salt and repeat the layers and finally finish the layer with lasagna sheet and marinara sauce and sprinkle some more cheese on top along with some fresh parsley and bake it in
the oven for 45 mins.
2.Sprinlkle some more fresh basil on top and serve hot,if u want u can add some more Parmesan cheese just before serving.
See the layers of Eggplant,cheese and Lasagna .Layering pattern is also ur choice but make sure u start and end up with marinara.Hope u like the recipe...

Jalebi-Diwali Special

Wishing U All A Happy n Safe Diwali,as we all know diwali is a festival of lights and sweets.Diwali is one of my favourite festival,but I miss all the fun of diwali after coming here to USA,its all a part of life.We are planning to lit Diyas in the evening and invited friends for dinner.

I made Jalebi,they turned perfect for the 1st time.I saw this recipe in and done the same they showed in the video.Thanks To Anuja n Hetal for the helpful video.
Click here to view the recipe.Trust me,follow the recipe and tips shared in the video and the Jalebi will never go wrong.

Green Peas Paratha

Recipe Coming Soon