Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Nan Katta

Recipe No: 5
This is a very easy yet delicious item that can be served both as a snack or a dessert.
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Ingredients
  • All purpose flour/ Maida……1 cup
  • Butter……….........................1/2 cup (at room temperature)
  • Sugar……….........................4 ½ Tablespoons
  • Cashew nuts ….. .................18no. (lightly toasted)
  • Powdered sugar for rolling (I used the regular sugar as it was fine)

Method of preparation
  1. Preheat the oven at 350°F/180°C
  2. Mix butter and sugar till fluffy with a wooden spoon.
  3. Add flour and knead into a soft ball.
  4. Divide the kneaded ball into 18 to 20 small portions.
  5. Place a cashew in the middle of each portion and roll into a ball.
  6. Place all the balls one inch apart on a baking sheet lined with greased parchment paper.
  7. Bake it in the middle rack of the oven for 18 to 20 min.
  8. Cool it completely and roll in finely granulated/powdered sugar. 
Notes:
  1. Do add one or two tablespoons more Flour and make the dough tight or it may spread in the oven. (If all depends on how you measure the Flour; if really packed you may not need this but take care to make the dough tight.)






Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love…..





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1 comments:

krishna said...

Thanks Asha- have been looking for this for a long time... Will try it soon and write the rest..

All the best for your tasty challenge

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