What a beautiful morning today!
Its been raining since morning, freshly cut (thanks hubby dear) lush green grass outside all around, young light green leaves on the tree, swaying slightly here and there with the direction of the wind. The wind chime on the tree making a music soothing for ears. Small, colorful, bright red, blue and white bird houses hanging with the branches of the tree, playing hide and seek with me. I am enjoying the whole outside view (without cribbing of course!) and appreciating the beauty of nature. The tranquility outside giving a sense of peace inside me. Its amazing to realize, how time and unknot mind changes the perception for things around you. Yes! its a relaxed, chores can wait and being at home day for me. Sitting with my morning tea and looking outside with a relaxed mind and realizing that drops of water while coming down, create musical chords when touched the ground. The same nature that was there yesterday, day before yesterday or everyday with its different colors, mood and beauty amazes me today!. Its true! “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”. You need an eye to appreciate things, without that the same beauty turns in to the beast and create chaos in the life.
Sometimes, we need to stop overstressing our mind, body and soul, take a pause and be thankful and appreciate things around us that we ignore in our day to day life. Appreciate and thankful are two beautiful words that can make any relationship stronger and happy. I am really thankful to the God, my parents, my family and friends for giving me love, care and concern in abundance so that I can return and share the same feelings with the world. I try my best to make my son understand that how important it is to earn love and care of people around you more than money and success. But the level of competition we are dealing with to survive in this time are diluting these words and giving tinge of artificiality in life.
Its time to cut the bitterness and appreciate the sweetness God has given us that we can relish with a thankful heart. Its not a secret anymore that how much I love sweets!! I truly believe that a piece of good sweet/dessert can instantly erase the bitterness, sadness or any negative feeling for some time. It is very important to have a piece of “sweetness” everyday in a life.
Moong dal halwa is a very popular winter delicacy in India. Its an important menu item in any winter weddings in north India. But another moong dal delicacy very popular for its earthy granular sweet taste is Moong Dal Burfi. Its real flavor comes with the amount of ghee and little effort that is required to make it. One need lot of patience and energy to cook dal in ghee on medium/low flame and stirring continuously until the kitchen is filled with the sweet aroma of cooked dal. This is hardest part else its a simple recipe. If you are on diet, savor a bite and enjoy the taste for rest of your life but do not try to make it without ghee. This sweet is for people who appreciate food in its organic recipe. I will rather eat little and enjoy the taste for longer than eat everyday with the twisted artificial recipe.
Have a nice weekend.
- 1 cup yellow Moong Dal, soaked in water for minimum of 3 hours
- 1 cup Ghee
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 cup Khoya, grated or crumbled
- ¼ tsp. Green Cardamom Powder
- ½ tsp. Rose Water
- Silvered Pistachios and Vark for garnishing
- Few strands of saffron or drops of yellow color
- Grind dal coarsely using very little water.
- In a non stick pan, mix the ghee and dal, and cook until dal becomes dark in color and the fat separates.
- Remove pan from stove and add khoya, cardamom powder and mix it well,
- In another pan make a sugar syrup. Mix saffron or yellow color, rose water and dal mixture in the syrup.
- Mix it vigorously and cook until till it becomes sticky and ready to set for burfi.
- Transfer the mixture in the greased tray, spread it evenly and garnish with vrak and silvered pistachios. Keep it aside.
- When it cool and set, cut it in to squares and serve.