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Balanced Master Mithai

 
 

Indulge in the sweet world of traditional Indian sweets with a healthy twist using the Balanced Master Mithai template. This guide helps you create a variety of nutritious mithai that are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without compromising on health. Mix and match different bases, sweeteners, flavorings, and garnishes to craft delicious and balanced mithai.

Base Ingredients:

Base (Choose 1-2, 2-3 cups total):
  • Besan (Chickpea Flour):

    • 2 cups besan

    • 2-3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

  • Semolina (Sooji/Rava):

    • 2 cups semolina

    • 2-3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

  • Coconut:

    • 2 cups grated coconut

    • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil

  • Almond Flour:

    • 2 cups almond flour

    • 2-3 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil

Sweeteners (Choose 1, 1/2-1 cup):
  • Honey

  • Maple syrup

  • Coconut sugar

  • Jaggery (grated)

  • Date paste

Binding Ingredients (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1/2-1 cup total):
  • Greek yogurt

  • Nut butter: almond, peanut, cashew

  • Condensed milk (regular or plant-based)

Flavorings (Choose 2-3, 1-2 teaspoons each):
  • Cardamom powder

  • Saffron strands (soaked in a tablespoon of warm milk)

  • Rose water

  • Vanilla extract

  • Ground cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

Add-ins (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1/2-1 cup total):
  • Chopped nuts: almonds, cashews, pistachios

  • Dried fruits: raisins, chopped dates, dried apricots

  • Seeds: chia seeds, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds

Garnishes (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1/4 cup each):
  • Edible silver leaf (varak)

  • Chopped nuts

  • Desiccated coconut

  • Saffron strands

Method of Preparation:

  1. Prepare the Base:

    • Besan or Semolina:

      • In a large pan, heat the ghee or coconut oil over medium heat. Add the besan or semolina and roast, stirring continuously, until it turns golden brown and releases a nutty aroma. This usually takes about 10-15 minutes.

    • Coconut or Almond Flour:

      • In a large pan, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the grated coconut or almond flour and roast, stirring continuously, until it turns golden brown. This usually takes about 5-10 minutes.

  2. Add Sweeteners:

    • Once the base is roasted, lower the heat and add your chosen sweetener. Mix well to combine, ensuring the sweetener is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

  3. Incorporate Binding Ingredients (if using):

    • If using binding ingredients like Greek yogurt, nut butter, or condensed milk, add them to the mixture and stir well to combine. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.

  4. Add Flavorings:

    • Add your chosen flavorings such as cardamom powder, saffron, rose water, vanilla extract, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Stir well to combine and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

  5. Mix in Add-ins (if using):

    • Stir in the chopped nuts, dried fruits, or seeds. Mix well to evenly distribute the add-ins throughout the mixture.

  6. Shape the Mithai:

    • Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool slightly. While still warm, shape the mixture into small balls (laddoos), squares (burfi), or any other desired shape. You can use a greased mold or your hands to shape the mithai.

  7. Garnish:

    • Garnish the mithai with your chosen toppings such as edible silver leaf, chopped nuts, desiccated coconut, or saffron strands.

  8. Set and Serve:

    • Let the mithai set at room temperature or in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Nutritional Profile:

  • Base: Provides complex carbohydrates and fiber.

  • Sweeteners: Add natural sweetness and some nutritional benefits depending on the choice.

  • Binding Ingredients: Enhance texture and add protein and healthy fats.

  • Flavorings: Add depth of flavor and aromatic qualities.

  • Add-ins and Garnishes: Boost nutritional value with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.

Considerations:

  • For a vegan option, use plant-based binding ingredients like nut butter and plant-based condensed milk.

  • For a gluten-free option, ensure all ingredients are certified gluten-free.

  • Customize the mithai with seasonal ingredients and personal preferences for the freshest and most flavorful results.


 

This template allows for endless combinations of mithai, ensuring you can enjoy a different flavor every time while maintaining a nutritious and delicious treat.

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