Mega Marathons are our a month long marathons where we , a group of bloggers post everyday except for Sundays throughout the month . We work on a particular theme given by our team leader Valli . April and September are the two months when we have these Mega Marathons .
The theme for these marathons is decided a few months back , but every one has their own way of working . After the theme is decided , I quickly make my list, which normally doesn’t change . I start working on the recipes and normally like to cook new dishes in weekends , when all can enjoy . Of course there are some which are done during week days too . I prefer to work on one recipe at a time , concentrating on how to present the dish .
This marathon is all about the upcoming festivals , specially Diwali , the festival of lights . The theme being Sweets and Snacks .The first week was Sweets . It is during this festival we have lot of visitors and besides serving mithai or traditional sweets , one needs to flatter them with some Indian desserts .
The second week we were to pick , one Indian State and make snacks from it . Living in Gujarat , I decided to pick Gujarati Namkeens and Farsaans . The Gujjus have such a wide collection of these , that one goes literally crazy in a farsan shop . For the third week , which was Our Choice week , I continued posting Farsan and Namkeens . Lat week was a mandatory week . We were given a set of recipes and we had to post those .
Like all marathons , I loved doing this one too . These marathons are such a learning experience . Here I have compiled all the recipes in one single post . Hope you guys shall enjoy these .
Before we do that let’s have a quick look at the previous Mega Marathons –
April 2014 – A Re -cap of The Indian Food Odyssey……A Journey of 30 Indian States
September 2014 – Re Cap of Around the World in 30 Days
April 2015 – Re cap of Fire up Your Oven
September 2015 – Recap – Buffet on Table
April 2016 – A to Z , 26 Traditional Sindhi Sweets
September 2016 – The Sandwich Festival…over 40 Sandwiches ! – Recap of Cooking Carnival 2016
April 2017 – A – Z Baking Around the World – Re-cap,26 Egg less Cakes!
September 2017 – Protein Rich Recipes
April 2018 – Explore the Flavors – How to make 26 Lip Smacking Street Foods from India
September 2018 –Flatbreads and More – How to make 26 Indian Flatbreads
Week 1 Sweets
Gajjar Halwa cups with Badaam Pista Kesar Ice cream are cups made with carrot halwa and filled with ice cream to make a delicious dessert .
Gajjar Halwa Spring Rolls is a fusion snack where we make rolls out of samosa patti and then fill them with Gajjar Halwa .
Motichoor Cheese Cake is a delicious no bake cheese cake made with golden Oreos , cream and Indian sweet Motichoor ladoos .
Kesari Mango & Roasted Almond Shrikhand is a traditional Dessert made with hung curd, sugar and flavorings. This is one of the most popular desserts of Gujarat as well as Maharashtra .
Kesari Phirni with Mango is a traditional dessert of Punjab with a slight twist . Phirni is a milk based rice pudding . It is creamy , yet light .
Rabdi ,also called Rabri is sweeten reduced milk . The milk is boiled over slow flame and reduced to more than half . Sugar and cardamom complete this delicious sweet.
Week 2 City Specific Snacks
Papad nu Chavanu is a roasted crunchy Gujrati snack made with puffed rice ,gram flour vermicelli and fried papads .
Tum Tum is delicious, spicy ,crunchy on the outside, soft inside deep fried tea time snack , popular in Nadiad district of Gujrat.
Tikha Ganthia is a crisp , crunchy , traditional Gujrati snack made of chickpea flour. It is a variant of sev and is very crunchy and spicy.
Leelo Chevdo is a special potato based namkeen and is a speciality of Vadodara . Vadodara is the second largest city of Gujarat and the word Leelo literally means wet and chevdo is a farsan or a namkeen .
Limbu Mari ne Sev is a crunchy chickpea flour sev with the flavor of lemon and black pepper. It is one of a popular varieties of sev of Gujrat.
Week 3 Gujarat Special Snacks
Bajri na Vada are disc shaped deep fried fritters made with pearl millet This Gujrati snack makes a perfect tea time snack .
Methi Poori is a crunchy poori , made with wheat flour , spices and dry fenugreek . The sesame seeds give it a super crunch .
Fulwadi / Phoolwadi is a Gujrati crispy snack popular with the Jain community of Gujrat . It has a unique and delicious flavour .
Farsi Poori is the Gujju version of the Punjabi Mathri . Crunchy , crispy pooris make an excellent tea time or a breakfast snack .
Sada Khakhra are a thin crispy flatbread made from wheat flour . This is one of the most popular Gujrati snack .
Besan Sev is a deep fried crisp crunchy and addictive farsan made with besan or gram flour . It is a great snack to munch on and makes a excellent tea time snack .
Week 4 State Special Snacks
Pappu Chekkalu is a rice cracker , which is crispy and crunchy , mildly spiced and with a flavour of curry leaves . This is a Andhra speciality .
Handvo is a savoury lentil cake which is a wholesome and nutritious Gujrati snack . It can be served as a meal too .
Kalmi Vada is a lentil crisp , which is made crisp by refrying or double frying . This crisp is a speciality of Rajasthan and is normally used in chats.
Ooty Varky is a crisp fried or baked snack from the beautiful hill station Ooty . This is a Tamilnadu Special .
Kotambir Vadi is delicious protein packed snack from Maharashtrian Cuisine . It’s crisp on the outside and soft inside , a perfect anytime snack .
Dahi Gujiya is a soft melt in the mouth half moon shaped Vada which is stuffed with nuts and then laced with creamy whipped curd . It’s a speciality of Uttar Pradesh .
Bengali Veg Chop is a croquette made with beetroot and potatoes . This Bengali speciality has a soft interior and crispy exterior and tastes fabulous .