Monday, October 28, 2013

Fada Lapasi (Cracked Wheat Halwa) Recipe Using Slow Cooker

Fada Lapsi or Lapasi is made mostly during any auspicious occasions in Gujarat Region of India. Traditionally this recipe is made on stove-top. Below recipe is adapted to make Fada Lapasi/Lapsi using Slow-Cooker or Crockpot.
fada lapasi cracked wheat halwa

1.1cup creaked wheat or bulgar wheat ( fada )
2. 2tsp ghee to roast fada/cracked wheat
3.3 cup water
4.1 1/2 cup sugar
5. 2tbsp ghee (Make Ghee in slow cooker/crockpot)
6. 1/2tsp cardamom powder
7. 5 to 7 almond slices
8. 1 tbsp raisin

fada lapasi lapsi

Step By Step Method to make Fada Lapsi or Cracked Wheat Halwa in Slow-Cooker:

1.In a frying pan combine fada and 2tsp ghee. Roast until they are pink in color and fragrant. (This step can be accomplished in a slow-cooker bowl that also goes on stove-top.)
2.In a slow cooker bowl combine roasted fada, sugar and 3 cup hot water. Mix it well.
3. Cover slow cooker and set it on high.
4. After three hours turn off Lapasi should be done. Transfer it in a serving bowl. Add 2tbsp ghee and cardamom powder. Mix it well.
5.Garnish with almond and raisin.

 Enjoy hot.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower) Recipe In Slow Cooker

Aloo-Gobi or Potato and Cauliflower is Indian Vegetarian Recipe. This lightly spiced dry side dish is great with Naan, Roti or Rice. My son-in-law makes great Aloo-Gobi on stove-top. Below is a simple adaptation of same Aloo-Gobi recipe using Slow-Cooker or a Crockpot.

Some of the spices used in recipe below are traditional Indian spices and are all easily available in any Indian Grocery store. You can also purchase this Indian Spices Starter Kit which includes all the below listed spices and many more without worrying about significant investment.

Indian Slow-Cooker/Crockpot Recipe

Aloo Gobi Recipe using Slowcooker


1.500 gram cauliflower  florets
2.2 potatoes cut in cubes
3.2 tomatoes cut in cubes
4.1 onion cut in cubes
5. 1 tsp garlic cut length wise
6.1tsp length wise cut ginger
7.3 to 4tbsp nicely chopped cilantro
8.1tsp turmeric powder
9. salt to taste
10.1tsp garam masala ( all spice powder )
11.2 small nicely cut green chili
12.1tbsp water


1.1/4 cup oil
2.1tsp cumin seeds


1. On stove-top heat oil in sauce pan. Add cumin seed, onion and pinch of salt. Stir it until onion turns pink. (If you have a slow-cooker bowl that goes on stove top than you can use the same bowl)
2.Add garlic, ginger, tomato and green chili and cook for 2 more minutes.
3. In slow-cooker bowl, add Cauliflower and potato. Add onion mixture prepared in step 1 and 2. Add 1tbsp water and mix it well.
4. Cover the slow-cooker and set it on high.
5.After 2 hour Alu-Gobi should be done. Add garam masala and cilantro and mix it well. Transfer alu-gobi in a serving bowl and enjoy with nan, roti or rice.

Similar Recipes:
Slow Cooker Aloo-Palak Recipe
Slow Cooker Vegetable Pulao/Pulav Recipe
Slow Cooker Aloo Baingan Recipe

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Restaurant Style Dal Fry ( Tadka Dal ) Using Slow Cooker

Tadka Dal or Dal Fry is available in any Indian Restaurant and is a great side dish to serve with naan, paratha, roti or rice.  This Dal is staple in our house hold. We make it at least once we week to be served with Vegetable Pulav or plain rice.

Here in this post you will find a simple recipe of Dal Fry or Tadka dal using Slow-Cooker or Crockpot. No need to stand in front of stove for hours making onion/tomato gravy and then making sure dal does not stick to bottom of the pan. Just setup Tadka dal in slow-cooker and you can go run some errands or sit back and relax.

My daughter usually makes this for lunch. So she sets up her slow cooker on low over night and dal is ready in the morning when she wakes up.

Indian Slow-Cooker/Crockpot Recipe

Tadka Dal using Slow-Cooker

1.1/2 cup split chickpeas ( gram dal, chana dal )
2.1/4 cup yellow pigean peas dal (tur dal)
3.1tsp red chili powder
4.1/4tsp turmeric powder
5.1tsp coriander powder
6.salt to taste
7.1 chopped onion, 1 chopped tomato, 1 chopped green chili
8.2tbsp butter
9. cilantro for garnish


1.  2tbs butter
2. 1/2tsp cumin seeds

3. 1/4tsp asafoetida
4. 1 dry whole red chili

Step by step method of making Dal Fry/Tadka Dal using Slow-Cooker/Crockpot

1. Wash both dal and soak them in very hot water for 4  hours.
2. In a microwave safe bowl combine cumin seeds, butter, onion, tomato and pinch of salt. Mix it well.
3. Cook above mixture (gravy) for 10 minutes in a microwave.
4. Combine dal from step 1 and gravy in slow cooker.
5.Add spices from step 3-5, green chili and salt to taste.
6. Add 2 and 1/2 cup water and cover it.
7. Set Slow cooker on high.
8.After 4 to 4 and 1/2 hour dal should be cooked. Mix it well and transfer it in a serving bowl.
9. In a small sauce pan combine ingredients for tempering.
10. Put it on medium heat on gas stove. Stir it until garlic is done. Add this tadka to dal.Tadka dal is ready to serve.

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Slow Cooker Aloo-Gobi Recipe
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rotini Pasta In Broccoli Sauce

I have been making pasta for my grand-kids using store bought Alfredo Sauce and Broccoli. They love the combination. However we were looking for some change. This resulted in Vegan Broccoli Sauce using Cashew. Both my grand-kids loved this pasta. Their lunch boxes came back empty ! This is a good sauce to sneak in some broccoli if your kids don't like to cut pieces of broccoli.

Vegan Rotini Pasta


1. 2 cup rotini pasta
2  2 cup broccoli florets
3. 1.1/2 cup water
4. salt to taste
5. 12 cashews powder
6. 1tbsp Vegan Parmesan Cheese  (Find Vegan Parmesan Cheese Here or skip it in recipe to make it vegan)
7. 1/2tsp black pepper
8. 1/4tsp dry oregano
9. 1/4tsp dry parsley
10. 2tsp oil

Method Step By Step

1.Cook pasta as per package direction. Drain it and keep it aside. (Apply some oil to make sure they don't stick)
2. Boil broccoli in a 1 and 1/2 cup water. Add pinch of salt. (You may steam the broccoli. It is more healthier option)
3. After broccoli is cooked, puree it, add cashews powder and cheese.
4. Add black pepper, oregano, parsley in broccoli sauce.
5. Mix sauce well with cooked pasta and it is ready eat. (Adjust salt if needed)

Do you have any go-to pasta recipe that your kids love? Please leave a comment below and let me know. I would love to try out your recipe. I am always looking for new recipes that kids can take for lunchbox. Here are some other recipes for kids lunch box.

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