You can make this gluten-free ladoo, a round ball of melt in the mouth magic called Besan Laddu or plain Besan Unde. Simple pantry ingredients make this sweet a divine offering to the Gods! Served in a traditional meal as a sweet or as a dessert, a delicacy made with Bengal Gram flour you cannot stop eating just one!
We had been for a wedding in fact it was Candida Andrade’s wedding and there the decorations at the buffet table were amazing there were carnations of a very different colour and some other colourful lilies. Closer inspection showed them to be onion carnations and cucumber lilies.
I went and asked the waiter about the creator of the flowers. Since Michel the caterer and the man behind the flowers was around he gave me a demo. The cucumber lilies I am yet to try but the carnations are here.
Here I have tried making a carnation out of the onion. Take a look.
You need to cut the onions from the top and stop before you reach the root.
Then make another section similarly perpendicular to your cut. Next one is between these cuts and so on. Just take care they are attached to the root.
Once done put the onion in ice cold water for 8-10 hours Michel said he kept them overnight and the onion opens out. You can colour them too just add food colour to the water in which you are soaking them.
While demonstrating putting them on the what we call in Goa ”viri” Michel pressed it squashed the onion on the top . So his Michel’s flowers had bloomed out very beautifully.
Mine was in the fridge for approximately 4 hours and I tried making it open up gently. Mine is on a skewer.
Viri is what is used to make your stick broom, the coconut leaf vein midribs.
This is my entry for the Blogging Marathon under the heading Art & Craft!
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