Creamy Basundi with lightly crunchy dry nuts and delicate saffron
03/25/2019 3:45:55 PM vindhyadesai
This month, March’19 Food Of Interest completes 3 full years. I did post the 1st post on March 4th 2016 but I would like to think March and April 2016 were the founding months of FOI. It laid the foundations, setting up the website, finding a nice format for the posts, easy to read and make recipes, indeed it is a special month! With over 15K users per month I thank my readers for trying my recipes 🙂 So here it is and to make it even more statistically special, the 400th post on FOI, on a sweet note with “Basundi“.
Creamy milk sweets are too good to ignore. Imagine thickened sweetened creamy milk loaded with pistachios, almonds, cashews, with subtle fragrance of elaichi. Makes you go into a different world, a world filled with creaminess of milk and nuttiness of rich nuts! This rich introduction is for a traditional Maharashtra and Karnataka special sweet dish, “Basundi”. ... “Basundi | Homemade Basundi | Sweet Recipes”
Loaded with dry nuts & fruits, laced with fragrant spices, dry nuts ladoo
01/06/2019 1:14:40 PM vindhyadesai
Many of us would have made resolutions for the new year and most of them are connected to eating and fitness. A nutritious dry nuts ladoo could be the answer. This is rich both in taste and texture but equally nutritious if not more. You can pretty much add any kind of dry fruits or nuts you prefer like dried figs, apricots, dry cherries, candied fruits apart from the ones mentioned in this recipe.
Jaggery is rich in minerals and also provides calcium. But for me the favourite part of this ladoo dry nuts ladoo is neither nuts nor jaggery. Uh-huh! Anyone can imply that from the name, dry nuts and ladoo saying it has something sweet. ... “Dry Nuts Ladoo | Dry Fruits Ladoo | Ladoo Recipes”
Easy to make, loaded with coconut flavour, festival special instant coconut ladoo
11/05/2018 9:51:10 PM vindhyadesai
Last minute preparations for Deepavali or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. Then you have landed in the right place, instant coconut ladoo. This is such an easy recipe and delicious instant coconut ladoo get ready in no time at all. For festivals, infact simple recipes help to keep your sanity!
For instant coconut ladoo recipe, you will need coconut powder or fine desiccated coconut powder and condensed milk. To enhance the coconut flavour, I add coconut oil, it also keeps the instant coconut ladoo nice and white. Of course elaichi powder makes the ladoo aromatic and flavourful. ... “Instant Coconut Ladoo | Coconut Ladoo | Sweet Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, fragrant and favourite, kesar elaichi peda
10/30/2018 8:42:58 PM vindhyadesai
As a kid I was always fascinated by big sweet shops. The idea of tasty, succulent sweets all lined up behind a counter makes one drool isn’t it? I have always loved pedas, there are all shapes of pedas, round, square, oval or random shaped. And the flavours, simply superb, kesar, badam, kaju, pista, elaichi, gulab and what not. The best ones for me are the elaichi peda or kesar elaichi peda with a distinct peda stamp/chaap.
Kesar elaichi peda is a standard when it comes to Indian sweets. The shape, the texture and the taste, all of it a perfect combination. Whether from bakeries, sweet stalls or from milk parlours (how many of you buy kesar elaichi peda from Nandini shops in Karnataka?) ... “Kesar Elaichi Peda | Kesar Peda | Sweet Recipes”
Sweet and delicious banana appam or banana paddu, a super easy dish for festivals
09/11/2018 1:49:18 PM vindhyadesai
Banana is my favourite fruit to cook with. You can make so many dishes with it. Every part of the banana plant is edible and in fact we cook with most parts of banana/plantain plant. Ripe banana is such a boon, kids and adults alike like this fruit and the dishes made that are made with it. Banana appam or banana paddu is a traditional favourite at home and we make this for breakfast and for festivals.
The best part of banana appam is it can be made instantly. No waiting long hours for fermentation or no need of kneading any dough. All you need is a paddu/appam pan and when it heating, making the batter. Banana appam or banana paddu is made with whole wheat flour which is mixed with jaggery, ripe bananas and cardamom for flavouring. ... “Banana Appam | Banana Paddu | Baalehannina Gundupongala”
Crisp and mildly spicy, a favourite tea-time snack, chakli
08/29/2018 8:52:52 PM vindhyadesai
Chakli or muruku is one of the most eternally loved savoury snack in India. In South India this is given so many flavours and made with many kinds of flours these days. A truly great snack and no compromise on the flavours. It’s savoury, mainly salty and hints of spices like ajwain and jeera in the background, a true winner.
At my home, it’s kodubale v/s chakli, with me loving chakli more 🙂 So what do you love more, kodubale or chakli? Of course no would ever deny eating them both if given an option. But for the sake of argument chakli is the best or kodubale, or both. So let’s settle on both. ... “Chakli | Mullu Muruku | Snack Recipes | Diwali Recipes”
Melt in the mouth, laden with ghee and crunchy nuts, special besan ladoo
08/07/2018 9:18:23 PM vindhyadesai
When summer holidays used to arrive we used to always have besan ladoo, avalakki chivda and kodubale at home. My mother always ensured she stocked up on these favourite North Karnataka snacks. Besan ladoo and avalakki chivda are infact the 2 most important snacks in a North Karnataka household. When you visit someone’s house you are sure to be offered these snacks. A cup of fresh chai and guests are served!
The trick to make fragrant and non-pasty/non-dry besan ladoo is patience. Yes you heard me right, you have to fry the mixture on low flame for quite sometime to get the right consistency, colour and taste! I mention it multiple times throughout this post, never ever be tempted to increase the heat on your pan, the mixture will turn into a clay like colour (ew!).
... “Besan Ladoo | Besan Unde | Ladoo Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Bright, sweet and delicious beetroot halwa
05/30/2018 12:21:51 PM vindhyadesai
Halwa is one of the easiest sweet dishes to prepare. It is quite easy to get the correct consistency when one follows a recipe. Beetroot halwa definitely falls in that category. Bright coloured grated beetroot simmered with milk and sugar and adorned with ghee fried cashews and raisins. That is a winner!
Beetroot halwa sounds rich and indulgent and for me the colour is the biggest factor of this delicious halwa. We always make carrot halwa and is pretty common across India. But beetroot halwa can also be just as delicious and because beetroots are naturally so sweet they make the halwa sweeter. ... “Beetroot Halwa | Halwa Recipes | Sweet Recipes”
Traditional and tasty, 7 Cups barfi with a nutty texture
04/24/2018 10:14:06 PM vindhyadesai
How do I begin to describe this all time favourite barfi of mine. Years ago I tried this recipe and I have used the same recipe ever since making minor adjustments and changing the size of the ‘Cup’ used to make this 7 Cups barfi.
This 7 Cups barfi has 7 Cups of a combination of simple ingredients like besan, sugar, coconut, ghee, milk and big handful of cashews. The nuttiness imparted from cashews makes the 7 Cups barfi a sure shot favourite with kids. Making this does require patience but the fruits of labour are sweet and rewarding, you do get a very nice barfi to eat. ... “7 Cups Barfi | Seven Cups Recipe | Sweet Recipes”
Nutty, delicious, fudgy, special kaju pista rolls
02/28/2018 9:21:32 PM vindhyadesai
Sweets made of any kind of nuts or any milk sweets are considered special and rich. Indeed they are, special and rich and made on occasions like Holi, Deepavali or marriages. Kaju pista rolls definitely fall into that category. They are rich and nutty and a sure shot favourite amongst kids and adults.
Making kaju pista rolls involves a few steps but they do not require a lot of ingredients. Once you get the consistency right, making kaju pista rolls will then be a matter of just rolling them up 🙂 Nuts within nuts, who will not like them, these are fun to eat. ... “Kaju Pista Rolls | Sweet Recipes | Diwali Recipes”