Blanched chopped nutty almonds in fragrant, smooth and thick milk, badam kheer
10/15/2018 10:44:47 PM vindhyadesai
Anything that involves dry nuts and milk is a sure-shot hit combination. Dry nuts like badam/almonds or cashews add richness and a lot of crunch to a dish. Especially if it is a sweet dish like this badam kheer. Badam kheer has a rich base of badam/almonds of course. Read-on what goes into this kheer and don’t forget to try it 🙂
So, as I was saying badam kheer has badam and along with that, it has kesar/saffron and elaichi. They make this badam kheer really flavourful and you do not need a lot of sugar at all. It’s best to use full cream milk and not skimmed milk. The fats in the milk are definitely required to make the badam kheer thick and flavourful. ... “Badam Kheer | Badami Payasa | Kheer Recipes”
Perfect for a cold winter evening, laced with a mild orange flavour, white hot chocolate
10/10/2018 10:18:48 PM vindhyadesai
A hot cup of tea or coffee is always refreshing. Sometimes you can indulge a bit and choose something like hot chocolate. Today let’s take indulgence a little further and serve up white hot chocolate. White Hot chocolate is decadent and fancy!
White hot chocolate, as you have guessed, has white chocolate, what are the odds. Infact white chocolate is not chocolate at all, it is made of cocoa butter, a by-product of making regular dark/milk chocolate. Here I have used some cooking white chocolate (the kind that is used for baking). But any brand of white chocolate will do. ... “White Hot Chocolate | Orange White Hot Chocolate | Beverage Recipes”
Bright yellow and fragrant, super special and a favourite sheera, pineapple kesari
10/08/2018 1:55:13 PM vindhyadesai
Kesari is a very commonly made sweet all across India. It is like a halwa but has a league of its own. Kesari or kesari bhaat or sheera is made with rava as the base. It can then be laced with different flavours like kesar, elaichi etc. The liquid added can be either milk or water, if making it with milk, check out my haal kesari recipe. Here I have made a pineapple kesari!
Kesari can be enriched with extra flavours by adding a fruit or fruits into the mix. Pineapple, apple, mango, banana can go into making kesari. Pineapple kesari is one of the most famous ones amongst the lot! It is rich as it is made with pure desi ghee and loaded with cashews and raisins. ... “Pineapple Kesari | Pineapple Sheera | Kesari Recipes”
Crisp and loaded with coconut flavour, bakery style homemade coconut biscuit
09/19/2018 9:18:32 AM vindhyadesai
Preparing droolworthy fresh biscuits and cookies at home is a very relaxing activity. Baking them fresh and eating a piece or two at tea time is a boon. The house will smell like a bakery and it can be a family activity. Involving kids too in the process of making biscuits and cookies teaches them teamwork and more importantly teaches them cooking . A childhood favourite is this homemade coconut biscuit.
Homemade coconut biscuit or kobbri biscuit was a common snack during childhood. Along with benne biscuit & khara biscuit, coconut biscuit used to be at home for an after school snack. The trio are very flavourful and the coconut biscuit recipe here completes my childhood biscuit collection. ... “Coconut Biscuit | Kobbri Biscuit | Biscuit Recipes”
Melt in the mouth jaggery based payasa, Karnataka special akki kadale bele payasa
08/23/2018 10:44:45 PM vindhyadesai
A staple sweet in Karnataka is varieties of payasa. Akki kadale bele payasa is a wholesome sweet dish and kids love it. It is a self contained dish on its own and works well in big feasts well. Soft rice and chana dal are cooked with ground coconut and elaichi. It is then mixed with melted jaggery.
Akki kadale bele payasa is adorned with crunchy cashews and soft raisins fried in ghee. Oh my word, the combination is delectable and tastes absolutely delicious. We love this dish at home very much and make it regularly for festivals or feasts. ... “Akki Kadale Bele Payasa | Chawal Chana Dal Kheer | Payasa Recipes”
Cheesy, creamy and delicious, savoury breakfast polenta
07/08/2018 7:41:06 PM vindhyadesai
A comforting porridge to kick-start your day in any weather, sounds good and I am all for it. Porridges usually come in the form of something with a sweet tinge more often than not. Oats porridge with dry nuts for instance. But I try to make savoury porridges like ukad from Maharashtra or ragi ganji from Karnataka. Here I have made Italian special savoury breakfast polenta.
Polenta is essentially cornmeal made into a porridge with Italian origins. Polenta is made in many ways and here I tried a savoury breakfast polenta. It is gluten-free and is light on the stomach making it a perfect dish for breakfast. ... “Breakfast Polenta | Polenta Porridge | Porridge Recipes”
Creamy, healthy and loaded with goodness, apple banana oats smoothie
06/26/2018 10:50:44 PM vindhyadesai
Smoothies are the answer to busy mornings. Sometimes I quickly rustle up a smoothie and make a quick breakfast. And that’s breakfast served for the day. Apple banana oats smoothie commonly features on that list. I always have a stock of organic bananas and apples at home and never run out of them.
Fresh apples along with ripe bananas and some oats to spike the goodness. Nice and simple! You end up with a delicious smoothie and you will end up wanting more of this good stuff. Here I have used some organic granola instead of plain oats but oats should be enough. ... “Apple Banana Oats Smoothie | Smoothie 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”
Creamy, dreamy mashed potatoes, a staple English side dish
04/15/2018 10:16:24 AM vindhyadesai
Sometimes making a simple and easy dish can make your lunch table look pretty and fancy just by the sheer mention of the name of the dish. I think mashed potatoes is one such dish. It’s a staple side dish on an English menu and it definitely makes it nice and fancy, it brings all the dishes together.
Usually mashed potatoes is also served with some sauteed green beans, peas and some roasted veggies along with the main dish. Mashed potatoes are creamy and dreamy, a small spoonful should just melt in your mouth. the key to making good mashed potatoes is to use floury type potatoes, i.e. when potatoes are cooked and soft, the texture of the potatoes should be floury. ... “Mashed Potatoes | Garlic Mash Potatoes | Side Dish”